As you will all now be aware, the country will be going into lockdown from

Tuesday the 5th January 2021.

Details of this can be found at

We will continue to send essential updates via shout outs as well as keep the website



We wanted to let everyone know that the Coronavirus Appleton, Besselsleigh,

Eaton Support Group has continued since the first lockdown and is still available

for support.  If you need any support, please feel free to contact the Parish Clerk,

Allison Leigh at or 01865 865 876.


This is a wonderful community and we know that together, supporting each other, we

can get through these difficult times.

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:

Appleton with Eaton Parish Council

Besselsleigh Parish Meeting

St Lawrence Church Warden

Past News

What happened in the village in the past 

Parish Council News
Community Shop
Weekdays   7am to 7pm
(to 6pm, pro temp)
Saturdays   8am- 1pm 
Sundays   8am-12 noon

Events, club activities and other social events taking place locally in the village... 


For the VE Day Video click

Meeting schedule and parish issues about Appleton and Eaton.

Fresh pasties, Great selection of wine, variety of local fresh vegetables, and great cooking ingredients . And more...

Covid-19 Information

Updated 2nd March 2021

A four-step roadmap out of lockdown has been introduced.  For more information, see the images below.

For information from the Vale of White Horse District Council on Covid-19, click here.

For information from Oxfordshire County Council, click here.

If you need any financial or practical support to enable you to stay at home safely please get in touch with the South and Vale Community Hub. It’s vital that communities continue to help each other and help keep each other safe.  


To contact our Community Hub visit or call 01235 422600.  8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday, or 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays. 

For information on Oxford University Hospitals, click here.

For information on Oxford Heatlh, click here.

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


For more information, click here.

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.




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

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


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.




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.


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


Citizens Advice has a new number

Adviceline: 0808 278 7907
Monday to Friday 9am - 5p

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

Elections 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021, people across the Vale of White Horse will be able to cast their ballot in the Thames Valley area Police and Crime Commissioner election and the Oxfordshire County Council election. Residents in some areas will also be able to vote in local by-elections and neighbourhood plan referendums.

To find out about the different elections, and to view the latest election notices, please click on the following links:

  • Thames Valley area Police and Crime Commissioner election - / Vale

  • Oxfordshire County Council elections - Vale 

  • District council and parish council by-elections - Vale

  • Neighbourhood Plan referendums - Vale

The key information:

Voter registration - to vote at these elections, people must be registered by 19 April – visit

Postal voters - new applications to vote by post must reach our elections team by 5pm on 20 April – visit

Proxy voters - new applications for a proxy vote (allowing somebody to vote on your behalf) must reach our elections team by 5pm on 27 April – visit

  • If, due to an emergency / unforeseen circumstance, someone is unable to get to the polling station on election day - including if they are having to self-isolate due to Covid-19, then they can apply for an emergency proxy vote – applications must reach our Elections team by 5pm on polling day.

Candidates – we will confirm details about the candidates people can vote for in each election on our website and social media by 4pm on Friday 9 April.

Poll cards - registered voters will receive either one or two poll cards, depending on which ballots they are eligible to take part in:

  • Poll card 1 – all voters will receive one poll card covering both the Police and Crime Commissioner election and the Oxfordshire County Council election

  • Poll card 2 – voters in specific locations only will receive an additional poll card for a local by-election and/or a neighbourhood plan referendum.

You can find more details on when people should receive their poll card(s) on our polling stations page – Vale.

Polling day - polls will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May.  For information about the measures we are putting in place to help keep our polling stations Covid-safe, please visit our polling stations page –Vale.

The counts – are set to take place as follows:

·         Friday 7 May (TBC) – local by-elections and neighbourhood plan referendums

·         Sunday 9 May – Oxfordshire County Council elections

·         Monday 10 May – Police and Crime Commissioner election

Notice of Modification Order for the

footpath along Englands Lane,

click here.

Map of the

footpath along  Englands Lane,

click here.


Help the county council further improve adult social care

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

For more information, click here

There is a vacancy on Appleton with Eaton Parish Council

For the vacancy notice, click here.

63 Bus Service is Back!!

For the timetable, click here.


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.

Active Oxfordshire is launching  the Active 60 campaign to help ensure that every child in Oxfordshire can achieve 60 active minutes, every day.

For more information, click here.

Councils share updates on temporary bus gate proposals

For more information, click here.

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.

In an emergency please telephone any of the numbers below:

Centre village and Oaksmere

Nick Hester   07759 230966 *

Adrian Willett Oxford  864691  Mob 07786 260765

Robin Band  Mob 07887 774111

Adrian Carey   Mob 07717 851831

Eaton road

Andy White  Evening  Oxford 863632

Badswell Lane

Richard Snow Oxford 861703   Mob 07827 293429

Netherton Road

Richard and Sanchia Prickett   Oxford 863168   Mob 07732 924026 *

Eaton Village
Nicki Clarke  Mob  07811 922198

*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


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