The Great British Spring Clean 2018
Defibrillator
2016 Waste Consultation – Stanford Tip (HWRC)
2016 – Kingston Lisle bus services
Village Events
Village Walks
Summer Barbecue 2015
Easter Party 2015
Kingston Lisle Spring Clean: 21 March 2015
2014 Christmas Lunch and Children’s Party
Fun quiz night November 2014
Repairs to the verge by the church
Kingston Lisle Golf Open October 2014

The Great British Spring Clean 2018

After very successful previous annual clean ups,Kingston Lisle and Fawler again took part in the “Great British Spring Clean” campaign to spring clean the parish for 2018.

We had a great turn out for this year. More than last year and such that we ran out of bacon butties for those hard workers who were last home. Sorry!! It is amazing how much litter accumulates in a year, even though there are many people who clear litter whenever they see it. As well as the usual cans, bottles and takeaway wrappers, this year’s haul included a road sign, several lengths of guttering and a carpet washing machine.
A big thank you to everyone who took part and thanks to Gill White for organizing the event and also to the Vale of White Horse council for providing equipment and removing the rubbish.

<!–We will meet outside the Village Hall at 10.30am on 25 March 2018 and blitz the parish from the crossroads north of the railway bridge down to Blowing Stone Hill crossroads and through Fawler, picking up litter and cleaning road signs. The aim is for volunteers to devote about an hour of their time in an allocated zone. Nobody will have to handle anything hazardous, ‘organic’ or outright unpleasant–we just want to rid the parish verges of plastic bottles, coffee cups, cigarette packets, etc. We’ll have supplies of tabards and litter grabbers, but if you have your own please bring them if possible.

We’d really welcome volunteers. Please join us at 10:30 am with:
• gardening or rubber gloves
• any hi-viz wear you may possess (tabards/velcro strips, etc)
• hand wipes (if required)
• Sturdy footwear
• A few plastic or bin bags (we expect to have local authority-provided bin bags, but in case these do not appear)

Older children are very welcome, but please supervise them. If you’re in an outlying area it is fine to start to your litter-picking or sign-washing without coming up to the village hall at 10:30 am, but please let us know so we don’t duplicate effort. We’re providing bacon butties and a drink at the village hall at around 12:00 and hope all volunteers will be able to join us for that.

For more information please email us.
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Defibrillator
We are very grateful to the SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund for their grant which has enabled us to purchase a defibrillator for the village. Our new defibrillator has been installed on the front of the pub. It has been registered with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to be available to everyone with a cardiac emergency via 999.
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2016 Waste Consultation – Stanford Tip (HWRC)

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) agreed a new version of their HWRC Strategy at a cabinet meeting in December after a very robust response from residents to the waste consultation.  The good news is that Stanford HWRC remains open, but all sites will have reduced opening hours from 2017.  You can read the full 33 page document on the OCC website – the link is below, but a very brief unofficial summary is:

  • A new strategy has been proposed which uses a more phased approach, with the first priority being the Redbridge site.
  • All sites will currently remain open.
  • A new contract will start from 2017 – opening hours will be reduced at all sites.
  • Options appraisal for Central and South Oxfordshire will be completed in financial year 18/19, with work on solution beginning the next year and completing the following (FY 20/21)
  • Wantage and Didcot are mentioned as growth areas and Drayton is accepted as being over capacity and without the possibility to extend.
  • Stanford planning permission runs out in 2019 and extension would only be possible by moving the site onto the landfill area.
  • Additional budget has been identified for 2015/16 and 2016/17.
  • 2 new partnership possibilities are under discussion.
  • OCC will lobby the government to allow charging for use of HWRC.

The new strategy proposes

  • Fewer larger sites, close to centres of population.
  • Reduced opening hours in preference to fewer sites.
  • Sites designed to maximise re-use and recycling.Partnership working with district council and local communities to investigate alternative approaches.
  • Innovation to reduce requirement to visit HWRC.

OCC HWRC Strategy

The parish council response to the waste consultation is attached. You can just close the box which asks you to sign into Dropbox, and the document will open.
KLPC Response
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2016 – 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.
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Village Events

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.
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Village Walks

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.

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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.
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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!

Please email us or complete our survey to let us know what we can do to make these events unmissable!
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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.

Thanks to Fiona Browne for the organisation.
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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!

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Vital statistics:

  • 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!

For more information email Gill or Elizabeth. Find out more about the Clean Up Day at Keep Britain Tidy.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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