Monday 19 November 2018

In the Sibfords today ...

7.45 pm Upstairs classroom, Sibford School Sports Hall Sibford Ferris PC Planning Committee Meeting


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8.00 pm Village Hall Beginners Ballroom/Latin Classes with Dance Addiction

... and tomorrow

7.00 am Sibfords & Burdrop Blue & Brown bin collection

What can I put in what bin? Cherwell DC provide...

7.00 pm Village Hall Village Hall Committee Meeting

Hook Norton Road development

14 Nov: Sibford Ferris Parish Council wiull discuss the outline planning application on Monday 19 November at 7.45pm in the upstairs Sports Hall classroom of Sibford School. Click on the satellite image below for a pointer to the classroom entrance.

10 Nov: The CDC website says that consultation on this application will end on Friday 30 November. Until that time, you may submit comments on the application; you can find out how to do that on this CDC webpage. Read more »

Sibford Action Group

Concerned residents have formed the Sibford Action Group to help co-ordinate a response to the proposed new development on Hook Norton Road. To find out more, email the group at Read more »

Thank you for the 100 years exhibition

Many villagers will echo the thoughts of Tom and Mary West, who write: We would like to thank all concerned, who organised the exhibition in the village hall. Everything displayed was perfect, very interesting and fascinating. We also enjoyed the delicious soup.

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 »

Sibford Gower to be twinned with Cape Town?

One of those rare cyberspace mentions of Sibford dropped into your webmaster's inbox this week, concerning pageant master Frank Lascelles: A forgotten Englishman who staged the Union of South Africa in 1910, by Rhynie Greef who says "A few years ago I lived for a year in the Manor House of Sibford Gower ...". 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.