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Welcome to Enstone Parish. If you live in Neat Enstone, Church Enstone, Cleveley, Lidstone, Gagingwell, Chalford, Radford, Fulwell or Broadstonehill this site is for you.

There are 3 levels of local government in Oxfordshire - County Council, District Council and Parish Council. The Enstone Parish Council is a democratically elected body of councillors. A local rate is levied and collected by the district council as part of the council tax. The Parish Council plays an important role in the local community and is a vital link to district and county councils and other agencies on local issues.


Latest Edition of the Enstone Ensign Now Available

To view the on-line version of the Ensign please click on the image to the left


Household Waste Recycling Centres Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council is implementing the Household Waste Recycling Centre strategy that was passed by cabinet on the 15th December 2015.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Part of implementing the new strategy is procuring a new management contract to operate the HWRC sites. We would like to know residents views on measures that could be implemented at sites to make savings and create income.

There will be a consultation on these proposals running from 14th July to 11th August 2016. This consultation is open to all Oxfordshire householders to comment on.

Understanding public views, opinions and preferences is key to our decision making process. The consultation documents are available online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/waste and we encourage people to complete the response questionnaire. If residents need support to take part in this consultation we recommend they contact the county council on 01865 816043 or email:waste.management@oxfordshire.gov.uk


Mobile Library Service in Oxfordshire will cease to operate in September

This difficult decision was taken in February following extensive public consultation on proposals to make huge financial savings across all county council services. As a result of reductions in the money the council receives from central Government and rising demand for essential services such as social care for vulnerable adults and children, we are currently in the process of having to save £361million between 2010 and 2018.

We know how greatly the mobile library is valued by its users, and are encouraging people to continue borrowing books from the service until the last round of visits begins on Monday 5th September. The final day of the service will be Friday 16th September.

Service users will be offered alternative library provision through our network of 43 library buildings; our online library services; and our Home Library Service. Oxfordshire Library Service already has a successful Home Library Service that works through paid staff, partners and volunteers to deliver books and resources to those residents who are unable to get to a library themselves, and this is being expanded to accommodate any additional demand.

Schools and our general service users have already been notified formally of the changes.


Bus subsidy withdrawal

On 10 November 2015 Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet took the decision to withdraw subsidies paid to run 118 subsidised bus routes in Oxfordshire. This decision was approved at the full council’s overall budget setting meeting on 16 February 2016.

Subsidy withdrawal date: All bus subsidies will cease on 20 July 2016 (the last day of school term).

The withdrawal of subsidy does not necessarily mean the service will be cancelled. We have been in discussion with operators who are exploring how they may be able to continue a service without subsidy. We now have information from the majority of operators, with only a few routes yet to be confirmed.

Click here to download the Bus subsidy withdrawal document which contains information about all 118 bus routes affected by this decision. As we receive further information we will update our webpage: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/subsidisedbuses.


Foundations laid for superfast broadband in rural West Oxfordshire

Residents living in West Oxfordshire villages that have been seen as too remote by broadband suppliers will soon start to see the first physical signs of superfast broadband appearing in their communities.

Cotswolds Broadband, a local supplier, has started work across the District with the installation of 14 concrete plinths to house fibre optic cables that will form the backbone of a new superfast network.

The plinths mark the first stages in a programme of works which contractors will accelerate over the coming months.

The project will fill in the gaps not covered by other schemes, ensuring that the whole of West Oxfordshire will have access to superfast broadband.

Investment is coming from West Oxfordshire District Council, BDUK (who oversee the Government’s rural broadband programme) and private investors.

Cllr Colin Dingwall, West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for broadband, said: “This is great news for all those living and working in our rural areas. Investing in our communities and our local economy has always been a priority for the Council and we believe that West Oxfordshire will be one of the first wholly superfast broadband-connected districts in the UK.”

