News from Turweston

ST MARY’S CHURCH, TURWESTON - Services for February 2018 

Sunday 4th February       11.15am      Holy Communion                    Rev'd Liz Simpson

Sunday 18th February     10am          Coffee and Croissants followed by

                                         10.30am      Village Worship                       Margaret Tilley

At the Carol Service I thanked a number of people for their contribution to various aspects of village life but I did this on the spur of the moment, so it was inevitable that I should miss someone out. My apologies and very sincere thanks go to the group of people who work so hard to keep our churchyard looking so cared for. I'm not sure what we would do without you. You really are very much appreciated, as are all those who contribute to the running of the church, to keeping it open and accessible and to making it look nice for festivals and services.

Margaret Tilley


Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is the 13th February, followed by Ash Wednesday on the 14th.

During Lent there should be no flowers please on the altar or in Church. Festival flowers to be done on Saturday, 31st March in time for the following day - Easter Sunday, lst April.



Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross

Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by 5% between October 2016 and September 2017. I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley.

Rural crime can take many different forms including burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage, fly tipping, poaching and hare coursing. We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem-solving solutions to tackle rural crime.

There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The impact of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location. You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime by taking a few simple steps including:

  • Keeping the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
  • Fitting strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
  • Checking security equipment regularly to ensure it is working properly
  • Locking equipment away in a secure building when it’s not in use
  • Security marking your tools and equipment

For more crime prevention advice, and to see details of your local Rural Crime Officers, visit the Rural Crime page on the Thames Valley Police website at: If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should always report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999. You can receive the latest rural crime news from Thames Valley Police and their partners directly to your phone or inbox by signing up to CountryWatch at:

Brown Bin - Collection re-commences at the end of January and collection dates for February are Mondays 12th and 26th of the month.

 From the Clerk to the Parish Council: A43/A422/Oxford Road Roundabout, Brackley

Further to previous notifications we must first apologise on behalf of Highways England, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes for any inconvenience caused by the delayed start of the signalisation works at the A43/A422/Oxford Road Roundabout, Brackley. The delay has been due to circumstances beyond our control but the 13 week contract for these improvement works is now programmed to start on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

As previously advised the works, which are being done under the supervision of Highways England, comprise minor widening of the approaches to the roundabout and circulatory carriageway, the installation of traffic signals and the upgrade of drainage and lighting.

Most of the work will be undertaken at night between 20.00 on 06.00 Monday evening to Saturday morning with traffic management in place for the duration of the contract. Apart from nightime lane closures and road closures all traffic lanes will be maintained at the roundabout, albeit there will be narrower lanes through the works and a 50mph speed limit. The roundabout will continue to function as a roundabout until the traffic signals become operational.

The nightime road closures are mainly at the end of the contract period to allow the surfacing to be undertaken in a safe manner. The dates for the road closures will be advised nearer the date. Diversion routes will be signed when the road is closed.

Rest assured, Emergency services (i.e. Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Police as well as Special Forces vehicles) will be allowed access during the works if required to ensure the safety of the general public.

Every effort will be made to keep general disturbance to a minimum and to keep to the dates given, however the works programme may be subject to change if poor weather conditions or other difficulties are encountered.

Thank you in advance for your patience as these works progress

If in the meantime you have any questions about these works please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes


Susan Tighe


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