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Community Information

Swan Upping at Moulsford  

Annual Swan Upping activities arrive at the Beetle & Wedge river frontage at approximately 6pm one evening usually in the third week of July. Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames.  

If you are new to the village or never heard of or seen Swan Upping then it is worth a look at a very colourful and traditional river activity dating back from medieval times when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans for banquets and feasts!    

Moulsford Parish Council Community Information

Nowadays the King only exercises her right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans on certain stretches of the River Thames and this ownership is shared with the Vintners' and Dyers' Companies, who were both granted rights of ownership by the Crown in the fifteenth century.   The swans are counted but are no longer eaten.

The King's Swan Marker and Swan Uppers, accompanied by the Swan Uppers of the Vinters' and Dyers' livery companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five day journey upstream which starts from Sunbury Lock on the Monday in the third week of July and ends at Abingdon Bridge on the Friday afternoon. 

Scarlet uniforms are worn by The King's Swan Marker and Swan Uppers, and each boat flies their appropriate flags and pennants so all very colourful.  The swans are rounded up, counted and marked and then released back on to the water – fortunately swan isn’t often on the menu for Crown banquets nowadays! 

Attention ALL Properties Connected to Private Sewer in Underhill!  

All properties that connect to this private foul water sewer in Underhill need to be aware that South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) maintains the sewerage treatment plant but not the sewers.  The sewers that feed into the plant remain the responsibility of the residents using it.   

What this means is that in the event of becoming aware of any sewer blockage, then the SODC Environmental Health Officer will serve notice under the public health act on everyone upstream of the blockage requiring that they get together to arrange to clear the blockage within 48 hours.  

Reality is that to organise such a clearance is unlikely.  So if it's not cleared by the expiration of the deadline then SODC will arrange for a private contractor to clear it and then divide the cost between the houses upstream of the blockage and follow up to recover such costs from the upstream properties.

Local Bus Services

Moulsford is served by the 133 service from Going Forward Buses.

Current timetable is here:  Going Forward Buses CIC - Moulsford (The 133)

Pot Holes

Repair of potholes on the roads or pavement are the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).  If you find a pothole on the road or pavement, you can report it direct to OCC using the web link below.  Please include as much information about the location, size and severity of the pothole as possible, to help them deal with your enquiry.

Fix My Street: https://www.fixmystreet.com/around?js=1&zoom=2&lat=51.55004&lon=-1.14902

Dog Owners

Please help to keep all our public places clean by cleaning up after your pets!  Special bins are provided for the disposal of dog mess at various locations on the village recreation ground and near the Cranford hockey pitch. 

Images of England

Researchers from the Images of England Photographic survey were in the village a few years ago taking photographs of listed buildings and milestones.  The aim is to create a 'point in time record' of the 370,000 listed buildings in England, covering almost every town and village in the land. 

To access this unique photographic record of England's architectural heritage and find out more, visit www.imagesofengland.org.uk