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Vehicle thefts in the Wantage area - weekend of 2 & 3rd December, 2017

on Tue, 05/12/2017 - 1:56pm

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following vehicle thefts in the Wantage area over the weekend.

• Between 3.30pm on Saturday (2/12) and 8.41am on Sunday (3/12) unknown offenders stole a white Nissan D21 Pick-up (reg: K67**N) from Foliat Drive, Wantage.

• Between 5pm on Saturday (2/12) and 12.30pm on Sunday (3/12) unknown offenders stole a red Citroen Berlingo (reg: R***WGW) from Ginge Road, West Hendred.

• In the early hours of Sunday (3/12) at 00.22 unknown offenders stole a green Land Rover Defender (reg: N***VAC) from Ginge Road, West Hendred.

• Between 4.50pm on Monday (4/12) and 6.40am today (5/12) unknown offenders stole a white Ford Transit van (reg: Y***XCB) from Springfield Road, Wantage.

If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area or have any information relating to this message please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online by visiting  No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Car security advice

Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For extra security:

• fit a car alarm
• use a steering wheel lock
• get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
• always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
• look for police approved car parks with the Park Mark logo
• when in stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
• take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
• don't leave items in the glove compartment
• if you have a garage, use it

Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you. For any further advice please contact the Wantage Neighbourhood team by emailing [email protected]

From a Thames Valley Alert - see the original <here>.


Rural Crime Update from Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable

on Tue, 05/12/2017 - 11:30am

Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by five percent between October 2016 and September 2017.

I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley.

We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem solving solutions to tackle rural crime.

There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The impact of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime by taking a few simple steps including:

  • Keeping the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
  • Fitting strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
  • Checking security equipment regularly to ensure it is working properly
  • Locking equipment away in a secure building when it’s not in use
  • Security marking your tools and equipment

For more crime prevention advice, and to see how to contact our specialist Officers, visit the Rural Crime page on the Thames Valley Police website at:

If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should always report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999.

Nikki Ross
Assistant Chief Constable – Local Policing

From a Thames Valley Alert email received 5/12/17

St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle - Restoration Update No.20

on Fri, 01/12/2017 - 8:01pm

News from St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle

Dear Kingston Lisle Church Supporter

Please find attached our 20th Restoration Update, as we continue to make progress on the installation of a new pipe organ now that the restoration of the church is complete. This is taking its time given the very limited space and budget available, but our temporary organ provides cover for as long as necessary and we’re determined to make sure that the new organ fits as well as possible, both physically and aurally, into our ancient church.

We have the fullest programme of Christmas services for several decades at Kingston Lisle this year, with our monthly service this Sunday 3rd December, our carol service at 6pm on Sunday 17th December (with the Kingston Lisle Festival Choir), our Midnight Mass at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and our Family Communion at 10am on Christmas Day (also with the Kingston Lisle Festival Choir).

We wish all our supporters a joyful Christmas and a happy and successful new year
Arthur & Angus

Park for free on selected days in the run up to Christmas - Fridays in Wantage

on Fri, 01/12/2017 - 2:40pm

Motorists in the Vale of White Horse can park for free in district council car parks on selected days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by Vale of White Horse District Council to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.

Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the great pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

If you’re on the hunt for Christmas presents make sure you check out the independent shops that you’ll find across our market towns.

You can park for free in district council car parks all day on the following days (you don’t have to display a ticket during these times):

  • Abingdon – Saturdays from 2 December
  • Didcot – Fridays from 1 December
  • Faringdon – Saturdays from 2 December
  • Wantage – Fridays from 1 November

Visit to find out more.

Sustainable & non-harmful detergent - New refill station in Wantage

on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 7:01pm

Sustainable Wantage are pleased to announce the launch of 4 SESI detergent re.llstations at The Wantage Mix on Mill Street. 

From the 1st of December 2017 the local community will be able to visit The Wantage Mix to refill their own containers with SESI’s sustainable laundry liquids, rose scented hand soap, and spiced ginger-scented washing up liquid. Users can bring any container they like to refill with the detergents, from old plastic bottles to glass jars or milk cartons helping reduce plastic packaging use. 

  • Washing up liquid £1.80 per litre,
  • Non-bio laundry liquid £2.50 per litre,
  • Fabric conditioner £2 per litre,
  • Hand soap £1.50 per 250ml.
  • We calculate for different sizes of container so you just pay for what you take.

According to Greenpeace we’ve produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than ten times over. Of that total, 79% has ended up in landfills or the natural environment, including our oceans. Just 9% was recycled. 

SESI who supply detergent refills to business in Oxford and London and sell packaging free foodfrom their market stall every Saturday at East Oxford Farmers Market, produce their detergents with the help of a family firm in Northampton called Ideal Manufacturing. The ingredients used in their products are sourced almost entirely from the UK, except for lemons and lavender from Europe, and none of them are harmful to the environment. 

SESI takes special pride in the fact that none of their ingredients are grown in monocultures: massive single-crop farms which are often harmful to biodiversity, including the palm oil plantations which have destroyed the habitat of the Sumatran tiger. Since it was set up in 2006, SESI estimates that it has saved 40,000 containers from landfill. 

Katie Herring, a volunteer helping to set-up the re-fill stations says ‘I’ve been working with SESI inOxford for some time now and was keen to bring their fantastic products to Wantage. I love thatyou can pretty much refill using any container you’ve got lying around, giving it a new lease of lifeand stopping it going into landfill and damaging our environment. It’s also great to know that Rinaand Paul, the SESI founders, have worked hard to make sure all the ingredients in their products are sourced as sustainably as possible so I can be confident it’s a truly ethical product. I can’t waitto launch the stations at The Wantage Mix and start a refill revolution in my home town. 

The Wantage Mix will be showcasing the new refill stations at their venue on December 1st as partof the Dickensian evening Celebrations. After this date customers wishing to use the new re.llstations can visit The Wantage Mix 4-6.30pm Mondays and 1-3pm Wednesdays. 

The Wantage Mix

The Wantage Mix is a multi-purpose community space run by Sustainable Wantage. It Is availablefor hot desking, hiring for meetings, exchanging resources and running and attending a variety ofworkshops ranging from upcycling to forest gardening and woodcraft.Sustainable Wantage is a community action group (CAG), run by volunteers interested in lifestyles that have a lower impact on the environment and increase our resourcefulness and resilience as alocal community.

The Ridgeway Churches - All Carol, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services

on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 3:33pm

CPRE calls on Inspector to make significant changes to Vale Local Plan Part 2

on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 2:48pm

In its response to the consultation on the Vale's Local Plan Part 2 (which closed on 22 November), the CPRE urges the Inspector to make significant changes to the Plan, including:

  • the removal of the proposed allocated of 1,000 houses at Harwell Campus in the North Wessex Downs AONB, and
  • the drastic reduction of the size of the proposed development at Dalton Barracks in the Green Belt.

The CPRE does not believe the exceptional circumstances exist to justify a major development within the North Wessex Downs AONB and are fearful that if approved, it could set a dangerous precedent for other similar developments in the AONB.

Moreover, the CPRE believes that the proposed housing at Dalton Barracks could be accommodated without releasing land from the Green Belt, by upping the density of the number of houses proposed (some 1,200) on the previously developed part of the site.

The CPRE also calls on the Inspector to remove the proposed development of 600 homes at Kingston Bagpuize from the Plan, along with the 400 homes proposed for North West Grove - they believe neither site is a sustainable location in relation to employment sites and both have poor transport infrastructure.

The CPRE also draws attention to the scant reference in the Plan to the proposed Oxford - Cambridge Corridor / Expressway - which could mean a major new road through the Green Belt and 100,000 additional houses for Oxfordshire, and as such, by far and away the biggest planning event during the Plan-cycle, yet the Plan only mentions it once (Para. 2.126).

Over-provision in relation to housing targets

Importantly, CPRE also calls into question the overall housing targets in the Plan.

