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Please spread the word about the HOFL scheme to your family, neighbours and friends. The more who join and use the scheme, the more money can be saved and the greater benefit to the environment with reduced fuel lorries on our roads. There’s a wealth of information about the scheme on the website.

The website will be coming soon. For more details and information please contact: 

PAUL GALLAGHER 01295 298434 

To be part of a future order, let me know the approx. quantity of oil required PRIOR to the relevant order date. Once the monthly order is placed, delivery is normally within 10 working days (let me know if you are running low). Minimum drop suppliers will do is 500 litres. You only need to order oil on the month you wish to be part of the order and require a delivery.

HOFL will never call you direct to ask if you require Oil and will only email reminders with order dates. Whilst some have chosen to place an order with the supplier who cold-called, there is no guarantee that the price offered will be any better than the HOFL negotiated bulk buy rate.


Oxfordshire County Council’s DIY 1,2,3

for free scheme’s is changing

The current scheme which has been running at their Household Waste Recycling Centres for 15 years allowed residents to deposit up to three DIY waste items for free before being charged a small fee of £1 for each additional item.

From the 1st October 2017 this changes to a small fixed fee per item of £1.50 for most non-household or DIY items. Residents can still deposit household waste for free at their local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

More information about the changes can be found online at


Call for Evidence

From the new House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

The Parish Council would be submitting a response on this consultation by the Lords Select Committee.



The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Caregiving: When to Ask for Help for Your Own Health and Well-Being

8 Ways For Seniors To Stay Active This Holiday Season

The Ultimate Guide to Senior Finance: Fiscal Fitness for The Over Fifty Crowd

A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia

Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know

Moving beyond grief  Beyond Grief After Losing a Spouse Helpline (0800 107 0044)

Moving Advice for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Renters’ Rights for Tenants with Disabilities

Internet Gateway for Low Vision

Managing Sensory Processing Issues At Home

Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign

Keeping Seniors Safe Around Construction Sites

Limited Mobility Home Modifications

Making the Move To Assisted Living

Guide to Finding Credible Medical Information


Bloxham Primary School

As you may know we recently had our OFSTED inspection which describes us as a Good school. In March were also inspected as part of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) that graded our school as outstanding.
These are some of the comments from the reports:
• Bloxham is an inclusive school … which ensures rapid progress in learning by all pupils.
• Warm, open and supportive culture that enables staff and pupils to develop confidence and succeed in their work.
• The distinctive Christian values are actively encouraged by inspirational leadership from the head teacher and senior leaders, resulting in very high standards of behaviour and high quality relationships across the school.
• The school’s relationship with parents, St. Mary’s Church and the community are outstanding.
• High expectations of staff and pupils and you (headteacher) demonstrate a clear commitment to further improving the quality of provision.
These inspections follow on from our excellent results in 2016 (and previous years) showing that we are consistently in the top 10% of schools in the country.
You may also know that we have recently been awarded the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award in recognition of the outstanding work in art and culture. We are extremely lucky to have both specialist music and sports teachers at our school, who support our success in these areas.
However you may not know that we have spaces in many year groups, so if you live in or close to Bloxham, or are planning on doing so, please do contact us for further information. It would be my pleasure to show you our school. Please see for further details.




Bloxham still maintains the village tradition of having a bowls club but to continue to thrive new members are always needed.  Membership is not confined to Bloxham residents. If you live in a neighbouring village and wish to learn more about the game or become a new member then please come along and meet us.

Now in its 61st year, Bloxham Bowls Club provides a friendly environment in which to socialise and enjoy the game with fellow members. League and friendly matches are played against local towns and villages, providing gentle exercise and plenty of fresh air. Or if preferred, members can just have a game amongst themselves or in club competitions. The Bowls Club is located near the heart of the village in Barley Close and adjacent to the Jubilee Sports Field.




Last week, Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld launched a new website to support victims of crime.  Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help.  It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

TELEPHONE –  0300 1234 148.

Sarah Stokes PR and Communication Support Officer
Direct Line: 01865 541954 Internal: 300-6703
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Farmhouse Thames Valley Police Headquarters
Kidlington OX5 2NX

Victims first logo


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



A number of villagers have reported issues with poor water quality or low water pressure – if you experience these issues then please report them to Thames Water Operations on 0800 316 9800. This is particularly important over the next month because if the planning application for 40 houses is approved, the situation is only likely to get worse. Thames Water are a statutory consultee on the application.


OXFORDSHIRE BeReady Utility Guide 

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Transport Weekend 1

 Upton House 

Discover Volunteering Drop-In Days at Upton House

Interested in volunteering with the National Trust? Upton House is holding Discover Volunteering Drop-In Days where you can find out how you can get involved and how rewarding it is to help out!

