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

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.

Casual vacancy – Parish Councillor:

A vacancy now exists for a Parish Councillor for the Parish of North Hinksey. As an insufficient number of written requests for an election to be held were submitted to the Vale of White Horse District Council the vacancy will now be filled by co-option by the Parish Council. Parishioners wishing to apply for co-option to the Parish Council should write by Thursday 13th April 2017 to: The Clerk to North Hinksey Parish Council, 27 Long Close, Eynsham Road, Botley, Oxford OX2 9SG.

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 Betty Bloom Dance:

Betty Bloom logo      Betty Bloom dancers website

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. As we understand it 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.

Neighbourhood Plan - public feedback event on draft policies 

A second public feedback event on the Neighbourhood Plan took place in Seacourt Hall on Saturday 9 July last year where the draft policies on Transport, Housing, Commercial Developments, Infrastructure, Green Spaces were presented and feedback obtained from parishioners. For information on the North Hinksey Neighbourhood Plan, FAQs, the vision, details of working groups and how you can get involved, visit the website.

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:

  • 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
  • WANTED: New parish councillor for North Hinksey -  Oxford Mail Thur 2 Mar
  • McDonald’s branch in Oxford is having a revamp -  Oxford Mail Wed 22 Feb
  • Man pleads guilty to rape in Botley park -  Oxford Mail Fri 17 Feb
  • Residents hope to pop some life back into West Way Shopping Centre - Oxford Mail Fri 17 Feb

More on our News Page


Betty Bloom dancers website

Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for April is Betty Bloom Dance and this is what they have to say about themselves:     I set up Betty Bloom Dance School 3 years ago and teach children from 2 years through to 15 years of age.  We feel our dance school offers something very different to your …

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