The latest news from in and around Wendlebury.

Abba Tribute NIght

Community Choir Christmas Concert

New War Memorial dedication

2017 War Memorial dedication

Choir Spring Concert

Candlelit Orchestral Concert

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council

Jon Bright of the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council has ask that the following be passed on:

The Network, of which Oxfordshire Rural Community Council is a member, is the only nationwide organisation with a dedicated rural community focus; building community resilience, strengthening local enterprise and supporting the most vulnerable in our society.


As you will be aware, we are the sole network that provides advice, support and training to the 80,000 volunteers who keep England’s 10,000 village halls alive.  We have been supported by Government investment for decades. Now, however, we have been advised by civil servants to expect no further funding from Defra.  We are extremely concerned that this loss of funding would have a negative impact on the service we are able to provide to village halls across Oxfordshire, who play a crucial role at the heart of rural communities.


Please show your support for rural communities by signing the ACRE Network online petition at We’d be grateful if you could share this link with all your trustees, volunteers and hall users.

Bicester Village Road plans

An interesting website and view of the future? Click here

Aaron Howard Comes to Wendlebury

The next "up close and personal concert" presents another opportunity to meet an american singer songwriter on the road to musical fame.  Come down and see this excelent performer on the evening of 28 March in the Village Hall.  Please get your ticket beforehand from Alan (247248) for £12 a head.  

See an example of Aaron's music at the YouTube link below

Major boost for planning department

A grant of £40,000 has been awarded to Cherwell District Council to assist officers in processing major planning applications.

Earlier this year Cherwell submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government to receive a share of its £3million Site Delivery Fund which was established to provide financial support towards local authority expenditure up to the end of 2015/ 2016.

The successful application outlined how if successful, Cherwell would use the funds to appoint an additional planning officer to concentrate on processing the conditions attached to major planning applications.

Cllr Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “Major planning applications constitute large scale developments such as housing or retail and with applications of this size there are often conditions attached. It is a common misconception that once a developer receives planning consent, our role eases when in fact there is a still a lot of work to do ‘behind the scenes’ ensuring conditions are met. This can vary from inspecting drainage or highways reports to checking the correct materials are used and this can be time consuming.

“This grant will provide us with the funds to employ an officer specifically to deal with these issues, subsequently freeing up other officers to concentrate on processing other applications more quickly.”

Cherwell will receive £15,000 of the grant next month (November) and the remaining £25,000 will be paid at the beginning of the 2015/ 2016 year. 

A total of 60 grants were paid out to authorities nationwide, with each council eligible for a maximum of £50,000 funding. In circumstances where more than £50,000 was paid, this was the result of a joint bid between two or more authorities. However the mean average was still capped at £50,000 each

TWA level crossing closures - parishes of Wendlebury​, Merton, Islip and Oddington

The Chiltern Railways (Bicester to Oxford Improvements) Order 2012

Temporary Stopping up of Footpaths and Bridleway level crossings


1  Wendlebury Footpath 398/6

2  Wendlebury Footpaths 398/2 and 398/3

3  Oddington Footpath 318/5

4  Islip Mill Lane


The Chiltern Railways (Bicester to Oxford Improvements) Order 2012 (“the Order”) was made under the Transport and Works Act 1992 by the Secretary of State for Transport on 23 October 2012 and came into force on 13 November 2012.


The Order authorises Network Rail to construct a new railway (including the reconstruction of the existing railway) between Bicester and Oxford together with the construction or reconstruction of stations at Bicester Town, Islip, Water Eaton and Oxford.

To enable construction the Order authorises Network Rail to close streets and footpaths for any reasonable time.


Public Notice 1 is for the temporary closure of Wendlebury footpath 398/6 at the railway crossing. In effect this also closes Merton footpath 295/3. There are two diversion routes. Route A is along Merton footpath 295/2 and Merton bridleway 295/4 to Langford Lane and on to Wendlebury. Route B is along Merton footpaths 295/2 and 295/1 then along Wendlebury footpath 398/3 and 398/2 to Wendlebury.


Public Notice 2 is for the temporary closure of Wendlebury footpath 398/3 at the railway crossing. The diversion route is along a new footpath and then along Wendlebury footpath 398/2.


Public Notice 3 is for the temporary closure of Oddington footpath 318/5. In effect this also closes Islip footpath 260/5. The diversion route is along Islip footpath 260/4 and Oddington footpaths 318/8 and 318/7.


