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chance to influence the future of policing - register to vote now!
Residents throughout the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire are being urged to register to vote so they can have their say on the future of policing across the Thames Valley area. This year, for the first time, voters throughout the country will have the chance to elect Police and Crime Commissioners to oversee their local police authority. For people in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire this will be their opportunity to have a say on how the Thames Valley region is policed.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections take place on Thursday 15 November. In order to take part in this election, residents must register to vote and voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across South Oxfordshire and the Vale. If you haven't received your form by August you should contact our electoral registration office on 01235 540310 or print one off at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
|28/6/12||VWHDC||Call for community events to sign up to tourism website
People in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse who will be staging community events are being encouraged to advertise them on the new tourism website www.southernoxfordshire.com.
Events which are aimed at bringing people in the many southern Oxfordshire communities together, as well as encouraging people from outside the area to pay a visit, can be publicised for free on the events listing section.
So if you are planning a fair, market, festival or other medium to large-scale get togther that is open to the whole community why not advertise it on www.southernoxfordshire.com, the perfect site for things to do and see across the area.
|25/6/12||VWHDC||Your views count in district-wide residents' survey.
June 2012 There could be a knock at the door for people in the Vale of White Horse in the next few weeks as the district council undertakes its first residents' survey.
From 2 July the council will be contacting 1,100 individuals to conduct face-to-face interviews to find out their views on council services, how satisfied they are with the council and how well informed they feel about the council's work.
|25/6/12||VWHDC||New leaflet highlights Fabulous Faringdon
A new leaflet has been launched, which highlights 12 fabulous things to do around Faringdon this summer. From visiting All Saints Church to climbing Faringdon Folly Hill, the leaflet details some of the best, and most interesting places to visit, and activities to try in and around the town.
Suggestions include visiting historic buildings and places of interest to shopping at the Farmers Market; climbing Faringdon Folly Hill and walking sections of The Ridgeway or Thames Path.
|22/6/12||VWHDC||Electoral Review of VWHD council
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has today commenced an information gathering stage for new electoral arrangements for Vale of White Horse District Council. The purpose of this is to inform you of the review, and to seek your views. Vale of White Horse is being reviewed following a formal request from Vale of White Horse District Council in order to consider a reduction in council size.
The review aims to make sure, as far as possible, that every councillor in each ward of the district represents the same number of electors. The review will also take into account the identities and interests of local communities in the area.
|25/5/12||VWHDC||Loyalty card scheme to be launched in Faringdon
Residents in Faringdon will soon be able to get their hands on a brand new loyalty card offering discounts in many of the shops in the local area.
The new scheme, which will be launched on Saturday 9 June, will give people the opportunity to take advantage of offers in 31 outlets around the town, ranging from food retailers to hair and beauty. Offers that card holders will be able to take advantage of include exclusive money-off deals, special product give-away deals and many more.
|16/5/12||VWHDC||Vale fights against speculative planning
At the end of last year the Vale of White Horse District Council embarked on a bold and well publicised initiative to protect the district against the threat of numerous speculative planning applications. The council was concerned that as there had been a low rate of house-building for some years there was a risk that the planning inspectorate would support unsuitable developments against the decisions of the planning committee and the wishes of local people.
Cabinet member for planning, Cllr Roger Cox, said: "Due to the failure in previous years to build enough houses and to prepare a new Local Plan (LDF), the Vale is faced with the prospect of developers gaining planning permissions by appeal to the planning inspectorate against the wishes of the people of the Vale, and against local planning policy. Every step we have taken since coming to power has been to reduce this risk and give communities back some control".
website boost for southern Oxfordshire tourism
A new website has been launched to help boost tourism in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse, highlighting what the area has to offer for both visitors and residents, and raising its profile as a key visitor destination both within the UK and internationally.
www.southernoxfordshire.com offers visitors information about the various towns and villages across the two districts, highlighting the rich history, things to do and see; where to stay, eat and drink; and some fascinating facts which help to bring the area to life.
The site also contains information about food and drink festivals and a "What's On" events database, which will not only help to attract people to the area but also keep residents up to date about what is happening and when. Anyone wishing to submit details of events to be included on the site should contact email@example.com.
|23/3/12||VWHDC||Abingdon streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along
The streets that the Olympic Flame will travel down in Abingdon, and the names of the inspirational Torchbearers who will be responsible for carrying the historic torch through the town, have been announced.
People in the Vale of White Horse will be able to welcome the Olympic Flame to the district and celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers when it travels through Abingdon on the morning of Tuesday 10 July.
|21/3/12||VWHDC||£250,000 still available to support rural businesses
£250,000 in grant funding is still available for rural businesses in Southern Oxfordshire looking to develop or expand.
The Southern Oxfordshire LEADER Programme has funding available to support a wide range of projects for farmers, tourism and community based businesses.
In 2009 the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme, a joint initiative involving South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, was awarded £1.89 million of European funding to support rural projects, including farms, up to 2013. So far 44 businesses have received a significant boost after successfully applying for a share of the funding.
|11/3/12||VWHDC||Vale set to vote on Housing Plans
Last October, the Vale of White Horse District Council published a draft Interim Housing Supply Policy (IHSP) for consultation. The policy sets out conditions to address the council's current shortfall in housing by bringing forward up to a thousand new homes on small to medium sized sites across the district.
|7/3/12||VWHDC||Vale to consult on Core Strategy
The Vale of White Horse District Council is set to give residents and businesses the opportunity to give their views on a key local planning document. The Vale's core strategy, or new 'local plan', will set out proposals for where major new development should take place in the Vale over the next 15 years.
|7/2/12||VWHDC||Council Tax set to freeze
Residents in the Vale of White Horse are set to receive a welcome boost this year following the proposal to freeze the district's council tax rates for the second year running.
|3/2/12||VWHDC||Second round for sport facilities funding opportunities
Sports clubs in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire looking to extend or modernise their facilities have another chance to apply for funding.
In total, £50 million of Inspired Facilities funding, provided by the Lottery Plus Partnership, is available until 2014, with money allocated equally over five rounds.
chance to win your 2012/13 council tax
The deadline for people in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse to win the chance to have their councils tax paid for them is fast approaching.
Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to sign up to receive their council tax bill by email to help save money, and those who do so will be entered in a draw to have their entire 2012/13 council tax paid for them, however they need to sign up by Tuesday January 31 in order to be eligible to be entered into the prize draw.
get the chance to win their 2012/13 council tax and help save thousands
Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to sign up to receive their council tax bill by email to help save money, and those who do so will be entered in a draw to have their entire 2012/13 council tax paid for them.
It costs more than £64,000 each year for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to print and send out council tax bills and leaflets. To save money the two councils are aiming to get as many people as possible signed up to receive their council tax bill by email before February next year.
and Vale up for "Council of the Year" award
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have been jointly shortlisted in the "Council of the Year" category for the 2012 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.
The two councils, which operate on a predominantly shared basis, are one of just six throughout the country to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.
|30/11/11||VWHDC||Use your two hours free parking to
. in Faringdon
From Friday 9 December residents and visitors to Faringdon will be able to take advantage of two hours free parking in both the Vale of White Horse District Council car parks.
Without having to worry about paying to park for a couple of hours, people in Faringdon will be able to spend a bit more time hunting for hidden treasures in the variety of independent shops in the town centre.
|28/11/11||OCC||New bereavement service launched
Tell Us Once, a new service which takes on the responsibility from loved ones of notifying relevant government departments and services of a family bereavement, is now in operation in Oxfordshire. The optional and free facility will be offered by county council registrars to family members at the end of a death registration appointment.
|25/11/11||VWHDC||52 things and one big book launch
A new tourism book featuring the work of over 50 individuals from the Vale of White Horse community is set to go on sale next month. On Saturday 10 December the team behind the "52 things to do far from the madding beaches" book, which aims to promote tourism in the Vale of White Horse, will be holding a special launch event at the new temporary Blackwells book shop in Mill Street, Wantage.
|22 November 2011||VWHDC||Free
Wi-Fi to launch in the centre of Wantage
People visiting the centre of Wantage will soon be able to take advantage of free public Wi-Fi. From Saturday 10 December, free Wi-Fi coverage will be available in the Market Place for people to browse the internet while visiting the markets, doing their shopping, travelling to work or sitting in the local cafes.
|7 November 2011||OCC||County
celebrates Olympic Torch Relay announcement
Oxfordshire County Council is delighted at the announcement that the county will play host to the Olympic Torch Relay next year. People from across the county will be able to witness this historic occasion, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed.
|4 October 2011||VWHDC||Fantastic first year for Vale's recycling revolution
Residents in the Vale of White Horse are helping to set the standard in recycling after a fantastic first full year of the district's new waste and recycling collection service.
|26 August 2011||VWHDC||Poetry, history, and future literary luminaries set to light up
the Betjeman Festival
Poetry events, talks on writing history, and appearances by a few of the rising stars of the literary world are just some of the events which have been added to the line up of the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival set to take place next month.
