Save our Swimming pool campaign launches today.

Save our Swimming pool campaign launches today.

BNHPC have launched a campaign today (June 7th) to galvanise support and action to save Botley’s sporting facilities up at Harcourt Hill.

Brookes University will be leaving the Harcourt Campus in 2025. They run the leisure facilities – swimming pool, gym and playing fields.

In May they suddenly announced that the swimming pool will close in September this year, unless £40-80k of external funding can be found by the end of June, to keep it open for another year. The swimming pool is an important amenity for Botley and children from 12 primary schools learn to swim here. 

The gym and playing fields will remain open but only until Brookes leave.

Our community is at great risk of losing these facilities completely if we don’t act now.

BNHPC recognise the importance of the Harcourt Hill leisure facility for parish residents. We will do what we can to stop this happening, but we need your help.

These are the ways that you can take action.

  1. Sign this petition. Our petition calls on Oxford Brookes University and the Vale of White Horse District Council to:
    • Reconsider the planned closure of the Harcourt Hill pool
    • Develop a short-term plan for continued use, and
    • Work with the community and the site owners on a long-term solution.
  2. Drop us a line on this form about how you use the facility and why it is important to you.

We have created a dedicated page here to host the petition and form and will update it with news as an when we can.

A Poster explaining that Brookes university are leaving the Harcourt Hill campus and will be closing the swimming pool in September 2024. 

It encourages people to go to the Botley and North Hinksey Parish Council website to sig a petition, share what the leisure facilities mean to you and encourages people to use the facilities more.
Skatepark fundraiser: Back to the Future II (27th April)

Skatepark fundraiser: Back to the Future II (27th April)

Saturday 27th April 2pm-5pm, Tap Social Taproom, Back to the Future II, tickets £4.

Botley Sk8s presents Back to the Future II in association with Cinema Under the Stairs and Tap Social.

This is a screening for children who will be sitting on the floor. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be some seating, the venue is wheelchair accessible. Tickets available from Cinema Under the Stairs here.

Botley’s Green Spaces guided walk – Not yet sold out.

Book now via this Eventbrite link to join us on a guided walk to four local green spaces of interest.

At each site there will be a short talk.

The Botley’s Green Spaces guided walk is an Sat. April 13th 10.30am (there may be a second later in the morning if demand is high). You can join us to visit four sites:

· Our own Nature Reserve on North Hinksey Lane

· Raleigh Park

· Oxford Preservation Trust’s Harcourt Hill meadow

· The Hinksey Heights Nature Trail

At each site there will be a short talk about the site and what can be seen there by a local volunteer who helps manage the sites.

We will start at 10.30 at the Women’s Institute car park on North Hinksey Lane. Parts of the walk are likely to be muddy so please wear suitable boots. The walk may take about 2 hours including talks. Refreshments will be available afterwards at the 19th Hole café on the Hinksey Heights golf course, next to the Nature Trail. The total distance is about 2 miles.

<strong>Annual Parish Meeting, Thurs 14th March</strong>

Annual Parish Meeting, Thurs 14th March

Send in your topics for the Annual Parish Meeting – 7:30pm on Thursday 14th March at Seacourt Hall and online via Zoom.

Annual Parish Meetings are a chance for parishioners to discuss matters of local importance. Although arranged by the Parish Council and chaired by the Chair of B&NHPC, it is not a Parish Council meeting and operates under a different set of procedures.  You can suggest topics for discussion, request project updates, or submit questions for the meeting.

Please send these to: by Monday 11th March.

You are all welcome to join us on March 14th. Agenda is now available here.

Botley SK8s

Botley SK8s

We are fundraising to build a new and much wanted Skatepark in Botley. Planning permission has been granted and the design is agreed. We now need to raise funds to bring it to life! We are applying for grants and running a number of fundraising events.

If you would like to get involved contact the Clerk or look out for our events and activities being advertised here and on Facebook and posters.

You can also donate online here or by scanning the QR code below:

Find out more about the project on the Working Group page and more on Fundraising here.

Council Meetings – Moved, but not far.

Council Meetings – Moved, but not far.