Public Notice 4 is for the closure, to all users, of the Mill Lane Islip railway crossing. The diversion is along Mill Street, The Walk/Kings Head Lane (B4027), High Street (B4027), Church Close and Kidlington Road.


Notice of the temporary closures and alternative routes will be published in the local press by Chiltern Railways.


Further information regarding the works may be obtained from the Railway Collaboration website or by telephone 0800 978 8233.


Dog Waste Bags

Please note that free dog waste bags are available in the village.  These can be collected from the blue recycling box to the left of the front door at Fairlea on Main Street. Thanks

New Year Fitness at Chesterton School

Fitness Classes Starting January 2014
Starting 14th January – 18:00 at Chesterton Primary School Hall.
Boot camp. - £5 admission – 18:00-19:00
This higher intensity resistance and cardio based class is ideal for anyone looking to develop their fitness levels, lose weight and tone up. All ages (16+) and abilities are welcome and exercise can be tailored specifically to the individual.  The classes are run by a fully qualified instructor and all equipment is provided.  A drink and sweat towel is essential.
Stretching Class. - £2.50 admission – 19:15-19:45
Not to be mistaken for Yoga, this class will work through all of the main muscle groups in the body to help relieve stress, tension and improve your flexibility.  This class is ideal for people who are looking to develop their posture and improve their movement.
Booking is essential.
Please contact Peter Kerswell-Jensen to book your place.
01869 357199/07866759185
Look forward to seeing you all there.

Dog Waste Bins & Irresponsible Owners!

Dear Dog Owners of Wendlebury,

Hopefully you will have noticed that we have purchased and fitted two shiny new dog waste bins in the village. One is located just outside the village hall grounds and the other at the top of Church Lane.  I do hope that you will make use of these.

On another note, it has been found that someone has been stuffing their filled dog sacks into the drains rather than disposing of these properly.  The offending drains have been marked up by the Council with green paint and next week they will come along and clear and jet the drain mouths and then lift the drains to clear out the offending bags.  We have been lucky this time that Cherwell have agreed to foot the bill for this but another incident of this nature could see the village having to find £1500 for this exercise.  If this was you, please think about the impact that your lazy and thoughtless actions could have on our village next time there is a flood with contaminated water everywhere for the children to wade through and try to make a more responsible decision next time.  With dog ownership comes responsibility!

Thank you

Red Lion Beer Festival

Our very own Red Lion is hosting a beer festival on 19 October this year.  There will be plenty of different beers and ciders on offer.  There will also be musical entertainment and a barbeque.

Thats right:

  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Music
  • and a Barbeque

Thats Saturday 19 October from midday till late.

Possible Flooding

Please see below an email from the Emergency Planning Officer warning of flooding in the village this weekend. 



I am writing to inform you that the Emergency Planning Unit has received early notification from the Environment Agency that there is a possibility that heavy rainfall on Saturday 27th July could result in a flood warning being put in place covering the Wendlebury area. 

There is a possibility that other areas will experience surface water flooding and might move to a flood alert status but no other property flooding is anticipated at this time.

The EA has undertaken modelling of the forecast rainfall and flood guidance statements (warnings attached) and their modelling indicates that if the maximum 40mm falls in the Wendlebury area between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday, there is a risk of a flood warning being put in place and some property flooding could occur. 

We are therefore contacting you as a precaution to raise awareness of the potential impact of heavy rain if maximum forecast levels of rainfall occur so that property owners can take necessary action to install flood defences to protect their properties.

We have contacted the Red Lion pub where sandbags were dropped last year in similar circumstances, to confirm that there are still sandbags available and the OCC Adverse Weather Manager is checking on these to look at their condition and assess if more are needed.

As ever, this is a developing situation with a level of uncertainty as to the weather system development and its impact, but I thought it prudent to inform you as soon as we received notification from the EA.  We would recommend that residents monitor the Met Office and EA websites following the links below for information and advice.





Village Hall Update

Big Lottery grants £10K towards Village Hall Floor

A great big thank you is due to The Big Lottery Fund which has made a grant of £10,000 towards the cost of the new floor for the Village Hall. We have to use the money within 12 months and so the race is now on to complete our fund raising efforts and reach our target of £17,000.

The Village Club have kindly agreed to donate £3,000 towards the cost and Wendlebury Parish Council has donated £700 from the grant they were given by the Big Society Fund. That makes £13,700 in the past month and brings our funds to date for the new floor up to £15,500. We are hopeful that a new floor will soon be “nailed on”!


