Friday, 30 September 2016

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair - Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th October 2016 (FREE childrens tickets for Service Families living in the Abingdon area for the afternoon of Tuesday 11th October 2016

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair

From Monday, 10th October to Tuesday, 11th October 2016 2:00pm-11:00pm

The longest street fair in Europe

The Michaelmas Fair was originally a medieval hiring fair for rural farmworkers to find work in the local area around Abingdon-on-Thames. 
Over the years, more and more stalls and fairground rides were added to make it now the longest street fair in Europe, running a mile down the length of the High Street from the market place and down Ock Street.

Come into the Abingdon Welfare Office on Monday 3rd October 2016 to collect your FREE Childrens Ride Vouchers (One Strip Per Child) 
Valid ONLY for Tuesday 11th October 2016 between 3pm & 6pm

BFBS Big Salute On-Air and Online Auction Friday 7th October 2016


The 2016 BFBS Big Salute on-air and online auction will be broadcast worldwide across Forces Radio, BFBS on Friday 7th October.

With more than 100 auction items up for grabs, you can bid on luxury hotel stays, sporting and music memorabilia, thrilling experience days, and unique meet and greet moments – it’s your BIG opportunity to have fun and raise vital cash for military charities.

The auction goes live today, Friday 30th September, and by 8pm (UK) all items will be listed online at

And you can also support the Big Salute and follow the action from the auction on Twitter, using #YourBigSalute and via the BFBS Radio Facebook page.

There’s a variety of treats and normally money-can’t-buy items, including the chance to meet former SAS soldier and author, Andy McNab, or take a flight on a British Airways simulator, which is usually reserved for professional pilots.

There’s a tour of the world-famous Pinewood Studios, tickets to visit the hallowed tennis turf at Wimbledon, or four-day passes to Creamfields dance music festival.

If you’d like to increase the adrenaline, bid on a wind tunnel experience with the RAF Falcons, a tandem skydive with the Army Parachute Association, or get sporty on a four-ball golf day with a group of chums.

All proceeds from the BFBS Big Salute fundraising auction and campaign go towards supporting armed forces charities to fund essential projects.

Most recently, the BFBS Big Salute has donated funds to; Blesma The Limbless Veterans, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, FAB (Families’ Activity Breaks) and Veterans Aid.
For more details about the BFBS Big Salute, go online to where you can also donate some cash, buy a wristband, or give by texting BIGS00 – and the amount you want to donate – to 70070.

Listen to BFBS Radio on DAB Digital Radio in the UK, on FM across the forces world, on FM in the UK, on Sky Guide 0211, Freesat Channel 786, and via the BFBS smartphone app. Connect with us on Twitter @bfbs.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Hogacre Common Eco Park - Harvest Festival - Sunday 9th October 2016

Wyevale - Little Monsters Activities - Octboer Half Term 2016

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October Half Term Activity Hubs booking opening soon

Lines opening soon as hubs roll round again
With booking for the ever-popular popular half-term activity hubs opening from 3 October, council officers are readying themselves for a high volume of calls from parents.
Cherwell District Council, boosted by a summer of record-breaking attendances, has prepared an exciting programme which includes painting, trampolining and archery.

The popular holiday programme is open to children aged five to 15 and takes place at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury and Cooper School in Bicester, during the week beginning Monday 24 October.

The hubs offer a healthy mixture of sports, games, arts and crafts. Complementing the core programme are guest activities which vary from day to day. These include swimming, table tennis, fencing, archery, and much more. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) checks all the staff who run the hubs. Lunches are not catered for, but are supervised.

It costs just over £2.25 per hour to send a child to the hubs. The short day sessions, from 8.45am until 3pm, cost £14.95; while full days, from 8.45am till 5pm, cost £18.95. Booking lines open at 8.45am on Monday, 3 October.

