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October 2014: RAF Benson flight times

RAF Benson publish the expected flying programme on thier website on a weekly basis: www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/flyinginfo/flyingprogramme.cfm.

October 2014: Bus Subsidy review - no. 125

OCC has now included the no. 125 (Thame, Watlington, Ewelme, Benson, Crowmarsh Wallingford) service run by Go Ride / Whites coaches in the current Bus Subsidy review. Comment on this service to The Parish Clerk, Susan Rance at 2 Home Farm, Crowmarsh or susanrance@btinternet.com before the 10 November 2014.

September 2014: Benson Lock footpath

The Parish Council has been informed that work is due to start on Benson Lock footpath in the week commencing 22 September and should take approximately 6 weeks.

September 2014: Hare coursing

Information here

September 2014: Mongewell site planning application goes before SODC Planning Committee

The applications for the former Carmel College site, Mongewell Park, will come before the SODC Planning Committee on Monday 8th September, 6pm. Further details: http://democratic.southoxon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=123&MId=1725

August 2014: Tour of Britain cycle event road closure - Friday 12 September

Section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 31 Road Traffic Act 1988 VALE OF WHITE HORSE AND SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICTS(TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE)(SPECIAL EVENT)ORDER 2014

Oxfordshire County Council has received a request from Sweetspot Group Ltd to hold the Oxfordshire Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle event 2014 across part of the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire Districts. The event is taking place on Friday 12 September and police will operate a rolling road closure throughout to minimise access from adjoining roads and to hold oncoming traffic etc. until the cyclists have safely passed; traffic control will be by Police and marshals between approximately 11am and 3pm. There will also be No Waiting for vehicles on the roads including for spectators.

Click here for the legal restriction notice for the event which details the arrangements along the route.

Click here for the publicity map of the cycle route for your information.

If you require further information or have any queries please contact Andy Hawes from Sweetspot Group Ltd as follows:

Andy Hawes - Route Director
Sweetspot Group Ltd
Rathbone House
4a Heath Road
Weybridge
Surrey
KT13 8TB

T: +44 (0) 8701 128 650
M: +44 (0) 7710 477 063
E: hawesa@thetour.co.uk
W: www.sweetspotgroup.co.uk

July 2014: Carmel College applications - deferred consideration

SODC officers have taken the decision to defer consideration of the Carmel College applications from the Planning Committee meeting on 23 July until a later date. Items 7 & 8 will not therefore be considered. They will inform the Parish Council when they will be presented to the Planning Committee.

9 July 2014: Bus re-routing

Buses are not coming through Crowmarsh today because of the emergency road closure to carry out roadworks in Wallingford. We are expecting buses to go round Crowmarsh on the way to Reading and via the top end of the Street and Benson Lane on the way to Oxford - possibly until 18th July. Should we receive any further information we will keep you updated.

Parish Council.

July 2014: Blood Donor Session - 27 August 2014

The National Blood Service next blood donor session will be held on 27 August at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Attendance times are between 1.30- 3.30pm and 4.15- 7.15pm.

To donate at this session please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment. Attendance by appointment is strongly recommend. New donors are always welcome. Please ring the number above for further information.

June 2014: Soldiers of Oxfordshire (SOFO) Museum opening

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire (SOFO) Museum is opening to the public from Sunday June 15th at 2pm. For full information click here to view press release.

May 2014: Freedom Parade - Wednesday 25 June 2014 - 4pm start

On 25 June RAF intend to use Stephen's Field to form up before the march begins at 4pm. As there are quite a number of servicemen taking part the indication is a shuttle bus will operate between RAF Benson and this forming up point and I suspect servicemen will be in this area for about an hour or so.

The likelihood is you may very well be more familiar with the RAF Exercising their Freedom than I but if not, they begin the march there, then march over the bridge before turning left onto St Martin’s Street and into the Market Place. The parade then marches onto St Leonard’s Square via St Mary’s St, returning down St Martin’s Street, turning left onto the High Street and onto the Kinecroft and a rolling road closure has been organised to accommodate this.

April 2014: Groundwater and Crowmarsh Gifford - report by Dr N. Robins

Full report.pdf

Summary

Groundwater flowing down from the Chiltern Hills scarp slope within the Chalk aquifer discharges along a spring line within the Lower Chalk. The spring line occurs at the diffuse junction between the permeable fractured chalk and the marls towards the base of the Lower Chalk. These marls act as a confining layer to the underlying Upper Greensand aquifer. The chalk groundwater is forced upwards to discharge as springs: one near Crowmarsh at Marsh Wood, to the north of the village, one at Mongewell and one at North Stoke. There are also numerous underground discharges into the First Terrace Thames Gravels, a silt matrix granular deposit of moderate permeability that rest on top of the Chalk in the Thames Valley near Wallingford. The gravels normally discharge the received water and direct rainfall recharge down hydraulic gradient into the River Thames, but when the river is overbank and the Chiltern Hills are thoroughly wetted up, spring discharge to surface may occur. One such ephemeral spring is that at 119 The Street. In addition, surface flooding may occur wherever the gravels are thin. This is a problem in the field behind Thames Mead where ponding occurs during the wetter winter months.

To download the full report click here.

March 2014: Newnham Manor Consultation Event

SODC new housing in Crowmarsh consultation including open-table workshops at Crowmarsh Village Hall on Saturday 15th March. Doors open at 9.30am. Workshops from 10am - 3.30pm. Over the coming months SODC will be deciding which sites within Crowmarsh Gifford are appropriate for future residential development. Come and share your views.

February 2014: Science Exchange Wallingford - At our New Venue!

What is a Cyber Attack and why it should matter to all of us?

Tuesday 18th March, 7.30pm, Wallingford School Library, OX10 8HH

Science Exchange Wallingford has moved to a LARGER venue. The first of our FREE science events in Wallingford School Library in January 2014 was a great success. We are once again looking forward to welcoming you to Wallingford School on 18th March 2014 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm when light refreshments will be available.

