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Wantage & Grove Loyalty Card - Current Offers

on Mon, 09/10/2017 - 11:21am

Purchase a Wantage & Grove Loyalty Card for just £2 and you can benefit from a wide range of offers throughout the Wantage and Grove District. Cards are on sale at the participating businesses.

To join the scheme simply fill out a form at a participating retailer or download and fill in this form (click) and take it to them, along with the payment.

Further information here:-


Bold Antiques - 10% Discount Offer

Loyalty card holders are entitled to 10% discount off any purchase in our new shop in Arbery Arcade.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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M & A Electricals - 5% Lighting Offer

We offer a 5% discount off our lighting range - find the perfect lamp for you! Come and see us at our new shop in Arbery Arcade.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Wild Wickets Sports Shop - 5% Discount Offer

5% discount on any sports equipment and clothing - from football socks to hockey sticks to rugby mouthguards.... Before you travel to Oxford for a pair of shorts come and check us out and if we don't have it we will get it for you!

Expires: 01 Apr 2018

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Wantage Music Workshops - First Lesson 50% Discount!

Cardholders will receive their first lesson half price, saving £12.50. We also offer a saving of £10 for every 10 lessons booked. Choose from Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Vocals, Drums, Keyboard & Blues Harp.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Vale and Downland Museum - Cafe Stamp Card Offer - Free hot drink and cake

Receive one stamp per visit to our cafe (£3 minimum spend). Choose a free hot drink and a slice of cake for every completed stamp card. We serve delicious light lunches and home-made cakes six days a week.

Expires: 01 Apr 2018

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Umami Delicatessen - 10% Off Any Artisan Cheese

Present your card at the till to receive 10% off any artisan cheese at our fantastic deli counter.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Ultra Home Services - FREE OVEN CLEAN WITH EVERY SPRING CLEAN

Valid on production of Loyalty Card *not to be used in conjunction with any other offer* Spring Cleans, Regular Cleans, Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning. Ultra also offer a free collection and delivery Dry Cleaning, Laundry & Ironing Service. Contact us now - 01235 227238. LET US TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHORES

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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The Racket Factory / CTA Tennis / Oxfordshire Badminton School - 10% Discount off instore or online spend of £50 or more

Wantage & Grove Loyalty card holders are entitled to 10% off £50 or more spent online using code W&G2015, or instore by showing their loyalty card.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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The Healing Room - FREE 30 Minute Reiki Session

FREE 30 minute Reiki add-on session with your 1st booking of ANY treatment!

Expires: 30 Apr 2018

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The Greyhound Inn - 10% Discount Deal on Mondays & Tuesdays

10% off dinner on Mondays & lunch and dinner on Tuesdays. Enjoy homemade and freshly cooked meals based on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Alongside some great pub classics you'll find seasonal inspiration and specials based on the gems our suppliers bring us.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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The Funky Teapot - 10% Discount

10% off everything for W & G Loyalty Cardholders -- To book a Paint your own Pottery session, Birthday Party, Hen or Ladies Night, Free Tutorial Workshops, or if you simply want to know more about how we can help you create a perfect gift for any occasion, Call 01235 769777. or email info@thefunkyteapot.co.uk --- Our 10% discount applies to anything not already on a special offer.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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The Fitness Space - 10% Discount plus NO joining fee!

A discount of 10% off membership for cardholders, plus no joining fee for new members. (Discount not applicable to Student membership which is already reduced).

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Thames Valet Tailoring & Dry Cleaning - 10% Discount off Everything for Loyalty Card Holders

10% discount - includes Tailoring, Repairs and Dry Cleaning.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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tfd Health & Fitness - New members offer: No Joining Fee, plus 50% Discount off first visit to tfd Hair Studio

Sign up for a brand new gym membership and pay no Joining Fee. We will also give you a voucher for 50% off your first visit to tfd hair studio.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Shush The Venue - £1 off Tickets

£1 off tickets for Shush. Come and enjoy a fantastic night out in the ultimate entertainment venue in Wantage!

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Segais Hair and Beauty - 20% Discount off ANY new service!

Loyalty cardholders are entitled to 20% discount off any new service that they have not had with us before on a previous visit. Includes cutting, styling, colouring and a wide range of beauty services.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Revolution Sports Injuries Clinic - 20% Discount off Sports Massage

We are offering 20% off our 30 minute or 45 minute sports massages.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Purple Orchid Mobile Beauty - 10% off first treatment over £15

10% off any first treatment (over the value of £15) on presentation of a loyalty card. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and if having multiple treatments, applies to highest value treatment only on the first visit.

