Oddington Gloucestershire
Oddington Gloucestershire


Lower Oddington Car Park

Residents have until 29 November to comment on the planning application for a car park in Lower Oddington. A plan is attached below. For more information and to comment visit the CDC planning website and enter 23/03459/FUL.


The Council will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday 23 November to discuss the application. Residents are welcome.

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The Freedom of the Parish


The Chairman of Oddington Parish Council was delighted to award the Freedom of the Parish to Ted Miles at a special reception held on Saturday 30 September. The Freedom of the Parish is teh highest award that the Council can give and recognises Ted's huge contribution to life in Oddington.



Berry Bank Amphitheatre


The Cotswold District Council Planning Committee recently consider the Berry Bank Amphtheatre planning application. The decision notice is below.

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Daylesford Fesitval 


The Parish Council raised with Lady Bamford's office its concerns about the traffic management for the Daylesford Festival. Their response is below.


Thank you for your email, which as you know I have forwarded internally for comment.


This year, we scaled up support for our internal teams at the Summer Festival by engaging a third-party production company, precisely to try and ensure the event ran without impact to the local community, and with health and safety at the forefront. As part of the traffic planning, the team engaged with colleagues at Cotswolds District Council to work collaboratively to agree the right approach. 


We cannot apologise enough for the impact on residents from the heavy traffic on the roads for a period of the day on Saturday. As soon as we became aware of the situation, the teams worked as quickly as possible to remedy the issue, and there was no repeat of challenges with traffic flow from Saturday late afternoon through until the festival finished on the Sunday. 


Please accept our most sincere apologies.


There are currently no plans for another Summer Festival of this magnitude, and in addition we have cancelled The Country Brocante, The Christmas Cotswold Fair and Gifford’s Circus for the coming year.  Should there be another event on this scale hosted at the Farm, we will ensure that the road management plan is robust with sensitivity to the local villages, and in particular, Oddington.



With best wishes,





Office of Lady Bamford 





New Slide.


The new slide is now in place. Many thanks to the two residents who provided donations and to the County Council for their grant.

Oddington Playground


The old metal slide has been removed from the playground ready for the installation of a new slide which we hope will be in place before Easter.



We are putting together some activies to celebrate the King's Coronation. This includes a Bonfire on Saturday 6 May and a Street Party on Sunday 7 May. We will be delivering fliers with more details soon.

The Green Bins are collected on a fortnightly basis. New licences are required from the end of March. You can buy a licence on line by going to the CDC website.





Oddington Parish Council, with the support of the church, has set up a Good Neighbour Scheme to help those residents who have been advised to stay at home over the coming weeks. Those joining the scheme will be paired with a Volunteer who will pick up shopping and medication, post mail and be available on the end of the phone to offer help and reassurance.

Please contact Janet Eustace on 01451 830 594 or email  janet.eustace@yahoo.co.uk  to register for the scheme or if you are able to volunteer.


Warren, Norman and the team at the Horse and Groom are working with the Parish Council to provide a food and drink takeaway and delivery service in the local area. If you are isolating volunteers will deliver. For further details call 01451 380584 or visit the web site https://www.horseandgroomcotswolds.co.uk/  We are most grateful to the Horse and Groom for this great community service. Please support them.


The Oddington and Adlestrop United Charities can to provide short term support to residents of the two villages who may be struggling as a result of loss of income. Please contact Janet (details as above) for further details.





A recent informal Village Consultation had shown that speeding and parking are major concerns to residents. Parish Councillors met with Officers from Highways in November to discuss how best to tackle the problems.

Traffic Regulation Orders

Highways confirmed that anything requiring a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) was likely to cost in the region of £10,000. TROs are needed for new speed limits, yellow lines, one way systems, stopping up (no through road) and weight restrictions. In all cases public consultation would be carried out by GCC and the police have the final say on whether or not a project goes ahead. It is important to have the support of GCC Cllr Moor.  Even when TRO measures are in place enforcement remains an issue with police resources limited.

Many restrictions simply displace the problem to another area. Weight restrictions cannot stop large vehicles delivering to the village. It is better to try alter driver behaviour.

Next Steps

Highways suggest that the Parish Council begin by identifying problem areas. Speed data can be collected cheaply at various locations in the village. It is important to identify where these checks should be. Consider consulting residents about locations.  Fastest and slowest 10% of speeds are discounted.

Once this data has been collected the Parish Council should consider the following:

Vehicle activated signs (VAS). A sign could be purchased by OPC for £2,500. GCC would install up to 3 posts around the village so the sign can be moved from time to time.  More ’20 is Plenty Signs’.

Bin stickers are a relatively cheap deterrent.

In addition:

GCC will see if they can replace the faded ‘50’ roundels on the main road.  

POCs request to GCC to cut back vegetation to be deferred to next financial year.

Land owners to be approached about cutting back hedges.

GCC to investigate water on main road by Alan Cox’s and in Back Lane.

Daylesford to be asked to repair bridle way from Church Road to Daylesford.  

GCC to price up resurfacing last section of Church Road and turning circle.



Janet Eustace

Parish Clerk





A Christmas tree has been purchased using money raised by the Fete Committee. This should be planted in mid December by a band of willing volunteers. The Swtch On of the Lights will take place at 6pm on Saturday 30 November. There will be carol singing around the tree and then a Lights Procession through the Vllage to the Horse and Groom where Warren and Norman are kindly providing mulled wine and mince pies. Donations to the Oddington Churches. Please join us for a lovely village event which marks the start of the Christmas season.






Present: Cllrs Peter David, Ann Every, Sarah Canning, Alan Cox, Sara Griffiths, Jenny Sawyer. Janet Eustace. 23 residents from the village.


Issues raised:

Road Safety – A436

Clean/replace the 50 signs

Cut back hedges to give a ‘less rural’ feel.

Consider reducing 50 mph limit to 40 mph

Cats eyes are useless. Lorries drive over them and they are ruined. White lines along edge of road would be of benefit.

Exits from the village on to A436 (especially Back Lane) dangerous

Road safety – in village

20 mph limit through village [Several comments in support of this one]

Back Lane used as rat run.

Speed Watch session to be held on stretch outside Holy Ascension

Cut back the bank through Upper Oddington to improve visibility

Bollards and stones are springing up on verges throughout the village!

Weight and width restrictions in Lower Oddington, but recognise that this might cause more problems.

A one way system in Lower Oddington.

Double yellow lines.


Footpath from Fox turning to Broadwell turning is in bad condition. Needs trees and branches cut back. [Several comments]

Please consider ways of maintaining footpaths eg pressure on landowners or overt action where there isn’t one.


‘No parking’ sign on green by Fox.

Can parishes work together to lobby against development without infrastructure.



Village Consultation


Parish Councillors will be holding an informal consultation on village issues. This will run from 11.30 - 1pm following the 5th October Coffee morning.



A small, but hardy group of volunteers carried out four Speedwatch sessions during  the first week of November. Most motorists were driving within the speed limit . Thank you for your consideration. A few were travelling in excess of 30 mph. Reports of our Speedwatch session are forwarded to the Police who will contact those who persistently drive too fast.  We will be repeating the exercise from time to time. If you can spare an hour or two to join us please contact janet.eustace@yahoo.co.uk

Message from Highways


What: Road closure for carriageway patching

Where: A436 Oddington Road

When:  24th to 29th May (not including weekends), from 0700 to 1900 daily


We will shortly be patching sections of the carriageway at the above location to repair localised faults and improve the condition of the road. 


To ensure the safety of road users and our workforce, it is necessary for us to close the road to through traffic while this work is being done because of the road width and machinery that will be used. 


We will be patching in multiple locations along the stretch of road marked in red on the map overleaf.  Each area being patched will need its own localised road closure.  Although we can’t give exact times and locations for these localised closures, we will have a gateman at each end to manage access for residents when it is safe to do so.  There may be some short delays and your patience is appreciated.


Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.





Gardens, fete, food and drink

Raising funds for our churches and for the village.


If you would like to help please contact Sara on squaregriff@yahoo.co.uk





Thanks to Margaret Lewis and Rufus the roof replacement and the restoration and cleaning of the doom painting is now completed. The scaffolding has been removed and all the pews and chairs are back in place so we are now back to normal. It looks fantastic! We all owe Margaret and Rufus a huge vote of thanks for all they have done to deal with the project management and grant applications so patiently and diligently.

We have our Family Harvest Festival on Sunday 17th September at 11amand we hope for a good attendance and very much welcome children. Richard Rendall is taking the service. Any help with flowers or fruit and vegetables would be appreciated, please contact Jane Lloyd (ljmlloyd@yahoo.com)

Our last daytime service is on Sunday 22nd October at 11am which is Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer). We may be pushing our luck on daylight so bring a torch in case!

Then on to St Nicholas Night service at 6pm on Wednesday 6th Decemberby candlelight.
And our Christmas Eve service by candlelight at 11pm on December 24th

Thank you for all your support and encouragement.



After the theft of copper from the nave roof in February 2016 and the subsequent water damage to the Doom painting, repairs are now complete and we able to reopen our church.

Thanks to a very generous grant from The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund we have replaced the copper

with stainless steel which has very little second hand value.

Fortunately the conservators were able to repair the damage to the painting and the whole area has been thoroughly cleaned.  At the same time other paintings in the side chapel have been restored where possible. This work has been funded by a grant from the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and with a number of private donations.


We are most grateful to all those who have contributed to both projects and we are very happy that we can once again open the church for visitors.



SUNDAY 25TH JUNE 2017, 1 pm-4 pm


Come and enjoy a ‘berry nice’ Sunday afternoon at the Oddington Village Fayre on 25th June 2017.  Held in the field behind the Village Hall it’s free entry from 1.00pm.  Already famous for its ‘Strawberry Fayre’ the Oddingtons have decided to tantalise your taste buds even further by adding a few more ingredients into the mix and cooking up the ‘Everything Berry Fayre’.  Only the juiciest and sweetest specimens will stand side by side with the ever celebrated Oddington strawberry.  You will be able to enjoy newcomers such as the ‘Merry Berry’ Meringue and Mixed Berry Iced Tea or your firm favourites, thickly dipped chocolate strawberries and the unsinkable ‘Strawberries and Cream’.

Capturing your imagination this year will be a ‘Bubbleologist’ who will be taking centre stage and performing at the Fayre.  And as Happiness is…. Blowing bubbles on a summers’ afternoon, all the children will receive a free bottle of bubbles to make their own magic.  Bringing harmony to the day will be the ‘North Cotswolds’ Wind Band hopefully playing ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ and Mr Merry who needs no introduction to the local youngsters.

The ‘Everything Berry’ Stand will be bursting at the seams with cakes, scones, meringues and tarts oozing with fruits and cream.  For the savoury choice this year hot pulled pork and all the trimmings will be served, next to the ‘Tipple Tent’ serving Pimms and Cider.

There will be plants, jams and punnets of fruit to buy, books to browse, a raffle and a tombola as well as games and activities for all the kids.

The four-legged VIPS will round off the day in the Grand Family Dog Show.  There will be eight classes to enter including “most beautiful bitch” and “handsomest dog”. Entries are on the day from 1pm and classes start at 2.30pm. Entry is £1 for each class.




Road Closure


The road through Lower Oddington  from Odd House to the Old Forge will be closed from  12 - 20 June 2017.

Oddington Housing Need Survey 2017



Martin Hutchings from the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council came to the March meeting of the Parish Council to report on the recent Housing Need Survey.  You can down load the full reply below but in summary the village has a population of 410 with 247 dwellings of which only 170 are occupied. The much higher than usual proportion of unoccupied dwellings is due to large number of weekend homes and holiday lets. There is a predominance of small households occupying larger properties with most people owing their homes. In the survey, six people said they were looking to move with 5 of these looking for open market properties. There was one person looking for Low Cost Home Ownership in the village.
It was noted that on the basis of these figures it would be very difficult for the Parish Council to make a case for the development of affordable housing on a rural exception site. Martin suggested that the best way forward would be for the Parish Council to work with GRCC and CDC Cllr Beale to encourage Bromford Housing Association not to sell tenanted houses as they fall vacant.  The Council agreed to adopt this approach.



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Oddington Housing Need Survey


At the October 2016 Meeting, the Parish Council agreed to carry out an Housing Need Survey for the village with the help of GRCC. All residents will be asked to complete a survey form. The results are due in late Mach and details will be published on this page.

Village Agent


Remeber that our Village Agent, Steve Winchup, is able to help the more elderly residents in the village with day to day living. If you or your neighbour needs help please call Steve on 07798 827678

Grant for the Villager Bus


At it's September 2016 meting the Parish Council agreed a grant of £1000 to support the Villager Bus. Councillors know that this grant is particualry welcome following the loss of subsidy from the County Council.

Strawberry Fayre


Very many thanks to all those who visited the Fayre and to those who helped in any way. The day was a great success and was enjoyed by everyone. Visit the Oddington facebook page to see photos.

St Nicholas Church


As residents will know, St Nicholas Church has been closed since thieves stole copper from its roof, causing significant damage from flooding. The doom painting was severely marked, the pews, kneelers and cushions are all drying out. Conservationists have inspected the damage and advised on repairs. Meanwhile the church remains closed. The cost of the temporary roof and other urgent repairs has been met from insurance and a grant application has been submitted to cover the cost of new roof timbers and a steel covering for the roof and the result of this will be known in late June/early July. Meanwhile the Friends of St Nicholas will be working with the PCC to raise funds and ensure the future of the lovely old church. Further details are available from Cllr Davies peter.davis@benwellhouse.com

The Annual Village Meeting was held on 26 May. A note of the meeting which includes reports from various organisations, is below.

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Beacon for the Queen


A big 'thank you' to Alan Cox for arranging the magnificent Beacon to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday and to Stow Rugby Club for allowing us to hold the event on their land. The Villager Crier called for three cheers and we all drank the health of HRH!



These have now been installed in the old phone boxes at Upper Oddington (opposite the Horse and Groom) and in Lower Oddington (by the Village Hall). Each piece of equipment is checked weekly and a status report sent to the ambulance service. If you should ever need to use the defibs dial 999 and you will be given the code that open the cabinets. The equipment gives you instructions on how to proceed from there.


Many thanks to all those who raised funds for the live saving equipment.

Strawberry Fayre


We are busy planning this year's fete which will take place on the last Sunday in June. If you would like to help, on the day or before the event, please contact Sue Watkin tel 830738.

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Oddington Parish Council

Clerk: Janet Eustace

Little Barn

Moreton in Marsh

GL56 0XG


Tel: 01451 830594

Email the Parish Clerk


Oddington Vilage Hall Bookings:

Anne Miles 01451 830817 or

Margaret Lewis 01451 831917