New to Aynho? Welcome!

Just moved in? Start here!

To help you get acclimatised and find your way around we’ve pulled together the key things you’ll need to know in your first few weeks as a new resident of Aynho.

We hope the following contact and information are useful and through this web site you’ll start to find new friends and hobbies in the Apricot Village!

Below are some of the things you might need during your first few days in Aynho; important ‘stuff’ like the local doctor, where’s the ‘tip’ and where to get a ‘take-away’. Also, don’t forget to check out the pages on this web site for St Michael (the church) and village events where you can start to meet your neighbours! If you’d prefer to download this list, click here (PDF format).

And being new to the village, tell us what we’ve missed that would have been useful to know.

Supermarkets Aynho is well served with several excellent supermarkets all within a few miles of the village, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons in Banbury and Waitrose in Brackley. Click each name to link to the local store’s details.
Convenience Shopping The closest stores to Aynho are all Co-Operatives, located at Croughton, Kings Sutton and Deddington. each of them open early and close at 9.00pm. Further afield there’s a M&S Simply Food at Bicester (M40) services, which can be accessed without going onto the motorway and basic groceries at the 24-hour Esso petrol station at Baynards Green. Click each link to open a Google map.
Post Office The two closest Post Offices are located in Kings Sutton and as part of the Co-Op in Deddington. Each Tuesday Kings Sutton PO runs a ‘pop-up’ Post Office at Aynho’s Village Hall between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Pharmacy The closest pharmacy is at Sainsbury’s on the route into Banbury. Otherwise it’s Banbury with national brands (e.g. Boots and Lloyds) and independents.
Retail Parks The closest retail park is Banbury Cross retail park, click here for map. Currently Banbury Cross has Argos, Next Home, PC World & Currys, Maplins, Pets at Home, several discount stores and a large Tesco supermarket. Close-by are most of the major DIY sheds (Wickes, B&Q and Homebase). If your shopping is more fashion and clothing don’t forget the brands outlet village at Bicester.
Garden Centres  There are two excellent garden centres within a few miles of Aynho; Buckingham Garden Centre (11-miles) and Cotefield Nurseries at Bodicote (5-miles).
Petrol Station  Baynards Green: The closest forecourt is at Baynards Green which is c5-miles from Aynho towards Bicester on the B4100. It’s an ESSO forecourt with basic groceries, alcohol and, usefully, a Costa Coffee franchise. Alternatively, there’s ESSO at Oxford Road, Banbury (c5.5 miles) although this doesn’t stock groceries or alcohol.  (click links to forecourt page). Sainsburys: The closest supermarket forecourt is at Sainsbury, Banbury circa 6.5 miles on Oxford Road, Banbury.
Take-Aways If you’re planning an evening at home with a take-away Just Eat suggests there’s four companies that will deliver. Alternatively, there’s Chinese and Indian take-aways in Deddington which you’ll need to collect – or try Lucky House Chinese take-away in Kings Sutton who will deliver to Aynho (01295 810898) usually for free.
Pubs There’s two pubs in Aynho; Cartwright Hotel (in the village) and Great Western Arms at Aynho Wharf. Both have good beer and wines. The Cartwright has a restaurant and GWA provides gastro-pub food.
Newspapers Newsagents deliveries are available from Smiths on 01295 268499 or email
Milkman Milk deliveries are available from ‘Milk and More’ – click here.
Logs and Coal Contact numbers for local companies providing logs and coal can often be found in the Aynho newsletter and notice board in Deddington’s Post Office (at Co-op).
Broadband Currently there are two providers of broadband connections in Aynho. The first is BT which requires a installed telephone line and provides average speeds of 5-6mb download and 0.36mb upload. The second provider is Sugarnet who provide a WiFi based service with packages at 5mb and 10mb download and upload speeds. In the future it’s possible the village might be connected by fibre optic from Gigaclear – if we get enough households signing-up – with speeds from 50mb up to 200mb.
Bins & Waste ‘Bin’ day for Aynho is Thursday with alternating fortnightly collection of blue (recycled) and green (garden bins and black (landfill) bins collected the following week. Food waste ‘caddies’ are collected every week. If you’ve any questions regarding bins and collections, click here (SNC – South Northants Council). And for a copy of the latest collection calendar (bins by week), click here. Although times differ, collections are usually early morning on Thursday. The general contact number for SNC is 01327 322344
Local ‘Tip’ Inevitably after moving in you’ll have lots of packaging and other ‘stuff’ to dispose which is best taken to the ‘tip’. The closest centre to Aynho is at Ardley – c4-miles away. Open seven days-a-week from 8.00am to 5.00pm (click link above).
Rail Travel Aynho is fortunate in having several rail stations in close proximity on lines that cover most of the country. For travellers to London and Birmingham both Bicester North and Banbury are mainline stations with on-site parking and regular timetable (especially am and pm commuter times). To London it’s about one-hour to Marylebone from Bicester North. From Milton Keynes there’s easy access to Birmingham, east Midlands and west coast. If convenience is more important, Kings Sutton’s rail station has regular services, albeit not as frequent as local mainline stations. Click on links for station details. Train times are available at National Rail Enquiries.
Bus Service  Aynho is on the ‘499’ route from the Heyfordian Company that runs between Banbury and Brackley also calling at Kings Sutton, Charlton and Croughton. Services are every two hours. Timetables can be viewed here.

The following are some of the contacts you might need during your first few weeks in Aynho and until you become more familiar with things. And, if you think we’ve missed anything let us know – we’ll add and update the contacts below. If you’d prefer to download this list, click here (PDF format).

Deddington Surgery (& Practice Dispensary) 01869 338611
Kings Sutton Surgery 01280 703460
Deddington Dental Practice 01869 337377
Bloxham Dental Practice 01295 721030
Northants Highways – Street Doctor Report Problems – Click Here 0300 126 1000
South Northants Council – Waste Collection 01327 322344
South Northants Council – General Enquiries 01327 322322
Northants County Council: Ron Sawbridge (Councillor) 01869 819669
St Michael Church: Rev. Simon Dommett (Rector) 01869 810903
St Michael Church: Graham Gibbs (Warden) 01869 819727
Aynho Parish Council: Clerk to the Council 07654 321987
Cartwright 01869 811885
Great Western Arms 01869 338288 
Aynho Biodiversity Group:
Aynho Recorded Music Society: Bob Mann 01869 810264
Aynho Photographic Society: Annabel Bellamy 01869 810847
Aynho Photographic Society: Kath Arnold 01869 811868
Aynho Women’s Institute: Barbara Watkins 01869 811152
Aynho History Society: Rupert Clark 01869 810603
Aynho History Society: Peter Cole 01869 811261
Aynho Gardening Club:
Aynho Health Walks:
Aynho Village Hall:
Aynho Sports & Recreation: Kay Anderson  01869 810019
Aynho Village web site
Spencer Cars (Taxis) 01295 810172