St John the Baptist parish church
|Area||4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)|
|Population||2,126 (2011 Census)|
|• Density||491/km2 (1,270/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Website||Bodicote Parish Council|
Church of England
The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist was a chapel of ease of St Mary the Virgin, Adderbury until 1855. Its chancel arch is 13th-century. The building has north and south aisles linked to the nave by 14th century arcades of three bays each. There used to be a bell tower over the north aisle. In 1844 the architects John Plowman and H.J. Underwood effected an almost complete rebuilding of St John's that included demolishing the old tower and replacing it with the current west tower. The church is a Grade II* listed building.
The tower has a ring of eight bells, all from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Thomas II Mears cast a ring of five bells (the present fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and tenor bells) in 1843. The present treble, second and third bells were cast and hung in 1974, increasing the ring to eight.
The village has two pubs: the Horse and Jockey and the Plough. It has also the Spice Room Indian restaurant, which used to be the Baker's Arms pub. It was built in 1702 and latterly was controlled by Mitchells & Butlers brewery.
Bodicote Cricket Club plays in the South Northants Cricket League.
Every year since 2000 a group of local volunteers has organised the Bodfest village festival on King's Field. The festival typically takes place in late July and early August and includes live bands, a pig roast and a barn dance. A plastic duck race and raffle are held each spring on the Sor Brook to raise funds for the festival.
In the early 2000s the District Council's planning department put forward in its Local Plan plans to build the new Longford Park housing estate, east of Bodicote village and south of the Cherwell Heights housing estate of Banbury. In February 2006 Cherwell District Council approved the plans to meet a housing target despite a 20,000 signature petition against it. About 1,070 houses are being built along with local shops, a public house, church, restaurant, primary school and other local services.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus route B3 runs half-hourly, Mondays to Saturdays, between Bodicote village and Hardwick Hill via Banbury town centre. There is no evening, Sunday or bank holiday service.
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- Cherwell District Council
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- Bishop Loveday Church of England Primary School
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- "Service S4: Banbury - Adderbury - Deddington - Steeple Aston - Tackley - Kidlington - Oxford" (pdf). Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
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