Village Litter Pick - Sunday 14th @ 2pm

Don't forget the village litter pick will take place this Sunday from 2pm.  Meet in the car park of the village hall and help keep the village looking great.  This only takes about an hour and gloves, vis jackets and litter pickers are provided.  See you there!

The Wendlebury Milestone - can you provide any information

You may be aware that the old derelict milestone that sat for many years in the village hall grounds has recently disappeared. It is currently sitting safely elsewhere in the village awaiting restoration. Some of the money raised from the jubilee celebration is being used for this restoration and hopefully by the summer the stone will have its missing inscription letters re-carved and will be painted and relocated within the village.
The stone is now featuring on the website for the milestone society Once on the site go to Around the Regions/South East  and there is a short notice about the stone. If you wish to read more detail go to the Articles and News section where you can read the history and detective work to date.
What is missing is the more recent history of the stone prior to the building of the Village Hall when it appears in the grounds. Was it already there before the building of the hall? When was it moved from the other side of the road? Can you remember it being elsewhere? Any information would be invaluable.
If you can help please give me a ring on 01869 243052 or email me on
Anni Thompson

Calling young artists: The YoBs Need You!

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A dynamic group of young people in Bicester have joined forces to create their very own youth action team, ironically referring to themselves as ‘the YoBs’ - the Youth of Bicester. With the motto ‘Changing the community for the better: young people inspiring and being inspired!’ their mission is simple; to make exciting and lively things happen in their community, using creativity as a catalyst for inspiring change.

Drawing on this ethos, the YoBs will be curating a three-day exhibition at Bicester’s Eco Demonstration Building in Garth Park on Saturday 18th-Monday 20th May 2013, featuring the inspiring work of young emerging artists. The exhibition is in collaboration with Artweeks – the Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival - and aims to showcase a rich, diverse and vibrant range of work.

The YoBs are looking for talented young artists aged 15-21 to be a part of this lively exhibition. If your thing is painting, sculpture, digital art, jewellery, drawing, photography, textiles or anything in-between, the Yobs want to see it! This exhibition will be an amazing opportunity to share and promote your work, gain valuable exhibiting experience and inspire the next generation of artists in Bicester and beyond.

To apply, please send up to four images of your work (in JPEG format, max 1 MB per image), along with a completed application form to

The application form can be downloaded from here.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Wednesday 17th April 2013. If you have any queries, please email: or call Laura Hamlet on 01869 602 560

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Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting took place on Thursday 14th March and was well attended.  It offered residents a chance to hear from the many and diverse groups and clubs in the village and attached to this article are the minutes and reports provided at the meeting.  This meeting is held every year between March and May and is a great opportunity to catch up with village news and get to know your neighbours.


Village Hall

£17,000 for new Village Hall floor needed

The wood block floor at the Village Hall is coming to the end of its useful life. It has been sanded and re-sealed several times and is now so thin that it needs to be replaced. Replacing it with a similar wood block floor will cost £17,000. We will be seeking grants to help with the cost and there will be fund raising events that we hope everyone in the village will support. Our aim is to raise the money within 2 years. Look out for our fundraising “thermometer” which will be put up outside the Hall so everyone can follow the progress of our fundraising efforts.

The Hall has been a major part of Village life for over 35 years. Please support our fundraising in whichever way you can.

Wendlebury Village Hall Committee

Feb 2013



Village Event


Traditional Nine Pin Skittles & a Fish Supper


Starts at 7.00pm

Includes: Fish & Chip Supper (or vegetarian option)

Licensed Bar

Tickets - £9.00 for adults - £3.50 forJuniors

Any questions call  Jean on 243879 and look out for flyer



Please note that the salt for use by all villagers has been moved to the pub car park in anticipation of the snow fall that is expected today , Friday 18th Jan. All residents can help themselves to whatever salt they need.  However, I imagine with it freezing all week we are going to need it for all the road junctions and Church Lane and we need residents to help distribute the salt on the critical points of the road to keep the access to and from the village open and ensure people are able to get to work, etc.  This grit is given to us because we don't get the gritting lorries through.
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150 Club 2012-13


17 Oct J Shouler
24 Oct
S Brown
31 Oct
S Forman
07 Nov
H Nuar    
14 Nov
S Charles
D Robertson
21 Nov
D Jones
28 Nov
J Bebbington
5 Dec
P Higginson
12 Dec
A Isgar    
19 Dec
P Glanville J Moles  
26 Dec
K Sheehan    
02 Jan
M Hook
09 Jan
V Maundrell
16 Jan
P Thursbury
23 Jan
G Dumbleton
F Shouler
30 Jan
G Dumbleton    
06 Feb
13 Feb
2o Feb
27 Feb
06 Mar
13 Mar
20 Mar
27 Mar
03 Apr
10 Apr

Cha & Rumba classes

Scarlet Ribbons RDC will be starting a new beginners level class in Cha and Rumba on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month

(8 - 10 pm), from February 13th 2013, at Bletchingdon Village Hall, Oxon.  For details call 01865  424745


Here is a little more information.


