Freeland Parish Council
Ordinary Parish Council meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month in the Newell Room at Freeland Hall. There is no meeting in August.
The Annual Meeting (at which the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected and membership of committees decided) is held before the Ordinary Meeting in May.
The Annual Parish Meeting is an open meeting with all members of the Village. Its purpose is to discuss matters of general interest and to report on activities of the past year. It is held in March or April on a date agreed by the Parish Council.
Our aims and objectives are:
* To maintain and improve social amenities and services, including the Playing field, Children’s Play-park equipment, Village Hall & car park and Footpaths & Bridleways.
* To encourage and promote social and community values by encouraging and supporting local community groups in their work within the village.
* To engage in an open dialogue with residents, to understand their needs and aspirations and to explain how the Council will try to address these needs within the resources and powers available.
* To be proactive, transparent and informative in our approach to village issues by the use of meetings, website and news letter.
* To promote and represent the best interests of the village for the betterment of the local community.
* To enable, assist and encourage other organisations and agencies to provide local services.
* To embrace progress and to improve the quality of life for those living in the Village.
Geography and History of the Village of Freeland
Name: Freeland (after Medieval Frithland)
Location: About 2 miles North of Eynsham, 5 miles East of Witney and about 9 miles North West from Oxford centre.
Population 1,500 (570 houses)
Height above Sea Level: 100 - 110 metres
Short History: Freeland was founded as a medieval freehold, probably originating around the site of the present Elm Farm, near a wood called the Frith in the 13th century.
For a more detailed history see "British History Online".
The older part of the Village lies around the Green and by the two Churches, with Blenheim Lane and Pigeon House Lane leading off from this area. Several housing developments are found either side of Wroslyn Road (the main road through the Village) which were built in the latter half of the twentieth century. These include: Parklands, Church View, Walkers Close, Broadmarsh Lane, the Blowings, Woodlands, Websters Close, Hurst Lane, Nash Lane, Oakland Close, Busby Close and (most recently) the Dawes on the A4095 Witney Road and Willoughby Fields at the site of the former garage on Wroslyn Road.
There are two Churches: St Mary the Virginand the Methodist Church; a modern Village Hall with sports changing facilities; a Pub: The Oxfordshire Yeoman; a Guest House: The Shepherd’s Hall; a school: Freeland CE Primary School and a residential Nursing Home.
There is a Village Website at: www.freelandoxon.co.uk