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 Milcombe’s Community and Parish Council website.

Welcome to Milcombe Village Website. We hope you will find all the information you are looking for. If you wish to add any information, please contact: Sarah Smith or Theresa Goss on the contact boxes above .


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Please send your information to Sarah Smith :

Please look on ‘The Dove’ page for the PDF file of the Milcombe Newsletter. Thank you.




As part of our fight to protect services at the Horton General Hospital, I have launched the campaign, #Banbury2JR.

 The campaign will encourage people in and around Banbury to fill out a form (attached) about journey times to the JR in Oxford, and post their travel times on social media using the hashtag #Banbury2JR. My office will then collate the information and pass it onto the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

 With a consultation on health care expected to begin this month, information on journey times will be vital to establish the true effect of any changes to the Horton.

It is hoped that the form will be published in the Banbury Guardian, but I would be most grateful if you could also share this campaign with local people.


 Best wishes  Victoria.

Victoria Prentis MP

Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire

Heyford Park House, Upper Heyford, Bicester, OX25 5HD | 01869 233 685

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA | 020 7219 8756 | victoriaprentis | Twitter: @VictoriaPrentis


Find out about funding for rural businesses in Oxfordshire

A day event run by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to let rural businesses know about the range of funding opportunities available.

Thursday 9 February 2017

Fountain Centre- Howbery Park, Wallingford, OX10 8BA

10.30am – 4.30pm

The Oxfordshire LEADER team will be there to talk about what projects are eligible for the programme, the application process and to take any questions.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will present on other programmes including the next round of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)Growth Programme. The three themes are:

Food Processing,

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Rural Business Development

This programme offers larger grants than LEADER and covers a wider area of Oxfordshire.

You can find out more on the OxLEP website.

There will also be information presented on the Countryside Productivity Fund.

To register

If you would like to attend this event, please register your interest by 2 February 2017 by emailing EAFRD@oxfordshirelep. com

Please include your:

Name (As you wish it to appear on your name badge)
Job Title
Web address
Telephone Number
If you have any questions please call OxLEP on 01865-897193 or

A full agenda will be sent nearer the time.



Being a Parish Councillor in Milcombe gives you a real opportunity to make a difference to the community and it gives you a chance to help make Milcombe an even better place to live.

There are currently two vacancies for Councillors on Milcombe Parish Council. Being a Parish Councillor in Milcombe gives you a real opportunity to make a difference to the community and it gives you a chance to help make Milcombe an even better place to live. To find out more about joining Milcombe Parish Council, call Theresa Goss on 01295 710965 or email Or, to apply to be co-opted to the vacancy, just write a brief summary about you and your skills and why you would like to be a Parish Councillor and send it to Theresa at 3 Tanners Close, Middleton Cheney, OX17 2GD or email to



District Councillor Hugo Brown will be holding a Surgery on Saturday 4th February 2017 between 10:00am and 12:00 Noon at the Hook Norton Memorial Hall to discuss any concerns, complaints or questions you may have. No booking required. Just turn up


The new noticeboard for Church Lane is ready and will be collected and installed in the next few weeks.


Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS)

The Parish Council would be placing an order for the installation of a 600mm VAS with solar panels and data collection, at the bottom of North Hill. The PC had received confirmation from the County Council that it had £3000 towards the VAS and the Parish Council agreed to meet the additional cost of £1129



The spirit of Milcombe


Please support Milcombe now by joining in the village community 

The spirit of Milcombe , like many villages, is disappearing rapidly, and with an expected  growth in new housing, the old values, which for generations have maintained the independence of our village communities, will disappear unless newcomers and the younger generation are prepared to support the organisations that are designed to sustain a healthy, social structure within rural communities. To keep this village socially active we need new blood to give as little as 2/3 hours per month to help in the various activities which are  part of our village.

Please contact David Charles  on 01295 721158 or 07989 408553.


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Milcombe Newsletter

Milcombe Newsletter will be produced each month and will be available at the Village Hall; Church; The Horse & Groom; and at the New Road Shop.


Please let us know and we’ll put it in the village Newsletter and on the website.

Contributions, by email (Microsoft Word compatible). To be received by 18th of month prior to publication.

(NO REMINDERS) to All contributions are cut and pasted and not edited.


