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Childrey Stores has a new home shopping website

on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 3:11pm

Childrey Stores is a friendly and independent coffee shop and village store with a fantastic range - now also available to you online and with local delivery.

  • Bakery
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Fresh Produce
  • Pantry
  • Wine & Beer
  • Christmas
  • Florist
  • Gifts

Turkey and other Christmas goodies available for order on-line or in-store.

Christmas orders - Order delicious fresh local turkey, ham and other meats.

Last orders to be with us on 11th December  with click and collect or home delivery available on 23rd December!

Beautiful Christmas flowers and Wreaths available from Sarah Styles!

Shop here:-




  • Childrey Stores, High Street, Childrey, Oxfordshire, OX12 9UE
  • [email protected]
  • 01235 751 459

Don't Give Burglars A Sneak Preview of Your Gifts This Christmas

on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 2:57pm

As nights draw in and Christmas gets closer, it is really important for everyone to do as much as they can at home this year to ensure that their house is protected and that they are not an attractive target for burglars.

We know that the period following the clocks going back and in the run up to Christmas often sees the number of burglaries start to rise. We will of course be out on patrol, targeting offenders and locations across the Thames Valley, only with COVID restrictions in place some of our traditional crime prevention outreach work has not been possible. Burglary is significantly down on previous reported levels, but we must not be complacent. These figures will no doubt have been impacted by the stringent lockdown measures that have been in force earlier in the year and most recently through the month of November.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps which can find here (click) or check out our Home Security Guide (click).

Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent, the force lead for burglary said: “As Christmas draws ever closer and much of our shopping is done online, it’s more important than ever to be protecting your home and belongings from burglars.

“Please make sure items are delivered when you are at home to receive them, or have them delivered to a trusted alternative address. Also be sure to cut up packaging, especially for any expensive items, so that it will fit inside your refuse bin - never leave boxes next to the bin where they can be seen.

“Remember, if you leave your purchases and gifts on display or you’re sharing photos of them on social media, potential burglars can also see these. Don’t give burglars a sneak preview of your gifts this Christmas!”

From a TVP email received 30/11/20

Free Wantage parking on Saturdays before Christmas - support your local shops

on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 3:49pm

Residents in the Vale of White Horse can park for free on specific days this December and are being urged to use this opportunity to support their local shops and cafes in the run up to Christmas.

Each year Vale of White Horse District Council provides free parking days during December to help encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.  

With many shops affected by the Covid-19 restrictions, this year it is particularly important that people support local traders where they can, while maintaining social distancing and face covering requirements.

Motorists can park in district council car parks without paying for or displaying a ticket on the following days in December:

  •     Abingdon – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
  •     Faringdon – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
  •     Wantage – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
  •     Didcot – Mondays (7, 14, 21 December)
  •     Goring – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
  •     Henley – Tuesdays (8, 15, 22 December)
  •     Thame – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
  •     Wallingford -Thursdays (10, 17, 24 December)

Users will not have to display a ticket on the free days.

Motorists can also continue to park for free each day outside of the charging period and during the standard free periods offered by both councils, but must they display a ticket during this time.

For more information about parking and district council car parks please visit –

The above arrangements are subject to any change in national or local Covid-19 restrictions.

From Wednesday, 2nd December we will be in 'Tier 2: High alert'

on Thu, 26/11/2020 - 1:21pm

Oxfordshire and the Vale will be in 'Tier 2: High alert' from December 2nd, a more severe level than we were in before the second lockdown.

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2 (key points):

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • if you can, you should work from home
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).

You can review the full details on the website here:-

Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - December 2020

on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 12:27pm

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:

Christmas 2020 Covid Bubble rules: Who, When, How Many?

on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 11:33am

Coronavirus restrictions in the UK will be eased this Christmas to allow people to form "bubbles" of three households over a five day period, allowing us to mix with a slightly wider circle of family and friends.

Consider the risks to yourselves and others, particularly those who are vulnerable and are urged to be extremely cautious of the risk of spreading coronavirus whilst these relaxed rules are in place.

Who am I allowed to see?

Between 23 and 27 December, three households will be allowed to form a temporary "Christmas bubble".

Bubbles will be allowed to meet each other:

  • In each other's homes

  • At a place of worship

  • In an outdoor public space, or garden

The bubbles are fixed, so you would not be able to mix with two households on Christmas Day and two different ones on Boxing Day.

Households you are in a Christmas bubble with can't be in others.

  • There is no limit to the number of people in a household joining a bubble.
  • If you have formed a support bubble with another household, that counts as one household, so you can join with two other households in a Christmas bubble.
  • People who are self-isolating should not join a Christmas bubble. If someone tests positive, or develops coronavirus symptoms up to 48 hours after the Christmas bubble last met, everyone will have to self-isolate.

What are the rules for your Christmas bubble going to the pub or a restaurant?

  • You are not allowed to go with your Christmas bubble to hospitality settings, such as pubs and restaurants, or to entertainment venues.
  • You can meet people outside your Christmas bubble, but only in line with the tier rules of the area in which you are staying.

Will Covid rules be different for New Year's Eve?

  • The relaxation of restrictions between 23 and 27 December is not extended to cover New Year's Eve.

Can all my children come home for Christmas?

