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Smiths Community Fund

Each year the company sets aside a budget for donations towards projects which are for the public good, or to the benefit of local communities. Donations can be by way of a financial contribution, but also ‘in kind’ by way of goods and services.

Donations from the fund are mostly aimed at the communities in and around the locality of our operations, but can be made for projects further afield. Projects favoured will tend to have a social, charitable or environmental aspect, will not normally be associated with commercial activities, and will be predominantly run by volunteers.

Lower Windrush Valley Project (LWVP)

The LWVP was set up in the 1990’s by Oxfordshire County Council, with West Oxfordshire District Council, to develop a co-ordinated after-use strategy for the Lower Windrush valley which has been and continues to be, extensively worked for minerals.

The project works closely with mineral operators, landowners and the community to co-ordinate, implement and help manage projects that improve the landscape, biodiversity and public access of the project area.

The valley comprises 28km2 of West Oxfordshire, incorporating the flood plain of the River Windrush between Witney and its confluence with the Thames at Newbridge.  Smiths’ Gill Mill gravel pit is a key operation within the area.

Smiths have made significant financial donations to the project, and worked closely with project officers, both as mineral operator and landowner in the valley.  Finally, they have procured land to form part of the long distance footpath along the Windrush between Witney and the Thames, the completion of which is a key objective of the project.

Linear Fisheries (Oxford) Ltd

A major development on the company’s restored gravel pits in West Oxfordshire, Linear has given the angling public the opportunity to pursue high quality carp fishing in wonderful countryside. The company is keen to make the fishery available to all those interested in angling, and in 2005 installed purpose built fishing platforms with adjacent toilets to accommodate disabled anglers. Linear is keen to encourage the next generation of anglers and sponsors an annual childrens competition on their waters. (See main fishing page for more details on Linear)

St Giles Church, Bletchington

Bletchington, a few miles north east of Oxford, is the Smith family’s home village and adjacent to the company’s head office at nearby Enslow. The village church of St Giles has been the location for many family occasions, with earlier generations of the family laid to rest in the church yard.

The company facilitated landfill tax funding to help with the restoration of the church, and also made a significant donation to procure a sixth bell for the belfry. As a result the bells were able to be rung for the millennium.

Bletchington Sports & Social Club

The company has been a keen supporter of the village social club, donating in many and varied ways and helping to build it up to the thriving organisation it has become. Members of the family have played for the cricket section for many years, which now competes as Oxford & Bletchington Nondescripts Cricket Club. The company is also a shirt sponsor for the football section.