The latest news from in and around Wendlebury.

Easter Egg Hunt

If anyone has any leftover unwanted Christmas presents to get rid of Lois Lancaster gratefully receiving donations to the Easter Egg Hunt raffle prizes! 

Challenging the Men of Wendlebury

From Anni Thompson:

It is well known in Wendlebury that we have a great many good male cooks living in our midst.  When we eat out on the Travelling Supper or at friends and neighbours it is often the male of the household who produces the delicious dishes of which we partake.

However now we have made a challenge to the men of Wendlebury to show us what you can produce  as either a cold canapé or a hot main course and let us judge your food -----and you are SLOW at volunteering

This is a fun event. No real experience is required as you decide what to produce and prepare it in advance. You bring it to the village hall where you can titivate or finish off your dish, heat it through etc. For a canapé you need enough to give up to 40 guests one each, for the main course just enough to give everyone a taste of your dish.

So there is no risk that you might make a fool of yourself, burning the hall down, getting loud suggestions from the fairer sex, tossing a pancake etc.  And even better we are paying you for your ingredients ( generous maximum level applies ).

Help us create a successful fun evening in the bleakness of a February weekend. If interested please e-mail or speak to Gordy Wills, Lois Lancaster, Graham Brown, Anni or Steve Thompson for further information as soon as possible. 

Walking 19th January

From Mark Rogers:

Hope you're all well and have enjoyed the festive period.

I would like to arrange a 6.5 mile circular walk from Piddington on Sunday 29th January. Starting at 10.30am from the road junction by Piddington church.

Again, parking may be a problem so lift sharing might be advisable.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Old Warm Kit

From Dianna Broun

If anyone has old blankets, towels or duvets, they are urgently needed by Ardley Rescue Kennels.  If you do, could you please either ring me on 01869 245033 and I can collect them, or drop them off at 25 Rectory Close - if not in, please leave behind the side gate.  Many thanks

Welcome to the New Year

Thanx to Neil Ross for this one.

Cherwell District Council News

Latest from Cherwell District Council

Bounce-fit comes to Kidlington


Messy Church

Families, food and fun, craft, creativity, celebration and chat.

That’s what makes Messy Church so popular in so many places, and, three cheers! because...

is coming to The Akeman Benefice. Messy Church is a rapidly-growing nationwide activity which aims to provide people of all ages with a relaxed, creative time together, followed by a very short, informal worship time and then a meal. It is NOT a leave-your-children-and-collect-them-later event but very much for the whole family to have a good time together and to have the chance to chat with others, too. Activities for all ages are provided. It aims to be very accessible and friendly. The whole thing will last about an hour and a half, including the meal, and will be monthly, on a Sunday afternoon, in Kirtlington Church.

The first ever Messy Church in our villages will take place on Sunday January 29th, 4 - 5.30pm. Come along and give it a try. No need to book, though catering will be easier if you let us know you are thinking of coming, so you can email Joanna on After that, the next few dates are: Sundays Feb 26th, March 25th, April 22nd, and May 27th.

In the absence of a Notice Board

The Noticeboard will come back soon.


But in the mean time:

Wanted - 1 or 2 bedroomed flat for rent. Staff member of clinic looking to rent flat on short - med term basis. Please contact - Mike Delaney 07733120648 or Bayberry Clinic 01869 321717

Wendlebury Photo Competition

Wendlebury village club are organising a photographic competition during these winter months, open to all residents. The winning pictures will be used for the front of Christmas cards sold by the village club. Your name will be acknowledged on the card, giving you the chance to show off to your friends and family!!! Any village WINTER picture, old and new, will be considered for both quality and originality. See the flyer for more information.

Access this URL ([Wendlebury Photo Competition Flyer]84 kB

Pilates courses at Chesterton School

Pilates courses run at Chesterton Primary School throughout the year. They are suitable for most people and ideal for anyone with poor posture, weak abdominal or pelvic floor muscles. The courses run in 6 week blocks and every programme is very different. You will work with bands, fitness circles, weights, stability balls and a whole range of other equipment which is supplied. All you need is a mat, hand towel and a bottle of water. We work in loose comfortable clothes so no expensive outfits are necessary and there are no more than 10 participants per group. The times are 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings. The cost is £50 per 6 week course. To check course start dates, discuss any medical conditions you may have or to book a place, please call Terri Hopkins on             01869 351080      or             0797 081 6979      . Please visit for more information about classes and complementary therapies offered to compliment your healthy living plan.

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance

The following from Eleanor Green, Oxfordshire Fundraising Manager, Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust

As the Oxfordshire Fundraising Manager for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, I am looking to recruit some new volunteers for our busy events calendar in 2012 and am eager to reach as many local communities as possible. 

