Friday, 31 March 2017

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Minimum Wages Rates from Saturday 1st April 2017

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The New e-Bluey Service - InTouch Launches Saturday 1st April 2017


The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

The new imail INtouch system will allow users to send up to eight pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.
The MOD is committed to the welfare of its people and enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Replacing the ageing e-bluey service is recognition of the fact that, to provide the best possible communication system for service personnel overseas, we must take advantage of the latest technology. This is why the funding for e-bluey is being redirected to imail INtouch and development of cutting-edge communications solution.
Full information - click link InTouch

SSAFA - Need to Talk?

Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) forty-sixth report 2017

Recommendations from the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) on Armed Forces remuneration and charges. 


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30% Armed Forces Discount - Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Purchase a Longleat All In One Day Ticket online and receive over a 30% discount on standard prices.
Available for members of the Army, Navy and RAF.
Employees must present a valid company ID card on arrival to validate this offer.

Thames Valley Police - Police Crime Commissioner launches new Police & Crime Plan

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has launched his new five year Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley.

The document sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations. It consists of five strategic priorities which are:

  • Vulnerability – Managing demand on services through working together with a particular focus on mental health, elder abuse, hidden abuse, and the criminal justice experience for victims
  • Prevention and Early Intervention – Improving safeguarding in both the physical and virtual space including tackling cyber crime, road safety, peer on peer abuse, hate crime and female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Reducing Re-offending – Targeting and managing harm and risk with a focus on substance misuse, violence involving weapons and offender management
  • Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism – Improving the local response including increased public awareness, promoting a ‘dare to share’ culture, and preventing violent extremism and exploitation of vulnerable people.
  • Police Ethics and Reform – Increasing the pace of change with a focus on improved support for victims, uptake of new technology, and improving the perceptions of police among young people
The Plan was informed by the views of nearly 5000 residents, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016.

It was also developed using a broad range of information including academic research, analysis of crime trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “Demand on policing and community safety issues have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. The Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority.

“Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley.

“I will now be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.” 

For more information and to view the full Police and Crime Plan visit the PCC website

Families Consultative Group - Wednesday 24th May 2017 - Jubilee Centre Shrivenham

K2 Fitness Circuits - Mondays, Ambrosden Village Hall

Pilates For Children - Carterton

Easter workshop at Carterton Methodist Church.


The closing date for applications to the Forces Media Academy’s unique media course is this Friday 31st March

The free Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course is open to service leavers and veterans, and all students on the one-year course also receive a bursary of £18k.
Students learn alongside industry experts and will be taught core modules such as Camera and Lighting Skills, and Film and Video Editing. Specialist modules include Production of Multi-Media Programmes and Advertising Campaigns.

  The full-time course starts on 25th September at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire.    For more information about entry requirements and applications, and for full details of the course modules,  go online to

Monday, 27 March 2017

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Friday, 24 March 2017

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Drayton Manor Theme Parks - Armed Forces Discount

Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout our 2017 season we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex serving personnel of the British Armed Forces.  

Our main 2017 season runs from Thursday 30th March – Friday 27th October* and any serving or ex serving member of the British Armed Forces will receive free entry to Drayton Manor Park.
Armed Forces discount is also available for Park Entry throughout Magical Christmas. 
Opens on 18th November for selected dates until 31st December.** 

Booking in advance is not necessary so please show your ID on arrival at any ticket kiosk before approaching the gate and free entry will be granted for the individual.

Accepted forms of ID include:
For serving personnel: A Valid Military personal card/MOD card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving member of the armed forces).

For Veterans: A leaving certificate, proof of War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces)

To find out more please follow this link

*Not available on park buy out days, please check the website before travelling for opening times and dates. No family or friend’s discounts offered at this time.    
**Park entry only, does not include a meeting with Father Christmas. This can be booked seperately at an extra price,

Oxfordshire Jerk Festival - CHANGE OF DATE - Saturday 10th June 2017 - Employment Opportunity - Operations Manager

Operations Manager

Salary / Fee: 
up to £26,000 per annum dependant on experience
Closing Date: 
Friday, 31 March, 2017
Pegasus is a professional theatre with young people at its heart. With a thriving programme of participation, professional performances and outreach, significant time and resources are devoted to supporting young people with an exemplary level of care and commitment.
The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all aspects of the venue, to create an excellent customer experience, ensure compliance with legislation and maintain our position as a high quality cultural venue. They will also organise and overseeing all operations and systems for the venue, maintain a safe and secure venue and support and implement the organisation’s goals around training and participation.
This post is to start as soon as possible.
Closing date for the Operations Manager post is Friday 31st March 2017 at 9 a.m., with interviews to be held the following week.
For a full job description and application form please visit:

Fairytale Farm - - Every Mum Half Price Entry on Mother's Day - Sunday 26th March 2017

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day Weekend to a fun day at the farm.

To make it extra special we will be giving every mum HALF PRICE entry into the farm throughout the weekend when accompanied by one full paying person.

And that's not all. Get creative decorating a special ‘heart and flower’ cookie - to show your mum that she is special. Also, because mums love flowers on Mother’s Day, get crafty in our workshop and make her a special flower. All completely free!

If you want to do something different this Mother’s Day Weekend then come along to Fairytale Farm. Offer Valid 25th - 26th March 2017.

Tickets for Troops - Racecourse Tickets available

SIXTY racecourses have invited members of the Armed Forces to join them at the races this season through the military charity Tickets For Troops.
There are 60 racecourses across Britain from Perth in Scotland to Newton Abbot in Devon.
These and all other racecourses including Bangor-on-Dee, Doncaster, Fontwell Park and Sandown Park have all signed up to support the Armed Forces community with a donation of FREE tickets to their prestigious race days.

Jockeys (L-R) Jimmy Quinn, Jack Mitchell, Luke Morris, Tom Marquand, Stevie Donohoe, Pat Cosgrave and Richard Kingscote at Newmarket racecourse in 2016. Photo Credit - John Hoy
Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops ( endure long periods of separation from their families due to operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their families during the week.

In partnership with the British Horseracing Authority, Tickets For Troops have distributed over 65,000 free tickets from the horse racing community.

Cornerstone Summer Youth Project - Disney's Beauty & the Beast

BFRS - National Employmetn & Careers Fair - Thursday 6th April 2017 - Catterick Leisure Centre - Employment Opportunity - Casual Heritage Retail Assistant

Casual Heritage Retail Assistant

Salary / Fee: 
£10.35 per hour - inclusive of holiday
Closing Date: 
Friday, 31 March, 2017
The role
Part of Oxford City Council’s Culture team, the Museum of Oxford is an Arts Council England Accredited museum with a unique focus on telling the story of the city of Oxford and its communities.

We are looking for a number of Heritage Retail Assistants to provide cover during holiday periods and sickness. You will primarily work in the Museum Gift Shop, covering a variety of tasks including selling gifts, covering the welcome desk for visitors and museum volunteers and managing the box office for events. This role is vital to ensuring our visitors and volunteers have a positive experience and are keen to return.
This is a great opportunity to work in a Museum / Cultural venue environment on a flexible basis. You will be supporting the permanent team during busy periods and at short notice, providing a high level of customer service to all our visitors. Your hours of work will be as and when required by prior arrangement.
About us
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing. With over 1200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government.

We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles. We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.
How to apply
More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via: Our on-line application system (no CVs please)
For further information and how to apply online, please visit
If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848 or 252959 for Direct Services roles.
Closing Date: 31 March 2017
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s): 19 and 20 April 2017

For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Vanessa Lea on 01865 252086 or email
We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. Disabled Applicants who meet the essential criteria on the role profile will be invited to interview.
Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.
Contact Details: 
For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Vanessa Lea on 01865 252086 or email
To apply, please visit

