Woodstock Town Council Grants 2021/22

Applications are invited from local organisations such as clubs, societies and community groups for a grant or donation from Woodstock Town Council in 2021/22. The aim of these grants and donations is to support organisations shown to be working for the benefit of Woodstock.
The Council will normally favour organisations whose activities are focused upon Woodstock residents and where their service or activity meets an identified need, but does not displace the work of an existing organisation
A poster giving more information is available here
The deadline for the receipt of completed applications for grant aid is Monday 23rd October 2020

Woodstock Neighbourhood Plan – Local Green Space Questionnaire

Woodstock Town Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plans are an opportunity for local communities to help shape future change in an area, related to development and land use. In Woodstock new development will come forward in the future and the Local Plan identifies sites where new homes will be built. The Town Council believes that with this new development it is essential to protect important green spaces in the area for the benefit of current and future residents, providing opportunities for sport and recreation, as well as places for wildlife.

The Town Council has identified thirteen possible local green spaces for designation within Woodstock. We would like your feedback on these sites, if you think they meet the criteria for designation, and why. We would also like to know if there are any other spaces that meet the criteria for designation. A questionnaire has therefore been sent to all residents asking for your feedback. The questionnaire can be filled in online here or the questionnaire can be returned to the Woodstock Town Council offices:
The Town Clerk, Town Hall, Market Place, Woodstock, Oxon, OX20 1SL
Please return by Friday 11th September 2020. The Local Green Space Questionnaire is available here

Update on Cherwell’s Local Plan and Oxford’s Unmet Housing Need

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended)
The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) Regulation 25: Publication of the Report into the Independent Examination of the Cherwell Local Plan 2011 – 2031 (Part 1) Partial Review – Oxford’s Unmet Housing Need

Email from Cherwell District Council’s Planning Policy Team

Public Notice – Publication of Inspector’s Report Aug 2020

Coronavirus Scams

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation. Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.
Here are some tips from OCC’s Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine:

    • Check the charity’s name and registration number at www.gov.uk/checkcharity.  Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
    • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
    • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
    • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.

COVID Mutual Aid UK – volunteering

Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
Want to find a group in your area? Check out their live group listings here
For further information about COVID-19 visit here

Age UK Oxfordshire – advice, information and support for older people
AgeUK Oxfordshire, has launched a new, free of charge telephone support service offering advice and assistance to older people concerned during this time. For more information visit here

Posted 23.03.20

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The Annual Town Meeting which was due to be held at Woodstock Community Centre on Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 7.30pm has been postponed until further notice due to the current concern about infection transmission at large gatherings.

Thames Valley Farmers’ Markets

The company who organise the farmers’ markets hope to continue running markets on the Town Square with stall holders selling a range of essential food items.
Some stall holders may be able to offer home deliveries to customers during the period that people will be confined to their homes because of the coronavirus outbreak.
For future updates on whether the market will be running please look here  or Facebook: WoodstockFarmers’Market
A protocol prepared by TVFM Co-operative Ltd for those attending the markets can be viewed here

Woodstock Exhibition Foundation

The WEF is an ancient charity that give bursaries to students who live in Woodstock. If you live in Woodstock you could apply for a bursary. This could be to help pay your way at university, buy books or course material, help with travel or equipment to study at a local college like OCVC, or do an apprenticeship.
The application form is simple. Just complete the form below and email it back to woodstockef@gmail.com by the third Wednesday in September ready for a meeting when the funds will be allocated.
WEF application form here