News Archive

Armed Forces Day

On Saturday 25th June 2016, Carterton Town Council will be holding an Armed Forces Day Civic Service jointly with St. John's Church and RAF Brize Norton. The service will take place by the War Memorial on the Market Square, Alvescot Road at 10am.

This will be followed by an OPA Play and Activity Day on Alvescot Road Recreation Ground from 11am - 3pm.

The day will be capped off with the Fake Festival at Carterton Community College, which runs from 12:30pm - 11:00pm. Tickets are available from Carterton Town Hall, Carterton Community College, Carterton Community Centre and the RAF Brize Norton Community Support Briefing Facility. 

Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Celebrations

Carterton Town Council took part in the Beacon Lighting Event for Her Majesty's 90th Birthday.

A beacon was lit on the Market Square at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st April.

The national anthem was sung, followed by a message from Prince Charles read by the Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, ending with the singing of Happy Birthday to the Queen.

A video of the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Freedom of the Town Parade

Saturday 16th April 2016 saw Carterton Town Council confer the Freedom of the Town on RAF Brize Norton during a formal ceremony on the Market Square, Alvescot Road. Photos of the event can be viewed here. 

Major survey aims to address car parking needs  

West Oxfordshire residents and businesses are being asked for their views and opinions about car parking in its towns and villages.

The District Council has drawn up an in-depth survey to help gain a better understanding of the issues faced by people as it looks to enhance its future provision of free parking across West Oxfordshire.

Every car park managed by the District Council is included in the survey and it asks key information, such as how often each car park is used, for how long and the purpose of the visit.

To match future parking provision, the council wants to hear from as wide a cross-section of the community as possible, including families and those with disabilities.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Car Parking and Transport, said: “Free car parking throughout the year is a real success story for West Oxfordshire, benefitting residents, tourists and businesses alike. It has helped our local economy remain buoyant; we want to keep it that way by making sure our car parking facilities continue to meet a growing demand. To this end, I encourage everyone to take part in this important survey to make parking an even more positive experience.”

The survey can be completed online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/parkingsurvey or is available at any of the following places: the Council’s reception points, Burford Visitor Information Centre, Carterton Town Hall and Woodstock Town Hall. Entries close on February 29.

Motorists advised to steer clear of double yellow lines!

Motorists obstructing traffic by parking illegally at any time of the day or night are at risk of receiving penalty charge notices from West Oxfordshire District Council.

As well as patrolling the streets and car parks during the day, the Council’s Community Wardens carry out spot checks in the evening and Sundays at the request of the Police or in response to issues raised by residents and businesses.

For the full press release, please click here.

Presentations at January's Full Council

Hook Norton Brass Band received the winners trophy from the Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little and Cllr Dee Bulley, for their efforts in the Carterton Bandstand Summer Concerts 2015.

The Mayor also presented a gift to Julian Carlin from the Town Council for all the voluntary work he undertook last year. Without his help, many of the Town Council events would not have been the success that they were.

The photos can be seen here.

Christmas tree recycling

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to put their real Christmas trees out for recycling from Monday 18 January.

Householders simply need to put their Christmas tree – and any other greenery such as holly, ivy and wreaths – in their garden waste bin or leave it at the kerbside alongside their food waste bins and recycling boxes on their green collection day.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Last January we collected over 440 tonnes of garden waste for recycling. All residents have the opportunity to have their tree collected from right outside their home. Not only is this convenient for them but it will help to ensure that more trees are recycled.

“If your tree is larger than 4 feet, please cut it up into manageable pieces before putting it out to help the collection crews.”

Residents do not need to be signed up for the Council's optional garden waste service to put out their Christmas tree for collection but are asked to remove all decorations and wire from their trees before putting them out.

It is quick and easy for residents to check their collection dates using the ‘Postcode Search’ on the Council’s website www.westoxon.gov.uk. Waste and recycling collection calendars can also be downloaded via the search facility.

If you have a real Christmas tree and live in a flat with a communal bin, please call 01993 861000 to arrange collection.

Garden waste collections are suspended from 25 December until the week commencing 18 January to enable bin crews to concentrate on picking up all the excess waste and recycling generated during the busy festive period. Bin collections will be operating on a Bank Holiday schedule, which can be checked on the Council’s website.

All waste and recycling services are due to return to the normal schedule from 18 January.For more information about waste and recycling visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins or call 01993 861000.

Christmas Lights Switch-on and Street Fair

The Christmas Lights Switch-on and Street Fair was attended by over 4000 people this year and the weather held out just long enough for the lantern parade to arrive, the lights to be switched on and some wonderful photos to be taken. To view the photos, please click here.

Remembrance Sunday

Carterton Remembrance Sunday Parade was held on Sunday November 8th 2015 and was attended by over 2000 people. To view the photos from the day, click here.

Addition to Gallery

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, presented cheques to the Mayor of Carterton's chosen charities for her 2014/15 Mayoral Year on Friday 3rd July 2015. A total of £4,900 was given out on the day raised from various charity events held throughout the year. Those who recieved cheques were: SSAFA Carterton and Witney Division, Carterton Visions Club, Carterton Lights Up Memory Club, Carterton Carers Group, Carterton Get Stuck In Holiday Activities, and the Allandale Youth Club/Airplay Carterton. Phil Lewis, manager at The Siege of Orleans in Carterton, also presented the Mayor with a charity donation of £85 which was raised from the sale of Spitfire Ale from the Micro Ale-house during Armed Forces Week. The Prime Minister proceeded to have a chat with the invited guests and staff at Carterton Town Council. The pictures from the day can be viewed on our gallery by clicking here.

The Mayor also took this opportunity to present the Prime Minister with a copy of the Carterton Masterplan, a book detailing Ted Little's worldly adventures raising awareness of SSAFA as well as a Shop Carterton bag, which will become available to residents as part of Shop Carterton Day on October 3rd.

Garden Waste Contamination

It has been bought to the attention of the Town Council that some residents in Carterton are putting household waste and recycling into their garden waste bins.

Please note that these bins should be used for garden greenery and green waste ONLY.

