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September 14, 2021

Get inspired when The Women’s Tour visits the Vale on 4 October

Communities across the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to line the streets on Monday 4 October, to show off the area and to get inspired when the AJ Bell Women’s Tour cycling race passes through the district.

August 5, 2021

Table tennis facilities available for all ages and abilities in southern Oxfordshire

Table tennis tables will be appearing in locations across southern Oxfordshire over the summer. The tables are part of an ongoing initiative with South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to help residents be active and healthy. The councils are working alongside Table Tennis England, the councils’ Didcot Garden Town project team and […]

July 14, 2021

Fun for all the family as splash pads in the Vale reopen in time for the summer holidays

Splash pads at Abbey Meadow in Abingdon and Wantage Memorial Park will reopen from Monday 19 July with guaranteed fun for all the family.  The reopening follows the announcement from the government that Covid-19 guidelines around social distancing will be relaxed. Vale of White Horse District Council and their leisure contractor GLL, who run the […]

June 18, 2021

Abbey Meadow outdoor pool ready to reopen

Great news for families and swimmers in the Vale – the Abbey Meadow outdoor pool in Abingdon will reopen on Monday 12 July in plenty of time for the summer holidays. Vale of White Horse District Council has been working hard with its leisure contractor GLL to get the pool open and allow local residents […]

The Beacon arts and community centre

June 14, 2021

The Beacon to open again to the public

Vale of White Horse District Council is pleased to announce that it plans to open The Beacon arts and community centre in Wantage to the public again from 6 September.  The Beacon, owned and run by the district council, will open in September following the news that it will no longer be needed as a […]

June 8, 2021

“Move together” launched across Oxfordshire to help vulnerable residents

A new county-wide programme “Move Together” has launched today and will support hundreds of Oxfordshire residents most affected by Covid-19 to move more and protect their health and wellbeing. The Move Together initiative received a total of £362,975 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund and Active Oxfordshire will be co-ordinating it. South Oxfordshire and Vale […]

April 6, 2021

Phased re-opening for leisure facilities in southern Oxfordshire

Following government advice that leisure centres can start to reopen from 12 April, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils and their leisure contractor GLL, which runs the Better leisure centres across the districts, have agreed on a phased approach to re-opening. As the centres vary in size and offer different facilities, they […]

photo of Faringdon swimming pool

March 26, 2021

Councils to offer financial support to leisure provider

Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils have agreed to offer a financial support package to GLL, the leisure contractor that manages leisure facilities across both districts, subject to formal agreements being entered into. The leisure industry has been hit really hard by the pandemic having spent much of the last year closed […]

Leisure needs

March 22, 2021

Council identifying how to spend housing cash for leisure

Local sports clubs in the Grove and Wantage area are helping Vale of White Horse District Council understand how money that’s coming in from new housing developments could be used to help provide appropriate new or improved leisure facilities for local residents. A similar engagement is taking place with clubs in the Faringdon and Great Coxwell area. […]

The entrance of Faringdon Leisure centre

March 2, 2021

Funding for £400k Faringdon Leisure Centre refurbishment helps the Vale of White Horse to become carbon neutral.

Faringdon leisure centre is to get a £400,000 refurbishment with the potential to reduce its carbon footprint by 500,000 kwh over a year – the equivalent of the annual energy use of 135 houses.  The Vale of White Horse District Council has been awarded a £361,746 grant from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. The […]