Woodcote - Oxfordshire Village of the Year 2008
Read about what the winning village has to offer.
The village of Woodcote in South Oxfordshire is a giant among local villages standing head and shoulders above the opposition. This year it took the crown from the 2007 winner Steeple Aston.
Aimee Evans from the Oxfordshire Rural Community council said: "We wanted a good overall village that was strong in lots of different areas and Woodcote were really very strong. They have a good welcome pack, they have good relationships with businesses, they have a Citizens Advice Bureau that operates an outreach service in the village, a superb nature conservation group that was picked out by the judges, they involve local young people, it has good local facilities, the list is endless really. It’s a very good village."
If you like your religion you can choose a church from three popular Christian flavours - Catholic, Church of England and Methodist. The children of Woodcote have unparalleled access to education with four primary or pre-schools, two secondary schools and a DfES Specialist Performing Arts College. Having the schools in the village means that there are lots of children keeping Woodcote young and vibrant.
The environment around Woodcote in spring is particularly spectacular with oceans of bluebells carpeting the Woodland floors making it a delightful place to go for a country walk. The cricket club in Woodcote is a big part of the strong community vibe in the village which really comes to the fore in the middle of July when Woodcote stages its Veteran Transport Rally which sees many of the locals volunteering to ensure the festival's success.
Finally if this wasn’t enough Woodcote is remarkable in that it has two shops - Londis and Somerfield - and also retains a Post Office!
Fiona Preston, the Chairman of the Parish Council, said, “This is absolutely brilliant; I mean we’re ecstatic about this. It means so much because we have so many volunteers in the village and it’s saying a big thank you and recognition of the work they do.”
last updated: 02/07/2008 at 16:19