What’s new in the Botley & North Hinksey area?

Coming up soon (important dates for your diary):

The funeral of the late Eleanor Bloxham (aka the Botley Bag Lady) will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday 4 September at the Church of St Mary, Church Street, Bloxham, Oxon OX15 4PY and afterwards at Bloxham School for a small reception.

Eleanor wanted to be remembered after her death and her family wish for people who knew and respected Eleanor to be there to remember her. All are welcome.

The Branches summer programme is here

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

Neighbourhood Plan Final Public Consultation – 18th June to 31st July:

The North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan has reached a very important stage as it is now nearing completion. From 18th June for a six week period Parishioners will have a final opportunity to comment on the policies it contains and other content, and suggest improvements. Copies of the Plan itself plus various support documents can be found on the Consultation page of the Neighbourhood Plan website together with a feedback form. Printed copies of all documents are also available at Botley Library throughout the consultation, and will be on show at the Open Day in Seacourt Hall on the 15th July when members of the Neighbourhood Plan Team will be on hand to answer your questions.

West Way redevelopment update:

Mace have produced a further newsletter in August which you can also find on their consultation website. The newsletter outlines the work they are currently carrying out and planning  for the next month.  Current works are focused on providing the temporary accommodation for the Tesco and the stripping of the former Coop and Lloyds shops.

Botley Community Fridge

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. This will be particularly important once the schools break up for the summer and some children will not be getting the food that they normally would at school. 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.

Organisation of the month

The Organisation of the Month for June is Botley & North Hinksey Over 60s Lunch Club:

Nov 17 Lunch Club 1 web

Free Wifi in West Way shopping centre

Wifi provided by the Vale of White Horse District Council is now up and running in the West Way Shopping Centre. It can also be accessed in Seacourt Hall, which is very useful if you are booking or attending a meeting or event.

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.

Latest News:

  • New Branches youth cafe to open in Botley after grant – Oxford Mail Sat 9 Jun
  • Demolition of Botley’s West Way centre set to start despite fears – Oxford Mail Fri 8 Jun
  • Safety fears raised over West Way development – Oxford Mail Tue 29 May
  • Farmers’ cream tea fundraiser to be held in Botley – Oxford Mail Sat 26 May
  • West Way shops to be demolished next month – Oxford Mail Thur 24 May
  • ‘AT LAST’ – diggers on site as West Way developers spring into action – Oxford Mail Wed 23 May
  • Royal wedding-inspired graffiti takes aim at West Way – Oxford Mail Wed 23 May
  • New Branches youth cafe to open in Botley after grant – Oxford Mail Sat 9 Jun
  • Farmers’ cream tea fundraiser to be held in Botley – Oxford Mail Sat 26 May
  • Schools Focus: Creative learning championed at Botley Primary School – Oxford Mail Mon 21 May
  • Developer backs down over Botley’s West Way development amid public pressure – Oxford Mail Sat 28 Apr
  • West Way shopping centre art project is ‘too little too late’, say Botley community groups – Oxford Mail Thur 19 Apr
  • Graffiti artists add colour to Botley’s run-down West Way shopping centre – Oxford Mail Sun 15 Apr
  • Developers plead for Botley graffiti to stop as ‘community art’ project begins at West Way
    Oxford Mail Tue 10 Apr

More on our News Page


Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for June is Botley & North Hinksey Over 60s Lunch Club and this is what they have to say about themselves:             Our local lunch club for the over 60s meets on alternate Thursdays in the Seacourt Hall.  A two-course meal is served by volunteers at 12.30 promptly and diners …