Welcome Leaflet

Steeple Aston Parish Council has published a Welcome Leaflet for new arrivals in the village. It includes a detailed map and lots of useful information. Of course there’s lots more to find on this website too!

Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS)

01869 690691

Defibrillator on the wall

Imagine you are at home when your partner or spouse suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. Call the emergency services and ask to speak to the Ambulance Service. They will automatically despatch an ambulance to you, and give you instructions on how to perform CPR (chest compressions).

If appropriate, the 999 call-taker will then call the Village Emergency Telephone System. A volunteer will then bring a defibrillator to you. This will greatly increase the patient’s chances of survival.

The VETS number connects simultaneously with ten volunteers in the village. When a volunteer picks up, they will be told where the defibrillator is needed. They will collect it from the cabinet by the Sports and Recreation Building or the Red Lion pub, and bring it to you. If they arrive before the ambulance, you can open up the defibrillator together, and follow the spoken instructions.

If someone else is with you, you can ask them to call the VETS number and say where a defibrillator is needed. But if you are on your own, DO NOT STOP GIVING CPR to make a phone call.

In a case of cardiac arrest, call the emergency services on 999.

Avoid ticket scams – from Trading Standards

Ticket bying tips

New book  on the Steeple Aston Bradshaws

Book cover

The Impassioned Collector  has just been published by Olympia Publishers. It’s about Arthur Bradshaw and is written by Jane Allen, a relative of the Bradshaw family who occupied The Grange in Steeple Aston during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The publishers describe it as follows:

The Impassioned Collector follows Arthur Bradshaw, over a span of fifty years. It perfectly balances its historical moments with moments of the familial and personal. It journeys across the globe, from South Africa to America to Wales, and from youth to adulthood to death.

Jane Allen portrays a unique family, the Bradshaws, through world-wide upheaval and individual death. It centres on the sprawling grounds of The Grange. Despite any travelling this is its centre: heart-warming, pastoral, magnificent.

Richard Preston has a very personal connection to the story. He writes:

For anyone who might be interested in life at The Grange between the late 1800s and the Second World War, this book might give an insight into how things were then. But to add to that the story of a man who was possibly the most prolific collector of Fabergé, and held his
collection at Steeple Aston.

This book tells the story of the Bradshaw family who resided at The Grange for many decades. For me personally, it also gives an insight into the life of my grandfather who was head gardener at The Grange for 49 years.

It’s a  great read!

The book is available from the publisher’s website  Cover price £10.99

Parish Council vacancy

Village Spring Clean

From Carl Tomlinson, the Chair of Steeple Aston PC Environment and Sustainability Committee

The weekend of 13th/14th April saw over a dozen volunteers of all ages picking litter out of the hedges and verges. A cohort of WI stalwarts were joined by family groups. With a Parish Councillor having taken care of North Side and Fenway earlier in the month, the volunteers covered the village from Middle Aston to the lights on the Heyford Road, and along South Side and Sixty Foot.

The bright sunshine made for a pleasant morning. A big thank you is due to all who volunteered, a few of whom are pictured. Apart from a few choice finds (pictured below) the village was remarkably – and heart-warmingly – free of litter. So thanks are also due to those villagers who pick it up when they see it, and to all those who don’t drop it in the first place.

Local poet publishes prize-winning collection

front cover of poetry book

Villager John White has recently won the iOTA Shot 2023 Poetry Pamphlet competition. His collection, entitled ‘Attachments’, will be published on 10th June by Templar Poetry.

John, who originally comes from County Derry, lives at Palmer House on Southside and works at a special needs school in Oxford. He gained a distinction in the Oxford Master’s degree in Creative Writing.

He plans to hold a launch event in the village, and one in Oxford, in the Autumn. Meanwhile you can listen to some of his poems and purchase his pamphlet on his publisher’s website.

The Return of the Blandford Fly

The Blandford Fly is awake and busy in the village. Richard Preston reports that his garden is teaming with them now it is that bit warmer.
See health advice from the surgery.
Blandford Fly Advice Poster


Village Hall AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Steeple Aston Village Hall management committee was held on the 13th May 2024. The full committee is listed below, showing which group they represent.

