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  • Cane End
  • Chalkhouse Green
  • Gallowstree Common
  • Kidmore End
  • Tokers Green

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T4759 Tokers Green, Tokers Green Lane – Road Closure
18 April for 2 days (09:30 - 15:30)

A request has been received from A Plant Lux for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Tokers Green Lane for BT cabling works to be carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 18 April for 2 days (09:30 - 15:30).

OCC Traffic Notice - April 2017

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.

View a drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative route for traffic.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting A Plant on 03700 500792.

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire

High-speed broadband arrives in Kidmore End

As part of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, a fibre-enabled cabinet is now live and ready to take orders in Kidmore End.

This means that 128 residents and businesses in the parish will be able to request an upgrade to fibre-enabled broadband from a range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In most cases, this means that residents can select a product offering download speeds above 24Mbps following infrastructure upgrades made via the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.

The aim of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Programme is to provide access to fibre-enabled broadband where this is not commercially viable without public sector investment.

The cabinet in the following location is now sporting a large sticker declaring, 'Fibre broadband is here'. This indicates that the cabinet is live (as of 26 December 2016) and ready to take customer orders.

Kidmore End 5
located opposite Old Well Cottage, Kidmore End, Reading RG4 9AX
Serves 17 postcodes:

The cabinets in the following locations are also live and ready to take customer orders.

Kidmore End 1
located in Horsepond Road, Gallowstree Common, RG4 9DP
Serves 20 postcodes:
Kidmore End 8
located in Ashford Avenue, Sonning Common, RG4 9LR
Serves 1 postcode:

Please note that improved broadband services are not turned on automatically. To access fibre-enabled broadband, please contact your chosen ISP or use comparison sites to find available packages.

There is a list of ISPs on the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire website:

If you contact an ISP, please state that you wish to order 'fibre-enabled/superfast broadband', otherwise they may offer you aslower broadband service. Your chosen ISP should be able to offer any technical assistance to access fibre-enabled/superfast broadband. It is also important to note, that not all premises within a postcode area will be necessarily be able to order superfast speeds (above 24Mb/s). Premises will be able to access a range of speeds – some will get superfast broadband and others will be able to get anywhere between 2Mb/s and 24Mb/s, depending on distance from the cabinet.

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April Swim Offer GO Active Gold

If you are age 60 and over, living outside a market town, then make use of this great spring swim offer to try out a leisure pool near you.

Most residents of South Oxfordshire can reach a pool in less than a 20-minute drive, but taking that first step to try out swimming can be hard. To make it easier, GO Active Gold, in partnership with Better Leisure Centres, are offering unlimited swimming for £5 during April 2017 to residents age 60 plus living in rural villages.

GO Active Gold is a Sport England funded project, encouraging people living in rural areas age 60 and over to become more active by setting up activities local to them.

Research shows that as you get older, you're far more likely to become inactive: 42 per cent of people aged 55 and over are inactive compared to 29 per cent of the population as a whole.

Swimming is an ideal workout for the elderly, mainly because it presents little risk of injury and is low impact. Swimming also develops strong and stable core muscles, which are necessary for good balance control – a major protective factor against falls.

Make sure you don't miss out on this offer by registering your place before Saturday 1 April 2017, just call 01235 422226 or complete the online registration form on our website:

Once you have registered, visit your local leisure pool during April. Your one month swim offer will start from the date of your first swim.

South Oxfordshire District participating pools include:

  • Henley Leisure Centre
  • Abbey Sports Centre
  • Thame Leisure Centre
  • Didcot Wave

Walk with Me

Calling all walkers or would-be walkers. Do you fancy a fundraising CHALLENGE IN 2017? If so, come and join us for WalkWithMe, a fundraising 26 mile 'marathon' walk being held on Sunday 14th May 2017. We start and finish in the beautiful grounds of Moulsford School, Moulsford-on-Thames. The route winds through some stunning South Oxfordshire countryside, including the banks of the River Thames and a section of the historic Ridgeway. And you can take part for a suggested donation of £45. For the 2017 event we are once again donating to Action Against Cancer, a charity which supports pioneering cancer treatments and therapies which aim to make cancer a disease we die with and not from. And for the first time this year we are also supporting the Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed. For all the information you need and to register visit If you need to get in touch, email us at Come on, let's


Action Against Cancer Sue Ryder

Chilterns Walking Festival Chilterns Walking Festival

Dignity in Care 2016 Age UK

The older people's charity Age UK Oxfordshire has launched its annual Dignity in Care Awards and is seeking nominations from members of the public.

We want local people to nominate organisations, care settings, paid staff and volunteers who have gone that extra mile to deliver outstanding care. The awards, which were first made in 2012, are an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate where great care has been given. In promoting this we hope that it will inspire other health care professionals and volunteers to raise their standards.

Do you know someone or a care setting that could be nominated for an award? Or could you help us share and promote the awards with members of the public? Any help you can offer in promoting the awards would be greatly appreciated. This could be done by word of mouth, through social media accounts.

Our awards are for:

  • Leadership
  • Care or support setting or service
  • Carer or support staff
  • Communication
  • Unpaid carer or a volunteer worker
  • The 'Josie' award

If you would like to visit the website for more information or to make a nomination the address is:

If you would like paper copies of our leaflets with nomination forms, you can ring in and we will send you copies or you can collect from our office: Age UK Oxfordshire, St Edmund House, 39 West St Helen Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 5BT.

If you would like any further information about the awards please contact Vibeke Kristensen-White by email at or ring 07827 235 405.

