On the edge of the Cotswolds is the Parish of Deddington, Clifton and Hempton. Accessible from the M40, it's an ideal launch pad for some of England's prettiest villages, grandest country houses and greatest seats of learning. Oxford, Stratford and Blenheim are within easy reach, as are Bicester Village and Silverstone racetrack. With its picturesque honey-coloured houses, history dating from Saxon times, plenty of social activity, a thriving business community and a variety of places to stay, the Parish is a great place to live, work or just visit.
The latest news:
- A planning application has been submitted by Banner Homes for 26 houses plus a 40-space car park on a 4-acre field ('The Poplars') on Clifton Road, adjacent to the Castle Grounds. The proposed housing mix is for 4-bed, 3-bedroom, 2/3 bed terraced houses and 2-bed maisonettes. To see the application documents click here >'View associated documents'; or here for Deddington Development Watch. The deadline for public comments is 5pm on 28 April 2014.
- Elections for Parish Council, Cherwell District and European Parliament representatives take place on 22 May at the Windmill Centre. New candidates for the Parish Council are especially welcome. If you are interested in applying, please speak to the Parish Clerk on 337447, or click here. Nominations close 24 April.
- Paul Oâ€™Sullivan is stepping down this year as Cherwell District Councillor for Deddington and Barford. His prospective successor is Parish Councillor Bryn Williams who has lived in the village since 1996.
- A Festival of Faith and Literature is to be held in Bloxham School from 30 May-1 June. The theme is 'War and Peace'. Readers of A Parish at War might be interested in Clive Aslet's talk on 'Everyman at War: The Secret Story of a War Memorial' on 31 May at 3.30pm.
- Local garden designer Samantha Willis has a garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Show on 8-11 May. It is on the theme of 'Victory' and is in support of Oxford-based children's charity ROSY.
- Changes are planned to the Health Centre Dispensary which will improve its service; these include moving it to the far end of the surgery with its own entrance and waiting room.
- What's on in Deddington? - see here ...
- Click here to access the Deddington News magazine, or contact the editor
What's new on DoL?
Thomas (Tom) Van Oss - was a well known artist who came to live in Deddington with his family at The Hermitage in 1936. This article gives a brief summary of his artistic career - including stage managing the Deddington 1938 Fair - and shows examples of his work. It also describes the circumstances of his death on service with the army in 1941.
The Stilgoe Family have been a significant presence in the parish for several hundred years. This article is both a history and an archive of the numerous books, documents and artifacts - including the Magistrate Court Rules in 1640, an 18C book of cures for animals and who owned the open field land in 1807 - that the present generation have in their keeping. It is a very important addition to parish history. e.g. did you know that Henry Edward Stilgoe (1867-1943) was Chief Engineer to the London Metropolitan Water Board?
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