Round Dancing is a type of choreographed ballroom dancing in which the Cuer calls out figures, which are performed by all dancers simultaneously.  There are dances to most of the common latin and modern rhythms, e.g. Waltz and Cha Cha (and some rhythms specific to round dancing) to many different styles of music.  It is non-competitive and the emphasis is on fun and friendship.  Everyone is welcome - singles, couples and families.  No partner, previous experience or special eqipment is needed.


We meet twice per month on Wednesdays in Bletchingdon.  Beginners sessions focus on learning the basic figures in the most common rhythms, and are suitable for people who have no prior knowledge of dancing.  At the end of the course they are rewarded with a “graduation” ceremony.  Improvers sessions are designed for dancers who have “graduated” from the beginners sessions or have prior knowledge of dancing and who wish to continue to learn and extend their skills.   


Bletchingdon Village Hall, Station Road, Bletchingdon, OX5


2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month (Bletchingdon)  8 PM – 10pm

Price: £2.50 per session





Judi Read, Accredited Cuer & Teacher of Round Dancing since 1995.

Bicester Masterplan Update


Thank you to everyone who attended the roadshow on the 21st September. I said I would keep you updated on all information as we fight to get this issue resolved.

Brett Chambers and I attended the meeting in Kidlington on the 26th September and below are the key points.

Adrian Colwell, Head of Strategic Planning and the Economy made the presentation on the process of the Master and Local Plan, two of his team were there along with Michael Gibbard who is the Councillor with responsibility for planning. Adrian came and found Brett and myself prior to the meeting starting and made it clear that he is very aware of all our concerns and that we need to get it resolved.

In summary, throughout the presentation, he kept referring to Wendelbury and our situation as an issue that needs fixing and that this is the one big issue they have got wrong so far. He said "Wendlebury is making it's concerns very loud and clear"

I had the opportunity to ask a lengthy and pointed number of questions which I think struck home with all of the CDC team. Brett asked a number of questions around the process on Masterplan to Local Plan etc and I think we are clear on how this all links up now

When I asked if other routes had been considered, he said they had, and there is a document called the Bicester Traffic movement strategy in draft format that has this in it. We will obviously get to see this and he is hoping it will be completed shortly

Adrian now wants to meet along Oxon highways as a matter of urgency to discuss all of this and the next day came back to me and I am meeting with them on Friday 5th October with Brett for more discussions.

I must encoruage everyone to write in, Adrian stated "Whatever is received will count, letters, e mails, completed forms." SO don't worry about how it gets there, in what form, just get it there and please make sure Lois gets a copy.

I think we have made a great start here and they are acutely aware that this is a big issue that won't go away and needs a better solution. As always please feel free to contact me on my mobile, number below, or via e mail

Julian Cordy
Chairman - Wendlebury Parish Council
Mob: 07788 568281

Bicester Masterplan

Thanks to everyone who came along and vented their concerns at the meeting on Friday. It is now essential that everyone who attended, and those who couldn't, follow this up as matter of urgency. Please refer to the recent door drop for information.

Can you please ensure that every piece of correspondence is copied to or a hard copy is put though her door at 3 Rectory Close.

The parish Councillors have many meetings with various bodies over the next few weeks and will be working hard to try and get the route of the road moved away from the village.

If you any question or ideas, please contact Julian Cordy  via e mail, or on my mobile number 07788 568281.



As you may be aware we have been trying to gain some land for allotments for the village and I am delighted to inform you that we have now been offered an excellent site on a long term license from the Howard Family. In order to progress to the next stage we are undertaking a survey to establish who would like an allotment.

Please respond to : -


The ABC is now available for down load Akeman Boniface Calendar (ABC)

Queens Jubilee History Project

Is there a willing volunteer in the village who would like to take the lead on organising a display of the history of the village for the Jubilee event. We already have lots of resources ready for display in the village hall but we need someone to organise and co-ordinate them and just ensure we have everything attractively displayed.

Plenty of help is available so no need to have any expertise.

If you are interested please ring Anni on 01869 243052 or e-mail I am happy to answer any questions.

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