The Betjeman Festival is a week-long series of events celebrating Betjeman and other renowned writers and poets between Sunday 11 and Saturday 17 September.
|23 August 2011||VWHDC||Get active this autumn with GO Active
Residents in the Vale are being encouraged to get active this Autumn by joining in with a whole host of new activities from GO Active.
Those looking to get fit, have fun and make friends could try getting "back to netball" with weekly sessions for those aged over 16 taking place in Abingdon and Faringdon.
people's mural brightens up Faringdon underpass
Young people from Faringdon Community College have painted the second phase of a mural on the town's Southampton Street underpass...
|July 31st||VWHDC||Sports clubs encouraged to apply for Inspired Facilities
Sports clubs in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire looking to extend or modernise their facilities are being encouraged to apply for funding.
£50million of Inspired Facilities funding, provided by the Lottery Plus Partnership, is available over the next three years, with money allocated equally over five rounds.
Applications for the first £10million start this August. The next two rounds will take place in 2012/13, with the final two in 2013/14, so there will be plenty of opportunities for clubs to apply.
|July 31st||VWHDC||Community groups in Abingdon, and also the west and southeast
areas of the Vale of White Horse can apply for up to £5,000 from the
district council from Monday 1 August.
Money is available to support projects that promote healthier communities, help unify the community, increase opportunities for young people, improve transport, provide better housing, create green spaces and the expand leisure facilities.
|July 15th||VWHDC||Investment, involvement and improvement for Faringdon and
Investment, involvement and improvement are the key themes running through the Vale of White Horse District Council's economic development action plans for Faringdon and Wantage for 2011/12.
The plans, which were recently approved, set out a series of actions which will see community groups, businesses and local authorities working together to improve the vitality of Faringdon and Wantage through encouraging investment and more visitors to come to the two market towns.
|July 14th||VWHDC||Wantage businesses encouraged to support loyalty scheme
Independent businesses in Wantage are being encouraged to get behind a new scheme designed to bring more trade to the town.
So far 22 independent businesses in Wantage have agreed to join forces to promote local shopping and loyalty in the town by signing up to be part of the new Wantage Loyalty Card scheme, and it is hoped many others will follow.
|July 13th||VWHDC||Betjeman Festival promises a slamming time
Visitors to September's Betjeman Festival in Wantage will be in for a slamming time if they come along to Spiel Unlimted's poetry slam and quiz evening.
The poetry slam, which is one of more than 30 events taking place over the festival week, will provide a head-spinning cocktail of potent poetry and spirited performances topped off with a twist of wit and tasty competition as poets compete over a number of heats trying to impress the audience and judges.
The event, which takes place on Monday 12 September at Shush in Newbury Street from 7.30pm, will be hosted by Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury from poetry slam specialists Spiel Unlimited and costs just £5 to attend
|June 26th||VWHDC||Council launches new look
Vale of White Horse District Council has just launched a new look website www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk this month, to help customers access online services and information quickly and easily at the touch of a button. The councils new website is the culmination of a six month project to enhance the sites look, navigation and overall user experience.
As well as including all the best features from the old site, the new site has a fresh looking, much less cluttered homepage, with a brand new navigation structure to help customers reach the service or information they are looking for. The site also includes an improved access to view planning applications.
The project has significantly improved the accessibility of the site, including new features such as Browsealoud, which allows people to listen to website content rather than read it.
From the outset of the project, the council was keen to go with an open source content management system to keep costs as low as possible. This means that the council is not tied into a particular supplier or subject to any expensive system licensing costs.
Matthew Barber, Council Leader, said: We hope our customers will feel the benefit of our new site, which should make it much easier for them to access our services round the clock at their own convenience.
|June 2011||OCC||Council plans positive future for county's 43 libraries
Positive proposals to work in close partnership with local people throughout Oxfordshire to provide a bright and modern future for every single one of Oxfordshire's 43 libraries will be the subject of a four-month consultation exercise starting on Friday, May 27.
|3 June 2011||NCT||NCT CELEBRATES VOLUNTEERS' WEEK NCT
Faringdon and District Branch is marking Volunteers Week (1-7 June) by calling for more enthusiastic people from the community to join its team of volunteers and help the charity reach more parents than ever to give them the support they need.
|7 March 2011||VWHDC||52 things, 500 entries and four winners
Westmill Wind Farm, Harwell on Feast Day, Wayland's Smithy and the Faringdon Tour were the favourite places that inspired the winning entries submitted by residents for a new tourism book designed to attract people to the Vale of White Horse.
The four winning pieces were among more than 500 photos, paintings, descriptive pieces and drawings of popular sites and hidden gems in the Vale that were sent in by the community for inclusion in the book "52 things to do far from the madding beaches".
leader calls for reduction in number of councillors
The Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, Tony De Vere, is calling for a reduction in the number of councillors sitting on the council from the current 51 to around 34. Cllr De Vere will make the proposal at the council meeting on the 23 February 2011. If agreed, the council will formally ask the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to undertake a review of its electoral arrangements. Given the time involved in carrying out a review, it will not be possible to implement any changes until 2015.
The council has implemented many changes in recent years designed to streamline its working and improve efficiency. There is significant delegation of decision making to senior officers, individual executive members and the executive itself. This has led to much greater efficiency and reduced the need for all councillors to get involved in the day-to-day running of the council.
The basic allowance for a Vale councillor is currently £3,829 per annum, so reducing the number by 17 would save over £260,000 during a four-year election term, assuming that they remained at the current level.
The decision about the precise number of councillors sitting on the council rests with the Boundary Commission, but it will take considerable note of the views of the council as well as other interested parties. Assuming that Cllr De Vere gets backing for his proposal, the council will lobby parish and town councils and other influential local groups to support its initiative.
Tony De Vere says:
As with most other councils, it is crucial we find new ways to save money. We cannot ignore the fact that we now have more councillors than we need and we cant ignore the opportunity to save over £65,000 a year, particularly when this will help us safeguard important public services.
I look forward to the Boundary Commission agreeing to carry out a review so that we can have a full debate about the merits of this proposal. This reduction would not only reflect the efficient working practices in place at the council, but achieve a significant saving in the costs of democracy."
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
and a champagne celebration
Residents who submitted entries for a new tourism book are set to find out whether they have made it into the publication and who will be taking away prizes for the best entries.
On Saturday 26 February the team behind the 52 things to do far from the madding beaches book, which aims to promote tourism in the Vale of White Horse, will be holding a ceremony and champagne reception to honour those who sent in submissions, and will be naming the winners for the best photo, prose, poetry and artwork.
75 individuals submitted more than 500 pieces of work for inclusion in the book, including stunning photos, descriptive writing and drawings of the popular sites and hidden gems of the Vale.
The idea behind the book is to promote 52 things that people could do, visit, look at or explore in the Vale of White Horse, one for each week of the year.
In the coming months all those funny or inspirational pieces of work that have been selected for inclusion will take their place in the book which is set to be published in the Spring. All pieces of work have been donated free of charge by members of the public, keen to play their part in helping promote the Vale of White Horse to a much wider audience.
Dawn Benson (local artist and sculptor) and one of the judges on the 52 Team, said: We were overwhelmed and delighted by the fantastic response to the competition. It just shows what wonderful things there are to do in the Vale of White Horse and how passionate people are about where they live. However, if anyone still wishes to contribute to this book, we would love to hear about your favourite place to visit.
Cllr Richard Gibson, Executive Member for Economic Development in the Vale, said: The 52 Things project has seen a phenomenal response from Vale residents, who are very proud of the district they live in and are keen to show it off to a wider number of people. The Vale is a bit of a hidden gem so hopefully this book will help to encourage a lot people to come and spend some time here.
The event, which takes place at the Portwell Angel in Market Place, Faringdon, begins at 12noon. Everyone who submitted work for the book is welcome to attend and members of the media are invited to come along for photo and interview opportunities.
|Feb 2011||OCC||Oxfordshire Car Share
Oxfordshire County Council is asking people to join up to its free car share scheme.
The service is a great way to experience the benefits of car sharing and is available to anyone travelling in or through Oxfordshire. It could even be an opportunity to meet that special someone.
|Feb 2011||VWHDC||The Vale's Executive has decided to open the community grants
scheme for applications.
Community groups and town and parish councils can apply for grants from £500 to £5,000 from 28 January.
The awarding of grants is subject to the Council approving a budget for community grants for 2011/12 at its meeting on 23 February.
|14/12/10||OCC||New arrangements for home support proposed
Oxfordshire County Council, like all local authorities with adult social services departments up and down the country , has introduced a central government-led policy of personal budgets where many older and disabled people receive money to purchase the care they need, giving them choice and control over the support they receive. Personal budgets have been offered for the past year in Oxfordshire and are now being rolled out to all people with ongoing care needs.
As a consequence, the council has had to respond to this national change and has found that its Internal Home Support service is no longer viable as competitive external providers can supply care to people on personal budgets at a lower cost. The council has proposed to cease the service that it currently provides.
|24/11/10||VWHDC||The future of Abingdon
The Vale of White Horse District Council and Abingdon Town Council will be holding a joint media briefing on Friday 26 November about the future of the Abingdon Guildhall. For the last few months the two councils have been in discussions about ways of ensuring that the facility, which is currently owned and run by the Vale, remains open for public use.
There will be photo opportunities and the chance to interview Cllr Richard Webber - Deputy Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, Lesley Legge - Leader of Abingdon Town Council, Matt Prosser - Strategic Director at the Vale, and Nigel Warner - Town Clerk for Abingdon Town Council.
The briefing will be held at the Vale of White Horse District Councils Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, at 9.30am on Friday 26 November with photo and filming opportunities available afterwards at the Guildhall.
|28/10/10||VWHDC||Council reviews polling
Vale of White Horse District Council is asking residents to comment on the place they vote.
The council is carrying out a general review of polling locations over the next couple of months. This includes looking at the polling stations where people vote to make sure that they are suitable, such as offering reasonable facilities for voting and good access for electors who are disabled. It will also look at whether the cost of providing a polling station at locations with less than 200 voters is justifiable.
The council is encouraging electors to make comments on the convenience of voting at elections within the district and, if possible, to recommend alternative places that could be used as polling stations.
David Buckle, Returning Officer for Vale of White Horse District Council, says: We have a responsibility to make sure all the polling stations we use are suitable and wed like to hear your views as part of this review.
Let us know what you think of the place you currently vote, and if there are alternatives we could consider.
|28/10/10||VWHDC||A timely reminder -
service your smoke alarms, save lives
Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to check their smoke alarms when they turn their clocks back this weekend.
Residents are being asked to use the start of winter as a timely reminder to clean their smoke alarms, which should be done twice a year. It only takes a minute, but could save you and your family's lives.
It's very easy to do. Open the case and gently vacuum the inside to remove dust from the sensor. If it doesn't open, vacuum through the holes. Make sure all your smoke alarms are working and remember to test them on a weekly basis.
Sign up for free reminders To receive a free text or email reminder, you can sign up to www.safelincs.co.uk/reminders.
Or you can follow 365alive on facebook or twitter and receive a weekly 'test your smoke alarm' reminder.
Stuart Garner, Oxfordshire County Council's Fire & Rescue Service Risk Reduction Manager, said: Smoke alarms are inexpensive and available in DIY stores and at many supermarkets. They should be fitted on every level of your home in accordance with the manufacturers instructions provided.
For longer term protection and peace of mind, it's a good idea to fit 10-year sealed battery life smoke alarms. For further information on smoke alarms and fire safety advice, please visit www.365alive.co.uk
things to do
Budding writers, poets, artists and photographers are being encouraged to get their thinking caps on and help create a new tourism book to showcase the Vale. The 52 Team, made up of business interest groups, have teamed up with the Vale of White Horse District Council and are asking local people to help fill the new book, called "52 things to do far from the madding beaches", with poems, articles and imagery about the Vale.
|18/9/10||VWHDC||Wantage and Grove shopkeepers encouraged to front
The Vale of White Horse District Council is appealing to shopkeepers to help brighten up Wantage and Grove by taking advantage of a shop front improvement scheme.
Thanks to funding from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), the Vale has £40,000 in grant funding available to assist shops in Wantage and Grove improve their shop fronts and help make a real difference to the local shopping area.
provide boost for Faringdon and Wantage
The renovation of Folly Tower, a new skate park and improvements to shop fronts are just some of the projects set to go ahead after plans to help improve the vitality of Faringdon and Wantage town centres were approved.
|9/9/10||VWHDC||The Oxfordshire Stronger
Communities Fund will be launched on 6 September.
There will then be one opportunity for groups to make their grant applications before the final closing date of 11th January 2011.
The Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Fund will support projects enabling local solutions to local issues, providing new solutions to ongoing problems, reducing inequalities and breaking the cycle of deprivation.
Grants of between £3,000 - £20,000 will be available from the Fund for community and voluntary sector organisations with projects in Oxfordshire focusing on:
* improving peoples health and well-being;
* creating jobs and improving peoples skills;
* increasing engagement within communities;
* improving the physical environment; and
* improving peoples access to services.
The new Fund is being overseen by the Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance (OSCA), whilst its management and administration will be undertaken by GrantScape.
From 6th September, full information about how to apply for grants from the Fund will be available from GrantScape on www.grantscape.org.uk or by telephoning 01908 247634.
after Faringdon fly-tip
A woman has been ordered to pay £265 after admitting dumping waste in Faringdon.
|8/7/10||OCC||Take on the
Summer Reading Challenge
Children can be launched into a literary orbit this summer by taking part in an out-of-this-world holiday challenge in Oxfordshire's libraries. They can join in this year's space-themed Summer Reading Challenge - Space Hop - by registering at their local library. They will receive straight away a fold out poster and a holographic membership card detailing elements of the challenge.
|17/6/10||VWHDC||Skip day comes to Faringdon
Residents living in Lees and Greengates in Faringdon will be able to have their bulky waste collected free of charge next Saturday (24 July).
The skips will be located in The Lees and will be available between 10am and 2pm, or until full up. The skips are being provided by Sovereign Vale Housing Association to give residents the opportunity to have a clear out and remove any unwanted rubbish safely. Any unwanted bulky goods will, where possible, then be taken to be recycled or restored.
|3/6/10||VWHDC||One year on from the launch of Scores on the Doors in
Oxfordshire and the scheme has gone from strength to strength.
The nationwide scheme rates the food hygiene standards in premises that sell food including restaurants, cafes, deli's, butchers shops, takeaways and mobile food vans. Diners can now check out the food safety ratings for 582 premises in South Oxfordshire and 455 in the Vale.
to insulate with the council's £99 deal
Local homeowners could start pocketing savings within 12 months of taking up a new countywide home insulation offer. Under the deal, homeowners and private tenants can get cavity wall or loft insulation fitted for a standard price of £99 each, at a price which the insulation pays for itself quickly in the form of reduced energy bills.
|27/1/10||OCC||Apply for a £45,000 grant to build your own playground
There's still time for groups to apply for funding to design and build exciting new outdoor play spaces in their local area.
Anyone wanting to apply for a share of £500,000 set aside for a further 11 projects must let Oxfordshire County Council know by 8 February 2010.
|21 Jan 2010||OCC||Win a grant to design your own playground
Grants of up to £2,000 are on offer to groups wanting some professional help bringing alive their ideas for play areas within their local communities. Oxfordshire County Council is giving out a total of 24 awards. Bids for the next available grants, six in total, have to be in by February 12 2010.
|18 Dec 2009||VWHDC||The Acting Returning Officer for the three parliamentary
constituencies of Henley, Oxford West and Abingdon, and Wantage, has today
announced that the counts will take place on the Friday following polling
The Acting Returning Officer must carry out the count as soon as is practicable after the close of poll at 10.00 pm on polling day, which is invariably a Thursday. It is entirely a matter for his or her discretion whether this commences on the Thursday evening or the following morning. Advice from the Electoral Commission is that the most important things for the Acting Returning Officer to take into account in coming to a decision are the accuracy of the count and maintaining public confidence in the process
|3/12/09||VWHDC||Councils Announce Next Phase of Joint Working
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils today announced the next phase of their move to joint working, which will see 42 manager posts across the two councils reduced to 29. The reduction will generate a shared saving of nearly £600,000. It comes on top of the £800,000 saving already generated through the creation of a shared management team and heads of service.
Together with savings generated through running a joint waste collection operation and joint finance function, the two councils have now saved their taxpayers in the order of £2.5 million through joint working.
Transport plan consultation
Scoping results and next stage of the consultation(23/11- 18/12)
|15/11/09||VWHDC||Chairman's Annual Community Awards
The theme for this year's awards is 'Unsung Heroes of the Vale' and I would be very grateful if you could complete the attached form if you know of anyone that you feel should be recognised for their achievements in the local community.
Nominations can be for anyone who lives within the Vale and you feel is worthy of recognition for their contribution to the Vale's community; either on a personal level or as part of a group. Please feel free to nominate as many people as you wish.
