Friday 24 November 2017

In the Sibfords today ...

9.00 am Village Hall Yoga
10.15 am Village Hall Chair yoga
4.00 pm Village Hall Beavers
5.30 pm Village Hall Scouts

... and tomorrow

9.15 am Village Hall Karate

Helping local people into work

The Building Better Opportunities programme, run by EMBS, is aimed at helping unemployed people into work in Oxfordshire. To be eligible participants only need to be 19+ and unemployed (don’t have to be on benefits). What makes EMBS stand out from other similar programmes is the access to free IT courses and facilities, the substantial budget to support people towards their goals and the ability to take on a range of people with complex, moderate or no barriers into employment.

For more information, call or email Sam Mills, 01295 269 999, drop into the EMBS Banbury office at Crown Building, Southam Road, OX16 2EX, or visit the EMBS website.

Katharine House

For the perfect start to your Christmas, take part in Katharine House Hospice’s annual Santa Dash and Christmas Trail and help raise money for people in our community facing life-limiting illness this Christmas. Lots of fun for the whole family, including a Christmas trail treasure hunt for children, brass band, refreshments and stalls. PLUS: join the special Santa procession through the town to the Banbury Christmas lights switch on.

Sunday, 26 November at 2 pm, People’s Park, Banbury Read more »

When "foxhunters, farmers and parsons" built the first council houses in Sibford

Recently published in Municipal Dreams are a couple of interesting articles about the history of the first council houses built by Banbury Rural District Council in the 1920s. These include houses in Main Street, Sibford Gower, nearly opposite the primary school.

Better mobile phone coverage coming soon

The planning application for a mobile phone mast on the B4035 near Pound Lane has been allowed on appeal. Harlequin Group say that they hope to have the new base station up and running before the end of this year. it will bring 4G mobile phone coverage to users of the Vodafone and O2 networks. The two other main networks, EE and Three, are not involved at present but could join in later. Read more »

Housing on Hook Norton Road

The developers Land & Partners have set up a website about the development at

Here is the list of questions and concerns raised by residents at the Sibford Ferris Parish Council meeting on 14 September. At the Public Exhibition in the Village Hall on 20 September, the developers Land & Partners promised to post responses to the comments and questions received then and beforehand on the website given above.

Near Death and Manners on a Narrow English Road

Although cyberspace is mind-bogglingly huge, it's not often that Sibford gets a mention. But here's something that caught your webmaster's eye recently: Near Death and Manners on a Narrow English Road.

John Radcliffe journey times campaign

Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, is encouraging her constituents to take part in her campaign, collecting information on journey times to the John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) in Oxford. More information.

Parking in Sibford Gower

Sibford Gower Parish Council asks all residents to park considerately, and ensure their workmen and guests do so too. There are three particular problem areas in the Gower and Burdrop:

  • On Main Street at the corner to Bonds End Lane
  • Outside the primary school on the Keep Clear signs
  • At the blind corner just past the church.

Please ensure that there is room for ambulances, buses, milk lorries and tractors at all times.