Wantage News

ONE new council for the whole of Oxfordshire? Have your say.

Oxfordshire county council wants to know what you think about its draft proposal to abolish all six councils in Oxfordshire and replace them with a one new council for the whole county, called a ‘unitary’ council. Why change? Central government is changing the way councils are funded, and councils will soon have to pay for […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News February 2017 #wantage

Over the last few weeks I held two public meetings to discuss Brexit, the first in Wantage, the second in Didcot, attended by about 250 people in total. Both meetings produced a lively discussion, with representatives on both sides of the debate airing their opinions. The feedback I had helped me consider my position in the run up to Article […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News January 2017 #wantage

Welcome to 2017! As this is my first Parish News of the New Year, may I wish you Happy new Year and hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend time with your families and loved ones. 2017 has arrived with quite a full in-tray for me as your local MP. Issues […]

Wantage Dickensian Evening 2016 programme #wantage

The Wantage Dickensian Evening programme 2016 is here… Friday 2nd December 2016 6pm to 9pm Wantage Marketplace (and nearby streets), outside Waitrose, outside Sainsbury’s, Parish Church, Museum, Library and Wantage Baptist Church. Come along and join in: Santa and reindeer, Victorian fun fair, Punch and Judy, pig roast, charity stalls, plus many more attractions and […]

Wantage Dickensian Evening 2nd Dec 2016 #wantage

Wantage Dickensian Evening 2016 Friday, 2nd of December 2016, 6-9pm Please take a look at the Wantage Dickensian website  

Vote for the best #Wantage and #Grove businesses

People living in and around Wantage and Grove have a chance to recognise exceptional customer service from their local, independent shop and service businesses, and their favourite restaurant and pub in a competition for Small Business Saturday. The now annual local business awards run by Wantage Town Team and supported by Wantage & District Chamber […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News November 2016 #wantage

I’ve had a busy month in Parliament. On national issues, I took part in the debate on the BBC Charter Review, the Cultural Property Bill which aims to implement the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, and a debate on press freedom. On local issues I secured a visit from the new Secretary […]

Scout Christmas Post 2016

Wantage and Grove Scouts are offering their local Christmas card delivery service in December. Postage is 25p per card and payment along with the cards should be posted directly into the one of the Scout post boxes located in: Charlton Post Office (Barnards Way), Campbells Opticians, Charlton Garden Centre, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Wantage Health Centre, Smiths […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News October 2016 #wantage

Since Parliament’s return form the summer recess I have used my new role as a backbencher to ask a number of questions and hold debates in the chamber. I have asked the Home office about cyber crime – an area of increasing concern, and one where I am keen to see more specialist recruitment into […]

Wantage Autumn Festival 23rd October 2016

Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 | 12noon – 5pm The Wantage Autumn Festival is a fun-filled celebration of the season with food, drink, music and apples. Along with local stalls there will be live entertainment, local ale & cider, local food BBQ and Goan curries, traditional apple pressing (bring your own apples with bottles for juicing), ‘grow […]

Wantage represented in National Portrait Awards

Photogenic, an established photographic studio based in Wantage Oxfordshire, has been hand selected by the National Portrait Awards to represent the area in a national competition which aims to support three national charities. Over 65 photographic studios, from across the country, have joined forces to support three national charities by offering their session fees as […]

Meal box founder gives Oxford Food Bank recipe for success

An entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den contender who launched his multi-million pound recipe kit business from the front room of his Oxford home is now giving a boost to the city’s food bank. Self-confessed foodie Timo Boldt created Gousto four years ago when he found his busy life as a hedge fund manager prevented him from pursing […]

Grove Business Park’s new website #wantage

GROVE BUSINESS PARK SELECT “IN HOUSE” OCCUPIER (IRUN LTD) TO BUILD NEW WEBSITE General Manager delighted to be “eating own dog food” Boston House, Grove Business Park, September 9, 2016–  An extensive and rigorous tender process has been concluded involving seven web development companies across three counties. The new management team at Grove Business Park […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News September 2016 #wantage

Parliament has returned from the summer recess, and an interesting Parliamentary term lies ahead.  The Government will begin to produce its proposals on what Brexit will mean and what form our future relationship with the EU will take. As you know, I campaigned for remain during the referendum campaign, and I will be watching developments […]

More in The Mix thanks to Further Education link up

A repair cafe, clothes upcycling course, a range of cookery, craft and DIY workshops – these are just some of the current and planned workshops and courses at The Mix community space on Mill Street Wantage, as it continues to add to the number of local groups and activities it hosts. These activities and more […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News August 2016 #wantage

The last month saw a continuation of the fall out of the EU referendum. We now have a new Prime Minister, who has set the gears in motion for the EU renegotiation. We now have a Department for Brexit, and a Department for International Trade, who will take the leading role in these negotiations. I […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News July 2016 #wantage

This last month has seen the UK make one of its biggest decisions for a generation. I campaigned for remain, and my constituency voted for it. While I appreciate the strength of feeling from many of my constituents, and the outcome may not be what we wanted, the decision has been made. We put this […]

#Wantage Hospital March

Dear Sir/Madam We need your help. We are the Wantage Hospital League of Friends and the Save Wantage Hospital Campaign and we are campaigning to save Wantage Community Hospital. Wantage Community Hospital was built in 1927 and became part of the NHS in 1948. It has been threatened twice before in 1998 and 2006 and […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News June 2016 #wantage

I was delighted to see that a local charity, based at Long Wittenham, The Earth Trust, has been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is thanks to volunteers like this that many of us have access to large areas of open space, which they use freely and widely, such as Wittenham Clumps, Thrupp […]

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration @ #wantage

WANTAGE CELEBRATES Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday WEEKEND OF 11th & 12th JUNE Music, Food & Drink, Community and Fun Saturday 11th June – Wantage Memorial Park Sunday 12th June – The Market Place SATURDAY 11th June 2016 Community Fair in the Park Wantage Memorial Park 12:00 – 18:00 Community Games, Fun Fair, […]

