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Fifield news

The Villager Bus is under threat following a Department for Transport push to bring in an EU regulation and change the licence under which these and all mini-buses are driven. The Villager operates six buses, and provides the only public transport service for some 50 or so isolated villages across West Oxfordshire and neighbouring parts of Gloucestershire. If this change happens the cost will probably drive many mini-buses off the road. Robert Courts MP has promised his support, but the matter is of considerable concern.

Pub of the Year.  Many congratulations to Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing, whose Kings Head Pub at Bledington has been named Pub of the Year, not just for Gloucestershire, not just for the Cotswolds, but for the whole country. This is absolutely splendid news and a fitting tribute to the hard work that Archie and Nic put into organising and running their pubs (they also have The Swan at Swinbrook, and the New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns). Fifield couldn’t be more proud.

The West Wall of Fifield Church . While working on removing the old, flaking and loose plaster, Robin Perry’s men uncovered the site in the west wall of the old door and stone archway, which led from the outside to the now vanished gallery at the west end of the church. Photographs have been taken and the project adds another interesting note to the history of the church and the village.

Catherine Hitchens

December 2017 – January 2018