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Welcome to Enstone Parish. If you live in Neat Enstone, Church Enstone, Cleveley, Lidstone, Gagingwell, Chalford, Radford, Fulwell or Broadstonehill this site is for you.
There are 3 levels of local government in Oxfordshire - County Council, District Council and Parish Council. The Enstone Parish Council is a democratically elected body of councillors. A local rate is levied and collected by the district council as part of the council tax. The Parish Council plays an important role in the local community and is a vital link to district and county councils and other agencies on local issues.
To view the on-line version of the Ensign please click on the image to the left
Residents in West Oxfordshire are being warned of a phone scam that is currently taking place across the country.
Fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are calling unsuspecting residents and telling them they are under investigation and are due in court.
The automated phone message then asks you to press 1 to speak to a case officer. Please do not follow this instruction.
Instead, hang up immediately - this is a scam and if you continue with the phone call it could direct you to a premium-rate number which may accumulate very expensive charges on your phone bill without your knowledge.
The reminder follows calls to be extra vigilant about any emails from GOV.UK which claim the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund. The email claims this can be recovered by completing and submitting a tax return form - the form asks for the recipient's bank details.
We advise all residents to be wary of any unsolicited calls and emails from unknown companies. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, do not give out any personal details, especially bank details.
To report a suspected scam contact Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre:
West Oxfordshire’s new waste and recycling collection dates are now published for the next 12 months and can be viewed and downloaded online at www.westoxon.gov.uk.
As well as accessing online bin collection calendars, residents can register for handy weekly email alerts about waste collection dates, including a reminder the day before about which bins to put out and helpful information about changes to collection days over the Christmas period and bank holidays.
Over 8,000 householders are registered for email alerts and receive weekly email reminders of their next collection.
Paper copies of the waste calendars are available for those that do not have web access. These can be picked up from:
As well as bin collection information, residents can use the alerts service to receive information about planning applications registered near to their homes.
Chipping Norton Health Centre, Russell Way, Chipping Norton will be holding open flu clinics on the first 3 Saturdays in October in conjunction with Our Bus Bartons, who will be running a bus service on 1st October, 8th October, 15th October starting at Middle Barton at 9:30 am and stopping at, Sandford St Martin, Gagingwell and Enstone.
If you are over 65 by 31st March 2017 or if you are over 6 months old and suffer from a long term condition like diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, had a stroke or have some other neurological illness or your immune system is suppressed or if you live with somebody whose immune system is suppressed (e.g. they are having treatment for cancer), or if you are a main carer, or if you are pregnant. You will be eligible for a free flu vaccination.
David Cameron's resignation as MP for this area has resulted in a Parliamentary by-election. You must be registered to vote - deadline for this is 4 October. If you are not already registered click here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.
Many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier shown on their bill.
By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.
Cllr Robert Courts, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said, “Having a free, easy-to-remember number is a great boon during a power cut and so we are keen to let West Oxfordshire householders know about the new 105 helpline.”
The 105 number is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales and can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.
The number is jointly funded by electricity network operators - the companies that manage the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses. Network operators can also be contacted directly by phone or via their website, and most network operators can be contacted through social media too.
The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.
Click here www.powercut105.com to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.
For anyone without access to suitable public transport
Oxfordshire County Council have introduced a transport service that makes use of vehicles that take school children to school and adults to day care centres. It is open to individuals and organisations / groups.
How to get started. Call 01865 323201 to register (£3) and you will receive a membership card. Once registered you can book from 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4pm on Friday. The service runs 10.15am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays).For further information click here www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet
This difficult decision was taken as a result of reductions in the money the council receives from central Government, having to save £361million between 2010 and 2018.
Service users have been offered alternative library provision through our network of 43 library buildings; our online library services; and our Home Library Service.
On 10 November 2015 Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet took the decision to withdraw subsidies paid to run 118 subsidised bus routes in Oxfordshire.All bus subsidies ceased on 20 July 2016.
Click here to download the Bus subsidy withdrawal document which contains information about all 118 bus routes affected by this decision. As we receive further information we will update our webpage: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/subsidisedbuses.
Residents living in West Oxfordshire villages that have been seen as too remote by broadband suppliers will soon start to see the first physical signs of superfast broadband appearing in their communities.
Cotswolds Broadband, a local supplier, has started work across the District with the installation of 14 concrete plinths to house fibre optic cables that will form the backbone of a new superfast network.
