This month

Your regular update from South Oxfordshire District Council straight to your inbox. You can also view this edition online.

We’re moving 

From Monday 3 October, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will have a new temporary home at Abbey House in Abingdon until their new headquarters on the Didcot Gateway site is ready. 

The councils have been based at Milton Park since 2015, a few months after an arson attack on their headquarters at Crowmarsh Gifford, near Wallingford. 

Most council staff can and prefer to work remotely, which means we need significantly less office space than before, so needed to downsize from our Milton Park offices. 

We therefore took the opportunity to bring the lease to an end earlier to save significant sums in rent by operating out of much smaller office space at Abbey House, which the Vale owns.

Our new address will be:
South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE

All phone numbers for our services will remain the same and are available on our website.

Cost of Living crisis support 

We’re taking part in BBC Oxford’s Cost of Living Clinic in Abingdon on Monday 26 September to let residents know what financial, housing and wellbeing support is available. For those looking to get more active, we’ll also have some information on the free healthy walks and keep fit activities we’re putting on locally during the autumn months.  

Everyone is welcome to come along to Abingdon Marketplace anytime between 9am and midday to chat with us about the support that is available.  

There are also lots of other organisations on hand to let you know what help you can get, including Citizen’s Advice, Oxfordshire Mind, National Energy Foundation and Abingdon Foodbank. 

If you need any further information on the support that’s available locally, please head to our website:

Get ready for The Great Big Green Week 

From 24 September to 2 October, there are lots of community events happening across Oxfordshire as part of The Great Big Green Week - the national campaign aimed at raising the profile of climate change and celebrating local climate action.   
During the week, you could enjoy a tour round a wind and solar farm, attend a low carbon cook-in, get some advice on how to save energy at home and much more. To see what’s happening and how to get involved near you, visit the Oxfordshire Great Big Green Week website.

Anyone for table tennis? 

Want to help people in your town or parish to be more active? Would you like an outdoor Table Tennis table for residents to use for free in your local park?  

If you can get the groundwork prepared and the table installed by February 2023, our Active Communities team has funding available for 15 free tables across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse districts. 

Once installed, you’ll be responsible for the groundworks, insurance and maintenance of the tables, but tables will be paid for and delivered as part of the funding. 

If you are interested and can meet the deadline of installation by February 2023, please contact Cath Dale in the Active Communities Team by emailing All applications for tables will be considered in the order in which we receive them. You’ll need to send Cath your application by Friday 14 October at the latest.

£320,000 of capital funding available for projects in South Oxfordshire

Good news, our Capital Grant Scheme 2022-23 is now open for applications. Through this grant we’re able to provide a minimum of £1,000 and up to 50 per cent of the total project costs to eligible voluntary and community organisations to help build thriving communities and improve the quality of life for the residents in the district.

If you belong to or work for an organisation that you think could benefit from this scheme, you can find out more information on our website:

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 21 October.

Financial boost to help people get active 

The Everyone Active Grant is still available until Friday 30 September. Community organisations, PTAs, sports clubs and individuals that help residents to get active and healthy can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for each group. 

There’s more information on our website

Community engagement survey 

Community First Oxfordshire want to hear from town and parish councils about your work with Community Action Groups (CAGs) or other informal green groups who focus on sustainability and climate related activities, young people/youth groups and other groups within your community.

They will use the information you provide to help support collaborative working, strengthen communities and tackle climate related challenges. This could take the form of training, guidance and resources (such as engagement ideas and youth programmes).

To find out more, and to provide your feedback, visit the Community First Oxfordshire survey. Submissions close on 14 October.

South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB