Archive for June, 2010

Egg & Cress Ride

June 25th, 2010

A little late posting this one after the ex Pub crawl tonight!

Meeting on Woodgreen at 10am tomorrow morning (Saturday) we’re off to get some eggs and then some cress – tea, coffee and cake too.

Easy ride – 10 miles – no rush.

5 steps to improving your train journeys

June 25th, 2010

Travelling by train in the UK is an unpredictable experience, and one that some people understandably begrudge paying for. The cost of private transport has fallen faster than any other form of transport, dropping 13% in real terms since 1997 and leaving train and coach fares relatively much more expensive.

But your next train journey—to London, elsewhere in the UK, or even Europe—could be made cheaper, less stressful, more comfortable and easier to organize if you follow any one of these five simple steps.

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Bike Week: Ex Pub Crawl & Aunt Sally

June 24th, 2010

Starting from Woodgreen at 7pm this Friday evening is a short (4 mile) ride around some of Witney’s beer related sites of interest.

Finishes at the House of Windsor for a game of Aunt Sally.

On My Way To The Forum

June 24th, 2010

In anticipation of reaching critical mass sometime soon, and the ensuing deluge of posts, we have upgraded the Forum to make it more user friendly.

You’ll find a new forum group ‘Website Support’ to resolve problems you come across and provide tips in using it; the first two are on inserting pictures and email reminders. We’ve also moved the noticeboard there too.

Let us know via the forum if there’s anything that doesn’t work for you, or that you can’t figure out how to do, and we’ll see if we can crack it and post the answer.

The ‘Groups’ section is still under development, but if you have a group that’s too small to justify its own website and forum but think you might benefit from having one then get in touch. Groups with a sustainable agenda are welcome to have their own section in the forum.

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Bike Week: Introduction to MTB

June 23rd, 2010

Organised by Witney Mountain Bike Club, a chance for over 16s to sample some off-road riding.

Meeting and leaving from The Windrush Pub on the Burford Road this Thursday evening at 7pm.

More information available from or 01993 771802.

Bike Week Ride: Midweek Velo

June 22nd, 2010

Organised by Velo Specialist Cycles this ride starts at the bike shop (next to the New Inn) at 7pm on Wednesday evening.

The ride lasts about one and a half hours, all on road.

More details available from or 01993 771847.

Local Transport – Time To Choose (3)

June 20th, 2010

My, doesn’t time fly! Deadline for the consultation is TODAY, so do register and submit a response before you go to bed tonight.

After much thought I’ve responded to the Large Towns section of the Scenarios consultation as follows…

Scenario A – Promoting Lower Emissions

For your chosen scenaro, are there any additional types of schemes that you would wish to see added?

– Slower speeds are essential to high quality walking and cycling.

– Walking and cycling needs high quality public transport in settlements and between settlements: better cycle provision; buses with comfortable suspension; buses driven at comfortable speeds.

– Road infrastructure improvements and restrictions where they reduce motorised traffic volumes in settlements, particularly HGVs, hence enhancing walking and cycling. An example would be A40 junction changes at Shores Green and Downs Road in Witney along with restrictions within the town.

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And They’re Off!

June 19th, 2010

Bike Week 2010 got off to a popular start on Church Green this morning with a ride to Aston Pottery. Members of Witney Mountain Bike Club, CTC Witney, WitneyBUG, Velo Specialist Cycles and others gathered at the start to hear the Deputy Mayor officially open Bike Week in Witney.

Describing himself as an occasional cyclist, Councillor Harry Eaglestone wished 30+ cyclists “an enjoyable week of events promoting everyday cycling for everyone”.

Today also marks the official release of the Witney Cycle Map, unfurled here for the first time by the Deputy Mayor and the well drilled Mountain Bike Club.

A joint collaboration between WitneyBUG and West Oxon District Council, the map is one in a series of projects to provide bicycle users with the information and the infrastructure they need.

Witney’s Bike Week Events continue throughout the week including an exhibition in Witney Library.

Voice Box Charity Concert

June 18th, 2010

A concert in aid of Shipton Community Garden, 7:30pm Saturday 17th July in the New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood. Tickets £10, 01993 831870 or, email

Family Ride

June 18th, 2010

Easy cycling with the emphasis on fun starting from Henry Box School at 10:00am on Sunday 20th June.

For further details contact

Old Mill Cafe & Ice Cream

June 17th, 2010

Hilly ride through the Cotswolds taking in Chippy and Burford, starting from the Buttercross at 9:30am on 20th June.

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North Leigh Fair

June 17th, 2010

Come along to the Green Fair on Cuckamus Green on the 19th June and help celebrate the success of North Leigh in saving 10% of their electricity!

There will be stalls and a bouncy castle, tea and cakes, a bar with local beer and other refreshments. Later on there will be bands, a pig roast and veggie barbecue. It starts at 2pm, there is no charge and the bouncy castle is free too!

The £20,000 prize money is ours so come and help us celebrate all the hard work of everyone in the parish.

Go-Ride Session

June 17th, 2010

Training session for the under 10s run by Witney Mountain Bike Club, 1:00pm Saturday 19th June at Queens Dyke School.

For details contact

A Potter To The Pottery

June 17th, 2010

A gentle ride to Aston Pottery, mostly traffic free, for tea and cakes. Kicked off by the Deputy Mayor at 10am on Church Green, Saturday 19th June.

Velo Specialist Bicycles will be on hand at the start to check bikes.

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Greener energy is just five minutes away

June 17th, 2010

Switching energy supplier is like getting fit or sorting out the loft: you wish you’d already done it, you have vague plans to do it, but you don’t know how to start – and you suspect it’s going to be a giant pain in the backside.

Personally, I’ve been putting it off for about five years with excuses like “I’m too busy” and “We’ll be moving house soon anyway”. But I had a day off on Monday and decided that the big scary process had to start some time. Little did I know that the first step was pretty much the only step.

I phoned Ecotricity free on 08000 302 302 and asked how I should go about switching to them. The answer? “Give us your name and address; we’ll do the rest.” They will contact our existing supplier and handle the switch. It will all be sorted in a couple of weeks. They’ll ring me on the day of switching to ask for final readings, and that’s all I have to do.

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