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Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - December 2019

on Wed, 04/12/2019 - 3:42pm

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Parish Council Minutes - Wednesday, 13th November 2019

on Wed, 04/12/2019 - 2:27pm


Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 13th November 2019 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.00pm

Present: Councillors Comyn (Chairman), Barnes, Caudle, Jacobs and Jones.





Apologies:  The Clerk.



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




New Applications:

P19/V1955/HH and P19/V1956/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Removal of existing, linear drive and installation of a new redirected entrance driveway.

Parish Council Minutes - Wednesday, 18th September 2019

on Wed, 04/12/2019 - 2:26pm


Minutes of the Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Wednesday 18th September 2019 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 7.00pm

Present: Councillors Comyn (Chairman), Caudle and Jones, the RFO and Clerk and two parishioners.





Apologies:  Cllr Barnes and Jacobs and DC Barrow.



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



Minutes for Approval:

Approve the Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 31st July 2019:  Cllr Comyn proposed acceptance

Make Sure Your House Is Not A Pot of Gold

on Mon, 02/12/2019 - 9:35pm

Thames Valley Police has received reports of burglaries where houses have been targeted for high-value gold jewellery. Often, the gold is melted for cash or sold on.

Avoid giving burglars this opportunity by following some simple crime prevention tips:-

Please don’t keep your high value jewellery at home – use a bank safety deposit box If you have to keep your jewellery at home, then please invest in a home safe suitable for protecting your jewellery, your insurance company will provide advice as to which type and grade of safe best suits your needs Keep an inventory of your jewellery.


Free parking in the run up to Christmas

on Thu, 28/11/2019 - 11:11am

Drivers in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can benefit from free parking in district council car parks on certain days in December.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents. The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders. 

Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the


Last UK posting dates for Christmas 2019

on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 7:51pm


Refurbished West Challow Village Hall Now Open - Launch Friday 13th Dec at 7pm

on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 6:38pm

The newly renovated West Challow Village Hall which now sports refitted toilets, replacement windows and doors with double glazed units, rewiring and new heaters was funded by a £18,331 grant from funding body FCC Communities Foundation.

Mandy Barclay of the West Challow Village Hall Committee: “This vital facility is going to make a real difference to those who use it, as well as the wider West Challow Community.  We are extremely grateful to have FCC Communities Foundation for providing funding as we would not have been able to go ahead without its support”.

To celebrate the


How To Reduce the Risk of Becoming A Burglary Victim This Christmas

on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 2:42pm

The Christmas and New Year period is a time when Thames Valley Police, and other forces around the country, experience an increase in residential burglary.

If you are celebrating at home over Christmas or at New Year, you can help to protect your property by taking a few simple steps:

  • Don’t leave presents on view under the Christmas tree.
  • Cut up packaging for any expensive items so that it will fit inside your refuse bin, never leave boxes next to the bin where they can be seen.
  • Remember to mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at

Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - December 2019

on Sun, 24/11/2019 - 9:00am

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

As the church marks the beginning of Advent the country is preparing for a General Election. Advent is a time of watching, waiting and expectation as the readings not only direct us towards Christ’s birth but challenge us to confront the theme of divine judgement. In our churches there are no flowers during Advent and the liturgical colour is purple, mirroring the season of Lent.


General Election 2019 - our candidates

on Thu, 21/11/2019 - 12:15pm

The general election takes place on Thursday 12 December.

Candidates for the Wantage constituency are as follows:-


BBC Radio Oxford questions for and debate with the candidates (21/11/19), from 2:04:40:-

Website links (as best as I could find; please update me if you find better):-