Broadband Project Manager Steve Brealey said: “Whilst rolling out superfast broadband to the villages is a major project, we will be using the latest technology and making every effort to minimise disruption.”

Technology is being tested to install the cable which will minimise the need for major disruption of roads, drives and gardens.

Demonstrations were staged recently on the Daylesford Estate near Kingham which proved just how quickly cable can be laid.

Cotswolds Broadband will soon be in touch with everyone who will be connected to its network informing them of the building schedule. For further details and to sign up for Cotswolds Broadband’s newsletter, visit www.cotswoldsbroadband.co.uk


WODC

Helping hand for new Universal Credit claimants

With the roll out of Universal Credit underway, West Oxfordshire District Council is providing extra help and support for benefit claimants getting to grips with the new system.

Applications for Universal Credit, and for reporting changes in circumstance, can only be made online. To help customers, the Council has installed self-service computers at their main reception points in Witney.

Council officers will be on hand to assist customers to set up and manage their own online accounts and they will also help anyone wanting to make job searches and complete online job applications.

Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member responsible for resources said, “Universal Credit is a new simpler, single monthly payment for people in or out of work, as it merges together some of the existing benefits and tax credits that currently have to be applied for separately. It is important that we offer a helping hand as Universal Credit is a major overhaul of the UK’s benefits system and the biggest change since the 1940s.”

The move ties in with the Councils’ ‘Default to Digital’ initiative which encourages more online transactions.

The new computers are funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Claimants unable to access the Council’s Elmfield Reception in Witney or its Town Centre Shop, can use computers at Jobcentre Plus offices or at some local libraries.


West Oxfordshire Summer Sports and Activities

Here are some great summer sports and activities sessions we have going on across West Oxfordshire.

Click on the links below for the activity posters for each of the leisure/ sports centres - each contains a timetable for the whole of West Oxfordshire.


The NHS Big Conversation Roadshows

The NHS in Oxfordshire is calling on young people, parents, patients, carers and people who live and work in Oxfordshire to have their say on how health care is delivered.

Events are being held to encourage people to ‘drop in’ and have an informal conversation with NHS clinicians and staff to share their ideas on how NHS services in Oxfordshire can deliver high quality care now and in the future.

The NHS in Oxfordshire is seeking your views on how local GP, community and hospital services should develop so that services are of high quality, closer to home, more convenient with better access and can overcome a £200m funding gap by 2020/21.

The events are informal ‘drop-in’s with NHS clinicians and staff on hand to take questions and feedback.

They will focus on:

More information is available here.

The Big Conversation Roadshows are being held on:

At these events we will be asking you for your views - you do not need to book, these are drop-in sessions.

If you are unable to attend these events, you can complete a short survey here. There will be further opportunities to have your say in the Autumn!

Further information is available on our website: http://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/about-us/work-programmes/transforming-health-in-oxfordshire/


Hedge Cutting During Nesting Season

The RSPB is reminding English local authorities and developers that cutting hedges and trees is best avoided between March and August. With some birds nesting right through the summer, it’s important that garden or site clearance and any other major maintenance work is delayed until September at the earliest to avoid destroying active nests.

Every year several hundreds of cases of habitat and nest destruction are reported to the RSPB. Kirsi Peck, RSPB Wildlife Expert, says, “last year we had over 900. And since most cases do not get reported to us, this is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. “Since all wild birds and their active nests are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, we recommend that any work that would risk destruction of active nests, such as tree felling, scrub clearance, building demolitions and external repairs, should avoid the main nesting season of mid-March to August (earlier after a mild winter).

More information here on the RSPB website.


Wychwood Forest Fair, Cornbury Park, Sunday 4th September

From Charlbury Morris dancers to ferret racing, bee keeping and basket making – join us for a fun and fascinating day celebrating rural life at the 17th annual Wychwood Forest Fair.

