Mobility Scooter Testing 2018

Friday 1st June 2018 from 12:00 noon – 12:30pm


A Leafield Resident has recently undertaken some research on Leafield Green and has very kindly given Leafield Parish Council copies of the maps he used.  We have uploaded them here as we think they may be of interest to many residents – they are amazing!

Maps of Leafield Green 1764 – 2018

There is so much going on in Leafield. From toddlers’, youth, and seniors’ groups and ladies’ and men’s social clubs to fitness classes, a gym, a woodland, darts, bingo, and table tennis; there are some 25 different  organisations in the village, each running its own events and activities.

What’s on is a monthly email bulletin intended to connect Villagers to all these organisations offer.  The bulletin will be emailed* around the 15th of each month.  If you wish to subscribe to Leafield What’s On, all you need to do is complete a brief online form linked to the Leafield What’s On web site:

or email


Short Job Description below.

Handyperson Role

If you are interested, please can you send a current CV or brief note of your previous experience, relevant to this role, to Jane Digby at or call her on 01993 878585 to register your interest/discuss the requirements in more detail.

Closing Date:  Tuesday 18th April 2018.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure at Leafield, Buttermilk Lane

A request has been received from Thame Water for a temporary road closure to apply to the length of Buttermilk Lane whilst essential carriageway repairs are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 04.06.2018 to and including 06.06.2018

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Sophie Carter on 02035777741


TM PLAN Buttermilk Lane.001

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Please support CPRE’s call for a Public Inquiry

The new Expressway through rural Oxfordshire, intended to create more development, is to be announced as soon as July by Highways England who intend to decide its route behind closed doors without public consultation or a Public Inquiry.  We ask you to write to your MP and Local Councillors to support us in saying this is wrong, and to demand the public consultation and Public Inquiry that is our right before our rural County is changed beyond recognition. 

The Government has endorsed the National Infrastructure Commissions proposal that there should be a new Expressway (a Motorway in all but name) connecting the M4 South of Oxford to the M11 near Cambridge.

The road is linked to the proposal to build another million houses along the route by 2050, 300,000 of which could be inflicted on Oxfordshire, virtually doubling our existing population.  That means that wherever you live in the County, the impacts will be transformational.

From Milton Keynes to Cambridge, the Expressway would take the form of upgrading existing roads.  From the M4 to Milton Keynes, Highways England is looking at two alternatives, although it is keeping details secret.

One is to upgrade the existing A34/M40/A421 roads to expressway standard.  The other is to build a completely new Expressway leaving the A34 and heading East, somewhere between Didcot and Kennington, before turning towards Thame and Aylesbury.  This would be a totally new road through open countryside that is largely Green Belt.

We shouldn’t tolerate that such important decisions are taken without full public consultation: we should be told what is in store for us and be seriously involved in the decision as to which land to build major roads across.

If the road is imposed on us – and CPRE has ample evidence that new road building creates more traffic problems than it solves[1] – then in principle upgrading existing roads will inevitably be less harmful to the countryside than building an entirely new one across green fields.

There is a tried and tested way to find out public opinion in the most open way and that is through a public inquiry.  In this way, it is difficult to hide evidence and gives the public its full chance to let its opinion be known and examined. Given the intention to accelerate delivery of the East West railway, linking Oxford and Cambridge, we want to know whether an Expressway is needed and if so which route it should take and further, just what is the justification of such an aspirational idea as the whole Growth Corridor. 

We are pleased that Oxfordshire County Council has already backed CPRE Oxfordshire’s call for a Public Inquiry but we need to ensure the Secretary of State hears the message from as many people as possible.

The dangers are clear: one of the most valued countrysides in England could become in great part a commuter suburb of London.  We should not just stand by and watch Highways England ride roughshod over our pleasant land.

We therefore ask you to support CPRE Oxfordshire’s call for a Public Inquiry into the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway and Growth Corridor by writing to your local councillors and MP, and directly to the Secretary of State for Transport.

