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People aged 18 and over are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine

on Fri, 18/06/2021 - 8:25am

People aged 18 and over are now eligible for their Covid vaccine.

You're eligible if:-

  • you're aged 18 or over
  • you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you're an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer

If you're an eligible unpaid carer but you cannot book an appointment, speak to your GP surgery.

Find out more about who can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Book on the website:-

Note: If you've already booked a vaccination appointment through a GP or local NHS service, you do not need to book again using this service.

Rogue Traders, Bogus Officials & Fake Charities - Stop, Think, Check!

on Fri, 11/06/2021 - 2:00pm

Parish Council Annual & Parish Minutes - Wednesday, 12th May 2021

on Thu, 10/06/2021 - 2:44pm


Minutes of the Sparsholt Annual Parish Meeting held on

Wednesday 12th May 2021 in Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.00pm

Present: Councillors Comyn (Chairman), Barnes, Jacobs and Jones, DC Barrow, the RFO and Clerk and 3 x parishioners.





Apologies:  Cllr Corfield.



Sparsholt Parish Council Chairman’s Report:  The report was given by Cllr Comyn, see attached.



District and County Councillors Report:  DCllr Barrow has sent through regular reports throughout the year.  Cllr Barrow wanted to add that COVID-19 testing at The Beacon in Wantage was running very successfully.  The Vale of White Horse District Council have performed well during the pandemic and have supported a great number of residents with food parcels and given out business grants.  The Vale and South Oxfordshire District Councils are working together on a new joint local plan.  This will save money and makes sense as common interests.  The housing requirement will be lowered.  DCllr Barrow had been in discussion with the Vale planning department with regards Barn G on application No: P20/V0526/FUL Westcot Farm and DCllr Barrow thought it was substantial reconstruction.  DCllr Barrow has dealt with local flooding, streams, organising the cutting grips in local villages and speeding issues in East Challow.  The Nature Recovery and Climate Forum meeting is coming up soon and DCllr Barrow will inform the Parish Council of the details.  DCllr Barrow held a meeting with Craig Bowers from OCC Communities and members of local Villages to discuss fibre broadband.  Cllr Barnes told DC Barrow that Sparsholt and Westcot already had fibre broadband in place due to a couple of Villagers organising it under the voucher scheme.  Letcombe Regis are unhappy with OCC Highways for their poor response and their not commenting on planning applications.



Any Other Business:  Iain Brown, a parishioner asked permission to read out his report and this was permitted, see attached.



Meeting closed at 7.30pm.

Minutes taken and prepared by The Clerk



APM 12th May 2021


Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 12th May 2021 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 8.00pm

Present: Councillors Barnes, Comyn, Jacobs and Jones, DC Barrow, the RFO and Clerk and 3 parishioners.





Apologies:  Cllr Corfield.



Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman:  It was unanimously agreed that Cllr Comyn should remain as Chairman and that Cllr Barnes should remain as Vice-Chairman.



Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct:  None.



Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 17th March 2021:  The minutes were proposed as a true record by the Chairman, Cllr Comyn and seconded by

Minutes of the finance and planning Meeting held on Wednesday 23rd April 2021:  The minutes were proposed as a true record by the Chairman, Cllr Comyn and seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.



Matters Arising: 

  1. Cordless battery powered strimmer:  Cllr Barnes has purchased this.  There are three outstanding areas for strimming around the village to be filled on the map produced by Cllr Jones.  Cllr Barnes to ask Nick to advertise through the website.  Cllr Jones to produce some safety tips and Cllr Barnes to laminate them and ask users to read them.   
  2. Ditch alongside the B4507 after the Sparsholt turn by Golden Acre:  Cllr Jones said that the owner of the land cannot be traced.  Once the ditch has been cleared and the railings fixed then Cllr Jones will speak to George Chichester, agent for the Swires and ask them to clear the rain and if possible the roadside ditch, getting rid of the brambles too.  The drain under the road needs clearing first once this is dug out.  OCC Highways cleared this last time as the landowner would not do it.  The silt is nearly up to the road and the pipe is blocked.  Cllr Comyn said that the situation was complicated.  Cllr Comyn asked Cllr Jones is he could prepare an Action Plan of the works and Cllr Comyn would ask Lee Turner at OCC Highways what can be done.  The Action Plan to also be sent to George Chichester.  The road is also in bad repair.  Cllr Jones said that water bubbles up by the chestnut tree and a parishioner thought it may be a spring.  Cllr Comyn will ask OCC Highways about this also.    
  3. Cemetery metal gate:  Cllr Jones has pulled the gate back into place and the metal post is now firmly against the concrete post.  The gate now closed firmly.  A parishioner said that the gate shuts well but had been left open today which may cause a problem to return.
  4. Stile and footpath markers, including stiles in Tony Carters field:  Cllr Comyn has asked Arthur McEwan-James to look at all the areas of concern.  Within the next two to three months the marker sign on Westcot Lane and the Woodland and the broken handrail will be replaced. 
  5. Letter to OCC Highways regarding parking:  Cllr Comyn will send another letter and attach photographs of the problem.
  6. Letter re peppercorn rent for using the cemetery ground for grazing:  Cllr Comyn is drawing up the lease agreement.
  7. Defibrillator maintenance:  Cllr Barnes has contacted a company to do the repairs.  Cllr Barnes and a parishioner to look at the defibrillator to see if they can fix the catch.  South Central Ambulance service no longer keep the register of defibrillators, Cllr Barnes has registered it with The Circuit who have taken this over.




