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Wantage Literary Festival Programme - 20th to 27th October 2018

on Tue, 19/06/2018 - 12:36pm

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Abingdon's Abbey Meadow outdoor pool has re-opened

on Tue, 19/06/2018 - 11:03am

Swimmers have returned to Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow outdoor pool, after it re-opened on Saturday 16th June, following its £1.3m refurbishment over winter 2017/18.

The new look L-shaped pool has a beach-style sloping entrance at one end. The other end of the pool is deeper and can be used for lane swimming.

The pool has become a deck level pool where water sits at the full height of the pool’s sides, which improves filtration and water quality. A rubber crumbed surface has been installed to create a safe area around the pool and in front of the changing rooms.


Parish Council Annual & Parish Minutes - Tuesday, 16th May 2018

on Tue, 19/06/2018 - 8:35am


Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Tuesday 16th May 2017 at Griffin Memorial Hall starting at 8.00pm

Present: The Chairman Councillor Comyn, Councillors Brown, Downie and Williams, the RFO and Clerk and 4 parishioners.





Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman:  Cllr Comyn prepared to continue as Chairman, proposed by Cllr Downie, seconded by Cllr Williams and agreed unanimously.  Cllr Brown prepared to continue as Vice-Chairman, proposed by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Downie and agreed unanimously.



Sparsholt Parish Council Chairman's Annual Report, 16th May 2018

on Tue, 19/06/2018 - 8:34am




16 MAY 2018



As recorded in last year’s Chairman’s report, Pete Wilshire stood down from the Council after 5 years’ service and his place was taken by co-optee Councillor Ian Barnes of Hillside.  The membership of the Council during the year was, accordingly, Tim Comyn (Chairman), Iain Brown (Vice Chairman), Norman Downie, Laurence Williams and Ian Barnes.

Debbie Lewis-Pryde continued as our parish clerk and was assisted for part of the year by Rachel Bennet as the Responsible


District and County Councillor Report for Annual Meeting 2018

on Tue, 19/06/2018 - 8:32am

District and County Councillor Report for Annual Meeting 2018


LEADER Matt Barber steps down by end of May to take up full-time position as Deputy Police Commissioner Thames Valley after 7 successful years as Leader VWHDC.

Matt Barber has been a  very successful leader, who has steered the Vale through the pain of Local Plan Part 1 (LPP1) delivered over 7500 new houses so far, a new leisure centre, and set up LPP2; negotiated the Five Counties deal, the Growth Deal with County, the City and District Councils, and brought the Vale round to support for a


Neighbourhood Police Update - June 2018

on Mon, 18/06/2018 - 9:50pm


Burglary: We are continuing to tackle the increase of burglary and theft related offences in the area. Faringdon Neighbourhood team will be working alongside Operation Monitor team, based at Abingdon. This team will be focusing on burglary in the area, targeting known offenders to disrupt their activity. Please continue to report any activity you believe to be suspicious on 101, or 999 if there is an immediate risk.

Rural Crime: Rural crime continues to be a priority for the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team.


Sparsholt Charity Auction Success - £3000 raised

on Mon, 18/06/2018 - 8:39pm

The Sparsholt Charity Auction, on 3rd June 2018, went extremely well after three and a half months of preparation, generous donations, worry…….

We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed a lovely sunny evening with a very tasty fish & chips supper provided by Cheryl & Stanley from “Village Fish ‘N’ Chips” and a good crowd to get the bidding going.

I am very happy to let you know that we raised a total of £2,944.50 – which has now been rounded up to £3000 - to be divided between my two chosen charities: 

  • The October Club in Wantage – Alzheimer’s and dementia Day Care Centre
  • The

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

on Mon, 18/06/2018 - 11:05am

Updated 18/6/18

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


Ed Vaizey MP - Parish News, June 2018

on Sun, 10/06/2018 - 5:47pm

Lots of good news for our local area.  Last month Business Secretary Greg Clark launched a major new scientific centre in Harwell Campus and announced its first major projects. The Rosalind Franklin Institute, which is backed by £100mil in government investment, will focus on a number of projects, including the development of the world’s best ultra-fast video camera for imaging, which will be invaluable for both detecting and treating disease.

The Big Lottery Fund has announced £17,280 of funding for projects in the constituency such as the The Pelvic Partnership in Harwell, which focuses


Lovely weather for Burglars

on Thu, 07/06/2018 - 12:47pm

We’ve all been enjoying the sunshine recently, but with the nice weather comes opportunities for thieves.

Did you know that a large number of burglaries reported to us have no signs of a forced entry?

Many burglars target homes with open doors and windows during the summer months, they rely on people forgetting to lock doors or windows that have been left open during the day for ventilation.

Here’s some straightforward advice to help you, help us to reduce burglary.

  1. Before you go to bed at night, just take a couple of minutes to check around your home and make sure doors and windows,