Visit the newly launched "Cotswold Room" at Ollie's Shop for a fantastic range of lovingly made local products and unique gifts from the Cotswolds such as scrumptious smoked fish from reknown Severn and Wye smokery, award winning jams and sauces, curious meats and Cotswold chorizos, Stroud handmade candles and Cotswold lavender lotions and much, much more!"
Oakridge Village Shop and Post Office carries an extensive range of products from household essentials to award-winning organic foods and the very best local delicacies from all over the Cotswolds. Off road parking and a weekly order service and delivery are also available. Open 7 days a week.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday: 9am - 12 Noon
Change of hours notice: In order to deal with an increasing number of orders, pick ups and deliveries efficiently, we will now be closed weekdays as from 3pm. Weekend hours remain the same.
Oakridge Show Goes Online!
Sadly the Village Show committee have decided that there will be no Show this year due to the uncertainties brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, we would like to offer you the opportunity to have your best Craft, Flower, Fruit and Vegetable exhibits on display online via 10 the Oakridge Community website! Entries will not be judged in the usual way, rather act as a way to record the efforts being made on allotments, gardens and craft tables during the year.
Please send photos, clearly marked with the entry category, to firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrive by the original Show date of 5th September. The display will be available on the village website www.oakridgevillage.org shortly afterwards.
1. Flowers and Flower Arrangements
2. Fruit and Vegetables
6. Children’s Exhibits age 4 and under
7. Children’s Exhibits Infants age 5, 6 and 7
8. Children’s Exhibits Juniors age 8-11
9. Children’s Exhibits Secondary age 12-16
10. Special category – “Lockdown” – anything that represents this unusual time for you eg a poem or picture
Without a Village Show we are not able to raise funds that are needed for village projects. The What’s On kitty is low so any donations will be very welcome (cheques payable to What’s On can be delivered to either Gill Davis at Hungerfords in Oakridge Lynch, or Victoria Beard at Applecroft in Far Oakridge.
Butchers Arms Reopens!
It's been lovely to see so many of you in your village pub again! Our new menu has been received well and we are now offering food all day from Monday - Saturday and from noon - 4pm on Sundays. Traditional roasts will be back on the menu in September. Monday night is Pizza night, takeaway or eat in.
Delicious cream teas are available Mon-Sat afternoons - bookings essential on 01285 760390.
Our self-catering cottage is now finished, boasting a new bathroom and kitchen and is available as a holiday let with immediate effect.
Quiz night has been popular with you all, and the next is on Sunday 2nd of August followed by the 5th of September (8pm start). Thanks go to Andy and Kevin (well done Leeds!) for all their hard work in putting it all together for us.
Our first mini beer festival will hopefully be held on the first weekend of September, more details will be available nearer the time.
Keep well everyone
Greg & Bev
Call 01285 760 390 to book a table! Weekly Specials!
Please see our facebook page, new website, or call for the latest menu
Local Author Publishes Children's Book
Midnight at Lucas Bay
I’ve spent many hours during lockdown getting a book ready for publication as an ebook. It’s an adventure story for children aged between about 9 and 14, set in the Gower Peninsula. It will be available from Amazon in early August. The brilliant illustrations are by Sarah Wimperis.
Michael was dared by his sister Kate to go down to Lucas Bay at midnight. What he saw there changed an ordinary summer into a world of gun runners, secret agents and dangerous adventures for six friends.
I will be giving £1.00 for every book sold for at least the next 3 months to The Family Holiday Association, a charity which gives disadvantaged families a break so its work is very necessary at this time. They have an excellent website.
It’s a win/win situation: You buy the book and make me happy; you enjoy reading the book which makes you happy and me even happier; and we all help a good cause. I’m publishing it under the name of Lee Pennell www.leepennell.co.uk.
Impact of Coronavirus on School Life
Friday 20th March was a very strange day. Following the announcement by the Government for all schools to close, we put together folders of work for children to take home and wondered when we would be able to see them again and resume the normality that we were used to.
Lockdown came the following week. The children responded well to the work staff had provided for them; this was put on the school website with regular updates from teachers to ensure activities were engaging. Parents were also keen to support and had a lot to contend with, some with a number of children to ‘home school’ as well as having to balance the demands of working from home. With a more flexible approach to learning (and the reassurance by teachers not to worry about using, dare I say, older techniques and strategies) families rose to the challenge.
