Broadband: Most telephone lines in the Village can support high speed Broadband internet connections: contact BT for confirmation that your line is suitable and for a line speed test. For Internet Service Providers (ISPs) see comparison Websites such as Simply Switch.
Buses: The No 11 Bus goes between Oxford and Witney via Eynsham, Long Hanborough, Freeland and North Leigh (weekdays only from September 2016).
The No 233 Bus runs from Witney to Burford and does not go through Freeland but passes along the A4095 near the Northern end of Wroslyn Road.
The No S1 Bus goes between Carterton and Oxford via Witney and Eynsham.
For other local buses see the Stagecoach Timetable for Oxfordshire.
Cashpoints: There are Cashpoints at: the Co-op shop in Long Hanborough; Tesco Express on the A40 near Eynsham and the Total Service station on the A40 near the Eynsham roundabout.
Chemist: The nearest pharmacist is now at the Surgery in Long Hanborough on Churchill Way. Lloyd’s Pharmacy is at 64 Acre End Street in Eynsham, tel: 01865-881-283.
Childcare: There is an active Pre-school in the Village that aims to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children age 2½ to 5 years old.
Play equipment for supervised young children is available in the playing field behind the Village Hall.
Privately run local Day Nurseries include:
Daffodil Day Nursery at 204 Main Road, Long Hanborough tel: 01993-883-451;
Scotts House Day Nursery, Eynsham Park, North Leigh tel: 01993-883-217,
Willow Cottage Nursery, Owls Leat, Lower Road, Eynsham and Oxley's Farm, Cumnor Road, Farmo or.
A branch of the national “Tumble Tots” is held in Witney at Burwell Hall, in Thorney Leys, with classes aimed at developing children's physical skills through the use of brightly coloured Tumble Tots equipment.
Churches: See Religious Meeting Places, below.
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB): There is a West Oxfordshire branch of the national Citizens Advice Bureau which provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities and aims to help them with their problems. Their offices in Witney are at the Old Print House, Marlborough Lane, Witney, Oxon OX29 6DY, tel: 08444-111-444. CAB also run Community Connect which provides older people in Oxfordshire access to information and services.
Counsellors, Therapists and Life Coaches:
County Council: Oxfordshire County Council is based at County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND tel:01865-792-422. Their Website contains useful information for residents of the County of all ages.
To find a National Health Dentist, the best approach is to use to the NHS dental choices website for Oxfordshire.
District Council: West Oxfordshire District Council is based at Wood Green, Witney, OX28 1NB, tel: 01993-861-000 and is responsible for matters of Planning, the Local Environment, Leisure Facilities and Health & Safety issues.
Doctors: We are part of the Eynsham Medical Group with surgeries at Churchill Way, Long hanborough and Conduit Lane, Eynsham.
During opening hours: Monday to Friday 0830-1830)
Out of hours telephone: 0845-345-8995.
Long Hanborough Surgery 56 Churchill Way, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxon OX29 8JL Tel: 01993-881-330
Eynsham Surgery Eynsham Medical Centre, Conduit Lane, Eynsham, Witney, Oxon OX29 4QB Tel: 01865-881-206.
Dispensary: Monday to Friday 0830-1300 and 1400-1830):
Minor Injuries Unit: Witney Minor Injury Unit (MIU), Out Patients Department, Witney Community Hospital, Welsh Way, Witney OX28 6JJ; tel: 01608 648262: Open 10:00–22.30 seven days a week;
NHS non-emergency number: 111
Call 111 and speak to a highly trained advisor, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
The default supplier is Southern Electric.
The phone number to report a power cut is 08000-72-72-82.
The 24 hour Meterline (to give a meter reading) is 0800-220-995
Emergency Contacts listed include Ambulance, Fire, Police, Doctors, NHS Direct, Witney Minor Injury Unit, Samaritans and Flooding Services
Fire Stations: The nearest fire station is Eynsham: Stanton Harcourt Road, OX29 4HX tel: 01865-881-337. (in an emergency phone 999). The staff also carry out community safety work such as supply and fitting of smoke detectors, talks to schools and other groups, advice on car child seats and attendance at local events.
There is also a fire station in Witney on Welch Way.
Health Visitors: The health visitors specialise in the health and development of under fives and will also help with family problems that might affect the children. They run child health clinics and postnatal groups.
One or both health visitors are available on weekdays from 0900 - 1700.
For any queries, please ring Long Hanborough - 01993 881887
If the health visitor is not in the office an answering machine will record your message.
