Kirtlington Fete on 24th June 2017

Kirtlington Fete is on Saturday 24th June this year. Just a few weeks to go!

The main attraction for this year will be a 30 foot high climbing wall, and a mountain bikes obstacle course, building on the success of previous attractions such as Crocodiles of the World.

Other attractions this year will include Laser Tag, Dance 10, the Dog Show (courtesy of the Up N Over Dog Training Club at Heyford Park), the Bletchington Silver Band, Uncle Wiggy, and of course the silent auction!

We’re pleased to announce that our fete this year will be opened by our new Rector, The Rev’d Gareth Miller.

Please visit our main website to learn more…

Jersey Cottages – residential development proposal for up to 20 new homes – comments by Thursday 13th April

The first application for this site, on land adjacent to Jersey Cottages on the Heyford Road, was for over 30 new homes, and was withdrawn in September 2015.  The revised proposals reflect parishioner feedback on the 2015 scheme, and include a reduction in the number of new homes, the retention of the existing properties at Jersey Cottages and greater focus on the protection of the setting of Home Farm, which is a listed building.  A Green area (“Town Green”) is proposed, to which the public will have access.  Affordable housing provision at 35% of the number of units is mandatory because the number of new dwellings exceeds 10.  The application will be determined by Cherwell District Council’s Planning Committee, probably on 18th May.

Any comments in favour of or against this application should be sent to Cherwell District Council either on line or in writing:

Online via these links – Using 17/00539/OUT

In writing to:  Head of Public Protection & Development Management, Bodicote House, Bodicote , Banbury OX15 4AA, citing the application number, 17/00539/OUT.

The deadline for comments is Thursday 13th April.

KWACS talk – Wed 5th April 2017

Linescapes of Britain
Wednesday 5th April 2017 (7:30pm AGM) followed by the talk at 7:45pm 
Speaker: Hugh Warwick

For our last KWACS talk of the season, we are welcoming back Hugh Warwick – for the third time.  Hugh is the well known hedgehog man and author of The Prickly Affair and The Beauty in the Beast.  This time we will be guinea pigs for his talk on his next book, Linescapes, being published by Penguin Books on May 4th.

Penguin describe Linescapes as follows:  “It is rare to find a landscape untouched by our lines – the hedges, walls, ditches and dykes built to enclose and separate; and the green lanes, roads, canals, railways and power lines, designed to connect.  This vast network of lines has transformed our landscape.  In Linescapes, Hugh Warwick unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of the lines we have drawn: as our lives and our land were being fenced in and threaded together, so wildlife habitats have been cut into ever smaller, and increasingly unviable, fragments.  He has travelled across the country to explore this linescape from the perspective of our wildlife and to understand how, with a manifesto for reconnection, we can help our flora and fauna to flourish.  Linescapes offers a fresh and bracing perspective on Britain’s countryside, one that proposes a challenge and gives ground for hope; for while nature does not tend to straight lines and discrete borders, our lines can and do contain a real potential for wildness and for wildlife.”  That all said, I suspect we may hear an occasional mention of hedgehogs too!

Hugh is an extremely entertaining speaker so we encourage you to come.  We meet at the Church at the earlier time of 7.30pm to allow for our AGM.  Hugh will speak from 7.45pm.  Also if anyone is interested in joining Hugh and some of the KWACS committee before the talk for a tour of Kirtlington Hedgehog Street followed by a quick pub supper, please do let Chris Powles know ( or on 350 995).


Kirtlington Village News email hacked


Kirtlington Village News email has been compromised (hacked) this morning, with a scam email purporting to be from Paul.

Please do not click on any link in this email. Delete it from your system, and run anti-virus checks as appropriate.

on behalf of

Jan Shackleton,

Kirtlington Village News

Film club: Our next film is SELMA (2014). Kirtlington Village Hall, Sat 10th Dec at 7.30 pm


SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Paramount

 Running time 2h 8 min. Certificate 12. Tickets £5 at the shop or pay at the door. Bring your own wine and food.

Read Review in the Guardian

To view official trailer click here.

 To download our 2016-2017 programme click here.

The Kirtlington Film Club: or Telephone 01869 351173

Tickets £5 at the shop or at the door. Bring you own wine.  We provide the glasses.

School Climbing Frame

school-climbing-frameThe school climbing frame has been condemed as unsafe. This is a bitter blow to the children who used to expend vast amounts if energy racing around it.

We have submitted a grant application for £1000 to the AVIVA community fund, which now needs as many votes as possible to help secure the funds – so please share this link with as many friends & family as possible!

Everybody has the opportunity to vote ten times. If only parents in school did this, that would already be close to 1000 votes. Add on grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbours and the count could really shoot up.

Please take a couple of minutes to log in and vote.

Thank you, KSF

Historical Society October Talk – Thursday Oct 27th at the Village Hall

Thursday October 27th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Diana Aldrich will be speaking about Charles II and the Restoration Court. All members and visitors welcome.

Planes Trains & Automobiles (1987) Village Hall, Sat. 19th November 7.30 pm.

We have a very special treat for you in celebration of the American Thanksgiving holiday. All that Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith (John Candy), shower curtain ring salesman and all-around blabbermouth who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal anything can happen.  A very funny, poignant film. An American classic guaranteed to lift those midwinter blues.


 Running time 1h 33min. Certificate 15. Tickets £5 at the shop or pay at the door. Bring your own wine and food.

Read Review in the Daily Telegraph

To view official trailer click here.

 To download our 2016-2017 programme click here.

The Kirtlngton Film Club: or Telephone 01869 351173

Tickets £5 at the shop or at the door. Bring you own wine.  We provide the glasses.

Bicester Job Fair – Weds 28th September

Please copy and paste the link below into your browser for more information about the Bicester Job Fair on Wednesday 28th September from 5-7pm at Bicester Library.

Bicester Job Fair

Kirtlington and Bletchingdon Historical Society – An Oxford Nurse on the Western Front 1915-1919 – 22nd September from 7pm