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5 Simple Internet Protection Essentials

on Wed, 16/10/2019 - 1:20pm

For more information on how to protect your family, money, and identity from cyber criminals, get the book "Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals" on Amazon.

An easy-to-read guide to protecting your digital life and your family online The rise of new technologies in our lives, which has taken us from powerful mobile phones to fitness trackers and smart appliances in under a decade, has also raised the need for everyone who uses these to protect themselves from cyber scams and hackers.


Could you help? Volunteers needed to help support local families

on Tue, 15/10/2019 - 3:15pm

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire is looking for new volunteers to support local families with young children who are experiencing difficulties.

Are you a parent, or have experience working with young children, and can spare 2-3 hours per week giving friendly practical and emotional support? Full training and on-going staff support given.

Please contact 01235 511152 or [email protected] for more information.


Have your say on a new homelessness strategy for the Vale

on Tue, 15/10/2019 - 2:55pm

The Vale of White Horse District Council is asking people for their views on a new strategy to address homelessness and rough sleeping.

By law, local authorities are required to publish a homelessness and rough sleeping strategy every five years - the current South and Vale strategy ends in 2020 and the councils have now launched a six-week consultation on a new strategy which would last until 2025.

South and Vale have been very successful in helping people threatened with homelessness.


Neighbourhood Police Update - October 2019

on Mon, 14/10/2019 - 9:10pm

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


We have received reports of burglaries in the Shrivenham and Watchfield area. Crime prevention leaflets have been delivered to neighbouring properties and extra patrols will be carried out by the team. We are appealing for witnesses for three burglaries in this area:
Between Sunday 22nd of September and Wednesday 25th September unknown offenders broke into a property on Colton Road.


Vale Council leader's report October 2019

on Fri, 11/10/2019 - 7:30pm

Vale of White Horse District Council leader's report - 9 October 2019

Work on Local Plan Part 2 has dominated much of members’ work with senior officers over the past few months. It has been, at times, a frustrating process but now that the Council has decided earlier tonight to adopt Local Plan Part 2, we are able to look forward. Work on a brand-new Vale local Plan will start straight away. I am also keen to strengthen the development management policies in our Local Plan to make it easier for the council to insist on lower carbon developments with more genuinely affordable housing.



Vale Council adopts Local Plan Part 2

on Fri, 11/10/2019 - 7:28pm

Vale of White Horse District Council have agreed to adopt Part Two of the district’s Local Plan.

The decision was made, unopposed, at a meeting at The Beacon in Wantage last night (9 October).

The council adopted Part One of its Local Plan in 2016, which dealt with the main housing sites and policies. Part Two deals with more detailed policies used in the determination of planning applications and also allocates housing sites that will help the city of Oxford towards meeting its need for houses, for which the city council says it doesn’t have space. 

Adopting Part Two will mean it becomes


White Horse Hill and Ashdown National Trust Newsletter - Autumn 2019

on Fri, 11/10/2019 - 7:22pm


Burglary in Sparsholt - Wednesday, 9th October - can you help?

on Fri, 11/10/2019 - 8:50am

Jewellery and family mementos were stolen from a cottage on Eastmanton Lane on Wednesday 9th October.

Did you see or hear anything?

If you find anything that might have been dumped by the burglar, please get in touch; click the 'Feedback' tab at the side of your screen.

Always report any suspicious persons or activity to the Police by calling 101 or if it's an emergency, dial 999.

Learn more on how to protect your home here:-

Join the new Sparsholt & Westcot WhatsApp group for instant local messages; learn more <here>.


Wantage and Grove Campaign Group October Update, including Wantage planning

on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 7:42pm

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

The District Council meeting yesterday approved Local Plan Part 2 so that allows 400 more homes north of Grove Airfield and 130 more home in East Hanney.

The promised £7m from the Government to complete the Wantage Eastern Link Road through Crab Hill seems to have reduced to less than £2m and even that is subject to conditions so we still aren't sure that the full road from the Mably roundabout on the A338 Grove Road to the Lockinge turning on the A417 will be completed.

Most of the major


New WhatsApp discussion group for Sparsholt & Westcot

on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:27pm

I have set up a trial Sparsholt & Westcot specific 'WhatsApp' group.

The idea is that it's used for updates, information, requests etc; recommending a babysitter, a plumber, or to be updated when the mains power goes off -  those kinds of things.

If you don't already use it, WhatsApp is a free messaging app and service. It allows users to chat, send messages and share documents from their mobile phone. It uses your phone's data or wifi connection - it doesn't use your minutes or texts allocation.

Join the new Sparsholt & Westcot 'WhatsApp' discussion group from your mobile phone - just