With no central Government or National Lottery funding, we rely on the local communities throughout Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to keep this emergency service operational 365 days of the year. We are looking for individuals who like meeting new people, trying new things and want to join a fantastic social network  by volunteering a few hours a week to their local Air Ambulance. We provide training and pay all reasonable expenses, so you will never be out of pocket, and with 200 events attended in Oxfordshire throughout 2011, there will be an event to suit everyones tastes.

Without our volunteers, we simply couldn't do what we do. For more information about TVACAA please visit or contact me on             0300 999 0135       or at


The January 2012 ABC is online now.

Access this URL ([ABC Jan 12]1240 kB

Cherwell District Council - Press Releases

CDC have put out some press releases which might be of interest to the village:
1. Amnesty on fraudulent claims of single occupancy discount for council tax.
2. Get fit for free in December.

Wendlebury Village Hall AGM - Minutes

The Wendlebury Village Hall AGM minutes are online now.

Access this URL ([Village Hall AGM Minutes Nov 11]357 kB

Wendlebury Nativity Play

The first rehearsal for the Wendlebury Nativity Play will be this Sunday (4 Dec) at 1400 in St Giles Church at the top of Church Lane.

The Red Lion

For those of you who I didn't see there last night, you will be delighted to know that the Red Lion is open for business again. I am afraid I did not meet the new Landlord\lady, but I did meet a very cordial barman named Bob. Those of us that were ther manager to drink them out of a whole barrel of Bombardier, but not to worry they have a barrel of Hooky for the weekend. More information as I get it.


The December 2011 ABC is online now.

Access this URL ([ABC Dec 11]2440 kB

Neighbourhood Watch Update

The Watch pages have been updated. Wendlebury Neighbourhodd Watch.

Winter Photo Competition

Calling all budding David Bailey and Lord Lichfield types, get you creative juices flowing and start taking Winter Wendlebury photos for an up coming Photo competition. More details to follow in January.

Graven Hill Development

From Brett Chambers
Further to the village meeting last weekend about the Graven Hill planning application. For those of you who wish to object please right click this link to download (Save target as...) a draft objection letterwhich you should edit with your own Name and Address. It should then be sent to as many as possible of the those on the Cherwell District Council Planning Committee Members list. For more information contact Brett by email at

Village Pantomine Trip

Tickets have been on sale now for only two weeks and are already over 30% sold. Those that are left are available from Dave Jones (242514) on a first come first serve basis. This event is being as popular as ever so don't miss out on your specially discounted tickets and free coach trip from the Red Lion. See the flyer for more info.

Access this URL ([Wendlebury Village Club Panto Flyer 2011 - Mother Goose]64 kB

Crib Service

The Christmas Eve Crib Service is at 5pm this year.

Cherwell District Council

The Olympics light up our lives:
Two years of Compost:
Home Improvement Winners:

Minutes of the Village Club AGM

The following documents are from the Village Club AGM:

Access this URL ([Village Club AGM Treasurer's Report Nov 2011]48 kB
Access this URL ([Village Club Chairperson's Report Nov 2011]24 kB
Access this URL ([Village Club AGM Minutes Nov 2011]42 kB

Minutes of Parish Council

Please find minutes of the October meeting of the Parish Council below. Dates for next years meetings are: 12 Jan, 19 Apr, 14 Jun (AGM), 12 Jul, 11 Oct.

Access this URL ([Parish Council Minutes Oct 11]66 kB

Neighbourhood Watch -Warning

Please be aware of any cold callers. The recent scam is suggesting the caller is from 'Her Majesties Court' and a summons has been issued and mentions an amount of money owed. Please beware of anyone telephoning in these circumstances. If you have any concerns please telephone Trading Standards on             0845 051 0845       or the police on             08458 505 505       for help and assistance if you are in any doubt.

Parish Council meeting re Graven Hill Development

In case you haven't seen the flyer in the village about the Graven Hill development and the potential link road, please look at it below. You are invited to a meeting at 1930 on Sunday 7 November to discuss the implications.

Access this URL ([Graven Hill Meeting Flyer]312 kB

Village Pantomine Trip

A reminder to you all that the Panto Trip this year will be on Thu 29 Dec to see Mother Goose at the Oxford Playhouse. Tickets go on sale from 1 Nov from Dave Jones (242514) on a first come first serve basis. This event always proves to be remarkable popular so don't miss out on your specialy discounted tickets and free coach trip from the Red Lion. See the flyer below for more info.

Access this URL ([Wendlebury Village Club Panto Flyer 2011 - Mother Goose]64 kB

Village Club and Village Hall Committee AGM

The Annual General Meetings of the Wendlebury Village Hall Committee and the Wendlebury Village Club will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 1st November starting at 8pm. Everyone is invited to come along to hear what these two organisations have been doing over the past twelve months and to participate in electing committee members for 2012. Perhaps you might also like to join one of the Committees and help contribute to the life of the Village? Or simply come along to the AGMs and contribute your ideas on what we could do better.

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