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How safe is your electric blanket? Free testing available in Autumn - book now

on Wed, 01/09/2021 - 4:34pm

How to get the NHS COVID Pass

on Tue, 27/07/2021 - 3:14pm

The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.

It allows you to show the details of your COVID-19 vaccine (or vaccines) when travelling abroad to some countries or territories and at places that use the service in England as a condition of entry to a venue or event.

Find out how to obtain yours here:-


Drivers urgently needed for UBW Community Minibus (serves Sparsholt & Westcot)

on Tue, 27/07/2021 - 2:54pm

The UBW (Uffington, Baulking & Woolstone) Association was formed to fund and manage a minibus about 40 years ago and the present vehicle is a valued community asset.

Until the Covid outbreak it was used for shopping services for villagers of the three communities plus Kingston Lisle, Westcot, Sparsholt and Childrey, all of which have provided volunteer help.

The bus is also available for use by local residents, the school, clubs and associations for their social and educational purposes. We intend, very shortly, to restart services with appropriate Covid risk controls.
That said, the future

COVID-19 - symptoms or not, get tested regularly - be certain, FOC

on Tue, 18/05/2021 - 2:03pm

Anyone with symptoms can get a COVID-19 test, whatever their age.

If you do not have symptoms, you can:

Find out about regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms on NHS.UK.

See the full Gov page, with more details, here:-


Ridgeway School 110th anniversary - request for any old photos or film

on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 7:05pm

The Ridgeway School in Childrey will be 110 years old in 2023.

The headmaster and former Westcot resident Charlotte Shalgosky have come up with an idea to mark the occasion - they are hoping to collate and curate still/moving images of the school through its 110 year history.

As a first step, they are appealing to the community to see if locals can track down old photos of their school days (the older the better), with the idea of reproducing them for an exhibition.

It's possible that families have come across copies of the annual class photographs of the three classes (known as Bottom,


COVID-19 cases dashboard - infections & deaths data for Vale of White Horse

on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 2:51pm

Check the latest COVID-19 numbers in the Vale with the OXON COVID-19 dashboard:-

Daily & total cases:-

Weekly & total deaths:-


Concerned about a neighbour or need to ask for help?

on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 8:05am


It's a crime not to clear up after your dog if it fouls a footpath, verge or public space

on Tue, 25/02/2020 - 2:33pm

Dog poo is an emotive issue for dog owners and others.

It's disgusting. It smells. It spreads disease. It’s horrible to pick out of the soles of your shoes or your child’s hair.

From the Vale's website:-

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 a person who is in charge of a dog must clean up after it when it fouls any footpath, highway, verge or other open space to which the public have access.  It is therefore a crime to allow a dog to foul in any public area without clearing it up.  Those that fail to do so could face a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution.

Cheap, biodegradable (ie


Bonfires - please be safe & considerate

on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 3:24pm

If you have a bonfire, please be considerate & follow these guidelines from VoWHDC and the Fire Brigade:

  • Out of courtesy, inform your neighbours that you are proposing to have a bonfire
  • Avoid burning on hot, sunny days, weekends and bank holidays when people want to enjoy their gardens
  • Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke hangs in the air on damp or warm, still days and in the evening
  • Ensure that your bonfire is at least 100 metres from any thatched properties
  • Only burn dry 'clean' wood/garden waste
  • Do not burn household rubbish, such as plastic, foam, paint or rubber
  • Do

Have a notice? Something to sell or give away?

on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 12:00am

Do you have a notice that you'd like on the front page of the Sparsholt & Westcot website?

  • Something to sell or hand on?
  • Need help with something?
  • The kind of item you might pin to the village noticeboard?

Email me the details and, subject to our 'Contribute!' conditions, it can be displayed here for you. Notices are normally posted for a month or so, at our discretion.