Notification of Planning Policy Consultations


Partial Review of the Cherwell Local Plan (Part 1): Options Consultation – Oxford’s Unmet Housing Needs
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule

Draft Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Please find enclosed a public notice about consultations on the above planning policy documents.  The consultation period extends from Monday 14 November 2016 to Monday 9 January 2017.

Please note that we now have a separate email address for consultation responses. This is PlanningPolicyConsultation@ . Hard copies can still be posted.

We are organising two parish/town workshops during the consultation period to explore some of the issues raised in the consultation documents.  The details of the workshops are as follows:

  1. Parish/Town Workshop, John Paul Centre, Bicester, 7 December 2016, 6pm to 8pm
  2. Parish/Town Workshop, Bodicote House, Bodicote, 12 December 2016, 6pm to 8pm

A suggested attendance list is attached for each workshop.  We would be grateful if you could email planning.policy@cherwell-dc. or telephone 01295 227985 to confirm attendance by Monday 28 November.  Please advise if you would prefer to attend the alternative workshop.  Due to the number of parishes in the district, a maximum of two councillors per parish are invited to attend.

Kind regards David Peckford
Planning Policy Team Leader


Comments are invited

(email: Oxford needs 28,000 homes and, of those, approximately 15,000 will have to be provided outside of Oxford by the various local councils with around 4,400 apportioned to the Cherwell area. CDC must test whether the housing requirement is appropriate for Cherwell and can be sustainably delivered through its statutory Local Plan process.

If you do make any comments on the above proposals, please copy in the Parish Council ( so that Councillors are aware when making their response.



Cherwell District Council had confirmed that the works to the wall would go ahead, but no start date had yet been agreed.

(16/00935/LB) – CDC has withdrawn its planning application to renovate the Dovecote whilst in consultation with Historic England as the Dovecote is both a Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument which apparently is quite an unusual circumstance. The criteria for Scheduled Ancient Monument consent is stricter than that of LB consent. It is understood that the works to ‘repair’ the wall do not need LB consent subject to the contractors being in discussion with the Conservation officer. The Parish Council has therefore requested that repairs to the perimeter wall be carried out as soon as possible on the grounds of Health & SafetyPlanning application.

16/00935/LB issued by Cherwell District Council Conservation works to walls and roof of Dovecote. Works to include repointing sections of the external walls in lime mortar; repairs to lime render to dormer window cheeks; replace isolated missing/slipped stone roof slates; repairs to lime mortar hip ridges; refixing of timber lintel details to joist ends; repairs to timber latticework to dormer windows; replace pigeon netting to roof top lantern light. The works also include the erection of a scaffold tower internally to allow a close inspection of the roof timbers. Repairs to the perimeter wall to the open land are also included in the project; clearing vegetation, replacing missing stones. The Parish Council has not been given any indication as to when these works are likely to proceed.



Western Power Distribution

The new, free, three digit 105 telephone number to call in a power cut has now gone live!

 Many thanks to many of you for indicating your support of the 105 service. We hope that this service, which is a free, easy to remember number to call in a power cut, will be of great use to the public.

 Many thanks Michael Clarke

Corporate Communications Officer

Corporate Communications Team (Midlands)

Western Power Distribution

Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2TU



‘CARING MAT TERS’ CONFERENCE to be held at the Kassam Stadium, Ox ford, on November 25th, 2016. To book please visit http:// or call 01235 520463.



Butterfly Meadow Children’s Centre

 County Councillor Kieron Mallon thanked the Parish Council for its donation of £500 to be made in 2017/2018, to support the running costs of the Centre. Councillor Mallon reported that the Centre’s application for funding from the County Council had been successful at the first round.

The Centre is currently used by Bloxham and all the surrounding villages including Milcombe. Every effort is being made to keep the Centre open with the help of the Headmaster and governing body at the Primary School and Bloxham Parish Council plus additional funding is being sought to help secure the future of the Centre.

If the Centre can be retained, then it can be hired out to other organisations for a fee to help with the running costs and a wider range of activities could be offered. OCC is currently proposing to retain Centres at Woodgreen in Banbury and west of Banbury (Grimsbury area) but there would be nothing for families this side of Banbury.