YES PLEASE:

• Hay / straw animal bedding from non-meat-eating animals
• Flowers and leaves
• Grass cuttings
• Bark and wood shavings
• Twigs, branches and small logs (maximum 150mm or 6 inches diameter)
• Small quantities of soil

NO THANK YOU:
• General household rubbish
• Bagged up garden waste (please put garden waste directly in your bin)
• Compost bags
• Plant pots
• Noxious weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Ragwort
• Large items of garden waste (eg tree trunks)
• Anything plastic
• Glass and metal
• Stone and rubble
• Large quantities of soil
• Nappies
• Dog / cat waste

Your garden waste is taken to a facility near Chipping Norton where it is composted. Having to remove non-compostable items causes serious operational issues and an increase in costs. Please remember that the garden waste service is currently FREE to all households.

West Oxfordshire District Council will be carrying out spot check of garden waste bins in the following weeks and any containing non-green waste will not be emptied.

For more information on what can go in each of your bins, or to order additional recycling boxes or food caddies, please visit: www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins

Updated waste and recycling calendars available mid-September

Updated waste and recycling calendars, for October 2015 to September 2016, will be available to download from West Oxfordshire District Council’s website from mid-September.

These calendars will remind you which bins to put out on which days and are especially helpful to find out any changes over the Christmas period and Bank Holidays.

Alternatively, sign up to receive FREE email updates about your property direct to your inbox including:

• weekly bin reminders
• Bank Holiday bin reminders
• nearby planning applications.

For more information see: www.westoxon.gov.uk

Free Early Education

Did you know that your two year old could be entitled to up to 15 hours free childcare a week? For more information, click here. 

Willow Meadows

IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF CARTERTON TOWN COUNCIL THAT A MAN HAS BEEN SEEN DIGGING UP AND REMOVING A PROTECTED SPECIES OF PLANT FROM WILLOW MEADOWS.

IT IS AN OFFENCE TO REMOVE ANY PLANTS OR WILDLIFE FROM THESE MEADOWS.

IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD ASSIST US AND THE POLICE IN IDENTIFYING THIS PERSON PLEASE EITHER:

RING THE TOWN HALL ON 01993 842156
EMAIL twhitford@carterton-tc.gov.uk
DIAL 101 FOR THE LOCAL POLICE

THANKYOU

Visit to the Mayor

John Tierney visited from Liverpool last week along with his wife Barbara and fellow veteran John Walker. Mr Tierney, pictured to the left of the Mayor, is responsible for writing the tributes for the fallen personnel who are repatriated at RAF Brize Norton. Mr Walker, pictured to the right of the Mayor, supports the last turn at Headington.

Poet's Page

The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, has introduced a new area on our website, the Poet's Page. She would like to invite budding poets of all ages to write a poem, be it about Carterton, current affairs or your own choice of subject. Please send your poems along with your name, age and contact details to:

Carterton Town Mayor,
Town Hall,
Alvescot Road,
Oxon,
OX18 3JL

Or feel free to pop in for a visit.

The Mayor will award a £10 voucher to the author of her favourite poem each month which will be published on our website along with a further four poems also selected by the Mayor.

To view the poems already published, please click here.


Get your recycling sizzling this summer
 
With alfresco dining season upon us, West Oxfordshire residents are being urged to recycle as much waste as possible - right down to leftover barbecue food, including meat bones.

In the run-up to national Recycle Week 2015, West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging people to make the most of its weekly kerbside food waste recycling service, using the example of barbecues to remind them just how much can be recycled.

Sian Stokes, the Council’s recycling officer, said: “You can recycle all your food leftovers, cooked or uncooked, whether it’s sausages or burger buns, chicken or rib bones – even cooking oil. It’s simple and convenient, all you need do is put it into the food bin or kitchen caddy provided by our Council and leave it out for collection every week. As well as helping to increase recycling, it also means you don’t have to put up with the smell of food waste in your household bin.”

All food waste collected in West Oxfordshire is taken to a processing plant in Cassington, where it is turned into electricity and nutrient-rich fertiliser for use on nearby farmland.

As well as recycling leftover food after a barbecue it is also possible to put other waste to good use in West Oxfordshire, rather than binning it:

• Foil can be recycled in your black boxes as part of weekly collections.
• Meat and salad plastic packaging can be recycled in your black box.

The Council is issuing the recycling reminder in advance of Recycle Week, running nationally from 22-28 June. It is also organising tours of the food waste recycling plant and roadshows to give advice:

• Monday 15: roadshow in the Council’s Town Centre Shop, Welch Way, Witney
• Tuesday 16: roadshow, Market Square, Witney
• Thursday 18: roadshow, Market Square, Carterton
• Friday 19: Food waste tour (arranged bookings only)

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Our residents have a fantastic track record for recycling and we thank them for that, but we are always looking for ways to recycle more. We hope that everyone will consider recycling as part of their summer party, picnic and barbecue plans, especially as so much can be collected through our weekly household service.”

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WI 100 Year Celebration

The WI Federation Centenary Link has been one of the great successes of the centenary with hundreds of members getting involved to welcome the Baton to their local area. Having started its journey on 1 January 2014 in Anglesey, the home of the very first WI meeting in the UK, it will finish its journey in the Royal Albert Hall on 4 June 2015 where the centenary Annual Meeting will be held.

On April 17th, the Carterton Branch, with the permission of Carterton Town Council, had a photo opportunity on our new Market Square, with a WI Member holding the Baton in a suitably vintage car.

 

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Remember the Fallen 2015

The Remember the Fallen event is coming to Carterton on June 6th 2015. If anyone is interested in having a stall at the event, or knows someone who may want to, please contact Allan Stephens on east@rblr.co.uk

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Message from the Mayor

I know a lot of you are concerned about the number of empty shops in Carterton. I can assure you that the Town Council are doing everything within their statutory power to engage with the landlords to re-let the leases as soon as is possible.

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Extract from the Oxford Mail

We would all like to thank everyone who turned out to welcome home my son, Pte Jay Lee Sawyer, and the Mayor of Carterton Lynn Little who comforted us at this difficult time.

Our thanks go to the Royal British Legion and veterans, the people who came from all over, the people of Carterton, the Royal Logistic Corps and the Regiment of 2 Mercian.

Thank you also to his close friends Mitch Williams, Ashley Battensby, James Hackworthy and Marius Mostert and the Royal Air Force at Brize Norton, and all his troop back in Cyprus.

Jay would have been very proud of the welcome home everybody gave him.

I have to thank Cpt Steve Hopkinson for all his help and support during our difficult times.

An e-mail sent to the Oxford Mail from Tracy Sawyer.

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West Oxfordshire Compost Giveaway Event

There will be another compost giveaway on The Leys in Witney on Friday 1st May 11am-2pm. The compost is made from residents' recycled garden waste and will be pre-bagged for collection, allocated on a first come first serve basis. For more information, click here.

