Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bicester Army Education Centre - ECDL course dates 2018

Are you a spouse or dependant of serving personnel?
 You are more than welcome to come in and sign up for the ECDL

Ambrosden Halloween Party - Friday 27th October 2017 - Limited Tickets - Get Yours NOW!


Don't Miss The Mail This Christmas - Last Posting Dates from BFPO

Please follow this link for last posting dates

OYAP - Autumn Half Term Programme - Talking Heads - Saturday 28th October 2017


Rebound Revolution Bicester - Important Notice for Half Term Visitors



Rebound Revolution 
IMPORTANT NOTICE 

 During Half Term Monday to Friday, Rebound Revolution will have very LIMITED 38 Spaces of PARKING on site. 

 Rebound Revolution will be providing a FREE Exclusive Park & Ride Bus which will be on a circular route from Bicester Park & Ride site at Vendee Drive, on the A41 between Bicester and the M40. Parking is also FREE. 
The Bus will leave every 15 minutes so please ensure you arrive at the Park & Ride 45 Minutes before your Bounce. 
There are also other alternative parking locations at the Railway Station and Town Centre if required.

Royal Air Force Families Federation


Please follow this link to find out more about the RAF Families Federation, 
what they do and how they can help.

RAF Families Federation - eBulletin

 
 
Welcome to eBULLETIN, a convenient way for RAF personnel, their families and supporters to keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Federation. eBULLETINs will provide information and links on housing matters, changes to MOD policy that may affect you and the latest news for RAF personnel and their families.
 
If you would like eBULLETIN each week and have not yet subscribed, you can 
register to receive your own copy with just your email, and it's FREE!

Bright Horizons Recruitmetn Event - Milton Park Nursery - Thursday 26th October 2017




We’re on the search for qualified early years practitioners to join our team at Milton Park Nursery in #Abingdon and offer a £1000 Welcome Bonus. 
This purpose built setting situated in the Milton Business Park has great transport links and fantastic outdoor area.
 
Come to our recruitment event on Thursday 26th October, 11am – 2pm & 5.30 – 7pm and we will tell you about career opportunities we have available and the ongoing support and development you will receive with Bright Horizons. 
You will be able to meet the Nursery Manager and her team as well as to view the nursery. Learn about our ethos and what great benefits and competitive salary we can offer you.
 
For more information, please call Gurkamal on 0780 965 6920
otherwise we will see you there!
www.brighthorizons.co.uk/career

Thames Valley Police supporting National Anti - Slavery Day

Today (18/10) we are supporting National Anti-Slavery
Day as part of our ongoing work to raise awareness of
modern slavery.

Since the start of October, we’ve been challenging
common misconceptions about this crime and highlighting signs that we can all look out for that could indicate someone might be being exploited.

Modern slavery is happening right now in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and we rely on information from members of the public to protect victims and bring offenders to justice.

The information you provide, no matter how small, might be key to our investigation.

If you suspect it, report it. Either to the Modern Slavery
Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the police on 101 or 999.

Castle Quay Banbury - Paw Patrol Event - Thursday 26th October 2017


Pop into  
in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury 
to pick up your tickets

Changes to Stagecoach services between Wantage, Grove and Oxford from 22 October 2017 11 Oct 2017 to 13 Nov 2017


Changes to Stagecoach services between Wantage, Grove and Oxford from 22 October 2017 11 Oct 2017 to 13 Nov 2017


Following our customer consultation earlier this year and the introduction of new Gold buses to services X30 and 31, we will be making some changes. There will be additional journeys, adjustments to improve reliability and some changes to routes to give better coverage in Wantage and Grove as they continue to expand.
Service 31 Wantage-Grove-Marcham-Abingdon-Oxford, will be known as Gold S8 and will follow a new route between Wantage and Grove, to the west of Letcombe Brook. There will be a new timetable
Service X30, Wantage-Grove-Oxford, will be renamed Gold S9 and operate to a new timetable, with extra early and late journeys
• The current X30 journey using the Oxford Tube coach will be renumbered X9 and will provide a more direct, faster service into Oxford
• New stops served
• Changes designed to improve reliability and avoid traffic congestion

