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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 […]

Abingdon toilets in Abbey Meadow

November 4, 2022

Toilet vandals leave serious damage and another costly repair bill

More public money will have to be spent on repairing public toilets in Abingdon following the latest attack by vandals. Last week significant damage was caused to the toilets at Abbey Meadow by the River Thames.  Vandals ripped all the metal toilet roll holders off the walls and set fire to them and to the […]

A group of people outdoors Nordic walking

November 4, 2022

A new approach for community health and wellbeing

“We want our residents to be active, healthy and happy.” Those were the words of Cllr Helen Pighills, Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities at Vale of White Horse District Council about a new Active Communities strategy her council has launched in partnership with South Oxfordshire District Council. “Our aim is to give our local residents […]