Job Vacancies: "JobbyDoo" is a listing of job vacancies in Oxfordshire.
Markets: There is a Farmers’ Market in Witney organised by the Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative in the Market Place on the third Wednesday of the month.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs):
We are in the South-East region which is represented in the European Parliament by 10 MEPs. The UK Office is at 2 Queen Anne’s Gate, London Sw1H 9AA, tel: 020-7227-4300 or Email.
Notice Boards: Notice Boards may be found in front of the Village Hall and at the corner of Wroslyn Road and Parklands. At each site there are two types of notice board: (1) an official Parish Council notice board which is glass-enclosed and locked. To have a notice added, contact the Parish Clerk: Lisa Smith, tel: 01993-880-067; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (2) an open notice board for general use. These are not covered and notices should, preferably, be contained in a weather-proof plastic laminate.
Parish Council: The Parish Council normally meets on the third Monday of the month in the Newell Room at Freeland Hall. The Clerk is Lisa Smith, tel: 01993-880-067:
Pharmacists: The nearest pharmacist is now at the Surgery in Long Hanborough on Churchill Way. Lloyd’s Pharmacy is at 64 Acre End Street in Eynsham, tel: 01865-881-283.
Planning: The responsible authority for local planning is the District Council. Planning applications affecting Freeland are also considered by the Parish Council.
Playing Field: The playing field is behind the Village Hall near the centre of the village. It has toddler play equipment next to the Village Hall and play equipment for older children at the far end of the playing field, where there is also a shelter for teenagers. The playing field is the responsibility of the Parish Council and all equipment is inspected regularly for wear or damage. The pitches are used regularly by the Football Club and the Cricket Club.
Police: The Witney Police station is in Welch Way, Witney, Oxon OX28 6JN: tel: 101 for non-emergencies (call 999 for emergencies), and is open: Mon to Fri 0800 - 2000 and Sat & Sun 1000 - 1800. It is part of the Thames Valley Police.
In Freeland we are part of the Woodstock Neighbourhood. Local issues are tackled by the Neighbourhood Action Group, made up of local residents and partnership organisations. Our Neighbourhood Specialist Officer is PC Richard Conner and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are Phil Workman and Tina Townshend.
Post: There are three Post Collection Boxes in Freeland. They are in Wroslyn Road and are (1) near the A4095 junction (2) by the Primary School and (3) by the Village Hall. Currently there is one daily postal delivery to homes - on week days and Saturdays.
Post Offices: There are Post Offices in Long Hanborough at 72 Main Road
tel: 01993-881-212 and in North Leigh at 10 Common Road in the Memorial Hall. Both of these businesses are also newsagents for daily papers and magazines.
Recycling: There is a Waste Recycling Centre, “Dix Pit” just west of Stanton Harcourt, off the Eynsham-Hardwick Road.
Household paper, cardboard, glass, metal, textiles and plastics and household food waste are collected in black boxes every Wednesday. What can and cannot be recycled is controlled by West Oxfordshire District Council.
There is also a garden waste recycling scheme in wheely bins collected fortnightly on Wednesdays (alternating with the non-recyclable household waste collection).
All bins and boxes should normally be put out on Tuesday night before the Wednesday collection day.
Religious meeting places:
There are two Churches in Freeland and several others in nearby villages:
Witney: There is a Quaker Meeting every Sunday at the Corn Exchange Witney at 10 am on the first Sunday of the month and 10.30 am on the remaining Sundays. Contact: Mahalla Mason tel: 01993 702518.
Burford: There is a Quaker Meeting every Sunday at 11 am at the Meeting House, Pytts Lane, off Witney Street, Burford. Contact: David Day tel: 01993 823398
Road repairs: Road repairs are the responsibility of Oxfordshire Highways tel: 0845-310-11-11, at Oxfordshire County Council.
Freeland CE School is a small, friendly primary school situated in the centre of the Village near Parklands.
Tel 01993-883-707. Email email@example.com
Bartholomew School in Eynsham is a very well regarded school that performs well in the tables of GCSE and A-level exam results. Tel: 01865-881-430.
Eynsham Schools’ Partnership is a linking organisation for all the local schools and their Website contains much useful information.
Social & Community Services: Health and Social Care is provided by Oxfordshire County Council in the form of support for carers, advice and contacts for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, and disabilities and infirmities associated with old age.
