From the introduction:
At a meeting in the summer of 2011 Stonesfield Parish Council decided to initiate a Community Plan in partnership with the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, (OCC) and West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC). An important part of the planning process involved various stages of consultation culminating in a report guided through a questionnaire, which enabled all members of the Community of Stonesfield to give their views on what features of the village were important to them, and their thoughts on what could be improved. The questionnaire also allowed them to identify the priority they gave to each issue. This report was to provide important information to assist the completion of the Stonesfield Community Plan.The report was commissioned in December 2011. It was to be conducted by Peter Clifton devising the questionnaire on both paper and online. The questions posed were to be created by consultation with villagers, and three focus groups conducted with working mothers of young children, working males and teenagers. All the leaders of village groups and institutions were to be approached for input.
Street interviews were conducted with travellers at bus stops at 7 am in winter and with people walking in the dark on a weekday evening between 6.30 and 8.30 pm.
The questionnaire was delivered to every home in Stonesfield and that everyone in the village was given the opportunity to complete it and express their views on the many issues identified.
A group of eight volunteers inputted the results of 432 questionnaires during August and September.
The results can now be seen by downloading the final report by clicking on the image of the from cover or from here.
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Download September 2012 Slate pdf issue from here.
The main purpose of Street Fair (14th- 16th Sept 2012), whilst entertaining visitors and locals alike, is to raise money for the upkeep of The Corner House and the War Memorial Hall, the two community buildings that play such an important part in the lives of so many people in and around Charlbury. Street Fair has taken place in Charlbury since the early 1950s and this year we are extremely pleased to announce that actor Tom Ward of BBC’s Silent Witness has kindly agreed to carry out the formal opening at 2pm on Saturday 15th Sept.
6:30pm - Egg Throwing Competition outside the Rose & Crown, Church Street, Charlbury
1:30pm – Children’s Fancy Dress Competition on the Playing Close, Charlbury
1:45pm – Children’s Parade from the Playing Close to Church Street
2:00pm Grand Opening by ‘Silent Witness’ star Tom Ward and our own Street Fair King and Queen – Finn Hustler and Molly Watson
2:00pm to 5:00pm – Afternoon entertainment including:-
Fairground Amusements & Rides
Children’s Electric Go-Karts
Tina’s Dance Troupe
Vintage and Classic Cars
Charlbury Fire Engine
…and much more!
5:00pm – Grand Auction
5:30pm – Giant Conga with Horns of Plenty
7:00pm – Evening Entertainment – Music, singing and dancing in Church Street, with local bands - Sam John & The Disciples – Jady Mirror – Stonesfield Village Idiots
10:30am - 10K Run and 5K Fun Run or Walk through Glorious Cornbury Park by kind permission of Lord & Lady Rotherwick.
Visit www.charlburystreetfair.org for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Overall, over three quarters of a tonne of items were taken (compared to around half a tonne at their first SwapShop) by 120 people attending. A huge thanks to all who attended, and especially the team of people from SUSTO who worked so hard to make this happen."
According to Mary Elford “the field we use as a car park is already saturated and more rain is forecast. We’re trying to find ways of letting our potential visitors know about this”.
“We very much regret that we have to cancel the proposed Open Day this Sunday as the field is too wet for car parking.”
“The future Open Days are: 15 July, 19 August, 9 September”
This is a chance to clear out all the stuff in your home and garage that you don’t need and, conversely, offers the possibility of finding something that you do need - for free!
You don't actually need to swap things, just give or take what you wish.
SUSTO Suggest you bring or take kitchen items, toys, books, CDs, clothes and things for the garden, adding "Browse the goods, enjoy a cup of tea and cake or taste a smoothie made by the smoothie bike.”
Drop off times for items is between 1.30pm and 3pm and goods can be taken away from 2pm to 4pm.
