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

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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 is 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. 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 July is Oxford Food Bank:


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 now expected to start in late 2017 but the phasing is 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. A change of use planning application for the temporary locations needs to be approved by the Vale District Council before works can proceed.

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):

  • Sat 8 July in Botley Park (off Botley Road) – West Oxford Fun Day
  • Thurs 27 Jul at 8pm in Seacourt Hall – North Hinksey Parish Council meeting
  • Sat 16 Sep 10am – 4pm in SS Peter and Paul Church – Botley Food Fayre see poster for further details.

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

Latest News:

  • Students’ designs inspire fundraiser to transform school canteen -  Oxford Mail Wed 28 June
  • First person: Oxford academic Riki Therivel reflects on the success of a community fridge three months after its inception -  Oxford Mail Thu 15 June
  • Demolition and rebuild plans for West Way set out – Oxford Mail Wed 14 Jun
  • Unusual fitness craze combining beer with yoga comes to Oxford -  Oxford Mail Tue 6 June
  • ‘Jubilant’ young woman spotted tearing down Conservative posters before jumping in getaway car -  Oxford Mail Tue 6 June
  • Concerned parents demand answer from parliamentary candidates as air pollution jeopardises children’s health -  Oxford Mail Tue 6 June
  • Residents outraged after Tory posters vandalised -  Oxford Mail Mon 5 June
  • Teenager steals hustings limelight as he challenges candidate on gay marriage vote -  Oxford Mail Sat 3 June

More on our News Page



Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for July is The Oxford Food Bank and this is what they have to say about themselves: The Oxford Food Bank has been distributing food to local charities for over eight years now, and for the past four years this charity has been based in Botley, The idea behind this …

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