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Carterton Community Food Bank Donation

The Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, would like to personally thank the staff on the Wenrisc Ward at the Witney Community Hospital for their kind donation of Easter eggs to the Carterton Community Food Bank.

Get employment and money advice at support event
A Support Fayre is being held in Carterton where people can get free advice on a range of work and money-related issues.
West Oxfordshire District Council has teamed up with Carterton Town Council and Jobcentre Plus to organise the event. It will take place at:

• Carterton Town Hall, Alvescot Road
• On Thursday 26 March
• 10am-1pm

Information and support will be available on a variety of matters, including Universal Credit and other benefits, housing support, debts and budgeting, career advice and getting back into work.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy and Communities, said: “Talking issues through and seeking advice can be really useful if you find yourself in need of help and we’re pleased to be supporting this event. Experts will be on-hand to answer questions and give information, there’s no need to make an appointment – just drop-in.”

Cllr Lynn Little, Mayor of Carterton, said “We already support our community with our Job Search Area here at the Town Hall and our Job Club on the first Thursday of every month. To team up with West Oxfordshire District Council and Jobcentre Plus to facilitate free advice on a range of work and money related issues is another example of how the District and Town Council are working together for the benefit of the residents of West Oxfordshire.”

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Mayor Presents Silver Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Lucey on achieving her Silver Award. The Mayor had pleasure in presenting Jennifer with the award after having invested a year ago.


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REEMA North

RAF Brize Norton has been informed that building works on the area known as REEMA North, the grassed area adjacent to Northwood Crescent, are expected to commence in July/August 2015. Contractors will shortly be erecting fencing in preparation for this, and initial ground works, including tree felling, are currently taking place. It is anticipated that 200 MOD houses will be built on the site, with the first expected to be occupied before December 2016.

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Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth

Carterton Town Council commemorated Commonwealth Day by raising the Commonwealth flag in a short ceremony in which the Mayor, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, read out a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth and Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, followed by a short speech from herself on the importance on unity in the world today. The flag was then raised by Scott Edwards, officer at Carterton Town Council.

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Catalytic Converter Theft

We have received a recorded message from Thames Valley Police seeking information regarding several incidents of theft of catalytic converters from vans in the town during the period Friday 27 February to Monday 2 March. The incidents occurred in Queens Road, Arkell Avenue, Netheravon Close and Burswin Road. If anyone has any information please call 101.


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Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth

Carterton Town Council will be taking part in a Fly the Flag tribute on Commonwealth Day, Monday March 9th 2015, at 9:30am.

There will be a short flag raising ceremony along with a few words from the Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, outside of the Town Hall by the War Memorial.

Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating the true value of the Commonwealth as an increasingly multi-cultural world seeks unity, understanding and tolerance and to herald this amazing and influential family of nations which spans over Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

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Students Raise Funds for SSAFA

A group of Year 2 Public Services students from the Witney Campus of Abingdon and Witney College visited the Town Hall on January 26th 2015 to present the Mayor, who is also divisional secretary for SSAFA, with a donation of over £300 towards the charity. The money was raised at part of the College Charity Fair.

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Happy Christmas!


and best wishes from the Town Mayor and Town Hall staff.

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Food Bank at Christmas

Below is one of the families who have received a Christmas dinner made possible with kind donations from Morrisons, the Co-op, Crawford's Fruit and Veg and A S Plants, as well as the Churches of Carterton, the Primary Schools and the people of Carterton. Thank you!


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Carterton Community Food Bank Christmas Parcels

The Mayor, Cllr Lynn Little, below right, is pictured with Cllr Mike Steward and Sian Stokes, Waste and Recycling Officer for West Oxfordshire District Council, with bags full of essentials from the Carterton Community Food Bank for families in need over Christmas. Miss Stokes donated 25 bags, which advertise the 'Love Food Hate Waste' campaign, with each including an information leaflet aiming to help people make the most of their food.


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A Message from the Mayor

Can I please take this opportunity to personally thank all the residents and RAF personnel who have supported the Carterton Community Food Bank since it opened in March, and especially for all the Christmas food that I have received over the last week.

Morrisons are supporting me by donating frozen chickens so that the families we are supporting will have a Christmas dinner.

Thank you again,

Cllr Mrs Lynn Little
Mayor of Carterton

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The Mayor of Carterton's Christmas Carols Concert

Thank you to everyone who attended the Mayor's Carols Concert on 20th December. It was a wonderful festive event attended by more than 125 people, followed by lots of hot chocolate and mulled wine! Happy Christmas to one and all!

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Town Hall Christmas Closure

The offices of Carterton Town Council will be closed over the Christmas period from 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 to 9.00 a.m. on Monday 5th January 2015.

We wish all residents a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Visit from the Prime Minister

On Friday 28th November 2014, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP officially opened Carterton's new Market Square and helped turn on Carterton's Christmas Lights. To see photos from the event, please click here.

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The Mayor of Carterton's Christmas Carols Concert

The Carterton Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, will be holding a Christmas Carols Concert on Saturday 20th December, 4.00 - 5.00 p.m., on the new Market Square outside the Town Hall in Alvescot Road, Carterton. Free refreshments will be served after the singing. Please come along and join in the spirit of Christmas. Everyone welcome!

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Christmas Waste and Recycling Collections

Do not forget that due to the Christmas period bin collection times will be changing, for more information, click here or register for weekly updates on your bin collections, Councillors and planning applications at www.westoxon.gov.uk.

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Ted Little Calendar

The Mayor of Carterton's Charity Calendar Presents: Ted Little's Adventures. A one page A4 2015 calendar featuring photos of Ted Little on his adventures around the world. If you would like a calendar, they will be available, for a suggested donation of £1 to the Mayor's Charities, at the Christmas Lights Turn On and Street Fair on Friday 28th November.

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Darts Marathon

At 12:00 noon on 7th November 2014, Colin Keen of Carterton Social Centre Club started his 24 hour darts marathon by taking on his first challenger, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, Mayor of Carterton. Some 8000 throws of his darts later, Colin ended his charity ordeal to rapturous applause from his numerous supporters who had helped keep him going.

Colin believes that once all the sponsorship money is in he will have amassed well over £800 for local charities, JR Baby Unit, Lights Up Carterton and Carterton Community Food Bank.

