Thursday 21 March 2019

In the Sibfords today ...

9.00 am Village Hall Yoga
9.30 am Village Hall Mums,Tots and Babes
8.00 pm Village Hall Sibfords Society - The history of the Village Hall

AGM followed by The History of the Village Hall, with Keith Hicks

... and tomorrow

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

Calling all artists!

The Old Mission Hall Studios, in Sibford Gower, has studio spaces to rent.

Please email Sue Wightman for further details, or call her on 01295 264 360 or 07891 167 485.


Sibford Friendship Club

The Friendship Club caters for anyone over 50 who would like to meet (in the Small room of the Village Hall) on the first Tuesday in the month and then on the third Tuesday have a trip out. Membership costs £8 per year, or just turn up for a taster afternoon.

Contact the secretary Evey for more information.

Part-time lifeguards wanted

Sibford School is currently seeking qualified part-time lifeguards to work mainly evenings, weekends and school holidays in our busy swimming pool which is open to both pupils and the public. Applicants should possess a current lifeguard qualification or be prepared to undertake the necessary training. For further info contact Julia Morel on 01295 781 208 or at

Hook Norton Road development

31 Jan: There is further delay in progressing the planning application to allow time for a thorough archaeological survey. The application will come before the CDC Planning Committee on 18 April at the earliest. Comments may continue to be submitted at least until that date.

22 Jan: The CDC website currently indicates that consultation on this planning application is continuing up to Friday 8th February. So it's not too late to send in your comments. Read more »

Have you been a victim of crime or abuse?

Being a victim or a witness of a crime can be an emotional and difficult time.

Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime or abuse, as well as family members of victims. It is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police. Read more »

Sibford Surgery Needs You!

Tony Skowronski writes: Sibford residents may have received a flyer from a company called Pharmacy2U informing them of a repeat prescription service whereby you contact them and they will post your repeat prescription to you at home.

This may sound like a good idea but please don’t be tempted! It is important to continue to use the dispensary service at Sibford Surgery or we may risk losing not only the dispensary service but the surgery itself: Read more »

Walks near Sibford

We are blessed with great walking country around the Sibfords. Visit the Sibford Walkers webpage for maps of over 50 circular walks. Each map page includes a link to download a GPX track of the walk; open this in the right smartphone app (such as OS Maps) and you won't get lost. Photo above is from a walk around Brailes Hill. Read more »

The Town Estate Charity

The Town Estate Charity Sibford Gower and Burdrop has a remit to use surplus funds for three purposes:

  • the general benefit of the parish,
  • to help the primary school
  • to "relieve either generally or individually persons in conditions of need, hardship or distress" (relief-in-need).

The Charity would welcome applications for grants from residents of Sibford Gower and Burdrop, particularly for the relief-in-need category. Please contact the secretary, Peter Morgan ( or one of the trustees.

Fix My Street

The most reliable way to report problems with roads and local amenities, such as

  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Dog Fouling
  • Drainage
  • Flyposting or graffiti
  • Flytipping or litter
  • Pavements
  • Streetcleaning
  • Unlit lampposts
  • Potholes
  • Overhanging trees

is via FixMyStreet. If you can, take a photograph of the problem first and have it ready to upload with your report.


Nextdoor social network

Nextdoor is a relatively new social network designed specifically for local communities. Locally it runs with the Ferris and Gower as separate neighbourhoods, but it does share information between them. It claims about 90 members in the Gower (although there are reasons to doubt that so many are active participants) and nearly 20 in the Ferris. Recently it has helped people sell a Rayburn, find a mobile hairdresser, give away tennis balls, find a lift into Chippie - the list goes on. Do take a look.