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Small Business Saturday

Faringdon Mayor Cllr. Wise has had a very busy day meeting Faringdon businesses. Shop local this Christmas!

Crown Coffee shop Cobblers Charity Charity (2) C&TIC C Bice Bike shop H&S Hairdresser London Street Hairdresser Hare in the woods Aunties Barbers Bargain Centre Bell Gluck Gluck (2) Fishing Tackle Firestation Dry Cleaning Deacons Davis Orafic Lillian London street hairdresser Magpie Manna Mings Monkey Motor parts Mustard Seed IMG_3451 IMG_3434 IMG_3251 IMG_3197 Wheatsheaf Volunterr Toy Shop


Phillers Piano Pump House Quad Rainbow Sadlers Red lion Suoer saver Pet shop Perry Bishop Pat thomas


Youth Arts Fest 2016

art fest
We are very excited to announce our new project is Arts Fest 2016 a youth arts festival in Faringdon. The Pump House Project and Faringdon Town Council have teamed up to create a new and exciting event for young people in the town. Arts Fest 2016 will celebrate all our local creativity as well as provide access to professional artists and performances. The event will take place over four days from Friday 29th April – Monday 2nd May providing free and low cost activities for all ages up to 21. We are still in the planning stages at the moment with more details coming soon.

If you are a local artist, creative group or individual or just looking to make something fun happen locally please get in touch. We are currently taking proposals for workshops, projects and performances, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Rebekah Pugh on 01367240281 or via Email.

Children’s Sand Art Party

Faringdon Town Council are pleased to be hosting a Christmas Sand Art party with Nicola Hopkins Independant Sand Art Consultant. Open to children age 4-15. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the whole session. Places must be booked in advance but paid for on the day – £2.50 per child. Leave with a lovely sand art picture you can keep forever.

To book a place please CLICK HERE 

£2.50 perchild

November 26, 2015

Wantage IAC




This role shares overall responsibility with the existing manager and reports to the Chairman of the Trustees.

25 hours p/w covering Monday-Thursday.

£18,200 pa (£26,936 FT equivalent)

The post holder will take day to day shared responsibility for running the Advice Centre, managing service provision and resources cost effectively.  The Operations Manager will manage both volunteers and employees, maintain high quality standards across all services and ensure compliance with regulatory and internal policies and procedures.

The applicant will be expected to represent the Advice Centre in a professional manner to funders and the public. There will be an element of public speaking, producing and delivering statistical reports and fostering productive relationships with partner agencies.  Good communication skills are essential.

The applicant must have good knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. Previous management experience would be preferred. Training on in house software will be provided.

To apply please send your cv to

 By 8th December 2015.

Initial interviews will be held 15th-16th December with expected start date early January 2016. 


Small Business Saturday 5th December

Towns across Oxfordshire join together to celebrate independent businesses

Market towns across Oxfordshire are joining together in celebration of Small Business Saturday on 5th December, promoting the wealth and variety of independent businesses in the county.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The Mayors of Wallingford, Abingdon, Burford, Faringdon and Woodstock will be touring as many independent retailers in their towns as possible, taking photos and tweeting using #smallbizsatuk to join in with the national social media campaign.

In Thame, a variety of workshops, a small business reception plus drop-in business surgeries have been planned to help offer support to those trading in the town.

In Carterton, the town’s Small Business Saturday will be celebrated alongside the Christmas Festival with stalls and children’s entertainment in the new Market Place.

Faringdon Mayor, Cllr Mike Wise, said ‘Independent businesses are the beating heart of our market towns and our communities. They make our towns the unique places that they are. I’m delighted to be involved in this year’s Small Business Saturday’

Helen Johns of Thame4Business said ‘Small Business Saturday gives us a great opportunity to support our local businesses at a grassroots level to help them to develop and flourish’

Wallingford Mayor, Cllr Lynda Atkins, ‘I’m delighted to be working with my fellow Mayors and towns across the county to promote our activities for Small Business Saturday. Our independent businesses are the lifeblood of our towns and I’m proud to be celebrating them’


Resulting from a joint initiative between the Vale of White Horse District Council, Faringdon Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce, a new management board has been formed to co-ordinate the work of the Faringdon Town Team. The aim of the project is to promote a vibrant economy and continually enhance the retail offering within the town. Mark Blatch, President of the Faringdon Chamber of Commerce was elected as the first chairman of the new board, which includes councillors, Jane Boulton, Roger Cox and Judith Heathcoat, supported by the Town Clerk and a VoWHDC Economic Development Officer. Mark Blatch commented, “I am delighted to chair this new team and we intend to focus specifically on improving the retail offering.” This new team replaces the now outdated Joint Economic Forum.
For further details please contact Sally Thurston, Faringdon Town Clerk.

PUBLIC MEETING – Recyling Centre

Public Meeting to discuss the possible closure of Recycling Centres, such as Stanford in the Vale, in Oxfordshire:

Monday 28th September 2015


The Corn Exchange


Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has reduced the overall household waste recycling centre budget by £350,000 for 2017/18. This means that the number of Recycling Centres, like Stanford in the Vale,  will reduce from seven to three or four. There could also be changes to the hours of operation.

Faringdon Town Council voted on Wednesday 9th September to oppose the  possible closure of the Stanford in the Vale Recycling Centre.

OCC are holding a consultation on these proposals which closes on 5th October 2015. Please Click here for details.

Representatives from OCC will be present at the meeting answer questions and concerns.

Please pass this invitation to any interested parties.

REcycling poster