Thursday, 30 June 2016

Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2016






Expect to see magnificent displays and flypasts from historic aircraft; thrilling demonstrations by historic road and racing cars; and dramatic military vehicle displays and re-enactors.
You can also see hundreds of classic cars and bikes on show and spend time enjoying the vintage shopping, traditional fun fair rides and period music performances.  Or just sit back and relax and soak up the atmosphere of this unique venue.

Buckingham Road
OX27 8AL


Community Fun Day - Saturday 9th July 2016

Bicester Bike Day – 24th July 2016

Bicester Bike Day - Cyclo Cross

Details of Event

Date: Sunday 24th July 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: Free
What is the event about? Bicester Bike Day is an event for the Town organised by A2Dominion in partnership with range of local partners designed to promote cycling as a fun and safe way to travel and to bring the Town together at the start of the school holidays to celebrate the summer!  Now in its 5th year, the Bike Day, which in the past has attracted 400 people, offers something for everyone.
To sign up online for the cycle sportive go to

MOD Veterans Support


To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week, Defence Business Services has produced a short 30 second film to highlight MOD’s veterans support.

See the film on facebook at or
search facebook for ‘MOD veterans uk’ where the film is pinned to the top.

Bicester Choral & Operatic Society - Licence To Thrill concert - Saturday 16th July 2016

Bicester Archers - FREE Have a Go Session - Sunday 17th July 2016


Bicester Archers next Have A Go date released.
Sunday 17th July 2016 is the date for the next
 Bicester Archers FREE Have a Go session. 
This will be at the BSA Sport Ground between 1.30pm and 4.00pm

Great Western Park - Community Church Service - Who is my neighbour - Sunday 10th July 2016

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Thames Valley Alert - Thames Valley Police Competition

Thames Valley Police is launching a competition for young people to design the livery on vehicles promoting community engagement.
We're looking for the bright young minds of Thames Valley to help us design some livery for the side of one of our non-response Neighbourhood Policing cars.
The competition is open to all young people under the age of 18, and the winner will not only get their artwork printed onto the car, but a certificate presented at our Force Open Day on Saturday 6 August and a day out with Roads Policing!
The competition is running on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email – so there are a few ways you can send your entries in.
To enter, you can download the PDF (PDF 59 Kb - opens new window) and email a photo of your design to Corporate Communications. Or post a photo of your entry to our Facebook account (opens new window), tweet it to @ThamesVP, or Instagram it to @ThamesValleyPolice.
Your photo may be used in our competition Facebook album.
Get your entries in by midday on 8 July to be in with a chance to win.
Here are some of our top tips for entering the competition:
  • Be big and bold!
  • Think of how the design looks on all elevations.
  • Less is more, clear and concise designs are always the best.
  • Try and think of how you can incorporate the community into your design!
For further information please visit the Thames Valley Police website.

Thames Valley Police Alert - Olympic Games 2016 Tickets

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.

Protect yourself
  • When purchasing from another company or individual, ask questions; specifically when you will receive the ticket and what type of ticket you are purchasing.
  • Pay for tickets by using a credit card or trusted payment service. Payments made by bank transfer may not be recoverable.
  • Always check that the payment screen is secure by looking for the padlock symbol or making sure the website/url begins with “https”.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting

Thames Valley Police Alert - regarding Fake Letter Boxes

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.

Protect Yourself

  • Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
  • Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
  • Consider reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
  • If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration (
  • If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

Carillionamey: Patch Management


Improving the way we manage your patch

As part of the improvement plan, CarillionAmey have rolled out a new initiative which we are hoping will assist with better communication. Each Accommodation Officer (AO) is responsible for making regular checks on the Service Family homes and the surrounding communal areas for which they are responsible. 
They conduct regular inspections looking out for things such as graffiti, fallen trees, and potholes in roads. During their walk-around they also take a look at the exterior of properties, and may often notice things that families miss, such as a leaking drainpipe or blocked guttering and should alert the occupants so that a job can be raised.

Nowadays with so many families where both partners work, sometimes issues are identified when no one is home, and although the AO will raise the job with the Helpdesk, families may only find out about it when an engineer arrives to complete the job. We recognise that may be a concern for some families so CarillionAmey’s new patch management inspection card aims to solve this problem. Once the AO has identified an issue with the exterior of a property, the details will be completed on the card and posted through the letterbox, helping to prevent small repairs becoming bigger ones

NSPCC: Online safety


Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.

NSPCC have teamed up with O2  to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.

Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.

It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.

