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



Dog mess and other litter

Could you once again remind people not to let their dogs dump in Frogwelldown Lane in front of our property or leave poo bags for us to pick up and dispose of, which is not very nice to have to do!!
We accept after many many years that we have to pick up cans, cigarette packets, chip wrappers, crisp bags every week and other unsavoury items thrown in the Lane. but dog poo bags really are not nice.
I do wish people in the village would be more considerate of their unwanted rubbish!!! Would they like it if I disposed of my dog poo bags in the front of their homes??  I guess not!


Our Bus Bartons - new timetable

Our Bus Bartons provides a weekly service on a Tuesday from Middle Barton via Yarnton to Kidlington – see timetable below.  No service on public holidays.  For further information, tel. 01869 699699, or



Changes to DIY charging at Household Waste Recycling Centres

Oxfordshire County Council’s DIY 1.2.3 for free scheme at Household Waste Recycling Centres will be changing on Sunday 1st October, find out more at


Cherwell District Council Community Governance Review 2017 – Possible change in the number of Parish Councillors in some parishes

Cherwell District Council is carrying out a Community Governance Review. This is the process that allows the Council to make changes to parishes, such as parish boundaries and numbers of Parish Councillors.

Five Parish Councils (Fritwell, Stratton Audley, Tadmarton, Weston-on-the-Green and Yarnton) contacted Cherwell District Council, to ask for a review of their number of parish councillors. A working group of District Councillors considered the requests, and made recommendations to full Council on 17 July 2017. Councillors agreed all of the recommendations and this is your opportunity to comment.


Yarnton Parish Council contacted Cherwell District Council and requested that consideration be given to increasing the number of councillors for the parish from nine to 10. The justification for the request is the considerable increase in dwellings in Yarnton over the last 30 years, with no subsequent increase to the size of the Parish Council. 

The last parish election for Yarnton was held in 2015, and there were seven candidates for the nine seats.

The electorate for Yarnton on 1 December 2016 was 2491. Guidance from NALC recommends a Parish Council of 10 where the electorate is between 2,001 and 2,700. On this basis, the recommendation is that the number of Parish Councillors be increased by one, so that there would be 10 Parish Councillors from the next scheduled election in Yarnton in 2019.

What happens next?

People now have the opportunity to tell the Council what they think of these recommendations. You can send an email to [email protected], or visit our webpage and click on the survey monkey link to reply electronically.

All written or emailed responses should reach us by Friday 8 September 2017 to be taken into consideration. The online survey will close at 11:59pm on the same date. Responses received will be considered by the working group of District Councillors, who will make a final set of recommendations that will be considered at the meeting of Full Council on Monday 16 October 2017.