Cllr Barnes

Cllr Jones & Barnes



Cllr Jones





Cllr Jones




Cllr Comyn











Cllr Comyn


Cllr Comyn


Cllr Barnes


Review of Standing Orders:  It was unanimously agreed that no amendments need to be made, to be dated Revised 2021.  Cllr Barnes noted that a Data Protection Officer needed to be appointed, Cllr Barnes offered to take on this role, this was proposed by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed by Cllr Jones.



Review of delegation arrangements to committees, sub-committees, employees and other local authorities:  All five Parish Councillors also constitute the planning sub committee.  The Clerk and the RFO are the only employees of the Parish Council.



Review of the terms of reference for Committees:  Terms of Reference for the planning committee are in the Standing Orders.



Receipt of nominations to existing committees/appointment to any new committees, confirmation of the terms of reference, and the number of members:  All Parish Councillors to remain members of the Planning Committee, unanimously agreed.



Review of representatives on or who work with external bodies and arrangements for reporting back:  Planning received via the VOWHDC and the Parish Council will continue to make representations to the VOWHDC and OCC when necessary.  Cllr Comyn to remain Burials Officer proposed by Cllr Jacobs, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed by Cllr Barnes.  Cllr Jones offered to take on Rights of Way and Highways, proposed by Cllr Barnes, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed by Cllr Comyn.



Assets review:  The Strimmer was added at a replacement value of £300 and the Telephone Box at £500, both proposed by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.  The Chairman amended and signed the Assets Register.



Risk Assessment:  The Risk Assessment, the Risk Assessment Process and the COVID-19 Risk Assessment were reviewed and Cllr Comyn proposed acceptance, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.



Review of Insurance Cover:  The Insurance cover was reviewed and Cllr Comyn proposed acceptance, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.



Review of the Council’s and/or employees’ membership of other bodies:  The Council is a member of the OALC.



Review of the Council’s complaints procedure.  Review procedures for handling requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998:  It was agreed that no amendments were required.  It was previously agreed under item 6 that Cllr Barnes will be the Data Protection Officer.





Review the Council’s Policy for dealing with the press/media:  Cllr Jacobs agreed to speak to the press on behalf of the Parish Council, after consultation with all the Parish Councillors if possible.  Proposed Cllr Comyn and seconded Cllr Jones and agreed by Cllr Barnes.




  1. Approval of the monthly Financial Statement up to 30th April 2021:  Cllr Comyn proposed acceptance, seconded by Cllr Jones and agreed unanimously.  Cllr Comyn proposed payments for Zurich Insurance £380.09 the Clerk’s salary for May £80.95, RFO’s salary for May £48.32, Tarki Technology Ltd, for the 2020/21 Internal Audit, expenses to Cllr Barnes for the strimmer £237.90, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed unanimously.  The RFO stated that a letter had been sent by the Independent Advice Centre requesting a donation.  Cllr Jacobs declared an interest as she works as a volunteer for the Independent Advice Centre and agreed not to part in the discussion.  Cllr Barnes proposed a donation of £150, seconded by Cllr Comyn and agreed by Cllr Jones.
  2. Approval of bank signatories for 2021-2022: Cllrs Comyn, Barnes and Jones are already bank signatories.  It had been agreed at a previous meeting to add on Cllr Corfield.     
  3. Approval of the Annual Return for the year to 31st March 2021:  Cllr Comyn completed the AGAR and signed the form along with the RFO and Clerk.  The exemption of the External Audit was agreed not required and signed by Cllr Comyn.  
  4. Any other finance matters:  The Clerk and RFO have both opted out of the pension scheme.  Cllr Jones asked if the Parish Council can invest any of the money in the deposit account, the RFO to investigate this with OALC.
























