Support Network

Thames Valley Alert - Action Fraud

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040.                         

Parish Council Meeting (11 May)

The May 2020 meeting will be held on line. 

Agenda and joining instructions will be available here. The meeting will start at 7:30pm - please log on to the call 10 minutes prior. You will be in a virtual waiting room until the meeting commences. 

Community Hub is Here For You

This is just a reminder that Bucknell’s Community Hub is still here to support you during this pandemic.



Fruit and Veg

Order by Thursday evening for doorstep delivery on Saturday.

Small box £15, Large box £25.

Payment by BACS (If this isn't possible please let us know)


Order by Wednesday lunch time for doorstep delivery on Friday.

Find options and prices on Facebook or in the Village Hall noticeboard.

Payment by Cash (If this isn't possible please ley us know).


We are collecting prescriptions from Alchester (Fridays), Montgomery House and Bicester Health Centre (Tuesdays). Please let your surgery know if you would like to be added to the list.


A friendly ear:

There are a group of friendly residents that are available if you would like a chat at any point if you are feeling lonely or worried. Please let Rachael or Holly know and they will put  you in touch.


VE Day:

Sadly the village’s VE celebrations on Friday have had to  be cancelled so why not join the nation  and your neighbours in a “stay at home” street party. Decorate your house in red, white and blue and grab your picnic blankets or tables and head to your front garden to celebrate. 



Rachael (07771956744, Rachael.e.blakey @ or Holly (07738506577,

hollyputtock @ ) remove the spaces in the email address

Or join the Bucknell Village Facebook page.


Stay safe!

James the Fish Man is Back

James the Fish Man will be at the Village Hall at 6pm on Tuesday evenings - he has an amazing selection of fish freshly caught the previous day.

Playing Field Closure

The Playing Field is CLOSED

We hope that everyone is staying safe and well.

The decision to close the park is fully in line with Government guidance to try and stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19.

Yesterday (Sun 5 Apr), two young adults decided that the closure of the Playing Field did not apply to them; they climbed over the gates to gain access and were playing football. Today (Mon 6 Apr) three young adults did exactly the same.

If you have young adults in your household, please can we ask you to remind them that the park is closed to absolutely everyone - there are no exceptions.

As soon as we can reopen, we will do. But until then, please stay safe and stay out of the park.

Bucknell Playing Field Association

Shopping Help

Bucknell’s Community hub is setting up some food deliveries to Bucknell to reduce trips to the shops and help those who cant easily get out during the COVID-19 restrictions. These will start as of next week.

In the first instance, we will be distributing BOTH bakery and fruit and veg orders. Orders need to be with either Holly or Rachael by Friday of each week.

Nash’s bakery will deliver to Bucknell on a Monday, order from:

  • White sliced bread - £2.20, 
  • Brown sliced bread - £2.50, 
  • Unsliced Sourdough - £3, 
  • 6 x Hot-cross buns - £4
  • 4 x doughnuts - £2.

We will arrange a bulk collection from The Fruit stall in Bicester to be distributed in the village on a Saturday.

  • Mixed fruit and veg box SMALL - £15
  • Mixed fruit and veg box LARGE - £25

If you would like to order any of the above or have an questions please contact

Rachael.e.blakey @ 07771 956 744 or hollyputtock @ 07738 506 577 (if you are are emailing, please remove the spaces before and after the @ symbol)

Community Bus Service Suspension

The Comet Community Bus service is being suspended from Monday 30th of March for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.  

Comet DOES remains available for individual bookings for essential journeys such as shopping or medical appointments.  Residents can call 01865 323201 to confirm availability and make bookings.

VE Day Celebrations

Due to the continuing need for social distancing and self-isolation, the decision has been taken to postpone the VE Day Celebrations that were planned for the beginning of May 2020. 

We will announce new dates for the commemoration when circumstances allow. 


Community Hub

The government have asked that all Communities set up Hub's to help their residents during the Coronavirus crisis. Rachael and Holly have volunteered to do this for Bucknell. Whether you are totally isolating, can't get out of the village or just want some moral support they can help you by linking you with someone else in the village that can help.

Are you self isolating? OR would you like a friendly ear?

Volunteers can help with:

·        Shopping/urgent supplies

·        Getting prescriptions

·        Dog walking

·        Picking up parcels

·        Posting mail

·        Advice on other support you can get

·        Or a friendly ear and a chat

 If you would either like help or if you would like to join the team contact us by email by clicking on the box below or call:



Here are some useful links if you are looking for some extra help.




Or if you are lonely you can call Age UK on 01865 411 288


 Check out 'Bucknell Village' on Facebook....

You can connect with neighbours and keep in touch with whats happening in the village.


.....or click on the picture below for Parish Council and other village news



Anyone who helps you are volunteers. They must not take any money from you that is not for items that have been bought on your behalf and they should provide a receipt.

Please don't give anyone any money without a receipt and do not give anyone your bank details....even if you know them.

Film Nights

Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to postpone the monthly Film Nights at the Village Hall until further notice. 

When we are able to restart, messages will be sent by the Village email mailing list. Sign up to make sure you receive the details.

© bucknell 2021