Dog Fouling

Dog fouling in the village

After the last post on this topic we’ve had a number of messages from villagers pointing out instances of dog fouling around the village.  In particular, in the field at the end of Silver Street, behind the church and outside houses along the Bishopstone Road.

Please, please could dog owners pick up after their dogs.

Dog Fouling

Steppingstone Lane

There have been frequent instances of dog fouling along the grass verges along Steppingstone Lane recently.  Would dog owners please clean up after your dog and deposit bags in one of the bins around the village.




Swindon Eastern Expansion

White Hart Roundabout closure


The attached letter from Swindon Borough Council gives details of the partial closure of the White Hart roundabout (the junction of the A420 and the A419 dual carriageway).

White Hart


In summary, the roundabout will be partially closed from Monday 16 August for twelve weeks.  There will still be access from the A420 to join the A419 heading South (towards the M4) and from the southbound A419 to join the A420 heading East.


There will be significant traffic congestion heading towards Swindon; we’ve asked that detour signs are posted well ahead of the Bourton turning on the A420 to protect against rat-running through the village.



Village cricket

Village vs Pinewood Extras

The Bourton vs Pinewood cricket match is scheduled for 28 June at 6:00 pm at Pinewood school.  Village players should contact Russell Hayes ( ) to secure a place on the team.

Andrew Wallace

Message from Penny

Andrew Wallace

We would like to thank the people who turned out in Bourton to pay their respects as we left the village for the crematorium on 14 May.  Andy would have been astounded at the response and we were extremely moved to see you all there.  Thank you too, for the support and kind thoughts we have received since Andy’s sudden death in April.

Penny, James, Will and Alex

Development in Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Attached is a briefing note from the CPRE (the countryside charity) regarding Oxfordshire’s plan for 2050 which is due for completion in the summer:

This summer will establish the direction of Oxfordshire for the next generation.
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will define the development strategy for the county for the next three decades, including both the quality and quantity of housing and the broad locations for growth.
Time to take action
This is our best, and possibly only, opportunity to influence development in Oxfordshire over the next 30 years – don’t miss it!  Waiting until actual planning applications come forward is too late – we need your help engaging now as policy is formed, so that we can give our countryside the best chance for the future.
CPRE Oxfordshire has prepared an Oxfordshire Plan 2050 briefing, attached, to help you engage and get involved in planning the future of Oxfordshire.
Kind regards
Becky Crockett | Branch Administrator


Thames Valley Police

Changes to front counter provision in the Thames Valley

The following is a message from Thames Valley Police:

We will soon be changing some of the ways in which you can access our front counter services across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police is adapting to the different ways people now wish to make contact with us to ensure we continue to meet the changing needs of the diverse communities we serve.

These changes do not affect police officer numbers nor the number of operational police bases so you will not experience any difference in the ongoing commitment we have to visible policing in our Thames Valley communities.

There will continue to be good geographic coverage of front counters across the Thames Valley if you need to access one.

As part of these changes, the force will retain its front counters at Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Abingdon, Banbury, Newbury, Loddon Valley and Maidenhead, however some will experience changes to their opening hours.

Front counters at Amersham, Bicester, Bracknell, HQ South in Kidlington, and Witney will close. These counters have already been closed since March 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, with the exception of HQ South in Kidlington, which reopened following an initial closure.

These changes, which were subject to a public consultation, will be implemented from 30 August 2021.

Further details are available on our information page.

There are a number of really convenient alternative ways to contact Thames Valley Police.

More and more, people contact us online and by phone. You can also access a number of our core services on our website. This includes reporting non-emergency crimes or incidents, anti-social behaviour, applying for firearms licensing, telling us about something of concern or updating us on a crime report, among many other functions.

Further information about when and how to make a report to police is available on our website.

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Citizens Advice

Help with long-term Covid

Over a million people in the UK are suffering from Long Covid, the accepted term for Coronavirus that lasts more than four weeks.  And, sad to say, more than 70,000 people in this country have had Covid symptoms – fatigue, breathlessness, numbness, pain or partial hearing loss – for over a year.

If you are one of those affected, you should know that PIP (personal independence payments) may be available. PIP is financial support for those who have an illness, disability or mental health condition, making it hard for them to do everyday tasks or get around. Income, savings and employment status don’t affect your PIP eligibility, and PIP can supplement any other benefits you might be receiving. To apply, you need to be aged between 16 and your state pension age, and you need to have had these health problems for at least three months and expect them to continue. For help with applying for PIP, contact Citizens Advice Adviceline on 0808 278 7907 (for Oxfordshire South and Vale). There is more information about PIP at