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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



star council
With the first round of judging over, NALC have 
revealed those that have made it onto the longlist of this year’s Star Council awards.

We are delighted to announce that we have made the list not once but twice.

Vinni Stepp is in the running for ‘Council Worker of the Year’ and Sally Thurston for ‘Clerk of the Year’ an amazing achievement to get on the longlist. To view the longllist please click HERE

Syrian Refugees

This is a very emotive subject. I would like to make things clear regarding the decision taken at the Town Council Meeting on 9/9/2015. Faringdon Town Council do not have the power to make any decisions regarding the acceptance of refugees. The council were asked to offer verbal support to a group of Faringdon residents who plan to lobby local and central government to support refugees. There was an open and two sided debate where different viewpoints were discussed. A majority voted to offer verbal support to the group. Residents are very welcome to all our meetings and there is always public speaking time at Full Council meetings. I have included a link to our meeting calendar. Please come. The Town Council need your views and want to represent the community. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. – Sally Thurston Town Clerk…/calendar-of-meetings/