Thursday, 7 December 2017

Service Leavers Guide



To read the full guide online please follow this link

Meet Santa in his Grotto at Fairytale Farm


Oxford Ice Rink Christmas Show


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.

Join the team at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Join the team at Chiltern Open Air Museum

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!

Current positions available


 Applications via Museum application form downloaded here:



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Shrivenham Academy Players Presents Jack and the Beanstalk at Shrivenham Station


Thames Valley Police - How To Report a Rural Crime




If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999.
Important details to note when reporting an incident include the date, time and details of what you have seen, along with a description of any people or vehicles involved. This aide memoir can be printed out and kept at home or in your vehicles for easy access in the event of an incident: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/documents/1327/4608_Rural_Crime_Aide_Memoir_3up_v3.pdf
By reporting incidents to the police you can help to build resilience and reduce the impact of rural crime on your local community. There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The effect of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location.

Thames Valley Police Alerts- Appeal for Witnesses to Burglaries in Shippom





Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following burglaries in Shippon Abingdon Oxfordshire

On 05.12.17 between 09:00 and 16:00 a property in Cholswell Road was burgled. Entry was gained through a window.
On 05.12.17 between 13:45 and 15:30 a property in Avon Road was burgled. Entry was gained through a front door.
Jewellery was stolen
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.
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.

How spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record.

 

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975 

How spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record. 

Please follow this link to find out more

 

Christmas Open Evening - Wednesday 13th December 2017


Thames Valley Police - Cyber Crime Survey





We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our anonymous survey about cyber crime.

The answers you give will help us to better understand your knowledge level and enable us to provide the information you need to improve your online security in the future.


Thank you for your time.

Thames Valley Police

IMPORTANT Information from Thames Valley Police






We are aware of an explicit video involving a child which has been distributed via social media. This is currently under investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.

If you have received this explicit video on Snapchat, Instagram or by any other means you must delete it immediately. If you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people you could be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate and consider prosecution.

The people in the video have been identified and specialist police officers are supporting them to ensure their safety.

If you have any knowledge or relevant information related to who shared this video or how it was distributed, please contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 as soon as possible.

Children who have been affected by this video are encouraged to speak to their parents, teachers or a trusted adult or can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 for further support.

Further advice for both children and parents about how to stay safe online is available on the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command website: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Employment Opportunity with theHome Assessment Reablement Team (HART)


 

 

Home Assessment Reablement Team (HART)

Salary: £21,210 per annum plus travel allowance of 45p per mile
Our Home Assessment Reablement Team (HART) is a service that provides essential help to people recovering from a hospital admission in the familiar surroundings of their own home.
Previous experience is not essential, although being a caring, supportive and sympathetic person is.
You will be based in Abingdon, Banbury or Oxford and you must be a car driver with access to a car for business use.
Come along to our reablement support worker recruitment day to find out more.
Providing Reablement across Oxfordshire

To find out more please follow this link

Is your Service Child's School or Playgroup looking for Funding - Tesco';s Bags of Help Programme





Tesco’s Bags of Help programme is back and looking for local projects to support. It uses the money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge in England to donate to good causes. The charity Groundwork will be helping to review the applications and administer the funding.
From 1st December 2016, customers can vote each month for their favourite community project.

Who can apply?

Schools are welcome to apply, along with these other organisations:
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Health bodies
  • Parish and town councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest companies
  • Hospices
  • Community councils
  • Local authorities
  • Housing organisations.

What can be funded?

Capital projects that provide community benefit will be funded. The idea is that these projects will be free for the community to access and use. This includes parks and green spaces, play areas, open access sports facilities within public spaces, nature reserves, community woodlands, churchyards, school grounds, allotments and community gardens.

What funding is available?

Winning projects will be voted by customers at local Tesco stores. There will be three grant awards available: £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000.

Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.
Projects can be stand-alone projects or discrete, self-contained parts of a larger scheme or phased projects.
Projects need to be completed within twelve months of receipt of the grant.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant, you’ll need to find your nearest Tesco store. There is a store locator on the Tesco website. Next, you’ll need to enter this postcode into the Eligibility Quiz. If you’re eligible, you’ll be given access to the application form.
If your project involves work on the land, you’ll need to submit a completed and signed landowner permission form with your application. It’s a good idea to have this in place before putting pen to paper and making your application.
Applications can be made at any time.
Please see the Groundwork website for more details on applying for a grant from Bags of Help. Please also check this website for any updates to the opportunity.

Equicate - Santa's Grotto visits


Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Civilian Housing Brief - RAF Odiham - Wednesday 17th January 2018


Army Mediation


South Central Ambulance Service - Recruitment Open Day - South - Saturday 27th January 2017


Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Civilian Housing Brief - Wednesday 7th February 2018


Forces Radio BFBS - 'Damn The Torpedoes' Xmas SPECIAL LIVE RECORDING - Tuesday 12th December 2017



JOIN US AT FREE LIVE RECORDING OF
DAMN THE TORPEDOES XMAS SPECIAL

Forces Radio BFBS is recording a brand new Xmas Special of the multi award-winning military-themed comedy sketch show, Damn the Torpedoes.

The live 90-minute performance is on Tuesday 12th December at 7.30pm at the RADA Studios in London, and will be made into a half-hour Xmas Special for broadcast at Christmas.