  1. P21/V0668/FUL Northfield Farm Bungalow, road from Faringdon road to Northfield Farm, SN7 8NT:  Removal of condition 2 – agricultural occupancy condition on SPA/8092 (P84/V0199).  Granted.





Sparsholt Parish Council Event 2022:  Next meeting.



Matters for future discussion:  Items from the list in Iain Brown’s report that he presented in the Annual Parish Meeting.  Following an email from a parishioner Cllr Comyn to speak to Ian Lambourne about the emptying of the cemetery bins.

All PC’s

Cllr Comyn


Set dates, times and place of ordinary meetings of the full Council for the year ahead: TBC

The Parish Council may need to change this date as necessary.


Meeting closed at 8.35pm.

Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


SPCAM 12th May 2021

'Move together' plan to help vulnerable residents with their health & wellbeing

on Thu, 10/06/2021 - 2:35pm

Move Together is brand new for Oxfordshire and is here to support you to move more, to help improve your physical health, mental health and wellbeing.

Starting to move more, in a way that works for you, is hugely beneficial. It can help with mood, energy levels, sleep and weight management, as well as helping to manage long term conditions, too.

But we fully recognise that this isn't always an easy step. COVID-19 has affected all of our lives, and not being able to enjoy usual activities, see loved ones or, for many of us, leave the house has had a huge impact. Some of us are keen to get outside and be more active, but feel anxious and confused about where to begin.

That's why Move Together has been launched, to provide you with all the support, advice and information you need to get started.

What we can offer:

  • Support, advice and guidance tailored to what you need, in the way you need it.
  • We can be a kind voice on the phone or a friendly face on the doorstep, with local volunteers to support if needed.
  • Lots of ideas about ways to help you get back more strength and mobility, improve how you feel and become more confident about going out.
  • Whether you want to find out more about local community activities, walking groups or how to move more within the comfort of your own home, we are here to help.
  • We can help you access specially designed home activity packs, exercise sessions for specific conditions, online classes and much more.
  • All of the Move Together advice is provided by physical activity experts in line with COVID safe guidance, designed to support you to be more active and improve your health and wellbeing.

Contact your local Move Together Co-ordinator today:

  •     Vale of White Horse: 07717 714477

Most importantly of all, please remember that you're not alone. We are here to listen and support and can link you to other people who may be feeling exactly the same way as you do. We look forward to welcoming you to Move Together!

More details here:-

Volunteer - our local Cubs, Scouts & Beavers groups need you!

on Wed, 09/06/2021 - 3:20pm

Our local Cubs, Scouts & Beavers, based in Uffington and part of the Stanford in the Vale group, is looking for volunteers.

Volunteering is easier than you think. Whether you can spare an hour a month or a day a year, we have opportunities both behind the scenes and directly supporting young people. With full support and training, you can volunteer on a flexible basis.

Not only is it incredibly rewarding and great fun, you’ll learn some brilliant skills transferable to the workplace and further education.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: [email protected]

Caution - doorstep sellers

on Wed, 09/06/2021 - 10:03am

From Ally at West Challow:-

A number of West Challow residents have reported visits from a young man believed to be a ‘Nottingham Knocker’.

Locals are advised to be vigilant when answering the door to anyone unknown to them.

The following information, based on guidance by Thames Valley Police, briefly explains how the ‘Nottingham Knockers’ scam works, and guidance if you receive a visit.

Nottingham Knockers are typically young men carrying a backpack or holdall.

The sellers may say that they are on a “rehabilitation course” arranged by probation services or other organisations trying to find people work. Probation services do not run such schemes.

They may show a card which claims to be a “Pedlars Licence” or work permit. This is not valid and they are breaking the law if they are using anything like this. They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf or dumb.

The sellers will try to sell household goods, for example tea-towels, often at over-inflated prices.  The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a round note – usually £10. According to Police, the seller will examine any bank notes paid by the householder, and the property at which they reside, to determine whether the householder and their property may be a suitable target for further fraud or other crimes.

