Covid19 Update for the village

We now have over 50 volunteers in the village who are willing to help – so please do get in touch! A reminder of who to contact in the first instance:

One of the main messages being sent out is that elderly and people with health conditions must self-isolate. Although food stores are now setting aside special shopping times for these categories, please do not attempt to shop yourself or to send anyone who lives with you.For those who are able to go shopping, please note that parking charges in all South Oxfordshire and Vale carparks have been suspended until 1st June.

As well as food stores, corner shops, newsagents and DIY stores and banks allowed to remain open but may well be operating restricted opening times. The Minor Injuries Unit and the X-ray Unit at Abingdon Hospital is open 7 day a week from 10am – 6.30pm. Booking system is now operating – ring NHS 111 for an appointment. Opticians and Dentists have halted all routine appointments. Dentists will offer, by telephone, advice, analgesics and antimicrobial means where appropriate. If pain is not managed by these you should contact NHS 111 to be referred to the local urgent dental care unit. Plumbers and Electricians are not allowed carry out routine work but are permitted to deal with emergencies - provided social distancing/hygiene rules are observed.

The Bear:

Regrettably there is no more draft beer available; if you would like to order bottled beers & lagers please get your orders in by 9am on Wednesday for delivery on Thursday. Milk, bread, eggs and single portion meals are on sale in the car park (knock on bar door for service!) Monday to Saturday between 5.30 and 6.30pm and 12noon and 1pm on Sundays or by arrangement. For orders and enquiries call John on 07887 990155. Please bring egg boxes and bags.

For Infomation:

The Children’s Playground: In line with government recommendations, the Parish Council have reluctantly taken the decision to close the playground until further notice. The Village Hall is also closed. All Saints’ Church remains open for private prayer and reflection although all services have been cancelled.

Bus Services: Both the Friday bus to Wallingford and the ‘Going Forward’ service to Didcot and the Tesco have stopped operating until further notice.

Waste Collections: At the moment all collections are continuing as normal but may be delayed due to staff shortages. If your bin is not collected on the usual day, leave it out for 3 days (including weekends); if still not emptied, bring it in until next collection day. Biffa recommend washing your hands before and after moving bins to protect yourself and their workforce.

Safety Online: Regrettably there are many new scams and hoaxes connected to Covid-19 circulating online and via telephone calls, as well as misinformation posted on social media sites. Advice and examples can be found from various sources including publications/ phishing and bogus emails, and For advice on keeping your devices safe visit

Passing the Time: The Church now houses the nucleus of a DVD & Jigsaw library which you are welcome to borrow from or contribute to. However, please only go in one at a time (unless with a household member) and observe hand hygiene advice or wear disposable gloves.

The National Theatre: Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House, along with many other organisations, are making some of their past productions available to watch for free online. For more information visit National Theatre at Home, RSC: Culture in Quarantine & ROH: From our House to your House.

Keep Well!


Keep Well and Stay Safe


    25 Sustainable North Moreton Meeting, The Bear 8pm CANCELLED
    26 Coffee Morning, All Saints Church, 10am - 12noon CANCELLED


    8 WI Meeting, Village Hall 7.30pm CANCELLED
    12 Easter Sunday Eucharist, All Saints Church 9am
    17 Junior Cricket Sessions start
    18 Book Sale, Village Hall 10am - 3pm CANCELLED
    19 Village Walk, Meet at Bus Shelter 10am sharp
    24 Coffee Morning, All Saints Church 10am - 12noon


    2 Plant Sale, Village Hall 9.30am - 1.30pm
    2 - 10 South Oxfordshire Art Weeks
    8 VE 75 Street Party, Wallingford Road 1pm - 4pm
    13 WI Meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm
    19 Parish Council Meeting, Village Hall 8pm All welcome
    23 - 26 Beer & Cricket Festival


It is good to be able to report that the improved flood defences in the village, both public and private, have stood up well to the recent spate of wet and stormy weather. Nevertheless, the increased flow of mud and debris along the gutters has led to a few blocked road drains, and the current advice is to report all highway matters, including drains and ditches, via The website allows you to pinpoint the location on the Ordnance Survey map, and to add a photo and description of the problem. Although this is recommended as the way to get the fastest response, it is likely that in the current circumstances there may be quite a delay

Transport News

Bus services

As mentioned in a village email in July, one of the D2 Wednesday minibus services has been discontinued, and the minibus now stops opposite the bus shelter (or anywhere that it can safely stop if you hail it) at 09.37 and 12.32 en route to Didcot, with just one return journey from Didcot Orchard Centrex at 11.20, which stops at the village hall at 11.40 and continues to Wallingford. There are various other stops in Didcot (the station, Aldi, Tesco), and the full timetable is available at Didcot - Wallingford bus times. There are also free buses to Tesco on Mondays and Wednesdays leaving from the bus shelter at 9.53 and returning at 11.37.

During Didcot school term times, the 94S, which is a school bus that can be used by the general public, stops at the bus shelter at 8.10, reaching Didcot Parkway at 8.38. There are two afternoon services from Didcot (Parkway and Orchard Centrex at 14.42/14.46 and 15.42/15.46) which reach the village at 15.31 and 16.31, and can then be used to travel into Didcot.

The Friday 131 bus to Wallingford leaves from the bus shelter at 11.02 and returns from Wallingford at 13.30, arriving back in North Moreton at 13.46. Not a complete service, by any means, but hopefully of use to some!


North Moreton News

A reminder that copy for the next issue of NMNews is due by 22nd May.

The North Moreton News summarises what has been happening in and around North Moreton and any up coming events. Click on the corresponding attachment to launch a pdf version of the news delivered quarterly to the residents of North Moreton.

Please send any articles for inclusion to Nora Haycock

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Dec 19 pdf copy
Mar 20 pdf copy

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