Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Coffee & Chat with the Padre at Didcot - Wednesday 31st August 2016

Wednesday 31st August 2016
7.30pm - 9.00pm
at the Welfare House
Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot
Everyone Welcome:
Come along for the whole or part of the evening

Activities/ Events at Cornerstone throughout September

Follow this link to see what is happening throughout September at Cornerstone, Didcot

OxOnArts.info - ROOTS dance artist deveolpment grant

ROOTS dance artist development grant

Salary / Fee: 
£300 plus other benefits
Closing Date: 
Friday, 16 September, 2016
The Roots Development Grant is a new professional development initiative for choreographers, dancers and companies in Reading. There are two grants available in the lead up to Dance Reading in November aimed at inspiring and supporting the development of new dance performance, created by Reading based dancers for Reading audiences.
The grant is open to any dance maker regardless of age, experience, style or performance medium. You must be living or working in Reading or the surrounding area. If you are applying as a company please name the lead person.
Successful applicants for ROOTS will be awarded:
• A development grant of £300
• Free dance rehearsal space throughout October and November to develop your work (evenings)
• A mentoring package with a specialist who will be chosen in discussion with you
• Ongoing 121 support and guidance from Junction Dance
• A performance platform at the end of November to an invited audience and guest panel (you will be required to present something but it is expected to be work in progress and can take any format you choose).
To apply, please send a CV along with a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 which includes
• a brief background on you and your work
• an explanation of the idea you wish to develop and its context
• a brief project plan explaining how you will make use of the support available
• how you plan to develop the project after the ROOTS support has ended
Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
• strength and clarity of the creative ideas
• vision for future development following ROOTS
• the potential for engaging Reading-based audiences (you don’t have to engage with the public during the period of the grant but you must explain how the idea you’re developing will ultimately engage audiences)
Key dates: Application deadline 16th September 2016 at 5pm
Please send your application to info@junctiondance.co.uk. Applicants will be contacted with the outcome of their application by 23rd September.
Junction Dance will support you to create a rehearsal schedule throughout October and November and arrange your mentoring sessions.
ROOTS Showcase Friday 25th November 8pm a St Bart’s Theatre, Reading.

Contact Details: 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Thames Valley Police - Cyber Safety Event Didcot - Wednesday 21st September 2016

Thames Valley Police will be holding a Cyber Safety Event in Didcot 
Wednesday 21st September 10.00am-12.30pm.

We will be discussing how to stay safe on line, avoid scams and fraud with tips on security and what to look out for. We will have exhibitors from external agencies and Neighbourhood Watch.  

Prevention through awareness is a vital strand in combating scammers. Cyber safety is a concern for many people as anyone can become a victim of Cybercrime, scam emails, on line fraud, scams, mobile phone scams and identity fraud, the list is endless.

We have a limited amount of a very useful guide “the little book of BIG scams”. Please call in to collect your free copy on the day.

Scams do not discriminate.
Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. We can provide you with the tools to help protect yourself and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime and scams.
The event will be held at:
Cornerstone Arts
25 Station Road
OX11 7NE
(There is parking in the Orchard Centre, or behind the Wilkinson’s store)
If you are interested in attending the event, and would like to know more, please contact Lisa Butler -  lisa.butler@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or 01235 556611 by Monday 12th September.

If you are unable to attend and would like fraud and scam crime prevention advice please click on the following links:

Family Fun - Come Rain OR Shine at Gullivers

Great family fun whatever the weather! Fresh air, plenty of sheltered attractions and no need to save the water rides until last!
Better still, you can save 28% on indoor fun at NERF Zone and Splash Zone or a massive 58% on The SFEAR when you book a great value theme park ticket from just £15.95 online.
Upgrade your theme park ticket to include NERF Zone for £5, Splash Zone for £5 or The SFEAR for just £5.

Families Oxfordshire FREE magazine

OxOnArts.info - Thoughts Become Art - Oxford

Thoughts Become Art: Oxford

                         Salary / Fee: 
   Closing Date: 
Friday, 14 October, 2016

An exciting opportunity for all courageous artists searching for an adventure!
Become a ‘pioneer’ and join us in exploring the emergence of a new category in the field of contemporary art - ‘t-Art’ - and participate in the project "Thoughts Become Art".

