Brown bin collections

Get ready for autumn with extra garden waste collections

Residents across southern Oxfordshire who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during one week this month.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large bin bags) during:

  • week commencing 16 October – Vale of White Horse
  • week commencing 23 October – South Oxfordshire

Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during these weeks.  Trade waste bags cannot be accepted.

Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The garden waste service is very popular and this is a little thank you to our residents for all their efforts with recycling.  We’d like to encourage everyone to make use of the larger collection.”

Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “With the autumn leaves falling, it’s a good time to give residents this extra service and we hope they find it helpful.  It’s a perfect opportunity to get their gardens ready for winter.”

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400 | @southoxon | @whitehorsedc

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Tel: 01280 702121

Crowmarsh Community Litter-picking Event

Please consider coming along to the Crowmarsh Gifford litter-picking event on Saturday 8th July.

We will meet under the horse-chestnut tree at the end of Thames Mead (more or less opposite the church), at 10.30am, to collect reflective jackets, gloves, litter-picks and bags.

If you can, please ring Edwina Johnson on 83226 in advance, to register your interest. Otherwise, feel free to come along on the day. Everyone is welcome!

Village meeting – 19th April

Village meeting on 19th April (7pm) at Crowmarsh School to discuss the local community plan for Crowmarsh Parish. 
Our Community is delighted that planning permission to construct houses on the ‘Field east of Benson Lane’ was recently refused unanimously by the elected Councillors that comprise the District Council Planning Committee. We now need to plan for the next Bloor attack on the village. We understand that Bloor Hallam are hard at work preparing a case to Appeal to have the Planning Committee decision reversed (and you thought you lived in a democracy!). They will be looking at the comprehensive list of objections to their proposal in order to try and undermine those objections; they may come back quickly they may wait until the six month appeal deadline is almost up. Either way we need to be prepared for them.

There are two immediate tasks we need to deal with:

The first is to get ‘Land east of Benson Lane’ currently listed as land allocated for housing in the draft Local Plan Preferred Options 2 document removed. This draft document was published the same day as the Planning Committee meeting.
The second is that we need to progress our own Local Community Plan to an extent that it will make our wishes as a community clear to the Planners and to any Appeal Inspector.

Removal of the ‘Land East of Benson Lane’ from the draft Local Plan requires each and every one of us to raise an objection to it having been included as suitable for housing development. It has now been demonstrated that the site is not able to provide sustainable housing at this site at the edge of the village (see the Refusal Letter from SODC to Bloor Homes on the Save Crowmarsh Facebook page if you want to include details). It is vitally important that you do this for the village. The Local Plan is available with the comments form for you to complete at . If you have not already registered with SODC you will need to fill in a few details about yourself. Not difficult, it will take you ten minutes at the very most to tell them why ‘Land East of Benson Lane’ should not be allocated for housing development. An objection could be just that the scale of the development is too big, or:

Grade II agricultural land should not be developed while lower grade land is available,
our school cannot cope,
our Medical Centre cannot cope,
our roads cannot cope,
150 houses is too many,

The second issue is that Crowmarsh Parish Council voted in favour of proceeding with a Local Community Plan at their meeting at the beginning of this month. The necessary agreements between them and the District Council are now being put into place and work has already commenced on aspects of the Plan. The Plan is ultimately put to a community referendum, so it is your plan. It will be a Parish plan so it will include North Stoke and Mongewell.

So what is a Local Community Plan? It is the vision of the respective communities to see how we want to develop up until the early 2030s. It includes, most importantly, allocation of land for housing, which is why it is so timely for us to embark on this project, and it will also include other themed areas such as

Sustainable Community,
Industry and Jobs,
Resources, including schools and medical care, and
Transport, including air quality in Wallingford.

A lot of the underpinning evidence base is already available while additional information will need to be sought from yourselves and others by questionnaires and surveys. We will need help with this project and this is where you come in.

We plan an inaugural meeting to introduce the Local Community Plan Project to you the community of Crowmarsh. A separate meeting is planned in North Stoke. The Crowmarsh meeting will be held at… on… and we look forward to telling you why we need and how we can together produce a Local Community Plan, a Plan that will ensure growth , but growth of a kind that will ensure a sustainable community.

We can also talk about raising objections to ‘Land East of Benson Lane’ being allocated for housing in the District Local Plan. CRAG will also brief you on its various recent activities and development of collaboration with other stakeholders in our future development.

If you feel you can help us develop our Local Community Plan, please contact the core Local Plan Team which includes Nick Robins (CRAG) [email protected] and Nigel Hannigan (Parish Council) either by messaging Save Crowmarsh on Facebook or the Parish Council also on Facebook. We look forward to working with you in order that we can Save Crowmarsh!

Please note: This meeting is open strictly to residents of Crowmarsh Parish ONLY.

Preparing for Winter

Do you need a little extra help or assistance should the parish suffer a power outage in the forthcoming winter months? If so, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks would like to get you registered with them so they can come out and ensure you are looked after during a sustained outage. It is a free service, and any information provided is strictly confidential. See leaflet below for more information.


