Pictures courtesy of Declan Torris
The village is on the site of the former RAF flying school and the airfield is still active. The military housing, messes and technical site were sold by the MOD to a private developer in 1996, and the village has doubled in size with around 400 new homes added in recent years on the site of the old hangers and other technical buildings. Several of the buildings of architectural importance such as the Station HQ and the Officers Mess have been retained and converted into housing.
The street names give a clue to the village’s former life, having names such as A.P. Ellis Road and Bristol Road. The village is enhanced by the large numbers of mature trees planted by the first Station Commander (Group Captain A.P.Ellis) which are now all protected.
As part of the new development, the village has a new primary school and village hall. Other amenities include the Co-operative store, Dragon Vets, Badhams Pharmacy, Barnado’s Charity Shop and Runner Bean Health and Fitness studio. There are also allotments reaching finalisation, tennis courts, football pitches and many green spaces around the village that have play parks embedded in them.
The village lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and retains many mature trees throughout, which enhance its character and beauty.