Call to Artists: OVADA'S Seven Counties Open

Call to Artists: OVADA'S Seven Counties Open

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Friday, 7 April, 2017
The OVADA Seven Counties Open has been created to provide exhibition opportunities, support and development for contemporary artists based in Oxfordshire and the surrounding Counties of of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. Contemporary artists aged 18 or over who are practicing in or linked to these seven counties are invited to apply. Up to three artworks can be submitted in any medium, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, sound or video. Artists can be at any stage of their career and those who have previously exhibited with OVADA are welcome to apply however the work must be different from what was shown before.
Artists will be selected by external Judges for inclusion in the biennial Open exhibition at OVADA’s Warehouse from 12 May – 4 June 2017 to coincide with Oxfordshire Artweeks. There is no pre-selection process meaning that the Judges will view and make their selection from all of the submissions that we receive.
Two of the artists selected to exhibit in the Open will be awarded the 'OVADA Professional Development Award'. This prize includes an exhibition hosted by Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, in Spring 2018. In order to prepare for this fully funded exhibition the artists will each receive an artist’s fee, tailored critical and professional mentoring and a voucher to spend on art supplies from Broad Canvas.
One of the exhibiting artists aged between 18 and 25 will be awarded The 'Rishi Mullett-Sadones Memorial Prize' for outstanding work. This award was created to support the practice of an emerging young artist in memory of talented photographer, Rishi Mullett-Sadones. Rishi represented OVADA as a Youth Panelist from 2010 – 2011 and was founder of art group Creative Collective, which was set up as a platform for other young artists. The winner of this prize will receive a voucher for materials from Broad Canvas and professional practice mentoring sessions.
All prize winners will also receive an OVADA booklet as part of the ‘A Little Bit Of {You}’ archive project and free Associate membership for one year.
Apply online by the deadline of 7 April 2017:
-Entry is FREE for current OVADA Associates – join online at:
-For non-Associates there is an entry fee of £12.

Contact Details: 

Artist's Studio Available at OVADA

Artist's Studio Available at OVADA

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Friday, 17 March, 2017
We are currently accepting applications from artists for Studio 5 (formerly OVADA’s project space) based at our warehouse in central Oxford.
Our building has 24 hour access and is well connected to many bus routes and only minutes from Oxford Rail Station. We also have a large off-street loading area with wide doors. The studio has electric lights, power sockets, Wi-Fi and public liability insurance. It is lockable and can be painted inside to suit your practice. Studio-holders benefit from communal facilities including access to a messy sink with running water and a kitchen. Based within OVADA’s warehouse, studio-holders become part of a vibrant exhibition and education space, and have opportunities to participate in Open Studio events, workshops and collaborate with other practitioners.
Dimensions: 5.9m x 5.6m
Cost: £400 pcm, excluding electricity charges which are calculated by an individual studio meter and payable every quarter. Rent must be paid on the first day of each month by standing order. A deposit of £400 must be paid in advance. Please note this studio has no natural light and not fully insulated and is priced to reflect this. Therefore it may not be suitable for certain practices.
Deadline for applications: 17 March 2017 at 12 noon.
The studio contract will start on 1 April 2017.

Visit OVADA's website for further information and to apply: - Employment Opportunity - Video and sound artist wanted for theatrical performance

Video and sound artist wanted for theatrical performance

Salary / Fee: 
Profit share
Closing Date: 
Friday, 31 March, 2017
Video and sound artist wanted to a create a series of images (including film) to be projected during a one-man show and accompanying soundtrack. The play is called Confessions of a Sex Addict and is booked to perform on 29th June at the Burton Taylor Studio Theatre as part of the Offbeat Festival.
Contact Details: 
Please e-mail CV, showreels and information about yourself to - Employment Opportunity - Director wanted for one-man show

Director wanted for one-man show

Salary / Fee: 
Profit share
Closing Date: 
Friday, 31 March, 2017
Director wanted for one-man show. The play is called Confessions of a Sex Addict and is booked to perform on 29th June at the Burton Taylor Studio Theatre as part of the Offbeat Festival.
Contact Details: 
Please send CV and accompanying info to - Employment Opportunity - Bar Assistants, Oxford Playhouse

Bar Assistants

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Monday, 27 March, 2017
Oxford Playhouse is seeking enthusiastic, friendly, customer focused people to join our Bar team to cover day shifts from 9.30 am as well as evening and Saturdays and to provide a welcoming and efficient service for all our customers.
Salary: £17,623 pa pro rata (£8.69 per hour – Oxford’s Living Wage)
Hours: variable and irregular.
Closing date: 12 noon Monday 27th March 2017
Interviews will take place in the following week.
Application packs can be downloaded from:
Completed applications should be sent to
Registered Charity No: 900039
Contact Details: 
Laura Smith
01865 305 318

Lifeworks Programme 2017

Easter Events at Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm can be found on the A44 (Oxford to Chipping Norton road), just outside Chipping Norton. 

