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The Sprout was one of the items that came up when the Parish Plan was considering practical ways of keeping the community informed. Jenny Barker, the founding editor, devised its unusual name, and it was first produced in October 2005 with strong support from Briony and Roy Newport, Bert Beuzeval, and Steve Elliott among others. In November 2010 Ag MacKeith took over as editor, and a fresh team picked up the advertising, finance and deliveries.

The Sprout is a strictly community project. It happens through the joint efforts of seven prime movers who deal with copy, layout, advertising and deliveries, backed by four directors and a four-person editorial team, and a score or more of willing pavement pounders who deliver it throughout the parish. It is financed entirely through local advertising, and has been recorded as a reason for moving to Botley!

What's in the latest issue?

The December issue (number 123) has a Christmas spirit with articles including:

  • The first Father Christmas
  • Oxford Food Bank’s Christmas meal
  • Cry Havoc supports Disabled Riders
  • Remembrance Day
  • Margaret Ballard
  • West Way Day Centre
  • PPG report, West Way update, the neighbourhood plan and much, much more

If you’ve mislaid or recycled your copy already and want to read it again (or any back copies). Don’t forget that Botley Library has spare copies.

You can read some past copies on line (note that most of the adverts have been removed so the contents’ page numbers are incorrect):
Feb 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 Sept 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017
The Sprout cover March 2012       The Sprout cover Summer 2012       The Sprout cover Christmas 2012

Extra photographs from recent editions

Here are a few additional photographs from major events in the past year that we couldn’t squeeze into the printed version of The Sprout. Click on the headers to reveal or hide them:

Hinksey Meadaow October 2016
2016.5.15 poplar leaf shade 2016.5.28 quaking grass 2016.6.10 selfheal
2016.6.14 amongst the flowers 2016.6.16 bedraggled bumblebee 2016.6.19 upside down weevil
2016.6.25 poss fleabane 2016.6.26 beetle lookout 2016.9.1 spider shadow
2016.9.10 hawthorn raindrop 2016.9.23 sunrise 2016.9.6 origami slug

Hedge Laying March 2015

Original State Removing the brush Cutting the Pleachers
 Cutting the Pleachers Inserting Binders  Completed Hedge
 Completed Hedge Even more photos can be seen on the Oxford Conservation Volunteers’ website

November 2014

Leading to West Way Attempting the wave Buttercups at Raleigh Park
Display of apples and pears Apple chopping Operating the press

Oxford Art Fair - September 2013

Ceramic clown One of the artists Split personality
Panoramic view of stands Pop Art
Vietnamese lacquer picture Hungry birds Dulcimer player

Radio Oxford's Big Tour to Botley - June 2013

Bernard Masterman and Ian Library Lyn Monica Peggy Bates
Marius Martin Monica David and Bob Malcolm and Bob

Photo Competition Results - May 2013

Jenny Holloway: Quiet contemplation Andy Roberts: Around Botley 2 Andy Roberts: Around Botley 1
Colin and Sally Hersom: Community puddle & cemetery Colin and Sally Hersom: Gate to puddle Andy Roberts: Around Botley 4
David Kay: Subway hound David Kay: Subway hound 2 Andy Roberts: Around Botley 3


….Views from the top of Seacourt Tower – March 2013 (link to photographs on Flickr website)

Refurbished Library - January 2013

Original article in February 2013

The central area as it used to be The children's section as it used to be The outside during the works
Work in progress Staff take a rest during the works New Shelves
New Shelves with Self-Service New Children's section Open for business showing computer table
Jim Kathryn Lyn
Monica Kathryn at the Self-Service machine


The Sprout Archives

Here are some selected articles and series from past issues that might be of interest to you.

Do you remember...
Stories from Botley's past
Food Ideas
Riki's unusual ideas about what we eat