Because many of the delivery crew are self-isolating, April's Wykeham Benefice News has not been put through all doors in …
Because many of the delivery crew are self-isolating, April’s Wykeham Benefice News has not been put through all doors in the village. Please download it from the Wykeham Benefice website or pick up a printed copy at the village shop.
Sue Bannister writes: As I have an even larger and more interesting collection of plants than ever before for sale …
Sue Bannister writes: As I have an even larger and more interesting collection of plants than ever before for sale in aid of the Horti this year and given that the plant sale on 9 May at Carter’s Yard has been cancelled owing to coronavirus, I would be happy to welcome individuals (whether members of the Horti or not) to buy plants by appointment here at Carter’s Yard anytime from now on.
Plant sales make a valuable contribution to Horti funds, enabling it to continue (coronavirus permitting) the programme of really good lecturers and summer garden visits which we have been enjoying, so do please support this Alternative Plant Sale.
I have ordered some disposable gloves which I will ask any visitor to put on at the gate and leave there for disposal by me on leaving. I will stand well away but be there for advice and information as usual.
To make an appointment either ring 780 365 or email me. We are next to the Wykham Arms and the postcode is OX15 5RW. Please park in front of our double garage doors.
Keen walker? We've received the following notice from Sense, a charity that supports children and adults who are deafblind …
Keen walker? We’ve received the following notice from Sense, a charity that supports children and adults who are deafblind or have complex disabilities through education centres, holidays, info and advice service, arts and sports programmes and supported living. The deadline for signing up is mid-April.
Every year we hold our very own walking event, The RidgeWalk, which involves participants walking 52 miles in 24 hours on a route that winds itself through Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, ticking off landmarks such as Avebury Stone Circle, Barbury Castle and the Alton Barnes White Horse along the way. You can see the route on Google Maps here.
It’s taking place on Saturday 20 June, with walkers setting off at 10am and the last participants crossing the finish line around Sunday lunchtime. There’s a £395 fundraising target which you’d have until the end of July to reach, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
When you sign up to take on our epic RidgeWalk challenge, you’ll receive:
A welcome pack full of fundraising tips and handy info about Sense when you sign up.
A webinar covering the logistics of the event, training and fundraising on 5 March.
The option of a completely personalised training plan, put together by our training partner, meaning you’ll get to the start line fully prepared.
A technical RidgeWalk t-shirt to wear with pride
A fully supported event from start to finish, including checkpoints every 5-8 miles, a hot meal around the half way point and a celebratory brunch and well deserved massage at the end.
Support on the day from fully qualified trekking leaders who will be leading participants in groups of similar walking speeds.
An exclusive RidgeWalk medal
Feedback from one of last year’s participants was ‘The day was such a fantastic one, particularly for team spirit, and the organisation and support from start to finish was amazing. I pushed myself further than I ever thought possible….and I did have a few tears as I crossed the line as it was so emotional to think what an epic challenge I’d completed.’ Who could argue with that?!
If you are interested, you can get 50% off your registration fee with the code FEB until the end of February when you sign up on The RidgeWalk page
Please let me know if you have any questions at all, and feel free to pass the discount code far and wide if you think you know anyone who’d be interested!
Emma Cunliffe National Events Manager
Direct line: 0207 520 0985 Supporter Services: 0300 330 9257
The huge pothole halfway down the hill on HN Road was caused by a collapsed culvert and is to be …
The huge pothole halfway down the hill on HN Road was caused by a collapsed culvert and is to be repaired in May, according to a notice from the County Council sent to Sibford Ferris Parish Council. The notice says the road will be closed for 7 days, Tuesday 26 May – Monday 1 June.
The dates may change, but we’ll keep this notice updated. You can get the latest information yourself from https://one.network/ , but you will have to sign in to see roadworks planned for more than two weeks ahead.
The Planning Inspector has dismissed the most recent appeal against CDC's refusal to allow a change to residential use of …
The Planning Inspector has dismissed the most recent appeal against CDC’s refusal to allow a change to residential use of the Pheasant Pluckers Inn (formerly Bishop Blaize). You can find details of the Appeal Decision on the PI website.
