Joan Little - RIP We received the following notice from Lynne Creech, daughter of John and Joan Little, recently: 'My mother died on 16 February, aged 91. Her funeral was last Monday. Both my mother Joan and father John did a lot in raising money for the Village and Tom Brown's School (many years ago). Her ashes will be interred with my father's at the beginning of July (hopefully) in Uffington Churchyard.'
John Little was a previous Chair of the Parish Council and was the mastermind behind the setting up of the Tom Brown's School Museum. Should anybody wish to get in touch with Lynne, Karen Pilcher has her e-mail address.
Uffington Parish Council Annual Assembly 2019 Save the date – the Annual Assembly will be held on Monday 8th April at 7.30 pm, in the THMH, with refreshments served from 7.00 pm; more information here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/b8a3cb59-9970-46ed-a709-33ef9ecca6a1/Annual_Assembly_poster_2019.04.pdf
Red Nose Day Thank you to everyone who sponsored kids taking part in the Gallopathon last Friday. Despite very high winds and the threat of rain, local Guides, Brownies, Scouts and Cubs raised an impressive £280.33 for Comic Relief.
From Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Have you ever thought of becoming an on-call firefighter? Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service are looking for On-call Firefighters to join their team!
Do you want to earn extra money, serve your community and save lives in a rewarding role? If so, a career as an On-call Firefighter might be just the thing for you. On-call Firefighters are the backbone of the fire service and anyone can be one. If you're employed full-time, are a parent, out of employment or just have some spare time, you can respond to emergency calls. On-call Firefighters are trained and paid for their time and service - and on average are expected to be called out two or three times each week for about an hour at a time - this can be at night or during the day.
They are looking for anyone over the age of 18, who is physically fit (this can be worked on), doesn't suffer from vertigo, claustrophobia or dislike the sight of blood. They need good common sense, to be enthusiastic, reliable and honest. If this sounds of interest, please visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oncallfirefighters
Future events Good Friday 19th April, 2019 - The Peter O'Sullevan Lambourn Open Day – see attached poster: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/9d88bd14-8dd0-4061-b093-f2cf33c6cf95/LOD_2019_Poster_v.2.01.pdf
Uffington benefice The Weekly Sheet for Sunday 24 March 2019 is here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/cca81ca7-11da-4223-8a5b-bf4cf1522780/wsh_2019_03_24.pdf
This is an urgent appeal on behalf of Uffington Parish Council.
Did you know?
4 of the current 6 members of Uffington Parish Council are over the age of 70 and some of them are planning to stand down in May
Between them, the 6 Councillors have over 50 years' experience of serving on a parish council
Parish councillors are volunteers and act in a non-political capacity
No special skills are required; all that is necessary is a willingness to contribute to the well-being of the village
If positions cannot be filled, the Vale District Council may have to nominate people until we can co-opt locally, and we might lose control of what happens in our village.
This is neither threat nor blackmail. We just want to encourage people to put themselves forward for election in the long term interests of the village. You would not be thrown in at the deep end but as a minimum you would be expected to attend our monthly evening meetings, read parish council e-mails, and contribute to discussions on the issues arising.
Elections take place every 4 years and we need new blood. Nomination forms have to be delivered to the Vale District Council by 4.00 pm on 3rd April, but an election will only be triggered if more than 6 people put themselves forward for election to the 6 places on the Council.
To find out more about the running of the Council and what being a councillor entails please feel free to speak to any member for more information.
Missing persons appeal I understand that the two boys missing yesterday have been found; many thanks to an Uffington resident who saw them and rang the Police.
Spring tidy of the Jubilee Field Meet tomorrow morning at the Village Hall, at 10.00 am. The forecast at the moment is windy but dry!
Winter Lunches The last of the 7 Winter Warmer lunches was held on 25th February, and we have now handed the magnificent profit of £1,230 to the PTA, who will in time let us know to what use they will put these funds. We were delighted and heartened by the numbers of people who came, often on cold and miserable days, to enjoy a simple lunch in the hall, and to donate so generously. There was always a buzz of conversation at the long tables, so we think that the varied company had as much to do with the success as the food!
Thank you to everyone who supported the lunches (and particular thanks to those who stayed and helped clear up afterwards), and you may be pleased to hear that we plan to continue them, starting in the autumn, so watch out for our publicity later in the year. Fenella, Hilary, June, Nikki and Sarah.
Story of first woman infiltrated into France as radio operator during WW2 to be told by author Shrabani Basu in Oxfordshire this month Best-selling author Shrabani Basu will be coming to Oxfordshire on 29th March 2019 to speak about the story of the first woman to be infiltrated into occupied France as an SOE (Special Operations Executive) radio operator during the Second World War – Noor Inayat Khan.
The talk will take place at Banbury Town Hall, starting at 7pm on 29th March, and will be a fundraiser for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, based in Woodstock. The museum includes a 'Secret War' exhibit featuring Noor Inayat Khan and other women involved in wartime espionage operations along with its other county and regimental collections. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the museum's work in preserving the county's military heritage and launch a series of events and exhibitions focusing on the Second World War as numerous key anniversary commemorations approach. See the press release attached: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/a401a8fb-4cd0-458a-9014-5bef944e7de6/Shrabani_Basu_Spy_Princess_Press_Release.pdf
Scam Warning - Fake TV Licensing Emails An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.
How you can protect yourself:
Don't click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
Don't assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.
What to do if you've fallen victim:
Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.
If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Friends of the Ridgeway Vale of White Horse Group meeting The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 21st March at 7:30 p.m., at Old Town Hall, Faringdon. Speaker: Sarah Wright. Topic: Update on the Ridgeway National Trail. Meeting Charge: £5 non-members, £3 members Further details: Phone 01367 710743.
We are appealing to the public to assist in the search and location of two missing teenage boys last seen at Faringdon Community College this morning. They are believed to be travelling on foot together and within the Rural Vale area between Faringdon, Shrivenham and The Ridgeway.
Callum Holmes is a white male, 150 cm tall with short dark hair. Clothing is not known but is not believed to be school uniform. Oliver Chaston-Rogers is a white male, around 160cm tall with medium length dark brown hair. Both are 13 years old.
We would request that landowners, farmers and the public check outbuilidngs, barns and areas of woodland to help locate the two boys as soon as possible. If found or sighted please call 999.
Officers are out searching and we have concerns for their safety and well being.