7 December 2018

Village news 7 December 2018

Village news 7 December 2018
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Uffington Village News 7 December 2018

Carol singing in the 'Fox & Hounds
Friday 7th December 7pm for 'The Harbour Project' for Asylum seekers – see attached: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/4178b431-4115-4fa6-be26-333182f959a2/carols_in_pub_2018_flyer.02.pdf
Winter warmer lunch
Our last lunch of this year will be held on Tuesday 11th December from 12 - 1.30pm in the village hall.  As usual there will be soup, a hearty stew, bread and cheese, tea and coffee.  We request donations to cover our costs and the hire of the hall, and any profit will go to Uffington School PTA.  We will be continuing these lunches in January and February - dates to be announced soon.
Commemorative tree planting
The Parish Council is to plant a tree on the Jubilee Field to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.  This will take place on Saturday 15th December at 10.30 am with a short planting ceremony and a blessing.  The site is just north of the ring of oak trees. Anyone is welcome to attend, and afterwards coffee will be served in the village hall.
Uffington Farmers and Craft Market
Uffington Farmers and Craft Market is back for Christmas! Sunday 16th December 10 am to 12 noon in the village hall. Usual stalls plus The Uffington Café and free parking.
The Museum is selling White Horse jewellery which would make lovely Christmas presents - details on the attached poster:  There will also be a stall at the Uffington Market on the 16th December.
Wantage Concert Brass Band
At St Mary's Uffington on Friday 14 December at 7.30pm. Tickets - £8, £6 and £1 - at Uffington Post Office or on the door.
Advance Notice - Temporary Road Closure - Uffington, Shotover
We have been notified that a short section of road at Shotover will be closed from 18 February 2019 for up to 2 weeks, to allow OCC to repair the damaged culvert under the road. There will be access to frontages between the T junction at Shotover to Stonehaven. 
The alternative route for traffic affected by the closure is :-Woolstone Road-Marsh Way-Unnamed road to B4507-B4507-Broadway and vice versa.  A map of this diversion is displayed on the Parish Council notice board.
Uffington & Baulking Neighbourhood Plan - District Consultation Period - 6 December 2018 - 24 January 2019
The NP was submitted to the Vale District Council on 25 October. The VWHDC has now confirmed that the Plan was valid and has started the next stage of the process. The 6 week Consultation Period will run from 6 December 2018 to 24 January 2019 (the period has been extended by 1 week to allow for the Christmas and New Year holiday periods). You can view the neighbourhood plan and supporting documents at:
The website also has details of how to leave comments.

Hard copies are available to view at St Mary's Church, Uffington and at St Nicholas Church, Baulking during normal opening times. The documents are also available to view at Vale of White Horse District Council's office, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am and 4.30pm on Fridays. 
 Following the consultation period, the process is then as follows:
  • Comments from this consultation will be collated and passed, with the unchanged Plan, to the appointed Examiner.
  • The Examiner will consider the Plan and make any recommendations for changes required prior to holding the Referendum.
  • The Examiner's recommendations will be considered and incorporated as necessary.
  • The Referendum will be organised by the VWHDC and run in the same manner as local or national elections.
  • Subject to a successful outcome of the Referendum (which requires a simple majority vote for it to be carried), the Plan will then become 'made' (adopted). The Referendum will probably be held in or around May 2019.
  • The made Plan will then form, along with the Local Plan Parts 1 and 2 (the latter currently being considered by the Examiner and not yet adopted), part of the 'Development Plan' for the District and which will be used to help determine future Planning Applications.
This information can also be seen on the village website here https://www.uffington.net/community-neighbourhood-plans/  this includes a link to further detail on the NP website.  
From the Vale
Increased charges to help tackle empty homes problem. Hundreds of empty homes in southern Oxfordshire could be brought back into use as a result of increased charges proposed by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils. See: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-12/increased-charges-help-tackle-empty-homes-problem
From OCC
Oxfordshire Matters; the Council's November newsletter is available here:  https://mailchi.mp/f4991c399589/oxfordshire-matters-november-2018?e=8a2a2b30de
Uffington benefice
The Weekly Sheet for 9 December is here:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/a3850b04-8923-4cc0-a0e8-3c2a3fd4e6d8/wsh_2018_12_09.pdf

30 November 2018

Village news 30 November 2018

Village news 30 November 2018
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Uffington Village News 2 November 2018

The Parish Council is very pleased to announce that an order has been placed for six defibrillators, as a result of the initiative jointly undertaken by Uffington, Baulking and Woolstone. We do not have a firm delivery date yet, but it is anticipated to be within the next 2 to 3 weeks.  Once we have received the defibrillators we will arrange installation (which will probably take a further couple of weeks). They will be installed in the following locations:
  1. Uffington: The Fox and Hounds, Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington Sports Club and the telephone box opposite St Mary's Church
  2. Baulking: The telephone box opposite St Nicholas Church.
  3. Woolstone: The White Horse Inn.
The cost of the project is over £11,000 and we are extremely grateful to Cllr Yvonne Constance's Councillor Priority Fund and the White Horse Show Trust; both organisations have made substantial grants to enable this project to proceed.  
The donation tins in the village shop, the Fox & Hounds and White Horse Inn, started by Alison & Nicky, will continue, with proceeds used towards advertising the location of the defibrillators; thank you to everybody who has contributed - it is gratifying to see such enthusiastic public support for this project.
As we get closer to installation, please keep your eyes open for information about training; Tory Russ will be running a number of sessions in all three villages. We would like as many people as possible to attend a training session - it could be your relative or friend in need. Dates and locations will be advised.
Uffington Wed Walk 5th December 2018
HI Everyone.  For our December walk on Wed 5th we will be repeating a route from earlier in the year which was very popular. A circular walk from Childrey taking in Letcombe Regis and Letcombe Bassett - five miles.
Meeting as always in the car park of Uffington Village Hall where we will car share to Childrey leaving at 9.30.  For those who would like to meet us in Childrey we will assemble outside the coffee shop.
As it is the last walk of the year we thought it would be pleasant to stop for a coffee in the Childrey coffee shop at the end of the walk.(And as we will have already used up the calories perhaps a seasonal mince pie!) If those of you who would like to stop for a coffee could let me know I will let the coffee shop know numbers in advance. We should finish the walk at about 12.00 in case anyone would like to just come straight to the coffee shop.
Fingers crossed the weather will be dryer next week but we're not expecting to avoid the mud in December in Oxfordshire!  Verity Pamela and Lilly
'Up the Hill Walk' - Wed 12th Dec
For those of you who would like to join the 'Up The Hill' gang. The meeting time will be at 9.30 on Wed 12th Dec in the village hall car park. Apologies but I won't be able to join the group on that day.  I will leave it to those attending to decide on your route 'up the hill' for this month. As we are a relatively small group perhaps you'd like to let me know if you intend going along so I can let anyone who wants to know the likely number of walkers.
Verity Cavanagh
White Horse Garden Club - December/Christmas Meeting 2018 – Thursday 6th   December at 7.30pm.
Annual General Meeting followed by: 'BEER & HOPS'.  A talk by the White Horse Brewery with samples and goods for sale.  Seasonal refreshments. Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington, Faringdon  SN7 7RA.
Members free.  Visitors £3.00.  Xmas raffle £1.
Further information:  Pamela Preene 01367-820251 or parrottspreene@aol.com
Carol singing in the 'Fox & Hounds
Friday 7th December 7pm for 'The Harbour Project' for Asylum seekers – see attached: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/f00f7b58-9205-4c2a-88c7-d9479972133a/carols_in_pub_2018_flyer.01.pdf
Wantage Concert Brass Band
At St Mary's Uffington on Friday 14 December at 7.30pm. Tickets - £8, £6 and £1 - at Uffington Post Office or on the door.
Date For Your 2019 Diary
An afternoon of friendly bridge with a really good tea will be held on Tuesday 12 February, 2 – 5pm, at the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, in aid of all our 4 old Churches of Baulking, Shellingford, Uffington and Woolstone.  Please come if you're a Bridge player (and bring some friends) – any offers of help and contributions towards the tea would be greatly appreciated.
Linda Lord (820134), Tricia Northmoor (718985), Patricia Dalrymple (821063) and Joanna Jenkins (820776)
From the Vale
The Vale has made a Community Award to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group; the citation (topped and tailed) is as follows:  'The award is a group nomination for the team who drew up the Uffington and Baulking neighbourhood plan.  In making the nomination, it was commented that the team had a patient and thorough approach to the work and that they communicated well with residents.' The certificate is attached:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/81e4318b-a758-482a-a735-3380011b1574/Vale_Award_to_uffington_and_baulking.pdf
Congratulations to the NP SG.
Special Christmas edition of Vale News – see attached: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/f3975b9f-6227-4aa4-9de9-199437e1a7e7/Vale_news_Christmas_2018.pdf
This includes links to information on waste collections over Christmas, how to dispose of your Christmas tree and how to prepare for winter weather.
How to claim for damage to your vehicle from potholes & poor roads
You may be able to claim compensation if your vehicle has been damaged by a potholes or poor road.  The organisation you contact depends on where the road is and the type of road. Note that you can't claim compensation if debris from another vehicle caused the damage. Contact your insurer instead. To make a claim, follow the information here:-
From the Police
Theft of Red Diesel. TVP are appealing for witnesses following a burglary overnight on the 23/11 - 24/11 (Fri-Sat). Unknown offenders broke into a barn on the road running through Idstone (near Faringdon) and stole red diesel from a tank. Please review the security of your barns and outbuildings.

