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Brightwell-cum Sotwell

Local Events

Christmas Stall

Save the Children and Brightwell Supporting Refugees Christmas Stall - date subject to confirmation

Local News

This Week's Takeaways

This Week's Takeaways

Takeaway service at the Red Lion: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 

St James's Churchyard - Appeal for Volunteers

St James's Churchyard - Appeal for Volunteers

15 went to mow... St James’s churchyard
And we’ve been doing it since Jim Sanger ‘persuaded’ some of us into ‘volunteering’ more than 25 years ago...

Brightwell Supporting Refugees Virtual Christmas Market

Brightwell Supporting Refugees Virtual Christmas Market

We are selling our varied village-made produce on our BSR virtual Christmas market page on Facebook...

About our village

You may be a visitor, 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 with a thriving volunteer-run village shop adjacent.   The parish stretches to the edge of Wallingford, but 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.

Feel free to send us your pictures, news and dates for the calendar. If you would like to advertise or create a web page for your organisation, we would also love to hear from you. Just click on the Contact link at the top, or get involved through the Facebook page.