Renault F1 – Fatal Four – Road Safety Week Initiative

THE-FATAL-FOUR  (Click for full pdf)

Renault F1 are taking part in the National BRAKE Road Safety Week (16 to 22 November 2020). During this week we are raising awareness of Road Safety and THE FATAL FOUR.

According to the World Health Organisation, injuries from road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.

What is The Fatal Four? The Fatal Four are the four biggest dangers whilst driving.

  1. Inappropriate Speed. Even the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The speed limit is not a target, you should drive at a speed that suits the conditions and the type of road. 
  2. Using a mobile phone. It can take just a moment’s distraction by a call or text to cause a crash. You can get 6 points added to your licence and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. The law still applies to you if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.  You can even be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you’re not in proper control of your car.
  1. Not wearing a seatbelt. You’re twice as likely to die in a crash, if you don’t wear a seatbelt. You can be fined up to £500. It’s so easy to avoid this danger – don’t forget to put on your seatbelt before you take off. Wearing your seatbelt correctly can help save lives.
  1. Drink/drug driving. When you drink, it takes longer for your brain to receive messages from your eye, and processing information becomes more difficult. This can impact your driving. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you should avoid drinking and drugs entirely if you know you have to drive.

Renault F1 are working with the local Parish Councils, Thames Valley Police Road Safety Unit, the Fire Service and our sponsors to educate and promote safer drivers here at Enstone.  Thames Valley police have been delivering a Fatal Four training session onsite for staff. A minority of staff have already attended this, and we aim to have all Renault F1 staff attend the training by the end of 2021.

What all Renault F1 staff need to do?  

1)  You need to follow the highway code at all times. 

2)  Don’t allow yourself to be a victim of the Fatal Four.

3)  Respect the local villages around Renault F1.

4)  Remember you are representing Renault F1 when driving to and from work in work kit.

Lockdown-2 – Oxfordshire Must Play its Part

Oxfordshire must play its part to control the virus and save lives

Help will be available to those who needs it this winter as the Oxfordshire community comes together to do its bit to control the virus and save lives. 

That’s the message from local leaders who are urging residents and businesses to carefully follow the new lockdown guidelines from the government this week. 

It’s clear that the second lockdown will be tough on residents and businesses across the county, which is why it’s so important to make sure it is effective. Oxfordshire’s council leaders, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership have come together to say that the everyone must play their part to help control the spread of the virus once again to save lives.

That means staying at home and not gathering with people you do not live with. The full guidance is on the government’s website. 

Even under normal circumstances, winter puts a significant strain on the resources of Oxfordshire’s NHS and other health services, and the escalating cases of COVID-19 across the whole country are already adding an even bigger burden, putting more lives at risk. Staying home and following the guidelines is the only way to help save lives.

This brings additional challenges, and over the course of the first lockdown, communities across the county came together in an incredible show of support to make sure everyone in their neighbourhoods got the help and support they needed.

The six Oxfordshire authorities will once again be working together and closely with their local communities to ensure anybody in need of help getting their basic supplies is connected with people who are able to help them. 

Information on the support available for residents can be found on the councils’ websites:

In addition to the support provided to businesses by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the councils also provide a vital support service to give advice and guidance to businesses worried about the impact the second lockdown will have. 

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It is well documented that we have been concerned about the rise in the number of cases in Oxfordshire. I welcome any move that will help to stem the spread of the virus and protect our communities. I urge people to stick to the rules and hopefully in time we will see a positive impact on the number of cases both locally and nationally.” 

Councillor Michele Mead, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have a fantastic sense of community in West Oxfordshire and I know we will all pull together once more to help each other over the next few weeks.

“It promises to be a difficult time, but it is important we stick by the government guidelines and try to stay as safe as possible. We will get through it hopefully in time to enjoy a proper family Christmas.”

Councillor Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’ve shown before that we can work together to help each other through a difficult time, and that is going to be needed more than ever as we go into winter. We’re here to do everything we can for our most vulnerable residents and our businesses.

“Please follow the guidelines, keep yourself safe, keep your families safe and help us get this virus under control.”

Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We already have an incredible support network in place to provide the support people need in the coming weeks. Please do everything you can to follow the guidelines and help save lives. If you’re a resident in need, or a business worried about what’s to come, get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.”