Expires: 01 Apr 2018

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Progressive Physiotherapy - £5 off initial consultation

When a new self paying patient presents a Wantage Loyalty Card to us at their initial one hour appointment we will deduct £5 from the full price. Please note this offer does not apply to Health Insurance patients.

Expires: 01 Apr 2018

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Play It Again - 10% Discount Offer for spends over £50

Cardholders are entitled to 10% discount off any single spend of £50 or over. Valid for vinyl records or CD's in stock at time of purchase.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Photogenic - FREE PHOTOGRAPH WORTH £19.95

Receive a free 8X6 inch photograph worth £19.95 with family portraits of three or more people

Expires: 01 Apr 2018

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Panthera Accounting - 1 month free subscription to Xero with a place on our Xero Workshop

Panthera are offering new clients a Free 1 month subscription to Xero. Xero is the world's easiest bookkeeping software and it is online so you can use it anytime, anywhere. We will also include with this a place on one of our many Xero Workshops to compliment the Software. Call 01235 768561 for more details.....

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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openanduseb4.co.uk - 15% Discount off our personalised labels

15% Discount for loyalty card holders for orders delivered to the following postcodes: OX12 7, OX12 8, OX12 9

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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MotorLux Ford & Volvo - Mot Test £34.99

Get your MOT test for just £34.99 on all makes of car.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Mobi - 5% Discount off Repairs and Accessories

5% Discount for loyalty card holders. Find our shop in Wallingford Street for all your mobile accessories, screen repairs and laptop repairs

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Meryn - 10% Discount

Cardholders get 10% discount off Meryn's high quality, hand crafted leather accessories, purchased at the studio in Arbery Arcade. Includes bags, belts and wallets.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Max Barber - 20% Student Discount

20% off all haircuts for students with loyalty cards

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Madhatter Bookshop - 10% Discount Offer

Loyalty cardholders are entitled to 10% off all books in store.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Lenny's Lizards - Food Discount for Card Holders

5% Discount off our range of specialist reptile food for loyalty cards holders. Come in to meet our reptile residents and find out about keeping your own.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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King Alfred's Head - Free Kid's Meal

For each main meal purchased, cardholders are entitled to a free children's meal.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Headlines - See our Monday & Tuesday offers on cuts & colour

Special prices for card holders on Monday and Tuesday. Ask in the salon for prices.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Grove Wellness Clinic - 10 % Discount off all Therapies

Card holders will receive a 10% discount off the price of any chosen therapy session.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Elaichi Restaurant - 10% Discount off total bill for 2 or more Eat In Diners

10% off total bill for 2 or more diners (maximum 10) conditions may apply

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Dolphin Art - 5% Discount Off Everything

Card holders will receive 5% discount off all purchases, including picture framing

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Directfit Interiors - FREE Cooler or Illuminated Mirror

Free wine cooler or illuminated mirror with every kitchen or bathroom purchased.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Delicious of Wantage - Discounted Catering For All Events

Until further notice we are delighted to offer all cardholders 10% discount on the catering for any function.

Expires: 01 Apr 2018

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Creations - 10% Painting Workshops Discount

Learn the techniques that will bring out the best in your furniture painting, using Annie Sloan chalk paints. Visit our website for full details.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Cornerstone Coffee Shop - Two Offers for Card Holders

Buy 10 hot drinks get 11th free plus free pack of biscuits * Soup & Half Baguette - Discounted price £3 (normally £3.75) *

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Como Centre - 10% off all holistic & beauty training courses

We are offering 10% discount off all accredited holistic and beauty training courses that are not currently on special offer.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Cartridge UK (Wantage) Ltd - 10% off ink refills or compatible cartridges

A 10% discount off ink cartridge refills and compatible ink cartridge purchases for loyalty card holders. (offer excludes OEM cartridges)

Expires: 01 Dec 2018

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Caroline's Angels - 10% Clothing Discount for Card Holders

Check out our brilliant range of clothes in our Newbury Street shop, Pressed For Time, including t-shirts, hoodies, baseball jackets, school wear and work gear, including high vis and hard hats. 10% Discount applies to all non-sale items