Information technology is a fundamental part of our lives, whether working, shopping, using public transport, or organising our social lives. The security of the systems we use is therefore important to all of us. Debrett's recently named Professor Creese one of the 500 most influential people in Britain in recognition of her work in cyber security. She has worked in industry and academia and leads research in many important areas of e-security including threat modelling and detection, network defence, and dependability and resilience.

Science Exchange Wallingford’s next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th March in Wallingford School Library, St George’s Road, Wallingford. We are grateful that the support of local company Triaster, Wallingford School and the generosity of our speakers ensures that each event is free to attend. We are also privileged to be a Café Scientifique

www.cafescientifique.org

February 2014: Blood Donor Session - 6 May 2014

The National Blood Service next blood donor session will be held on 6 May at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Attendance times are between 1.30- 3.30pm and 4.15- 7.15pm.

To donate at this session please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment. Attendance by appointment is strongly recommend. New donors are always welcome. Please ring the number above for further information.

February 2014: Flooding information and advice from South Oxfordshire District Council - Friday 7 February 2014

LATEST INFORMATION

  • Water levels on Oxfordshire rivers have responded to further rainfall and have risen once more.
  • There are a number of road closures and Environment Agency flood alerts and warnings in the county
  • properties near to land which is already saturated maybe at risk of flash flooding.

Advice:

  • for advice on the measures homes and businesses in at-risk areas can take please click on the relevant menu tabs on the left hand side on www.southoxon.gov.uk/flooding.
  • to see if you are in an area liable to flood please see the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ and via the Environment Agency Flood Map
  • please make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation
  • please assist vulnerable residents
  • keep an eye on Oxfordshire County Council and Environment Agency websites
  • follow the County Council's Twitter feed, and also by using #oxonflood
  • please be aware of road closures and public transport disruption, listen to local radio for the latest updates
  • please do not drive through flooded water – you could put your own life at risk, damage your vehicle or other peoples’ properties
  • please do not drive down roads that are closed due to flooding
  • please do not walk along paths next to rivers.

Important telephone numbers:

  • if you're in a life threatening situation then please dial the emergency services on 999
  • if it is a none urgent call then please call the emergency service on 101
  • to report flooding from a sewer please call Thames Water on 0845 9200 900 or visit Thames Water's Sewer Flooding page.

Information about sandbags:

  • residents and property owners are strongly advised to make their own arrangements and ensure that they have sandbags ready to protect their property if necessary
  • if you are in genuine need of sandbags you can collect them from the car park at South Oxfordshire District Council offices in Crowmarsh Gifford
  • please only take the number of sandbags that are genuinely required to cover external doorways
  • we will do our best to keep sandbag dumps stocked up throughout the weekend
  • if sandbags become available from other locations details will be published here
  • for a helpful guide on how to build an effective sand bag wall please see this YouTube video.

Important:

The council can not guarantee the supply of sandbags to any premises, so residents and property owners are strongly advised to make their own arrangements to protect their property, particularly if they live in a flood plain or if they know their property is susceptible to flooding.

Travel and transport:

  • for a list of roads which are closed as a result of flooding please see Oxfordshire County Council's flooding update page
  • you can get live service updates, including SMS text alerts, from Oxfordshire bus companies at http://www.oxontime.com/
  • check rail departures from the National Rail live departure board
  • check the county council's live travel information and listen for updates on local radio.

Who is responsible for what:

  • the property owner – ensuring that their own property is protected, being prepared to vacate your house if necessary
  • Environment Agency – determines the level of flood warning and works to alleviate potential flooding issues
  • Oxfordshire County Council – road closures and sand bag distribution (working with other agencies)
  • South Oxfordshire District Council – sand bag dumps and direct sand bag distribution to those at greatest need (working with county council)
  • Thames Water - is responsible for maintaining sewers - to report flooding from a sewer please call 0845 9200 900 or visit Thames Water's Sewer Flooding page.

Communications Team

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

communications@southandvale.gov.uk

January 2014: Flooding

For the latest flood warnings and information, see the Environment Agency website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods)

Photos from around the village.

January 2014: GO Active South Oxfordshire - January News

This month there are a lot of options to help you have an active 2014:

  • For those 50+: attend our Thame Leisure Centre taster days - Tai Chi, Pilates, Senior Circuits, Zumba, Badminton
  • For those 60+: Attend our FREE Fitness MOT events
  • Whether your goal is to run the Sport Relief Mile, Oxford Race for Life or complete your first Park Run, our jogging courses can help you from zero to hero!
  • Get more out of your walks, learn to Nordic Walk and work you whole body, burn more calories and lessen the impact on your joints
  • Get involved with the Active Workplace Challenge - a national campaign where employees log their activities online for "points". Active travel to work through to participation in sports such as swimming, football and golf will all add up, enabling workplaces nationally to track progress and compete in national and local leader boards.
  • If you currently do NO exercise, let us help you with our one month unlimited swim membership for only £5.
  • Need motivation to be healthier, fitter? Attend the Summer Town Clinic "Healthy Resolutions" evening Wednesday 8 January 7.30 pm. Visit their website for more details.

Take a look at the selection of activities below or go to www.getoxfordshireactive.org for full activity listings.

January 2014: Footpaths re-opened at North Farm, Shillingford

All of the footpaths at North Farm, Shillingford have been re-opened following the closures which were put in place while the first phase of Earth Trust's River of Life project took place.

Earth Trust is currently fund raising for the second and third phases of the project which they hope to start in 2014. Phase two will involve planting newly created reedbeds, planting a wet woodland, sowing wildflower meadows and installing fencing to allow grazing. The third phase will see a new permissive footpath put in place so that people can gain access to the new wetland landscape.

For further information and to get involved see www.earthtrust.org.uk/Our-work/waterandwetlands/RiverofLife.aspx

November 2013: SODC Notice for the commencement of the Community Governance Review

South Oxfordshire District Council has commenced a Community Governance Review of the whole of the district. The purpose of this review is to enable the council to consider what changes, if any, are needed to the existing parish arrangements within the district.

