Keep a look out on the ‘Milcombe Community’ FB page.

Milcombe website and newsletter for the news & events.


If you would like to help with organising the fete next year please email milcombecommunity@outlook.comMilcombe Community Facebook page

The link to Milcombe community Facebook page


Please like and share our fb page ‘Milcombe Community’ which has details of other events in the future. Feel free to use this page as your local community hotspot to ask questions, advertise your own business or general comments.



We are currently looking for other people in the village who would like to help us organise social events and help bring the community together. This person will need to be positive and motivated with ideas on how to improve the social aspects of the village.
If you are interested please email Caroline Willoughby on milcombecommunity@outlook.com for further details


Zumba classes in the village hall Thursday 

from 7.00pm to 8.00pm




Come along and exercise to music to get fit.


Coffee cup & Mouse


The first FRIDAY in the month  

 at 10.30am to 12.00pm 

The coffee mornings which have been running on the first Friday of each month have proven successful with a great turn out! It is nice for the village members to get together. There are activities for the little ones to keep them entertained. A big Thank you to Lesley Willoughby and Christine for baking some delicious cakes!

If you have your own business and would like to showcase your products please get in touch: milcombecommunity@outlook.com

The next one is 7th November so please show your support. Everyone is welcome

Coffee cup & MouseCoffee cup & Mouse



16th  JUNE 


We are very excited about the fete this year which will be held on 16th June, running straight through from 2pm to 11pm and are hoping for another day full of sun and laughter!

We have live music throughout the day as well as lots of stalls, workshops and competitions.

Please see the attached poster for more info. Tickets will be sold around the village and also from the shop and pub.

This year we have decided to give wristbands so that you can enter and leave as you wish. Prices are on the poster.

You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets before the fete and these will be sold at the pub and also door-to-door.


If you have your business and would like to rent a pitch at the fete please let us know by mid May as we are supplying tables and need to know definite numbers. If you would like to help out on the day please get in touch with Caroline Willoughby 07765161208 or email milcombecommunity@ outlook.com

Please share this information with anyone you know whom might like to get involved.


Please contact Caroline Willoughby, Sacha Cowley, or Natalie Brady for more information.



The next meeting of the Parish Council is being held on Tuesday 1st MAY 2018
at 8pm in the Milcombe Village Hall.

Every one is very welcome



Milcombe Park

Natalie Brady has obtained 3 quotes to have the park completely re-designed.

We have set up a fb page ‘Milcombe Play Area’ so please add yourselves to it.

Some very kind ladies in the village have offered to set up a charity as we will need this to enable us to fundraise for the park and we will also be applying for various grants.

If this is something you would like to get involved with please get in contact with Natalie Brady either by email milcombecommunity@outlook.com or mobile 07584177460



Pilates in the Milcombe village hall on a Thursday morning.

Gisela Payne is running the Pilates sessions for any gender or age.

Unfortunately there is no room at the moment, but Gisela has a waiting list if you are interested.

Please contact her on her email address: energizuk@aol.com or her mobile 07762230043




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.

The website will be coming soon, which will have a wealth of information about the scheme. 



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.


Safe and Well visits from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Did you know that Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service offer free Safe and Well Visits? Our firefighters will visit you at home to see what they can do to help you reduce the risk of fire. What does a visit cover? It combines a Home Safety Check to help reduce the risk of fire in your home, such as checking and fitting smoke alarms and helping you make a fire escape plan.

During the visit firefighters are able to provide  advice and support to reduce any immediate risk from falls, fire, flood or power cuts. They can also provide advice on health and crime prevention too.
You can request a visit online at www.365alive. co.uk/safewell or call our Community Safety Helpline on 08000 325 999.

If a loved one or friend would benefit from a visit please let them know about our Safe and Well visits. Do you have a fire safety concern or question? There’s lots of great tips and advice to help keep you and your family safer at home on www.365alive.
co.uk. Or you can call our Community Safety Helpline on 08000 325 999



There are currently one vacancies for Councillors on Milcombe Parish Council.

The Parish Council has seven seats and there currently are five Councillors who make up the 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.

If you wish to become a Councillor, you do not need any previous experience, you just need enthusiasm to make a difference in the community, be able work as part of a team and be willing to give up seven evenings per year to attend the Parish Council meetings.

In-between Parish Council meetings, the Clerk to the Parish Council keeps Councillors up to date with information on matters affecting the village and occasionally Councillors are asked to complete tasks to assist the Clerk with the efficient running of the Council.

Councillors can commit as much time or as little time as they are able and anyone living in the village, over the age of 18 years old is very welcome to apply.

If you would like to attend a Parish Council meeting before committing to the role, the next meeting is being held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 8pm at the Village Hall, Milcombe. The Parish Council would welcome any residents who wished to attend the meeting to get a feel for how the Parish Council works before making an application.

To find out more about joining Milcombe Parish Council, please call the Clerk to the Parish Council, Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:milcombepc@gmail.com” milcombepc@gmail.com 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 HYPERLINK “mailto:milcombepc@gmail.com” milcombepc@gmail.com

Please come along and meet your Parish Councillors!


Food Assembly

We have very exciting news – and a request.

In the coming months, we will be launching a Food Assembly. The Food Assembly brings together people in our community to buy local food, drink , and other supplies directly from local producers. The local produce is sold online where members of the community can pre-order and pay for what they would like to pick up from a weekly collection point.

At the heart of The Food Assembly is an amazing network of local people who are passionate about bringing local supplies to their community.

