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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...