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.
Ollie's Shop Christmas Hampers!
This year, Christmas may be a bit different but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make it special for our loved ones, even if we won’t be able to be with them. If you need to post a little something to far away relatives, we’ve got you covered for early Christmas shopping available already in our Cotswold room. We offer a selection of unique gifts, delicious treats or stocking fillers for all the family, for under £10 and you can post them right here on the spot through the post office so that your family gets to enjoy their special gifts on time. Latest recommended posting dates within the UK are December 18th for second
class and December 21st for 1st class; while for USA and Canada, it’s the 12th of December; for Italy, Germany or Spain, the 16th of December and for France, the 18th of December.
We also offer a fabulous Hamper Service and are already busy making lovely custom made orders, just let us know what you have in mind and we will do our utmost to create the perfect bespoke gift basket.
And speaking of gearing up to Christmas, we are already taking orders for our popular, high welfare Christmas Meats (from the family farm recently featured in Countryfile) as well as Veggie and fruit boxes. Please let us know if you’d like to place an order as soon as possible.
A selection of Wreaths will also be available soon, so please stop by to see what’s in store!
Merry Christmas and may 2021 bring all the best, health and happiness to all,
Laura, Oscar and Ollie
Butchers Arms Reopens (again...)!
What better way than to re-open with our delicious new Christmas Menu available from 5th December. Please call us on 01285 760390 or follow our Facebook page for details.
We have made the magic happen in the Butchers Arms, the tree is up and the fire roaring for the re-open on 2nd December, along with our delicious food and finest ales. Please call in advance to book a table, we require a minimum 2 days’ notice.
Thank you for your local custom and support during these turbulent times. As we step into Tier 2, we embark on another difficult journey; please support your country local in a safe manner to keep us all safe (and open).
We wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.
Bev and Greg
Call 01285 760 390 to book a table! Weekly Specials!
Please see our facebook page and new website for the latest opening hours, 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.
John Bailey Open Studio 2020
As you will know, I normally hold an Open Studio of my Paintings and Pottery at this time of year, in aid of Cancer Research. However, due to the lockdown and deteriorating local situation as regards Covid, I have regrettably decided to postpone opening the studio until the vaccine is available and it will be safer for all concerned. I do have a website – www.johnbaileyart.co.uk – or follow me on www.facebook.com/johnbaileyart – the exhibition and a selection of my latest work can be viewed there.
In the meantime, I wish all my friends and supporters a Happy and Safe Christmas, and look forward to when we can meet again in happier circumstances.
Proposed Telecommunications Mast
Soon after the last edition of What's On, EE unexpectedly withdrew the application for a telecoms mast in Far Oakridge, from Stroud District Council Planning.
There was a short breather before we became aware that they intended to re-apply. It seems that a new application would take no account of public comments submitted to the first application. A major obstacle to EE is that they cannot claim to have a "willing landowner". They appear to overcome this by starting legal proceedings against us, ( for a second time ), to take the matter to the Upper Lands Tribunal, who would then decide whether there is a mast in our field in Far Oakridge, or not. Simultaneously, agents of EE have been photographed and witnessed making
a survey of the site without notice or permission. Then soon after that, notifying us of a site survey on 12/11/20. Access to the field was promptly refused and cameras installed.
These actions by EE are inconsistent with the Industry Code of Conduct for Mobile Operators in that they are required to have standards of respectful and constructive engagement with the community and the landowners.
We are grateful to have the support of our Parish Council, District Councillor, local MP and many others, in expressing opposition to the mast and / or the tactics used by EE.
This matter is being discussed at the next Parish Meeting on Weds 2nd Dec. It is possible for members of the public to join the meeting via Zoom – please contact the Clerk (email firstname.lastname@example.org) who will send the relevant link.
We are aware, of course, that some parishioners support the idea of having improved signal etc. but feel obliged to make known, especially to nearby landowners, the background and fast moving developments in this matter.
If anyone would like to constructively discuss, comment or offer advice on this disturbing situation, we would welcome your communication.
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 (email@example.com – 07710 800290), Mike Bell, Roger Budgeon, Dennis Robbins Clerk - Debbie Meredith 01452 771089 firstname.lastname@example.org
From The Ground
Oakridge Parochial School Allotment Project
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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
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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 :