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Faringdon NH Policing Newsletter January 2018

Here’s the link to the Faringdon NH Newsletter January 2018

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 10th January in the Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome and the agenda can be viewed here.

Charney 100 Club December 2017 Draw

The results of the draw held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 5 December 2017 during Coffee Hour  are as follows:-
First Prize £100 Ticket number  91 Jody McNamara
Second Prize £50 Ticket number 142 Mr & Mrs J Daglish
This is the Christmas Draw with higher prizes, the January 2018 Draw will pay the usual amounts of £25 and £10.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mahala and David
Charney 100 Club Organisers

Faringdon NH Policing Newsletter December 2017

Here’s the link to read the  Faringdon NH Newsletter December 2017

Ed Vaizey Parish News December 2017

In November, the Chancellor delivered his Budget. No one can pretend it was radical or revolutionary. But most will think that’s a good thing. There’s quite enough turmoil at the moment.

The main focus of the budget was housing – a deeply controversial issue in our part of the world. Nevertheless, people do know that we need to build more houses, as property ownership has fallen dramatically and houses have become unaffordable for many people. I am therefore encouraged that the Chancellor has outlined the Government’s ambition to increase housing supply to its highest level since 1970 by the end of this Parliament. This will put us on track to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s with £15.3 billion new financial support for house building over the next five years – taking the total to at least £44 billion.

On a local level, it was promising to see an additional £215 million set aside for Oxfordshire to build infrastructure, deliver new homes and increase economic productivity across the county. This is a welcome step in ensuring our local area is fit for the future.

I welcome the announcement from Chris Grayling of the £47.9bn overhaul of the rail network in England and Wales, including restoring the Oxford to Cambridge rail link. This is part of the overall strategy suggested by the National Infrastructure Commission’s report earlier this month on infrastructure growth across the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc, which Wantage & Grove Station is part of. I will be continuing to campaign in Parliament for a new station at Wantage & Grove whilst there is so much interest in rail infrastructure.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently compiled a handy list of funding sources available for arts, heritage and cultural projects which may be useful for local organisations. There are many different avenues that organisations seeking support can pursue and I would recommend that anybody wishing to make an application first contacts the relevant local office. Their staff will then be able to provide advice and support regarding the application process. Full list can be found at: goo.gl/QihSKD

On a similar note it is fantastic to see that over the past three months the Big Lottery Fund has provided nearly £55,000 of funding to 6 projects in the constituency. Every week over £13 million is awarded across the UK to support community activity with the money raised from National Lottery players. The organisation works hard to ensure the money reaches the people and organisations who make a real difference and it’s great that the benefits are being felt in our area.

The brand new Didcot Concert Orchestra gives its inaugural concert at Cornerstone arts centre, Didcot at 4pm on Sunday 11 February 2018 playing music from the late Romantic era. More info can be found at: http://www.didcotconcertorchestra.org.uk/

I am delighted that this Orchestra has been established. Didcot is a vibrant and growing town, and the arts have always been a central part of its life. The concert orchestra fills a gap, and it is very much needed. Music brings great joy to people, and it also plays an important role in our schools and our communities. I wish the Dicot Concert Orchestra every success and I look forward to seeing them perform soon in Didcot – if not at the Proms!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly. Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.”

Ed Vaizey Parish News November 2017

“In October, I spoke in Parliament alongside my fellow Oxfordshire MPs about the future of healthcare in the county. Wantage Hospital is currently in a state of limbo – Oxford Health announced in April 2016 that they would be closing the hospital due to concerns over legionella in the old pipe system. This decision is subject to a consultation by Oxfordshire CCG – a consultation which was previously promised in October 2016. Phase one of the consultation did not take place until January 2017, three months after the full consultation was promised. As Wantage is a community hospital it is not covered by this phase. Phase 2 of the consultation has yet to take place, and no date has been announced for when it will begin. This leaves the hospital effectively closed with no end in sight.

 After an online petition was signed by almost 4,000 people it was agreed to keep the hospital’s physiotherapy and maternity services open. However, Oxfordshire CCG re-tendered the hospital’s physiotherapy services and the contract passed to HealthShare. The company has since had to close all physiotherapy services provided in Wantage, leaving the hospital with just limited maternity care. Whilst we all recognise the pressures on local health authorities, it is clear that the entire consultation process by Oxfordshire CCG has been completely unacceptable. We must have an open and transparent conversation about the services needed in our towns and communities and this should include full public and stakeholder engagement at every stage.

 Also in October, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced £2.5 million allocation funding for 9 garden towns across England. After a successful bid, I am delighted an additional £295,000 of capacity funding has been allocated to support the delivery of Didcot Garden Town in 2017/18.This additional funding is specifically for ongoing work on place-making, community engagement and the development of an arts and culture strategy. The Government recognises the important contribution the project will have on its central ambition of delivering more homes and I am pleased by the support for Didcot’s ambitious, community-led plans for growth.

 It is also worth noting that Public Health England and NHS England have now launched their Stay Well This Winter campaign, which helps the most vulnerable people prepare for winter and avoid having to visit hospital due to common winter illnesses. If you’re in one of the groups who are particularly susceptible – such as pensioners and pregnant women – or the parent of a young child, go and speak to your GP or pharmacist as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of avoiding flu this year. More people than ever before are eligible for that free vaccination this year, including more young children and everyone who works in care homes. To check if you or your loved ones are eligible, and for other tips on staying well this winter, head to: www.nhs.uk/staywell

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with.  Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.”

 

Charney Manor – Proposed new Dining Hall

Residents were able to attend the Manor on Saturday 18th November to hear about the plans that the trustees are developing for a new dining facility at the Manor.

The Dining Hall will almost certainly be a detached building and the trustees’ preferred location is on the site of the disused tennis court.

Janet McDougall (architect) made clear in her presentation that views from residents would be welcome so they can be taken into account when the plans are finalised and submitted to the Vale of White Horse District Council in the form of a planning application.

The Parish Council has already expressed views on the plans and their letter can be found here [web link]. Whilst sympathetic to the need put forward for a new dining facility, the Parish Council has raised some potential concerns, including design (the building is to include a large area of flat roof) and whether it will be used for separate functions.

Comments can be sent directly to the trustees architect jm@blda.co.uk and a copy to the Parish Clerk wickcottage@btinternet.com

Faringdon NH Policing Newsletter November 2017

Read the latest Faringdon NH Newsletter November 2017

Minutes of the November PC Meeting

Draft minutes of the recent Parish Council Meeting 8th November 2017

can be read here.

Charney 100 Club November 2017 Draw

The results of the draw held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 14 November 2017 during Coffee Hour are as follows:-
First prize £25 Ticket number  35 Mark Ritchie
Second prize £10 Ticket number  25 Peter Boreham
Next month will be the Christmas Draw with prizes of £100 and £50 to celebrate the festive season.
Good luck to everyone
Mahala & David
Charney 100 Club Organisers