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Didcot Diary Autumn 2018

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Didcot Town Council

Didcot Diary— Autumn 2018

NEWS Welcome to the Autumn issue of Didcot Diary. During the Autumn/Winter months we have lots of events coming up (see below). Past Events The Town Fayre took place on Saturday 4th August 2018 and was well received by the Town — for more information see page 10. On Tuesday 25th September 2018 a Dedication Ceremony took place at Smallbones Park, Didcot. Upcoming Events Mayors Charity Dinner ‘Murder Mystery’ - Saturday 10th November 2018 (7pm) Remembrance Parade—Sunday 11th November 2018 (3pm) Remembrance Concert—Sunday 11th November 2018 (6.30pm) Town Carol Concert—Wednesday 12th December 2018 (7.15pm)

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WW1 Commemorative Events On Tuesday 25th September 2018 the Town Council hosted a ceremony organised by the Royal British Legion at Smallbone Recreation Ground to mark its dedication as a Centenary Field. Members of Didcot Town Council, the Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and the 11EOD Regiment Vauxhall Barracks took part along with members of the Royal British Legion. Children from local schools laid 28 Remembrance Cross’s, one for each name on the Didcot War Memorial to honour those who gave so much for our freedom and future.

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Remembrance Parade The Town Council Remembrance Parade will take place on Sunday 11th November 2018, followed by the service which commences at 3pm at the Civic Hall. The parade lines up at approximately 2.15pm at the Edinburgh Drive car park then leaves approximately 2.30pm to march up The Broadway. The roads between Vicarage Road to Ernest Road will be closed for the duration of the parade and service. The road will be closed from 2.00pm and reopen at 4.00pm. This is to ensure space for the parade to take up the full width of Broadway and for the public to participate as well. The parade will be led by the Caledonian Pipe Band along with a contingent from 11EOD Barracks followed by the Mayor, Councillors, service cadets and local groups. It is an important day to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to support 11EOD Regiment. All welcome. Remembrance Concert A concert will be held on Sunday 11th November 2018 to commemorate 100 years of the end of World War One with Abbey Brass Band and Didcot Choral Society, in aid of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. This will be held at The Civic Hall, Didcot. Tickets are available from the Civic Hall, ÂŁ10 adults & ÂŁ7 Concessions, under 16 free. Town Carol Concert The annual Town Carol Concert will take place at the Civic Hall on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 7.15pm. Didcot Choral Society will sing along with children from Didcot Schools. All welcome.

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New member of staff On Wednesday 1st August 2018 we welcomed Chris Wayman as the new Town Clerk. Chris was Town Clerk at Buckingham for 8 years before joining Didcot, so he is an experienced Clerk. He has just moved to the area with his new wife Ella. We wish Chris well in his new role in Didcot. Some getting to know you questions: Who’s your favourite band? Linkin Park What’s your favourite food? Pizza Who’s your favourite actor? David Tennant What kind of music do you like? Rock What do you like to do in your spare time? Spending time with family, playing and watching American Football Leaving Julie Perrin has been the interim Town Clerk for the last year and left us on 28th September 2018. Julie has been an excellent member of the team and we wish her all the best for the future.

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Didcot Town Council Word from the allotments The Town Council provides over 400 allotments across five sites in the town. In what will be a regular feature, we have asked allotment holders to share what is happening on the allotments. Contributing to this edition we have:

Cockcroft Allotments Stories from two families, who both took on single plots in 2016 The Bartlett’s, Marta, Mike, and their 7 year old son Marta, originally from Poland grew up helping her father on his allotment in their hometown. For them it was important to grow their own to save money, to have fruit and vegetables on hand and most importantly to have a place to ‘escape’ and get fresh air. 12 years ago, when Marta came to UK, she wasn’t aware that allotments were part of British communities. When the family moved to Didcot, their first conversation with a new neighbour drew their attention to Cockcroft Road allotments. He advised them to contact the Town Council and just one month later they had taken on their first plot. This year they have taken on another two plots.

“We love spending time at the allotment, it’s a community, where we’ve made friends and are always learning. It’s also beneficial for our health. This year was a bit harder because of the sunny hot weather in England but we managed to water our vegetables every day and have plenty of crops. I recommend everyone to try it out, we are all happy to help. I’ve learnt a lot and our methods of growing have and will continue to change from year to year. Our son loves spending time at the allotment, he helps by planting seeds and watering. It’s a great space for him to play outside with allotment friends as there are plenty of other children”. -Marta

