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Free St John Ambulance iPhone & Android app - first aid advice at your fingertips

on Thu, 23/09/2021 - 5:36pm

Even basic first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Ths St John Ambulance free first aid app puts potentially life-saving advice at your fingertips.

Available for Android & iPhone device users, the first aid advice app provides easy to follow advice on a range of first aid scenarios, including CPR , diabetic emergencies, choking and allergic reactions.

Download the free St John Ambulance first aid advice app now and have it with you whenever you have your phone:-

Signpost & Church services - October 2021

on Thu, 23/09/2021 - 1:00pm

Download a PDF copy of 'Signpost' at the link below.

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

Summer into Harvest.

“Are we nearly there yet?” This is probably a familiar cry whatever age or
denomination you are. It signifies a journey and, most likely, one to a familiar
destination with plenty of food, fuel and hopefully with a map.

Compare that with Life’s journey. Are you sure of your route and destination?
Do you know where you are or are you lost? St Paul talks about running the
race, but perhaps speed is not always so helpful. I believe that to avoid


What happens and what to do if your energy supplier goes bust

on Thu, 23/09/2021 - 8:33am

If your energy supplier has gone bust, don't panic - your supply is secure and any domestic credit balance you have is protected.

The gas and electricity regulator, Ofgem, will move you to a new supplier. This usually takes a few weeks.

Wait for your new supplier to contact you. They’ll explain what will happen with your account. Contact your new supplier if you don’t hear from them within 2 weeks. You can check who’s taken over your energy supply (click) if you’re not sure who your new supplier is.

  1. Take a meter reading, sit tight and don’t switch
    • Cancel your direct debit if you want to.

Garden waste Brown bin service to resume - with changes - 27/9/21

on Tue, 21/09/2021 - 3:58pm

A message from The Vale:-

The Vale has agreed a temporary arrangement with Biffa to begin collecting garden waste again from 27 September.

Fortnightly collections will change to take place every four weeks, but you will be able to leave twice as much garden waste out as normal.

The Vale will extend your subscription this year by three months to make up for the collections that you have missed while the service has been suspended. The Vale will delay the collection of your next Direct Debit payment by three months – if we have recently informed you that your payment is due to be taken


Get help with savings if you’re on a low income (Help to Save)

on Thu, 16/09/2021 - 3:19pm

Help to Save is a type of savings account. It allows certain people entitled to Working Tax Credit or receiving Universal Credit to get a bonus of 50p for every £1 they save over 4 years.

Help to Save is backed by the government so all savings in the scheme are secure.

You can save between £1 and £50 each calendar month. You do not have to pay money in every month.

You get tax-free bonuses at the end of the second and fourth years. They’re based on how much you’ve saved.


You pay in £25 every calendar month for 2 years. You do not withdraw any money.


COVID-19 booster vaccine

on Thu, 16/09/2021 - 11:10am

The NHS is offering a booster vaccine dose to people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of the vaccine.

Protection given by the COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time. A booster dose helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

The NHS or your GP will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS or your GP for one before then.

Find out more about who can get the COVID-19 vaccine.


The Hatchet Inn, Childrey re-opens

on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 5:12pm

The Hatchet Inn, Childrey has re-opened.

Details are scarce, but the opening hours are below.

  • Thursday 7-11pm
  • Friday 7-11pm
  • Saturday 7-11pm
  • Sunday 12-2pm and 7-11pm

Britchcombe Farm purchased by Lovat Holiday Parks

on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 11:49am

A message from our friends over in Uffington:-

Many residents will be aware that Britchcombe Farm has been sold recently, including the farmhouse, farm buildings and c140 acres of farmland, which include some of the fields used for camping.

It has come to our attention that the purchaser is Lovat Holiday Parks, a firm which offers holiday homes for rent or purchase and whilst information on Britchcombe is non-existent, you can see the type and scale of their other sites here:-

The owner has already submitted some preparatory planning applications to clarify the status of


Give Oxfordshire County Council your views on our bus services - survey

on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 11:28am

From Oxfordshire County Council:-

People who visit, live or work in Oxfordshire are urged to have their say on the county’s bus network and services.

Oxfordshire County Council has started a consultation process to find out people’s views on the service that is provided now and what people would like to see in the future. People can have their say by visiting Let’s Talk Oxfordshire (click), the council’s new digital consultation and engagement platform.

The results will help the council agree a Bus Service Improvement Plan with bus operator partners to send to the government this October,


Have your say - council consultation with local communities on the planning process

on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 4:18pm

From the Vale:-

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are preparing a Joint Statement of Community Involvement. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out who, how and when the councils will engage with local communities as part of the planning process.

We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved in the planning process. That’s why we’re asking you about our draft SCI. It contains details of how we plan to work positively and proactively with our communities to ensure their voices are heard.

The SCI also sets out how we plan to make