Bicester Arts Festival programme - Thursday 27th October 2016


What is Sheep Street Dance?
Sheep Street Dance is our first event in the Bicester Arts Festival programme. 
The event will take place on 27th October, from 11am-3pm on Sheep Street.
The headline performance will be by world-renowned Motionhouse Dance, who will be performing their breath-taking and highly energetic piece Captive .  A performance, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther, is an exciting blend of dance, acrobatics and aerial work inside a large cage. Disorientated and shaken, the performers use their skill and instinct to survive in this emotionally charged and athletic piece.
Captive is created with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, Without Walls, Swindon Dance, and Bristol City Council. Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
A curtain raiser Almost Hear You Whisper will be performed by Young Anjali, a dance group based in Banbury open to people with learning disabilities who want to learn to dance and perform alongside their friends, aged between 12 and 24. Almost Hear You Whisper is a beautifully moving dance piece that has recently been performed at the WOW Festival, Royal Festival Hall, and has was selected for U.Dance National Festival in August.
Implexa Dance Company is a company of young dancers based in Banbury. The company strives for innovation, originality and aims to challenge the concepts of contemporary dance. They are committed to breaking the barriers of contemporary dance, as well as connecting the younger generations with the professional world of performing arts. Based in Banbury, they perform to audiences across Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Hampshire.
As a part of the Sheep Street Dance, talent development workshops for young people will take place over the month of October. These will include workshops for young people facing various disabilities in Bardwell School led by young dancers from Anjali Dance Company. MÓTUS Dance, based in Milton Keynes, will provide a 3-day dance residency for young dancers (aged 11+) in Bicester. 
This is an open access residency to dancers of all levels and styles. If you would like to apply for a place on the programme, please email for further information.
We would like to hear your views on the place of arts and culture in the growth of Bicester. Follow the link below to share your views with us, as we develop our plans further and so contact you about future events in Bicester.
Join us on the 27th October (11am-3pm) on Sheep Street to be a part of this exciting event!

Ladygrove Children;s Centre Didcot - October Programme 2016

Exhibition & Sale of work by The Bicester Drawing & Painting Group Thursday 29th September 2016 - Saturday 1st October 2016

Oxfordshire County Council - Takeover Day for Young People - Friday 18th November 2016

Boogie Beat - now at Dalton Barracks Centre - Friday mornings

 Boogie Beat is back at Dalton Community Centre

Spaces are limited to please email to book your little ones on.

Class runs from 10.00-10.45am

Classes suitable for children from 6 months to 5 years.

Our first topic back is 'Parts of the Body' including our fabulous Gingerbread Man Story!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Illegal Money Lending Enforcement newlsetter

To read the latest Enforcement and Community newsletter please follow this link 

Didcot First - Event Listings - October 2016

 Please follow the link below to use any of the active links 

Veterans World - Issue 40

To view the magazine, click on the link below;

Veterans World Magazine

Benefits and concessions for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families

This information applies to:
  • people who are serving in the Armed Forces
  • people who used to serve in the Armed Forces (veterans)
  • the dependants of people serving in the Armed Forces and veterans.
There are many different kinds of financial help available for people in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
You can use this information to find out what financial help might be available to you, depending on your situation. You can also use this information to find details of organisations that might be able to help you further.

CLICK HERE to find out more.....

Little Troopers

For the Latest news and infomration on Little Troopers please follow the web link  below

Vauxhall Barracks - Mothers & Toddlers Group Welcome Picnic - Thursday 29th September 2016

Mother and Toddlers Group
Welcome Picnic
Everyone Welcome.....especially newcomers
Thurs 29th Sept @ 10.00am - 12.00pm

At the Welfare House

Bring your lunch and snacks for the children Drinks and Biscuits will be provided.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Bicester Heritage - Sunday Brunch Scramble - Sunday 2nd October 2016

The next Sunday Brunch Scramble at Bicester Heritage is on Sunday 2nd October 2016.
As with the earlier Scrambles, Bicester Heritage is kindly giving discounted tickets to residents of OX26 and OX27.
This 50% discounted ticket category is only for local residents living in postcode districts OX26 and OX27. Adult (16+) tickets are £2.50 each (plus a booking service charge). Children under 16 are free (when accompanied by an adult ticket holder). 
Parking is also free.

Please click on the link below and select the number of tickets required and follow the instructions to purchase for the 10th Sunday Scramble, 2 October 2016. 

(Please note you will be asked to enter your address and confirm your eligibility as part of the purchase process).

