Welcome to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell...
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You may be an outsider, wanting to know more about the village with the weirdest name in South Oxfordshire, or you may be a resident. In either case, we hope you will find something here to interest you.
Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is a village of picture postcard prettiness. Nestling in a hollow below Wittenham Clumps, it has at its heart the CAMRA award-winning Red Lion pub. Dotted along the narrow streets are picturesque black and white thatched cottages. There is a school and pre-school, four churches, and a village hall which houses a thriving volunteer-run village shop. The parish stretches to the edge of Wallingford, but – as can be seen from the current campaign against plans to extend the town westwards – the village values its separate identity.
In estate agents' jargon, this is a sought after village, but it is much more than a pretty face. People have lived and worked here for over a thousand years. Where our forebears tilled the land, we are now more likely to toil over computers. However, farming still has an important part to play in shaping the landscape, and we remain firmly in touch with our rural roots.
This is an area that has attracted artists, musicians, scientists and visionaries. Visitors come from all over the world to Mount Vernon, home of the celebrated Bach Flower Remedies. Wild flowers grown in the garden of Mount Vernon are still used to make the mother tincture of these homeopathic treatments, and their creator, Dr Edward Bach, is buried in St James's churchyard in Sotwell.
Our pictures show lambs at Highlands Farm; St Agatha's organist Derek Nightingale, who is one of many dog owners taking part in a BBC film to be shot in the village; Brightwell swimmers after the Swimathon in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care; would-be rowers at James Stephenson's rowing event in the village hall; representatives of four parishes and walkers with the 'Haddon Thorn', planted during the Beating the Bounds ceremony. Thanks to Rosemary Greasby, Chris Baines and Helen Connor for photographs. Please keep 'em coming!
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