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Advice for making fireworks less frightening for animals

on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 4:34pm

A local legend? Do you know anything about Ocean and Jaybez Pike?

on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 10:48am

Former Westcot resident Charlotte Shalgosky has been writing up her childhood memories of downland village life in Westcot, helped by calls to a few local pensioners still in the area.

Do you know anything about the local legend that she first heard about in the 1960s?

There used to be two old graves of Jaybez and Ocean Pike in Sparsholt Church near the main gate.

It was said that Ocean Pike had been "Queen of the Gypsies" and on her passing, fires were lit all along The Ridgeway.

Recently I was informed the old gravestones have been replaced with new ones.

Are there any relatives of


Local Coronavirus rules vary - Our current rules as at 5 October at 17:00 BST

on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 10:29am

As at 5 October at 17:00 BST.

From the BBC News website <here>.

Vale of White Horse

Our area is under the general restrictions applying to England. Our area is not under any additional local rules.

Meeting friends and family

You can meet in a group of up to six people from multiple households. This includes children and applies indoors and outdoors, including private homes. There are exceptions, for example if your household or support bubble is larger than six. You could be fined for breaking these rules.

Going to work

You should work at home wherever possible.


The Sparsholt & Westcot 2021 Calendar will be available soon - a lovely gift

on Thu, 01/10/2020 - 4:05pm

Following last month's photo competition, the Griffin Hall committee plan to have 'Sparsholt & Westcot 2021' village calendars available for the end of October/early November.

The calendars will be only £8.50 each and are sold in aid of Griffin Hall and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

They will be A4, opening to A3, with each of the twelve winning parish pictures and a month to a page calendar, with space to write notes.

There will be posters on Westcot notice board, at Griffin Hall, the Book Box and the Sparsholt bus shelter - keep a look-out - they could make a lovely gift for family &


Sparsholt & Westcot COVID19 Community Support Information

on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 11:17am

Useful advice for families with school age children - What to do re Covid19

on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 11:33am

Masks - Risk of Spread (Covid19)

on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 10:49am

The Star Inn, Sparsholt are looking for front of house staff & a part time pot washer

on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 10:36am

The Star Inn, Sparsholt are looking for a part time pot washer for weekend work.

We are also looking for experienced front of house staff with various weekday and weekend shifts available.

Please contact Matt on 01235-751873 to discuss the roles further.


On a scale of 1 to 10, how risky is..? Know your risk - Covid19

on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 9:37am

This is produced by the Texas Medical Association in the US; it's a useful insight.