All you need to do is to interpret and visualise one of the five themes listed on our website: www.thoughtsbecomeart.com/participation.
So, the first step is simple: just email us an expression of interest to: thoughtsbecomeart@gmail.com
We look forward to hearing form you!
Contact Details: 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Great Dorset Steam Fair Thursday 25th - Monday 29th August 2016

If you're looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you'll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Traditionally this English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside.
From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in bygone years and it is now widely recognised as "THE" National Heritage Show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type in the World. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, at over 600 acres being one of Europe's largest outdoor event locations. 2015 saw the show in its 47th year.
You can stand amazed at the variety of exhibitions and the sheer scale of the show means that there is always something new to see. For the first time visitor seeing the Great Dorset Steam Fair can be quite an awe inspiring and impressive site, a sea of marquees and attractions that can take your breath for a moment.

The show has something for everyone, whatever your interests! Maybe you are a collector, a steam fanatic, an exhibitor, a heavy horse fan, an avid camper, a music fan or just on holiday in the South of England at the end of August/beginning of September and fancy an excursion to what is described as the most remarkable show on earth!

Browse through our website
and you will find everything you need to know about the show, whether you have visited it before or if you are a complete beginner.
You can contact us with enquiries to with anything relating to the show by just clicking on the contact us button.

Be Aware! - Cyber Crime

Organised crime has been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet, particularly the growth in e-commerce and online banking.
Specialist criminal groups target individuals, small businesses and large corporate networks to steal personal information in bulk in order to profit from the compromised data available to them.
Common cyber threats to individuals include:
  • Phishing: bogus emails asking for security information and personal details
  • Webcam manager: where criminals takeover your webcam
  • File hijacker: where criminals hijack files and hold them to ransom
  • Keylogging: where criminals record what you type on your keyboard
  • Screenshot manager: allows criminals to take screenshots of your computer screen
  • Ad clicker: allows a criminal to direct a victim's computer to click a specific link
The cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is estimated at £27 billion, and likely to be growing
For more information click here

DDS - 25% Discount on Food at Chiquito

Chiquito offer members 25% discount on their food when showing their defence discount card or MOD90.  

See website or app for full terms and conditions.

Snapshot of the Armed Forces Covenant 2015

Thames Valley Alert - Money Mules

Students are being recruited, sometimes unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.

What is a money mule?
A money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits. These include:

Social media posts
Copying genuine company’s websites to create impression of legitimacy
Sending mass emails offering employment
Targeting individuals that have posted their CVs on employment websites

Students are particularly susceptible to adverts of this nature. For someone in full-time education, the opportunity for making money quickly can understandably be an attractive one. The mule will accept money into their bank account, before following further instructions on what to do with the funds. Instructions could include transferring the money into a separate specified account or withdrawing the cash and forwarding it on via money transfer service companies like Western Union or MoneyGram. The mule is generally paid a small percentage of the funds as they pass through their account.

Money Laundering is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence. Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.
Protect Yourself
Be aware that the offence of money laundering carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years.
Never give the details of your bank account to anyone that you do not trust.
No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money. Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to do this.
Be wary of unsolicited emails or social media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Oxford Against Cuttting

Speak up about FGM this cutting season – everyone can help!