With thanks,

Helen Marshall
Director, CPRE Oxfordshire

[1]The end of the road?  Challenging the road-building consensus’ National CPRE report, March 2017


West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited is a community benefit society.  It is a not for profit organisation run primarily for the benefit of the community at large and has democratic decision-making built into its structure. By becoming a member you can be involved in making the decisions which affect how we operate by voting on a range of matters at our annual meeting and electing our board. We would also like you to support the objectives of West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited which are to provide public transport facilities for people within the West Oxfordshire community where they are most needed; specifically for elderly people, people on low incomes or those with disabilities, people with young children or those living in isolated areas.

You can become a member for as little as £1 – click on the link below for further details and to view/print the membership application form.

WOCT Membership Form

Open Days at Charlbury Bowls Club, 74 Ticknell Piece Road, OX7 3TW, from 2.00pm
Saturday 28 April 2018 and Sunday 6 May 2018

West Oxfordshire Community Transport are starting the new Route 210 Witney – Chipping Norton via Leafield and the Wychwoods (Monday to Friday) on 12th February 2018.

Current details below, more to follow as we receive it:-

WODC universal credit leaflet FINAL

In September another very successful Leafield village wide garage sale was held,  with over 24 garages and a number of car booters taking part. Hundreds of people came from far and wide to grab a bargain and give them a second home. What a great way to recycle! Over £300 was raised from the registration fees and the map sales which has been donated to the Village Vall. As well as this, almost £100 was raised for the Youth Club and fireworks display from the sale of bacon butties and hot drinks. Thanks to everyone who supported this event and especially to Leafield Village shop, Jo Williamson and Vicki Burns for their help.

Charlotte Henderson

It has been reported that there have been a number of break in’s and attempted break in’s to garages and external stores in Leafield.  Significant value items have been stolen.  Please take extra care and if you see anything suspicious report it immediately by calling 101.

With effect from Wednesday 16th August 2017 the Fish & Chip Van will be back in Leafield on Wednesday evenings (17:30 – 20:30).  He will be situated in the Layby opposite the School and would love to see you!


With the problem of recurring major blockages in Witney’s sewers caused by fatbergs, people living in West Oxfordshire are reminded that cooking oil can be collected as part of their household recycling service.

Fatbergs are putrid fatty masses that occur in the sewers when cooking oils, fats and unflushable items such as sanitary products mix together and solidify.

Whilst cooking oil is regularly collected from restaurants and chip shops across the UK, kerbside recycling collections are uncommon.

Cllr Carol Reynolds, West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are one of only a few local authorities in the country that accepts used cooking oil as part of our household recycling collection. I strongly urge residents to make use of this fantastic service and help tackle fatbergs head on. All the oil collected is recycled and put to good use as it is turned into green energy.”

She added: “Recycling leftover oil is easy. Simply leave it to cool, pour it into a clear plastic bottle and put it out next to your kerbside recycling boxes or food waste caddy on collection days. Similarly, leftover fat can be left to cool and once hardened can then be scraped into your food waste recycling bin.”

Last month Thames Water launched a campaign in Witney to raise awareness of the problems caused by disposing of cooking oil and wet wipes in drains and sewers.

Alex Saunders, Waste Networks Manager for Thames Water, said: “All too often people do not realise the problems caused by pouring oil down the sink. West Oxfordshire residents are fortunate that they have a free oil recycling collection service and using this goes a long way to avoiding the costly and horrible experience of sewage backing up into homes, gardens and the wider environment.

“We also ask that people don’t flush wipes, cotton buds, nappies and sanitary products down toilets even if they are labelled as flushable. Our message is clear: bin it – don’t block it.”

In Witney Engineers from Thames Water clear at least three major blockages from the town’s sewers every fortnight while in the same period, 17 properties in Witney have been flooded with sewage as a result of fat and wipe blockages.

**Photograph shows Cllr Carol Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Environment, with cooking oil that can be recycled after use**

Please see the attached Flyer with details of venue, dates, times and costs.


Business rates

New recycling service

See attached leaflet for details and to register your interest.

Leafield Baby Massage Poster