Kingston Lisle bus services
As mentioned in the Blower, Oxford County Council have reviewed the subsidies made to buses across the county and we have lost our 67 service. More information on the replacement community village service on the dedicated page.
The village tea party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday was a great success. Thanks to Fiona Browne for the organisation, and to everyone who attended or helped in any way.
As soon as the fields start to dry out, we’ll be starting the village walks for 2016, so watch this space for the date of the first walk. Most walks cover 3-4 miles, but we take a view on what everyone would like to do before we set off.
We aim to walk as many of the paths in the parish as possible over the summer; our first walk of 2015 was across fields to Wescot and then back via Piccadilly Cottage . We’ve also walked the gallops at Seven Barrows, and over the fields to Sparsholt and back.
Summer Barbecue 2015
A good time was had by those who took part in the village swimathon and barbecue, in spite of the clouds and occasional shower. Thanks to Fiona Browne for the organisation, and Dave White for the bbq.
However, we were disappointed that so few people attended this year, although we know that the weather was partly to blame. Village events are a great way to get to know others in the village that you may not meet regularly out and about. We would like to make these events a fun time for as many residents as possible, so would love to hear your views on what we can do to make them unmissable!
Easter Party 2015
A fun time was had at the Easter Party in the village hall. Congratulations to Vicky and Lucy for their prizewinning cakes.
Kingston Lisle Spring Clean: 21 March 2015
A big thank you to everyone who helped make Community Clear Up Day such a success, both everyone who took part in the group clear on the 21 March and those who have carried out solo cleans.
Here are just a few of the people who helped out on the day, and the final proceeds of the clear up!
- 6.5 miles of verges cleared (approximately!)
- 27 rubbish sacks filled
- 2 tyres and 3 complete wheels collected as well as various plant pots and a drainpipe!
- Around 30 road signs washed down
- The park bench and bus shelter cleaned
- Numerous cups of tea and 12 chocolate eggs consumed.
Thank you and thanks to Biffa for disposing of our rubbish!
2014 Christmas Lunch and Children’s Party
There was an excellent turnout for the 2014 Christmas lunch held in the village hall. Thanks very much to Fiona Browne and helpers for a well organised and enjoyable time. The village hall looked very festive and there was a wonderful selection of food and drink. Pictures to follow.
Fun quiz night November 2014
It was standing room only at the Blowing Stone on 20th November 2014 for the quiz night organized by Arthur Marment in aid of the restoration of the church. Celebrity quizmaster Luke Harvey took the 22 teams through their paces with rounds including local knowledge, sport, literature, music and Strictly. There was a raffle, with prizes kindly donated by the Marments and by Companion Care, and Angus and Steph generously provided food to keep the brain cells going. After two hours of increasingly noisy competition, the top three teams were separated by only 1 ½ points; Yvonne C’s team emerged victorious with a very respectable 60 ½ out of a possible 80.
In all, the event raised a magnificent £1,350 for the church restoration fund. Many thanks to Angus, Steph and Luke, and especially Arthur, for a wonderful night. Please see the Church page on this website for further information on the restoration project.
Repairs to the verge by the church
The good news is that Thames Water have completed work on the muddy mess that was all that was left of this verge. Grass is starting to grow through the new grasscrete, and the area looks much smarter than previously. Thames Water have left just a little bit of the mud, possibly to remind us what the verge used to look like, so the Parish Council are following this up with them.
Kingston Lisle Golf Open October 2014
The 2014 Kingston Lisle golf open took place at Carswell Golf Club on 16 October, followed by a meal and prize giving at the Blowing Stone. The format was an 18 hole stableford competition with Dave F the runaway winner with an extraordinary score of 47 points. Congratulations also to Angus T, Keith A, Neill M, Mike A, Robert B, and Adam S (special prize). Thanks to Angus and Steph and all the competitors for their support. The small surplus made by the competition goes to support the Village Hall charity.
The Kingston Lisle Open will be played again in 2015, possibly but not probably as a qualifier for the Open; only bandits need apply!