Stoke Row

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Stoke Row is a village of approximately 700 inhabitants and is situated 175 metres above sea level at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills. It's flint and clay soil, laid over chalk, enabled its early history of pottery making. However, there was no natural water source and it is likely that only hunter gatherers would have visited this wooded area until the Saxons came.

At that time it became know as Stoches (meaning a fenced place) Ruh (meaning a rough, outlying place). Later this long narrow village, straggling along the ridge, became Stoke Rewe (the latter from the Norman French Rue, meaning street). Administratively, the village was in the parish of Ipsden until 1952, when it formed its own Parish Council...

- Angela Spencer-Harper, March 2004
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As you may be aware, the emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan is currently at the Examination stage. Following recent examination hearings, the Planning Inspector has now asked South Oxfordshire District Council to prepare a ‘Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications’ to the plan.  The schedule reflects the modifications, or changes, that the Inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound before it can move to the adoption stage. These are the only changes that can be made to the plan now. You can find out more by visiting our Local Plan webpage Information about the consultation will be available on our website from Monday 21st September.

To give people a chance to have their say on the Modifications, South Oxfordshire District Council is carrying out a six-week consultation which runs from Monday 21 September 2020 until midnight on 2 November 2020.

We are writing to you to seek your help in raising awareness about this consultation. We would be grateful if you could please print and display the attached poster during the consultation period (21 September to 02 November) on any noticeboards that you use to communicate with your local community. We would also be grateful if you could please forward/distribute this poster via any database of residents and/or local organisations you hold.

Thank you in advance for your help in engaging local communities. If you have any questions, please contact Dorottya Faludi on 07717271925 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Duffield

Head of Planning

Dear Parish / Town Council,


The Digital Infrastructure Programme at Oxfordshire County Council has been awarded £1m from the MHCLG, ‘Getting Building Fund.’

We are using this funding to top-up the existing voucher scheme up to a value of £7,000 per qualifying property in Oxfordshire; both residential and business premises can receive this amount.

This presents a great opportunity to increase broadband speeds up to 1,000Mb/s on a full-fibre connection. All other terms and conditions remain and anyone interested should visit: where the application process starts. We will readily help anyone if they have any questions and applications must still form part of a group project - two or more residents and/or SMEs combining their vouchers towards the shared cost of infrastructure build; single connections are not eligible for funding.

We expect the top-up fund to disappear fast, so please help to share this information with your residents and businesses wherever you can.

This is a chance to use HMG funding now, to get the best broadband connection possible!


Please see attached an updated A5 flyer to reflect the increase in voucher value.

Thank you in advance and if you should have any further queries, please do come back to us.

Kind regards

On behalf of the Digital Infrastructure Team

Oxfordshire County Council, Planning & Place Communities, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND

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Dear Town and Parish councils, 


Important update on testing in Oxfordshire


We’ve been made aware of a worrying trend of people turning up at our hospitals in Oxfordshire, asking to be tested for Covid-19. This is possibly as a result of the national issue with testing capacity, where people have struggled to book a test online.  We are therefore supporting our NHS and Public Health colleagues in pushing out the extremely important message that people with symptoms must NOT go to a hospital.  Testing does not take place in hospital settings and by turning up people are putting extra strain on resources by having to turn people away and also potentially putting vulnerable people at risk.

We would be really grateful if you could also share this message in your towns and parishes. If you’re aware of anyone struggling to book a test online the advice is to keep trying as it’s only possible to book a slot when one becomes available. Slots become available throughout the day so it may take a few attempts at different times of the day. 

The other key message is to only book a test if you’re displaying symptoms.  You can book a test by calling 119 or by registering online via

Smaller authority name: Stoke Row Parish Council




Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)





1. Date of announcement_7th September 2020_(a)

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:


(b)   Parish Clerk, Ina Chantry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        6 Chestnut Close, Middle Assendon, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 6AY Tel 01491 410417

commencing on (c) 8th September 2020

and ending on (d) 19th October 2020

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:


·         The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and

·         The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

Moore (Ref RD/hd)

Rutland House, Minerva Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough


5. This announcement is made by (e) Ina Chantry, Parish Clerk


(a) Insert date of placing of the notice which must be not less than 1 day before the date in (c) below

(b) Insert name, position and address/telephone number/ email address, as appropriate, of the Clerk or other person to which any person may apply to inspect the accounts

(c) Insert date, which must be at least 1 day after the date of announcement in (a) above and at least 30 working days before the date appointed in (d) below

(d) The inspection period between (c) and (d) must be 30 consecutive working days starting at (c).

(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice – this person must be the responsible financial officer for the smaller authority

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Emergency Road Closure at Checkendon, Lovegrove’s Lane, Reading, RG8 0NE

Oxfordshire County Council has been informed of a temporary emergency road closure on the Lovegrove’s Lane whilst ferrule exchange Cway to repair a ferrule works are carried out for public safety reasons.  

