Deddington OnLine (DOL) was the creation of Colin Robinson and Charles Newey. In 1997, fortified by a pint or two of Hook Norton Best Bitter in the pub one night, they thought that this would be a good project to mark the Millennium in Deddington. Sadly, both Colin and Charles have since died and so this website is their lasting legacy.
With the assistance of a team of volunteers, it has grown steadily to cover all aspects of the Parish of Deddington and is now one of the leading village websites in the country. From May 2015 the Deddington News (DN) has been a linked 'sister' site.
Deddington History (DH) is also a linked site where a large amount of parish history is recorded. DOL and DN comprise Deddington Media CIC (Community Interest Company), a company limited by guarantee with profits dedicated to community projects (Company no. 8141239, registered office the Windmill Community Centre). The directors are Chair Colin Lambert (338094), Secretary & DN magazine joint editor Jill Cheeseman (338609), DN Treasurer Buffy Heywood (3382120), DN magazine joint editor Catherine Desmond (336211), Chair of DOL Rob Forsyth (338384), and DN on DOL editor Mary Robinson (338272).
The aims of the website• To publicise the many community services the parish has to offer
• To give clubs and societies space to publicise and report on their activities
• To provide an archive for historical, geographical and environmental information about the parish
How the site is runThe site is run by a group of volunteers, and we try to give as much public exposure as possible to what we do in the Deddington News, on the DOL home page and at occasional public meetings.
Overall management of the site, review of material, checking compliance with our own code of conduct (see below) etc. is done by the Web Editorial Group (WEG). Members in 2016 are: Rob Forsyth (Chair), Martin Reed, Elizabeth Burak, Mary Robinson and David Rogers.
Using a Content Management System (CMS), a number of sub-editors keep an eye on sections of DOL, as well as finding and preparing new material for the site. They are:
• Rob Forsyth – History, Clubs & Societies and Directory
• Mary Robinson – Deddington News, Community Services, What's On and Gallery
Additional volunteers are always welcome. Please email the editor if you would like to be involved in some way.
The latest issue is posted every month, along with a constantly updated list of local events in ‘What’s On’, and highlights from our Facebook page, Deddington Info. You’ll also find back numbers from 40 years of publication.
- Any Club, Society or Community organisation and a limited number of Businesses (Accommodation and Places to Eat) within the parish may have one entry in the Directory
- Entries may include the name and position of the main contact, postal address, current email and web addresses, telephone & fax numbers and up to 50 words of text
- Instructions on updating or changing an entry are on the Directory home page
- The Directory is checked and updated annually and is the only place where contact details are stored on DOL
Any club, society or community organisation within the parish is entitled to its own page(s) on DOL
The page(s) may contain as much text and as many illustrations as you wish and may contain link(s) to other external website(s): alternatively we can link directly to your own website from the Clubs & Societies or Community pages
No Directory-type information may be placed on these pages; instead the words ‘For contact information please refer to DIRECTORY’ will link to the relevant entry in the Directory database
Each set of page(s) should have a representative who is responsible for site maintenance. If no one is nominated then DOL retains the right to edit or remove the website
GalleryThe Gallery hold over 2000 pictures of the parish of Deddington from the mid-19th century to the present day. We are happy to provide electronic files for reproduction of any that are not under copyright. Additions to the Gallery are always welcome - contact the Gallery editor, Mary Robinson.
Code of ConductA public website needs a code of conduct. The following are our key guidelines:
- Nothing of a personal nature is published without consent unless it is already in the public domain. Even then we normally check.
- All material is proof read to check that it is not scurrilous or otherwise unacceptable to the public. WEG reserves the right to refuse any material on this basis.
- We always seek copyright permission where appropriate and possible.
Financing DOLThe website was initially set up with a grant from Deddington Parish Council which is gratefully acknowledged. Work carried out by members of WEG is entirely voluntary. Some small costs are incurred from time to time such as webhosting, for which WEG occasionally seeks donations. Such funds as DOL gathers are now wound into Deddington Media CIC.
In 2008 the site software was upgraded to a Content Management System (CMS) which broadened the scope for additional sub-editors to become responsible for their own areas of interest. The system chosen for this was MySource Matrix developed by Squiz of Australia and UK (squiz.co.uk). The money to do this was raised by public subscription and we acknowledge the generosity of Granary Publications, the webhost, and individual donors.