Save Bladon Community Pub

I am contacting you from Bladon Community Pub (https://bladoncommunitypub.org/ , we’re a group of people trying to save our pub in Bladon village.

The White House has been at the heart of the Bladon community since the 17th Century and is the last remaining pub and community facility in the village. It’s also the pub where Churchill “learned to drink” when at nearby Blenheim Palace. With a growing population of just under 1,000 residents and thousands of visiting tourists, this important and historic pub is the lifeblood of the community.

We are also being supported in our effort by Sir Winston’s great grandson Randolph Churchill and have some great quotes from him.

The community now has an opportunity to put in a bid to buy and manage the future of the pub but we only have until 13th March 2020 to raise the £500,000 required to buy the pub and so far villagers have pledged £128,000.

Our share offer launched on 13th December and runs until 31st January 2020.

Please let me know if you are free to have a chat or need any further information.

Many thanks in advance.

Best,

Rachel

Rachel Guest

07960 238530

Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice For West Oxfordshire

Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice For West Oxfordshire

As it’s now getting darker earlier in the evening, Thames Valley Police would again like to remind residents about protecting their homes against opportunist burglars by remembering to leave a light on.

Dark evenings can provide perfect cover for burglars who can easily spot an open window in an unoccupied room and see your valuables through open curtains or blinds,  Try to make your house look occupied by leaving lights and the radio on when you are not there; invest in a light timer switch.

Don’t leave your house and vehicle keys in the lock or on a side table in view of a window, making it easy for a thief to ‘fish’ them through your letterbox

Don’t leave items in open porches that could be used to enter your home, to open doors or take keys through letterboxes, Close and lock all your doors and windows before going out or to bed.

Always lock your front door from inside – in particular UPVC front doors that have handles, as they are often left unlocked when people are in their houses.

Please register your property at www.immobilise.com    Encourage friends, family and neighbours to receive this type of message by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk

Cancel newspapers and milk if you’re going away for a few days and ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an ‘eye’ on your property, to park their vehicle on your driveway , push post sticking out of the letterbox inside your property or putting out/away your wheelie bins.

Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or any information to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Keep Yourself Safe During the Christmas Season #2

Keep Yourself Safe During the Christmas Season

Just follow these tips when you are out and about this Christmas Season to keep yourself safe:
 

  • When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. IPods, digital cameras, mobile phones and extra cash to buy presents means you could be the ideal target for thieves.
  • When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended, keep your purse safe in an internal pocket and don’t carry your pin number with you.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink.
  • Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, try and walk with a friend, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking.

Stay Safe When Socialising Over the Christmas Season

Stay Safe When Socialising Over the Christmas Season

Here are a few tips from Thames Valley Police to help keep you safe when ‘partying’ over the Christmas Season:

  • Drink sensibly and stay with your friends
  • Plan in advance how you will get home
  • Save the number of a licensed taxi firm on your mobile phone
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended
  • If there’s trouble while you’re out, stay well clear of it
  • Avoid walking alone through dark or unsafe areas (men as well as women)
  • Keep your belongings with you and your valuables out of sight
  • Don’t drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after a big night out

Sign up now for garden waste collections

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Sign up now for garden waste collections

Letters are being sent to householders in West Oxfordshire encouraging them to sign up, or to renew their subscription, for the garden waste collection service.

The new subscription year starts from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and costs £30 per bin a year for a fortnightly wheeled-bin collection.

Residents signing up before the end of February will have their licence in time for when the new subscription year starts, and can be sure of not missing any collections from April.

Cllr Steve Good, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “The garden waste collection subscription service is extremely popular and currently more than 27,000 properties are signed up. The price remains the same as last year and at £30, we believe this continues to be extremely good value.”

Signing up for garden waste collections is quick and easy, and can be done using a credit or debit card, either by calling 01993 861025 or online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/garden.

 

Householders choosing not to re-new their subscription service can have their bin collected. More information is on www.westoxo.gov.uk/garden.

The annual charge runs from 1 April until 31 March each year. Anyone signing up part way through the year they will be charged the full amount (£30) until the end of March.

After collection, the garden waste goes to a composting site near Chipping Norton. This large scale site enables faster composting as it reaches higher temperatures. It is first shredded then stacked in long piles, known as windrows, which are regularly turned to produce compost. The process is monitored and closely managed to quality standard. Compost is then used on agricultural land.