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Aynho Car Boot 27th August

posted 6 Aug 2018, 08:00 by David Carlisle   [ updated 6 Aug 2018, 08:01 ]

Car Boot Sale

27 August 7.30am to 12.30pm
£7 per car, £10 per car with trailer or van.

New Comet bus service Souldern– Bicester

posted 28 Jun 2018, 12:32 by David Carlisle

The Following community bus service will commence on Monday 25th of

June 2018 for a 20week trial. The bus will operate every Monday, making two runs into Bicester & back.  During the trial period the service is FREE to ALL users.

The service is operated by Oxfordshire County Council using their “Comet”

fleet of buses and is open to all users. Wheelchair users can be

accommodated by advising the Comet Administrator (01295 257 930) the day

1ST RUN                                        2ND RUN

10:30 – SOULDERN – OPPOSITE THE FOX PH                    11:30   


10:35 – FEWCOTT – OPPOSITE THE WHITE LION INN                11:35   

10:38 – ARDLEY – OPPOSITE WATER LANE                    11:38

10:42 – BUCKNELL – OPPOSITE THE BUS SHELTER                11:42

10:48 – CHESTERTON – THE GREEN BUS SHELTER                11:48

10:50 – CHESTERTON – THE RED COW PH                    11:50

11:00 – BICESTER – MANORSFIELD BUS STAND 1                12:00

1st RETURN                                        2nd Return

12:15 – BICESTER – MANORSFIELD BUS STAND 1                13:15

12:23 - CHESTERTON – THE GREEN BUS SHELTER                13:23

12:25 – CHESTERTON – THE RED COW PH                    13:25

12:33 – BUCKNELL – THE BUS SHELTER                        13:33

12:37 – ARDLEY – WATER LANE                            13:37

12:40 – FEWCOTT – OUTSIDE THE WHITE LION INN                13:40   


12:45 – SOULDERN – THE FOX PH                            13:45

Trial arranged by Cllr Ian Corkin.  Email: ian.corkin@oxfordshire.gov.uk  Fb.com/cllriancorkin

Press Release:  For Immediate Release

Following recent negotiations with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), two new community bus trials have been announced in the Ploughley Division.  The first will run every Monday (commencing 25th June) from Souldern to Bicester, via Fritwell, Fewcott, Ardley, Bucknell & Chesterton.  The second will run every Thursday (starting 28th June) from Mixbury to Bicester via Finmere, Newton Purcell, Fringford, Hethe, Hardwick & Stoke Lyne.

Cllr Ian Corkin commented “Public transport in rural areas remains a challenge and I was more than happy to work with both OCC and the local community to set up this trial”  

The service utilises Oxfordshire County Council’s fleet of specially adapted “Comet” buses.  The trial will last for 20 weeks and will be free to all users during that time. It is anticipated that passengers will get approximately 2 hours in Bicester.  

Ian continued “I hope the service will be well used and will open the door to other opportunities, but in the meantime I would advise everyone to make use of this free facility”


  • Wheelchairs can be accommodated with 24hours notice to the service administrators (01295 257 930)

  • Ian Corkin is an Oxfordshire County Councillor for Ploughley Ward and also serves on Cherwell District Council for Fringford & Heyfords Ward

  • The free trial is being funded from OCC’s Community Transport budget to assess demand.

  • Any questions relating to this release should be directed to Ian Corkin:  ian.corkin@oxfordshire.gov.uk 07841 041 419

Chapel Anniversary Weekend

posted 12 Jun 2018, 12:34 by David Carlisle   [ updated 12 Jun 2018, 12:46 ]

Anniversary Weekend

Sunday 17 June

2:30pm Service (Suitable for all ages)
followed by celebratory tea

Preacher: Rev M. Nicholls

All welcome, please join us giving thanks for 149 years of worship

Goldfish looking for a good home

posted 10 Jun 2018, 08:55 by David Carlisle

Nicholas Johnstone and Christine Kane contacted the website with the following offer:


We moved into Fox Hollies, Foxhill Lane in January and are very much enjoying living in this beautiful and friendly village.

We inherited a pond stocked with koi carp and goldfish. We have had the pond extensively refurbished but there are rather too many goldfish. We shall be happy to give some goldfish, free of charge, to someone local with a suitable pond.
 Nicholas may be contacted on 07771 757018

Wacky Races Itinerary: 23rd June

posted 5 Jun 2018, 04:53 by David Carlisle

Souldern Wacky races takes place on the 23rd June

GDPR: Souldern Mailing List

posted 25 May 2018, 01:33 by David Carlisle

The Parish Council maintain a list of email addresses used for sending out agenda for SPC meetings, and occasional other announcements.

If you are a Souldern resident and wish to remain on the list, or if you wish to join the list, please contact Cathy Fleet, the Parish Clerk, ether by email to parishclerk@souldern.org
or you could use the contact form on this site and the information will be added.

Existing members of the list should have had a message asking that they confirm their membership.

In order to comply with the new GDPR legislation which comes into force today, Souldern PC needs confirmation from you that you wish to remain on the list of email addresses currently held and that you wish to continue to receive information from the parish council.
Please would you respond to this email within 7 days indicating that you wish your email address to be retained.  If no response is received your address will be removed from the mailing list
Thank you
Cathy Fleet
Souldern Parish Council
Parish Clerk & RFO

Details of SPC's privacy policy can be found at http://www.souldern.org/home/privacy-policy

Annual Parish Meeting and SPC Meeting 7pm/7.30pm 24th May

posted 20 May 2018, 15:31 by David Carlisle   [ updated 20 May 2018, 23:40 ]

The Agenda for the Annual parish meeting, and the parish council meeting that follows have been posted at

Both meetings are open to all.

