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



General Election 2017: BOTLEY QUESTION TIME with the main candidates for Oxford West & Abingdon



Your chance to question our main candidates on their policies and decide who to vote for on 8th June.

Q & A session chaired by Rev Graham Sykes and sponsored jointly by The Sprout and SS Peter and Paul Church

Got a burning question? Submit your question using the form you can download here.  Return question forms to Botley Library or email to info@botleyhinksey.org.uk by Tuesday 30th May.


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Botley Community Fridge

Monday 13 March marked the start of the Botley Community Fridge: A fridge into which anyone can put food, and from which anyone can take food

Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 81 West Way, Botley OX2 9JY

The fridge will be open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm except Sundays 11am-5pm.  Priority for people in need Saturday and Monday 9-10am.

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 is up and running

Botley Bridges Family Support Service – a charitable company- is now up and running. Charity status was awarded in March and sessions and services have now started. The trustees and the steering group for Botley Bridges have worked really hard to get to this point- a lot of forms have been filled in! Both North Hinksey Parish Council and Cumnor Parish Council have supported the venture with financial support and advice and the trustees are extremely grateful for this help. Read more in their April 2017 update.

Tap Social – craft brewery opens bar in February

Tap Social Movement is a craft brewery based in Curtis Industrial Estate and open as a bar Friday and Saturday evenings in February. 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 April is The Friends of Raleigh Park:

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Mace’s proposals for West Way and the planning application

Mace gained approval for their planning application last year (documents still available on the Vale’s website). Work on the site is still expected to start in mid 2017 but the phasing is now expected to change completely to significantly reduce the total time taken for the redevelopment works. The two blocks of offices near to Westminster Way / West Way will now remain open during phase 1, with all of the shops that continue to trade (Co-op etc.) transfererred there along with Seacourt Hall and the Baptist Church while work starts on the rest of the site. More updates about parking and access during these works to follow when details have been passed on to us.

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.

Coming up soon (important dates for your diary):

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

Latest News:

  • Botley mum moved by plight of Pakistani youngsters organisers fundraiser for new school -  Oxford Mail Thur 27 Apr
  • Former Church of England HQ in North Hinksey, Oxford, back on the market -  Oxford Mail Sat 22 Apr
  • Car crashed into Robin Kemp Chartered Surveyors off Botley Road, Oxford -  Oxford Mail Tue 18 Apr
  • Residents hope to resurrect community facilities during demolition of West Way Shopping Centre - Oxford Mail Thur 13 Apr
  • Community mourns loss of shops at Botley’s West Way shopping centre as bulldozers prepare to roll – Oxford Mail Tue 4 Apr
  • Much-loved independents and supermarket bow out of West Way Shopping Centre as bulldozers move in this summer - Oxford Mail Tue 4 Apr
  • Betty Lawes, a resident in North Hinksey, will be 100 years old on April 6 2017. She was a tutor at Westminster College for many years. On March 31 she had a party for friends and relatives at the Ashmolean Museum.
  • Criminally good beer to be served at new brewery in Botley -  Oxford Mail Thur 23 Mar
  • About to throw away your food? Why not give it away instead? – BBC Radio Oxford – Tue 14 Mar
  • Cafe Aloha raises its teacups to raise money for a 16-month-old boy who died in his sleep -  Oxford Mail Tue 14 Mar
  • Fourth community fridge in country sets up shop in Botley -  Oxford Mail Tue 7 Mar
  • Botley family rallies community together to help raise vital funds after dad suffers stroke -  Oxford Mail Fri 3 Mar

More on our News Page


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Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for May is The Friends of Raleigh Park and this is what they have to say about themselves:       The Friends of Raleigh Park are a support and liaison group, working with Oxford City Council, the trustees of the Park, to maintain and improve Raleigh Park as a resource for …

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