News from The Red Lion
The following is from Dillie:
“Check out our new and delightful summer menu!
The next quiz is on 21st July.
Pop into the pub and write your name down to enter our annual Table Tennis Tournament on 24th July! No prize, only the honour and glory and probably a free drink. £2 entry fee, all that goes to the upkeep of our lovely church.
Following the success of the recent Caribbean night, our intrepid cooks are going East and planning an Indian night on 31st.
Keep your eye on the pub boards for other events”.
Stratton Audley Church
“The next service in Stratton Audley Church will be a morning service on Sunday 10thJuly at 10.45am – all are welcome, as ever.
Please check the Shelswell website for details of services elsewhere in the benefice http://www.shelswellparishes.info/services.php
A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Lady Frances Stokes will be held on Thursday 7th July at 2.30pm. Anyone who remembers Frances is very welcome to attend.
Additionally, you may like to attend a Celebration Service at 11 am on Sunday 17th July at the Art and History Festival site at Newton Purcell followed by ‘bring and share ‘ picnic.
‘Little Lambs’ baby and toddler group continues on Wednesdays in Term time in Stratton Audley Church, starting at the new time of 9.30am and finishing at 11am. If you are new to the area please do come along for a mixture of play, music and stories, plus tea coffee and snacks for adults and toddlers”.
Stratton Audley Barn
The following is from Richard, Sara and the Barn team:
There are a few little changes at the barn this coming fortnight; from now until the 10th July, we are serving up our tasty panini’s in place of our usual lunch menu, served daily between 12-2:30 with a selection of fillings to choose from. Our homemade cakes and Ice Cream will be available as usual, with new flavours popping up weekly, pop in to try this weeks special, Mars Ice Cream, it’s delicious!
There’s also new stock just in at the shop, perfect gifts to thank the teacher or a little something for a graduation keepsake. Come and see us soon, open Tues – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Art Lovers – A date for your diary – 15th July
Friday 15th July will see the launch and Private View of the ever popular ARTISTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE taking place in the picturesque surroundings of The Old School at Newton Purcell. Come along from 6pm and meet the artists, enjoy a glass of Provençal wine with canapés whilst perusing the work of 10 local artists. Tickets need to be reserved in advance, by using this link https://bit.ly/3OxI0dh and cost £10, payable on the door. All proceeds in supporting of St Michael & All Angels Church.
The exhibition continues throughout the weekend with artists painting al fresco and welcoming others to join in. There is a children’s art competition and the Shelswell History Festival taking place in the adjacent field (see details below).
For more information visit the https://artinthecountryside.co.uk
Shelswell Art & History Festival Saturday 16th July 2022 – Free Entry
The Shelswell History Festival is back and this time being organised in conjunction with the Newton Purcell Art Exhibition. The weekend has so much to offer for everyone whether a history lover or not: vintage cars, machinery, battle re-enactments, pipers and even ferret racing – do not miss this
Many people in the area are already involved but more volunteers are needed, in particular to:
– make cakes or savouries for the tea tent
– help Stoke Lyne WI serve teas
– rattle a collection bucket
– sell raffle tickets
– marshall traffic
Why not enjoy a great day of entertainment and help out for a few hours at the same time. Help raise some money for The Woodland Trust, Oxfordshire Mind and the Shelswell Group of Churches. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Send me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01280 848192, to say what you can do to help.
They are also looking for one or two more raffle prizes – so if you are in the fortunate position to be able to donate a days fishing or shooting, a beauty treatment, or a stay in a holiday cottage, or similar, do get in touch!
Also Shelswell WI are collecting for their Vintage clothing store – if you have any clothing, handbags or scarfs in good condition, please do pass them on to them.
Dogs and children welcome.
Stratton Audley 2022 Boules Cup Competition
This event is scheduled for Friday 5th August, starting at 6.30pm and is being held at Stratton Audley Park, the home of Mark and Emma ter Haar.
Tickets are on sale now and cost £15 for adults, £10 for under 16’s and £5 for children under five. This includes a good Supper and wine, beer and soft drinks, all generously sponsored by Mark and Emma. For tickets please contact Emma at email@example.com or 07867 783938. All proceeds will go to the Stratton Audley Church.
