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Wantage & Grove Campaign Group August 2020 Update 2, inc Wantage planning

on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 7:44pm

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

Dear All,

Two big issues this week.

First - parking charges

At their Cabinet meeting this Friday, Vale of the White Horse District Council are considering changes to parking charges in all of their car parks. 

  • Option A is to increase all fees (for up to two hours and above) by either 20p or 40p.
  • Option B is to introduce a flat fee of 60p for up to 2 hours to replace the current free parking.
  • Option C is to reduce free parking from two hours to one hour and introduce a charge of £1.50 for up to two

The Ridgeway Summer 2020 Newsletter

on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 7:38pm

A PDF copy of the The Ridgeway Summer 2020 Newsletter can be found here:-

More information about the Friends of the Ridgeway here:-


Experience all that Oxfordshire has to offer this summer

on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 4:49pm

Planning your perfect day out?

Here are some ideas to suit everyone. Please remember to check the website of where you plan to visit to check opening times, whether you need to book in advance, or if there are any restrictions in place. 

Take a walk on the wild side...

From armadillos to zebras, there are plenty of wild animals to see at Cotswold Wildlife Park (click). Or if farm animals are more your thing, Millets Farm (click) is the place for you. Feed the animals, pick your own fruit and veg, then stop off for cake in their onsite cafe.


Oxfordshire libraries are reopening - Please watch this for more information

on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 4:39pm

We’re pleased to tell you that Oxfordshire libraries are starting to reopen on a phased basis.

As a library visitor you can expect some important changes to keep you safe:

  • Crowd control measures to enter the library
  • Browsing and borrowing times will last for 30 minutes
  • Access to public computers and Wi-Fi will be for 30 minutes

For more details visit:


Childrey Little Ducks - Pre School Places for 2-4yr olds - Open Day 26th August

on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 1:42pm

  • The Fletcher Pavilion, Childrey Village Playing Field, Childrey, Oxfordshire,  OX12 9NT
  • Phone: 07825 241395 /  07488 341820 •  
  • Email: [email protected]

The Star, Sparsholt is back open 7 days a week from Monday, 3rd August

on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 11:16am

Due to increased demand, from the 3rd August, The Star in Saprsholt will go back to 7 days a week for lunch and 6 days for dinner (Closed Sunday evening, but open for drinks).

They can’t wait to see you for a bite to eat and a beer or two...

For further info. on The Star, click <here>.

Contact details:


The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis - August 2020 Update

on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 4:29pm

Enjoy a 50% discount off any food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per person, per visit, any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August, as part of the government's Eat Out To Help Out scheme. There is no limit to the number of times you can use the scheme, even in a single day!
There is no minimum spend, and no voucher needed. There is no limit on how many people can use the discount in a party, and it includes children. 

*Please note that the discount is not available on alcohol or any takeaway food and drink.

Now open 7 days a week

From 1 August we will be open from 7 days


Wantage & Grove Campaign Group August 2020 Update, inc Wantage planning

on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 4:07pm

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

Sorry for such a long gap since the last email, but there hasn't been much news and we don't like sending out emails when we have nothing to say.

Anyway now for an update.

First; I received an email today from the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust which is complaining that the builders of the Stockham Park Farm development still haven't built the bridge over the Canal which they promised in 2015. The consent states that "The approved bridge shall be constructed prior to occupation of any dwelling in


David Johnston MP - Newsletter, August 2020

on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 7:00pm

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

The most exciting news since my June newsletter is getting Grove station on a list of station proposals to be assessed for exploratory funding from the Department for Transport (see below). It doesn’t mean we will be successful this time but my predecessor, Ed Vaizey, very kindly commented (click) that it was more progress than he’d made in 14 years!  

Parliament is now on recess.


Vale DC Chief Executive's address to Council

on Sun, 26/07/2020 - 11:57am

On Wedesday 15 July Mark Stone, Chief Executive at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, made the following address to all Vale councillors during their full meeting of the District Council:

Thank you Chair,

It is unusual for me to address Council in this way, but the Chair and Leader have suggested that I provide a brief update on two areas and I am happy to do so.

However, I would first like to thank Councillors, on behalf of all our staff, for your support, consideration and kindness since COVID19 turned all our lives upside down. 

The virus is still active and