Local charity, Oxford Against Cutting, has released a new message this summer to help protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). The message is for fathers, brothers and grandfathers and reads: “Men! Speak up to protect a girl at risk of FGM – everyone can help”.
FGM can involve the cutting of the clitoris and labia and stitching the vaginal opening. Girls, usually aged between babyhood and 15 years of age, may be at increased risk during the summer “cutting season”. Families who want their daughters cut usually return to countries of origin to carry out the practice as part of a cultural ceremony. This also means wounds can heal over the long summer break and girls return to school without being in obvious pain.
Last year, Oxford Against Cutting ran a poster campaign depicting a girl taking off a gag to speak up against FGM. The poster was based on the winning drawing by a young artist who entered the charity’s art competition. This year, the charity is appealing to a wider audience and encouraging men to take an active role to help stop the practice. The winning artist has created a new drawing, this time with an African man taking off a gag to speak up. Helpline numbers are listed for advice and support. The posters will be displayed across Oxford in GP surgeries, community centres, police stations and schools.
Fatou Ceesay, Community Outreach Director of the charity, said “FGM, sometimes known as female circumcision, affects whole families and should not be seen as purely a “girls’ and women’s issue”. If a girl is cut, she is likely to suffer pain and trauma in her married life and this can cause great unhappiness between couples. FGM can lead to health problems such as infertility, post-traumatic stress disorder and difficulty in labour. FGM is often arranged by mothers, grandmothers and aunts but the harm impacts everyone in the family. Although men may not be the decision-makers when it comes to FGM, they certainly have a role to play and could stop it happening in families if they speak up”.
Kate Agha, Executive Director said: “We set up the charity early last year and have witnessed many girls and women in Oxford joining initiatives to help tackle FGM. We now need to move to the next stage and identify the men who can help prevent the practice. It is important that men from FGM communities understand what happens if their daughter is cut and how this will impact on her life. FGM is a difficult subject to talk about in any culture, for both men and women, however it’s only by talking to each other we can end harmful cultural practices and focus on enjoying the non-harmful practices”.
Kaddy Touray, Rose Community Trainer and Advisor said “People are nervous about speaking up because they are worried about offending people. It is not always straight forward to assess a girl’s risk but if anyone is at all worried, they should get advice. Our message in this campaign is to speak
up. The helplines are for everyone, not only girls at risk. You can call anonymously and the people on the helpline will tell you if there are concerns and whether they need more information.”
Oxford Against Cutting works to help prevent FGM of girls and women living in Oxford by facilitating arts projects with schools, education, training for school staff and awareness-raising campaigns. The charity has also set up the Rose Community, a network for survivors and people who care and runs regular events.
If you or someone you know may be at risk of FGM, please speak up and call the NSPCC 0800 028 3550 (FGM Helpline) - a free 24hr service for advice, information or support (or email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk) or MASH, Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0845 050 7666 (or email: mash-childrens@oxfordshire.gcsx.gov.uk). If someone is at immediate risk, call the police on 999. The Oxford Rose Clinic, a specialist FGM clinic based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, accepts self-referrals via email: oxfordrose.clinic@nhs.net and is a confidential service open to pregnant and non-pregnant women that is run by a female doctor.
For further information visit the charity’s website: www.oxfordagainstcutting.org

Oxford Against Cutting

Little Troopers 2017 Calendar - Military Moments

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Royal British Legion - Oxfordshire Runs 2016

Defence Discount Service - 10% off food at Crown Carveries, Sizzling Pubs, O'Neills

Resettlement Support for Service Leavers: Career Transition Partnership

Resettlement Support for Service Leavers: Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.
The CTP provides free resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of rank, time served, or reason for leaving, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

Resettlement support through the CTP covers three broad areas: Transition, Training and Employment. From creating a CV through to completing relevant vocational training, learning interview skills plus researching and applying for jobs, what the CTP offers can help Service leavers not just with their first civilian job, but throughout their working lifetime.

Additionally, specialist support is provided to Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel via CTP Assist, and to Early Service Leavers via CTP Future Horizons.

The programme is delivered at nine Resettlement Centres in the UK and one in Germany, along with the Resettlement Training Centre in Aldershot, and includes face-to face support, online resettlement planningvia myPlan, the personalised area of the CTP website, and access to the CTP’s ex-military job board, CTP RightJob.

CTP RightJob lists thousands of live vacancies for Service leavers from local, national and international employers, with opportunities ranging from apprenticeship to executive. The CTP works with hundreds of organisations who recognise the benefits of recruiting from the ex-military talent pool, and value the experience and strong working ethos Service leavers bring with them.

CTP support is provided to Service leavers from two years prior to discharge, and up until two years after discharge. Click here to check eligibility.