Spotlight on places to eat and drink in #Wantage and #Grove

Here’s a chance to check out the range of great places to eat and drink we have in Wantage and Grove. They’re showcased in a new series of short films that give residents and visitors an insight into the choices available locally. The short films series for Wantage Town Team follows an earlier “Shop Local” […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News May 2016 #wantage #edvaizey

I have been out and about in the constituency this month. I met with Drayton Parish Council to discuss their neighbourhood plan, and attended the grand opening of Millbrook Primary School’s new library, with Winnie the Witch (aka the head teacher!) and the book’s illustrator Korky Paul. I was also able to meet with John […]

Save #Wantage Community Hospital

Wantage Community Hospital is scheduled to close in the summer due to Legionella bacteria in the water system. The NHS trust will not confirm the hospital will re-open after the repairs. Improvements have been made on the building recently and it is a concern that the ‘private’ care home next door will absorb the building. This hospital is vital […]

Ed Vaizey’s Parish News April 2016 #wantage #edvaizey

During March I met with the Environment Agency to discuss their work across the constituency. An area of concern was that only 59% of the 1,578 properties at risk of flooding from rivers were registered to receive their Flood Warnings Direct service. The service is the Environment Agency’s free 24 hour warning service for properties […]

Toc H launched #Wantage

During the horrors of the First World War, an army chaplain, The Revd Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton set up rest house for soldiers of all ranks at Talbot House, Poperinge, Belgium. The house was run on egalitarian lines, a key motto being   “All rank abandon, ye who enter here” After the war Tubby set up a movement […]

Mayor of Wantage Ball 2016 #wantage

You can book a full table, a part table or single tickets NOW from The Beacon or by contacting me directly on Please support this event on 6th May 2016 to raise money for Cancer Research Wantage. Dig out those flares, splash on the Brut/spray or some Charlie and prepare to pull some moves to Saturday Night […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News March 2016 #wantage #edvaizey

Obviously our thoughts have been dominated by the tragic events at Didcot Power Station late last month.  I visited shortly after the accident and met the owners of the site, as well as the heroic emergency services.  It has been a truly amazing operation in extraordinary difficult circumstances.  My heart goes out to the families […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News February 2016 #wantage

I mentioned last month that one of the highlights for 2016 will be the celebrations for HM The Queens 90th Birthday.  A fantastic initiative to help clean up the country for these celebrations is the ”Clean for The Queen” weekend.  This project aims to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter […]

Rock @ the Beacon #wantage

What: Rock @ the Beacon is a fantastic music extravaganza, supported by the Wantage Rotary Club. All net proceeds going to support local Rotary good causes, including the Sweatbox and Mikayla (a local children’s cancer charity). When: 3pm until 11pm March 5th 2016 Venue: The Beacon, Wantage Attractions include: Beer Festival, Hot dogs, Raffle, Kids soft play […]

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 […]

Opera in #Wantage

Opera Unmasked aims to encourage enjoyment and understanding of Opera, Theatre, Ballet and other performing Arts. Its focus is in the Vale of White Horse and the surrounding area. Firstly, a little bit of information about how Opera Unmasked began. For several years I was the artistic director of the Wantage Betjeman Festival. This was originally founded to celebrate […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News January 2016

May I wish all of my constituents a very happy new year.  I hope 2016 will be a great year for you.  There are, of course, many exciting events and milestones, not least the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in June and the Rio Olympics. The New Year is also a time when we get to celebrate […]

Videos of independent shops in #Wantage

“Shop Local” is the message of a new short film series featuring owners of Wantage’s independent town centre shops. It’s the latest initiative by Wantage’s town team to promote the great range of independent shops in the town centre. There are seven short films – one promoting the town centre independent shops as a whole, and six […]

#Wantage Silver Band at Christmas

I was sitting in my favourite chair this evening, when I started to hear wonderful Christmas music coming from outside. I popped my head out of the door – and there they were – the Wantage Silver Band in Haywards Close, playing traditional Christmas music and carrying out their Christmas door-to-door collection. Wonderful! This year, […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News December 2015 #wantage

While the news has been dominated by the damage that has been done by Storm Desmond and our thoughts have been with the people affected, the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme has been getting ready to publish the options they are considering for a flood relief channel for Oxford and the Vale. The new flood channel will be […]

Wantage Dickensian 4th Dec 2015 #wantage

Here is the 2015 programme. We also have our annual activities – This year’s shop window competition theme is ‘FROZEN CHRISTMAS’. Please join our competition – the winner will be announced on the night of our event. Stay in touch for more real time updates on our fan page so to find out more, please follow us there, let […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News November 2015 #wantage

Earlier this month we stopped to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, I was struck once again by the hundreds of people who turned up to parades and memorials. I had the honour of laying wreaths at both Wantage and Didcot along with veterans and serving men and women. Supporting our armed forces is as important […]

Christmas trees to your door #wantage

The Rotary Club of Wantage is now taking orders for the supply of Christmas trees, both Norwegian Spruce and Nordmann, in various sizes, either cut or pot grown, and which will be delivered directly to your door. All profits from these sales will go to supporting good causes in the Wantage area, and Rotary charities. […]

Scout Christmas Post 2015 #wantage

Wantage and Grove Scouts are offering their local Christmas card delivery service in December. Postage is 25p per card and payment along with the cards should be posted directly into the one of the Scout post boxes located in:  Charlton Post Office (Barnards Way), Campbells Opticians, Charlton Garden Centre, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Wantage Health Centre, Smiths DIY […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News October 2015 #wantage

Earlier this month I attended the annual Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.  I’m always impressed by how many charities attend – and it’s always useful to meet them to hear what they are doing nationally and locally. Amongst those I visited was the Cancer Research stand whose admirable ambition is to accelerate progress so that […]

