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Don't Give Burglars A Sneak Preview of Your Gifts This Christmas

on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 2:57pm

As nights draw in and Christmas gets closer, it is really important for everyone to do as much as they can at home this year to ensure that their house is protected and that they are not an attractive target for burglars.

We know that the period following the clocks going back and in the run up to Christmas often sees the number of burglaries start to rise. We will of course be out on patrol, targeting offenders and locations across the Thames Valley, only with COVID restrictions in place some of our traditional crime prevention outreach work has not been possible.


Free Wantage parking on Saturdays before Christmas - support your local shops

on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 3:49pm

Residents in the Vale of White Horse can park for free on specific days this December and are being urged to use this opportunity to support their local shops and cafes in the run up to Christmas.

Each year Vale of White Horse District Council provides free parking days during December to help encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.  

With many shops affected by the Covid-19 restrictions, this year it is particularly important that people support local traders where they can, while maintaining social distancing and face covering requirements.

Motorists can park in


From Wednesday, 2nd December we will be in 'Tier 2: High alert'

on Thu, 26/11/2020 - 1:21pm

Oxfordshire and the Vale will be in 'Tier 2: High alert' from December 2nd, a more severe level than we were in before the second lockdown.

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2 (key points):

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and

Parish Council Minutes - Tuesday, 6th October 2020

on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 10:45am



Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Tuesday 6th October 2020 via Zoom starting at 7.00pm


Present: Councillors Barnes, Comyn and Jacobs and the Clerk.






Apologies:  Cllrs Corfield and Jones.



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



Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th September 2020:  The minutes were proposed as a true record by Cllr Comyn, seconded by Cllr Barnes and agreed by Cllr jacobs.


Power cut tips & advice and how to join the Priority Services Register

on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 1:03pm


Crime prevention advice re recent dog thefts

on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 3:09pm

Crime prevention advice regarding recent dog thefts in the west Berkshire and Wiltshire areas (all close to Oxfordshire border).

  • A green Suzuki Grand Vitara has been identified.
  • It has silver body panelling on bottom of doors, over wheel arches and bumper and front light surrounds.
  • Registration plate possibly a 51 plate but offenders may have changed these now.

If you see one matching the description acting suspiciously it is worth calling police with registration, location and direction of travel if it leaves the area.

Call Police on 101 for non-emergency enquiries.

Call 999 if:

  •     a

Theft from Motor Vehicles In Beauty Spots

on Wed, 18/11/2020 - 3:33pm

We have received an increase in reports of theft from motor vehicles from beauty spot car parks across the local police area. Due to the current lockdown restrictions, we have seen an increase in people meeting up to exercise, and leaving more vehicles in the car parks.

Unfortunately, this has created opportunities for criminals to take advantage.

Please remain vigilant and follow the below advice to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime. Report any suspicious behaviour, and call 999 in an emergency.

  • Always keep your vehicle locked.

Vale Covid19 Business Support Grants - Details

on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 1:32pm

On Monday, the Vale opened applications for businesses severely affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions to apply for two new support grants.

Here’s Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, to explain about the Additional Restrictions Grant:-

This scheme is available for those businesses that haven’t been forced to close, but have been severely impacted by the current restrictions, including those that do not pay any business rates.

Businesses that pay rates that have been forced to close temporarily, can


Christmas House Decoration Contest - Enter by December 9th

on Mon, 16/11/2020 - 3:08pm


Vale of White Horse - Covid19 Lockdown 2 Business Support (November 2020)

on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 3:54pm

Business Grants Update from the South & Vale Business Support Team

Businesses in England required to close due to the COVID-19 lockdown may soon be able to receive grant funding to support them.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Premises)

The LRSG(C) is a mandatory grant for businesses that have a rateable value and have been forced to close due to the 5 November restrictions.

During this period, a single grant to cover the four-week period will be paid to each eligible business. The grant amounts will be fixed.