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Oxfordshire Flood Fair – Friday 31st October

Preventing flood damage to homes.


A Flood Fair being organised in Oxfordshire at the end of October.


Unfortunately floods have become a regular feature of the British winter in recent years, which is why our emergency responders have been attending public events across the county to promote resilience and preparation to the residents of Oxfordshire. This activity will culminate in a flood protection event at the West Oxford Community centre on Friday 31st October.


Oxfordshire’s Flood Fair will provide the public with practical flood advice and assistance for their homes, businesses, and communities. The event will offer support with applying for the £5,000 repair and renewal grant, guidance on building flood plans, and setting up a community emergency plan.


There will also be a chance to talk to Oxfordshire’s Fire & Rescue service and ask any questions regarding their flood defence equipment. The National Flood Forum will also be joining us with a selection of fantastic flood protection products, and giving advice on which protection methods would be suitable for your home.


This event has been organised with our partners:

Oxfordshire County Council, Environmental Agency, Oxford City Council, South and Vale District Councils, OCC Trading Standards, Oxford Flood Alliance and South Hanney’s Flood Group will be attending to answer and questions and offer support.


This event is open to all Oxfordshire residents, particularly those affected by floods and we would really appreciate your support.


Be ready for floods – we look forward to seeing you and your residents at the Oxfordshire’s Flood Fair.


Oxfordshire Flood Fair Leaflet 



Review of Subsidised Bus Services in the Faringdon, Wantage and Didcot area

Many bus services in the Faringdon, Wantage and Didcot areas are currently under review (along with some others operating elsewhere in Oxfordshire) as the contracts to run them will expire at the end of May 2015. Please use the ‘Consultation Documents’ link below to access a list of the services under review and a list of towns and villages affected

You can respond to this consultation in several ways:

  1. Via your parish or town council. All affected parishes and towns have been consulted as part of the review. Please use the following link to the Parish Councils section of the Oxfordshire website:
  2. Via the questionnaire contained within this consultation
  3. By e-mail
  4. By telephone
  5. By post

Please visit: and read information provided on this consultation. Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond.

Is your Child 3 or 4 years old?

Primary school place – you must apply NOW

If your child was born on or between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2011, you need to apply for a primary school place now.

You must still apply even if your child already attends a nursery attached to the school.


To apply online or for further information visit:



Calling all young traders!

Calling all young traders!
Have you ever thought of trying your hand at business? Then read on…
On Saturday, 11 October, Faringdon marketplace will play host to the first Young Traders market, from 10am – 1pm. Each young person or persons – individuals are welcome, as are teams of up to 3 – will have a stall measuring approx. 2m by 1m provided free of charge. You don’t need to have any experience of running a stall; all you need is enthusiasm, a good sense of humour (you’ll be selling to members of the public, and – who knows – it might rain!) and a product. Ages 10 to 18, younger if accompanied by parents. In homage to a certain TV programme there will also be prizes for the best idea for different age groups. Please email an expression of interest, the name(s) of those taking part, and a rough idea of what you’ll be selling to

A Touch of Berners for the Portwell Bench

A touch of Berners for the Portwell Bench

Press Release

With the financial support from Bloor Homes the Pink Pigeons trust have been helping Faringdon Town Council rejuvenate the Portwell bench in the market place!

The Pink Pigeons selected nationally acclaimed artist, Tim Shutter, to propose designs for the stone bench that help to repair the existing damage to the bench, but also introduce an artistic charm and a celebration of Lord Berners to the stone work itself.

Tim Shutter has proposed two quirky and intriguing designs were voted on by the public of Faringdon, who chose the design representing a deep sea diver.

The bench has been cleaned and the artist has been working in his studio carving the main feature for the bench and will be installed on 17th September.

The sculpture celebrates the famed event when Lord Berners helped Salvidor Dali parade across Faringdon market place dressed as a deep sea diver. The humour of Lord Berners is encapsulated with the inscription ‘Mistrust a man who never has an occasional flash of silliness’ carved into the back rest.

Faringdon Town Team and the Pink Pigeons Trust cordially invite you to the grand opening of the Portwell Bench featuring the ‘Dali Diver’ by artist Tim Shutter on the 27th of September at 12.00 for the grand unveiling at 12.30pm.

There will be entertainment and activities suitable for the whole family, as well as an eccentric dress code for all who truly embrace the spirit of Berners.

We look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP Bethia Thomas,

Please come along and join us welcome this significant work of art to our town!


The Last Night of the Proms was broadcast live on the big screen in Faringdon Corn Exchange. Over £300 was raised for the African Children’s Fund. The event, which was the first of it’s kind using the new cinema equipment, was a big success. Faringdon Town Council hope to make it an annual event and also to use the cinema equipment in a similar way screening other LIVE events.

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