Amenities & Useful info
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The regular services are shown on the Our Church page. Whether you use the church or not, you might like to join the Friends of All Saints who run various social events and fund raising activities to support the fabric of the building.
Our vicar is the Reverend Hilary Campbell who is based at the vicarage in Cropredy – her contact details are shown here. All Saints is part of the Shires Edge Benefice so is linked with Cropredy, Mollington, Claydon and Wardington. You can see the church services for Great Bourton and the other churches in the Benefice here.
Relatives coming to stay?
Littlegood Lodge at Littlegood Farm on Foxden Way, between Great and Little Bourton provides self-catering accommodation in a comfortable and cosy barn conversion situated away from the main farm house and surrounded by open countryside and farmland. The lodge is perfect for up to 4 people and a cot can be provided if needs be. The lodge holds a four-star accreditation from Visit England and is perfectly placed to visit attractions throughout Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. The main line train station is only a few miles away so daytrips further afield are easily managed. Visit their website for details.
Also at Littlegood Farm is a Farmhouse Room which sleeps 2 in a spacious twin-room with a TV and shared bathroom. A dedicated downstairs lounge, dining/TV room and free WiFi is included.
Barnstone’s Caravan and Camping Park
If Camping and Caravanning is your preference, Barnstone’s Caravan and Camping Park, Main Street, Great Bourton. Telephone (01295) 750289.
A popular site with a good reputation and many repeat visitors. Awarded 4 Pennants by the AA, who describe it as “well run by personable owner”.
There are several accommodation options in the neighbouring village of Cropredy and Mollington and you can see these at www.cropredyvillage.info/villagedirectory.htm or http://www.oxfordshirecamping.co.uk/
There are two defibrillators in the Parish, one in Great Bourton sited on the front of the Village Hall and one in Little Bourton currently sited at the back of the Plough. The Little Bourton’s unit will be moved following the sale of the Plough, so watch our news pages for an update. There is a register of trained users and the Parish Council organise training sessions from time to time.
These events will be publicised here and in the Broadsheet. If you are interested in attending the next training session, please contact the Parish Council.
The Parish Council has provided a number of dog waste bins in both villages and will give all dog owners/walkers free dog waste bags supplied by CDC – Contact Julie Tomlin or collect from Jackie at 13 South View in Great Bourton and in Little Bourton, Ali Shephard has a supply at Plumstones, which is at the bottom of Chapel Lane, not far from the playground. Please do remember to clean up after your dog.
OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT
There is a range of outdoor gym equipment located in the Little Bourton Playground you can see the equipment on the Little Bourton Playground Page.
Debbie runs Zumba Fitness on Thursdays at 6.30pm and a Pilates class on Fridays at 10.30am Village Hall in Great Bourton.
Also Personal training, one to one or with a friend for weight loss in your own home can be arranged and personal Pilates is also available. For details contact Debbie 07796427703
There are several fitness centres in Banbury and Spiceball Leisure Centre offers both a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Other local fitness clubs for all the family are listed on the Banbury Cross website.
Cherwell District Council’s circular walks leaflets are also available to download free if you want to explore your local area.
There are many public footpaths for walkers and you can see them on the following websites: Walking – www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk offers a range of walks in Oxfordshire and elsewhere in England (www.walkinginengland.co.uk) where you can download thousands of walks for free and discover the countryside in this area or further afield.
The Bourtons column in the Villages section of the Banbury Guardian is now being maintained by Kate Drummond . The content is mainly to let everyone know about forthcoming events and church services. You can contact Kate with anything you wish to add to the column via email – Information placed in the village column is free of charge.
The Broadsheet is delivered to every address in the two villages at the end of each month. Sue Ong is our editor and will be pleased to receive any interesting news from the villages. If you want to promote an event, feature your club, publicise a meeting or wish to advertise your company to the local people, please e-mail Sue. You can see the latest copy of the Broadsheet and previous editions here.
