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.

Update from Wallingford Hockey Club

‘Following the success of the 2016-17 season with all of our teams consolidating league positions and the Men’s 3s gaining promotion it is time to turn our attention to next season. Our five Men’s teams and four Ladies teams play across regional and local county leagues ensuring a team to suit all.  Training and home matches take place at The Hithercroft, in Wallingford, where we have our own pitch, on-site parking, bar and new changing rooms and physio facilities.  As well as offering seriously fun hockey on the pitch we also have a thriving social scene with many events throughout the season and the summer, you will always find players in the bar after a match. Our Club is always looking for new members of all abilities, so whether you are current player looking for a new Club or looking to return to hockey after a while we have something to offer you.  There is no better time to join Wallingford Hockey Club as we are offering half price senior membership fees for new members for the 2017-18 season.  The season runs from September – March with training commencing in August, so if you are looking for a seriously fun club to play hockey and a social way to stay fit then please take a look at and get in touch.’