Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Mobile Phones and Driving - Change to Penalties

Drivers are being warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel ahead of a new law coming into force which will double the penalties for the offence.
From March 2017 the Fixed Penalty Notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving will increase to £200 and 6 points
See full details at

Monday, 27 February 2017

Bicester Village Job Fair, Tuesday 28th February 2017




Bicester Village is looking for candidates who can bring passion to a luxury, fast-moving retail environment.
A number of boutiques and restaurants in the Village are seeking enthusiastic candidates who would like a new challenge, or are looking to return to work. There is a selection of roles and shift patterns on offer, as well as flexible hours to suit your needs.
Retail experience is not essential – but passion is.
If you are looking for a full-time or a part-time position, either permanently or temporarily, come and meet our brands to find your new challenge; join us on Tuesday 28 February from 4pm to 6.30pm at John Paul II Centre in Bicester and present yourself during a short interview. Register HERE.
Address: John Paul II Centre
Webb Court, Causeway
Bicester OX26 6AW

Little Munchkins - Stay & Play - Ambrosden Village Hall

Come and have some fun at a brand new stay and play group for children aged 0-5 yrs.
Lots of sensory and tactile activities with the opportunity to meet mums/dad's/grandparents/carers for a chat and a cuppa!

Pick up a copy of the NEW Defence Discount Directory 2016/17

Pick up a copy of the new Defence Discount Directory from your local HIVE office 
Abingdon HIVE - Community Centre, Dalton Barracks
Bicester HIVE - Army Education Centre, Bicester Garrison

Defence Academy UK Courses - Stress and Resilience Programme

Oxford University Hospitals - Job Opportunities

Oxford University Hospitals Apprenticeship Open Evening
Date : Monday 20th March
Time : 6 - 8pm
Venue : Lecture Theatre 1, Foyer Level 3, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU

We care about your future and we are offering a variety of apprenticeships including Business Administration and Clinical Healthcare. If successful you will commence your role in September 2017.

Email: apprenticeships@ouh.nhs.uk
Call 01865 226 695
Visit our website: www.ouh.nhs.uk/apprenticeships

Oxford University Hospitals - Events during March 2017

Eye Hospital Patient Open Day
Date : Saturday 4th March
Time : 10am - 12.30pm
Venue : Tingewick Hall, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU

There will be talks from consultants and senior staff members in regards to current and future services the Eye Hospital has to offer, as well as information stands.

To book please email: OEHpatientopenday@ouh.nhs.uk

Do you want to know more about Dementia?
Date : Saturday 25th March 2017
Time : 10am - 1pm
Venue : Lecture Theatre 2, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU

Free short talks on Alzheimer's, dementia, current treatments and latest research.

There will be a Dementia Question Time session, so please bring your questions along.

Information stands including Carers Oxfordshire, Young Dementia, Alzheimer's Society, NHS trust, Dementia Oxfordshire, Oxford University Museums Partnership, Join Dementia Research, Creative Dementia, ARUK UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute and Alzheimer's Research UK.

To book your free place please visit: www.ARUKOxford2017.eventbrite.co.uk
or contact Melanie Witt on 01865 282358 or aruk.administrator@dpag.ox.ac.uk
For more information visit www.dpag.ox.ac.uk/aruk/oxford-public-day

Healthwatch Forum
Date : Thursday 30 March 2017
Time : 9.30am to 3pm
Venue : Corn Exchange, Witney

Healthwatch Oxfordshire is your local independent health and social care watchdog. They listen to your experiences of using local health and social care services and let those who provide and pay for those services know what you think is working well and what could be better.

This March, they are focussing on listening to people who live and work in Witney. On 30th March they are hosting an Information Fair at the Corn Exchange in Witney. The Fair is your opportunity to find out about lots of different health, care and wellbeing services that are available to support you. They will be there, eager to hear about your experiences of visiting your GP, dentist, pharmacy, mental health services, community hospital or using care homes or carers at home in Witney.

The event is free and you can drop in at any time to have a chat and find out about all the services on offer. There will be refreshments and cake!

Stoma Day
Date : Saturday 1 April 2017
Time : 10am - 1.30pm
Venue : Tingewick Hall, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU

You will be able to meet the nursing team, chat with ostomates and meet patient groups. There will be a range of products available to view. Tea and coffee provided.

