Sandford-on-Thames publicans making hostelry hub of its village activities

Emma and Billy Fox at the Catherine Wheel. Picture: OX68007 Greg Blatchford

Emma and Billy Fox at the Catherine Wheel. Picture: OX68007 Greg Blatchford Buy this photo

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

THE new landlord and lady at Sandford-on-Thames’ Catherine Wheel say they want ito make it a community hub.

Billy and Emma Fox, who took over running the Henley Road pub on March 27, have already started hosting the Saturday market and say it is going well.

The couple have lived in Sandford for seven years, and used to run Littlemore’s Golden Ball.

Mrs Fox said: “It’s going really well.

“We were approached by the people who run the market and we just agreed to do it.

“We are villagers and we want to promote the community, we want this pub to be a hub for the community.”

The Saturday morning market, from 9am to midday, hosts local farmers, butchers and beekeepers selling fresh produce.

It was formerly held at Sandford-on-Thames Village hall, but had to find a new home as the hall is undergoing a £500,000 revamp. Work on rebuilding the hall, increasing the number of rooms from one to four and creating a new community cafe, began on April 7.

The Saturday market and other events run by Sandford volunteer group Talking Shop raised £20,000 towards the cost of the scheme.

Run from the hall by more than 60 volunteers, the group celebrated its third birthday in April.

The hall scheme was also awarded £100,000 from South Oxfordshire District Council and £75,000 from Wren, which distributes landfill tax credit money.

South Oxfordshire District Councillor for Sandford, John Cotton, said it was “great” the market had been hosted by Mr and Mrs Fox.

He said: “It is great to see the community coming together in this way.

“The Saturday market in Sandford is one of the most successful community shops we have got in the district.

“The fact they have managed to shift it into the pub while the hall is being rebuilt just underscores that.”

Mr and Mrs Fox are also now hosting a monthly Talking Shop quiz and the Secret Pizza Society pizza van.

The couple made national headlines in 2006 when the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, joined others in objecting to their application to extend the opening hours of the Golden Ball.

Our top stories:

Video: Watch the blaze that destroyed a lorry trailer carrying egg boxes on the A40

Oxford Mail:

11:10am Monday 22nd December 2014

A LORRY containing egg boxes has caught fire on the A40 near Witney.   

Special report: The city where it can be 19 times your salary for a home

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

THERE is no longer anywhere cheap to live in Oxford, leaving average earners priced out of the market house prices up to 19 times the media salary, new figures show.

UPDATE: Queues along Abingdon Road as Westgate shopping centre car park fills up with Christmas shoppers

Oxford Mail: Westgate Centre oxford

4:35pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A RUSH of shoppers to the Westgate Shopping Centre has caused traffic to queue down Abingdon Road in Oxford.

A4130 blocked after car goes into ditch

Oxford Mail: a4130 alert

1:19pm Monday 22nd December 2014

THE A4130 is partially blocked in both directions by a car crash between Didcot and Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

Oxford chosen to host new NHS genetics research centre to improve care

Oxford Mail:

12:10pm Monday 22nd December 2014

PEOPLE in Oxfordshire with cancer and rare diseases could get advanced diagnosis and treatment under a new genetics project.

What brilliant picture is in our Oxford Mail Advent Calendar today?

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014

December is Advent Calendar time and we have a special new interactive graphic for you each and every day until Christmas Eve. I've chosen the best 24 pictures of 2014 and I'll be unveiling one a day - so what is behind's today's door?

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:21pm Tue 24 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

Best of luck, get a decent chef and charge sensible prices, get some decent local ales in and it should be a success. I look forward to dropping in for sunday lunch!
Best of luck, get a decent chef and charge sensible prices, get some decent local ales in and it should be a success. I look forward to dropping in for sunday lunch! EMBOX2
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

King Joke says...

Local ales, as well as real ales from other regions, are widely available across the County, and jolly good too. The smaller breweries in the county are doing really well.

If they really want to be different the pub could also do continental lagers, served properly, not the English-brewed replicas served warm through dirty lines, which is what many pubs think they can get away with.
Local ales, as well as real ales from other regions, are widely available across the County, and jolly good too. The smaller breweries in the county are doing really well. If they really want to be different the pub could also do continental lagers, served properly, not the English-brewed replicas served warm through dirty lines, which is what many pubs think they can get away with. King Joke
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree