Shenington  with Alkerton Parish


The editors are starting to put together the June issue of the Shenington Green. 

Besides appealing for our regular contributors to kindly send us their updates, we would love to hear from some different voices this time and keep it a colourful, varied read. Even if you don't want to write something yourself, maybe you've got a good idea for us to work on.

Please reply at your earliest convenience to let us know if you'll be supplying something so we can reserve you some space. We will then need words and pictures by April 30th.


A roof alarm has now been fitted to the roof of Holy Trinity Church, Shenington. It was necessary for insurance reasons. Without it the remaining lead on the nave roof cannot be insured fully. The details of the alarm are below:

It the alarm goes off, there will be a warning message and blue flashing lights from the tower, which will last for 30 secs. The alarm then resets itself, and various villagers are telephoned in sequence until one of them accepts the call.

The alarm system will act as a deterrent. If the alarm going off because of thieves, they will be departing in a hurry. They are likely to be working in gangs of up to 10, so it probably best to let them depart and just take vehicle registration numbers if possible.

I will pass on some more detailed information about the alarm those living near the church in the next few days. The system is operated remotely Custodian Monitoring, and has been fitted to about 800 churches in the UK. It has been fitted by E-Bound, who are the market leaders in the UK in church roof alarms.

 If you have any questions about it you can telephone Tim Clarke  on 07984 140 739. You can also telephone him if you see suspicious activity around either church.


Upton House Open for Viewing! 25 March 11-4pm

Upton House is up for sale in 1927, and you are invited to come and inspect the goods! Be the first to see our brand new presentation “Made to Measure Home” and see how our whole property has been taken back in time to the 1920s. Have a look around our new presentation, enjoy some live music in the house and treat yourself to some prosecco on this special occasion. Normal admission prices apply.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea: 26 March 2-3pm and 3.30-4.30pm
Treat your mother to a delicious afternoon tea in our vintage kitchen. Includes a glass of sparkling wine. Arrive early and visit the house to see our new presentation: “Made to Measure Home” and have a walk in the grounds to enjoy the spring bulbs. Perfect for Mother’s Day. £15 per person. Booking in advance essential.

Upton Jazz Club, 8 April: 7.30-9.30pm
Enjoy some live music from local talented musician Sheila Waterfield. Bring your friends and treat yourself to a drink from our bar: what a lovely way to spend your evening.  £12 per adult (event not suitable for under 18s). Booking in advance essential.

Visitor information, details of all events and bookings are on the website.


Kineton Art Group will be holding their Open Art Exhibition and Sale of Paintings at Kineton Village Hall on Saturday and Sunday, the 6h & 7th May 2017. 

Doors will be open from 10-00 am until 5-00 pm each day. 

Adults, 50p: Children, free.  


Please keep your diaries clear for Village fun on 8th - 9th July.

In addition to our usual Village Fete, on Saturday 8th July, which is planned to be even bigger and better than usual, two "Village First" events will follow on from it.

On the Saturday evening, there will be a Ceilidh (Barn Dance) with Hog Roast for everyone to enjoy in a marquee on the Village Green, followed by a disco. Tickets will be available from Easter onwards.

The following day, Sunday 9th July, everyone is invited, having changed their footwear, to meet back in the marquee for breakfast before heading off (transport will be provided) to walk the 12 miles from Chipping Warden back to Shenington, along the Macmillan Way. This forms part of the Macmillan Way Challenge that you will have read about in last December's issue of the Shenington Green.

Monies raised from the Village Weekend will go to Macmillan Cancer Care, the Village Church Roof Fund and the Banbury Young Homeless Project.

If you would like further details of the event, or perhaps you would like to help, please feel free to come to the next 'review meeting' for the event, in The Bell Inn at 8pm on 8th March.

Rob Bryan, John Woodcock, Tim Clarke, Stuart Burgess, Mark Petterson, James Hartley and other bonkers Shenington Sloggers


Johnson’s have issued a new bus timetable with effect from June 6, 2016 with the following times.

From Shenington to Banbury: 9:48, 12.28, 13.48, 17.18.

From Banbury bus station to Shenington: 11:35, 12:55, 17:50.

From Shenington to Stratford: 7:32 (school days), 11:52, 13:12, 18:07.

From Stratford Wood Street to Shenington: 9:00, 11:40, 12:55, 16:25.

At other times buses will go straight along the A422.

269/270 buses will no longer go through Balscote, Shutford and North Newington.


Banbury and District have secured funding to operate a daily service in the Banbury area

The service operates from 9am to 5pm and bookings can be made 24 hours before the journey is needed.

Registration is completely free and a registration form must be completed before use of the service.

The service is for people with mobility problems, whether age related disability, wheelchair user or those who find it difficult to use conventional public transport.

It is also available to those who have little or no bus service to the village.

If you are aware of anyone in the community that would benefit from our service please contact us on 07798 922712


The defibrillator box is now in position on the wall of the village hall.

The defibrillator is a medical device which checks heart rhythm and delivers a shock when necessary. 
In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the ambulance service. They will give the code for opening the box and also send support. 

On opening, the defibrillator uses voice prompts to give clear instructions on what steps to take. 


Shenington C of E Primary School has a board of governors the majority of whom are appointed by the Church of England.

Due to recent resignations there are vacancies on the board and members of the village who are not parents are being invited to take on this role.

If you would like to contribute to the community through support of the school and to learn more about what is involved please contact the head teacher Miss Sarah Reynolds on 01295 670273 or by  email at


Drs Marshall & Sharples would like to inform you that the practice is not closing. Planning permission has been submitted for the development of the land at the front of the surgery by the old partners Dr Taylor & Marshall. The area of land includes the grassy bank and part of the existing carpark.

If the land is purchased, then the development of two houses will go ahead. The first priority before any building work starts is the creation of a new carpark to the rear of the surgery.

Under no circumstances will patient services or opening times be affected by these plans.

Dr Sharples is thrilled about his blossoming new partnership with Dr Marshall and is keen to continue implementing improvements and expand on existing services in the future at Shenington.

Further information regarding the development is available on the surgery website, which contains a link to Cherwell County Councils website and the planning application with site plans and details.

Should you have any pressing queries - please contact the practice manager – Kim Yarnold

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