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Update: Hotpoint/Indesit/Creda Tumble Dryers Safety Notice

on Fri, 14/06/2019 - 1:29pm

Whirlpool have previously identified a concern with certain tumble dryers manufactured by their brands Hotpoint, Indesit & Creda between April 2004 and September 2015, where fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.

The government has now stepped in to order Whirlpool to issue a recall of the remaining, unmodified appliances - a move that would require the company to offer refunds or replacements.

If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue, you should unplug it and not use it.

Check whether your Hotpoint/Indesit/Creda tumble dryer is affected


The Ridgeway - repaired surface at Uffington White Horse Hill

on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 7:58pm

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can now look forward to using The Ridgeway near the famous Uffington White Horse thanks to repairs carried out to the surface in March. These repairs were funded by Oxfordshire County Council and by donations from several organised events held along The Ridgeway in 2017 and 2018, including Dixons Carphone Warehouse 'Race to the Stones'.

With years of erosion, the track was bare of grass and the exposed chalk bedrock was being washed smooth, making it very slippery when wet. The steep slope meant that water flowing downhill had cut channels into the surface.


Advice Issued To Residents Following Thefts From Vehicles

on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 7:53pm

Advice issued to residents following thefts from vehicles in the South and Vale. Items such as money and laptops have been stolen. In some cases thieves have used a device to scan the key signal to open the vehicle. If you have electronic keys please store them in a tin or signal blocking pouch. This will stop the signal being relayed and help prevent thieves from stealing your car, or items from it.

Local residents are advised to take crime prevention measures to help protect themselves from becoming a victim: 

  • Do not keep anything in your vehicle
  • Hide your car keys away from windows and

Neighbourhood Police Update - June 2019

on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 7:50pm

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


The Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Team's priorities are Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Burglary and County Drugs Lines.

County Drugs Lines

Team members supported efforts across the area during a National County Drugs Line (CDL) intensification week.


Faringdon Leisure Centre to get a major makeover

on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 7:24pm

Vale of White Horse District Council is investing £177,500 refurbishing Faringdon leisure centre starting this month (June 2019).

The swimming pool changing area, including cubicles, toilets and showers are the first on the list of improvement works to the centre. The sauna and steam room are also set to be fully replaced.

The current poolside changing area will be closed between 17 June and 19 July for the work to take place. A temporary pool changing area will be created during this time using one of the centre’s two squash courts.

The changing area will be gutted to make way for a full


The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2019 - Medical Declaration Required

on Tue, 04/06/2019 - 4:04pm

With effect from 10 June 2019 Registered Firearms Dealer (RFDs) applicants will be required to complete a medical declaration and to provide details of their ‘servants’ at each place of business so that relevant background checks can be completed by the police.  Existing RFDs will also be required to provide details of their ‘servants’ when notifying the police of a new place of business.  

RFD applicants who have completed medical declarations as part of their personal firearm or shotgun certificate application will not be required to undergo medical checks a second time unless their


Bogus Police, Bank Officials Alert - Courier Fraud

on Tue, 04/06/2019 - 3:37pm

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official.

The suspect will say:-

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victim’s bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victim's assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victim's card has been compromised

Wantage Summer Arts Festival - 15th June - 14th July 2019

on Mon, 03/06/2019 - 3:31pm



Dogs in the countryside - your responsibilities

on Mon, 03/06/2019 - 2:19pm

Wherever you go, follow these steps to keep your dog safe, show consideration for others & protect the environment.

  • Always keep control of your dog - don't let it scare or disturb people, other animals & wildlife.
  • For safety, keep your dog on a lead on roads and in public areas.
  • You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public footpaths, as long as it is under close control. But as a general rule, keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. By law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals.
  • Over open country and common land, you must keep

Wantage and Grove Campaign Group May 30th Update

on Thu, 30/05/2019 - 7:43pm

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

Firstly, the presentation from Dr Quintin Bradley given at our AGM and a summary of his speech is available on our website at

Secondly, the initial results of the NHS health and wellbeing survey across OX12 are available here

Thirdly, it was the first District Council Planning Committee with the new Councillors and it was very disappointing - no discussion on any application and two out of the three