Welcome to Woodcote

Woodcote Correspondent

The latest issue of the Woodcote Correspondent is available to download here.

Village Sign

Selected photographs on this website courtesy of Alan Copeland.

Welcome

The village of Woodcote, winner of the Oxfordshire Best Village Competition 2008, lies between Reading and Oxford in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ surrounded by the scenic countryside of the Chilterns, with extensive beech woodlands, undulating fields and numerous footpaths and bridleways.

More about Woodcote Village.

Household Waste Recycling Centres Consultation

Council is implementing the Household Waste Recycling Centre strategy that was passed by cabinet on the 15th December 2015.

Download the report here.

Part of implementing the new strategy is procuring a new management contract to operate the HWRC sites. We would like to know residents views on measures that could be implemented at sites to make savings and create income.

There will be a consultation on these proposals running from 14th July to 11th August 2016. This consultation is open to all Oxfordshire householders to comment on.

Understanding public views, opinions and preferences is key to our decision making process.

The consultation documents are available online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/waste and we encourage people to complete the response questionnaire. If residents need support to take part in this consultation we recommend they contact the county council on 01865 816043 or email waste.management@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Village Hall Consultation

The report of the consultation on April 16th 2016 is available to download here.

Townlands Hospital Consultation

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been discussing the need to change the original service offer for the new Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames with local NHS service providers, local GPs and the Townlands Steering Group. As part of this work, they want to understand the public's views on the proposed changes to services in the hospital.

The consultation document and questionnaire can be downloaded below.

Consultation Document

Fix my Street

In March the County Council launched ‘Fix my Street’, a way of reporting pot holes on line. Oxfordshire County Council said it had fixed 15,349 defects since the start of March which was well above its target of an average 3,000 repairs a month.

An extra £250,000 was earmarked for road repairs as part of the scheme.

People can take photographs of potholes and upload them online with location details at fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk.

The council's contractor pledges to fix potholes within 28 days, 24 hours in an emergency or four hours for the most severe category once reports have been verified.

Council Notices

Parish Council Meetings - Public Welcome
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings which are held in the Function Room at the Village Hall.

Forthcoming meetings will be on -

Wed 03 Aug 2016

Wed 17 Aug 2016

Wed 07 Sep 2016

A full list of meeting dates is available here and minutes from previous meetings are available here.

Events - full calendar here.

Sat 30 Jul 2016

Family Fun Day at Chiltern Park Aerodrome

Sat 30 Jul 2016 - 10.00am to 12.30pm

Coffee Shop

In aid of St Leonard’s Church, Woodcote Community Centre.

Sat 06 Aug 2016 - 10.00am

Woodcote Conservation Group Working Party

Mon 29 Aug 2016 - 1.00pm to 6.00pm

South Stoke Open Gardens and Church Flower Festival

WI tea and cakes available in the village hall. Free parking in recreation ground with community village shop and children%s play area. Plant sales. Tickets £5 (for approx 13 gardens and church flower festival) available at church lych gate and recreation ground. Proceeds to St Andrews Church and Village Hall. No dogs permitted.

Sat 03 Sep 2016

Whitchurch Fete

Sat 10 Sep 2016 - 12.00pm to 5.00pm

Woodcote Festival

Fri 16 Sep 2016 - 8.00am to Noon

Windmill Sale

A nearly new sale in aid of local causes. Woodcote Village Hall.

More details.

Fri 02 Dec 2016 - 8.00am to Noon

Windmill Sale

A nearly new sale in aid of local causes. Woodcote Village Hall.

More details.

Full event calendar here.

More about Woodcote Village

At 500 feet (160 metres) above sea level, there are glorious far-reaching views from several parts of the village.

Originally a small community based on farming and the countryside, Woodcote is a thriving village with a good range of local amenities including a Post Office, mini-market, nursery/garden centre, popular New World bistro restaurant, two public houses, modern health centre (recently enlarged and upgraded) and excellent education facilities with two toddler playgroups, primary and secondary schools - the secondary school is rated in the OFSTED report of March 2009 as ‘providing an outstanding quality of education’ - and an excellent library.

Also, the Oratory School (the UK's only All Boys' Independent Catholic Senior Boarding and Day School), stands in extensive park-like grounds to the east of the main village. The Preparatory School for the Oratory is situated nearby at Crays Pond.

Near the centre of the village is the Parish Church, rebuilt in 1846 in a Norman style on the site of the original Norman structure; there are traces of original walling still surviving.

Activities appealing to young and old are based in the Village Hall and nearby Community Centre and are well publicised in the monthly village newspaper, the Woodcote Correspondent, circulated to all local residents.

Woodcote has good road communications with easy access for Reading, Henley, Oxford and the M40 and M4 networks.� For rail commuters there are mainline stations locally at Pangbourne and Goring on Thames, as well as Reading, all providing fast services up to London (Paddington).

Are you new to the village ?
A free ‘Welcome Pack’ compiled by Barbara Penniall on behalf of St Leonards Church is available to all newcomers to Woodcote. The pack, which is funded by Windmill Sales, contains a wide selection of useful information and is available from the library and the health centre. More details.

Village Hall

Village Hall

Chilterns

Chilterns Countryside

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