A temporary Emergency Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 06 August 20202 up to and including 10 August 2020. This is a 24 hour road closure.

A single Temporary Emergency Notice can last for 21 consecutive days maximum.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

Further information regarding the emergency works may be obtained by contacting Robert Buchan of Thames Water on 02035 779059 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The playground at Stoke Row has reopened, something we are sure many parents are happy to see. However, COVID-19 is still very much present in our lives and sensible precautions must be taken when visiting the playground.

  • Only two family groups are permittted at any one time with a maximum of 10 adults or children. If the playground is busy please do not enter and wait until a quieter time.
  • Please do not enter if you, or a member of your group, is feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
  • No food or drink is to be consumed on the site and all rubbish should be put in the bin
  • Only one household, or bubble, per piece of equipment
  • Bring your own sanitiser to keep your and children's hands clean. use this before and after using the equipment
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you return home
  • Stay safe by staying apart
  • The Stoke Row Parish Council do not clean the equipment in the playground, feel free to wipe down pieces of equipment with wipes, please put used wipes in the bin.

As a provider of life essential supplies, Thames Water work hard to ensure water never stops flowing but from time to time, things can go wrong. In these events, we try to deliver bottled water to people with water-dependent medical conditions (i.e. at-home dialysis) and to those with mobility issues, first of all. As key workers, we support the NHS, the councils, our carers and charities in order meet the needs of our customers in vulnerable circumstances. You can benefit from our free priority services: get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or ask a friend to email for you and we can call you back) - we would like to know that we can add that extra layer of support to help increase your feeling of wellbeing and independence at home knowing that we are here for you when you need us. If you have online access, you can find more about becoming a priority customer and register at If you have no internet access, we can register you over the phone (0800 009 3652 option 3) or send you a paper application form in the post with a free return envelope.

If you need help with paying your water bills, find out more at 

And last but not least, we developed some fun water testing games to pass the time: I hope you enjoy them.


Back on the road again


from Monday July 6th 2020


Our services are currently suspended, but we're hoping to be running again soon - the latest plan is to start running a limited service on all our routes but using just one bus from Monday July 6th.  We've planned an 'emergency timetable' which will probably apply until September when the situation will be reviewed.  We won't be running any buses on Saturdays (or Sundays and Public Holidays) until further notice.

However, please note that the government advice is still NOT to use public transport unless it is absolutely essential - you should use alternative means of transport, such as walking, cycling or car instead.  For health and safety we'll only be able to carry a few passengers on each journey so if too many want to use our services we may have to leave some people behind.  Current Government regulations mean that a suitable face covering MUST be worn on all buses and trains, so if you're not wearing a face covering we won't be able to let you travel.

In normal times we would be encouraging you to use our services as much as possible, but the current arrangements with the Local Authorities mean that we have been given a guarantee of concessionary pass income regardless of how many people travel, so we would be grateful if you would follow the government guidelines and refrain from using our services until the situation changesSocial distancing rules means we can only carry a very limited number of passengers, so please do use any alternative you have to help make more room for those who don't have any choice. 

We don't have the technology to accept contactless payments, so if you need to pay the fare there is a flat fare of £4 for any journey, which should be put in the red box at the front of the bus.  We can't give changeIf you have a concessionary pass you can use it as normal; please always be ready to show it to the driver when boarding.

The proposed emergency timetables are now on the website on the coronavirus emergency timetables page and also on the individual route pages, but are subject to change.  A summary of the proposed services is shown below.  These services are subject to the approval of the Traffic Commissioner, so please keep checking the website for any updates.  Copies of the timetables will be available in July on the buses, at Goring Railway Station and other usual outlets when they re-open. 

Please also note that our drivers may not be able to offer all the assistance they usually do as there needs to be as little contact as possible.  If our driver falls ill we may not be able to run services at all, so please do help us to minimise any risks to health for both the passengers and the driver.


134 Goring to Wallingford

Our bus will be covering all our routes, a different route each morning.  This means that the 134 Goring to Wallingford service will mostly only operate in the afternoons.  The timings change each day because of the different routes the bus is operating in the mornings - please check the timetable carefully to make sure you have got the right day.  There will also be two services on Friday morningsThere won't be a Saturday service for the time being.


137 Watlington service

Our Friday morning service will run, but please note the change of timings:  The bus will leave Watlington Library earlier at 09.55, returning from Wallingford Market Place at 11.55.


142-8 Reading service

Because we're only using one bus for all our services for the time being there will just be one return journey on Tuesday mornings, at revised times.  Some additional journeys will operate between Tesco Kings Meadow and Blagrave Street in Reading town centre.


H1/H2 Henley services

Because we're running all our services with just one bus for the time being, there will be just one journey on Thursday mornings from Goring, Woodcote, Checkendon and Stoke Row into Henley, at revised times.  There will also be a service from Sonning Common to Henley and back at revised times.  We're sorry but we're unable to serve Shepherds Green or Highmoor Cross at the present time.


