Join Our Communal Reflection

Drop us a line, in confidence if you prefer, with a thought or reflection on anything that matters to you right now, great or small, from the state of the nation to the state of your garden:

Something or perhaps Someone you would like us to think of at our Family Service in the village church on Sunday August 14th.

If you can’t be with us in person, do be with us in spirit!  And, near or far, share in our Communal Reflection by sending your thought to Tim or Carole at Holm Cottage, Moor Lane, or or

Enjoy the sun


Better Broadband – Oxfordshire

The Parish Council have received a request for assistance from Councillor Hugo Brown to gather information on where there are gaps in the broadband service we receive in the village. Please see the message below from Steve Newman, Senior Economic Growth Officer at CDC and if you could please let councillor Brown have any details you may wish to share regarding such gaps in service.  Councillor Brown can be contacted at

Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

Message from Steve Newman (Senior Economic Growth Officer – CDC)

Could I request your assistance please in identifying postcode areas suffering poor broadband coverage in your ward/parishes?


Through the £545,000 investment being committed by the Council to phase 2 of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’ programme, at least 95% of premises (residential and business) will be able to have Superfast Broadband by the end of 2017 (with download speeds greater than 24mbps).  As part of the contract, the 35% take up of Superfast Broadband services has been better than expected which also means that the programme has received additional funds to re-invest.


Modelling of the extended coverage is taking place over the summer and your help would be gratefully received as follows:


1)    Help to raise awareness of the roll-out of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme

2)    Identification of any problem areas, including households/businesses that do not have access to Superfast Broadband


Many communities are already programmed to be upgraded during 2016-17 and the interactive map illustrates this:


Information is provided at and we encourage all enquiries to be logged directly via the website or via email to


To the end of June 2016, 2125 enquiries had been received and responded to. This information has been useful to clarify where any ‘real world’ gaps exist to inform where priorities should be placed to connect as many premises as possible.   Enquires logged over the coming weeks will help plan towards the ambition of extending coverage to all premises wherever feasible and as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for your help.


Regards, Steve


Steven Newman

Meet the new District Councillor

Hugo Brown, one of the new District Councillors for the Deddington Ward, representing Hook Norton, Milcombe, South Newington and Wigginton, will be holding a Surgery on Saturday 2nd July, 10:00am – 12:00 Noon, in Hook Norton Memorial Hall. If you have any Council related issues, do go along and talk to him

Parish Council meeting 14th June

To members of the Council:
You are hereby summoned to attend a Parish Council Meeting at the village hall in South Newington on Tuesday 14th June 2016 at 7.30pm for the purpose of transacting the following business:-


      Apologies for absence
      Declarations of interest
      To discuss Planning Application 16/00930/F, Change of use of agricultural land to domestic and erection of 4 dwellings and garages on land north of Sands Lane

    Open Forum – 30 minutes public participation

Open Gardens Sunday 29th May

Sunday 29th May 2pm – 6pm Entrance £5 to all gardens for The Katharine House Hospice
South Newington Open Gardens

  1. The Little Forge, The Town, South Newington, OX15 4JG – By kind permission of Michael Pritchard
  2. Old Bakehouse, The Slibber, South Newington, OX15 4JF – By kind permission of Peter and Jane Perry
  3. The Old Vicarage, High Street, South Newington, OX15 4JN – By kind permission of Andrew and Venetia Eliot
  4. College Farm, The Town, South Newington, OX15 4JG – By kind permission of Dr and Mrs Julian Barbour
  5. Wingate Cottage, The Town, South Newington, OX15 4JG – By kind permission of Sue and Peter Thomas

Teas in the village hall kindly arranged by Joyce Aydon

Open Gardens: Festival of Open Gardens

Street Party To Celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday

As a part of the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday the South Newington Parish Council are organising a street party to be held on Sunday 12th June, between 2:30pm – 5:30pm at The Town (outside the church). Please find below a flyer and return slip which is currently being distributed around the village. Return slips can be posted at Wingate Cottage and will aid in planning the event.