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COVID AID charity – Lechlade to Windsor Charity Row 20-24 September 2021

Our wonderful Abingdon Lockkeeper Richard was badly affected by Covid19 and is still suffering from Long Covid. His wife Lizzie has shared a link to the Just Giving page at: . You can also cheer them along the route!

Corona Virus.  If anyone has any concerns about how they or a neighbour or relative is going to be able cope with the restrictions to our day to day lives, for residents of St Helen Without please click the for information here.

Further information can also be found at:

World Health Organisation

UK Government


Oxfordshire All In

Vale of White Horse District Council

Funding to provide free activities and healthy food during school holidays for disadvantaged children

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme will cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021. School holidays can be particular pressure points for many families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes, often leading to a holiday experience gap.  The aim of the programme is for children who attend:

  • To eat more healthily over the school holidays;
  • To be more active during the school holidays;
  • To take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider education attainment;
  • To be safe and not to be socially isolated;
  • To have greater knowledge of health nutrition; and
  • To be more engaged with school and other local services

Who can receive HAF funding?

Organisations would need to send the following information to Jessie Dobson at Oxfordshire County Council:

1.         What activities will you be delivering

2.         How will healthy food be part of your delivery / offer

3.         How many children do you plan to engage with your activities

4.         Where will you deliver your activities

5.         When will you deliver your activities

6.         How much will it cost you to deliver your activities 

Deadline for applications:

It’s very short notice for Easter holiday funding applications – Monday 22 February 2021.

For summer delivery there is much more time – deadline to be set.

Parish Notices:

Abingdon Airfield. The MOD owns the airfield and as such it is out of bounds without authorisation. However, Dalton Barracks have kindly recognised that local residents appreciate the large open space for dog walking and exercise. Sadly some people are not cooperating by going on the main runway. This is strictly off limits as at any time there can be activity which would be a hazard to non-authorised individual(s) on the runway and a risk to legitimate users. If the misuse of the runway continues then there is a concern that the army will close the whole of the airfield which would be a great shame and a loss to those who obey the rules.

Scam Charity Collectors. There are reports of two women posing as charity collectors. One incident was on the 3rd floor of the Charter multi-storey car park in Abingdon. They approached someone and were carrying legitimate looking clipboards. They asked for a cash donation. It has been suggested that they can distract the individual approached to take the contents of their wallet or purse. Incidents have also been reported in other towns in the area. During the lockdown no such collections are allowed and even during normal times not in car parks.

Consideration in the Community. The Parish Council continues to receive complaints by residents about speeding in the village, blocking pavements by parked cars, dog waste and bonfires. We can all help by encouraging a climate of consideration for our neighbours as we go about our daily lives. It is illegal to block pavements by parking on them as this makes it difficult and often dangerous for disabled people and people with young children. Whilst it is not illegal to burn garden waste this should be kept within reasonable levels and should not cause a nuisance to neighbours or endanger traffic. More detailed guidance from the Vale of White Horse DC Environmental Health Officer will be published on this website.

Parish Newsletters:

St Mary Magdalene, Shippon Newsletters

Regular News Sources:

WADS Newsletters

Abingdon Herald

Oxford Mail

Round & About

VWHDC Recycling note.  The Vale of White Horse District Council has informed us that items for recycling in the green bins must be loose or in a transparent bag. If the green bin contains black or coloured bags it will not be emptied.