Welcome to Epwell’s Village website
Our village lies on the ironstone downs of North Oxfordshire, about seven miles to the west of Banbury, close to the county boundary with South Warwickshire and to the northern reach of the Cotswold escarpment.
The website holds lots of useful information about village events, organisations, services and Epwell’s fascinating history.
News items and events coming soon will be mentioned on this page. Short messages can go on the Epwell Village Facebook page, on the right.
Pre – Christmas Get Together in the Village Hall
Saturday 9th December 5 pm to 7.30 pm
Tree Light switch on 5.30 pm
Hot dogs, mulled wine, hot drinks and other refreshments.
We hope Father Christmas will come by.
Raffle. Prizes appreciated. Drop them off with Donna or Nicola Rudge
Forthcoming Roadworks in Epwell
From 23rd October, when Voneus have finished, there is work in the village by Thames Water, replacing water pipes etc.
On Sibford Road work will be carried out in two stages to ensure access to the Square via the lane from Cranes Farm to the Square is always possible.
Stage 1 of the work will involve Thatchers Close to Crane’s Farm. Diversion will be via Tysoe road, Sugarswell Lane, Church Lane or from Shutford direction.
Stage 2 work will be from Crane’s Farm to the Thames Water pumping station, by Arthur’s yard. Diversion will be via Shenington Road, Sugarswell Lane and Church Lane or approach down the hill past the Chandler’s Arms.
The Road closure order is from 23 October until the 1st December. They do not anticipate needing the full 6 weeks to complete the work.
The roads will be fully closed whilst the work is carried out. Please click here for more information.
NEWS FROM THE CHERWELL AREA
CDC Budget Consultation 2024-25
Like councils up and down the country, CDC face significant financial pressures driven by rising costs, particularly in energy, fuel, and materials. These inflationary impacts highlight the need for savings or more income, all while ensuring they maintain essential, high-quality services.
With the budget for 2024/25 requiring £1.5 million in savings, they have diligently explored internal efficiencies and cost-reduction strategies.
Efforts include maximising in-house expertise for projects, securing additional grant contributions, using digital technology to streamline processes, and achieving better value from their contracts and suppliers, such as switching insurance providers.
These efficiencies will contribute £1.2million of savings next year and take them a long way to bridging the budget gap.
CDC have pulled together draft proposals to find the additional £0.3million of savings and income required to balance the budget, and are seeking views on the draft proposals at cherwell.citizenspace.com.
The consultation runs until Friday, 22 December 2023.
School Admission Poster for Reception Applications
As part of the application process for Reception entry to infant and primary school, OCC are advertising the need for parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 to apply for a school place. Please click here to see the poster.
If any parents or carers have any questions, they should be directed to the primary application web page which has all the information they need plus a link to the online application form at: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/primaryadmissions
The School Admissions Team can be contacted direct on 0345 241 2487
The deadline for receipt of completed school applications for Reception is 15 January 2024.
Banbury Vision 2050
Cherwell District Council is creating a 2050 Vision for Banbury Town Centre to ensure it meets the needs of the residents, visitors, businesses and other organisations now and in the future. The Vision will be built on what local people want to see from their town centre.
This major survey is launching on 9th November, and will run until January 2024. The survey will aim to reach a wide-ranging audience across Banbury and beyond, including local residents, businesses, community groups, schools, public services, visitors and more.
The survey will cover the following areas:
Perceptions of Banbury town centre
Respondents’ thoughts on living, working and studying in Banbury town centre
Why and when respondents visit Banbury town centre
What would make respondents visit Banbury more often
How journeys to Banbury town centre can be improved
How respondents see the future of Banbury town centre
From midday on 9th November, the survey can be completed on-line by visiting www.Banbury2050.co.uk. Hard copies of the survey will be available from the Community Hub (Castle Quay shopping centre) and translations can also be provided upon request (please e-mail email@example.com)
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