St. Mary's - White Horse Show stall Wanted! This is an appeal for cakes for our church stall at the White Horse Show. Please get baking for this important annual show. All items welcome and may be delivered to any of the following: Linda Lord (820134), Valerie Foster (820668), Fenella Oberman (820230) and Fay Forster (820363 – but not before 23rd Aug.)
There has been a wonderful response to the call for jam jars; thank you to everybody who contributed. The next thing is to come to the Church stall at the WHS and purchase our jams, pickles and marmalade.
Demolition of the old shop Wanted! Rose and Dave Holborow would like some assistance with the continuing strip out and demolition of the old shop site on Broad Street. Technical skills not required. If you can help, please discuss with Rose.
(For the avoidance of any doubt, please note that this is not a Parish Council project with regard to insurance cover or any personal protective equipment which might be required).
Waylands Smithy There has been some lurid national publicity, starting in the Telegraph last Saturday and picked up by other nationals, of Neo-Nazi groups using National Trust sites such as Avebury and Waylands Smithy for 'far right rituals'. I was made aware of this by the National Trust on Monday 12th and visited Waylands Smithy that day. There was no evidence at all of any of the activities described by the Telegraph and other papers. There are no new swastikas carved into the trees, but there is a very old one at the back of the site. Contact has been made with the local gamekeeper (who is regularly up in that area at night) and harvest contractors and there has been no activity at Waylands Smithy that they know about. There has been no sign of extra or unusual traffic in the area recently.
So the press reports may well be over-blown. Whether or not that is the case, dealing with far-right groups is a matter for the Police, so if you hear or see anything which relates to these activities please contact the Police promptly on 101, or: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/contact/contact-us/
Abandoned Child's Bicycle A children's bicycle has been left outside the shop in the bike rack for several weeks now. The puncture has been repaired and the bike, a purple Apollo CX24, is ready to be reclaimed. If this is your bike, please claim it back from the shop as soon as possible. If you no longer want the bike, please let Rose or Dave in the shop know so a new home can be found for it.
The Kennet Valley Hash House Harriers - in Uffington on 1 September The Kennet Valley Hash House Harriers will be meeting at 11am outside the Fox and Hounds pub in Uffington on Sunday 1 September, to follow a circular hash trail. Hashing is a friendly activity involving a group of runners and walkers following a pre-laid trail (using flour) through the village and local countryside. There will be 2 trails - one around 5 miles and a shorter trail of around 3 miles. There are no fees and you don't have to be a member - Everyone is welcome. You can find out more on our website, www.kvh3.co.uk or by phoning our hash leader, Keith on 07486 519824.
The Ridgeway Run - In aid of Riding for the Disabled – on Saturday 21st September The Ridgeway Run 2019 is proudly sponsoring Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) a charity that makes a difference. Based in Chilton Foliat, Lambourn RDA are completely self-supporting, so fund raising is essential in order to run a local riding centre. The RDA support children and adults from Hungerford, Kintbury, Lambourn, Newbury, Thatcham and the surrounding villages. More information about the run and the organisers, Emma McIntosh and Patricia Cleverley, is here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/02a7ae5b-1470-4f34-ba05-361d5a8205f0/The_Ridgeway_Run_flyer_2019.pdf
The Vale News for August 2019 is available on the village website – link is: https://www.uffington.net/news/vale-news/ Please note the bank holiday bin collections – Tuesday 27 August for grey and food bins.
Temporary Road Closure - Kingston Lisle, B4507 Please note we have been informed that the B4507 from Kingston Lisle to Woolstone will be closed overnight to facilitate carriageway surface patching works, starting on 9 September 2019. The anticipated completion date is 14 September 2019. Works will operate nightly between the hours of 20:00 and 05:30. Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works
The SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Via B4507- B4001 CHILDREY - A417 TO SHELLINGFORD - B4508 FERNHAM To B4000 TO SHIVENHAM, BACK TO THE B4507 And Vice Versa.
