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
Leisure centres prepare to re-open in southern Oxfordshire
Released 24 July 2020
This weekend is one that many have been waiting for as some of the leisure centres in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse will begin opening.
There will be a gradual, phased opening from this Saturday, which includes changes to opening times. While not all facilities will be available to use from the start, there will be plenty of things for customers in southern Oxfordshire to book on to.
Better, who run the leisure centres on behalf of the councils, have been working hard to implement the guidelines set by the government to open safely from 25 July. Each leisure centre has been independently assessed by Better as they all have different facilities.
Better has outlined the strict guidelines for customers to follow when they access the buildings for their safety and those around them:
Customers will need to book a one-hour slot in advance online, on the Better UK smartphone app – this hour will include the time it takes to get in and out
Customers should turn up at their allocated time, not early or late and use the provided sanitiser on entry
There will be strict one-way systems in place to ensure customers can stay safe and practice social distancing
Customers will be required to clean machines, equipment and other areas they come into contact with after use
Gym equipment, pool lanes and dance studios will be operating with reduced capacity and allocated spaces
Customers must leave by designated route after a maximum one hour. The exit will be in a different location to the entrance to maintain a one-way flow
Everyone who attends a swim session to should arrive ‘pool ready’ with their swimming gear on under their clothes and having showered at home
The leisure centres will be assessed regularly by Better, and the councils envisage that more facilities will open as restrictions are relaxed and it becomes safe to do so for customers and staff.
See website for details: https://www.better.org.uk
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Emergency Restricted Bridleway Closure at Nuffield, Restricted Bridleway 204/37
Oxfordshire County Council has been informed of a temporary emergency bridleway closure on restricted bridleway 204/37 whilst filming of dangerous stunts are carried out for the protection and safety of walkers and horse riders.
Temporary Emergency Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from
10-28 August 2020 ( 24 hours per day)
A single Temporary Emergency Notice can last for 21 consecutive days maximum.
Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area.
Further information regarding the emergency works may be obtained by contacting Sam Bather at Jupiter Spring Productions Ltd on +44 (0) 203 427 2719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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HOT OFF THE PRESS
Happening at a Parish Near You!
Good News Update! – Two Fibre-to-the-Premise Structures Delivered by ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’
Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) Arrives in Nuffield!
Due to ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire,’ two Fibre-to-the-Premise structures have been installed and are available for ordering.
This means that 57 residential and business premises in the parish will be able to request an upgrade to full fibre broadband from a range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These premises can now select broadband services at speeds up to 1000Mb/s following infrastructure upgrades made via Better Broadband for Oxfordshire, part of the Digital Infrastructure Programme.
The aim of Better Broadband for Oxfordshire is to provide access to fibre-enabled broadband where this is not commercially viable without public sector investment.
FTTP is now available and will serve 48 premises across 3 postcodes:
FTTP is now available and will serve 9 premises across 2 postcodes:
Please note that improved broadband services will not be turned on automatically. To access full fibre broadband, please contact your chosen Internet Service Provider (ISP) or use comparison sites to find available packages and state that you wish to order ‘Fibre-to-the-Premise.’ Your chosen ISP should also be able to offer any technical assistance as required. There is a list of ISPs on the Digital Infrastructure Programme website:
For further guidance, please read our advice, ‘How to Order Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP)’ or contact the Digital Infrastructure Team:
Post: Oxfordshire County Council
Digital Infrastructure Team
Planning & Place Communities
Oxford OX1 1ND
CITIZENS ADVICE BOOSTS HELP FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS
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