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St John Ambulance need your help

Wantage St John Ambulance volunteers deliver first aid at local events including Dickensian Evening, the White Horse Half Marathon, and fetes in Longcot, Shrivenham and Kingston Bagpuize, and further afield at Cropredy, V Festival and Premiership football fixtures. St John Ambulance needs more volunteers to allow this important work to continue. In exchange for your […]

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Help for Hedgehogs

Dear Sir / Madam 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 […]

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Public consultation on proposed new schools for Grove and Wantage

Consultation sessions organised by Oxfordshire County Council have not been publicised widely, but are on the 5 June from 2pm to 4pm at Grove Village Hall, Main St, Grove OX12 7JY and 11 June from 6pm to 8pm at Wantage Civic Hall, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY.

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KA’s Academy in national schools karting final

Three students from King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage will be travelling to Northamptonshire this summer to go wheel-to-wheel with the best school karting teams in the UK. This follows their success at the Midlands regional final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2013 on 19th April. After coming second at the regional final, Tom […]

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Save Our Sites: Didcot Archaeology

Following a big archaeological dig, Didcot has discovered it has a pre-history dating back 9000 years. The bad news is it’s on what’s due to become a new housing estate (Great Western Park). Up until local people found out about the archaeology, developers planned to build over most of it, having first removed the finds. […]

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Who Takes Planning Decisions?

The main item on the agenda at the Vale District Planning meeting last week (12 March 2013) was the outline planning application for 85 homes on AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) land on Chain Hill, Wantage. The application came to the Committee because Wantage Town Council had objected and also 28 letters of objection […]

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£30,000 Hand Out

Housing association residents hand out £30,000 to 33 local community groups Thirty-three Oxfordshire charities and community groups will benefit from additional funding after residents of the county’s largest housing association handed out a total of £30,000 at an event on Saturday (9 March). The money was provided by Sovereign Housing Association’s Regional Panel for Oxfordshire […]

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Open Day for Ridgeway

The Ridgeway is an ancient track across England, a 4,000 year-old trade route, and today a National Trail. It links hillforts, barrows and hill figures and passes through spectacular landscapes. It is Britain’s oldest road and it’s right on our doorstep, on the edge of the Downs, for everyone to enjoy. On Sunday, 7 April, […]

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Just Bag It

Wantage councillors respond to requests to clean up our streets In response to a flood of complaints from their constituents, Councillors Charlotte Dickson and Fiona Roper have taken action to stop dog fouling in Wantage and Grove. “I have had a large number of phone calls and emails from local residents who have noticed an […]

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Public Meeting feedback

Dear All, As the chairman of Wantage & Grove Joint Economic Forum (JEF), I am pleased to attach a document with the suggestions from the event on 27th November.  Also included is an action plan against many of the suggestions and as a group we are working on pressing for more action and decision making in […]

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Wantage Town Team Administrator needed

Vale of White Horse District Council is inviting competitive proposals for the provision of 12 month contract to deliver projects on behalf of the Wantage Joint Economic Forum. If you are interested in providing a proposal please complete this attached submission and e-mail it to economic.development@southandvale.gov.uk by 5pm on 8th January. This person will be responsible for delivering […]

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Public Meeting Update

Shaping Wantage and Grove Last night’s (Tuesday 27th November 2012) Public Meeting was very well attended. Maybe 150-200 people (my guess). The meeting was set up to allow the public to brainstorm ideas on ways to improve Wantage and Grove. Ideas were discussed, written down and then voted upon. As soon as we get some […]

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Old photos wanted – Grove Street

I am trying to compile a book of my husband’s life for his 65th birthday and have a few gaps. He owned a shop Home Decor, 8-http://www.wantage.com/wp Grove Street, Wantage circa late 60s – mid 80s. I would love a photo of the shop if possible. His name is Paul Thomas.

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Community Games programme

My name is Annalie Thomasson and I am the lead contact for The Community Games programme for the Vale of White Horse District. We are looking for any communities or organisations that may want to be involved in staging their very own fundraising /Community Games event. The Community Games is a great way to bring communities […]

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Wantage and Grove Official Guide and Map

The link to this publication has just been given to me. Looks bang up-to-date and very nicely produced. Bit surprised that the publication doesn’t include a page on Grove Parish Council. Howard www.wantage.com  

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Wantage Visitors’ Map

Just added a visitors’ map to this website. It is on the main menu at the top, and also on the visitor, resident and business menus too – just in case :O) There are a few more features I will be adding, so please come back and look in a week or two.

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White Horse Folk Festival

Download poster for the White Horse Folk Festival 2012

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Oxford Mail quiz league

Any Wantage pubs/clubs/groups of friends interested in entering a team into the South Division of the Oxford Mail – Oxfordshire Winter Quiz League starting Thursday 18th October please visit the league website www.oxfordshirequizleague.co.uk For more details please contact Dave Quinn – tel: 01865 514008 email: quinnd@hotmail.co.uk

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KA / Faringdon Girls Grammar School Reunion

Final reminder that the Faringdon Girls Grammar School/King Alfred’s Wantage reunion of pupils who knew each other in the mid to late 1960’s – will take place at The Shoulder of Mutton Pub, 38 Wallingford Street, Wantage, OX12 0DH on the evening of Friday 17th August 2012. Partners are also welcome. This is a chance […]

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Health Walk Volunteers needed in Grove

Volunteer Walk leaders are needed to help lead walks in and around Grove. These weekly walks will last for about 30-40 minutes on a weekday morning. We do not need super fit people just those who enjoy walking and want to get out for gentle exercise with a sociable group of walkers. Full training as […]