Wantage News

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View plans for new leisure centre

Residents in the Vale of White Horse can have their say on plans for a new leisure centre for the Wantage and Grove area. With up to 5,000 new homes expected to be built in the local area at sites such as Grove Airfield and Crab Hill by 2031, Vale of White Horse...

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Ride and Stride

Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust It’s not long now until our next annual Ride and Stride on the 9th September 2017 and we are looking for local families to take the challenge and join us. Ride and Stride is a sponsored event whereby participants travel between our...

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An hour in Wantage by Alastair Clunie

What’s it like to view where you live as if you were shooting it as a travel photographer? That’s the question I set out to answer in an hour in Wantage. 60 minutes, one camera, one lens and the self-set challenge to view the familiar differently. After about the same...

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A friendly greeting at the gym

tfd health & fitness add 200sqm of gym floor space & 2 new studios Opened in 2004 by local husband and wife team, tfd health & fitness on Grove Business Park is a community in its’ own right, full of people who make the atmosphere inclusive, friendly and...

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25 Years of Pandemonium

As part of the 2017 Wantage Summer Festival Pandemonium are staging a birthday concert in the Vale and Downland Museum, at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 19th. All proceeds are being donated to the Museum. It promises to be a fun-filled evening. Tickets are limited so early...

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Save Our Stag Beetles

Save our stag beetles: make your garden a stag beetle sanctuary Mid to late May marks the time of year when stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) are likely to be seen, as warmer evenings draw them above ground to find a mate and reproduce. However, despite being Britain’s...

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Wantage Neverland – Peter Pan prize trail

There’ll be a little of Neverland about Wantage town centre for the end of May school half term holidays, as local shops host a special Peter Pan trail. It’s a joint venture by Wantage town team and The Beacon to celebrate its showing, on June 10th 2017 at 2.30pm, of...

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General Election Hustings

Just in time for the General Election, you are invited to a Hustings arranged by Wantage and Grove Church Partnership. Thursday evening 1st June, 7:30 to 9:00 in Old Mill Hall, Grove (address School Lane, OX12 7LB). Doors open 7:15. All the candidates have also been...

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Wantage photographer – Tom Reveley 1875-1941

One of the most well known North Berkshire photographers of the past 150 years was Tom Reveley who was an active professional photographer in the Wantage area from 1896-1941. Tom was born in Wantage in 1875 to Thomas Reveley and his wife Maria (nee' Pring). Thomas...

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Magical Musicals

WSMC is delighted to present "Magical Musicals" a concert celebrating the fantastic songs from the Musicals. The night will feature hits from well-known musicals such as Grease, Chicago, The Sound of Music and Blood Brothers. As well as family favourites like The...

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Charlton Spring Festival 2017

Our family friendly Charlton Spring Festival returns for 2017. There will be kids crafts, great live music, cream teas and treats. There will also be our fun Easter creepy crawly trail, plants for sale, bouncy castle, live music and lots more. Gates open 11am to 2 pm....

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‘Made in Dagenham’ at Wantage and Didcot

JIGSAW STAGE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS 'MADE IN DAGENHAM' AT 'THE BEACON', WANTAGE an amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger After the huge success of 'Annie' last year, Jigsaw Stage Productions are delighted once again to be returning to The Beacon,...

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Wantage scientist takes her research to Parliament #wantage

Cara Ellison, 25, a PhD student at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, hailing from Wantage, Oxfordshire, is attending Parliament to present her bioscience research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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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...

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