Gold S8 Wantage-Grove (via Denchworth Road)-East Hanney-Marcham-Abingdon-Oxford city centre
• The new Gold S8 will replace the current service 31 and run from Wantage Market Place, Stop B and then turn left onto Mill Street, right on to Denchworth Road, right onto Cane Lane, left onto Brereton Drive, right onto Denchworth Road, north of Grove before resuming the current 31 route.
• The new route will serve the current stops on the roads used and stop at new stops as they are provided as part of the ongoing housing developments in the area.
• The current 0615 journey from Oxford operated with an Oxford Tube coach will depart slightly later at 0620 and will run to Wantage via the current 31 route to the east of Letcombe Brook.
• The new timetable is also designed to improve the reliability of the service between Wantage and Oxford and include changes to reduce the impact of traffic congestion, including the first bus from Wantage towards Oxford leaving 10 minutes earlier at 0600 following customer requests.
• On Fridays and Saturdays NS8 nightbuses will run hourly from Oxford at midnight, 0100, 0200 & 0300, all via Abingdon. Nightbuses from Wantage will depart on Fridays and Saturdays at 0055 and 0155, both serving Marcham and Abingdon as route NS8
Click here to view the new S8 timetable for 22 October 2017
Click here to view the new S8 route map between Wantage and Grove
Gold S9 Wantage-Grove-Oxford
• The new Gold S9 timetable will replace the current X30 one.
• There will be new morning journeys, including a new journey departing Wantage at 0540 arriving in Oxford at 0624, Mondays to Fridays, providing an improved connection to Oxford Rail Station and Stagecoach route 14 to the JR Hospital. There will be an earlier bus from Oxford to Wantage departing at 0815.
• Changes have been made to improve the morning reliability of the service throughout the week.
• The morning journey currently operated by an Oxford Tube coach will show the route number X9 and run direct via the A420 between Besselsleigh and Botley Road, with the Minns Industrial Estate stops the first drop off/ pick up point on the Botley Road, to provide a faster service following customer requests.
• There will be later evening journeys back from Oxford at 2030 and 2330 on Mondays to Fridays and 1930 and 2330 on Saturdays
• The times of most journeys will be adjusted to improve the punctuality of the service
• Nightbuses on Friday and Saturday (currently N30) will be replaced by journeys on the NS8 via Marcham and Abingdon.
Click here to view the S9 timetable from 22 October 2017

34 Wantage-Abingdon-Oxford
Two journeys a day will continue to operate on the 34 service between Wantage, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Abingdon and Oxford, however the journeys will be retimed to improve reliability.
Click here to view timetable

From the 22nd October 2017, there will also be a number of bus stop changes and renaming in Oxford City Centre.
From Oxford Services will depart from:
S8, NS8 and 34 H4 St Aldate's
P1 St Aldate's
S9 H4 St Aldate's
S1 Speedwell Street
E7 Westgate, New Road
D5 Park End Street
R8 Frideswide Square
Into Oxford, buses will stop at:
S8, NS8 and 34 P2 St Aldate's,
G2 St Aldate's
S9 R7 Frideswide Square
D1 Park End Street
D4 New Road
M6 Westgate, Castle Street
S3 Westgate, Speedwell Sreet
G2 St Aldate's


New AFF Co-ordinator visiting Didcot Coffee Morning - Thursday 19th October 2017



Didcot Coffee Morning
Thursday 19th October 2017
 10.00am 

The new AFF Co-Ordinator Leah Anne Humphries will be visiting. 


Please come and meet her over a coffee

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Visit Abingdon - Halloween Haunt - Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th October 2017


Visit Abingdon - The Best Carved Pumpkin competition 2017 = Saturday 28th October 2017


Monthly words from St Mary's Church, Ambrosden



This advent - Dare to hope!

