Longworth Jubilee Big Lunch

Information for South and Vale residents about the £150 ‘rebate’ to help with energy bills

Thousands of council taxpayers in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse will soon receive a £150 council tax ‘rebate’ to help with rising energy bills.

The government has announced that most households in council tax bands A-D will be eligible for the rebate however, contrary to some reports, the ‘rebate’ will not be taken off people’s council tax bills when they are issued.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are putting arrangements in place to make a separate payment to households as soon as possible.  Here’s how the payments will be made:

  • If a household pays their council tax by direct debit –they should be able to receive the £150 directly into their bank account.  South and Vale are hoping to start making these payments by the end of April.
  • If a household is not on direct debit– it will take longer to make these payments as the councils will need to write to them to confirm their bank details.

To ensure the councils can carry out this work as quickly as possible, they are asking people not to contact them to chase the ‘rebate’ payment.

To receive the £150 payment as quickly as possible, residents can still sign up to pay their bill by direct debit – for more information on how to do this, visit southoxon.gov.uk/counciltax or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/counciltax.

Cllr Andy Crawford, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Assets at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “With annual council tax bills going to all households this month we know people will be keen to know what’s happening with the ‘rebate’.  There’s a lot of work involved, but I can assure everyone that we are working hard to ensure this payment can be made as quickly as possible.

Cllr Leigh Rawlins, Cabinet Member for Finance and Property Assets at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “I know many people are concerned about rising energy costs so it’s very important that they receive this money quickly.  If you are not on direct debit, I urge you to sign up now as this will help to ensure that you’ll receive the money as soon as possible.”

Limited funding will also be made available for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for this energy rebate. This will be a local discretionary scheme and details will be made available on the council’s website in due course.

If you are struggling to pay your council tax bill please visit southoxon.gov.uk/counciltax or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/counciltax to find out about the support available or call 0345 302 2313 (South) or 0345 302 2315 (Vale).

Longworth Fireworks 6th November

Mike’s Rough Sleep

Zumba Gold – Longworth – Thursdays 10am – Longworth Village Hall

Booking is essential
Zumba Gold offers cardiovascular, toning, and balance training benefits in a relaxed atmosphere. The moves are designed to be easy-to-follow for everyone. You don’t need any dance or exercise experience at all to get started. Like regular Zumba, Zumba Gold is fun and effective, offering a full-body workout at a less intense level.

Longworth Parish Council – Notice of Public rights

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

We are deeply saddened to learn that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

On behalf of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, our councillors, staff, and the districts’ residents, we offer our heart-felt condolences and sympathy to all members of The Royal Family.

We extend those condolences to everybody touched by this sad and solemn occasion and we join the people of the United Kingdom in this period of mourning.

His Royal Highness was a great statesman, husband, father and grandfather.  His absence will be felt by many people across the country including in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

  • Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Cllr David Bretherton, Chair of South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Cllr Margaret Crick, Chair of the Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Mark Stone, Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District councils
As a mark of respect, the Union Flag is flying at half-mast outside the councils’ office at Milton Park as we join our residents and the nation in mourning.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400

Royal Mail Text scam

Primary School Place

Is your child 3 or 4 years old?

Primary school place – you must apply now

If your child was born on or between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, 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.

Deadline for applications is 15 January 2021
Apply online at

It’s quick, easy and secure

You can get free access to the internet at

many of our libraries and children’s centres

– ask for details at your local facility.

For help and information:

Web: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/primaryadmissions

Email: admissions.schools@oxfordshire.gov.uk              Tel: 0345 241 2487


Oxfordshire Libraries – Important Information

Dear Library Customer,
We would like to share some important information with you about the 31 Libraries which are now open:

·         All items borrowed before 22 March 2020 must be returned or renewed by 2 November to avoid fines
·         What should I expect from a visit to an Oxfordshire library?

31 Libraries are now open

We are pleased to report that 31 libraries are now open, out of our total network of 44. We have listened carefully to government guidance and have put safety measures in place. Please note that some of our library opening hours have changed since reopening – please check before travelling.
The following 31 libraries have reopened:
Abingdon, Banbury, Barton, Berinsfield, Bicester, Blackbird Leys, Carterton, Charlbury, Chinnor, Chipping Norton, Cowley, Didcot, Eynsham, Faringdon, Goring, Headington, Henley, Kennington, Kidlington, Oxfordshire County Library, Sonning Common, Summertown, Thame, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington, Witney, Woodcote, Woodgreen, Woodstock, Wychwood
We hope to reopen Botley Library at the end of October.
When we are ready to safely enter the next phase and open further libraries, we will get the word out right away.

All items borrowed before 22 March 2020 must be returned or renewed by 2 November to avoid fines

Library loans due during lockdown were extended to avoid customers incurring overdue fines. This extension will end in the first week of November, and so items must be returned or renewed. You can safely return your items by dropping them off in our red returns boxes at the door of any library during opening hours.
If there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from returning or renewing your loans, please contact your nearest open library https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/find-library
To check your current loans please log on to our website or the Library App (search Oxfordshire Libraries in the Apple App Store or Google Play).

What should I expect from a visit to an Oxfordshire library?

Your library visit may feel different from those in the past – you will see social distancing measures and we ask that you limit your visit to 30 minutes. You must wear a face covering (unless exempt) and we will ask you to fill in a Track & Trace form, or scan a QR code with the NHS Covid-19 app.
We still provide a lending service and limited access to computers and some libraries offer a validating service for bus passes and parking permits. Our face-to-face activities and events will be re-established when government advice informs us it is safe to do so. What you can count on is a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers!

If you would like more information, please visit our website:

Please stay connected with us on Facebook @OxfordshireLibraries and Twitter @oxonlibraries and sign up to our newsletter https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/librariesnewslette

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