Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second

21 April 1926 - 8 September 2022

We were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and would like to express our deepest condolences to all members of the Royal Family.

Book of Condolence

A book of condolence will be opened in the Church for those wishing to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen. The book will be opened over this coming weekend and will remain available up until 17:00hrs on the day after the funeral.

Alternatively, you may like to sign Buckingham Palace’s e-book of condolence.


Parishioners may wish to lay flowers as a mark of respect. Tributes may be placed at the Church on the right hand side of the path towards the Church.  

Church Service

Details will be published as soon as they are available.

As a mark of respect, some events will be cancelled until the period of official mourning has passed.

Flower and Produce Show, 2022

Following on from the success of last year’s Show, the Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that the Show will go on, again, this year on Sunday 4th September, 2022 at the Village Hall at 2pm, where you can enjoy refreshments and the auction of produce.

Copies of the Show catalogue have already been circulated throughout the village. The catalogue sets out the details of all various and many classes of flowers, fruit, vegetables and craft which make up the Show.  Many of the classes are old and popular favourites from previous years, but there are one or two new introductions. So the catalogue is a must read (spot the unintended joke). As an added incentive all children’s entries are again free this year 

If you have not received your copy of the catalogue, don’t panic. A black and white version of the catalogue with entry forms will be circulated 2 or 3 weeks before the Show, in plenty of time for you get your entries in by 28th August. 

Meanwhile keep growing and making.

Flower and Produce Show Committee

North West Bicester

Outline planning permission is being sought by David Lock Associates and Hallam Land Management to build ca. 3,100 new homes on the land between Bucknell and Bicester. 

This is a new application that appears to be larger in scope than the previous “eco-town” proposals - it is now proposed to be even closer to Bucknell. 

The Outline Planning Application is now with Cherwell District Council. It can be found at this site:

The closing date for comments is currently set as 10 February. 

There are currently 3 objections lodged - 1 from a resident in Bicester relating to a junction that will be built close to their property and 2 from Bucknell residents. 

The Parish Council has requested an extension to the deadline - namely because we have requested a true consultation from the developers; we have asked for this to be done in the village - and then to have a 4 week period from that date for any representations to be made. As of yet, Cherwell District Council’s response has not been favourable to this request for an extension and we do not yet have any proposed dates for a consultation. 

Therefore, if you wish to make your views about the planning application known, please do not wait - assume that the deadline is 10 February. 

Comments can be made on-line through the planning portal, by email or by letter to Cherwell. 

Thames Valley Alert - Action Fraud

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (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
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040.                         

Parish Council Meeting (11 May)

The May 2020 meeting will be held on line. 

Agenda and joining instructions will be available here. The meeting will start at 7:30pm - please log on to the call 10 minutes prior. You will be in a virtual waiting room until the meeting commences. 

Community Hub is Here For You

This is just a reminder that Bucknell’s Community Hub is still here to support you during this pandemic.



Fruit and Veg

Order by Thursday evening for doorstep delivery on Saturday.

Small box £15, Large box £25.

Payment by BACS (If this isn't possible please let us know)


Order by Wednesday lunch time for doorstep delivery on Friday.

Find options and prices on Facebook or in the Village Hall noticeboard.

Payment by Cash (If this isn't possible please ley us know).


We are collecting prescriptions from Alchester (Fridays), Montgomery House and Bicester Health Centre (Tuesdays). Please let your surgery know if you would like to be added to the list.


A friendly ear:

There are a group of friendly residents that are available if you would like a chat at any point if you are feeling lonely or worried. Please let Rachael or Holly know and they will put  you in touch.


VE Day:

Sadly the village’s VE celebrations on Friday have had to  be cancelled so why not join the nation  and your neighbours in a “stay at home” street party. Decorate your house in red, white and blue and grab your picnic blankets or tables and head to your front garden to celebrate. 



Rachael (07771956744, Rachael.e.blakey @ or Holly (07738506577,

hollyputtock @ ) remove the spaces in the email address

Or join the Bucknell Village Facebook page.


Stay safe!

James the Fish Man is Back

James the Fish Man will be at the Village Hall at 6pm on Tuesday evenings - he has an amazing selection of fish freshly caught the previous day.

Playing Field Closure

The Playing Field is CLOSED

We hope that everyone is staying safe and well.

The decision to close the park is fully in line with Government guidance to try and stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19.

Yesterday (Sun 5 Apr), two young adults decided that the closure of the Playing Field did not apply to them; they climbed over the gates to gain access and were playing football. Today (Mon 6 Apr) three young adults did exactly the same.

If you have young adults in your household, please can we ask you to remind them that the park is closed to absolutely everyone - there are no exceptions.

As soon as we can reopen, we will do. But until then, please stay safe and stay out of the park.

Bucknell Playing Field Association

Shopping Help

Bucknell’s Community hub is setting up some food deliveries to Bucknell to reduce trips to the shops and help those who cant easily get out during the COVID-19 restrictions. These will start as of next week.

In the first instance, we will be distributing BOTH bakery and fruit and veg orders. Orders need to be with either Holly or Rachael by Friday of each week.

Nash’s bakery will deliver to Bucknell on a Monday, order from:

  • White sliced bread - £2.20, 
  • Brown sliced bread - £2.50, 
  • Unsliced Sourdough - £3, 
  • 6 x Hot-cross buns - £4
  • 4 x doughnuts - £2.

We will arrange a bulk collection from The Fruit stall in Bicester to be distributed in the village on a Saturday.

  • Mixed fruit and veg box SMALL - £15
  • Mixed fruit and veg box LARGE - £25

If you would like to order any of the above or have an questions please contact

Rachael.e.blakey @ 07771 956 744 or hollyputtock @ 07738 506 577 (if you are are emailing, please remove the spaces before and after the @ symbol)

Community Bus Service Suspension

The Comet Community Bus service is being suspended from Monday 30th of March for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.  

Comet DOES remains available for individual bookings for essential journeys such as shopping or medical appointments.  Residents can call 01865 323201 to confirm availability and make bookings.

 © bucknell 2023