The Wychwood Forest Fair, one of West Oxfordshire’s leading Green Country Shows, takes place in a beautiful countryside location, at the heart of the ancient Wychwood Forest area. The Fair is a great family day out offering a wide range of entertainment, delicious food, rural craft demonstrations, music, shopping - including our famous second hand bookstall - and much, much more.

The Wychwood Project, organiser of the Fair, is a registered charity and all proceeds from this event go towards the charity’s work of “Restoring Landscapes, Inspiring People” in the Wychwood area. Tickets £7 on the gate, or £6 in advance via the Wychwood Project website, http://www.wychwoodproject.org.



The Wychwood Project - Volunteering Opportunities

Preparations are in full swing for the next action packed Forest Fair at Cornbury Park on Sunday 4th September. We have lots of volunteer opportunities - could you give us a helping hand - either in the run-up to the event and/or on the day itself? We need able assistants for every imaginable task including setting up tents, sorting and selling books, booking entertainers, being part of the team on the entry gate, litter picking and recycling. All Forest Fair volunteers receive free entry to the Fair - and a voucher for refreshments in the Wychwood Project tea tent! We are also looking for someone to help in the office for up to a day a week in the office at Eynsham.

Usually meet at 9.30, with an approximate finish of 15.00 - please check website http://www.wychwoodproject.org for up to date information or call the office on 01865 815423.

For all conservation work, please wear stout footwear, bring gloves and appropriate clothing for the weather. Please note that at some sites there are no toilet facilities.

For more details see: http://www.wychwoodproject.org



Social media success for tourism

Tourism across the Oxfordshire Cotswolds is being boosted by rapidly improving social media coverage, latest figures have revealed.

The English Tourism Social Media Index shows the area rising rapidly through the ranks to 15th nationally from 32nd last year and second in the South East overall, up from eighth in 2015.

Social media is playing an increasingly important role in the marketing mix for tourism. It appeals to a younger demographic which helps promote the area as a great destination for family activities as well as highlighting traditional attractions.

Visit Britain’s latest research found that 89% of those surveyed had used social media at some stage of their holiday and almost 70% of all respondents said content posted online by friends made them want to visit a destination.

Cllr James Mills, Cabinet Member for Tourism at West Oxfordshire District Council, said “We want everyone to know what a great area this is to visit and all that it has to offer. Social media helps us get that message out to the widest possible audience. These results show what an excellent job is being done in such a vital industry across the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.”

Now in its second year, the English Tourism Social Media Index combines an analysis of each of the 129 tourism bodies’ social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Vine, LinkedIn and Flickr with scoring by a judging panel.

Oxfordshire Cotswolds’ own figures show the increasing importance of social media. Last year its Facebook page received a 72 per cent rise in the number of “likes”. The site receives over 2,000 engagements (likes, comments and shares) in a typical week.

On Twitter there was a 35 per cent growth in the number of followers in 2015 with nearly 4,000 followers.

Successes include a post about Reavley’s pharmacy in Burford, the oldest in England, which attracted more than 400 engagements.

And a “Vote Chippy to Win” campaign supporting Chipping Norton’s entry in the Great British High Street Awards had a reach of almost 16,000.


Dog owners urged to heed the microchip message

Dog owners are being reminded that it is compulsory to have their four legged friend microchipped.

From April 6 2016, any dog found not to have been microchipped could see the owner facing a fine of £500.

West Oxfordshire District Council picks up about 100 stray dogs every year, many of which are not microchipped, making it difficult for them to be reunited with their owners.

The animals are taken to council-appointed kennels with owners charged for accommodation and other costs until they are returned. If unclaimed, the stray is usually rehomed through an animal rescue centre.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environmental Enforcement, said: “Losing a dog is very stressful for both the animal and its owner but unfortunately it happens all the time.

“Microchipping is an effective way of ensuring dogs don’t stay lost for long. Now it is becoming law I would urge all owners to ensure it is done. It’s quick, cheap and easy and could save a lot of upset and expense.”

