Wednesday 16 January 2019

In the Sibfords today ...

8.45 am Holy Trinity Church Morning Prayer
12.00 pm Village Hall Sibford Lunch Club[Fielding]

... and tomorrow

9.00 am Village Hall Yoga
9.30 am Village Hall Mums,Tots and Babes
7.30 pm Village Hall Sibford Players rehearsal

Pheasant Pluckers Inn Planning Application

Cherwell DC Planning Committee meets on Thursday 17 January and will consider the latest application for change of use for the Pheasant Pluckers Inn (aka the Bishop Blaize). You can read the planning officers' report recommending refusal on the CDC website. For reasons given in the report, the application will be decided by the Planning Inspectorate, not by CDC. (I've been unable to find any reference to this on the Planning Inspectorate website, so I don't know what timetable the Inspectorate is working to. TJH) Read more »

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.

Vodafone 4G now available?

We're hearing that Vodafone has recently joined O2 in providing an improved local mobile phone service from the mast at the end of Pound Lane.

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

School minibus driver wanted

Sibford School seeks a part-time minibus driver - see details attached.

Hook Norton Road development

21 Nov: about 50 people attended the Parish Council meeting on Monday. Many people spoke against the development, and none in favour. The Parish Council decided to object to the outline planning application and will be sending their comments to Cherwell District Council. The Chair encouraged everyone to send in their own comments. The Sibford Action Group has produced a briefing note with a thorough analysis of the planning application; contact the Group at to obtain a copy. 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.