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Cara Counselling - £5 Per Session Discount

Whether you need support during a difficult time in your life or wish to start a journey of self awareness and development, contact me for a free 30 minute consultation to see if counselling could help. Loyalty card holders will receive a fee reduction of £5.00 per session for up to 5 sessions

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Campbells Opticians - Facebook Offer

Like and share our facebook page and get a free spectacle cleaning pack - just call in to the practice to collect your cleaning spray and lens cloth - while stocks last.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Buzz Cafe - Buy one Buzz Breakfast, get one HALF PRICE Tues-Fri & Frozen Yoghurt discount

Buy 1 get 1 HALF PRICE on our brilliant breakfasts from Tuesday to Friday PLUS 10% off delicious frozen yoghurt

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Barwell Gallery - 10% off Bronze Resin Sculptures & 20% off Paintings and Prints

10% off all Bronze resin Sculptures and 20% off all Paintings and Prints by Dawn Benson or Lendon Scantlebury. Visit the gallery by appointment.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Arbery Emporium - 5 % Discount

5% discount off all furniture in our shop at 10 Church Street in Wantage

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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The Toy Planet - 10% Discount Offer

Loyalty card holders will receive 10% discount off their purchases at our new shop in Mill Street. We have new, retro and vintage toys and games, rare and collectables.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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Sweetpeas - 10% Discount Offer

We offer is 10% discount off everything at our new shop in Arbery Arcade. Find adorable clothes, shoes, toys and cards, perfect for babies & toddlers.

Expires: 01 Feb 2018

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Marmalade Coffee Shop - 10% Discount

10% off total bill for cardholders, Sunday to Friday inclusive.

Expires: 01 Nov 2017

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The Bronzing Boutique - 10% Deal or Free Tanning Cream

10% off any tanning deal purchased or a free pot of tanning cream with individual minutes purchased

Expires: 01 Nov 2017

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Mallers Kitchens - Sweepovac kickspace vacuum cleaner.

Free with every complete kitchen bought by Loyalty cardholders. Ditch the dustpan... Sweepovac is a revolutionary kitchen vacuum that eliminates that pesky dirt-line often left behind by using a dustpan! It is easily placed in any kitchen by installing it in the bottom of the cabinets and does not require a central vac system. Its strong suction, removes dirt in seconds and its sleek design allows for no loss of space.

Expires: 01 Jan 2018

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ACE Accounting - 10% OFF for the First Year Accounts & Tax Return

10% OFF of your first year's accounts and tax return invoice for all new clients who appoint us before 31 December 2017. Just present your loyalty card when you first come to talk to us. Not available in conjunction with other offers.

Expires: 31 Dec 2017

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Wantage Couriers - 10% Discount Off Same Day Quotes

10% off our Sameday quotes for Card Holders. Call us for a same day quote at very competitive rates. We can also send packages next day at competitive rates. Accounts welcome.

Expires: 01 Dec 2017

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Snob and Lock - 10% Discount for Locksmith Service

10% off Locksmith Service Charge

Expires: 01 Dec 2017

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Regent Furniture & Books - 5% off all Pine Furniture

 

Expires: 01 Dec 2017

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Yoga Victoria - FIRST CLASS Half Price, just mention W&G Loyalty

When you come along to your first friendly Yoga class, mention that you saw us on the loyalty scheme website and your first class is just £2.50 instead of £5.

Expires: 30 Nov 2017

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Chapman Worth Chartered Accountants - Xero: Beautiful Accounting Software - 12 months for the price of 9

12 months Xero accounting software for the price of 9. Join the Cloud in 2017.

Expires: 31 Dec 2017

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Ed Vaizey MP - Parish News, October 2017

on Tue, 03/10/2017 - 8:43pm

Last month the Herald published a small and innocuous article, with the heading “Response due on Wantage-Didcot name change plan”. I would like to reassure you all that such a change has never been considered. Didcot and Wantage are two entirely wonderful, but separate, towns with their own distinct identities - including names - and this will most certainly continue indefinitely. What is being proposed, as the rest of the article makes clear, is changing the name of the Parliamentary constituency from ‘Wantage’ to ‘Didcot and Wantage’ as part of a UK-wide boundary review by the Boundary Commission for England. This review is examining the boundaries of existing constituencies and will make recommendations for any changes that might be needed to make sure constituencies comply with legal requirements.

