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Four Villages People, Planet, Pint – Upcoming Dates

Four Villages People, Planet, Pint – Upcoming Dates

People, Planet, Pint is a national initiative designed to get communities together to talk about the environment and sustainability in an informal way, with no agenda or chair. A ‘Four Villages’ People, Planet, Pint group is now up and running, circulating between...

Local refill points

Local refill points

If you’ve been missing stocking-up on Sesi washing up liquid etc at the Deddington Farmers’ Market we’ve got some alternatives for you.. The new community refill point in St Mary Magdalene Church in Duns Tew is offering washing up liquid at £3/litre or 30p/100ml. ...

Four Villages People Planet Pint Meet Ups!

Four Villages People Planet Pint Meet Ups!

People, Planet Pint is a national initiative to bring communities together to informally discuss sustainability and ideas for change. DEN has founded a new 'four villages' group, incorporating Duns Tew, Deddington, the Barfords and Bloxham. Your local meetup is a...

Order Your Detergent to Deddington!

Order Your Detergent to Deddington!

To date, no substitute has been found to replace Rolling Oats at the Deddington market. However, if you do still wish to buy detergent refills and are able to commit to a minimum purchase order of 5 litres, then we are placing occasional orders. To qualify we need to...

What did we discover during 2023 ‘No Mow’ Months? 

What did we discover during 2023 ‘No Mow’ Months? 

This year the Parish Council worked with their grass cutting contractors to leave 16 verge sites across the parish of Deddington un-mown for late-spring and into summer. This allowed wildflowers to set seed and complete their lifecycle before being mown, helping us to...

Meet The Local Business: The Cycological Shop

Meet The Local Business: The Cycological Shop

3 June was National Bicycle Day, so to mark this, we spoke to James from Deddington's own The Cycological Shop! Hi James, tell us about The Cyclogical Shop: The Cyclogical Shop has been established for a shade over 30 years and has been run as a family business. David...

Don’t Miss Our June Events! Swift Walk and Fenemore Farm Tour

Don’t Miss Our June Events! Swift Walk and Fenemore Farm Tour

We have two events coming up in June! On Thursday 15 June (6.30pm-8.30pm) we have a tour of Fenemore Farm in nearby Clifton! This will include a tractor ride and tour of the farm and is a great opportunity to learn about our local farm and their farming methods. This...

Deddington’s Orchard Day

Deddington’s Orchard Day

We had a lovely morning down at the community orchard in April, with 20 plus volunteers. The weather was kind and we got so much done, creating a wildflower area (fingers crossed the rabbits haven't noticed our tasty wildflower plugs), getting the 5 star luxury bug...

Help us to record Deddington’s wildflowers!

Help us to record Deddington’s wildflowers!

This year the parish council have worked with their grass cutting contractors to leave 16 grassy verge sites across the parish of Deddington un-mown during the months of May and June . The idea is to allow wildflowers to set seed and complete their lifecycle before...

Meet The Local Business: Bee Special!

Meet The Local Business: Bee Special!

To recognise World Bee Day and the importance of pollinators for our environment, this month we spoke to two local businesses - Neve's Bees and Helen's Local Honey - who have bees at the heart of what they do! Firstly, Julie, from Neve's Bees in Eynsham... Julie, tell...

This May, We’re Celebrating Bees!

This May, We’re Celebrating Bees!

We are celebrating bees and other pollinators this month.  Last year, conservation charity, Buglife, reported a 65% decline in the number of insects splattered on people’s number plates, compared to a similar study done in 2004.  Now while this may be good news for...

Local Volunteers Clean Up Deddington’s Streets

Local Volunteers Clean Up Deddington’s Streets

On Sunday 2 April, 35 volunteers from Hempton, Clifton and Deddington took part in The Great British Spring Clean community litter pick. Cherwell District Council and Deddington Parish Council helped provide the equipment although some keen wombles brought their own....

Meet the Local Business: Children’s Clothes Special!

Meet the Local Business: Children’s Clothes Special!

This April we've spoken to two local businesses about how they're helping parents and carers to act more sustainably when sourcing clothes for their children. Read our interview with Sal from Oxford based Ducky Zebra and Jess from Clifton based The Carousel Club....

Top tips this Food Waste Action Week

6-12 March is Food Waste Action Week and the theme this year is ‘Win, don’t bin’.We collected some tips from DEN members to help reduce how much edible food is thrown away. Put leftovers into food flasks for children’s packed lunches – warm lunch is much nicer than...

Let’s make Deddington a home for hedgehogs!

Let’s make Deddington a home for hedgehogs!

The Scouts have started a project to map the sightings of hedgehogs in Deddington. We hope this will lead to the formation of ‘highways’ which will allow hedge- hogs to roam safely. They can travel up to 2km a night but our modern practice of solid boundaries instead...

Celebrate Spring at Clifton Community Orchard

Celebrate Spring at Clifton Community Orchard

We have recently gained permission to create two wildflower areas at Clifton Community Orchard, relatively small areas that will soften the approach into the orchard. As well as looking pretty, the wildflowers will increase biodiversity at the site, creating a haven...

Zimbl, Pay-As-You-Go EV Rental Service, Plans Deddington Expansion

A study carried out by motoring research organisation, The RAC Foundation, reports that on averageour cars are driven for just one hour a day. That’s a very expensive 4% of the 24hrs a day, 365 days ayear that we pay to own your car for. And if you consider second car...