Parish Councillor Geraldine Lawrence has written a letter in June’s Slate as an introduction in which she says:
There are two main purposes of the questionnaire. The first is to enable all members of the Community of Stonesfield to guide the Steering Group during the next stage of the planning process which is to rank the suggested issues and projects for Stonesfield in order of priority. These have already been identified through the previous stages of the Community Planning process ( the initial questionnaire, the well attended launch of the plan which filled the village hall and the interviews with all sections and groups within Stonesfield).The second purpose of the questionnaire is to demonstrate to funding bodies that future requests for funding projects are supported by as many people living in Stonesfield as possible. Bids from those villages achieving high questionnaire returns are more likely to be supported. While Stonesfield is able to show that people from about half of the homes in Stonesfield have participated in the identification of issues only a good return from the questionnaire will indicate the importance given by the community to each issue and the extent to which the views are shared. We hope you will complete and return the questionnaire.
As an additional incentive, there are three prizes of £50 (chosen at random, presumably) for completed returned forms online or for the paper version that has been distributed door-to-door in the village.
For further details and background see cover letter details with introduction by Sue Corrigan of the Stonesfield Community Plan Steering Group.
To take part in the village survey on behalf of your household please enter your answers by following this link....
- The Rock Doctors will be playing a special Diamond Jubilee gig at the Sports and Social Club on Saturday 2 June at 9.00pm.
• At St James the Great from Saturday to Tuesday 2-5 June a Jubilee Flower Festival will be held.
• In the Church on Sunday there will be a a Jubilee Festival Service for All Ages.
• On Monday 4 June the village hall is the place to be. Opening at 11.00 am there will be an exhibition of old village photos and memorabilia from years gone by and cream teas will be served courtesy of the WI from 3.00 to 5.00pm.
• Stonesfield Strikers are holding a Family Fun Day on the playing field, followed by a barbeque.
- Later in the evening at 10.00pm the Stonesfield Scouts will be lighting the Jubilee Beacon, one of a chain across the country, at the top of Hill Barn Farm Lane.
• On Tuesday 4 June, 12.00 to 4.00pm at St James Centre an enterprising villager has organised the Great Stonesfield Charity Bake Off in aid of Cancer Research UK
Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows (adapted by Alan Bennett) - Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 May Are you a bumptious toad, a home loving mole, wise old badger or maybe a kind and friendly ratty? Follow the four friends in this family comedy classic as they enjoy messing about in boats and join them in fighting off the dastardly weasels in the big wild wood and beyond! Brimming with local talent, 31 actors of all ages and Stonesfield’s fantastic rock band – The Village Idiots - bring you an exuberant village performance full of music and laughter. Stonesfield Players extraordinary production includes original music by BAFTA award winning composer Nicholas Hooper, set design by 2012 Olivier nominated Michael Taylor (The Ladykillers) and lighting by Cannes and BAFTA Award winning film director Chris Bartle. Stonesfield Village Hall is being transformed into a magical riverbank, with lots of hidden surprises! Come along and be part of this exciting theatrical experience at Stonesfield Village Hall Thursday May 24th – Saturday May 26th at 7.30pm with an additional 2pm matinee on Saturday May 26th. Tickets £8 (concessionary seats for under 16s and over 60s £5). Under 5’s may sit on benches at the front (£3) – bench tickets available from Jenny Lines only. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Jenny Lines 01993 898454 email@example.com (underscore between the names) or Amlu’s Village Store, Stonesfield.
The Great Stonesfield Jubilee Bake Off - A baking competition to mark the Diamond Jubilee and raise money for Cancer Research UK
To celebrate and mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, whilst also raising money for Cancer Research UK, we will be holding a village “Bake Off”, making cakes fit for Queen (and Country)! So put on your aprons, get baking and help make “hundreds and thousands” for charity!Please enter your cake(s) in to one (or more) of the following categories:1) The Perfect “Queen” Victoria Sponge;2) Right Royal Cupcakes (2 classes – under 12s and over 12s).Entry forms with further information are available from the village shop, or 5 Busby Close. Alternatively, please visit http://stonesfieldjubileebakeoff.wordpress.com for more information about the event and to download an entry form.When and where: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - Tuesday 5th June 2012 – 12noon to 4pm – The St. James’ Centre.Cake(s) to be delivered to the St. James’ Centre between 12noon and 1pm. Judging will take place between 1-3pm, with the winners of the baking categories and the raffle being announced from 3pm. Teas, Coffees, Raffle and Bookstall:Don’t fancy baking, just tasting? Then pop along to the St. James’ Centre between 12noon and 4pm for a Bank Holiday cuppa and a cupcake, take a look at the “Bake Off” entries, and enter the raffle – you could win some cake (and other great prizes) to take away! There will also be a bookstall selling second-hand books. All proceeds from cake entries, cuppas, cupcakes, raffle and book sales to Cancer Research UK.