If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area or have any information relating to this message please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101 and quote ref: 43180360618.

Uffington benefice
The Weekly Sheet for 2 December is here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/54349c22-f84d-421c-9ae2-e5b1c3e30377/wsh_2018_12_02_2_.pdf

23 November 2018

Village news 23 November 2018

Village news 23 November 2018
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Uffington Village News 23 November 2018

Uffington Twinning Association
For several years the Uffington Twinning Association has ceased to function.   At last its affairs and finances have been properly wound up and it is felt that, as a community organisation, its closure should be formally announced and documented. Please see the attached statement: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/7c71973c-35d4-432a-8858-82a14877f1a8/Closure_of_Uffington_Twinning_Association.pdf
Beat the winter blues!
You are warmly invited to join your neighbours, friends and villagers you don't yet know for our Simple Winter Lunches from 12 noon – 1.30pm, on Tuesday 27th November and 11th December in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington.
Sample menu: chicken and vegetable casserole; Tomato soup with crusty bread; Pasta and grated cheese (can be added to soup); Tea and coffee; Vegetarian and gluten-free options always available.  No set charge but a small donation is welcome with proceeds to Uffington School PTA

Everyone and all ages welcome!  For more details call Fenella on 01367 820230 or Nikki on 07580 983956.

From the Vale
Nominations are now open to put businesses, managers, leaders and entrepreneurs forward for the South and Vale business awards: see: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-11/south-and-vale-business-awards-nominations-open
From the Police
Please note that incidents can be reported online on the TVP website; it's been live for 3 weeks & in some instances is quicker than trying to call 101.
See: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report
The Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter for November 2018 is attached - note it includes the same point as above: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/b3fc9bda-53ab-4b64-99bf-7f9bac72cb20/Faringdon_NH_newsletter_Nov18.pdf
The latest Thames Valley newsletter from Matthew Barber (Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner) is here: https://mailchi.mp/matthewbarber/november2018?e=1a0db8a8b7
Beauty Spot Thefts
Members of the public have identified a Blue Toyota Celica with partial registration N131 *** as being of interest to us in relation to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Ashbury area that occurred on 19 November. A suspicious vehicle matching this description was last sighted in the Sparsholt area.  We ask for people to be vigilant at rural beauty spots and report any concerns of suspicious behaviour immediately.https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/242693309/email.gif
Black Friday - How to Shop Online Safely
Software updates
Make sure you've installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.
Email accounts 
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
Don't click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Payment methods 
Don't pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk
Looking for a home…………………
I have a colour printer, with fax and scan capability, for disposal. It is an HP Color Laser Jet CM 1312 nfi MFP with four functioning toner cartridges installed. It is probably 7 or 8 years old and was in good working order when it was replaced in October. First offer secures; no guarantees given or implied. Contact 01367 820776.
Uffington benefice
The Weekly Sheet for 25 November is here:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/a21beb05-2d29-48d1-bb95-e052b165ccc1/wsh_2018_11_25.pdf

16 November 2018

Village news 16 November 2018

Village news 16 November 2018
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Uffington Village News 16 November 2018

Entry to primary or infant school – September 2019
The notice attached will be important to parents of children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/a999af27-89f2-48b8-bad3-efeb7fd9f18b/Entry_to_primary_or_infant_school_September_2019.pdf
Uffington Baulking And Woolstone Minibus
The Annual General Meeting of the UBW Minibus Association will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday next, 19th November 2018, in the small hall of the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. Members are warmly encouraged to attend and take part in the running of their association. All villagers are welcome to attend the meeting, and to join the association, which is the only community transport undertaking serving the villages.
Drinks will be available from 7.15 p.m.
The Uffington Craft Group
The Uffington Craft Group will be starting up this month. The first meeting will take place at Brook Cottage, High Street, on Thursday, 22 November, 10:30am-12:30pm. If you're unsure how to get there, please email karyn@romeisfamily.com to ask for directions. 
If you're interested, but unable to manage a day time group, please get in touch with Karyn. If there is enough interest, she will establish an evening group, too. The first session will involve making really simple Christmas wreaths out of scraps, as well as planning the future of the group. 
Price: free (although you might like to make a small donation if you use any of Karyn's materials). Please take: scraps of fabric, yarn, buttons, trims, ribbon, or whatever you have lying around in the sort of colours you might like for your wreath. If you have a polystyrene or metal ring to hand, take it along, but don't fret if you don't - Karyn has some spares.
Please let Karyn know (email address as above) if you're planning to attend, so that she can prepare accordingly.
Singers wanted
I am looking for singers, particularly bass or tenor to join our small choir to sing at the carol service in St. Mary's church at 6:00 pm on Sunday 23rd December.  First rehearsal on Wednesday 28th November at 7:30pm in Norton House, Broad Street.  Please contact Carl on 820230.

Carols in the pub – Friday 7 December at 7.00 pm
More information here:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/b5f4d483-b1a3-4a15-b466-8ed50997ce0c/carols_in_pub_2018_flyer.pdf
Clearance of Baulking Bridleway 9 (leading to Kingston Lisle and Sparsholt)
Bridleway 9 has been cleared recently, leaving it suitable for horse riders and cyclists as well as walkers, so that everybody may now use it, without being scratched by brambles or walloped by overhanging branches. BR9 is the one that starts in the west just south of Baulking railway bridge, then goes east parallel to the railway before turning SE towards Hale Farm.  With thanks to the Vale Path Volunteers (VPV), path maintenance group of the VOWH Ramblers group.
Ridgeway winter newsletter 2018
Here's our latest newsletter full of stories of inspiring people and also ideas for your adventures in 2019. See attached: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/d26e7a53-1837-4ee1-82a8-31935c7971a5/RW_Newsletter_WINTER_2018.pdf
or here: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/news/ridgeway-winter-newsletter-1
From Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service - Cooking fires
All it takes is one distraction. Did you know that 1 in 3 people rescued from house fires in Oxfordshire are rescued from cooking fires? It's easy to get distracted – the phone rings, there is someone at the door or a TV show catches your attention. If you need to leave your cooking, even for a couple of minutes:
  • Turn down the heat
  • Set the timer
  • Or, ask someone to watch it for you
Or you could find that Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters join you for dinner! Find out more at: www.365alive.co.uk/cooking
From the Vale
Modifications to Vale's Local Plan Part Two. Vale of White Horse district councillors will be voting on a proposed response to the Planning Inspector relating to Local Plan Pt Two; more information here: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-11/modifications-vales-local-plan-part-two
Letter from the council leader to the Minister for Housing on the subject of affordable housing in the Vale; see: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-11/letter-leader-council-minister-housing-subject-affordable-housing-vale
Free parking on certain days in the run up to Christmas; see: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-11/hunting-presents-free-parking-certain-days-run-christmas
Free swimming for a month for people with diabetes – more information here: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-11/free-swimming-month-people-diabetes
Beat the winter blues!
You are warmly invited to join your neighbours, friends and villagers you don't yet know for our Simple Winter Lunches  from 12 noon – 1.30pm, on Tuesday 27th November and 11th December in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington.
Sample menu: chicken and vegetable casserole; Tomato soup with crusty bread; Pasta and grated cheese (can be added to soup); Tea and coffee
Vegetarian and gluten-free options always available.  No set charge but a small donation is welcome with proceeds to Uffington School PTA

Everyone and all ages welcome!  For more details call Fenella on 01367 820230  or Nikki on 07580 983956
From Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice Bureau
Please find attached a press release issued by Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale, about the Warm Home Discount scheme: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/873c5d8b-bc23-4832-9fa6-8b6e2198271a/Warm_Home_Discount_article.pdf
A contact point for Citizens Advice is provided if you have any queries.
From the Police
Beauty spot thefts. Please be vigilant around rural beauty spot locations. The Faringdon and Wantage area suffered 8 thefts from vehicles over a 2 day period last week at varying times of the day. This has included theft of registration plates and smashed windows enabling suspects to search through concealed areas of storage/glove boxes within cars. The most recent information suggests offenders were using a dark coloured Volkswagen Golf, however, the suspects are stealing and regularly changing the displayed registration plates.

Please report any suspicious activity on 999 to enable us the best opportunity to locate and catch these offenders operating in our rural areas.
Uffington benefice
The Weekly Sheet for 18 November is here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c90a1a7b6d1f693a28c947f92/files/605661e6-41c2-418a-8923-8cb2ee54605e/wsh_2018_11_18_2_.pdf