It is vital that Service leavers register for resettlement with their Second Line Service Resettlement Advisor prior to discharge. Visit www.ctp.org.uk to find out more.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Cherwell District Council presents The summer electronics recycling circuit - Saturday 20th August 2016 -Bicester

Bicester recyclers repair to roadshow

The summer electronics recycling circuit will come to a close as council officers hold their final roadshow on August 20.
Cherwell District Council's green team is hosting the event, which features special deals and giveaways to highlight the fact that broken devices can be given a new lease of life through their services. It will take place on Sheep Street in Bicester and runs from 9am to 1pm.
People can bring along their unwanted electronics, from headphones to fridges, and the officers will recycle them free of charge. A special offering at this event is the option to repair, as well as recycle, broken electronics.
Cllr Debbie Pickford, lead member for clean and green, said: "I have been really pleased with the attendance at the roadshows in Banbury and Kidlington so far this summer. For the final leg of the tour in Bicester, we will be encouraging attendees to repair as well as recycle.
“People can bring along their broken electronics and if they are reparable, the team will either train them how to fix the device, or offer to repair it themselves.
“The key message behind these shows is the fact that the council is just as keen to help residents recycle their hairdryers and clock radios as they are paper, card and plastic bottles.”
The previous leg of the tour, in Kidlington, saw officers recycle over 1,000kg of electronic waste, including ten microwaves, twenty PC screens and TVs, nine vacuum cleaners and a BT pay phone.
The council collects smaller electronics with its weekly domestic waste collections, but this event is a chance for Bicester residents to recycle large devices without having to travel too far.
Residents can also recycle large electronics through Cherwell's bulky waste service.
Visitors to the roadshow can buy extra blue and brown bins for £10, making an £8 saving on the usual price. There will also be giveaways and offers, including free reusable bags for sorting recycling and a buy-one-get-one-free deal on kitchen caddy liners.
For further information about recycling in Cherwell, visit: www.cherwell.gov.uk/recycling.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Storybook Soldiers

Letter from the new rector for hte Ray Valley Benefice - encompassing St Mary's Church, Ambrosden

Have you met the new rector?
The answer is almost certainly ‘No’ since I haven’t yet arrived but I wonder what you have heard about me!
Rumour is an amazing thing but it’s not always accurate so when I was asked if I would like to write a short introduction before I arrived, I thought I would seize the opportunity. Here are some rudimentary facts to keep you in suspense until I arrive:
My name is Steve Hayes and I am married to Rosie. We have three daughters who have all left home; two are married, all three are pursuing their individual careers. We have one granddaughter.
We move to the benefice from Churchill close to Chipping Norton but my last post as vicar was in Napier, New Zealand, where we had three very happy years serving in the Waiapu diocese. Rosie was a lay chaplain and RE teacher in an Anglican school – we are both teachers, Rosie specialising in English and myself in Maths.
We enjoyed getting to know the parishioners there and were made very welcome. Hospitality was a key part of our ministries and the coffee mug was in regular use! It is interesting to note the Maori link in common with both benefices – I’m sure there will be more.
I am a keen cricket supporter (currently listening to the Test Match in the background) and enjoy playing tennis and squash. I’m also a keen reader of detective novels and enjoy watching murder mysteries on the TV.
We’re looking forward to joining the community and I am excited about being a part of the benefice team. I know you have been without a rector for 12 months and would like to thank the team for all that they have achieved during the interregnum.
I look forward to meeting you after I start next month (put October 12th in your diaries!) and trust that, together, we can explore what it means to share our adventure of knowing God both as we worship in church and serve in the benefice.
So, now you know a little bit more about the rector even though you don’t yet know him. There might be a sermon in there somewhere – something about knowing about Jesus but not yet knowing Him personally…….I’ll work on that.
I wonder if what I have written has matched with what you have heard. I haven’t mentioned the beard or the jokes, Sudoku or the gorilla – some things have to be encountered first hand. See you soon, hopefully,

Monday, 8 August 2016

OxOnArts.info - Artist opportunity

Call for Artists

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Friday, 9 September, 2016
The Oxford Art Society is celebrating their 125th Anniversary at their Open Exhibition from 14th September to 2nd October
Artists living in a 30 mile radius of Oxford are invited to submit work for selection to this prestigious exhibition.
The exhibition will be opened by Will Gompertz the BBC Arts Editor.
To download submission form and regulations please visit our website www.oxfordartsociety.co.uk. Handing in Day is Saturday 10th September 10am to 12.30pm.
There is also the opportunity to take part in our Young Artists Competition if you are aged between 18 and 35
The works will be selected and judged by Will Gompertz. There will be a prize of £1000 awarded for the best work by a young artist. See the website for details.