Kettlercise Fitness - Ambrosden

aff - Oxfordshire Co-ordinator

Cherwell District Council - Get Active Newlsetter - Issue October 2016

Please follow this link to read the full newlsetter

Events & Activities at The Earth Trust - Water & Wetlands Season


Come along with your baby and join us at Faringdon Corn Exchange - Wednesday 28th September 2016

Autumn Water Festival at The Earth Trust - Sunday 2nd October 2016

Autumn Water Festival

   Sunday 2nd October 2016
Our annual autumnal celebration of water and wetlands...
Autumn Water Festival
Lots of wonderful watery activities to be enjoyed at this year's Autumn Water Festival, including:

Water rockets - they're back this year so don’t forget your 2L plastic bottle which you’ll be able to decorate and launch across the Clumps, this time with a foot-powered pump! With Science Oxford
Sustainable water play - wellies essential!
Make a willow lantern or an origami boat
Natural dyeing
Apple pressing
Feed the pigs - watch the pigs getting a special treat as they're fed the mushed up fruit used in the apple press (nothing goes to waste!)
Make a blooming flower with Science Through Story
Become a dung beetle detective with the Oxford University Musuem of Natural History
Pumpkin hunt and aquatic quiz more games, crafts and activities
For more information please follow this link - New Studio Space available

New studio space available

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Monday, 31 October, 2016
We have studio space available from 1st December
Studio 17
10ft x 10ft
Cost £159

Contact Details: 
Contact of you are interested or wish to look at the space.

Bovis Homes Schemes for the Armed Forces

Click on this link to read more

Monday, 26 September 2016

Employment Opportunity at Kirtlington Golf Club

Kirtlington Golf Club are looking for a Sous Chef/Cook for our busy kitchen. 40 hours a week, mainly day shifts although some evenings will be required. 
This position is to work alongside our head chef producing breakfasts and bar meals daily, also catering for golfing groups and functions. 
A high standard of cleanliness and a cheerful "can do" nature is required.

Please note that due to our rural location you will require your own transport for this position.

Please contact 01869 351133 for more details.
Kirtlington Golf Club OX5 3JY

Bicester Technology Studio, Bicester

Discount Travel on National Express - with Defence Discount Service

To find out more on how to book your journey - please follow this link

Discounts at the Oxford Ice Rink

Oxford Ice Rink currently offer  Forces and NHS staff discount on all of their day time public sessions

Discounted rate and session times are below.
Monday - Friday 10.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 -15.45 £4.00.
Saturday 10.30 - 11.00 and 13.30 - 16.00 £6.00
Sunday 10.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00 £6.00.

If you require any further information please call the rink on 01865 305010.

Please follow this link to read more about the Oxford Ice Rink

WRVS Abingdon

HM Forces Railcard

The HM Forces Railcard costs £17 and it'll save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. That works out to under £2 a month for huge savings. You're eligible if you're a member of the Regular Forces or Volunteer Reserves or a spouse/civil partner of a member, for more details see eligibility.
There are plenty of ways you can use your Railcard, for both long and short trips. Better still you can use it anytime on weekends, Public Holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel before 10am Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare will apply. For more details see minimum fares.
Your HM Forces Railcard will save you 1/3 on many tickets. As with most things in life, there are some exceptions, so take a look at the ticket types you can and can't make savings on with your HM Forces Railcard.
Please note that the railcard can only be used for non-duty (leisure) travel only. Commuting between home and place of duty, work or education is not available.
Please also see the full Terms and Conditions.

Latest Offers from Defence Discount Service

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Army Videos on Transitions to Civilian Life and Redundancy

The films on the poster can be accessed by clicking on the following links: 

Financial Awareness

Guidance notes and advice to have available when approaching a lender or broker are available on the following web site for service personnel.

MoneyForce is specifically customised for Service personnel and their families to help
them make the most of their money both while they are in Service and once they leave the
Armed Forces. Importantly, it includes impartial information on a variety of subjects.

Loan Shark Warning

Cherwell District Council - additional blue and/or brown recycling bins

Did you know that you can purchase additional blue and/or brown recycling bins and we will empty up to five per household on collection day?

Every bin sold comes with a lifetime guarantee so if it is every damaged or stolen we will repair or replace for free. 

Plus our bins come in two sizes; the standard 240 litre or the smaller 140 litre for those with a lack of storage space. What's more, you can swap sizes after your purchase to accommodate your needs.

So if you find yourself constantly struggling to fit all of your recycling into one bin, why not order an additional bin and we will deliver to your house within ten working days.
For more information visit

Friday, 23 September 2016

Big White Wall - Peaceful Mind

Have you heard of Money Saving No! Start Saving today!

This site is packed FULL of money saving ideas, latest offers, discount deals and so much more. You don't have to be in debt to benefit from looking at this site.

Click on this link to start exploring how best to save those hard earned pennies...


Oxfordshire South and Vale CAB

NHS - 111 Number

Have you recently moved into Service Families Accommodation in the village of Southmoor?

Have you recently moved into 
Service Families Accommodation 
in the village of Southmoor?  

Please take a look at the local community link below which gives you information on you new location