I have been receiving a lot of correspondence recently on the EU Withdrawal Bill, otherwise known as the Great Repeal Bill. While I support the Bill at second reading, it is on the basis that it is improved upon in the committee stage. There has been much discussion around the so-called ‘Henry VIII’ powers that will give ministers the power to change or update EU laws without putting changes before Parliament. On a practical level this measure is sensible, as putting every change before Parliament would be an impossible task due to the volume of legislation. However, I feel that the proposed powers go beyond what is reasonable for the Government to achieve its stated aims. To this end I have put my name to three amendments, all designed to ensure that the powers given to ministers are proportionate and strictly focused on achieving the policy objective.

Last month it was a pleasure to meet the team at Immunocore, based in Milton Park. Immunocore is one of the UK’s fastest growing life science companies and an industry leader in the research and development of cancer treatments using T-cell receptors. I am immensely proud that our constituency homes some of the very best scientific researcher and engineers. As well as the brilliant organizations working collaboratively at Milton Park, we have over £1billion of world-leading research infrastructure at Harwell Campus - home to around 200 science and research organizations and 5000 of the UK’s most innovative minds. Additionally, last month I also caught up with Sovereign – one of the main social housing providers in the constituency – and with Oxfordshire County Council to discuss a range of infrastructure projects.

Nominations are now open for the Countryside Alliance Awards – nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’. They celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural Britain’s food and farming industry, small businesses, traditional skills and forward-thinking enterprises can flourish. Our constituency is home to a whole host of brilliant community champions, so please get involved and nominate at the following address: http://www.countryside-alliance.org/campaigns/countryside-alliance-awards/

Ed Vaizey MP

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with.  Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 020 7219 6350. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.

 

Don’t miss out – Working parents of 3 & 4 year olds - 30hrs free childcare a week?

on Mon, 02/10/2017 - 5:44pm

Working parents of 3 & 4 year old children may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare per week. This includes those who are self-employed and some parents on zero hours contracts. 

To find out if you are eligible visit:-

To join those already benefiting apply by the beginning of December for a January start. 

The Family Information Service has information about childcare providers in your area. Visit:-

Stoptober - 28 day challenge to help you stop smoking

on Sun, 01/10/2017 - 9:16pm

Stoptober is a campaign dedicated to encouraging people to quit smoking.  

Million of people in England still smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve that goal.

All the support you need to quit - from a free app and daily emails, to face-to-face expert support and much more – there is loads of support to help you quit, so choose the combination that's right for you.

Why would this work when other quit smoking strategies have failed?

Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit and it maintains momentum. You get a surge of people quitting on New Year’s Day and in March on No Smoking day but then there's a void. Stoptober plugs that gap and because it's a mass participation event those taking place know they're not alone.

What are the benefits to stopping smoking?

According to this year's Stoptober campaign, new research based on smokers in the US shows someone who quits smoking for 28 days, and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra week of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life.

Those who quit will also experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell, taste and more energy.

Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting those around them from secondhand smoke.

Along with the health benefits, stopping will save the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year, based on £7.77 for a packet of cigarettes and an average daily consumption of 13 manufactured cigarettes per smoker. During last year’s Stoptober campaign, the organisers say £25 million was saved by the 160,000 people not buying cigarettes.

What are you waiting for?

Stoptober starts on 1st October and runs for 28 days. It could be the first step to a longer and healthier life.  You can get more information online:-

Local children warned not to play on business premises

on Thu, 28/09/2017 - 3:17pm

Andrew Froud of White Horse Feeds, Sparsholt had to warn 3 local children (apparently on a half day from school) not play on his business premises at about 2.30pm on Thursday, 28th September.

The children were climbing on bales stored on company grounds.

Parents are politely reminded to ensure that their chldren understand that business premises can be full of dangers - they are not playgrounds.

 

Volunteers needed to teach digital skills in our community

on Thu, 28/09/2017 - 2:19pm

Oxfordshire County Council has launched a new campaign appealing for digital helper volunteers to teach basic digital skills to people in their community.

What are digital helpers? Digital helpers teach basic digital skills to people with little or no experience of using computers or the internet. They volunteer in libraries, providing one-to-one support and encouragement to boost confidence and help people to help themselves.

Digital helpers teach skills such as how to set up an email account, search for jobs, complete online forms, navigate the internet and find useful websites, and use e-learning courses.

