Cycleways and Footpaths to be cleared.

Cycleways and Footpaths to be cleared.
Cyclists and walkers are set to benefit from a concerted plan of action to clear and prepare the Oxfordshire’s network of cycleways and footpaths ready for the expected rises in demand as lockdown is very gradually relaxed.
As the people of Oxfordshire look to return to work and school during the Summer, cycling and walking will become more important than ever – both offer zero emission ways to travel which will improve health and wellbeing as well as helping to address the need to keep socially distant.
In each case, the work will pay particular attention to narrower areas that might be widened for greater access. Paths requiring surface improvement work will also be identified so that repairs can be made.

Household Waste Recycling Centres to Re-open

Residents in Oxfordshire are being asked not to make a dash to the county’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) when they reopen on Monday 18th May and risk spending time in tailbacks seen elsewhere in the country where sites have re-opened.

The reopening applies to all Oxfordshire HWRCs: Alkerton, Ardley, Dix Pit, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge and Stanford in the Vale.

The seven sites will operate with reduced opening hours. They will open at 8am and close at 4pm. The sites will be open seven days a week as long as they are not overwhelmed and can operate safely.

The number of vehicles allowed onto the site will be reduced by approximately 50% to allow for social distancing. This means that queues are highly likely, especially at peak times such as weekends.

Residents are therefore being urged only to visit the site if their trip is essential and they cannot safely store their waste at home.

Government guidance says that trips to a HWRC should only be made if ‘essential’ – that is if the waste cannot be stored safely without harm to health. The Government guidance states: “It would be reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to a HWRC if the waste or recycling could not be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes such as a dedicated collection. By this we mean that the waste/recycling could not be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity.”

Things to remember when visiting the reopened centres:

  • You should only visit the site if you cannot safely store your waste at home.
  • Revised opening hours: All sites will open at 8am and close at 4pm to allow them to be cleaned for the following day. The summer evening opening hours are suspended.
  • Vehicle numbers and parking bays will be reduced on site, and once the maximum is reached the site will operate on a one-out one-in basis. PLEASE NOTE the potential for long delays and queues.
  • Please follow any instructions given by traffic marshals to ensure queues are managed safely
  • We will continue to charge for non-household waste brought to sites and this will be by contactless card payment only. If you are unable to pay by contactless means you will not be able to deposit non household waste at the site.
  • Residents are expected to self-police and abide by social distancing of two metres from site teams and other residents at all times.
  • For an initial period, no hire vans or trailers will be permitted onto sites.
  • Site teams will be there for guidance only and will not be able to assist residents in unloading their waste.
  • Only one resident will be permitted out of the vehicle, unless it is to unload a heavy load which would otherwise be unsafe to remove. Visits are best made by just one person per vehicle.
  • In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres.
  • Residents are requested to ensure all waste is pre-sorted before arriving at site to ensure minimum time on site.

Specific rules and restrictions will vary by site. Please refer to the county council website before leaving home to familiarise yourself with these and to avoid frustration and delay:

Oxfordshire County Council has been heartened by the support and respect shown to its refuse collection services. The council respectfully asks during these difficult times that the same level of courtesy and respect is shown to our site teams. Please expect delays along with the risk of being turned away after 4pm irrespective of the size of any queue for entry.

Unsure what to recycle at our HWRCs? Residents can check if a HWRC can deal with their material by using our new online tool Waste Wizard:

You may find that you can recycle some of your goods without having to make the journey to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Although the council sincerely hopes they will not be needed, residents are reminded that all sites have CCTV and site teams are issued with bodycams. There will be zero-tolerance of abuse and threatening behaviour to site teams and anyone found to do so may be banned from our sites.

Cllr Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“I’d like to thank our residents for their patience in holding their waste for recycling at this difficult time. I would also like to ask the people of Oxfordshire to use the sites with care as they reopen and consider if they are able to store their waste for a bit longer as we all adjust to continued social distancing.”



A34 Closures

A34 Closures

Please note parts of the A34 will be closed between 9.00pm and 6.00am on the following nights .

Monday 4th May for two nights – closure of the southbound carriageway from the A420 Botley Interchange to the A4130 Milton Interchange.

Monday 11th May for two nights – closure of the northbound carriageway from the A423 Hinksey Hill junction to the A44 Peartree Interchange.

Monday 18th May for four nights – closure of the southbound carriageway from the A4130 Milton Interchange to the M4 (Chieveley).

Thursday 21st May for one night – closure of the northbound carriageway from the A4185 Chilton Interchange to the A4130 Milton Interchange.

Saturday 1st June for two nights – closure of the northbound carriageway from the M4 Chieveley Interchange to the A4185 Chilton junction



Blewbury Post Office During Lockdown

The Post Office is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, 9.00am to 11.30am, the post is collected at that time. The refit has been delayed, it may happen in May or June, who knows?

We are experiencing high volumes of returns, we don’t have enough space to store them until collection time, so we are limiting the number we can take. We have Kitty’s eggs on sale, when closed, they will be on my doorstep, (Tadcombe, Besselslea) £1.50 for 6! Emergency gas/electric/phone top ups, cash etc, please ring my mobile 07825154842

Karen (Maggie and Carl in splendid isolation!)


