Eynsham Parish Council represents the interests of the people of Eynsham and Barnard Gate to other public authorities, and is consulted on things like planning, public transport, road improvements, mineral policy, tourism and crime prevention.
It contributes to local amenities such as allotments, bus-shelters, litter bins; provides recreational facilities including community buildings, playing fields and the Abbey Fishponds; makes grants in aid of many village clubs and charities; provides services such as grass-cutting on behalf of OCC; and maintains an interest in churchyard upkeep. View Annual Report 2013.
At present the Council is actively involved in:
Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 19:30 in the Bartholomew Room. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Public participation is invited near the start of the meeting on any item on the agenda.
"We have been Eynsham residents since 1997, moving here to take up a new job. Since then, my wife Jean has become the minister of the Baptist Church, having completed her training in Oxford, and both children have been through Bartholomew School. I'm still working full-time managing the development of new products for an electronic instrument manufacturer in Witney.
We very much enjoy living in the village, close to both city and country and with a lively and active community.
"As a Parish and District Councillor, I want to contribute to maintaining and improving that quality of life, making the village a place where anyone can afford to live and be a part of the community.
"I'm a member of GreenTEA whose long term aim is to sustain that same quality of life as oil gets scarce and energy more expensive and, when I get the time, I'll enjoy some of the practical aspects of sustainable living in my gardening and DIY."
Chairman of the Parish Council. View report to Annual Parish Meeting 16/04/2013
Parish Councillor since September 2011.
I have lived in Eynsham since 1998 and have become more aware during that time of the work which the Parish Council does to improve village life. I look forward to helping in whatever way I can.
My wife Liz and I have two sons - one is now at university having successfully studied at Eynsham Primary School, Bartholomew School and Cherwell College. The other has just finished at the primary school and is moving up to Bartholomew this September.
I work for the Atomic Energy Authority at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) near Abingdon on government liaison, having previously been involved in business strategy at Harwell, and studied physics at University.
Parish Councillor since September 2011.
I was born in Eynsham and have lived here most of my life. I have 3 children, two attending Bartholomew School and one about to start an apprenticeship.
I work as an Officer for Oxfordshire County Council in the Childcare Development Team.
I enjoy walking, cycling and archaeology. I also have a passion for Oxford United Football Club and am a season ticket holder.
I am keen to see the village community continue to thrive and grow and have a particular interest in issues that affect children and young people.
Parish Councillor since 3 August 2010.
“My wife and I moved here from Worcester and found ourselves in a lovely vibrant, friendly community, we love it here. Since moving to the village I have become involved with the Council by serving on the Communications Committee.
“I recently completed my BA in Art History at Oxford Brookes, as a VERY mature student, but will my studies end there? I don’t know yet, watch this space.”
Parish Councillor since August 2002.
I moved to Eynsham in December 1994 to be near my work in a printing company on Oakfields Industrial Estate. I joined various societies to get to know people and was amazed at how much was going on. I met Paul Hughes and we married in June 2001.
When I retired in 2003 I was co-opted onto the Parish Council. I wanted to see for myself what really happened, so many people had told me how useless the Parish Council was! However I was impressed by how much time and effort the members took to consider the needs of the whole community and have been trying to do my share ever since.
I have been living in Eynsham for nearly forty years so nearly qualify as a local resident. My wife and I have brought up our two daughters here and the village schools have played a big part in tying us into the community.
This is my second stint on the Parish Council, having completed twelve years in the past. That period as a councillor led to my becoming chair of the Primary School Governors, as well as involving me in the playing fields committees and the two village charities.
My working life is spent in the NHS, where I am Technical Manager for the Oxford Kidney Unit responsible for the team ensuring safe operation of all the dialysis machines within a fifty mile radius of Oxford. Through work, I have also chaired the professional body of Renal Technologists, sit on two BSI committees, the Federation for Healthcare Science and the Registration Panel for Clinical Technologists.
I have always been a keen cricketer and play squash regularly, suffering the aches and pains accordingly ... who said sport was good for you!
Parish Councillor since August 2006.
I have lived in Eynsham since 1986 (apart from a 3 year stint in Cassington). I am a keen walker and enjoy camping, pubs, the theatre and the countryside. I love being involved in village life, both through the Parish Council and by simply living here.
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Parish Councillor since September 2011.
I was born and educated in London. After obtaining a Geography honours degree at Manchester University, I trained as an accountant in the NHS in Yorkshire and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in 1983.
I was Finance Director and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Health Authority, then served as Chief Executive of Berkshire Health Authority in 1999 and Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority in April 2002 and am now Chief Executive of Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow PCTs.
I moved to Eynsham with wife Anne in 1985. Our son attended the local primary and Bartholomew School. Anne now runs a luxury wedding cake company from the village.
Parish Councillor since March 2013.
Since serving in the Royal Navy and graduating with a chemical engineering degree, I have run my practice as an IP (intellectual property) attorney in Cassington since 1986. As a parish councillor there since around 2004, I have been involved preparing a village plan, producing the monthly Cassington & Worton News and communicating with WODC on planning and other topics involving the village.
Attending Eynsham Parish Council meetings, I was particularly interested in the wide range of subjects raised, their treatment and the communications with interested parties. I welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to the workings of the village and the parish council in whose area I shall be living shortly.
A major reason for moving to Eynsham with its shops, bus services and friendly people is to make me realise I have retired. I will try hard to use my experience from Cassington, and the making of new acquaintances, to be of service to Eynsham people and organisations.
Vice-Chair of the Parish Council; Parish Councillor since May 1995.
Like most people in Eynsham I’m a blow-in (that great Irish term for a newcomer), having drifted across from Oxford in 1991. Our three children have been through school in the village and my wife’s parents and sister also live here, so I feel now as though I more or less belong.
I’ve been a governor at both schools, a district councillor and, since 1995, a parish councillor. When I look back over those years I’ve noticed a great improvement in the effectiveness of the council - we spend your money much more efficiently and we’re far more successful at bringing in funds from outside.
The council’s powers are hardly enormous, but when making decisions I always try to remember three things: that Eynsham, like all other villages, has changed and will continue to change; that no particular part of the village or interest group should have special priority; and that it’s often those who make the least fuss whose need is the greatest.
Parish Councillor since 3 November 2009.
Dennis moved to Eynsham full-time in 2000. He took early retirement in 2006 after 20 years as a solicitor in London and Oxford.
I moved to Eynsham last year with my wife and son and we're now expecting a second child. Having grown up in Witney and lived in Oxford for the last 10 years, I've a strong connection with the local area. We have settled in very well, and anticipate remaining here a considerable time. We expect our children to attend school locally, so feel we have a real stake in the community.
I've worked in local government for 15 years, in various roles relating to local taxation and housing benefits, and at borough and district councils as well as Oxford City Council. This helps me understand the responsibilities of the different tiers of local government, which can be confusing even for people who have been involved for some time.
Experience with Oxford Samaritans helped me understand the issues involved in running small, voluntary organisations where money is tight. I think there is a significant crossover with some aspects of running a Parish Council.
I look forward to taking part in maintaining and improving the local community.
Retired Oxford Hospitals medical consultant; joined the Parish Council in 1991 - initially to fight the huge gravel extraction threat to the whole area between Eynsham and Cassington from north of the A40 almost to the River Thames. With help this was then achieved. Chairman of Council 1997-8.
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