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Councils agree to develop a joint South and Vale Local Plan

on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 6:58pm

The two district councils in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse have agreed to develop a joint Local Plan for the area to reduce costs and help the councils meet their ambitious targets for making the two districts carbon neutral.

Local Plans are used to help determine planning applications and set out how and where new housing developments should take place, along with identifying the infrastructure needed to support them.


Worried About Getting Hacked?

on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 6:52pm

Over 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts reported in one year.

If a hacker got into your email or social media account, what would they find? Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least one of those.

Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking.


Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - April 2021

on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 4:27pm

Download a PDF copy of the current Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter by using the link below.

Covid19: If your Childrey & Sparsholt newsletter isn’t delivered for any reason, there will be extra copies available in Childrey Stores.

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How are the Covid19 Lockdown rules changing on Monday, 29th March?

on Fri, 26/03/2021 - 7:08pm
  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
  • The stay at home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including tennis and basketball courts
  • Formally organised outdoor sports can also restart
  • Parents and children groups can return but are capped at 15 and must be outdoors. Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and where parents need the groups to go to work


The Star, Sparsholt - Easter weekend 'dine at home' box & takeaway

on Fri, 26/03/2021 - 6:54pm

The Star are taking bookings for their Easter weekend dine at home box - Collection, Saturday 3rd April.

What better way to celebrate than with a Star At Home Box? Three delicious courses, a well-deserved cocktail and some tasty treats, all selected and prepared for you to finish at home and at your leisure.

If you fancy an Easter Sunday without any of the hassle, they're also offering a sumptuous takeaway Easter Sunday Roast, including extra special lamb leg cooked over their Perilla grill.

Their fabulous wood fired pizzas will also be available throughout the Easter weekend


The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe presents...Treat yourself at Easter

on Fri, 26/03/2021 - 6:45pm

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Deer attacked by dogs - please be vigilant and considerate

on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 1:45pm

From Barry Jones, Sparsholt:-

In the last two days I have had to destroy two roe deer, which were severely injured in dog attacks. The neck region and back legs had been bitten and torn.

This may be a result of poaching with Lurchers, or resident/visiting dog owners not in control of their dogs.  

If you see any poaching activities, please report directly to the police on 999.

These deer were still alive, suffering with awful, infected bite wounds and were too weak to move. These are only two we have found to date, but there could be more hiding in woodlands, suffering.  



Junior Citizens Safety Training Scheme for Year 6 Children

on Mon, 22/03/2021 - 3:37pm

Junior Citizens is a Safety Training Scheme for Year 6 Children across Oxfordshire. The training usually takes place at Oxfordshire Fire Station with purpose built scenarios.

However, in these challenging times when training visits can't be run, children can still test their knowledge regarding situations that they may find themselves in with an online quiz.

The quiz is designed to help children be more aware of their own - and other peoples - safety.

More here:-



DPD/delivery phishing for bank/card details scam around again

on Mon, 22/03/2021 - 3:16pm

A Woolstone resident has reported that the DPD/delivery scam is around again.

Emails or hand delivered notes claim that you have missed a delivery and ask you to reschedule for a small fee, requesting your bank details or a credit card for payment.

This is a scam to obtain your bank or card details.

More information here:


Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - April 2021

on Mon, 22/03/2021 - 12:00pm

Download a copy of this month's 'Signpost' below.

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

I recently attended a training course on “being resilient” and, as the
anniversary of the first lockdown approaches, it caused me to reflect on the
year of the pandemic. The course looked at how best to support others and
ourselves in developing the capacity to recover from the challenges of the
pandemic and return to some normality of life. A key message I took away was
the idea of “creative repair”. Creative repair is all about taking time to support
our emotional, physical