Chat to current volunteers to find out more about what volunteering is really like, and visit different areas of the property to discover more about the wide range of roles you could be involved with. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and chat through all the different forms volunteering can take at Upton. You’ll then be able to set the wheels in motion by applying for any roles that take your interest.

It’s a very exciting time to join the Upton team following the launch of our new project ‘A Made to Measure Home’ in March! Upton has over 300 volunteers and we asked what advice they would give to people considering volunteering:

For Anne-Marie who volunteers as a Catering Host and a House Host, it comes highly recommended: “For anyone thinking of volunteering at Upton I would say – give it a go, you won’t regret it, you’ll meet new people, make new friends and feel appreciated”.

All sorts of roles are available, from helping out in the garden to being a room guide or running our new tearoom. However, if you were after something more specific, come and have a chat with us anyway and we’ll do our best to try and accommodate you.


In 1927 Lord and Lady Bearsted viewed Upton House with ‘the eye of imagination’ and soon set about creating their made-to-measure country home. This year you are invited to a very special house viewing. Purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Upton had great potential, but needed modernisation. You can follow the renovations and witness the ‘before’ and ‘after’, as the Bearsteds fashioned a made-to-measure family home, fit to showcase a world-class art collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, El Greco, as well as fine porcelain. Every ideal home needs a spectacular garden, and Lady Bearsted certainly created one. Her passion for plants bloomed, with early spring bulbs, lavish herbaceous planting and thriving kitchen garden, all reflecting in the Mirror Pool.

Whole site open every day in July and August. November to March: gardens open by winter walk only. 11 February to 29 October: themed tours 11-1pm, timed tickets available on arrival. House timed tickets operate daily. Gardens open at 11am, House at 1pm, closing at 5pm.
For more information visit:

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Twitter: @uptonhouseNT
Instagram: uptonhouseNT

Please visit our website on

Upton House and Gardens, Banbury, OX15 6HT  Tel: 01295 671 122

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Directory of Local Community Transport 2014

More about community transport Community transport is run by the community for the community, meeting needs that are not met in other ways. Some groups offer services just for their members, others are open to the public. Help and advice You may find that the service you need is not on offer where you are.

The Community Transport Adviser at ORCC offers advice on developing community transport services. Call Emily Lewis on 01865 883488 or look for more information on Oxfordshire County Council is keen to encourage community transport schemes.

Contact Shirley McAneny, Transport Co-ordinator on 01865 815576 or email for information on available funding. You can also look on the council’s website



The Milcombe Parish Council are  seeking volunteers who would be interested to be St John’s Ambulance trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. 

Volunteers can arrive at an emergency scene in a matter of minutes, as they are sent to calls in their local area. Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference. Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home. They are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance via ambulance control to attend Category A “immediately life threatening” calls. These calls can include: cardiac arrest, diabetic emergency, unconscious patient, breathing difficulties, seizures.

If you are 18 years old or over and are interested in volunteering your time please contact—Theresa Goss to 



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Oxon learning disability plan



Could you receive free insulation for a warmer, more comfortable home ??

Call Green Homes Together on 0300 111 3330  or visit their website –

Click here to see details –   Green Homes together

Oxfordshire Age UK 

This event will be focussed on the issues that are important for older people and those attending will have the opportunity to as questions and hear from candidates how they will make Banbury and the UK a ‘great place to grow older’.

Please click on for details : Banbury Hustings Poster Age UK ‘A great place to grow older’ Age UK Oxfordshire Hustings event for the Banbury Constituency Tuesday 5th May, 10.30am – 12.00pm (arrival open from 10am) Banbury Town Hall, OX16 5QB

We would be very grateful if you could help us spread the word to those who may be interested in your local community. This is an open event, but you can RSVP online to guarantee a seat/s, or by calling 01235 849409 or by email to  Groups are welcome.

If you would like any more information please do let me know. With thanks and kind regards Rachelle


Information on Home Fire Safety including Fire Safety for Seniors

A very useful and helpful resource.


The Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding and Prioritizing Aging-in-Place Accommodations

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Rose

Aging in Place is the Preference of Many

Most people want to carry out their golden years aging in place. In other words, they’d like to continue residing in their own homes for as long as possible. According to SeniorHomes, 70 percent of seniors already spend the rest of their lives where they celebrated their 65th birthdays. That number is likely to increase as the United States Census Bureau has indicated the population of those 60 and older will go from 43,043,000 in 2005 to 73,769,000 in 2020, which itself would be a whopping 71 percent increase. The Census Bureau also projects the population of those 85 and over could grow from 5.3 million in 2006 to 21 million in 2050.

The website for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance on “healthy places,” the label it gives to communities that are “developed, designed and built to promote good health.” It describes aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” As a caregiver, your job is to make sure that you can help the resident do just that to the best of your ability. It starts with understanding and prioritizing aging-in-place accommodations.


Make Age Mean More Opportunity for Wonderful Life.

Staying Healthy Over 50  –

Falls and Older Adults  –

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging  –

Health Information for Older Adults   –

Health & You: Seniors and Swimming  –

Planning Your Doctor Visit  –

Fire Prevention Preparedness for Seniors  – Recovery.17335.html#seniors

Young Heart Tips for Older Adults  –

Young At Heart: Vacation Ideas for Seniors Visiting Morocco  –

Drugwatch –


Speeding in the Village

Would you be able to volunteer for two hours to help with monitoring the speed limit in Milcombe during rush hour periods during the week? If you are able to help alongside Thames Valley Police as part of the Community Speed Watch Scheme. Please contact Theresa Goss, Parish Clerk. 01295 275730


Nettlebed Hospice 

We are looking for incredible people to become volunteers for Nettlebed Hospice. Have you got what it takes? You’ll develop new skills, meet new people and have a great time along the way. Importantly, you’ll also help make a massive difference to the lives of those we care for.  The Hospice Heroes campaign runs from 12 May to 14 June and aims to make people aware of the opportunities that are available through volunteering at their local hospice.By supporting Sue Ryder you can become part of the local community and help raise vital funds to help Sue Ryder continue to deliver incredible care to people with life-changing illness.

1. Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness.  We do this in our hospices, our neurological care centres and in the community.

2. 1 in 4 of us are living with a life-changing illness that needs specialist care. That’s 18 million people in the UK today.

We are currently recruiting for lots of roles, including corporate ambassadors, corporate researchers, community ambassadors, and fundraising groups. Interested? Find out more about how you can become a part of something incredible. Please visit our website at or contact Tim Rooke on 01189 394889 or  Join us and become a hero!


Your local NHS in Oxfordshire is proposing to launch a Choose Well campaign in  November/December  Here is some information below about the campaign. By Choosing Well- —You get the right care, first time  —You will often be treated more quickly than at A&E It helps free up the emergency departments to treat people with life threatening  conditions. There are lots of different ways people can access the right NHS service and make sure  they get the right treatment, at the right time and a place that is convenient for them. By choosing well you will get the right treatment and help busy NHS services care for  the people who really need them. The campaign will signpost patients to get the right care first time. Thank you in anticipation. Josephine Wilkes | Communications & Engagement Officer NHS Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit, Jubilee House, John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford, OX4 2LH T: 01865 334649 | M: 07879  440492 | E:   –


“Without their help I simply would not have been able to manage”. Said one of our grateful clients in a thank you letter to Age UK Oxfordshire’s Home Support Team. “while recovering from a hip replacement operation, they took me to hospital, they did my housework, they did my shopping. I am deeply grateful for the friendly help I received through the Banbury Centre.” The staff and volunteers of Age UK Oxfordshire, based at 5 White Lion Walk, Banbury, OX16 5UD, want to let everyone in Banbury and District know what we can do to help older people locally. We have recently launched a major campaign, known as “Age UK Oxfordshire TODAY”to raise awareness of and funds for the services we provide. These include :- -free Information and Advice on a range of matters from benefits and housing to care, legal issues, dementia and much more; -one-to-one Computer Classes tailored to your precise needs, costing £5 per hour, held at our  White Lion Walk Centre; –Phone Friends service whereby a volunteer befriends lonely or isolated older people and rings them up weekly for a friendly chat;  Home Support service arranges for someone to visit people at home, for a modest fee, to help with jobs such as shopping, light housework or simply to have a chat. Transport to the doctor, hospital or to take you shopping can also be arranged; – Group Activities are held at our Centre and include Book Club, Knit and Natter, a Singing Group and free monthly Films are shown in Friday afternoons; Insurance Services tailor-made for the over 50s cover Home, Car and Travel; – Electricity, Wills and Funeral Plans can all be arranged through Age UK Oxfordshire; Help for Carers. for further information, please feel free to ring us on 01295-278040 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday or just call in to the Centre at 5 White Lion Walk, Banbury.  Age UK Oxfordshire always welcomes new Volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. If you have an hour or two to spare, please call us on 01295-278040 or call in to the Centre. Fundraising is of major importance to us in order to maintain our help and advice services. We receive less than 2% funding from Age UK nationally and so have to raise all our funds ourselves. If you could be a Fundraiser in any way, for instance by signing up to a regular donation or by hosting an event for us, please come in to the Centre or give us a call. Our big new campaign, “Age UK Oxfordshire TODAY”, aims to raise £50,000 a year for 5 years to enable us to continue providing the invaluable services we offer. This campaign is supported by patrons Sir Tony Baldry MP, Sir Frank Davies, Esther Rantzen, and Tom Blinkhorn as well as Banbury Town Mayor Cllr Nicholas Turner, The Banbury Guardian, Godswell Park Care Home, DHL, Barclays Bank Banbury branch and others.In 2009, the charities Age Concern and Help the Aged combined under the new name of Age UK. The purpose of Age UK is to provide advice, services and assistance to everyone and anyone over the age of 50. We look forward to welcoming you into our White Lion Walk Cafe one day soon and hope you will find lots to interest you. Please tell you friends about us.


