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Clarification - No elections in the Vale this year (2018)

on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:33pm

Unlike some other parts of the county, there aren't any local elections on 3rd May 2018, so the Vale won’t be sending out any voting cards or postal votes to residents in our district.

The next scheduled elections are in May 2019. If you are not registered to vote, you can do this by visiting:


Parish Council Minutes - Wednesday, 21st March 2018

on Thu, 19/04/2018 - 11:57am



Minutes of Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 21st March 2018 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm


Present: Cllrs Brown, Downie and Williams, the Clerk and 1 parishioner.





Apologies:  Cllrs Comyn, Barnes and the RFO.



Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct:  None.



  Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 21st February 2018: 

  Cllr Brown proposed signing the Minutes of Wednesday 21st February as a true record,

  seconded by Cllr Downie and

Livestock worrying by dogs

on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 1:07pm

Livestock worrying is becoming an increasing issue especially now that spring has arrived and the lambing season is well under way. It is important that dogs are kept under control to protect the livestock as well as you and your pet.

Livestock that are killed or injured as the result of an out of control dog is a criminal offence. During such attacks dogs can be injured too.

There are simple ways to keep both your pet and livestock safe.

  • Keep your dog on a lead – Dog walkers that use open access land must keep their dog on a short lead (a maximum of two metres) between 1 March and 31

Cold caller scams/distraction burglaries

on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 1:04pm

There was recently an incident where a cold caller approached elderly residents in the Faringdon area offering to buy jewellery from them. The man was convincing with official looking brochures and was described as ‘charming but pushy’. The residents sold him a couple of pieces of their jewellery but their family were concerned about the man’s intent.

Have you had anything similar happen to you? Please report any similar incidents to us by calling 101 with as much information as you can including any business flyers, descriptions, vehicle details etc. 

Please be aware of anyone cold calling


Neighbourhood Police Update - April 2018

on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:46pm

Here is the latest Faringdon Police Neighbourhood Team update for you, from PCSO Maralyn Pack.

Rural crime

Hare coursing and other rural crime continues to be a priority for the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team. We have conducted regular patrols throughout our Policing area which has dissuaded more than one group of offenders from starting or continuing their illegal activities.

Witness appeals

Stanford in the Vale Co-op targeted again for its cash machine. Offenders utilised an angle grinder to cut through the shutter and then forced the door to the shop open.


Ed Vaizey MP - Parish News, April 2018

on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:42pm

Three pieces of excellent news on new investment in roads and infrastructure this month.  The first is about the A34, the bane of many of our lives. After months of campaigning by myself, local MPs, councils, LEPs and the A34 Action Group, the government has agreed to fund some much needed safety improvements. Upcoming changes will include improved laybys and digital signage, which will change depending on traffic flow. A new sign has also been recommended, to make it clearer to HGV’s where they are not allowed to overtake.


St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle - Restoration Update No.22

on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:38pm

News from St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle

Dear Kingston Lisle Church Restoration Supporter

Please find attached our 22nd restoration update, as we await the diocesan meeting on 14th May which we hope will approve our new pipe organ proposal. We aim to restore, enhance and recase a 1972 Walker organ taken from a church in London. This is being reconfigured specifically for the the small space and budget available. We have less than £7,000 to raise of the £33,000 cost (a brand new organ would be in excess of £100,000) following our £400,000 restoration.

In case you missed it last time,


Wildwood Kitchen - Film Club Listings including Saturday Kids & Sunday film clubs

on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 11:05am

Updated 17/4/18

Current listings for the cinema room at Wildwood Kitchen in Wantage.

A movie and a three course meal from their set menu (see below) costs £19.95 per person or £9.95 for children (for children's films), which includes a kids menu, popcorn and a drink. 

The cinema room is also available for private hire. It seats approximately 35 people in comfort and is available for parties & functions, with costs from £150. For further details contact Wildwood Kitchen:-

Current films:-

For full


New Monday Pilates Session in Sparsholt (April 2018)

on Mon, 16/04/2018 - 3:30pm

Further details:-


War Memorial Restoration Appeal - March 2018

on Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:42am