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Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - April 2018

on Fri, 23/03/2018 - 6:20pm

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

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Action Counters Terrorism - Report suspicious activity to tackle terrorism

on Fri, 23/03/2018 - 4:47pm

Thames Valley Police and Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) urges the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. 

Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT.

Action Counters Terrorism.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: “It is vital for the public to know that no matter how small the matter might be, if you think it is suspicious and you have concerns, report it.

“Counter Terrorism Policing South East will take all information seriously, any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Communities are the key to defeating terrorism and you can help us prevent terrorism and save lives through your actions.”

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form: Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously. 

In an emergency always call 999.

What should I report?

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life. 

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include: 


Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism? 

Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology? 

Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?

Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?

Gathering materials

Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?

If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?

Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?

Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?

Storing materials

Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?

Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile Reconnaissance

Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?


Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

If you’d like more information or resources, visit

From a TVP email received 20/3/18

Easter at Childrey Stores

on Fri, 23/03/2018 - 4:38pm


Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01235 751459

Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - April 2018

on Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:00am

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

During Lent two groups in the Ridgeway Benefice have met to reflect on ‘Abundant Life’ written by the Bishop of Oxford and based on John’s Gospel, chapters 11 & 12, the story of Lazarus. Woven into the reflections are the three themes: contemplation, compassion and courage. We have learned that ‘courage’ is derived from Coeur, French for heart, and does not describe a dragon slayer! Lazarus’ story is, perhaps, the longest in the Gospels where, with the disciples, we first encounter resurrection after death. This would have been a difficult concept to comprehend in Jesus lifetime, but it clearly pointed the way to Jesus death and resurrection later in the Gospel.

Through our Christian teaching we can understand more easily now than the disciples could then and, as we once again celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Day, let us consider in our hearts on the wonderful gift that Jesus gave to the world.

Peter Cook




Parish Council Minutes - Wednesday, 21st February 2018

on Thu, 22/03/2018 - 7:15pm



Minutes of Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on


Wednesday 21st February 2018 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm


Present: Councillors Comyn (Chairman of the meeting), Barnes, Brown and Downie, the Clerk and RFO and 6 parishioners.







Apologies:  Cllr Williams.



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



  Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 17th January and the Planning Meeting held 

  on Wednesday 31st January 2018: 

  Cllr Comyn proposed signing the Minutes of Wednesday 17th January as a true record,

  seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by all.  Cllr Comyn proposed signing the Minutes of the

  Planning Meeting held on Wednesday 31st January as a true record, seconded by Cllr Brown

  and agreed by all.



Matters Arising: 

  1. B4507 50 mph speed restriction update:  Cllr Comyn has a copy of the Department of Transport “Speed Limit Appraisal Tool User Guidance” which he will read through to check the criteria for reducing the speed limit to 50 mph.  The B4507 is being used more as a cut through.  A parishioner felt that 50 mph was too fast but this is a maximum speed, not an advisory speed.  Cllr Comyn to email DC & CC Constance for a copy of the 5 year accident report and a route map.
  2. Cemetery rules:  Cllr Comyn distributed copies of the revised Cemetery Rules and proposed acceptance of them, seconded by Cllr Downie and agreed by all.  The Cemetery Rules will be sent to Nick to publish on the website.
  3. Potholes:  The larger pot holes have been marked up and Cllr Comyn to email Lee Turner to find out when they will be repaired.
  4. Eastmanton Box hedge:  Cllr Comyn to email Lee Turner about this.
  5. Definitive Map:  Cllr Barnes is still to write to Arthur McEwan-James at OCC.  Angie Brown mentioned the email regarding the 32 applications to amend the legal record of public rights of way including the Ridgeway (OCC).  Vehicles were banned from the Ridgeway on the 6th May 2006 and OCC are asking for local evidence to help determine the application.  The proposal is to change the registration to a BOAT (Byway open to All Traffic), currently only farm vehicles and access is allowed.  Cllr Comyn stated that it would be helpful to read the original report from 2006.  Cllr Comyn is against the change and asked the other Parish Councillors their opinions, Cllr Barnes, Downie and Brown agreed and Cllr Brown added that the condition of the Ridgeway had improved since the vehicle ban in 2006.  Cllr Comyn offered to prepare the response and circulate before submitting, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by all.  The deadline for submissions is the 20/03/18.
  6. Leaves of Broadbrook Lane:  Cllr Williams not present at the meeting to give an update.
  7. Tree on Church Way:  Cllr Brown reported that one of the trees on Church Way has died and that he was meeting Barry Jones to discuss on Friday.  The tree is owned by the Parish Council and Cllr Brown suggested that a new tree should be planted once the dead tree has been removed.





