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Faringdon Unwrapped

Congratulations to Faringdon Unwrapped: A brand new zero waste co-op
Bringing zero waste shopping to Faringdon with our zero-waste pop up shop launching Sept ’18.
A group of enthusiastic local residents keen to reduce plastic waste and bring our community together. They are raising funds to buy the essential equipment and initial stock needed to set up a zero waste refill pop-up shop in Faringdon selling packaging free groceries. They are setting up as a co-op, meaning that they are democratically controlled and owned by their members. The profits will be reinvested in the co-op or used for the benefit of our local community.
Huge Congratulations from Faringdon Town Council on this great community initative.


Warning after syringes found in recycling

Residents in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse areas are being strongly reminded not to put medical waste in their recycling bins after medical syringes (pictured) were discovered in recycling put out by a South Oxfordshire resident.

At the recycling plant used by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils, workers separate some items by hand and it was fortunate that the needles did not cause injury or infection on this occasion.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet member for Environmental Services for South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We do not accept medical waste for recycling. We are urging people never to put needles or any medical waste into their recycling bin.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet member for Environmental Services for Vale of White Horse District Council added: “If people need a clinical waste collection we recommend they speak to their GP surgery or healthcare practice who can arrange a collection with us, so it can be disposed of safely.”

World Record Attempt

Students from Faringdon attempt Guinness World Record for most simultaneous performances of one show and Deputy Mayor Cllr. Kiera Bentley was delighted to attend.

  • Stagecoach Faringdon took part in a Guinness World Record on Sunday for the largest number of simultaneous performances of one show, among 12,500 students worldwide.
  • Almost 200 Stagecoach schools across the UK (and abroad) performed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior.
  • Performance marked 30 years of success in the performing arts for Stagecoach.
  • The performance by Stagecoach Faringdon was attended and adjudicated by musician and actor Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame.

Stagecoach Performing Arts Faringdon participated in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of one show on Sunday.

Celebrating the 30-year anniversary of Stagecoach, students from Stagecoach Faringdon joined up with schools nationwide and abroad (including Germany, Canada and Malta) to stage Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior.

Performing simultaneously at 6pm BST on 1st July 2018, 200 Stagecoach Performing Arts schools took part, the world record attempt commemorating three decades of its schools sparking children’s creativity through singing, dancing and acting classes. Upwards of 12,500 children were involved, across 144 venues around the world.

Stagecoach will secure an official Guinness World Record when independent adjudication verifies the attempt in the coming weeks. Once confirmed, Stagecoach will have broken its own record, which currently stands from 2008. Almost ten years ago Stagecoach organised the largest simultaneous performance of one show for its 20th anniversary, achieving 66 performances of Glad Rags across the UK, Ireland and Germany. More than double the number of schools signed up to join the festivities in 2018.

The stunning performance was attended by actor and musician, Gary Kemp, 58, acting as one of the independent adjudicators. Kemp said, “It was wonderful to see a show that included such a wide group of performers. The concert was superbly presented with great emotional commitment. The focus and professionalism shone throughout. James and the team at Stagecoach Faringdon are incredible role models. It is so good to have such an amazing platform for young people, in and around Faringdon. Bravo to everyone involved.”

Principal of Stagecoach Faringdon, James Barker, 39, said, “We are so proud to have participated in this once in a lifetime World Record attempt. The students worked really hard and their performance on Sunday was outstanding. We were also really proud to have 5 independent adjudicators attending, including Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet, who lives locally and is a big supporter of our school. Also in attendance were Cllr Kiera Bentley, Deputy Mayor of Faringdon and TV Presenters Shaun Crawley and Hayley Green.”

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was released in cinemas in 1991 and is one of the most beloved animated films of all time. In 1994 it was transformed into a spectacular, award-winning Broadway musical by the Disney Theatrical Group, which has been seen by over 25 million people and continues to enchant audiences around the world. Most recently, this ‘tale as old as time’ was again been reinvented, this time as a live-action feature, which was the world’s top-grossing film of 2017, reaffirming its enduring appeal across multiple generations.

Stagecoach boasts a talented alumni base of A-list celebrities and actors. The selection of Disney’s enchanting classic is highly appropriate, with two of Stagecoach’s former students, Emma Watson and Nathan Mack, having played the protagonist Belle and Chip the teacup, respectively, in the film of Beauty and the Beast last year.

Amongst other anniversary celebrations, a special commemorative Charity Gala raised funds for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

Stagecoach Performing Arts Faringdon is part of a network of more than 750 extra-curricular Performing Arts Schools worldwide. Stagecoach aims to make a difference in its students’ lives by teaching Creative Courage for Life and many children have gone on to study and work in Performing Arts from blockbuster films to countless roles in local theatre productions. Early Stages classes are available for children aged four to six and Main Stages classes take place for six to 18 year olds every weekend during term time.

For more information about Stagecoach Faringdon, please visit their website at or call 01367 240663


And the Winner is……

Huge Congratulations to the winners of Faringdon in Bloom 2018. Over 50 people entered and the standard was incredible. Huge thanks and congratulations to all.

To see full winners list and pictures please click here 

Criminal Damage to the Faringdon Town Council Van– Can you help?

We are saddened to report there has been some criminal damage to the Faringdon Town Council Van.


Time and date: Between 17:00 Tuesday 19/06/2018 and 07:00 Wednesday 20/06/2018


Description of incident:  Offender/s have smashed the side passenger window of a Flatbed Truck by throwing part of a brick through it.

Crime report number: 43180186414

We do not wish to alarm you, but you may be able to help us find those responsible and assist in preventing further offences in your neighbourhood.

Did you see anything suspicious?

Do you have any information about this offence?

 If so, we would like to hear from you. Contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you do not wish to speak to police or leave your name you can call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Thames Valley Alerts

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Neighbourhood Watch is a very successful crime prevention initiative. Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime. If you would like information on setting up or joining an established local scheme please contact the Neighbourhood Watch Office or your local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Tidier Faringdon

We are delighted to report several community actions that have helped in the aid to make Faringdon tidier. Our tidy team have been busy as usual responding to resident requests and have in the last week weeks tackled the Hobble and Meadowbank.


Faringdon Unwrapped did a litter pick in the Folly Park wooded area, just look at this lovely picture of some of them in action…..


23 residents from Westbrook and Willes Close came toegther on Saturday to do a street clean and weed with really great results.

Huge Well Done and Thank you to all residents and staff involved in all of the above efforts.

Have you done some tidying up in Faringdon lately? Do tell us about it and we’ll be delighted to share your pictures and stories, email us here

Faringdon Follies 2018 Charity Gala in aid of The Place

Huge thanks to Faringdon Dramatic Society for perfoming and hosting a special gala performance of Faringdon Follies 2018 in aid of The Place last night. Faringdon Town Council and invited guests were honored to watch this fantastic performance of a very special and moving celebration play. We would also like to thank Lord and Lady Faringdon for allowing the gala to take place in the wonderful Buscot Park Theatre. A wonderful time was had by all and £410 was raised for the Place.