For full details and to view the full notice, click here.

October 2013: PLANNING FOR NEW HOUSING IN CROWMARSH - HAVE YOUR SAY SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER, CROMWARSH PAVILION

After a successful first event in July, South Oxfordshire District Council and Crowmarsh Parish Council would like your local input to help identify where further new housing should be provided in Crowmarsh. We are progressing early stage work for the Local Plan: Sites and General Policies document, which will contain land allocations for around 50 new homes at Crowmarsh Gifford in the period up to 2027.

A 'long list' of possible sites has been drawn up in a document called the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (known as the SHLAA). This is very much a long list and not all of these will be needed for new homes. As a guide the number of new homes will be about the same as the development that has taken place on the former Lister Wilder site. The map (click here to view pdf map) shows all the land around Crowmarsh that has been assessed, they have a range of strengths and weaknesses, which you can read about on SODC's website in the SHLAA document (see http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/planning-and-building/planning-policy/evidence-studies/strategic-land-availabili).

Please come along to the next drop-in event to give us your views on the sites, so that we understand which development options are more or less popular with local people.

Details of the event are:
Venue: The Pavilion, Crowmarsh Gifford Recreation Ground
Date: Saturday 12 October 2013
Time: 11am – 3pm
Please come along and help us shape the future of Crowmarsh.

Kind regards,

Lucy Murfett
Principal Policy Officer
Planning Service
South Oxfordshire District Council
Direct line 01491 823722

October 2013: GO Active South Oxfordshire Newsletter

Staying physically active this winter will help improve your health and fight the winter blues. Try out a new activity or get back into a sport you haven't played for a while. Here are some ideas:

  • Join a women's only Breeze bike ride
  • Find local cycle routes on www.cycle-route.com or find a cycle buddy to keep you motivated
  • There is always the indoor option of spinning classes at your local Leisure Centres when the weather gets really bad!
  • If you are in need of gentle exercise to de-stress your mind and body then sign up for Tai Chi
  • Line up for a Line Dancing class or wiggle it in a Brazilian Dance class
  • Feeling lonely on your runs? Then join a local run group ...
  • Already a runner, then sign up for Marlow Half Marathon, 3 November 2013
  • Turn your winter walks into a workout with Nordic Walking poles, attend a free taster session ...
  • If team sports is more your thing, we could offer you a social netball session
  • If you are 19 - 25 years of age, or know someone in that age category, get in contact. With Sport England funding money we can offer subsidised gym memberships! Save money and get fit!

Take a look at the selection of activities below or visit www.getoxfordshireactive.org for full activity listings.

October 2013: Neighbourhood Policing Meetings

A ‘Have Your Say’ meeting will be held with the local PCSO Jennie Cox on Monday 7 October 9.00 – 9.30 am at Crowmarsh Gifford Primary School.

An ideal opportunity for local residents to meet their locval police officers and PCSOs. No appointment necessary. If you miss this, other dates at Brightwell, Wittenham and Huntercombe are on the police website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk

October 2013: Annual Chilterns Forum

15 November 2013; 9.45 -1 pm. Radnage Village Hall near High Wycombe

  • Hear the latest about the Board’s work: conservation, planning, chalk streams, HS2, woodland management, tourism and more
  • Debate current issues affecting the area such as: threats to our woods from tree diseases, review of the boundary and more
  • Enjoy lunch (£8 per head in advance) and networking with other attendees

All are welcome. Attendance at the event is free but places must be booked in advance. If you would like to stay for lunch there is a charge of £8 per head in advance, £10 if paid on the day.

Please complete the booking form available on the Chilterns AONB Events website and return to the Board by 1st November at the latest.

October 2013: Chilterns AONB Management Plan 2014-2019

Public consultation period on the draft 5-year management plan, including wildlife conservation; maintaining the special character of the villages; tackling intrusive development; supporting economic activity of benefit to the landscape. Comments can be made until 13 December 2013. See www.chilternsaonb.org/management-plan

October 2013: Lister Wilder Application

Residents may be interested in the planning application reference P13/S2820/FUL by Lister Wilder Ltd. to add three more workshop bays to their development between the Old Reading Road and the A4074; to amend the landscape screen planting condition imposed by the original planning approval; and to add more night lighting.

Although the formal consultation period ends on the 7th October, residents can still submit comments. The full application can be seen online by putting in Find a Planning Application – South Oxfordshire District Council / Comment on a Planning Application / enter the P13/S2820/FUL number in the search box at the top right of the page / scroll down to the large application number / then click to view the full application and plans and to comment.

October 2013: County Council Services Review

Launch of the ‘Talking Oxfordshire’ consultation on best delivery of services with a required further £60m cut in expenditure. There will be five public meetings across Oxfordshire, all 7.30 – 9.00 pm:

Monday 14 October – Banbury, Town Hall
Tuesday 15 October, Oxford, County Hall
Monday 21 October, Wantage, Civic Hall
Wednesday 23 October, Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre
Thursday 24 October, Witney, Henry Box School

If you can’t make a meeting, see the County Council website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk for further details.

September 2013: Planning for new housing in Crowmarsh

After a successful first event in July, South Oxfordshire District Council and Crowmarsh Parish Council would like your local input to help identify where further new housing should be provided in Crowmarsh. We are progressing early stage work for the Local Plan: Sites and General Policies document, which will contain land allocations for around 50 new homes at Crowmarsh Gifford in the period up to 2027.

A 'long list' of possible sites has been drawn up in a document called the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (known as the SHLAA). This is very much a long list and not all of these will be needed for new homes. As a guide the number of new homes will be about the same as the development that has taken place on the former Lister Wilder site. The map (click here to view pdf map) shows all the land around Crowmarsh that has been assessed, they have a range of strengths and weaknesses, which you can read about on SODC's website in the SHLAA document (see http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/planning-and-building/planning-policy/evidence-studies/strategic-land-availabili).

