Amenities & Useful info
Our vicar is the Reverend Hilary Campbell who is based at the vicarage in Cropredy – her contact details are shown here. All Saints is part of the Shires Edge Benefice so is linked with Cropredy, Mollington, Claydon and Wardington. You can see the church services for Great Bourton and the other churches in the Benefice here.
Littlegood Lodge at Littlegood Farm on Foxden Way, between Great and Little Bourton provides self-catering accommodation in a comfortable and cosy barn conversion situated away from the main farm house and surrounded by open countryside and farmland. The lodge is perfect for up to 4 people and a cot can be provided if needs be. The lodge holds a four-star accreditation from Visit England and is perfectly placed to visit attractions throughout Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. The main line train station is only a few miles away so daytrips further afield are easily managed. Visit their website for details.
Also at Littlegood Farm is a Farmhouse Room which sleeps 2 in a spacious twin-room with a TV and shared bathroom. A dedicated downstairs lounge, dining/TV room and free WiFi is included.
Barnstone’s Caravan and Camping Park
If Camping and Caravanning is your preference, Barnstone’s Caravan and Camping Park, Main Street, Great Bourton. Telephone (01295) 750289.
A popular site with a good reputation and many repeat visitors. Awarded 4 Pennants by the AA, who describe it as “well run by personable owner”.
There are several accommodation options in the neighbouring village of Cropredy and Mollington and you can see these at www.cropredyvillage.info/villagedirectory.htm or http://www.oxfordshirecamping.co.uk/
These events will be publicised here and in the Broadsheet. If you are interested in attending the next training session, please contact the Parish Council.
OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT
There is a range of outdoor gym equipment located in the Little Bourton Playground you can see the equipment on the Little Bourton Playground Page.
Debbie runs Zumba Fitness on Thursdays at 6.30pm and a Pilates class on Fridays at 10.30am Village Hall in Great Bourton.
Also Personal training, one to one or with a friend for weight loss in your own home can be arranged and personal Pilates is also available. For details contact Debbie 07796427703
There are several fitness centres in Banbury and Spiceball Leisure Centre offers both a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Other local fitness clubs for all the family are listed on the Banbury Cross website.
Cherwell District Council’s circular walks leaflets are also available to download free if you want to explore your local area.
There are many public footpaths for walkers and you can see them on the following websites: Walking – www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk offers a range of walks in Oxfordshire and elsewhere in England (www.walkinginengland.co.uk) where you can download thousands of walks for free and discover the countryside in this area or further afield.
The Bourtons column in the Villages section of the Banbury Guardian is maintained by Margaret Damen. The content is mainly to let everyone know about forthcoming events and church services. You can contact Margaret with anything you wish to add to the column via email – Information placed in the village column is free of charge.
The Broadsheet is delivered to every address in the two villages at the end of each month. The editor is Jane Wimbury and she is happy to receive any interesting news from the villages. If you want to promote an event, feature your club, publicise a meeting or wish to advertise your company to the local people, please e-mail Jane. You can see the latest edition of the Bourtons Broadsheet.
See details of our local policing team here
The closest post office is located in Cropredy. It is currently run from the Church Rooms on Monday and Wednesday mornings only from 9.30 – 13.30.
There is also a post office at the Londis store in Middleton Cheney which has extended opening hours and also at the Ruscote Arcade Co-op Store which is open during office hours and on Saturday mornings.
You can find the nearest Post Office to you by visiting www.postofficesnearme.com
Following the discontinuation of the 277 service to Banbury here is the latest bus timetable for Thursday and Saturdays only, which includes the Bourtons.
Service 501 Saturdays only Stagecoach
Mollington 09.44 Banbury 12.15
Lt Bourton 09.48 Lt Bourton 12.24
Banbury 09.57 Mollington 12.28
Service 502 Saturdays only Stagecoach
Mollington 10.49 Banbury 13.35
Cropredy 10.54 Lt Bourton 13.44
Gt Bourton 10.57 Gt Bourton 13.46
Lt Bourton 10.59 Cropredy 13.49
Banbury 11.08 Mollington 13.54
Service 503 Thursdays only Catteralls
Cropredy 10.30 Banbury (Bay 1) 13.35
Gt Bourton 10.33 Lt Bourton 13.44
Lt Bourton 10.35 Gt Bourton 13.46
Banbury 10.44 Cropredy 13.49
The Parish Council are meeting with the cluster group of villages, Cropredy, Mollington and Claydon with a view to subscribing to the County Connect Bus service: details of this will follow shortly.
There is a good train service between Banbury and London Marylebone, Birmingham, Oxford and other destinations. Major train operators operating from Banbury include Chiltern Railways, and Cross Country Trains
We are delighted to announce that the Bell is now under the new management of Rob and Jodie Gregory who will be opening their doors to visitors from mid-May, date to be confirmed.
The Bell Inn offers an inviting, relaxing ‘home from home’ setting serving award-winning Hook Norton Ales and locally sourced food supporting Oxfordshire farmers.
Rob said in a recent statement “We are very excited to open the doors of The Bell and to meet all of our lovely customers!”
Please see the recycling and waste section of the Cherwell District Council website for guidance on what should go into the various bins.
The school runs a breakfast club and afterschool clubs which are most helpful especially for working parents and the head teacher will be happy to provide details.
There are a number of secondary schools in the area, with different specialist areas, which are attended by young people from the Bourtons. These include:
• Kineton High School in Kineton, Warwickshire
• Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire
• Blessed George Napier, Catholic school in Banbury
• Banbury Academy
• The North Oxfordshire Academy (formerly Drayton School) in Banbury
There are also a number of independent schools in the area. These include:
• Bloxham School
• Tudor Hall School
• Carrdus School at Overthorpe
A place where people settle, and don’t want to move, a place people come back to and a place with history – where some of the old families can still be found, their surnames connected to the village for centuries.
A small village in the parish of the Bourtons and within walking distance of Banbury. Some who have moved away, quickly returned the following year, because they missed this friendly community so much.
THE LOCAL CHURCH
The church is on Main Street in Great Bourton and is easily visible with its unique Clock Tower which stands at the entrance. All Saints is part of the Shires Edge Benefice in the Oxford Diocese.