In the Sibfords today ...

9.00 am Village Hall yoga
9.00 am Village Hall SGEP SCHOOL rehearsal
4.00 pm Village Hall Beavers
5.30 pm Village Hall Scouts
5.30 pm Village Hall Cubs

... and tomorrow

10.00 am Village Hall Karate
11.00 am Village Hall Private hire

Open gardens raised £720

The open gardens at Gowers Close and Carters Yard raised £720 for charities sponsored under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 26 June. John, Jupe, Sue and Malcolm are very grateful for all the support they received.

Sue wishes to remind you that her plant stall can be opened on request by phoning her on 780 365. All proceeds go to the Sibford Horticultural Society.

Bishop Blaize Public Meeting - a summary

Nearly 100 people showed up to the public meeting about the Bishop Blaize pub on Monday 20 June. The Chairs of the Sibford Parish Councils gave a presentation about the present situation and outlined ways in which the Community as a whole could make a bid to purchase the pub and turn it into a thriving community asset. At the end of the meeting, 11 people volunteered to join a planning group to take the next steps. Since then two more people have expressed an interest.

The slides presented at the meeting are attached below, annotated with feedback received during the discussion periods. Read more »

... and a good time was had by all

From our royal correspondent...

I am sure that all who attended the Birthday celebrations for the Queen over the weekend very much enjoyed themselves. There seemed to be many happy faces in all age groups. Despite the weather on Sunday, everything went 'swimmingly' and there was something for everyone with races, competitions, chatting with friends and just watching on. Ferris and Gower came head to head in an exciting balloon race and pet lovers of the village even learnt at the end of tea that the Queen's first corgi was called Susan. Read more »

Slightly faster broadband for Ferris and Burdrop

Without fanfare, BT have recently (mid-January 2016) upgraded the Swalcliffe exchange to provide slightly faster broadband for all. In technical terms, they have upgraded the ADSL Max service (with speeds up to 8Mbps), to ADSL2+, which offers up to 24Mbps, depending on your distance from the exchange. Read more »

Volunteer Connect

Volunteer Connect, which is supported by Cherwell District Council, runs a volunteer transport scheme that helps people with problems accessing public transport and who cannot get to important appointments.

If you need help getting to the doctor, hospitals, dentist, other medical appointments, etc. they will endeavour to find a local, vetted volunteer driver to get you there and back. The price is 45p per mile to cover the cost of petrol. Call 0300 3030 125 if you need help with a journey, or to just register. Read more »

Get fit for free in the Ferris

Five pieces of outdoor gym equipment have recently been purchased and installed by the Ferris Parish Council in the grounds of Sibford School, adjacent to the Multi-Use Games Area.

There is now an opportunity, for all those over 14 years of age, to use the various pieces of equipment each of which offers a different form of exercise. Children under 14 are not sufficiently physically developed and should not use the equipment as it may cause them physical injury.

Each piece of equipment has its own instructions for use. These explain how to use the equipment and the benefits to be gained. They are used entirely at your own risk.

The five pieces are: Read more »

Glass recycling

Glass recycling containers are available at the Wykham Arms and just outside Sibford Ferris at The Elm crossroads.

How to avoid an event clash

When you are planning a coffee morning, a plant sale or some other village event, make sure you do these things before publishing the date and time of the event: Read more »

Sibfords historic village trail

Have you walked the circular historic village trail? Download the leaflet from Cherwell District Council.