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Our local Scout group needs adult leaders - Could you help?

on Fri, 20/09/2019 - 11:11am

Across our group we desperately need more leaders to ensure we can keep beaver, cub, scout and explorer groups going providing fabulous, exciting programmes for young people in Uffington, Stanford and the surrounding areas. 

Please do give every consideration to joining our leader group and if you yourself can’t help, please talk to your families and anyone else you know in the villages, at work, through hobbies etc. to help us find more leaders.  

Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

on Sat, 14/09/2019 - 8:07pm


These DRAFT minutes are published for information purposes only, prior to the next Parish Council meeting

Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 31st July 2019

on Sat, 14/09/2019 - 8:06pm


These DRAFT minutes are published for information purposes only, prior to the next Parish Council meeting

Councillors set to vote on adopting part two of the Vale’s Local Plan

on Fri, 13/09/2019 - 4:19pm

Councillors in the Vale of White Horse are set to vote on whether to adopt part two of the district’s Local Plan.

Following a public examination, an independent government planning inspector found that the plan met the tests of soundness in national guidelines for planning policy. 

The council adopted part one of its Local Plan in 2016, which dealt with the council’s main housing sites and policies. Part two deals with more detailed policies and allocates housing sites that will help the city of Oxford meet its need for houses, which the city council says it doesn’t have space for. 

Council officers have recommended that councillors adopt the plan – the other options are to withdraw the plan or simply decide not to adopt it. 

In a report going to the council’s Scrutiny Committee (click), officers have set out the benefits and risks of each option.

Adopting the plan would help prevent housing developers from pushing unacceptable planning applications through on appeal, and would provide detailed policies to assist in the determination of planning applications.

At this stage of the Local Plan process, the scope for changes to the plan is minimal and the council would need to provide sound planning reasons if it wanted to withdraw the plan and would need to explain why it disagreed with the Planning Inspector’s decision to find the plan sound. 

Withdrawing the plan would leave the council vulnerable to challenges to its five-year housing supply, which could lead to housing developers pushing through unacceptable planning applications on appeal. It could also jeopardise funding for much-needed infrastructure improvements in the area.

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We do have concerns with this plan, in particular with the number of houses it allocates for Oxford when the city’s needs haven’t yet been fully tested in its Local Plan examination. Because the plan is at such an advanced stage, we are not able to make any changes – we must either adopt the plan as is or withdraw it completely. Neither option is ideal, but we must balance our concerns with the plan against the risk to Vale communities that speculative development would bring if we do not have an adopted local plan in place”

Cllr Catherine Webber, Cabinet Member for Planning at the Vale, said: “Whatever councillors decide on 9 October, we hope to begin working immediatelyon a new Vale Local Plan to take us up to 2036 that reflects the priorities of residents and businesses right across the Vale. We are also looking at ways to add to adopted Vale planning polices to take account of the climate emergency”

The Scrutiny Committee will discuss the report on Thursday 19 September and will make recommendations to the council’s Cabinet, which meets on Friday 4 October. Cabinet will then make a recommendation which councillors will vote on at the full Council meeting on Wednesday 9 October.

If councillors vote to adopt the plan, it will become part of the council’s Development Plan, and will be used to help decide planning applications in the district.

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

Volunteers urgently needed for assisted reading in schools around Wantage

on Fri, 13/09/2019 - 10:28am

Assisted Reading for Children Oxfordshire urgently need volunteers in schools around Wantage.

If you could spare a few hours a week, please get in contact with them on 01869 320380 

The Star Inn, Sparsholt makes The Good Food Guide again

on Thu, 12/09/2019 - 10:17am

Congratulations to all at The Star Inn, Sparsholt, who have made the 2020 Good Food Guide again this year.

The Good Food Guide's review of The Star:-

"Bags of rustic personality – flagstoned floors, ancient beams, plain wooden tables and chairs, a winter fire and a summer garden – signal that The Star is a comfortable country inn with all the necessary attributes, although most visitors come for the food.

The kitchen is bang on the money, the menu offering appealing ideas that take in everything from burgers and steaks to British heritage cooking with a global feel. Cured and seared salmon, for example, could be teamed with Asian fishcake, peanut and soy dressing and a lime crème fraîche, or Westcombe Cheddar and mustard croquettes served with Roscoff onions, pesto and hazelnuts. A main-course roast guinea fowl breast and glazed thigh might arrive with chantenay carrots, truffled cauliflower cheese and potato terrine. Finish with dark chocolate financiers with salted caramel sauce and banana sorbet.

Lunch is very good value and service is ‘friendly and accommodating’. "

You can view The Good Food Guide’s expert restaurant reviews on your desktop or mobile device. It is free to myWaitrose members, or 12 months’ access is £12.99.

For further info. on The Star, click <here>.