Generation Games is a fantastic initiative from Age UK Oxfordshire and partnered with the  Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.  Its prime function is to get over 50 year olds more active and reaping the many benefits of exercise.    This service will create a personal programme of activities for you, provide support and help to ensure your safety.  We also have a home based exercise DVD which is FREE to the over 50’s in Oxfordshire and can also be viewed online; it is a fantastic exercise video that is suitable for everyone whatever your ability or fitness level. Activity/Exercise Providers Wanted!  We are looking for more activities and exercise classes located in the Milcombe area to be added to the Generation Games Website.  If you run an exercise class or organise activities where the emphasis is on physical exercise then we would love to hear from you.  We will add your activity details to our website for  FREE  and you can reap the benefits of increased awareness for your activities. To register your class details contact Generation Games 01235 849403 or the website  –

Helping Hand

Do you need a Helping Hand?  If you are looking for an alternative to  residential care or extra support for those everyday tasks that are becoming difficult for you or a loved one – then we’re here to help – from 30 minutes per week to Live-in Care.  Our Milcombe care team has been  providing award winning quality homecare since 1989 and can help with: personal care, housekeeping, help getting around or even to provide a break to an existing family member or care- giver.  To find out how we can help you, call: 01869 722 736 or  visit:


Wildlife Trust

I work for the local wildlife trust (reg Charity no: 204330) and we are looking for suitable places to advertise a part time position that we have available to promote our work in your local area. We believe the position may be of interest to some of your members as it offers great flexibility and good earning potential.  Thank you for reading this and should this be possible or you have any questions please do contact me via email: or phone: 01865775476   Adela Moore,  Membership Recruitment Manager,  Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, 01865 775476 ext. 228, The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XT



Would you like free firewood, or do you have a woodland that needs managing? The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment’s “Logs for Labour” programme aims to promote sustainable use of woodfuel by running events where volunteers help to manage woodlands in return for logs. The events are 2-3 hours long and could involve coppicing hazel, thinning trees, or piling up brash. Bring sturdy gloves, shoes and a saw (hand tools only allowed)… or let us know if your woodland needs the help of volunteers. Information about forthcoming events is at, or ‘like’ us at Riki Therivel, 01865 243488

The Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme is running a series of “logs for labour” events, where participants get free firewood in return for a few hours of work managing their local woodlands. Do come along! The nearest event is:  Find out more on buy your firewood from a local supplier to minimise “fuel miles” and support local businesses.  When you buy firewood ask:

1. What the moisture content of the wood is? (it should be 25% or less) 2. What volume of wood you are getting? (you should know what weight or volume you are getting, not just “a load”) 3. Whether it is soft or hardwood? (a hardwood log has more energy than a softwood log of the same size) 4. How long the logs are? The woodfuel programme now has funding to advise community groups of all kinds on installing biomass boilers in their buildings. Please contact uk for more information, also if your community building is heated by biomass and you would be willing to share lessons from that with other.

Alternatively buy OxLogs: see

Affordable Rural Housing

We are all aware of the recent Strategic Market Housing Assessment and Report and the increase in new housing provision across the county as a result of this.

The Oxfordshire Rural Housing Partnership would like to remind you that although some communities will fill their affordable housing need by new development, some smaller parishes will not be affected in the same way. Yet, you probably do still have an affordable housing need from local people with a local connection to your parish.

The reason for this letter is to highlight that we are still very keen to see affordable homes for local people in order to keep villages vibrant and growing and to improve community infrastructure. Rural Exception Sites are still sought in parishes where there has been found to be a housing need and we are actively wanting land owners to come forward if they would like their land considered as a Rural Exception Site. A Rural Exception Site is normally attached to, or within a village, but wouldn’t be considered for normal development. The developments are only built if there is a local need and the parish support the idea.

You may also consider joining a parish near yours (clustering) in order to provide affordable housing for local people on a Rural Exception Site?

If you know of a landowner who may be interested in making their land available for the good of the community or you feel you may have an affordable housing need in your parish and would like to talk about a housing needs survey, please contact me on 01865 883488 or email I have also attached the latest ORHP newsletter for your information.

Kind regards, Jill Brooks Rural Housing Enabler

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