Coronavirus Appleton Besselsleigh Eaton Support Working Group


The Coronavirus Appleton, Besselsleigh, Eaton Support Working Group is aware what a worrying time this is for families who are not able to visit their relatives, particularly perhaps elderly family members. 

If  you have a family member in one of our villages who you are worried about please do get in touch with their name and contact details and we will make sure that someone contacts them. 


Also, do feel free to get in touch if you need support of any kind.

Please e-mail one of the following:


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Covid-19 Information

Updated 29th July 2020

New Information

Oxford residents urged to follow social distancing to avoid local control measures

For information, click here.

Shielding guidance relaxed as of 6th July 2020

You may have seen the government is relaxing the guidance for residents who are currently shielding from Monday 6 July.

Vale of White Horse District Council wants all of its shielding residents to be aware that even after the guidance has been relaxed, they are still available to provide support and advice.  You can continue to call 01235 422600 or email  Lines are open 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.


Oxfordshire County Council also has support available which can be accessed by the following contact information:

  • Call 01865 89 78 20 

  • Email

  • The service is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. 10am-2pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Bank Holidays. 

If you weren’t aware – the changes that come into place on 6 July state that people who are shielding:

  • can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing

  • no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of their household

  • can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household – all those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.

    You can find the full details about how shielding arrangements are changing on the government’s website.

St Laurence Church

Following recent government guidelines, St Laurence Church Appleton with Besselsleigh will be opening for private prayer Sundays and Wednesdays 9am – 6pm from Sunday 21st June.








The Parish Council urge all residents to follow UK Government guidelines with respect to keeping yourselves and others safe from COVID-19. Details can be found through the following link:


If there are any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk.


The government guidance on getting tested for COVID-19 is available which includes information on who would be regarded as an essential worker and so be prioritised for testing.



Useful contacts:

Vale of White Horse District Council

01235 422 600

The District Council has set up a telephone-based support service to help vulnerable and isolated residents who need help with shopping, collecting medical supplies, and other day to day tasks. This service is there for anyone who doesn’t have friends or family around to help and is for anybody who hasn’t been identified by the NHS as high-risk. To contact our service call 01235 422600 or email

Operating hours - phone lines are open:

  • 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday

  • 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday


South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are putting a range of measures in place to help people who are being affected financially by the Coronavirus pandemic, including support for individuals and for businesses.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils  will accept applications from noon Wednesday 3 June 2020 from small businesses for a share of around £1.9 million of government support following the coronavirus outbreak.

For information, click here.


Oxfordshire County Council (OCC)


Schools, childcare and early years

The latest guidance for education settings is available here.

  • If you need help to find a school place for a key worker child or vulnerable child, email

  • Details of open early year providers are here. If you’re having difficulty finding a suitable place for early years, call 01865 323332 or email . 

  • Government helpline to answer education-related questions about COVID-19: 0800 046 8687 or email: (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. Weekends 10am-4pm).

  • Advice for Ofsted-registered childcare provider, including childminders, nurseries and wraparound childcare and clubs (before-and after-school and holiday care) here.

  • Guidance for meeting needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) available from government here.

  • For advice regarding ‘free school meal’ national vouchers, contact your child’s school. More information here.

  • Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home here.

  • For latest DfE updates, please click here


Our Registration (births, deaths and marriages) Service is currently working hard to meet the needs of Oxfordshire people despite the different ways of working required by the current national situation.

The council undertands that for a bereaved relative or friend  it can be a distressing time and that one of the key services we provide is registering a death. For more information visit here.

All the registration offices in Oxfordshire are now closed. Death and still-birth registrations are now undertaken by telephone.



Libraries in Oxfordshire are closed until further notice. All loans will be extended during this period - people will not incur any fines or hire charges.

Public Health well-being services

There are a range of well-being and health services that are affected during this period. If you need to find out about services such as: support to quit smoking, sexual health clinics and weight management sessions, please click here.

Carer ID Scheme

The Carer ID scheme is for paid and independent Carers who are providing care and support to youngsters and adults known to OCC Social Care.

The Carer ID is a simple letter of authority which can be presented whilst out and about, should the Carer be challenged.

Contact us at: for further information.

