Enstone Ensign

Enstone Ensign


Number 456 January 2023

Newsletter for Enstone Parishioners


Sunday 8 January             8.00 am               Chadlington (BCP)

10.00 am              Ascott

Sunday 15 January            8.00 am               Spelsbury (BCP)

10.00am              Enstone

Sunday 22 January           8.00 am               Ascott (BCP)

10.00 am             Chadlington

Sunday 29 January           10.00 am             Spelsbury

Sunday 5 February          8.00 am                Enstone (BCP)

10.00 am             Chadlington

From the Registers:-


George Huxley 30th November Enstone

All items for the February Ensign in by 28th January (or sooner, if you have it ready) please, to Hillside (blue door opposite Artyard Cafe) or ring 677231 for shorter items.  You can also email me at info@andreabates.co.uk


*New ‘phone number to contact Enstone Parish Clerk*

Tel-: 07776 534584

Planning Applications:-

  • Church Enstone Hall, Little Tew Road, Church Enstone, 22/03109/HHD – Proposed partial basement below pool pavilion for plant equipment – No objection but applicant to adhere to the archaeology report
  • Rose Cottage, Church Enstone, 22/03153/HHD & 22/03154/LBC – Erection of a single storey rear extension and the construction of two dormer windows along with insertion of roof light to rear roof slope and replacement windows.  Internal & external alterations to include erection of a single storey rear extension, replacement windows and the construction of two dormer windows, along with insertion of roof light to rear roof slope.  Internal alterations to include changes to each floor layout, reinstate an original fire place, replacement of existing ground to first floor staircase and re-siting of staircase from first to second floor – No objection

Decisions Received:-

  • The Old Coal Yard, Gagingwell, 22/02111/FUL – Approved

Alternative Fuel Payments:- A resident has requested that this fuel payment be advertised …..

Alternative Fuel Payments (domestic)

This scheme is intended to deliver a one-off payment of £100 to UK households who are not on the mains gas grid and therefore use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, to heat their homes. Powers will enable the government to deliver support via electricity bills in both GB and NI, under a similar delivery model to the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The payment will ensure that a typical customer using heating oil does not face a higher rate of growth in their heating costs since last winter, in comparison to those using mains gas who are supported by the Energy Price Guarantee. The government will set out the timing of this payment soon.

Parish Council Elections May 2023:-

  • Enstone Parish Council elections take place on Thursday 4th May 2023.  What does this important role involve?  The OALC (Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils) is providing free training on this.  If you are interested, please contact me for further information.

Botley West Solar Farm …..

If this goes ahead, it would be the fourth largest solar farm in the world and would occupy more than 3,400 acres North & West of Oxford city, more than three quarters of which would be on Oxford’s green belt.  This information is already on the parish website (closing date for comments 22nd December) – there will be a second developer-led consultation in Spring 2023.  The Botley West proposal circumvents all local planning procedures and will go directly to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate for final approval as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).   Here is the website where comments can be made:- Home – Botley West – the site is within 6 kms of Enstone Parish.

Parish Website …..

The parish website is for information from all organisations within the parish so please let me know if you wish to have any information put onto the website (enstoneparish.org).

Dates of next meetings – 7.00 pm: Enstone Parish Hall:-

  • Tuesday 17th January – Public Meeting – Mullin Project
  • Thursday 19th January
  • Thursday 16th February

Mrs Beth Sinclair, Enstone Parish Clerk, Briery Cottage, 9 Alexandra Square, Chipping Norton, OX7 5HL

Tel: 07776 534584 Email:- enstoneparishclerk@gmail.com 

Website address for the Parish = enstoneparish.org 

Facebook Page = Enstone Parish


Helping Enstone Parish make a difference.