Christminster Singers concert

On Sunday October 18th the renowned Christminster Singers from Oxford will present a  concert of West Gallery Music in St Augustine’s Church, East Hendred, at 7.30pm. The concert, which is raising much-needed funds for the church, will also include traditional folk tunes played by several of The Christminster Singers on concertina, fiddle, flute, clarinet and accordion. West Gallery Music […]

Wantage Autumn Festival #wantage

Sunday 18th Oct 2015 | 12noon – 5pm The Wantage Autumn Festival is a fun-filled celebration of the season with food, drink, music and apples. Along with local stalls there will be live entertainment, local ale & cider, local food BBQ and Goan curries, traditional apple pressing (bring your own apples with bottles for juicing), […]

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 […]

What’s In Store – new town guides

The Wantage Town Team have produced a couple of really useful guides for Wantage. What’s In Store – Shopping What’s In Store – Food, Drink & Accommodation You can see the guides on our What’s In Store page For more information email Mim Norvell via or call her on 07969 797322, or email Iain Nicholson […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News September 2015 #wantage

In my role as Minister of Culture, I am pleased that we have announced plans to publish a White Paper – essentially a national strategy – on the arts and heritage next year.  It is 50 years since the first – and only – White Paper on the arts was published. Government’s role in supporting […]

Vale Islanders dance at German festival #wantage

Twelve members of the Charney Basset based historical dance group, the Vale Islanders returned  home on 7th September 2015 having taken part in the annual Sehusafest in Seesen in the Harz Mountains of Northern Germany. The group, who perform English dances of the 17th century, dressed in costume of the period, were  there for the […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News August 2015

Like myself many of you may have enjoyed a trip to the cinema on a rainy day during the school summer holidays, so I was very interested to be told by the British Film Institute that they have opened a new round of funding for the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund. Any community cinemas that […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News July 2015 #wantage

Despite recent tragic events in Tunisia and economic uncertainty in the Eurozone, many of us are thinking of traveling overseas for some guaranteed summer sunshine. If you are planning a family holiday abroad this summer please do double check that your passports and EHIC cards are up to date. The government has tightened up border […]

Open Mic Night

Wantage Summer Festival is 20 and we would like to celebrate with you! Wantage Summer Festival Committee would like to invite you for an Open Mic night to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Is is planned for this Wednesday, 15th July evening at the King Alfred’s Head pub at 7pm – just after our second open meeting. […]

Sweatbox Rock in the Park #wantage

Sweatbox Wantage and White Hart Music Live! are working in conjunction to bring you a fabulous event for the third year running. We will have a mix of strictly local acts performing from 12pm-7pm and there will be a range of super local stalls to visit too! Opens Saturday 11th July 2015 with local ceilidh band […]

Defibrillators in red phone boxes

Minutes Matter for MPs to help save lives A national campaign to convert red phone boxes into defibrillator stations in villages around the country is calling on MPs to get involved to help complete a national network. “We already have 150 defibrillators in red phone boxes in villages across the country, but we need hundreds, […]

National Independents’ Day #wantage

Wantage town team sets out its stall for national Independents’ Day Wantage’s town team will showcase what’s in store at 25 local shops with a stall on the town’s Saturday Market for national Independents’ Day on July 4th. They’ll challenge shoppers to match up the items with the name of the shop in Wantage or […]

Watermill Theatre comes to Wantage

The Watermill Theatre in association with Reading Rep Theatre Company and Opera Unmasked presents A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD Meet colourful historical figures, take to the great battlefields, marvel at fabulous works of art and ground-breaking scientific discoveries in the brand new Watermill Theatre touring production, A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, in association […]

Train to be a Counsellor #wantage

Train to be a Counsellor – Open Morning Wantage Counselling Service are running the Introduction and Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills from Sept 2015, this is the first step towards obtaining a Diploma in Counselling Skills On Sat 4th July and 1st August our doors will be open for anyone who wishes to discuss the […]

#Wantage Counselling Service

Fiona Roper presented a cheque to Trustees Helen Carter and Adrian Rance on Thursday 11th June 2015 for £1500. This was half the monies raised from April’s Mayor’s Charity Flamenco Evening at The Beacon, Wantage. It has been an extremely good few weeks recently, along with the Flamenco Evening donation, Wantage Counselling Service have also received […]

Pilot Project for New Mums

Pilot Project for New Mum’s starting Monday 6 July 10-11.30m for 6 weeks at Wantage Memorial Park in Manor Road. These are drop in sessions at a cost of £5 after the initial session. The session will involved meeting up with an instructor and go through a variety of outdoor activities. There will also be […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News June 2015 #wantage

The General election campaign was a chance to hear about a lot of issues that concerned you.  It won’t surprise you to hear that the main concern I encountered was about housing development.  I was, therefore, extremely pleased to hear that the Vale of White Horse Local plan is due to go before the planning […]

French Market and Twinning

French Market The French Market (organised by Marches de France), will be coming to Wantage Market Place on the 26th June 2015 from 9 am – 5 pm. It is a lively and colourful event and the organisers are awarding a prize to the winners of a French themed competition on that day. French Twinning Wantage, Grove and […]

Wantage Shopping Guide

As part of the ‘Wantage is Great‘ project, the Wantage Shopping Guide has been produced. It lists all the shops in the town and includes a map of the town centre. As part of the overall project to raise visibility and awareness of the independent retailers in Wantage, the Shopping Guide is both for […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News May 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted to re-elect me MP for the Wantage and Didcot constituency in the recent General Election.  I cannot tell you how thrilled and honoured I feel to have been returned with an increased majority, and I will do everything in my power to repay the faith […]

Student Art Trail

A Walk of Art: Wantage town centre shops host Student Art Trail Pictured: Jan Coleman at Coleman and Coleman jewellers The creative and artistic talents of students at Wantage’s King Alfred’s Academy are on display in town centre shops as part of a new art trail initiative. The Wantage Town Team and the Academy’s Creative […]

Vote for The Mix!

