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Earth Trust

Earth Trust

Immerse yourself in beautiful artwork inspired by the natural world.   The Earth Trust are bringing together an exciting range of local artists for this year's Oxfordshire Artweeks in our pop up gallery.   Sunday 19th - Monday 27th May (excluding Saturday 25th)  11 am - 4.30 pm.  Free admission
Church Spring Fair

Church Spring Fair

This year's Church Spring Fair will be held at St Agatha's on 25th May.   2 - 4 pm
Country Fayre and Dog Show

Country Fayre and Dog Show

Country Fayre and Dog show in aid of Save the Children.  Farm animals, tractor, beer, wine, tea and coffee and, of course, the dog show!  Only £2 to enter your dog.   June 1st 1.30 - 5.00pm at the Rec.

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Arts Week

Arts Week

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2024 is running from 4th May - 27th May with more than 400 venues to visit and over a thousand artists, makers and designers who will exhibit and demonstrate in artists' studios, pop up galleries, glorious gardens, ancient churches, Oxford Colleges and hundres of other interesting venues. 
 

New bus timetable

New bus timetable

From Sunday 14th April Thames Travel are introducing a new timetable and have phased out the No 23 bus.    Summary below.
Benson Lock

Benson Lock

Benson Lock may be sited in Benson but it's in the parish of Brightwell cum Sotwell.   The Environment Agency are due to start soon to remove the old weir structure and hope the work will finish by autumn 2025.   The ferry is back in service from 19th April, running Friday to Monday from 10am - 5pm.

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.

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