WIne tasting evening

posted 25 Nov 2018, 04:25 by Robert Burch   [ updated 25 Nov 2018, 04:26 ]

On 24th November, Richard Brooks led us through the wines of Italy.  We tasted four whites from different regions followed by four reds.
There were also delicious Italian meats and cheeses to accompany the wine.
People seemed to get happier as the evening went on especially when the last red ("A junior Amarone") was brought out.

Wine tasting at Paxford Village Hall

Kitchen and toilet project complete

posted 24 Nov 2018, 07:02 by Robert Burch   [ updated 24 Nov 2018, 07:13 ]

Cutting the ribbon
Friday 23rd November saw the "Grand Reopening" of the village hall after being out of action for nearly two months for the refurbishment of the kitchen and toilet and provision of a new store.
Many many thanks to all who donated, provided labour and expertise, and encouraged on this community endeavour.  From the launch of the appeal in late April to completion in November is a great achievement for such a small village.
We are hoping that the greatly improved facilities will encourage more use of the hall.


New village hall kitchen New village hall servery
corridor Loo     

Village Hall refurbishment - you are invited to our Grand Re-Opening

posted 8 Nov 2018, 12:07 by Robert Burch   [ updated 8 Nov 2018, 12:08 ]

First, work on the refurbishment is proceeding well. Despite a few snags the building work is complete and the new accessible toilet installed. We have a new floor and the kitchen units and white goods are now being installed. There's still plenty to do but we are now confident that sufficient work will be done to enable us to have a Grand Re-opening celebration on Friday 23rd November at 7pm to which all are invited to come and see how the appeal funds have been spent. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be served so do please come along and help us celebrate what has been a magnificent effort by Paxford.

Secondly an update on the appeal. I am pleased to report that we have been successful in our grant application to Cotswold District Council and have been awarded £4,000 towards the project. Many thanks to CDC and also to Councillors Jepson and Stowe for their invaluable assistance in securing this award. This means that the appeal total now stands at £22,400. Our latest estimate of total costs is of the order of £23,000 so we are now within a whisker of raising all the funds needed to finish the job as we would wish. Whereas the Village Hall Committee has the wherewithal to bridge the gap by dipping into its reserves, it would be magnificent if someone came forward with a last minute donation. Details on how to do this are on

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 23rd!

Andy Dean
Chair - Village Hall Committee

Progress on kitchen  Progress on kitchen and toilet

Refurbishment of village hall kitchen and toilet

posted 25 Aug 2018, 09:14 by Robert Burch   [ updated 8 Oct 2018, 03:29 ]

Work is now well under way to give us a brand new kitchen and accessible toilet plus a much enlarged storage area.  

We hope the work will be complete towards the end of November and we are planning a celebratory official opening evening.

A date will be posted nearer the time.

The pictures show the demise of the old kitchen.

An intrepid volunteer trying to work out how it comes apartThe old kitchen is no more

Dexter Beef at the village hall

posted 16 Aug 2018, 03:56 by Robert Burch   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 04:09 ]

Dexter beef demo

Nick Deverell-Smith, chef proprietor at The Churchill Arms, demonstrated how to cook the perfect steak at a packed Paxford Village Hall on 14th August.

The free event was organised by the Midland Dexter Group to showcase the benefits of Dexter beef, both in terms of quality,  flavour and versatility.

A good turnout of Dexter breeders, farmers and Paxford villagers, not only learnt the best way to cook steak, but also had the chance to taste a wide range of dishes featuring Dexter beef, including casseroles, cold cuts and salt beef dishes.

The winning dish, chosen by Nick, won a free meal for two at the award-winning Churchill Arms, Paxford.

Those attending heard from Midland Dexter Group Secretary Malcolm Eykyn how Dexter cattle was first developed in South West  Ireland as a small breed that could be kept by families. It was brought to England in 1882 and almost died out as a breed before numbers gradually increased during the 20th Century due to the efforts of small breeders and Dexter enthusiasts.

Recipes of dishes shared at the meeting

Price list of Dexter beef

For further information visit

Article by Mark Jessop

Paxfest 30th June 2018

posted 1 Jul 2018, 13:26 by Robert Burch   [ updated 1 Jul 2018, 13:28 ]

Paxfest 2018 . 
Paxfest 2018

Seven hours of live music on the village green was a great success.
See the event Facebook page for more.

