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Child Safety on the Web

Background Information – online sexual abuse is any type of sexual abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, online gaming or using mobile phones. In some cases this involves children being groomed or exploited by an adult. Any child or young person that uses the internet or has a smartphone could be a victim of online abuse regardless of their age, gender or background.

Reports of online child sexual abuse in the Thames Valley area were 146% higher in March 2020 in comparison with March 2019. We want to warn young people that those they are speaking to may not be who they say they are and to help parents and carers take action in protecting their children from falling victim to online sexual abuse.

This document about child safety online provides information and suggestions.

Recycling Centres Reopen

Recycling centres open on 18 May for essential use.
Oxfordshire County Council will re-open Household Waste Recycling Centres on 18 May, for essential use. Essential use means waste that cannot be stored at home, or would cause hard to health if stored.
There will be new site rules to ensure social distancing and the safety of residents and site staff. This includes reducing opening hours to 8am – 4pm to allow for cleaning, limiting the number and size of vehicles coming in and contactless payments only.
Queues are likely, so if it can wait, please do. If it’s waste that can be disposed of legally and responsibly in another way, such as weekly kerbside collections or district council collection services, please do that.
Full information about the changes to recycling centre rules can be found on the web –

Face Masks for Charity

Julie Ingram-Johnson has been busy using her sewing talents to make face masks. She wondered if Charney residents would be interested in viewing them and perhaps selecting one with a donation to the children’s hospice.

The masks are available to view on a table in the carport of Gunton Barn (last house on the right at the top of the Green).

Photograph of masks

All Face Masks have been made with washed, new fabrics. There are three layers – fabric designed outer layer, flannel middle layer and a close weave reverse layer – new, thin elastic loops to hold masks behind the ears or pulled to the back of the head and clipped (the latter may be more comfortable for people with glasses or hearing aids).
The masks will fit adults but Julie will make children’s masks if asked.

Please support the Acorns Children’s Hospices by giving a donation in the collection box for your mask.

Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 13th May

The next Council meeting will be convened around 7.15 pm for a start at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 13th May 2020. The meeting will be a ‘virtual’ meeting held over SKYPE.

Residents of the Village are welcome to join by SKYPE. Please can they contact the Parish Clerk in advance for joining instructions, as indicated in the agenda which  can be viewed here

OCC – Health Information

Cancer consultations available via telephone and video

Doctors in Oxfordshire are urging people to get medical advice if they are worried about symptoms of cancer.
A recent national survey suggests getting coronavirus or giving it to their family were among the top reasons that people would not come forward when they have cancer symptoms, along with fears that they could be a burden to the health service.
But NHS staff have worked hard to make sure people can get cancer checks and treatment safely, so there is no need to delay.
Dr Kiren Collison, GP and Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire CCG, said: “We strongly encourage anyone with concerns or worries about their health to contact their GP for advice. If you are worried about any new symptoms, then please get in touch with your surgery.
“We will be able to reassure you or if necessary get you to see a specialist quickly and safely. It is important to remember that the sooner cancer symptoms are picked up and treated, the better.”
Initial telephone consultations or via video mean people do not necessarily need to go to GP surgeries for check-ups, and if they do need to be seen in person then there will be measures in place to keep patients safe. Waiting to get help could have serious consequences for patients and put a greater burden on the NHS in the future.
Dr Shelley Hayles, GP and Planned Care and Cancer Clinical Lead at OCCG, said: “NHS staff here in Oxfordshire have made huge efforts to deal with coronavirus but we are also working hard to ensure patients can get essential services such as cancer checks and urgent surgery safely.
“We are doing all we can to make sure patients receive the life-saving care they need.
“The wishes of patients and their families will always come first, and we have to make sure that people feel safe coming to GP practices and hospitals, but our message is clear: people should seek help as they always would.
“We know that finding cancer early gives us the best chance to cure it, and ignoring potential problems can have serious consequences now or in the future.”
Oxfordshire’s cancer diagnostics and treatment centres are based at the Churchill Hospital, which is a regional centre of excellence, as well as other specialist services in the John Radcliffe and Horton General Hospitals.
Nick Maynard, Cancer Lead at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been working incredibly hard at our Trust to make sure that we can still provide urgent cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do, and we have made every effort to make sure that cancer treatment at our Trust is supported by robust shielding and screening procedures to protect our patients against COVID-19.”
A major public information campaign launched last week to persuade people to contact their GP or 111 if they have urgent care needs and to attend hospital if they are told they should.
Cancers are detected earlier and lives are saved if more people are referred for investigation for checks.
Louise Chandler
Media & Communications Officer
Oxfordshire County Council | 2nd Floor | County Hall | New Road | Oxford OX1 1ND
Phone number: 07776388154

Plant Stall OPEN

The plant stall outside the Chequers Inn is now open for business.