BNHPC Council Meetings moved to the back room of Seacourt Hall

– access via a different door.

As of last week, Council Meetings will no longer take place in the front hall of Seacourt Hall. They will now be in the back room. The meetings can be accessed via the side door rather than the front door as illustrated by the orange arrow in the picture above – larger version below:

Remember Parish Council meetings are public events and we will be discussing matters relating to your Botley and North Hinksey Parish, so do consult the future meetings page or our notice board (shown by blue rectangle in the picture) just outside the Seacourt Hall, if you would like to know what matters are under discussion.

If you can’t come in person, then it might be useful to know that the majority of the meetings have a zoom link and can be accessed from the comfort of your own home, via links in the agendas.

Christmas break – office opening times.

Christmas break – office opening times.

The Parish Clerk and RFO would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and New Year.

Please note that the Parish office will be closed from 4pm on December the 22nd, reopening at 10am on January the 4th. Parish staff will not be available during this time. Phone messages and emails will be responded to upon their return.

You can report many issues including graffiti, fly tipping, street lighting and broken paving slabs direct to the County Council via For details of the Vale District Council services over the holiday period check this page. There are also details on the Oxfordshire County Council website on the OCC holiday service.

As Christmas can be a time when more than usual amounts of waste are generated at home, please visit the Vale of White Horse Christmas Waste page to find our how to deal with your waste responsibly. There is also a change to the collection schedule – you can easily find out which bin will be collected when by inputting your postcode here – BINZONE

If you have an urgent issue over the break that relates to Parish Council owned land, buildings or facilities you can contact any of the Parish Councillors listed on the Councillors page.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

B&NHPC Chair wins Councillor of the Year

B&NHPC Chair wins Councillor of the Year

Botley and North Hinksey parish councillor Lorna Berrett won the ‘Councillor of the Year’ award at an event at the House of Lords on Wednesday. The ‘Star Council’ awards that recognise local (parish and town) councils’ contributions to their communities across England. The long-running awards are made by the National Association of Local Councillors (NALC) and celebrate local councils, councillors and clerks’ positive impact on their communities.

Lorna Berrett has been a councillor in Botley for eight years. Before that she was a leader of the successful community campaign that prevented the demolition of Botley’s Elms Parade shops and local housing and helped set up the community’s first local website.

As a councillor and now as Chair of the parish council she has worked on hard on projects including new bus shelters, new play equipment, and public art in the West Way centre.  She played a leading role during the COVID-19 pandemic, setting up the ‘Botley Responders’ network of volunteers who supported vulnerable people in their neighbourhoods during lockdown. Three years later, the Botley Responders are still going strong with Lorna’s involvement.

For several months before the recent election, she encouraged residents to stand as a councillor. There were 26 candidates for the 14 places on the parish council – Lorna received the largest number of votes.

In Lorna’s capacity as Chair of the Council she is currently organising the annual ‘All in One Room’ event on December 10th, which brings together around 100 local volunteers form all the different community groups in the parish. 

Cllr Berrett thanked her fellow councillors and parishioners and NALC for this award and for the recognition of all the hard work that councillors voluntarily do to support their community.

She added “I really enjoy being a Councillor and I try to build on all the amazing work by volunteers and workers across our community. As the first level of government Parish Councils may be small but by working together with the community they can make a bigger impact than many expect focusing on local facilities and ensuring that whatever funds are available used for initiatives that matter to people on the ground.”

All in One Room 10th December

All in One Room 10th December

All local volunteers are invited to the WI Hall at 4:30pm on Sunday 10th December for mince pies and mulled wine or soft drinks as a thank you for all your community work this year.

We ran this event for the first time in December 2022 with around 100 volunteers attending, from baby and youth groups to pensioners lunch clubs, from sports groups to food banks, and groups supporting our local natural habitat. As well as a recognition of all their various contributions to the community, the event was also a time to pause, connect, meet and to share and discuss common issues and ideas.

We look forward to welcoming even more volunteers to this event this year. Please do come along to the WI Hall, North Hinksey Lane at 4:30pm on Saturday 10th December. RSVP: