Sunday 22 July 2018

In the Sibfords today ...

9.30 am Holy Trinity Church Holy Communion (BCP)

... and tomorrow

Snoozing smileyIt looks as if everyone is having a quiet day tomorrow.

Ride + Stride

A message from the Oxfordshire Ride and Stride County Organiser: Over the last 54 years, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust has given in grants several million pounds to churches and chapels of all Christian denominations in Oxfordshire to help maintain them and save roofs, stained glass, wall paintings and much more. Recently we have been supporting the installation of roof alarms for churches who have had, or are vulnerable to, lead thefts and of recent years given substantial grants towards making the buildings more useful to the local community - for example by the installation of kitchens, loos, extra rooms and more. Read more »

Bishop Blaize appeal dismissed

The Planning Inspector has dismissed the appeal by the owners of the Pheasant Plucker's Inn (aka Bishop Blaize) against the decision of Cherwell District Council to refuse planning permission for a change to residential status. The Inspector's report is available on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

Gardens open for National Gardens Scheme

Sue Bannister writes: On 24 June five gardens in the Sibfords opened to raise funds for the organisations which the NGS supports, amongst them Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK, Perennial, MS Society, and National Autistic Society. In 2017 the NGS countrywide donated £3 million to these organisations.

The weather on 24 June was glorious. The England - Panama World Cup match coincided with the opening but we sold 190 tickets and plant sales and donations took the day’s total to £1614.50. Read more »

Sibfords SwiftCam

A brief glimpse into the home of a family of Swifts in Sibford. (The clip is updated every 5 minutes; reload the page to see the latest.)

More pictures here.

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.

Stable and grazing available

Sibford Gower's Town Estate Charity has one stable and one stable area, both with grazing, available at its Wheathills Livery Yard (Acre Ditch).  This is a small yard with a quiet secure location and is operated wholly on a DIY basis.

For further information, including pricing, please contact Peter Morgan, Secretary of the Town Estate Charity, on 01295 788 207.


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.

Glass recycling

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