• Welcome to Overthorpe
    Welcome to Overthorpe

    Overthorpe is a small parish of around 235 people (including Overthorpe village itself, and Blacklock's Hill) and sits on the edge of the Cherwell Valley overlooking Banbury.

    The village consists of around 60 properties and is approached by single track country lanes flanked by tree lined hedgerows.

    The beautiful countryside has been designated as the Aynho, Cherwell Valley and Eydon Special Landscape Area and the village was designated a conservation area in 1978. Within the central core of the village almost all of the traditional properties are listed.

  • Overthorpe Parish Council

    Parish Council

    Overthorpe Parish Council

    Welcome to the website of Overthorpe Parish Council. This website has been developed to provide the community with useful information about what is happening within the Parish.

    In this section, you can find out who is on the Parish Council and about what is being discussed at the Parish Council meetings. You can also send in any comments you have to the Parish Council.

    Parish Council

Welcome to Overthorpe

Welcome to the website of Overthorpe Parish Council, Northamptonshire. This website has been developed to provide the community with useful information about what is happening within the Parish.

In this section, you can find out who is on the Parish Council and about what is being discussed at the Parish Council meetings. You can also send in any comments you have to the Parish Council.

Overthorpe News

Register interest in Fibre Broadband

1st December 2020 (updated 14th January 2021)

Since November, a small working party has been investigating the opportunity to upgrade our village to 'Full-Fibre' ultrafast broadband - versus the cable that we have today- which would increase the speed and reliability of our internet connections. There are several potential schemes that we can apply for as a village which would fund this upgrade (potentially in its entirety). Specific details of our work so far, and Q&A can be found HERE on the village website.

In order to progress the project to the next stage, we need the commitment of every household to individually apply for a government grant. You can register your commitment by completing the online FORM * (click to open in new window) if you haven't already. If you need assistance completing the FORM *, or have any questions, please reach out to: Liz Parnell, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Richard Randall, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As at 10/01/21, a total of 85 registrations have been received from households and businesses in Overthorpe and Warkworth (subject to validation by Department of Culture Media and Sport), giving us a potential grant fund total in excess of £205,000. 

We are now waiting for Openreach to provide final costings so that we can proceed to the next stage of the project.

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Ultrafast Broadband for Overthorpe & Warkworth

11th November 2020

A fast, reliable, Internet service is important to us.

Our need for a reliable Internet service has never been more apparent than during the current pandemic. Within our villages many of us are trying to work and live our lives through online services… our children are attending virtual classrooms, we stay in touch with our families, friends and colleagues, we shop online. The Internet has become central to how we live today.

With lockdown implemented, the increase in service demand across the village clearly demonstrated that our underlying Broadband infrastructure was no longer fit for purpose.  We struggle today and have no capacity for the future.  We are being told by our service providers that we have access to a ‘high speed’ service, but the reality for many this is not our experience.

Life becomes extremely frustrating without access to a fast Broadband service. We experience stuttering video, frozen pages, slow access to business systems, slow email, and our children struggle with their education.

Future Proof the value of your home: read this - Daily Mail article 11/12/20

How do we address this frustration?

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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

The Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Councillor due to the resignation of Martin Holt. The Parish Council needs members with a range of experience and knowledge and would welcome applications from any members of the community who fulfil the criteria below. The Parish Council meets 4 times per year (currently via zoom) at 7/7:30pm depending on the availability of the councillors.

CRITERIA FOR STANDING AS A PARISH COUNCILLOR

Candidates must fit at least one of the following criteria –

  • On Electoral Register (i.e. registered to vote) for the parish
  • Have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area over the last 12 months
  • Lived within 3 miles of the parish over the last 12 months
  • Their principal place of work is in the parish and has been for at least 12 months

If you have any questions or would like to put your name forward to be considered for co-option please contact the clerk on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01295 275372.

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Wildlife in Overthorpe: and the winner is ...

On behalf of the village’s wildlife, thank you to everybody who took part in this year’s “Make Overthorpe a wildlife-friendly village” competition! The deadline for entries has now passed and it is time to announce this year’s Wildlife Champions…

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Traffic through Overthorpe

Following the increase in traffic through Overthorpe in recent weeks (caused by the roadworks on A422/M40 Junction 11 roundabout), there have been a large number of posts on What’sApp with suggestions of how to mitigate the problems.

Usually, around this time of year, there would be a Parish Meeting – an opportunity for residents to put forward their concerns to Parish, District and County Councillors. Obviously, as a consequence of Covid19 restrictions, we cannot hold a meeting this year.

All of the issues raised via What’sApp have been raised at some time in the last 30 years – either through the Parish Council, or previously the Residents Association, so we thought it would be useful to review past proposals, ideas and action:

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Visit Overthorpe

Overthorpe is a village and civil parish in South Northamptonshire, about 2 miles east of Banbury in Oxfordshire and 1 mile southeast of junction 11 of the M40 motorway.