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South Oxfordshire Music Centre

Leading Aircraftman WC Smith

I am looking for any relatives of John and Maude Smith of Kidmore End. I have information regarding their son, LAC William Charles Smith, #1602627 who died 19 June 1943 in Dunnville, Canada. We have recent photos of the aircraft remains in which he died. We are going to attempt some recovery of this aircraft and I am wondering if any of the family members might be interested in the site or its recovery attempts.

You can read more of the story of the event here and see some photos of the aircraft as it lies in Lake Erie.

Shawn Wylie
Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association
Aircraft Recovery Team

Please contact me at this email address:

Friends of Sonning Common Library

Since August 2014 Sonning Common Library has been run with the help of enthusiastic volunteers.

The team supports the professional staff by, among other things, shelving books, running story-times, helping customers use the self-service machines and delivering books to people in the community.

The cuts to Oxfordshire County Council's budget, which made it necessary to find volunteers to help run the library, are now threatening the book fund.

The central library book fund is being cut and the Sonning Common Library Manager's fund is being done away with altogether. To help make up the shortfall, the Friends of Sonning Common Library (FoSCL) is being revived as a way of raising funds.

First set up in 1998, the Friends each paid a subscription to help buy books. Since then, the group has also helped to fight two successful campaigns to save the library, the most recent in 2010/11, but it is no longer active.

To become a Friend please print off and complete an application form (see link below). For an annual subscription of £10 you will be registered as a member. You will be sent a receipt and in due course an invitation to the next Annual General Meeting, when you can hear how the money is being spent.

Members of the Volunteers' Steering Group are currently running FoSCL but will stand for re-election at the AGM.

Subscriptions will be spent on books, which will all be identified with a FoSCL bookplate.

Membership application form

Logs for Labour is on again!

Would you like free firewood, or do you have a woodland that needs managing?

The Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment's Logs for Labour programme aims to promote sustainable use of firewood by running events where volunteers help to manage woodlands in return for logs.

The events run most weekends in the winter, are about three hours long, and could involve coppicing hazel, thinning trees or piling up brash. All you need are sturdy gloves, shoes and a saw – only hand tools are allowed for insurance reasons – or let us know if your woodland needs the help of volunteers.

Information about forthcoming events is at or, or from Riki Therivel on 01865 243488.

Singing for the Brain

Do you own a sewage pumping station?

Thames Water

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.

New legislation means that sewage pumping stations, which power waste water 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 Thames Water, said: "This is really good news for customers. We'd urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it's an excellent deal for them.

"We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever."

A sewer pumping station is likely to be 'adopted' by Thames Water if it:

  • was in use before July 2011 (and)
  • serves a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or)
  • serves two or more properties.

Anyone with a private pumping station can contact Thames Water and find more information at

Oxfordshire Advocacy

A new service run by Oxfordshire Advocacy in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, providing one to one support for anyone 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 or carer) and is aged 50 or over, to resolve issues or difficulties (cancer-related or not) and to improve the quality of their lives. We can help with many issues, including treatment and care, social, financial and employment issues and can provide a listening ear.

Rosie Young
Rosie Young, retired nurse living with cancer

"Having an advocate at my appointments just made all the difference in the world, because I didn't have to be Rosie-the-nurse, Rosie-the-patient, Rosie-the-everything. I could just focus on me and what people were saying to me, knowing that my advocate was writing stuff down and if I got it wrong, then she'd talk me through it but also would help me challenge... If it hadn't been for the advocate being there and stepping in I think I might have ended up having completely the wrong type of treatment for me."

If you know of anyone affected by cancer and aged 50 or more...
If you feel that they might benefit from having a Macmillan trained volunteer to support them at appointments or with getting the practical help they need...
If you are interested in volunteering yourself...

Give us a call on 01865 230203 or email us at

Residents of Henley and Didcot to benefit from new service

Mind logoOxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind's specialist Benefits for Better Mental Health team give anyone with a mental health problem expert advice and guidance to help them navigate the complex benefits system.

Now the Oxfordshire Mind Benefits team are working more closely with Didcot/Henley Citizens Advice Bureau, as part of the Tap-In Advice Service across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse. David Bryceland, Oxfordshire Mind's Benefits Project Service Manager, explained what the team can do to help people having problems with their benefits:

"We often get people visiting our service who are very confused about the benefits system and who are worried that their current benefits could be taken away. Our team will work one-to-one with that person to give them a thorough 'benefits health check' to make sure they are claiming everything that they're entitled to. We can explain what the letters they receive actually mean and resolve any problems they might be experiencing. We can also help them complete the right forms and make difficult phone calls.

"As we work with people with mental health problems, we have a lot of experience in helping people apply for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments. We also have an excellent track record of winning appeals when people have been turned down for ESA."

The Benefits team will be working out of both the Didcot CAB and Henley CAB twice every month. Anyone who has a mental health problem and would like their advice should make an appointment by either contacting their local CAB or by ringing the Benefits for Better Mental Health hotline (Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 1pm) on 01865 243585.

Henley Citizens Advice Bureau

In or around Henley, call Adviceline on 08444 111 444 or drop in to your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau, which is located at 32 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AH. For opening hours, see

Oxfordshire CAB logo

Telephone kiosks

BT will soon decommission the telephone kiosks at Chalkhouse Green and Kidmore End, after which ownership of the boxes will pass to the Parish Council.

Telephone boxes in Kidmore End and Chalkhouse Green

The Council would be pleased to hear from anyone as to what the kiosks, which have to remain in their present locations, may be used for. Contact us here.

The kiosk at Cane End will remain in use for the time being.

What's happening out there?

Is there anything happening in your corner of the parish that the rest of us might be interested in? Let us know.

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