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Whilst nobody wants a countrywide lockdown, we hope that it can stop the spread and protect the NHS both locally and nationally. In Oxford we will continue to do what we can to support the many businesses that will be impacted, many of which were just getting back on their feet. Working with the city’s fantastic volunteer networks, we will also provide additional support for vulnerable households where that is needed. Over this next month it’s really important that we all obey the rules, to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our colleagues and I’d like to thank everyone for doing their best to keep us all safe.”

Councillor Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “Stopping the spread of coronavirus has to be everyone’s top priority at this point in time. It is essential that everyone follows these new restrictions from 5 November so that come December the rate of transmission has dropped.

“As local leaders we are acutely aware of the sacrifices our residents and businesses will be making in the coming weeks. I assure them that Cherwell District Council will continue to prioritise its essential services and support its communities through this challenging period.”

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, said: “The announcement of a further national lockdown by the Prime Minister will come as a huge blow to us all. We all have an unenviable task of managing the economic, social and health consequences for us all against the apparently exponential spread of the virus. Many people will be uncomfortable with these further restrictions, that come after so many extraordinary months that have changed our lives. Thames Valley Police will continue to enforce these unprecedented restrictions in the same common-sense fashion that they have demonstrated in recent months. The approach will be to engage with the public, explain the new rules, encourage people to protect each other by following these new laws and to enforce only as a last resort. This is not the “new normal”, but exceptional measures that must be taken to allow us to return to normality.”

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of OxLEP, said: “Following the Government’s decision to return the whole of England into lockdown – as has been the case in recent weeks and months – we will continue to work with Oxfordshire’s health officials, our local authority counterparts, the county’s MPs and our business community to ensure the additional support that our businesses will undoubtedly require during this period is in place and made readily available. 

“We ask that businesses follow the new guidelines and adhere to any actions required, including those industries permitted to remain active during this lockdown period. 

“We also encourage businesses to be as proactive as possible and seek any support that is needed, whether via existing government schemes or indeed the support and advice we are able to offer as the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership. We would also ask that businesses seek to understand – and be aware of – any future support announced by Government. 

“Coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation and will cause concern and disruption to businesses of all sizes for the foreseeable future. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our business community can be supported – and remain resilient – during this challenging period.”

Get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Enstone NHS Test & Trace

Residents are being reminded to make sure that they get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or have been advised to do so.

This reminder comes from Oxfordshire County Council as England enters a second lockdown starting on Thursday 5 November.

Until then people are reminded that existing high alert level restrictions in Oxford and medium level restrictions in the rest of Oxfordshire still apply.

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, added: “As cases are continuing to escalate across the county, we are actively urging people to make sure that they get a test if they have symptoms or if they have been advised to do so. There is capacity and it’s a crucial part of limiting the spread of the virus.”

Testing protects residents and provides the opportunity to create a full picture of how the virus is spreading within communities.

Residents can book a test seven days a week by calling 119 or registering online. Alternatively, home tests are available – but these must be used within seven days of having symptoms.

On top of existing local and regional testing centres, new testing sites will be opening in Oxford (Oxpens) on 6 November and Banbury (Woodgreen Leisure Centre) on 17 November. Work is also ongoing to bring two further sites to West Oxfordshire, and South Oxfordshire.People are also reminded of the following:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days and get a test. Do not wait for a test or test result before self-isolating.
  • The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you have at least one of these symptoms, you should book a test by calling 119 or registering online at
  • If another member of your household has symptoms, you must self-isolate. Further guidance on self-isolation is available on the government’s website.
  • If you have been abroad and are in quarantine, you should get a test if you develop symptoms.
  • If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you will not go on to develop the virus –you could still be at risk of spreading the virus to other people.

West Oxfordshire Community Support Update

Covid-19 update:
Help and Support for West Oxfordshire residents

Everyday life still feels very different at the moment for some people and as the Autumn rolls in and the clocks change help and support is still needed. The Coronavirus is still with us and keeping fit and active in whatever way we can has been shown to help patients fight the disease. The NHS is encouraging people to seek help in the way you always would if worried about symptoms. They are open for business and can help.

Click Here to see full Newsletter

Click here to visit the WODC Covid 19 Web Page

WODC Community Support Helpline 01993 861 077

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

The pipe has been repaired and the waste water tankers are no longer required. The outstanding infill and make good operations will be complete by Saturday evening.

Again a huge thank you to the villagers of Enstone for their forbearance throughout this work.

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

Just to let you know the part that was required did arrive and work has been progressing well with a finishing date of the end of October. We will keep you updated when an actual date can be given.

Again we regret the upheaval this has caused and thank the villagers for their forbearance.