Hillsong’s,“Everyone needs compassion” is a favourite worship song at one of the prisons I work in. The men regularly request it at services and sing it with real gusto.  Every time they request it I know why I am there. Psalm 145 states “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love”. I feel a genuine desire to help them get out of the place where they have landed themselves, by breaking the law,to a future where there is hope.
Hope is such a small word, but without it what would there be? Jesus came that we might have hope. A hope that is solid and strong, not a hope that is easily dashed which is the kind most people I come across on the inside have experienced. I am sure it is not unique to them.
Many prisonersask what is the catch? Because in this world they have learned that nobody gives you something for nothing, especially compassion, love and forgiveness.
Why should Iaim to be more Christ like byforgiving and showing compassion? Paul writes in Ephesians 4: 31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”.
Luketells the parable of the lost son. It is known more widely as the return of the prodigal son. The son wanted his inheritance before his father had even died so he could go off and enjoy himself. When everything went wrong and he discovered the grass was not greener on the other side, he went home. What did the Father do? Luke 15 ‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him’. The wayward son was forgiven and welcomed with loving arms just as we are by God when we return after getting things hopelessly wrong. Everyone needs compassion from time to time because we all get it wrong, none of us are perfect.
We should feel compassion for those who are victims of crime too; lives can be radically changed by an event that they have had no control over, leaving them feeling vulnerable and violated. Our compassion is vital.
This advent Bishop Steven, The Bishop of Oxford, is encouraging congregations to study the Beatitudes. He writes: “I’m hoping churches will use this specially written resource to help them study and understand the Beatitudes. For me the Beatitudes have 8 beautiful qualities, but 8 is quite a lot to remember so I’ve been keen to capture what they mean in three words: contemplative, compassionate and courageous.”If you want to see the people Jesus feels compassion for in the Beatitudes you can find them in Matthew 5: 1 -12.
We should work towards building new healthy relationships promotinga sense of hope and community.We all have a story as well as hopes and dreams that we don’t want to seedestroyed or torn apart,but when things go wrong I believe “everyone needs compassion”!

Lisa Holmes

CTP Events - HM Prison Service Online Live Chat - Thursday 26th October 2017

HM Prison Service Online Live Chat

Thursday 26th October 2017
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Drop in and chat to Her Majesty Prison Service recruitment staff

No booking is required; on the day simply go to the HMPS Page and click on the Live Chat button.

HM Prisons staff are employed to ensure the following mission statement is upheld.

"Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts.
Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and
after release."

NOMS is a professional service who is aware of the transferable skills that Forces personnel would bring to the service. Attendees will gain an increased knowledge with regards to being employed as a member of a professional team and service for HMPS.
 
How does a live chat work?
There is no need to pre-register. On the day, you simply go to the CTP website and find the HMPS pages.

A chat box will be displayed in the top right hand corner of the HMPS page - click on it and your chat will start.

There is no set time for you to log on - the chat room is open between 12:00 - 14:00. The chat is not public, so other people will not be able to read the conversation you are having.
 
What can I talk to them about?
This is about you and your career journey, so you can ask anything which might help you determine whether HM Prison Service could be a future employer. Examples: 
Learn about current and future job vacancies 
Discuss any training requirements
 Find out where your skills and experience could fit in

Please note: the panel of hosts are not able to provide feedback on specific job applications or conduct any job interviews.

CTP Events - South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) Online Live Chat - Wednesday 18th October 2017

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) Online Live Chat

Wednesday 18th October 2017
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Whether you’re an experienced paramedic looking for a fresh challenge, currently studying and considering where to begin your career, or simply want to feel you’re making a difference with your skills and experience every day you come to work, Chat to the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) NHS Foundation Trust to discover the wide variety of clinical and non-clinical roles they are recruiting for today.
About South Central Ambulance Service
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning Ambulance Foundation Trust which delivers excellent patient care year on year.

SCAS are looking for dedicated individuals to are interested in their service so they can offer you support and advice from the early onset.

South Central Ambulance Service fully support Reservists and would welcome Service leaver applications for all vacancies.

"From experience, Service leavers, who have transitioned into the company previously, have a great work ethos unlike no others and many transferable skills that we could fully utilise within our organisation."

How does a live chat work?
There is no need to pre-register. On the day, you simply go to the CTP website and find the South Central Ambulance Service Employer Focus page.

A chat box will be displayed in the top right hand corner of the SCAS page - click on it and your chat will start.

There is no set time for you to log on - the chat room is open between 12:00 - 14:00. The chat is not public, so other people will not be able to read the conversation you are having.

What can I talk to them about?
This is about you and your career journey, so you can ask anything which might help you determine whether South Central Ambulance Service could be a future employer. Such as: 
Learn about current and future job vacancies 
Discuss any training requirements 
Find out where your skills and experience could fit in

Please note: the panel of hosts are not able to provide feedback on specific job applications or conduct any job interviews.

Bicester Rugby Football Club - Recruiting NOW!


Service Leavers: Healthcare Information and Guidance for Service Personnel


To find out more please follow this link

Civvy Street - October 2017

  

Pick up a copy from the HIVE or to read online please follow this link

Pathfinder Magazine October 2017


Pick up a FREE copy from the HIVE or to read online please follow this link

DDS: UK Armed Forces Team V Bristol Rugby -Discounted Tickets

 
 
 
UK Armed Forces Rugby have discounted tickets for Defence Discount Service members for just £5 in the Remembrance Match 2017.
The UK Armed Forces Team are playing against Bristol Rugby on Wednesday 8th November at 19:45. This will be a great match in support of The Royal British Legion.
For the offer code and how to redeem visitwww.defencediscountservice.co.uk and log in or log in to our free mobile app.

