Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Ripple Pond


The Ripple Pond was set up by two mothers of seriously wounded servicemen who recognised that no similar service existed purely for adult family members, and who found strength and comfort by sharing and supporting each other through such a unique challenge.
What sets this organisation apart is that we empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via our secret Facebook page.
Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them.
Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist, a veteran, or whether they have been officially diagnosed or not we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Abingdon & Bicester HIVE closed


 
 The Abingdon & Bicester HIVE offices are now closed for the festive period

Bicester HIVE will re-open on 
Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th January 2018

Abingdon HIVE will re-open on Tuesday 9th January 2018 
 






Friday, 15 December 2017

Cherwell District Council - Brown Bin update following snow disruption




Update on bin collections disrupted by the snow
Bin collections due Friday, 15 December will be done as normal.




 If you were due a brown bin collection on Tuesday, 12, Wednesday, 13 or Thursday, 14 we are sorry but we are unable to empty these. 

Please take your brown bin back in and put it out for collection on your next scheduled collection day. 

We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers


Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers

Once again this Christmas many British Armed Forces children will have a parent serving away from home, we can't bring every parent home but we can hopefully spread lots of love this festive season.

We have our final four ticket opportunities for Little Troopers in Chatham, Leicester, Oxford & London

OXFORD - Jack & the Beanstalk - 18th December 1400hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 14th December 2017 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the Oxford Playhouse at your own expense
LONDON - Disney on Ice - 20th December 1830hrs
If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 2017 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the O2 Arena London at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
CHATHAM - Sleeping Beauty - 21st December 1900hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to Central Theatre, Chatham at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
LEICESTER - Beauty & the Beast - 23rd December 1300hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 2017 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the De Montfort Hall at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
GOOD LUCK! We will email winners only after closing date, we will not email to confirm receipt of your entry.
  • Applications that do not answer all of the above as requested will be VOID
  • Only one entry per family
  • Please ONLY apply if you are available the date of the tickets, dates can not be swapped
  • Schools please feel free to forward this to any eligible families in your settings
That completes our Christmas Smiles initiative, we hope everyone has an amazing time xxx

Thames Valley Alert regarding Nottingham Knockers



We have had several reports of Nottingham Knockers visiting our villages over the last few days.

We have been informed that they have been selling at the door which they are not allowed to do in Thames Valley Police Area.

They are not allowed to sell anything to you at the door, this includes taking money there and then, or taking an order from you.

We have also had reports of them asking for a drink. Do not under any circumstances let them into your property for a drink. If you choose to give them a drink, close, and lock your door while you go to get it so no one can have a good look inside your house, or wander into your house while you are getting a drink.

However our advice is to not engage with them.

Please keep yourself and your neighbours safe.

Please call 101 if you see Nottingham Knockers in your area.

NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS

IT IS A SCAM!

The young lads who go door to door, selling household products.

Often they have some form of ID which they display, but this is bogus. They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf / dumb / just out of prison / in the process of being reformed and working towards a better life.

The bag of household products is supplied by the man who employs them. We did have a man who lived in the Thames Valley area, who organised the local lads. Traditionally they came from Nottingham – hence the name, but now, they are recruited from anywhere.

How does it work?

The lads are supplied with the full bag and charged a minimal sum for the contents – it used to be £35. They can keep whatever they make, above this amount.

Usually they are deposited in an area from a Transit Van and given a list of streets to work. An hour or so later they are picked up and dropped off, in another location. They often work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

They will knock on a door, offering cleaning items, they know to be rubbish, which the householder also knows to be rubbish. That is part of the scam. Many people will purchase items pay them something, just to go away.

The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this – this is when the scam begins – when the note is handed over, the lad examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new – they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty – this is an indication that there is more in the property. Those addresses are noted. The addresses of elderly / vulnerable / gullible people are all noted.

These are handed to the employer and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one.

These addresses are then sold in prisons and pubs. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds.