Contact Details: 
Oxford Art Society
SJE Arts, The Cloister Gallery,
Iffley Road, Oxford
Exhibition Coordinator, Molly Barlow
Email; molly.barlow@outlook.com

Thursday, 4 August 2016

OYAP - Summer Flashmob Session - Friday 12th August 2016

Ages 11-17 - 12th Aug, 1pm-3.30pm @ The Courtyard, (OX26 6DJ)
Get moving with dance teacher Angela Conlan and learn all the right moves to perform a flash mob! This is the perfect oppertunity to develop and create some awsome dance moves that will make your freinds jealous....
"That was the best thing I have ever done. I wish we could do this every day. When is there going to be the next one?" (Participant Film & Photography School)
"OYAP Activites have been brilliant for my teenage sons, it means they get to express themselves in lots of different ways and socialise as well. They always have a great time on OYAP Projects!"
(Parent of Participant)
Session costs £10 - Can be paid in cash on the day or via Basc Transfer, we will email you to arrange details.
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE - why not buddy up with your freinds? Book one child in and get the seccond free!
Or.... Choose a diffrent session for your Child to take part in!
OYAP Only uses the very best artists for their workshops, all artists are DBS Checked (Formally CRB) and provide top quality sessions for young people to take part in.
To book: http://www.oyap.org.uk/booking-form/4591468938  

OYAP Summer 2016 - Creative Campaign

To find out more please follow this link

Football Coaching for children in Didcot

Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

What you need to know about changes to TV Licences


MAJOR changes to TV Licences will come into effect on September 1.
A change in the law means licences will be needed by anyone downloading or watching BBC programmes, including catch-up TV, on the BBC iPlayer.
And with research showing iPlayer is the most popular form of watching catch-up TV online for students, TV Licensing is aiming to make them aware of the changes - or they could face fines of £1,000.
TV Licensing1's research shows that two in three students watch catch-up TV online, with only 22 per cent taking a television with them to university.
Students who already have a licence will be covered automatically, while one will not be needed to watch other on-demand services such as Netlfix or ITV Player.
The new rules apply to all devices, including smart TVs, desktop computers, laptops, mobiles, tablets and games consoles.
Ben Craig, spokesman for TV Licensing London and The South East said: “Watching catch up TV is really popular among students and we want to make sure students are aware of the change in law.
"From 1 September, everyone will need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch BBC TV programmes on demand – including catch up – on iPlayer. Students can check at our dedicated TV Licence for students (tvlicensing.co.uk\studentinfo) page whether they are correctly licensed before the big move.
"And, of course, you still need to be covered by a licence for all live viewing and recording, no matter which channel you are watching or what device you are watching on.”
If you are at university, you can visit tvlicensing.co.uk\studentinfo, or contact an adviser over the phone on 0300 790 6113.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Thames Valley Police Open Day - Saturday 6th August 2016


The Felix House - Didcot

AFF Information regarding MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency)

20,000 British Service personnel and their families have now downloaded the MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app, produced by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), since its launch in Oct 2015. JCCC offers immediate 24/7 support should an incident occur, and runs alongside the JPA P001 card.
To download the app, your soldier must visit Defence Gateway on the host mobile – this can be repeated with multiple family member’s devices. It’s vital that your soldier remembers to keep their emergency contact and next of kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date.


Monday, 1 August 2016


Cumbrian Challenge 2017: Walking with wounded

Defence Discount Service - Latest offers

SSAFA Forcesline

Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving and ex-service men and women and reserves from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.
Our team are here to listen and not to judge. We can give you factual information and 'signpost' ways forward to assist you.
We can also speak with you in confidence if you, or someone you know, are absent without leave (AWOL).

Forcesline freephone numbers

Forcesline can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
UK0800 731 4880
Germany0800 1827 395
Cyprus800 91065
Falkland Islands#6111
Rest of the world+44 (0)207 463 9292
To call from Operational Theatres: use Paradigm's phone system and dial the appropriate access number then enter *201 at the PIN prompt.

Our email service

Our email service operates in the same way as Forcesline. We aim to send a full reply to your enquiry in 24 hours.

SSAFA and confidentiality

Forcesline is a confidential listening and signposting service that is independent of the military chain of command. In the majority of cases, anything that you tell us will be kept private and between you and our staff.