Church Events During Lockdown

Upton Parish Church is part of the Churn Benefice. During the current lockdown our buildings must remain closed but the Church continues to be alive and active.

You can contact the Benefice clergy:

Jason  01235 850267

Louise          07837 009730

John  01235 512987

The Benefice Administrator, Dawn Saunders, is working from home with full access to Benefice emails during her normal office hours and can be contacted on the office email address

Provisional bookings for weddings, baptisms etc. may be made online by contacting the office via email.

The Churn newsletter and readings along with information about Benefice activities for the current week will be distributed by email. Please contact Dawn if you would like to receive them.

Online Services

Our regular worship continues online – Sunday mornings at 10.30am, login or connect from 10.00am to chat before the service and get ready. You can join in using a computer, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or landline.

A short evening prayer service is also held on weekdays at 8.00pm.

Please see the Benefice website or the Churn, if you receive it, for the service access codes or telephone number to call and full details of how to join each week.

Ascension Day – Online Benefice Service

On Thursday 21st May at 8.00pm there will be an online Ascension Day Service, see the website or the Churn, if you receive it, for the service access code and details of how to join.

Short Daily Reflection and Prayer

During weekdays Fr Jason is writing a short reflection and prayer, if you would like to receive it please contact Dawn

Children’s Worship Online

Revd Louise is organising occasional online children’s worship. The next one ‘Growing with Jesus’ is on Wednesday 6th May at 4.00pm. Children are encouraged to show a growing plant, or perhaps the plan of a secret garden. Please contact Louise if you would like further information or would like to join the group.

CYGnet Youth Group

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to join the CYGnet Youth Group who are now meeting online usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. For more information please contact Leslie – 07709 602923.

Mother’s Union

The Churn Mothers’ Union is working to raise funds for AFIA – a programme that offers holidays away for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. To raise the money, the MU is doing a ‘sponsored card’ event. MU members will make and send 100 cards in May to people who are helping out during the crisis or have been affected.
Could you sponsor us for 5 or 10p per card (£5 or £10 total)? Cash can be given in a sealed envelope, or cheque to “The Churn MU” and delivered to Revd Louise Butler, Penridge, Church Road, Blewbury, OX11 9PY. Bank transfers can also be made, please contact Louise for account details.


Bulky waste collection

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have reopened their paid-for bulky waste collection service for large household items. More information on the respective web sites.

Blewbury Post Office

This coming week , starting 20th April, Blewbury Post Office will be opening Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 11.30am, for essential transactions only, cash deposits & withdrawals, bill payments, gas, electric & phone top ups, business posting, stamps.
No home shopping returns or eBay please this week.
Thank you.

Upton Parish Council and UVHAT Need Your Help

It has been wonderful to witness the village coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly whilst we are in the “lock-down” phase. It is a great reminder why Upton is such a lovely place to live. From the great WhatsApp help group set up by Sarah Carter which is helping get supplies and prescriptions to those who are vulnerable or can’t get out to the wonderful applause from doorsteps in thanks for NHS and health workers who continuing to work so hard, some of course who live in the village.

Following a meeting between Upton Parish Council and UVHAT (Upton Village Hall Amenities Trust) we wondered if there is more we can do in the future as we move through different phases which might be useful to villagers. For example a food bank, a session from experts on how to navigate Government financial support you may require, setting up a temporary crèche facility in the hall to help mums and dads. Obviously anything we come up with will have to work in line with Government guidance at that time however I think we all recognise it will take the country some time to get back to a “new normal”.

So if you are interested in joining a small steering group to brainstorm some ideas which we can then get the village’s view on what may or may not be useful please contact and she will set up a conference call.

Thank you.

Upton Parish Council and UVHAT Trustees


Post Office to Close for Refurbishment

Please note that the Post Office will be closed from Friday 10th April until 2.30pm on Tuesday 28th April. We are having a bit of a revamp as part of the Village Hall refurbishment.

Royal Mail usually put the cost of postage up at the beginning of their financial year, and as usual, it will be at the end of March or beginning of April, so buy 1st and 2nd class stamps before then, as they just revalue themselves!

We are looking to take on another part time counter clerk, (1 or 1½ days a week) full training will be given, if you are interested please pop in for a chat, or ring 851777. I would just like an extra day in the garden!

Karen and Maggie

Skittles Evening

Friends of St. Marys will be holding a skittles evening in the Village Hall on Saturday 22nd February, be there at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. This Fun Evening is open to all and includes a Fish and Chip Supper (Chicken alternative on request) and of course some scrumptious puds to finish .Tea and coffee will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your own drinks too. Brighten up a winter evening with friends and neighbours.

There will be prizes for the highest score in female and gents and under 16 categories.

Tickets priced £10 available  from  Paul 851251, Jessie 851206,  Gloria 850683, Celia  850684. Please let us know you’re coming in advance as the food order has to go in a week before.

Oh and there is sure to be a Raffle, donations for which would be much appreciated.

Jessie West