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Latest news from The Mix in Wantage - including laptops and community fridge

on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 7:08pm


The team at The Mix have refurbished and rehomed no fewer than 241 laptops, 15 tablets and 5 desktops since 4th Jan and they're now collecting again. If you have an old or unused laptop their IT volunteers could refurbish for someone to use, please drop it off at The Mix. They'll have a collection box on their doorstep Tues - Fri 9am - 12 noon. Click <here> to view their notes on data security.

If you know of someone in the Wantage and Grove area who needs a laptop to access school lessons or join activities such as training or support groups online please get in touch by phone or


Sustainable Wantage would like to learn more about our gardens and outdoor spaces

on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 6:57pm

As part of their Wild Wantage project, Sustainable Wantage would like to know more about your gardens, balconies and allotments.

Their goal is to support people in improving the value of their outdoor space for wildlife, to boost biodiversity and to help make Wantage a healthier and more beautiful place to live.

Gardens make up a massive area of green space and can act as a refuge for many species. In Wantage the amphibian population is almost exclusively supported by ponds in people’s gardens!


Councils looking into the possibility of a joint South and Vale Local Plan

on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 6:36pm

The two district councils in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are looking into the possibility of developing a joint Local Plan for the area to significantly reduce costs and help the councils meet their ambitious targets for making the two districts carbon neutral.

Local Plans are used to help determine planning applications and set out how and where new housing developments should take place, along with identifying the infrastructure needed to support them.


In a priority group but not yet had your vaccination?

on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 6:34pm

People in the priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine who have yet to respond to their invitation for a first dose are to be the focus of a new scheme set up by Oxfordshire councils, the NHS and GPs.

The service is launching this week to help support those people if they want to have the jab. There are a range of reasons why people may have not arranged a vaccination – from difficulties in booking an appointment or arranging transport, to hesitancy or misunderstandings about the vaccine.

Outreach workers from the community hub teams of the city and district councils across the county will


Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - March 2021

on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 3:27pm

Download a PDF copy of the current Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter by using the link below.

Covid19: If your Childrey & Sparsholt newsletter isn’t delivered for any reason, there will be extra copies available in Childrey Stores.

Contact for Childrey & Sparsholt printed newsletter articles:


Cllr Dr.Paul Barrow - Report for Parishes - March, 2021

on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 12:54pm

A message from Paul Barrow, District Councillor for Ridgeway Ward, Vale of White Horse

Report for parishes March 2021

Vaccination update

Council officers will be helping a county-wide project, working with local GPs, to increase take up of the vaccine, calling at the addresses of people in the first four priority groups who have not responded to repeated invitations from their GP to book their COVID jab appointment.

They have already been visiting residents who are shielding or self-isolating throughout the pandemic and so are highly experienced.


Childrey Stores is for sale

on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 10:34am

Almost 4 years to the day we bought a tired, old shop in need of a revamp and new energy.

We are so proud of the business we have created and have loved running it. It has been an amazing and rewarding journey.

However nothing ever stands still and we are looking forward to new adventures. So we have decided to pass the baton on and put the shop up for sale.

We thank all the Childrey residents for your generosity and incredible support and all our customers for helping us along the way.

We remain open as usual of course and look forward to continuing to welcome you.

Please contact

David Johnston MP - Newsletter, March 2021

on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 4:07pm

I hope you, your friends and your family continue to be safe and well.

If you haven’t done so yet, please consider completing my Grove Station survey by 12pm on 1st March – it takes just a couple of minutes and is designed to show the Government there is local support for my campaign to reopen it.

I am very pleased the Government has published the Roadmap for the removal of all restrictions by 21st June as long as we keep making progress with infection rates and the vaccine roll-out.

As ever, if I can help you with anything then do contact me via [email protected]



Perform at the Wantage Music Festival in June - applications by 23rd April

on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 3:51pm

Come and perform!

Wantage Music Festival are pressing ahead with plans for their event on 19th and 26th June this year. The Festival offers a platform for musicians and singers of all ages to perform in front of an expert adjudicator and to receive constructive verbal and written feedback. There are also special prizes for certain classes including opera.

This year’s adjudicators are James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM Piano and instrumental classes and Belinda Mikhail, B Mus(Hons), PGDipRCM, ARCM, Vocal and instrumental classes.


Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - March 2021

on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 12:00pm

Download a copy of this month's 'Signpost' below.

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

March sees us in the season of Lent, when we remember the sacrifice of Jesus
Christ who withdrew into the wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray. The
pandemic restrictions of this last year have felt like something of a wilderness
experience for us all – a prolonged period filled with isolation, deprivation and,
sadly for many, deep sadness at the loss of a loved one. This time of darkness
has allowed us to spend time reflecting on our lives and what is important,
perhaps even