Other council services and news

For important information on many services including the Coroner, residents parking permits, The Oxfordshire Museum and The History Centre, school transfers, the Oxfordshire Music Service and fire training courses visit here

The council has made a decision to allow the use of a concessionary bus pass 24/7 during the period of uncertainty with the Coronavirus. This is a temporary arrangement which will allow older and disabled people to travel before 9.00am to access shops and essential services. Visit here.

Cancer Consultations Available

New coronavirus clinics to help patients across Oxfordshire:


Praise for Oxfordshire's inspirational care teams:


New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19

For up to date information on waste collection, click here.

Domestic Abuse

How and where to get help and support:


  • Anyone in immediate danger should phone 999.


  • Or if in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999 and then press 55. This will transfer the call to police,
    who will assist without the caller having to speak.


  • Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services offers free advice: 0800 731 0055 (Mon-Fri 10am-7pm). Email


  • Alternatively, call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.


Vale of White Horse District Council

Car parking charges being re-introduced


Parking charges will be re-introduced in district council car parks across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse from Monday 8 June.  


Hardship fund for people on Council Tax Reduction

The government has confirmed details of a £500million hardship fund.  Under this scheme, people in receipt of Council Tax Reduction will receive a minimum of £150 off their council tax bill for 2020/2021, unless their bill is less than £150, in which case their bill will be reduced to zero. This is in addition to any support they already receive.  

The councils are now working to confirm the amount each individual qualifying household will receive off their bill – as soon as this is complete, revised bills will be issued.

Council tax payments

Where possible, people should continue to pay their bills as normal.  If someone is genuinely having difficulty paying their council tax, they should contact our council tax team on:

Vale residents - / 0345 302 2315

People who are currently not being paid, and are struggling to pay their bill, are encouraged to apply for Council Tax Reduction – their account will then be put on hold for 30 days while their application is processed.

To apply for Council Tax Reduction please visit

For more information about support and advice for individuals please visit

Advice and support for businesses

The South & Vale Business Support team publishes the latest government advice and support on and via twitter (@TeamSVBS), including about rates relief and business support grants.  Business can also sign up to receive an e-newsletter via the website.


The website also lists the latest job vacancies for individuals seeking temporary employment, exercises to stay healthy while working from home, and links to mental health organisations.


The government has advised those who are self-employed who are in urgent need of financial assistance to apply for Universal Credit and Council Tax Reduction.  This will provide them with support until a grant for the self-employed becomes available in June.

Free digital skills programme – covering a wide range of online skills including keeping safe online, money management, e-safety, making websites, video editing etc. Available for anyone who wants to develop their skills. Please share this with your volunteers and communities and visit the South & Vale Business Support newsletter for more information.


Mental Health Resources

The Mental Health Foundation has specific advice on how to look after your mental health during the pandemic:

You can also create a personalised plan of activities on Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters site:

Help is available across Oxfordshire:

Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Mental Health Helpline: 01865 904997 (24/7). Can provide support and advice for anxiety, low mood, stress, feeling helpless and difficulty with relationships.

Oxfordshire Mind Information Line: 01865 247788. Open 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.

For more information on accessing support services in your area, you can call Mind’s infoline on 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm Monday-Friday.

If you’re struggling to cope, you can call the Samaritans 24/7 helpline on 116 123. Support is always out there if you need it.

Shopping for others - the government has issued useful advice on payment options when buying on behalf of someone else. These include using volunteer shopping vouchers that are available from six of the main supermarkets. 


Keeping your Children Safe Online

Here are some resources to keep your children safe online, especially during this time when children may be on screens for schooling, etc more often.


Keeping your children safe online

Article aimed at young people to keep themselves safe online

Information for home schooling networks to keep children safe online

Useful information and links to keep your children safe

Information on apps



Message from

Oxfordshire County Council

Residents returning to shops, schools and town centres as Oxfordshire emerges from lockdown are being assured that the county council will capitalise on the short-term changes being made to the transport network with a range of longer-term measures to boost sustainable travel and cut congestion and air pollution.

For more information, please visit:

Parish hardship due to Covid 19


THE APPLETON TRUST has received a small grant from Appleton with Eaton Parish Council specifically to help anyone in need during the Covid19 lockdown period who lives in Appleton, Eaton or Besslesleigh.


This is to provide some support to those families who would usually receive free school meals and those in immediate hardship with no other means of support.