Donate Your Old £1 Coins To The Poppy Appeal

Latest Edition of Contact - Armed Forces Christian Union - available now


To read the online ediation - please follow this link

Service Parents Guide to Boarding Schools - September 2017


Pick up your FREE copy from the HIVE or follow this link to find out more

Soldier Magazine - October 2017

To read a copy online please follow this link

Quest - October edition online NOW!


To view the online version please follow this link or pick up this and past copies in the HIVE

Forces, Spouses & Partners - Just For Her Magazine - Issue 15

 
Pick up you FREE Copy from the HIVE or read online

Friday, 13 October 2017

SSAFA - Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum Autumn Event - Thursday 2nd November 2017 - Colchester


Tickets For Little Troopers


Tickets for Little Troopers

We have lots of exciting tickets to give away so wanted to let you know! Open to all British Armed Forces families but priority will be given to those with a parent currently serving away from home, feel free to forwards these opportunities to any military friends or family within your community.
*Note to schools/nurseries who enter; all children must have a serving British Armed Forces parent and we can not help towards travel*

FARNBOROUGH - 360 Play.

A brand new play centre including a 'little street' plus dodgems and soft play is opening in Farnborough in Hampshire and they have chosen Little Troopers as their charity of the year! We have 30 tickets to give away for a sneeky play session before the grand opening.

Tuesday 17th October 1000 - 1200hrs http://360play.co.uk/farnborough/
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

BIRMINGHAM - Disney on Ice

We are really lucky to have teamed up with Disney on Ice this year to send over 80 military families to shows across the UK!

Wednesday 18th October 1830hrs https://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/ticket-info/Passport-to-Adventure/902
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

SHEFFIELD - Disney on Ice

Wednesday 15th November 1830hrs http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/disney-on-ice-2017-5546/
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

OxOnArts.info - Employmetn Opportunity - Events Assistant at Modern Art Oxford

Events Assistant

Salary / Fee: 
£ 7.50 per hour
Closing Date: 
Thursday, 19 October, 2017
for more information please visit
Modern Art Oxford website on the 'About' page.

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/wp-co...
Please ensure you send the following items in one email addressed to hayley.raines@modernartoxford.org.uk or posted to the address below no later than 12pm on Thursday 19th October 2017. 
Interviews will be on 23rd October 2017
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Your application must include:
• A covering letter no longer than two sides of A4 stating why you have the appropriate skills and experience for this role. Please cover all points in the person specification
• An up-to-date CV no longer than two sides of A4 detailing your relevant education qualifications and professional experience. Please also include the contact details of two referees. References will only be requested after an offer of employment is made
• A completed equal opportunities monitoring form

OxOnArts.info - Employment Opportunity - Deputy Front of House Manager (Maternity Cover)

Deputy Front of House Manager (Maternity Cover)

Salary / Fee: 
£21,000 - £23,000
Closing Date: 
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Oxford Playhouse is seeking a Deputy Front of House Manager to cover a period of maternity leave.
The Deputy Front of House Manager will assist the Front of House Manager in leading the Front of House team to achieve departmental objectives. Specifically, to deliver an excellent, effective, profitable customer service driven front of house operation. They will duty manage performances and ensure that Oxford Playhouse is safe for staff, visitors and customers and that it provides consistently high standards of service.
Salary: £21,000 – £23,000 per annum, depending on experience
Hours: Full-time - 39 hours. Evening and weekend work will be included.

Closing date for applications: 10am on Friday 20 October 2017
Interviews will be held on Monday 23 October 2017
Download application packs from https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/about-us... or email recruitment@oxfordplayhouse.com
Registered Charity No: 900039
Oxford Playhouse funded by Arts Council England, South East, The University of Oxford and Oxford City Council.