There are also independent organizations that provide help, such as:
Age UK (formerly Age Concern) which has an Oxfordshire branch that provides valuable help and advice to the elderly. It runs, for example, The Elms Day Centre,at 9 Church Green, Witney, tel: 01993-771-078 which provides day care for up to 25 people each day (Mon-Fri) with various activities offered that are designed to stimulate and help the members,
Dementia Information Line provides information and advice by phone to people with dementia, their carers and professionals and is open Mon-Fri and outside of office hours. Tel: 0345 450 1276.
Elderberries are a social group which meets in the Recreation Hall in long Hanborough every Wednesday 9.30am-2.30pm. They have over 20 members, including some from Freeland and welcome more! Members enjoy social interaction with friends and a 2 course lunch for £10 if they need transport, or £7 without.
Guideposts’ Independent Living Centre assists people in Oxfordshire to increase and maintain their independence through the use of assistive technology aids and adaptations that are shown in a homelike environment for the lounge, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The Centre does not sell equipment, but offers free objective assessments and showcases products to aid everyday living so that you can “try before you buy”. tel:01235-856-212 Mon to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The Centre is based at Abingdon Resource and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon and is open Mon to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Volunteer Link-up is based at the Methodist Church, Wesley Walk, Witney, tel: 01993-776-277, and runs three projects that help the West Oxfordshire community: Transport: volunteer drivers take people who cannot use public transport to appointments (for a small fee), Befriending: volunteers visit people at home for a chat or do shopping or errands for them and Practical Tasks: volunteers help with gardening or small DIY or decorating jobs.
West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau provides free independent, confidential advice to everyone about their problems,
Sports, Walking and Health:
The Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney was built as a joint project between West Oxfordshire District Council and the Education authority in 1975 and provides a 25 metre Swimming Pool, Teaching Pool, 4-court Sports Hall, 5 Squash Courts, Snooker Room, Café, Health and Fitness Studio and an artificial Turf Pitch.
The Oxfordshire Sports Partnership provides courses, news of events and advice on how to get active.
The Ramblers Association has an active local group in West Oxfordshire. The area secretary is Mrs E. Lukes, in Yarnton, Email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Association organizes several walks per week along footpaths and byways in the Oxfordshire area. Walks are of varying length and pace: from a leisurely 4-5 miles with Pub stops, to a strenuous 10-16 miles for those of above average fitness!
Walking for Health provides assistance for those wishing to increase their health by walking.
Taxi cabs: There are several local firms that operate in the area:
Angelas Taxis are based in Witney and serve West Oxfordshire. tel: 01993-771-122 and 01993-771-072
Livey’s Taxis operate local and long distance services and are based in North Leigh tel: 07979-507-535
Abacus Taxis operate local and national services and are based in Witney tel: 01993-709-188
Damos Taxis serve villages around Witney tel: 01993-703-322
AAC Taxis are based in Witney and operate local and airport services (including one-way and return journeys to all of the major airports including London Stansted and London Luton) tel: 01993-800-800
MJ Taxis are based in Cassington and specialise in Airport Transfer tel” 01993-800-800 and 0845-250-2755
Witney Shuttle are based in Witney and operate an Airport Shuttle service. tel: 0800-046-4333. Book by Website booking form. The shuttle departs from Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold and Church Green, Witney and stops at The George and Dragon in Long Hanborough, The White House in Bladon, The Turnpike in Yarnton, Sunderland Avenue and The Oxford Hotel in North Oxford and London Road, Wheatley on its way to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Trading Standards: Oxfordshire Trading Standards provides advice on a wide range of consumer issues: buying goods and services, holidays, cars, credit and finance, scams and safety. tel: 0845-051-0845
Trains: The nearest station to Freeland is Hanborough: Witney Road, Long Hanborough OX29 8LA. It serves Oxford, London Paddington, Worcester and Hereford and is run by First Great Western. There is an automated system for tracking train arrivals and departures from Hanborough.
Oxford station is in Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HS and serves Bristol, Edinburgh via Birmingham and London via Reading. Train operators: First Great Western and Virgin. There is an automated system for tracking train arrivals and departures from Oxford.
Timetables for all trains services may be found at National Rail Enquiries, tel:08457-484-950.
There is also a Traveline integrated bus/rail Journey Planner.
Water: The local supplier is Thames Water, tel 0845-9200-805, P.O. Box 286, Swindon, SN38 2RA. Many people have opted to have Water Meters fitted which can make large cost saving for households of two or less. Thames water are also responsible for wastewater removal and levy a separate charge for this service. If you see a leak, their 24 hour “Leakline” is 0800-714-614.
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