District Council

Household Support Fund

Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils have opened a voucher scheme to support households who can’t afford to pay for life’s essentials.

The scheme is part of the Government’s Household Support Fund (HSF) which was extended by the chancellor in the recent budget. A portion of funds allocated to Oxfordshire County Council have been allocated to Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils as part of a wider support package across the county, which includes help for children eligible for free school meals through the holidays.

Funding is limited and the scheme is open initially to people who have not had support from it before. However, the councils will open it to second applications if funds remain.

Details of the scheme and the application process are available on the Vale’s website here.

Crime Stoppers – reporting suspicious activity

0800 555 111 – A Number To Remember

Message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Alert:

Thames Valley Police have frequently repeated that their success in fighting crime is very dependent on the efficient gathering of relevant information – ‘criminal intelligence’ – from the public. So, we all have a personal stake in helping this process.

The Neighbourhood Watch national website – ourwatch.org.uk – offers ideas of what to look out for under various crime headings. Even those living in peaceful, low-crime areas may occasionally overhear or see something that is suspicious or ‘doesn’t look right.’ Putting together criminal intelligence has been described as a bit like a jigsaw, and even little bits of information can help – by confirming other pieces perhaps. So, it is important that we all report things that we feel could help the police.

I am sure you know that you should immediately call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency. And you should call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so. This, of course, involves you in providing your own contact details, and even though these will be treated in complete confidence by the police, sometimes we can be reluctant to ‘get involved’ to that extent. That is understandable, but we do not want your ‘piece of the jigsaw’ to be missed. It could be vital!

So, we are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer. Please view this link, and consider adding the number to your mobile phone speed-dial list so it is quickly ready when needed.

While contacting the police directly – especially if you could be an important witness – is what we hope most people will do most of the time, having the CrimeStoppers anonymous alternative plays a vital part in helping the police to ‘complete the criminal-intelligence jigsaw’.

Whichever way you do it – please report it!

Many thanks for your support!


Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee weekend June 2-5 2022

The celebrations for the Queens Platinum Jubilee are scheduled for the weekend of 2-5 June 2022.  For all those planning to hold events over that weekend, the linked letter from the Lord Lieutenant sets out a few of the activities already being prepared and provides links to sources of further information.  Also linked is a leaflet with details of the lighting of the Jubilee beacons on 2 June.


Platinum Jubilee – letter from Lord Lieutenant


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons Guide-2



Grace & Ivy Florist

Christmas wreath-making workshops in Bourton

Grace & Ivy Florist – based here in Bourton – are offering workshops for you to learn how to create and decorate your own natural Christmas wreath to take home with you. Using seasonal flowers and foliage there will be plenty of materials to choose from, in order for you all to make beautiful, individual and unique wreaths.

Places are limited – to book, please visit www.graceandivyflorist.com