Barbara Brewer Tuesday Badminton (Chair)
Margaret Bulleyment Choral society (Secretary)
John White (Treasurer)
Alison Moran Thursday Badminton
Deborah Morris Village Rep
Sally Cooper WI
Torquil McLusky SRT Co-ordinator
TBN Village Rep
Chris Clarke PCC
Stuart Cummins Archive
Richard Preston Valentine Club
John Coley Garden Club

In the next few months the committee will be deciding on a programme of events for the forthcoming year. If there is a specific event you would like to see in the programme or if you have any new ideas, please contact Barbara Brewer on 01869  340423 or any committee member.

See more on the Village Hall website.

Steeple Aston Light Railway

Graham Porcas writes:

Last year I set up and ran my 5” gauge miniature railway at several village events on Robinson’s Close which I gather was much enjoyed by many youngsters and some not so young from the village and surrounding areas.

It was such a success that I have been asked to do it again and make this a regular part of village events which I am more than happy to. Building and running these miniature steam engines is my hobby and although it takes quite some time and effort to set up a temporary track each time, roughly a day to set up and another half a day to dismantle, it is a great pleasure for me especially as I may be encouraging
some future engineers to take an interest in mechanical engineering.

I am required to take out special insurance to run trains on Robinson’s Close, this is very specific and outside the realms of the usual policies used by the Parish Council and other village organisations so I have to arrange this at my own expense. Last year the PC was kind enough to reimburse me and I was hoping they would do so again this year but they refused my application on the grounds that as an individual I am not entitled to such support!

I’m still trying to work out the logic behind this decision but the obvious conclusion is to form a special interest group so that I am
no longer just an individual.

So I would like to start a club:- The Steeple Aston Light Railway.

Anyone interested is welcome to join, no age limit, upper or lower; but an interest in steam engines, learning how to drive them, or simply taking part in the joys of riding. behind a steam engine would be useful. Or just to support me to continue with
running days at village events.

Please contact me directly grahamporcas@btconnect.com or 01869347240.

Steeple Aston Annual Quiz Night 2024

quiz view

Once again the Village Hall Committee organised a thoroughly enjoyable Quiz evening on Saturday 20th January. Thirteen teams with a maximum of eight to a table took part in the fun with names ranging from ‘The Nightingales’ to ‘4SR +4’. Perhaps next year there should be a prize for the most creative team name?

As usual the teams went to town providing a wide and interesting variety of food and nibbles to keep them going during the evening. A bar was also available to serve liquid refreshments to all.

Carl and Kate TomlinsonThis year the quiz was devised and led by Carl Tomlinson with Kate in charge of the score board. They had devised a very clever table top opener involving answers which had links with Oxford Colleges – easy you might think, but the winners not only needed to be correct but also hand their answers in as quickly as possible! This was won by the ‘Quizzical’ team.

Other questions and conundrums challenging the teams were: What connects Kazuo Ishiguro, Winston Churchill & Bob Dylan? – They have all won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In which county is the closest beach to Steeple Aston? – Hampshire (The beach is at Lymington)

As usual the evening was rounded off with the presentation of the trophy and wine to the winning team – ‘Isthmians’ – with a score of 87 out of a maximum of 100 points. They are at top of steps from left to right; Marco, James, Peter and going down the steps; Rebecca, Steph, Liz, Amy and Claire.


Bar staffThe Village Hall committee were grateful to receive donations of some generous raffle prizes donated by The Yurt (Nicholson’s), Safeclean, Holt Hotel, Holt Garage, Wines Toiletries (anonymous)

Thanks go to all who participated, not forgetting the Village Hall committee who organised this event. Here are (l to r) Amy, Barbara, Debbie and John serving drinks in the kitchen.

Keep watch for the details of the 2025 quiz in later editions of SAL, but be quick as tables swiftly get booked up for this challenging but fun annual event!


Here are this year’s results


Barbara Brewer, Village Hall Chair

Thanks to Nigel Francis for the photos.

