November 2016 Vale Newsletter

Vale of White Horse District Council is giving people an extra incentive to shop locally for their presents this year by offering even more free parking days in the run up to Christmas.
East West Rail and the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway. The latter would be a huge boost for Oxfordshire and the Vale in particular.

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Safety Measures Revealed For 'Most Dangerous A34 Stretch'

Layby's, chevrons and better signage are some of the safety measures being discussed for the A34. After a review was carried out by Highways England, MPs and campaigners have come together to discuss immediate solutions.

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Milton Interchange Expected To Be Less Congested

The scheme to create £11m north-facing slip roads at the Chilton Interchange near Didcot is expected to be completed within days. Commuters travelling to science parks such at Harwell Oxford will be able to stay on the A34 rather than exit at the Milton Interchange.

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Your Voice In Parliament

In the last month I have taken part in the debate on the BBC Charter Review; the debate on the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill which aims to implement the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property and a debate on press freedom. I praised our new University Technical College in Didcot; I pressed Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to start their review into the future of Wantage Community Hospital and local health services as soon as possible.

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The Didcot Pheonix Drama Group Present Murder Afoot

Murder afoot at Milton St BlaiseSaturday 26 November at St Blaise Church. Proud to present, for your delectation " Murder Afoot".

Proceeds towards the creation of toilet & kitchen facilities and a new floor in our church providing a community space for all the village. Your support greatly appreciated.

Info & tickets email: community.space@stblaise.org.uk

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Roads Minister Hints A34 Could Become Motorway As Safety Review Promised

27 October 2016

A major safety review of the ‘dangerous’ A34 has been announced by the Government, with ministers looking at whether the road should be a motorway. The review was announced by Roads Minister John Hayes after a fresh outcry from campaigners over the dual carriageway’s sixth fatality of the year.

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Why I Am Raising The A34 In Parliament Today

26 October 2016

I am hosting a debate in Parliament today on safety on the A34. The road is not fit for purpose. Over the past five years, more than 50 accidents have occurred resulting in death or serious injury. The entire carriageway has had to be closed 56 times. The most recent accident claimed the lives of four, including three children.

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What's On In Milton ?

You are warmly invited to Milton's first Art At Home pop-up gallery on November 25 at Chestnuts, Blackbird Lane, off School Lane, Milton. This plus other information on events in Milton during November

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The St Blaise Church Community Space Project

st blaise church miltonThe action group for this project has been meeting throughout this year, following the resounding support from Milton residents in the Community Led Plan questionnaire to make changes within our parish church to create community space in St Blaise as we have no village hall this side of the A34

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Milton Parish Council - Parish Clerk

Applications are invited for the position of Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Milton Parish Council. The successful applicant will be expected to commence work as soon as possible after confirmation of post.

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What’s lurking in Moor Ditch!

crayfish in miltonThis armour-plated alien invader is eating its way through wildlife in our waterways. The American Signal Crayfish is a massive threat to native species in rivers, lakes and ponds.

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John Foster's Christmas Crackers

A book of Christmas Jokes, Riddles & Rhymes.
Read-a-Thon is supporting John Foster’s initiative to raise funds for Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre.


John Foster is a highly regarded children’s poet and poetry performer who has performed at the Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals.

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Your Voice In Parliament

Since Parliament’s return from the summer recess I have asked a number of questions and hold debates in the chamber.

On constituency issues, I used Transport Questions to secure a meeting with the Minister responsible for highways, John Hayes, to discuss issues with safety on the A34

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What Constitutes Success?

For an athlete, the answer is fairly simple: a quick time, a long/high leap or a far throw. For a business, it isn’t so straightforward, but many would say net profit is a rather good indicator. However, for public services the assessment is much more difficult.

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Still struggling to stay optimistic…

In a recent planning bulletin, I read that there is a Council in Yorkshire whose planning officers have advised their Council to delay their Local Plan because their future housing growth figures are on pre-Brexit assumptions.

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Milton Welfare Trust

The aim of the Trust is to help Parishioners in times of need.
Any Parishioner wishing to apply for financial help from the Trust, should contact one of the following Trustees.

Zena Hoskins 01235 832874
Joy Browning 01235 834869
Ann Cannon 01235 833803

The Trust gives widows and widowers, who are of pensionable age and have lived in the Parish for at least a year, a gift at Christmas. If you meet these criteria, and have not been included before, please let one of the Trustees know. We need to know your name, address and how long you have been living in the Parish.

Joy Browning, Secretary

Changes To Your Recycling Services From November

From November, we will only empty green wheelie bins if the recycling in them is loose or in clear sacks.
Despite a recent campaign to raise awareness of the issue, food waste, dirty nappies, and other items we cannot recycle are still contaminating whole truckloads of recycling. When these are put into recycling bins in black or coloured sacks they are not spotted until it is too late.

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Seventon Choral Society

steventon choralSeventon Choral Society present Music for Christmas, a variety of festive songs for all. Our concerts this year will be raising money for the Alzheimers Society - Oxfordshire branch. Click advert on right of page for details.

Milton Firework Display

Saturday 5 November at 'Poplars' Blackbird Lane, off School Lane - Courtesy of Tom Robertson.
Back again for 2016 the firework display has cemented itself firmly in the village calendar.

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Saint Blaise Primary School

We have had a very busy start to the new school year.

Year 5 and 6 went on a week’s residential to the Isle of Wight. The children and staff had an amazing time at the Kingswood Centre.

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Charity Sale In Milton

Charity Sale in the garage at Serendipity, Old Moor, Milton.
Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th November 12 Noon – 2pm.

New and Nearly New - Shoes, Bags, Clothes, Jewellery and Bric-a-Brac
Also- Plants, Chutneys and Cakes

In aid of Breast Cancer Care

Please come and buy something to help this very worthwhile cause.


The WI

the WIThe leaves are turning and Autumn has well and truly started. Only a couple of months left of this year, where has it gone!

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Churches In Milton

Information on services, plus news and monthly updates, from St Blaise Church, Milton Methodist Church and the Roman Cahtolic Church

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Milton Parish Council

Abbreviated Draft Minutes of the Meeting of Milton Parish Council duly held on Monday 03 October 2016 at St Blaise Primary School, Milton Heights
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