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

from communications@southandvale.gov.uk
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 www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk

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Parish Councillor Vacancy – Longworth Parish Council

Please contact Gill Carlisle, Parish Clerk on longworthpc@mail.com 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 atwww.recycleforoxfordshire.org.ukThe 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 www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk


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 Amazon.co.uk). For further details, contact kathyfletcher540@gmail.com.


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Waste and recycling collection w/c 11/12/17

Monday 11 December

Some of today’s waste and recycling collections are being affected by adverse weather conditions. Please see below a message that we are sharing with residents. We will be keeping both the South and Vale websites updated, along with social media.

Your waste collections – adverse weather conditions

Our waste collection crews are out and about emptying bins where they can, although most side streets are too dangerous for their 26 tonne trucks.

If it is safe to do so, please put your bins out as normal. If the bins in your street aren’t emptied on your normal collection day, please leave them out for three days and we will try and come back to get them. If we haven’t managed to get back to you in three days, bring your bins back in and we will come and get them next time they’re due. If this is the case, we will collect extra waste left out next to your bin next time around.

Even if the roads around you are clear, it might still be difficult for our waste collection crews to reach you – that might be because the roads between you and our depot are not passable for our large trucks or it might just be that the snow and ice has slowed the crew down so much that they aren’t able to finish their complete rounds in on

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