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New Photos in Gallery

We have added some photos to our Gallery, courtesy of Katie Garcha Photography, from the SSAFA Big Brew Up, the Mayor's Teddy Bear's Picnic and Carterton Town Council's Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade. Click here to take a look.

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11 November 2014

A brief service was held at the Carterton War Memorial on 11/11 attended by the Reverend Bill Blakey, Carterton Town Mayor, Lynn Little, Town Councillors and staff, the Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council, the RBL and members of the public. Refreshments were served afterwards at the Town Hall.

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Remembrance Sunday 2014

It has been 100 years since the start of World War One, a war also known as the Great War, which took the lives of millions. All across the country, people took time out of their day on Sunday to remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Carterton Town Council held their own memorial service, starting at St. John's Church, followed by a parade of organisations, including the Town Council and representatives from RAF Brize Norton, along the Alvescot Road to the War Memorial outside the Town Hall, where they joined approximately 400 members of the public for prayers, the sounding of the Last Post, a two minutes silence and finally Wreath Laying by various organisations.

Following this, guests made their way into the Town Hall for refreshments, including an iced sponge cake, donated by Daphne Austin of the Bread Bin, a Carterton Bakery located in Carter's Walk.

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Food Bank Donations

The Mayor would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have donated to the Carterton Community Food Bank since it opened in March 2014. The donations have gone towards helping many of those in need and will continue to do so with the support of the local community.

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Waste and Recycling Survey

Students from the University Of Oxford want your views on how West Oxfordshire District Council can improve their waste and recycling service.

By completing their survey you will be entered in to a prize draw to be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher (worth £15), courtesy of the University.

For more information, please click here.

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Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir - Save the Date

A concert will be held on Saturday 21st March 2015 in St. John's Church, Carterton. Arrival will be at 7:00pm to be seated for 7:30pm. Tickets will be £5.00 per head, with under 12s going free and will be on sale from Carterton Town Hall from 1st February 2015. There will be a bar and light refreshments.

Heart2Heart Charity Walk

Today, Sunday 2nd November, Heart2Heart charity walkers passed through Carterton. They stopped at the War Memorial for a brief ceremony lighting a candle in commemoration of the centenary of WW1. They thanked Mayor Lynn Little for her support this year and in the past.
They are raising funds for "help4heroes" and "computers4schools" (in Sri Lanka) as in the last two years. Their efforts are making a big difference and changing the lives of many.
Today's section of the walk ends at Farringdon and Councillors Roger Crapper and Martin McBride walked with them for a mile or so to show our support for these worthwhile causes.
See photo below following the candle lighting ceremony

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Harvest Festival celebrations see a number of donations going to the Carterton Community Food Bank

Four Schools in Carterton, namely Carterton Primary, Edith Moorhouse, Gateway and St. Joseph's, as well as Shilton Parish Church, all donated the proceeds from their recent Harvest Festival Celebrations to the Carterton Community Food Bank. The Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, one of those responsible for bringing a Food Bank to the town, was overwhelmed by the generosity and the sense of community spirit that seems to be ever present in Carterton.

The donations will go towards helping individuals and families in need.

The Carterton Community Food Bank runs from the Pavilion on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground in Carterton opening Mondays 1-2pm and Thursdays 10-11am (these times may be subject to change). They are, however, on call 24/7.

For further details please phone Lynn Little on 07790 451567, or email lynn.little@tiscali.co.uk. Or phone Greville Trevelyan on 01993 213025.

All donations of food can be left at the Town Hall.

For a referral form, please click here.

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Council praised for helping to battle cooking oil increase recycling


West Oxfordshire District Council is tackling ‘fatbergs’ head-on by collecting and recycling used cooking oil. The Council is one of only a few local authorities to offer cooking oil recycling as part of household collections. As well as putting the waste to good use by turning it into green energy, the service is being praised for helping to reduce the amount of leftover cooking fat and oil being poured into sinks and drains.
When this happens the liquid solidifies and can create putrid fatty masses, known as fatbergs, which cause serious problems in sewer systems.

In April, there was traffic chaos in Oxford after a fatberg caused part of a sewer to collapse and last month (September) a fatberg the length of a Boeing 747 aeroplane was discovered in sewers in Shepherd’s Bush, London, after flooding occurred.

While cooking oil is regularly collected from restaurants and chip shops across the UK, kerbside recycling collections are uncommon. Thames Water, the company that runs the sewer network in Oxfordshire, has praised the recycling initiative.

“We fully support this leading initiative. This recycling scheme is among the first in the Thames Water region and West Oxfordshire District Council should be rightly proud”, said Lawrence Gosden, managing director of wholesale wastewater from Thames Water. “This work will help to keep the pipes running freely and save customers from the misery of sewer flooding.”

In West Oxfordshire there have been almost 1,500 ‘fatberg’ blockages in the last five years, resulting in over 300 homes and gardens being flooded with sewage.

Cllr David Harvey, the District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are very proud of the kerbside recycling opportunities that we give to our residents and are delighted to hear that this will help to lessen the wider problem of ‘fatbergs’. However, the statistics on blockages show that more can be done and we would urge all residents to make use of this fantastic recycling service.

“It is very simple – fat can be left to cool and, when hardened, scrape it into your food waste recycling bin. When cooled, leftover oil can be poured into a clear plastic bottle and put out next to your kerbside recycling boxes on collection days.”

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Use your head - recycle your pumpkins!

With Halloween approaching, West Oxfordshire District Council is using this spooky image of a headless figure carrying a pumpkin ‘head’ to remind people to recycle their pumpkins.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Our headless figure will hopefully encourage people to use their head and think twice about what they do with their pumpkins.
“After the festivities of Halloween are over, don’t just put them in your rubbish bins and send them to landfill - please leave them out as food waste so that they can be collected for recycling, or compost them at home.”

Residents can either leave their pumpkins at the side of their food waste bin to be picked up as part of their usual weekly collection, or cut them into pieces and put them inside this bin.

Collected pumpkins will be taken to the local food waste processing plant near Cassington to be recycled into electricity and fertiliser.

Last year, with the help of residents, the District Council collected 3,075 tonnes of food waste in West Oxfordshire for recycling, helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

For more information about waste and recycling in West Oxfordshire, see www.westoxon.gov.uk/waste or call 01993 861000.