The plinths mark the first stages in a programme of works which contractors will accelerate over the coming months.
The project will fill in the gaps not covered by other schemes, ensuring that the whole of West Oxfordshire will have access to superfast broadband.
Investment is coming from West Oxfordshire District Council, BDUK (who oversee the Government’s rural broadband programme) and private investors.
Cllr Colin Dingwall, West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for broadband, said: “This is great news for all those living and working in our rural areas. Investing in our communities and our local economy has always been a priority for the Council and we believe that West Oxfordshire will be one of the first wholly superfast broadband-connected districts in the UK.”
Broadband Project Manager Steve Brealey said: “Whilst rolling out superfast broadband to the villages is a major project, we will be using the latest technology and making every effort to minimise disruption.”
Technology is being tested to install the cable which will minimise the need for major disruption of roads, drives and gardens.
Demonstrations were staged recently on the Daylesford Estate near Kingham which proved just how quickly cable can be laid.
Cotswolds Broadband will soon be in touch with everyone who will be connected to its network informing them of the building schedule. For further details and to sign up for Cotswolds Broadband’s newsletter, visit www.cotswoldsbroadband.co.uk
With the roll out of Universal Credit underway, West Oxfordshire District Council is providing extra help and support for benefit claimants getting to grips with the new system.
Applications for Universal Credit, and for reporting changes in circumstance, can only be made online. To help customers, the Council has installed self-service computers at their main reception points in Witney.
Council officers will be on hand to assist customers to set up and manage their own online accounts and they will also help anyone wanting to make job searches and complete online job applications.
Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member responsible for resources said, “Universal Credit is a new simpler, single monthly payment for people in or out of work, as it merges together some of the existing benefits and tax credits that currently have to be applied for separately. It is important that we offer a helping hand as Universal Credit is a major overhaul of the UK’s benefits system and the biggest change since the 1940s.”
The move ties in with the Councils’ ‘Default to Digital’ initiative which encourages more online transactions.
The new computers are funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Claimants unable to access the Council’s Elmfield Reception in Witney or its Town Centre Shop, can use computers at Jobcentre Plus offices or at some local libraries.
Here are some great summer sports and activities sessions we have going on across West Oxfordshire.
Click on the links below for the activity posters for each of the leisure/ sports centres - each contains a timetable for the whole of West Oxfordshire.
Preparations are in full swing for the next action packed Forest Fair at Cornbury Park on Sunday 4th September. We have lots of volunteer opportunities - could you give us a helping hand - either in the run-up to the event and/or on the day itself? We need able assistants for every imaginable task including setting up tents, sorting and selling books, booking entertainers, being part of the team on the entry gate, litter picking and recycling. All Forest Fair volunteers receive free entry to the Fair - and a voucher for refreshments in the Wychwood Project tea tent! We are also looking for someone to help in the office for up to a day a week in the office at Eynsham.
Usually meet at 9.30, with an approximate finish of 15.00 - please check website http://www.wychwoodproject.org for up to date information or call the office on 01865 815423.
For all conservation work, please wear stout footwear, bring gloves and appropriate clothing for the weather. Please note that at some sites there are no toilet facilities.
For more details see: http://www.wychwoodproject.org
Tourism across the Oxfordshire Cotswolds is being boosted by rapidly improving social media coverage, latest figures have revealed.
The English Tourism Social Media Index shows the area rising rapidly through the ranks to 15th nationally from 32nd last year and second in the South East overall, up from eighth in 2015.
Social media is playing an increasingly important role in the marketing mix for tourism. It appeals to a younger demographic which helps promote the area as a great destination for family activities as well as highlighting traditional attractions.
Visit Britain’s latest research found that 89% of those surveyed had used social media at some stage of their holiday and almost 70% of all respondents said content posted online by friends made them want to visit a destination.
Cllr James Mills, Cabinet Member for Tourism at West Oxfordshire District Council, said “We want everyone to know what a great area this is to visit and all that it has to offer. Social media helps us get that message out to the widest possible audience. These results show what an excellent job is being done in such a vital industry across the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.”
Now in its second year, the English Tourism Social Media Index combines an analysis of each of the 129 tourism bodies’ social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Vine, LinkedIn and Flickr with scoring by a judging panel.
