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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

Wacky Races 2018 Launch Event

posted 11 Feb 2018, 10:24 by David Carlisle

The will be a meeting at The Fox at 8pm on Thursday 8th March to launch the 2018 Wacky Races Event. All are invited.

Further details of the event are available from the event page on this site.

Souldern Community Market

posted 3 Feb 2018, 14:30 by David Carlisle   [ updated 3 Feb 2018, 14:32 ]

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




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