It would be great to have as wide a variety of award winners as possible
|14/10/09||Market Towns||ECOWEEK in
Faringdon wins National Market Towns Award Oct 2009
The winner of the prestigious National Market Towns Award is an innovative eco-project in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
The winner was announced yesterday (Tuesday October 13) at the Action for Market Towns Convention in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
day at county's Museums Resource Centre
People can get a rare glimpse at tens of thousands of historical items from Oxfordshire during an open day at the county council's Museums Resource Centre.
About 60,000 items, including Victorian costume, archaeological treasures dating back around 10,000 years and a selection of carts and wagons are available for public viewing at the centre in Standlake, near Witney, on Sunday, October 4 from 10am to 4pm.
shows Churchill's local soldiering past
A revered Woodstock-born British war leader who maintained strong county military links throughout his illustrious political career is the topic of a new exhibition at the town's Oxfordshire Museum.
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust's exhibition - Winston Churchill, Oxfordshire Hussar, 1901-1965 - chronicles the former Prime Minister's lesser known role in the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars, part of the Imperial Yeomanry, which he joined following his retirement from the regular army
Dancing, Get Fit, Get Strictly Tickets!
People who want to get toned and shape up with GO Active's new dance classes could also win Strictly tickets.
Anyone who secretly sashays across their living room, or longs to learn salsa, is in luck.
Two Left Feet is a dance programme launching across Oxfordshire this autumn.
gives rural communities a financial boost July 2009
Four Southern Oxfordshire projects have received more than £80,000 from the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme, a European funded initiative to help strengthen the local rural economy.
The Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme, a joint initiative involving South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, has £1.89 million of funding available to support rural projects up to 2013. Projects like farm diversification, tourism initiatives, rural community projects, renewable energy initiatives, and support for rural businesses, which meet the aims of the programme and are within the Southern Oxfordshire boundary, could receive up to £50,000 toward their objective.
|22/7/09||Ecoweek||Members of Faringdon Area Project's ECOWEEK Team were
celebrating yesterday after winning through to the National Finals of the
Action For Market Towns Awards 2009.
Many diverse and inspiring projects from across the South East of England were entered for this year's awards and the four category winners were presented with their regional award by Richard Dick, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Julian Owen of South East Rural Towns Partnership at Sudbury House Hotel in Faringdon
part of the council's Standards Committee
Oxfordshire County Council is looking for two people who are independent of the authority to be part of its Standards Committee. The committee is responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by county councillors and co-opted members; monitoring the operation of the council's Code of Conduct; and dealing with reports on investigations into allegations of breaches into that code.
home, at work, on the street and on water!
It's official: Oxfordshire now has more opportunities to recycle than ever before.
Oxfordshire Waste Partnership's (OWP) annual report published this week highlights the work done by Oxfordshire councils to provide residents with even more chances to recycle. From new food waste recycling collections (South Oxfordshire) and recycling services for businesses (West Oxfordshire, Oxford City and Cherwell) to increased recycling bins on the high street and even the waterways these extra facilities have helped Oxfordshire's recycling rate reach over 43% for the first time.
|11/07/09||VWHDC||Nordic walking is coming to the Vale
For the first time ever adults aged 50 and over will be able to access free Nordic walking courses in the Vale District thanks to a successful bid to Age Concerns Big Lottery funded "Fit as a Fiddle" wellbeing programme.
The Vale of White Horse District Council's GO Active Co-ordinator will be running the programme that they hope will provide older adults with the opportunity to try something fun and new. Nordic Walking is one of the fastest growing activities in the World, invented by cross country skiers for their summer training it offers a unique way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.
your own social care needs
Oxfordshire County Council is set to launch a new way of providing adult social care which allows people to determine what assistance they receive.
A public event to mark the arrival of self directed support in the county takes place at the Whateley Hall in Horsefair, Banbury, from 2pm on Thursday, June 25, where staff from the council's Transforming Adult Social Care Team will be present to offer guidance and advice.
Self directed support begins in north Oxfordshire and will be rolled out across the county by 2011.
Teams will be trained during that time to make the adjustment to the new way of working.
Self directed support gives people a personal budget based on their specific needs and circumstances, allowing them scope to plan and tailor care according to their personal preference.
starts recycling food waste
This week (Monday 8th June) saw South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) become the first authority within the county to start collecting food waste for recycling. South Oxfordshire residents have a whole new recycling and waste collection accepting more materials than ever before, but it's the food waste recycling that's the most revolutionary.
South Oxfordshire is leading the way, but the rest of the district councils across the county will be following their lead. SODC's contract is shared with the Vale of White Horse District Council who will have an identical service staring October 2010
|5/6/09||VWHDC||Vale takes over car park
An unused car park which was becoming a magnet for litter and anti-social behaviour will soon be taken over by the Vale of White Horse District Council. The undercroft car park on the Limborough Road site off Mill Street in Wantage is owned by Sainsbury's.
The car park, which has 35 spaces, will be managed by the Vale Council after legal agreements have been completed.
|5/6/09||VWHDC||Vale urges action on Swindon housing plan
Plans to build more than 12,000 houses on the Vale's border will have a major impact on surrounding Oxfordshire roads and villages unless further action is taken, planners have warned.
|27/4/09||Soil Association||Learn practical
skills on organic farms Soil Association
The Soil Association, supported by the Daylesford Foundation, are launching 300 Organic Farm School courses over the next two years.
The Organic Farm School offers hands-on courses in growing your own food, rearing animals, cooking and rural crafts. Participants will learn practical skills direct from organic farmers, growers and producers with personal experience. Courses include bee-keeping, chicken keeping, vegetable growing, cider making, bread baking, willow weaving, hedge laying and many others.
|17/4/09||OCC||Council helps local people make towns plastic bag free
Organisations across Oxfordshire are to be given financial help towards projects that will help make their towns become free of plastic bags - one of the biggest contributors to waste bins across the world.
Oxfordshire County Council has made around £25,000 available having already used money to help fund schemes to cut down on plastic bag use in Wallingford and Woodstock.
£100,000 in Community Grants have been handed out to a total of almost
100 groups in the last twelve months in the Vale and more grants are up for
With the next round of awards coming up this summer community groups looking for financial support are being urged by the Vale of White Horse District Council to get their application in.
George's Day welcomes new citizens to Oxfordshire
The 5,000th person to become a British citizen in Oxfordshire will be among those awarded their new status at a special Citizenship Ceremony at Oxford Town Hall on St George's Day.
Dana Georgiana Artene, who is originally Romanian and will also celebrate her eleventh birthday on the day (Thursday, April 23), will be joined by 39 others from 18 countries at the ceremony, organised by Oxfordshire County Council's Registration Service. The Registration Service will also be marking five years of conducting such occasions at the 11am event.
The election ballots are counted and the results are in for the first Oxfordshire LINk Stewardship Group. There are 10 places available on the Group and 18 candidates were nominated. The election process was conducted with the assistance of a representative from Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, who observed the count on Friday 27th February, at the Oxfordshire LINk office in Witney.
The observer verified that the process was fair and open.
secure dial-a-ride service
A lifeline for hundreds of Oxfordshire people with disabilities and mobility impairments has been secured for at least three years thanks to the partnership working of four local authorities.
The Octabus Dial-a-Ride service will be funded until March 2012, with an option for a two-year extension, by Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, the Vale of White Horse District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council.
fights dormitory-town future
Residents and organisations in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, have reacted strongly to Vale of White Horse planners' proposals for the town's growth over the next 20 years. The district council's Preferred Options for the Local Development Framework (LDF), currently going through public consultation, do not give the town enough land for local jobs as the population swells by up to 35%.
A strong turn-out of Faringdon residents greeted the 'Your Vale Your Future' public exhibition for the proposals on Friday (January 30). Most agreed with plans to add another 420 homes to existing housing developments, which will see the population build to over 8,000 residents by 2026. But many raised concerns that not enough land had been allocated to provide new jobs, potentially forcing more residents to commute to work. In particular there was objection to the Vale's decision not to allow a new industrial business park at Wicklesham Quarry on the south side of the town - a site proposed by Faringdon Town Council.
|27/1/09||VWHDC||New era for the
Old Gaol begins
Plans to transform the Old Gaol site in Abingdon were given unanimous approval last night (26.01.09).
Abingdon-based Cranbourne Homes' plans for the site will convert the Old Gaol and transform the surrounding site.
The Vale of White Horse District Council Development Control Committee approved the plans which will include 61 homes, three restaurants and a café.
shared top team announced South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse
District Councils have gone one step further towards a shared management team
with the appointment of three directors.
Steve Bishop, Matt Prosser and Anna Robinson have been appointed as Strategic Directors for both the South and Vale.
to audition for Rock and Pop Festival Young county musicians are set to battle
it out for a place in the annual
Rock and Pop Festival organised by Oxfordshire County Council's Music Service.
