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.


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.

Woodcote Annual Parish Meeting

Come and meet your MP John Howell.

15th April 7.30pm at the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here here.

Parish and Neighbourhood Plans

The Final Step - Referendum - Thu April 3rd 2014.

Woodcote's Future - You Decide - Your Vote.

The SODC Core Strategy means that Woodcote will have to accept more houses between now and 2027. The Neighbourhood Plan limits the number and specifies the type and location of new development. As an attractive place to live Woodcote is equally attractive to developers, as the recent applications for Hilltop Field and Beech Lane and proposals for housing behind Bridle Path demonstrate.

At a time when there is great pressure to build more houses a Yes vote in the Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan referendum on 3rd April considerably strengthens Woodcote’s ability to guide development in Woodcote in ways that reflects the community’s priorities and needs.

Download the Notice of Poll.

Go to Neighbourhood Plan for more information or visit www.woodcotendp.org.uk.

Woodcote Allotment Site Has Plots Available To Rent

Residents interested in renting a plot should contact the Parish Clerk on 01491 681861 or by email at pc@woodcote-online.co.uk.

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 Vacancies
There are vacancies for one new Parish Councillor. Download more details here or contact the Parish Clerk for details.

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 07 May 2014

Wed 21 May 2014

Wed 04 Jun 2014

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

Events - full calendar here.

Fri 20 Jun 2014 - 8.00am to Noon

Windmill Sale

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

More details.

Fri 11 Jul 2014 to Sun 13 Jul 2014

The Woodcote Rally

The 51st Woodcote Rally is open open from 6:00 pm on Friday evening for local village entertainment and from 10am on Saturday and Sunday, and closes at 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and 6pm on Sunday.
The Woodcote Rally is a festival of steam, vintage & veteran transport with entertainment for all the family.

More details.

Fri 19 Sep 2014 - 8.00am to Noon

Windmill Sale

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

More details.

Fri 05 Dec 2014 - 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 Countryside

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