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


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Covid-19:  Updated 4th June 2020

New Information

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:  Caring in a Crisis:  Shielding the Vulnerable:

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.


Oxfordshire County Council (OCC)

OCC has a support line service for vulnerable high-risk residents who have been advised to stay at home for 12 weeks. Anybody in this situation who has nobody around to help should call 01865 897 820 or email for support.



Operating hours - phone lines are open:

  • 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday

  • 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

OCC Services


Schools, childcare and early years

Many schools, early care and childcare settings, are closed until further notice, but some will be open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

  • 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).

  • The latest guidance for education settings is available on GOV.UK.

  • 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

Businesses in South and Vale urged to submit COVID-19 grant requests - For more information, click here

The councils are prioritising awarding the extensions to retail rate relief to existing accounts and working to identify eligible ratepayers.  Work has also taken place to identify and collate the necessary information to allow the councils to pay Small Business and Retail Grants.


Letters have gone out to ratepayers who we believe qualify.  To claim a grant, businesses should complete the required form which can be found at:

Payments will begin to be processed from week commencing 6 April. 

Those that can pay their bills should do so as normal, however those businesses who are genuinely having difficulty paying their business rates should contact our business rates team via:


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



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

Message from

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Oxfordshire’s Patient Care during Coronavirus programme is asking experienced practice nurses to join the teams in our dedicated COVID-19 clinics across the county.

If you are not currently working in one of our Oxfordshire practices but are interested in helping care for patients during the pandemic, please complete this quick availability survey and we will contact you. Thank you and please share this link with your networks

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

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:

The Comet Minibus



The Comet Minibuses have been cancelled from Thursday 19 March


The minibuses will restart as soon as it is safe to do so.


St Laurence Church

It was with much regret that, following guidance from the
Church of England and in the interests of community
safety and protection, we have had to close our church.


Although our church family may not be able to
worship in the ways we are used to, we will respond and serve in
practical ways and find new ways to worship and pray together.
I have just been advised that the closure will continue until at least
the end of June and that may be extended further.

We will keep you informed of any developments.
Wishing you all to keep safe and well, with love and prayers.


Roger Mitty


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.


Communication from South and Vale

Shielding our Most Vulnerable

Our most vulnerable residents across Oxfordshire will have recently received correspondence from the NHS, identifying them as high risk and advising them to strictly self-isolate for 12 weeks.


We know this long term restriction may cause additional concerns for those without any nearby support and we want to make sure any shielded resident, who doesn’t know where to turn, are not handling these additional worries alone.


Local authorities across Oxfordshire have worked with the local Voluntary and Community Sector, to develop a simple point of contact for those who have been told by government that they have been identified as extremely vulnerable, and who have no support network and would otherwise be completely isolated.


This new, dedicated line will provide our extremely vulnerable residents access to a central team who will be able to offer advice on a range of issues and will be operational from 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. 


If you or someone you know has been identified as extremely vulnerable by the NHS and have no support network, please contact the dedicated team on 01865 89 78 20 or email If you live in Oxford City, you can also phone 01865 24 98 11 between 8:00am and 5:00pm or visit

Update on Harts Footbridge

28th April 2020






Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Northmoor, Appleton Footpath Closure No.313/9/10

Date of Order: 24 February 2020

Coming into force: 2 March 2020


This Order is being introduced because of river Thames bridge inspection and remedial works which are anticipated to be completed on 31 July 2020


The effect of the Order is to close temporarily footpath No.313/9/10 over Harts Bridge 313/140 between Appleton and Newbridge


Exemptions are included for police, fire and ambulance services and for the works and for pedestrian access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of footpath.


Appropriate signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.  There is no official diversion route.


This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 6 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.




Traffic Regulations Team T7367 / RAG  for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

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.

See the Gardening Club programme for 2019-20  here

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

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

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