News and Upcoming Events
Jumble Sale and Christmas Fayre
At Stoke Row village hall on Saturday 22nd November 2-4pm
Queries to : Diana Jackson 01491 641 892, Mary Edwards 01491 641434, Chris Marsh 01189 724266 or Sue Woodley 07782187866.
The Parish Council has had the memorial has been cleaned up and the letters re-painted. Please have a look next time you pass.
Allotments at Nuffield Place
The National trust have generously offered allotment space at Nuffield Place to the residents of the Nuffield Parish. Huntercombe Residents Association (HRA) has been asked to find out how many residents have a serious interest and a strong commitment to work a plot. The allotments would probably be situated in the corner of the first paddock at Nuffield Place, the area would be fenced off and a path would be mown through the field for access to individual plots. More details will be forthcoming, but for the moment, the HRA would to find out who would be keen to put their name down. We do not presently know how many plots would be available or when the National Trust would be able to spend time on this project. If you would like to take up this generous offer, then please email the HRA at firstname.lastname@example.org including your name and full address.
Funding available for Community Groups and Young People
Community groups and young people in South Oxfordshire are encouraged to make the most of two of South Oxfordshire District Council’s funding schemes. There's up to £15,000 per organisation available for improving community facilities like building refurbishment or new equipment, and groups can apply for this through our Communities Capital Grant scheme up until 10 December 2014. Previous projects funded by the grant include play areas, skate parks, village halls, IT equipment, new websites and much more.
In addition, the latest round of our young achievers scheme opened on 6 October 2014. The scheme rewards young people for their excellent citizenship efforts, sporting achievements, and brilliance in the arts. Young residents between 11 and 18 can make an online application to win £250 between 6 October and 8 December 2014.
So if you’ve got an idea for a community scheme or facility that needs funding or know a young person who deserves a pat on the back, why not contact the grants team for some application advice on 01491 823614 or at email@example.com. You can also visit their website at www.southoxon.gov.uk/grants.
Covered Market - In aid of Nuffield Church
Stoke Row Covered Market in aid of Nuffield Church repairs.
Lots of stalls selling LOCAL PRODUCE including rare breed lamb from Chiltern Lamb, Pork from New Inn products, Delicious Cakes, biscuits from Oaklands Bakery, Lily's jams, preserves, chutneys etc, a bakery , Waterlands Charcuterie, Huntsman meat and game and bottled fruit juice.. There will also be a demonstration from Rustic Woodwork on hurdle making and we have wonderfully warm alpaca wool products and reclaimed wood fashioned into all manner of things and a lovely homemade Jewellery stall
Come and browse and enjoy the wonderful relaxed atmosphere, sample the exciting range of LOCAL PRODUCE, then come and join us for a bacon butty and cup of tea.
All proceeds go to Nuffield Church repair funds.
Future dates below. Always held on the third Saturday of the month.
Appeal for Surgery Bus Drivers
Every Monday and Thursday morning, supported by the parish councils, a volunteers service drives patients to Nettlebed Surgery, waits while they are seen and brings them back to the villages of Highmoor, Nuffield, Stoke Row, and Checkendon. It also provides a service of taking prescription requests to the surgery and bringing back these prescriptions to the village shops or, in the case of Nuffield and Highmoor, to the patient's homes.
Volunteers use their own cars and the respective parish councils reimburse the cost of mileage. The service starts in Nuffield at 9.30, Checkendon 9.40, Stoke Row 9.45, Highmoor 9.55, arriving at the surgery at 10am. Volunteers can expect that it would take a large proportion of their time on any morning they volunteer for. Of course the more people we have the fewer times they have to volunteer. We have at present 11 drivers which means on average they drive every 5/6 weeks.
One of our drivers is moving from Stoke Row, and six others no longer live in the parishes which are served. One driver has been volunteering for over 30 years and many have long years of service. A large proportion of our volunteers are in their seventies and eighties. We have not had anyone volunteer from Nuffield for almost 15 years.
We are appealing for new drivers to come forward to fill the gaps and allow others to retire. If you are able to help please contact me before 1st December when the new rota for 2015 is drawn up. If you have school age children and are not able to help during the holidays this can be accommodated for.
Please carefully consider if you can help your community with this vital service and if you can call Claire Dunk on 01491 680558 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future of Nuffield Church
Following on from the meeting we had in the Church on 7th November 2013 we're now working on two iniatives.
1) Looking to see whether it is feesible to change the church internally (remove the pews, upgrade the floor, install heating, a loo and so on) to allow it to be used as a community space. This project is moving along and a feesibility study has been commissioned.
2) Establishing a 'Friends of Nuffield Church' charity. This will be a charity, to which anyone can donate, for the purpose of safeguarding the structure of the church and the churchyard. Any money that the charity raises will be used for this purpose - or for any structural works needed to convert the church into a community space - and not for the day to day running on the church.
The ancient Parish of Nuffield is located in the beautiful Chiltern hills between Henley on Thames and Wallingford.
The Norman Church of the Holy Trinity is probably the oldest building in the Parish. Some masonry from this period survives on the south side of the nave. In the 14th century the Church was rebuilt and the north aisle was added. The Gothic Revival architect Benjamin Ferrey restored the chancel in 1845.
The main road (A4130) runs from Henley-on-Thames to Wallingford on the northern side of the Parish, it was made into a turnpike in 1736 (ceasing in 1873).
Huntercombe Hall is situated on the northern side of the Parish and is an Edwardian era Tudor style house designed by Oswald Milne, a former assistant to the Arts & Crafts Movement architect Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1910. Huntercombe Hall is now a care home.
Nuffield Place (formerly Merrow Mount) completed in 1914 and purchased by Lord Nuffield in 1933 when it was renamed. Lord Nuffield had the house enlarged and lived there until his death in 1963 and is buried at the Holy Trinity Parish Church. Nuffield Place was bequeathed to Nuffield College but is now in the ownership of the National Trust and was reopened to the public in April 2012. Access is by tickets with timed visits to prevent the modest house becoming overloaded with visitors, preventing enjoyment of the home of one of the founders of the British motor industry.
Our only public house, The Crown is situated on the main road and backs onto the golf course. It is sadly closed at the moment (Oct 2014) but will hopefully re-open sometime soon.
In the centre of the Parish is Huntercombe Golf Club. Designed and built in 1901 by Willie Park junior, the course was heralded and being one of the finest 'inland' links in the country. Willie was a renowned golfer winning the Open Championship in 1887 and 1889 after which he became a credited golf course designer. The rolling countryside, gorse bushes and brisk breezes coming up the Chiltern hillside proved a very enjoyable place to play golf. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was also a member and had James Bond playing the infamous Goldfinger on the course in the book of the same name.