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Botley Library

After an extended period of closure, the library is now open in its new home of 5 Church Way – the new building behind Barclays.  It is on the first floor above the Seacourt Hall.  Technical problems persist and so there is no self-checkout nor public computers.

Coming up soon (important dates for your diary):

  • Holly Jolly Fair in SS Peter & Paul Church, Sat 7 Dec, 10am to 2pm, free entry.

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

West Way redevelopment update:

Work has continued to move ahead of schedule throughout 2019 with the new Community building due for completion before year end. The Library are planning to move in after Christmas, followed by the Baptist Church and Seacourt Hall in early January. Retailers currently in the temporary buildings should also be moving into their new homes during the Spring and Summer of 2020, by which time the top level of the main car park will also have opened. Phase 2 of the building works are then due to start in later 2020.

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway:

Following on from a well attended public information event in Seacourt Hall on 7 November there is a wealth of information now available on the North Hinksey Parish Council website including presentations from the event. You can find out more about the official position from the Highways England website where you can subscribe to receive updates. Watch out for the promised public consultation in early 2020 where you will have a chance to comment on several possible routes, some of which are likely to pass through this area. Our two Parish Councils, the Vale District Council, Oxford City Council and the County Council are amongst the organisations now officially opposed to the Expressway whichever route is chosen. With severe social and environmental impacts on local communities and 1,000,000 extra houses as part of the package (Oxfordshire’s population would double by 2050) you can see why.

Botley Community Fridge:

The fridge is shut temporarily while the Covid-19 virus is circulating in Oxford.   However,  a “virtual” pop-up fridge has been set up outside the library (building behind the church)  on for an hour on some days.  See blog for details.

Calling all Gardeners and Allotment Holders. If your allotment / garden is giving you more food than you can eat, please consider bringing the excess to the Botley Community Fridge at Saint Peter & Saint Paul Church, 81 West Way, Botley, OX2 9LS.  The fridge is unmanned – just put food in – and is open Mon-Sat 9-5, and Sun 11-5.

Help to reduce food waste and support your neighbours by putting food in the fridge and taking food from it.

If you would like to volunteer to help stock and clean the fridge, please contact Riki Therivel at riki@phonecoop.coop or 01865 243488.  Find out more at https://foodforcharities.wordpress.com/botley/

Botley Bridges

Botley Bridges Family Support Service – this charitable company- has now been up and running for 18 months, and sessions and services are going strong with plenty of families from across Botley, Cumnor, North Hinksey and West Oxford benefitting from their activities.

The trustees and the steering group for Botley Bridges have worked really hard to get to this point, but to make this charity sustainable in the long term will require a lot of community support. In particular they are looking for the following help:

  • Donations – the initial funding gained to set up the charity was only intended to fund the first two years of operation, so other fundraising is now beginning in earnest.
  • Volunteers – willing helpers are needed for some sessions to help the staff run them. Can you spare a few hours a week to help?
  • Trustees – there is an urgent need for additional Trustees, particularly people who might be willing to take on specific roles such as Treasurer or Secretary. The Trustee role is very much separated from the services, and would suit anyone with a penchant for organising. Individuals with specific skills (e.g. accountancy, fundraising and publicity etc.) are particularly being sought after.

For more details see the Botley Bridges website or contact Botley Bridges Chairman, Kim Randell via botleybridges@gmail.com

Tap Social – craft brewery

Tap Social Movement is a craft brewery based in Curtis Industrial Estate and open as a bar Friday and Saturday evenings. The premises houses the brewery, bottle shop and tap room and provides training and employment opportunities to people serving prison sentences. Find out more on their website www.tapsocialmovement.com.

Allotments Available

There are some vacant allotments available,  If you are a budding gardener, have a look at our Allotments page to find out more or contact Ag MacKeith.

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