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Drones - the law in the UK

on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 3:20pm

Drones (aircraft remotely controlled by a person on the ground) are legal, but there are rules and regulations that you must adhere to in order to ensure you are on the right side of the law. 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has guidance on using drones for both private and commercial use, see <here>.

What are the rules for flying drones in the UK?

  • All drones weighing more than 250g (ie anything but the smallest toys), must be registered with the CAA, labelled with a unique licence number and the drone pilot must complete a safety test; see 'Drone Registration' below.
  • Drones must not

Neighbourhood Police Update - January 2020

on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 3:03pm

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


Rural crime: Hare coursing continues to be a priority for the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team. Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares using hounds. Participants spread in a line across a field and disturb the hare from its home. They then release their dogs to give chase. A bet is made on which dog will catch the hare first with large sums of money changing hands.


Parish Council Planning DRAFT Minutes - Monday, 6th January 2020

on Mon, 13/01/2020 - 3:05pm


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

Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 27th November 2019

on Mon, 13/01/2020 - 3:03pm


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

Wantage & Grove Campaign Group January 2020 Update, inc Wantage planning

on Fri, 10/01/2020 - 2:56pm

An update from Julie Mabberley, ​Campaign Manager at the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group.

Happy New Year and welcome to the new decade. Let's hope that it provides some of the infrastructure that we need in this area.

We'll start with a status report on current developments.

  • The developments at Stockham Park farm are finally nearing completion and we hope that the roads and green spaces are finished as promised. Humphries Green on Chain Hill still doesn't have the beautiful park promised in the planning applications but the houses have all been occupied for a number of years now.
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Can you help to save the White Horse Show?

on Fri, 10/01/2020 - 2:51pm

The White Horse Show in Uffington is a feature of summer in the Vale.

Sadly, unless more volunteers come forward, 2020 could be the last White Horse Show.

Find out what you can do at an informal Open Evening at 7:30pm on 28th January at Uffington Village Hall where the organisers will be setting out past achievements and plans for the future. 

See how you could help with the Show’s organisation and enjoy some drinks and nibbles.



New fire risk safety recall - do you have a Hotpoint or Indesit washing machine?

on Thu, 02/01/2020 - 5:58pm

Over 500,000 Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines are being recalled, plunging manufacturer Whirlpool into a fresh saga over dangerous appliances.

The machines, branded as Hotpoint or Indesit, which are brands owned by Whirlpool, were sold for more than five years between October 2014 and February 2018, but their door locking system can overheat creating the risk of fire.

If you've bought a Hotpoint or Indesit washing machine since 2014, you should urgently check whether your model is affected using the link below.

What should I do if I own a Hotpoint or Indesit washing machine?

Find the


Message from Councillor Paul Barrow re our Byways & use by unsuitable vehicles

on Wed, 01/01/2020 - 6:28pm

Dear residents,

Between East and West Challow and in the northerly part of Letcombe Regis are Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT) which are used by walkers and riders all year round, and not only by residents of these parishes.

However, they are also used by Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) – mainly 4x4s - for what is effectively joy-riding. These are not locals and come from as far away as Northampton! With the weather that we have had recently these churn up and rut these byways such that it becomes almost impossible to walk and ride along them.


Wantage & Grove Campaign Group December Update, inc Wantage planning

on Tue, 24/12/2019 - 3:17pm

An update from Julie Mabberley, ​Campaign Manager at the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group.

As it's the 24th December, we would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and best wishes for the new decade.

First, a quick review of planning over the last 10 years:

  • In 2010 we still had the Vale Local Plan (approved July 2006) in which 7,150 dwellings were planned to be built in the Vale by 2016. By 2016 only 3,380 new homes were completed (1,100 around Wantage and Grove).
  • It took until October 2019 to get the full version of the new Local Plan approved which requires 22,760 dwellings to be built

Community Fridge & Store Cupboard scheme launched

on Tue, 24/12/2019 - 3:10pm

Exciting new Community Fridge & Store Cupboard scheme just launched at The Mix in Wantage.

The Community Fridge shares surplus food and food past its 'best before' (but not its 'use by') date to help reduce food waste locally.

Anyone is welcome to pop in to The Mix when it's open and pick up what they need, or to drop off unwanted food for others to enjoy.

Thanks to The Ray Collins Charitable Trust for donating the fridge!

The fridge has already saved 206 kgs of food.

You can keep up to date with what food is available through Facebook (click). 

Jo from The Mix explains how it works:-