Local Volunteers Win National Award!

Published: 08 April 2021

North Leigh Roman Villa Volunteers Commended as ''Heritage Heroes in 2020''!

North Leigh Roman Villa Volunteers have been awarded a Commendation by the Heritage Alliance for outstanding heritage voluntary work in 2020.
The collective efforts of a group of 25 committed local people worked to promote North Leigh's Villa site as a resource for well-being and education throughout the pandemic. This was judged to be a perfect example of where English Heritage volunteers have made a massive difference to linking heritage sites with their community during the pandemic.
During the summer, the volunteers led a series of successful open mosaic days, hosting over 1,250 visitors which is nearly twice as many as the previous year. Visitors generously donated nearly £1,000 to benefit the site, and in spite of Covid restrictions the team of volunteers gave over 1000 hours of their time, including 290 on site in 2020.

For over a decade, Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards have celebrated the wonderful contribution of volunteers in the heritage sector. More than a simple thank you, these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate how volunteers can take ownership of the heritage around them and make a real difference.
For more details of North Leigh Roman Villa: North Leigh Roman Villa
For more details about the Heritage Alliance: Heritage Alliance
For the Heritage Alliance Awards press release, click here.

About North Leigh Roman Villa: 

Set within a peaceful landscape on the banks of the River Evenlode, North Leigh Roman Villa is considered to be one of the largest villas in Roman Britain with a 500 year history of occupation. At its most extensive in the early 4th century AD it included 3 bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with under-floor heating.

Today visitors can imagine the villa’s former richness as they walk through the rectangular footprint of its walls – but the mosaic house hides the real gem of a near complete mosaic floor. The mosaics form the floor of villa’s winter dining room and, as the only example in Oxfordshire still found in their original location, they give a powerful sense of the Villa’s original opulence. The mosaics have not been on regular display to the public since the early 1990s.

As well as North Leigh Roman Villa, English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edge of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, it brings the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year.

Registered charity no. 1140351. www.english-heritage.org.uk

Cottsway launches a new webchat service for customers

West Oxfordshire’s largest housing association has launched a webchat service to offer customers a new way of getting in touch.

Cottsway’s online service gives two new ways of sourcing information:

  • A chat bot which provides details on requesting a repair, finding a property and landlord permission 24/7; and
  • A live chat system which is available Monday to Thursday from 9am until 5pm and Friday 9am - 4.30pm.

Both can be found via the housing association’s website at: www.cottsway.co.uk

Rachael Higgins, Cottsway’s Customer Services Manager, said “The coronavirus pandemic has shown, more than ever, that it’s essential for customers to be able to contact us online effectively and we’re delighted to be able to offer not one but two new webchat services to our customers.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure we move with the times and will continue to increase our online services, but we are also committed to supporting our customers by phone and email too, so that they contact us in the most convenient way for them.”

Customers were asked how they would like to communicate with Cottsway as part of a survey which ran over the summer of 2020 and 50% of respondents requested the option to get in touch via instant messaging online.

Cottsway plans to develop the chatbot system further over the coming months so that more information will be available at the click of a button, giving customers greater opportunity to find the information they need quickly online.



Dog Fouling

The council has been made aware of several instances of dog fouling in the village. The council asks that you please clean up after your dog. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Artweeks 2021 

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