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New historical novel features #Abingdon and #Wantage

Just Where You Stand is a historical novel which begins with the Victorian era in Abingdon, Berkshire, England and ends in late twentieth-century Toronto, Canada. For three generations when some good things happen anyway, three obsessive husbands undermine the lives of those around them. Alcohol consumes the first and an increasingly popular but controversial religious sect […]

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Wantage Literary Festival 2015 – ticket now on sale #wantage

Book now for this year’s fabulous festival! Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival! Book online – or buy directly from The Beacon on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, or at the Vale and Downland Museum – for the best seats in the house to hear The Life and Loves of a […]

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Scrapstore in Wantage and Grove

A new initiative to drive resource-saving, re-use and recycling is underway in Wantage town centre. The town’s community space, The Mix on Mill Street, has launched its own mini scrapstore Resourcebank. Jo Harvey, a member of the group Sustainable Wantage which runs The Mix, says: “I am really excited that The Mix is hosting the […]

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Ed Vaizey MP Parish News September 2014

Over the summer there were many events both across my Constituency, in the UK and across Europe which marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Each was quite different – from the names on the war memorial being read out in Wallingford to theunveiling of the Memorial Arch in Folkestone where […]

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Hedgehogs – help needed

We are ecologists based at the University of Reading, currently conducting a project examining the possible impact of road networks on hedgehog populations. It is estimated that hedgehog populations in some parts of the UK have declined by approximately 20% in the last 20 years, and one possible factor contributing to this decline is the […]

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Wantage Literary Festival – Newsletter August 2014

Roll up, roll up – tickets are on sale for this year’s literary festival! It’s that time of year again folks – Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival is open for business with our best line-up ever. Tickets are on sale for talks by former war correspondent Kate Adie, SAS veteran Andy McNab, historians Gary Sheffield and Saul David, […]

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Smarti Minis art

Paintings of Wantage and Grove landmarks by some of the district’s youngest artists have gone on display, as part of a new public art and performance initiative. Ten paintings by children aged two to four have gone up in the wall-mounted display boxes of Wantage’s Victoria Cross Gallery. The project is part of a new […]

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Random Acts of Kindness

The Brownies in the UK are celebrating their 100th Birthday and in honour of this 2nd Wantage Brownie Pack wished to do do a random act of kindness. The girls choose to hand out flowers to strangers, which included a yellow rose in honour of the brownies being called Rosebuds in 1914. So armed with […]

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Local Business Awards 2013

To mark Small Business Saturday on 7 December 2013, local people have given their verdict on the very best independent businesses in the Wantage and Grove area. The Local Business Awards asked people to choose the business that had provided the most exceptional customer service and which restaurants and pubs were their favourites. Nominations were […]

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Wantage history in a new book

What was the King Alfred’s Head Inn called in 1671? What did Wantage Grammar School look like before 1850? Who was Jane Toby, and why did she need help in 1740? Find out by reading “Pupils, Potholes & Poor Relief” by Hazel Brown A new book which tells the history of The Wantage Town Lands, a local […]