Enstone Parish

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General information

Government advice has changed see latest by clicking here Government Advice.

Click here to see the latest briefing sent to District Councillors WODC Covid-19 Briefing.

Click here for a Covid-19 information sheet from Robert Courts, MP for Witney & West Oxfordshire. He can be contacted here: robert@robertcourts.co.uk.

The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has made £3.2 billion of additional funding available to councils, with the latest tranche of £1.6 billion including a larger share for lower tier councils. To see his letter to Parish and Town Councils click here.

Ash Trees to be Felled at Enstone Firs West on the Ditchley Estate

Enstone Firs Map

Ash Dieback Disease has been confirmed as affecting nearby woodland in the plantation known as Enstone Firs West by the Forestry Commission last summer, and as such forestry operation now need to take place to clear fell and re-plant this area.

Infection causes ash trees to become weaker, brittle, structurally unpredictable and more likely to shed limbs, making felling even more dangerous. The expectation is that the vast majority of ash trees in an ash dominated woodland, such as this, will be dead within 10-15 years of infection. The implication for health and safety, and the owner’s associated duty of care, are thus very serious for all users of the woodland, both private and public. But most especially where roads run alongside the wood and public have rights of ways within the wood.

Following consultation with the Forestry Commission and local authorities, a felling licence has been issued permitting the felling and subsequent replanting. It is intended that a significant portion of maturing Beech along the southern edge of the woodland will be retained. Replanting is planned to be in a similar style as adopted in the 1950’s, with a predominantly native broadleaved planting together with a coniferous nurse.

Felling works are expected to commence this summer. The Estate has allowed the local community to use a permissive footpath through the woodland, however in the interests of public safety, the use of this must cease during these felling and replanting works, which is likely to be for several months. Forestry operations will be signed and adherence to the warning notices during the period of work will be required. It is very important that members of the public keep clear of the woodland during this period. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tim Shardlow at Nicholsons, 07909 530482, tim@nicholsonsgb.com.

West Oxfordshire District Council is committed to tackling climate change and now wants to hear from you.

WODC Climate Change Survey

We want everyone - residents, community groups and businesses and more to come together and tell us how we can all make a difference to our environment today and in the future.

A special survey has been published asking for your views on actions we can take in our Climate Change Strategy.

What are your priorities? Do you have ideas that we could help with? Are there projects already taking place in your neighbourhood?

We are also reaching out to young people as we know climate change is something they are passionate about and soon we will be launching a special competition looking for the best ideas.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “In lockdown we have caught a glimpse of what life could be like with fewer cars and less pollution and lots of people cycling and walking.

“There has never been a better opportunity to rethink our lives and help shape our environment for future generations. Recent weeks have shown how well we can work together and it is vital we take this approach to tackling climate change.”

We have declared a climate and ecological emergency and made a pledge to become a carbon-neutral Council by 2030.

Recently we announced we are supporting the Southill Solar farm near Charlbury (pictured) with a £2.5m loan and we are also investigating the provision of electric car charging points in key locations.

Work is also now under way to adopt energy-efficiency measures, source low and zero-carbon energy and invest in renewable technologies for the Council.

For more information on the steps we are taking in West Oxfordshire, click here to learn more.

The consultation is open until 16 June. Click here to Take Survey

Contact Information - West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team call: 01993 861616 or email: communications@westoxon.gov.uk.

Dix Pit Recycling Centre opens 18 May

The Dix Pit household waste recycling centre will reopen on Monday 18 May but residents are being urged to hold their visit unless it is absolutely essential.

Long tailbacks are expected at the site run by Oxfordshire County Council. These are set to be exacerbated by reduced opening hours and the number of vehicles accessing the site being reduced by 50 per cent to allow for social distancing.

Government guidance says that trips to a recycling centre should only be made if ‘essential’ – that is if the waste cannot be stored safely without harm to health.

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New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19

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Health and well-being services affected

There are a range of well-being and health services that are affected during this period. If you need to find out about services such as: support to quit smoking, sexual health clinics and weight management sessions, please click here.

Local information about services affected during the Coronavirus

Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and children’s social care: Click here to learn more:

For information and updates about other services, click here to learn more:


It is essential, in times like this, that we ensure all in our community are supported. This note gives details of help and support that is available in the Enstone parish community.


