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Amongst Woodstock's many attractions, residents
and visitors might be interested in the following:-
The Woodstock Historic Wall Plaques
Read the leaflet here
The Woodstock Town Walk - This
walk begins in Park Street, by the stocks and opposite the church, close
to the town centre. Approx 1.1 miles / 1.7 km -
to download the leaflet
The Woodstock Wall Hangings. Made by
the Woodstock Broderers in the 1990s and early 2000s, these textile
pictures tell the history of the town over the past 1000 years.
Details are included in the "Woodstock
Textile Trail" leaflet below. They can be viewed at the town
hall by appointment only. Please
ring 01993 811216 or
The Woodstock Textile Trail - Walk
amongst textile treasures in our historic Cotswold town
-click here to
download the leaflet.
Woodstock Children's History Trail -
Woodstock is full of history. Use the map to match the numbers to the
here to download the leaflet
The Night of a
Christmas Lights Switch-On extravaganza. Organised by Woodstock's
pre-eminent business group Wake Up To Woodstock
www.wakeuptowoodstock.com and jointly
funded by WUTW and the Town Council, the event is held on the last
Saturday of November each year. It's an event not to be missed
with shops open late, music and local schools participation.
Sometimes we even "upstage" Oxford City Council's Christmas lights
Events and Other
Items for Information
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Dancers in the frame at special exhibition
A photographic exhibition celebrating the mature dancer is to go on display in Witney.
The photographs have been sourced from Bournemouth-based national dance development organisation Pavilion Dance South West.
Creating With Care is part of the council’s priority to enable residents, particularly those in vulnerable groups, to gain better access to health and wellbeing services and activities and has been funded from developer contributions.
Joie de Vivre will be displayed in the corridor between the hospital’s reception and café from 27 April to 1 June from 10am to 5pm.
Outdoor Pool reopens for New Season
Woodstock's outdoor heated swimming pool reopens for summer on Saturday 22 April.
With a 25 metre main pool and a depth of 3.5 metres, it is ideal for diving enthusiasts and there is a separate paddling pool for younger children. The pool in Shipton Road is owned by West Oxfordshire District Council and run by its leisure contractor GLL Better. It is available for private hire and swimming lessons and will be open until September. Almost 11,000 people used the facility last year.
Family and season tickets are now available from local Better Leisure Centres. For more information call Windrush Leisure Centre up to 22 April on 01993 202020 and afterwards Woodstock Open Air Pool on 01993 811785.
Woodstock is one of two open-air pools in West Oxfordshire. The second is The Lido at Chipping Norton, a community-run facility which opened on 13 April. For more information see www.chippylido.co.uk or call 01608 643188.
SEN Support in Mainstream Schools
SENDIASS - (Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice and Support Service) are holding advice sessions around the County over the remainder of this academic year for parent/carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The following posters advertising these events are attached:
Talking SEND - A parents' guide to Outcomes - poster here
Talking SEND - SEN Support in Mainstream Schools - poster here
Sustainable Woodstock - Film Screening
Thursday 11th May, Marlborough Enterprise Centre, Marlborough School, Shipton Road. Film starts 7pm
FILM SCREENING: "TOMORROW"
Already viewed by over 1.5 million people in France alone, and winner of Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars), ‘Tomorrow’ is a must see.
Positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It visits farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects. It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries, regularly receiving standing ovations, and leading to the formation of many new community projects. It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. It also has a great soundtrack!
Chargeable Garden Waste Collections
From April 2017 household garden waste collections will cost £30 per bin, a year. WODC is writing to all households to tell them about this change, with more information about the service. Residents can visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/garden for more information about garden waste collections, including how to sign up.
Big Health Consultation
The Oxfordshire's health and care services - The Big Consultation - Phase 1 launched on 16th January (see poster attached). The full consultation is available at the following link: https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/BigconsultationPhase1/consultationHome here you will be able to access the consultation documents and an online survey.
A number of the proposals will be of more interest to people living in the north of the county and neighbouring areas. However, some of the proposals have a wider impact and so the NHS are keen to encourage people from across Oxfordshire and surrounding areas to give their views.
NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2LH
Tel: 01865 334 638 | e-mail Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob: 07789 946562
Wychwood Forest Project
The Autumn/Winter 2016/17 edition of The Wychwood Project magazine is attached here.
Woodstock Youth Club to build new home after Major Grant Funding
Members of the youth club are celebrating after WODC councillors agreed a £50,000 grant to help build their new purpose-built home. The Woodstock Youth Centre will now press ahead with its plans to construct the clubhouse on its existing site in Recreation Road which will house its hundreds of weekly users as well as the wider community. The Community Facilities Grant funding was agreed by Cabinet members at West Oxfordshire District Council and means the club is near to the £208,000 it needs to start building work following a 10-year fundraising campaign.
The Nordic building, which has planning consent, will replace the existing clubhouse which is more than 50 years old. It is hoped construction will take place next summer. Described as a “landmark facility” the new clubhouse will be environmentally friendly and energy efficient with disabled access built into the design.
The £50,000 is the maximum amount available under the Community Facilities Grant which provides financial support for community led capital projects for the improvement and/or enhancement of existing facilities and the purchase of new equipment.
Daytime Support Review - Consultation
Oxfordshire County Council has carried out a review of daytime support for people aged over 18 in Oxfordshire. The review focused on understanding the needs of vulnerable people for daytime support, specifically support to meet eligible care needs and support that prevents care needs escalating. Its purpose was to help the council to develop future options for daytime support that meet people’s needs, and the council’s statutory responsibilities, within the current financial resources. As a result of the review OCC are proposing a new model for daytime support and a number of options for delivering this which we are now consulting on.
Further Information - https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/daytimesupport
If you have any queries, please direct them to the website given above in the first instance; alternatively you can contact the Daytime Team Support Team at email@example.com or call 01865 323410.
Motorists advised to steer clear of double yellow lines Motorists obstructing traffic by parking illegally at any time of the day or night are at risk of receiving penalty charge notices from West Oxfordshire District Council. As well as patrolling the streets and car parks during the day, the Council’s Community Wardens carry out spot checks in the evening and Sundays at the request of the Police or in response to issues raised by residents and businesses. Parking on double yellow lines and on the pavements adjacent to them is a recurring issue and one that is regularly breached during the evening and at night. West Oxfordshire District Council is therefore reminding residents to check road parking restrictions and steer clear of parking on double yellow lines at all times in order to avoid a Penalty Charge Notice. The location of parking restrictions such as double yellow lines is decided by Oxfordshire County Council as the Highways Authority, but West Oxfordshire District Council has the responsibility for enforcing regulations. A Penalty Charge Notice payment for parking on double yellow lines is £70. See www.westoxon.gov.uk/carparks for more information about parking in West Oxfordshire. Additional notes Single and double yellow line lines indicate that restrictions are in place. On single yellow lines, restrictions are only in place within the times displayed on nearby street signs, whereas restrictions remain in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week on double yellow lines. In the same way, kerb markings indicate there is a loading ban. Single markings indicate the ban is time restricted and double line markings mean ‘no loading at any time’.
New law to improve tenants’ safety. West Oxfordshire District Council is reminding private sector landlords that they are required by law to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The law, which came into effect on 1 October, is expected to prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year. Failure to comply can result in a landlord paying a penalty charge of up to £5,000.
Private sector landlords must:
install a smoke alarm on every floor of their rented properties
install a carbon monoxide alarm in properties which use or burn solid fuels
check that alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy
Before its introduction, landlords were prepared for the changes with information provided by Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Oxfordshire District Council. Limited supplies of free alarms were also available. Some properties such as hostels, care homes and hospitals are amongst those excluded. Anyone requiring further information should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01993 861000
the latest newsletter from Oxfordshire Carer's
The Weaveley Furze Trust
acres of ancient 'fuel allotment' between the Woodstock-Banbury and
Oxford-Banbury roads. The woodland is now managed for coppicing,
wildlife and the quiet enjoyment of visitors. Many people from
Woodstock will be familiar with it and local schools have paid
visits, planted trees and learned countryside skills there. The
site now has a webpage at
Tesco - "Every Little Helps" -
the 5p charge on plastic bags to fund green community projects.
