About Beckley


We hope that visitors to this site will find it both useful and enjoyable. The purpose of the site is to provide an insight into the village and the activities which go on in and around the parish. Further links and information will be added as time goes by and all suggestions to improve the site are most welcome.

Beckley and Stowood is a small, quiet parish situated in Oxfordshire, England. We have a fine church, The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in stone in 1150 in the late Norman style replacing the original Saxon building that was made of wood.

The village still retains much of its original character, and is set in rolling countryside with outstanding views over Otmoor and the Oxfordshire countryside.

The village suggests roots back to Roman times with a Roman road now called Sand Path, and there is a reference to the village in the Doomsday Book, where it is listed as Bechelie, Oxenefscire.

The total number of people on the electoral roll is 478.


Beckley Open Day  Sunday 17 June from 2 - 6pm.  Fourteen open gardens; teas, books, CD's,etc; plants; cakes; ice creams; bouncy castle; fair organ; art exhibition in the Church.    Ample free parking.   Adults £6, children 16 and under free if accompanied by an adult.  Profits to go towards maintenance of Beckley's 14th Century church.  

Health and Fitness for Over 60's (and those who plan to be over 60)

Go Active Gold Activities including Tai Chi from 3-4pm Mondays, Nordic Walking 1:30-2:30pm Wednesdays, Senior Circuits 8:30 - 9:30 am Thursdays, and Pilates 1:15-2:15pm Thursdays have begun, with space still open for more to join.

In an effort to help us understand the importance of health and fitness at all ages, and how it is an important component for National Health Care now and in the future, Sir Muir Gray, consultant in Public Health at Oxford University Hospitals, and founding director of the NHS national screening programmes, will broaden our perspective with a talk on Tuesday evening, 24 April.  Doors open 7:30pm.  Place Beckley Village Hall.   Cost £5.