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Defibrillator demonstration 18th January

posted 15 Jan 2018, 12:31 by David Carlisle   [ updated 15 Jan 2018, 12:38 ]

The possibility of obtaining a defibrillator for the village has been discussed at recent Parish Council meetings.

We have now arranged for Ian Jones who is a paramedic and Community Defibrillation Officer for South Central Ambulance Service to attend the next meeting, on Thursday 18th January. He will give a presentation and demonstrate an automated external defibrillator, and answer any question from villagers.

Please come along and find out more. The presentation will begin at 7.00 pm, (before the main Council meeting) in the village hall.

A video from South Central Ambulance Service has been posted to the home page of this site.

Cherwell District Council: mobile phone signal survey

posted 14 Jan 2018, 11:51 by David Carlisle   [ updated 14 Jan 2018, 11:53 ]

Cherwell District Council overview and Scrutiny Committee would like to find out which areas of the district suffer from poor or non-existent mobile phone signal. A short survey has been put together, which is available via Survey Monkey at the following link –

The survey asks a few simple questions regarding post code, mobile phone provider, type of mobile telephone and location information.

The survey will be open for 6 weeks, closing on Friday 23 February.

The Committee would only like to know about areas with poor or non-existent mobile signal, therefore if you live in an area with reasonable and/or reliable signal, we would ask that you don’t complete the survey.

Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched: Closing Date: Thursday 11th January

posted 7 Jan 2018, 18:03 by David Carlisle   [ updated 7 Jan 2018, 18:04 ]

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched a survey seeking public views on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £1 a month (for a band D property).


On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all PCCs will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase. This settlement will allow forces to continue to provide an effective service in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public.


At present around 60% of Thames Valley Police’s £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget.  These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers.


Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Setting the budget for 2018/19 needs to be considered in the context of an already constrained financial position as well as the additional pressures policing faces as demand in some of the most complex and challenging areas continues to increase.


“This includes rising reports and cases of hidden crimes such as domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual offences, serious violence and exploitation have all increased the pressure on police resources.


“Needless to say this is proving to be extremely challenging and without the increase of £12 per year in council tax, as recommended by the Home Secretary, we would have to make further significant reductions in police officers and staff which will affect the level and quality of policing service we are able to offer you.


“In November 2017 TVP was judged by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to be ‘outstanding’ in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. This includes an ‘outstanding’ for its understanding of demand and its use of resources to manage demand, and its planning for future demand was judged to be ‘good’. Thames Valley Police was one of only two forces nationally to have been awarded an overall rating of outstanding.


“Ideally I would not choose to consult over the busy Christmas and New Year period and particularly on such an important issue, however, the Chief Constable and I only received the provisional police grant settlement for 2018/19 from the Home Office on Tuesday 19th December.  


“Unfortunately due to budget decisions needing to be finalised by the end of January I am only able to run the consultation until 11th January.


“I apologise for the timing and length of the consultation period but I hope you will take the time to complete the survey which will help the Chief Constable and I to make an informed decision on the budget for 2018/19.”


The short online survey and further background information can be found on the Thames Valley PCC website:



Closing Date: Midday Thursday 11th January 2018


Those residents who do not have access to the internet can write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NX with their answers to the below questions.


Question 1

Do you think an extra £12 per year in council tax, for a Band D property, to help protect operational policing in Thames Valley would be money well spent?


Question 2

If not, please explain why and what annual increase you believe is justified and will enable Thames Valley Police to do their job effectively?


Please note that all postal responses needs to be received by midday on Thursday 11th January 2018



Impact on different Council Tax bands

The figures quoted are based on a Band D household. The impact on residents living in properties with a council tax banding of A to H are set out below.

Council Tax Band





















Candy Heinrich


Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Farmhouse

Thames Valley Police Headquarters

Kidlington OX5 2NX


Consultation on draft plans for the changing rooms at the Village Hall

posted 10 Dec 2017, 02:18 by David Carlisle   [ updated 10 Dec 2017, 02:19 ]

The parish council is soliciting comments on plans for the rooms adjacent to the village hall, currently used as changing rooms.

Christmas at Souldern Chapel

posted 2 Dec 2017, 03:47 by David Carlisle

Happy Christmas

Everyone at Souldern Wesleyan Chapel would like to wish you

a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

You are invited to join us at the start of our Christmas celebrations on

Saturday 9th December, any time between 11am and 4pm

The chapel will be open and serving free coffee/tea/squash and

 mince pies/biscuits. Please do call in and see us.

There will not be a service taking place at this time.

Should you wish to attend any of our Christmas services you would be most welcome and the times are as follows:

   Sunday 10th December at 2.30pm: Children’s Carol Service

                                                                followed by tea in the schoolroom

            Sunday 17th December at 2.30pm: Candlelit Lessons and Carols

          (family service)

            Sunday 24th December at 2.30pm: Favourite Carols




Christingle Service

posted 5 Nov 2017, 12:30 by Souldern Village

Christingle Service

Sunday 26th November
10:30 in the church

All Welcome

Christmas Market Saturday 18th November 2017 at Souldern Church

posted 5 Nov 2017, 12:25 by Souldern Village

Parish Council Meeting: November 23

posted 5 Nov 2017, 11:14 by Souldern Village

The date of the next public Souldern Parish Council Meeting has been changed from the 9th November to 23rd November.  As usual, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

New footpath route

posted 5 Nov 2017, 04:35 by Souldern Village

As noted in the recent Parish Council newsletter, the footpath past Lower Souldern Grounds to the viaduct has been re-routed. The footpath description on this site has been updated with photographs of the new section.

Souldern Conservation Area

posted 30 Oct 2017, 15:54 by David Carlisle   [ updated 30 Oct 2017, 15:55 ]

The revision of the Souldern Conservation area has been approved, see the details at the Cherwell District Council site:

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