Why volunteer? Teaching digital skills has lots of benefits. It enables others to access employment and training, use online services, become more independent and less isolated.

But starting to do anything online when you don’t know how can be daunting. That’s where digital helpers come in!

Could you volunteer? If you are patient, have good communication skills, enjoy working with learners of all ages and can spare a few hours a week, we want you! Schedules can work around you so that you can fit it around your busy life.
 
Visit:-

or contact your local library to find out about volunteering as a digital helper and helping people in your area.

Brian Day - digital helper at Grove Library:-

‘With the move to more and more things going online, some people can perhaps feel digitally isolated. By doing this and encouraging them I can help give them a little bit of confidence to give it a try. It’s two hours a week and it’s easy to fit in. If anyone’s interested in volunteering, I’d say come along and give it a go - most of the questions aren’t that hard!’

Peter Stronach - pupil at Grove Library:-

‘I used to have a job where I didn’t use computers but now we’re in the computer age.  The sessions are helping me to learn things, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a job. I didn’t know how to use email at all and Brian has been really supportive. It’s also given me confidence to use my computer by myself without needing someone else there showing me how to do it.’

View & comment on the Vale's proposed 'draft housing delivery strategy'

on Tue, 26/09/2017 - 11:41am

Vale of White Horse District Council (together with South Oxfordshire) has published a draft housing delivery strategy which sets out how they will meet the significant challenge of delivering thousands of new homes over the next 14-16 years.

The number of new homes proposed in each district is set out in the councils’ respective adopted and emerging local plans.  The councils’ proposed Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will work alongside the respective local plans to guide how these new homes will be delivered and ensure that the types of homes provided meet the various needs of our communities.

The draft strategy represents a significant change to the way the councils will work with partners to get new homes built.  If the strategy is adopted the councils will adopt an 'enabler role' to ensure that the required number of new homes can be delivered, which are also of the right type to meet local need, and built at the right time in the locations allocated in the respective local plans.

​The proposed strategy sets out how the councils will overcome these challenges by working with landowners, developers, local communities and infrastructure providers to ensure that the new homes can be delivered as quickly as possible while also meeting the needs of our communities.

The number of new homes proposed in each district is set out in the councils’ respective adopted and emerging local plans - for information on the local plans please visit 

To view and comment on the proposed Joint Housing Delivery Strategy visit:-

This public consultation closes at midnight on Monday 23 October.  

If you require assistance to complete the survey, or would like a paper copy, please contact the councils’ housing team on 01235 422451 or email housing@southandvale.gov.uk

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Housing at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The new homes are vital to ensuring we can meet the needs of communities across the area, whether that is for affordable housing for first time buyers, housing suitable for those who are retired, or accommodation that supports those with mobility issues. 

“Providing a suitable range of housing also plays a significant role in making sure businesses can attract and retain staff in southern Oxfordshire.  The Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will be a key document for many years to come so it’s important people have their say before it is adopted by the councils later this year.”

From a page on the Vale's website - see the original <here>.

News from White Horse Hill from NT Ranger, Andy Foley – September 2017

on Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:55pm

Greetings from White Horse Hill Uffington National Trust. I hope you all had a lovely summer and as we enter Autumn and the cold winds start to blow, I felt it was time to let you know what has been happening on the Hill.

If you can remember, Spring 2017 was a cold and dry affair and these factors, together with frequent monitoring of the Horse and continuous foot pressure, led to the decision that public access to it and its’s immediate surround had to be restricted. The biggest danger was people approaching the Horse from Dragon Hill Road and walking/climbing directly up to the tail and then amongst the figure either side. We could see that the grass was never really getting a breather and we feared if allowed to continue, the soil would be eroded to the bare chalk and the appearance of the Horse damaged/diminished possibly forever with it being extremely difficult to regrow grass on chalk considering other factors such as strong winds and steep terrain.

Further serious erosion was occurring to the neck of the Horse where people might step over the chalk but always land on the same footstep on the very inner edge. Likewise with the forehead and between the ears where the banks were just crumbling from foot pressure and dry conditions.

To avert this, we had signage made and erected in the car park to draw attention to the problem, clear messages on our website and social media pages and then also undertook a complete cordoning off of the figure from top to bottom, again with bold signage advising why and where the diversion was to be found, this being the public footpath known as Shepherd’s Steps that runs off at an angle below the Horse and then up to the Ridgeway. Use of this path has been encouraged and I’m glad to say it is showing signs of heavy use that would have otherwise been levied onto the figure and it’s surround.

