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.

Welcome

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.

Post Office Announcement

It is with regret that the Parish Council have been advised that the Post Office in Whitehouse Road will not re-open. The owners who have run the Post Office as a Sub Post Office for many years have been trying to reach a solution with Post Office management to remain as a sub post office and not change to the new ‘franchise’ arrangement which is being introduced countrywide. The new arrangement would have increased the opening hours per week and made other changes that the owners felt they could not accommodate.

The Parish Council are continuing to look into other solutions for a Post Office in Woodcote, but the ultimate decision will be with Post Office Management.

Important Changes to the Bus Service X40 Through Woodcote

From 22nd October 2017 Thames Travel & Carousel Buses will introduce a new bus timetable. The change to the X40 timetable was linked to there being other changes to the route between Oxford and Wallingford.

For Woodcote this will be to route all buses (both those towards Reading and towards Oxford) round Woodcote one way via Goring Road, Bridle Path and Whitehouse Road and therefore making it possible to withdraw the stops on the opposite side of the road (including the stop outside the Co-op).

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.

Townlands Hospital Consultation

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been discussing the need to change the original service offer for the new Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames with local NHS service providers, local GPs and the Townlands Steering Group. As part of this work, they want to understand the public's views on the proposed changes to services in the hospital.

The consultation document and questionnaire can be downloaded below.

Consultation Document

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 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 04 Oct 2017

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Wed 01 Nov 2017

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

Events - full calendar here.

Fri 22 Sep 2017 - 8.00am to Noon

Windmill Sale

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

More details.

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

Chilterns Countryside

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