To book please call 01865 221839 or email: Colorectal.nursing@ouh.nhs.uk

BFRS - Meet the BAE Careers Team - Thursday 30th March 2017

Could you be a school governor? Hailey CE Primary School, Witney is looking to recruit new members of its overning Bodydy

Didcot Rugby Club - Bring A Friend Day - Sunday 5th March 2017

Latest vacancies from Scottish Veterans Residences

Scottish Veterans Residences are in a position to offer temp Supported Accom to Veterans at the following locations:
Edinburgh – Whitefoord House – 6 Vacancies
Glasgow – Bellrock Close – 4 Vacancies

Frank Clark
Allocations & Void Officer
Scottish Veterans Housing Association
Tel No: 0131 556 0091 ext 230
Mob No: 07469660019

A member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Registered Charity No 12739
Registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 & with The Scottish Housing Regulator

Are You a Military Spouse? Looking to go back to work? Lifeworks Course - Jubilee Centre Shrivenham - Tuesday 25th April - Thursday 27th April 2017

A 3-day Lifework course will be held at the Jubilee Centre, Shrivenham Station 
from Tuesday 25th - Thursday 27th April 2017.  
Designed specifically for military spouses and partners, whether entering employment for the first time or returning to work. The employability coach will lead students through an enjoyable programme of advice and guidance that include help to understand and manage the impact of change in location and situation, increase confidence, motivation and provide strategies to move forward to employment. Whether a change of job, advance career, return to work or enter further education, Lifeworks will help individuals gain the skills and confidence to reach this goal.

Training courses are delivered around the UK and a course has been confirmed for Shrivenham to be held at the Jubilee Centre with 12 places. 
Applicants should book on to the course through Lifeworks direct on 0800 319 6844 to secure a place.

More information via website www.wearelifeworks.org.uk

Are You Registered to Vote?

or pop into your local HIVE and collect a copy of the Register to Vote form

Double discount on Easter breaks with Haven Holidays

Double discount on Easter breaks

Haven Holidays are proud to be in partnership with Defence Discount Service and so we are delighted to offer you and your family the chance to save up to an extra 10% on top of our best direct prices. If you’re looking to travel over the school or bank holidays, you can save an extra 5%.

This offer is based on 3 nights arriving on Friday 31 March and 4 nights arriving on Monday 3rd and 17th April at selected parks. You must book by Sunday 5th March midnight.

There's  all sorts planned on all 36 parks for 2017, so what better time to book your next family holiday. They’re mostly right on the (or near) the coast with some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches. So you can usually wander down the water’s edge in minutes (no flights, airport queues or taxis required!)

Visit the website at https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk to get the code.

Cafe Cook / Manager required at Hogacre Common Eco Park

Hogacre Common Eco Park, South Oxford, is looking for someone to prepare and run the Sunday afternoon cafe 12.00-17.00 from mid-May to mid-September. 
Email hogacrecommon@gmail.com for more info by Monday 13th March


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Do you live Swindon and have a child age 3 or 4? Then you might benefit from 30 hours of FREE high quality childcare.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents living outside of Swindon or working for other employers, will be eligible to apply when this scheme is rolled out nationally from September 2017

Step Change - latest news

To find out more information please follow this link

Big White Wall

#Instincts taking over your #relationships? 
Take control & feel better with @BigWhiteWall1 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Abingdon HIVE will be closed on Thursday 23rd Feburaury 2017

Thames Valley Alert - Preventing Rural Crime - online discussion - Thursday 23rd February 2017

An online discussion about preventing rural crime in Thames Valley is taking place on Thursday 23 February. It’s just one of the events that forms part of a month-long campaign on tackling rural crime that affects our rural businesses and farms.

Thames Valley Police is hosting the live web chat on  
Thursday 23 February from 6.30pm-7.30pm,
 aimed at anyone with rural interests in the Thames Valley including residents, visitors and workers.

