Welcome to South Leigh! We are a rural community of some 340 people and 140 houses just 2½ miles east of Witney and 10 miles west of Oxford. There is lots going on here despite the description of an itinerant journalist from The Times who described us as the 'sleepy village with a Bohemian pub'!
Our village buzzes with activity and community groups, mostly centred around the Village Hall that was built as a Victorian village school. Our Parish Council thrives and our Summer Fayre, cricket and bowls matches take their place in the calendar together with the myriad activities described in this website.
Set in rolling farm land, our recorded history starts in the 12th Century, as did our enchanting Parish church. Its extraordinary wall paintings are 15th Century and one of the bells is dated 1399. John Wesley preached here in 1771 and, in the 1800s, a small Methodist congregation was established with its own chapel, now a private house among others along Chapel Road.
There are two other clusters of houses - Station Road (the railway station closed in 1965) where the 'eccentric and fun' Grade II-listed Artist Residence, the thatched Mason Arms pub, resides. The oldest settlement is around the church of St. James the Great, at Church End.
As South Leigh residents, we are passionate about our village, its idyllic setting, its bucolic views and its future. This was underlined when, in 2019, we completed our Neighbourhood Plan in record time with over 90 percent voting in favour. It was formally adopted in January 2019 and will help us to protect our community, our way of life and our future.
Welcome again to the South Leigh website. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Find and report road or street problems.
Anyone can do this by reporting to OCC by using their 'FixMyStreet' website.
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It's been said before about animal poo on our village verges, and it needs repeating to offenders about our footpaths. The likelihood is that those of us who have dogs and who read this are not the culprits but are responsible 'countryside citizens' because we love and care for where we live.
So, why do other people want to enjoy our countryside and then deliberately spoil it with plastic-bagged faeces when they can 'Stick & Flick'? This is easier than picking it up and hanging it on the hedge.
Rather than bagging dog waste in plastic and leaving it for you and me to remove, owners are asked to take it home or to use 'Stick & Flick' to move it into the undergrowth.
Forestry England recommends this, as do many other concerned groups. See here.
Offenders need simply to take a stick and flick the dog waste into the foliage. It is thought to be better for the environment as it reduces plastic, it's better for the plants, and it's better for humans as it is out of sight and more hygienic. Horse owners are not obliged to clean up.
The Keep Britain Tidy campaign estimates that a staggering 1,000 tonnes of waste is produced every day from the eight million dogs in the UK. In South Leigh, we are surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and offenders should respect it and also respect responsible visitors, residents and dog owners.
It's worth saying that those who leave dog poo can be fined up to £100 and, if the case goes to court, this can up to £1,000. But the real question is, 'Why do they bother to come and then spoil it?' They would be much more welcome if they respected our wonderful countryside and the other people who want to enjoy it with their dogs, responsibly.
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