Normandy Trips 2016 with the RBL

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cogges Summer Newsletter

Cogges Summer Newsletter 2016

Fields and buttercups
Artist in residence at Cogges
One of the greatest pleasures of Cogges lies in seeing how the landscape changes through the seasons. We are very fortunate that this year is being recorded by local artist Sally Wyatt. You will be able to see the full results of her labours next season, but in the meantime, here is one of her sketches of the fields along the Windrush and paths that cut through the long grass and the buttercups. If you see Sally around the site, do feel free to say hello. Why not bring your own art materials to Cogges and do some sketching yourself!
Birthday celebrations, have your say
On 17th July 2011 Cogges reopened to the public, and five years later we would like to celebrate with you! We're looking for ideas on how we can mark that special event. A picnic or party, dinner or dancing - what could it be? Send your suggestions to Colin
Job vacancy for Animal Technician & Operations Assistant
An exciting opportunity has arisen at Cogges for an Animal Technician & Operations Assistant, full time, maternity cover, to start August 2016. For more information download the job description. Please send CV and covering letter to Colin Shone, by 5pm Monday 11th July.
Beer festival bunting
Beer & Cider Festival tickets
Plans are hotting up for the Beer & Cider Festival 29-30 July. Almost one month to go, so get your tickets early and start looking forward to a balmy evening with beer and brilliant live music brought to you once again by Glovebox. Just £8 in advance, with free tankard and half pint. Go to the Cogges website to book today, or visit the welcome desk or Rapture, Witney, next time you're passing.
Manor Farm, Church Ln, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 3LA
Phone: 01993 772602
Charity No: 1141906
GET IN TOUCH - Employment Opportunity - Dancin' Oxford (Dance Festival) seeks additional Festival team members

Dancin' Oxford (Dance Festival) seeks additional Festival team members

Salary / Fee: 
Expenses paid
Closing Date: 
Saturday, 16 July, 2016
Dancin' Oxford logo
Oxford City Council is searching for dance enthusiasts to get involved in this summer’s Dancin’ Oxford festival. The festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, features a programme of dancing taking place at venues and open spaces across the city in spring, summer and autumn. The spring festival took place in March this year. It featured over 25 different events and saw a record number of people take part.
The main focus of the summer programme is on Saturday 16 July as Dancin’ Oxford presents ‘Dancin’ On The Green’. This free event will bring the very best in dance to the heart of the city, with a Dance Stage installed in Gloucester Green and pop-up performances around the city between 12.30pm and 5pm.
We are currently looking for additional volunteers to help out with the running of our summer programme. This will involve various roles including stewarding, liaising with the artists and the audiences, and helping to promote the event around the town.
“Dancin’ Oxford is a truly brilliant festival that sees the city come alive with vibrant and exciting dance performances”

If you would like to help with the running of Dancin’ Oxford, please email
For more information about Dancin’ Oxford, please visit

Bicester Carnival in Association with Armed Forces Day - Saturday 25th June 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016

Vauxhall Barracks - Coffee, Cake and Ideas - Wednesday 13th July 2016


                                           10.00am Wednesday 13th July 2016
             We would like to Revamp the Mother & Tots Mornings and need your help!
                 These mornings will not be running during the Summer Holidays as the 

                     ‘Summer Holidays Activity Programme’ will be on during this time. 
               We would like to open up again on Wed 7th Sept with new, age appropriate, 

                                          fun activities for the children attending.
                                 We need lots of new ideas. That’s where you come in!!
            Please come over for a coffee next week and tell us what you want, 

                                       what would work and how you could help.


                                           *This is Your Mums & Tots Morning* 
                                   * Help to make it a place people want to come to*

Friday, 17 June 2016

Don't Forget - TOMORROW - Didcot/ Vauxhall Barrack Play & Activity Day

Chiltonbury - Family Summer Music Festival - Saturday 2nd July 2016

Great Western Park Community Church, Didcot

Chaplin's Circus is in Bicester Wednesday 15th - Sunday 19th June 2016


LOCATION: Keble Road Recreation Ground, Keble Road, Bicester, OX26 4TP

WED: 18:00
THURS: 17:30
FRI: 18:00
SAT: 11:30; 14:30; 17:00
SUN: 12:00; 14:30

OFFER FOR OUR FACEBOOK FANS: Use the voucher code 'KGF16' to get one free child's ticket (for every adult ticket purchased). That means a family of four can enjoy our two hour circus show for just £7.00 each (assuming two adults and two children in the grandstand allocation, booked online).

Our two hour show is guaranteed fun for the whole family. There are no animals or scary painted-faced clowns, just good wholesome entertainment, suitable for all ages.

But don't just take our word for it; have a scroll through our visitor posts and see what our other customers have to say about our 2016 show.