(The link should take you to the PI’s webpage for the case, but if instead you get a notice about a “New beta service”, click on “Search for a case – current service”, which should then get you there; if not, you’ll have to use their search, for case number 3216818.)
Our community is typical of small villages across the country having a mix of narrow twisting roads with limited footpaths (to keep pedestrians safe). Traffic volumes and speeds moving around and through the Sibfords vary dependent on time of day, and drivers range from the courteous and safe to potentially dangerous. We also have two schools and safety of our children is so important. A group has been formed to look at what can be done to improve overall road safety and raise awareness of motorists who drive in our community.
Do you believe this is an issue that needs to be investigated? Would you like to be involved? Contact Richard Irons or Simon Rayner, who would welcome your thoughts on this subject.
3 August, #1: Our final pair have left us. We hope to see them all again next May.
2 August, …
3 August, #1: Our final pair have left us. We hope to see them all again next May.
2 August, #3: Having give up on their eggs 5 days ago, this pair has spent the last few nights roosting, but are not there tonight. Gone back to Africa!
30 July, #1: It looks as if this pair have given up on their eggs; the photograph shows one egg off to the right of the concave.
28 July, #3: This pair has discarded their second pair of eggs.
27 July, #4: Although their brood has fledged, the parents have been staying in the box overnight for the last few days. But only one of them was in the box last night, and tonight the box is empty.
22 July, #4: The wide-angle lens shows the box completely empty and no shadows from the entrance tunnel. The chicks have flown! They were about 6 weeks old.
13 July, #3: A new batch of two eggs explains why this pair has been so diligent in continuing to sit on the nest, despite the discarded eggs on the floor of the box.
12 July, #1: Surprisingly, the pair that took up residence a couple of weeks ago are now incubating two eggs!
28 June, #3: The nest is empty, and the eggs are on the floor of the box (see photo – one is almost hidden behind the concave). It seems that the parents have decided that they are not viable.
27 June, #4: The two-week old chicks in #4 are growing fast.
27 June, #3: We’re concerned about the two eggs. They were laid about a week after #4, so now they must be about a week overdue in hatching. The parents are still dutifully incubating.
27 June, #2: We have seen the occasional visitor in this box, but last night we caught sight of a pair having a good look around together.
27 June, #1: A new prospecting pair took up residence two or three days ago. They are spending nights (and this morning!) cuddling up together.
12 June, #4: In a rare moment when both parents were out foraging, we saw that the eggs have hatched. May have been a couple of days ago. Unfortunately the pictures from this box are somewhat blurred, but it looks like there are only two chicks.
30 May, #3: A second egg.
27 May, #3: First egg; probably the first ever for this pair.
23 May, #4: A third egg. Going by previous years, that will be the lot.
22 May, #4: A second egg.
20 May: Since last night there has been a pair in #3.
19 May, #4: An egg!
17 May: We watched as a new swift flew up to each of the nestboxes in turn and called into them, finally spending a night in #2 – the first time this box has been used.
12 May: A small screaming party of four swifts entertained us outside this evening. The pair in #4 have been happily cuddling up together every night. And there’s a single bird in #3 again tonight; is it the same one who left 5 days ago, or is it their partner finally returned?
7 May: Our first breeding pair today returned to #4, where they successfully raised chicks last year and the year before. Unfortunately, after 4 nights alone in #3, the first bird of this season seems to have given up waiting for their partner.
3 May: The swifts are back! Well, one is, anyway. This must be one of the prospecting pair that took a shine to nestbox #3 last summer. Let’s hope that their partner makes it back as well before too long.
The nesting boxes are in Sibford Ferris. Revisit this page to keep an eye on progress.
The School House, owned by the Town Estate Charity of Sibford Gower and Burdrop, is currently being refurbished and will …
The School House, owned by the Town Estate Charity of Sibford Gower and Burdrop, is currently being refurbished and will be available for rental shortly. The house has 3 – 4 bedrooms and the Charity trustees would ideally like to help meet local housing needs by letting to a local family. Further details can be obtained from the secretary, Peter Morgan (email@example.com or tel.01295 788 207)