Scenery and Prop Making Workshops, will be led by Michael Taylor - Professional Theatre Designer. Local people are invited to help make and paint the large props for The Wind In The Willows.
Dates are Tuesday 3 April 10am-10pm & Wednesday 4 April 10am-10pm at Sothams Farm Barn, Peakes Lane (corner of Peakes lane and Pond Hill).
Please note all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact Lindsey Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01993 898620.
This tree is Stonesfield Parish Council’s contribution to the Woodland Trust's appeal for a million trees to be planted across the country. It is listed as tree no. 15,975.
According to Wendy Gould, “A plaque will be added in due course and it is hoped that our Jubilee Oak will successfully grow on for hundreds of years to come.”
The Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project aims to bring people across the UK together to plant 6 million trees to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 2012 Diamond Jubilee. It hopes to helpt create hundreds of Jubilee Woods and 60 special Diamond Woods, ‘transforming our landscape in a generation and providing a lasting and meaningful tribute for many years to come’.
Parish Council announces open meeting on 21 February to formulate Stonesfield's celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
On Monday, 4th June, Stonesfield will be laying on a day of celebration when there should be something for everybody. All the village clubs and organisations are offering to take part in the festivities when we hope to have food, sport, plays, music, dressing-up, heritage corner and a Jubilee beacon to round it all off at the end of the day. There is room for more if anyone has been missed out.
To catch up with the programme so far and discuss further ideas please come along to a meeting in the Village Hall on Tues, 21 Feb.
It’s been my privilege to run the Stonesfield village website - Stonesfield.info - for two years, and with new support from the Parish Council, I’d like to invite more local people to become involved. Some one-off funding means the site can continue for another year, and be further improved, as a resource for the village and potential visitors.
The council will have a method to directly communicate its activities to a broader audience and has begun to release news on progress of the Community Plan.
Stonesfield is lucky to have an excellent local print magazine, but the website, set up in 2003 by David Perkins, is the source of information on the internet for more immediate local news and information. There’s also information on life in Stonesfield, events, photos, a forum, a business directory and is the online host for current and back issues of The Slate.
David established the site after a successful campaign to get more than 500 people to register interest in broadband internet for the village; vital for many businesses then, an essential utility for the home too these days. Having a website to promote local businesses was a logical step, as well as helping communications for the school, clubs and the diverse range of organisations represented in Stonesfield.
I took over the site in February 2010; updating it with more content and, I think, making it more visually appealing.
Now there’s an opportunity for more people to become involved. With the new support I’d like to offer to budding (or experienced) reporters a chance to contribute, and renew the open offer to village organisations the chance to make use of the site to promote their activities.
A number of organisations currently provide information for their members and the public on the site, saving the time and complication of setting one up themselves. Please contact me if you’d like to take up this offer on behalf of a community group.
In addition, it would be good to have a variety of contributors for the News section. While not directly competing with The Slate (usually it’s of a more immediate nature or links to other media). Please contact me to let me know if you’d like to contribute.
Novices are welcome too as a training and (metaphorical) hand-holding event will be offered.
Also, for local business also looking to promote themselves on the number one website about Stonesfield, banner advertising on the homepage is offered at very competitive rates.So, to all those looking to get the word out about their group, business or the community, please get in touch, and even learn a new skill!
I look forward to hearing from you.