Parish Council

Welcome to the Parish Council Page

New children’s play area

Our new children’s play area and outdoor gym is now complete! To see photos of the opening, click here.

New Playground project archive: 

Play Area Action Group pictured below, missing Denise Hall and Edwina Johnson.

Play Area Meeting 20 April 17 minutes


The responses for the below survey have now been collated and can be found here: Results from community playground consultation. Thank you for your support.


Do you support the building of a new children’s play area and outdoor gym in Crowmarsh?

The old children’s play area in the Crowmarsh Recreation Ground is over 20 years old and in need of removal or replacement. We can apply for grants from various funding bodies if we can demonstrate community support. Would you like to see it replaced with new equipment such as jungle climber, swings, roundabouts, riders on springs and slides? Our plan would include an outdoor gym (training aids) and facilities suitable for disabled children.

If you support this initiative, please add your name to the comment sheet either at The Village Shop, The Primary School or online here: EVERY NAME COUNTS! Only if we have people’s support can we apply for funding to pay for it. If you’d like to help us with any aspect of applying for funding please get in touch with Andrew ([email protected]).

Residents’ survey on future new housing in Crowmarsh

This survey is now closed. Thank you to all who took the time to complete it. The results can be found here: Residents survey results

Nature Area report

In November 2012 Crowmarsh Parish Council commissioned a survey to provide advice about the ecological condition and potential management of the Nature Area, and the area of undeveloped rough grass and trees, to the west of the playing fields of Crowmarsh Recreation Ground. The report includes a summary of the survey results and management suggestions to maintain and improve the ecological quality of the site. Click here to view the full report.

Following this report the Parish Council is now planning the management strategy for the Nature Area. More details to follow soon.


Financial audit

Click here to view the notice of financial audit.

Councillors’ registers of interest

Parish councillors in South Oxfordshire are required to register their interests in accordance with their code of conduct. These interests include amongst other things the name of their employer, details of any land or property owned in the district, contracts and interests in companies. Click here to go to SODC website to view Crowmarsh Parish Councillor’s declarations of interests.

Solar-powered Crowmarsh!

Crowmarsh Parish Council has taken a small step towards sustainability with the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Recreation Ground sports Pavilion. The 22 panels generate electricity (up to 3,850 Watts) from sunlight. This will reduce the annual electricity bill at the Pavilion. In addition, the Government has sponsored a scheme whereby 41.3p is paid for every kWh generated, with an extra 3p given for every unit (kWh) exported to the national grid. So as long as the sun keeps shining our installation should pay for itself within 9 years.

Three bids were received and the Parish Council decided the PHOTON Company offered the best value. The Sharp solar panels used are manufactured in the UK. In our case, as the Pavilion is not a dwelling, full planning permission had to be obtained. Everything finally came to fruition in December, just before the snow made its presence felt. Users of the Pavilion can now view a monitor which shows the current and total electricity generation from the sun in real time. We look forward to publishing the first year’s figures in the Crowmarsh News at the end of 2011.

Several householders locally have installed similar (smaller) panels and are also benefitting from lower bills and feed-in payments.

For more details of the installation please talk to Andrew Johnson.

Solar_Indoor_monitor Solar_Outdoor_portrait

Crowmarsh Parish Appraisal

A Crowmarsh Parish action plan has been created out of the results of the 2001 appraisal and feedback from the Appraisal Exhibition in 2004. The three year long process started in 2001 when a comprehensive questionnaire was created and distributed to every household in the Crowmarsh Parish. The purpose of the survey was to obtain peoples views on such things as recreation, transport and environment.

The action plan and full results of the survay can be found on the Crowmarsh Parish Appraisal website:


Parish Clerk: Sue Rance. Tel 01491 839170. Email [email protected]

North Stoke Village Hall

North Stoke Village Hall, The Street, North Stoke, OX10 6BL

The Village Hall is available for hire at very reasonable rates.

For further information or to make a booking contact

Nikki Arnfeld Tel. 01491 839736

email: [email protected]


Treasurer Stuart Soames Tel. 01491 836058

email: [email protected]

You can download our hiring rules and booking form here.

Clubs and Activities

Antenatal Daisy Birthing Classes

Classes held on Tuesdays 5.15-6.30pm at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Daisy Birthing? antenatal classes provide the combination of pregnancy yoga inspired moves, birth hypnosis, birth dance, pregnancy massage, relaxation and a chance to meet other mums. You can feel more confident and enjoy your pregnancy, with this great ‘well being’ programme. Daisy Baby classes offer complete continuity of care for mums to be and will be able to support mums through New Born, Tinies and Wrigglers sessions using calming techniques, baby massage, baby yoga and sensory work.

