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Eynsham Village - A to Z

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Abbey

See also Open Spaces, Walks

Eynsham AbbeyAlthough not a stone from this great foundation can be seen on the original site, fragments survive in cottages at the heart of the village.

Allotments

Eynsham AllotmentsThe village has two fields divided into 90 allotments. Eynsham Allotment Association leases them from the Parish Council and manages them on a day-to-day basis.

Broadband

  • Eynsham Parish Council has signed up to the countywide broadband plan.
  • Most houses in the village are also within a few meters of the Virgin Media cable network.
  • Supplier comparisons: Simply Switch 08000 111395.

Buses

See also Trains

Current bus routes and timetables are available on our Public Transport page.

Carnival

  • Eynsham CarnivalFirst Saturday in July: a notable date in the village calendar.
  • A flower festival is generally held on the same weekend in St Leonard's Church.

Cashpoints

  • outside the Post Office on Mill Street
  • 57 Spareacre Lane outside local shops
  • Tesco Express A40 eastbound
  • MRH Retail (BP) A40 westbound (£1.95)

Childcare

  • Health Visitors offer a health promotion service Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00 at Long Hanborough or drop in clinics every Friday 13:30-15:00 at the Village Hall: call 01993 881887.
  • Oxfordshire Family Information Service provides free information on childcare, family and parenting support.

Churches

We have directory listings for the Eynsham Churches.

County Council

  • Oxfordshire County CouncilOxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND: 01865 792422
  • County Councillor, Eynsham Electoral Division is Charles Mathew, Parsonage House, Stanton Harcourt OX29 5RP: 01865 882205 (work), mobile 07967 756204 email

Dentist

We have a listing page for Eynsham Dental Care.

District Council

  • West Oxfordshire District CouncilWest Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB: 01993 861000
  • General enquiries: Town Centre Shop, 3 Welch Way, Witney OX28 6JH
  • District Councillors, Eynsham & Cassington Ward:
    - Edward James (-2020), New House, Chilbridge Road, Eynsham OX29 4BE: 01865 731009 email
    - Carl Rylett (-2021), 57 Old Witney Road, Eynsham OX29 4PT: 01865 883643 email
    - Dan Levy (-2022), 58 Acre End Street, Eynsham OX29 4PD: 07917 024212 email

Dogs

  • The Parish Council provides several bins around the village for dog waste. Responsible owners, please note!
  • In the interests of public health, dogs are not allowed on the Oxford Road (north side) playing field. On the south field they should be kept under control at all times.
  • Stray dogs should be reported to the District Council: 01993 861000 (out of hours 01513 432945).

Elections

Parish, district and county councillors are elected for a term of four years, MPs and Euro-MPs for five years. Elections are usually held on the first Thursday of May in the Village Hall - most recently 2 May 2019. Another parliamentary (general) election was held on 12 December 2019.

You may vote again in:

  • 2020 for the Police and Crime Commissioner and the District Council;
  • 2021 for your County Councillor;
  • 2022 for the District Council (councillors change in thirds);
  • 2023 for West Oxfordshire District and Eynsham Parish Council;

More information from West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861410.

Electricity

  • Power cut? Call 105Default supplier is Southern Electric (trading as SSE), Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth PH1 3AQ
  • For Priority Services call 0800 294 3259, text 0800 316 5457 or sign up online.
  • Accounts: 0800 107 9639.

Facts and Figures

See also Housing
  • Domesday: Britain’s finest treasureEynsham is at grid ref SP 432 094 GB and 70m above sea level
  • It has a local weather station and its own sunrise / sunset info
  • 2011 census data - Eynsham civil parish: population 4,648; households 1,974
  • Parish precept for 2018/19 is ££96,796.
  • Social & economic comparisons: see Oxfordshire Insight
  • There is also a specific profile for Eynsham Area

Fire Station

We have a listing page for Eynsham Fire Station.

Flooding

  • View Environment Agency Flood Risk Map for flooding image archiveEynsham
  • To register for Floodline Warnings Direct call 0345 988 1188.
  • For sandbags call the District Council on 01993 861000 (out of hours 0151 343 2945)

Fly-Tipping

Footpaths

The Parish Council Footpaths Committee has Eynsham Footpaths & Rights of Waya page on local maps & walks.