Both Little Bourton and Great Bourton have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Co-ordinators provide villagers with useful crime prevention information and are a contact point for the neighbourhood policing team. The co-ordinators receive “Ringmaster” emails or telephone calls informing them of nearby local crime and requesting information to assist in investigating local crimes. They then pass on the information to their neighbours. Neighbourhood watch stickers, UV pens, fridge magnets with the contact telephone numbers for the police, and other crime prevention literature are all available from the co-ordinators. If you see anything suspicious please make a note of vehicle registration numbers or other details so that the information can be passed on to the Neighbourhood Policing team. Please contact Michelle Miller to find out contact details for your local co-ordinator if you would like to be added to their e-mail circulation list. To report any incidents, please contact Thames Valley Police on 101.
The nearest Police Station is in Banbury. It is open from 0800 – 2200 daily. You can contact the police at any time on their non-emergency number – 101. You should however ring 999 for any emergency.
See details of our local policing team here
The closest post office is located in Cropredy. It is currently run from the Church Rooms on Monday and Wednesday mornings only from 9.30 – 13.30.
There is also a post office at the Londis store in Middleton Cheney which has extended opening hours and also at the Ruscote Arcade Co-op Store which is open during office hours and on Saturday mornings.
You can find the nearest Post Office to you by visiting www.postofficesnearme.com
Here is the latest information about bus services to and from the Bourtons. The Parish Council are supporting local initiatives to provide some services to the Bourtons in the absence of a full bus service available from Stagecoach.
ABILITY CIC is bookable bus service available to residents in the Bourtons and the surrounding villages. We provide regular weekly bus services into Banbury centre every Tuesday and Thursday, connecting residents with essential services and transport hubs. Passengers must be registered to use the service.
Our buses are available to everyone, and concessionary bus pass holders travel completely free of charge! ABILITY also offer an affordable PLUS service which provides pick-up from home or a location close to home, assistance on and off the bus, and increased advance booking periods.
PLUS service registration also gives access to social trips and lunch events around the county to reduce social isolation and loneliness in rural communities.
Please give us a call or visit our website to find out more!
Phone: 01327 604123
Email: [email protected]
There is a good train service between Banbury and London Marylebone, Birmingham, Oxford and other destinations. Major train operators operating from Banbury include Chiltern Railways, and Cross Country Trains.
We are delighted to announce that the Bell is now under the new management of Rob and Jodie Gregory who will be opening their doors to visitors from mid-May, date to be confirmed.
The Bell Inn offers an inviting, relaxing ‘home from home’ setting serving award-winning Hook Norton Ales and locally sourced food supporting Oxfordshire farmers.
A warm and friendly atmosphere awaits you, whether you are visiting for a special occasion, a date-night, Sunday lunch, or just a pie & a pint after work. The comfortable and relaxed seating, spacious garden, and friendly staff will soon make this village pub your ‘favourite place to be’.
Rob said in a recent statement “We are very excited to open the doors of The Bell and to meet all of our lovely customers!”
Please see the recycling and waste section of the Cherwell District Council website for guidance on what should go into the various bins.
The hall is used by many local clubs, societies and visiting organisations, for details regarding booking, please go to the Village Hall page.
There is a good Primary School in Cropredy which is well supported by the community. There is a dedicated school bus service between the Bourtons and Cropredy. The school also has a PreschoolUnit which houses the reception class and Playgroup.
The school runs a breakfast club and afterschool clubs which are most helpful especially for working parents and the head teacher will be happy to provide details.
There are a number of secondary schools in the area, with different specialist areas, which are attended by young people from the Bourtons. These include:
• Kineton High School in Kineton, Warwickshire
• Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire
• Blessed George Napier, Catholic school in Banbury
• Banbury Academy
• The North Oxfordshire Academy (formerly Drayton School) in Banbury
There are also a number of independent schools in the area. These include:
• Bloxham School
• Tudor Hall School
• Carrdus School at Overthorpe