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

COVID-19 Community Hub

For all you need to know for local and national support during the lockdown visit the COVID-19 community hub page on the parish council website.

Allotment fees waived:

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, to help people who would like to grow their own food, and to give a focus for healthy outdoor activity, the parish council has waived allotment fees for the year 2020. Full information on the NHPC website.

Coming up soon (important dates for your diary):

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

West Way redevelopment update:

Botley Development Company (BDC) has now submitted their application for the changes to the plans for the residential block, which they revealed to the public at their public exhibition in March. Details in the latest WWCC newsletter.


Botley Community Fridge:

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Community Fridge is operating a delivery service and using the new Seacourt Hall as a base.  is circulating in Oxford.   However,  a “virtual” pop-up fridge has been set up outside the library (building behind the church)  on for an hour on some days.  See blog for details.

If you need a food parcel (either because you are self-isolating or you are in need) and live in or near Oxford, you can get one by filling in this form. The parcel can be urgent/next day, weekly every Thursday, or one urgent and then weekly. We may refer you to another food larder if there is one closer to where you live

If you would like to volunteer for the fridge, please contact Riki Therivel at riki@phonecoop.coop or 01865 243488.  Find out more at https://foodforcharities.wordpress.com/botley/

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway:

Following on from a well attended public information event in Seacourt Hall on 7 November there is a wealth of information now available on the North Hinksey Parish Council website including presentations from the event. You can find out more about the official position from the Highways England website where you can subscribe to receive updates. Watch out for the promised public consultation in early 2020 where you will have a chance to comment on several possible routes, some of which are likely to pass through this area. Our two Parish Councils, the Vale District Council, Oxford City Council and the County Council are amongst the organisations now officially opposed to the Expressway whichever route is chosen. With severe social and environmental impacts on local communities and 1,000,000 extra houses as part of the package (Oxfordshire’s population would double by 2050) you can see why.

Botley Bridges

Botley Bridges Family Support Service – this charitable company- has now been up and running for 18 months, and sessions and services are going strong with plenty of families from across Botley, Cumnor, North Hinksey and West Oxford benefitting from their activities.

The trustees and the steering group for Botley Bridges have worked really hard to get to this point, but to make this charity sustainable in the long term will require a lot of community support. In particular they are looking for the following help:

  • Donations – the initial funding gained to set up the charity was only intended to fund the first two years of operation, so other fundraising is now beginning in earnest.
  • Volunteers – willing helpers are needed for some sessions to help the staff run them. Can you spare a few hours a week to help?
  • Trustees – there is an urgent need for additional Trustees, particularly people who might be willing to take on specific roles such as Treasurer or Secretary. The Trustee role is very much separated from the services, and would suit anyone with a penchant for organising. Individuals with specific skills (e.g. accountancy, fundraising and publicity etc.) are particularly being sought after.

For more details see the Botley Bridges website or contact Botley Bridges Chairman, Kim Randell via botleybridges@gmail.com

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.

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