Milcombe Parish Council would like to hear from any families in the village who currently use this facility or hope to use it in the future. Please contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council.



Please cut back any branches or hedges growing on your property which may be overhanging or encroaching on public footpaths or even causing problems with visibility to traffic and pedestrians.



Fly tipping is the common term used to describe waste that has been illegally deposited causing damage to the environment, costing businesses, landowners and tax payers millions every year. 

Householder’s responsibility: 

Householders are required by law to check that anyone removing waste from their property are authorised to do so. Check waste carriers are genuine and hold a waste carriers licence.  To check your waste carrier is holds a legitimate waste carriers licence contact the Environment Agency on: 03708 506506 or on line at Most large skip companies will display their waste carrier licence number in the windscreen of their vehicle. If they are not registered, residents should refuse their service. If they claim to be registered but do not have any paperwork, residents can telephone the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation. Record the registration number of any vehicle removing waste from your home.  Pay by cheque as payments can be traced if the waste is fly tipped. If they insist on cash refuse their service and request a receipt for their service.

Reporting Fly tipping: 

Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) on adopted highway:  Residents should contact their local authority / Borough Council who will arrange for its removal.  Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) private land:  The land owner would be responsible for its removal by a licensed waste carrier.

Council’s can fine householders that hire a company to take materials away from their house that end up fly tipped To find out more about waste crime visit:


High-Speed Broadband arrives in Milcombe 

High-Speed Broadband

 As part of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, a fibre-enabled cabinet is now live and ready to take orders in Milcombe. This means that 261 residents and businesses in the parish will be able to request an upgrade to fibre-enabled broadband from a range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In most cases, this means that residents can select a product offering download speeds above 24Mb/s following infrastructure upgrades made via the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme. The aim of the £30.1m programme, funded by Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and BT, is to provide access to fibre-enabled broadband where this is not commercially viable without public sector investment. The cabinet in the following location is now sporting a large sticker declaring, ‘Fibre broadband is here.’ This indicates that the cabinet is live and ready to take customer orders. Bloxham Cabinet 5: Located on the Main Road, opposite Southwynd, Bloxham Road, Milcombe, Banbury OX15 4RH

Bloxham 5

Serves 18 postcodes

OX15 4RD OX15 4RL OX15 4RU

OX15 4RE OX15 4RN OX15 4RW

OX15 4RF OX15 4RP OX15 4RX

OX15 4RG OX15 4RQ OX15 4RZ

OX15 4RH OX15 4RR OX15 4SA

OX15 4RJ OX15 4RS OX15 4SB

 Please note that improved broadband services are not turned on automatically. To access fibre-enabled broadband, please contact your chosen ISP or use comparison sites to find available packages. There is a list of ISPs on the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire website: If you contact an ISP, please state that you wish to order ‘fibre-enabled / superfast broadband,’ otherwise they may offer you a slower broadband service. Your chosen ISP should be able to offer any technical assistance to access fibre-enabled / superfast broadband. It is also important to note, that not all premises within a postcode area will be necessarily be able to order superfast speeds (above 24Mb/s). Premises will be able to access a range of speeds – some will get superfast broadband and others will be able to get anywhere between 2Mb/s and 24Mb/s, depending on distance from the cabinet. 



• Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers 

• Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds 

• Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations. The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.  New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company. The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.

Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.  “We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”

Water Pump

Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at  

A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it was in use before July 2011 (and) serve a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or) serves two or more properties

More information:

Bin It Campaign



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St Laurence History

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St Laurence Church

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GalleryLatest Images and Historic Images of Milcombe Village  View here..
St Laurence History

St Laurence History

Milcombe-ChurchThe Church of St Laurence’s, Milcombe, is a small but well proportioned church.  Click to read more
St Laurence Church

St Laurence Church

Church-of-St-LawrenceChurch Service and Events. Click to read more

Useful Telephone Numbers

Age Concern UK - 01295 278040
Alcoholics Anonymous - 0845 769 7555
Banbury Young Homeless Project - 01295 259442
Cherwell District Council - 01295 227001
Child Line - 0800 1111
Oxfordshire County Council - 01865 792422
Narcotics Anonymous - 0300 999 1212
Samaritans - 01295 270000

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