These lists are purchased by all sorts of people including – tarmaccers, tree workers, roofers, dodgy builders etc.

Once on a list, your address could be sold on and on. Hence the repeat nature of these persistent callers.

In almost every case of a stop check – the lads have long strings of convictions, for burglary and violence. They use the skills learnt during their criminal activity to identify possible targets.

N.B. If any salesperson comes to your door, we’d suggest you ask to see their Pedlar’s certificate - these are only issued to individuals under very strict conditions.

If they are in your area, please call us immediately on 101 with a description of them & any associated vehicle they may be using.

Thank you


Thames Valley Police - Rural Crime Webchat - Thursday 14th December 2017





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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Thames Valley Alert - Attempted burglaries in Abingdon




Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglaries in Abingdon Oxfordshire
Between 13.11.17 – 07.12.17 a property in Medway Close had an attempted burglary. No entry was gained
On 06.12.17 between 10:10– 11:30 a property in Avon Road had an attempted burglary. No entry was gained
On 07.12.17 between 15:45– 16:25 a property in Tyne Road had an attempted burglary. No entry was gained

If you have seen any suspicious looking vehicles or people in the area or have any information relating to this message, please call the police via the 24 hour non- emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively, if you have any information but wish to remain anonymous, please call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online @ crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Thames Valley Alert - Equipment & Tool Security



To help protect your property, here’s a link to a useful video explaining the importance of property marking - find out how to do it and why it’s so important:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPnDwgcxy-4&list=PL1wqkFUHxKq562GEmXkTqGxCSxoKhwIm0&index=3

Don't forget you can also help to protect valuable items by:
• Locking equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
• Investing in a secure storage toolbox
• Installing a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
• Always locking vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession
• Keeping expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
• Using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors
• Registering your tools and equipment for free with Immobilise at www.immobilise.com
More rural crime prevention advice is available on the Thames Valley Police website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-business/rural-crime/

Monday, 11 December 2017

Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police


The Drink Drive Limit



The Drink Drive Limit.There are strict alcohol limits for drivers, but it’s impossible to say exactly how many drinks this equals - it’s different for each person.  The limits in Scotland are different to the rest of the UK.  Limits are as tabulated below:



Ser
Level of Alcohol
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Scotland
1
Micrograms per 100 Millilitres of Breath
35
22
2
Milligrams per 100 millilitres of Blood
80
50
3
Milligrams per 100 millilitres of Urine
107
67



There are strict drink driving penalties if an individual is caught over the limit.  Information is as follows:



a.            The individual could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if he or she is

found guilty of drink-driving.



b.            Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drinkan individual may receive:



(1) Three months’ imprisonment.



(2) Up to £2,500 fine.



(3) A possible driving ban.



c.            Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink an individual may receive:



(1) Six months’ imprisonment.



(2) An unlimited fine.



(3) A driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years).



d.            Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis.The

individual may receive:



(1) Six months’ imprisonment.



(2) An unlimited fine.



(3) A ban from driving for at least 1 year.



e.            Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink an individual may receive:



(1) Fourteen years’ imprisonment.



(2) An unlimited fine.



(3) A ban from driving for at least 2 years.



(4) An extended driving test before your licence is returned.



The individual won’t automatically get his or her licence back if he or she is a high risk offender.  Other considerations include:



a.            Car insurance costs will increase significantly.



b.            If an individual drives for work, his or her employer will see his or her conviction on his

or her licence.



c.            An individual may have trouble travelling to countries like the USA.



d.            An individual can’t drive anywhere in the UK if he or she has been banned by any UK

court because of drink driving.



e.            The way alcohol affects you depends on:



(1)            Weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate a body uses energy).



(2)            The type and amount of alcohol consumed.



(3)            What has been eaten recently.



