News from around our area - for more information on any of these items contact the Parish Clerk -

Witney Sewage Works Open Day is on Friday 9th September 2022, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Thames Water showcase their work at Witney Sewage Treatment Works – Friday 9th September

Changes to local bus routes (August 2022)

Carterton: service S1 will operate via the full loop (Upavon Way and Alvescot Road) on all journeys, up to every 15 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays. Service S2 will no longer serve Carterton and service S2X is withdrawn. Service H2 will serve Carterton only at JR Hospital morning and evening shift change times. Overall, the usual number of departures per hour from Carterton to Witney and Oxford remains the same. From 30th October 2022, service 233 will serve Carterton on Sundays every two hours.


Curbridge: service S1 will be diverted to serve Windrush Place and will no longer serve Curbridge. Service S2 will provide an hourly service to Witney and Oxford, and a two-hourly service to Cheltenham, on Mondays to Saturdays, with three journeys on Sundays.


Brize Norton: service S1 will no longer serve Brize Norton. Instead, service 233 between Witney, Carterton and Burford will provide an hourly service on Mondays to Saturdays. Sunday services are temporarily withdrawn, but a two-hourly service will be reinstated on 30th October 2022.


Minster Lovell: service 233 will continue to serve the village every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. However, service 853 is withdrawn and the replacement service S2 will serve Curbridge instead of Minster Lovell.

Let’s talk Oxfordshire: Residents invited to share big issues and priorities ahead of budget setting process


People in Oxfordshire are being invited to talk to and ask questions of a panel of Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet about the big issues that matter most to them as part of a series of Oxfordshire Conversations events this September.

Seven events will take place, two online and five in locations across the county, bringing together residents and councillors to talk about local and countywide concerns. The county council will also share the financial challenges it is facing seeking views on priorities ahead of the budget setting process for 2023/24.

Councillor Liz Leffman, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said:

“Primarily, we want to talk to residents about the big issues that matter to them and their communities. We also want to check that the priorities we set last year as part of our new strategic plan still align with those of our residents, as part of the process of setting a new budget for next year. We are all facing new and significant financial pressures as a result of the cost of living crisis, and we want to hear from residents about their experiences. We’ll also be sharing what that means for us as a council and the challenge of delivering services under these circumstances.”


The following events are taking place:

  • Monday 12 September, 11am - 12.30pm, online (Microsoft Teams) 

  • Monday 12 September, 7pm - 8.30pm, Abingdon, Guildhall

  • Wednesday 14 September, 7pm - 8.30pm, Witney, High Street Methodist Church

  • Thursday 15 September, 7pm - 8.30pm, Oxford, Old Fire Station

  • Monday 19 September, 7pm - 8.30pm, Banbury, The Mill Arts Centre

  • Wednesday 21 September, 7pm - 8.30pm, online (Microsoft Teams) 

  • Thursday 22 September, 7pm - 8.30pm, Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre

The events are open to all but residents will need to register by visiting


Residents that would like to ask a question are asked to submit it in advance as part of registering to attend an event or they can email This will help to ensure a range of topics from residents get heard. There will be additional opportunities to ask questions during the event itself. Residents are also invited to come along and just listen.


Priority Services from Thames Water

Following the recent burst pipe I thought it might be useful to note the following information:


If you or someone you know needs a little extra support, perhaps because of their health, disability, age, or if they’re going through a difficult time in their life, Thames Water can help through their free priority services register.  Here is a list of the type of things they can help with:


Making it easier to read your bill

They can provide bills in braille, large print, on a coloured background or read it over the phone.


Contacting someone you trust

You can choose someone you trust to be their point of contact for you in an emergency. You can also ask to have someone with you if they visit.


Setting up a password

They can put extra security measures in place to make you feel as safe as possible if we ever visit. Learn more about protection from bogus callers on the Thames Water website Priority services | Help | Thames Water


Getting straight through

There’s a dedicated phone number for their priority services customers, where you’ll get straight through to someone.


Helping in an emergency

If your water goes off or a pipe bursts nearby, they’ll try to call to make sure you’re ok. 

If your water’s off and you can’t leave your house, they’ll deliver bottled water straight to your door, where they can, prioritising those who are dependent on water for medical needs.


Who can they help?

They can help if you:

  • can claim a pension

  • have a disability or serious illness

  • need a consistent supply of water for a medical condition

  • have a child under five

  • need translation or help to understand communications from us

  • have a condition that affects your life such as dementia

  • are blind, partially sighted, deaf, or hard of hearing

  • have a mental health condition

  • need extra support due to life-changing events like bereavement

Sign up for support

Just complete their online form. You’ll need your address and ideally your Thames Water account number if you have it.

Carers, friends or family can also complete the form on behalf of someone they think could benefit from extra support. Once you’ve signed up online, you’ll receive a letter welcoming you to the priority services register.

Updating your details

You can quickly update your details or leave the register online.