Contact details:

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis makes the Good Beer Guide for 3rd year running

on Thu, 12/09/2019 - 10:06am

The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis is delighted to be included in the Good Beer Guide for the third year running.

The 2020 edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide is out today! Buy your copy <here> (click).

More info:-

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)


on Thu, 12/09/2019 - 7:15am

TVP South and Vale have been made aware of beggars in Wantage, Wallingford and Thame town centres.

Before handing over any money, please consider whether your spare change will be able to make a real change.

We believe that offering shelter, emergency food, clothing and specialist support for substance abuse is a bigger help than giving money to those begging on the street and we work with a number of local organisations and the local council to help those in need on our streets.

If you see someone begging, please report this to us online at or by calling 101 so that we can visit them and refer them to our partner agencies for any support that they may need.

From a TVP email, received 12/9/19

Neighbourhood Police Update - September 2019

on Wed, 11/09/2019 - 7:50pm

Here is the latest update from the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Team (Sparsholt & Westcot are covered by the Faringdon Team, rather than Wantage).


Vehicle Crime: The Faringdon Neighbourhood Team were joined by members of the Wantage Neighbourhood Team and the Mounted Section on a rural operation. We patrolled the car parks of local beauty spots along the Ridgeway in order to deter thefts and raise awareness. The Mounted Section proved to be immensely popular with the public who were thrilled to see them!

Please remain vigilant when leaving you vehicles as we are still getting reports of them being broken into. Various personal items and tools have been stolen from vehicles in our area.
If you see anything suspicious or find evidence of an attempt to break into your vehicle call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number or report online ( If a crime is in progress, call 999.

Following these events we have increased our patrols and added signage in the local area reminding residents not to leave items in vehicles.

Vehicle crime reduction advice

  • Do not keep anything in your vehicle.
  • Hide your car keys away from windows and doors and out of sight.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area — either on your driveway, or on the roads under a street lamp.
  • Lock all windows and doors of your car and make sure to activate your car alarm if you have one.
  • Consider fitting a letterbox defender or restrictor. This prevents burglars from poking tools through the letterbox to open latches from the inside, or reaching nearby car and house keys. A lockable letterbox on the outside of the property is also an option.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are locked, if you have a chain on the inside of your door, use it. This prevents burglars from poking tools through the letterbox to open latches from the inside, or reaching nearby car and house keys. A lockable letterbox on the outside of the property is also an option.

Burglary: We are appealing for any information that you may have on the following incidents, there has been incidents at the following locations:

  • 27/08/19 – Burglary – Faringdon - a Black BMW was stolen from a driveway in Coxwell Road Faringdon overnight.
  • 01/08/19 – Uffington Post Office - Cigarettes and cash was taken by several offenders
  • 14/08/19- Kingston Bagpuize – A high value theft of building materials carried out by several offenders overnight.

If you have any information or CCTV please call 101 or report online <here> (click).

Violent crime: The Neighbourhood Team are working towards a week of action to combat knife crime as part of a national initiative Op Sceptre. As part of this we will be actively targeting premises and locations associated with drugs to help disrupt criminality associated with carrying weapons. If you have any information relating to drugs and knives then please let the team know as soon as possible.

Offenders brought to justice

Alan Reed was arrested and charged with six offenses, Common Assault, Criminal Damage, Public Order x2, Making off Without Payment, and Malicious Communications. As a result of these charges he was recalled to prison.

During the month of August the team have made several arrests, namely for persons being drunk and disorderly in a public places or for drug offenses. These are as a result of the team working to curb the anti-social behaviour issues that have been reported to us.

We ask you to continue to be vigilant and report these incidents as they happen.

Community engagement:

One of the advantages of working from Faringdon is that two major events are held locally in August. We attended the Shrivenham Fete on Sunday 25th August and the Uffington Show on the Monday 26th August.

Both days were hot and sunny and a great opportunity to engage with the public and find out about any local concerns. It was lovely to see every one having a good time and enjoying themselves!

On 11th September 2019 we will be attending The Defence Academy where we will be attending ‘A Meet and Greet Fair’.
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Have you been affected by suicide? Help shape Oxon suicide prevention strategy

on Tue, 10/09/2019 - 6:14pm

Oxfordshire residents that have been affected by suicide are urged to give their feedback to help shape a suicide prevention strategy.

Between 2016 and 2018 there were a total of 155 deaths by suicide in Oxfordshire. Of these, 126 of these were men which means that deaths in men outnumbered those in women by 4:1.

The Oxfordshire suicide prevention group is about to revise its action plan and develop a strategy and wants to hear from people in Oxfordshire who have been affected by suicide or who may have had suicidal thoughts themselves.

There is a determination to reduce the numbers of death by suicide therefore we are asking residents to complete the survey (click) to help achieve this understanding.