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Letter regarding 'Brize Norton - A Village Community Under Threat'

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Carterton Remembrance Commemorations

Remembrance Sunday falls on 9th November this year and Carterton Town Council will be holding their annual Remembrance Service at St. John's Church, Burford Road, at 9:45am. Following the service, the Mayor's procession, parading organisations and the RAF Guard will make there way to the War Memorial outside of the Town Hall for prayers, the last post and a two minute silence followed by the laying of the wreaths. Refreshments will be served in the Town Hall after the Wreath Laying. All are welcome.

This will be followed by a short service and a minutes silence at the War memorial on Tuesday 11th November.

Members of the public are welcome to pay their respects.

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Heart 2 Heart Walk

A group of British Tamils, along with friends, are raising funds yet again for charity by participating in a five day walk around the Cotswolds from Saturday 1st November 2014 under the banner "Heart2Heart". The funds raised will benefit the British Charity "Help for Heroes", and schools in the North & East of Sri Lanka in acquiring computers for schools. Many of them migrated to the UK from Sri Lanka and enjoy freedom and prosperity here, which was, and still is, denied to Tamils in Sri Lanka. As a result, they wanted to do something in return for Britain, and show their gratitude especially to those soldiers who fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for the freedom that we enjoy here today. The 5-day walk is to create awareness and to remind our younger generation of the sacrifices made by many, so that we can enjoy liberty and freedom today in the UK.

The walkers will be coming to Carterton on Sunday 2nd November at around 2:40pm and will be meeting the Mayor at the War Memorial outside of the Town Hall to say a prayer. They are asking everyone to join them for one mile of their walk to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One and hope you will be willing to walk with them and support their cause. 

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Poppy Appeal

Volunteers are being sought to help collections in the Town Centre for this years Poppy Appeal between 25th October - 8th November. The Poppy Appeal is co-ordinated by the Royal British Legion, a charity that provides financial, social, political and emotional support to those who have served or who are currently serving in the British Armed Forces, and their dependants. If you are interested in volunteering then please contact Cllr Dee Bulley on 01993 842427.

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Battle of Britain Fish and Chip Supper

A Fish and Chip Supper will be held at Brownes Hall on Friday 19th September from 7:30pm - midnight. Free entertainment will be provided by the Carterton Songsters - this being their last ever performance - as well as a disco to dance the night away. Tickets are £10 each, which includes the fish and chips supper, and 1940's fancy dress is optional. Tickets are available from the Town Hall. For more information, please click here.

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Witney Town Band

The last of the summer band concerts was held on 31st August when Witney Town Band entertained us with an excellent performance and varied selection of music. We were again very fortunate to have such good weather which was sunny and mild. Refreshments were served from the Pavilion by volunteer Town Councillors, thanks to all who helped. A reporter from the Oxford Mail was also present so we are hoping to see some better photos than mine ......... Martin McBride

A YouTube clip of the band playing can be seen here :-

http://youtu.be/bgDcBN9DwdA

Witney Town Band website can be viewed here:-

http://www.witneytownband.org.uk/

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Carterton Primary win Excellence Award!

Carterton Primary School has recently received the Excellence for Forces Children Award. The Army Family Federation (AFF) run a national award scheme – Excellence for Forces Children Award – to celebrate schools which really do go the extra mile for their service children using the service pupil premium.

Schools were asked to nominate themselves for AFF’s revered award and to ask parents to endorse their entries with examples of how they have helped children cope with Service Life in schools. 26 schools made the shortlist and were categorised by how many service children attend the school.

Carterton Primary School was the winner for the 21+service pupils category. For further information about the award, please visit http://www.aff.org.uk/excellence/

The Town Council offers its congratulations to Carterton Primary School for such a splendid achievement.

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Carterton World War One Vigil Service

An emotional service marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One took place at the War Memorial outside the Town Hall on Monday 4th August. The service was attended by Carterton Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, Group Captain Simon Edwards - RAF Brize Norton Station Commander - Town Councillors, RAF Personnel, Air Cadets and members of the local community.

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Traineeship in Hospitality and Catering

HIT Training Ltd. are offering a Traineeship in Hospitality and Catering aimed at 16-23 year old.

Each trainee will have three weeks of learning about the industry and then they will go into a work placement for four weeks and have one day a week learning.

The traineeship will be based in Witney and work placements will be in Witney and Carterton depending on where the trainee lives.

If you are interested then please call Charlotte Holloway on 07812 658735 or pop into Witney Job Centre Plus on Thursday 14th August

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Lawton and Arkell Avenue - Success Story

If you ever want proof that determination and some well written letters can help you achieve your goal, then take heart from the road repairs taking place in Lawton and Arkell Avenue.

It has been well documented over the last few years that Oxfordshire County Council have had to make cut backs on many services and highway repairs (mainly potholes)have been one of them. Any reported pothole has to be a certain depth before they will authorise work to take place.

There have been many complaints from residents and road users about the potholes in the above two roads over the last few years which were all forwarded to the Highways Department at OCC. They have been inspected, which was evident by the painted white lines around them, but nothing happened.

This year however a determined resident and councillor wrote very polite factual letters explaining the adverse effect the holes were having on a large section of our residents, including the elderly who were driven along Lawton Avenue in a minibus to their day centre, parents and children that attend the two schools and children’s centre and the disabled who had to cross this road in wheelchairs and buggies.

Within one month both roads have been fully repaired and we would like to thank everyone at Oxfordshire County Council that made this happen.

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Mayor's Monthly Poetry Competition - July

The winner of the July edition of the Mayor's Monthly Poetry Competition will recieve two free tickets to the Battle of Britain Fish and Chip Supper and Dance to be held on Friday 19th September 2014 at Brownes Hall, Carterton.

Please send your poems along with your name, age and contact details to:

Carterton Town Mayor,
Town Hall,
Alvescot Road,
Oxon,
OX18 3JL

Or feel free to pop in for a visit.

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Summer Band Concerts

The second of Carterton's Summer Band Concerts was held on 20th July and saw The City of Oxford Silver Band provide us with a great afternoons entertainment. Many popular and classical tunes were played by the artists performing from the Recreation Ground Bandstand.
We were fortunate that the threatened thunder storms held off during their performance.
Refreshments were available from the pavilion and from Brownes Hall at the interval. Over 60 people seemed to enjoy the experience and are looking forward to the next concert which will be on Sunday 31st August when Witney Town Band will be playing for us.
See photo below:-

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Carterton Children's Centre Summer Diary

The Carterton Children's Center, based at Edith Moorhouse School, are holding five weeks of events and groups during the summer holidays, all aimed at different ages from 0-5 years to Whole Family days out. For more information, please click here.