Red Lion’s new contact details and opening hours

The Red Lion pub has a new phone number 01869 389174 and new website open for bookings. There are also new opening hours.

Opening hours 

Monday – closed
Tuesday 16:00 – 23:00
Wednesday 12:00 – 23:00
Thursday 12:00 – 23:00
Friday 12:00 – 23:00
Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
Monday: Closed
Tues: 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Wed – Fri: 12 noon – 3.00pm / 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Sat: 12 noon – 9.00pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 5.00pm


Handbell collection 2023

From Victoria Clifton:

Handbell ringers in actionChristmas may now be a distant memory (so last year!), but due to a team of dedicated handbell ringers we completed our annual pilgrimage around the village raising money for our chosen charity. This year we collected for the Disaster Emergency Committee, and thanks to the generosity of you the villagers we raised £1,800. We are keeping a portion back for ongoing maintenance of the handbells and are pleased to donate £1,600 to D.E.C.

Secondly, it is with huge gratitude and sadness that i have to announce that our Handbell Captain of 24 years, Sally Cooper is standing down. She has trained many new recruits young, and slightly older. Hosted hundreds of hours rehearsal at her house (Thanks Chris for putting up with us) and achieving the monumental task of arranging a team of ringers each night we go door to door. We thank you, and promise to continue your great work.

A new Handbell Captain was appointed at the Church Bellringers AGM, me Victoria Clifton. If I can be of any assistance where the handbells are concerned, or if you are interested in learning next Christmas please do get in contact, we’d love to meet you and it really is easier than you’d imagine. You don’t even need to read music either,  just spread some Christmas cheer.

Thank you to the village for your support this year.

More information and contact details.

Steeple Aston’s environmental impact – and what we can do to reduce it

Environmental Impact Report for Steeple Aston.

From Carl Tomlinson – Chair, Steeple Aston Parish Council ESC:

The Environmental and Sustainability Committee (ESC) recently reviewed a report which indicated – in broad terms – the carbon footprint of our community. The report was prepared using a methodology developed at the University of Exeter.

It’s perhaps no surprise to read that our carbon footprint appears to be over 30 per cent higher than the national average. We are a relatively affluent community, in a rural setting, with some fairly old housing stock. This means greater opportunities for long distance travel, fewer opportunities to use public transport, and higher consumption of energy for heating.

The report breaks down the carbon footprint into four areas, which I list below in descending order of impact.

  • Consumption of goods and services
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Food and diet

It goes on to suggest areas in which we can mitigate our impact. I’ve summarized these below with a few thoughts of my own.

Consumption of goods and services

All goods that we buy have carbon emitted in their manufacture, packaging, shipping, and sale. Every new product increases carbon emissions (and more resources are extracted and sourced – which itself can have huge environmental and social impacts). Reducing how many new goods we buy in the first place reduces goods-related emissions as does re-using and repairing items.

When we have to buy new, we can reduce the carbon emissions by considering how much of the product has been, and can be, recycled. We can look to minimize packaging by buying in bulk if budget and space permit this, or by teaming up with neighbours to buy in bulk. All of us appreciate the convenience of next-day delivery, those vans don’t run on fresh air.


On a business trip recently, I was invited to ‘contribute’ £2.50 to British Airway’s research into sustainable aviation fuel. Barefaced cheek from a wealthy corporate, or legitimate consciousness raising? Electric cars are coming our way but – if the planning authorities continue to have a veto on the installation of solar panels in conservation areas – many residents of the village will be denied the opportunity to fuel these vehicles cleanly. The S4 struggling to get past cars parked on South Side is our problem in a nutshell.

 We must all square on own consciences in these vexed areas, but we can all lobby for better public transport. And we can all make our roads safe for pedestrians and cyclists to use. 


We live in a beautiful part of the world. Many of the homes in the village lie in a conservation area. Some are listed. Is our bargain with future generations the preservation of a particular view which a small committee once deemed inviolate, or the protection of the planet our grandchildren will inhabit? These two aims need not be mutually exclusive but we must decide which to prioritize, and lobby our representatives accordingly.

