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Charlotte Westgate

July 29, 2022

Community Lottery raises nearly £25,000 for good causes

In its first year the White Horse Community lottery has raised £24,868 for good causes across the Vale.  The lottery supports a wide range of organisations, voluntary and charitable groups. Many of them have different reasons for needing additional funding but all have the same goal at their heart – to support their communities and […]

June 30, 2022

Could your parish be about to change? Have your say

Residents across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse have another chance to comment on changes which could affect how their local area is run. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are carrying out a Community Governance Review which involves reviewing parish arrangements, inviting requests for changes and then implementing any […]

May 23, 2022

Councils mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a focus on the environment and wellbeing

Creating a lasting legacy will be at the heart of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils. As Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the throne, there will be a focus on the environment and community wellbeing in the official Platinum Jubilee events across the […]

May 20, 2022

Vale of White Horse to get a new Food and Farming champion

The Vale is to get a new Food and Farming Champion to help promote food production, distribution, and healthy eating across the district. This action was part of a motion raised by Cllr Bethia Thomas at the Vale of White Horse District Council meeting earlier this week (18 May). Healthy food is vital for everyone, […]

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May 10, 2022

Abbey Meadow outdoor pool’s future secured for many more summers of fun

Families will be able to enjoy summer holidays at Abbey Meadow outdoor pool and splash pad in Abingdon for years to come, despite spiralling energy costs that have closed pools all around the country. The school holidays are by far the pool’s busiest time, and so Vale of White Horse District Council pulled out the […]

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April 25, 2022

Councils to let wildflowers bloom during No Mow May

Wildflowers could bloom in more public areas next month after South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils pledged their support for No Mow May. The two councils already designate wildflower meadows which they only cut two to three times a year but this year they will trial leaving several additional areas of […]

March 31, 2022

Faringdon leisure centre will be powered by solar energy, cutting carbon emissions in the Vale

A low-carbon, energy-efficient future for Faringdon Leisure Centre became a huge step closer, when work began on installing solar panels and air source heat pump technology this month. The refurbishments will significantly improve the carbon footprint of the building, and it will become the Vale’s first council-owned building to be powered entirely by low-carbon and […]

December 9, 2021

More research needed before Abingdon reservoir plans can be approved

More evidence has been demanded by Vale councillors over the need for a reservoir in Abingdon and its environmental impact. Thames Water are developing a proposal to create a reservoir on land south west of Abingdon. But councillors have voted to oppose the proposals unless further independent research is carried out on whether the company’s […]

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December 9, 2021

Leader’s statement – 8 December 2021

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, delivered her Leader’s statement to Council at the meeting on 8 December 2021. It really is a privilege to be leading this council through some significant changes and challenges. The dedication of members and officers to making the Vale a better place to live […]

November 1, 2021

Good causes in the Vale benefit from White Horse Community Lottery

Since its first draw in September the White Horse Community Lottery has already started to raise money for good causes across the Vale, enabling them to continue and expand their work with vulnerable residents and communities in the district. The Vale of White Horse District Council’s free community lottery launched in June and so far, […]