Microchipping only takes a few minutes and will last forever. A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin, giving the dog their own unique code. This is registered on a national database and can be used to quickly trace the owners should the dog be lost or stolen.

Some dog charities such as the Blue Cross Re-homing Centre in Burford offer it for free.

To report a lost or stray dog call 01993 861000 or see the website: http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/dogs



Superfast Broadband - All residents, Church Enstone

As a councillor on Enstone Parish Council I recently attended a meeting of Town & Parish Councils with The District Council in Witney. At that meeting there was a presentation and update from Hugo Pickering, Chief Executive, Cotswolds Broadband. The salient points are:

As a resident of Church Enstone why is this of interest to me?

What does the service offer?

Will there be an install cost for superfast broadband to my home?

Will I still need my line to the telephone exchange for non internet communication?

Will this mean all the roads get dug up?

So what do I have to do?

Thank you for taking the time to read this update. It is important that residents of Church Enstone are informed of these plans for the future of Superfast Broadband. You may be happy with your current service but it cannot get any better, only worse as demand for the service increases in years to come. Act now to ensure you stay “connected” to the world of the future through a fast and reliable internet service.

If you have any questions then most advice is available on the Cotswolds Broadband website. I am happy to answer any questions I can and am happy to obtain answers from Hugo Pickering for you. My email is peter-butler@outlook.com

Peter Butler

Barnmead, Church Enstone


Enstone Show - 27 Aug 2016

It's official - confirmed! Clare Mackintosh, best selling author, resident of Chipping Norton, and founding director of Chipping Norton Literary Festival is to open the Enstone Show 2016!- more exciting news will be posted as it becomes available.

For those who have not visited the show below is a fantastic video of the 2015 day by Cotswold TVCTV so a big thank you to them and welcome to all those going to the 2016 event - put it in your diary's now!





Chris Jones

Community Policing

Thames Valley Police

I am Chris Jones the PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) for your area and here to assist your parish and community with your policing needs in anyway I can. I am based out of Woodstock Police Station however my area beat is Great Rollright, The Bartons, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone.

My job is to assist in tackling rural crime and deal with crime related incidents and anti-social behaviour, general nuisance issues and many other concerns. This in turn contributes to Thames Valley Police’s aims of raising visibility and reassuring the public.

Please, if you have any police issues you think I might be able to help you with then stop me and have a chat or contact me on:


Enstone Parish Facebook Page

The Enstone Parish Facebook page is now up and running. This is for you! In the community we hope to build you can find and share invaluable information such as recommended tradesmen, items for sale, lost and found, offers and events. The more we put into it the more we will get out of it. Share your thoughts and photos, interesting links, news and views. You don’t have to be a facebook user to participate – if you want something posting please email it to me Kate.Farquhar-Thomson@oup.com and I can do it for you. If you have any ideas of regular features that you would find interesting, useful or simply entertaining then please let me know – all comments welcome! To see the Facebook page just click on the FB Logo above.


NOTICE – Right to Record Meetings of the Council


Please note that the public and the media have a right to record meetings of the council.

Should you wish to record a meeting it would be helpful if you could notify the Clerk or the Chairman so that they can ensure you have the necessary facilities and so that other members of the public can be notified that the meeting is being recorded.

Please note that the Chairman has the right to ask that recording be stopped if the Chairman reasonably believes that the meeting is being disrupted because of the recording, if the recording is preventing the public participating or is inhibiting community involvement or if the meeting moves into confidential session.

If you object to being recorded please notify the Chairman or Clerk. We will endeavour to ensure that your objections are respected. However we are not able to guarantee this. This is a public meeting and there is a statutory right for anyone to record it.

Anyone at the meeting may use Twitter, Facebook or similar social media provided that the Chairman does not consider their actions are disrupting the proceedings of the meeting.


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You can talk to us by phone, email or invite us to visit you.

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