Bledington is open and welcoming to residents and visitors. Situated on the Oxfordshire Way footpath between Stow on the Wold and Chipping Norton we welcome walkers, visitors and even regular Morris-dancing groups. Bledington won the GRCC Vibrant Village Sustainable Community Award.
The Village Hall is a mainstay of the community. Run by an active committee, it organises weekly Rendezvous coffee mornings as well as hosting the Brownies, Guides, Toddler Group and other local groups. It is an important link to the outside world for many older residents.
The Bledington Community Shop and Café will be new social hub for Bledington. This community-owned organisation is expected to open during 2019. Construction is underway and over 300 of us are shareholders in the shop.
The Bledington News is a volunteer-run local newsletter distributed monthly free to every household in the area. It is a invaluable source of local knowledge.
Bledington Primary School, with over 90 pupils, is classified as outstanding. Oversubscribed, the school is actively involved in village life, for example running an annual fair and using its buildings for holiday clubs with the local church. For the last 10 years it has been heavily involved in the village fete.
Disaster Planning. Badly affected by the floods of 19 July 2007, the village now has local support groups and warning systems, including a telephone tree to help protect against future disasters.
NOTTS - a thriving group of women that has replaced the WI in Bledington.
Bledington Bantams Running Group. Get fit and enjoy time with your friends and neighbours. Bantam’s runs – usual time, usual place Saturdays at 9.00am
outside the King’s Head Inn.
The Bledington Care Committee is a volunteer group that transports the elderly, disabled and those without transport to and from hospital and medical appointments, providing essential transport and services for the less able. The 20 volunteers cover some 5500 miles each year.
The Bledington Music Festival is an international 3-day music festival run annually in our Church. Attracting musicians from around the world and audiences from across the country.
The Bledington Oil Buying Group (BLOG) enables residents to bulk-buy oil, saving money and reducing tanker visits to the village.
This is over and above the wide range of active local groups including the Gardening Society, annual flower and produce shows, Bledington Bantams running group, Brownies and Girl Guides, Bell ringers, Bledington Music Festival, Primary School and Village Fete. For a village of 500 residents, Bledington shines out as a community that cares about its future.
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The Bledington Parish Council is made up of seven Councillors all of whom are unpaid volunteers and one Clerk who receives a modest salary. Councillors are usually nominated from within the Parish, anyone over the age of eighteen on the electoral roll with a clean criminal record is eligible to stand. Councillors serve for a term of four years after which a new Council will be elected, current Councillors can stand for re-election if they so wish. The present Parish Council will be due for re-election in 2019. If more than seven people stand then a formal election is required.
Parish councils have a number of basic responsibilities in making the lives of local communities more comfortable. Essentially these powers fall within three main categories:
Representing the whole electorate within the parish
Delivering services to meet local needs
Striving to improve quality of life in the parish
The Council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the Play Areas and its equipment, Village Greens, Church Yard and Cemeteries, trees in public areas, the bus shelter, litter bins the brook and public benches. The Council also monitors the condition of roads and pavements, street lighting, street cleaning etc. within the Parish and report any problems to the District or County Council.
The Parish council represents the residents views on issues such as planning, traffic management etc within the Parish. When decisions are being made they are there to put your views across.
The Council sets its own budget. Money is raised from the Parish share of the Council Tax (precept), the sale of cemetery space and rent from the Gravel Pit field (next to the play area). The accounts can be viewed at any time by prior arrangement with the Clerk.
Regular meetings :
First Monday of every month from 8pm
The Council usually meets 11 times a year on the first Monday of the month in the village hall. Meetings start at 8pm and the Agenda is displayed a week beforehand on the three notice boards in the Village. Minutes are published in the Bledington news.
Members of the public are welcome to attend any Parish Council Meeting
How to get involved :
Members of the public are welcome to attend the monthly meetings but may only speak when the meeting is adjourned for questions from the public.
In addition, there is an annual open meeting where residents can speak on any issues they are concerned about within the Parish. Village organisations are invited to submit their annual reports and our District and County Councillors are invited to attend where they report on District and County matters affecting the village. They are also available to answer questions from members of the public.
Wave at the Bus—It will Stop
V2 -Wednesday only
Bledington Green 09.24
Bledington School 09.25
arrive Chipp. Norton Co-Op 9.50
Medical Centre 9.53
Leave Co-op 11.30,
Hlth. Centre 11.32
arr. Bledington 12.00
V6 Thursday only
Bledington School 09.39
Bledington Green 09.40
arrive Stow Square 9.49
Stow Tesco 9.53
Leave Stow Tesco 11.04
Stow Square 11.08
arr. Bledington 11.19
V9 Friday only
Bledington School 13.55
arrive Chipping Norton 14.09
Chipping Norton Co-op Car Park, 15.45
arr. Bledington 16.00.
Goes on to Westcote/Oddington - no return from Oddington
V19 Monday and Tuesday only
Bledington Green 09.18
arr. Ch Norton West Street 09.51
Health Centre 09.53 (by request).
Leave Health Centre 11.34
West Street 11.36
arr. Bledington 12.12
(This service travels to Milton-u-Wychwood, Shipton-uWychwood and Ascott-u-Wychwood)
V25 Wednesday only
Bledington Green and School 09.05
arr. Witney 10.13am
dropping off at Hospital, Sainsbury’s and Buttercross.
Witney Buttercross 12.23pm, arrive Bledington 1.26pm
(This service travels to Shipton-under-Wychwood, Fulbrook,
Bradwell Village and Carterton)
STOW/BOURTON/MORETON TO CHELTENHAM BUS
Pulhams Route No 801 - Monday to Saturday
The 801 Route is a daily regular service from Moreton-in-Marsh to
Cheltenham via Stow and Bourton-on-the–Water. To travel on this service
from Bledington, you take the 802 bus (see opposite) to Stow Post Office and
embark on route 801 bus to and from Stow Market Square.
Timetables for both 801 and 802 services are on the Pulhams website
There is a Post Office in Bledington 10.00am to 12.00noon Monday and Friday every week at the King’s Head (side entrance). Nearly all Post Office services are available.