Please come along to the next drop-in event to give us your views on the sites, so that we understand which development options are more or less popular with local people.

Details of the event are:
Venue: The Pavilion, Crowmarsh Gifford Recreation Ground
Date: Saturday 12 October 2013
Time: 11am – 3pm
Please come along and help us shape the future of Crowmarsh.

Kind regards,

Lucy Murfett
Principal Policy Officer
Planning Service
South Oxfordshire District Council
Direct line 01491 823722

September 2013: Public Meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner - South Oxon

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is holding a public meeting in Didcot next month. The event will be an opportunity for the PCC along with the Local Police Area Commander, Andy Boyd, to meet and greet residents and deliver presentations about the role of the PCC and local policing in the South Oxfordshire area. A representative from the Community Safety Partnership will also be in attendance to tell the public more about the work they carry out in the area.

Attendees can ask questions and feedback any concerns they may have about policing and crime.

The meeting will take place at Didcot Civic Centre on Monday 14 October at 7pm.

July 2013: Blood Donor Session - 29 August 2013

The National Blood Service next blood donor session will be held on 29 August at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Attendance times are between 1.30- 3.30pm and 4.15- 7.15pm.

To donate at this session please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment. Attendance by appointment is strongly recommend. New donors are always welcome. Please ring the number above for further information.

SODC - South News

The latest issue of South News, can be found at: http://southnews.southoxon.gov.uk/

May 2013: Caring for the Chilterns - have your say

Chilterns Conservation Board have just launched a new 'SurveyMonkey' public survey to gain people's initial opinions on what is important about the Chilterns AONB. It will be open until the end of August. The survey can be accessed via www.surveymonkey.com/s/278HFDB.

April 2013: Taxi tariff consultation

Vale of White Horse and South and Oxfordshire District Councils are consulting residents on the current taxi tariffs and how taxi pricing should work. If you would like to have your say click here for further information. There is an opportunity for one lucky resident to win a £50 high street shopping voucher of their choice.

Sustainable Wallingford Events in April:

Sustainable Wallingford Meeting

Saturday 27th April, 7pm, Centre 70, Goldsmiths Lane, Wallingford< /br> Now that SODC has agreed in its Core Strategy that 550 new homes are to be built on the west side of Wallingford, how can we achieve a place that is part of the community where people will be happy to live?

Sustainable Wallingford have invited a leading local green architect, Opinder Liddar, winner of many architectural awards, to present his ideas after our Annual General Meeting on 27 April - at 7.00 p.m. in Centre 70. Opinder will suggest how principles of good design, sustainability and "place making" might be incorporated into the new development - illustrated by examples to stimulate imagination and discussion.

Come along and join in the discussion. Then join us for the cutting of Sustainable Wallingford's tenth birthday cake!

Sustainable Wallingford SwapShop

Saturday 13th April, 10 to 12, Regal Centre, Wallingford

Another chance to pass on unwanted items that someone else could re-use, and/or pick up something useful. Bring items to swap before 11 a.m. – no clothes please. Details on posters or on the website www.sustainablewallingford.org.

Sustainable Development and Neighbourhood Planning

The South Oxfordshire Sustainability Group and Transition Henley are holding an event on 22nd April 2013 at 7.30pm with the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) to share knowledge and experience of local neighbourhood planning. Everyone welcome. The venue is The King’s Arms Barn, off King’s Road, Henley RG9 2AD (next to the Waitrose car park).

March 2013: Wallingford Neighbourhood Policing update

Click here to view the latest Wallingford Neighbourhood Policing newsletter.

Blood Donor Session - 9 May 2013

The National Blood Service next blood donor session will be held on 9 May at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Attendance times are between 1.30- 3.30pm and 4.15- 7.15pm.

To donate at this session please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment. Attendance by appointment is strongly recommend. New donors are always welcome. Please ring the number above for further information.

December 2012: OxOnline transforming broadband

Broadband is playing an increasingly important role in connecting residents and businesses. OxOnline, a leading partnership supported by all six local authorities in Oxfordshire, is a driving force behind bringing better broadband to Oxfordshire. OxOnline recently finalised and submitted a broadband bid to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a government funding body with a programme for improving nationwide broadband infrastructure.

This week OxOnline is launching a new broadband community toolkit and we need the help of parish councils to do this effectively. We want to get the views of local residents and business as part of our demand registration process. We also want to update people on our recent BDUK funding bid which bring faster broadband (known as “next generation access”) to the county and will be delivered by a private sector partner. This will bring significant benefits to Oxfordshire broadband, with broadband speeds of up to 24Mb available to most of the county by the end of 2015.

We are encouraging both residents and businesses to do a new broadband survey online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/have-your-say-broadband-plan. In terms of getting responses, it is far easier for us to filter the data and responses from the online survey. However, we are also enclosing a paper copy Word document which can be printed off if necessary as well.

Broadband Campaign Manager
Oxfordshire County Council

December 2012: Wallingford U3A events in Crowmarsh

2 January: Ken Fitt, jazz musician and entertainer, will talk about the life and work of Richard Rodgers.

6 February: Gerry Hanson will talk about his book "England, My England" on the anniversary of the Queen's accession.

6 March: Richard Thorpe (Brasenose College Oxford) will speak on "The Art of Political Biography".

Meetings are held in Crowmarsh Gifford Village Hall at 2.00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Visitors are welcome.

The U3A is for people over 50 who are no longer in full-time work. It has self-organised groups that usually meet during the day. Wallingford U3A has groups interested in walking, history, novels, poetry, music, genealogy, computing and islands. There is a lunch club as well as outings and visits.

Call the Secretary for further information: 01865 340850.

December 2012: Community Games is coming to Oxfordshire!

South Oxfordshire District Council have a project called Get Oxfordshire (GO) Active, that aims to get adults in Oxfordshire more active by taking part in organised sporting and exercise activities. Click here to view GO Active December promotion sheet for details of activities near you.

