The Parish is historically an agricultural community, comprising four settlements: Rokemarsh, Roke, Berrick Salome and Berrick Prior. These are arranged in a triangle, with Rokemarsh located at the southerly corner, Roke at the south-east corner, and Berrick Prior and Berrick Salome at the northern corner.
We are located in central south Oxfordshire and connected by rural country lanes to Benson, Ewelme, Chalgrove and Newington. The open fields on the southern edge of The Parish give an extensive view over the Thames Valley to the long line of the Berkshire Downs, with the isolated chalk ridge of the Sinodun Hills crowned by Wittenham Clumps, as a focus in front of them. To the east, the foothills of the Chilterns can be seen. The Parish is approximately one mile from the River Thames.
A comprehensive description of the Parish is available on Wikipedia. View Parish Maps.
The Parish has prepared their Neighbourhood Plan, which went to a referendum on Oct 24th 2019 when residents voted for its adoption. On Dec 19th 2019, the SODC Cabinet recommended to Council that the Plan be made, with corrections. This has the effect that the Plan and its policies are now in force. SODC still have to complete the final stage of publishing the Decision Statement and Made version of the plan.
Details of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed on our separate site.
New residents of the Parish are provided with a Welcome Pack, which helps them to settle into their new home and the wider community.