Around seven bands will be chosen from auditions of about 40 musicians by a panel of experts from the Music Service's Rock and Pop staff at Centre for Music headquarters at Bayard's Hill School, Headington, Oxford, on Saturday January 31.
|12/1/09||VWHDC||Recycling revolution is on its way
Rubbish and recycling will be revolutionised when a new waste service starts in South Oxfordshire this summer and the Vale next year.
Verdant has been selected as the company to run the new shared service for South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse. The service will lead to a massive increase in recycling through a completely new approach to rubbish collection.
improving Rural Access to Services
Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) has been appointed to manage funds made available by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) under the Rural Access to Services Programme (RASP). The funds will be used to provide grants for projects meeting the aims of the programme.
Grants will normally be up to £20,000 but larger amounts may be available.
RASP aims to look to develop new ways of connecting rural residents with services such as education, employment, health, shopping and leisure. This can be by locating services in suitable local premises, extending existing service centres or establishing viable transport links to existing centres.
help pupils learn litter lessons
Young people throughout the Vale have been receiving guidance in how they can help efforts to reduce litter, thanks to the Vale of White Horse District Council and the Northmoor Trust's Wild Waste Show.
Vale Environment Warden Colin Marshall along with Gemma Smith from Wild Waste Show have visited three schools in the last two weeks to run a series of workshops and assemblies about littering and its consequences.
county World War One memorabilia
World War One memorabilia from Oxfordshire can now be viewed online to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the conflict, November 11.
Pictures and details of around 150 different pieces, such as ration books, medals and flags, can now be viewed at Oxfordshire County Council's Heritage Search website.
The information and pictures can be seen by typing 'Heritage Search' into the search box at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk, clicking the box and following the links and then 'World War I' or 'First World War' in the search box when you get to the Heritage Search page.
launch of children's rights website
A website that gives children and young people a voice and a chance to find out more about their rights is set for a grand public launch at County Hall in Oxford.
www.BigVoiceOxfordshire.com is choc full of information about how people from birth to the age of 21 can get involved in all manner of decision making processes across the county and how they can have a hand in improving the services that they use.
Young people are invited to design a poster in a competition around the themes of being proud to be different and saying no to bullying.
The winners of the contest, funded by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, will have their work used to promote anti-bullying next year
|24/10/08||OCC||Online family history records now at all county libraries
People wanting to find out more about their family history can now delve into the past online in all Oxfordshire libraries.
History enthusiasts can use Ancestry, one of the most popular internet sources for family history, free of charge in the county's 43 libraries thanks to Oxfordshire County Council's annual subscription with the website's publisher and a £5,000 cash injection
encouraged to tell cigarette litterers to "Butt out"
The Vale of White Horse District Council is appealing to pub landlords and bar managers to help reduce cigarette litter outside their venues.
The Vale's Environment Wardens Colin Marshall and Sadie Broadbridge have written to most licensees throughout the District asking for their assistance in tackling the problem
|3/10/08||OCC||Double yellows for Swan
Double yellow lines are to be installed on Swan Lane in Faringdon in the vicinity of the recently constructed Granary Mews and Dove Court development in the town. Swan Lane has a narrow carriageway and parking in the lane hinders the passage of vehicles - a particular problem for the emergency services.
Consultation took place from June 26 to July 25 with those whose properties front on to the part of road that will now have double yellow lines installed. The Vale of White Horse District Council and Thames Valley Police were also consulted and had no objection to the plan.
Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "Given the presence of new housing development in this area I have no doubt that it is a common sense safety move to install double yellow lines on this part of Swan Lane."
|19/9/08||OWP||Pink Chicks -
Collect Trash and Cash!
September's Big Tidy Up is well underway with parish groups, Women's Institutes and church groups across Oxfordshire all undertaking activities to clean up their local area. Youngsters too are doing their bit to improve their surroundings. Brownie packs, beaver scouts and schools are wielding their litter-pickers to help make the county tidier. One impressive group of 13 year-olds have taken things even further.
The 'Pink Chicks' plan, not just to tidy up Barracks Lane and the surrounding areas in east Oxford, but to raise money for charity too.
works together to cut dog mess
The residents of Grove have come together to try to stop dog fouling in the village.
Grove Dog Walkers, working alongside the Vale of White Horse District Council, Grove Parish Council, Grove Rugby Football Club and Grove Challengers Football Club have produced a leaflet highlighting responsible dog ownership, which will remind dog owners to clear up the mess that their dogs make.
|18/9/08||VWHDC||Faringdon Cash Office to close
Faringdon Cash Office will be closed permanently on 30 September but arrangements have been made for alternative forms of payment and points of information.
soap-leased with carwash success
Firefighters from Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service did 'lather' well by raising more than £5,000 in a county-wide charity car wash.
residents are being encouraged to have their say on the District's Parks.
The Vale of White Horse District Council is asking residents to complete a survey about the parks, giving their opinions and ideas to help improve and make them more appealing. The survey, which can be completed on-line at www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk looks at how often people visit areas such as Abbey Meadows in Abingdon, Folly Park in Faringdon, or Wantage Memorial Park. It also asks why people go there, and what they think of the facilities in the park.
Those completing the survey will also be asked what they would like to see improved or changed at the park
|14/8/08||VWHDC||A year on
patrol for Vales Environment Wardens
From fly-tipping to dog fouling, and from littering to grot spots the Vale of White Horse District Councils Environment Wardens have tackled it all in their first year on patrol. Environment Wardens Colin Marshall and Sadie Broadbridge were appointed to the role in June 2007 as part of a major drive by the Vale to tackle environmental crime such as fly-tipping and littering.
heralds 2012 countdown launch
The event, which coincides with the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Games, will culminate with the raising of the Olympic flag and a human formation of the iconic Olympic rings and "2012" on White Horse Hill, Uffington
Vale residents are being encouraged to come along to White Horse Hill at 1.45pm to be part of a "human Olympic rings" symbol on the side of the hill and join in with the Olympic spirit.
learns his lesson
An Abingdon man has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £885 costs after admitting dumping wood chippings on a public green.
The Big Tidy Up, this September, could be the county's biggest ever litter clean up.
The month long event aims to get communities together to tackle the tide of litter and Oxfordshire councils are lending their support.
|31/7/08||VWHDC||The Vale of
White Horse District Council is encouraging groups throughout the District who
are looking for financial support to apply for Community Grants this
More than £14,000 in grants were handed out to a total of nine groups in June and July, and with the next round of awards coming up in October and November officers are urging groups to get in touch.
Buckland Highway Maintenance Works - Littleworth junction to Wadley Manor.
Oxfordshire Highways will be undertaking carriageway repairs on the A420 commencing 28th July for 6 weeks. The repairs will involve the reconstruction and resurfacing of worn out areas of carriageway. The traffic management will consist of night time road closures (20.30 to 05.00). The closure will commence at the Wantage roundabout and end near to and west of Carswell Lane. Local access will be maintained to Littleworth along the A420 as far as it is possible. The night closures generally are expected to commence on the 12th August, and to continue for three weeks. Outside of this period there may be the need to close the road for a short time to undertake work safely in order to maintain the work on programme and to ensure that the works are complete within the six weeks.
|18/7/08||VWHDC||Groundbreaking shared management team gets the go-ahead Vale of
White Horse and South Oxfordshire District
Councils voted to create a shared senior management team at simultaneous meetings on Wednesday night (16.07.08).
This means that by spring next year the two Councils will share a Chief Executive and senior management team, with three strategic directors and eight deputy directors or heads of service, reducing the number of senior staff across the two councils from 21 to 12.
|23/6/08||VWHDC||A high-profile campaign reminding owners to clean up after their
dogs has made a difference according to residents.
The Vale of White Horse District Council has just completed a two-week pilot project in Faringdon which aimed to tackle the problem of dog mess littering paths and pavements in the town
£3.3 million Science Block for Faringdon College
A £3.3 million science block, funded by Oxfordshire County Council, for 'outstanding' Faringdon Community College will be officially opened on Thursday 3 July, with a champagne reception and strawberry cream tea
|12/6/08||OCC||Faringdon is second 'outstanding' Oxfordshire secondary school
An Oxfordshire County Council run community college in Faringdon has become the
third Oxfordshire school in a few months to be rated 'outstanding' by education
The college's inspection report, published this week, shows Faringdon Community College provides an 'outstanding, caring and supportive environment' in which students flourish both as individuals and as part of the community.
County Council has teamed up with a software company to issue free emergency
warnings to the public via text messages.
Residents can sign up to a text message server operated by Avanquest, to receive messages warning them about incidents such as major traffic disruptions, details of evacuation centres or even terrorist incidents.
Ridgeway routes made easier for walkers
Keen walkers now have two new options incorporating the famous Ridgeway route thanks to cash invested by Oxfordshire County Council's Countryside Service and its partners.