The Plan proposes 3,420 houses, bringing the total number of houses planned for the Vale District (ie those proposed in Parts 1 and 2) to 24,748, almost 2,000 more than the housing requirement for the full Plan period (2011 – 2031), of 22,760.

The Plan outlines proposed justification for an additional 1,400 houses within the South-East Sub Area to support economic growth (at Harwell Campus and North West Grove), but even taking these into account, this still leaves a gap of nearly 600 houses that are above target, but not explained or justified.

The CPRE believe it is unsound to plan for a surplus against a housing target which will never be met in any case.

Moreover, if the Plan goes ahead with a surplus, too much land will have been intentionally allocated and will be cherry-picked by developers, doing nothing for five-year supply.

If the 2,200 (allocated for Oxford’s unmet housing need) and the nearly 2,000 surplus, amounting to more than 4,000, were removed from the Plan, it would enable the Council to do away with the need for development at Dalton Barracks, the Harwell Campus, North-West Grove, Kingston Bagpuize, as well as North of East Hanney, East of East Hanney and East Marcham. 

To put this in context, this would still leave over 20,000 houses being brought forward within the Plan period, the equivalent of a 40% increase in the Vale’s housing stock.

See the CPRE's full response below.

The CPRE response includes 19 submissions on the following policies:

  1. Chap 3 Development Management Policies
  2. CP4a Housing Needs
  3. CP8a Additional Site Allocations Abingdon & Oxford (incl. Fyfield)
  4. CP8b Dalton Barracks
  5. CP12a Safeguarding highways Abingdon Oxford fringe
  6. CP13a Oxford Green Belt
  7. CP14a Upper Thames Reservoir
  8. CP15 a & b Additional Site Allocations - Harwell
  9. CP15a Additional Site allocations – Grove
  10. CP19a Grove Station
  11. DP21 External Lighting
  12. DP29 Settlement Character
  13. DP31 Public Rights of Way
  14. DP32 Wilts & Berks Canal
  15. DP36 Heritage Assets
  16. DP38 Listed Buildings
  17. DP39 Archaeology & Scheduled Monuments
  18. Para 2.126 Oxford-Cambridge Expressway
  19. Sustainability Appraisal, Appendix N and CP47a

See: CPRE's initial response and recommendations on the Vale Local Plan Part 2 (click).

CPRE Oxfordshire, 23 November


From an article on the CPRE Oxon website - see the original <here>.

Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - December 2017

on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 12:20pm

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

Contact for Childrey & Sparsholt newsletter articles:

Police warning following fraud in Letcombe Regis

on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 11:34am

Thames Valley Police are reminding members of the public that the Police will NEVER contact you in person or by telephone to ask you to withdraw money from your bank account, or to transfer funds into other bank accounts. 

This warning comes after we have had two reports of this kind of fraud in our area this week.

One victim from Letcombe Regis, near Wantage was called by someone claiming to be a Police Officer from Hemel Hempstead Police station. He told the victim that he needed to contact his bank due to fraudulent activity on accounts at his branch and that a staff member could potentially be feeding counterfeit notes into the bank system. The Police Officer encouraged him to hang up and ring the bank. However, the fraudster did not hang up and therefore the line was kept open and he then pretended to be a member of staff from the bank, who confirmed that fraudulent activity was taking place on the account. The victim was then asked to go to the bank and withdraw £6200 so it could be checked for counterfeit notes. The victim took out the money pretending it was for building work (as advised by the fraudster) and took it home. A courier then arrived to take the money away to be checked.

Another victim from Henley was contacted again by a Police Officer saying their bank card had been cloned and she needed to take £2000 out of her account. Fortunately the victim did not give any bank card details.

These are scams and we advise residents to HANG UP and report to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040. Alternatively you can visit  The victims are usually elderly so please share this message with elderly family and neighbours to help them avoid becoming victims of crime.

For more crime prevention advice, please visit the Thames Valley Police website by clicking on this link -

From a Thames Valley Alert email received 23/11/17

New Year at The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis

on Tue, 21/11/2017 - 2:28pm