9 Sep: The appeal hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at Bodicote House on 25 September 2019, from …
9 Sep: The appeal hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at Bodicote House on 25 September 2019, from 10am until about 5pm. You may attend for part of the time if unable to be there all day. The Sibford Action Group is coordinating speakers against the development, and may also be able to help with transport.
7 Aug: The PI website is now showing an “Event Date” of Wednesday 25 September – presumably the date of the hearing. The Sibford Action Group is meeting next week to coordinate their response; contact the Group at email@example.com for more information or to be added to their mailing list.
1 Aug: The developers are appealing the CDC refusal of their outline planning application 18/01894/OUT in April. You can find documents relating to the appeal on the CDC website under reference 19/00036/REF. You have until 27 August to submit comments to the Planning Inspector, via the Inspectorate website, under reference 3229631. There will be a hearing; keep an eye on the Inspectorate website for the date, not yet set.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.01295 788 207)
The Town Estate Charity is a long-established charity that receives rental income from various sources including a farm, livery and …
The Town Estate Charity is a long-established charity that receives rental income from various sources including a farm, livery and residential property. It has a remit to use surplus funds for (i) the general benefit of the Sibford Gower parish, (ii) to help the primary school and (iii) relief-in-need.
Applications are now invited to fill a forthcoming vacancy for a co-opted trustee. Candidates are asked to send details of their suitability, listing the skills and qualifications they believe they possess that would benefit the Charity, to the secretary, Peter Morgan (email@example.com).
The secretary or any of the trustees can also be contacted for further details of the Charity’s operations.
This year the two councils of the Ferris and the Gower explored ways in which they might share their separate …
This year the two councils of the Ferris and the Gower explored ways in which they might share their separate Annual Parish Meetings in a single celebration of our combined Sibfords Community. As part of his Chairman’s Report for the year, Gower’s Hugh Pidgeon explores some of the surprises he encountered when he started looking into the Meeting’s origins:
It was something of an experiment, and the more we looked into the history of the 1972 Local Government Act which underpins the declared purposes of this day, the more contradictions and anomalies we found. Within the same Act, the responsibilities of Parish and Town Councils as an arm of local government are defined right alongside this once-a-year Parish Meeting. The meeting itself is defined more as a form of direct democracy – uncommon in the United Kingdom, which primarily uses representative democracy.
For this first occasion we were content to stay with the primary declared purpose:
An Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of the electors of a parish and the purpose of the meeting is for the community to come together to discuss parish affairs.
This we did, and I believe with great success. But we recognize that there is a delicate balance to be drawn between the primary purposes of the Community Meeting under the auspices of the Annual Parish Meeting, and the interests of the two elected Councils as they seek to respond to the wishes and concerns of their electorate.
Happily we did not get mired in some of the more dramatic collisions of view that have come to characterize the current debate between the direct democracy of the 2016 referendum and the responsibilities for the outcome claimed by the representative democracy of local members of Parliament!
Following our experience for the very first time of coming together as two Parishes to hold a shared meeting of the community as a whole, the two councils of the Gower and the Ferris have agreed to set up a cross-parish group to continue to investigate in a further developed structure and design for the event how best to honour the spirit of the original legislation that it should continue to be actively supported by the two councils but not be led by them.
The remainder of the Chairman’s report can be found as an appendix to the minutes of the Gower Parish Council Meeting of 21 May, in the Meeting Archive (190521).
Hugh’s tribute to the Annual Parish Meeting event and thanks to all those involved is in an earlier news item, and there is a full account of the event itself in the official minutes in the Meeting Archive (190509).
Mary and Norman Nash write: We are pleased that our article in the May copy of the Scene has produced …
Mary and Norman Nash write: We are pleased that our article in the May copy of the Scene has produced 32 volunteers and we will be commencing our service to our fellow residents in July.
We are delighted and most grateful to Margaret Gardiner for agreeing to act as “Hub” in the first instance and you will see that Margaret is the first named each week on the rota for taking requests for a lift.
The first rota is attached below and anyone seeking a lift within or up to a ten mile radius of the village should telephone Margaret in the first instance. If Margaret is unavailable to answer please then try the second named, first on their house phone and as a last resort on their mobile, the number of which (if available) is also given. The two names on the rota have not been asked to sit by their telephones all the week but we hope the arrangements described will find you a driver. You will be asked how long you wish to stay at your destination i.e. a visit to the surgery or village hall for a film or to church or for a lengthy visit to an old friend may well necessitate a different driver to take you home.
The driver will be making a small charge to cover petrol and maintenance costs at the rate of 30p per mile. Note that the distance to Banbury, Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Norton are all about 7 miles and a journey there and back would be about £4.50 depending on where exactly you wish to be taken. If the driver is unable to wait to take you home, you will be requested to pay a similar sum to the second driver.
We do hope that the inhabitants of Sibford will use this service as the volunteers are very keen that you should and will be disappointed if they have no requests; nobody likes to feel unwanted!
Residents will be aware of similar services organised mainly in Banbury for hospital and other appointments further afield. These are:
A planning application for a change use of the Pheasant Pluckers Inn (formerly Bishop Blaize) to residential use is about …
A planning application for a change use of the Pheasant Pluckers Inn (formerly Bishop Blaize) to residential use is about to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate, under the reference 3216818. You may make a representation to the Inspector up to Friday 21 June via the Planning Inspectorate’s Appeal Casework Portal.
The application documents are available on the Cherwell DC website under reference 18/01501/F. The reasoning behind Cherwell DC’s recommendation to refuse the application is set out in their Planning Committee minutes of 17 January 2019; scroll about half-way down the Agenda, decisions and minutes page to find links to the relevant sections.
The Sibfords Society writes: We hope you can join us on a coach trip to Highclere Castle, known world-wide …
The Sibfords Society writes: We hope you can join us on a coach trip to Highclere Castle, known world-wide as the setting for Downton Abbey. Near Newbury, it is home to the Carnarvon family and its treasures include an important Egyptian collection.
Martin’s of Tysoe will take us straight there on 30th July, leaving the Village Hall at 10 am. Cost: £28.50 per person. To book a place on the bus please contact Diana on 780 506.