Contact Details: 
Laura Smith
recruitment@oxfordplayhouse.com
01865 305 318

OxOnArts.info - Employment Opportunity - Assistand Duty Manager (Casual)

Assistant Duty Manager (Casual)

Salary / Fee: 
£10.33 per hour
Closing Date: 
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Oxford Playhouse is seeking an Assistant Duty Manager to assist the FOH Duty Manager in the management, staffing, and administration of the FOH volunteers including the provision of all customer, and operational services required and dictated by both Oxford Playhouse’s programme and general operation. To provide support to the Front of House Volunteers.
Salary: £10.33 per hour
Hours: Casual. Evening and weekend work will be required.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 20 October 2017
Interviews will be held on Friday 27 October 2017

Download application packs from https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/about-us... or email recruitment@oxfordplayhouse.com
Registered Charity No: 900039
Oxford Playhouse funded by Arts Council England, South East, The University of Oxford and Oxford City Council.

Contact Details: 
Laura Smith
recruitment@oxfordplayhouse.com
01865 305 318

OxOnArts.info - Employment Opportunity - Performing Arts Class Assistant

Performing arts class assistant

Salary / Fee: 
Please enquire
Closing Date: 
Saturday, 28 October, 2017
Performing arts tutor job vacancy Oxfordshire
· Class assistants support both our Young Performers Classes for children aged 4-6yrs and our WOAPA TOO! classes for children with learning disabilities.
· Assistants may also be called upon to work in main school classes.
· Assistants may also be called upon to assist with admin duties.
· Hours are 9.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm
· Contracts are issued term-time only (12-week terms )
· The Academy operates on Saturdays at Henry Box School, Witney, Oxfordshire.
· There may be occasional rehearsal/performances at other venues.
· Class assistants are also required to attend planning meetings, on dates to be agreed.

Key Responsibilities:
• To assist the WOAPA Directors & Tutors to deliver quality tuition in performing arts to the students of WOAPA.
• Meet with the Academy team to plan and develop the creative programme.
• To assist the WOAPA Tutor to prepare and deliver performing arts classes and rehearsals / performances.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION
The Class Assistant must show a willingness to:
• Assist in keeping a class of children focused and enthusiastic.
• Work with young children to improve their confidence and skills in singing, dance and drama.
• Work in partnership with a team of creative professionals. .
• Assist the tutor to plan, deliver and evaluate high quality sessions.
• Be prepared to create, devise and improvise.
• Work in a flexible way within an ever-changing environment.
• Work under pressure and to time scales.
• Demonstrate reliability, commitment, energy, passion and enthusiasm.
• Demonstrate compassion, patience and understanding towards people from all walks of life.
• Be creative, resourceful and resilient.

Desirable Requirements:
• A Good sense of humour!
• Previous experience in a theatre school environment.
• Previous experience of working with children.

Special Requirements:
• Willingness to undergo enhanced DBS check.
• Willingness to comply with Data Protection, Health & Safety, Safeguarding policies and procedures.
• Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children.
• Demonstrate emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.

Contact Details: 
Www.WOAPA.co.uk

Cherwell - October Half Term Hubs - at The Cooper School, Bicester Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October 2017


Holiday Hubs at The Cooper School, Bicester

Monday 23 October 2017 through to Friday 27 October 2017

Our hubs give children aged 5 -15 a unique opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities delivered by qualified and DBS (formerly CRB) cleared coaches.
The sessions provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn, improve, make friends and have fun.
The children are split into 5-7 and 8 years plus age groups. Every day a coached activity will be delivered by a qualified coach who is linked to a local club to make children aware of the local club in the area and where to carry on participation afterwards. Coached sessions will normally run between 10am-12pm.
Throughout the day Multi Skills, Fun & Games, Team Activities and Arts and Crafts are delivered.
Multi Skills - these activities are based around the fundamentals of movement and play, agility, balance, coordination and speed. Activities are fun sessions working on these fundamentals and how to progress these to improve levels.
Fun & Games - these activities are all about engagement of the children and used as introduction games such as clap catch, parachute games, splat and more to encourage children to participate.
Team Games - these are normally played in the afternoon after skills have been developed through the day. Obstacle relays will be played along with team games such as rounders. Kwik Cricket, and many more.
Arts & Crafts - will be participated in the afternoon to cool down and cater for young people who enjoy arts and crafts.
Don't forget to bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinks.

Please note: In the event of an emergency we will administer First Aid. All staff are First Aid trained and DBS checked. 

To book tickets please follow this link

Cherwell District Council aims to work in a way that helps, as far as possible, to safeguard children from harm and support their development as members of the community. Should our coaches, instructors or leaders become concerned about the welfare or safeguarding of a child who attends one of our activity hubs, we have a duty to report this to our Designated Safeguarding Lead for further assessment and onward escalation if deemed appropriate.