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October 24, 2023

New grant to help people stay warm and fed this winter 

A new food and warmth grant will help support people in our communities this winter who may otherwise struggle to afford essential things.   Access to nutritious food and warm homes are basic necessities – but the ongoing impact of the pandemic on people’s finances, health and wellbeing has been further heightened by the cost-of-living […]

October 23, 2023

Brown bin subscribers can leave out extra garden waste

Residents who are subscribed to the district council brown bin garden waste service in South Oxfordshire or the Vale of White Horse can have extra garden waste collected for free, on their normal collection day only, between 30 October and 10 November. Householders will be able to put out a maximum of up to four additional […]

October 23, 2023

Vale of White Horse welcomes A34 Lodge Hill scheme funding announcement

Vale of White Horse District Council has welcomed the news today that Oxfordshire County Council’s A34 Lodge Hill Interchange scheme has been awarded £17.33 million of government funding from Homes England’s Brownfield, Infrastructure and Land (BIL) fund. The Lodge Hill junction, located between Abingdon and Oxford, currently only has north-facing slips. The proposed scheme will offer […]

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October 16, 2023

Councils support staff with pledge for the Real Living Wage

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have pledged their ongoing commitment for paying staff at least the Real Living Wage. Both councils currently ensure all directly employed council staff receive at least the Real Living Wage and have done for several years. The Real Living Wage (currently £10.90 with an update due […]

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October 16, 2023

Leader’s statement – 11 October 2023

Cllr Bethia Thomas, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, delivered her Leader’s statement to Council at the meeting on Wednesday 11 October 2023. Tonight I am here as leader of our council to report on progress in our district since we last met; I know that in my position it is easy to […]

October 16, 2023

More than £56,000 given away for climate action projects

Buying water butts for Watchfield residents, restoring neglected woodland in Hinksey and insulating Littleworth Village Hall are just a few of the projects offered financial support by Vale of White Horse District Council through its Climate Action Fund this month.

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October 12, 2023

Young artists encouraged to display their work in Wantage

The Beacon in Wantage is reaching out to local schools and youth groups to display artwork on their Art Wall, showcasing local young talent and celebrating the community in the building. Pupils at Grove Church of England School, Wantage, were the first to have their art displayed on The Beacon’s Art Wall earlier this year. […]

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 […]

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October 9, 2023

Joint leaders’ statement to mark World Homeless Day – 10 October

The following is a joint statement by the leaders of Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils, Cllrs Bethia Thomas and David Rouane to mark World Homeless Day on 10 October: “As international attention focuses today on homelessness, we believe everyone should have somewhere they feel safe and secure that they can call […]

October 2, 2023

New Cabinet Members confirmed at Vale of White Horse District Council

Councillor Bethia Thomas, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council has today (2 October) confirmed details of the council’s new cabinet. The new cabinet has been confirmed as: Cllr Bethia Thomas said: “I’d like to thank our existing cabinet members and welcome our new cabinet members. Our new cabinet is a true example of […]