I would like to make you all aware of the next two Stonevale Concerts at St Giles Church. The second weekend of March will be a very musical and exciting one. The first will be on Friday night the 8th of March at 7 pm, where some of Abingdon School's talented musicians will reach out to our community and give a concert in the church.
And on Sunday, the 10th of March at 4 pm, Manus Noble (world class guitarist) will return and give us a concert, on not only the guitar, but a few more related instruments. This concert is part of a tour of the country that Manus will be undertaking, and we are very lucky to form part of this highly acclaimed tour.
Donations will be highly appreciated, especially to go towards Manus, but also towards the church. I hope you can join us, both these concerts will be of a very high standard, and it is great to have this on our doorstep.
I have set it up that for the first one you can book without paying anything. For the second one, I am charging some money, only as I would like to pay Manus, however, please feel free to email me and book places if you would prefer to throw money in a box like in the past, or prefer not to give anything. - It is all fine! I include the links to booking, as well as the posters for advertising.
Link to Booking
Link to Poster
Church Newsletter - Spring edition
The Church Newsletter is now available - see link. It contains the list of Sunday and Easter services which may be of interest to villagers.
Printed copies are available in St Giles' Church, though we would be happy to deliver these to people's homes on request.
Badbury Parish News is available for download on the Badbury Group of Churches page.
Monday 29th January, Reading Room at 6pm.
I want to formally thank everyone from our village who organized and helped with the Barn Carol Service in December. It was a big undertaking, and our unpaid volunteers did a splendid job. I didn’t realize how much work is done behind the scenes, and perhaps others don’t realize too.
There was the hiring of the Barn – liaising with the National Trust and Vale of the White Horse District Council, risk assessments, insurance, road closures, cordoning off the pond. Then the preparation of the Barn – setting up, dressing the stable figures, installing electrics, lights, sound system, health and safety, first aider, monitor weather conditions, clean and put out chairs and reserved signs, marshals for procession and road/car management, village innkeepers, children leading the procession, the welcomers, collecting donations, keyboard set up, musician, lesson readers, etc. Then the Big clear up – taking everything down and stowing away for another year.
To all who helped in any way, great or small, a big thank you.
At the feedback meeting, we shall review the event and discuss the way forward. For example, the need to form a committee who will work together as a team, introduce changes if required, review timings (do we need to start earlier?) publicity – is it a village event only or do we invite others from further away?
If you have any constructive feedback for the meeting, please send comments to me to share with others, or if you are interested in joining the committee, then please do come along. Please let me know if you are attending so that I can organize a few drinks and nibbles.
Building our tomorrow together – join the conversation to help shape the future of our districts
Requiring sustainable development; protecting and enhancing our countryside; setting higher energy efficiency standards for new buildings; and prioritising more sustainable transport options – these are all benefits planned for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse, and everyone is being invited to join the conversation.
Innovative draft policies to address local challenges and unlock future opportunities across the two districts have been published for community feedback, as part of the councils’ work to deliver their Joint Local Plan 2041.
The six-week consultation launches today 10 January and will run until 11.59pm on 21 February 2024. Visit southandvale.gov.uk/JLP to find out more and have your say.
Among many topics the Joint Local Plan covers are some updated, new and innovative approaches such as:
The two councils are working together to deliver the Joint Local Plan, which will set out what development should be allowed and where, help guide decision-making for planning applications, and set standards for environmental protection, sustainability, water quality and much more, for the years until 2041.
Councillor Anne-Marie Simpson, Cabinet Member for Planning at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Joint Local Plan is one of the most important documents we deliver as a council and has a lasting impact on our community. That’s why we need everyone across the districts to join the conversation and actively participate in this process to help shape our future.
“We had a great response to our first Joint Local Plan consultation, so I’m excited to share our proposed approaches with the community, highlight how your previous feedback has shaped our work, and showcase our plans to benefit our community, economy, and environment."
Councillor Andy Foulsham, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Policy and Programmes at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Using your previous feedback and a range of new research, we’ve developed these innovative policies to take action on your most important priorities, like protecting our countryside and climate action.
“A local plan takes years to develop and so it’s important we regularly check in with residents and local businesses throughout the process to make sure we’re delivering a Plan that truly represents our community. We really welcome comments on what our Joint Local Plan to 2041 should contain.”
Using the interactive online hub, users can navigate through the Joint Local Plan topics that matter most to them; view proposed approaches, draft policies and supporting evidence documents, and explore interactive maps to see site allocations, where policies apply and more.
There are two ways for people to share their feedback online depending on how much detail they want to get into:
The councils will also be out and about across the districts during January and February, with a host of local events. People can come and find out more about the plan, chat with council officers and members, ask questions and find out how to give feedback.
There will also be paper copies of consultation documents around the districts’ libraries, as well as at Abbey House, Abingdon, the Beacon, Wantage, and Cornerstone Arts Centre and Great Western Park District Neighbourhood Community Centre in Didcot, giving residents less comfortable with the internet the chance to take part as well.
Councillor Simpson said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for you to share your thoughts, so whether you prefer online or print, we can’t wait to hear your views.”
Councillor Andy Foulsham added: “We also encourage you to share the consultation with your friends, family, and neighbours to spread the word and get as many voices as possible to join the conversation.”
Drop in to one of our in-person events to chat with us, ask questions and join the conversation. Find out more on the consultation webpage:
Open House Coffee in the Reading Room will start again on Wednesday 3rd January at 10.30, organised by Jane.
We look forward to welcoming friends old and new.
My Mother, Ann Hayler, a resident of Great Coxwell Since 1973, passed away Wednesday the 27th of this month, 85 years old.
The family moved to Great Coxwell in 1973, to the Laurels Cul-de-Sac.
Almost all the 7 houses of the Cul-de-Sac had new families arrive in 1973 and many now still remain of that era, it was almost a micro community of is own within the village. There were a lot of children growing up in the Laurels in the 70s it was a bustling hub.
My mother was active in the W.I and St Giles Church.
Ann will be buried at St Giles Church. Date not finalised, yet.
I have added some photos, for those whom may not have seen her for some time.
Invitations and timings have now been delivered around the village. Seating is limited, therefore can I remind those who find it difficult to stand during the carol service, to reserve a seat by Saturday 23rd December, via Maureen. Reserved signs will be placed on the seats before the service.
I extend out grateful thanks to the team of village volunteers who have given of their time, talents and expertise, to make this event happen this year.
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