Volunteer needed

TeaBooks is a charity project that organises book groups for the over-60s across Oxfordshire. We are hoping to start a new group in Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home, open to residents, visitors and the local community. We are looking for a volunteer to lead the group, once a month for about an hour. There will be a small time commitment between meetings to order books, etc. Full support and training provided by the TeaBooks manager. More information available from Amanda Ferguson on 07826 529232 or [email protected] or see the website


Evelyn Wallace - Memorial service

Following the announcement that Evelyn Wallace died on the 1st March, the family now have news of her ‘celebration of Life’ Memorial service. This will take place in Yarnton Church on Wednesday 29th March at 2 pm followed by refreshments in the Spencer Chapel. Everyone who knew her is very welcome to attend and the family hope that this news will be passed on to friends and neighbours whom they haven't been able to contact directly.

The family would like to thank everyone for all the kindness shown at this sad time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Orders of St. John Charity in memory of Evelyn. Following the memorial service in accordance with her wishes, Evelyn’s ashes will be taken to Wales and scattered upon the Blake family grave at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.



Begbroke Parish Council - job vacancy

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

Work from home but to attend monthly meetings at Village Hall - around 10 per year.

32 hours per month.    NJC salary scale of SCP 15 - SCP 27 (£8.717 - £12.440/hour - negotiable).

This is a salaried position with a pension in the future.

This is an interesting position with a wide range of duties - administrative, statutory and financial as well as liaison with councillors (6), public bodies and organisations. The post holder generally works from home (apart from meetings) with costs paid. A personal computer and printer will be provided.

The Clerk to the Council will be the Responsible Financial and Administration Officer of the Council and as such is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular, to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s Proper Officer.  The Clerk will be responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out - including producing agendas, minutes, reports, annual accounts and corresponding as necessary. The clerk also writes a report for the bi-monthly village magazine.

Hours tend to be irregular to suit the parish requirements. Use of Word, Excel and e-mail is important, as well as the use of financial software. The applicant must be able or willing to train and use these and similar applications. Relevant training courses are available.  Website management would be helpful. Ability to liaise with representatives of other organisations is important.

Interested persons should initially contact:

Cllr Malcolm Ryder, Chair of Begbroke Parish Council to discuss.

Email: [email protected] 

Application Deadline: 1st April 2017

Interview date: To be agreed with candidate


Comments from Cherwell District Council regarding proposal for a single Unitary Authority

Please see below a message from Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council:
Oxfordshire County Council has announced a proposal to create a single unitary authority for Oxfordshire in place of the current district/county council structure.

The proposal was originally opposed by all of Oxfordshire’s city and district councils, including Cherwell. However on Monday South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council announced they are now in support of the county council’s proposal for a single unitary authority and will be working with them to develop a submission to Government.

Cherwell, West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxford City Council all remain opposed to the proposal for reasons including (but not limited to):

  • Council tax will increase for residents if a unitary council were to be introduced to cover the costs of implementation.
  • For years Oxfordshire County Council has increased its share of council tax whilst reducing services meaning residents pay more for less.
  • On the other hand Cherwell has frozen its share of council tax for the past seven years without reducing services. When taking into account inflation, residents now pay less for more from Cherwell.
  • Oxfordshire County Council’s previous poor performance in managing budgets and delivering services has led to cuts in services such as children’s centres and buses which have a particular impact on the most vulnerable members of society.
  • Cherwell is a strongly performing council which has repeatedly intervened where the county council has failed – this option would be lost if a unitary model were to be introduced.
  • Cherwell has taken innovative steps to generate income to address reductions in Government funding. These include the Build! project and Graven Hill Village Development Company.
  • The predicted savings cannot be guaranteed. There is also no reference to increasing service provision to residents implying the only options will be reductions or maintaining the status quo.
  • Cherwell has supported the growth of a strong economy; the district’s unemployment figures are the lowest on record (less than 300) and the total amount paid in business rates is the highest for all of Oxfordshire.
  • Local issues which are of huge importance to the local community, such as protecting the Horton General Hospital, will be diluted amongst the county’s wider issues and considered a distant problem to a city-based unitary authority.
  • A single point of contact will be a single point of failure. CDC is a successful council; it does not fail.

I have issued a press release to the media confirming the authority’s opposition to the proposals which can be read on Cherwell’s website.

Daily messages will also be posted on Cherwell’s Facebook page which I would encourage you to view and share.

Oxfordshire County Council is currently collecting feedback on the proposal for a single county unitary authority. CDC is encouraging stakeholders to take part in the survey and reject the plans to help protect the future of Cherwell and other district councils in Oxfordshire.

The survey is available to complete until 28 February by clicking here.

I will continue to keep you informed of information as it becomes available. In the meantime I can be contacted directly at [email protected]

Cllr Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council


Lunch Club

We now have a number of vacant places at our Wednesday club. If anyone would like to join us, please ring David Poulton on Kidlington 374158