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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 .

Milcombe website

Please send your information to Sarah Smith :

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

Savills Milcombe Planning Proposal

If you were unable to make Savills Public Consultation in the Village Hall on 5th August with respect to the proposed outline planning application for up to 40 houses in the field to the north of the Horse & Groom / The Green. I have attached a PDF of the exhibition boards that were displayed last night. Over 50 people did go along and if you like to share you initial feedback to Savills,

If you were unable to make Savills Public Consultation in the Village Hall yesterday with respect to the proposed outline planning application for up to 40 houses in the field to the north of the Horse & Groom / The Green. I have attached a PDF of the exhibition boards that were displayed last night. Over 50 people did go along and if you like to share you initial feedback to Savills,

please write to Alex Hales at

If you have email addresses of other people in the village who would be interested, please feel free to distribute this message,

Kind Regards Richard Hazel

Please click here to open PDF - Milcombe Exhibition Savills

It is in the interest of everyone to make themselves aware of


To keep abreast of what is happening keep in touch with your Parish Councillors.

Parish Council Meeting 

Tuesday 3rd November at 8.00pm 

Remember everyone are welcome to attend the Council meeting and there is a 10 minute slot when residents can bring forward current matters for discussion at the meeting. Your support is always welcome.


New Parish Councillors 

DAVID HUGHES and MANDIE McCULLAGH were co-opted onto the Milcombe Parish Council

Theresa Goss (Clerk to the Parish Council) on 01295 710965,  email: or

Cliff Potter (Chairman) on 01295 721113 email:


Parish Council / Village Matters

Planning Application 

15/01132/F Milcombe Hall Farm Barn, Bloxham Road, Milcombe – The Parish Council had no objection to this application however, it did have concerns about the impact on the neighbour. 

15/01385/REM, Mr M Nicholls, Part of OS Parcel 7749 Adjoining and South of Birchells Barn Station Road Milcombe – Reserved Matters to 14/01107/OUT – Erection of two dwellings and associated garages and hardstanding and formation of new vehicular access – The Parish Council made the following comments on this application:

The Parish Council feels that it should be brought to the attention of Cherwell District Council, the hazardous access to The Bungalow opposite the proposed development. The access to this site on the Hook Norton Road is much nearer to the bend and could be a danger when vehicles pull out and turn right. 

Unfortunately, the plans attached to the application show little more than a curve in the road, but vehicles approach the village at quite a speed – much more than the 30mph limit. 

The access needs to be widened with more of a sweep either side to give better visibility. 

Play Area

Councillor Peter Booth reported that the annual Play Area Safety Inspection by RoSPA had been received and he would be addressing the points which had been highlighted. However there was only one medium risk item and the rest were low risk.

Blue Brick Pathways

The Clerk would be chasing up the County Council about addressing the slippery surfaces on these footpaths. Councillor Mallon would also be looking into whether there were any additional bricks being stored at the County Council depot in Deddington.

Road Signs 

The Chairman would be collating a list of proposed new signs around the village and this would be forwarded to the County Council for consideration.

Web Site

The Parish Council was happy with the way the village/Parish Council web site was being managed. Investigations would be made into how the number of hits on the site could be counted.

Permissive Access

The Parish Council supported the facts in an email from Mr Bertie Facon relating to the permissive access along the border with the dismantled railway. This access was for villagers only and should not be stated as a proposed pedestrian access on the documents Savills were circulating in relation to their proposed planning application. The Clerk would be writing to Savills to advise them of this.

Barbed Wire Fencing 

The Parish Council asked residents not to cut the barbed wire fencing around the field owned by Mr Facon, along the north side of the railway track. In the field, he had 12 heads of Longhorn cattle and this continued situation was very frustrating and potentially dangerous. 

Fly Tipping

The problem of fly tipping in the village had become an issue again and residents were asked to deposit their rubbish correctly and not fly tip around the village, particularly in the car park of the Horse and Groom. 

Traffic and Vehicle Noise

There had been an increase in traffic travelling in excess of 30mph through the village and an increase in heavy vehicle noise, particularly during the night. It was hoped that should the traffic survey get underway, this issue could then be addressed along with the issues of vehicle traffic during the day. 

Road Sweeping and Drains

At the request of the Parish Council, Cherwell District Council had swept the roads however, there was an issue with weeds in the gutters. The Clerk would obtain a quote for this to be addressed professionally. The County Council would be asked to clear the blocked drains in the village, especially New Road where it was a particular problem.


The spirit of Milcombe


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.

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. 

Hands off the Oxfordshire Countryside!

CPRE Oxfordshire has launched a joint e-petition with Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR) to ask Eric Pickles and our local MPs to end the unrestrained development in the county. It calls for a number of changes, including an end to the unfair penalties faced by local communities when a District does not have an up to date 5 Year Housing Supply.  The Parish Council would encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition.  If you would like to do so, please click on this link.

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As most of you are now aware the bi-monthly Dove has been replaced, on a temporary basis. However should we wish to return to the format of The Dove then a team of at least 3 people is required to share the necessary work involved. If you are interested ring 721158. 



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.

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.

Please click on below to see the newsletter

Milcombe NewsLetter Sept 15



• 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

Seniors Club

Seniors Club

PageLines- Seniors-Club-Image.png A selection of games, bingo, occasional speakers or a film with refreshments available. Click to read more  
Womens Group

Womens Group

Womens-GroupALL NEW MEMBERS WELCOME. The meetings are held on the second  Thursday of the month at 7.30pm  in the Village Hall.  Click to read  more
Gardening Club

Gardening Club

Gardening-ClubThe longest running club in the village, formed in 1983, with around 40 members.  Click to read more
Conservation Group

Conservation Group

Conservation-GroupThe Milcombe Conservation Group (MCG) was established under the auspices of the Parish Council. Click to read more


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
Village History

Village History

Village-HistoryLearn more about the history of Milcome Village. 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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