This month

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Have your say on our Joint Local Plan

There’s still time to give your views on the issues affecting our districts as part of a new Joint Local Plan.  Our consultation closes on Thursday 23 June.

Visit our interactive website to have your say on topics such as tackling the climate emergency, sustainable transport, affordable housing, high-tech jobs, and the future of our town centres.

We will use your responses to help shape our new Joint Local Plan for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

YouMove aims to get families active across Oxfordshire 

YouMove is a new initiative providing low-cost or free activities for children and families in receipt of benefits-related free school meals in Oxfordshire. 

Activities available include cricket, swimming and badminton. 

Find out more about the programme and how to register at

Litter pickers urged to join litter mapping project

We’ve just launched a litter mapping project to help pinpoint where and what type of litter is being left across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. Throughout the summer, we are asking litter pickers to record the location and types of litter they find, either online or by post.

We will use this information to target those areas which need the most improvement. 

To find out more and to take part visit

The Queen’s Green Canopy

As part of our Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we want to create a record of all the trees planted for The Queen’s Green Canopy across South Oxfordshire.

If you or an organisation in your community planted some trees earlier this year or are planning to do so later in the year as part of the celebrations, please send us pictures of the trees and details of where they’re planted to

For more information visit

Help to upgrade your boiler 

The government has announced a new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme to help improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce energy bills and cut emissions in the long-term. The scheme is now open for people to apply for the following support when replacing their oil or gas boilers:
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump
Find out more about the scheme on the government’s website.

Find out about energy saving at home

On Sunday 26 June there is an Energy Saving Fair at Oxford Town Hall.  The event, organised by Energy Saving Homes, is open to all and will feature suppliers, low carbon groups and more showcasing options for energy efficiency in the home.

There will be workshops throughout the day aimed at inspiring action, from the smallest measures to conserve energy and save money, to deep retrofits, including insulation, heat pumps, double/triple glazing, and solar panels.  

For more information, please see the event flyer.

Netwalks event for businesses

The South and Vale Business Support team are inviting local businesses to join the latest Netwalk, an alternative to traditional networking that showcases some of our towns and beautiful natural attractions.  It’s a great way to network while getting active and escaping from virtual meetings. 

The next event takes place in Faringdon on Tuesday 21 June from 10am to midday – click here to find out more and to book your place.

Great Western Railway Community Fund 

Great Western Railway is inviting community and voluntary groups and local authorities to apply to their Community Fund for projects that have a community benefit or address an area of social need.  You can find out more via the GWR website, the deadline for applications is midnight on 27 June.

Rail service disruption

Severe disruption is expected across the rail network next week with workers taking industrial action on 21, 23 and 25 June.  All rail companies are putting temporary timetables in place from 21 to 26 June and people are advised to only travel by train if necessary and to plan ahead.  For more information, visit the National Rail website.

New EV chargers now available across South Oxfordshire 

Almost 50 new electric vehicle charging points are now available across four of our public car parks.

The easy-to-use EV chargers are located at Cattlemarket and Goldsmith’s Lane car parks in Wallingford, Greys Road car parks in Henley and Southern Road car park in Thame.  Chargers will also be available in Kings Road, Henley from next week. The EV chargers are part of a county-wide project to increase EV charging availability across Oxfordshire, managed by Park and Charge Oxfordshire.

Cornerstone highlights this summer

This summer will be sizzling with entertainment at Cornerstone Arts Centre, with mystery, music, and family friendly mayhem. 

For children there’s Suitcase of Stories on 25 June and the brilliant ‘Where is Mrs Christie?’ coming up on the 6 July, plus much more.  Check out the Cornerstone website for details.

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