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
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:
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
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Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme to increase delivery of FTTP to residents & businesses
The Post Office van WILL be coming to Nettlebed for as long as possible.
Upcoming 2020 tour dates of our waste facilities
The upcoming 2020 tour dates of our waste facilities here in Oxfordshire, to distribute to your members, put in your parish magazines/publications, or give to anybody within your community you think would be interested.
Tours are limited to 15 people per date, and places will be allocated on a “first come, first serve basis”. With this in mind if you are interested in any of the below dates, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the attendees, contact numbers for attendees, and an emergency contact. All tours start at 10am.
Viridor Energy Recovery Facility, Ardley (Black Bin)
Monday August 24th
Tuesday October 6th
Wednesday December 2nd
Severn Trent Green Power Anaerobic Digestion Plant, Wallingford (Food Bin)
Thursday June 11th
Wednesday September 9th
Tuesday November 17th
I look forward to hearing from you.
Waste and Recycling Officer
Waste Team 01235 422146
South Oxfordshire District Council & Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4SB
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have suspended their kerbside service collecting small electrical items, batteries and textiles for recycling.
This is because the recycling centres for these items are unable to accept them for processing as staff shortages due to illness and social distancing has meant work at these centres cannot continue as it did before the Coronavirus pandemic.
Unfortunately, the councils do not have storage for such items and so cannot collect them at this time.
They have issued a warning to residents: Please do NOT put unwanted or broken electrical items or batteries in the general refuse (rubbish) or recycling as they can cause a fire in the bin trucks.
A fire in the truck could endanger the lives of bin crews and others nearby. A fire could also lead to the loss of a bin truck and less of a service at a time when the waste service is needed by everyone.
Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We are sorry for this temporary stopping of the service and would thank people for their cooperation at this time. Please keep these items at home and as soon as we can start collecting textiles, batteries and small electrical items for recycling again we will let people know via facebook and twitter.”
Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Textiles are a valuable resource for our charity partners. If residents can store them for the time being then please do so, as 100 per cent of the clothes collected from kerbside collections are recycled, no matter the quality.”
For information on changes to council services at this time please see:
Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams
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Emergency Temporary Road Closure - Henley on Thames, NUffield, Huntercombe End
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Emergency Road Closure at Henley on Thames, Nuffield, Huntercombe End
Oxfordshire County Council has been informed of a temporary emergency road closure on Huntercombe End whilst water main repair works are carried out for public safety reasons.
A temporary Emergency Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 8 February 2020.
The anticipated completion date is 14 February 2020. This is a 24 hour per day closure.
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.
Further information regarding the emergency works may be obtained by contacting Emily Carter at Thames Water on 0203 577 9095 or email EMILY.CARTER@thameswater.co.uk .
Design for new council offices at Crowmarsh Gifford with a sustainable future at its core go on display at an interactive exhibition for the public.
South Oxfordshire District Council’s plans to move back to their site in Crowmarsh Gifford have moved a step closer after the fire that destroyed its former headquarters.
On Thursday 13 February, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse residents, staff and councillors are all invited to an exhibition and feedback day where they can see the exciting design for the new building and to hear how their previous feedback has helped to inform its specifications.
Everyone attending the event will have an opportunity to comment on the building design and have a chance to give their thoughts on a shortlist of names for the new headquarters, which were suggested by staff and councillors.
Councillor Andrea Powell, the Cabinet member on this project says “We listened to the comments from the public, our neighbours in Crowmarsh Gifford, staff and councillors when we asked what they wanted from the new offices last year. We hope that much of that feedback is reflected in the design ideas that they will see at our event. It is important to us as a council that central to this new building is sustainability and a green, clean way of working. This is about investing sensibly now to reduce our future impact on the environment.”
The council has committed to building a headquarters with a sustainable future at its core. This was at the heart of the design brief provided to Ridge, the council’s design and project management contractor to deliver the new building. Ridge’s priority has been to make the very fabric of the building sustainable – working to the principle that if you build with the right sustainable materials, the building’s energy consumption is significantly reduced.
The council has had to balance the need for an exemplary sustainable building with its responsibilities to providing best value with public money. Over the course of the design and build phase of the project, the council intends to publish details of the decisions made around sustainability elements of the building along with compromises that may need to be made for cost-effectiveness – and how those compromises can be offset elsewhere.
The exhibition and feedback day is taking place at the council’s current offices at 135 Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB, from 7am-7pm. Council officers, Councillor Andrea Powell, and experts from Ridge will be in attendance to answer any questions.
The council announced in 2017 that it had extensively assessed all the available options and had concluded that returning to an energy efficient building at the Crowmarsh Gifford site, which they own, was the most cost-effective.
Anyone unable to attend on 13 February, which will include an opportunity to comment on the building design, will have a chance to view the images and leave feedback and show a preference for the name of the new council building via this survey. This will be available from 7am on the 13 February through to midnight on Sunday 16 February.
Notes to editors: You are invited to attend the event. There will be a press pack of images and video available from the Comms team by email or on 01235 422400.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
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