Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Lions club message in a bottle

Let the emergency services know your medical history.

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The Lions, Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.

The bottle is kept in the fridge, where the emergency services will be able to find it in the event of being called to your home. We will know you have a bottle by the two labels displayed on the inside of the front door or on the main entrance to your home and the other is for the door of your fridge.

This scheme is free to the user. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can fall downstairs, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

As a minimum it will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying you and your emergency contacts. By telling whether you have special medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users and their friends and families.

Bottles are free of charge and can usually be found in your local Chemist or Doctors Surgeries.

Thanks to a number of other organisations, you may also find that you can obtain one through your nearest;

  • Neighbourhood Watch group
  • Age Concern
  • Council Offices
  • Housing Associations
  • and many other places including Police stations.

If you are unable to find a Bottle, please contact your local Lions Club.

To find out more information about the scheme please visit the Lion’s Club website or if you would like the opportunity to get involved with this scheme and many others that help those in need, then please contact your local Lions Club or email or telephone 0121 441 4544 for details of your nearest Lions Club or click here to find your nearest club.

Oxfordshire Housing Survey


We need your help!

Oxfordshire County Council is currently carrying out a short, census style survey of households occupying homes that were built in Oxfordshire within the last ten years. The survey asks questions about the characteristics of those moving to new homes in the county and the type of homes they have moved to. This information will provide the local authorities of Oxfordshire with up to date evidence about the type of infrastructure and services that will be needed to support further housing growth in the county and will assist them in their negotiations with developers about funding.

Survey forms were sent out to most new households at the beginning of October, with a deadline for the return of completed forms of Friday 17th November.

OCC asks if you would kindly take a little time to complete and return the form to them.

Thanking you in anticipation of your help on this.

Defibrillator training

Following the acquisition of the new defibrillator for the phone box on Fiddler’s Hill, the PC has organised training on how to use it.

The training is taking place on Saturday 9th December at 11am at New Beaconsfield Hall.

Training is free and all welcome.



Temporary Road Closure – at Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Plum Lane

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – at Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Plum Lane

A request has been received from Thames Water for a temporary road closure to apply to the length of Plum Lane, whilst essential Fire hydrant repair works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 22 January 2018 to and including 24 January 2018.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Justin Manley of Thames Water on 07884474005.

Changes to Charges for Disposal of DIY/Non-Household Waste

Changes to Charges for Disposal of DIY/Non-Household Waste

As from 1 October, changes to DIY waste disposal charges at the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) come into operation. Meanwhile, the council has signed a new Household Waste Recycling Centre contract that secures all seven sites in the medium term, with no change to the sites opening hours or days.

The existing DIY 1,2,3 for free scheme is being replaced by a small fixed fee per item of £1.50 for non-household waste. Tyres and plasterboard will also be charged for at an affordable rate. The existing scheme has been in place for 15 years and during this time the charge has not increased beyond £1 per item.

Banners and leaflets are on display at HWRC sites informing local residents that there will be a change in non-household waste charges, supported by social media activity and an issued press release.

In the HWRC public consultation carried out in summer 2016, 91% of responses indicated that residents would prefer to pay to deposit non-household waste as a way of saving money and protecting other council services.

The council recognises that many householders carry out small DIY projects from time to time, and by applying a small charge this allows HWRCs to continue accepting these discretionary types of non-household waste.

Non-household or DIY items, as a general rule are materials created from the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of a home or garden. For example a sink, bath, kitchen unit, fence panel, bag of rubble etc.

Residents can still dispose of all their household waste free of charge at any of the county’s HWRCs.

Also new in October will be a bin for recycling hard plastics. After a successful trial at Dix and Alkerton HWRCs, items such as plastic garden furniture and children’s toys will be collected and recycled from all sites.

The locations of the county council’s seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are:

  • Alkerton – Stratford Road, Alkerton, Nr Banbury
  • Ardley Fields- Brackley Road, Ardley
  • Dix Pit – Linch Hill, Stanton Harcourt
  • Drayton – Steventon Road, Drayton, Nr Abingdon
  • Oakley Wood – Old Icknield Way, Crowmarsh, Nr Wallingford
  • Redbridge – Old Abingdon Road, Oxford
  • Stanford in the Vale – Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon

W+S Recycling will manage six of the seven HWRC sites from October, while Dix Pit HWRC will continue to be managed by FCC Environment.

Hidden Harm campaign- open your eyes to abuse

On 2nd October, Thames Valley Police launched their Hidden Harm campaign urging everyone to ‘open their eyes to abuse’.

Over the next 18 months they will be raising awareness of different types of abuse hidden in the heart of the communities in Thames Valley. The first focus of the campaign is modern slavery.

In the past two years TVP has recorded 120 modern slavery crimes across our area but it’s likely that many more go unreported.

With offences in every county of the force, it’s a stark reminder that this is a crime that could happen anywhere.

Throughout October they will be concentrating on raising awareness of this crime and the signs to look out for that could indicate that someone is a victim.

Please click here to find out more.


West Oxfordshire Community Transport

West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited 

WOCT aims to work with our community to deliver sustainable public transport services through a not-for-profit organisation. They believe that local bus services have an important role in maintaining an active and engaged community by providing the necessary links for all residents.

They currently operate the Witney 214/215 town services, enabling residents from surrounding estates to easily access the town centre.

Become a member

By becoming a member they expect that you will support the objects of West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited which are to provide public transport facilities for people within the West Oxfordshire community where they are most needed; specifically for elderly people, people on low incomes or those with disabilities, people with young children or those living in isolated areas.

Becoming a member can cost just £1, which gives you voting rights.


Victims First

Victims First Facebook page

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s new initiative Victims First now has a Facebook page to keep people up to date on information, advice and support for victims of crime

Victims First is a website which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. You can use the website to refer yourself directly to the PCC’s own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

If you’ve been a victim of crime, Victims First can help you find the support you need. You can also follow the Victims First Facebook page for hints, tips and advice on staying safe and interesting comments and views on topical news. It will also share some inspiring victim stories, and how they’re coping after the crime.