Oddington Gloucestershire
Oddington Gloucestershire

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ST NICHOLAS CHURCH
ODDINGTON

THE SCAFFOLDING HAS BEEN REMOVED AND THE CHURCH IS NOW READY TO GO!

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.

ST NICHOLAS RE-OPENS

 

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.

IT’S ALL BUBBLES AND BERRIES

 AT THE ODDINGTON VILLAGE FAYRE

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.

 

 A DAY OF GOOD FOOD, GOOD FUN AND GOOD CHEER!

 

Road Closure

 

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

Oddington Housing Need Survey

 

 

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.

 

 

Oddington HNS 2016 report (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

 

Oddington Housing Need Survey

 

At the October 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 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.

MINUTES 2016.docx
Microsoft Word document [19.3 KB]

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!

Defibrillators

 

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
Oddington  

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