In the average UK home, 64% of energy is used for space heating. The ESC has a thermal camera which many residents have used to identify how heat escapes from their homes. Please contact SteepleAstonESC@outlook.com if you would like to use it.

Food and drink

Research shows us that changing what we eat will have a greater impact on carbon emissions than changing where our food has travelled from – although, of course, eating locally-produced food brings multiple other benefits such as supporting local businesses. Ruth Dale has produced an excellent summary of local producers.

Many of us who grow food will have gluts in the summer and hopefully we will find ways of sharing, rather than composting, them. But this is a drop in the ocean compared to the 22 percent of food which is wasted in the UK. That’s enough to feed everyone for nearly three months. Even a small change in buying and use habits will reduce this scandalous level and save money into the bargain. How much food (and carbon, and money) goes in your bin every week?

This is of necessity a snapshot of a very thought-provoking report, and the views I express above are my own. I hope you’ll take a few moments to read the report and form your views.

Environmental Impact Report for Steeple Aston.

Locally Produced Food – Suppliers within reach of Steeple Aston

This information has been researched by the Steeple Aston Environment and Sustainability Committee.



01869 347702

Soil Association registered organic box scheme

Weekly organic vegetable box also supplying fruit, eggs, bread, etc.

There is the possibility of home delivery and/or collection points





Organic pasteurised, unhomogenised milk; yoghourt; cream; ice cream

Organic home reared beef, veal and lamb. Also eggs and Forgehouse Bakery Bread.

Weekly deliveries or collection points: Order online





Producing high health and welfare beef, lamb and rare breed pork



Park Farm, Middleton Stoney OX25 4AL


Open first weekend of every month.

Home reared pork, lamb, beef and free range eggs

Also provide bread; seasonal vegetables; jams chutneys and honey




Fourth Saturday each month 9.00am-12.30pm

Over 40 stalls offering local produce including bread, eggs, fish, meat, vegetables

Fruit, flowers, beer, preserves and much more!




forgehousebakery@btinternet.com tel: 07584 666561

Home-baked sourdough bread, pastries,etc.

Pre-order Saturday – Thursday for collection Fridays (see website for details)



Email: whpspray@gmail.com

Rare breed lamb, will deliver



fenemorefarms@gmail.com. tel: 07917 795207

Provide lamb; eggs; honey; fruit and vegetables

Open daily (sign on main road from Deddington to Clifton)




Local village apple juice



Rectory Farm, Cassington OX29 4SU tel: 07710 634631


Comprehensive food shop with in house sourdough bakery and restaurant.

Spring 2023

Parish Path Warden appointed

Steeple Aston now has a Parish Path Warden to keep an eye on our footpaths. Greg Elphick. has volunteered to take on the role which involves walking all the local footpaths at least twice a year. He will take his secateurs with him to prune overgrowing vegetation and ensure that signposts and waymarks are kept clean. He will report more serious problems to Oxfordshire County Council’s Countryside Access Team.

The Parish Path Warden scheme is run by the Ramblers’ Association in association with the county council. Around 80 per cent of villages in Oxfordshire have their own warden.

Greg is pictured here in the centre with his hedgecutter and his faithful companion Poppy, the sprocker spaniel. They were part of a recent work party on a path in Alkerton that had become almost impassable due to brambles and self-seeding trees.

Greg says. “Such work parties cover the wider local area, not just Steeple Aston. They are needed only a few times a year as most paths get well used and any issues usually get sorted before a work party is deemed necessary.

“Obviously, I will be checking all our paths myself but invite any villagers to contact me if I’ve missed something.” Email greggles1262@gmail.com or call 07891 760176.

News from the MCNP

MCNP logo

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) is the largest member neighbourhood plan in the country? We are a forum of 11 members and 1 associate member, across 12 villages. We are extremely proud of the inclusive nature that this unique forum has provided – where we’re able to come together as a team and work towards a common goal – a better plan for our rural communities – and embracing the change that comes with development within the heart of our communities.

Visit http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/reg14 to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

13th February 2024

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) is able to include local green spaces (LGS) within the plan that seek to protect them from unwanted development in the future. There are a total of 32 LGS identified in our review across the plan area – a further 15 are being put forward in our review, benefiting many local communities including Heyford Park.

