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Free Author Event

We are delighted to be welcoming Children’s Author Hilary Robinson in on Wednesday 12th Dec to run sessions for year 6 of Faringdon Junior School. We are delighted that Hilary has also agreed to do a FREE open public session for anyone age 6+ at 3.15pm. She will also be selling and signing her books and the information centre will hold a small stock. Click the link to see more

The event will focus on her book ‘A song for Will’
A deeply moving fictional story for children and young adults, A Song For Will: And the Lost Gardeners of Heligan is based on military archives and historical records from The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions, famed for its exotic and restored walled gardens.

A Song For Will is a richly illustrated story that skilfully and sensitively reflects the human cost and turmoil that affected every village, town and city in Europe and beyond during Word War One. The book pays tribute to the 13 outdoor staff from Heligan who enlisted – nine of whom never returned.

Deep Cleanse

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be spending a few days in each Parish/Town across Vale of White Horse to perform a deep cleanse. They will be coming to Faringdon for seven days on the 02 – 10 January 2019.

They will be litter picking, sweeping and removing weeds/moss on pavements.

We need your suggestions of areas that need such attention. Please complete the form below

Crime Prevention Equipment

Faringdon Town Council were delighted to donate some crime prevention equipment that it was unable to use to the Faringdon Neighbourhood policing team. Sgt. Hickman and PC Pryor were pleased to receive the equipment, which was part funded by County Councillor Judith Heathcoat’s Localities Fund, and would be putting it to good use immediately!


Free Parking

Motorists in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can enjoy free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.   The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders.

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

South Oxfordshire

  • Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
  • Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
  • Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December

Vale of White Horse

  • Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wantage – Fridays from 30 November

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Free parking days give people that extra incentive to spend more time in their local shopping area and it also helps to encourage visitors.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We already offer two hours free parking each day but in the run up to Christmas people often need more time.

“Parking is also free on a Sunday in the town centre car parks, including the lower levels of the Charter car park in Abingdon.”

For details on parking in southern Oxfordshire visit or


South and Vale Business Awards

The 2019 South and Vale Business Awards are now open for applications and nominations.

Entries close at midnight on 18 January 2018.

Awards finalists will be announced on 1 February at Abingdon’s brand new Hilton Garden Inn, before the programme culminates in a glittering ceremony at Williams F1 Conference Centre on 15 March 2019.

Need more encouragement to get involved? Check out our Why Apply page for more.