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Inclusive Sport Opportunities

West Oxfordshire District Council have secured National Lottery funding and funding from Sport England allowing them to expand and develop a three-year Inclusive Sports programme of events and activities for 14-25 year olds with launch events in Carterton, Chipping Norton and Witney. The Carterton Launch event will be situated at Carterton Community College on Friday 25 July from 10am - 12 noon and 1 - 3pm. For more information, please click here.

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Summer Band Events

Hook Norton Brass Band plays Carterton Sunday 29 June

To view a U tube clip:- http://youtu.be/gEfY5uGpE3A

On a lovely sunny afternoon, Hook Norton Brass Band entertained over 50 people on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground in Carterton. This was the first of the summer events planned to use the Bandstand at the recreation ground.
A selection of wonderful music was played by the award winning band covering themes such as melodies from war time and movie themes with much more between. Refreshments were available at the interval from the recently refurbished pavilion.
Make a date in your diary for the next event on Sunday 20th July, 2pm - 4pm when the City of Oxford Silver Band will be entertaining us.

 

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Mayor's Teddy Bear's Picnic

The draw for the Mayor's Teddy Bear's Picnic will take place on the morning of Wednesday 17th September, where a select number of Teddies belonging to some of the children of Carterton will be chosen to be parachuted down with the RAF Falcons Display Team onto the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground during the Mayor's Teddy Bear's Picnic on Thursday 18th September. The winners will be called shortly after and will need to bring the teddy to the Town Hall by 3pm the same day. If you haven't already entered, then visit the Town Hall and purchase a luggage label for £1 to be in with a chance.

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The Mayor's Teddy Bear

The Mayor's Teddy Bear, Plt Off Ted Little, has been travelling in a C-17 with 99 Sqn to visit troops all over the world and have his log book signed in order to raise money for SSAFA, a British based charitable organisation set up to help former and serving members of the British Armed Forces. For more information, please click here. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, then please click on the link below to take you straight to the JustGiving page.

www.justgiving.com/cartertonmayorsteddybearspicnic/

 

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WW1 Commemoration Event

A WW1 Commemoration Event will be held in the grounds of Carterton Community Centre on Monday August 4th. Individual memorial plaques will be placed alongside 8 trees, one for each local man who died in that conflict.

The event which will be attended by representatives of the Royal Air Force, Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Association and Royal Naval Association together with cadets from a number of organisations.

Members of the public are invited to attend with plenty of space available outside the Community Centre’s grounds bordering Sorrel Way and Thornhill Close.

Proceedings will be conducted by a member of the Community Centre’s Trustees and the local clergy.

It is intended to form up the various representative groups inside the grounds from 10.45am with the ceremony itself starting at 10.50am with the act of commemoration taking place at 11am.

This will be followed by a Civic Service and Candlelit Vigil at the Town Hall War Memorial from 7:30pm followed by refreshments in the Town Hall.

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Mayor's Poetry Competition - June

The Mayor's Monthly Poetry Competition winner for June is Clare Desforges, pictured above recieving her presentation certificate and £10 voucher from the Mayor, with her poem 'Daffodils' with three commendations going to Cllr Dee Bulley with 'The Glories of a Garden', Cllr Martin McBride with 'Freedom' and Doreen Clarke with 'Heroes'.

Remember to keep your poems coming in for July with the prize being two free tickets to Carterton Town Council's Battle of Britain Fish and Chip Supper and Dance.

To read the winning poem, plus the three commendations, please click here. 

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Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) Fun Day

During the recent MPGS Fun Day, the Mayor of Carterton, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little, was asked to judge the Cake Bake Off and the Children's Fancy Dress Competition.  The winner of the Cake Bake Off was Mrs Linda Chapman. The Children's Fancy Dress Competition winner and runners-up were:

1st Place: Faye Hatfield
2nd Place: Jennifer Abbiss
3rd Place: Katja Broadbent

The Mayor wishes to congratulate everyone involved in making the day a success.

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Compost Giveaway

As part of the 'Carterton Goes Green Week' there will be a compost giveaway between 10am - 1pm on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground with a £10 cash offer on compost bins! Only 50 bags are available and once they're gone, they're gone.

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Saturday's 'Carterton Goes Green Week' Event

On Saturday 26th July between 10am - 2pm in Brownes Hall, Carterton, there will be a swishing event, bring your unwanted clothes, in good condition, and swap them for other items of clothing.  We have clothes donated by Helen and Douglas House and Freecycle members.

Other displays include Oxford Wood Recycling, Nicki's Cloth Nappy Shop, Audrey Kemp - making toys from clothes, Seamstress Dee Bulley and much more.

The RAFA Calendar Girls will be helping and supporting the event and refreshments will be on sale.  So come on down, learn some useful tips and swap some unwanted clothes.

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Carterton goes Green Week!

Carterton goes Green Week is here!

Join us on the 21st – 26th July 2014 for a week of community events to improve our local neighbourhood and environment!

Carterton Town Council have teamed up with West Oxfordshire District Council’s Waste and Recycling Officer, Sian Stokes, in order to bring a Green Week to Carterton to help make the town a better place to live and visit.

There will be many events during the week including a litter pick, swap shop, a 'Love Food Hate Waste' event with free recipe book and much more! All events are free, fun and for all residents and we hope to see you there to get involved in what promises to be a great week for the community. 

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Union Jacks unveiled as Carterton’s floral displays start to take bloom  
 
Two stunning Union Jacks made up of hundreds of red, white and blue flowers have been unveiled as part of Carterton’s summer floral display marking the centenary year of World War One.
The Union Jacks have been created on a roundabout in Monahan Way and reflect the town’s close links with nearby RAF Brize Norton.
The designs have been created by West Oxfordshire District Council’s grounds maintenance team, who have been contracted for the first time by Carterton Town Council to manage the town’s displays.

Mayor of Carterton Lynn Little said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the floral displays and in particular the Union Jacks. The town has a close relationship with the RAF base and we felt that the Union Jack, as our national flag, was symbolic, particularly as 2014 is the centenary of WW1.

“It’s lovely to have a splash of colour throughout the town and the flowers will look stunning when they come fully into bloom within the next few weeks.”
More than 2,200 plants have been used and the floral displays also include hanging baskets and raised planters in the town centre.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Our grounds maintenance team work extremely hard all year round to help keep West Oxfordshire at its best and we’re delighted to have been contracted to do this work on behalf of Carterton Town Council. It is the team’s largest contract to date and they have done a sterling job. It’s given them a good opportunity to gain experience, particularly for the team’s two apprentices.”