Two new Ridgeway circular walks in Oxfordshire have been established by Oxfordshire County Council and The Ridgeway National Trails Team, in partnership with local farmers and landowners and the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty office
· Circular walk 1 starts at the National Trust's White Horse Hill
· Circular route 2 starts at the Sparsholt Firs car parking area on The Ridgeway
|24/4/08||OCC||Troubleshooting electronic message signs, similar to those that operate on motorways up and down Britain, are to be erected at key points on roads on the way in to Oxford.|
|13/3/08||OCC||Doorstep energy salesmen warning Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards is warning the public to beware of energy salesmen who use aggressive tactics and misleading information to brow-beat people into changing their suppliers.|
|17/10/07||OCC||Councils want to
see a Wantage and Grove rail station
Planning permission has been granted for a potential new railway station for Grove and Wantage by the Vale of White Horse District Council.
|2 Oct 2007||Vale & Downland Museum,||Woven Colour
Colourful hand-woven scarves and wraps by Angela Pawlyn Tuesday 27 November to Saturday 8 December 2007 10.00am to 4.30pm
Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church Street, WANTAGE, Oxon OX12 8BL Tel: 01235 771447 (office); 01235 760176 (bookings)
|30 Sept 2007||
Inspirational finale for Small Business Academy
Several small business owners proudly received their certificates from Gary Frank, Managing Director of the Fabulous Bakin' Boys this week on completion of the Small Business Academy in Faringdon.
|7 Aug 07||VWHDC||Litter
picking made easy
The Vale of White Horse District Council is offering a helping hand to anyone in the District who wants to do their bit to keep their local community clean and tidy.
The Council's Environment Wardens Colin Marshall and Sadie Broadbridge can provide help, advice and equipment to anyone who would like to organise a litter pick.
|2 Aug 2007||VWHDC||Bus Pass Deadline
The impact of the postal strikes has led to the Vale of White Horse District Council extending its deadline for people to sign up for the new national bus pass scheme.
..........that the deadline to complete the form and send in a passport photograph has been extended from 10 to 24 August 2007.
|July 2007||OCC||Repairs to the
worn out Shrivenham Bypass
Oxfordshire Highways will be returning to the worn out A420 Shrivenham Bypass to embark on the second phase of repair work following the successful completion of the first phase last summer.
Detectives hit the streets in the Vale People who drop litter or let their dogs foul in public places will be issued with on-the-spot fines as part of a major drive by the Vale of White Horse District Council to tackle environmental crimes.
Two new Environment Wardens will be issuing fixed penalty notices - which carry fines of up to £100 - to people who commit "envirocrimes" such as dropping litter, letting dogs foul, graffiti and fly-posting
Health Walk Scheme
In January this year the PCT joined forces with Age Concern Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County Council to hold a public meeting and taster walk to assess the level of interest in starting up a Health Walk scheme in the town.
Through tireless local publicity and the engagement of some fantastically generous volunteers the scheme is now up and running with a weekly turn out of over 30 people from all age groups
|17/6/07||V & D||The
Swinging Sixties - Vale and Downland museum
A fab exhibition of groovy gear and memorabilia from the decadent decade
Tuesday 24 July to Saturday 8 September 2007 (closed Bank Holiday Monday) 10.00am to 4.30pm
indexes for thousands of obituaries and newspaper articles online
Oxfordshire County Council has just put its indexes for thousands of obituaries and newspaper articles about people and business online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/heritagesearch.
for Hart Avenue, Faringdon
Work to upgrade a section of Hart Avenue in Faringdon is scheduled to take place from Monday 12 February 2007
Benefits of Walking in Faringdon
Do you feel unfit, out of shape, lonely or just a bit low? Well, why don't you come along to a taster walk and meeting about the Health Walk schemes at 10.30am on Thursday 25th January 2007 at the Jubilee Room, The Pump House, Faringdon.
on new £3m science faculty for Faringdon Community College
Work is now underway on a new nine laboratory state-of-the-art science building for Faringdon Community College. The new building will create a striking new image for the school with a feature glass entrance and stairways.
backs 365 Alive safety campaign
A new website has been launched, supporting the 365 Alive safety campaign, that will provide up-to-the-minute information about road safety and fire education initiatives taking place in Oxfordshire
Council leads the way on portable speed warning signs and helps small
Oxfordshire is again to be at the cutting edge of new technology in the field of road speed warning signs that are triggered by passing drivers.
development at Thornhill Park & Ride in Oxford
Work is about to start on an exciting new terminal building at the Thornhill Park & Ride car park in Oxford.
An exhibition by Wantage environmental group the Little Green People
Tuesday 19th December 2006 - Saturday 13th January 2007 Mondays - Saturdays 10.00 - 16.30 (not Bank Holidays) FREE ADMISSION
Urged to Back Town Events At "Crucial Time"
Shoppers across Oxfordshire are being urged to make the most of the "special atmosphere" in their local town centre this Christmas.
school is taking off in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council is responding to the increasing popularity of scooters among school pupils by installing appropriate parking facilities at schools across the county.
Faringdon bus service to be funded for another year
Oxfordshire County Council has decided to continue funding service 67/67A between Wantage, Uffington, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Fernham and Faringdon for another year. nvpress Wantage bus OCC 1006.doc
council gives cautious formal response to Steventon reservoir proposal
Oxfordshire County Council has given a cautious formal response to Thames Water plans to construct a huge new reservoir near Steventon.
|18/9/06||OCC||Tell Us What
Oxfordshire residents may soon be given the chance to tell councils across the county what they really think about their services. A comprehensive survey about public satisfaction with local authorities will soon be hitting the doormats across Oxfordshire
Xmas Card Shop Opening
Faringdon Community and Tourist Information Centre are opening their Cards for Good Causes Multi Charity Christmas Card Shop for the 6th year running
October 11th through to 22nd December from 9.30am - 1pm at the Pump House,
|13/9/06||OCC||NEW ERA FOR
DISABLED TRAVELLERS AS 'OCTABUS' LAUNCHES NEW MINIBUSES
Elderly and disabled people in the Vale of White Horse have been given a boost with news that a special door-to-door transport service that is dedicated to them will now use state of the art minibuses
Oxfordshire schools among best performing in UK at A-level
Two Oxfordshire schools have been recognised as among the best performing in the UK in this year's A-levels.
The Cherwell School in Oxford came third in The Guardian newspaper's list of best performing comprehensives and was rated fifth in The Independent's table of the top fifty comprehensive schools in the UK.
Faringdon Community College was listed 21st best school.
section of The Ridgeway National Trail now free of vehicle use
More than 22 miles of The Ridgeway National Trail that were previously used by vehicles are now 'off limits' to all public motorised traffic.
important map updated using modern technology
An historically important document that records public rights of way in Oxfordshire has been updated for only the fourth time since 1949.
For the first time the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way has been published using computerised geographical data.
Driving" DVD is now available in libraries across the county
Motorists can learn better driving in the comfort of their own home thanks to a new DVD that is now available at libraries across Oxfordshire
|06/07/06||OCC||All you need to
know about bus services in Oxfordshire
Bus users in Oxfordshire will soon benefit from an updated guide that gives them complete detail on the where, when, who and how of services in the county
fire safety laws for businesses will take effect in October
Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service has announced that new fire safety rules will come into force on 1 October 2006 affecting all non-domestic premises in the county.
Community College gets a new £3m science faculty
Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet has approved a plan for a new nine-laboratory state of the art science building together with a main school entrance and visitor reception at Faringdon Community College
|18/6/06||Peter Wheeler -
Two well known Faringdon artists have been given the exciting opportunity of exhibiting their art in the town during the Faringdon Arts Festival on July 7th, 8th and 9th.
on Sundays and in the evenings goes ahead
Free on street parking in the evenings and at weekends in Oxford will continue. Oxfordshire County Council has been running a trial with free parking after 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday and all day on Sunday since December 1, 2005
begin on charges for residents parking permits
Oxfordshire County Council will soon send letters to all of the households in Oxford's residents' parking schemes to ask for views on a proposal to introduce charges for residents' and visitors' parking permits.
street parking permanently in the evenings and on Sundays - but charges could
go up at other times
Free on street parking in the evenings and at weekends in Oxford is set to continue - however it could be more expensive during the day.
|24/5/06||OCC||Council offers support for projects to improve access to the
Local communities are being asked to suggest small-scale projects that will improve access to their local countryside this year as part of Oxfordshire County Council's Rights of Way Improvement Plan
helps gets more of Oxfordshire's beautiful countryside open to the public
Walkers will be able to enjoy even more of Oxfordshire's beautiful countryside thanks to co-operation between Oxfordshire County Council's Countryside Service, local farmers and the Countryside Agency.