Wantage town centre community space, The Mix, competing for national funding boost Vote for The Mix! It’s your chance to help keep The Mix community space on Mill Street Wantage as a hub for local groups and organisations, and a town centre home for a growing number of events, activities and workshops. The Mix,, has been […]

Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride 2015

Statue to Statue – the Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride 2015 This annual Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride, now in its eighth successful year, will take place on Sunday 19 July. Already riders from different parts of the country have registered to ride the 50 mile route which winds through quiet country lanes and ancient […]

Wantage presents… is back on Summer Saturdays

Wantage is getting set to ring in a new season of its popular Music in the Marketplace series. St Denys’ Handbell Ringers will be the first performers in the 2015 Wantage presents… season, which will see locally-based bands, groups and singers perform live in the town’s market place on Saturday mornings outside The Bear from May […]

Busking for Nepal

Local folk band Pandemonium were busking in Wantage on to raise money in support of the Nepal Earthquake appeal. The morning started with rain, but the band waited until it blew over and then made a start. “It was damp and very cold, but we had a great time. The atmosphere amongst the market shoppers was just […]

Anything Goes

A local Wantage theatrical group, ‘Jigsaw Stage Productions’,  held a publicity event in Wantage Market Place on Saturday to advertise their next Production – the fabulous Cole Porter Musical – ‘Anything Goes’! The show is being staged this week at The Beacon, Wantage from 15-18 April (with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm). Tickets are […]

Elections 2015 – your step-by-step guide

With the 2015 elections just around the corner, it’s time to make sure you are ready to cast your votes. This May, if you are aged 18 or over, you will be able to have your say in parliamentary and district council elections and, depending on where in South Oxfordshire you live, you could also […]

Ed Vaizey Parish News March 2015

As the General Election looms I have been reflecting on what an honour it has been to serve the Wantage and Didcot constituency over the past ten years.  One of the most fantastic aspects of my role as your MP is meeting so many dedicated volunteers and getting involved in some of the many great […]

Felicity Madden Memorial Lecture “Pragmatism and Principle”

This year’s Felicity Madden Memorial Lecture is titled “Pragmatism and Principle” and is to be held on Saturday 28th March in the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, Ardington. The presentation aims to outline how counselling young people goes on to help counselling adults, no matter how many sessions or how much support a client requires. Nick Luxmoore – […]

Ed Vaizey MP Parish News February 2015

A subject which I know is close to the hearts of many of my constituents is Community Pubs.  Since the Localism act brought in the right to bid, people across the country have nominatedaround 600 pubs which have then been listed as Assets of Community Value. These are assets – land and buildings –that are important to the community and have traditionally been […]

Wantage is Great – prize draw

Following the recent fantastic achievement of Wantage winning the town centre category in the Great British High Street Awards, the Town Team are working hard to spread the word and support the continued progress and innovation in the town. If you haven’t discovered the latest arrivals to Wantage, now’s a good time to check them […]

Science talks in Wantage café

Wantage is to strengthen its links with local science centres and technology businesses by launching the popular Café Scientifique concept in a town centre café. Café Scientifique is a national initiative which has had local events in Didcot and Wallingford for a number of years. It involves a speaker delivering a science, engineering or technology-based […]

Family and local history in Wantage

White Horse Ancestors A bit about me first, I have been involved in family and local history for coming up to 24 years now, which started when I was a volunteer for the National Inventory of War Memorials project run by the Imperial War Museum, recording information about local war memorials in the Vale of […]

Great Eight: Awards celebration for Wantage business best

Wantage’s popular independent butchers and a family-run gift shop that is celebrating its 3rd birthday in the town are among the winners of the 2014 Small Business Saturday Local Business Awards. Vincent Montgomery’s Butchers won the Exceptional Customer Service category, while Debbie Reiber-Hodgson’s Spoilt Silly won Best Shop Front. There were also wins for The Bear Hotel […]

Gearing up for the Christmas rush at Sheepdrove Organic Farm

High on the Berkshire Downs in Lambourn, Sheepdrove Organic Farm is gearing up for the busiest time of the year – Christmas! More than 500 turkeys, geese and ducks are being reared organically at the 2,500 acre farmespecially for the festive season. This is in addition to the cattle, sheep and pigs that are reared all year round to supply Sheepdrove’s Organic Butchers’ shops in Bristol and London and […]

Wantage Dickensian Evening overview

Christmas festival held in and around Wantage Market Place, Oxfordshire, on the first Friday of December every year. Dress up in period costume, enjoy Christmas attractions and start your holiday shopping. It is the night to celebrate the best of Wantage! Wantage Dickensian Evening is always held on the first Friday in December. It is […]

Art display is a great shop window for long-empty unit

Efforts to get one of Wantage’s remaining empty shop units back into use have taken a step forward, thanks to inspiration by local artists and artisans. The shop window of the long-empty former WH Smith’s unit next to Waitrose on Wallingford Street, Wantage is being used as a display space by local artists, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists and […]

Wantage Dickensian December 2014

Attractions Here is our plan for 2014 event:     Supporting local businesses: Wantage Dickensian Evening is a great opportunity to promote local businesses. The idea of our event started with promotion of local, independent shops and even though it has evolved we want to ensure that it remains an important element of the evening. This year we have opened our planning sessions […]

Town Centre Showcase for King Alfred’s Academy Artists

Art work by students at King Alfred’s Academy is being exhibited in Wantage town centre, in the latest in a series of projects to showcase the area’s young creative talent. Four works by 16-18 year olds in Years 12 and 13 at the school are being displayed on the walkway walls of the town’s Victoria […]

Wantage Tales exhibition

Wantage Tales A film and photography exhibition by Sylwia Presley A film and photography exhibition giving an insight into people who live in Wantage today opens at the Vale & Downland Museum on Wednesday November 5th. Devised by photographer, social media expert and active citizen journalist Sylwia  Presley , Wantage Tales is part of her community project, mapping out the past […]

Wantage Wins National Award #wantage #GBHighSt

The national Great British High Street competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop. The winners were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits. Judges visited 21 […]

Christmas Fair

Start your Christmas Shopping at the Loyd Lindsay Rooms Christmas Fair.  Come along and pick up some unique gifts to delight your family & friends. SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 10AM – 4PM LOYD LINDSAY ROOMS, ARDINGTON Admission: £2.50 (includes glass of Mulled Wine) Children: Free  There will be an array of products on sale including:   […]

New Traders in Wantage Market

An initiative to boost the vitality of Wantage’s historic Wednesday and Saturday markets has seen a series of new traders take up a stall there. It’s part of a drive by Wantage Town Council to add to the strong core of regular traders at the markets, and attract in new and regular customers. The Council […]

Wantage Dickensian Evening

Annual Dickensian Christmas Festival  – Friday 5th December 2014 Christmas festival held in and around Wantage Market Place, Oxfordshire, on the first Friday of December every year. Dress up in period costume, enjoy Christmas attractions and start your holiday shopping. It is the night to celebrate the best of Wantage! *** Wantage Dickensian Evening is […]

Resourcebank 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 […]

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 […]

Betjeman Literary Festival 2014

It’s approaching festival time again – and this year’s week of events, which runs from October 25 to November 2 2014, is set to be our best yet! There are murderous goings on afoot at our first ever murder mystery evening in The Bear Hotel on October 25 2014. Locals are being called on to […]

Not The Wantage Beer Festival

26th-28th September 2014 The “NOT THE WANTAGE BEER FESTIVAL” is so named because White Horse CAMRA have been unable to host the Wantage Beer Festival this year, thanks to the Beacon (aka The Civic Hall) refusing to allow them to have one. The Beacon are however attempting to have one themselves where you will be able […]

Time and Seasons – a concert of choral music

Wantage Parish Church Choir and Cantemus Newbury present Times and Seasons – a concert of choral music. Raising funds for Wantage & Grove Street Pastors Saturday 18 October 2014 7.30 pm at Wantage Parish Church Tickets £7 from Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage The King’s Centre, King’s Walk, Wantage Cornerstone, Grovelands Shopping Centre, Grove

The Vikings are coming back!

By popular demand the re-enactment group known as The Vikings will be back at Manor Road Park on Saturday and Sunday 27th/28th September to celebrate Wantage’s most famous son, King Alfred the Great. Wantage Town Mayor Councillor Fiona Roper said “Last year’s celebrations were such a success that we have arranged for the Vikings to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Wantage Presents – Music in the Marketplace – update

Wantage presents… was launched 10.30am Saturday 14th June by Melobo English Ceilidh Band, who played lots of lively tunes outside of The Bear in Wantage. Melobo raised £82.00 in aid of Wantage Food Bank. Well done to the people in Wantage who donated so generously. The band were then invited to BBC Radio Oxford to publicise “Wantage presents…” where […]

Success again for Wantage’s Flashop pop up shop

The team behind Wantage’s Flashop popupshop are celebrating a milestone success for the initiative – for the second time! The unit in the town’s Arbery Arcade, which was occupied by Flashop for three months until the end of June, has now been let in their own right by a group of the businesses who made […]

Shopping Local in Wantage and Grove could win you a great prize!

People shopping locally in Wantage and Grove are being urged to capture the moment as part of a new initiative. Cardholders of the Wantage & Grove Loyalty scheme are being asked to take a picture of a purchase they have made in any local independent business, or of the person who served them…and each month […]

Wantage and Grove Homeworkers hot-desking option

People working from home in Wantage, Grove and neighbouring villages have a new town centre hot-desking option from this month. The Mix community space on Mill Street, Wantage is launching a new hot-desking facility there. It means people who normally work from home but would also like a town centre-based option can use the new […]

Charity Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Charity Celebrate 20th Anniversary with a Funding Appeal to Raise £20,000 A local charity based in Didcot need to raise £20,000 to provide trips to unpaid carers in Southern Oxfordshire throughout the year. South and Vale Carers Centre set up in 1994 with an objective to reach out and help as many unpaid carers in […]

Betjeman Park

Betjeman Millennium Park The Betjeman Millennium Park in Wantage was opened in 2002 and is named in memory of poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, who lived in Wantage for 20 years. It is a delightful semi-wild place, usually peaceful, and well worth a visit. It has been used to host a number of activities such […]

Spanish Dancers Coming to Wantage

Last year the local Icknield Way Morris Men visited Spain as guests of the traditional dance troupe Bajo Duero who are based in the town of Zamora in northern Spain close to the Portuguese border. In July this year the Spanish are making a return visit to England where they will be dancing with Icknield […]

Club announces Year of the Bike cycle-challenge route

The Camping and Caravanning Club has continued to build excitement around the ‘Year of the Bike’ with the release of new route details for its cycle-camping challenge! Starting at Wantage in Oxfordshire, which is the site of the Club’s inaugural meeting back in 1901, a team of Camping and Caravanning Club cycle-campers will ride up […]

Wantage Summer Festival 2014

There was a point in February when I thought the programme would be rather sparse. How wrong I was – there are more events than ever – 64 in total! The aim of the Festival is to raise the profile of the many diverse activities, organisations and volunteers which make up our vibrant community. Entertainment […]

Wantage Flashop Update

Would your business like to take a first step into Wantage town centre at the Flashop pop up shop? Wantage’s successful Flashop pop-up shop has a new home, and businesses who’d like to make use of the space are being asked to put in an expression of interest. Wantage’s town team have reached agreement in […]

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 […]

Local community has Crowdfunding chance to keep The Mix

A fundraising campaign is being launched to keep Wantage’s already popular community space, The Mix, on Mill Street. The group Sustainable Wantage, which runs The Mix, is using the crowdfunding platform,, to give local people and businesses the opportunity to play their part in taking the initiative to its next stage. You can pledge […]

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 […]

Wantage Civic Hall is changing… starting with a new name

Vale of the White Horse District Council is delighted to announce that Wantage Civic Hall is to be relaunched with a new name and new and improved services. From 1 April 2014, Wantage Civic Hall will be known as The Beacon, Wantage.   The new name has been chosen to reflect the beacons that surround […]

Wantage and Grove Photography Competition

How do you see Wantage and Grove? Send us photographs that capture the energy of local people, events, architecture or wildlife and you could be in with winning a prize. See poster for more details…

ByBox arrives in Wantage

Visitors to the town centre may have noticed a new fixture next to Wantage Civic Hall. A ByBox has been installed there by Vale of White Horse District Council to encourage shoppers to shop in the town centre. ByBox are a local company, based at Grove Technology Park, who supply delivery lockers, made up of individual locked […]

Art in Ardington

Exhibitions As part of South Oxfordshire Art Weeks (3rd-11th May 2014), Art in Ardington will be one of the largest and most exciting exhibitions of sculpture, paintings, jewellery and other visual arts to be staged this year. Local Artist & Sculptor, Lendon Scantlebury has assembled works by a large range of Sculptors and Artists all […]

Wantage Cinema report

I was unable to go to the cinema on Friday, but I asked my good friend Lucia (who was going) to write a report. Here it is… Yesterday we went to see Gravity at Wantage Civic Hall, along with, it seemed, pretty much everybody else in Wantage. The film was sold out (200 tickets), and […]

Cinema back in Wantage!

Cinema @ Wantage Civic Hall Welcoming movies back to Wantage – Wantage Civic Hall presents screenings in Surrounding Sound: How much? Friday evenings – all tickets £6 each Saturday mornings – all tickets £2 each No booking fees. Where can I get tickets from? in person at Wantage Civic Hall via telephone by calling 01235 […]

Prayer and Reflection at The Mix

Week of prayer and reflection is a first for Wantage community space, The Mix Wantage Community Church will be the first local organisation to make use of the town’s new community space, The Mix. The Church is to host a week of prayer and reflection there from January 20th to the 26th from 9.30am until […]

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 […]

Be Part of The Mix: Wantage “community space” latest

A new community space for Wantage has opened following the refurbishment of an empty shop on the town’s Mill Street. Called ‘The Mix’, it’s being run by the non-profit cooperative group, Sustainable Wantage, and is available for local groups and organisations to hire, and host a range of skill share workshops, fund-raising activities and recycling, […]

Local Business Awards

Local Business Awards £50 Local Shopping Voucher Up for Grabs! Supported by the Wantage and District Chamber of Commerce This month you have the chance to vote for your favourite businesses in the Local Business Awards and Wantage & Grove loyalty card holders can be entered in the draw for a chance to win a […]

Manor Road Recreation Ground Survey

The Wantage Recreation Ground Planning Committee, led by Ray Collins, is currently looking at ways to completely transform the Manor Road Memorial Park (Wantage Rec) in conjunction with the Vale of the White Horse District Council, Wantage Town Council and [most importantly] the people of Wantage. We want YOUR ideas, YOUR views and YOUR input […]

Alfred’s Day Celebrations 2013

Over a hundred Vikings took over Manor Road Park for the weekend of 26/27 October 2013 as part of the Alfred’s Day celebrations. More than 1500 people visited the park over the weekend to see the living history encampment, watch weapons displays and a recreation of the Battle of Ashdown by the Dark Ages re-enactment […]

Ideas needed for community space

Ideas call for ‘community space’ as Mill Street Wantage revival continues Wantage will soon have a town centre community space in a refurbished shop unit – and local groups are being invited to put forward ideas about how it could be used. Wantage’s town team have reached agreement with the landlords of Units 13 and 15 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

£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 […]

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, […]

Concert Raises Money for Street Pastors

Burns’ Concert in Wantage £870 was raised at an evening of Scottish music and recitations in Wantage Civic Hall on Sunday 27th January, put on by Pandemonium (the Wantage-based folk  band ) and friends. The band was joined on the evening  by guests June Craig and Jeff Stevenson who gave recitations and anecdotes on a […]

Wantage Rotary Club Sponsored Walk

Rotary Club of Wantage Sponsored Walk – March 17th 2013 The Rotary Club of Wantage will be holding their annual sponsored walk on Sunday, 17th March 2013. The walk, which will be fully marshalled, will start and finish at Wantage Cricket Club, and there will be 5 and mile alternatives. As in recent years, […]

Wantage Mummers 2012 Photos

I have just added new photos of this year’s Mummers Play. It was first class as ever. Hilarious!   Hope you like them Howard Hill  

Christmas Services 2012

Here are the times and dates of the Christmas Services put on by the Christian churches that make up the Wantage & Grove Church Partnership

Wantage Dickensian Evening 2012 Photos

Your friendly webmaster (me) was away on holiday during the amazing Wantage Dickensian Evening 2012. First one I’ve ever missed. I was cottage-sitting in the Lake District for a friend :O) However, my eldest son Jamie was kind enough to volunteer to take some photos for Good job son!!  

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 […]

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 […]

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 by 5pm on 8th January. This person will be responsible for delivering […]

Mayor’s Carol Service

This annual event takes place at The Parish Church in Wantage, this Wednesday 5th December. That’s the big stone building at the west end of Wantage Market Place. The service starts at 7.00pm but its a good idea to get there early as it is a very popular event and seats are taken quickly. Your […]

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 […]

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- Grove Street, Wantage circa late 60s – mid 80s. I would love a photo of the shop if possible. His name is Paul Thomas.

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 […]

Wantage Dickensian December 2012

Here is the programme for Wantage Dickensian Evening 2012

Christmas trees delivered to your door

The Rotary Club of Wantage will again be selling Christmas trees this year, and delivering them to your door at no extra cost. We can supply cut Norway Spruce and Nordmann trees, from 5ft to, and also smaller pot grown trees of both types. To order, or for more information, contact Alan Howell on […]

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 […]

Brownies – Christmas Shoebox campaign

First Wantage Brownies Link Romania Christmas Shoebox campaign First Wantage Brownies have been involved with the Link Romania Christmas Shoebox campaign. They collected items for family shoeboxes to be distributed in Romania. John Willemsen, the local representative for Link Romania came to talk to the Brownies and answered the many questions they had for him. […]

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  

Keeping Christmas Local

HERE’S AN IDEA: Let’s buy Christmas presents from small local businesses and self-employed people. For example, from your neighbour who sells online, the local crafts person who makes jewellery, the girl who has a stunning florist, the local gift store, your friend who runs a shop, the local bakers that do handmade cakes, buns and […]

Movember Flashmob

I was fortunate enough to witness a flashmob in Wantage this morning at 11am. It was organised by TFD to mark the start of Movember.

Wantage Guides’ Summer Camp

42 girls from 4th and 2nd Wantage Guides spent a week camping near Thatcham over their summer holiday. The camp’s theme tied in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Starting with the 1950s, when the Queen was crowned, each day over the camp celebrated a different decade with activities and food connected to the relevant period. […]

Wantage Autumn Festival

Sustainable Wantage Presents WANTAGE AUTUMN FESTIVAL A fundraising event for The Sweatbox Youth Venue Local producers * Local food BBQ * Local ales Live music from local bands including Melobo (recently seen at Bunkfest) Live dancing from the Rosehips belly dancers Bring your own apples for pressing into juice Cookery demo with top chef Celia […]

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.

White Horse Folk Festival

Download poster for the White Horse Folk Festival 2012

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 For more details please contact Dave Quinn – tel: 01865 514008 email:

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 […]

The Joyride – Raising £15,000 for Cancer Research

In September 2012 6 local men will embark on a great cycling challenge in loving memory of Joy Whatley. Joy was an amazing woman – loving wife, caring nurse, Mum of 2 and Grandmother of 4 – who tragically lost her battle with ovarian cancer in December 2011. This challenge was initiated by Joy’s sons, […]

Sport England fund award for Grove RFC

Sport England Inspired Facilities – Refurb 2012 Grove Rugby Football Club has secured £32,951 Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund for its Refurb 2012 programme of improvements. The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and […]

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 […]

Library news

“Book and a Bun” was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended, and not just for the quality of the cakes and the coffee! Janet read a selection of passages from her favourite books and we all offered our thoughts. The next “Book and a Bun” coffee morning will be in September (exact date to be […]

Retailers in Wantage celebrated Independents’ Day

To raise awareness of Independents’ Day 2012, Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Wantage Town Council, united with South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse District Council to encourage residents and visitors of Wantage to share and celebrate what they bought at independent retailers by tweeting a photograph of their purchase and where […]

NHS public consultation

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust is applying to become a Foundation Trust. NHS Foundation Trusts have more freedom to decide how to run their affairs and deliver services. As part of the public consultation period on the Trust’s strategy and proposed governance arrangements you are invited to attend the meeting at the Civic Hall, […]

A big Thank You from Grove Rugby Club!

I am writing on behalf of Grove Rugby Club to express our sincere thanks to the communities of Grove and Wantage for making the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations such a huge success. We at Grove RFC were privileged and honoured to participate in the activities and festivities at Grove Recreation Ground on Monday 4thJune. We […]

Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride

Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride 2012 Hyde900’s Cycling Challenge On Sunday July 15th 2012, cyclists from Hampshire & Oxfordshire will take part in the fifth Hyde900 Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride. There’s still time for you to join them! The Wantage to Winchester Ride celebrates the historic connection between Wantage, King Alfred the Great’s birthplace, […]

Loyalty Card Survey

Wantage and Grove loyalty card The Wantage and Grove loyalty card scheme was launched in December 2011 and has been going from strength to strength. There are almost 800 card holders and in excess of 70 local businesses participating in the scheme offering rewards to their customers. Firstly, Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce would […]

Calling Wantage and Grove Businesses

Wantage & Grove loyalty card scheme You may know that the Council has been working with the Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce to launch a town-wide loyalty card scheme. At present, over 70 businesses participate in this scheme. There are 850 card-holders and this is increasing by about new card holders every month. […]

Photographs of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

WAG Diamond Jubilee Photographs We have just added a few photos taken during the amazing (ly wet) WAG Diamond Jubilee weekend. See them here Submit Your Photographs If you’d like your photos to appear in the WAG Diamond Jubilee photo gallery, then email them to and we’ll publish the best ones. If you have […]

Summer Reading Challenge

Go for Gold at Wantage Library! Our annual summer reading challenge starts on Saturday 14th July and runs until Saturday 15th September. Children aged up to 15 years are invited to go on a reading journey across the globe. Join up by collecting the Story Lab 3-D model from Wantage library and collect stickers and […]

Multiple Sclerosis support – thank you!

Folk for Multiple Sclerosis would like to thank everyone for their support over the Jubilee weekend. On Saturday:- The “royalist” was visiting Totnes Castle and the Jubilee T/shirt, baseball cap, tote bag and teddy were won by Jackie Jones. The “royal” was Anne and Big Teddy was won by Shanleya. Kanga and Roo were hiding […]

Diamond Jubilee Huge Success

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Wantage & Grove were decorated with more bunting than you’ve ever seen before! The events, spread over three days, got all age groups within our area involved in all the fun throughout the Half Term weekend. Despite the rain – often rather heavy – the events all happened and […]

John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People 2012

The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People is open to 10-13 year-olds until a closing date of 31st July. The first prize is £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school or local library). The winning school and the school that generates the most number of […]

First crop of reconditioned tools given away to local schools

School gardeners collect their prison-repaired tools at Charlton Park Garden Centre Oxfordshire school and community gardeners picked up some special tools from Charlton Park Garden Centre, Wantage at the weekend. The tools, which had been repaired in prison workshops, are part of The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed project which recycled unwanted and broken tools in […]