The County Council is responsible for managing public rights of way

Gas

  • Default supplier is British Gas, PO Box 4805 Worthing BN11 9QW
  • Accounts: 0800 048 0202
  • In case of leaks ring 0800 111 999.

Grants

  • Bartholomew Educational Foundation makes grants to Eynsham students under 25 years old.
  • Eynsham Consolidated Charity makes grants to people living in Eynsham who are in need, hardship or distress. For either of these please contact Robin Mitchell, Clerk to the Trustees. All applications are treated in strict confidence.
  • Eynsham Parish Council makes grants to community groups and other non-party-political organisations for projects that “are in the interests of, or will directly benefit, all or a reasonable portion of the parish and its inhabitants”. Please contact the Clerk for enquiries.
  • The Rotary Club of Eynsham also welcomes applications from the community. Support can be provided in the form of a grant to an individual or a group, or in the form of hands-on help.

Grass Cutting

  • The County Council is responsible for all grass verges in the village and contracts with the Parish Council to cut them.
  • Eynsham Parish Council also maintains the 3 play areas and the open spaces in Dovehouse Close.
  • Playing Field pitches are cut during the playing seasons by the Playing Fields Managers.

Housing

The responsible authority for low-cost and social housing is the District Council. Contact West Oxfordshire Housing Services, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB: 01993 861010.

View our Housing page for other property to rent or buy; options for building your own.

Council Tax 2020/21
Band Council Tax Annual Fee
Band A £1273.96
Band B £1486.28
Band C £1698.60
Band D £1910.93
Band E £2335.58
Band F £2760.22
Band G £3184.89
Band H £3821.86

 

Litter

Lock

A place for recreation of many kinds - bird-watching, boating, camping, fishing, painting, picnics, walking - or even doing nothing. Dry access just past the toll bridge: sharp left and down the bank to Thames Path; no cars. Lock and weir keeper Nik Vallely: 01865 881324.

View map of local features & facilities

Maps

See also Footpaths

We have a map of main streets and public buildings.

Another map indicates the age of housing stock in different areas.

Please visit the Image Archive for a selection of historic maps.

Medical Centre

We have a listing page for Eynsham Medical Centre.

MP, MEPs

See also Elections
  • Robert CourtsMember of Parliament, Witney Constituency is Robert Courts. West Oxfordshire Conservatives, Waterloo House, 58-60 High Street, Witney OX28 6HJ: 01993 225020 email.
  • Members of European Parliament: The South-East region of the UK is represented by 10 MEPs. UK Office 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU: 020 7227 4300 email

Newspapers

  • Eynsham News is a comprehensive, community publication - delivered free 6 times a year.
  • Witney Gazette - published on Wednesdays: 01865 425262.

Noise

Notice Boards

Eynsham Parish Council

  • Back Lane car park outside the Medical Centre
  • Back Lane outside the Village Hall (not Parish Council)
  • Market Square outside the Bartholomew Room (public notices only) and beside the Red Lion car park
  • Mill Street opposite Spareacre Lane
  • Off Hazeldene Close on the footpath to the village
  • Witney Road beside Oxford-bound bus stop.

There is generous space for local organisations - no commercial advertising please. Notices should go up no more than 14 days before an event and come down no more than 7 days after. ‘Permanent’ notices should be no bigger than A5, to leave space for other users. Fly-posting can be reported to the District Council: 01993 861020.

Open Spaces

  • The Abbey Fishponds are the only remnants of this great foundation to survive in their original setting. They were created in 1217, by diverting the road and stream (and incidentally much enlarging the Abbey precinct). The Parish Council manages the area on behalf of Fields in Trust, to protect its past and enhance its biodiversity. Access from Station Road.
  • Eynsham Wood to the north of the village was a Millennium project, supported by the Woodland Trust: 13 acres within the ancient Wychwood Forest - planted in December 2000 and maturing steadily. Access via crossing points on the A40 and from Freeland Road.

Parish Council

Parking

  • The free car park in Back Lane, beside the Medical Centre, is just a short walk from the village centre along Conduit Lane (12 hour maximum stay).
  • The central streets are narrow and readily congested; please observe the double yellow lines. The Market Square has just 6 parking spaces, including one for disabled drivers.
  • Parking is unrestricted along most of Mill Street.
  • Enforcement is now handled by the District Council: 01993 861060 email
  • The car parks beside the playing fields in Oxford Road close at dusk.

