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Local Notices - Mar 23

Local Notices and Updates


From now on photo id will be required in order to cast your vote at the polling station, not simply your polling card.  For those who do not have acceptable id (passport, driving licence etc) there is a scheme to apply for a voting id.  Please see the poster below for more information.



Please see below a poster from the SAIS Team, they provide a service for all school age children, including the home schooled.



The latest event, where members of the community were invited to commit their memories to film, was very successful.  We will bring you news of any more events in the future - please see below: 

Hello all.  It’s our birthday on Wednesday 29th March and we want to celebrate that milestone with you.  We didn’t get a first birthday party because of the pandemic, or a second, and our third birthday seemed to pass us by in the haze of project work, so we are determined to mark the occasion this time.

As valued communities on our “Stories from Buckinghamshire” project, I’d like to invite you to come and join the team at the Heritage Centre to share some tea/coffee and biscuits with us and our lovely volunteers, who will be on hand to give you a tour of our compact but fascinating Heritage Centre.

Please join us anytime between 11am and 2pm on

Wednesday 29th March 2023.

All the details about where to find us are on this link:



Please find below some documents to help with finding out more about your eligibility for help in these difficult times.  You can find a pension calculator here - 



It is now time for parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 to apply for a school place.

The primary application web page which has all the information you need plus a link to the online application form can be found here:

The School Admissions Team can be contacted direct on 0345 241 2487 or at if you require any further help.

The deadline for receipt of completed school applications for Reception is 15 January 2023.

Please see the poster below.



OCC are looking for people who have the time to walk around their village regularly and report any problems with the highway (potholes, kerb damage etc) to the online Fix-My-Street service.  Please see the poster and information sheet below.






For details of the scheme please see the document below.


Free Electric Blanket Testing

It's that time of year again.  A poster giving full details is attached below.


A Guide to Broadband Costs

Choose is an organisation looking at the cost of social broadband, given the serious effects of being unable to access online activities.  They have compiled a full guide to the social broadband tariffs available in the UK, which is kept regularly updated.  


Thames Water Priority Services

To support their customers TW provide a free priority services register, to find out more go to  TW recommend that in the event of an emergency they try to deliver bottled water to the most vulnerable but that anyone at-risk and/or self-isolating who needs water supplying to them reaches out to friends, family members or neighbours to help.  Those with a pre-existing health condition or mobility issue, or with nobody to help them, should join the register at the link above.


Finmere Landfill Site

There are revised contact details for reporting of concerns over odour issues from the Landfill site.  Please contact: 

Incident Hotline - 0800 807060

or if there are health concerns:

Dr Anand Fernandes, Thames Valley Health Protection Unit, John Eccles House, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GP – Tel: 0845 279 9879.

To view updates on this issue from Victoria Prentis MP please visit 


Comet Bus Service Replacement


This service will replace the Comet Community Bus Service, which has been suspended for some time due to covid.

  • There will be two routes as per the Comet service so:
  • Souldern, Fritwell, Fewcott, Ardley, Bucknell, Chesterton, Bicester
  • ​Cottisford, Mixbury, Finmere (The Red Lion pub, so technically Little Tingewick), Newton Purcell, Hethe, Hardwick, Stoke Lyne, Bicester
  • Both services will operate on a Friday to accommodate market day in Bicester (a Monday service can also be added if there is demand for it)
  • Unlike Comet, which was a “turn up and go”, it’s an “on demand” service, so users book, which means it is more like a shared taxi service, which has a number of advantages over the Comet model.
  • The service is operated by Ability, a not-for-profit community interest company.
  • It is free of charge to holders of a concessionary bus pass.
  • Unlike Comet, there is no cost to the parish council
  • You can see their website here
  • The service will start on a 4-week trial basis on July 16th 



Proposed Local Road Closures

News of any proposed local road closures will be posted here.

Notice of overnight closure of the A421 on January 30th 2023 at Finmere from 8pm to 6am - see notice attached below.