New Pictures In the Gallery

We have added some new pictures to the gallery for you enjoyment.  The pictures have been kindly provided by Rob Lawrence from the Clarion Concert and Singing for Syria which took place earlier in the year.  We have also added pictures from the South Newington Flower Show, which was held last month.

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On Wednesday 6th Sept 2017 the South Newington Parish Council convened an extraordinary PC meeting to discuss the proposed introduction of a weight limit for traffic travelling through Burford, with new signage being introduced to divert traffic along alternate routes.  At the meeting a representative from Burford Town Council spoke and presented output from traffic surveys which have been conducted, to encourage us to support this endeavour.   

The statistics presented did suggest a reduction in HGV traffic coming through our village would result from this change, but it was unclear by what extent.

The South Newington PC will be supporting the Burford weight limit initiative and are seeking extra time to compile a full response.  

Details of this consultation with OCC can be found by following the link attached.  Please review the OCC page where you have an opportunity to make your own comments on the matter.

Response from South Newington Parish Council:-

“South Newington Parish Council (SNPC) would like to respond to the consultation for the proposed above changes.  SNPC strongly supports the proposals, as the reduction in HGV traffic through Burford will not only protect the historic streets of this medieval town, but should reduce the traffic flows of HGVs to surrounding towns and villages, including South Newington, a Conservation Area.  We would ask that new signage directing HGVs to Banbury on the A40 are placed on the A361/A40 roundabout to the south of the town centre.  This would ensure that HGV traffic use the recommended route on the Oxfordshire Freight Gateway website, which is via the A40, A34 and M40.”

South Newington Parish Council

Reporting Potholes

We have added a link to the website under the Parish Council Menu which will take you to the Cherwell FixMyStreet webpage.  At this site you are able to easily report potholes and other items to Cherwell District Council.

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 A photograph of hard-back books on a bookshelf.


A selection from the books that were unsold at the Flower Show book stall have been placed at the back of the church.

Please help yourself to the books and kindly put a donation in the box in the wall to the left of the door on your way out.

The books will be changed periodically.  Please feel free to add others that you may have finished with.

Thank you

Annual Ride and Stride Sat 9th Sept – would you like to take part?

Poster for Ride and Stride, September 2017


Saturday 9th September is the annual “Ride and Stride” when churches across Oxfordshire are open with refreshments, and people are invited to walk or ride (bike, horse etc) between them to raise money to preserve the buildings.  The day is organised by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust which has generously funded South Newington Church in the past to help protect our medieval wall paintings.


Literally hundreds of churches are open, many of which are often closed to the public.  It’s a great opportunity to explore our historical churches and help protect them for future generations at the same time.  Our own church is now a “go to destination” on the Ride + Stride day,  not just for its wall paintings, but for its excellent egg sandwiches and refreshments. 


If you can help provide any refreshments,  or sit at the church for half an hour or so on the rota, to welcome  visitors and sign their sponsorship form, that would be wonderful.  A rota to sign up when you can “sit” will be in the church porch from tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd), please do sign up if you can.


If you would like to take part and be sponsored, you can collect sponsor forms from Nicky Smith at the Barn House or call 07771 785228, or email  You also get a nice neon sticker to wear if you are sponsored, and half the money you raise will go directly to South Newington Church.


Here’s a few examples of how many ‘hidden’ churches there are which will be open on Saturday 9th Sept:


Banbury 14

Charlbury 5

Chipping Norton 4

Oxford City 15

Rest of Oxford, not counting Cowley, 23

Churchill 3

Woodstock 4


There are many others like the tiny church in Over Worton which is at end of a lovely ride through the gated road from South Newington.

Any questions please call Nicky Smith 01295 720228


P.S.  If anyone would like to sponsor me that would be welcome too! X


Nicky Smith