Pest Control

The District Council handles rats, wasps etc at domestic and commercial premises and offers free phone advice: call 01993 861000.

Planning

Play Areas

These are managed by Eynsham Parish Council Play Area Committee.

Police

We have a listing page for Eynsham Police Office.

Post Boxes

  • Outside the Post Office in Mill Street (last collections Monday-Friday 18:30, Saturday 11:20)
  • beside the Bartholomew Room in the Square
  • on the wall to the right of 66 Acre End Street
  • beside Star Close on Witney Road
  • beside the Spar in Spareacre Lane
  • on Hanborough Road (junction with Wytham View)
  • in the wall outside the Boot Inn at Barnard Gate.

Potholes

See also Road Repairs

Radio

Recycling

  • Food waste bins are emptied every week and provided free. Recyclable waste and household rubbish are collected on alternate weeks. Contact West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861000 or sign up for free email alerts.
  • The District Council recycling banks in Back Lane car park closed on 20/04/2020 at the Parish Council’s request. WODC continue to provide a full kerbside collection service and urge people to avoid fly-tipping and store any excess waste during COVID-19.
  • The household waste recycling centre at Dix Pit re-opens 18 May 2020 under Covid-19 restrictions. Contact Oxfordshire County Council: 01865 816043.

Road Repairs

School Terms & Holidays

A full list is maintained by Oxfordshire County Council.

Schools

School admissions are handled by Oxfordshire County Council: 0345 241 2487

Listings for local schools are in our Public Services section.

Snow and Ice

See also Road Repairs

Social Care

Social care for older people and adults with learning and physical disabilities or mental health problems is covered by Oxfordshire County Council: 0345 050 7666 / out of hours 0800 833408.

Street Cleaning

dog waste & litter binsThis service includes mechanical sweeping of highways; litter picking to highway verges, etc; provision and servicing of litter bins and dog waste bins (part-funded by the Parish Council); removal of fly-posters and fly-tipping; and enforcement action.

Contact West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861060.

Street Lights

Call Oxfordshire County Council’s free 24 hour fault line 0800 317802 or report it online. Please give the location of the unit and its number if possible.

Toilets

The public toilet in Back Lane car park is open summer and winter 07:30-17:00. Contact District Council agent Healthmatic Ltd: 01249 822063.

Toll Bridge (Swinford)

  • Swinford Bridge © Jane TomlinsonHistoric and beautiful structure linking Eynsham to Oxford via Swinford, Farmoor and Botley.
  • Charge: 5p for cars (currently the lowest toll in England); charity collection on public holidays.
  • Allow extra time for your journey in the morning and evening rush hour/s.

Trains

See also Buses
  • Hanborough station: Witney Road, Long Hanborough OX29 8LA (3½ miles) serves Oxford, London Paddington, Worcester and Hereford (Great Western Railway). View live departures
  • Oxford station: Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HS (6 miles) serves Bristol, Edinburgh via Birmingham and London via Reading. Train operators: FGR and Cross Country.
  • Timetables (all services) National Rail Enquiries: 03457 48 49 50.
  • Traveline integrated bus/rail Journey Planner: 0871 200 22 33. Calls on BT residential lines cost 12p per minute plus connection.

Walks

There are 3 introductory guides:

  • Eynsham Unlocked TourEynsham Unlocked, a short tour of the village centre, highlighting historic features and other points of interest. Published by the Parish Council and widely available. 3rd edition 2013, free.
  • Eynsham Abbey Heritage Trail, created in 2002 to mark the bounds of the former precinct, with carved stone from the abbey built into the engraved 'stations'. Available in St Peter's church or the library, free.
  • Oxfordshire Village Circular Walks - Eynsham. Three walks, 4-8 miles long, taking in Church Hanborough, Eynsham lock, Freeland, Pinkhill lock, South Leigh, Swinford toll bridge, the Thames Path and Wytham Wood.

Waste

See also Recycling

Household collection: alternate weeks; bulky household waste on application. Contact West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861020.

Water

Thames Water, PO Box 286 Swindon SN38 2RA
For bills, change of address, meter readings: 0800 980 8800
For all other enquiries and emergencies: 0800 316 9800.

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