Past News

What happened in the village in the past

Appleton Community Shop  June 2017

A brand new sign and original logo heralded an exciting day for Appleton Community Shop on a sunny Saturday 17th June 2017.

A large and happy crowd of villagers including staff and volunteers enjoyed a barbeque and tasting session of new local food lines at the shop’s opening after its recent refurbishment.

The shop was officially relaunched by The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Jane Cranston who is also Chairman of the Shop’s Directors.

Appleton's Secret Gardens  June 2017

The wind dropped slightly and the sun appeared occasionally to shine on ten of Appleton’s smaller back gardens which brought over a hundred and sixty visitors out to stroll around the village sampling not only the wide variety and style of the gardens, but tea, cakes and Pimms too.  We raised just under £1500.

Appleton Quest 2016

Appleton Quest took place around Appleton and in Jubilee Park.  It was greatly enjoyed by both adults and children due to the vibrant story book characters and exciting challenges. Delicious tea, cakes and barbecued sausages and burgers were  served at Jubilee Park afterwards on a nice sunny day.   Thank you everyone! We will keep you updated as to how much was raised at the event.     

Scarecrow Competition August 2016












The entries were judged by  David & Gill Farrant, who included in their assessment the likelihood that crows would actually be scared away!  Credit was also given for imagination and for hand-made faces.

The winning entry was the lady scarecrow entered by the Neighbourhood Plan team.  Second was the trouser-suited scarecrow entered by the W.I., and third equal the Jeremy Corbyn lookalike entered by the Garden Club and the rustic scarecrow entered by Peter and June Edgington.

The scarecrows will be on display outside the Village Hall on the afternoon of Thursday 18th August, at the W.I. 90th Birthday tea-party.

Thanks to everyone who entered - and for those who didn't but wished they had, we hope that there will be a 2017 Competition. Details will be announced in due course.

Parish Council Launches Neighbourhood Plan


Please click here for details. 


The Big Bash, Queen's 90th Birthday Party

It was a great fun for everbody. The Jazz played wonderful music thorughout the event. We had amazing fireworks. Please click here for some photos of the event.

You can watch the Grand Final of the fireworks on the given video below or on YouTube @







Brian McCarthy OBE

Congratulations to Brian McCarthy of Oaksmere who has been awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours.

Brian MCCARTHY Strategic Relationship Manager, Innovate UK. For services to Business and Innovation. 



Besselsleigh Woods Group Maintenance Work


On Saturday 5th December, Besselsleigh Woods Group and a number of volunteers gathered in the woods to keep the deer off and to create a haven for young trees. You can see the hard workers  in the below photograph

















Christmas Tree of Remembrance


As in past years the Christmas Tree in St. Laurence’ Church, Appleton will be a Tree of Remembrance decorated with stars dedicated to our loved ones who are no longer with us.   We ask for a donation of £4 for each star “purchased” which will be given this year to the Children’s Society.  Many people continue to find this act of remembrance at Christmas to be especially meaningful.   Forms are available from the Church or Appleton Community Shop – and please return to the shop when completed.



Besselsleigh Wood Group: Help Needed


A plea for help.     On Saturday 5th December at 10.00 am we would much appreciate help from a gang of volunteers to help to carry fencing panels across the wood from the Besselsleigh gate to where we are setting up an exclosure as a haven for young trees.     There is a need to create a deer-proof area in order to regenerate the woodland and the task of carry 40 or so fence panels across the wood would be MUCH easier with some extra hands to help.

We could do with about 20 people for up to a couple of hours and all you would need to bring is gloves, wellies and a flask of something warm for a quick mid morning break!


There is also coppicing and drainage work to be done and a start could be made on this on 5th December if enough ‘hands’ turn up.    Additional dates for winter maintenance activities start with 16th and 30th January  2016 – I will be reminding you!     


In the meantime if you could spare a couple of hours on Saturday 5th December we would be most grateful.


If you can help could you let me know so that we have a rough idea of how many volunteers we might have.


THANK YOU in advance.
Best wishes



Jane Cranston

Tel.No  01865 863681

Mobile 07771 867205

My mobile doesn't work very well at home so always worth trying the landline if no answer from my mobile.


Why 's the Lock Road Currently Closed to the Public?

(A letter from David Gow)




The Woodfest took place in Besselsleigh Woods today.  Thanks to the nice weather, we all enjoyed being in the woods. There was story telling, a scavenger hunt and cooking marshmallows for children, and making fire without matches and building a camp fire for all ages and a lot more things to do. We learned quite a lot about the species in our Woods. There was a barbeque and tea and cakes were served. Thanks to everyone. Well done the Besselsleigh Woods Group. It was a great day!   

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Appleton Community Shop on

BBC Radio Oxford


Yesterday (08/08/2018 ) BBC Radio Oxford featured the Appleton Community Shop and interviewed Laura, Angela and Wanda.


Go to link BBC David Prever fast forward to about 35:30 and it ends with an interview with Plunkett Foundation. (Please note that you need to register with the site to listen)

David Prever stated “100 volunteers and a village of 100 residents”! Better if he had said 420 households!

Well done Appleton – good publicity.