One of the focus areas covers the Run England project which is England Athletics recreational running program. There are numerous running groups in the South Oxfordshire District and new groups springing up as the project progresses. Click here for details of a free beginners jogging course starting in February in Wallingford.

Among other activities, there is a Tai Chi 12 week course taking place in Benson in the New Year. Click here for details.

For further information see the Go Active website.

2012 Poppy Appeal

This is the time of the year when we remember all those who have given so much to keep us safe and secure. We practice our remembrance through the two-minute silence on Armistice Day and again on Remembrance Sunday (this year the same day). As a symbol of our thanks and remembrance we wear a poppy, such a beautiful flower that grew on the fields of such terrible sacrifice.

The proceeds from the sale of poppies go to help service men and women, as well as their loved ones; who have suffered the consequence of serving our country in war and conflict, both in the past and unfortunately still in the present day.

It has lifted all our spirits to see us come together on what has been a fantastic year. The Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics have shown us that we still have a society that can pull together and see the benefit fair play and team spirit. So in that spirit I would like to ask a few small things of you:

Could you spend an hour helping to sell Poppies door to door one evening with me?

For the past few years we have gathered a group of children and parents together on a Saturday afternoon and gone door to door. With a group it is fun and shows our children that they can help others too. This year we will all meet at the village shop at two O'clock on the afternoon of Saturday the third of November and it will take no longer than an hour and a half. Please rip the children form the TV, Xbox, or what ever else and come along.

Come to the remembrance Service at the church at Ten O'clock on Sunday the 11th, followed by the act of remembrance at the lychgate at From 10.50 till 11.00.

If you can help, please call or text me on 07860 134720,

Thanks

Stephen Brown

P.S. When I come knocking on your door over the next two weeks I may have our new dog with me. Please remember, I am selling poppies, not puppies.

Blood Donor Session - Monday 31 December 2012

The National Blood Service next blood donor session will be held on Monday 31 December at Crowmarsh Village Hall.

Attendance time is between 10am and 2.30pm.

To donate at this session please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment. Attendance by appointment is strongly recommend. New donors are always welcome. Please ring the number above for further information.

August 2012: Walk in the Park - 21 October 2012

Oxford Radcliffe Hospital Charitable Fund is organising a three mile sponsored walk around Oxford University Parks, on Sunday 21 October, raising funds for the Oxford University Hospitals.

Now in its fifth year the walk has raised over £110,000 for the Oxford Cancer and Heart Centre's. This year participants can specify the part of the hospital they would like to raise sponsorship for, from anything from wards to research Funds!

Participants can register online by clicking here. Entry costs £7.50 for adults and children under 16 can walk for free.

July 2012: Carmel College development proposals

Comer Homes have made a planning application to the South Oxfordshire DIstrict Council for the redevelopment of the site to provide 166 residential dwellings (C3), refurbishment of Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings including provision of a restaurant community cafe and swimming pool and retention of boating facilities and associated landscaping, access and parking arrangements. The full application (P11/W2357) can be viewed on the SODC website: www.southoxon.gov.uk.

Comments regarding this application must be lodged with the Council by 8 August 2012. Some residents of Mongewell have come together to form the Mongewell Residents Group to encourage residents to participate in the consultations for both the proposed gravel pit in Cholsey and the development proposals for the Carmel College site. For further information about the Mongewell Residents Group, visit their website: http://mongewellresidents.btck.co.uk.

June 2012: Planning application for the re-development of CABI Wallingford site

CABI have submited a planning application for the demolition of the existing offices and creation of new offices for use by CABI. Creation of care village (new office building (up to 3,108 sq m) (B1 Use Class), A dedicated 'extra care' retirement development up to 17,165 sq m comprising up to 49 extra care units and care home comprising up to 64 bed spaces (C2 Use Class), Up to 56 retirement units (C3 Use Class), Up to 24 key worker flats (C3 Use Class), a community/ leisure use building up to 375 sq m (D1/D2 Use Class), and open space, footpaths and landscaping.

The full application (P12/S0436) can be viewed on the SODC website: www.southoxon.gov.uk. Representations on this application should be submitted to the Council no later than 6 June 2012.

May 2012: OxOnline transforming broadband

Broadband is playing an increasingly important role in connecting residents and businesses. OxOnline, a leading partnership supported by all six local authorities in Oxfordshire, is a driving force behind bringing better broadband to Oxfordshire. OxOnline recently finalised and submitted a broadband bid to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a government funding body with a programme for improving nationwide broadband infrastructure.

This week OxOnline is launching a new broadband community toolkit and we need the help of parish councils to do this effectively. We want to get the views of local residents and business as part of our demand registration process. We also want to update people on our recent BDUK funding bid which bring faster broadband (known as “next generation access”) to the county and will be delivered by a private sector partner. This will bring significant benefits to Oxfordshire broadband, with broadband speeds of up to 24Mb available to most of the county by the end of 2015.

We are encouraging both residents and businesses to do a new broadband survey online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/have-your-say-broadband-plan. In terms of getting responses, it is far easier for us to filter the data and responses from the online survey. However, we are also enclosing a paper copy Word document which can be printed off if necessary as well.

Broadband Campaign Manager
Oxfordshire County Council

May 2012: Olympic Torch Relay

Crowmarsh Gifford, 10 July 2012

As you may be aware the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Crowmarsh Gifford at approximately 8.30 a.m. on the morning of the 10th of July.

Large numbers of people are expected to view its passing through Wallingford and Crowmarsh Gifford. You are advised to walk to your viewing position and arrive as early as possible.

BE WARNED: This event will involve a large amount of road closures in the area, if you need to travel to Abingdon, Oxford, Wallingford or Henley on the morning of the 10th be aware there will be severe delays due to the road closures. The Metropolitan Police, who are handling security for the Torch Relay, will be operating a rolling road closure programme. The average closure time is approximately one hour (it could be more, it could be less). The organiser's advice is to either travel an hour earlier or delay any travel until the Torch has passed through our area. Thames Valley Police will be responsible for normal police procedures.

