Parish Council Constitution

Local authorities are already required to make their constitution documents available for inspection under Part IA Ch 5 s.9P of the Local Government Act 2000.  Local authorities must also, under the transparency code, publish their constitution on their website.

Bladon’s Parish Council’s constitution is made up of the Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and Code of Conduct, which can be found by clicking on the links below.

Standing Orders
Financial Regulations
Code of Conduct


Council meetings are ususally held in the Church Room on the 4th Thursday of each month, excluding August and December. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and may comment on items under discussion at the discretion of the Chair.
Agendas are posted on the notice boards by the Monday before each meeting, as well as being available through this website.

Meetings are regularly attended by the two District Councillors:

Also sending a report and attending regularly is the County Councillor


Parish Council Finance

The Parish Council is a statutory body, and is principally funded by an annual precept. The year’s budget is set at the meeting in November every year and the precept decided upon. The precept is added to the council tax, collected by the county or district council and paid to the parish in two six monthly instalments.

Financial reports
End of year reports
Fixed Assets Register

Parish Councillors

Bladon Parish Council consists of six elected councillors, and a Parish Council clerk.

Derek Hambridge – Chair

Cllr Derek Hambridge has been an active member of Bladon Parish Council for some 20 years. He served as Chair for ten years before acting as Vice-Chair from 2017-2020. He  has recently been re-elected as Chair. Areas of Responsibility: Cllr Hambridge has a wealth of experience in all areas but is currently responsible for Environmental matters, including drains, flooding and maintenance of the Parish estate overall; management of the Recreation Ground; Finance; and Planning matters.

Marenka Roseby – Vice-Chair

Cllr Marenka Roseby has lived in Bladon for very many years and is closely involved in the community. This is her second period of office with the Parish Council, returning in 2017. She was elected Vice-Chair in April 2020. She is also the Verger of St Martin’s Church of which she is an active member. Areas of Responsibility: Governance; Internal controls; Risk Management; Personnel; Speed Watch.

Penny Aldridge – Parish Council / RFO

Penny Aldridge is a retired solicitor and has lived in Bladon for over 13 years with both children attending the primary school here. The Clerk supports the Councillors in the running of the Parish Council and is also the first point of contact for residents wishing to contact the Council. Areas of Responsibility: Organising monthly meetings, preparing Agendas and Minutes, liaising with OCC & WODC, circulating information, correspondence, assisting with the Recreation Ground project, administering the Parish Cemetery, maintenance of village assets, publishing the quarterly Newsletter, liaising with the school, Churches and residents.

Cindy Smith – Councillor

With over 20 years’ experience Cllr Cindy Smith is the longest – serving member of the Parish Council. A retired teacher, she has been a resident of Bladon for very many years and is an active member of the community including membership on the Parochial Parish Council of St Martin’s Church. She served as a governor at the primary school for many years. Areas of Responsibility: Governance; Internal controls; Risk Management; Personnel; Emergency Plan.

Sarah Richmond – Councillor

Cllr Sarah Richmond moved to Bladon with her family in December 2017.  Sarah is a Patent Attorney and works for a patent law firm in Oxford.  She is also on the Executive Committee of a local scout group.
Her son attends Bladon Primary School and her daughter attends The Marlborough School.  Areas of Responsibility: Finance; Community Pub liaison; Gigaclear liaison; Bladon Primary School liaison.

Ashley Vine – Councillor

Cllr Ashley Vine moved to Bladon in 2009. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Ashley is a keen user of rail, boats, planes and motorways, hence her interest in transport. She also likes gardening, fashion and Steve Davis, but in no particular order. Areas of Responsibility: Transport and Traffic/Roads including public consultations, public transport, train and traffic schemes, representation on / liaison with local & County groups.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

See West Oxfordshire advice in this link:
West Oxfordshire COVID-19 Community Support
All planning permission enquiries should be addressed to West Oxfordshire District Council. Full information on all planning matters is available on –
Find below information regarding the parish cemetery

Please direct all enquiries to the Parish Clerk at

Bladon Recreation Ground is a new facility open to all residents and their visitors all year round from morning until dusk unless otherwise indicated at the entrance. It includes a childrens’ playground area, a MUGA (games) court, an inclusive outdoor gym for adults and youths (over 4’7″/ 1.4m), a Boules pitch, playing field area, a community orchard and a wildflower meadow. All activities are free of charge, but we therefore ask everyone to respect the facilities and other users. The equipment is regularly maintained but should you notice any faults please report them to the parish council clerk at

We regret that due to the Covid-19 outbreak the Recreation Ground is currently closed to the public. For updates and further information however please contact the Clerk

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Contact Us

Further information can be obtained from the Clerk Penny Aldridge Telephone 01993 812585 (office hours only) or email or using the form below.