Visit http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/reg14 to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

6th February 2024

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) proposed  a new  burial ground at Heyford Park amongst the original Plan policies. A huge increase in population at Heyford Park means that local cemeteries are not able to cope with this future, local demand. We continue to work with the major land owners to help identify and implement this facility.

Visit http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/reg14 to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

30th January 2024

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) is actively objecting to the vast warehousing schemes currently proposed in our neighbouring parishes. Whilst we understand there is a national need for employment, our area currently has employment figures way above the national average. Warehousing of the nature proposed does not result in huge job increases, but rather huge amounts of extra traffic on the surrounding rural roads.

Visit http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/reg14 to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) is a statutory consultee on all planning applications made within the plan area. To date we have commented on multiple cases and have had great success in ensuring that our local polices are implemented by the Cherwell Planning department.

Visit http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/reg14 to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

9th January 2024

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) has been very active in campaigning for a new Local Health Facility at Heyford Park. Initially the NHS rejected the proposal for a new pharmacy but MCNP worked with the GP Practice to appeal the refusal, which resulted in the approval of the pharmacy that is open today.

Visit http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/reg14 to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

2nd January 2024

Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) has been in force since a referendum was held in 2019?

A neighbourhood plan is a legal planning document that is used to guide development within the plan area, but it is formulated by local residents and volunteers, NOT planning authorities.

The MCNP is bringing its policies up to date and adding some important new ones to benefit all our local residents. We will shortly be consulting with all the communities within the Plan area and asking for your views.

Sign up at www.mid-cherwell.org.uk to find out more or email info@mid-cherwell.org.uk

20th December 2023

Steeple Aston Thermal Camera Project

From Claire Coysh, on behalf of the Environment and Sustainability Committee:

There are conflicting ideas on what we should be doing to protect the environment, people have different perspectives on mankind’s relationship with nature, concerns about the seriousness of climate change and what is actually helpful. Insulating your home however, is a no brainer. There are multiple benefits (taken from focusonenergy.com):

Lower energy costs – If your home has poor insulation and air leaks, you could be spending 15% more than you need to on heating and cooling. It also means extra wear and tear on your heating system and air conditioner. Proper insulation and air sealing is the best way to prevent wasted energy and keep your home and energy bill in a comfortable, happy place.

Comfort – Insulation helps your home stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, so you don’t have to crank up your heating or cooling system to the max just to get by.

Noise – Insulation might not block everything out, but it definitely absorbs sound and can help make your home a quieter place to relax.

Environmental Impact – Saving energy benefits your home, community and the environment. Improving your insulation is one of the best steps you can take to make a difference in terms of your home’s energy performance and carbon footprint.

Thermal camera house imageResale Value – Being able to tell prospective buyers that top-quality insulation is already in place and lowering the home’s operating costs can be a real selling point.

A thermal image of the outside surface of a house can show areas which are conducting heat from the inside to the outside of the house, helping to identify: Draughts, missing insulation, poor or broken window seals, poorly insulated windows.

The Steeple Aston Environment and Sustainability Committee have purchased a reconditioned thermal camera (FLIR C2), kindly funded by Sustainable Steeple. This camera is available for villagers to borrow to take thermal images of their home. We have put together a guide on how to interpret the images.

Thermal cameraCold (less than 5°C), frosty and dry weather is the best weather for thermal imaging (the temperature difference between inside and outside should be at least 10-15°C). From when we bought the camera (February 2023) we ran a pilot project, loaning the camera to 20 houses in the village. Feedback from the pilot project was very positive. Villagers found it easy to use and helpful to identify and/or confirm areas of insulation in their home they needed to improve.

We are now gathering details of anyone who would like to be on the list to use the camera this winter. It’s very weather dependent, but it might be cold enough to start using the camera in another month or so. To be added to the list, please email me at steepleastonESC@outlook.com

Join the PC team!

poster asking for volunteers



Take an historical walk around Steeple Aston

Steeple Aston Village Archive group (SAVA) has produced an historical walk around the village that you can do at any time. It is being sold to raise funds for the Village History Centre.

