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Do your online shopping and raise donations for Sparsholt's Griffin Hall, for free

on Tue, 19/11/2019 - 2:23pm

Do you shop online?

If so, you can easily raise money for Griffin Memorial Hall in Sparsholt - simply by using the EasyFundraising website.

EasyFundraising turns your everyday online shopping into FREE donations when you use EasyFundraising to shop with over 3,600 retailers such as Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, Argos, NEXT and

Retailers then make a small donation to say ‘thank you’ and easyfundraising gives those free funds to the cause.

Please register using this unique link – just search for 'Griffin Memorial Hall' and click ‘support us’ -

Plus, once you’ve signed up and raised £5 in donations, easyfundraising will give us an extra £5 donation.

There’s no catch or hidden charges and Griffin Memorial Hall will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you,

Griffin Memorial Hall Committee

Ch4 Dispatches - Police & Council Join Forces In Fight Against County Drug Lines

on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 8:12pm

Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council have joined forces to combat county drug lines. Filmed for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, ‘Britain’s Child Drug Runners’ shows police officers and social services working together in tackling the exploitation of vulnerable children to transport drugs in Oxford, Banbury and the surrounding areas.

The documentary aired last night (Wednesday 13 November) and can be watched on demand here:

Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Prescott-Mayling said: “County drug lines have a horrifying impact on children, their families and the community around them. We are pleased to be able to bring this to light through our involvement in this documentary.

“This is not an issue that is seen in Oxfordshire alone. County drugs lines affects towns and cities across the Thames Valley area and the UK. By working closely with social services and local organisations, we are determined to ensure that these crimes are stopped and vulnerable children are protected.”

Following the airing of the documentary, Thames Valley Police will be hosting an online Q&A Engage session on the documentary and county drug lines on Thursday 21 November between 6 and 8pm. This will provide an opportunity to ask any questions raised by the documentary, which can be answered by our officers. Please check the Thames Valley Police social media channels in the coming week for further details of how you can get involved. The Engage site is available here:

From a TVP email received 14/11/19.

Neighbourhood Police Update - November 2019

on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 8:08pm

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


Burglary: As a neighbourhood team we have been focusing on the burglaries in and around Faringdon, our main focus is the routes the offenders are using to get into our area. Offenders have been gaining entry via rear doors of properties. We urge for members of the public to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

Please click <here> to download our security guide which contains a range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home. There is also advice on how to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security and a handy checklist when going away. You can also click on a link to sign up to Thames Valley Alerts to receive local crime updates from us.

County Lines: The team remain focused on working with the community to identify drug dealing areas and dwellings used to facilitate County Lines. County Drugs Lines is the name given to a type of drug dealing by organised crime groups (OCGs) who create a network between a city and a smaller town. The team have had good recent success in disrupting criminality and obtaining Closure Orders from Magistrates to limit dwelling usage and protect vulnerable people. Please keep the information coming.

Rural Crime: The team are having great success thanks to the Rural WhatsApp which has 70 members and these people are our eyes and ears in the community. Vehicles are dogs continue to be seized from these organised criminals. Rural crime week saw six arrests and three dogs seized. The new 4X4 is our latest asset to help us deliver in this area of business.

You said we did

We have received numerous reports to drug dealing down Canada Lane and the surrounding roads. Working with the local community we attended Canada Lane and a group were searched and drugs/ drug paraphernalia were seized, the investigations are ongoing.

Witness appeals

We have had reports of suspicious people in Great Coxwell Faringdon, if anyone has any details of who these people maybe or any information please call 101.

Please remain vigilant and report all suspicious vehicles and people. We ask for any suspicious people taking interest in vehicles or property to be reported to us due to the burglaries in the area. If any vehicles are seen we ask if indexes could be obtained.

Home security

Now is the ideal time to look at your home security. If you’re not at home during the hours of darkness, you may be at an increased risk of burglary. If no light is on in your home, curtains are not drawn, and no car is in the drive, it’s an obvious sign to an opportunist burglar that nobody is at home. At this time of year it pays to secure your home.
There are a number of simple and free ways to do this, all of which will help reduce the chance of your home becoming a target.

  • Visit a local retailer and pick up a 24-hour segment timer for under £5. The timer can be used with a lamp, radio or TV to give the impression that someone’s home. Remember to use an energy efficient light bulb.
  • Register your valuables on it’s free and takes just a few minutes and if your valuables are stolen, will allow you to tell the police, your insurer, and the second-hand trade to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your doors and windows, if you have a UPVC door, make sure you have double locked it. 