The address is Fairytale Farm, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QH. 
Tel: 01608 238014. 
Our website is
Tickets can be bought online at a discount: 
The farm is open every day until 24th December.
Fairytale Farm is a member of Experience Oxfordshire, Cotswolds Tourism, Tourism South East, Tourism For All and the National Farm Attractions Network.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Big White Wall

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Alcoholics Anonymous And The Armed Forces (Serving & Veteran)

Soldier On - Supporting Medically Discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers. We work with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

For more information click on the link
soldier on

Citizens Advice Bureau - Abingdon details

Bicester Foodbank - looking for Mother's Day donations

 Mother's Day is rapidly approaching (Sun 26th March 2017). 
Mum's are the glue of a family, they will do ANYTHING to support their loved ones. So when times are tough, Mum's will sacrifice their own needs to look after their brood. 
So we would like to ask you to help us support them and their personal needs with a tiny bit of pampering as a thank you from all of us for keeping their families working and happy even during difficult times. 
Therefore instead of food donations, please could we ask for toiletries products either as single donations or if you're feeling extravagant, a small gift box? 
You can drop your donations in our standard dropboxes in Sainsburys, Tesco Superstore, Co-Op, Barclays Bank or our office Mon-Fri 10-12. 

Please SHARE and don't forget your own Mum, Mam, Ma, Mama, Mata, Muter...

Employment opportunities at Rectory Farm - Pick Your Own

Rectory Farm Pick You Own and our new café, The Tractor Shack, are opening for business on the 6th April 2017 and we are looking for new enthusiastic staff to work with us.
Shop and Café assistants are at the forefront of our business offering a friendly helping hand to our customers, whether that is advising on which fields are ready to be picked, re-stocking our shelves with fresh strawberries or making a freshly ground coffee.
Key Responsibilities
  • Delivering a friendly and positive service when operating the till
  • Re-stocking shelves
  • Talking to our customers and answering any queries in a positive manner
  • Processing deliveries
  • General cleaning of the shop floor and Pick Your Own in general
  • Working as an active member of the team, supporting colleagues in all tasks
  • Making coffee using an espresso machine (Tractor Shack only)
  • Clearing tables and washing up (Tractor Shack only)
  • Serving food to customers with a friendly smile (Tractor Shack only)
Skills and Qualifications
  • Previous experience in retail would be an advantage but not essential 
  • Previous experience with an espresso machine desired (Tractor Shack only)
  • A courteous and helpful manner
  • Good communication skills 
  • Able to comply with process and procedures
  • Genuine enthusiasm for customer service
  • Flexibility and positive attitude
  • Working within a large farm team
Rectory Farm is a family run business based in Stanton St John village, just outside Oxford. We grow various wholesale crops including potatoes, wheat, barley as well as soft fruit and vegetables that we sell directly to customers in the Spring and Summer season. Within the Farm Shop we have a Café that will be run in house for the very first time in 2017 and we are recruiting staff for both.
The hours are flexible and include weekend work. Perks include a 20% staff discount on produce from the Farm Shop and The Tractor Shack. Salary £7.50/hour with extra pay for weekend work.  
We are looking for people to start in April with more staff added in May and June. Please let us know in the covering letter when you are available. 
Please send a CV and Covering Letter to if you would like to work in the Farm Shop or if you would prefer the café. Please note all roles will be flexible and from time to time you may work within either enterprise.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Abingdon Library's - Code Club

Come along to Abingdon Library's Code Club and learn how to make cool games, animations and websites!

The club is suitable for 9-11 year olds and aimed at complete beginners to have fun while coding. The projects  start with Scratch, an enjoyable, visual programming langauge designed for children.
Terms run on Saturdays 10-11am
Tickets are for the term. As places are limited if your child is not able to attend a particular session or on a regular basis please let us know in advance.
If your child is interested please ask for their name to be added to our waiting list.