Sadly, it is the elderly and vulnerable who are of the greatest interest to Nottingham Knockers.

Villagers are advised to never agree to any uninvited doorstep sale, be it for goods or services.

If you believe that you are in receipt of a visit from a ‘Nottingham Knocker’, tell them that you are not interested and request that they leave.

You can call the Police on 101, to report the individual and any associated vehicle that they may be using.

Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - June 2021

on Mon, 07/06/2021 - 4:27pm

Download a PDF copy of the current Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter by using the link below.

Covid19: If your Childrey & Sparsholt newsletter isn’t delivered for any reason, there will be extra copies available in Childrey Stores.

Contact for Childrey & Sparsholt printed newsletter articles:

Update from Yvonne Constance, County Councillor for Shrivenham (inc. Sparsholt)

on Wed, 26/05/2021 - 4:21pm

From County Cllr Yvonne Constance:-

Thank you for your support in County Council election, and I am pleased to be re-elected to continue the local projects as promised.  And of course I represent all residents , whether or not you supported me, and I will help with any problem: contact me at [email protected]

You will know the Council is now run by the Fair Alliance of LD/Labour and I will work for the best for Shrivenham Division residents to deliver :

  • 20 mph speed limits in built-up areas
  • SPEEDWATCH for residents to enforce new limit
  • Net zero in OCC estate by 2030; in all Oxfordshire by 2050
  • Parish schemes to support environment to reverse decline in bio-diversity
  • Local transport connection hubs along A420 in OCC’s next Transport Strategy 

And keep up with highways works on B4507.   The latest report follows to keep you up to date:

The recent closure of the B4507 between Letcombe junctions was an Asset Management scheme, investing in surface dressing  to extend the life of the road, and not works by the reactive repair team.

The rest of the B4507 is in the programme for surface dressing in 2022/23 - see table below which gives more detail.  This will the full surface dressing programme for the district and you will note that all is within the Shrivenham Division. ( Note : programmes of work are subject to change)

Prior to surface dressing, the area will be structural patched and this part of the process will take place this year/early part of next year.  Once we have the programme for the pre-surface dressing patching I will let you know as this will of course necessitate road closures meaning more inconvenience, but we hope for improved surface on much of B4507




Road Name

Location within Road



Faringdon and Wantage

B4507 Ashbury to Compton Beauchamp

Ashbury to Compton Beauchamp



Faringdon and Wantage

Ashbury Idstone Road

From Ashbury High St to County Boundary



Faringdon and Wantage

Ashbury - Church Lane ( Including Private Bit )

Whole of Church Lane + Private bit



Faringdon and Wantage

Chapel Lane

Whole Length



Faringdon and Wantage

B4507 Childrey to Wantage

Childrey to Wantage

Kingston Lisle


Faringdon and Wantage

B4507 Blowingstones Hill Jct to Childrey

Blowingstones Hill Jct to Childrey

Kingston Lisle


Faringdon and Wantage

B4507 Broadway Jct to Blowingstones Hill

Broadway Jct to Blowingstones Hill



Faringdon and Wantage

B4507 Compton Beauchamp to Broadway Jct

Compton Beauchamp to Broadway Jct

More later when I have more information!

Yvonne Constance

Provided by Yvonne Constance, 26/5/21

For further information on Yvonne Constance:-

Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - June 2021

on Tue, 25/05/2021 - 1:00pm

Download a PDF copy of 'Signpost' at the link below.

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

As we move into summer and the easing of restrictions, our churches once again are open for worship. It has been hard to see buildings that have absorbed centuries of prayer and praise closed and a joy to see these ancient buildings coming to life and to look forward to summer weddings and other celebrations.   But this time has also been a time for the church to look outwards, to be creative, to engage with our communities in ways that may otherwise have not been considered and we must not lose this as we move out of lockdown. 

Precious as our church buildings may be, this has been a time to remember that the Church is about relationships, about an outward expression of God’s love for his people and, as we can once again welcome friends to our homes, let us remember also the words of St Paul: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." (Hebrews 13:2).  Let’s welcome our friends, but also those we may not know so well, to share our hospitality, not only in our lovely Ridgeway churches but wherever we may meet. 

Miranda Marsh
Pastoral Team Member



Covid19 Financial Support for Families & Individuals

on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 3:47pm