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.

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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Saturday 13th September

Screened live in the Corn Exchange on the big screen

Tickets available on the door

£10 to include a welcome drink

Bring your own food and drink in true prom in the park style!

Details call 01367 242191

Proceeds to African Childrens Fund



FARINGDON PARKING STUDY Gary Kay Smith Ltd has been commissioned by the Vale of White Horse District Council and they are working closely with the Faringdon Town Council to undertake a parking study of Faringdon. They will be holding a two day event to enable you to discuss your parking related issues and complete your questionnaire. These will be on Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 October 2014, between 9:00 am & 5:00 pm at the Market Stall under the Old Town Hall and between 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm at an Exhibition in the Pump House. Please review the leaflet that details the parking related issues that have been identified, and complete the questionnaire by 31 October 2014. Both are available to download and you can complete the questionnaire on-line. A collection box will be available in the Faringdon Community and Tourist Information Office from Monday 29 September to Friday 31 October 2014, for anyone who wishes to leave their questionnaire. Please follow the links at the following websites:

Town Clerk Retires after 26 years

Faringdon Town Council bid a fond farewell to Mrs. June Rennie on Friday 29th August 2014 after 26 years service. The council paid tribute to June for her hard work and loyal service. June is succeeded by Sally Thurston. Sally has been shadowing June for the past 3 months and has recently gained the Certificate in Local Council Administration.