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AN EVENING OF GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHS

WARDINGTON GARDEN CLUB EVENING OF GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHS Wednesday 23rd November Wardington Memorial Hall 8.00pm Clive Nichols, probably the leading garden photographer in the country, now lives in Wardington. On November 23rd he is giving an illustrated talk on how to take lovely garden pictures. What could be nicer on a dark November evening. Do come along. Everyone is welcome. A glass of wine and soft drinks will be provided. There will be a small charge of £3 on the door with a discount for Garden Club members

WARDINGTON GARDEN CLUB

2016 PROGRAMME Wednesday 4 May at 6.30 Visit to Turweston House,Turweston, NN13 5JX. Meet Village Hall at 6.00 Courtesy of Olga Allen. Wednesday 25 May at 6.30 Visit to The Old Vicarage, Wormleighton, CV47 2XG. Meet Village Hall at 6.00 Courtesy of Angel Collins. Wednesday 15 June at 6.30 Visit to two Wardington gardens. Starting at The Malt House, Meet Village Hall 6.15 next to the Hare and Hounds, courtesy of Amanda & Ian or go direct Thompson. Followed by The Lodge, on the A361, courtesy of Helen & Charles Holbech. Wednesday 6 July at 6.30 Visit to The Manor House, Harbury, CV33 9HX. Meet Village Hall at 5.55 Courtesy of Fran & Brendan Watts. Sunday 21 August at 2.30

Elderly Targeted by Fake Police Officers

There has been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers. The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from

Oxfordshire Advocacy: free advocacy services

I am writing to make you aware of a new service run by Oxfordshire Advocacy (in partnership with Macmmillan Cancer Support) providing one-to-one support for vulnerable adults (18+) and adults aged 50+ affected by cancer, whether they are a Patient or a Carer. Our service is free, independent, non-judgemental and confidential. Our aim is to help anyone who is affected by cancer (either as a patient or family member, friend of carer), to resolve issues or difficulties (cancer-related or not) and to improve the quality of their lives.   “Having an advocate at my appointments just made all the difference in the world, because I didn’t have to be the Rosie-the-nurse, Rosie-the-patient, Rosie-the-everything. I could just focus on me and what people

Theft of Heating Oil

A message from Thames Valley Police With the recent increase in the cost of fuel, domestic heating oil is becoming a target for thieves. Following these simple ideas can act as a deterrent. Don’t be left out in the … CCTV can deter thieves and record any tampering or theft Oil levels check these often and report any irregularities Location of your oil tank, so it is in view of the property Defensive planting can deter thieves, grow prickly hedges Consider using security lighting to illuminate your tank, use an alarm for oil levels or build a cage around the tank. It is difficult to secure such a valuable asset as it is kept outside, often in full view and has

Parish Council Minutes (September)

Minutes of the Meeting of Wardington Parish Council held on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 7.30pm in Wardington Memorial Hall In Attendance:  Mr N Bankes (Vice-Chair), Mr I Franklin, Mr G Martin, Mrs A Pascoe, Mr M Patterson, Mr K Atack (District Councillor), Mr M Hickman (Clerk), Mr B Jarrett (Parishioner) Apologies: Mr G Page (Chair) Minutes of the Previous Meetings (July 28th): Agreed and signed 1. Matters arising from previous meetings 1.1 HS2 The HS2 petition was lodged to parliament on August 14th by the HS2 Action Group and Pinsent Masons solicitors. The HS2 Action Group will represent the parish council at the HS2 Select Committee parliamentary hearing in November (date tbc). On the 30th September, representatives from HS2 Ltd. will

A Message from Thames Valley Police and Cherwell District Council

TARGETING SUMMERTIME ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR Cherwell District Council and Thames Valley Police have joined forces over the summer to combat noise complaints and antisocial behaviour through Operation Jazz. Operation Jazz swings into action every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 3am until 12 September. A key focus for Operation Jazz will be to target known gathering spots for underage drinking, street drinking and house parties. "Over the years we have seen a rise in underage parties, with or without an adult present. It's not unknown for these to get out of hand after they've been highlighted on social media and uninvited guests turn up. We aim to ensure parties are brought under control or stopped if crime or  disorder may occur - not least because these types

Parish Council Minutes (July)

Minutes of the Meeting of Wardington Parish Council held on Tuesday 28th July 2015 at 7.30pm in Wardington Memorial Hall In Attendance:  Mr G Page (Chair), Mr G Martin, Mrs A Pascoe, Mr M Patterson, Mr M Hickman (Clerk), Mr I Franklin (Parishioner), Mr B Jarrett (Parishioner) Apologies: Mr N Bankes (Vice-Chair), Mr K Atack (District Councillor), Minutes of the Previous Meetings (June 23rd and July 23rd): Agreed and signed 1. Matters arising from previous meetings 1.1 HS2 It was agreed what a success the HS2 Action Group’s public meeting was on July 23rd. There were a large number of responses received following the meeting regarding the potential effects of HS2 HGV construction traffic on individuals, homes and businesses etc. These were

Parish Council Extra-Ordinary Meeting Minutes (July)

Minutes of the Meeting of Wardington Parish Council held on Tuesday 23rd July 2015 at 6.00pm in Wardington Memorial Hall In Attendance:  Mr G Page (Chair), Mr N Bankes (Vice-Chair), Mr G Martin, Mrs A Pascoe, Mr M Patterson, Mr M Hickman (Clerk) 1. New Business 1.1 Appointment of advisory committee The chair proposed the appointment of an advisory committee to: Prepare a parliamentary petition on behalf of the parish council in response to the HS2 construction proposals. Set the strategy for the future campaign Represent the parsh council in the campaign, e.g. attending House of Commons Select Committee hearings. This was agreed by resolution. In the first instance the advisory committee (hereby known as the HS2 Action Group) will consist

Hunt for Sewage Pumping Stations

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations. Thames Water will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar. New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company. The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them. Jerry White, of