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Didcot Town Council Cockcroft Allotments cont. The Shepherd-Loxton’s, Sandra, Darren and their 6 year old daughter They enquired about a plot on the site when they had an offer on a neighboring house accepted. They were surprised that there was a choice of plots available immediately and found the Town Council really helpful, ensuring they took on the best plot for them. Once they’d moved into their new home, and the essential unpacking was done they put on their wellies turned their attention to the plot. Darren started digging the stubborn weeds while Sandra, who was recovering from an injury, took their daughter off and started introducing themselves to everyone out working on other plots. They met lots of helpful and friendly people; from retirees with lots of knowledge to share, to other ‘newbie’ families with young children, just ‘giving it a go’. “This year we’ve added a small flock of hens, we’re lucky that the site is on our doorstep so we can spend time with them throughout the day, when we have a few minutes to spare. They’re great little characters! One of the plots next to ours became available earlier this year and as we’d dedicated a fair amount of space to the hens we were keen to take on another for more growing space, it was ideal. Each year we’ll do things differently and will continue to learn with our daughter - she loves being outside, getting mucky and has taught herself to speak chicken! We’ll enjoying trying different crops over the coming years, having already attempted, with varying success, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, courgettes, curly kale, French beans, gooseberries, leeks, potatoes, pumpkins, rhubarb, sprouts, strawberries, sweetcorn, Swiss chard and tomatoes. We hope that the sense of community which we’ve experienced will continue to grow; we’ve recently started donating our surplus veggies and suitable scraps to Didcot Pet Store, which is just around corner, to help feed the animals in their care and hope others will follow suit. There are still vacant plots on the site so it would be great to welcome some new faces.” -Sandra

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Didcot Town Council News from elsewhere Demolition of former council offices Demolition began at the former council offices in Crowmarsh Gifford, which were severely damaged in an arson attack in 2015. Contractors are expecting it to take around three months to completely clear the site, which will be re-developed with new headquarters for South Oxfordshire Council and Vale of White Horse District Council.

Is your electric blanket safe? Get your electric blanket checked by Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards and Fire and Rescue. The next session is on Wednesday 17th October 2018 at Didcot Fire Station Testing is free, all you need to do is book in advance by contacting the County Council on 01865 898642.

Fly Tipping If you pay someone to remove rubbish from your property and it’s then fly-tipped you could be prosecuted. By law you must make sure they are registered to take the waste away – visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/removingwaste for more information or call 03708 506 506 to check if they are a registered waste carrier.

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Volunteering grants are available …but not for too long Volunteering grants worth a total of £25,000 are still available to groups in South Oxfordshire, but time is running out to apply for them. The money has been earmarked for community groups who have difficulties recruiting volunteers for financial reasons. The grant scheme was prompted by voluntary groups telling South Oxfordshire District Council that one of the biggest obstacles they face when trying to attract volunteers is finding money to meet training, transport and insurance costs. In August the council launched a pilot volunteering grant scheme with a total of £25,000 to give away to help voluntary and community groups find the volunteers they need. Small voluntary groups in South Oxfordshire can apply for a new volunteering grant of between £250 to £750 to help cover costs, for example the costs of training as a sports coach or the costs of additional insurance needed to be a volunteer driver. Cllr Lynn Lloyd, cabinet member for community services for South Oxfordshire District Council said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community group – we know there are lots of people out there who want to help out in their local community, but sometimes the costs can be a barrier. We want to do everything we can to open those doors and give our local groups and charities the lift they need to help them continue to build thriving communities.” The scheme will be run as a pilot in 2018/19 and depending on its success in improving the voluntary sector, councillors will decide whether to continue with it in the future. The district council made a commitment in its Corporate Plan to provide additional support to voluntary and community groups to help them find the volunteers they need. The volunteering grant is the first of a range of exciting new projects underway to do that, and to help get communities working together to make life better in the district. To find out more about the grant, eligibility and how to apply please see: www.Southoxon.gov..uk/volunteering Council Offices, Britwell Road Didcot Oxon OX11 7HN

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Didcot Town Council Didcot Summer Fayre 2018 This year the Summer Fayre took place in Edmonds Park on Saturday 4th August 2018. The Fayre was held in conjunction with the Play to Give Charity and Didcot Town Council. The event opened at 12pm and went on till 9pm. Local food stalls, craft stalls, entertainment, bouncy castles and lots more were available during the day. In the evening local bands played on the stage. It was a lovely summers day and everybody seemed to have an enjoyable time. The Town Council is in the process of arranging provision for next year.

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Didcot Town Council Grant Aid Reports Each year Didcot Town Council makes thousands of pounds worth of grants available to local organisations who support people in Didcot. These are recent reports of how they have used that money. If you would like to apply for grant funding from the Town Council please visit www.didcot.gov.uk/Grant-Aid for more details. I am writing as requested, to report on the grant awarded to the Home-Start babies group in April 2018. The group continues to thrive, with 23 new members joining since April this year. Some members have moved on as their baby become 15 months old, or sometimes where the mums return to work following maternity leave. One mum who recently moved on from the group said “The group was very warm and welcoming, the best I have experience. We only moved to Didcot in January and knew no-one. The group really helped me meet other mums and make good friends”. We have held one course of baby massage for new mums and babies. In September we are offering emergency Paediatric First Aid Training which members really appreciate. First Babies Group celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary this year and we are holding a small celebration on Tuesday 18th September, during the group from 10am – 12pm. We are hoping that group members, past and present, will join us to celebrate this achievement. Didcot Town Councillors are very welcome to come along and meet the mums who make this group a success. The Grant from Didcot Town Council has been spent on Staffing for the group, rental for the venue and refreshments for the group members.

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Didcot Diary - Autumn 2018  

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of Didcot Diary

Didcot Diary - Autumn 2018  

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of Didcot Diary

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