Hook Norton Brewery has kindly agreed to be our host for the weekly collection and our proposed time slot is currently 16:00 – 18:00 (possibly 16:30-18:30 dependent on feedback) on Thursdays from the Visitors Centre.

We have just started to contact local producers and we would like you to register as a member of the Food Assembly so you can support local by being a customer.

To register * go to the Food Assembly Website: https:// thefoodassembly.com/en * scroll down and put in your postcode to search box that prompts ‘Where do you live’, in order to find the nearest assembly – this will be us! * click on the link to open the Hooky Food Assembly page * click on ‘Join this Assembly’ and fill in your details.

Once we have signed up enough suppliers (at least 30 and preferably more), and customers, (we need around 100), we will launch the Hooky Food Assembly.

We would also like to hear from you if you would like to register as a producer or if you know someone we should contact about being involved in this initiative.

You can contact us on hookyfoodassembly@gmail.com or follow our news on Instagram or the Incredible Edible Hooky Facebook group


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 www.bloxhamprimary.co.uk 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.


No Dog Poo Fairy

Please keep our village clean and pick up your dogs poo as there is no dog poo fairy.

Bag that poo and put it in a bin please.



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




488 Bus

This is expected to remain unchanged – at least for the present.



 Some years ago MPC took over the responsibility from OCC of cutting the grass verges within the 30mph signs in the village. A grant was provided by OCC to cover two cuts during the summer. This has since been cut by 50% for the current season and may well cease altogether in the future. Grass cutting is one of the biggest outlays which the PC pays from its Precept and additional cuts are being made during the summer months.

OCC has decided that there will probably be only one cut per season on the grass verges outside of the parishes due to lack of funds. To this end, the PC is looking into arranging cutting back the most hazardous areas, such as the bends on the Bloxham road where the reflective posts are now completely covered by the long grass.


 Please cut back any branches or hedges growing on property which may be overhanging or encroaching on public footpaths.



Helping communities help themselves 

 Please note that Cabinet have decided to withdraw all bus subsidies and the funds to the Dial a Ride.  If your community feels strongly about this, then we suggest you contact your County Councillor – there may be scope to influence the decision before the final February budget is agreed.

Please see the link to their website http://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=115&MId=4344

Emily Lewis-Edwards  Senior Business Manager  emily.lewis@oxonrcc.org.uk

Please Note My Normal Office Hours:  8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.



  The email address for contributions will be MNL2015@outlook.com

The Newsletter is available at the Church; Village Hall; Horse and Groom and Village Shop.

 Should any resident still wish to receive a delivered copy. Please call 01295 721158.

David Charles  Contact:  MNL2015@outlook.com 




For details of further meetings please contact Hazel Davis 01295 722936



Hegehog 5


Crossing Hedgehogs 1

To a hedgehog, a pile of Autumn leaves and bits of wood is a nice home – this can be fatal if it is a bonfire. Hedgehogs love running through Autumn leaves – they love the rustling sound. This is why sometimes hedgehogs try to make nests out of plastic bags and crisp packets (and suffocate). During October, as temperatures fall at night, hedgehogs will start to think about hibernating. If they are below 600-650g, then they probably won’t survive hibernation as they won’t have enough fat stored. In the early part of October, it is a good idea to check if any of your hedgehog visitors are small, and to make sure food (such as kitten biscuits) and water is available. When the cold weather comes and especially when night time temperatures start to fall below 5 or 6 degrees Celsius, then any SMALL hedgehogs you have visiting AT NIGHT need to be brought inside and immediately taken to a rescue (contact Lis at Huxley Hogspital 07870 516587). If in doubt, call a rescue – but catch hedgehog first before calling a rescue. Bring into the warm and place in a high-sided box with something to snuggle under, water to drink (NEVER milk) and a hot water bottle if possible. Contact Lis quickly – hedgehogs can deteriorate rapidly once brought into captivity.

A hedgehog out in the day at any time of year is usually in trouble and needs help. Hedgehogs out in broad daylight are susceptible to fly strike.  You can help hedgehogs too by submitting any sightings of them (and other wildlife) to Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (www.tverc.org) and The Oxfordshire Mammals Group (www.oxonmammals.org).  Listen out for hedgehogs huffing in the night and remember a hedgehog out in broad daylight needs your help immediately – call Lis or British Hedgehog Preservation Society 01584 890801. Thank you!

Please take the hedgehog to the vet or call Lis at Huxley Hogspital on 07870516587.

Please look at British Hedgehog Preservation Society webpage for further information.

Helen Cregan on behalf of Lis Penhearow of Huxley Hogspital

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The Parish Council would like to seek 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 milcombepc@gmail.com



Hazel Davis is regularly writing the Milcombe Column in the Banbury Guardian (Guardian Country section) each week or most weeks. If you want to advertise anything happening within Milcombe, just send to her at – milcombe.guardiannews@gmail.com (Email Address on Contact List). Send to Hazel by Friday morning for the following Thursdays’ issue. If you miss the deadline for the Dove or your news arrives after The Dove has gone out, then it can be included in the column instead.

Hazel will look forward to receiving your news


Faulty Street Lights – Please report on freephone 0800 317802 giving exact destination and pole number if possible. 


Transport Weekend 1


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.

  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.

Follow us on:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/UptonHouseNT/
Twitter: @uptonhouseNT
Instagram: uptonhouseNT

For information about your visit and our opening hours please visit our

website on https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house-and-gardens


Upton House and Gardens, Banbury, OX15 6HT

Tel: 01295 671 122

Follow us @UptonHouseNT

Or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house


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