This August every home in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse will receive a yellow letter (a 'Household Enquiry Form') requiring residents to confirm everyone over the age of 16 who lives in their property. When the letter arrives, simply visit householdresponse.com/southandvale to confirm that your details are correct or, if not, provide the correct information. You will need the 2-part code on the front of your yellow letter to do this.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in future elections, including the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2020. Anyone who doesn't have access to the internet can confirm their details by completing and returning the form that comes with the letter in the reply paid envelope. If your details are correct you can confirm this by phone or text – the details required for this are included on the yellow letter.
Important - by law, each household must confirm their details, even if they are correct. Anyone who fails to do so could be fined up to £1,000.
From the Police Cancellation of Force Open Day. Due to adverse weather conditions, the Thames Valley Police Force Open Day is cancelled. This was due to take place on Saturday 10 August from 10am-4pm at our training centre in Sulhamstead. The event relies heavily on a significant amount of temporary structures and due to the weather forecast in respect of strong winds on Saturday it would not be safe or practical to hold the event.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused to all those who were looking forward to the Open Day as much as we were.
Can you help? Message received via the website: Hi, I am currently a student at Cirencester College and collecting data for my A-level geography coursework. I am looking at different villages and Uffington is one of them. As part of this I need some questionnaires completing by people who live in Uffington. I did visit the village last week but as expected it was very quiet. I was wondering if you could help me out. It will only take about 3mins to complete and would help me out a lot. The link is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DH2JPX8
Appeal for Witnesses Following a Series Of Burglaries In West Oxfordshire and South and Vale
At around 3.15am on Thursday (1/8) offenders forced entry to the Post Office on Broad Street, Uffington by smashing the glass. Once inside, they stole cigarettes, tobacco and an amount of cash. They left the scene in a vehicle.
At around 3.20am on Thursday (1/8) a group of four men were disturbed by a member of the public on Marlborough Close, Faringdon as they were hanging around a resident's parked car. The men left the scene in a grey Audi A6 estate car with a loud engine.
At around 3.45am on Thursday (1/8) offenders forced open the front door to the Post Office on Market Square, Bampton. This activated the alarm which alerted residents living nearby. The offenders attempted to use a fire extinguisher at the witnesses before leaving the scene in a vehicle. Cigarettes and cash were stolen.
At around 4.10am on the same day (1/8) offenders forced entry to the Post Office on St Michaels Close, Shipton Under Wychwood, Chipping Norton. Cigarettes and cash were stolen.
The offenders were all wearing dark clothing with their faces covered.
If anyone has any CCTV footage from the time of the offences or thinks they saw anything suspicious around the time, please contact the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting 43190235460 or make a report online
Air raid siren Tom Brown's School Museum is holding a World War 2 air raid siren, which was loaned to Uffington Primary School a few years ago. The provenance is unknown and it is not clear whether it has any connection with the local area.
Does anybody out there have any information on this siren? If there is a connection, local or not, please get in touch with Karen Pilcher (TBSM Curator) on 01367 820978 or email@example.com If no response, it may be heading for e-bay.
Jam Jars Have you any standard sized jam jars (1lb/450g) or medium sized coffee jars, with screw on lids, for keen jam makers at the church? If so, please leave them at the church or with Fay at 3 Craven Common.
For the August walk we are meeting on Wed 7th at the THMH car park in Uffington at 9.30, where we will arrange car shares to drive up to Kingston Lisle. For those who would prefer to start at Kingston Lisle we will meet outside the Blowing Stone Pub, parking on the side of the road, where convenient beyond the pub. Please park considerately. From Kingston Lisle we will walk via Sparsholt to Childrey where a stop at the village coffee shop is planned. We will then retrace our steps to Kingston Lisle. Car shares will be organised to accommodate anyone who would prefer not to stop at the coffee shop.
Once again it looks as if the weather will be kind to us, 19 degrees sunshine and light cloud.
Look forward to seeing lots of you there, remember you are always welcome to invite along visiting family or friends.
See you next week, Verity, Pamela and Lilly (the Walking Club committee)
From the Police Criminals Targeting People with Universal Credit Scam Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of "low cost" loans or "free" government grants. What the victims aren't told is that the money they'll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they've obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim's name. After the fraudsters have taken their "fee" from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.
How you can protect yourself:
Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don't know and trust, especially if it's in response to an offer of "free money" or a "free grant".
Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.
If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
(This is a variant of the scam notified in the recent Courier).