Spectacular snow - March 2018

posted 6 Mar 2018, 09:45 by Robert Burch   [ updated 1 Jul 2018, 13:22 ]

The road just out of Paxford towards Ebrington

Paxfest (formerly known as Paxford Pops)

posted 24 Sep 2017, 07:26 by Robert Burch   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 07:33 ]

On a brilliant, sunny, September day, a good proportion of the village brought their picnics for a three-hour concert by Geoff and his band entertaining us with a wide range of pop music.
Next year, we plan something even bigger and better.  Watch this space.
Click on photos to enlarge.
Paxfest 2017
Paxfest 2017 

Paxfest   Paxfest


Fire at the Churchill Arms

posted 13 Aug 2017, 12:15 by Robert Burch   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 12:18 ]

There was a fire in the roof of the Churchill Arms at around 5pm on Sunday 13 August.  Nobody was hurt but there appears to be considerable damage.  Three appliances arrived from Campden, Stow and Pebworth.
One report says that the fire was spotted by a passing motorist (the pub was closed at the time).
A witness suggested the the cause might have been a tumble drier in an upstairs room.
Thanks to John Musgrove for the pictures.

Photo courtesy of John Musgrove

Photo courtesy of John Musgrove Photo courtesy of John Musgrove Photo courtesy of John Musgrove Photo courtesy of John Musgrove Photo courtesy of John Musgrove

Village Hall AGM

posted 25 Jun 2017, 09:29 by Robert Burch

This was held on 14th June and was followed by some very nice cheese and wine.
Below is the Chairman's report which Andy Dean presented to the meeting.

Greetings one and all.  Thank you for coming.   Golly don’t the years just fly past – it’s hard to believe that it’s only a year since the last AGM.

The main challenge for the committee is to try and run a mix of varied social events which will appeal to different tastes and also to vary the programme so that interest doesn’t wane. Whilst the quizzes remain popular we have reduced their frequency to avoid any ennui and also because it’s increasingly difficult for the quizmaster to find questions. The Christmas cracker remains popular  and I’m grateful to all those who support it on the day and provide raffle prizes and donations for the various stalls.

This year we were able to hold a couple of new events. The Paxford Picnic with Blockley Brass Band was blighted by appalling weather but that didn’t stop some hardy folk from sheltering under the gazebos to enjoy the music and each other’s company. We hope that the Paxford Pops later in the year enjoys better weather! The Poetry and Poppadums night was great fun and thanks to Adrian for this suggestion. We could have listened to Dennis Boxall all night ….and nearly did. We will be repeating this later in the year so start looking for new material.

However, it is increasingly hard to think of new ideas but we’ll rise to the challenge. Some ideas fail such as the Race Night and Whist evening but some succeed like the Poetry and Poppadums. All suggestions greatly received. Don’t forget the strawberry tea this Saturday – donations of cakes welcome! Have a word with Lesley if you can help.

Financially as we will come onto the year has been a success and over the last few years we have been able to significantly strengthen our reserves whilst investing in the hall – the latest projects being running HW in the loo and the porch light. Still there’s much to be done – the kitchen is looking tired and the outside needs a lick of paint.

Finally the success of the committee relies on the hard work of a number of people. Naming names is always tricky as you inevitably omit someone – but I’ll risk it. Thanks to all the committee, - Robert, Adrian, Paul, Lesley, Mike and Cheryl - who all in their unique ways bring something to the committee and gel so well. If nothing else we always have a laugh at our meetings. Thanks too to Zoe who has helped enormously over the last year and thanks to Peter who quietly (except when he’s mowing) braves the bees and looks after the hall grounds.  Thanks too to you all for supporting the events and to those who provide cakes or curries and who always seem to end up in the kitchen to help with the washing up. Thanks also to Dave and Andy who have helped improve the fabric of the building

Regrettably though we say goodbye to 2 people who have contributed enormously to Paxford. Firstly Lesley Clifford resigned from Blockley Parish Council earlier in the year. Despite living in Blockley Lesley took her role as Paxford rep extremely seriously, attending our committee meetings, providing wise counsel and leading on the litter pick. We will miss her warm personality too. Finally I turn to Mike Sessarego who leaves the village next week. Since he retired Mike has thrown himself into village activities with great vigour and it’s difficult to think of any aspect of Paxford life that hasn’t been touched and improved by Mike – the walking group and the village email mailing list are just 2 of his legacies. From a committee perspective Mike has of course been our Treasurer for a number of years and presided over a significant improvement in our finances. We all owe Mike a huge debt. Unfortunately Mike can’t be here tonight to receive our thanks and some small token of our regard but please be assured we will be making separate arrangements to show our appreciation. We wish Mike and Rosie every happiness in their new life in Ledbury.

Finally there are a few new arrivals in the village over recent months and a few more expected over the next few weeks. So let’s make them feel welcome and drag them along to village events.  Only by doing this will we ensure that the sense of community within Paxford continues.

Thank you all. 

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