Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Thames Valley Alert - Payment Diversion Alert

Please note:
 This is useful information to pass onto families and friends it does not necessarily apply to families in SFA  

Payment diversion alert 
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself
  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraudor by telephone0300 123 2040.

Thames Valley Alert - Attempted Burglary Wootton - 19th January 2107


Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglary in Wootton, Oxfordshire
On 19.01.17 between 05:00 – 19:00 a property in Besselsleigh 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.

Carillion amey - Update on new Housing Portal

Service Family Hot Topics - January 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Parents & Schools - Changes to the Special Educational Needs Additions to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

Important Information for Parents and Schools

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance
(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4) 
Details can be seen at this link

Social Networking - Stay Safe

Legal Services for the Armed Forces - Bower & Bailey

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Oxfordshire County Council - Admissions to infant and primary schools


Admissions to infant and primary schools

Details of applying to start infant and primary school for the first time.

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be starting reception from September 2017.
Children attending an infant school and born between 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010 will be transferring to junior school in September 2017.
How to apply
The deadline for infant and primary applications was 15 January 2017.
If you missed this deadline complete a paper application form (pdf format, 98Kb) and ensure it reaches the Admissions Team no later than 5 May 2017
Your application will be considered on 12 June 2017. 

Make sure you understand the admissions process before applying

Key dates
  • 15 January 2017 - Deadline for on-time applications
  • 18 April 2017 - Offer of school places sent by second class post and email
  • 5 May 2017 - Deadline for accepting or declining school places, and deadline for receipt of late application forms, continued interest list forms and changes of preference
  • 12 June 2017 - Second allocation round
  • September 2017 - start of the school year

Important things to remember when applying

  • It is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place by the deadline of 15 January 2017
  • If your child is attending nursery classes within a primary school, you must still apply for a place in the main school
  • You can list three different schools in order of preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences
  • We advise you to enter your catchment (or designated) school as one of your preferences
  • Attending your catchment school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under two miles away
  • If your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

Launton Village Stay and Play - Tuesdays and Fridays

Council launches stricter policy for local Taxi & Private Hire Drivers

A new licensing policy that will introduce stricter standards for taxi and private hire drivers has now come into effect.
On Monday, 9 January Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) launched the joint Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy.
The new policy aligns both councils’ policies, while also including a number of updates and improvements to ensure those that use taxis have a safe, reliable and pleasant experience. 

Mandatory safeguarding training will make drivers more alert to the risks that passengers face and encourage vigilance in the reporting of any misconduct or criminality. The ‘fit and proper person’ test vets would-be cabbies for general demeanour and honesty before they get behind the wheel.

Driving standards training will be another condition of the new licence application process, which places particular emphasis on any evidence of dishonesty and driving offences such as speeding.

The policy covers not only drivers’ recruitment and training, but their performance on the road. A penalty points scheme will keep track of infringements and the council will be empowered to revoke licences in cases of serious or repeated offences. 

For further information visit http://www.cherwell.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2225 or contact the licensing team on 01295 753744 or licensing@cherwell-dc.gov.uk.

North Abingdon Children's Centre Last Stay and Play Session at Dalton barracks - Tuesday 7th February 2017

The last 
will be on 
Tuesday 7th February 2017

Come and join us!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Union Jack Club London - 2017 Weekend Offers

Thames Valley Police is holding an online discussion with South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse residents on Thursday 19th January 2017

Thames Valley Police is holding an online discussion with South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse residents on Thursday (19/1).

Residents of are invited to join in the session, 
which will be taking place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, anonymously.

Visit the Cover it Live website at that time to take part, or visit before to set up an email reminder.  
You can also pre-submit a question to the web chat on Twitter, using #AskTVP and follow us at @TVPSouthandVale
The web chat will provide members of the community with an opportunity to ask Inspector Mark Harling, a Neighbourhood Inspector, questions about general policing issues, or raise any concerns, relating to where they live or work in South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse.
Insp Harling  said: “The Neighbourhood teams across South and Vale LPA are here to work to resolve local issues, so do please go online and speak to me during the one-hour web chat with any questions or concerns.

“I’ll be working hard to answer as many questions as I can, and if you are not able to join us the questions and answers can be viewed afterwards on the Cover it Live website.”

Latest Offers from Forces Cars Direct

With the New Year here are some great new offers from Forces Cars Direct.
These are low monthly payment offers on personal contract hire and are available for all serving and retired members but also family and friends!

These are also available to view on our website at  

Oxfordshire Play Association - Playwork Training in Witney - Booking DEADLINE - Friday 27th January 2017



The deadline for booking your place on our Funded Playwork Training in Witney is fast approaching and spaces are filling up fast!
The FREE Introduction to Playwork course will take place on 9th February at Witney ATP and bookings need to be confirmed by Friday 27th January.
Full details and a Booking Form can be found on our website at

Friday, 13 January 2017

Bicester Rural Children's Centre (Including Ambrosden) - Weekly programme from January 5th 2017

Moving Schools Booklet pack

Are you due for a new assignment or leaving the Army? 
The below pack of three booklets are available FREE from the HIVE. These have proved to be a valuable addition to aid the transition for service children.
The packs were produced as a result of a number of meetings between Service Families and Schools. The meetings were organised by HIVE Information Officers in the South and supported by CEAS (Children's Education Advisory Service)
The pack contains:

Booklet 1, 
A Guide For Parents (to keep at home) 
Using your Moving On Pack
Schools attended
Examples of your child's work
First visit
Information for schools

Booklet 2, 
Children's Activity Pack (to keep at home)
What do you enjoy doing?
Looking forward, looking back
Keeping friends
New address cards
Address book
Booklet 3,
Schooling History (to hand to the new teacher)
Schools attended details

'SEND' System for Special Educational Needs Support in Schools

To download the Department of Education's SEND guide, 'Special educational needs and disability: A guide for parents and carers' please click HERE

Service families with queries about SEN can access support from the Children's Education Advisory Service.

Flowchart extracted from http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/new-send-system-flow-chart-part-1-sen-support/ 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Abingdon Atoms Korfball Club - FREE Beginners Course


Welcome to Abingdon Atoms Korfball Club

Abingdon Korfball Club was started in May 2000.  We are a friendly club which welcomes new players, including complete beginners, throughout the year.
The club is open to anyone aged 16 or above who would like to play – no experience necessary!
AKC have training sessions once per week (see training page for more details) and play regularly in both league and cup matches against eight other clubs in the Oxfordshire Korfball League.
In the summer the club also enters a team into various korfball tournaments held throughout the country (and at least one overseas – Sweden and Spain have been recent destinations).
We look forward to seeing or hearing from you – and please enjoy browsing the rest of our website!

Would you like to try a new sport in 2017?

 If you're looking to keep fit and have fun at the same time, then come along to our FREE four week korfball beginners' course in Abingdon starting on Thursday 12th January.

No experience necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know. 
Contact us via our Facebook page, or email enquiries@abingdonkorfball.co.uk for more details.

Thames Valley Alerts - Snow Warning - Safe Driving

If you are planning a journey in the next 24 hours we advise you to check the weather forecast from the Met Office at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast.

Consider if your journey is necessary.  If so here are some reminders to consider before setting off:
- have a fully charged mobile phone;
- wear warm clothing and take some extra clothes in your vehicle;
- take a torch, some food and water;
- make sure you have screenwash in your car;
- tell someone your destination, the time you expect to arrive and your planned route;
- check the Highway Code for advice on driving in snowy and icey conditions.

Thank you and safe travelling.

Little Troopers and the support that is available

Happy New Year!