  • Children of parents who live apart are allowed to be part of two separate Christmas bubbles. This means they can see both parents without being counted as part of another household.
  • University students may return to their parents at the end of term and be counted as part of their household straight away.
  • But if parents have three or more grown up children who are not at university, then they cannot all form a Christmas bubble with their parents.
  • Individual households can split for Christmas. So, if three people are sharing a home they can all go and form separate Christmas bubbles with their families and come back to form a single household again afterwards.

Parish Council Minutes - Tuesday, 6th October 2020

on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 10:45am



Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Tuesday 6th October 2020 via Zoom starting at 7.00pm


Present: Councillors Barnes, Comyn and Jacobs and the Clerk.






Apologies:  Cllrs Corfield and Jones.



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



Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th September 2020:  The minutes were proposed as a true record by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by Cllr jacobs.



New Applications:

P20/V2194/HH 1 Star Cottage, Watery Lane, OX12 9PL:  Rear single storey kitchen extension.  Cllr Comyn stated that there is an existing extension to the rear and side of the property and the proposal is to increase the size and add a glass roof.  Cllr Comyn does not think that this will affect any neighbours.  Cllr Jacobs has visited the site and agrees that the neighbours will not be affected.  Cllr Barnes agrees and has no objections.  Cllr Comyn proposed a response of ‘no objections’, seconded by Cllr Jacobs and agreed by Cllr Barnes.  The Clerk to submit the response. 

P20/V2225/LB The Shepherd Cottage, Watery Lane, OX12 9PP:  Strengthen external framework with bespoke iron work attached to a frame.  Replace existing staircase in living room.  Replace all existing beams in living room only.  Cllr Comyn stated that the application is for internal works to a listed building and it will not affect the view of the building.  Cllr Comyn is content to let the Listed Building department at the Vale DC decide if the works are appropriate.  Cllr Comyn proposed a response of ‘no objections’, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by Cllr Jacobs.  The Clerk to submit the response.



















P20/V0526/FUL Westcot Farm, Westcot, OX12 9QA:  Application for planning permission for conversion of existing farm buildings to form seven family homes with associated parking, amenity areas, landscaping, and associated works.  (Amended plans and information received 24 August 2020 as detailed in the accompanying letter).  No decision.

P20/V1897/HH Sparsholt Manor, Sparsholt Street, OX12 9PT:  Removal of the existing 1960’s Gibbs style surround to the south elevation of the manor house and reinstate brick arch and keystone.  Installation of a full height glazed door to match the proportions of the existing sash windows.  Installation of inward opening French windows in lieu of the single leaf door to the new family kitchen.  Granted.

P20/V1898/LB Sparsholt Manor, Sparsholt Street, OX12 9PT:  Removal of the existing 1960’s Gibbs style surround to the south elevation of the manor house and reinstate brick arch and keystone.  Installation of a full height glazed door to match the proportions of the existing sash windows.  Installation of inward opening French windows in lieu of the single leaf door to the new family kitchen.  Granted.

P20/V0526/FUL Westcot Farm, Westcot, OX12 9QA:  Application for planning permission for conversion of existing farm buildings to form seven family homes with associated parking, amenity areas, landscaping, and associated works.  No decision.










Cllr Comyn thanked DC Barrow for his report dated 7th September.



Next meeting: Monday 23rd November 2020 starting at 7.00pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall/via Zoom.

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



Meeting closed at 7.15pm.


Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk




SPC 6th October 2020


Power cut tips & advice and how to join the Priority Services Register

on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 1:03pm

Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - December 2020

on Fri, 20/11/2020 - 12:00pm

Download a copy of this month's 'Signpost' below.

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

Don't it always seem to go “That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”, words
from Joni Mitchell’ song Big Yellow Taxi seem strangely appropriate today. Like
Jesus, Covid has turned a lot of things upside down, but mostly not in a good
way. Advent and Christmas will have a very different shape this year and are
approaching surrounded by uncertainty. It is my hope and prayer that one result
may be that many people will rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as
commercialism is, by default, taking a back seat.

“Mind the gap”, are words you hear on the London Underground and the
challenge for the Churches is to mind as many of the gaps that are appearing as
is possible. The Ridgeway Benefice has so far done just that. Our online
services, prayer and book study have combined to provide a framework which
has unified the six churches and encouraged a new level of fellowship. This has
to be welcomed and built upon. Of course we will be delighted when it is
eventually possible to return to regular worship in our beautiful church buildings,
but I believe it is important to continue to use the new things that we have

Peter Cook


Crime prevention advice re recent dog thefts

on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 3:09pm

Crime prevention advice regarding recent dog thefts in the west Berkshire and Wiltshire areas (all close to Oxfordshire border).

  • A green Suzuki Grand Vitara has been identified.
  • It has silver body panelling on bottom of doors, over wheel arches and bumper and front light surrounds.
  • Registration plate possibly a 51 plate but offenders may have changed these now.

If you see one matching the description acting suspiciously it is worth calling police with registration, location and direction of travel if it leaves the area.

Call Police on 101 for non-emergency enquiries.

Call 999 if:

  •     a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed
  •     someone is in immediate danger or harm
  •     property is in danger of being damaged
  •     a serious disruption to the public is likely