Thanks to our District Councillors!.

In 2019 each of the South Oxfordshire District Councillors had a discretionary grant fund that they could allocate to worthy causes, and we are very pleased that just before 'lockdown' we were awarded just over £8,000 to buy a replacement bus, including £2,000 from Goring's District Councillor Maggie Filipova-Rivers.  You might know that we already have two sets of 'twin' Bluebird buses with one other that did not have a twin.  By complete coincidence, the missing twin appeared for sale on the internet and we were able to purchase it just in time.  Watch out for it - YX61 BGO - out and about as we resume operating.  We'll be able to release at least one of our older buses; the 'new' one has much fewer miles on the clock and a rather smart wheelchair ramp at the back which will allow us more flexibility in who we can take on private hire trips.  Thanks to the Councillors for their kind contribution which will also help us to keep up the reliability of our services, and hopefully once things return to normal expand our operations in the future!


How can we help you?

If you live on one of our routes and have an essential travel requirement which is not catered for in our emergency timetables. please let us know.  We can't promise we will be able to help, but we will certainly any consider possible changes that might assist you.  Please get in touch, preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please stay safe and well!

Please do heed the government's advice on limiting travel and staying indoors; we will miss having you on board but your continued health is most important.  Hopefully when things get back to normal, we'll also be able to run our full service again.


Thousands of residents in southern Oxfordshire have found their recycling bins unemptied each week because they have put the wrong things in them.
Putting non-recyclable items in recycling can contaminate a whole truckload, which is then rejected at the recycling facility. This turns neighbours’ recycling into rubbish and ultimately wastes energy and raw materials by removing these items from the recycling process.
Bin crews in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse districts have stepped up monitoring of recycling bins in recent months as the lockdown has meant an increase in household waste, which has meant an increased risk of people putting the wrong items in recycling bins.
To remind residents about what can (and can’t) be recycled, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have devised a new recycling quiz available here 


During one week of recycling collections in the past month there were
• 3,801 reports of wrong items found in recycling bins in South Oxfordshire
• 2,211 reports of wrong items found in recycling bins in Vale of White Horse

Bins found with incorrect items for recycling were left unemptied.
The vast majority were rejected because residents had put black or coloured bin bags into recycling bins. Crews cannot see what is in them and so won’t empty the bin. The next biggest category of rejections was because food was found in the green bin. Food contaminates recycling making it unrecyclable. Food can be collected in food bins and taken to a separate facility where it is transformed into electricity and fertiliser.
Textiles, like old T-shirts and odd socks are another reason for crews to leave recycling bins unemptied. Although both councils collect textiles for recycling at a different facility, they must be left in a tied carrier bag next to the green bin. Other non-recyclable items which are regularly found by bin crews in recycling bins are polystyrene, plastic toys, garden waste, electrical items, wood and nappies.
These items cannot be sorted at the recycling centres and shouldn’t be put in the recycling as they can contaminate a whole truckload of recycling.

Councillor David Rouane, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “The waste contractor needs to know that the recycling is of a standard that is accepted by the materials recovery facility. With reduced staffing levels at the site, to maintain social distancing, and the increase in quantity of material being sent there, it is important that it receives good quality recycling.”
Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “The councils and their waste contractor are determined to reduce contamination and residents can help them do it by educating themselves on what can and can’t go into the recycling bins. Residents could have some fun at the same time by trying our recycling quiz.”
Recycling should be in the green bin loose or in clear bags so the crews can easily identify that the contents are recyclable.
If they see non-recyclables, crews will leave the bins unemptied, record the reasons and leave a tag on the bin explaining to residents.
For more information about what can and cannot be recycled please see our websites:
South and Vale
Notes to editors
Reasons for rejected bins
South Oxfordshire w/c 1 June
Out of approximately 66,000 bins due to be emptied

Reason Quantity
Contaminated - black bags/coloured bags 2251
Contaminated – food 734
Contaminated – other 530
Contaminated - textiles 286

Reasons for rejected bins
Vale of White Horse w/c 25 May
Out of 63,000 bins due to be emptied
Reason Quantity
Contaminated - black bags/coloured bags 1078
Contaminated – food 331
Contaminated - other 596
Contaminated - textiles 206


South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400 | @southoxon | @whitehorsedc



Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council


LOCATION: Checkendon, unnamed road between Whitehall lane and Judges Road

REASON: To facilitate repair of a damaged water chamber in the carriageway

DURATION: Starting on 15 June 2020
The anticipated completion date is 17 June 2020(date included). This is a 24 hour per day closure.
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works


SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via Main Street-Stoke Row Road-Gallowstree Road-Horsepond Road-A4074 and vice versa

Jason Russell, Director for Infrastructure Delivery

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