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 with which to mark the Millennium in Deddington. With the assistance of a team of volunteers, it has grown steadily to cover all aspects of the Parish of Deddington - including the Deddington News (DN) - and is now one of the leading village websites in the country.
Deddington History (DH) is a separate but linked 'sister' site in which is recorded a large amount of parish history.
Sadly, both Colin and Charles have since died and so this website is their lasting legacy.
DOL and DN comprise Deddington Media CIC (Community Interest Company). This is 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 (336144), Secretary & DN magasine joint editor Jill Cheeseman (338609), DN on DOL editor Mary Robinson (338272),Treasurer, Buffy Heywood (338212), Chair of DOL Rob Forsyth (338384), and DN magasine joint editor Catherine Desmond (336211).
- To place Deddington firmly on the tourist map
- To provide links with regional, commercial, educational and other community websites
- To provide another form of communication, the Forum, for discussing important parish issues
- To bring our local businesses to the attention of anyone seeking services in the area
- To give clubs and societies space in which to publicise and report on their activities
- To provide an archive for historical, geographical and environmental information about the parish
Although the site is run by a group of self appointed volunteers, we try and give as much public exposure as possible to what we do in the Deddington News magasine, on DOL home page and occasional public meetings.
Overall management of the site, review of material, checking compliance with our own code of conduct (see below) and so on is done by the Web Editorial Group (WEG). Present members are: Elizabeth Burak, Celia Clark, Paul Drawmer, Rob Forsyth (chair), Sylvie Nickels, Martin Reed, 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 and Clubs & Societies and Directory
Mary Robinson - Deddington News, Community Services, What's On and Gallery
David Rogers - Church and Parish Council
Additional volunteers are always welcome. Please email the editor if you would like to be involved in some way.
Websites and Directory contents
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 almost 40 years of publication
- any Club, Society or Community organisation and a limited number of Businesses (Accommodation, Pubs, Restaurants & Takeaways) within the parish may have one entry in the DIRECTORY
- entries may include includes postal, 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
Club, Society and Community Organisation Websites
- any club, society or community organisation within the parish is entitled to its own website on DOL
- the website 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 indexes
- no Directory-type information may be placed on the site; instead the words "For contact information refer to DIRECTORY" will link to the relevant entry in the Directory database
- each site should have a sub-editor who is responsible for site maintenance. If no one is nominated then DOL retains the right to edit or remove the website
A public website such as ours clearly needs a code of conduct. The following are the key guidelines we observe:
- Nothing of a personal nature is published without that persons consent unless they have already clearly placed it in the public domain. Even then we normally check with them.
- All material is proof read to check that it is not scurrilous, libellous or otherwise unacceptable to the public at large. WEG reserves the right to refuse any material on this basis.
- We always seek copyright permission where appropriate.
- DoL is registered under the Data Protection Act and conforms to the provisions of the Act. Every reasonable attempt is made by WEG to ensure that material placed on the site is accurate and up to date - we undertake a massive annual review. Please see the Disclaimer which we are obliged to include for good legal reasons.
The web site was initially set up with a grant from Deddington Parish Council which is gratefully acknowledged. Deddington Parish Council is not responsible for any of the contents of this site beyond that which it may have directly provided.
The work carried out by members of WEG is entirely voluntary. Some small costs are incurred from time to time such as web hosting, for which WEG occasionally seeks donations. Such funds as DoL has gathered are now wound in with Deddington Media CIC.
In 2008 the site software was upgraded to a Content Management System (CMS) which would broaden the scope for additional sub editors to self train 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 the generosity of Granary Publications the webhost.