Get set to hear hilarious skits throwing a spotlight on the comic side of service life, as ‘famous’ voices weave implausible plots and mimic military jargon.

This pre-Christmas treat includes David Attenborough narrating a Special Blue Planet 2 on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s newest and biggest Aircraft carrier. There’s also the Boris Johnson Enigma machine to be deciphered and we’ll discover how Front-line Fast Jet pilots deal with ‘take your kids to work day’!

The show is performed by stars of radio and television including Lewis Macleod (BBC Radio's Dead Ringers, Lewis Macleod is Not Himself and ITV’s Newzoids), Debbie Arnold (EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Birds of a Feather), Alex Perkins (Call the Midwife, Law & Order, Doctors) and Steve Hope Wynne (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Series one and two of Damn The Torpedoes has already won two bronze awards in the ‘Best Comedy Special’ category at the 2015 and 2017 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Awards.

Executive Producer of the comedy series and Forces Radio BFBS Breakfast Show Presenter, Richard Hatch, said: “Damn the Torpedoes is written by Kirrin Productions for Forces Radio BFBS with input from the British military community, so we’ve involved our core audience in the creative process from the very beginning.

“The first two series were so successfully received that we were really keen to record another series and go for an international gold award!”

Book online now for a FREE night of comedy at the RADA studios in central London on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at www.sroaudiences.com/ and click on ‘Current Shows’.

The Damn The Torpedoes Xmas Special will be broadcast on Forces Radio BFBS on Saturday 23th at 1.30pm, Sunday 24th at 4.30pm and Tuesday 26th December at 3.30pm.

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS on www.forces.net, via the BFBS app, on Sky 0211, or Freesat 786. Forces Radio BFBS is available regionally and across the forces world on DAB and FM. Visit www.forces.net to find your local station.

Oxfordshire Mind - NEW Course in 2018 at Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot - Getting What You Need - Building on our strengths for all Military Partners


Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers - Pantomine Ticket Opportunities - Oxford


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 and we are delighted our Christmas Smiles initiative is back for 2017!

We have three new ticket opportunities for Little Troopers in Colchester, Reading & Oxford, more coming soon.
COLCHESTER - Snow White - Any off Peak performance date  + Ice Cream vouchers

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 7th December 1800hrs 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 Mercury Theatre, Colchester at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
READING - Peter Pan - Any date between 9th Dec - 7th JanIf 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 7th December 2017 1800hrs 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 Hexagon Theatre, Reading at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
OXFORD - Jack & the Beanstalk - 18th December 1400hrs

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 7th December 2017 1800hrs 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
  • 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

More Panto opportunities coming up fro Little Troopers very soon xxx

Thames Valley Police - Live Webchat - Wednesday 6th December 2017- Keeping Your Home Safe



Tomorrow, Wednesday (6/12), we will be holding a live webchat with Thames Valley Police detectives to offer advice on how you can keep your homes safe this Christmas.
There is often an increase in burglaries at this time of year and we want residents to think about what security they have in place.
In recent months there has been a national increase in burglaries and break-ins and we have seen a 25 per cent rise in burglaries across the Thames Valley in the last six months.
Alongside our neighbourhood policing teams who are offering advice to residents, we have dedicated resources in place to disrupt and investigate burglaries in order to bring offenders to justice.
To find out more about how TVP is tackling burglary across your area, join us tomorrow between 6.30pm and 8pm.
Thinking of joining the discussion? Let us know by ‘joining’ the event on our Facebook page.

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Locality place based plans across Oxfordshire


The draft locality plans for GP practices and primary care in Oxfordshire are now published and available for comment until 17 December. Each Plan identifies the priorities of the local area and outlines ways to make GP services more sustainable and responsive to patient's needs. With health and care services under significant pressure no single GP practice or provider organisation has one solution. However the draft plan maps out how GP practices can work together and with other providers to ensure sustainability and improvements in patient care.

We are grateful for all the patient feedback and to those who have engaged and helped us to develop the plans thus far.

We would now like to hear your views on the ideas and proposals in each of the Locality place based plans for Oxfordshire. To read the place based plan for each of the Localities in Oxfordshire and to take part in the surveys, please click on the link below:

Oxford City: https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/OxfordLocalityPlan/consultationHome

North (Banbury, Chipping Norton, Bloxham and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/NorthLocalityPlan/consultationHome

North East (Bicester, Kidlington, Woodstock and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/NELocalityPlan/consultationHome

South East (Wallingford, Henley-on-Thames, Benson, Thame, Chinnor, Sonning Common and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/SELocalityPlan/consultationHome

South West (Faringdon, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/SWLocalityPlan/consultationHome

West (Witney, Carterton, Eynsham and surrounding villages/towns): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/WestOxonPrimaryCare/consultationHome

If you would prefer to comment on Locality place based plans across Oxfordshire as a whole, please email OCCG at cscsu.talkinghealth@nhs.net or write to:

Freepost OXFORDSHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP


Following this second phase of engagement we will collate and analyse all the feedback and input into the final plans. A final engagement report will be published alongside the plans in January 2018.

Future Accommodation (FAM) Update




FUTURE ACCOMMODATION MODEL (FAM) UPDATE




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