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Ground-breaking research at the University of Oxford and earn £50 Amazon vouchers?

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Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for local citizens to participate in a workshop on global environmental issues on Saturday 24th March.

If you would like to be considered as a potential participant please complete the following survey:

Selected participants will earn £50 Amazon vouchers for their time. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided and local travel expenses covered by the University of Oxford (note: you must be able to travel to the venue).

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Now Live

After two years in the making the village Neighbourhood Plan is nearly complete. It’s now time to read it and make comment.

This is your plan that will influence the future of your village. This consultation is your chance to comment before the plan is formally submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

Your views will be considered by the Plan team and the experts assisting them. Comments received will help refine the plan before it moves forward to the next stage.

The Plan is available to read on There is a printed copy in St.Andrews Church.

You can comment online, by email or by post. See for details.

PopUp Business School

Revolutionary start-up training company, PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot.

The PopUp Business School will be popping up at The Orchard Shopping Centre next month and are inviting aspiring entrepreneurs to attend the sessions to learn how to start or grown their own business.

The school is working in partnership with and are co-funded by Hammerson Plc (owners of the shopping centre), Soha Housing, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and The European Social Fund.

The week-long, free workshop, which starts on Monday 19 March at The Orchard Shopping Centre, will teach local residents from around the South Oxfordshire area everything they need to know from; how to start a business without any money, how to generate sales from social media to making a website without any technical skills.

Soha’s Chief Exec Richard Peacock said, “I’m really proud that Soha is a community based social business. This is a great step forward for our Launchpad project, which has already supported many local people to gain valuable experience and skills.”

Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said, “We are enthusiastic partners in this innovative project.  The PopUp school is part of our ongoing commitment to help new and existing businesses in and round Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale to grow and succeed.”

Since 2011, PopUp Business School has been travelling around the United Kingdom teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. However, unlike other enterprise support companies their advice is the polar opposite of the status quo. They don’t believe in business plans, financial projections or loans. Instead they get their stu-dents starting off with sales and proving a demand in their businesses first.

To sign up to the free workshop and to find out more information, you can visit

HAMS – The Odyssey – 21st-24th March

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Tickets are still available for the three nights performances of HAMS’ THE ODYSSEY and can be purchased from the Post Office (during Post Office hours).

I shall be away for the next 2 weeks but tickets can also be purchased from Di Duff (813349).  Tickets are also available online at (search for HAMS) but a booking fee will be charged.

Tickets are £9.50 per adult and £6.50 for children and students in full time education.

The performance dates are:

  • Wednesday, 21st March
  • Friday, 23rd March
  • Saturday, 24th March

Burns Supper Evening 2018

Friends of St Andrew’s are organising a fund-raising Burns Supper Evening.

10th february 2018.

7:30pm till late at the Hagbourne Village Hall.

Contains a Valentine’s Day theme.

Great entertainment from Hagbourne’s many talented performers.

£25 per person includes 2 course traditional Burns Supper and welcoming drinks.

To book your place, contact:

Linda Benton
01235 817891

Main Street Closure, West Hagbourne 5th – 16th Feb

This order is being introduced because of footway and kerbing works which are anticipated to take 11 days to complete.

Oxfordshire County Council
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Section 14(1)
Notice of Temporary Traffic Order
West Hagbourne, Main Street
Prohibition of Through Traffic
Date of Order: 29 January 2018
Coming into force: 5 February 2018

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in part of Main Street. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of the road.

The alternative route for traffic is via the A417 London/Reading Road to Harwell, B4493 High Street to Didcot, Park Road, Brook Lane and vice versa.

This order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Traffic Tegulations Team (Ref JaC/T5261) for the Director for Infastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

Christmas Waste and Recycling Collections

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Residents in Southern Oxfordshire are being reminded that their waste and recycling collections will change over the Christmas and New Year period.

They can find out all the information they need on South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils websites and

Garden waste collections will be suspended over the Christmas period, while crews concentrate on collecting all the extra waste from Christmas. Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this.

Householders can also find out what to do with all their Christmas waste on the website, along with details of how to recycle their real Christmas trees.

Following the recent snowfall in the districts, the councils would also like to remind residents that in the event of adverse weather, like snow or ice, it may not be possible for collection crews to make all their scheduled collections. If the districts are affected by bad weather, all the latest information about bin collections will be posted on the councils’:

Details will also be available on the websites.

Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste and recycling at South Oxfordshire District Council, said:

“As we approach the busiest time of year for our waste crews, we’d like to thank all of our residents in advance for their co-operation and for their efforts in recycling. The vast majority of waste over Christmas can be recycled, so we hope everyone will do their very best to recycle everything they can, including all their food waste.”

Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste and recycling at Vale of White Horse District Council, said:

“As a reminder to our residents, you’re able to put out extra waste for recycling over Christmas, so please check out the information on our website to see what to do with it. We’re extremely grateful to everyone for helping our council to recycle as much as we do. Hopefully we won’t get any more disruptive weather, but if we do we’d appreciate your patience. Please look online for all the latest updates if this happens.”

M4 Junctions 12 to 13 (West Berkshire): Bridge Refurbishment Weekend Closure Reminder

Maintenance work to replace the beams and waterproofing material to the bridges which carry the M4 over the B4009 Hampstead Norreys Road near Hermitage, Brocks Lane near Frilsham and Burnt Hill Road has now started.

As previously advised, during work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include larger cranes that will sit across all lanes of the motorway.

To allow this work to take place we will be fully closing the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 over the following entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday):

  • Friday 24 to Monday 27 November 2017
  • Friday 8 to Monday 11 December 2017
  • Friday 15 to Monday 18 December 2017
  • Friday 19 to Monday 22 January 2018 (contingency)

During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy alternatives routes will be suggested further afield.

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused by these closures; if you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email Or you can visit our website at

Care worker recruitment campaign

Care worker recruitment campaign from Oxfordshire County Council, NHS and Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers.

Make a difference every day – become a care worker. Oxfordshire urgently needs more compassionate care workers to support vulnerable members of our community.

Interested? Visit for job opportunities and to find out more about working in care.

Neighbourhhod Plan update

After many months of hard work a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan containing the Vision, Objectives and draft Policies is now available.

Over the summer, further discussions were held with SODC as a result of which the Steering Group have initiated an evaluation of potential development sites in the parish with the intention of ‘allocating’ one of more sites for housing development.

To provide a wider base of knowledge and experience for the site evaluations, a Community Group has been appointed to work with the Steering Group. You can see the group membership, the draft plan and details of the recent work on where regular updates will be posted over the coming weeks.

Halloween Shocker for Grainger

The High Court has confirmed the decision it reached on Halloween. Grainger’s hopes of getting a Judicial Review and overturning the appeal verdict has taken a body blow.

In the High Court Mrs Justice Lang was unequivocal in her dismissal of the three legal points Grainger raised. She sided with the Secretary of State. No JR was granted – the appeal verdict stands.
Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal. We understand that today is the deadline for it to do so.

This is the second time that the High Court has thrown out the case. Perhaps now Grainger will realise that their argument has no merit. It’s corporate reputation is suffering. It is surely time for it to take down its fence, cut its losses, and go quietly into the night.

Graingers request for a Judicial Review

Grainger’s request for a Judicial Review of the refusal of their planning application on the Green Gap was rejected in the High Court on 31st October.

Mrs Justice Lang unequivocal dismissed the three legal points Grainger raised. She sided with the Secretary of State and a JR was not granted. The appeal verdict was upheld.

Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal. We understand that they have 7 days to do so.