Whilst I appreciate the strong sense of belonging with local people and a couple of legends that require ‘ being on ‘ the Horse itself, I also hope it can now be understood why such drastic measures had to be taken. As a result, I’m pleased to say the figure is recovering, if slowly, but has also allowed the appearance of a golden mane about the Horse’s back and tail where tall, browned off grasses stand that would have been trampled. Together with our annual Scouring/Chalking events the Horse now looks great and hopefully continues its recovery.

Events on the Hill this year have included the filming of an advert for the mobile operator EE who had a pitch in the Manger to film a caravan scene which took up about 2 seconds of a twenty second advert. It boggles the mind how this industry operates when they took three working days to get the ‘ shoot ‘ they wanted and with all the vehicles and people involved but it is always the same with filming productions. I’m glad I chose the profession I am in! Our Easter Egg Hunt proved a great success with both days completely sold out and we even had a bit of fun with our April’s Fool spoof about the discovery of a chalk duck figure on the Hill. I hope you saw this as did a further 3 million people worldwide proving that the Trust does have a lighter side.

Unfortunately, May brought a knock back where I was involved in an accident on a bicycle that led to the breaking of a collarbone and nearly 3 months recovery. As such, a few events like Kite flying and a guided walk had to be cancelled but I was still able to supervise a Scouring and later chalking of the Horse if only to get out of the house! I’m obviously now back at work and feel about 80% fit, time will help. My thanks to those who covered my basic duties in my absence.

Only last weekend I chaperoned a large group of visitors who were fans of the 80’s rock band X T C, originally from Swindon. The band used an image of the Horse for one of their album covers. I understood about 100 fans gathered for their convention over two nights in Swindon but only half made it to the Hill on Sunday morning due to a little over partying perhaps! Still, they were a great bunch with participants having travelled from Holland, Israel, Croatia and even Japan.

The team structure at Coleshill Estate Office, to which White Horse Hill and the other sites under my management belong, has had a recent restructuring and it now feels like we’ve got the right people in the right places to really get things moving along. One project ready to run will be the reversion of the arable field between Dragon Hill and the B400 to grassland. We hope this will improve the appearance of the Hill but more importantly, will nurture a further fragment of chalk grassland which is what White Horse Hill is and protect a habitat that is under threat in the UK.

On a personal note, I was fortunate enough recently to be upgraded to Area Ranger after nearly eight years here and I’m very pleased. Although we will be looking for an assistant to carry out some of my duties, it does not mean I will be flying a desk and will very much be out and about on the Hill.

Please also keep an eye out for ITV’s 100 Best Kept Village awards which was filmed in and around the village this year and also for ITV’s 100 best walks where you can vote for our part of the world.

I look forward to seeing you up on our very special Hill.

Kind regards

Andy Foley
Ranger
White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park
Buscot and Coleshill Estate
Coleshill
Oxon. SN6 7PT
01793 762209

 

Federation of Small Business free event in Bicester - Tuesday, 3rd October, 6-9pm

on Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:06pm

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) Oxfordshire branch is holding a free event for business owners on 3rd October from 6-9pm at the Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa.

The event is open to business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout Oxfordshire to learn about the support available to help them manage and grow their organisation in the county.  Nigel Tipple and Heather Martin from Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) will be providing key note presentations.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council’s economic development officers will be attending to promote the exciting programme of initiatives on offer including financial grants for start-ups and growing businesses, mentoring opportunities and free workshops.

Delegates attending will have the opportunity to network, ask questions and meet the representatives of the councils, FSB and OxLEP.

Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with FSB, OxLEP and other councils to help small and medium businesses in our area.  Our business and innovation action plan sets out how we will be empowering local businesses to succeed and includes support to attract skilled staff and help to find suitable premises.”

The Support for Business in Oxfordshire event is free to attend, taking place on 3 October from 6-9pm at the Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa.  You can book your place via the Vale for Business website:-

From an article on the Vale's website; see the original <here>.

Oxfordshire Artweeks - deadline to take part

on Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:11am

Each year artists from across the parishes of Oxfordshire miss the deadline to take part in Oxfordshire Artweeks.

The organisers are trying to do what they can to minimise this disappointment.

The CLOSING DATE for entries is the 31st December 2017.

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