Compost from green waste collected from West Oxfordshire households was used to help plant the displays. The Council would like to thank processing plant Agrivert for donating this and also AK Timms of Brize Norton, which helped to transport the eight tonnes of top soil needed for planters.

  

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D-Dance 4 D-Day

On Friday 6th June a D-Day celebration dance was held at Brownes Hall, which was attended by over 120 revelers. Many dressed in the 1940s theme of the night. Excellent entertainment was laid on with an 'Andrews Sisters' tribute group taking us back in time along with an upbeat group playing songs of that era.

A pig roast was done to perfection and provided succulent, well stuffed balm cakes followed by delicious cake courtesy of the Carterton W.I. Everyone seemed to get in the spirit of the occasion which included a raffle with prizes donated by various residents, councillors and local companies. All proceeds of which go to the Mayor's charities.

Special thanks must go to Brownes Hall for hosting the event but particularly the Mayor and all her helpers who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this event such a success for Carterton.

Over £300 was raised on the night for the Mayor's charities.

The Mayor pictured below with the pig roast from Barry's Family Butchers. For more photos, please see the gallery.

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St. George's Day Dinner - April 25th 2014

The Mayor hosted a St. George's Day Dinner at the Sgts' and WOs' Mess by kind permission of the Mess manager. The event was attended by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, John Harwood, the Mayor of Woodstock, the Mayor of Witney, the Chairman of Vale of White Horse and Wg Cdr Dave Turner and his wife along with many Carterton Town Councillors and friends. Johnny Oxford performed close-up magic at each table and after dinner guests were entertained by Carterton's own Sarah Derrick followed by music from The Mercenaries and a poem by Doreen Clarke. Our Compare for the evening was Flt Lt Micheal Hadley from 24 Sqn. the evening raised over £2000 from an auction and a raffle to be shared by the Mayor's charities, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Carterton Educational Trust. The Mayor gave a grateful thanks to all who attended. Picture below of the Mayor with John Harwood. For more pictures please see the gallery

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Lights Up Carterton

The Mayor attended the first Lights Up Carterton meeting on Thursday 12th June along with residents from Carterton and surrounding villages. It was a most enjoyable morning with musical activities followed by tea and cakes. The service is is vital to our residents and the Mayor is very keen to give her continued support. The Mayor and her Civic Officer, Scott Edwards, hope to attend the next session at the end of June.

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Wedding Competition

Lula Mai Events, in partnership with Witney Lakes Resort, are hosting an amazing wedding day competition for one of our emergency or military personnel on 03/04/15.

If you would like to apply for an application pack, please send an email to lulamaibigday@gmail.com informing them which service you are working for. The closing date for applications is 14th June 2014. A winner will be chosen at the end of June. 

Please follow https://www.facebook.com/LulaMaiBigDay?ref=hl or on Twitter @lulamaibigday for more details.

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Great News for Carterton

On Wednesday the 4th June, West Oxfordshire District Council elected a new Chairman and Vice Chairman and we are very pleased to report that they are both from Carterton.

Cllr Norman MacRae MBE is the new Chairman, taking over from Cllr Derek Cotterill and Cllr Maxine Crossland is the new Vice Chairman, taking over from Cllr Louise Chapman.

Congratulations to both Councillors and we look forward to great things for Carterton. A link to the full details is below:-

https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/may/council-appoints-new-chairman-and-vice-chairman/

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‘Lights Up’ memory club comes to Carterton

Unlocking memories through the arts is having such a positive impact on people attending the ‘Lights Up’ arts and memory club in Chipping Norton that a second West Oxfordshire club is opening in Carterton.

Starting on Thursday 12 June, Carterton ‘Lights Up’ will be encouraging anyone living with dementia, including friends, families and carers, to come together and build friendships and learn new skills.

Set up by West Oxfordshire District Council, ‘Lights Up’ will meet twice a month and will include a host of activities to stimulate the mind, such as sharing experiences, making music, art and storytelling.

Recent studies have shown engagement with the arts brings benefits to both those with dementia and their loved ones through sharing activities. It also accesses the creative part of the brain, which overrides the stresses of memory loss and restores a sense of personal identity. It helps reduce feelings of isolation and seclusion that many people with dementia experience as they struggle to communicate with others.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "Living with dementia brings many challenges and this Club aims to help those affected to cope with the everyday strains and stresses they face. We are pleased to be setting up our second ‘Lights Up’ club, which we believe will not only offer creative thinking but help to reduce the feeling of being isolated from society."

West Oxfordshire District Council is working with a host of organisations to run the ‘Lights Up’ arts and memory club in Carterton including Cottsway Housing. Funding applications are also being considered by Oxfordshire County Council and Carterton Town Council.

Volunteers help to run the Club and sessions are led by professionals and artists with experience of working with older people. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Val McKay on 01451 810637.

Cllr Mark Booty, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health, said: "West Oxfordshire has one of the largest proportions of people aged 55 and over of all the Oxfordshire districts and we know that there is an increasing prevalence of dementia amongst an ageing population. Two years ago we formed the West Oxfordshire Dementia Alliance along with NHS partners, voluntary groups and other organisations to improve services and give support. ‘Lights Up’ arts and memory club was set up by the District Council in October 2012 to support people living with dementia and it is a shining example of how this type of support is working in the community."

The club begins on Thursday 12 June and will run on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 10.30am to 12.30pm; meeting at Blenheim Court, Sycamore Drive, Carterton OX18 3BX. People can turn up on the day and do not need to book in advance.

For more information contact Val McKay on 01451 810637 or enquiries@memoryclubs.co.uk.

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District Elections

On Thursday 22nd May, the District and European elections took place. Three of the West Oxfordshire wards in Carterton were being contested by a mixture of Conservative, Labour, Labour and Co-operative, Green and UKIP parties.

In all three Carterton wards where the district elections were due, North East, North West and South, the Conservative Party candidates were re-elected...... congratulations to Cllr Henry Howard, Cllr Mrs Maxine Crossland and our current Mayor, Cllr Mrs Lynn Little.

If you would like to see the detailed results they can be viewed at:-

https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections-voting-links/election-results/

The successful candidates are pictured below.

