How to use Langford’s AED/Defibrillator

The yellow box on the wall outside Langford Village Community Centre contains a life saving device but would you know how to use it in an emergency? Last year we made a short video that contains all the details on how to access and use our AED if someone is suffering a cardiac arrest. Please do watch it – just in case.

Let there be new lights!

We’re really proud to announce that new eco-friendly, energy efficient LED lighting is now installed in your hall at Langford Village Community Centre. It’s not only brighter but fully dimmable too, bringing useful new flexibility for anyone running a group or holding events.

This latest improvement has been made possible thanks to the booking fees we receive from all existing users of the hall and through our Langford residents’ support at events such as the 25th anniversary fun day that was held last May.

Thank you all, we hope the new lights will be enjoyed by everyone who books the hall from now on.

If you, or someone you know, would like to book the facilities then please get in touch.

We’d also love more of our hall users to leave a Google review.

Carole, Chairman LVCA, and the Committee members.

Langford Life – from the archives…

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Community Centre, the committee wanted to make back issues of the “Langford Life” newsletter electronically. Paper copies have been scanned so they can be published on this website.

The Association itself came about following the first ever Langford Village Residents Public Meeting which was held on 26 November 1992 at Longfields School. More than 200 residents of Langford Village attended along with speakers from Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, representatives of local schools, local councillors, the police and church leaders.

The then leader of Cherwell District Council, Cllr Douglas Spencer (among others), raised the importance of forming a residents association. Other issues of note were the provision of facilities including a school, community centre, doctors surgery, shops and a pub along with the necessary access roads. Completion of the ring road which went nowhere was a big issue – at that time there was no bridge underneath the railway line to London.

If local residents were to form an association it would enable them to be involved in local issues – running the future Community Centre, school and transport provision, the completion of roads and other infrastructure, the provision of amenities and policing etc. The general aim was that such an association would be involved in consultation at all levels affecting the future of the community.

A community association (as opposed to a residents association) was suggested in order to engage with a broader base of the population. At the subsequent meeting on 9 December 1992 it was agreed that the name of the new association should be the Langford Village Community Association.

The first “Langford Life” newsletter was published in January 1993. In the headlines then were Langford’s new bus service to be provided by Thames Transit and a second post box. Click on the image below to view it in full.

Although much has changed in 25 years many of the issues of today do seem rather familiar!

Langford Life Issue I

25th Anniversary Raffle Winners

We promised to publish a list of winning tickets from our raffle that was held at the special celebration event held at the Langford Village Community Centre on Sunday 5 May 2019.

Thanks to everyone who came along to support the event and to make it a great day!

To see the results please now click here.

‘Oxfordshire Plan 2050’ – time running out…

Time is running out to respond to the “Oxfordshire Plan 2050”. The plan is devised by the Oxfordshire Growth Board and represents the next stage of further extensive housing development beyond 2030. By 2031, more than 4000 houses are already in the pipeline for the area of Bicester south of the railway, surrounding Langford and Ambrosden. But by 2050 government wants up to 300,000 new homes in Oxfordshire.

The deadline for response is 25 March 2019 i.e next Monday.

The timing of this announcement is similar to the National Infrastructure Commission report ‘Partnering for Prosperity’ which was published just 3 days before the Budget on 22 November 2017. That budget effectively agreed the report without any consultation and set in motion plans for 1 million new houses in the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Arc by 2050.

With government and media currently pre-occupied with other matters, this consultation risks slipping under the radar. The seemingly relentless drive for growth at any cost – 1 million new houses, 300,000 in Oxfordshire – would more than double the population of Oxfordshire in the space of 30 years and could be a castrophe. It is the justification for a new Motorway.

On budget day, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published a policy paper on the Arc, outlining the ‘government ambition and joint declaration between government and local partners’.

See link below:

If you feel such growth is unsustainable, would like to respond to the consultation but are not sure what to say, you may wish to review the following link…

2019 Newsletters and Social Media

We’re hoping to share another newsletter with Langford residents very soon.

