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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. COVID19 leaflet COVID19 poster

Remembrance Day Service 2020

The 2020 Remembrance Day Service at the Commonwealth War Graves took place on Sunday 8th November with a limited number of invited participants only because of Covid-19 restrictions, but a video of the event can be watched here:

Botley Library re-opening

The library briefly re-opened Tue 27 October, but unfortunately has now closed once again because of the national lockdown.

Farmers’ market

Botley Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday 10am-4pm outside the library.

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:

The community fridge has re-opened to the public and is currently located in the lobby of the Church hall of SS Peter & Paul Church, having moved there from the church lobby for the duration f the national lockdown.  Anyone can put food in, anyone can take food out (non-perishables reserved for those in need).

If you would like to volunteer for the fridge (cleaning or collecting food from local supermarkets), 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 – 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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