North Moreton Parish Council

Car park

After noticing that all runoff from Bear Lane was draining straight through the gate onto the Rec, where it made a large contribution to the water-logging of the car parking area, the Parish Council sought advice from the District Council’s senior drainage engineer, who provided a report and recommendations for remedial action. We accepted a quotation from the outdoor water engineers, WJ Hatt Ltd, and at the beginning of November they installed a half-moon concrete drainage channel at the entrance to the Rec, with a gully trap at either end. (The traps remove leaves and silt from the runoff before it enters the drainage pipe.) Pipework was laid under the car parking area to carry water from the traps to the ditch by the playground, and so far we’ve been very pleased with the result. The next step will be to fence the car park, reinforce the area most affected by turning cars, and install a height barrier in place of the present entrance gate. We are grateful for financial aid for this project from the North Moreton Charitable Trust and from Simon Clarke’s OCC Councillor Priority Fund.

More bins!

You may have noticed that we have two new bins opposite the village hall, where the old phone box used to be. The salt bin is full of road salt, and the new dog bin is regularly emptied, so both are now ready to be used for their intended purposes.

Parish Council Meetings

We have managed to hold only two live parish council meetings this year, with the remainder by Zoom. As the future of public meetings is still uncertain, we would like to encourage anyone who has concerns to raise with the council to contact one of the councillors directly, because, despite the wonders of modern technology, it is still easier to have a discussion face to (socially distanced) face, or over the phone. The next parish council meeting will be on Tuesday 8th January at 8pm. Ros Templeman Chair NMPC

Ride and Stride Saturday 12th September

Four cyclists from North Moreton raised £340 for OHCT (Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust) and half of this will go directly back to All Saints North Moreton. More visitors than last year called in to All Saints on their Riding and Striding routes and were pleased to be met (at a distance of course!) by a welcomer to tell them more about our historic church and its 13th century window. Clare Price

Polytunnel: The village community polytunnel has now arrived and is being built on the allotments. For more details and how to get involved contact: North Moreton Green Shoots

The Childrens Playground: Is now open for use but please follow the safety recommendations.

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. 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.

South Morton Primary School

South Moreton School PTA has set up a GoFundMe page to help towards the school’s £16k fundraising target to provide Chromebooks for all Key Stage 2 pupils. Any donation, big or small, is hugely appreciated. Click here for link to Gofund page

South Moreton Pre-School .….. are holding a Christmas Raffle to be drawn online on 11th December at 3.30 pm. Tickets can be purchased on their Fundraising Facebook page which can be found here

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

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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Sept 20 pdf copy
Dec 20 pdf copy