Welcome to Fritwell

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

ALERT

Track and Trace Scam

Oxfordshire All In reports a new scam that tries to convince people that they have been in contact with someone who has been tested positive, pretending to be NHS Track and Trace. They then either ask for money to send them a test, or try to get hold of their personal details.

Real contact tracers will:

  • Call you from 0300 013 5000
  • Send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • Ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website

Real contact tracers will never:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • Ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • Ask for any details about your bank account
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

We urge those who are struggling and in need of support to reach out.

Both the Comet and Lynx bus are suspended until further notice. We fully understand that this might make shopping for food and medical supplies very difficult for those who rely on public transportation.

We have had a great number of residents approach us and volunteer to be of assistance.

Please do not be hesitant about coming forward if you need help of any kind. Contact details for the councillors are below. We will pair you with a volunteer on our register.

Jon Boyce

01869 346252

07718 660577

jboyce342@btinternet.com

Polly Foster

01869 345296

07989 580127

pollyfoster@hotmail.co.uk

Sheila Ultsch

01869 346665

sheilaultsch@gmail.com

Gill Simmonds

01869 345930

07709 797970

gillian.simmonds@googlemail.com

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Fritwell is an inverted L-shaped village in North Oxfordshire. It probably owes its shape to the fact that there were, in Saxon times, two separate settlements, both of which had their own manor house,

The church was built in the eleventh century between the two settlements.

The 1801 census records show that the population of Fritwell was 396. Despite agricultural depressions in the 1800s the population rose steadily and by 1891 there were 560 residents. Besides agricultural workers there were tradesmen and craftsmen in the village at this time but by 1931 the population had dropped to 452. The 2011 census indicates a population of 736.

Fritwell today is a thriving community in spite of its proximity to the motorway and therefore easy access to both Birmingham and London. This could have led to its being a dormitory village but fortunately this is not the case.

There are two places of worship in the village – St Olave’s Church, which has been much altered over the years but remains the focus for Anglican worship and the Wesleyan Reform Methodist Chapel which recently celebrated its centenary.

There has been a Church of England Primary School in Fritwell since 1872 and today it is a thriving, successful school which recently received an “good” Ofsted report. The school has been extended a number of times and now includes new classrooms,and an Early Years Unit. The village is also fortunate to have a post office and shop, a Village Hall for community and private events and a playing field with a young children’s play area, a multisports area and equipment for older children.

The Village Hall and the Playing Field are registered charitable trusts and are run by separate Committees which take on the responsibility for these facilities. Fritwell is very fortunate to have sufficient committed individuals who are prepared to give their time for the benefit of the whole community. Plans are currently under way to sell the present site for housing in return for a brand new, purpose built Hall on the site of the old George and Dragon pub.

There are organisations catering for all ages and groups, ranging from a Toddlers group for the very young to Fritwell Forget Me Not Club for the senior citizens of the village. In between there are  Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, a Rugby Club and an angling club. In addition there are many and varied events organised throughout the year by the village organisations for anyone who cares to join in. Examples of these are Quiz Nights, Race Nights, Bingo, Wine Tasting and Arts at Large performances

The affairs of the village are managed by Fritwell Parish Council.

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