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Didcot Garden Party – coming this summer 

Didcot is the place to be this summer – the Didcot Garden Party is back again this year, and it’s bigger than ever! Throughout the school holidays, the party will be focussing on health, wellbeing and the environment. 

All the events are FREE with Cornerstone hosting fun performances and art workshops in their outside courtyard area and at Great Western Park, Edmonds Park and Ladygrove Park, the Active Communities team will be putting on several sports sessions, including cricket, dancing and rounders.  

All the details of the celebrations for Didcot Garden Town can be found on the Didcot Garden Town website.

Design Guide

We’ve adopted a new Design Guide, that will help ensure high-quality and sustainable development in our district. 

The guide is an innovative and interactive tool for anyone undertaking a development to ensure it fits with the character of the local area. 

Following a public consultation earlier this year that received more than 180 responses, the Joint Design Guide website is now easier to navigate, broken down into more digestible sections and has more relevant pictures, additional annotations and explanations to diagrams and drawings.

Litter Bug Detectives Trail 

From 6 August to 4 September, we are once again running FREE Litter Bug Detectives activity trails for children in villages and towns across the districts. Those taking part have a chance to win £20 vouchers for themselves and a rainbow-coloured bench – made from recycled plastic – for their school. 

For more information about how and where the Litter Bug Detectives Trail is happening, please see our website.

Climate Action Oxfordshire – the new one stop shop for tackling climate change

This week we saw the UK’s hottest weather records smashed as temperatures passed 40 degrees Celsius for the first time. As our planet continues to rapidly warm, records like this are being broken all the time, and so our impact on the climate is something we all need to take seriously – it’s affecting every aspect of our life and that of future generations.

Your choices matter. By working together, doing what we can, and focusing on the things we can change, we can make a difference to our local environment and the health and wellbeing of those around us.
Whatever you can commit, there is a climate action you can take – big or small – and people and organisations across Oxfordshire are already making a difference.

If you’re looking for ideas on how you can get started at reducing your carbon footprint, or you want to find out how you can take the next step, go to

Active Communities Summer Programme 

Our Active Communities team have a packed programme full of activities for everyone this summer. Including Xplorer and cricket for the children and Wellbeing and Nordic Walking for those a little older. Keep an eye on our social media for details and also our Active Communities webpages.

Community Governance Review

Earlier this year, as part of our Community Governance Review, we asked residents in several parishes to have their say on changes which could affect their how their local area is run. 

Following more than 196 responses and review by our Corporate Governance and Electoral Issues Committees, we are now asking people to comment on the revised draft proposals for Cuddesdon and Denton, Didcot, Henley-on-Thames / Bix and Assendon, Sonning Common, Thame and Thame / Great Haseley.   

To view the full revised draft proposals for each area and to comment, people should visit The consultation runs until midday on 27 July. 

Once this consultation has ended, our Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee will agree any final changes, which will apply from the May 2023 elections. 

Broadway community art project

If you visit the Didcot Garden Party at Cornerstone this summer, take a walk up to 116-120 Broadway to look at the fantastic new photographs that are now displayed as part of a Community Art project created by Photographer Etain O’Carroll, who worked with Didcot TRAIN and The Abingdon Damascus Youth Project.

Using some of the images the young people took, we’ve put together a fun quiz that people can do online to test the horticultural knowledge on our Didcot Garden Town website.

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