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 it would be a good project to mark the Millennium in Deddington. Sadly, both Colin and Charles have since died and 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. Since May 2015 the Deddington News (DN) has been a linked ‘sister’ site. Deddington History (DH) is also a linked ‘sister’ site where a large amount of parish history is recorded.
DN is an operating division of Deddington Media Community Interest Company (DMCIC), a company limited by guarantee with profits dedicated to community projects (Company no. 8141239, registered office the Windmill Community Centre). DMCIC’s annual report and accounts are prepared by an independent firm of accountants licensed as member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (and are available for review from Companies House and on request to the Company or Editors of DN).
DMCIC’s directors are:
- Colin Lambert (338094), Chair
- Jill Cheeseman (338609), Secretary & DN magazine joint editor
- Catherine Desmond (336211), DN magazine joint editor
- Rob Forsyth (338384), Chair of DOL and DOL joint editor
- Mary Robinson (338272), DOL joint editor
Jane Wilson is DMCIC’s Treasurer.
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 Run
The site is run by a group of volunteers. We try to give as much public exposure as possible to what we do on the DOL home page, in Deddington News, 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 Website Editorial Group (WEG). Members in 2019 are: Rob Forsyth (Chair), Mary Robinson and David Rogers.
Two sub-editors keep an eye on sections of DOL:
- Rob Forsyth– History, Clubs & Societies and Directory
- Mary Robinson– Deddington News, Community Services and the Gallery
Volunteers are always welcome. If you want to join us, please email the editor.
The latest issue is posted every month, along with highlights from our Facebook page, Deddington Info. You’ll also find back numbers from over 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 an entry in the Directory.
Entries may include the name and position of the main contact, postal address, current email and web addresses, telephone and fax numbers.
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 Organisations
Many clubs and societies now have their own websites, so we can link directly to your website from the Clubs & Societies or Community pages. Alternatively, if you have no website of your own, you may have a presence on DOL, the contents of which may contain text and illustrations and contain link(s) to other external website(s) by agreement with site editors.
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 its content. If the site then becomes badly out of date DOL retains the right to edit or remove the website.
The Gallery holds over 3000 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 Conduct
A 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.
The 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. In 2012 DOL and DN became operating divisions of Deddington Media Community Interest Company; the two operating divisions co-operate at many levels with DOL carrying online editions of DN. Some small costs are incurred from time to time for which WEG occasionally seeks donations. Any funds that DOL gathers, along with DN advertising revenue, are wound into DMCIC.
In 2008 the site software was upgraded to a Content Management System. The money to do this was raised by individual and public subscription and the generosity of the webhost, Granary Publications.
In 2019 the site changed platform again to WordPress, and we are grateful to ComputerPro of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, for managing the migration for us; and to Deddington Parish Council for funding the migration.
We are grateful to Deddington Farmers’ Market for their sponsorship of our sister Deddington History website.