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District Councillor's March 2019 report

posted by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for the latest report from Cllr Caroline Newton.

Police alert: Fake TV Licensing Emails

posted 14 Mar 2019, 08:39 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk


    An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. 
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. 
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Parish Spring Clean

posted 14 Mar 2019, 07:19 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

We are planning a litter pick around the parish on

Saturday 23rd March 2019

and we would be very grateful if you could come along and help

                                         For Postcombe:

Please meet by the parish noticeboard at 10am

(at the top of Box Tree Lane, on the London Road)

For Lewknor:

Please meet in the car park of the Leathern Bottel pub at 10am

                       We’re planning on no more than two hours

Equipment will be provided


Free Business Course

posted 13 Mar 2019, 05:45 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk


People looking to start up a new business, or make the most of an existing one, have a great opportunity to do just that in Berinsfield this April.


From Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May, the PopUp Business School team will be helping new and established businesses get going and to kick-start a business the right way.


Sponsored by South Oxfordshire District Council and The Berin Centre, an intensive course will run from 10am-3pm each day and is taking place at the Berinsfield Community Association in the village.  Workshops will include how to start a business for free, marketing and setting up social media, and how to find customers quickly.


The course is open to people of all ages looking to start their own business, including the long term unemployed and budding entrepreneurs, and business owners who need a hand on marketing their product or service.


Cllr Paul Harrison, Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration at South Oxfordshire District Council said, “We know the course can make a big difference - last year, we supported the workshops to take place in Didcot and 15 new businesses were created that week, including a wedding photographer and a vegan fast food retailer. The different sessions have something for everyone, so if you just have a business idea or if you’re a sole trader who needs some great marketing advice then this course is for you.”


Simon Paine, co-founder of the PopUp Business School said, “This is a chance for people to make money by doing something they love. Whether its gaming, gardening or gymnastics, if it puts a smile on your face, we urge you to come to our free course and we’ll teach you how to turn your passion into a business.”


Anyone can register to attend by visiting www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/berinsfield

Police action over seat belt deaths

posted 9 Mar 2019, 05:06 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

From Thames Valley Police:

In the past six years, 36 drivers across the Thames Valley have been killed as a result of not wearing a seat belt, despite it being compulsory since 1983.

In addition, last year, 880 people were prosecuted for seat belt offences in the Thames Valley.

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire’s Joint Roads Policing Unit will be carrying out a week of activity to ensure that drivers wear a seat belt and that child seats are fitted correctly.

The enforcement activity will run from Monday 11 March until Sunday 17 March in line with the National Police Chief Council’s campaign.

Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Unit will be conducting seat belt and child seat checks throughout the week as well as handing out advice.

National Knife Crime Awareness week: 11th-17th March 2019.

posted 7 Mar 2019, 08:02 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

During that time Thames Valley Police, along with other forces will be taking part in a variety of activities designed to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime.  This includes: 
  • Work with our professional partners including local schools, colleges and trading standards (including school talks around the dangers of carrying knives)
  • Knife surrender bin at Abingdon Police Station
  • Information and advice being posted on social media – follow us on Twitter @TVPSouthandVale and Facebook www.facebook.com/TVPSouthandVale
  • Enforcement patrols 
  • Engaging with local knife retailers
You can safely deposit any type of knife or bladed article in our red surrender bin between Monday 11 and Sunday 17 March.  This is the ideal time to dispose of these items that you are not sure what to do with. If you have any such items, please bring them down to Abingdon Police Station, Colwell Drive, Abingdon, OX14 1AU.
If you are worried about knife crime in your area or if you want to speak to anyone about a specific concern then please do get in touch, please call 101 or alternatively please ring crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

County Councillor's March 2019 report

posted 5 Mar 2019, 02:39 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for the latest report from Cllr Steve Harrod.

Police notice: Coercive Control And Emotional Abuse

posted 28 Feb 2019, 08:05 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Coercive control and emotional abuse

Victims First, which supports victims of crime and abuse across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of coercive control and emotional abuse in relationships.

The campaign is called ‘Know this isn’t Love’ and focuses on early warning signs of controlling behaviour and emotional abuse to help victims identify any potential signs within their own relationships and seek support.

Coercive control became a criminal offence in 2015 and involves an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse by a perpetrator that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.

Although many people associate domestic abuse with physical violence, coercive control recognises the damaging impact of other forms of abuse in relationships as well. Some examples of this type of abuse include:
  • Isolating you from friends and family
  • Depriving you of basic needs, such as food
  • Monitoring your time and activities
  • Taking control over aspects of your everyday life, such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep
  • Repeatedly putting you down, such as saying ‘you’re worthless’
  • Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you
  • Controlling your finances
  • Making threats or using intimidation
The campaign focuses on various aspects of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour and is told through both male and female examples and also includes examples from same sex relationships.

Victims First recently surveyed victims of coercive control and some key findings include:
  • A third of people who responded to the survey have been in more than one abusive relationship
  • Half of the abusive relationships began when the victim was under the age of 25
  • 45% of people who responded to the survey were in the abusive relationship for more than 10 years
If you have been affected by coercive control or domestic abuse you can access support through Victims First on 0300 1234 148 or online at www.victims-first.org.uk.

Victims First is managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley and provides support to anyone impacted by any type of crime or abusive.

More information on the campaign and the results of the recent survey can be found by visiting the PCC’s website.

More help with what to recycle

posted 28 Feb 2019, 08:03 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have made it even easier for residents to check which bin their waste items go in by using the councils’ new recycling wheels.

The councils have produced the wheels to help increase recycling rates by promoting the kerbside recycling collections and making sure residents are putting the right things in the right bins.

The wheels are the latest of the councils’ recycling promotions - they also have a smartphone app called Binzone, which tells users which bin is due for collection that week and includes a waste item search function to find out which bin to throw their rubbish into.

The new wheels are recyclable and are available in libraries across the districts. They will also be offered to community groups to give to residents and to schools as an educational tool.

How do they work?

  • The outer wheel has the item to be recycled eg.plastic bottles
  • Spin the inner wheel until the arrow points to the item
  • The cut-out window on the inner wheel will reveal a colour
  • This colour corresponds to a key which tells you where to dispose of the item eg. plastic bottles go into the green wheelie bin

    The Binzone app is available by searching for “Binzone” in the Apple Appstore on iPhones and on the Google Play store on Android smartphones.

    Schools or community groups in South or Vale who would like some recycling wheels can get in touch with the councils’ waste team on 01235 422146 orwaste.team@southandvale.gov.uk.


posted 7 Feb 2019, 08:56 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 7 Feb 2019, 08:56 ]

In 2018, the Oxfordshire authorities signed the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal with the government, securing guaranteed funding for affordable housing, infrastructure and economic growth in Oxfordshire. 
As part of this deal, the Oxfordshire authorities have agreed to produce a plan for the whole of the county, which will guide development in the area up to the year 2050. We are about to start a process of plan making which will involve a wide consultation with communities and other key stakeholders over the next couple of years. 
We would like to let you know that the first stage of consultation, introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, will commence on 11 February 2019 and will run for a 6 week period until 25 March 2019. 
As part of the consultation process, we are planning to hold a roadshow and a number of exhibitions throughout the county, so that the public can speak to officers about the plan and the issues that the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will seek to address.
Please click on the link below for the list of dates and venues (the Thame one is on Monday 18th February):

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