The ancient Parish of Nuffield is located in the beautiful Chiltern hills between Henley on Thames and Wallingford.
The Norman Church of the Holy Trinity is probably the oldest building in the Parish. Some masonry from this period survives on the south side of the nave. In the 14th century the Church was rebuilt and the north aisle was added. The Gothic Revival architect Benjamin Ferrey restored the chancel in 1845.
The main road (A4130) runs from Henley-on-Thames to Wallingford on the northern side of the Parish, it was made into a turnpike in 1736 (ceasing in 1873).
Huntercombe Hall is situated on the northern side of the Parish and is an Edwardian era Tudor style house designed by Oswald Milne, a former assistant to the Arts & Crafts Movement architect Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1910. Huntercombe Hall is now a care home.
Nuffield Place (formerly Merrow Mount) completed in 1914 and purchased by Lord Nuffield in 1933 when it was renamed. Lord Nuffield had the house enlarged and lived there until his death in 1963 and is buried at the Holy Trinity Parish Church. Nuffield Place was bequeathed to Nuffield College but is now in the ownership of the National Trust and was reopened to the public in April 2012. Access is by tickets with timed visits to prevent the modest house becoming overloaded with visitors, preventing enjoyment of the home of one of the founders of the British motor industry.
In the centre of the Parish is Huntercombe Golf Club. Designed and built in 1901 by Willie Park junior, the course was heralded and being one of the finest 'inland' links in the country. Willie was a renowned golfer winning the Open Championship in 1887 and 1889 after which he became a credited golf course designer. The rolling countryside, gorse bushes and brisk breezes coming up the Chiltern hillside proved a very enjoyable place to play golf. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was also a member and had James Bond playing the infamous Goldfinger on the course in the book of the same name.
THINGS OF NOTE
Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams
Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.
In Oxfordshire, County Council’s Trading Standards has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.
Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:
Bus service changes taking place in your area on 1 September 2020.
Thames Travel route 45 (Abingdon – Culham Science Centre – Berinsfield – Cowley)
Extension of current route between Abingdon and Culham Science Centre to serve Berinsfield (Fane Drive), Sandford-on-Thames and Cowley Templars Square. Six journeys will run each way Monday to Friday, supplemented by additional journeys between Abingdon and Culham Science Centre at peak times
Thames Travel route 20 (Rose Hill – Cowley Templars Square)
New (reintroduced) route to be run by Thames Travel
Thames Travel route 136 (Benson – Wallingford – Cholsey)
Amended timetable to remove public access to a small number of journeys primarily operated for travel to school
Thames Travel routes X38/X39/X40 (Oxford – Wallingford – Reading/Henley-on-Thames)
The section of route X38 between Henley-on-Thames and Reading will no longer operate, Arriva route 800 will continue to operate unchanged. X38 journeys will continue to operate between Oxford, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames.
A new Sunday service will operate between Wallingford, Henley-on-Thames and Oxford (hourly). Combined with the existing Sunday service between Reading, Woodcote, Wallingford and Oxford, the Wallingford to Oxford section of route will double frequency to now operate half-hourly on Sunday
Timetables are attached for your information and dissemination. We very much hope that your residents will make use of these services.
In the event of any queries please contact the bus operator listed or the Public Transport mailbox IDpublictransport@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Shielding our most vulnerable
Our most vulnerable residents across Oxfordshire will have recently received correspondence from the NHS, identifying them as high risk and advising them to strictly self-isolate for 12 weeks.
We know this long term restriction may cause additional concerns for those without any nearby support and we want to make sure any shielded resident, who doesn’t know where to turn, are not handling these additional worries alone.
Local authorities across Oxfordshire have worked with the local Voluntary and Community Sector, to develop a simple point of contact for those who have been told by government that they have been identified as extremely vulnerable, and who have no support network and would otherwise be completely isolated.
From the 27 March this new, dedicated line will provide our extremely vulnerable residents access to a central team who will be able to offer advice on a range of issues and will be operational from 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
If you or someone you know has been identified as extremely vulnerable by the NHS and have no support network, please contact the dedicated team on 01865 89 78 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in Oxford City, you can also phone 01865 24 98 11 between 8:00am and 5:00pm or visit www.oxford.gov.uk/CommunityAssistance
For those residents who are not in a high risk category but still in need of support, there are a number of initiatives taking place across the county. You can visit Oxfordshire All In or Oxford Together for more information on community support near you.
In South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, anyone that is not considered high risk and does not have a support network around them to help, will be able to call their dedicated support line from 27 March at 9:00am on 01235 422600 or email email@example.com
The County, City and District Councils in Oxfordshire are all working hard to maintain frontline council services, so for any queries related to everyday council service please check out the County, City or relevant District website.
For more advice and information on Covid-19, please visit Public Health England.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
Train travel improvements for elderly and disabled people
Litter Pick 10th April
We will be holding a litter pick on the 10th April at 10am meeting in the church carpark.
All items will be provided.
Come and get some fresh air and do a bit of a tidy at the same time.
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Good News Update! – Two Fibre-to-the-Premise Structures Delivered by ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’
The Digital Infrastructure team are delighted to provide Nuffield Parish Council with the final, good news update from the ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’ programme, which confirms the completion of superfast broadband delivery across Oxfordshire!
Whilst we are underway with additional projects to deliver full fibre broadband across the county, this briefing summarises the key successes of ‘Better Broadband.’ The tailored update provides coverage statistics for Nuffield Parish Council and also shares key information relating to the significant achievements and background of ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire.’ The update also provides key information on how to get superfast broadband; our collaborative approach across the county; makes reference to key strategies and informs of our current delivery programme, ‘Businesses in Rural Oxfordshire.’
If you should require any further information, please either:
Contact the team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website: https://digitalinfrastructureoxfordshire.co.uk
Oxfordshire County Council, Digital Infrastructure Programme, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
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