Oxfordshire Cotswolds’ own figures show the increasing importance of social media. Last year its Facebook page received a 72 per cent rise in the number of “likes”. The site receives over 2,000 engagements (likes, comments and shares) in a typical week.
On Twitter there was a 35 per cent growth in the number of followers in 2015 with nearly 4,000 followers.Successes include a post about Reavley’s pharmacy in Burford, the oldest in England, which attracted more than 400 engagements.
And a “Vote Chippy to Win” campaign supporting Chipping Norton’s entry in the Great British High Street Awards had a reach of almost 16,000.
Dog owners are being reminded that it is compulsory to have their four legged friend microchipped.
From April 6 2016, any dog found not to have been microchipped could see the owner facing a fine of £500.
West Oxfordshire District Council picks up about 100 stray dogs every year, many of which are not microchipped, making it difficult for them to be reunited with their owners.
The animals are taken to council-appointed kennels with owners charged for accommodation and other costs until they are returned. If unclaimed, the stray is usually rehomed through an animal rescue centre.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environmental Enforcement, said: “Losing a dog is very stressful for both the animal and its owner but unfortunately it happens all the time.
“Microchipping is an effective way of ensuring dogs don’t stay lost for long. Now it is becoming law I would urge all owners to ensure it is done. It’s quick, cheap and easy and could save a lot of upset and expense.”
Microchipping only takes a few minutes and will last forever. A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin, giving the dog their own unique code. This is registered on a national database and can be used to quickly trace the owners should the dog be lost or stolen.
Some dog charities such as the Blue Cross Re-homing Centre in Burford offer it for free.
To report a lost or stray dog call 01993 861000 or see the website: http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/dogs
As a councillor on Enstone Parish Council I recently attended a meeting of Town & Parish Councils with The District Council in Witney. At that meeting there was a presentation and update from Hugo Pickering, Chief Executive, Cotswolds Broadband. The salient points are:
As a resident of Church Enstone why is this of interest to me?
What does the service offer?
Will there be an install cost for superfast broadband to my home?
Will I still need my line to the telephone exchange for non internet communication?
Will this mean all the roads get dug up?
So what do I have to do?
Thank you for taking the time to read this update. It is important that residents of Church Enstone are informed of these plans for the future of Superfast Broadband. You may be happy with your current service but it cannot get any better, only worse as demand for the service increases in years to come. Act now to ensure you stay “connected” to the world of the future through a fast and reliable internet service.
If you have any questions then most advice is available on the Cotswolds Broadband website. I am happy to answer any questions I can and am happy to obtain answers from Hugo Pickering for you. My email is email@example.com
Barnmead, Church Enstone
I am Chris Jones the PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) for your area and here to assist your parish and community with your policing needs in anyway I can. I am based out of Woodstock Police Station however my area beat is Great Rollright, The Bartons, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone.
My job is to assist in tackling rural crime and deal with crime related incidents and anti-social behaviour, general nuisance issues and many other concerns. This in turn contributes to Thames Valley Police’s aims of raising visibility and reassuring the public.
Please, if you have any police issues you think I might be able to help you with then stop me and have a chat or contact me on:
The Enstone Parish Facebook page is now up and running. This is for you! In the community we hope to build you can find and share invaluable information such as recommended tradesmen, items for sale, lost and found, offers and events. The more we put into it the more we will get out of it. Share your thoughts and photos, interesting links, news and views. You don’t have to be a facebook user to participate – if you want something posting please email it to me Kate.Farquhar-Thomson@oup.com and I can do it for you. If you have any ideas of regular features that you would find interesting, useful or simply entertaining then please let me know – all comments welcome! To see the Facebook page just click on the FB Logo above.
Please note that the public and the media have a right to record meetings of the council.
Should you wish to record a meeting it would be helpful if you could notify the Clerk or the Chairman so that they can ensure you have the necessary facilities and so that other members of the public can be notified that the meeting is being recorded.
Please note that the Chairman has the right to ask that recording be stopped if the Chairman reasonably believes that the meeting is being disrupted because of the recording, if the recording is preventing the public participating or is inhibiting community involvement or if the meeting moves into confidential session.
If you object to being recorded please notify the Chairman or Clerk. We will endeavour to ensure that your objections are respected. However we are not able to guarantee this. This is a public meeting and there is a statutory right for anyone to record it.
Anyone at the meeting may use Twitter, Facebook or similar social media provided that the Chairman does not consider their actions are disrupting the proceedings of the meeting.
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