First class free, contact [email protected] or visit or call 07799411994.


Short mat bowls at Crowmarsh Pavillon on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.

Crowmarsh Cricket Club

The club play friendly fixtures most Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings during the summer months at the Recreation Ground. For detail and forthcoming fixtures see the Crowmarsh Cricket Club website.

Crowmarsh Gifford Community Tennis Club

Weekly tennis sessions for all ages held at the Recreation Ground tennis courts. For information and for bookings, visit the club website at or contact Louise on 0118 9519560.

Crowmarsh Gifford Football Club

Crowmarsh Ladies

Get Oxfordshire (GO) Active

South Oxfordshire District Council have a project called Get Oxfordshire (GO) Active, that aims to get adults in Oxfordshire more active by taking part in organised sporting and exercise activities. Click here to view GO Active December promotion sheet for details of activities near you.

One of the focus areas covers the Run England project which is England Athletics recreational running program. There are numerous running groups in the South Oxfordshire District and new groups springing up as the project progresses.

Other activities include:

*Roller Skiing in Crowmarsh
Cost: £5 per person
Location: SODC Car Park, Benson Lane, Cromwarsh Gifford, OX10 8ED
Date / Time: Sundays 21 & 28 April, 10 am – 12 pm
To book call Hendriette on 01491 823175

*Open Water Swim technique workshops
Cost: £25 per person
Location: Queenford Lake, Burcot Lane, Berinsfield, OX10 7PQ
Date / Time: Sunday 12 & Wednesday 15 May, 7 – 8.30 am
To book, contact [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

*Tired of swimming in pools? Then visit the South Oxfordshire”beach”
at QueenfordLakefor open water swimming sessions or enter the Sunday
Aquathlon series – swim 1000m and run 4km!
Open Water Swimming sessions
Location: Queenford Lake, Burcot Lane, Berinsfield, OX10 7PQ
Date / Time: Starting 24 April – Sundays 6 – 9 am, Mondays 6 – 8 pm, Wednesdays 6 – 9 am
Open to all competent swimmers, 16 years or older
Sunday Aquathlon series (Swim 1000 m & Run 4 km)
Location: Queenford Lake, Burcot Lane, Berinsfield, OX10 7PQ
Date / Time: Every second Sunday, starting 5 May, 7.30 am
Registration starts at 7 am in the club house
FREE entry after paying £5 for your swim session

For further information see the Go Active website.

Keep fit!

Keep fit class every Tuesday morning in Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Pure Pilates

Pilates classes are held every Friday at Crowmarsh Pillion by Claire Saunders VAI ITEC IIST, qualified pilates instructor and physical therapist. Times: 10:00 – 11:00, 11:15 – 12:15 and 12:20 – 13:30. For information contact Claire Saunders by email: [email protected].

Stroke Club

The Stoke Club meet every 4th Thursday of the month. The monthly meetings are held at various locations including some at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

TinyTalk South Oxon

A weekly baby sign language class in Crowmarsh Gifford Village Hall.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 07927 339102


Yoga in Crowmarsh Village Hall on Mondays.


Zumba class in Crowmarsh Village Hall at 17.30 on Thusdays.


St Mary Magdalene Church, Crowmarsh Gifford

The church of St Mary Magdalene has existed since at least 1140 when it was used as a fortified post by King Stephen in his wars with Matilda who held Wallingford Castle. During the Civil War it was used by Cromwell’s men to shelter from the Royalists (there are cannon ball holes in the vestry door to prove it!).

Today we’ve put the guns away and, for several years now, have been linked to Wallingford as part of the Wallingford Team Ministry.

Worship takes place every Sunday at 11 o’clock and you’d be assured of a warm welcome at any of our services. Outside major festivals, the pattern is as follows:

1st Sunday in the month: All Age Worship (a simpler and shorter service with families in mind)

2nd Sunday in the month: Parish Communion (a fairly traditional service with choir & eucharist)

3rd Sunday in the month: Parish Communion

4th Sunday in the month: All Age Communion (a modern eucharist for everyone)

In addition we hold two or three services at the church of Newnham Murren in the summer.


Revd. Kevin Beer
The Vicarage
34 Thamesmead
Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8EY
Tel: 01491 599873

Email: [email protected]