Book your tickets online today to avoid any booking fees!
Our under 2's policy: If they sit on your knee, then they go free!

Scotty Challenges - Cycling Fans, is this the challenge you've been looking for?


 Cycling Fans, is this the challenge you've been looking for?

The Revolve24 takes place on the safe environment of the Brands Hatch race circuit on the 10th and 11th September.

There are individual or team options, men's and women's Omnium and 6, 12 or 24 hours challenges!

Find out more about the event and sign up to support Scotty's Little Soldiers by clicking here >

#HelpTheirChildrenSmile #Cycling

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Kneller Hall - Concerts in the Park 2016

Windsor Health,Transition and Information Day - Friday 24th June 2016

Carillion amey - Your Accommodation Officer – your key housing person

Your Accommodation Officer – your key housing person

If you are living in Service Family Accommodation, your CarillionAmey Accommodation Officer(AO) is your key point of contact on the ground.  Their role is instrumental in making sure that you and we are looking after your home from the moment you move into it to the moment you move out.  Our AOs are often your first point of contact and make a real difference to the smooth running of your move in and out. 

We now have a large team of 138 people working as AOs or in supporting roles and we’re running on-going training to ensure they have both the technical expertise you need as well as being customer focused.

Each AO looks after between 250 to 300 properties and is responsible for moving families into and out of them as well as looking after you whilst you are living in the property. They alsoensure local play parks, street lighting and communal grounds areas are well maintained.

If you have an ongoing issue with your property or surrounding areas, please call the Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 on either option 1 or option 3 and ask our advisor to contact your AO to arrange a home visit. By working together, we can try and make sure that your stay in your property is an enjoyable one. 

Top Tips for a Successful Move Out
Website: Visit the CA website at for all guidance on Moving out of Service Family Accommodation
Film: Watch the CarillionAmey Pre- Move out and Move out YouTube film on our website under the Service Family Accommodation section/Guides, Booklets and Films  
Pre Move Out Appointment: Book and attend your pre – move out appointment
Move Out Tick Sheet Booklet: Download and use your Move out tick sheet booklet from our website to understand what you need to do and check each area of your property to make sure it meets the Move out standard

Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday.

Get involved

  • Head to your local library during the summer holidays and enroll. It's completely free and anybody can take part.
  • If you're a parent or carer join us on our Facebook page for all the latest news
  • Children can chat, get reading recommendations and enter competitions on our Summer Reading Challenge website
  • If you're a teacher take a look at our resources to help you support children's reading for pleasure

What Next - Forces Resettlement Guide


The Royal Logistics Corps Open Day - Dettingen Fields, Deepcut, 2nd July 2016

Pathfinder Magazine: June 16 - News for Service Leavers & Veterans


Quest Magazine: Resettlement for all ranks-June 2016


Civvy Street Magazine: June 2016


CarillionAmey: Window restrictors in Service Family Accommodation

Window restrictors in Service Family Accommodation

Important - Window Safety Check Required

As we approach the warmer months of the year, it is really important to check that the window restrictors in the upstairs of your property are working correctly, especially if you have children.
You can do this by:
·         Engaging the window restrictor (putting the lock/latch on) and trying to fully open the window. The restrictor should only allow the window to be opened a small way
·         Look at your window restrictor. It should have the BS kite safety mark stamped on it (shown below)

If you are concerned that your window restrictor is not working correctly please call us on 0800 707 6000 option 1.

If you are moving into your property, your Accommodation Officer will check the window restrictors for you and show you how they work.

Local Blue Cross Centre - Summer Car Boot Sale - Saturday 20th August 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Surprise Your Special Dad on Father’s Day with BFBS

Surprise Your Special Dad on Father’s Day with BFBS

BFBS Radio and TV are all set to connect families and fathers across the forces world on Sunday 19th June.

Amy Casey and Jason Webster will co-host the Father’s Day Live simulcast on BFBS Radio from 10am and on BFBS extra from 10.10am (UK).

Wherever you’re based, and wherever he’s serving, don’t miss this chance to tell your dad why he’s top, via, or the BFBS Radio Facebook page.

And to celebrate forces fathers worldwide, we’ll have prizes to give away for the best messages and photos that are sent in to the studio.

Viewers in the UK can also get involved by watching the simulcast, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes access via Facebook Live.

BFBS Radio is on DAB digital radio and FM in the UK, Sky 0211, Freesat 786, online at, via the free BFBS smartphone app, and on FM across the forces world. Connect @bfbs and on Facebook/BFBSRadio.

BFBS TV broadcasts up to 14 24-hour channels via satellite in more than 17 territories including Afghanistan, Germany, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Middle East, Far East, the Falkland Islands and Royal Navy ships.