A copy can be sent to you digitally from the SAVA website on request with an answer sheet included at a cost of £5, or you can purchase it at Steeple Aston village shop.

The walk is guided by Robina, a resident in 1923, who walks you around the village noting places and people of interest 100 years ago. The walk includes finding answers to questions on things you can see in 2023.
It starts and finishes at the Village Hall.

More on the SAVA website. https://www.steepleastonarchive.org.uk/

Conservation Area Appraisal

Much of Steeple Aston is a Conservation Area containing many listed houses. This means that any changes, such as the building of new houses  or alterations to existing buildings are subject to  particular scrutiny and regulation.

The village’s Conservation Area was first designated in 1988. A Conservation Area is defined as “an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.”

More recently there was a Conservation Area Appraisal  which was was the subject of public consultation. It is a detailed report ddescribing the village and its development and making recommendations for future maintenance of the area and its historic buildings.

It says that since its adoption by Cherwell District Council in April 2014, it is “a material consideration in the determination of planning applications within the Conservation Area and its setting.”

The appraisal says: “In order to protect the special environment, stricter controls exist within the Conservation Areas, restricting the kinds of alterations to domestic properties that may be carried out without specific planning permissions

“With all proposals for development and the display of advertisements in a Conservation Area, greater care is necessary to ensure that schemes enhance and preserve the area’s special character.”

Conservation Area Appraisal

Church collecting for Banbury Food Bank

From Martin Dale:
All of us are deeply aware of the need for food banks from the King himself down! In the past our parish church made a collection for the food bank. However, this ceased when the church was shut during Covid. Now the need has become ever greater, we have decided to try to make the church a collection hub within the village once more. For us this is initially a Christmas effort but we intend to keep this going for as long as necessary.

The system is simple: if people would like to donate non perishable foodstuffs and hygiene items in the box at the back of the church we will make sure that these items are delivered regularly on an ongoing basis to Banbury Foodbank. We took the harvest offerings to this food bank run by the Trussell Trust. It is very well organised. They have a network of food banks and inter foodbank transport to get the food to where it’s needed most. So one banks surplus is another’s necessity.

We look forward to taking your donations to them. Thankyou!

Join a local Art Class

Niki Thomas holds an Art Class every Wednesday Morning at Middle Aston House from 10.00am until 1.00pm. Here is one example of Niki’s work.

For more details of the class, please contact Niki on: nikithomasartist@gmail.com

Please support The Valentine Club

The Valentine Club is the village’s very popular over-60s club. All meetings and outings have had to be cancelled because of coronavirus. The cancellation of their annual jumble sale and the inability to raise funds via monthly raffles means the Cherwell Lottery is their only way of raising funds.

In addition to the usual prizes every week there is the opportunity to win a short break with the draw taking place at the end of October. Anyone can purchase lottery tickets and the process is very simple. Just follow the steps as described on the Cherwell Lottery website 

Hopefully, once this pandemic has disappeared, this funding will enable the club to move forward and bring some happiness to the slightly older generation living in our village.


Give a dog a bad name!

We’d just like you to know that almost all the fouling on our village streets comes from wild animals. After all, we do live in the country! We’ve investigated this issue thoroughly with the help of Cherwell Council’s dog warden. So, please, don’t always blame the dogs and dog walkers in the village. It’s probably not them messing up our streets. It’s most likely foxes. Or maybe badgers or muntjac.

What should you do if you see some poo?
Please just pick it up in a suitable plastic bag and pop it in a street-side bin or a green bin. Bags are available free from the Village Shop. Dog walkers often pick up scat that their dogs are not responsible for. Give them a hand. You will be helping to keep the village clean and you may stop someone putting their foot in it.

And if you do see a dog walker not picking up?
We think this is unlikely, but if you do … report it to the dog warden at https://www.cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk/xfp/form/347?council=cdc or on 01295 227007. He will take action against anyone found not picking up.
Thank you.

Steeple Aston Parish Council

Potholes Reminder

Just a reminder that Steeple Aston has a FixMyStreet SuperUser. This means we have a fast track method of getting potholes filled as long as they meet the relevant criteria in terms of size, depth etc., and they are within the 30 mile an hour limit.