Click here to join the Enstone COVID-19 Community Support Group, where those that wish to, can offer help to neighbours and those that need it can ask. If you are able to help either join the group and look out for requests for help or pick up a #viralkindness postcard from inside Adam’s Stores (also available to print on the FB group) to put through your neighbour’s doors.



The shop remains open, whilst providing a personal service to one customer at a time..

Click here to go to Adams of Enstone Facebook Page for the latest information.



The council is still working, helping the community and meeting by video conferencing. The following members of Enstone Parish Council are available and happy to help:



For the latest information and advice on services from West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) go to www.westoxon.gov.uk/coronavirus.



From Monday 30th March 2020

GPs continue to assess patients’ needs over the phone. Only patients who have been invited to attend the surgery will be admitted to the surgery.

If you have been asked to attend the surgery: Ring the doorbell. The GP or Nurse will meet you. Your temperature will be taken. You will be assessed to ensure that you are free of symptoms of COVID- 19 before being admitted to the building.

Dispensary and Prescriptions

Practice staff are working in unprecedented circumstances.

Only call the surgery if you really need to. The surgery receives many calls from patients who are well but worried. The NHS website www.nhs.uk has full up to date information which is easy to understand about COVID -19 and many other health problems. Please use it.

The Surgery and all members of the NHS are working to care for us and protect us, our family and friends – Please be patient, polite and kind.

When this emergency is finally over and it is safe to do so, services will return to normal.



From Monday 30th March 2020

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our patients and our team at Chipping Norton Health Centre, we will be suspending all UNNECCESSARY face to face appointments for the foreseeable future to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Our GP’s will be working closely with the Care Navigation team to ensure all patients that absolutely NEED to be seen, are seen.


We will be cancelling any face to face appointments that are routine. We will be operating a telephone triage system for any appointments being requested that are not URGENT. Any GP may phone you back and it will be within the week that you have requested the call back you will not be given a specific time for a return call.


We will be operating a telephone triage system for all URGENT on the day conditions. If you need to be examined the triaging clinician will determine this.


Please visit: www.111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 for advice in the first instance.

If you have an appointment booked in the next few weeks we will be contacting you to arrange an alternative solution to a face to face appointment.


The criteria for self-isolating has changed. If you have a new cough or high temp stay at home in isolation for 7 days or until your symptoms have gone. DO NOT ATTEND THE HEALTH CENTRE.

If you are living with someone and they start to show signs of coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate for 14 days or if you begin to show symptoms yourself, until the symptoms have gone.

If you need a repeat prescription please request online via the patient access portal.


Oxford University Hospitals.


Oxford Health Foundation Trust

(which covers mental health, community hospitals and community therapies).


Vulnerable Residents

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have a direct number you are able to contact if a vulnerable resident needs help. There is a simple point of contact for any struggling resident. OCC have a team of officers on hand, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Sat and Sun 9am-5pm.

The number for West Oxfordshire is 01865 897 820 or email: shield@oxfordshire.gov.uk 

Citizens Advice - West Oxfordshire

Lines are busy, so start by visiting www.citizensadvice.org.uk. If an answer cannot be found, call the Adviceline on 0300 330 9049.

Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire is keen for people to know that the charity is still here for everyone. Citizens Advice is not able to provide face-to-face advice but is bolstering the Adviceline telephone service to help anyone who is in need of advice.

Citizens Advice website is constantly updated with the latest advice on what the coronavirus could mean for people on topics such as:

Age UK Oxfordshire

Telephone support service for older people and carers

A new telephone support service has been launched by Age UK Oxfordshire and Action for Carers Oxfordshire. The aim is to offer advice and assistance to older people and carers. The service will provide a friendly weekly telephone call and an opportunity to help, or if appropriate direct people to other sources of help.

Call: 01865 411 288. Leave your name and phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Community First Oxfordshire (CFO)

The CFO office itself is now closed and staff are working from home. They all have access to email and if you are unsure as to the correct email address, please forward to: info@communityfirstoxon.org and they will direct your email to the most appropriate person (or ask someone to give you a call).

Direct phone calls are currently more limited: please phone: 07935 888 638. if you need to speak to someone. visit the website at www.communityfirstoxon.org.

Government Business Support

For the Government Business Support Hotline call: 0300 456 3565

For the Universal Credit Hotline call: 0800 328 5644

The breakdown of all the financial support currently available for individuals and business can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19