· Please bring a Boules set with you (if you have one)
· Don’t worry if you’re on your own, a partner will be found for you to pair up with
· Play with your partner or child(ren) or mix up with friends!
· Play to win the prestigious “Stratton Audley Boules Cup” and “the Plate” competition for those knocked out in the first round!
Non-participants are very welcome to come along for the fun of it and the same prices apply to cover food and drink.
Bicester Heritage October Scramble
Tickets for the next Scramble meeting, set to be held on the 9th of October are on sale now. Once again, local residents have discounted tickets allocated to them at 50% off, accessible via the sales agents – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
EWR Site Visit
A resident has asked if a walking tour of the track could be organised prior to the start of rails being laid at the end of July. EWR Alliance have responded with an offer to organise a minibus tour of the track from Bicester end, as a walking tour cannot be allowed on safety grounds. If anyone is interested please let me or another Parish Councillor know and then a suitable date in July will be arranged.
Advanced Warning – Church Street & Launton Road Surface repairs
This is to provide advanced notice of repair works to both Church Street and Launton Road in the village throughout the nights of 17,18 19 October.
And a few previous announcements that are still relevant:
Access to The Manor Grounds in Church Street
From time-to-time residents of the Manor have legitimate cause to remind everyone, especially visitors to the village and those who are new in the village, that the grounds of the Manor are private. This is not necessarily obvious as the gates are kept permanently open for ease of access by residents. Situated next to the pub, it means vehicles of people visiting the pub are frequently identified as parking in the Manor grounds. Likewise a few Manor residents have recently seen an increase in dog walking, pushing prams and generally using the grounds as either a recreational area or as a cut through to Mill Road.
The Management Committee of the Manor are looking at new signage to install at the entrance, but have asked for it to be pointed out that the grounds are private for the use of the residents and invited visitors.
|Defibrillator Training – Date to be confirmed
Sorry to say we are still waiting to get some dates for this to happen but it will take place on a Saturday morning.
There are still places available just email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you are interested in this two-hour training session.Don’t Forget – Fresh Fish every Thursday
Jack from Grimsby continues to come to the village on Thursday’s between 6.30-7pm and parks his van outside the Red Lion. He has a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish. You can just turn up or place orders in advance by text and his mobile number is 07535 935119.
Fish & Chips Van in the village on Saturdays
For those new in the community, a Howe’s Fish and Chip van comes to the village every Saturday lunchtime from 1.30pm to 2pm. You will hear a bell (like a school bell) and his first stop is in Cherry Street. He then drives along Cavendish Place and stops again at the junction with Mill Road.
Howe & Co was established in 1930 and now has over 100 vans serving villages. You can track each van by going to their website and you need to look for van no 4:
They also have a general number you can call 07809 901761.
Collection Point for Disposal of Ink Jet Cartridges
Please continue to pop your ink jet cartridges into the basket in the Glen Close bus shelter. Please don’t drop larger toner cartridges off as these are not recycled by the RSPB. If you are not sure if your cartridges are suitable for recycling, you can contact Rachel Dewhurst by email at email@example.com
Village Questionnaire Top Line Results
A PowerPoint presentation of the findings has been created and will be circulated via email and placed on the website. 106 questionnaires were received which is a very good response taking everything into account. It represents a 55% return rate, which coincidentally, is similar to the last survey carried out in 2015.
A significant majority of residents are concerned about speeding and large vehicle numbers in the village and there is overwhelming support for progressing the idea of introducing a 20mph zone within the village. A majority are in favour of electronic speed signs at the entrances to both the Launton and Mill Road. Most people are against any other forms of physical traffic calming solutions although chicanes are approved of by some 40% of respondents. Finally, a massive 84% indicated they would be in favour of reducing the speed limit on the roads in and out of the village to 50mph.
Local Police Bicester and Kidlington Rural Team News
To report a crime or contact the police there are now three options:
· Call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency
· Call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so
· And now police are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer.
Finally for the latest crime statistics there is a useful national site into which you can put your post code. Click on this link Bicester Rural | Police.uk (www.police.uk)