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volunteers week 2024

May 24, 2024

Volunteers are inspirational, we want to say a big “thank you”

Cabinet members of Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils have offered their thanks and gratitude to the thousands of inspirational volunteers across both districts ahead of volunteers’ week. To mark the 40th anniversary of annual Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 3 – 9 June, the councils will be taking the “time to […]

Abbey Meadows Splash Pad

May 7, 2024

Here comes a fun-packed summer in the Vale

As May gets underway, Vale of White Horse District Council is gearing up for a summer of family-friendly free and low-cost activities and destinations to visit.

Over the summer months, the council’s Active Communities Team will be offering a range of activities to get involved in, including community walks and skateboarding.

April 29, 2024

Council serves a volley of improvements at its leisure centres

The upgrade of Vale of White Horse District Council’s leisure centres continues with the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon now ‘ready for tennis’ at any time of the year.

The Beacon Arts and Community Centre

February 13, 2024

Securing a sustainable future for The Beacon Arts Centre and Community Centre

Robust plans are being prepared this month to secure a sustainable and ‘best value’ future for The Beacon Arts and Community Centre. The arts and community centre has provided Wantage and the surrounding areas with an important and lively focus for arts and the community since 2014. The Beacon supports the wellbeing of residents by […]

October 10, 2023

The Vale steps up to help families who supported the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan

An innovative new arrangement will support the welfare of families from Afghanistan who have contributed to the UK’s military operations in their country. Families who had put themselves at risk by working and fighting for the UK, were forced to flee their home country when the Taliban regained control. Since then, many of them have […]

July 25, 2023

£155k of longer-term funding for vital information and advice services

Organisations based in the Vale of White Horse who provide vital information, advice and outreach services can now apply for up to five years of funding, thanks to a new grant scheme. Vale of White Horse District Council has launched the £154,920 partnership grant to help ensure that information and advice organisations who help people […]

June 20, 2023

Cycles recycled to help Vale residents get on their bike

Residents in Abingdon can now get active and healthy using donated bikes with the new Ride Revolution project. Ride Revolution is a pilot project, set up by Vale of White Horse District Council, that will take unwanted bikes through donation, scrapyards and recycling centres and get them restored or repaired with the support of students […]

June 15, 2023

CCTV to target Abingdon toilet vandals

Individuals deliberately damaging public toilets in an Abingdon park now risk being caught on CCTV. Following repeated and costly vandalism, Vale of White Horse District Council has installed the cameras overlooking the entrance to the toilets in Abbey Meadow. The facility is well used throughout the year and is especially important during the summer months […]

March 15, 2023

Tree planting and grants for community climate projects highlighted in latest Climate Action report

Tree planting and grants to help community climate projects have been highlighted in a new report from Vale of White Horse District Council. As part of its commitment towards tackling climate change, the Vale publishes a quarterly report showing the progress of its Climate Action Plan. The Plan sets out the steps it will take […]

December 23, 2022

Council will tackle food poverty and promote sustainable local production

Taking action on food poverty and making good food available for all will be at the heart of work by Vale of the White Horse District Council to help realise the vision of Oxfordshire’s Food Strategy. The council will work with community, voluntary sector and business partners to develop a detailed local food action plan […]