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Watlington Road planning appeal dismissed

posted 18 Jan 2019, 08:17 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

The appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission for up to 40 houses on Watlington Road has been dismissed. In other words, the decision NOT to allow the houses to be built is upheld.
Please click on the link below for the full decision notice.
And thank you for everyone who helped with this appeal.

County Councillor's January 2019 report

posted 10 Jan 2019, 02:14 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for the latest report from Cllr Steve Harrod.

Police advice: home security at Christmas

posted 17 Dec 2018, 09:07 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk


Christmas and New Year is traditionally a time when burglary increases in the Thames Valley and across the country.

By taking a proactive approach to home security, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim, while helping to protect others, to build local resilience against burglary.

Celebrating at home

  • Don’t leave presents on view under the Christmas tree.
  • Cut up packaging for any expensive items so that it will fit inside your refuse bin, never leave boxes next to the bin where they can be seen.
  • Refrain from posting photos of high value presents, such as jewellery or electronics, on social media.
  • Remember to mark your new presents using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at www.immobilise.com.

Going away:

  • Make your home appear occupied.
  • Ask a trusted person to look after your home by pulling the curtains at night and putting your bin out on collection day. Remind them to put the bin away again once it has been collected.
  • Invite a neighbour to park on your drive while you are away.
  • Light up your living room using timer switch. A TV simulator can also be used to make give the appearance of a TV screen being used. 
  • Double check that you have locked your windows and doors before leaving.
  • Never advertise on social media that you are away from home, as thieves can gather intelligence and some home insurance policies may become invalidated.

“You can find more burglary crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website atwww.thamesvalley.police.uk/burglary.”

Christmas bin collections

posted 17 Dec 2018, 09:06 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for the Christmas schedule for refuse collections.

Fire Service Community Risk Plan: have your say

posted 6 Dec 2018, 06:23 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 6 Dec 2018, 06:24 ]

Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service’s are inviting all residents to comment on their Risk Management  Action Plan.
Please copy and paste this link into your browser for more details:

County Councillor's December 2018 report

posted 6 Dec 2018, 05:35 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

For the latest report from County Councillor Steve Harrod, please click on the link below.

Broadband - have your say!

posted 3 Dec 2018, 03:57 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk


The Parish Council is acutely aware that access to Broadband varies considerably throughout the Parish.  The speeds available vary between nearly 40 Mb per second in some areas whereas others are barely getting 1 Mb per second at times.  The Government has delegated responsibility to the County Council to ensure that 98% of the county has access to a high speed connection.  The definition, generally, of high speed should be a minimum of 40+Mb per second but the maximum is not specified.  So far Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and Openreach, the independent arm of BT who are the installers of the fibre optic cables necessary to give us all this high speed service, have made a big thing about how everywhere has been upgraded but very few of us, if any, are getting the sort of fast service we need.

I am the member of the council who has responsibility for making the County Council aware of our concerns and for ensuring that we keep pushing them to improve the service.  In a recent meeting there was a glimmer of hope that we might be able to change things for the better but I will need your help please.

I need to gather information on how slowly your Broadband works.

To do this you need to go to either your BT account or the account provider if you are not with BT for your Broadband.  Every provider has a SPEED TEST facility.  Test your Broadband speed and then e-mail the result together with your post code to me on duncanB.Broadband@gmail.com

I will collate all the returns to produce a map of what speed is achieved in each post code area of the Parish, forward the results to OCC and will let you know via Grapevine how we get on persuading OCC to listen to our dissatisfaction.


Cllr Duncan Boulton
Lewknor Parish Councillor with Broadband Responsibility

Free parking in December in district council car parks

posted 15 Nov 2018, 07:36 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Motorists in South Oxfordshire are being offered free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire District Council to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.  The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders. 

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South Oxfordhire District Council car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

  • Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
  • Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
  • Thame – Saturdays from 1 December (Cattlemarket & Southern Road car parks)
  • Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Free swimming for a month for residents with diabetes

posted 9 Nov 2018, 08:12 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 9 Nov 2018, 08:12 ]

Residents of southern Oxfordshire who have diabetes can sign up for a month’s FREE swimming thanks to a special offer from South Oxfordshire District Council. This month’s offer is to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14 November.

Would-be swimmers will need to register for the offer by emailing participation@southandvale.gov.uk or by calling 01235 422219 by 30 November.

Once they have received confirmation, they can visit the participating leisure centres throughout November to swim as many times as they like. The month-long swim deal will start from the date of the first swim.

The scheme is part of the district councils’ GO Active Get Heathy county-wide programme to support people with diabetes into physical activity. Physical activity is an important part  of a treatment plan, especially for people with type 2 diabetes.  Not only does exercise affect the heart health and lower blood glucose levels, but it can also improve sleep quality.

The programme has support from Active Oxfordshire and is funded by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning group.

The participating centres are:

  • Abbey Sports Centre, Berinsfield
  • Didcot Wave
  • Faringdon Leisure Centre
  • Henley Leisure Centre
  • Thame Leisure Centre
  • Wantage Leisure Centre
  • White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon

Update: Remembrance Sunday

posted 9 Nov 2018, 02:10 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk


        To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War

the Reverend Peter Waterson will officiate at a 

 Remembrance tree planting ceremony 

in the grounds of Jubilee Village Hall, Lewknor, at 1.30pm

and there will be a bell toll from St Margaret's Church.

Then sometime between 7.15pm and 7.30pm 

the bells will be rung at St Margaret’s. 

Everyone is welcome

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