Oddington Gloucestershire
Oddington Gloucestershire

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Could you help to discover more Stone Stiles in Gloucestershire?

In 2020 Peter Wilson, launched ‘The Gloucestershire Stone Stile Project’.

Supported by CPRE Gloucestershire the Countryside Charity, English Heritage and the Cotteswold Naturalists Field Club, Peter’s aim was to produce a record of every remaining stone stile in the ancient county of Gloucestershire before they are lost forever. Through support from volunteers and members of these groups and other keen walkers he has received over 800 contributions. For centuries stiles have provided access to locals walking along pathways as they went about their business whilst preventing sheep and cattle from straying further afield.  No-one knows for sure how many stiles there were originally as despite their historic value, scores of them have been abandoned and some now lost forever. It’s thought however there are at least 100 more stone stiles yet to be mapped.

There are three main types of stone stiles: slit stiles, also known as ‘squeeze’ stiles are usually two upright stones too narrow for farm animals to pass through, slab stiles vary in height and can prove difficult to negotiate even for the most energetic walker! The less common stile is the step and even with a series of flat stones protruding out from a stone wall, these can be tricky to climb over. You may come across some or all of these types of stone stiles in and around Oddington.

So if you are out walking and you spot a stone stile, or if you know of an existing stile, please photograph it, if possible from both sides. Download a Stile Recording Form by going to the CPRE website, https://www.cpreglos.org.uk/creating-a-record-of-gloucestershire-stone-stiles/  Please give as much information as possible before emailing the form to: peter.wilson@woodchestervalleyvillage.co.uk. ‘Duplicate’ notifications are fine as you may have been able to provide more information on the location and history of the stile and ...you may take a better picture.  As well as recording the type of stile and its OS location, we are seeking information on the history, geology and landscape setting relating to each stile. If you have a particular interest in any of these areas please contact Peter.



Maggie Booth (Volunteer Publicity coordinator)



I am very pleased to announce that, after five months of suspension due to lock down, we will be able to resume all Villager Bus services from Monday, 12th April. Because of the continuing need for caution over the spread of the virus, we shall have continue to operate with only 50% of normal seating capacity. Unfortunately, we are unable to run extra buses as our driver numbers have been reduced by those who still need to remain isolated. This may cause some passengers to be disappointed but we will make every effort to make extra journeys where possible. Please note also that passengers will still be required by law to wear face coverings on the bus.



I should be grateful if you could circulate this information in your community.


Yours faithfully,

Keith Gowing

Chairman The Villager Bus

March Activities


Thursday 4 March 8pm - the Oddington Quiz 

Saturdy 13 March 8pm - Wine Tasting

Thursday 24 March 6pm - the Lockdown Book Club


Contact the Clerk for Zoom links for the above.

The Village Hall is closed until further notice.


Church services have resumed on some Sundays - more detais are on the Church page.


Remembrance Sunday 8 November. There will be a short act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 10.50 am on Sunday 8th November. Please observe social distancing and please provide contact details, for track and trace, when asked. Thank you.


It’s looking like it may be a long Winter with many people in the village having little or no social contact so we thought we should aim to do something about it.


Introducing Social Activities for the Covid Age – The Oddington Winter Programme. Starting from the beginning of November.


The aim of the programme is to create a mix of socialising opportunities, some virtual, some real (but always with an eye to guidelines and common sense).  At the moment we have two virtual activities – Come Drink/Cook with Me and The Lock Down Quiz – which will be done on Zoom.  And two “real” activities - the Monday Coffee Club and the Wednesday Walk.  If you have an idea for other events – maybe a Virtual Book Club, a Film Night or something else just let us know.


Come Drink/Cook with Me – will feature a guest mixologist/cook from the village talking you through a cocktail making/meal over Zoom at 6 p.m. every 2nd Thursday of the Month.  You will be provided with a list of ingredients beforehand and you will mix/cook along together and then share your thoughts about the results of your efforts.


The Lock Down Quiz – another Zoom experience, a pub quiz running for about 45 minutes from 8 p.m. every 4th Thursday of the Month.


Coffee Club – At the Horse and Groom every Monday from 11ish.  Just a chance to meet up and share a coffee whilst maintaining all the social distancing rules.


The Wednesday Walk – Meet up at the Village Hall on a Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Split into small groups – maybe for a longer walk (Carole Thin a Cotswold Walks Warden can advise on some great ones) or possibly just a little potter around the village.  Dogs, of course, welcome.


For more details check Upper and Lower Oddington Facebook Page or contact Alan Betts – alanbetts107@gmail.com or Janet Eustace – janet.eustace@yahoo.co.uk


The Parish Council reopened the playground on 4 July. In order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions we have had to introduce a number of new rules:

  • All children be accompanied by an adult
  • Time on equipment should be limited so that everyone has an opportunity to use it safely
  • Pieces of equipment should not be overcrowded
  • Equipment and touch points should be wiped with sanitiser before and after use
  • No food or drink should be taken into the play area and
  • Rubbish should be taken home if possible.


We are grateful to parents for helping us enforce these restrictions which enable us to keep this very well used facility open.

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