This Valentine’s Day, Choose Locally Grown Flowers!

This Valentine’s Day, Choose Locally Grown Flowers!

With Valentine's Day approaching, why not think about switching to locally grown flowers? We spoke to two local flower growing businesses, who are championing English flora...which means you might have to 'branch out' from roses this Valentine's Day. First up, we...

  Petiton to make Swift bricks compulsory: A campaign has been started to make it compulsory to include Swifts bricks in all new building developments. The petition is supported by the RSPB. If successful it will also help House Sparrows, Starlings and other...

Meet the local business owner….North Aston Farms & Dairy

Meet the local business owner….North Aston Farms & Dairy

Each month we'll be speaking with a local business owner who is similarly committed to support people in and around Deddington in living greener lives. In January, we sat down with North Aston Farms!  Who are you and what do you do?  We are James and Vicky...

It’s Big Energy Saving Week! How Can You Make Savings?

It’s Big Energy Saving Week! How Can You Make Savings?

17 - 23 January is National Big Energy Saving Week In December we looked at how we might insulate our homes to save energy, and this month we’re considering other ways to cut bills and save fuel…. Get an annual boiler service – a healthy boiler will save you money in...

What is the future of solar panels on farmland?

What is the future of solar panels on farmland?

We went to find out! In November, 30 villagers from Deddington and Duns Tew visited our local solar farm, Hill Farm, in Duns Tew, to learn from the landowner and the developer about the current farm and plans for its extension. So what is the data about solar farm...

Hedgehog Talk – 7pm, 4th October 2022, Deddington Arms

Hedgehog Talk – 7pm, 4th October 2022, Deddington Arms

The UK hedgehog population has suffered a dramatic decline over the last 10 years. Critical to hedgehog conservation in urban environments is their ability to move through a wider landscape.  Wildlife expert, Stephen Powles, will describe how you can make your...

Is your home leaking heat?

Is your home leaking heat?

Are you, or someone you know, worried about rapidly rising energy bills? Would you like to reduce heat loss from your home? Do you care about the impact of the continued use of fossil fuels on the environment? Come and learn more at The Holly Tree, Deddington on...

Palm Oil – what’s the issue?

Palm Oil – what’s the issue?

Check the food products in your fridge and cupboards and more than likely you’ll find that many of them contain palm oil. It’s in over 50% of the packaged food that we buy in Britain. It’s an incredibly versatile oil that makes it useful in lots of different products....

In Praise of Pollinators

In Praise of Pollinators

Over dinner, think about the fact that we have pollinators to thank for every third mouthful of food we eat, and that (according to WWF), pollinators are worth a staggering £690mil/year to the UK economy. Pardon the pun, but in the past we've...

Is Sustainable Travel a Thing?

Is Sustainable Travel a Thing?

While arguably staying at home and going on local day trips on bike, on foot or public transport is going to be the greenest holiday option, some of us have a hankering for getting further away, perhaps even leaving the country, and would like to know how to make our...

How sustainable are our Easter eggs?

How sustainable are our Easter eggs?

Here in the UK we are the fourth biggest consumers of chocolate in the world but experts estimate that chocolate ranks just below red meat in terms of eco-unfriendly foods. With Easter coming up, we thought we’d look at how we can all help to make chocolate a more...

A new concept in car sharing

Oxfordshire's "local loop" car share model featured in the Sunday Times today. DEN are investigating the potential for a local car sharing scheme and would love to hear your views.We're looking at a new concept whereby locals can share their cars with each...

Fancy a pint and time to dig out that yellow vest?

We've been busy this autumn organising a range of events.  Have a look at the ones below, there will be lots more to come next year.. SUNDAY 5th DECEMBER 10 am - VILLAGE LITTER PICKFollowing on from the Parish Council's great work in recent years, DEN is planning...

At last! It’s orchard planting time

Saturday 16th October is Community Orchard Planting Day down at Welford's Piece in Clifton.  We'd love your help in planting fruit trees and spring bulbs so come and bring your gardening gloves, and spade or bulb planter if you have them and join in the fun from 10.30...

How is cycling helping to preserve habitats?

The World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre.It does this by developing partnerships which are aimed at supporting local, often...

How is your Spanish?

Tomorrow, Tuesday 28th September, a group of Spanish Environmentalists are arriving from Santander by ferry and planning to walk all the way to Glasgow for the Cop26 Summit*, raising awareness for climate change on the way. On the 7th of October they will be...

Funding secured for Community Orchard

Funding secured for Community Orchard

Great news! Grant funding has been successfully secured to create a Heritage Community Orchard at The Welford’s Piece, Tithe Lane, Clifton. A big thank you to the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) whose funding will cover the cost of the trees, bulbs, signage...

Learn how to Bee Friendly in your garden

Want to learn more about how to turn your garden into a pollinator's paradise?We still have some spaces at our "Gardening for Wildlife" event that we are holding on the 14th September at the Deddington Arms at 6.30 pm. Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire...

Bottles Bottles Bottles!

Can you help? We need your empties including plastic takeaway boxesWe're looking forward to seeing you at the Farmer's Market tomorrow morning and have a request.. We are running low on our stock of spare bottles...