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

January surgeries with your District Councillors

Cllr Emily Smith and Cllr Debby Hallett are touring Botley and Sunningwell Ward from January to March 2018. You are invited along to one of these drop-in events to raise any district related issues or just to meet your District Councillors in person over coffee. See poster for dates. The first is on 12th January.

West Way redevelopment update:

Mace have an update leaflet on their consultation website and copies can also be found in the Library and on local noticeboards. The leaflet outlines their phasing strategy including the temporary relocation of the Co-op, Tesco, Lloyds chemist, Seacourt Hall and the Baptist Church in the New Year, and the subsequent phasing for the main redevelopment. You can download a copy of the leaflet here.


Temporary layout from early 2018


West Way redevelopment final scheme












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 and 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

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

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 December 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.

Coming up soon (important dates for your diary):

  • Sun 17 3.30pm St Lawrence Church Carol Service

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

Latest News:

  • More changes to West Way revamp as delays roll on - Oxford Mail Wed 13 Dec
  • New Marks & Spencer store approved for Oxford -  Oxford Mail Mon 11 Dec
  • Criminally good brewery need your help to raise £30,000 -  Oxford Mail Fri 1 Dec
  • West Way: Supermarkets to move in to temporary homes but Iceland will close – Oxford Mail Mon 27 Nov
  • Former head of English at Botley school recognised for services during WWII -  Oxford Mail Fri 24 Nov
  • Campaigners delighted with promise not to compromise cyclist’s safety – Oxford Mail Fri 6 Oct

More on our News Page


Nov 17 Lunch Club 1 web

Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for November 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 …

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