The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores
in England, Wales and Scotland will be used to pay for a large
number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities.
Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding
will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland
walks and community gardens. Administration of the local funding
will be managed by the community charity with a green heart, Groundwork,
which specialises in transforming communities and the local
environment for the better. Go to
http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme for more
Advocacy is an organization that provides free advocacy
services for vulnerable adults (18+) and adults (50+) affected by
cancer. The service is free, independent, non-judgemental and
confidential. OA's aim is to help anyone who is affected by cancer
(either as a patient or family member, friend of carer) and is aged
50 or over, to resolve issues or difficulties (cancer-related or
not) and to improve the quality of their lives.OA can help with many
issues, including treatment and care, social, financial and
employment issues and can provide a listening ear.
case study here or contact Barbara Pawlowska Volunteer
Coordinator Oxfordshire Advocacy Barton Neighbourhood Centre,
Underhill Circus, Oxford OX3 9LS Tel: 01865 741200 Email:
Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire provides a free and confidential dedicated service to Cottsway or GreenSquare residents.
They offer information, help and advice
on benefits and debt. To refer yourself or someone you know
please contact us on 0300 303 8618 or, for Cottsway Tenants: Email:
and forGreenSquare Tenants:
Advice service aims to provide the advice people need for the
problems they face
and to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives
The Citizens Advice service aims to provide the advice
people need for the problems they face and to improve the policies
and practices that affect people’s lives
The service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.
The Citizens Advice service aims to provide the advice
people need for the problems they face and to improve the policies
and practices that affect people’s lives
The Citizens Adice Bureau have issued guidance on the new Pension rules. Read more....
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Follow this link for more details
Oxfordshire Cotswolds website
website that promotes West Oxfordshire as a must-see tourist
destination doubled in the last year
following a revamp and a fresh new look.
The tourism team at
West Oxfordshire District Council says the increase is thanks not
only to the website improvements, but also a number of other
factors. These include a rising interest in the District due to it
being used as a film location for the hit ITV television series
‘Downton Abbey’, as well as a growth in social media attracting
people to the website.
Help may be available to improve the energy efficiency of homes. West Oxfordshire District Council are working in partnership with Green Homes Together Community Interest Company to help households improve the warmth and comfort of their homes. They are currently offering up to 100% funding for loft and cavity wall insulation. https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/nov/green-homes-together/ Funding comes from the Energy Company Obligation ('ECO'), where large energy suppliers are required to help people make their homes more energy efficient. Posters are available on request. Green Homes Together can be contacted on 0300 111 3330 or email@example.com.
Do you support an adult who has learning disabilities? If so you might be interested to have your say in Oxfordshire's new strategy for providing support. You can find out more here or go online to www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/bigplan
Are you a Carer? Find out about the Emergency Carers Support Service here.
As many will be aware, West Oxfordshire District Council sends out press releases to media and other interested parties to keep people informed about their work. You should be on their mailing list to receive these and they would like to ensure that their contacts are up to date. If you would like WODC to change your details, add another contact to the mailing list, or if you would like to stop receiving this information, please email WODC at: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no need to contact the Council if you would like to continue to receive press releases as normal. Information is also added to WODC's website’s new centre at www.westoxon.gov.uk and the Council uses social media as another way of communicating and engaging with people. You can ‘follow’ WODC at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/WodcNews Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westoxfordshire The website and social media are updated regularly and are used to provide the latest information in the event of an emergency or disruption to services – for example, bad weather or flooding. WODC appreciate that not everyone has access to the Internet, so the Council will continue to issue its residents’ newsletter, Creating Futures.
Cycling Leisure Maps for the West Oxfordshire area will shortly be available at tourist outlets and from WODC and the town council. Click here to see a preview of the map and here to see some suggested leisure rides.
Woodstock Good Neighbour Scheme. A group of Woodstock
residents are setting up a Good Neighbour Scheme to help those who
need some support with lifts, shopping friendly visits etc.
The scheme will be administered by the Volunteer Link-Up in Witney.
If you can help please contact Alison Matthews on 01993 815812 or email