Welcome to Swalcliffe Village
Swalcliffe, is a small village in the north of Oxfordshire, England on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is one of several small villages (including Tadmarton and Broughton) on the B4035 road between Banbury and Shipston-on-Stour. The village has a parish church dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, a pub (The Stag’s Head), several cottages and houses, and a large area of woodland and fields. There is also a boarding school, Swalcliffe Park School, for boys with special educational needs. Just to the north of the village lie the site of an Iron Age hill fort, Roman villa at Swalcliffe Lea (site only), and line of the old Roman Road now a bridleway.
Goods and Services
Each month, the Tadmarton and Swalcliffe magazine, the “The Link”, will be hand delivered to your door. It covers all forthcoming events for the villages of Tadmarton and Swalcliffe. You will also find advertised a variety of goods and services which are available locally. So, if you need a cake maker, a magician for children’s parties, a plumber or electrician, or you want to find out about local facilities and events, this is the place to look.
The refuse collection day is on Tuesday on alternate weeks for general waste (green bin) one week, and recycling (blue bin) and compostable waste (brown in) the other week.
For information about local events and items of interest, see the notice board near the bus stop (outside the church).
St Peter’s and Paul’s is a beautiful church, well worth a look. Services are held most Sunday mornings (see the notice board for details) and it is also open for the occasional concert. We also hold the annual Christmas Fair in the Church on the first Saturday in December.
Our village pub is the The Stag’s Head which serves food most days except Tuesdays. The Stag’s Head hosts a Greek night on the last Saturday of every month. This is very popular and you will need to book in advance. There are pubs in most neighbouring villages, including Epwell, Tadmarton, Sibford Gower and Shutford.
We use the village hall for a number of village events and for some art and horticultural exhibitions. You can hire it for a function if required.
Our nearest shop is the village shop in Sibford Ferris. It is open long hours and offers a range of goods including wood and kindling. It is also Post Office and newsagent (they will deliver papers and magazines).
There are also shops and a post office in Hook Norton, which is a slightly larger village. Brailes, a larger village on the way to Shipston, has a butcher’s and baker’s shop as well as the usual village store.
A more comprehensive range of shops can be found in Chipping Norton, and Shipston-on-Stour. The neighbouring village of Bloxham has a post office, a pharmacy, and a co-op.
Banbury has the full range of shops, including a large number of supermarkets.
The village bus service goes to Stratford, Shipston and Banbury. The No3a bus timetable is on the notice board outside the church although Swalcliffe is not on the timetable the bus will stop on route. The nearest railway station is in Banbury, with excellent services to London, Oxford and Birmingham.
The nearest hospital and A & E facility is the Horton in Banbury (tel. 275500). Other services can be found at the John Radcliffe Hospital or the Churchill in Oxford.
The nearest GP practice is in Burdrop, near Sibford Gower (tel.780129). There is also a practice in Bloxham (tel.722788). Bloxham also has a chemist which is open until 6.15 most weekdays.
There are dentists in Bloxham (tel. 721030) and Hook Norton (tel 01608 737911).
The nearest vets’ practice is in Hook Norton (tel 01608 696502). Vets can also be found in Banbury and Chipping Norton. There is an animal hospital in Chipping Norton.
There are primary schools in Sibford Gower and Hook Norton. The nearest state secondary school is “The Warriner” in Bloxham. There is also a large range of independent schools available locally.
Swalcliffe Park is a residential and day school for boys with Autism. All our students are aged between 11-19 years and have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – mainly Asperger’s Syndrome, with many having additional needs arising from other diagnoses including ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and language impairment.
The school is recognised nationally as a ‘confident, outward looking centre of excellence’ for students with Autism. The School is rated Ofstead Outstanding.
Parking and Garages
Parking is available at the Green near the pub, by the Tithe Barn and next to the Village Hall. Garages near the village hall are sometimes available for rent to residents. These will be advertised if they come available.
Electricity and Water
Contact Western Power Distribution on 0800 072 7282 and Thames Water on 0800 316 9800.
The nearest local library is in Hook Norton. It is open from 2p.m. – 5p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 9.30-12.30 on Saturdays. There is also a larger library in Chipping Norton (open every day except Thursday) and a larger library in Banbury, open every day.
The local council is Cherwell District Council (https://www.cherwell.gov.uk). Cherwell’s telephone number is 227001.
The Parish Council
The Parish Council meets approximately once every six weeks in the Village Hall and meetings are open to all villagers. The agenda for the meetings is posted on the village notice board outside the church and minutes are posted in “The Link“). Their contact details can be found on the notice board outside the church and in “The Link.”