There will be no overnight parking allowed in The Street, Crowmarsh Gifford and the road itself will close from approximately 7.45 a.m until 9.15 a.m. There will be no access on to The Street from all adjoining roads (Wallingford Bridge, Retreat Gardens, Jethro Tull Gardens, The Limes, Thamesmead, Benson Lane, Old Reading Road, Home Farm, Lane End, Meadow Lane, A4074). The A4074 roundabout (all entrances and exits) will also be closed for a short time to allow the large vehicle convoy that's accompaning the Torch to pass onto Crowmarsh Hill for its journey onto Nettlebed (which will also be closed for an hour) then onto Henley. Major traffic disruption is predicted for a large part of the morning in Henley. The bridge over the Thames will be shut, thus denying access to the M4 from our direction.

Wallingford town centre will be closed to traffic from 6.00 a.m for a Radio Oxford roadshow. It will reopen at 10.00 a.m. Other parts of Wallingford will be affected by the rolling road closure programme.

Crowmarsh School will not open until 9.30 a.m., with lessons starting at 10.00 a.m. An area will be reserved in The Street for parents and their children who attend the school to view the passing of the Torch. The SODC offices in Benson Lane will delay opening until 9.15 a.m.

The Bell public house will be opening early for breakfast and refreshments.

This will probably be the only time in many of our life's that the Olympic Torch will visit our village and the public are urged to view this event with that sentiment.

SODC are still looking for members of the public to volunteer to act as route marshalls on the 10th July. Volunteering to be a marshall guarantees you a great view of proceedings and also means that you will play an important role in ensuring things run smoothly. All volunteers will receive training in the run up to the event.

If you are interested in becoming a marshall in Crowmarsh Gifford then give Nigel Hannigan a ring on 01491 838395 for more information or, email mark.hewer@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 547693.

April 2012: GO Active South Oxfordshire Newsletter

This month you can sign up to ...

1. Volunteer at the Olympic Torch Relay on 10 July, as it passes through South Oxfordshire, see link for contact information.

2. Start jogging with a Run England beginner courses in your local area - or sign up to train as a volunteer Jog Leader.

3. Try out Nordic Walking with tasters and courses coming up in Goring and Ewelme - or sign up to train as a volunteer Nordic Walk Leader.

4. If you love swimming, then try out open water swimming - you can also volunteer as a water safety officer in exchange for free swims.

5. Join in with our social netball groups - we are always looking for volunteers to help out at the tournaments.

6. Get in touch with touch rugby tasters in Wallingford - volunteer to "ref" some of the games.

..And more! For full details and to find out how to get involved click here to view the GO Active South Oxfordshire Newsletter.

March 2012: Olympic Torch in Crowmarsh Gifford - volunteers needed

South Oxfordshire District Council is looking for members of the public to volunteer to act as route marshalls on the morning of 10th July, when the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Crowmarsh Gifford.

Volunteering to be a marshall guarantees you a great view of proceedings and also means that you will play an important role in ensuring things run smoothly.

All volunteers will receive training in the run up to the event.

If you are interested in becoming a marshall in Crowmarsh Gifford then give Nigel Hannigan a ring on 01491 838395 for more information or, email mark.hewer@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 547693.

March 2012: New Dial-a-Ride Service begins 2 April 2012

From 2 April there will be a new service for disabled and mobility-impaired people in South Oxfordshire. For full details of this service click here to view the information leaflet.

March 2012: Crowmarsh of Olympic Torch Relay Route

On the morning of Tuesday 10 July Wallingford and Crowmarsh will be welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay as it makes its way round the country before the start of the London 2012 Olympics.

The Torch will begin its route through the area just after 8.20am on Castle Street (at the junction with Wittenham Close). It will be carried down to Wallingford town centre where it will go round St Martin's Street before heading up to High Street. It will then travel along The Street into Crowmarsh, and will leave the area next to Lane End just before 8.50am, at which point it will be transferred onto a bus for the journey to Nettlebed.

We would like to see as many people as possible join us in lining the streets to help celebrate this historic event. Where possible people are encouraged to walk to point on the route nearest to where they live as this will be the best way of ensuring that as many people as possible get to see the Torch.

There will be temporary road closures in place along the route for up to an hour before the convoy begins its journey through the town. Residents and businesses are therefore asked to plan in advance if they intend to make a journey between 7.20am and 9.20am. Further information about the route, including a detailed map, is available at www.southoxon.gov.uk/london2012.

Your help is needed

South Oxfordshire District Council is looking for members of the public to volunteer to act as route marshals on the morning that the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Wallingford and Crowmarsh.

On 10 July the torch will be travelling through the area early in the morning. This means that volunteers may need to be at their marshal locations as early as 7.10am, so it's important that anyone who signs up is able to do so.

Volunteering to be a marshal guarantees you a great view of proceedings and also means that you will play an important role in ensuring things run smoothly.

All volunteers will receive training in the run up to the event. To volunteer please email mark.hewer@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 547693.

Crowmarsh Summer of Festivals

Get out your picnic rugs and prepare to join us to celebrate the Jubilee and Olympics this summer.

On Monday 4th June, 12 noon onwards, come to the Recreation Ground for the Jubilee Picnic in the Park - since we can't close The Street for a street party, we're having it elsewhere!

Then the Torch Relay will be coming through the village on Tuesday 10th July, so we'll be out again - this time on The Street - to celebrate. Click here to view the flyer for this event.

And to start the Olympics in style, we have a 'come and have a go' afternoon and evening in the Recreation Ground. It's on Friday July 27th involving many of our local activities and sports (not just sports, you'll notice), alongside an Olympics Community Festival, followed by a picnic in the park with a big screening of the opening ceremony and our own fireworks!

All for FREE and open to everyone of every age.

We need your help for bunting and flags- makings, supplying and donations.

