Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 (Part 1) Partial Review Oxford's Unmet Housing Need.

As some of you may already be aware Cherwell District Council on Monday 26th February 2018 approved the proposal to build 4,400 new homes on local Green Belt area, including 2,350 either side of the A44 between Begbroke and Yarnton. This was despite considerable opposition from local parish councils, representative groups, many individuals and local Cherwell District Councillors. Representation against the proposal at the meeting was excellent, with all speakers giving good reason for their opposition. It was hard to see how that representation could have been any better. The vote by Cherwell District Councillors was 26 in favour and 17 against with 2 abstentions. The net effect meaning that the proposal will move forward for consideration in public by a government inspector for recommendations. It is possible that this could take place around May/June 2018. Whilst the outcome of the vote was disappointing, there are many aspects of the proposal that will be subject to considerable scrutiny by the inspector. All is not lost and we live in hope.

Yarnton Parish Council would like to thank all the organisations and local residents who have taken the time to submit the 1461 representations received by Cherwell DC, a clear indication as to the depth of feeling by residents and their representatives.

Yarnton Parish Council


Nearly New Sale Saturday 24th March

We are excited to be holding a nearly new sale for babies and children's toys, clothes and accessories at Yarnton Village Hall. There will be lots of quality items at great prices, so pop along on 24th March and bag a bargain! We will be serving tea and toast and also have a cake stall to keep you refreshed whilst you shop! Entry to the sale will be £1 per adult and children are free.

If you would be interested in having a table at the sale, we still have a few places left, so call Kate on 07717 810925 or email [email protected] – tables cost £5 each, but numbers are limited so don't delay in booking your place. All proceeds from door entry and cake sales will go to Begbroke Playgroup. Please feel free to tell your friends and family and get them to come too – the more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you!


Proposed Apple Orchard

The Parish Council is exploring the idea of a Yarnton village apple orchard on two of the three community grassed areas between The Paddocks and the bridge leading to Bernard Close.  The aim is to bring back some Oxfordshire heritage variety apple trees which have been lost to this area, provide free apples for Yarnton villagers, encourage wildlife conservation and provide a tranquil area to rest for a while and enjoy the sunshine. We would welcome residents’ observations regarding the proposal which can be sent by email to [email protected] or in writing to Yarnton Parish Council, Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, OX5 1TE.  If any village organisations or individuals would be interested in sponsoring a tree please let us know as soon as possible. We are on a time limit as preferably the trees need to be planted by late April for this year. It's an exciting project which would enhance this area of the village and help foster a community spirit for all ages. 




The custom of residents volunteering their services for the benefit of others in Yarnton has long been maintained, and envied by surrounding villages. Our village has a number of organisations that rely solely on voluntary participation for their organisation and management to ensure continuity for the future. Many existing volunteers are themselves elderly and finding it difficult to maintain their involvement. Unfortunately a number of these organisations are experiencing difficulty in attracting volunteers, to the point where their future is in grave doubt. Below is a list of Yarnton organisations with contact details that are looking to recruit new volunteers:

Surgery/Hospital transport - Mick Teeling - 01865  376801

Fortnightly Shopping Bus - Fred Jones - 01865  373871

Yarnton Lunch Club - David Poulton - 01865  374158

Yarnton Seniors Club - Jose Green  - 01865  375644

Yarnton Village News Delivery - Frances Peck - 01865 374708

Yarnton Women's Institute - Ruth Astall - 01865 372637

Yarnton Gardening Club - Ruth Astall - 01865 372637

Yarnton Care Committee - Bernie Connors - 01865 372944

All of these organisations exist for the benefit of Yarnton residents and contribute enormously to the well-being of our more elderly in particular. Some voluntary involvement can be for as little as perhaps one hour per month but is vital to the bigger picture. Time is precious to us all but spending just a small amount of time for our community cannot be better spent.

Please consider how you could possibly help to maintain these vital services.

Any time that you could contribute would be greatly appreciated by your community.

Further information can be obtained from the contact details above.


Yarnton Parish Council