Speed Watch

Faringdon neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) have been liaising with local parishes in moving forward with the community speed watch initiative to try and cut down on speeding through our small local villages.

Please get in touch/follow us using the following:

To report local problems such as graffiti, fly tipping, pot holes and

broken street lights please visit

General Election 2019 - our candidates

on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 5:40pm

The general election takes place on Thursday 12 December.

Candidates for the Wantage constituency are as follows:-

Website links (as best as I could find; please update me if you find better):-

TVP Victims First Launches Video on Relationship Abuse - 'Don't Disappear'

on Tue, 12/11/2019 - 8:13pm

Victims First (click), which supports victims of crime and abuse across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, has launched a video to raise awareness of coercive control and emotional abuse in relationships.

The video, ‘Don’t Disappear’ can be viewed here

It highlights the red flags to look out for in a relationship, which can be the warning signs of controlling behaviour and abuse.

Coercive control became a criminal offence in 2015 and involves an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse by a perpetrator that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.

Although many people associate domestic abuse with physical violence, coercive control recognises the damaging impact of other forms of abuse in relationships as well.

‘Don’t Disappear’ follows the story of Jamie and Emma, from the seemingly loving early stages of their relationship, to the development of abusive behaviour.

Although anyone can be a victim of coercive control, ‘Don’t Disappear’ is particularly aimed at younger people who may have less experience of relationships or people who are at the beginning of a relationship, to raise awareness of the red flags which at the time, may be missed or misinterpreted as acceptable behaviour. 

The video covers a range of controlling behaviours exhibited from Jamie to Emma including:

  • Jealousy and possessiveness including accusations of flirting and cheating
  • Isolating her from her family and friends
  • Controlling the use of her phone and social media
  • Constantly checking on her whereabouts
  • Sudden outbursts of anger and mood changes, and
  • Love bombing - showering her with excessive affection and attention in order to retain control 

Both men and women can be victims or perpetrators of coercive control which can take place in heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

Other examples of coercive control include, depriving someone of basic needs, monitoring their time and activities, taking control over aspects of their everyday life such as where they can go or who they can see, humiliating, degrading or dehumanising someone, controlling their finances and making threats or intimidating behaviour.

You can view Don’t Disappear at

Victims First is managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley and provides support to anyone impacted by any type of crime or abusive.

If you have been affected by coercive control or domestic abuse you can access support through Victims First on 0300 1234 148 or online at

From a TVP email received 7/11/19

Work for the Oxfordshire Library Service!

on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 7:56pm

Are you a people person who wants to play a key part in your local community? We’re looking for confident, enthusiastic and committed people to work in an exciting customer service role for Oxfordshire Library Service!

You could be part of these wonderful community hubs, welcoming everyone to explore, read, learn, meet, connect, collaborate, share, adventure and be inspired!

  • Casual Customer Service Advisors – flexible hours
  • £9.55 per hour, plus holiday pay supplement
  • 50 positions
  • Various locations (working in libraries within 10 mile radius of your home)

Our Customer Service Advisers play a vital role in our libraries and we offer flexible hours to suit your lifestyle and where you live. No two days are ever the same - you could be leading events such as rhyme-time and storytelling for children, as well as helping people to access IT and directing customers to reliable online sources of information.

If you enjoy helping others, offering great customer service and want to bring enrichment to young and old, apply to join the library service and start a great new chapter:

Applications open 11 Nov. Closing date 9 Dec.

Vale Letter to EU citizens

on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 10:59am

The Vale has written to thousands of residents of our district who are EU nationals from countries outside of the UK.

The letter explains what affected residents need to do to remain in the UK after Brexit and signposts them to further information.

For data protection reasons, the Vale were not able to send this letter to all affected residents, and so they would like your support to help us reach as many more as possible; please pass the word to anybody who you think may need it.

A copy of the letter is available below. 


Ed Vaizey, former Independent MP for Wantage will not stand at 2019 election

on Wed, 06/11/2019 - 2:58pm

Ed Vaizey, former Independent MP for Wantage will not stand at the December 2019 election.

"After much reflection I have decided not to stand at the next election...Thanks to all in Wantage & Didcot who supported me over so many years."


Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize 2020 - competition details

on Thu, 31/10/2019 - 12:31pm

Be sure that you are registered to vote - it's quick and easy

on Wed, 30/10/2019 - 7:44am

Registering to vote - or updating your details - online is easy – all you need is five minutes and your National Insurance number.