For further details of how to help and information for both the Jubilee and Olympic activities contact the Community Festival team by email: ccfteam@hotmail.co.uk

We hope you'll join in with these community celebrations.

Temporary path closure

The path from the Queens Head car park to Newnham Green will be closed on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April for repairs.

Notice from NHS Oxfordshire - changes to the way health records are managed

Click here to view the notice from NHS Oxfordshire about changes to NHS Care Records Service.

Volunteer assistants needed to help Lock Keepers

The Environment Agency is looking for volunteers to assist with the operation and maintenance of locks from Cricklade in Wiltshire to Teddington in Middlesex, through the busy summer months.

Click here to view the full details.

PLANNED EVENTS for 2012

Jubilee Celebrations: Picnic in the Park - Monday 4 June 2012

At Crowmarsh Recreation Ground.

Olympic Games Celebrations- Come and have a go day - 3pm - 10.30pm Friday 27 July 2012

At Crowmarsh Recreation Ground. Come and have a go at something new, for free... dance, singing, zumba, short mat bowls, football, cricket, team tug o' war, netball, games.... Then watch the opening ceremony on a big screen and picnic in the park.
Hosted by St Mary Magdalene Church.
For more information contact Sarah Nesbitt: nesbitt-training@btconnect.com

More details on both events to follow.

Crowmarsh on the Olympic torch route

Crowmarsh is on the route of the Olympic torch next summer (see the BBC website for full route details) passing through on 10 July on the way from Wallingford to Nettlebed.

New play train at the Recreation Ground

The new play train, a memorial to Allin Pratt, has now arrived at the children's play area in the Recreation Ground. The Parish Council held a small ceremony on Saturday 1 October. The train is particularly for the under 5's and has been well received by the children.

Macmillan Centenary Gala Concert

Sunday 30th October, 8pm

New Theatre, Oxford

Join Macmillan Cancer Support in celebrating our centenary year with a spectacle of music and singing hosted by Brian Kay, featuring performances from Dame Felicity Lott, Richard Wiegold, Commotio and 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World finalist Anna Leese.

The concert culminates in a performance of Faure's Requiem sung by a scratch choir a 800 voices!

Come and watch or even be part of the spectacle! We are looking for singers of all abilities to come and sing in the choir. All you need is enthusiasm... and a pencil. Visit the website for more details on being involved.

Be a part of a truly memorable evening and help Macmillan improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

www.voicesofmacmillan.org.uk

Audience tickets: £15 (£10 concessions)
Singing tickets: £10 (£5 concessions)
Subject to booking / transaction fees
0844 871 3020 www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk
Tickets can also be bought from the Helen and Douglas House shop in Wallingford.

Crowmarsh Gifford new community tennis club

Local residents of the community will now benefit from a brand new community tennis club in Crowmarsh Gifford. The club has been established by Community Tennis Association in partnership with Crowmarsh Gifford Parish Council, after growing demand and with no tennis club in the village.
Click here to view the full press release.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF)

Have you seen the 'heart roundel' of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) around Crowmarsh Gifford in the past few weeks? The RAFBF is the RAF's leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to past and present serving personnel, their partners and dependants. The charity is currently running a campaign to raise awareness of its work on and around RAF Benson. For more information on the RAFBF, or to make a donation, visit www.rafbf.org/heart

Waste collections during August Bank Holidays

Normal collection day- Tuesday 30 August. Revised collection day- Wednesday 31 August

For further information visit the SODC website or call 03000 610610.

Household waste recycling centre strategy for Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire CC is consulting on a revised Household Waste Recycling Centre Strategy. They are asking Oxfordshire residents and councils for their thoughts and views on a proposed new approach. This will help firm up the approach to providing a sustainable solution and feed into the wider review of the joint municipal waste management strategy for Oxfordshire later in the year.

For further details and to comment on the revised proposal please visit: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/waste.

The consultation will run from 7 March - 4 April 2011.

Thames Travel bus route disruptions – 23 February

On Wednesday 23 February 2011 for 5 days Wallingford High Street will be closed due to a collapsed sewer.

X39 / X40, 132, 130 and 125 services will not be able to serve Crowmarsh Gifford, The Street or Benson Lane. For X39/X40 services Oxford bound there is a temporary bus stop at Marsh Lane, A4074. All 132 services to/from RAF Benson will operate via Shillingford Bridge

Temporary road closure of Clack's Lane, Crowmarsh - 24 January 2011

Oxfordshire County Council has received a request from Aplant Lux Traffic Management for a temporary road closure to apply to Clack's Lane whilst essential telecommunication works are carried out.

A temporary order will be made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 24 January 2011. The estimated duration of the works is 5 days between 09:30 hours and 15:30 hours.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, the works and those residents within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.

Click here to see a copy drawing showing the extent of the temporary road closure and alternative routes for traffic.

Your chance to vote for high speed internet for this area

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are encouraging local people to vote to get their area high speed broadband in BT's race to infinity.

The five areas with the highest number of votes by 31 December 2010 will get BT infinity fibre optic cables installed in their area. Many parts of the districts have not got these cables and are not included in BT's five year plan to roll out fibre optic broadband.

Individuals can vote for their area to receive BT's highspeed broadband by visiting www.racetoinfinity.bt.com.

Unsuccessful areas will still be in with a chance to increase their internet speed as the councils will try to help areas with the worst connection. You can help by measuring your current broadband speeds, collating this information and returning it to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils. For information about how to measure broadband speed and how to send results to us, please email corporate.strategy@southoxon.gov.uk or call Emma Morris on 01491 823612.

More information can be found on the BT infinity website.

Have Your Say Event - 11 December 2010

The Neighbourhood teams at Wallingford Police Station have decided to hold one big Have Your Say Event on 11 December in Wallingford Market Place from 11am – 1pm. There will be members from each neighbourhood team present to answer any queries. This is a good occasion for members of the community to inform the neighbourhood Police of any issues or concerns that they are experiencing in their neighbourhood or even just to find out what the Police teams have been doing/will be doing in the local area. There will also be Crime Reduction advice, Neighbourhood Watch information, Country watch information and the chance to have a look around the Police neighbourhood van.

