Welcome to Woodcote

Woodcote Correspondent

The latest issue of the Woodcote Correspondent is available to download here.

Village Sign

Selected photographs on this website courtesy of Alan Copeland.


The village of Woodcote, winner of the Oxfordshire Best Village Competition 2008, lies between Reading and Oxford in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ surrounded by the scenic countryside of the Chilterns, with extensive beech woodlands, undulating fields and numerous footpaths and bridleways.

More about Woodcote Village.

23 New Houses at the End of Wood Lane

An outline planning application (P17/S3701/) has been submitted to SODC for 23 houses on land on either side of the footpath at the end of Wood Lane.

The Parish Council are concerned that this application conflicts with the Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan and represents a major development on a greenfield site in the AONB.

The Parish Council will be reviewing this application at its meeting on 22nd November at the Village Hall starting 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend and give their views.

You can comment on this application by writing to South Oxfordshire Planning Department via e-mail at registration@southandvale.gov.uk , by post addressed to Emma Bowerman at SODC, or via the website, using the ‘Comment Now’ button at www.southoxon.gov.uk/ccm/support/Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P17/S3701/O#exactline.

Comments must be made before 24th November and quote the planning reference P17/S3701/O.

Parish Council - Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2017

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2017 can be downloaded here.

Village Hall Consultation

The report of the consultation on April 16th 2016 is available to download here.

Fix my Street

In March the County Council launched ‘Fix my Street’, a way of reporting pot holes on line. Oxfordshire County Council said it had fixed 15,349 defects since the start of March which was well above its target of an average 3,000 repairs a month.

An extra £250,000 was earmarked for road repairs as part of the scheme.

People can take photographs of potholes and upload them online with location details at fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk.

The council's contractor pledges to fix potholes within 28 days, 24 hours in an emergency or four hours for the most severe category once reports have been verified.

Council Notices

Parish Council Vacancy

The Parish Council have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor, this is a voluntary role. To find out more about how you can get involved and how you can help contact The Parish Clerk 01491 681861 email pc@woodcote-online.co.uk.

Parish Council Meetings - Public Welcome

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings which are held in the Function Room at the Village Hall.

Forthcoming meetings will be on -

Wed 22 Nov 2017

Wed 06 Dec 2017

Wed 20 Dec 2017

A full list of meeting dates is available here and minutes from previous meetings are available here.

Events - full calendar here.

Fri 01 Dec 2017 to Noon

Windmill Sale

A nearly new sale in aid of local causes. Woodcote Village Hall.

More details.

Full event calendar here.

More about Woodcote Village

At 500 feet (160 metres) above sea level, there are glorious far-reaching views from several parts of the village.

Originally a small community based on farming and the countryside, Woodcote is a thriving village with a good range of local amenities including a Post Office, mini-market, nursery/garden centre, popular New World bistro restaurant, two public houses, modern health centre (recently enlarged and upgraded) and excellent education facilities with two toddler playgroups, primary and secondary schools - the secondary school is rated in the OFSTED report of March 2009 as ‘providing an outstanding quality of education’ - and an excellent library.

Also, the Oratory School (the UK's only All Boys' Independent Catholic Senior Boarding and Day School), stands in extensive park-like grounds to the east of the main village. The Preparatory School for the Oratory is situated nearby at Crays Pond.

Near the centre of the village is the Parish Church, rebuilt in 1846 in a Norman style on the site of the original Norman structure; there are traces of original walling still surviving.

Activities appealing to young and old are based in the Village Hall and nearby Community Centre and are well publicised in the monthly village newspaper, the Woodcote Correspondent, circulated to all local residents.

Woodcote has good road communications with easy access for Reading, Henley, Oxford and the M40 and M4 networks.� For rail commuters there are mainline stations locally at Pangbourne and Goring on Thames, as well as Reading, all providing fast services up to London (Paddington).

Are you new to the village ?
A free ‘Welcome Pack’ compiled by Barbara Penniall on behalf of St Leonards Church is available to all newcomers to Woodcote. The pack, which is funded by Windmill Sales, contains a wide selection of useful information and is available from the library and the health centre. More details.

Village Hall

Village Hall


Chilterns Countryside

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