General Information

Emergency Action

Ambulance and local aid including a public-access defibrillator

An ambulance may well take 20 minutes to arrive, so it is pleasing that a retired NHS First Responder, David Wright, lives in our village and he may be available to help. If you have a life threatening situation phone 999 and if required, contact David. His home phone number is 01295 711013 and his mobile number is 07557 140289. David does not have a car, so if you live some distance from the centre of the village it may help if you arrange transport for him.
Defibrillator: Situated by the village hall entrance, it is accessed by dialling 999 on your phone and inputting the code provided by the operator, so pen and paper will be needed. Opening the defibrillator will start the verbal operating instructions. David Wright can access the defibrillator and being a former NHS responder, it is recommended to contact him as well as dialling 999.
The defibrillator was kindly donated to the parish by the Brackley based charity 'Do It For Defib'.


In an emergency telephone 999. Otherwise call 101 asking for Northamptonshire Police. Officers on the Neighbourhood Team for our area can be contacted via . However, crime or incident reporting should be reported using the 101 number.

Neighbourhood Watch

Our parish coordinator for the Neighbourhood Watch scheme is David Wright. David's contact telephone numbers are shown above.

Social Activities

SOCIAL MEDIA Social media can play an important role in our small community. Many of our parishioners message on

RABBIT RING: An informal ladies' group, normally meeting monthly at the village hall on the third Tuesday at 8.00pm. Activities are varied, including speaker evenings, walks and outings.

THUMPERS: An informal men's group, normally meeting monthly at the village hall on the first Wednesday at 7.30pm. Again, activities are varied, including speaker and games evenings, walks and outings.

YOGA, PILATES AND TAI CHI CLASSES: Regular classes are normally held in the village hall. See the notice board outside the village hall for more information.


The inn has been part of Thorpe's social scene for nearly 400 years.

It is part of the Hook Norton Brewery chain of public houses with food available at both lunchtime and evenings.

Tel. 01295 710431

Local Services

BULK DOMESTIC OIL ORDERING:(approximately three times a year)
The village co-ordinator for bulk delivery of domestic oil to houses in the parish is Liz Hutt, Tel. 01295 711030. Householders make direct payment to the supplier.

Highways problems, such as potholes and verge cutting issues, should be reported to Northamptonshire Highways using the Fix My Street reporting system.

The Towcester centre (NN12 8AX) is normally closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

FARTHINGHOE RECYCLING & REUSE CENTRE: The Farthinghoe centre has restricted recycling facilities. It is open Friday to Tuesday, 9am – 5pm (closed Wednesdays/Thursdays). The site closes at midday on Christmas Eve and is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. This link provides further information.

LOCAL BUS SERVICE: The only bus service for the village is a community bus service to Banbury. The service is operated by Ability Northants cic, providing about two hours in Banbury on a Thursday morning and slightly longer on a Monday afternoon. Initial registration and pre-booking are required. See for more information. This service was kindly sponsored by the former South Northants District Council.

Contact Western Power Distribution. Tel. 0800 6783 105
The village is within WPD Northamptonshire's 'West Bucks Area' and the area team can be contacted on 01604 875802.

Contact the Parish Clerk who will report the failure.

Please do not flush away wet wipes and fats. The village sewer system has been blocked on separate occasions by a build up of wet wipes and fats creating health hazards and unpleasantness for land owners.
Our sewer system is the responsibility of Thames Water and the telephone number for their 24hr contact centre is 0800 3169800.

History of the Parish

A book describing Thorpe Mandeville - its history, buildings, people and social events from the Domesday Book to the mid 1990s.: over 110 pages including b&w photographs and maps. Price - £10 plus p&p if required. Contact Maurice Cole, Tel. 01295 711042.


A website history of Thorpe's schools, public houses, buildings and people can be found on the independent website: . Please go to this website if you are researching your ancestors in Thorpe and would like information from parish registers.