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Ed Vaizey – Parish News October 2018

“Earlier this month Michael Gove announced a landmark Agriculture Bill to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). As we leave the European Union this Bill will replace the current rules. The changes announced will gradually transform the agriculture sector, giving farmers time to adapt. At the heart of the Bill is a commitment to tackling climate change. The Bill also contains a specific provision to enable government to provide financial assistance to improve productivity. This may have a significant effect on the farmers in the area, and I look forward to the changes in the bill being implemented.

Lidl have announced that they are planning to build a new store in Grove, to be built off Grove Road. A planning application for submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council on 7th September. I am pleased that we should soon being getting a greater choice of supermarkets, although the plans should consider the effect on local traffic. You can find out more details of the proposals at grove.lidl.co.uk.

The Bank of England is looking for secondary schools from Wantage and Didcot to take part in their digital media competition about the role of the Bank. The competition is aimed at students aged 11-18 and schools are invited to submit a short film on topics which change from year to year. This year’s title is ‘What will money be like in the future?’ The competition received over 130 entries last year, and if you would like to enter this year you can find details at bankofengland.co.uk/education/competitions.

This month I was very pleased to visit Didcot Girls School, turn the first turf at Grove Business Park and visit EMS Physio, who produce specialist medical equipment in the Park. I also attended the commemoration of the centenary of WWI in Didcot, with the dedication of a centenary field.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. 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. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.”

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Ed Vaizey – Parish News September 2018

Parish News September 2018

“Some good news over the summer for the broadband roll out in our area. The government have announced an extra £45 million investment in rural broadband.  The new funding for the government’s Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme adds to the £30 million investment announced last year, increasing the total pot of funding available to £75 million. In other broadband news, East Hagbourne have clubbed together to obtain ultrafast broadband for the village. More information in doing this in your area can be found at communityfibre.openreach.co.uk.

Oxfordshire hospitals are being given a major funding boost to to improve care ahead of winter. The Oxfordshire NHS Trust has been allocated an extra £3.21 million to improve diagnostics and patient flow. This is part of £145 million of capital investment in the NHS from the Department of Health.

Two projects in Didcot have just been awarded a combined £19,331 from the National Lottery. Didcot TRAIN, where I am a patron, has been awarded £9,531. TRAIN works with young people in the area to fulfil their potential and overcome barriers that may limit their social integration. The second, SOFEA, has been awarded £9,800. It works with young people and their families to overcome a variety of issues and build confidence and skills.

Kellogg’s are running the Schools Breakfast Club Awards to celebrate best practice in breakfast club provision and recognise the role played by the schools, teachers, parents and children in helping them run. If your school runs a breakfast club, they can enter at kelloggsbreakfastclubawards.co.uk.

I was very pleased this month to visit a number of excellent organisations in the constituency. Skoob Books in Didcot have an enormous second hand book collection, and supply film sets with books for background shots. Milton House Hotel has come under new ownership and are planning a range of improvements. I was also pleased to meet with the Changing Places team, who are campaigning for fully accessible disabled toilets, and Bpas in Oxford who provide specialised reproductive health services to the area.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. 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. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.”

Charney Bassett 100 Club Prize Draw September 2018

Charney 100 Club – September 2018 Draw

The results of the draw held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 11 September during Coffee Hour are as follows:-

First Prize £25 Ticket 134 Barbara Douglas
Second Prize £10 Ticket 5 Stephanie Wright

Mahala and David
Charney 100 Club Organisers

Parish Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 12th September 2018 in the Village Hall.

Members of the Public are welcome and the agenda can be viewed here.

Plans for November Armistice, Jazz at the Church, Ride and Stride

Read this month’s Charney Chatter here

Appeal for Oxfordshire Memories and Objects from the Second World War to the 1970s from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (SOFO) in Woodstock is planning a new 1930-1970s Oxfordshire exhibition and is now appealing to the public for help filling new displays with local stories and mementos.

Ed Vaizey Parish News August 2018

“Last month I attended a rally in Wantage protesting the fact that after two years, Wantage Community Hospital remains “temporarily” closed, with no indication of when it will reopen. Originally, the hospital was closed because of concerns of legionella in the pipeworks. This resulted in the closure of the remaining in-patient beds. Maternity and physiotherapy were maintained. Physiotherapy has since been discontinued at the hospital. The closure of the hospital has deprived the residents of Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages of accessible, quality healthcare, meaning that the injured and sick often must travel to Wallingford, Didcot or Abingdon for suitable treatment.

We have been promised a number of consultations to discuss reopening the hospital but so far nothing has happened. After months of frustration I arranged meetings of my own. I have arranged to speak with the chief executive of Oxfordshire CCG to discuss plans for the provision of healthcare in the constituency. I hope that they will have an update for us soon. I’ve also written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to raise the issue of Wantage hospital and make clear the level of feeling the community have for it. I await his response.

Every year in September, Heritage Open Days sees places across the country throw open their doors for free to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It brings together over 2,100 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers, and is coordinated nationally by the National Trust, with support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. This year they are accepting nominations for a statue that recognises living women that have benefited the community around them. If you would like to nominate someone you can do so at putherforward.com.

The latest funding round for grants for local charities open in three of the Postcode Trusts funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. More information can be found at the three websites for the local trusts, each one has a different funding focus and I recommend charities ensure that they apply to the Trust most relevant to them. Postcodetrust.org.uk focuses on projects which focus on prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and equal rights. Postcodelocaltrust.org.uk focuses on projects on health and wellbeing through grass roots sports, arts and well-being programmes and postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk focuses on projects supporting outdoor spaces, local environment and wildlife.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. 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. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.”

Charney Bassett 100 Club Prize Draw August 2018

The results of the draw held on the Field on Thursday 9 August during Charney Army exercises are as follows:-

First Prize £25 Ticket 123 Mike Cox
Second Prize £10 Ticket 20 Mary Castle

Mahala & David
Charney 100 Club Organisers

Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter for August 2018

Read the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter for August 2018