Comet Bus to Oxford

Thank you to those who supported the inaugural Comet mini bus service to and from Oxford on 12 October. However it was a bit too successful, so much so that the 16 seats were filled by the time we arrived at the first stop in Appleton! We left 12 Appleton passengers at the next stops.

We obviously cannot continue like that. Consequently we are going to share the Comet bus in this trial by alternating village use to a fortnightly service so that we can see what the usage is over the full 8 weeks. It will continue on Wednesdays only as follows:-

Hinton and Longworth passengers will be able to use the bus only on 26 October, 9 November and 23 November. Leave Hinton (bus shelter) at 10.00am, return from Oxford (County Hall) at 1.00pm.

Appleton passengers will have sole use of the bus on 19 October and 2, 16 and 30 November.

We are sorry for this change but it is to enable us to fairly share the limited service that is available and to decide whether we should make the service a more permanent arrangement or not.

Perhaps you would like to make your views known at the next Parish Council meeting on 8 November?

Peter Evans and Mike Banks

AGE UK Vacancy Kingsmoor Club, Hinton Waldrist

AGE UK have a vacancy for an Activity & Support Coordinator for Kingsmoor Community Club, Hinton Waldrist – just the role you’ve been looking for maybe?

Consultation re Bridleway to Duxford ford

Do you ever use the Public Bridleway at Duxford which leads to the ford & Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve? If so you may be able to assist Oxfordshire County Council with the following matter.

In March 2010 Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) decided to install a lockable gate at the entrance to Bridleway 9 which leads from Duxford to the ford in order to prevent the use of that bridleway by vehicular traffic and safeguard the public.

OCC is currently seeking the views of anyone who is familiar with Bridleway 9 and/or has knowledge of how it is used in order to reach a view as to whether it is necessary to retain the gate for safety purposes. To do this we are posing the following questions:

Are you aware of any attempts by motorised vehicles to use the bridleway or any other anti-social behaviour on the bridleway which may affect the safety of persons using it over the last year or so? The more detail of a particular incident (e.g. date, time, description of vehicle, etc.) you are able to provide the better.

Are you able to comment on whether the existence of the lockable gate has served a safety purpose? If so, please provide the basis for your answer.

We will be setting up an online consultation posing the same questions on the OCC website. The link to the consultation is below, access will be available from 1 August. We encourage you to use this as the primary contact for the survey.

All responses will remain confidential and if you observe anything you think may fall within these queries please respond to the consultation at any point. The consultation will run from 1st August 2016 to 31st July 2017.

Whilst some people will use the online portal it is recognised that not everyone has access to the internet or able to use online services so we offer a postal address where residents can send their views, see below.

Thank you for your assistance and if you have any further queries don’t hesitate to contact me.

Hugh Potter
Countryside & Records Manager
Oxfordshire County Council
Signal Court
Old Station Way
Eynsham OX29 4TL

Tel: 01865 810226

Email: countryside@oxfordshire.gov.uk

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/countryside

Link to the consultation:

https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/H.Waldrist_Bw9_Gate_2016/consultationHome

Church Roof Appeal

What’s the problem?

Our grade II* listed Church, dating from the mid 13th century, is in need of urgent repairs to its roof and walls. Major works were first identified as necessary in a routine inspection in 2001. Patch repairs over the last years have held the fabric together but the extent of urgent work required now necessitates extensive re-roofing and masonry repairs.

With water entering through the roof, and visible damage to the internal ceilings becoming more apparent, a recent specialised inspection of the building fabric confirmed the continued deterioration and extent of urgent repairs needed to both the roof and walls of the building.

The proposed project covers the most urgent works to renew the roof covering of the building (except the chancel which, although in need of repair, is currently weatherproof). Also included are urgent repairs to the masonry and improvements to the above and below-ground drainage. This work will ensure that the situation is stabilised enabling further work, including enhancements to the interior of the Church, to provide a focal point for additional activities in the village. The estimated cost of this first phase of work is £350,000….

With around 240 residents, the community is unable to cover the full cost of these urgent repairs. We have been awarded a large grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) but this will not cover the cost of all the work and we need to prove that we can raise a substantial amount towards the repairs – by applying to other trusts for help, by using our own limited resources and, most importantly, by getting behind the project and raising funds ourselves.

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Without this effort from our village, the Church will become unusable and deteriorate even further. Costs will rise and this key part of Hinton Waldrist’s history will be lost – potentially forever.

A small group of residents have already got together to drive forward this plan and have started to pull together ideas. If you would like to support efforts to meet this challenge, and make a positive contribution to our community, please read on….

Click here to read on

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, please reserve Sunday 12th June 2016 from noon to 3 pm.
This is an invitation to all living in Hinton Waldrist from Hinton Waldrist Parish Council.
More details will follow.
It should be a very happy and enjoyable occasion.

Update Your Voter Details

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Walk to Remember

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Notice of Election

Election of parish councillors in the Vale of the White Horse is due shortly.  Nominations must be in by 9 April.

Click here for Notice of Election

Planning Application for Five New Houses

A planning application has been submitted to VWHDC to construct 5 new houses with carports on Prior’s Lane, just north-east of the junction with High Street and The Row.  This application will be discussed at a Parish Council meeting in the Village Hall on Monday 23 March at 8:00 pm.  Please attend this meeting if you wish to comment on the application.

Click here for overview site plan

Link to full planning application

Wanted: Volunteer for Neighbourhood Action Group

The Neighbourhood Action Group works closely with Thames Valley Police to keep our area low in crime.  Hinton Waldrist is not currently represented on the NAG and Thames Valley Police are requesting a volunteer.  For more details, click here.

If you are interested, please contact FaringdonNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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