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What's on at The Beacon in June

on Thu, 18/05/2017 - 3:14pm

HMRC 'Your 2016 Tax Report' email phishing warning

on Fri, 12/05/2017 - 7:53am

Received from HMRC; please be vigilant and look out for these email scams.

Updated Wantage Shopping & Eating Guides for 2017 now available

on Thu, 11/05/2017 - 6:05pm

Updated Wantage Shopping & Food, Drink & Accomodation guides have been published by the Wantage Town Team and list the wide variety of shops, restaurants & watering holes in the town.

Download your copy below or get a copy from Wantage and Grove libraries, the Vale & Downland Museum, The Beacon and all of the businesses on the list.

The Wantage Town Team have also launched the Love Wantage website. The site is the online home of the Wantage Town Team and promotes the town and projects:-


Submitted by Mim Norvell of the Wantage Town Team

Council tax refund calls scam warning

on Wed, 10/05/2017 - 2:10pm

Beware bogus calls from a 'company' which allegedly works for the District Council.

The caller claims you are owed a council tax refund as your council tax banding has been too high in the past.

The telephone number of the bogus company is 03332 123132. 

Please do not enter into any discussions with the caller. Most importantly, do not disclose any personal information such as bank details.

The local police have been made aware of this scam.

M4 Junctions 12 to 13: Closures next three weekends (12 & 19th May, 2nd June)

on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 8:28pm

The M4 will be completely closed between junctions 12 & 13 on the following dates and times:-

  • Friday 12 May 9pm to Monday 15 May 6am 
  • Friday 19 May 9pm to Monday 22 May 6am 
  • Friday 2 June 9pm to Monday 5 June 6am

A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton). Please do not follow your sat nav – follow the signed diversion. Significant delays will be expected. Please avoid this route or allow extra time where possible. Details in PDF below.


County Council election results May 2017

on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:56pm

Results of the County Council elections on May 4th 2017 (results from the 2013 county election can be seen <here>).

32 seats are needed to take control of the council.

With all seats now declared, the Conservatives hold the most seats at 31 (as previously), but again, do not therefore control the council.

Yvonne Constance (Conservative) re-elected for our division, Shrivenham, with a 65% majority from a 29% turnout:-

The Star Inn, Sparsholt is looking for a Part-time Housekeeper & Cleaner

on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

"HELLO!" We are hiring at The Star Inn.

We are looking for a new 'STAR'..

    • 10 hours - 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday, weekly

Favourable salaries and great perks!


Give us a call on 01235 751873, and ask for Toby or Lucy to arrange a time to pop in and find out more about us and the role.

Check out our website:

Provided by Lucy Colebrook, Assistant Manager


Crime Statistics for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse (2016/17)

on Wed, 03/05/2017 - 10:16pm

Thames Valley Police has released crime statistics which cover the past twelve months. 

The latest figures show that there were 138,710 crimes reported across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire from 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2017. This is a 7.2% increase to the previous year (2015/16) where there were 129,449 reported crimes within the same time frame.

Of these 9,895 crimes were reported in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Local Police Area (LPA), a rise of 4.0% on last year.

The increase in crime reports is reflected nationally (ONS Crime Survey of England and Wales ), and is largely attributed to improvements in compliance with National Crime Recording Standards, following recommendations made by HMIC in 2014. 

Overall crime levels in Thames Valley still remain low compared with five and ten years ago. There were 66,976 fewer crimes recorded in this timeframe compared with five years ago (205,686), and 8,357 fewer recorded offences compared with ten years ago (147,067).  

Following the release of the figures, Superintendent Rory Freeman, LPA Commander for South and Vale said: “Whilst we have seen some increase in reports of crime this year, this is similar to the national trend.

“Despite this, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse continues to be a very safe place to live and work. The future is challenging and our priority is constantly trying to match the right resources to our areas of greatest harm and demand whilst seeking to maintain and enhance public confidence in policing. 

“Our officers work hard with communities to prevent crime and we are encouraging people to take simple steps that will protect them, their property and businesses. Campaigns such as #Protectyourworld in the Autumn and our February rural crime campaign are good examples of how we have raised awareness and confidence in our communities to report incidents to us .  

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my staff and our partner agencies for their hard work over the last year and most importantly extend my gratitude to our communities for their continued support.” 

From a Thames Valley Alert email received 3/5/17.

Sparsholt Parish Council response to VoWHDC HELAA

on Wed, 03/05/2017 - 11:50am

(download PDF copies at the bottom of the page)