Friends of Old Woodstock

Who are the Friends of Old Woodstock?

The Friends of Old Woodstock (FoOW) is a community organisation open to all resident of Old Woodstock.  Old Woodstock comprises the homes in Manor Road including The Old Builders Yard, St Andrews Square and Hill Rise and the homes in the Barn Piece estate including Vermont Drive, Rosamund Drive, Vanbrugh Close, Marlborough Crescent, Mavor Close and Westlands Way. 
The purpose of FoOW is to nurture the Old Woodstock community, to represent its voice in the town and to ensure that its particular needs are met.

For the latest news on Community First Oxfordshire's work in developing a Woodstock Community and Infrastructure Delivery Plan go to the Local Plan and Development page or click here

An important notice concerning changes at Friends of Old Woodstock

Friends of Old Woodstock was first set up when the play area was under threat of closure in 2016, later re-emerged a few years ago when the development was first heard of, and was re-activated this year when a timetable for development was announced.

This time, the aim of the core group was to communicate with and inform all residents of the planned development and issues surrounding it, seeking feedback and opinions.  We are all un-elected and unrepresntative , and care has been taken to respect all points of view, including those from the wider community.

A short while ago, the core group re-formed and a difference of approach become clear, between outright opposition to the development and those seeking to mitigate the effects of it, notably the dangers to pedestrians on the A44 and vehicular access to the new site from the A44 or through Rosamund Drive and our valued play area. As a result, a group of residents have formed their own campaign CPOW - Campaign for the Protection of Old Woodstock - aimed at outright opposition to the development site.  You can see their website at https://www.c-pow.org.uk/   The established FoOW group does not support the CPOW campaign but sincerely wishes to remain on good terms and to respect its members and their intentions.

For the time being, therefore, it is envisaged that the two groups should go their own way.  Friends of Old Woodstock will continue to work with the developers and others and this website will continue to to campaign for measures to remove the dangers to pedestrians on the A44, for appropriate and safe vehicular access to the new site from the A44 and for the protection and improvement of our valued play area.

Read here about the Woodstock Community and Infrastructure Delivery Plan being prepared for Blenheim Estates and Woodstock Town Council by locally based charity Community First Oxfordshire

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED TO THIS WEBSITE WHEN WE HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE OF WHAT OLD WOODSTOCK RESIDENTS WANT FROM IT.  IN PARTICULAR WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT ARE RESIDENTS CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEW DEVELOPMENT, TRAFFIC, SAFETY, RECREATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT.  TO THAT END WE WILL BE CONTACTING ALL RESIDENTS SHORTLY.