Our contractors, Churchills, will be carrying out repairs to the potholes in the Village Hall car park this week.   The car park will still be available for use during the works which should only last for one day.

We hope this will improve the surface of the car park before the winter weather sets in.

 

Sharon Henley

Clerk to Leafield Parish Council

Fancy playing volleyball at the Charlbury Community Centre? Then a friendly session on Wednesdays from 8pm-10pm is your chance!

 Volleyball is one of the best and most popular sports in the world, and it’s growing quickly in this country. Whether you’ve never played before and want to give it a go, or you haven’t played since you were at school or on holiday, this session gives you the opportunity to come and try!

 We offer a friendly, relaxed session with a focus on helping everyone to learn, improve and join in. This indoor version of the sport can be played by all ages and abilities, and is one of the few where men and women routinely play together. We currently have players aged 18-60+ with mixed level of fitness and often no previous experience.

 The session is led by Felicity Brooks and Steven Fairhurst Jones. We both have years of experience playing and coaching volleyball and we run the session according to everyone’s ability and ambition.

 It currently costs £5 per session, with your first session free of charge.

 Interested? Please either come along, e-mail stevenfairhurstjones@gmail.com, or call or text on 07879 063 934. Further information can be found at http://www.charlbury.info/community/97?category=16 

 

Steven Fairhurst Jones

There is a proposal to reinstall a red telephone box on The Green, where the old one used to be.  The current phone box had its phone taken away a couple of years ago.

Do you know of a place or person that sells them for a reasonable price? (It will be paid for by donations and fundraising events). It does not have to be in perfect condition because we have two volunteers in the village who are keen to refurbish it.

If you have any ideas as to what to use it for, along with comments and feedback that would be very welcome.

Please contact leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com  Or phone Deborah on 01993 878035.

A VERY big thank you to the 36 volunteers who turned out on Sunday, Oct 7th, to plant 2,500+ daffodils.

We planted the native daffodil (the Narcissi Pseudonarcissus) in all areas around the village apart from the green and the church where we planted the Golden Harvest daffodil, to match what was already there. The native daffodil is smaller and more gentle in appearance than the Golden Harvest, but given time it’s subtlety and gentle nature should shine through and dress our verges in the spring with a real treat.

Thank you also to all those who asked for free bulbs to plant in front of their homes. We look forward to the spring when hopefully all our hard work will be seen in full bloom!

From Deborah, Jane, Vicki and Charlotte

We held a very successful village wide garage sale on the 9th of September with over 25 garages registered as well as car boots on The Green – the most we have ever had!

Overall, we raised £321 which paid for the daffodils that were planted on October 7th.

Thank you again to everyone for their support, in particular the shop for their help with the registration forms.

Charlotte, Vicki and Deborah.

Please see link for details of a meeting on 29th November from 7-9pm in Chipping Norton

JSSP James Mills poster

The Cornbury Classic” is a fun run, organised by Friends of Finstock School. It’s been missing from the calendar for a couple of years as this sort of event needs lots of manpower. Therefore, they’ve kindly offered to share the event with Friends of Leafield School.

Slightly different to previous years, this event is now either a 5k run around the beautiful Cornbury Park, through areas otherwise closed to the public, or, for children, a mile run – all within sight of adults from start to finish.

Registration will be via https://www.pta-events.co.uk/fols/ and all registration money (and sold refreshments on the day) will be shared equally between the schools. Any sponsorship collected will go directly to the chosen school of the runner.

Sign up at https://www.pta-events.co.uk/fols/ and for sponsorship https://mydonate.bt.com/events/folscornburyclassic

If you would like to contact the Council please use my new phone number 07756 333703 – I’m available Tuesdays and Fridays.  However, I’m available to respond to requests for information by email at other times so please contact me on leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com unless your enquiry is urgent or if you would like to speak to me.

Sharon Henley

Clerk/RFO to Leafield Parish Council

Please see message received from Charlotte, Vicki and Deborah and well done for a successful fundraising event:

We held a very successful village wide garage sale on the 9th of September with over 25 garages registered as well as car booters on the green – the most we have ever had !

Overall we raised £321 which will go to Leafield daffodil planting.

Thank you again to everyone for your support, particularly the shop for their help with the registration forms.

Charlotte, Vicki and Deborah

If you would like some free bulbs to plant in front of your property for all the village to enjoy, please contact Deborah, Jane, Charlotte or Vicki at: daffodilsforleafield@gmail.com or call 878035

by September 29th.

Native English Daffodil and Golden Harvest Daffodil available 

 

LOTS of Volunteers needed to plant over 1,500 bulbs!!!

Sunday, October 7th – 1pm-4.30pm

Meet on the Green near The Fox

If possible bring bulb planters, strong spades, sturdy footwear and a Hi Viz Jacket. If not, no worries, we will find you a job!!

Please contact daffodilsforleafield@gmail.com or call 878035 to let us know you are coming.

Please see further details and map of planting

Daffodil MAP 2018

Leafield Daffodil Plan 2018 Printed Doc

 

Mobility Scooter Testing 2018

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

VH AGM POSTER 2018 v3

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:

https://leafieldwhatson.weebly.com

or email leafieldwhatson@gmail.com

 

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 janedigby@btopenworld.com 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

NOTICE CLOSURE

TM PLAN Buttermilk Lane.001

T5515 / AH

RE:  OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE EXPRESSWAY & GROWTH CORRIDOR
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

See: http://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/transport/roads/item/4543-the-end-of-the-road-challenging-the-road-building-consensus?highlight=WyJyb2FkIiwiJ3JvYWQiXQ==

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