Enstone Primary School & Pre-School News

We are excited to announce that we are proceeding with our plans to re-open Enstone Pre-School under Governor Powers. This means the Pre-School will now be run and managed by the primary school.

We have appointed two lovely new Early Years Practitioners to our staff team, both coming to us with excellent previous experience and both excited to be embarking upon this exciting new venture with us. We are offering 15 hour universally funded places, 30 hour funded places (for eligible families) and the option of paying for additional privately funded sessions. Morning sessions are from 9am until 12pm and afternoon sessions from 12pm until 3pm. Or why not bring your sandwich box and stay all day?

If you have a child aged 3 or 4 years and would like to book for September 2021, January 2022 or April 2022, please go to our website for more information and booking forms www.enstone.oxon.sch.uk Click on the red “About Us” tab and choose Pre-School, or follow this link: https://www.enstone.oxon.sch.uk/enstone-pre-school/

Parish Repairs & Improvements

THE PLANKS – Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that works will begin on 31st August, for ten days, subject to weather conditions.

LIDSTONE – The Parish Council has paid for improved signage to the entrance of Lidstone from the A44.

WIG WAG SIGNS – The Parish Council has agreed to fund the upgrade of the Wig Wag signs outside Enstone School – these will be manned automatically and have a “20” flashing sign.

VILLAGE SIGNS and SPEED FLASHING SIGNS – These will be installed along the A44 during August.

20 MPH SIGNS OXFORDSHIRE – Oxfordshire County Council will be introducing 20 mph speed limits for all Town and Parish Councils during the year.

Warner Leisure Refurbishment of Heythrop Park

Enstone Parish Council met with Overbury (chosen contractor), Lichfields and Warner Leisure to discuss the traffic plan for contractors vehicles during the refurbishment. This is anticipated to start in September/October and be finished mid 2022. The Hotel will be closed during this period so there will little customer traffic.

Overbury estimate that during phase 1 there would be between 20 – 80 delivery vehicles a day. During the main phase of construction large deliveries of materials are not anticipated due to storage and material management and this will reflect on small vehicle choice. To minimise vehicle movements the following will be implemented:

  • Encourage car sharing.
  • Encourage delivery companies to be members of FORS (operators achieving best practice in safety, efficiency and environmental protection).
  • Operate on on-line booking system to minimise on site congestion. 

The area around The Drive entrance to Heythrop Park has been assessed as the main traffic route by Overbury and the Parish Council has agreed to the proposed traffic plan for deliveries:

Delivery to The Drive entrance from A44:

  • From Chipping Norton – along B4030 (Bicester Road).
  • From Oxford – along The Drive.

Delivery from The Drive entrance to A44:

  • Along The Drive to the Art Yard Cafe.

The Parish Council will be monitoring the impact on roads throughout this period and will appoint a councillor to act as liaison for the duration. Progress will be reported through the Ensign, Parish website and Facebook page.

Gigaclear to start building broadband Infrastructure in Enstone

Gigaclear have been working closely with rural communities across England to bring ultrafast fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband. Work to bring the network to Enstone is about to commence. 

It is anticipated that work will start on Cleveley Road in July and residents will receive notification in advance. Once works have started, an online community meeting with residents, including a Q & A session will be arranged.

Further updates regarding upcoming work information will be posted on a regular basis.

1st Charlbury Scout Group – Volunteers

The local Scout Group close to Enstone, with spaces is Charlbury Scout Group and they are advertising for volunteers. There are already young people from Enstone who attend and room for more so if you are interested please get in touch.

Cheryl – 1stcharlburyscouts@gmail

HQ: Nine Acres Ln, Charlbury, OX7 3RD

Meeting Times:
Beavers Thursday 5.00 – 6.15
Cubs Thursday 6.30 – 8.00
Scouts Thursday 7.00 – 8.30

Preparing young people with skills for life.

Charlbury Scouts nearest to Enstone want volunteers

Enstone Pre-School – Opening Planning

The long-established village Pre School sadly closed down in December 2020, but since then the Governing Body of Enstone Primary School has been conducting a feasibility study into the possibility of re-opening the setting under Governor Powers.  This has been a complicated process but the school is excited to report that they are making very positive progress and are very hopeful of getting the facility back up and running for September 2021. 

In order to help with forward planning, school are asking interested parties to complete a “test” application form, to help establish potential numbers and make decisions about staffing levels.  If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years of age by 1st September 2021, or who will turn 3 years of age during the academic year 2021-22, they would love to hear from you.  If you would be interested in sending your child to Enstone Pre School, please visit the school website to complete the necessary form.  It may be found here: https://enstone-primary-school.secure-primarysite.net/enstone-pre-school/

Please send completed forms by Wednesday 19th May 2021.  

We hope that with the support of our community we will soon have the Pre School back at the heart of our village! 

Mrs S Mann, Head Teacher

Oxfordshire Residents thanked for COVID caution and encouraged to keep getting tested

People across Oxfordshire are being thanked for their continued willingness to abide by the national roadmap rules that have allowed a gradual easing of restrictions during March and early April.

This is reflected in the number of new cases in Oxfordshire, which although showing slight variations over the past fortnight, has now dropped to 33.1 per 100,000 of the population.

Alongside following the rules and the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing forms an essential part of the government’s roadmap plan. From 9 April, everyone in England will be able to access free, rapid lateral flow device (LFD) tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week. This paves the way for businesses and society reopening.

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “We’ve reached a new stage of navigating our way out of lockdown by being cautious and careful to keep the virus under control. However, the rules are only as good as people abiding by them. In the large majority of cases, that has happened, and we thank people for their efforts.

“Schools are now open, people are able to meet outdoors and on 12 April non-essential retail, beer gardens and libraries are to open. That’s real progress which has been achieved by individuals, families and friends taking responsibility for their own actions. You only need to think back to December and January to understand how much effort we’ve put in to getting this far.

“We would ask everyone to continue to take great care and abide by the rules as they change. The virus is still circulating and still presents a danger. We’ve all seen what happens when the virus is given opportunities – we had the rise in cases last autumn followed by the even larger rises in the winter. With more and more people being vaccinated we are consolidating our position against the virus every day – but it is a gradual process, not an overnight event.

“Alongside following the rules and the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is an essential part of the easing of restrictions as it will help us quickly suppress the spread of variants. I would encourage everyone to get tested on a regular basis, even if you’ve had the vaccine.”

One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately and help stop the spread.

The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:

  • Workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
  • Secondary school and college testing on-site or through home test kits provided
  • Community testing at symptom-free sites
  • Collection of home test kits from any local testing site (symptom (PCR) sites and symptom-free sites)
  • A home ordering service, which allows people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home.

A new ‘pharmacy collect’ service is also launching, which will provide an additional route to regular testing. Testing through all these routes is free.

For further information about the options available, visit NHS.UK/get-tested.

If testing at home, individuals need to register their results online or by calling 119.

Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate immediately and book asecond PCR test. A self-isolation information pack is available to provide advice and support.

If you test negative, you must continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash your hands.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should book a test online or by calling 119.

What are the rule changes on 12 April?

  • More businesses will open, but indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups. Outside, six people or two households can meet.
  • All shops will be allowed to open
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services can open
  • Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
  • Funerals can be attended by up to 30 people.
  • Children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity
  • Care home visitors will increase to two per resident.