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Alzheimer’s Society & Chilidren’s Air Ambulance fundraiser

Final Variety Show - 12 May 2018 (3)

Launch of Live Well Oxfordshire

When you or your loved one need support or want to find new opportunities, it can be hard to know where to start looking.

Live Well Oxfordshire is intended to be a single place that you can come to look at services that could support you or your loved one, whether that’s with care, staying healthy or finding education and leisure opportunities.

If you’re not sure what you are looking for, you can just browse through the different types of services to see if there’s anything that might help and get ideas. If you do know what you want, you can simply search for what you’re looking for.

What sort of information can I find on Live Well Oxfordshire?

Live Well Oxfordshire is a directory of services for adults in Oxfordshire. The directory includes the following types of services:

  • Looking after someone
  • Living at home
  • Health, recovery and wellbeing
  • Care homes and housing with support
  • Life events
  • Money matters
  • Working and learning
  • Getting out and about
The directory will provide information about each service, such as:
  • What the service does
  • Who the service is aimed at
  • The location
  • Contact details and further information
  • Where is the information coming from?

Oxfordshire County Council has set up Live Well Oxfordshire in partnership with Age UK and Affinity Works. We’re working with the organisations and providers listed in the directory as far as possible to make sure the information is accurate and up to date.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you’re looking for something and can’t find it on Live Well Oxfordshire, or know of a service that we don’t have listed, please let us know by suggesting a service. We want to make the directory as comprehensive as possible, so we welcome any suggestions that you have.

PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot

Revolutionary start-up training company, PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot.
 The PopUp Business School will be popping up at The Orchard Shopping Centre next month and are inviting aspiring entrepreneurs to attend the sessions to learn how to start or grown their own business.
 The school is working in partnership with and are co-funded by Hammerson Plc (owners of the shopping centre), Soha Housing, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and The European Social Fund.
 The week-long, free workshop, which starts on Monday 19 March at The Orchard Shopping Centre, will teach local residents from around the South Oxfordshire area everything they need to know from; how to start a business without any money, how to generate sales from social media to making a website without any technical skills.
Soha’s Chief Exec Richard Peacock said, “I’m really proud that Soha is a community based social business. This is a great step forward for our Launchpad project, which has already supported many local people to gain valuable experience and skills.”
Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said, “We are enthusiastic partners in this innovative project.  The PopUp school is part of our ongoing commitment to help new and existing businesses in and round Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale to grow and succeed.”
Since 2011, PopUp Business School has been travelling around the United Kingdom teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. However, unlike other enterprise support companies their advice is the polar opposite of the status quo. They don’t believe in business plans, financial projections or loans. Instead they get their stu-dents starting off with sales and proving a demand in their businesses first.
 To sign up to the free workshop and to find out more information, you can visit

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Parish Councillor Vacancy – Longworth Parish Council

Please contact Gill Carlisle, Parish Clerk on for more information

Raising the bar in recycling: Your chance to talk rubbish and recycling with Oxfordshire’s councils

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year? We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60% but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy. This sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer. Then, each council partner will adopt changes later in the year.

We want to do better at recycling and the new joint countywide waste strategy is critical to this. We know that on average over half of the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled by placing them in the other bins available.

Through this consultation residents are being asked what would help them to reduce their overall waste consumption and recycle more. This includes expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on left-over food, upcycling clothing or donating or buying second hand goods. The councils are also seeking views on more radical schemes that have been implemented elsewhere in the country, such as changing bin sizes and collection frequency.

Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment at Oxfordshire County Council said: “We want to help residents to increase the amount they recycle and have looked around at what other councils are doing. This is a long-term strategy and we will not be making any immediate changes however we are interested in which of these the residents of Oxfordshire think may work for them as we seek to minimise the overall amount of residual waste produced in the county.”

Do you want to help us recycle and reduce waste? Take part in the online survey survey runs for six weeks until 18 February.

We want to ensure that as many residents as possible know about the changes.  If your parish council uses social media we would also be grateful if you could like and share our social media posts, and post the following information and graphic attached:


  • Your councils want your ideas about reducing, reusing and recycling our rubbish. Help them shape the future of waste and recycling services in Oxfordshire and tell them how they can help you recycle more – complete their survey by 18 February


If you have any questions please let me know
Kind regards
Rachel Burns MCIWM
Waste Strategy Officer
( working days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND
Waste Management Group: 01865 816043
Mobile: 07789 877310
Fax: 01865 713930

The Water Gypsy

Just over 250 years ago a real-life Cinderella story played out in the villages along our very own Golden Ridge when the daughter of a local fishing family married a viscount.

The Ridge family was all over this area like a rash; parish registers all along the river Thames from Buckland through Longworth and Northmoor to Appleton, Cumnor and beyond show hundreds of Ridges. But one branch of the family got lucky. Eighteen-year-old Betty Ridge (the clue’s in the name) was serving in her father’s riverside inn at Northmoor when in 1763 she met William Flower, 2nd Viscount Ashbrook, who was on a day out from his college at Christ Church. William fell madly in love with the beautiful Betty and, against his guardians’ wishes, he married Betty in 1766.

So far, so extraordinary. But what happened next was even more astonishing. Do come along to hear the full story courtesy of the Longworth and District History Society at Southmoor Village Hall on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30pm, when local historian Julie Ann Godson brings the story home to the Golden Ridge in a talk entitled “The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess”. Julie Ann will be signing copies of her book of the same name at the discounted price of £10 (£11.49 on For further details, contact


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