Nettlebed Surgery Bus
A minibus, organised by the Clerk to the Parish Council, transports patients to the Nettlebed Surgery. It leaves Checkendon Post Office at 9.45am on Monday and Thursday to arrive at the surgery for 10.00am. The return journey commences when all patients have completed their visit, so times vary. Additionally, the minibus may be used to deliver NHS prescriptions from the Nettlebed Surgery to the Post Office for local collection. The service is free of charge and uses unpaid volunteer drivers. The mini bus is kindly loaned on Monday and Thursday for community use by Stoke Row School. Donations are made towards the running costs by Checkendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor and Nuffield Parish Councils.
More drivers are urgently required. If you have time to spare on Mondays or Thursdays and would like to help please Contact us.
This is a Good Neighbour Scheme which has been established for a number of years. It serves Woodoote, Whitchurch Hill, Checkendon, Goring Heath and Crays Pond. We offer help for the elderly, disabled etc, or for those without transport (who cannot use public transport) to get to hospital, the Health Centre, dentist, optician, bank etc. We will also collect prescriptions, pensions or shop for the elderly or disabled.
If you would like help please contact our office at Woodoote Village Hall on 681171 between 9.30am and 11.00am, Monday to Friday.
The pool of Volunteers changes as people move in and out of the area. The need for help is a continuing one, and the Organising Committee is always pleased to receive new offers of assistance. Please contact our office direct on 681171 or Bob Wilson - 681906
The church of St. Peter and St. Paul is in the Church of England Langtree Team Ministry, which serves a group of seven South Oxfordshire communities.
This 12th century church is a Grade 1 listed building and a fine example of Romanesque architecture, its atmosphere reflects hundreds of years of prayer. Recent work has uncovered medieval paintings on the chancel wall dating from the 1330s.
Details of all churches within the team, church services, contacts within the team and the range of church activities are available from the Langtree Team Ministry web site
The excellent village hall is used for a wide range of regular and occasional activities, for example pre-school, quiz nights, courses, meetings and parties. Facilities include seating, tables, kitchen, stage, cloakrooms and modernised access with ramp. For pictures and full details see the Brochure.
To hire the village hall contact Mrs Mary Daniels 01491 682169.
Rural bus services 142 and 145 provide connections with villages and towns in the area. Full route details are available on the Traveline web site, including timetables and a comprehensive journey planner. The journey planner details route, journey time, inter-changes, plus start and destination map functions. Further, it is integrated with rail, coach and London transport facilities, so that long distance journeys may be organised. Timetables may be downloaded and printed.
The Parish Councils public transport representative is David Petherick.
Oxfordshire County Council offers the free national bus passes to people aged 60 and over, the disabled and necessary travel companions to the disabled. For further information and contact details see the Oxfordshire County Council web site.
Bus services for Checkendon are operated by:
Service 142 - Thames Travel (Wallingford) Ltd, Wyndham House, Lester Way, Hithercroft Industrial Estate, Wallingford, OXON, OX10 9TD, Tel: 01491 837988
Web site: Thames Travel (full route and timetables available)
Service 145 - Whites Coaches Ltd, 90 Colwell Road, Berinsfield,
The children's adventure playground is regularly inspected and maintained by the Parish Council. It includes seats and a picnic table.
The Byways Dental Practice is a modern facility located in the centre of the village offering general and cosmetic treatment to patients of all ages.
Tel: 01491 680412
The Parish Council owns a large sports field in the centre of the village, complete with sports pavilion and both cricket and football pitches.
The cricket pitch is home to the Checkendon Cricket Club. The football pitch hosts the Checkendon Football Club and Checkendon Exiles (reserves) team.
The Oxfordshire County mobile library will stop in Checkendon at Emmens Close, fortnightly on Tuesday between 10.25 and 10.45. Subsequently, the mobile library moves onto Uxmore, Scots Grove for 10.50 to 11.00. Calling dates are published in the Checkendon newsletter and are available on the Oxfordshire County Council web site.
There is a branch library in the nearby village of Woodcote and the nearest main library is in Henley-on-Thames.
See the Oxfordshire County Council web site for details of the library service. The web site provides interactive library catalogue, reservation and renewal functions.
There are several leisure centres in South Oxfordshire run with grant funding from SODC and local Town Councils. Local facilities include: Henley, Didcot and Wallingford Castle Leisure centres.
South Oxfordshire has indoor heated swimming pools at the Didcot Wave and Henley Leisure Centre. To the south are the Reading Council Rivermead Leisure Complex and Highdown Sports Centre pools.
Open air facilities are available during the summer at the Riverside Park and Pools in Wallingford.
Additionally, local groups use the nearby Oratory School Pool in Woodcote for Childrens Swimming Lessons, plus Adult Lane Swimming & Aquafit.