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December 12, 2023

Leisure centres install fan-tastic new energy saving measures

New measures at the Didcot centre follow a similar installation at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, in Abingdon in the Vale of White Horse district in June this year.

photo of Faringdon swimming pool

November 6, 2023

Over £440,000 awarded to support swimming pools in South and Vale

Swimming pools across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse have been awarded a total of £441,542. The award will help ensure residents continue to have access to good swimming facilities across the two districts. Recent research has shown swimming positively contributes to physical and mental wellbeing, to individual and community development, and helps to […]

October 2, 2023

Fun for all the family this October half-term 

A range of free and low-cost fun activities are available for children and their families during the October half-term across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.  Provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, sessions include fun outdoor orienteering and events inside such as dance, sports, theatre and much more.  Here’s a full run down of […]

image of three items of play equipment, an accessible roundabout, an accessible swing and and cable ride.

July 31, 2023

£45,000 investment will ensure more young children can enjoy Vale play areas

Work is underway to install exciting new equipment at three play areas in the Vale of White Horse.  The £45,000 upgrade will help to ensure that more children can play and have fun outdoors in district council play areas.   Vale of White Horse District Council is providing the accessible apparatus at Marlborough Gardens in […]

Abbey Meadow outdoor pool on a sunny day

June 26, 2023

Summer season set to start at Abbey Meadow

Families in the Vale are getting ready for a summer holiday of splashing, swimming and fun at Abbey Meadow outdoor pool in Abingdon, which is currently being prepared to open for its summer season.  The pool will open ahead of the school summer holidays on Saturday 22 July – a few days earlier than originally […]

Solar panels being fitted to the roof of Faringdon Leisure Centre

March 9, 2023

Green energy powering leisure centre in the Vale

Work to install new eco-friendly technology at Faringdon Leisure Centre is near completion. This makes it the first Vale of White Horse District Council operated facility to have this technology to help cut carbon emissions and make it more cost effective to run. New air source heat pumps – which work by transferring heat absorbed […]

An image of the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre from the front and the right image is the outside of Wantage Leisure Centre

February 16, 2023

Leisure centres to be greener thanks to £6m funding

Air Source Heat Pumps, solar panels and other energy efficiency measures will be installed at Wantage Leisure Centre and the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon. Vale of White Horse District Council was successful in its bid for the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and has been awarded £5,992,916 in funding which will […]

December 14, 2022

Pool closure for maintenance work over Christmas

The swimming pool at Faringdon Leisure Centre will be closed over the Christmas period for urgent maintenance work to the roof. From 21-28 December the pool will be out of use so that essential work can be carried out on the steel roof support beams which are above the pool. During this time the rest […]

Image of the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre poolside area with new LED lighting.

October 11, 2022

New LEDs light up leisure centre

New LED lighting at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon has given the centre a new lease of life and is saving energy at the same time. The centre is run by Vale of White Horse District Council and the lighting refurbishment project has cost a total of £78,858.94, with over £70,000 […]

August 8, 2022

New fence to improve safety and tackle geese problem at Abbey Meadow

A new fence at Abbey Meadow will help to keep young children safe and could reduce the problem of geese causing havoc for park users. Abbey Meadow, the park area next to the Thames in Abingdon, is very popular with families, however there is currently no barrier to stop young children around the splash park […]