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Childrey Gardens Open - Save the date 9th June

on Sun, 09/06/2024 - 12:00am

Beacon Spring Programme including Elton John Tribute 8th June

on Sat, 08/06/2024 - 1:00am


The Beacon is an arts and community centre running a regular programme of live events as well as weekly classes and workshops run by people in the local community.


To find out more and to book tickets visit


Temporary Road Closure -Childrey Hight Street and new Road

on Tue, 28/05/2024 - 12:00am

Sparsholt Open Gardens Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

on Mon, 27/05/2024 - 12:00am

Tuesday Club - 7th May

on Tue, 07/05/2024 - 1:00am

7th May will see us having a splendid afternoon cream tea at Millets Garden Centre at 3 pm (£8.50). This has now become a firm fixture in our diary.

Then in June we start our summer coach trips with our usual trip to the coast, but this is still in the planning stage and will be confirmed very soon.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings (£5) with the hall open at 10.30 for (free) coffee/tea etc and the meetings start at 11 am, so do come and join us.

Jenny O'Hara 01235 772502, Secretary.

Sustainable Wantage Programme Spring 2024

on Mon, 15/04/2024 - 7:00pm

More information here



The Launch of the new UBW Community Minibus 21st April 2024

on Fri, 12/04/2024 - 3:16pm

LAUNCH OF THE NEW UBW COMMUNITY MINIBUS – VISIT US AT THE 21 APRIL FARMERS’ MARKET. The UBW Minibus Association is delighted to announce that our replacement minibus will be delivered on 12 April.  We are grateful to the White Horse Show Trust, Oxfordshire County Council and the Connected Communities Fund for their support in making this possible.
The new minibus has many features that will enhance the riding experience for both drivers and passengers and, to give people the opportunity to see for themselves, we will be bringing the new minibus along to the 21 April Uffington Farmers’ Market.  PLEASE COME AND JOIN US.

The UBW Minibus is a community facility run on a non-profit basis.  The minibus runs every Wednesday and Friday morning to Wantage from Uffington via Kingston Lisle, Sparsholt and Childrey, with calls at Woolstone, Baulking and Westcot whenever requested. Additionally, it is available for private use by local individuals and groups at a cost of just £20 per day plus 90p per mile. 

If you would like to be a volunteer driver for our Wednesday and Friday trips to Wantage, want to use the service to Wantage or want to hire the bus please contact us at:     [email protected]

Temporary Road Closure at Shrivenham / Ashbury, B4000 11-15 April 24

on Thu, 11/04/2024 - 12:00am

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at Shrivenham / Ashbury, B4000


In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed above to facilitate surface dressing works. 

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 11 April 2024 up to and including 15 April 2024. This will operate between 05:00 and 18:00
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

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

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton – Milestone Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.


Kind Regards



    One Network

     Fix My Street

Angel Collodel

TTRO Officer

Network Co-ordination


Oxfordshire County Council, Ron Groves House , Oxford Road, Kidlington , Oxfordshire, OX5 2BP




News from the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group WaGCG

on Thu, 11/04/2024 - 12:00am

First Thames Water. In the last email (which you can find at I gave lots of links to press articles about the poor service offered by Thames Water, now I have an example of their local billing service which might help you.
One of our readers wrote to me recently and pointed out that Thames Water are never up to date with the water bills. Every time one arrives it is headed  'Estimated water use'. At the end of February when his last bill arrived they suggested that he was £21.60 in arrears, not a lot I know, but he thought that if they were all being estimated, how much extra money are they accumulating from the whole of the vast area they cover. So he challenged them as to why they estimate every bill and the answer he received was that in this area, no meters have been read since the beginning of 2022. He kept them on the phone whilst he read his meter, which then resulted in the fact that instead of owing them £21.60, they owed him £139.85. As he pays by monthly direct debit that payment was reduced from £31.00 per month to £18. If this just a small illustration of what can happen then others will be in the same situation, with Thames Water not bothering to even read meters. A bit like solving water waste.
So it might be worth checking your bill and reading your meter.

CPRE and GARD have launched a petition to ask The Secretary of State for the Environment to stop Thames Water’s costly mega-reservoir plans and fix the leaks. Please follow the link and sign the petition and get all of your family and friends to do the same.

A reminder about the Playing Pitch and Leisure Facilities Strategies.
The consultation on both new strategies for the Vale of the White Horse runs until 17 April. The reports are not easy to read (my cynical mind wonders if that is deliberate but I think they are just badly written) but please persevere, they are important. As I mentioned in the last update, we also have a presentation which was given to the councillors at both Wantage Town Council and Grove Parish Council which makes a little bit more sense of the leisure strategy but only covers these two parishes. I've loaded this onto our website so that you can take a look. It's available at

You still have time to review the Local Government Boundary Commission second phase of consultation about new division boundaries for the County Council.This consultation closes on 22 April. You can access it at

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are looking for volunteers to join an Independent Remuneration Panel to help review councillors’ allowances. You can apply for the position until 8 April 2024  so don't delay. Please click here for the application pack

If you are gardening over the Easter break, don't forget that if you are subscribed to the brown bin garden waste service, you can have extra garden waste collected for free, on your normal collection day, between 15 and 26 April. To be eligible for collection, the extra waste must go in standard sized (60L) sacks and should only contain natural garden waste such as cut grass, plants or branches (less than 10cm thick).  Alternatively, it can be placed in boxes / containers totalling no more than a standard bin full.

You still have time to share your stories and photos of Second World War with the University of Oxford project. You have until 5th April to do so at

Finally Road Resurfacing: nearly 100 roads across Oxfordshire will be improved as part of a £7 million highway maintenance programme beginning this spring. Oxfordshire County Council and its contractor Milestone Infrastructure Ltd will be visiting more than 50 locations between 8 April and 3 June to carry out surface dressing work. The programme is part-funded by the government, with £2.629 million coming from the Department for Transport’s road resurfacing fund.
As far as I can tell, the only roads affected in OX12 are the road between Steventon and Hanney, from Frilford traffic lights to Marcham, and from Kingston Lisle to Uffington through Fawler.
For details of all roadworks - see

As you know, you can read previous newsletters at and find a list of many of the sports, cultural and community organisations in OX12 at

Julie Mabberly

Signpost April 2024

on Mon, 01/04/2024 - 12:00am