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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.

June Edition of the Enstone Ensign Now Available

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

Plans for Soho House - Thursday 30th June 2016

Enstone Parish Hall - 7.15pm

A talk by Mr Michael Ergatoudis, development manager at Soho House, Great Tew on plans for Soho House

Do come along – Litchfield Room, Enstone Parish Hall – it will be at the start of the monthly Parish Council Meeting

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.

Notice of Referendum

Referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union in the West Oxfordshire voting area

  1. A referendum will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016 to decide on the question below:

    Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

  2. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 7 June 2016. Applications can be made online:
  3. Postal vote applications, amendments or cancellations must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.
  4. New applications to vote by proxy at this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Requests for changes to existing proxy vote arrangements and cancellations must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.
  5. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this referendum on the grounds of disability or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB by 5pm on Thursday 23 June 2016. The disability must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.
  6. For further information please visit or telephone the Elections Office on 01993 861410.

Dated: Tuesday 17 May 2016 / Keith Butler, Counting Officer.

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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,

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 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:

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.

Photographers invited to capture the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Photographic Competition

With Spring almost upon us and the focus on tourism, the Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Council tourism team are on the lookout for some iconic images of our glorious rural landscape, lively events and wonderful local towns.

A newly launched 2016 competition is offering keen amateur photographers of all ages the opportunity to capture stunning images of the local area. There are five different categories and competitors can enter up to ten images.

The winning photos will be used to promote local tourism in the coming year and will also feature in 2017 publications that entice visitors to the area.

One overall winner will receive a fantastic prize package which includes a luxurious spa treatment and refreshments voucher at The Cotswold House Hotel in Chipping Campden, and a family pass to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park.

Additionally, the owner of the winning image will receive a special canvas picture of the photograph, courtesy of Blueprint Imaging in Witney who have been a regular supporter of the competition over the years.

Martin Adams from Blueprint Imaging in Witney said, “We are proud to be sponsoring the competition once again. The standard of photography is superb and something we look forward to being part of each year.”

Cllr James, Mills, Cabinet Member responsible for Tourism at West Oxfordshire District Council said, “We are looking forward to seeing entries coming in that will show off our heritage and beautiful countryside, which will of course, help us promote and encourage tourism. We are very grateful to our sponsors for donating such generous prizes.”

Entry information

Competition entrants can focus on any of the following themes:

  1. Village life – capturing rural life in our beautiful villages, local people and distinctive character.
  2. Beautiful towns - showcasing our market towns across the area.
  3. Taste of the area – featuring the best of local food and drink, local produce, farmers’ markets, pubs and inns, restaurants, and tearooms.
  4. Live events – encompassing village fetes, food, music, arts, literature festivals, sports, quirky events.
  5. Stunning rural landscapes – our glorious countryside and outdoor pursuits, such as for walking, horse riding, and cycling.

So, if you are an amateur photographer with some fabulous shots to share, or a beginner with a unique image you are proud of, then pick up an entry form from your local Visitor Information Centre or visit for details about how to enter.

Closing date for entry is Friday 10 June 2016.

Dog owners urged to heed the microchip message

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

From April 6, any dog that is 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:

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

Barnmead, Church Enstone

Enstone Show - 27 Aug 2016

Spring is here and the Enstone Show Committee has already started work on this years Show.

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 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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