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The Faringdon Area Traffic Advisory meeting due to be held on Friday 2nd March @ 9.30am has been cancelled due to the weather. This will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Keep an eye on our website for details.



Unfortunately, due to the very inclement weather forecast for Faringdon at the end of the week, we have very reluctantly decided to cancel our normal Friday Country Market in the Corn Exchange.

We do not want to jeopardize the health, or safety, of any of our customers, producers or helpers and think it only fair to give warning of this.
Please spread ‘the word’ amongst your friends.

Weather UPDATE

Update from Met Office Adviser:

Outbreaks of light snow this morning and into the afternoon may lead to accumulations of 1-3 cm in places, possibly a little more on higher ground, before it clears to the north.  It remains bitterly cold with temperatures remaining below freezing throughout the day and feeling well below freezing in a strong to gale force easterly wind.  Areas of locally heavy snow is expected to develop and move north during the afternoon and evening although Oxfordshire is right on the eastern edge of this area.  This area clears soon after midnight by which time we could have seen 2-5 cm quite widely but possibly as much as 5-10 cm on higher ground such as the Cotswolds.  A Yellow snow warning is out covering the possible impacts from the snow today but the Amber warning has been removed from Oxfordshire. It will be very cold overnight with a severe frost before a further band of snow is expected to move north tomorrow morning bringing further fairly small accumulations (1-3 cm?) although there is some uncertainty around this band of snow and how much snow to expect.  The wind will gradually ease but it will remain very cold.  Looking further ahead it looks like it will slowly warm a little with a band of rain, possibly sleet, pushing north on Saturday night with the unsettled theme continuing into next week giving rain at times.

Lechlade Road Closure Starting on  26 March 2018 for 4 nights



 Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council



LOCATION:         Faringdon, A417 Lechlade Road

REASON:            to facilitate carriageway resurfacing

DURATION:         Starting on  26 March 2018 for 4 nights (20:00 – 06:00)    

(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days)

 ACCESS:  limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works

The “No Waiting” restriction means that wherever there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones, you will not be able to park vehicles on the highway.

 SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Via B4019 Coxwell Road, Highworth

         Road, ( Wiltshire) Eastrop, Brewery Street (Highworth), A361 Lechlade

         Road, Thames Street (Lechlade), A417 St. John’s Street, Lechlade Road

         and vice versa.

Date: 20 February 2018

Weather Update from Oxfordshire County Council!

Weather information for the following week from Oxfordshire County Council


  • The paragraph below is from Mark Rogers C/o Met Office update. The concern for Oxfordshire is the High Impact rating for both Snow & Wind on Thursday night into Friday, especially as it may be accompanied by freezing rain.Thursday & Friday:

    There is still some uncertainty around the forecast for the end of the week and is something that will need to be watched carefully over the next couple of days.

    The current forecast shows a weather system moving north across southern parts of the UK which has the potential to produce further widespread snow, accompanied by strong to gale force winds. As slightly less cold air follows from the south, there is a chance of snow turning to freezing rain bringing an additional ice risk. Currently it looks like the snow will arrive in Hampshire around midday but this is subject to change.  We could see 5-10 cm quite widely from this system with some places seeing more than this.  The forecast will be updated as we move through the week.

    The Met Office have issued two warnings in relation to this system as it moves north on Thursday and Friday and potentially lead to a very disruptive event the possible combination of snow, wind and freezing rain.

    • A Yellow WIND and SNOW Warning (Very Low Likelihood of High Impacts) valid 1200 to 2355 on Thursday which includes Hampshire & Isle of Wight, SW Thames Valley and the far west of West Sussex.
    • A Yellow SNOW Warning (Very Low Likelihood of High Impacts) valid 0005 to 1800 on Friday which includes all apart from the south coast.



Senior Practitioner & Early Years Workers (part-time posts)

An exciting new partnership between Faringdon Town Council, The Place and Spurgeons children’s charity is about to get off the ground in Faringdon and we’re looking for a team to lead our work with parents/carers and their young children and babies.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved at the start of developing and running weekly sessions for parents with their under 5s , including new parents with babies and a monthly group for dads and their babies and pre-schoolers. Your enthusiasm for promoting the well-being of local families will be key, as well as early years’ experience and the ability to work with parents, other local organisations, professionals and volunteers.

Senior Practitioner between 15 – 18 hrs/pw  Early Years Workers 8 – 18 hrs/pw, fixed term contract until end of 2020. Closing date for applications Wednesday 21st February 2018.  Interview dates Friday 2nd March 2018 and Wednesday 14th March 2018. 

To find out more, go to


Senior Practitioner, Early Years Workers P/T

Take the lead on a new initiative between Faringdon Town Council, The Place and
Spurgeons children’s charity to support parents/carers and their young children in Faringdon.


Early years’ experience and the ability to work with parents, other local organisations, professionals and volunteers is essential; as is your enthusiasm
for promoting the well-being of local families.

To find out more, go to

Proposed Cycle Safety Park at Folly Park by Farcycles

Please help us by completing this short survey to share your views, which should take less than one minute to complete:


 PROPOSED Faringdon Cycle Safety Park                     Folly Sports Park SN7 8BF

Our application is for permission to create a small cycle training area on unused land in the Folly Sports Park, with safe storage for bicycles and equipment.


This project will create a safe cycling area for children on unused land in the Folly Sports Park:

  • mini-village with small road network with junctions, roundabout and fun landscaping
  • safe storage area for bikes and equipment

It  links into the existing 1km folly Park Perimeter path for cycling improvers and those who need to build confidence, balance, coordination and independence.

This will help provide activities for children and young people


This project has the potential of helping hundreds of children. All the local schools have expressed interest in this project which will help them to become roadworthy cyclists. They will also gain confidence, balance, coordination, fitness and independence.

Adults will also benefit, as we plan to run cycle training sessions for people who can cycle, but are fearful of traffic. We plan to start Cycling for Disabled sessions.

If more people cycle, the community as a whole will be healthier and the town will be safer with less traffic congestion and pollution. This is particularly important at school pick up and drop off times when children are exposed hazardous traffic and pollution.

Cycling will help open up the local countryside to children and adults, able and disabled.  The proposed cycle training park is a good place to start.

‘Our proposal incorporates key training points and mirrors some of the Faringdon  Road Layout’.