St Helen Without Parish Council Summer 2021

St Helen Without Parish Council celebrates

after receiving £10,000 in National Lottery funding

St Helen Without Parish Council will use their funding to Celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations by supporting local residents over the 4 days of the Jubilee Celebrations and by creating a lasting legacy going forward. We have made a grant to Wootton and Dry Sandford Community Centre to support their events taking place in the northern part of our Parish and to the Friends of Shippon for events taking place in the southern part of our Parish.

This new National Lottery funding will allow us to support all the local residents as the Parish Council realise the importance of involving every part of the community. The Village of Shippon is made up of local families and Army families of Personnel based at Dalton Baracks (Previously RAF Abingdon). All the activities planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations will be inclusive for all ages and are designed to bring together the local residents and the Army Families that reside in Shippon. The events will be multicultural as there are over 300 soldiers and their families representing over 20 nations with large representations from Tonga, Ghana, Fiji and Nepal (a Gurkha detachment).

David Churchouse, Vice Chair of St Helen Without Parish Council, said “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can help fund all the events celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for our residents, the Army Families and the elderly residents of Stowford House Care Home which is situated in the Village. It will also allow us to provide a legacy in celebration of Her Majesty’s Reign by planting 12 trees in the Parish, create wild flower meadows on verges within the Parish and install urgently needed play equipment designed for younger children and those with disabilities. This will make a big difference to people’s lives.”

Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations – FULL DETAILS IN THE EVENTS SECTION Events 2022

NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

Work should begin in the week of 9 May 2022 to install a basket swing suitable for disabled children and a multiplay unit for 2-6 year olds at Sandleigh Rd Recreation Ground.

HELP FOR UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

Donations can be made to the Disasters Emergency Committee https://www.dec.org.uk/

The UK government is setting up a scheme to join host accommodation with refugees and is offering £350 a month to the host. Full details can be found at: https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

Oxfordshire County Council have set up guidance https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/ukraine

If you cannot find the answers you need help is available at VWHDC Community Hub via communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk 

If you are thinking of hosting Ukrainian refugees in your home or other accommodation then these organisations can help but are not endorsed by the parish council:

Ukrainetakeshelter.com is an independent platform set up to enable hosts and refugees to register and link them together.

refugeesathome.org matches hosts with refugees and works closely with the Refugee Council and Red Cross.

A very helpful and knowledgeable Facebook Group has been set up in our area: Support for South Oxfordshire Sponsors and Ukrainian Families

MANY OF US ARE DONATING IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF  UKRAINE. IF YOU HAVE ITEMS, EITHER YOU OR YOUR CHURCH OR ORGANISATION WOULD LIKE DELIVERED TRANSPORTATION CAN BE ARRANGED

ITEMS NEEDED ARE: NAPPIES, BABY WIPES, PARACETEMOL, IBUPROFEN, TOWELS, WARM HATS AND GLOVES, SANITARY ITEMS, BABY CLOTHES, TOWELS, TOILETRIES.

ITEMS CAN EITHER BE DELIVERED TO 34, ST AMAND DRIVE ABINGDON OR LEFT IN THE PORCH AT ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH SHIPPON. SHOULD YOU NEED COLLECTION email is dbtonks@hotmail.co.uk

The Red Cross has a very useful leaflet:

Coronavirus

Full details are given on the Government website at https://www.gov.uk/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 www.nhs.uk 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 communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk.  

There’s more info at:  whitehorsedc.gov.uk/covid19   

Businesses can find more details of help at South and Vale Business Support websites at svbs.co.uk.  

If you live in Oxford City, you can also phone 01865 24 98 11 between 8:00am and 5:00pm or visit www.oxford.gov.uk/CommunityAssistance

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 –oxme.info – 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 http://maps.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/gis/?cat=PAR&ref=SAH