Living in Long Crendon

LIVELY, THRIVING AND WELL SERVED

Long Crendon is fortunate in having a population small enough to offer a real sense of community yet large enough to sustain a wide range of amenities and pastimes. Every age group is well served, with a rich variety of sports clubs, associations, interest and hobby groups. Regular gatherings for people of all ages, from baby and toddlers sessions to day centre activities for the elderly, ensure that no one ever need feel lonely. In this lively environment barely a day passes without something happening - from coffee mornings to quiz nights and safari suppers to sponsored walks.

Picturesque cottages and period architecture are surrounded by beautiful countryside with numerous marked public footpaths and bridleways. These offer walks to various places of interest and neighbouring villages. Rural but not remote, the village is conveniently located for access to larger towns and cities (Thame 2 miles; Aylesbury 9 miles; Oxford 15 miles; High Wycombe 17 miles). A 10-minute drive takes you to junction 8a of the M40 from where London is less than an hour away.

Long Crendon also benefits from a large business community offering a wide range of products and services.   For more information, please refer to the Business Listings section. 

Health

The GP practice in the village is open every weekday and on Saturday mornings (for emergency appointments). It's a dispensing surgery so you can collect prescriptions from them direct. The village dental practice treats private patients (NHS treatment is available for under 18's). A registered Osteopath practice is located on the Bicester Road.

For more details please refer to the Medical category under the business directory.

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Shops

The Square is the hub of the village and it is here you'll find the shops. A small (but good quality) selection comprising:

Sherwins: Long Crendon's long established butchers offering quality cooked and raw meats and very helpful service. A selection of dairy produce, fruit, vegetables, fresh bread, cakes, dried and tinned goods are also stocked.

The Post Office: a bustling centre of activity where you invariably bump into local friends and neighbours, it offers comprehensive postal services including an ATM.

Best One this 'open all hours' (or most of them anyway) newsagent sells a good selection of papers, magazines, sweets, cigarettes, crisps, groceries and so on. It is also licensed to sell alcohol.

Barry Pearce Carpets: Another long standing village business, Barry's your man for the supply and fitting of any kind of carpets and floor coverings.

For trading hours and contact details, please refer to the business listings.

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Education

State schools
Long Crendon County Combined Primary School: an 'outstanding' (Ofsted September 2008) co-ed school which takes pupils from reception through to year 6.

Pre-school: Housed on the same site as the primary school it offers morning and afternoon sessions for children from 2.5 years up to reception. Close links between pre-school and primary make for an easy transition when the time comes.

Breakfast and after-school club: Caring and convenient 'wrap around' provision for working parents, operates daily throughout the school term.

Secondary education: Pupils at Long Crendon school benefit from being 'dual catchment'. The nearest state secondary school is Lord Williams' comprehensive in Thame and Long Crendon School is included in its catchment. However, because the primary school comes under Buckinghamshire Local Education Authority, year 6 children can take the 11+ exam. This determines which children qualify for places in the county's selective Grammar schools. Those that pass usually opt for one of the 3 grammar schools in Aylesbury.

Independent schools
Long Crendon does not have any independent schools but Ashfold is just 2 miles away and Oxford offers a selection of both primary and secondary independent schools, accessible via a public bus service.

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Public library

Now run by volunteers as a Community Library, it is welcoming and well organised. If you can't find what you're looking for the helpful staff will order it for you. In addition to books in normal and large print, audiobooks and computer access, the library also hosts regular events such as story time for pre-schoolers and holiday reading challenges for older children. It's a hive of activity, but there is also a quiet reading area with a selection of daily and local papers.

Opening Times:
Tue/Wed/Fri 10.00am 1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm
Sat 10.00am-1.00pm
Sun/Mon/Thurs CLOSED ALL DAY

Email: lib-lon@buckscc.gov.uk Tel: 0845 2303232

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Estate Agents

There are a wide number of estate agents covering the sale or letting of properties in Long Crendon.  Please look in the business directory for more details.

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Hairdressers

The village is home to two hairdressing salons: Angela Ford (Bicester Road) and Platiniums (in the square). Both do ladies, gents and children's hair.

For trading hours and contact details, please refer to the business listings.

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Car services

Vehicle sales, servicing, repairs and fleet management are all catered for by a variety of businesses within and on the outskirts of the village. See the local business listing section for details.

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Eating out

Most tastes and all budgets are catered for within the village. Takeaway options range from traditional fish and chips to a choice of Indian and Thai cuisine. The restaurant styles vary from casual and cosy pub grub to the fine dining experience provided by The Angel.

Take Away

  • The Mermaid traditional fish and chips and the usual auxiliary menu items
  • Crendon Indian extensive take away menu
  • The Churchill wide ranging Thai menu
  • Gurkha Tavern Nepalese and Indian; fish and chips

Pub/Restaurants

  • The Churchill excellent Thai cuisine, lively event calendar
  • Eight Bells some food, live events
  • Gurkha Tavern informal Nepalese and Indian food, live music events
  • Crendon Indian well established and very popular Indian restaurant

Fine Dining

  • The Angel well known and highly regarded restaurant, famous for its fish dishes but offering much more besides.
  • The Mole & Chicken a mile outside the village in the hamlet of Easington, a 'gastro pub' that also provides accommodation.

Cafe

  • The Flower Pot Café – a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy a lovely coffee and homemade cakes and muffins.  Childrens play area and menu available.

For more details of our eating out options, please refer to Food and Drink on the Business Directory.

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Venues for hire

Given the thriving social life of the village and numerous events put on by the clubs and associations it's no surprise that the four main venues available for hire are in frequent use. These are:

  • Church House (small room with kitchen; main hall with stage)
  • Village Centre (main hall with small kitchen; small hall and licensed bar room)
  • School Hall (dining hall with kitchen; main assembly hall with stage)
  • The Pavillion (small hall with kitchen)

Just a mile outside the village on the Chearsley Road is the beautiful Notley Abbey Tythe Barn, a favourite for weddings and special events.

The pubs and restaurants in the village also offer private hire facilities, by arrangement.

Click here to view the business directory for venues for hire.

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Recreation Ground

Site of many a hard fought football and cricket match, summer fetes and other community gatherings, this open space is at the heart of the village. The location for the tennis courts, bowling green and cricket pavilion, it also has a secure and well appointed children's play area.

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Places of Worship

There are three key denominations represented in the village, each is distinct with its own congregation but it says much about their respective community spirit that they frequently come together for village events.

  • Church of England: St Mary's
  • Catholic: Our Lady of Light
  • Baptist: Long Crendon Baptist Church

To find out more about the churches click here

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