Throughout the period, teachers maintained contact with families, either through email or phone calls to see how children were getting on, and this was well received. It was a challenge but the home learning produced some very creative responses which was a joy to see.
We were then able to welcome back some of the younger children and those at the top of the school, who would soon be moving onto secondary education. It was important to send these children onto the next phase of their lives with a good transition, enabling them to say farewell to their primary school in a positive way. We were also conscious of those who remained at home for such a long period of time and were very pleased to bring children of other ages back for a few days before the end of the school year.
Staff and Governors all worked hard to ensure the school was safe for everyone to return. The school is looking quite different with social distancing measures along with various restrictions, which will continue into the autumn term. Lots of things are in place to ensure both the children and their families are confident and I am extremely grateful for the dedication of everyone that ensured this happened.
We are all keen to get back to the time when we can welcome each and every child to school every day. We very much hope that a return to something close to normal will arrive soon and look forward to taking up this challenge in September.
Jonathan Preston Executive Headteacher
Grants Available for Students
The John Taylor Foundation is a charity that helps young people that are going to college/university/starting apprenticeships with the cost of books, equipment, tools etc.
If you are interested, under 25, haven't previously applied, and live in the ancient parish of Bisley, please apply in writing to Mrs P Bashford, Eskdale, Vander Breen St, Bisley, GL67BN, before September 5th, stating name, age, college/university/employer/course.
From The Ground
Oakridge Parochial School Allotment Project
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OAT (Oakridge Allotment Team)
Tel: 07983 65414 Email: email@example.com
Bisley-With-Lypiatt Parish Council
Please see the Parish Council website for Ward information and minutes of Council meetings. www.bisley-with-lypiatt.gov.uk.
The Parish Council (PC) is busy with the project to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) as an addition to Stroud District Council’s Local Plan to plan how the area will progress over the next 10 years.
Consultations are under way with Village Hall meetings in the 3 constituent Wards to canvas opinion with ALL residents – so any ideas you have on the way YOU want YOUR area to develop would be happily received.
Feel free to contact us if you want to share ideas about our future in Oakridge Ward.
Ward Councillors - Tony Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org – 07710 800290), Mike Bell, Roger Budgeon, Dennis Robbins Clerk - Debbie Meredith 01452 771089 email@example.com
A lot is happening - find out more from 'What's On'!
Did You Know?
Siccaridge Wood is one of the few places in the Cotswolds in which the hazel dormouse makes its home, numbers of which are closely monitored as part of a national scheme, while wood ant nests can be found on the ground and silver washed fritillary and comma butterflies flit around the open rides.
The Arts and Crafts Movement
Oakridge was a hub of the Arts and Crafts Movement and famous painters, furniture makers, poets and other interesting people have lived here. Find out more at our Oakridge History Archive.
Just beyond Siccaridge Wood lies Daneway Banks, where the steep sides have almost lunar like bumps made by generations of yellow meadow ants. A classic example of limestone grassland, it is also home to the large blue butterfly which has been recently re-introduced after being extinct in the UK for several decades.
Hire Our Village Hall
Why not hire our Village hall?
Garden Club - Local Links
Oakridge Events Diary
If you would you like us to add an event - please get in touch through the Contact Us page.
Full calendar and "What's On" available here.
"What's On" Newsletter
We protect your information and privacy strictly in accordance with all legal requirements and we do not share your personal information with any third party.
What's On Editors: Victoria Beard Tel: 01285 760339 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Gill Davis Tel: 01285 760354 Email: email@example.com
Out and About
Chalford Sports & Social Club
From time to time events and courses at the Chalford Sports & Social Club are included in 'Whats On' which you can download above or visit their website at chalford-ssc.co.uk
Bisley "Well Dressing"
Bisley's famous "Well Dressing" custom, dating from 1863, is held every Ascention day - Find out more.
Artists and Artisans In Residence
Country and Wildlife
Delve into the Archive at oakridgearchives.omeka.net
And buy the Book!
You can buy this beautiful 175 page fully illustrated hardback 'Oakridge a History' for just £12 from Ollie's Shop or by mail from John Loosely, Email :