St Helen Without Parish Council Summer 2021

Firework Displays at Abingdon Airfield

The next scheduled displays are on 30 October and 13 November 2021. Full details are at


Full details are given on the Government website at

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme update  

Patients are being asked to wait until they are contacted by their GP practice –residents should not call the NHS or their GP practice about COVID-19 vaccination appointments.   However, if you are in any of the following categories you can book online:

It’s being given to:

  • people over a certain age can now be vaccinated – please check with the Government website for the latest information as the age is coming down regularly.
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

A set of FAQs about the vaccine and the vaccination programme is available here. You can also find further information about the vaccine on the website.

St Helen Without Parish Council is anxious to ensure that none of its residents are without support they may need during this difficult time. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, concern and desire to help shown by many in our community. Whether online or by way of a leaflet, everyone should have received or have available to them an offer of help. Whether it be to collect shopping, post mail, collect urgent supplies or just a regular friendly phone call. Our thanks go to all who have risen to the challenge. Your efforts will not be forgotten. The best, indeed the only, way we can ensure that nobody in our Parish has to face this worrying time alone is for neighbours to look out for each other. If you are able, please take the time to check that your neighbours are ok. If you are used to social media perhaps you could take the time to relay information to those of your neighbours who might not be so comfortable or confident in its use.

If people are in urgent need of support during the lockdown they should contact the Vale of White Horse District Council Community Hub on 01235 422600 or email  

There’s more info at:   

Businesses can find more details of help at South and Vale Business Support websites at  

If you live in Oxford City, you can also phone 01865 24 98 11 between 8:00am and 5:00pm or visit

For those residents who are not in a high risk category but still in need of support, there are a number of initiatives taking place across the county. You can visit Oxfordshire All In or Oxford Together for more information on community support near you.

Oxfordshire young people’s website

A new information hub was launched on Wednesday 24 March – – Oxfordshire County Council’s young people website. This hub has been created to help support 16-18 year olds in Oxfordshire that might be struggling with anxiety, loneliness, or are unsure about what their next steps could be. The aim is to boost their emotional and mental wellbeing.

About the Parish

St Helen Without parish is a civil parish in the Vale of White Horse district of Oxfordshire. It is adjacent to the town of Abingdon-on-Thames. It is a rural parish with the villages of Shippon and Dry Sandford together with the hamlet of Cothill. A large part of the parish consists of an airfield which was formerly RAF Abingdon, part of which is occupied by Dalton Barracks. Shippon has a large number of army quarters associated with Dalton Barracks. It also includes in the south Abingdon Common. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,623.

A map of the parish is available at