South Leigh

Welcome to South Leigh, Oxfordshire...

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.

South Leigh Community Speed Watch

Speeders: Slow down or lose your car!

18th February 2020: we've had enough of people speeding through our village and are now reporting speeders to the police. This could also lead to permanent traffic calming measures in the village.
With the help of the Thames Valley Police Community Speed Watch initiative and an approved speed camera, if a speeder is reported three times, the car owner will receive a police letter; six and they could get a police visit and could lose their car for anti-social driving.
Our new Parish Councillor, Lysette Nicholls, is leading the programme and she and a team of some 20 resident volunteers are out with the camera, bought by the Parish Council, to catch the rat run, school runners and others speeding through South Leigh.
We are seeing an average of ten speeders in each Speed Watch session with an average speed of 40mph in a 30mph area, Lysette said.
"The behaviour of some is irresponsible", she stressed. "In the half a mile before the speed trap in Chapel Road, there are ten '30' and / or 'Speed Watch' signs before they see two or three people in high-vis jackets with the camera."
"Even so", she explained, "drivers go past at 37mph and more in a 30mph zone. Some have already been reported three times and will receive a warning from the police", she added.
This is real community work in action, and there is a long-term objective, too.

Traffic calming
For some time, the village has been asking to have traffic calming measures to slow down the road hogs. This might be a chicane, speed humps, or '30' signs that light up. This has to be decided but, for anything to be approved by the authorities, we have to produce evidence that our residents are being endangered by speeders.
"They are speeding, for sure", Lysette concluded. "But we shall keep collecting the data and working with the police until we have all the material we need for a more permanent solution."

Issued by South Leigh Speed Watch Team. For further information please contact:

Lysette Nicholls ~ lysette.nicholls@southleigh.info   07766 251125

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Thames Valley Police's Robb Webb instructs South Leigh's Speedwatch team in the use of the speed camera.

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