Cllr Comyn



Cllr Comyn


Cllr Comyn

Cllr Comyn

Cllr Barnes








Cllr Coymn


Cllr Williams



Cllr Brown



  1. Introduction of the new RFO:  Cllr Comyn thanked Jane Valentine for applying and proposed that a contract should be signed employing her, seconded by Cllr Downie and agreed by all.  A letter about the Pension scheme was given to both the Clerk and RFO but they both declined wanting to join the scheme.
  2. Finance report up to the 31st January 2018:  Cllr Comyn read through the report and justified the amount of reserves being held by the Parish Council.  Funds will be spent on the Cemetery rail once the quotes have been received and the War Memorial.  Cllr Barnes suggested a provision towards the speed reduction on the B4507.  The Notice Board in Sparsholt was also mentioned but this has been repaired and will be put back up nearer the fence.  Cllr Comyn proposed acceptance and signing of the finance report, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by all.  Cllr Comyn initialled the bank statements.  Cllr Comyn handed over a cheque to the RFO for the internment of ashes.
  3. Approval of any payments to be made:  Clerks salary £64.91, payment proposed by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed unanimously.
  4. Any other Finance matters:  None.















  1. P17/2713/HH 5 West Street, Sparsholt, OX12 9PR:  Proposed two storey rear extension.  No decision.  DC & CC Constance has called it into the Planning Committee.  A site visit was arranged following the Planning Committee hearing, no decision.
  2. P17/V3068/DIS (P15/V3041/FUL) Days House, Westcot, OX12 9QB:  Discharge of condition(s) 6 (drainage) of planning application P15/V3041/FUL Demolition of existing house on site, not Days House, dividing site and erection of new house attached to existing pool house.  Discharged, remove from Agenda.
  3. P17/V2786/FUL and P17/V2787/LB Westcot Farm Westcot, OX12 9QA:  Conversion of the existing listed barn into 2 no residential accommodations.  The Parish Council had a site visit and submitted objections to the amended planning application.  Cllr Comyn offered to contact the Planning Officer to check that the objections had been received.  Cllr Comyn concerned about the other large single storey, steel framed agricultural buildings and hoped that they would not be developed.  No decision.

  New Applications:  None.



Cemetery and Cemetery Rail:  Andrew Lucas attended the meeting to ask about the internment of his late mothers ashes. The family would like to do this in early July and requested the ploy next to his late Uncle.  This plot was agreed and will be reserved.  Andy will visit a stone mason and a draft will be sent to the Parish Council for approval. 



Correspondence Sheet:  Geoff Weighell from GAA emailed the Parish Council to check that they were consulted about the proposal to increase the airspace for London Oxford airport and Brize Norton.  The Clerk did not receive an email and was asked to respond to Geoff Weighell telling him that fact.  Cllr Comyn will read through the attached consultations.

An email was received from the CPRE regarding the Oxford-Cambridge expressway which will join the M4 to the M11.  The Parish Council are not concerned about this project.



Cllr Comyn


Any other business: 

  1. Nick Price asked Cllr Comyn that the Salt rota was updated and a copy sent to him to put on the website.  The Clerk offered to try to get an appeal for more volunteers added to the Newsletter.  Nick also commented that there was no grit left at Westcot Farm, only bags of salt.  Angie Brown said that there was some grit at Georges Green and that she would bring some back for Nick.  More grit will be ordered in advance of next winter.  Angie Brown said that the yellow salt bins needed refilling and that the remainder in the bottom would need to be broken up first.  Originally each member of the salt rota had their own dustbin.


Cllr Comyn

The Clerk


Dates of Next Meetings: Parish Council meetings Wednesdays 21st March, 18th April and the AGM 16th May 2018 all starting at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

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



Meeting closed at 8.48pm.

Minutes prepared by Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


SPC 21st February 2018

Waste collections - Monday 19th March, following snow

on Mon, 19/03/2018 - 12:11pm

If your bins aren't emptied today, please leave them out for three days and the Vale will do their best to come back and empty them.

More info:-


Proposed changes to the Home School Travel Policy for 16+ Students - Comment

on Fri, 16/03/2018 - 8:38pm

Oxfordshire County Council is proposing to withdraw home to school travel places for 16+ students.

You can review the proposal and comment here:-

The deadline to respond in 30/4/18.


Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls - Requesting bank details

on Fri, 16/03/2018 - 4:48pm

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims. 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days. 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused. 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at (click).
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

From an Action Fraud message received 16/3/18

Update re keeping motor vehicles off the Ridgeway

on Fri, 16/03/2018 - 3:17pm

Further to the plea from Cllr Constance to keep motor vehicles off the Ridgeway (see <here>):-

"the applications by trail riders (4x4s) to be exempted from the restrictions on all motor vehicles on the Ridgeway has been resolved. 

The trail riders have now conceded they do not have evidence to support their case so we need no more reports from users of the Ridgeway, and I believe the Ridgeway is certain to prohibit the trail riders.  Please thank all who wrote in response to the OCC consultation.

Yvonne Constance"