Proceeds from sales will be shared between the Charney Hall and Field Trust and St Peter’s church.

If you have any surplus plants you wish to donate then please leave them on the stall.

Thank you for your support.

Press notice – Waste

Councils collect bulky household waste again and warn against fly-tipping

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have reopened their paid-for bulky waste collection service for large household items and are also issuing a warning about fly-tipping while other outlets for domestic waste remain closed.

The bulky waste collection service was temporarily stopped to allow the councils’ waste contractor, Biffa, to prioritise the important kerbside household collections while members of their waste collection crews were off sick or self-isolating. Biffa has now built up sufficient resilience in its workforce and can now provide the paid-for service again. The situation is being regularly monitored and residents should be aware that if staffing levels fall the service may need to be suspended again.

With household waste recycling centres still closed, along with charity shops and their donation banks, there are fewer places to dispose of unwanted items that do not fit into kerbside collections.

The councils have issued a warning to anybody tempted to fly-tip – this includes leaving rubbish next to litter bins – that they will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.

South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, Cllr David Rouane said: “Residents should remember that we can recycle up to 80 per cent of household waste using the green recycling bin. We would also ask people to think about using a composter in the garden if they can. We’d like to reassure residents that the environmental protection team is continuing to investigate incidents of fly-tipping and anyone found to have dumped waste could face a fine or prosecution.”

Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, Cllr Jenny Hannaby said: “We would urge people to store their waste if possible and it can be safely disposed of when the household waste recycling centres and donation banks reopen. We understand this is difficult for some, which is why we are pleased to be able to offer the bulky household waste collection service again.”

If residents decide to pay someone to dispose of their waste they need to check the person they are employing is a registered waste carrier and make sure they are provided with a waste transfer note to state where the rubbish is being taken from and to. More info on our waste removal pages (Vale and South).

Residents can put out extra recycling that can’t fit in the bin if it’s left in a cardboard box or in a clear bag next to the green bin. Food waste is collected very week, again if there is too much for the bin then residents can leave extra in a bag on top of the food waste bin.

Bulky waste collections
It is a paid-for service costing £40 for up to three items – and £8 per additional item, up to a maximum of six items.
As the council offices are currently closed to the public, at this time we can only take orders online using credit or debit cards for payment.
Examples of items collected:
– furniture (such as sofas, chairs, and tables)
– televisions
– washing machines
– mattresses
– fridges and freezers – household only (not ones made for commercial use).

The council cannot collect any type of commercial waste or DIY waste.

Thames Water Communication

Thames Water Communication: supporting customers and communities in light of Covid 19:

“These are difficult times for all of us, and now it’s even more important we do what we can to support the most vulnerable.

We would like to inform people in your communities about our free priority services register. We invite our customers to share their individual needs with us, so we can tailor our communications with them, improve their resilience and prioritise how we help them if their water stops. You can find out more about our service, here.

Of course, we work hard to try and ensure water never stops flowing but from time to time, things can go wrong. In these events, we try to deliver bottled water to people with water-dependent medical conditions (i.e. at-home dialysis) and to those with mobility issues, first of all.

We understand a huge number of people are self-isolating because of the coronavirus at the moment, and although we’d love to be able to deliver water to every home, it’s sadly not possible. We recommend that anyone at-risk and/or self-isolating who needs water supplying to them reaches out to friends, family members or neighbours to help.

If they have a pre-existing health condition or mobility issue, or nobody can deliver water along with their groceries, they should join our register and we’ll always try to help.

If you would like more details on the priority services and how we can support your communities’ resilience please email

Thank you and please take care.”

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


Tania Christie

Partnerships Coordinator


Customer Strategy & Insight

Thames Water

Kemble Court

550 S Oak Way

Reading RG2 6UG


Ambulance Response Scam

Please be aware of this scam which has been reported by reported by Thames Valley Police

Update from Chief Constable John Campbell

Read this Update from Chief Constable John Campbell on Coronavirus 06/04/2020