Walk to School Week will see Oxfordshire children putting their best foot
Wheatley Primary School will join 134 other schools across Oxfordshire to mark national Walk to School Week from May 22-26.
Faringdon Infant and Junior Schools are involved
Coaching is proud to announce the opening of its Faringdon group.
This group is for anyone who feels that their life isn't all they'd like it to be - or simply want to find out more about themselves.
Thomas photos go on show for first time in 50 years
An exhibition of photos depicting work and leisure in the 1950s has gone on show for the first time in 50 years at the Oxfordshire Record Office, St Luke's Church, Temple Rd, Cowley
get 'Chill Out' backing
Young people across Oxfordshire are set to benefit from a cash boost aimed at supporting creative and fun activities.
The 'Chill Out' fund set up by the County Council invites community groups, district, town and parish councils, charities and other organisations working with young people to bid for a slice of £100,000 of revenue and/or £100,000 of capital funding.
For Skatepark Rewards Efforts of Abingdon Youth
A £50,000 grant has been secured for the new skate park in Abingdon. The grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) means work can really progress now with the skaters to design the ramps and layout of the park.
aims to tackle problem locations for cyclists
Problem locations for cyclists will be the central theme of a review of the Oxford Cycle Network, due to begin next week. Representatives of Oxford University, Sustrans, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, Cyclox, Oxford University and CTC, the national cyclists' organisation will take part
Single telephone number for all your highways concerns and suggestions
People across Oxfordshire will be able to report any problems or suggestions to do with their roads to a single phone number from April 3. Oxfordshire Highways is launching the new number at Drayton Depot
The number that residents should call is 0845 310 1111.
|6/4/06||V&D||AWARD WINNING MUSEUM
& VISITOR CENTRE NOW OFFERS EVEN BETTER VALUE!
The Vale & Downland Museum in Church Street, Wantage has introduced a new tariff that provides even better value.
The cost of an adult annual season ticket is halved to £2.50, there is a new cheaper annual season ticket for pensioners and registered disabled (just £2), family season tickets have been reduced in price to £7, and students in full-time education can now visit all year for just £1
|April 2006||The Dogs
are coming back
Headline rockers The Dogs D'Amour have once again included Faringdon Junior School Hall on their UK tour schedule. Having enjoyed the gig last October when they visited, through local contacts, following promoter problems with the more established Bristol Academy, the band have requested the chance to return. They are therefore coming back on Sunday 28th May
|7/04/06||VWHDC||White Horse on
Visitors to the Vale of White Horse will get all the information they need at the touch of a button thanks to a new dedicated website for tourism.
The website www.visitvale.co.uk has full details of what to do and where to stay as well as historical information about the area named after the 3,000-year-old white horse carved into the chalk hills at Uffington.
launch of carers' website
Nearly 100 carers, social workers and other council staff turned out for the official launch of a website for carers at County Hall, Oxford.
|28/3/06||V and D||Vale and
Autotype - a celebration of innovation, 1868-2006
|28/3/06||V and D||Vale and Downland
Paintings and Prints by Tim Hagan
still wants a railway station for Grove and Wantage
A railway station for Grove and Wantage is something that Oxfordshire County Council still wants to encourage the rail industry to bring about.
Hours at Wantage Local Service Point
The Vale of White Horse District Council's Local Services Point in Wantage is changing its opening hours.
From 1 April the offices in Grove Street will no longer open on Saturdays following a reduction in visitors. Weekday opening times remain unchanged from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Cllr Jim Moley will now host his surgery on the second Monday of every month from 10am to 10.30am.
|11/3/06||Local artist Peter
Wheeler reports a successful first solo exhibition
Entitled to Free Bus Journeys?
Vale residents are being urged to check if they are entitled to free bus journeys as part of a new scheme.
shops" will help the environment
Fifteen communities across Oxfordshire are running "Swap Shops" in their local area on Saturday March 4 with people invited to bring unwanted items or pick up anything they want for free.
employers go back to school
Local employers went back to school today (Friday, March 3rd) to find out how they can support learning in the classroom.
More than twenty businesses joined sixth formers and Ed Vaizey MP for the 'Learning Matters' breakfast event at Faringdon Community College aimed at boosting links between business and schools
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VALE & DOWNLAND MUSEUM From Fibre to Fabric - spinning and weaving with
Free admission exhibition, open from 10.00am to 4.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, from Tuesday 4th April to Saturday 29th April 2006.
Local artist Angela Pawlyn will be holding her second exhibition of spinning and weaving at the Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage, during April. The exhibition will cover key information on spinning and weaving, from prehistoric times to the present day, as well as a selection of Angela's work
|25/2/06||OCC||Real choice in
meeting Oxfordshire's needs with £500,000 for community projects
A radical approach to delivering real choice for community needs was unveiled today as part of the County Council's budget for 2006/7. The Council approved the creation of a £500,000 Community Chest
Council to set lowest County Council tax rise in the South East
Careful and detailed planning means Oxfordshire County Council is likely to be able to set the lowest council tax rise of any County Council in the South East for 2006/7.
|24/2/06||OCC||Business breakfast boosts learning links with schools
The business of learning is on the menu next week when local employers join sixth formers at Faringdon Community College and Ed Vaizey MP for breakfast.
The 'Learning Matters' event on Friday, March 3 at 8:15-9:45am aims to boost links between business and schools.
The Vale of White Horse District Council has agreed a budget which will lead to a 4.99 per cent increase in Council Tax.
Budget Overview document (31kb)
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Based in the village of Charney Bassett in the Vale of White Horse, Sarah graduated last summer from the Chelsea School of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art.
The Vale & Downland Museum is proud to present this first exhibition
Free admission exhibition, open from 10.00am to 4.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, from Tuesday 21st March to Saturday 1st April.
Wheeler, an artist based in Faringdon, opens his first local exhibition at
The Vale and Downland Museum on Monday 13th February. Entitled MOMENTS IN TIME,
it is an exciting collection of paintings inspired by the artists' travels both
worldwide and just-around-the-corner.
Examples of pictures
|1/2/06||OCC||Have your say on
community safety issues
Community policing is top of the agenda at a community safety scrutiny committee meeting taking place at County Hall, Oxford next week, 10am on Monday 6 February, and members of the public are being encouraged to come and have their say.
|1/2/06||BBC news||Arrest on Ferndale Street!
Police arrested a 42 year old man at an address on Ferndale Street on Saturday afternoon. He is being held at Abingdon police station on suspicion of murder of Dr Barbara Madeline Johnston, found dead in her flat in Oxford on Thursday.
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Step back into the prehistoric as Oxfordshire Geology Trust launches its new museum display at the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage
The display will be in the Squires Room from 21st February to 2nd April
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|A FANTASTIC FOSSIL
Oxfordshire Geology Trust and the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage are holding a fossil open evening on Thursday 23rd March, 7pm at the museum
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|IDENTIFY YOUR FOSSIL
Oxfordshire Geology Trust and the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage are holding an 'Ask the Expert' day on Saturday 11th March, from 11am to 3pm.
Swap Shops are only a month away
People across Oxfordshire are signing up to take part in a series of special "Swap Shops" that are due to take place in March.
|29/1/06||V and D museum||The Sky's
A photographic exhibition of skyscapes by Rosemary Hadland
Monday 6th March to Saturday 18th March 2006 Admission free
Have you ever glanced up and noticed a particularly dramatic sky, only to find that it disappears seconds later? Such fleeting moments of natural beauty hold a fascination for Rosemary Hadland, who often carries a small digital camera to capture the drama of the skies. She finds constant interest in cloud formations and patterns that are atmospheric in more ways than one.
|29/1/06||V and D Museum||Vale and
Special events on Wednesday 15th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February - full details below
Everyone loves a story. Young and old, we love to listen to tales. And every day, sometimes without realising it, we become storytellers, telling personal stories, urban myths or anecdotes to our children and friends
|25/1/06||BBC News||Girl's sex attack sparks manhunt|
Proposal The Vale of White Horse District Council is proposing a 4.99 per
cent increase in Council Tax charges for the new financial year
Initial budget spreadsheet 06/07
Wind Farm Co-operative Ltd. is seeking to raise £3.75 million to
build the first community owned wind farm in southern England on the
Oxfordshire/ Wiltshire border.
For more information visit www.westmill.coop. To request the prospectus phone 0870 234 2002.
you need a ticket for free on street parking on a Sunday
Oxfordshire County Council is reminding people that they still a need a ticket for on street parking in Oxford on Sundays - even though parking is now free
Council maps out its preferred locations for new homes in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council has today decided upon the advice it will offer to regional planners on where the extra homes that will be built in the county between 2016 and 2026 should go
Have Your Say in The Vale's Future
Anyone who wants to make sure their voice is heard in discussions about the future development of the Vale has until January 6 to help set up the right systems.