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2014 Band Stand concert dates announced

This year sees another wave of concerts to be held on the Alvescot Road Recreation Ground Band Stand. With three concerts in total over the months of June, July and August, the local community is invited to enjoy the sounds of the Hook Norton Brass Band, the City of Oxford Silver Band and the Witney Town Band. For more information, please see poster below:

 

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Message from your District Council

Garden Waste reminder:

Contamination levels this year are among the worst ever recorded (May 2014)

The Council, which has been running a free garden waste service for residents since 2010, is urging residents to make sure that only ‘green’ waste such as grass cuttings, leaves and flowers, is put in garden waste bins.

Garden waste is recycled locally, near Chipping Norton, into high quality compost, however, over the past few months our crews have found bicycle tyres, general rubbish bags, frying pans, compost bags and plant pots in the garden waste bins. Not only do these items seriously effect the composting process but they are extremely costly to remove.

To help cut down on contamination, recycling crews will be carrying out spot checks of garden waste bins in the worse offending areas, and will not be collecting contaminated bins.

We would like to thank those residents who are using the scheme properly; we are able to pinpoint certain areas and will address these specifically.

If you are unsure of what can be put in your respective bins, or to sign up for free garden waste collections, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins or call 01993 861025.

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May Day Fair 2014

This years May Day Fair was a great success, raising around £4000 for the Save the Children fund. With Go Karts, a Car Boot Sale and even a Dog Show. For more information please click here.

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Nets and all-weather pitch will boost cricket in Carterton

A cricket club that brings together the military and civilian communities in Carterton is hoping to expand after work was completed to create top-class training nets and an all-weather pitch.

Kilkenny Cricket Club netted grants of £10,000 from West Oxfordshire District Council, £33,750 from the Community Covenant, £3,000 from Carterton Town Council and used £3,000 of its own funds to install the new facilities.

Its members, including both local residents and RAF Brize Norton servicemen, are already using the nets and pitch to get in some extra practice and the Club is hoping that the facilities will help it to develop, while giving more people the chance to get involved in playing cricket.

The Club is based at the Sports Pavilion in Monahan Way, Carterton, and has around 50 adult members with 1st and 2nd teams in Division 5 of the OCA league.

Club development officer, Flt Sgt Jason Penn, said: "The facilities we’ve got in Carterton are now some of the best around. We’re obviously very grateful for the funding support and are working hard to develop the Club, particularly with a junior section. At the moment, children and young people have to travel out of Carterton to play cricket and we want to change that – we want them to come here and have fun playing cricket in their own community.



"The relationship between military and civilian members is very good and we also want to continue building on that. What we’d really like eventually is to become a Centre of Excellence for Cricket and put Carterton on the map for the sport."

The Club is working closely with the District Council, which owns the Sports Pavilion and grounds, Carterton Town Council and RAF Brize Norton, and is planning to invite local schoolchildren to an event to mark the official opening of the new facilities. They will have the chance to try out the new facilities and the Club hopes it will inspire them to get involved in playing cricket. Further details will be announced shortly.

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One step closer to the new Market Square

The beginning...


... and the end to the demolition of the old Veterinary Surgery to make way for the new Market Square, with works beginning later this Spring.

Watch a Utube video here http://youtu.be/booYz4XqsTw

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Town centre improvements get underway

Works that are part of an exciting plan to revitalise Carterton’s town centre are now underway.

At the centre of the town centre regeneration scheme is the creation of a new Market Square, as a much-needed focal point for Carterton’s growing community.

The new Market Square, situated at the front of Carterton Town Hall, will provide an open area for weekly markets, community activities and a town centre meeting point.

Thanks to funding from Carterton Town Council, work has started and this includes cleaning the War Memorial, re-setting it with a new plinth and demolishing an old unused building to create more space.

Removing the old building will also open up the Market Square to the rest of the Town Centre, providing better access and creating a ‘through flow’ from the new Morrisons Store and the District Council free car park. The existing Thursday Market will move to its new home on the Market Square upon completion, with the long-awaited freeing up of Black Bourton Road.

Pictured above at the site of the new Market Square are Carterton Mayor Cllr Mrs Lynn Little and Cllr Richard Langridge.

Funding from developer contributions arising from the new Morrisons supermarket and the North East Carterton development has been earmarked for further works to complete the town centre regeneration project.

These works will include re-paving and landscaping the Market Square and re-surfacing the District Council-owned Black Bourton Road Car Park. New seats and signs designed by artist, Godfrey Phillips, will be installed in Carter's Walk - the previously unnamed alley along the side of Giles Toys & Sports Shop.

Cllr Mrs Little said, "We are so pleased that the town centre improvement project has started. This is a hugely exciting era for Carterton. We have consulted widely on designs for the scheme and it is something that the community and the Town Council have wanted for some time. We believe it will make a big difference to the look and viability of the Town Centre as it offers a lot of opportunities to regenerate. In addition to providing a new and permanent home for Carterton’s weekly street market, it will be an ideal venue for holding other specialist markets and community events."

Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy and Communities said: "This is a great scheme that will help create a vibrant town centre for Carterton by making it a more attractive place for residents, shoppers and traders alike and provide a real boost to the town’s local economy."

Developer funding of £155k from Morrisons supermarket was secured by West Oxfordshire District Council. The Council’s Cabinet agreed the release of this funding on 9 April, but it is subject to formal ratification at the full Council meeting on 14 May.

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New Arrival at the Town Hall

Scott Edwards started work on 20th March 2014 as an Administration Officer with specific responsibility for Marketing and PR, Events, Business Engagement and the Council's new Community website. He has quickly integrated himself into the busy team at the Town Council and has found his feet quickly within his role. Scott is enjoying himself within his first two weeks and will hopefully continue to develop in this exciting new role.

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Parish Path Warden Wanted

See attached poster for details of this position.

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West Oxfordshire District Council Draft Local Plan

The Town Council's Economic Regeneration Committee has three main working groups covering issues surrounding economic development, transport and the future of the town centre, all discussed in the Draft Local Plan. The former Carterton Fast Forward Partnership provided comments which formed the basis for the response to the consultation on the Local Plan which can be viewed here.

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Carterton & Area Leisure Map

One of the suggestions to come out of the villages project was the production of a map which would cover Carterton and the surrounding villages, which would be used by walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders. There are a number of existing routes in the area which exist in various informal leaflets produced a while ago, and the idea is to draw these together in a single map along with places of interest and refreshment. The individual routes can be viewed here: Route 1, Route 2, Route 3 and Route 4.

Free copies of the Leisure Map are now available at the Town Hall.

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