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Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 27th February 2019

on Fri, 22/03/2019 - 7:37pm

PLEASE NOTE:

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

 

DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal - Please donate and help save lives

on Thu, 21/03/2019 - 8:08pm

Cyclone Idai has torn through Southern Africa unleashing a trail of devastating destruction.

Families urgently need your help in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

According to the UN, millions of people are in the direct path of what could be the “worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere”. 

With people in need of urgent assistance, the situation across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi is desperate. 

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) brings together 14 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries.

Your donation to the DEC will make a difference. The charities they works with are on the ground now, providing vital aid and search and rescue support.

Star Inn, Sparsholt - new Tuesday night set dinner menu

on Thu, 21/03/2019 - 7:20pm

The Star Inn, Sparsholt has a new Tuesday night set dinner option (example menu below), available Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm.
 

Tuesday Set Dinner Menu

 2 Courses £20   3 Courses £23

Starter
Pork shoulder terrine, piccalilli, warm bread

Main Course
Roast Chicken breast, heritage carrots, wild garlic and mustard mash

Dessert
Apple and rhubarb crumble, tonka bean custard

 

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

Contact details:

The Mix96 Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride entries are open

on Thu, 21/03/2019 - 6:13pm

Entries for the Mix96 Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride are now open.

The Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride is WheelPower's largest annual fundraising event and is taking place on Sunday 9th June, starting and finishing at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.  

We have a new 100k route which passes through some of the most scenic villages in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire with some challenging climbs along the way. And as ever we have our classic family friendly 25k route and our challenging but fun 60k.

Funds raised will help disabled children and adults take part in sport at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. 

Enter Online: Click Here for the full information and entry form

Changes for all UK drivers when driving in the EU and EEA after Brexit

on Wed, 20/03/2019 - 11:36am

There is a good chance that a no-deal Brexit withdrawal will mean British driving licences will no longer be valid in the EU and British motorists will need to apply for International Driving Permits (IDPs) before heading to the continent.

An IDP is essentially a translated version of your existing driving licence. It allows foreign officials to quickly and easily check your credentials. It costs £5.50 to buy and you can apply for one at the Post Office (click).

In addition to an IDP, it’s likely that UK drivers will also need a motor insurance green card. This is a document provided by your insurer to prove that you have adequate insurance cover for driving abroad.

Further info here:-

Wildwood Kitchen - listings including recent, children's and classic films

on Wed, 20/03/2019 - 10:05am

Updated 20/3/19

Current listings for the cinema room at Wildwood Kitchen in Wantage.

A movie and a three course meal from their set menu costs £19.95 per person or £9.95 for children (for children's films), which includes a kids menu, popcorn and a drink. 

The cinema room is also available for private hire. It seats approximately 35 people in comfort and is available for parties & functions, with costs from £150. For further details contact Wildwood Kitchen:-

Current films:-

March

  • WED 20 MAR - SEVEN - RATING: 18
  • THU 21 MAR - FIRST MAN - RATING: 12A
  • SAT 23 MAR - FIRST MAN - RATING: 12A
  • SAT 23 MAR - THE NUTCRACKER & THE REALMS - RATING: U
  • TUE 26 MAR - JONNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN - RATING: PG
  • WED 27 MAR - THE MATRIX - RATING: 15
  • THU 28 MAR - JONNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN - RATING: PG
  • SAT 30 MAR - JONNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN - RATING: PG
  • SUN 31 MAR - THE PARENT TRAP (MOTHER’S DAY SHOWING) - RATING: PG

April

  • TUE 02 APR - BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - RATING: 12A
  • WED 03 APR - THE BIG LEBOWSKI - RATING: 18
  • THU 04 APR - BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - RATING: 12A
  • SAT 06 APR - BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - RATING: 12A
  • TUE 09 APR - WIDOWS - RATING: 15
  • WED 10 APR - TOY STORY - RATING: PG
  • THU 11 APR - WIDOWS - RATING: 15
  • SAT 13 APR - WIDOWS - RATING: 15
  • SAT 13 APR - TOY STORY - RATING: PG
  • TUE 16 APR - FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD - RATING: 12A
  • WED 17 APR - FORREST GUMP - RATING: 12
  • THU 18 APR - FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD - RATING: 12A
  • FRI 19 APR - MARY POPPINS RETURNS - RATING: U
  • SAT 20 APR - FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD - RATING: 12A
  • SUN 21 APR - MARY POPPINS RETURNS - RATING: U
  • MON 22 APR - MARY POPPINS RETURNS - RATING: U
  • TUE 23 APR - MARY POPPINS RETURNS - RATING: U
  • WED 24 APR - JURASSIC PARK - RATING: PG
  • THU 25 APR - MARY POPPINS RETURNS - RATING: U
  • SAT 27 APR - MARY POPPINS RETURNS - RATING: U
  • SAT 27 APR - SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - RATING: PG
  • TUE 30 APR - RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - RATING: PG

May

  • THU 02 MAY - RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - RATING: PG
  • SAT 04 MAY - RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - RATING: PG

Have you ever thought of becoming an on-call firefighter?

on Mon, 18/03/2019 - 1:54pm

Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service are looking for On-call Firefighters to join their team!

Do you want to earn extra money, serve your community and save lives in a rewarding role? If so, a career as an On-call Firefighter might be just the thing for you.

On-call Firefighters are the backbone of the fire service and anyone can be one. If you're employed full-time, are a parent, out of employment or just have some spare time, you can respond to emergency calls.

On-call Firefighters are trained and paid for their time and service - and on average are expected to be called out two or three times each week for about an hour at a time -  this can be at night or during the day.