We're now well settled into 2017 and firstly it was great to work with so many of you in 2016, our first year as a tri-service charity and the only one of its kind solely in support of Little Troopers.
We wanted to send you an email to highlight all the support we make available to help military families, lots is free and easily accessible no matter where in the world families are based, regular or reserve.

Please do let your families know we exist and the support that is available to them and get in touch if you have any questions or if you'd like to work together in 2017, have a read of this case study of our work with RAF Brize Norton throughout 2016 HERE

Separation Packs
Resource packs for children with a parent away, be it one month exercise or a 10 month deployment. World Map, Stickers, Postcards, Photo Frame and more included
Crafty Little Troopers
New initiative of beautifully illustrated activity sheets, new sheet added every week to website and free to download/print lots of military themed craft for Little Troopers click here
Summer Camp 2017
Our annual reconnection camp for military families is back in 2017, with over 230 attending last year it was a huge success. Tickets now available
Little Trooper Medals
These are now available for just £5 per medal, great post a deployment for Little Troopers
Little Trooper of the Month
We need your nominations of military children who have been exceptionally brave, special or inspirational. Every month a child is recognised in this scheme with prizes and a certificate and a spot in our Hall of Fame! Nominate HERE
Parents section
A free to access area on our website with lots of hints and tips for parents to help support their Little Troopers especially through times of separation. Additionally free to download resources such a certificates to give Little Troopers click here
Send a Hug kits
A great activity for Little Troopers to send their love as a 'hug' while they have a parent away from home. Includes instruction sheet, letter paper, badge, envelope
Birthday Scheme
Our birthday scheme is free for families to sign up to, a special hand written card and badge is sent to Little Troopers. Often so welcomed especially if a parent is away and they send their love from afar within the card click here
Little Troopers at School
Soon to launch is our schools project to help both parents and schools understand the Service Pupil Premium funding and helping to support children frequently moving through schools.
Sign up to our monthly newsletters for all the latest news, forward this email to anyone who many benefit and if you need posters/flyers just let us know, we want to support as many Little Troopers out there as possible. Little Troopers HQ xx

Already Working in Care? Want to earn a littel extra cash? Cherwell Care are looking to recruit "Bank Staff"


 If so we would like to hear from you!! Cherwell Care are looking for dedicated, warm and passionate care workers to cover shifts on a 'bank staff' basis. 
We offer flexible shift patterns between the hours of 7am and 10pm Mon - Sun. 
Salaries range from £4,586.40 to £16,926.00. 
Uniform and a company smart phone is provided free of charge as well as funded Diplomas, specialist qualifications and the Care Certificate Award. 
A generous mileage supplement is also paid tax free! 
We are looking for the right people with the right values to become part of our exceptional team in Cherwell. 
If you think this could be you, please get in touch on 01869 243839 or office@cherwellcare.co.uk.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Career Transition Partnership - Young Adults' Job Finding Bulletin

Please follow this link to read further details

AFF to launch new employability campaign

AFF to launch new  
employability campaign 
AFF and Manpower
AFF is proud to announce our latest campaign in support of spousal employment. We've teamed up with workforce experts Manpower to bring Army families accessible employability advice and support at a local level.
Our launch event takes place on Thursday 9 February at 9.30am; all are welcome, whatever stage you're at in your career. Further sessions will be held until the 25 May, between 9.30am and 12.30pm, at the Beeches Centre in Bulford, Salisbury, for spouses and partners to drop in, free of charge, and access a range of support and guidance.
Sessions will take place during the regular weekly coffee morning at the centre, which will continue as normal. We are keen to make these sessions as inclusive and family friendly as we can - so feel free to bring the children along with you.
We'll have consultants, Manpower trainers and AFF staff on hand to help give your career and skills the kick-start they need. Sessions will feature a useful range of CV support, guidance on approaching the job market, career profiling and interview techniques, as well as access to live jobs and more...
For more information on this exciting initiative, click here or to find out more about the employment and training support AFF can offer you, email
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