Wantage CofE Primary School – Mini Olympics

This year’s Summer Fair has an Olympic theme and will be opened by Gold Medalist Kathy Critchlow-Smith[i] and we hope to have ‘Archery GB’ visit the fair for the children to have some taster sessions. There will be a wide array of stalls and games to play as well as the chance to enjoy lunch […]

Street Pastors March 2012

Report for the month In March there were: 5 Friday nights out; 1 Saturday night out; 8 patrols totalling 40 hours of cover and involving 28 Street Pastors; about 330 lollipops given out, 10 pairs of flip flops and one space blanket. Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped during March: Cleared cans and broken glass from several locations around Wantage and Grove ; […]

Diamond Jubilee – Programme of Events

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June we plan to transform Wantage & Grove with more bunting than you’ve ever seen before! The events, spread over three days, are set to get every age group within our area involved in all the fun throughout the Half Term weekend. WE NEED YOU to spread the word […]

Helen and Douglas House – help needed

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Helen & Douglas House provides respite and end of life care for children and young adults from birth to 40 with life shortening conditions, as well as support and friendship for the whole family. Can you give us a little of your time? Just a few hours a week volunteering in our Retail Office helps […]

Free Public WiFi

The Wifi is now up & running and is proving very popular. Many shops and business around the Market Place are displaying window stickers and we have already had over users logging on. We are about to update the landing page with the businesses wishing to advertise and there is still space available to […]

Wantage Air Cadet Honour

Cadet Warrant Officer Amy Winship of 1861 (Wantage) Squadron, not only selected to visit Singapore as part of an international air cadet exchange programme has been put forward for the Dacre Broach, an award for the best female air cadet in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Craft School Opens near Wantage

The beautiful Victorian primary school in Ardington, near Wantage, is to be used again for educational purposes, but this time it’s the adults’ turn! Restoration of the school started in January and Ardington School of Crafts opens its doors this April, offering an impressive array of more than intensive courses, all taught by experts […]

WANTED: History of Wantage & Grove – photos and stories

Many local residents, business owners and councillors are working together to make the three day Wantage and Grove Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the beginning of June, an extended weekend never to be forgotten. The commemorative programme is carefully being put together and we are looking for historic articles of interest to be included, to tell […]

New Mummer’s Photo Album

I can’t believe that I hadn’t been along to see the Wantage Mummers before. I guess its probably because I feel wayyyy too lazy on Boxing Day. Anyway – I went along Boxing Day 2011 and I’m so glad I did. What a hoot :O) You can find my photographs here Wantage Mummers Howard Hill

Long Service Award

The British Institute of Professional Photography has awarded a Long Service Award to Neil Aston LBIPP of Photogenic Wantage, in recognition of 25 years in membership, throughout which he has consistently upheld the aims and standards of the Institute.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Volunteers, business owners, clubs & groups from Wantage Town and Grove Parish have come together to organise the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the communities of Wantage, Grove and surrounding villages to be remembered by generations. Initial discussions earlier this year between members of Grove Diamond Jubilee committee and Wantage Town Council gave hope to […]

Wantage Loyalty Card Scheme

Wantage Chamber of Commerce, District and Town Council have put their heads together and have come up with a fantastic low-cost loyalty card scheme.  Shops and businesses in Wantage are being given the chance to join a low-cost town-wide loyalty card scheme. Experience shows that loyalty card schemes combined with publicity campaigns and local community […]

Wantage Betjeman Festival 2011

I play in the local folk band, Pandemonium, and some months ago we had been asked by Jim Mitchell to play at the launch of the Wantage Betjeman festival (Sunday 11th September 2011). We were very honoured to accept his kind invitation. The Wantage Betjeman Festival is the culmination of Jim’s vision and after a massive amount […]

Ideas needed for Community Space

Ideas call for ‘community space’ as Mill Street Wantage revival continues Wantage will soon have a town centre community space in a refurbished shop unit – and local groups are being invited to put forward ideas about how it could be used. Wantage’s town team have reached agreement with the landlords of Units 13 and 15 […]

Wantage Rotary Club is 50 !

Wantage Rotary Celebrates 50 Years On 22nd February 2013, The Rotary Club of Wantage will celebrate its 50th birthday. The Club was formally established on the same date in 1963, with a Charter Dinner at the Victoria Cross Gallery in Wantage. The first President was the Reverend E L King, the then Headmaster of King […]

Wantage Autumn Festival – photos

We have just added some great photos of the fabulous Wantage Autumn Festival (taken by Annie Hill) to our Photo Gallery. You can see them here

Flashmob in Wantage

I was fortunate enough to witness a flashmob in Wantage on Saturday at 11am. It was organised by TFD to mark the start of Movember. Here’s the video…

Public Meeting to Promote & Improve Wantage and Grove

There will be a Public Meeting on Tuesday 27th November in Wantage Civic Hall 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We need your ideas to promote and improve Wantage and Grove. Everyone is welcome! We will have a brainstorming session when everyone can put forward suggestions for discussion. Once that has been done, the meeting will decide on the […]

Hanney and Grove Girlguides

Members of 1st Hanney, 1st Grove and 2nd Grove Guides spent 6 days during the summer holidays at Foxlease, in the New Forest, a Girlguiding UK Training & Activitiy centre. 27 guides attended, 7 young leaders and 8 adults. They camped and took part in Tree climb, Zip wire, kayaking and either high or low ropes courses. […]

School Cross Country

WANTAGE CE PRIMARY SCHOOL started the cross country season with a race in which every child in KS2 participated. The children ran the cross country course around the Manor Road Recreation Park in Wantage which features grueling hill climbs. The event brought out the competitive spirit of the children and many of the races were […]

Home Library Service

Thanks to the generosity of volunteers, Wantage library has been able to set up a Home Library service. The service is for anyone who finds it difficult to go to the library and has no-one to go for them. We offer free access to books; audio books; music on CD; DVDs; large print books and […]