Check out our website at www.enstone-eco.co.uk for more information on …

  1. Support with energy costs – see the Quick Top 10 Checklist for Energy Crisis Support in our Autumn newsletter.
  2. Why water quality in our local river Glyme is getting worse also in our Autumn newsletter.
  3. Grants to improve your home insulation or fit a heat pump to reduce heating costs from the Climate Action for West Oxfordshire newsletter. There is a link to this in our blog about the talk on heat pumps we held in November.

Next meeting will be on Wednesday 18th January, 7-8.30pm at the Parish Hall.


As usual December is our craft meeting, whilst listening to Christmas songs and drinking and eating Christmas treats we each made at least 2 sparkly decorations. It’s amazing what WI members can do with a glue gun, fir cones and a selection of buttons. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 12th January, when we will celebrate New Year with a meal at The Crown.


All Enstone senior residents are invited to a get together at the Parish Hall in the Paddocks for tea and cake and a chat with friends on Tuesday January 10th, and Tuesday January 24th. 2-4 p.m. We’d like to introduce a swapping table so if you have books or puzzles etc. that you have finished with, bring them along so others could have them. If this is successful we will be doing it again in February and March. If you need any more information please call,
Richard 07860796817 or Maureen 07808130306.


16 January 7.00 Parish Hall – distribution of seed orders, followed at 7.30 by the AGM (when the Society will discuss plans for 2023 and will vote on a proposed change of name to the Enstone Gardening Club)

and The Gardeners’ Forum when members will describe recent experience growing particular flowers, fruit and vegetables. A warm welcome to everyone with an interest in gardening. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday 18 February 11.00 am Garden visit to see the spectacular snowdrop display at Hordley House, Wooton near Woodstock. For more details and to reserve a place, please contact the Secretary on 07771 594927

Membership renewals for 2023. Membership can be renewed at the AGM meeting on 16 January, or by paying your subscription by BACS. Please follow the guidance in the January email sent to members.

New members always welcome. The annual subscription is unchanged at £10.00 for single membership, £15.00 for joint membership.

Members are able to benefit from substantial discounts at local garden centres and from other suppliers, including seed merchants, on gardening gloves etc. Why not take advantage of this in 2023!


15 January, 6pm at St Kenelm’s Church, Church Enstone:  internationally renowned musicians, violinist Kathy Gowers and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, play works by Ravel, Franck and Bloch. Tickets £10/£15 can be bought at the door. All proceeds to Crisis Skylight, Oxford. Wine and refreshments available.


Is there anyone in the village who can connect my HP3762 printer (wireless mode) to my Gigaclear fibreoptic system, please?

Liz Birchall, 677271, or elizabethbirchall12@gmail.com.’

Enstone Sports & Social Club


New members welcome

Barclays Premier League Live on Sky, plus other sports too.

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 01608 677823

The club would like to thank all members and volunteers who give up their time.


Aunt Sally competition date T.B.C

Six-a-side cricket  – Saturday June 10th

Everyone welcome to all events. 


Committee Meetings:- January 9th 7pm, February 13th 7pm

Memberships: Adults £10, under 18’s and Over 65’s £5

Will endeavour to update our Facebook page and let people know of any changes or new events. 

Thank you all for your support and be safe.


Ben and Hannah would like to welcome you to the newly reopened Harrow. The Harrow is a family-friendly traditional village pub and restaurant. There are plans for accommodation & village events. We’ll keep you informed.


January 2023 10 Enstone Seniors Tea and Cakes 2-4pm Enstone PH

12W.I. meeting at the Crown

16EHS meeting 7pm Enstone PH

17Public meeting “Mullin Museum development” 7pm PH

18Enstone Eco meeting 7pm PH

19Parish Council meeting 7pm Parish Hall

24Enstone Seniors Tea and Cakes 2-4pm Enstone PH

28Final date for copy

February 16 Parish Council meeting 7pm Parish Hall

18 EHS Garden visit 11.00am

Congratulations to the Knitting Ladies of Enstone


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Current & previous Ensigns as pdf.