Welcome to the Sandford-on-Thames Parish Council Website

Welcome to Sandford-on-Thames

Here you will find information about our village we hope you will find interesting and informative, whether you already live here or are just visiting.

Sandford-on-Thames is a village beside the River Thames about 3.5 miles south of Oxford city centre. There has been a settlement here since before the Domesday survey when there were only 18 families listed. Today the population stands at about 1,200 (2011 census) and only the church stands substantially as it did then.

The last few years have seen several changes to the village. There has been a major refurbishment and enlarging of the village hall which includes a thriving community shop and café. The work to develop these and create a true community hub has involved many volunteers from all areas of Sandford and the immediate neighbourhood enabling new friendships and connections to form.

For more information on the shop and café, click here

There is a developing interest in environmental matters in Sandford as demonstrated in the installation of 3 giant hydraulic Archimedes Screws at the historic Lasher weir on the Thames and the recent addition of underfloor heating in the ancient church powered by a ground source heat pump. The Heyford Meadow wild life friendly amenity space, owned and maintained by the Oxford Preservation Trust is a large tract of land beside the river. The land was left to the trust in the will of Mr Tait with the support of the Challis family. The Trust cleared the land which had become a wasteland full of discarded objects and fly tipping (250 tonnes) and has since undertaken a programme of low impact and sustainable renovation, planting native trees and bushes to encourage wild life; creating ponds and scrapes for amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and birds.

A recent initiative, which is still under development, is a Community Orchard in the triangle of land between the Village Hall car park, the graveyard and the footpath between Henley Road and Church Road. To read more about this, click here.

Sandford-on-Thames Parish Council

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Council Members

Every year the Chairperson of the Parish Council is elected to post by a majority vote in the council.


The minutes of the previous meeting are agreed and any matters raised from them discussed.

The Village Hall

The extensively refurbished village hall in Sandford-on-Thames was opened on Saturday January 10th 2015

Finance - Budget

The council has the power to raise money through taxation called a precept. The precept is the parish council's share of the council tax.

Latest News

Here is the latest news for Sandford-on-Thames and the local area. There is a separate page for news from the rest of Oxfordshire.

Local Links

Click here for links to other local organisations.

Contact info

Contact Sandford-on-Thames Parish Council


Sandford-on-Thames Parish Council
Sandford-on-Thames Village Hall
Henley Road


[email protected]
07496 414987