Enstone Food & Christmas Market

The Enstone Food & Christmas Market will take place outside at the Artyard Cafe on Sunday 15th November between 10am and 1.30pm.

Enstone Christmas Market

Come along and view wares from:

  • Tess’ Brilliant Bakes
  • North Aston Organics
  • Team Tea
  • Curiousities Bacon
  • Swedish sandwich cake
  • Neals Yard Organics
  • Ray of Soap
  • LNWPart
  • Bethany Lily Knit
  • Moore & Lyon
  • Chillis 2U
  • Flamingo cards
  • Mira Preserves

…. and so much more



Oxfordshire close to ‘high’ COVID-19 alert level

Oxfordshire close to ‘high’ COVID-19 alert level

People in Oxfordshire are being advised to be extra vigilant, particularly over half-term, as cases of coronavirus continue to spread across the county.

Evidence shows that, in the past two weeks, the virus has spread to a much wider age range across the county and is no longer confined to younger people in urban areas. Hospital admissions have begun to increase as a result.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health Ansaf Azhar said: “Across all areas of the county, we are starting to see a significant shift in the spread of the virus from people in their teens and 20s to older and more vulnerable age groups. This is a really concerning development. We know that, once the virus starts to spread to more vulnerable groups, then hospital cases will rise and deaths will inevitably follow. 

“We have seen what’s been happening across the north of England and how the virus has quickly taken hold across huge swathes of the community. Based on the current trajectory of the virus, we could well find ourselves in a similar position in just a few weeks’ time if we do not take collective action now.”

“With half-term approaching, as well as events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali coming up, it’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of meeting up and celebrating with friends and family. But we mustn’t forget about COVID. We need to do everything we can to keep our families and communities safe and stop the spread. 

“I know the temptation will be to meet up and socialise over half-term. However, the virus thrives when people are in close contact with one another. So I would strongly urge everyone to limit their social interactions and focus instead on the many COVID-secure family activities that are taking place over half-term.”

Oxfordshire is currently at the ‘medium’ or tier 1 level in the COVID-19 alert system. This is the national three-tier system, which classifies areas as medium, high or very high based on their numbers of infection and overall risk level.

Discussions have taken place this week with central Government about whether Oxfordshire should move to the ‘high’ alert level, given concerns over the spread of the virus to age groups beyond people in their teens and 20s to potentially more vulnerable groups. 

The decision has been taken not to move the county to a high alert level at this stage. However, the situation is being monitored extremely closely and Oxfordshire’s Director of Public Health and Council Leaders are pushing for a move to happen as soon as possible. 

Moving to a high alert level would mean that residents could not socialise with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth said: “In light of the escalating situation across the county, we are pushing hard for Oxfordshire to be moved to a high alert level. This would be a preventative measure to stem the spread of the virus and protect the county’s most vulnerable residents. 

“We are aware that some businesses, particularly the hospitality sector, would be affected if we moved to a high alert level, and we welcome the announcement from Government today that additional support will be available. 

“However, we must do everything we can to keep residents across the county safe. We know that the majority of transmissions occur when different households mix, so increasing our alert level to high, which prevents households from mixing socially in indoor settings, is one of the best ways we can help our residents at this critical time.”

Sewage Works – Bicester Road

A break in the pressurised foul water sewer on Bicester Road, at the entrance to Heythrop Park, was identified a number of weeks ago and repair works began.

The road had to be closed for safety reasons and a signed diversion route implemented.

It was hoped to complete this repair quite quickly but it has proven to be more complex. The delivery of an essential component on Wednesday 21 October will speed up the process and it is forecast that the works should be finished by the end of October or sooner.

To manage the flows during this time, tanker vehicles have had to be used 24 hours a day to prevent any flooding to properties, restricted facilities, pollution to the environment and to carry out the work safely. The vehicles use warning beacons due to health and safety and can be noisy whilst they are pumping the waste water into their vehicles.

Thames Water are committed to finishing the works as soon as possible and would like to thank the villagers for their patience during these operations, which can be amplified during the night.



Sunday Market 18 Oct

Enstone Sunday Market
Another Sunday Market for you to enjoy is on Sunday 18 October at the Art Yard Cafe from 10am to 1.30pm.
Come along and see what is on offer from:

  • Two Jolly Cooks
  • Team Tea
  • Chillis 2U
  • More & Lyon
  • Tess’ Brilliant Bakes
  • Smorgas Tarta
  • Organic Veg

…. and much more!