If you report a pothole direct to the Parish Clerk (parishclerk.steepleaston@gmail.com or 01869 347000), she will pass on the details to our SuperUser, who can contact the Highways contractors, without going through FixMyStreet. The system has been in place for a while now and works well.

The Parish Council


Help for victims of crime or abuse

Being a victim or a witness of a crime can be an emotional and difficult time.

Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime or abuse, as well as family members of victims. It is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

A Victims First Officer can discuss any emotional or practical needs you may have and work with you to put a tailored support plan in place. This could involve referring you to a specialist service such as services for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The type of assistance available includes telephone and face to face support, advocacy including help to access other services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol services and legal services, support through the criminal justice system (if you have reported the crime to the police) and therapeutic counselling.

A Young Victims Service is also available to anyone under 18 and works with young people to help them cope with the effects of crime.

To speak to a Victims First Officer about any of the services and to receive support please call 0300 1234 148.

You can also find more information or make a referral for support online at www.victims-first.org.uk

Live Well in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council has an online directory of over 2,000 (and growing) support services across the county to help residents live better.

Live Well Oxfordshire has been developed by Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire and Affinity Works. The directory has been designed to bring together information about groups and organisations offering services for adults with a variety of needs in one place.

It includes categories such as looking after someone, keeping fit and well, finding a care home, help with life events and many more.

To go to the directory, please click here.

Essential repairs grant available

Cherwell District Council is offering an essential repairs grant to help vulnerable people, which covers, for example:
. Replacing a defective door or window
. Roof repairs
. Minor electrical works

You may be eligible if you meet the following criteria:
1. You have owned your home for at least three years and
2. You are eligible for a means tested benefit, and /or a tax credit with a household income below a set level and
3. You are over 60 years of age or in receipt of child benefit for a child living with you.

For more details contact:
Private Sector Housing Team
Cherwell District Council
Bodicote House
OX15 4AA
Tel. 01295 227004 or visit www.cherwell.gov.uk

Calling all parents and grandparents

• Are you a good listener?
• Do you enjoy being with young children?
• Could you spare 2 – 3 hours per week?
• Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer with Home-Start?
• Volunteering provides excellent experience for a CV

Home-Start Oxford and Bicester is a local charity which supports families with at least one child under five years of age. They have been doing so for over 20 years and in that time have been a lifeline to thousands of families in need.

Their volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to local families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.

For more information please contact Sarah Harvey on 01869 349990, email her on sarah@homestart-oxford.org.uk or view their website: http://www.home-startoxford.org.uk


Have YOU ever thought about FOSTERING?

PACT LogoThere is a recognised shortage of 10,000 Foster Carers in the UK. PACT, founded in 1911, is also known as the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work inc. We are a registered charity working to improve life chances for children. The focus of our work is within Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and aims to build and strengthen families.

We are an approved Adoption and Fostering Agency. We have a history of finding safe, loving families for children in care. Here are a few facts about Fostering:

1. Did you know you don’t have to be married to become a Foster Carer?
2. You don’t have to have children already although you do need to have experience of caring for children.
3. Did you know you get paid a Fostering Allowance of £335.70 a week to be a Foster Carer which is tax free and won’t affect any other benefits?
4. Most of the children who need fostering are known as ‘hard to place’ children, they will usually be 8+ years of age.

Fostering is a hard but very rewarding job. If you think you might have what it takes to become a Permanent Foster Carer or you want to find out more then contact PACT now on 0800 731 1845 e-mail fostering@pactcharity.org


Katharine House Hospice Lottery

Support your local hospice lottery for just £1 a week.

Over £100,000 is raised every year.

Every week there is a first prize of £1,000 plus:
2 x £100 prizes
2 x £50 prizes
5 x £20 prizes
10 x £10 prizes

Fundraising and Lottery Office
Katharine House Hospice
East End
OX17 3NL
Tel: 01295 816484
Email : fundraising@khh.org.uk

Or download an application form from their website: www.khh.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 297099