Please apply to David Dymock

Clerk to Appleton Trust

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have provided this helpful guide to staying safe at home- it includes advice on preventing common fires, how to conduct a bedtime check, protecting your home, and planning a safe escape. Find the guide here

The Parish Council urge all residents to follow new UK Government guidelines with respect to keeping yourselves and others safe from COVID-19. Details can be found through the following link:


If there are any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk.

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.


Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.


Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):


How to check if they are genuine:


  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.

  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.

  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.

  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.

  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.


Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

63 Bus Service is Back!!


The Parish Council is pleased to report that we have recently been contacted by OCC regarding the restoration of the 63 bus service from 1st September.  Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has awarded a contract to Pulhams Coaches for the provision of service 63 between Southmoor and Oxford via Hinton Waldrist, to commence on Tuesday 1 September 2020.


This service is funded by the Government’s Supported Bus Services Fund (SBSF). This funding has only been guaranteed for one year, and its continuation beyond next summer will depend on future funds becoming available, as well as on passenger numbers.


The timetable is a slightly reduced schedule than previously intended because journeys at school times have had to be removed from the public timetable for social distancing reasons. OCC hopes to be able to reinstate these journeys to the public at a later date.

Keeping active during lockdown: Were you inspired to keep moving or did lockdown leave you lacking in motivation? 


Did Lockdown make you slow down or were you inspired to take up running or join in with classes online? South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils want to hear from residents about how lockdown affected their ability to keep fit. 


Both councils run activities for all ages and abilities, including the Xplorer events for families and health walks for people who find exercise difficult or who have health conditions such as diabetes that would benefit from them keeping active. 


Lockdown for some residents was a chance to explore different ways to keep fit and the choice of apps and online classes meant that it was easier to exercise without leaving home than ever before.  


However, using exercise apps and online classes isn’t for everyone and for many the pressures of shielding, being isolated from friends and family and the impact of lockdown on mental health meant that finding the ability or motivation to exercise was hard.  


Before Covid-19 people living in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse were slightly above the national average when it came to being physically active. Lockdown has had a big impact on that. According to a national report by Sport England in April, 33% of adults were doing less exercise than before the outbreak and worse still 40% of children were doing less than 30 minutes a day or nothing at all. 


The two district councils want to hear about the lockdown leisure experiences of residents as part of their Lockdown Lifestyle survey which is launching today. Questions include:  

  • What type of activity did you do before lockdown? 

  • What stopped you from being physically active during lockdown? 

  • What have you missed most about your usual physical activities since lockdown? 

  • Have you tried a new activity that you are likely to continue? 

  • Do you feel confident about returning to physical activities? 


The results from this survey will help the councils to focus on activities that residents want to see in the districts, to help support those who have struggled over the last few months and to assist families and those who are vulnerable to take those first steps back into the community and keeping healthy.   


The feedback will also contribute to the future plans for leisure activities in the districts as part of the councils Active Communities Strategy. 


Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers Cabinet Member for Community Services at South Oxfordshire District Council said: “It is clear from recent studies that keeping healthy is very important when fighting the effects of coronavirus. The council are keen to hear about residents’ experiences of keeping active so that they can help them get motivated and to get moving. There is something for everyone and now more than ever we want to help residents to do what they can while also keeping safe”  


Cllr Helen Pighills Cabinet Member for Community Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “I’m pleased that we as a council are now able to get back into the community and start running our health walks and family sessions. But if we can find out more about what residents like, what they find hard and what they would like to see more of it will enable us to work on more activities that appeal to a wider group of people and to keep building upon that for years to come” 


The survey can be found via this link and closes on Tuesday 8 September 2020 

Help the county council further improve adult social care

Councils share updates on temporary bus gate proposals

For more information, click here.

Longer term plans for permanent increases in cycleways will lead to a step-change in Oxfordshire’s cycling infrastructure

For more information, click here

What do you think the council should focus on next? Working with other organisations to help local businesses get back on their feet after lockdown? Helping people live healthier lives? Tackling the climate emergency? Or all three and more?


Vale of White Horse district councillors have put together a plan for the future of the district and they want you to let them know what you think of it.


The survey – launched today – is a chance to have your say on the priorities for the council in the next few years. The survey will run until Thursday 13 August. 


Your responses will help councillors finalise their plan, for the district and all those who live and work in it - now and in the years to come.


