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Christmas Closure

Faringdon Town Council Offices and Tourist Information Centre will close

Wednesday 24th December at 12.30pm

ad re-open

Monday 5th January 9am

We wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Volunteer drivers needed!

Volunteer drivers needed!


Fancy doing something different and helping some of the most vulnerable in our local communities? Here’s your chance!


A local charity Oxfordshire Rural Community Council is looking for volunteer drivers within the County to help support a special pilot project:


Be a RED ARROW volunteer driver


You will benefit from:

  • Being part of a 6 month special pilot project called ‘Circles of Support’
  • Getting involved with people who need support in communities near you
  • Meeting new people and making valuable contributions
  • Being reimbursed for mileage undertaken (45p per mile)
  • Training (if needed)


We are looking for anyone based in Oxfordshire that likes driving in their car and is comfortable dealing with older, vulnerable people. We want you to take part in a pilot project called Circles of Support as a special team of volunteer drivers known as the

Red Arrow Driving Team.


You need to be:

  • Calm about driving in Oxfordshire
  • Have flexible time to offer (you specify when you will be free or not)
  • Happy and confident with particularly vulnerable people (training is available)
  • Happy to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check


The Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) is working with Age UK Oxfordshire to help vulnerable, elderly people resettle in their communities following a period in hospital.  This involves mobilising support in their community to help them re-connect with family, friends and social activities, which means a need for transport. As there are existing voluntary car schemes in Oxfordshire, they will be the first point of call, but when they cannot undertake a journey request from the project then the Red Arrow Driving Team steps in.


To get this project off the ground quickly, we want to recruit a total of 24 drivers in and around 7 targeted areas: Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Witney, Wallingford, Faringdon and Didcot with the capacity to operate in surrounding rural areas.


The Age UK project is one of only 7 nationally funded by central Government. It is an experimental project and is time limited, funded until May 2015.



If you are interested, or you would like to discuss further, please contact: or phone Emily or Sue on 01865 883488







 Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council





          LOCATION:         B4580 Fernham Road, Longcot Parish

          REASON:            to facilitate installation of a new culvert


DURATION:         Starting on Monday 12th January 2015 (5 days).

                                        The anticipated completion date is Friday 16th January       2014.

                                        (Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)


          ACCESS:             1) Scheduled bus services will be allowed through the works under the control of the workforce.

                                        2) Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works



Via the B4508 Shrivenham Road, Majors Road, Watchfield Roundabout, A420, A417 Stanford Road, B4580 Fernham Road and vice versa.


Mark Kemp, Deputy Director – Commercial

Environment & Economy                                 Date: 16th December 2015


Longcot Fernham Road  MAP

Festive Faringdon

The town centre was full of festive residents on Saturday 29th December for the annual light switch on event: Festive Faringdon. The event is organised by Faringdon Retailers, Faringdon Rotary and Faringdon Town Council. It was a wonderful event with the new edition of a live nativity. The lights were switched on by Father Christmas and Ellie, the winner of the Faringdon Town Council Christmas Card competition.


Faringdon Parking Survey

Gary Kay Smith Ltd has been commissioned by the Vale of White Horse District Council to undertake a parking study of Faringdon.  Results from the recent consultation and parking survey can be viewed, as follows:

Faringdon Parking Study Draft Results

Parking Surveys Results

The first draft report will be presented to the Town Council Planning & Highways Committee Meeting on 9 December 2014 with the final report being presented mid March 2015.

John and Meriel Gilman

Faringdon Town Council members and staff were saddened to hear of the death of John and Meriel Gilman. Both served on Faringdon Town Council and contributed a great deal to the local community. John was Town Mayor for 4 years.

They will be greatly missed.

Faringdon Town Council would like to express their sympathy to family and friends at this difficult time.

A book of condolence can be signed by following this link:

Joint funeral service at All Saints’ Church, Faringdon, Oxon on Saturday 6th December at 2:30pm followed by
a reception at Sudbury House. In lieu of flowers donations are welcomed to Parkinson’s UK.
Enquiries to G & L Evans Funeral Services 01367 242762

WW1 Women’s Exhibition

The Women’s Oral History Project


The Pump Rooms
Faringdon, Oxon
8th and 9th  Nov 2014
Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Womens history



VWHDC Chiarman’s Community Awards – Faringdon’s Nominees 11 October 2014

VWHDC Chiarman’s Community Awards  took place on 11 October 2014. Several Faringdon nominees received recognition for their services to the community.

Alan Hickmore (collected by his widow Alison Moore)







Margo Manning









Mandy Evans







Jason Davenport








Anita Thomas (not present at the awards)