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Uffington's Sunday Market is making a comeback

on Fri, 18/01/2019 - 7:38pm

Uffington Market is back on selected dates this year.

A selection of new stallholders, as well as old favourites! So to start...….

  • Sunday 10th February,
  • Sunday 10th March,
  • Sunday 19th May.

From 10.00 am till 12.30 pm. Providing there's lots of support, further dates will follow.

E-mail; [email protected]   to book a stall or with any queries.

Uffington's White Horse Show Needs Help Managing The Trade Stands

on Fri, 18/01/2019 - 7:35pm

The White Horse Show has raised many thousands of pounds for local good over the years and has supported numerous causes and activities in the parishes of Uffington, Baulking and Woolstone. 

The show is staged by a group of volunteers who form an organising committee. Things run well, but with the natural turnover of people we now no longer have anyone to look after the trade stands.

The traders occupy the large marquee tent and provide a good income for the show. Looking after the traders involves handling bookings (which will come in through our new website), liaising with the traders as required before the event and making sure things run smoothly during the show. Can you help us out here? 

We meet monthly as a committee and very much in an informal sense, organise, plan and then stage the show.  We are a diverse and friendly bunch. 

Please do give me a call if you are interested on 07742 558413.

Callum Skeat - Committee Chair

Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 21st November 2018

on Thu, 17/01/2019 - 7:37pm


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


Nearly 50% of all chimney fires happen January to March - sweep your chimney!

on Wed, 16/01/2019 - 9:11pm

Don’t let the sparks fly this winter.

Nearly 50% of all chimney fires in Oxfordshire happen during January, February and March. If you enjoy cosying up in front of a log fire, make sure the sparks don't fly at home this winter.

Have a cosy home not a fire zone

  • Get your wood burning stove and open fire chimneys swept at least once a year, if you regularly have log fires get it swept more frequently
  • If you have a 1st floor fireplace check that it is clear of debris
  • Store logs away from the fireplace

Get sweeping for chimney fire safety in Oxfordshire (click).

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Neighbourhood Police Update - January 2019

on Wed, 16/01/2019 - 8:56pm


Burglary remains a priority following a recent spate of three breaks in the Shrivenham area during the month of December. Increased patrols and crime reduction advice by the team has help to reassure the community. We wish to thanks the public for your extra vigilance and community resilience. Christmas is always a favourite time for burglars but still please remain security conscious throughout 2019. 

We have been running Operation Monitor for six months (our operation to combat dwelling burglary) and reports show that in a large proportion of our burglaries suspects have gained entry to properties through insecure doors and windows. Access to the rear of properties has also been made easy by insecure side/rear gates. Are you making it easy for burglars? Please review your security, make sure that all of you windows and doors are locked before going to bed or going out. Lock your cars and keep keys away from doors and windows. Fit a lock on any gates and sheds and install security lighting and CCTV. If you would like any further advice please email the team using details at the bottom of the page. 

Anti-social behaviour/Violent Crime in Faringdon remains a focus for the team. Parents of offending teenagers are on board and helping the team to curb behaviour that might cause the community harassment and distress. The Neighbourhood team understand that teenagers need space away from home but we don’t tolerate climbing on buildings or swearing loudly in public to cause offence to others. 

Theft from motor vehicles at beauty spots is still an area of business we focus on particularly in the car parks that run along the Ridgeway. Thanks to close working with the National Trust and local rural community the incidents remained low over the festive period. Please do not keep any valuables in your vehicles. 

You said we did We received information that people were drug dealing from an address in Curtis Close Watchfield so a warrant was executed and arrests made. Due to the nature of the drug related anti-social behaviour we applied to the Magistrates Court for a Closure Notice which was duly granted for a three month period. The order limits who is allowed at the property helping to protect the occupants and neighbours from anti-social behaviour. 

Offenders brought to justice 

  • A female was arrested in Faringdon for assault and criminal damage in the Market Place following reports of anti-social behaviour by witnesses. She is released under investigation at this time to obtain further evidence. 
  • Three males were arrested for possession of weapons following the stop check of a vehicle in Watchfield recently. One male has been charged for driving offences and possession of an offensive weapon in public and the other two are still under investigation. 
  • A male from Faringdon was arrested for failing to appear at court and another male was arrested for theft from his employer and had his house searched to recover the stolen items. 

Witness appeals We are appealing for witnesses following two burglaries at properties on Fairthorne Way and Stainswick Lane, Shrivenham. The incidents occurred at around 9.30pm on Friday 28 December. The offender/s gained access to the properties by smashing the doors at the rear of both houses. 

TVP South and Vale Twitter

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Thames Valley Alert

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Contact us

If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 (or 01865-841148 if 101 doesn't work for you) but if your call is an emergency then dial 999.   You can also contact us via email: - [email protected] please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale. (opens new window)

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Free business school coming to Faringdon 4th to 8th Feb 2019 - book now

on Wed, 16/01/2019 - 8:49pm

From Monday 4 February, a FREE five-day business course will be coming to Faringdon to help people kick start a new business and to support independent businesses grow and succeed. 

The intensive course is being sponsored by Vale of White Horse District Council and run by PopUp Business School.  The school will be opening at 10am at the Pump House in the town centre and will include lots of practical sessions, advice, one-to-one coaching and builds a support network from everyone attending.  

Last year 53 people attended the course in Didcot and by the end of the week 15 new businesses where set up and ready to trade and another 39 were almost ready to get going.  During the Didcot sessions, entrepreneurs set up a wide range of companies including wedding photographer, a vegan fast food retailer, a life coach service and an entertainment hire company.  

Workshops in Faringdon will run 10am-3pm each day from Monday through to Friday and provide advice on how businesses can be set up for free and use social media and websites to find new customers. 

Cllr Mike Murray, Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This course is a part of our ongoing commitment to support local business and the economy.  The different sessions have something for everyone – from an individual with a business idea to a growing sole trader ready to take the next big step.” 

Alan Donegan, Co-Founder of the PopUp Business School said "We are very excited about coming back to Oxfordshire, and it’s always amazing going to a new town to teach people how to make money doing something they love."  

The course is available FREE of charge to anyone wanting to attend and is supported by Vale of White Horse District Council, Faringdon Chamber of Commerce, Faringdon Town Council, Vale4Business and Sovereign Housing. 

To book your place, go to

From a VoWHDC email received 14/1/19


The Book Box, Sparsholt - a mini book swap library

on Tue, 15/01/2019 - 8:35am

Coming soon, our own Library of sorts.

The telephone box in Sparsholt will soon have a new purpose, as ‘The Book Box’.

Pop to The Book Box and take part in a book exchange - take a book that you fancy or leave one behind. You are welcome to keep them, or to drop them back for others to enjoy.

Come the warmer weather, the Book Box will get a lick of paint and more shelves. 

Come along and enjoy a book or two!

Amanda B

Alert - Hm Revenue And Customs

on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 7:31pm

What you need to know

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit

Alert - Fake Tv Licensing Emails

on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 7:30pm

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing.

The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam.

Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit

Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - January 2019

on Sun, 30/12/2018 - 6:00pm

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

Well, here we are again, after Christmas, recycling bins overflowing with bottles, cans and wrapping paper and waste food caddies full of sprouts! Children playing with shiny new toys whilst adults are running on empty, all batteries drained, literally and metaphorically.

Are we at risk of throwing our Christmas spirit away as easily as the half used candles?

Instead of hiding the Light of the World away in the attic until next Advent, let’s keep the flame alive in our thoughts, prayers, words and especially our deeds in the year ahead.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Sue Worth