Amenities & Useful info

The regular services are shown on the Our Church page. Whether you use the church or not, you might like to join the Friends of All Saints who run various social events and fund raising activities to support the fabric of the building. Contact Carolyn Langridge on 750227 for details.

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.

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Littlegood Lodge

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/

The parish owns a number of allotments which are rented out by the Parish Council.  A new allotment site is being prepared in Foxden Way and to apply for an allotment here please e-mail the parish council
There are two defibrillators in the Parish, one in Great Bourton sited on the front of the Village Hall and one in Little Bourton currently sited at the back of the Plough. The Little Bourton’s unit will be moved following the sale of the Plough, so watch our news pages for an update. There is a register of trained users and the Parish Council organise training sessions from time to time.

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.

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Cropredy has a GP Surgery. Their telephone number is 01295 758372. There are other GPs in Banbury which are listed here.
The Parish Council has provided a number of dog waste bins in both villages and will give all dog owners/walkers free dog waste bags supplied by CDC – Contact Julie Tomlin or collect from Jackie at 13 South View in Great Bourton and in Little Bourton, Ali Shephard has a supply at Plumstones, which is at the bottom of Chapel Lane, not far from the playground. Please do remember to clean up after your dog.

Zumba

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.

Walking

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.

Banbury Guardian

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.

Bourtons Broadsheet

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.

The mobile library service in Oxfordshire ceased to operate on 14 September 2016.  This decision was taken in February following extensive public consultation on proposals to make huge financial savings across all county council services.

Banbury Library is based at the moment in Marlborough Road.  Our  News Page  will carry any information about any developments regarding the library service.


Both Little Bourton and Great Bourton have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Co-ordinators provide villagers with useful crime prevention information and are a contact point for the neighbourhood policing team.  The co-ordinators receive “Ringmaster” emails or telephone calls informing them of nearby local crime and requesting information to assist in investigating local crimes.  They then pass on the information to their neighbours.  Neighbourhood watch stickers, UV pens, fridge magnets with the contact telephone numbers for the police, and other crime prevention literature are all available from the co-ordinators.  If you see anything suspicious please make a note of vehicle registration numbers or other details so that the information can be passed on to the Neighbourhood Policing team. Please contact Michelle Miller to find out contact details for your local co-ordinator if you would like to be added to their e-mail circulation list. To report any incidents, please contact Thames Valley Police on 101.
The nearest Police Station is in Banbury.  It is open from 0800 – 2200 daily.  You can contact the police at any time on their non-emergency number – 101.  You should however ring 999 for any emergency.

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 morning 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.
Buses:

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.

Trains:

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

The Bell

 

We are very pleased to announce that the Bell is now under the new management of Lesley and Doug  and here is Lesley’s invitation to everyone in the Bourtons:

 

The Bell welcomes all to our local country village pub. Dogs and muddy boots welcome! Please inform us of any events you would like us to hold and please ask if there is anything you would like to see happening. The Bell quiz night is held on the second Sunday every month from 7.30 – 9.30pm and Open Mic night on the last Sunday of every month from 7.30pm. There are Dominoes, Darts and an Aunt Sally team and a Chess Club is planned to start in the near future!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS; 

FRIDAY 11th AUGUST 8:30PM

The Bell is pleased to present live band, Reelin n Rockin for one night only 

This is a 5, piece band playing Rock n Roll from the 50’s and 60’s bringing an evening of musical memories

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We were also thinking of holding a summer fete – perhaps at August Bank Holiday? Hopefully this won’t clash with any other planned event but do drop in if you would like to take part or have any ideas for this event.

 

Great Bourton has refuse collections on Fridays; Little Bourton also now on Fridays.  These collections are often very early in the morning, with special arrangements sometimes made for bank holidays so your bin needs to be available for collection from 7.30am. The collections follow a two-week cycle, with Green bins for household waste emptied one week and blue bins for recyclable items and brown bins for garden waste emptied on the alternate one.
Please see the recycling and waste section of the Cherwell District Council website for guidance on what should go into the various bins.
The hall is used by many local clubs, societies and visiting organisations, for details regarding booking, please go to the Village Hall page.
There is a good Primary School in Cropredy which is well supported by the community.  There is a dedicated school bus service between the Bourtons and Cropredy.  The school also has a Preschool Unit which houses the reception class and Playgroup.
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
The Bourtons are covered by the North Banbury Scout Group.
See their website here.
Both boys and girls welcomed.
For more information, contact the Group Scout Leader Philip Tree, on (01295) 253194 or email him

GREAT BOURTON

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.

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LITTLE BOURTON

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.

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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.

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