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Changes to bin collection days in Vale of White Horse over Christmas and New Year

Residents in Vale of White Horse are being reminded that their waste and recycling collections will change over the Christmas and New Year period.

The information on the changes and on what to do with extra recycling and food waste at this time of year is on our website .

There are also details on the website about how people can recycle their real Christmas trees.

Brown bin collections (garden waste) will be suspended over the Christmas period, while crews concentrate on collecting all the extra waste from Christmas. Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this.

If the district is affected by bad weather, all the latest information about bin collections will be posted on the council’s:

Tapestry Project

We are delighted to report that the tapestry project to celebrate the 800th market charter is really starting to take shape. Members of the community came together last week to showcase the parts of the tapestry they have been working on. Each piece is very different but they really do look amazing together.

There is still time to get involved so please feel free to come along to our next meet up which will be held on Thursday January 17th 7.30pm in The Old Town Hall.


Thank you letters from the Junior school

Faringdon Town Council were delighted to receive these fantastic letters of thanks from pupils at Faringdon Junior School after they visited the hospital exhbition on 9th Novemeber for a talk with curator Faith Carpenter.


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.


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