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Buy your charity Christmas cards here!

on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 11:37am

Buy your Christmas cards here and help the fantastic Hft charity whilst you're at it!

The Hft provides supported living, residential care and short break services for people with learning disabilities throughout England, helping people to live life the way they choose - whether providing support for just a couple of hours a week, or 24 hours a day. They empower people with learning disabilities to make their own choices, including finding a job, building friendships and relationships and taking part in activities.

At least two family members of families in Sparsholt and Westcot benefit from


How to Have a Safe, Fun & Considerate Bonfire Night

on Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:57am

Having your own fireworks party or celebrating with family and friends can be great fun.

But by far the safest way to enjoy a Bonfire Night is to attend a professionally organised event.

But if you do decide to host your own gathering, please be thoughtful & considerate: warn neighbours beforehand, so they can take extra care of their livestock, keep their pets indoors and, if necessary, take other precautions. 

  • Note of the strength & direction of any wind and manage your fireworks and any

Dog poo bags are cheap and biodegradable

on Thu, 31/10/2019 - 2:33pm

Dog poo is an emotive issue for dog owners and others.

It's disgusting. It smells. It spreads disease. It’s horrible to pick out of the soles of your shoes or your child’s hair.

From the Vale's website:-

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 a person who is in charge of a dog must clean up after it when it fouls any footpath, highway, verge or other open space to which the public have access.  It is therefore a crime to allow a dog to foul in any public area without clearing it up.  Those that fail to do so could face a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution.

Cheap, biodegradable (ie


Reporting Abuse

on Fri, 25/10/2019 - 4:48pm

If you feel that you have been the recipient of verbal or physical abuse:-

  • Police - call 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency)

Griffin Hall, Sparsholt - An update re the clerk and bookings

on Wed, 23/10/2019 - 8:08pm

After many years of service, Joyce C has retired form her role as booking clerk for the hall - our thanks for her support and her invaluable part in the management of our village hall.

Eric S has taken over and can be contacted as follows:-

See more about the hall and what it has to offer here:-

Sponsor Hft resident Mark and team on charity trek across the Sahara

on Wed, 23/10/2019 - 10:41am

Mark (right, in the picture), who is supported by learning disability charity Hft, joins an eight-strong team from the Hft charity on a charity trek across the Sahara.

The group of intrepid explorers, who are hoping to raise £16,000, will be braving sandstorms, intense heat, freezing nights and some of the world’s tallest sand dunes.

The Hft looks after at least two family members of Sparsholt & Westcot residents.

Please donate if you can - you'll be helping to support the Hft's work in helping people with learning disabilities live life on their own terms.

New distributor for the Childrey & Sparsholt newsletter needed for Sparsholt

on Tue, 01/10/2019 - 7:09pm
Volunteers needed please in Sparsholt to deliver the Childrey and Sparsholt Newsletter along with the Signpost leaflet.
There are two roads not currently covered are; Church Way and Watery Lane.
If you would be kindly able to help with this please contact the Editor Lucy on 07789 485 372 or email [email protected]

Wanted - 5 bedroom family house to rent

on Fri, 27/09/2019 - 11:01am

Do you know of a five bedroom family house with garden to rent, for a couple with two children, boy/girl 7/4, who are to go to St Hughs or Pinewood?

Could move in soonish, or in the spring, and stay for one or two years. 

Anyone with ideas, leads or contacts please contact:


Dog Owners!

on Wed, 25/09/2019 - 4:38pm


Bonfires - please be safe & considerate

on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 3:24pm

If you have a bonfire, please be considerate & follow these guidelines from VoWHDC and the Fire Brigade:

  • Out of courtesy, inform your neighbours that you are proposing to have a bonfire
  • Avoid burning on hot, sunny days, weekends and bank holidays when people want to enjoy their gardens
  • Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke hangs in the air on damp or warm, still days and in the evening
  • Ensure that your bonfire is at least 100 metres from any thatched properties
  • Only burn dry 'clean' wood/garden waste
  • Do not burn household rubbish, such as plastic, foam, paint or rubber
  • Do