Arts Week 14th- 22nd May



The  exhibition in All Saints’ Church by local artists Vickie Squires, Alice Auckland, Sharon Castle, Susan Cornwall, Peter Lancaster and Gregory Ryder will be open daily from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd May. 11am – 6pm.

Light refreshments available


Village Fete

A big thank you for all your hard work at the Fete, a magnificient total of 4800 was raised. Special thanks to Mary Greene and her helpers for organising the fete and to Patrick Greene for his tremendous effort with the raffle which once again was the main money generator.

Raffle Winning numbers:

   PRIZE:                                                    Won By:
1st      Half Hour FLIGHT for 3 people   Jenny Stenning - Cholsey
2nd     LIBERTY Scarf               Alison Wolfe – North Moreton
3rd      JO MALONE  Products         Graham Carpenter – North Moreton

Click here for full list.


Coming Up


The following events for 2016 have already been arranged - details will follow in due course but  please put the dates in your diaries now, particularly if you are planning an event of your own:

Sunday 12th June       Queens Birthday Tea
Monday  13th June    ‘La Bohême’ at Melhuish Farm
Tuesday  14th June   Charity Bridge Drive at Melhuish Farm
Saturday 18 June      Open Tower Event.  Hand Bells and Big Bells
Saturday 25th June   3-5pm Messy Church in NM Village Hall
Sunday   10th July     NGS Open Gardens
Sunday   24th July     North Moreton Summer Party
28th - 31st July         Beer & Cricket Festival

Summer Party 24th July

The North Moreton Summer Party:

Discover & explore the village on the Mystery Trail…..

Starting out from the Rec between 11 & 11.30am

Feast on the delicious pig-roast lunch with salads & posh puds

And quench your thirst at the PIMMs bar

All at The Barn, North Moreton House, from 12 noon

All ages welcome.

Tickets: £5 for children under 12; £12.50 for adults/teenagers.

In aid of the North Moreton Church Amenities Fund.

Ticket booking form click here to download form


Village Cycle Group

Thursday 5th May

We are now onto our fifth ride and going further afield. Our latest ride took us into Oxford and followed the "Venice Tour" - a ride along the secret canals and rivers of of Oxford. We cycled 36 miles in glorious sunny weather with a well earned coffee half way round. We have at present one token lady rider who would appreciate more female company!!

For details of future rides email Ian Shipton.



Hand Bells and Big Bells

Sat 18th June Open Tower Event.  This is an opportunity to visit the tower, bells and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and a chat.  Again, everyone is welcome

A reminder that the hand bells are being rung and taught in the church next Monday 16th (and every third Monday of the month).  Everyone welcome – 7.00pm start.


Local Bus

Local Bus service update

Sustainable Blewbury wrote a Stop Press about bus cuts towards the end of January, saying that Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) subsidies were very likely to be withdrawn from all the buses that serve Blewbury, Hagbournes, Astons, Upton and Moretons. That will probably still happen.
But much has happened since then to try to salvage at least some – and perhaps all – of our current bus services. A meeting was held on January 31st of Parish Transport Representatives (PTRs), Chairmen of three local Parish Councils and several regular bus users, and set up the Downland Villages Transport Group. We decided that even if OCC does remove its subsidies completely, we should do all we can to find a way of keeping the buses going.
Fortunately, Thames Travel have stated that they want to try to keep some 94/95 buses running and possibly divert an enhanced Wallingford to Didcot X2 service through The Moretons, and are considering commercially viable methods of doing so. We are backing them up in various ways: writing to County Councillors to question whether they have considered the social impacts of their proposed cuts (this has been helped by recent stories in the press and on TV), and asking our councillors to join with those who are pressing central government to consider ways of helping rural services to become more commercially viable.
There is no way Parish Councils can replace all the current OCC subsidy of £88,000 per year, but they are exploring what, if any, support they might be able to provide. Also, for a commercial service Thames Travel will be able to reclaim part of the fares from concessionary bus-pass journeys, and obtain revenue from the Bus Service Operators Grant.
Another bus serving The Moretons is the OCC-run 131 to Wallingford via The Moretons on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is a relatively cheap minibus service, and the general feeling is that it may well be possible to save it.
We realise that commercial viability for the 94/95 might need some consideration of fares. We have talked to some full-fare paying bus customers, and many are willing to accept an increase in fares if it helps save the buses, given that alternatives are far more expensive. It also looks possible that some concessionary pass users would be willing to contribute by paying instead of using their passes.
We hope to have another meeting with Thames Travel after the OCC decision is made in mid-February. This has to be a brief summary, but we will attempt to keep you up to date, and remember .....................
If we want to keep our buses for all in the community, we must use them. Even if you are not a regular bus user, please consider using the service occasionally as a way of helping to maintain the service for all. People with bus passes will also be able to help by making more use of their passes.

Downland Villages Transport Group



North Moreton News

A reminder that copy for the June  issue of NMNews is due by 13th 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.

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