A panel of representatives from the Thames Valley Rural Partnership will be on hand to take your questions, including:
  • Inspector Andy Thompson – Neighbourhood Inspector at Thames Valley Police 
  • Robin Edwards – Director, South East at CLA (Country Land and Business Association)
  • Georgia Craig – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Adviser at National Farmers Union 
  • Sergeant Al Hawkett – Sergeant at Thames Valley Police West Berkshire LPA (Local Police Area) rural crime team
  • Alison Wilkins – Criminal Researcher at Thames Valley Police Force Intelligence Bureau
  • Alex Crump – Representative for Young Farmers and the Treasurer at Henley Young Farmers
  • Special Constable Matthew Drew, Thames Valley Police South and Vale LPA rural crime team 
    You can take part via our online discussion page, available via this link: http://thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast 
Questions can be submitted anonymously and you can also get involved via Twitter by using #AskTVP to submit questions.

About our campaign
Thames Valley Police and our rural partners are running a campaign throughout February that is targeting rural crime that affects businesses and farms in our region.  

Help us to make the campaign a success by doing the following five things:
  1. Fill in our Perceptions of Rural Crime survey https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/A0EFBEE5-5765-48B3-BF0D-FF5884F796D7/QuickRegister 
  2. Read and share Country Watch spring edition; available via this link http://releasd.com/0904/ 
  3. Join us for our online question and answer session at 6.30pm on 23 February.  Set your reminder now via this link: http://thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast 
  4. Like and share our #TVPRural social media content.  We’re all posting on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us for videos, statistics and photos from our country-based officers and partners – see what we get up to!
  5. Come along to any events taking place near you.  These will be advertised locally and on your local neighbourhood teams Twitter account.
All of this will help our rural businesses, properties and individuals from becoming victims of crime and help protect livelihoods.

Big White Wall

#Readjusting to #civilianlife is tough
 join @BigWhiteWall1 the online #mentalhealth service #strongbonds 

Thames Valley Alert - Police Officer recruitment opens on Tuesday 27th February 2017

 As part of a drive to recruit around 200 new police officers this year, Thames Valley Police is opening police constable recruitment on Monday 27 February.
A career as a police constable with us is challenging but offers an excellent opportunity for those who want to develop their skills whilst transforming the lives of local people.  Whether it’s fighting major crime, responding to road traffic collisions or building relationships with the community, there is no career quite like policing.
Thames Valley Police is aiming to recruit around 200 new police officers this year in order to maintain a resilient frontline service. We are keen to recruit people with a wide range of skills and experiences and an understanding of cultural issues. As an organisation we are keen to fully represent the diverse communities within the Thames Valley area and would encourage applicants from minority backgrounds who are underrepresented in the Force.
To be eligible to apply, candidates must hold two A Levels graded pass (A-E), an equivalent (Level 3) qualification or higher. Please note this includes equivalent vocational and international qualifications; if you have any queries about the equivalency of your qualification please email the recruitment team.
Candidates must attend an eligibility appointment prior to submitting their application. These appointments are limited in number and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Further information about how to book your appointment will be available on our website from Monday 27 February when recruitment opens.

A live web chat has been planned for Thursday 23 February which will offer people the opportunity to find out more about the recruitment process and ask any questions they may have. The web chat will begin at 1pm and is available to view online (opens new window) from any smartphone, tablet or computer.

Are you a member of the RAF living in the local area - Have you heard about Storybook Wings?

Please see the below in regards to a survey RAFA Storybook Wings are currently conducting. Below link explains Storybook Wings in more detail if you are not yet familiar with it.

RAF Association launches Storybook Wings survey

Are you a parent or grandparent?

Did you know that all year round, the RAF Association runs the Storybook Wings initiative, offering parents and grandparents serving in the RAF the opportunity to record one of their children’s favourite books?
Just this year, the scheme has made over 60,000 bedtimes a little easier for children of serving parents and we’d like your feedback to make sure this number keeps on growing.
The survey is open to anyone who regularly reads to a child, be they a parent/guardian, grandparent, sibling. It should only take a few minutes and you could be in with the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher. Please click here to take the short survey.

Family Grapevine - Oxfordshire, South, Vale & west

To read the issue online please follow this link

Vodafone - 30% off Data Extravaganza - Sim only bundle

Scottish Veterans Residences

Amended details - Ambrosden 4 Children - Funraising event - Pancake Morning - Tuesday 28th February 2017