Bring and Buy Sale 10th March (Souldern Village Defibrilator)

posted 3 Mar 2018, 09:39 by Souldern Village   [ updated 3 Mar 2018, 09:41 ]

Bring N Buy Sale

10th March 2pm – 4pm
Souldern Village Hall

All funds raised in aid of a

defibrillator for Souldern Village

Donations of Cakes, Good as New, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola gratefully received.

Please Contact Lyn (346438) or Norma (346623) or via the contact form on this site

Mothering Sunday Service 11th March

posted 3 Mar 2018, 06:20 by Souldern Village

Mothering Sunday Service

11th March 2018

Souldern Chapel invites you to their Mothering Sunday Family Service at 2.30pm.

The service will be led by Miss Beryl Green

and will be followed by high tea in the schoolroom.

Everyone is welcome. Please bring family and friends.

There will be small gifts for the ladies.

Statement from Cllr Hugo Brown on the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal

posted 13 Feb 2018, 13:34 by Souldern Village   [ updated 13 Feb 2018, 13:38 ]

Dear Parish Clerk
I am writing to you, and to all the other Parish Clerks in Deddington Ward, to explain why I, as one of your (three) elected Members to Cherwell District Council, will be voting against the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal (the Deal) when it comes to Full Council on 26th February.  This puts me at odds with the Leadership of the Council and in defiance of the Whip.  Please could you forward this to members of your Parish Council (who are, of course, free to circulate it as they see fit).
I attach:
  • the full text of the "Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal - Outline Agreement" (13 pages), and
  • the Cherwell District Council paper headed "Growth Board recommends housing and growth deal" (4 pages)
Both are public documents and available on-line
By way of background, the Deal is essentially that which the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Budget, last November, when he stated that he had come to an agreement with "Oxfordshire" to build 100,000 new houses in the County, in exchange for up to £215m of Government money
The £215m amounts to £150m for infrastructure spending "to unlock key housing sites", £60m for "affordable housing" and £5m for "resource funding to boost capacity to get a joint plan in place" (see para 42 of the Outline Agreement).  The 100,000 new houses need to be delivered by 2031, some of which have already been built.  In addition, "Oxfordshire" commits to the submission and adoption, subject to the inspection process, of a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan, covering all 5 District Councils, by 2021
At the time of the Chancellor's announcement, it was not clear to me whether there was to be a vote on this proposal.  In fact, as I now understand it all 5 District Councils (including City of Oxford) have agreed to put it to the vote of all their Elected Members while Oxfordshire County Council is restricting the vote to Cabinet Members only.  There is to be no Public Consultation.
I have made my views extremely clear to the Leadership of Cherwell and have indicated that I will be voting against the proposal, having considered the following points:
  • 100,000 new houses is too many - I fully accept that some new housing is required, not least to prevent a youth-drain, but this can be addressed by small-scale sympathetic developments where the marginal increase in population can be easily assimilated by, and welcomed into, the host-community whilst preserving intact the fabric of that community.  The new giant housing estates on the edge of, and around, villages, which will be the inevitable outcome of the Deal, with their substantial populations (and cars), will, by their sheer scale, destroy the historic communities they come to dominate.   Ancient villages will become anachronistic and quaint centres of soul-less dormitory towns.  Some of the 100,000 houses have now been completed, but as the Outline Agreement, itself, makes clear at para 25 this quantum is "recognised as significantly in excess of the Local Housing Need figures set out in the Government consultation paper 'Planning for the right homes in the right places (DCLG Sept 2017)'".  The 100,000 figure was always regarded, by many, as being flawed (even before the Brexit vote and the impact this could have on population trends) and now the Government, itself, admits that it is over-blown.  Why, therefore, is the Deal still pushing this figure?? ..... and why are the Oxfordshire Council Leaders so anxious to accommodate it by accepting the Growth Board's recommendation ...... ??  (NB: the 6 Oxfordshire Council Leaders are the only voting members of the Growth Board, thus they are recommending it to themselves)
  • £150m of new infrastructure is too little - ........ surely, it cannot be simply to secure £150m  of infrastructure funding?? - which figure is so tiny as to be meaningless in terms of what is needed to support the existing population, let alone a further 300,000 - 400,000 people who will inhabit the new housing.  In any event, as para 42 of the Outline Agreement makes clear, the £150m is for infrastructure to "unlock key housing sites" so not really to ameliorate the current situation at all.  The Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy 2017 identified £8.35bn of infrastructure investment needed for Oxfordshire by 2040, which is 55-times the derisory amount on offer as part of the Deal
  • Will we lose control of the Planning Process?? - I have no confidence that the Local Plans will be able to withstand the pressures exerted by MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) despite the protections seemingly offered by para 65 of the Outline Agreement, which in any case appear to evaporate upon completion of the JSSP in 2021.  Para 66 offers little comfort as the Cherwell Local Plan can, in my view, be subverted by the Partial Review of Part 1 (dealing with Oxford City's Unmet Housing Need) and Part 2  - both of which are yet to be completed, examined and adopted.  More worringly, Para 49 states that "ongoing work may focus on a number of areas, including .... the use of powers, such as Compulsory Purchase Orders"
Whichever way I read the Deal it is bad news for a great number of existing residents of Oxfordshire, turning an essentially rural county into a suburban one and, as such, I will vote against it

I accept that there may be many people who support the Deal and I should be delighted to hear the views of anyone, whether in favour or against, so please do e-mail me at hugo.brown@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

Best Regards

Cllr Hugo Brown
Ward Member for Deddington
Cherwell District Council

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