Councillors have identified six areas they need to focus on:


  • Theme 1: Providing the homes people need

  • Theme 2: Tackling the climate emergency

  • Theme 3: Building healthy communities

  • Theme 4: Building stable council finances

  • Theme 5: Working in partnership with other organisations

  • Theme 6: Working in an open and inclusive way


Cllr Debby Hallett, Cabinet Member for corporate services said: “Our own financial situation and the COVID-19 crisis have presented us - like many in the district - with lots of challenges, but also opportunities to make changes. Our plan is to work in a more open and inclusive way and to include those groups which have historically been marginalised.” 


Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “It is absolutely vital that we put tackling the climate emergency at the heart of our new Corporate Plan. But part of that focus is also helping build healthier communities and providing low carbon, genuinely affordable new homes.


“What matters to our residents matters to us, so please tell us what you think.”


Notes for Editors: Details of the consultation can be found here and you can see a video of councillors talking about the main themes in the Corporate Plan here

The Appleton and Eaton Gardening Club

We have decided to cancel the Village Show this year due to the coronavirus. We have been working up to now in the hope that we would be able to hold the show but have come to the conclusion that it won't be possible.


We are still looking to see if there is a way we can hold our lecture series which is due to start on 14th October.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

As you may be aware from previous communications, the Steering Group had been analysing the responses from the pre-consultation phase. 


The Group is delighted to have received so many constructive comments. The analysis of comments has taken a fair amount of time as there were nearly 400 comments to analyse from 84 responders and statutory consultation bodies.


The Group is now in the process of addressing the comments for the next phase of the Plan, which is the Consultation Phase.  The Group feels this analysis is so important as taking all of your comments into account will help ensure the Plan is your Plan and reflects your views as a community.  

The Group will continue to provide you with updates as we near the next phase, which will be in the relatively near future.

For information from

Vale of White Horse District Council on EU nationals living in the UK, please click here.

OX13 Youth Club

Are you in Year 8 or above and under 18?

Are you looking for a place to hang out with friends listening to music, baking something delicious or perhaps playing pool, table tennis, or table football? Please click here to learn how to join the OX13 club

Flood Group

Flood Protection in Appleton and Eaton


Back in 2007 following the July floods when Appleton and Eaton were significantly affected, a group of villagers volunteered to help as wardens in the event of future flood emergency.  Contact telephone details are shown below and on the village notice board.

Over 40 households were affected, some more severely than others. In particularly susceptible areas of the village drainage improvement work has taken place, and following remedial ground works, new pipes and general ditch clearance the risk to these areas is much lower.  However there is always the chance of flash floods particularly after a prolonged hot dry spell and villagers are reminded that the following equipment which is stored in the centre of the village is available for use in an emergency:

Four pumps, two petrol driven, two electrical, three 100m reels of hose, one aqua vac for shallow surface water on carpets.  The wardens have access to and know how to operate the pumps.

 There is also a reserve supply of aquasacs in addition to those distributed to households affected in 2007.  These are dry storage sacs which swell when in contact with water, forming an effective barrier and much easier to handle than sand bags.  Newcomers to the village who are aware of previous flood risk to their property are advised to check they have their own supply of aquasacs.  If anyone needs a pack please get in touch with Sanchia  Prickett and this can be arranged.  They are free of charge, take up very little room and only require a dry shelf area.

Centre village and Oaksmere

Nick Hester   07759230966

Adrian Willett Oxford  864691  Mob 07786260765

Robin Band  Oxford  864794  Mob 0787774111

Adrian Carey   Oxford 864973   Mob 07717851831 *

Eaton road

Andy White  Evening  863632

Badswell Lane

Richard Snow Oxford 861703   Mob 07827293429

Netherton Road

Richard and Sanchia Prickett   Oxford 863168   Mob 07732924026 *

Eaton Village   Nicki Clarke  Mob  07811922198

For access to the store of Aquasacs contact those asterisked, or Robert Munro on 861791

If you go down the woods today -

July 2018

Provided by Alex White


If you go down to the woods today look out for the large numbers of Silver-washed fritillary butterflies. These huge orange butterflies gather over bracken and brambles.

There are also plenty of Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers to be seen.

If you are extremely lucky you may even spot a White admiral or a Purple Emperor.


Please click here to watch a training video on how to use the defibrillator in our village (located in the porch at the village hall.)

Click on each individual event to see more details

summer through foxgloves