Oxfordshire What's Where!
Exploring Oxfordshire's heritage has just become a whole lot easier thanks to a Heritage Search facility on Oxfordshire County Council's new web site. www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/heritagesearch
to consult on residents' parking charges in Oxford
Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet has decided to consult the people of Oxford on whether there should be charges for residents' parking in the city.
railway station relocation idea abandoned in favour of current site
Oxford Station will remain in its current position for the foreseeable future after a group that has been overseeing plans to revitalise the West End of Oxford abandoned the idea of a relocation.
parking in time for Christmas - and a yuletide park and ride reminder!
Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet is to keep to its pledge to introduce free on street parking at certain times in Oxford City Centre.
councils looking a gift horse in the mouth?
Parish Councils across Oxfordshire have largely failed to take the chance to bid for £2,000 to benefit the community and create a vision of the perfect parish. A total of £20,000 was made available earlier this year from the Government for the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council to distribute. Individual bids of up to £2,000 were invited.
Parking For Christmas Shoppers
Christmas shoppers in the Vale will get a festive bonus this year as parking will be free on Saturday 3 December. Charges at Vale of White Horse District Council car parks in Abingdon, Wantage and Faringdon will be lifted for the day in what has become a festive tradition in the Vale.
areas of Oxfordshire open to the public for the first time from Monday
New rights to walk on access land without having to stay on paths begin across parts of Oxfordshire on Monday, October 31.
People living and visiting Oxfordshire will have almost 1,400 hectares of land across which they can walk, ramble, run, explore, climb, and watch wildlife as they are given the freedom to access land.
isn't just about lifting trophies - it's about changing lives for the better
As you may be aware the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership is currently being established with funding successfully sought from Sport England up to March 2009.
|12/11/05||Faringdon Boys Football Club opens online superstore with
Simplyicons.com to raise funds from branded merchandise.
Faringdon Boys Football Club is the latest local sports group to benefit from the online shops offered by Simplyicons.com. Supporters of Faringdon Boys Football Club are now able to buy a range of branded items from the dedicated shop which is linked to the homepage at Simplyicons.com
|20/10/05||M Barber||THE TRUTH ABOUT
Recent reports in the media have raised local concerns about the prospect of low flying aircraft over Faringdon and the surrounding villages. Cllr Matthew Barber duly made enquiries with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) who are responsible for the consultation and implementation of the scheme.
|20/10/05||OCC||Launch of new
information resource on life in Oxfordshire
A wealth of information on the population and economy of Oxfordshire is now available at a brand new website.
|20/10/05||OCC||Road near West
Challow to be repaired by the County Council
Oxfordshire County Council is to repair a worn out section of road near West Challow, close to Wantage, in November. (5 days from Nov 7th)
|14/10/05||OCC||More Cash to
tackle 'School Run'
Schools that produce good School Travel Plans can win funding for measures to help encourage parents and pupils to find alternatives to the car for the 'school run'.
your say about plans for Oxfordshire's new Children's Centres
People living in Oxfordshire are being invited to give their views about plans to create 25 new Children's Centres in the county between 2006 and 2008.
|6/10/05||OCC||Have your say on
where new homes should go
Residents in Oxfordshire are being reminded to have their say on where 21,000 new homes should be built between 2016 and 2026
Train celebrates its fourth birthday
Watchfield Primary School's unique Cycle Train will be celebrating its fourth Birthday on Friday October 7th at 10 am
On 16 March, 2006 the
tranquillity of Oxfordshire's countryside will be shattered by a new flight
path from London's airports
The peace and quiet of 50 square miles of Oxfordshire is to be destroyed on 16 March 2006. If the Civil Aviation Authority gets its way, the tranquillity of Faringdon, Stanford in the Vale, Buscot and several villages will be shattered by a new flight path from London. Up to 28 aircraft an hour will be allowed to fly over one of the quietest and most attractive areas of Oxfordshire.
Objections should be telephoned or sent to Mr JD Benoist, CAA House, Kingsway, London; 020 7453 6550; firstname.lastname@example.org
Before 7 November 2005
|29/9/05||Faringdon Online||Facelift for the
One-stop-shop Web Site
More information is constantly being added to www.faringdon.org. Since its launch four years ago the number of visitors has grown to between 2500-3000 each month
and around Faringdon
The Faringdon Healthcheck identified the need to encourage more walking and cycling for both residents and visitors ........ Since then, a group of Faringdon people have been working on a project to promote walking and cycling in and around the town
Fair in town on Saturday 15 October 2005
FAP, in conjunction the Town Council, the Vale of the White Horse District Council and a number of organisations in Faringdon and the surrounding villages, will be hosting a "Youth Fair" in The Corn Exchange, Faringdon
|19/9/05||FAP||The Faringdon Area Project (FAP) is to be joined by two new recruits. Julie Farmer and Anna Marlow are the latest employees to join the community organisation|
Charity Card this Christmas
Shoppers from Faringdon can now buy Christmas cards from more than 25 national charities in one place. Cards for Good Causes opens its Faringdon shop on 11 October at The Community and Tourist Information Centre at 5 The Market Place.
are for people say Pedestrian Association and County Council
Oxfordshire County Council'sRoad Safety Team has produced stickers which can be stuck onto the windscreen of vehicles that park on pavements - reminding drivers it is an offence to do so
|16/9/05||OCC||Tragic gadgets survey
highlighted by Oxfordshire waste managers
Waste managers at Oxfordshire County Council have expressed dismay after a national survey revealed people in the UK spend £9million per year on gadgets they never use.
is issuing a rallying call to people in Oxfordshire with the launch of a major
new campaign designed to get people active
Faringdon gets a mention- Health Walks, and walking and cycling project
to mark paths after autumn cultivation
Oxfordshire County Council's Countryside Service has written to 650 farmers across the county to remind them to reinstate public paths after cultivation this summer
|6/9/05||OGT||Oxfordshire Geology Trust launches it's new earth heritage trails project|
|25/8/05||OCC||Park and ride car parks to become free of charge
Oxfordshire County Council is to end charging at the two car parks which it runs for park and ride services
Library users can now renew their books from the comfort of their own homes at any time of the day with the new Oxfordshire County Council Library Service telephone book renewals service, CallPoint.
|10/8/05||PCT||Health walks in Faringdon|
|26/7/05||WHI||Walk a Million Miles maze challenge WHI have teamed up with Adrian Fisher Mazes to offer you and your walkers a puzzling challenge this summer.|
|21/7/05||OCC||A new library for Burford|
|19/7/05||OCC||Plans to bring extra protection for the Ridgeway approved by councillors|
|7/7/05||OCC||Heat damaged roads to be repaired by the County Council A group of roads that suffered damage as a result of drought and heat in previous summers will be repaired by Oxfordshire County Council in coming weeks|
improvements given the green light
A £3.1m scheme aimed at making Abingdon town centre a more attractive place for shoppers, visitors and businesses is a step nearer to beginning.
|2/7/05||OCC||Oxfordshire Schools are to receive almost £300,000 to help cut congestion at the school gate as part of the Governments 'Travelling to School Initiative'|
|2/7/05||OCC||Oxfordshire County Council will implement two sets of road closures in early July in the south west of the county.|
|21/6/05||FAP||Faringdon is on the European map Faringdon is to represent the UK's small market towns at a major European conference later this year ..........|
|20/6/05||OCC||Service and parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War|
|20/6/05||OCC||July road improvement and traffic calming work in Bampton|
|20/6/05||OCC||County Council receives £4.5million to help open schools for longer as part of the extended schools programme.|
|2/6/05||OCC||People living in Oxfordshire can sign up for free summer sizzler classes to get a taste of the kind of adult learning courses that will be available to them from the Autumn.|
|27/5/05||FAP||Things are hotting up for a renewed effort to have a Sk8 park in Faringdon|
|27/5/05||OCC||Oxfordshire County Council's Museum Service is inviting people to its third open day this year where they can explore its behind the scenes heritage collections.|
|25/5/05||Arts Festival||Faringdon is orchestrating the largest voluntarily-run Arts Festival in the country from 1st -10th July 2005|
|19/5/05||FAP||A new facility on the Faringdon website has just been launched that offers a car pooling service for sharing journeys to and from work|
|19/5/05||FAP||The Faringdon Area Project (FAP), together with the European Council of Villages and Small Towns (ECOVAST), have been jointly working on a weekend seminar to be held in Faringdon|
|19/5/05||Oxon CC||To coincide with Summer Walk to School Week this year, Oxfordshire County Council's Travel Plans Development Team has launched a poster competition for all Oxfordshire Schools.|
|18/5/05||VWHDC||VIP Treatment for Vale Visitors The Vale of White Horse District Council is launching a new service for local residents and visitors to the Vale...................|