WELCOME TO PRESTON
Preston is a small village which lies 1 1/2 miles east of Cirencester between the A417 to Fairford and the A419 to Swindon. The 2011 Census recorded 327 inhabitants in the civil parish.
The Parish boundary extends from Abbey Home Farm in the north and to Ermin Farm in the south. It is bordered by the Beeches and New Mills Wards of Cirencester on the West and the Village of Ampney Crucis to the east. It sits within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and much of the Village is in a Conservation Area.
Until the last century the community was largely agricultural with farmhouses, cottages, a school and the Rectory close to the 11th century church.
The more recent houses, including retirement bungalows, line the single village street. Whereas there is neither a pub nor a shop, there is a busy, well equipped Village Hall and at Village Farm a thriving group of commercial units.
There is a well maintained Playing Field with a Children's Play Area, maintained by the Parish Council and privately owned Allotments.
Preston has a very active community with many events taking place in the Village Hall and even in the road that runs through the Village. Street parties have been held to celebrate important events such as royal weddings and the Queen's Jubilee.
The Village Fete is held in July each year at Church Farm. There's lots of old favourite stalls: White Elephant - Toys - Tombola - Books - Raffle - Clothes - Plants - Cakes and produce in addition to live music as well as Mr Whizz, Archery, Pandora’s Box, teas on the lawn, ice creams and some new and amusing games for everyone. It is the perfect setting for a summer gathering for all the family!
In 2017 residents and Members of the Parish Council came together to develop the Design in Preston document. This is an advisory planning document to help preserve Preston's unique character and has now been incorporated into a Neighbourhood Development Plan which was MADE by Referendum in May 2021.
The Village shares its name with 60 other Prestons around the world and is part of the Preston Calling community.
For more information about the Village see links to General and Historial Village Information
For links to various useful organisations, please go to Links and Useful Information
PRESTON PARISH COUNCIL
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