(4)            Stress levels.



f. The actual penalty an individual gets is up to the magistrate who hears the case

and is dependent on the offence.



g.            An individual may be able to reduce his or her ban by taking a Drink Drive

Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) course if the ban from driving is for 12 months or more.  It’s

up to the court to offer this.



h. The Armed Forces Act 2006 (AFA 06) makes any offence under civil law an offence

under Service Law (SL).

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NHS E-Learning Programme - Armed Forces Healthcare




Health Education England e-learning for Healthcare, with support from NHS England, has launched an e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment.

This e-learning programme is designed to highlight both the similarities and the differences to allow healthcare personnel to understand both the context of military life and also how to appropriately respond to patient need.
The programme is broken into three broad areas – the NHS care of current serving personnel, the NHS care of the families of military personnel and veterans, and finally veterans themselves.
For more information, please CLICK HERE

Are You Leaving Your SFA Empty Over The Holiday?

 
 
 
 
 
Tel:0800 707 6000

Pupil information profile for Military Service Children

The Pupil information profile (PIP) form is a transfer document which is consistent for all pupils in any school setting to support specific aspects of a pupil’s background and learning.
It contains core information that supports a young person’s future learning as s/he moves to a new school. It also signposts the receiving school to any further additional, significant information about the young person. 


It contains information that supports a young person’s future learning and parents are encouraged to bring this to the attention of their child’s school about using it as a helpful tool, when the child is about to move to another school. It is intended to support continuous learning by identifying the pupil’s current and future learning needs.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Service Leavers Guide



To read the full guide online please follow this link

Thames Valley Alert - Reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary



There has been a number of burglaries in your area recently. One burglar entered the house through an unlocked conservatory door and another used an insecure ladder at the property to climb up to an open window upstairs. You can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary by taking reasonable steps to protect your property.

Home security advice

Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar. If you think your home security looks poor, chances are so will a burglar…are there any places they could break in without being seen? If you have forgotten your keys but can still get in so can a burglar!

  • Get an alarm – most burglars will avoid properties with alarms.
  • CCTV – this will act as a deterrent and also help us to identify burglars if you are broken into.
  • Doors – keep them locked even when you are home. Make sure your doors and frames are strong and have five lever mortise deadlocks to all external doors including patio doors.
  • Windows – Fit window locks with keys to all easy to reach windows. Keep windows locked and remove the keys putting them in a safe place out of sight.
  • Gates and sheds – make sure they are in good condition and locked to make it harder for offenders to break them open. Ladders can be taken from insecure sheds and used to help offenders climb into upstairs windows.

Home security surveys
The Abingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team offer crime reduction surveys on your homes. Please contact us (abingdontownnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk) and we can arrange a time to come and talk through your security with you and offer you some crime prevention advice.

We would also ask residents to be vigilant in keeping an eye out for unusual activity in your street including vehicles and people that may look out of place and report it on 101 as soon as possible or 999 if you suspect that a crime is taking place at that moment.

Alternatively, if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

For further crime prevention tips please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk or contact your local neighbourhood policing team by emailing abingdontownnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or calling 101.

Thames Valley Aletrt - Appeal for Witnesses following an attempted burglary in Shippon




Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglary in Abingdon Oxfordshire

On 06.12.17 between 09:00 – 10:30 a property in Avon Road had an attempted burglary. No entry was gained
If you have seen any suspicious looking vehicles or people in the area or have any information relating to this message, please call the police via the 24 hour non- emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively, if you have any information but wish to remain anonymous, please call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online @ crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Chiltern Open Air Museum is an award-winning Museum and charity that welcomes around 56,000 visitors a year. 
We aim not only to preserve historical buildings and heritage skills but also to provide an educational and fun place for visitors. 
The Museum is a flexible and friendly place to work with a great team of passionate staff and volunteers.
 Over the last 4 years visitors to COAM have increased by over 90% and as a result we're looking to expand our team.

Come and work in beautiful, scenic surroundings full of history, where no day is ever the same!

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