They are looking for anyone over the age of 18, who is physically fit (this can be worked on), doesn’t suffer from vertigo, claustrophobia or dislike the sight of blood. They need good common sense, to be enthusiastic, reliable and honest.

If this sounds of interest, please visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oncallfirefighters

Power cut affecting Sparsholt & Westcot Saturday 9.30pm, 16th March 2019

on Sat, 16/03/2019 - 9:51pm

*** Resolved ~11.20pm 16/3/19


SSE have advised that the power cut affecting Sparsholt & Westcot from Saturday 9.30pm, 16th March 2019, should be resolved by approximately 11pm.

Further details:-

  • Fault reference FE7604
  • Reported at 16 Mar 2019 19:37
  • Restoration expected at 16 Mar 2019 23:00

Further details on their website:-

Or call: 150

For our page on power cuts:-

Missing Persons Appeal - two teenage boys missing in the Vale - 14/03/2019

on Thu, 14/03/2019 - 6:43pm

***UPDATE 8.30am 15/3/19***

Missing boys found – Faringdon

Oliver Chaston-Rogers, aged 13, and Callum Holmes, aged 13, were reported missing yesterday (14/3).

They have now been found. Thank you to the media and the public for sharing our appeal.

Further info:-


We are appealing to the public to assist in the search and location of two missing teenage boys last seen at Faringdon Community College this morning (14/03/2019). They are believe to be travelling on foot together and within the Rural Vale area between Faringdon, Shrivenham and The Ridgeway.

Callum Holmes is a white male, 150 cm tall with short dark hair. Clothing is not known but is not believed to be school uniform. Oliver Chaston-Rogers is a white male, around 160cm tall with medium length dark brown hair. Both are 13 years old.

We would request that landowners, farmers and the public check outbuilidngs, barns and areas of woodland to help locate the two boys as soon as possible. If found or sighted please call 999.

Officers are out searching and we have concerns for their safety and well being.

From a TVP email received 14/3/19

Neighbourhood Police Update - March 2019

on Thu, 14/03/2019 - 12:19pm

Here is the latest update from the Faringdon Neighbourhood policing Team, who are responsible for Sparsholt & Westcot.

Priorities

Burglary - The team have been out patrolling current hot spot areas such as Shrivenham and Faringdon, completing cocooning efforts which involved talking to neighbours and nearby residents in response to a burglary in their area to help provide crime prevention advice and identify possible future victims. We have been successful with signing people up to Thames Valley Alert (www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk) and the SmartWater scheme in the village of Shrivenham around the recently targeted streets. Our advice is to be vigilant and to keep all valuables locked away and out of sight. Remember to lock doors to dwellings and out buildings, also remember to utilise window locks. Please be confident to report suspicious persons or vehicles on 999.

  • You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to make your property less:
  • When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.
  • Don’t leave valuables or cash on display and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox.
  • Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property.
  • Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.
  • Consider fitting a motion activated external light and installing a CCTV system.
  • Speak to your neighbours, look out for each other’s homes and think about setting up Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
  • Remain vigilant and report all suspicious people or vehicles by calling 101 or reporting it online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk
  • Mark your valuables using Smart Water
  • Talk to neighbours when going on holiday or away for short breaks

Crime prevention surveys are available to offer advice and can be provided if you feel that you are vulnerable. We are very keen to prevent victims of crime and to help deter criminals.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) - ASB reports have reduced in Faringdon Town centre with very few reports. We have recently received a report from Stanford in the Vale highlighting a slight increase of ASB in their area. The team will be showing an increased presence in the next few weeks to assess any possible issues and deter any possible ASB.

Rural Crime - There have been several reports with regards to Hare Coursing in the rural areas including Buckland, Charney Bassett and White Horse Hill area. We continue to make efforts to be visible in the area, deter and catch offenders.

Cyber Crime/Scams/Fraud - The team have been supporting Op Signature which is designed to help prevent vulnerable victim so fraud through more complex scam attempts. The team are tasked to visit those identified as possible victims or already targeted individuals. The team complete a structured risk assessment and provide fraud prevention documents to highlight current fraud scams happening in the area. We encourage the public to safeguard yourselves with a good anti-virus and malware software and help protect anyone that may be vulnerable to this kind of issue.

We have seen an increase in telephone banking fraud, telephone banking fraud is a scam which is becoming increasingly commonplace. The fraudsters do not actually scam their victims online, but use the telephone to do so. Here’s how it works: 

You receive a call from somebody who claims to be from an organisation you trust, such as your bank or the police. They inform you that there is a safety or security problem associated with your bank account or payment cards, and you need to take some kind of immediate preventative action, which normally involves confirming your confidential login details. However, the person on the other end of the call is not your bank or card issuer, but a fraudster.

You may also be asked to give your cards to a courier sent by the ‘bank’ or ‘police’ to ensure that they have been stopped, or for evidence. This is known as ‘Courier Fraud’.

The risks

  • You provide your account details and answers to security questions to fraudsters
  • Your bank account is emptied and/or cards used to their limit
  • You could become a victim of identity theft because you have revealed confidential financial and personal information

How to avoid telephone banking fraud

  • A bank or payment card company will never ask you to transfer money out of your account to another that you do not recognise, so hang up immediately.
  • If you do think that the call may be authentic and you choose to call your bank or card issuer, call the number on your bank statement or other document from your bank – or on the back of your card, and NOT a number given to you by the caller or the one you were called from.
  • Never provide financial or personal details to a caller, but call back on a number you know to be authentic. Many scammers have the ability to spoof authentic numbers to fool you into thinking that they are genuine.

If you have been a victim of telephone banking fraud

Report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting  www.actionfraud.police.uk.  Report it to your relevant bank or payment card provider immediately. You will find out how to do so by looking on their websites.

Thames Valley Alert

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