Cholsey Silver Band performance, October 21 in aid of the Wallingford Corn Exchange

  • Cholsey Silver Band will be performing a very special concert in St Mary-le- More church in Wallingford on Saturday 21 October and will be donating all profits to the Corn Exchange’s ongoing building appeal.
  • The evening will consist of a lively programme of music showing the sheer versatility of this talented band guaranteed set toes a-tapping. The playlist will include Oh Listen to the Band, Alfie, Is This the Way to Amarillo, All That Jazz, Come Fly With Me, Benedictus, Slaidburn, Mack the Knife…and many more. Solo turns will include Howard Brett on the flugelhorn and Debbie Parker on the euphonium.
  • The concert starts at 7.30pm and is scheduled to finish at around 9.30pm with a break for
  • Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children and will be on sale at The Wallingford Bookshop, The Music Box, KP Stationers, Just Trading and Wallingford Information Centre. They will also be
    available from the Corn Exchange foyer on Friday and Saturday mornings and can be booked online at

APPLE JUICE DAY, Sunday 29 October: raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK

  • Come and enjoy turning your apples into fresh juice and also enjoy a tea or coffee with some extra special home-made cakes.
  • Bring your apples and plenty of clean bottles to store your juice. The plastic screw top bottles are best. Apples should be washed well in water and stalks should be removed. You will be preparing the apples by removing the bruised or damaged parts and the rest is pulped in a home-made machine which was once a small garden wood chipper! After that they are placed in a home-made press to extract the juice straight into your bottles.
  • Children are very welcome but as we are using knives, water containers and machines please make sure you can ensure total supervision at all times.
  • Donations are requested and we do not have a set charge.
  • To be held at 91 Ilges Lane.
  • Please try to walk rather than drive if attending as parking is limited.
  • Start time 10am and finishing about 2pm, though this time may be extended if we get lots of interest and apples to press.
  • Contact David Cross on 07803 753494

Science Exchange Wallingford: Penguin Watch:  How You Can Make a Difference to Penguin Survival

Penguin Watch:  How You Can Make a Difference to Penguin Survival by Dr Tom Hart, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Tuesday 26 th  September, 2017, Wallingford School Library

The Polar regions are well known as harsh environments, but as a result they are often data deficient for key animals like penguins, which are threatened by climate change and fishing. Dr Hart will talk about his research with penguins and other marine predators, in particular the
network of cameras he has set up around the Antarctic and more recently, from the Arctic. He will describe the innovative solutions that he and his team have developed to monitor animals
remotely.  And he will explain how you can join in with this essential research via Penguin Watch.

Science Exchange Wallingford’s next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 th September in Wallingford School Library, St George’s Road, Wallingford. Meetings are very informal. Speakers talk for about half an hour, then we break for refreshments and return for a lively question and answer session.
We are grateful that the support of local company Triaster, Wallingford School and the generosity of
our speakers ensures that each event is free to attend. We are also privileged to be a Café
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SODC: Plastic bags can now be used to line food waste bins

Residents in South Oxfordshire can now use plastic bags to line their food waste bins and caddies. Thin plastic bags, such as carrier bags, bread bags, paper wrappings, or normal pedal bin liners. Residents can also continue to use compostable bags or newspapers to line their caddies and bins, or put food straight in without any liner.

The full article can be found on the SODC website:

FAIR MILE REVISITED! – A retrospective, in words and pictures, on one of the last Victorian Pauper Lunatic Asylums

Cholsey 1000 Plus and Cholsey Community Development Trust are excited to have the opportunity to present a major exhibition portraying Fair Mile’s past, to be held in the former Recreation Hall — now known as the Great
Hall — at the heart of the old hospital.
Curated by Ian Wheeler, whose strong family and personal ties with the institution led to his book Fair Mile Hospital: a Victorian Asylum, published in 2015, the exhibition will chart the origins of the county asylum system, examine its raison d’être and provide fact and reassurance in subject areas that are all too often prone to prejudice and misunderstanding.
Hundreds of archive photographs survived Fair Mile’s closure in 2003 and these have been augmented by contributions from local residents and former staff members. The exhibition will include a fascinating photo-essay on the period when Fair Mile lay derelict and dilapidated, and the huge task of updating its Victorian buildings as new homes.
Ian Wheeler will lead an informative guided walk around the old asylum each day and will be on hand to sign copies of his fact-filled history of the mental hospital that was very much a part of Cholsey’s everyday life.
Offers of assistance in organising and running the exhibition would be greatly appreciated, especially from anyone who formerly worked at Fair Mile or who has an interest in the subject matter.
Press and other enquiries can be directed to Ian Wheeler on 01491-652295.

SODC: Step closer for Orchard Centre expansion

The development firm behind the £50million expansion of the Orchard Centre in Didcot has announced an important project milestone with the closure of High Street. This allows construction of the new public square and surrounding restaurants to begin, connecting the existing centre to the new shops already being built.  In addition to this, two additional areas of car parking are now becoming available for shoppers and visitors, with 120 spaces already open and a further 70 to follow shortly. These new spaces will provide two hours free parking as with the rest of the Orchard Centre car park. More spaces will also be opened in the future once the expansion is completed (adjacent to the new shops).

More details can be found on the SODC web site including a fly-through of the project:


Launchpad Employment & Training Support

Applicant Employment and Digital Inclusion Referral Form

Soha Housing has recently secured a European Social Fund grant that enables us to increase our support to help people into employment and training.  We can now offer this support to anyone living in Oxfordshire. They do not have to be a Soha tenant.

We can offer:

o    1:1 employment support – Each applicant will receive an individual assessment of their needs to identify the right support to help them into employment. Any other needs and support required such as mental health, drugs or alcohol will be referred to specialist partner agencies. We will then work alongside these agencies to support applicants.

o    Digital Inclusion – Guidance to ‘get online’ to help applicants search and apply for jobs and prepare for attending interviews.

o    Training – Individual training needs will be identified by our Employment Advisor, Digital Inclusion Officer and the referring agencies. All training commissioned will reflect the needs of clients to support them towards employment. Training will be held at Soha’s head office, in the community and online.


If you are working with, or know anyone you feel would benefit from this service please speak with them to confirm their agreement and then complete the referral form and return to Soha.