To view the event poster click here.

New van and trailer permits for Oakley Wood Recycling Centre

Householders that use a commercial-type vehicle, such as a van or trailer 1.8m to 3m in length, to take their household waste or recyclables to Waste Recycling Centres, will be required to apply for a free permit. Permits will be required from 1 November 2010 and can be applied for from 16 August 2010 onwards.

For full details see the Oxfordshire County Council website.

New waste and recycling collections calendar - starts 27 September 2010

Notice from SODC

From 27 September, we will be starting a new bin collection calendar due to joining up our collections with the Vale of the White Horse District Council.

The whole district will start the new calendar with grey bin collection the week commencing 27 September. In some cases, this will mean a grey bin collection the week commencing 20 September and again the following week.

If you have extra recycling, just put this out in clear or white plastic bags or boxes with your green bin the week commencing 4 October.

Everyone should receive the new calendar soon. However, if the propertyhas subscribed to no junk mail from the Royal Mail or it does not arrive by 27 September please call 03000 610610 or email admin.southoxford@verdant-group.co.uk and we will put one in the post.

The following areas will have a new collection day.

Towersey - Monday

Tetsworth - Monday

Sydenham - Monday

Postcombe - Monday

Emington- Monday

Culham - Friday

We can send you a free text message to let you know when to put your bins out during bank holidays and collection disruptions. Just text the word waste and your new collection day to 07797 870370.

We will make significant savings of around £434,000 each year by sharing our rubbish and recycling service.

The High Court has now ruled against Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management

Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management challenged the planning inspectors decision to refuse planning permission for 210 houses in Crowmarsh. The High Court has now ruled against them. For more information click here to read the report from The Wallingford Herrald.

Bloor Homes apply for a Judicial Review

Last year the District Council Planning Service refused permission for planning application P09/W0201/O - 210 dwellings to the land East of Benson Lane, Crowmarsh. The application was submitted by Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management.

Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management appealed against this planning decision and the Appeal was heard last November. The Inspector, Mr Grace, ruled against the Appeal.

Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management have now applied for a Judicial Review in which a Judge will listen to their argument that the Inspector has come to the wrong decision. If the Judicial Review is not dismissed then another Inquiry will be held.

12 January - Waste Collections

Please click here to view the latest information on rubbish and recycling collections from South Oxfordshire District Council.

8 January - Notice from the SODC
Rubbish collections suspended over the weekend

Due to icy conditions on minor roads and housing estates we are unable to collect bins today and over the weekend. Crews are currently diverted to clearing snow in car parks, town centres and other key sites.

We are working on a recovery plan and collections will resume as soon as conditions improve, which will hopefully be next week.

Please check our website and local radio stations for updates on Monday morning. Or you can register for a free text alert when the collections resume. Just text the word: waste and then your normal (pre Christmas schedule) delivery day to 07797 870370. You can also contact our contractor's hotline on 03000 610610.

We will collect extra recycling in clear sacks and carrier bags and extra rubbish in black bin bags when collections resume. If your food bin is getting full and you're not sure what to do with your extra food waste you can put it in 100% biodegradable sack with your bin. Most supermarkets, co-ops, some local shops and post offices stock the sacks if you can get to them.

We have suspended bulky waste and garden waste collections until 18 January so vehicles can be used to help with rubbish collections when they restart.

If you have any questions or comments about rubbish collections please call Verdant on 03000 610 610 (local rate), email admin.southoxford@verdant-group.co.uk or visit www.southoxon.gov.uk.

Bloor Homes planning appeal dismissed

Following the inquiry in November into the planning appeal by Bloor Homes & Hallam Land Management for the erection of 210 dwellings off Benson Lane, a decision to dismiss the appeal has been made. The planning inspectors report was published on 2 December. To download the full report click here.

The Inquiry into the appeal by Bloor Homes begins on 3rd November

At the June District Council meeting a unanimous decision was made to refuse permission for planning application P09/W0201/O - 210 dwellings to the land East of Benson Lane, Crowmarsh. Bloor Homes & Hallam Land Management then submitted an appeal.

The inquiry into this appeal begins on Tuesday 3rd November at 10am and could last up to four days. It will be held in the SODC Council Chamber on Benson Lane and is open to the public.

Full details of this application can be found on the SODC website.

Swine Flu

Catch It, Bin It, Kill It. Catch your sneeze in a tissue, place it quickly in a bin and wash your hands and surfaces regularly to kill the virus.

The NHS advice is for individuals to practice good personal hygiene. If you think you have flu like symptoms then stay at home and follow the advice on the NHS website which includes a Symptom Checker, or call the flu hotline on 0800 1 513 513 to hear the latest advice.

The FCO website gives additional information with respect to travel.

'Flu friends' is an initiative to preventing people who may be suffering from swine flu from having to go outdoors will help restrict the potential spread of flu to others. A 'flu friend' can be relatives, neighbours or friends who will collect medicines, food and other supplies for you if you get swine flu, so that you do not have to leave home. For further information on 'flu friends' click here.

Oakley Wood Recycling Centre re-open

The centre is open Monday to Sunday 8am to 5pm. Thursday late night opening until 8pm, from 1 April to 30 September. For further details and information about other recycling centres in Oxfordshire, see the County Council website.

Crowmarsh Village Hall improvements

The Hall Committee is planning to provide a new ceiling in the main room of the Village Hall. Work will start on 27th July and will take 2 weeks.

Changes to waste collection

There will be changes to the waste collection service for South Oxfordshire from 8th June. Your green recycling bin will be replaced with a mixed recycling bin, non recyclables bin and lockable food waste bin. There will be a weekly collection of the food wast bin and fortnightly collection of the recycle bin and non recyclables bin.

Full details can be found on the SODC website.