Crowmarsh Recreation Ground

Crowmarsh Recreation Ground, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, OX10 8EB

To book the pavilion, tennis courts, cricket pitch or football pitches please contact Chris Strange on 07711 904252 or email [email protected]. Reasonable rates.

In addition, there is also a playground suitable for under 12-year-olds and a basketball hoop which are both open-access.

Please see here for pricing.


Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 3rd October 2019
7.30pm North Stoke Village Hall. All welcome

Crowmarsh Community Cafe, Saturday 14 September 2019
10-12 noon, Crowmarsh Village Hall

Church Autumn Fair and Fun Dog Show, Saturday 7th September 2019
1-4pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 5th September 2019
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall. All welcome

Bunkfest, Wallingford
Friday 30 August – Sunday 1st September

U3A: Volunteering in Nepal, Wednesday 7th August 2019
2pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 1st August 2019
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall. All welcome

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 4th July 2019
7.30pm, North Stoke Village Hall. All welcome

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 6th June 2019
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall. All welcome

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 9th May 2019
7.30pm, North Stoke Hall. All welcome

Crowmarsh Playground Grand Opening: Sunday 7th April 2019, 12.30
Grand Opening of the new Playground and Gym equipment in the Recreation Ground. There will be a BBQ, tea and coffee, cake stand and face painting.

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 4th April 2019
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall. All welcome

Crowmarsh Litter Pick – Saturday 16th March 2019, 10am
Crowmarsh Little Pick will be on Saturday 16th March at 10am, meeting at the bus stop outside Thames Mead. Please bring old gloves if you have some. Bags and little pickers will be provided. All help is much appreciated.

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 7th March 2019
Crowmarsh Village Hall. All welcome

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 7th February 2019
Crowmarsh Village Hall. All welcome


24th January 2018: Proposed Marina Development, Wallingford Public Exhibition
Wealh’s Room, George Hotel, Wallingford On Wednesday 24th January 2018, 2.00pm –8.00pm
London Rock and White Cross Projects Partnership is announcing detail of its public consultation exhibitions for a proposed 320 berth River Thames marina development on land at White Cross Farm, Wallingford.
This exhibition forms part of the public consultation prior to the submission of a planning application. Distribution of posters and information leaflets publicising the exhibition is being carried out on 10th January 2018.

15 January 2018: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Gifford CE School

9 November 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

5 October 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, North Stoke

Saturday 23rd September (10am-4pm): Neighbourhood plan exhibition
at Crowmarsh Gifford Village Hall. Please come and learn about the Neighbourhood Plan process and share your ideas.

Saturday 30th September (10am- 4pm: Neighbourhood plan exhibition
at North Stoke Village Hall. Please come and learn about the Neighbourhood Plan process and share your ideas.

7 September 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

3 August 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

8 July 2017: Crowmarsh Community Litter-picking Event
Meet 10.30am under the horse chestnut tree at the entrance to Thames Mead.
Contact Edwina Johnson, 832266

1 June 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, North Stoke Village Hall (venue TBC)

18 May 2017: Annual Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh School

11 May 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, North Stoke Village Hall

19 April – Village meeting
Village meeting to discuss the local community plan for Crowmarsh Parish. 7pm, Crowmarsh School

7 April 2017: Local Plan Event

6 April 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

25 March 2017: Health & Wellbeing Open Day
10am to 1pm, Wallingford Medical Practice

11 March 2017: Vintage Fashion Show and Pamper Evening
7pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall. Tickets £10 from Sew Very Vintage in Wallingford.

2 March 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

2 February 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

16 January 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh School

8 December 2017: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Village Hall

1 December 2016: Parish Planning meeting
7.00pm, Crowmarsh School. Presentations from the three developers who want to build major housing developments in Crowmarsh.

15 November 2016: Village meeting
Crowmarsh Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) is holding a village meeting to discuss proposed housing developments in Crowmarsh on Tuesday 15th November, 7pm at Crowmarsh School.

3rd November 2016: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Gifford Village Hall

22nd October 2016: Air Pollution Final Consultation
10am-2pm, Sustainable Wallingford, how to lower the levels of toxic fumes in our market towns? By restricting traffic on Wallingford Bridge? SODC are holding special drop in exhibitions between 10am and 2pm on the following dates:

Saturday 22 October – Wallingford Town Hall
Saturday 15 October – Watlington Town Hall
Saturday 29 October – Henley Town Hall

18th October 2016: Bloor Homes public exhibition
Public exhibition for proposed development of the land East of Benson Lane. 4-8pm Crowmarsh Village Hall.

6th October 2016: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, North Stoke Village Hall

27 September 2016: Lightwood Strategic public exhibition
Lightwood Strategic will be holding a public exhibition on Tuesday 27th September for plans for development of around 85 new homes on land to the west of Old Reading Road, behind Newnham Green. 3-8.30pm in the Fountain Centre, Howbery Park, Benson Lane.

September 8th: Parish Council meeting
7.30pm, Crowmarsh Gifford Village Hall