Meanwhile we’ll continue posting articles on the website and keep you up-to-date with news and events via our social media channels. So please do like us on facebook and follow on twitter.

Just click on one of the buttons here on the website or search @LangfordLife

Big Increase in Commuting to Oxford

As the Public Inquiry into Phase 2 of East West Rail begins today in Milton Keynes I have been looking at the latest station usage data. Estimates of Station Usage for 2017-18, for all stations in Great Britain, were published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in December 2018. There were almost 2 million entries and exits at Bicester Village station representing 51% increase in usage compared with the previous year.
East West Rail Phase 1 was completed in December 2016 and the latest estimates include the first full year’s data for Chiltern Railways’ Oxford to Marylebone train service.

Annual Estimates of Station Usage – data from

Change since
Bicester Village1,979,0001,311,000413,000+668,000 [+51%]
Islip34,10019,60010,500+14,500 [+74%]
Oxford Parkway939,000810,000275,000+129,000 [+16%]
Oxford7,984,0006,631,0006,565,000+1,353,000 [+20%]
Marylebone16,693,00016,667,00015,933,000+26,000 [+0%]
Bicester North 792,000923,0001,417,000-132,000 [-14%]

Nationally, usage was flat while the general trend across the south east was down. Several years of above average fare increases are now clearly having an impact. Yet on the Chiltern route, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Warwick Parkway, Solihull and High Wycombe all showed small increases. Bicester North showed a 14% drop in usage while Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill also saw small decreases. On the North Cotswolds line and other routes into Oxford usage also fell.

It is clear that most of the 1.35 million increase at Oxford will be due to commuting on the new Chiltern service, particularly from Bicester. The 14-minute journey is attractive compared with the congested A34. While Oxford will have seem some growth from further afield, opening of the new Westgate shopping centre will also be a factor.

Locally there has also been some abstraction from Bicester North to Bicester Village. Despite the more limited car parking facilities, the train service between Bicester Village and Marylebone is now clearly preferred. And commuting to Oxford looks set to grow further when the service increases to 5tph from Bicester with EWR Phase 2 from 2023. Back in 2007-08 the equivalent figures for Bicester Town and Bicester North were 52,000 and 911,000 – how things have changed in 10 years…

Fundraisers – it’s time to take your bow!

We’re delighted, and might even say ‘floored’, that funds needed for major improvement work at Langford Village Community Hall have been secured more quickly than we’d dared hope. Thanks to some fantastic support a brand new Karndean surface has now been laid, replacing the twenty-five-year-old original flooring that had served us well since the Hall first opened in early 1994.

Interior view of the hall

The Langford Village Community Association (LVCA) had appealed to supporters at the beginning of 2018 knowing that it would take a major effort to raise the large amount that was needed. Excitingly, and in just over six months, a total of £12,000 was made ready to ensure the work could go ahead and the new floor was installed in September.

Now the many local groups and organisations that use Langford Village Community Hall are reporting how much they’re enjoying using the improved facility and passing on their thanks that the improvement has been made possible.The funds needed were raised in a number of ways. For example, the support of local residents who put tokens in the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ boxes helped secure a £2,000 donation from the supermarket. Donations were also made by the Doris Field Trust, Bicester Parkrun and via the Nightingale pub, which backed a special quiz night to help.

Both Cherwell District Council and Bicester Town Council gave financial grants and the LVCA used some of the funds it had built up through hiring out the hall.

Carole Hetherington, the chair of the LVCA, says, “It was really terrific to see our appeal getting such a fast and positive response and we’d like to give a big thanks to all who’ve supported us. We’re very proud of the new floor and will be taking great care to ensure this one also serves local residents for a good quarter of a century”.

The LVCA also wishes to thank Manor Flooring for their help and professionalism in laying the floor and for giving a discount, which also helped ensure the work could go ahead swiftly.