New Charity Shop Opens its Doors

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The Town Mayor, Cllr Nichola Dixon, had the honour of cutting the ribbon to the latest addition to Thame's High Street. Local charity, Florence Nightingale Hospice, opened their sixth charity shop in the area on Tuesday 21 July. The shop, located on Cornmarket, will specialise in children's wear whilst also offering ladies and menswear, handbags and jewellery. 

Phil Moody, Head of Retail at Florence Nightinghale Hospice is delighted with the new store: “We’ve been working on this project for a long time now and the shop has come together nicely. We have some great children’s wear items up for sale – with a selection of donated kids’ swimwear, for our opening, courtesy of Sunuva, so we’re hoping this will really go down well with local families.”

Good quality donations are always welcome at the new store so if you have anything you would like to donate following your spring clear-out, please drop it down to the shop. Similarly, if you are interested in lending a helping hand as a volunteer, please call Tracey O’Hara on 01296 332600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos courtesy of Nick White

Elms Gets SODC Seal of Approval

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The proposed development on land at The Elms has been a contentious issue for Thame, with some strong opposition expressed. However, a decision has now been reached on the future of the land; Councillors at South Oxfordshire District Council voted 4 - 2 to approve the application for 37 new dwellings. 

Despite objections from English Heritage and the SODC Conservation Officer, it was felt that the benefits offered by the development, including improvements to the neighbouring park, the quality of the build, new public open space and the 40% affordable housing provision, outweighed any detrimental impact the development could have.

Want to Vote in Future Elections?

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This summer you must confirm the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote. You should receive a form in the post from South Oxfordshire District Council informing you of what details they currently have for you; it is essential for you to confirm whether or not these are correct if you wish to vote in future elections. 

The easiest way to confirm whether or not the details on your form are correct is to do it online at www.registerbyinternet.com/southandvale using the security code detailed in your letter.

If you have not received your form by the end of July, please get in touch with the Electoral Services Team on 01235 540351. 

OCC Bus Consultation

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Oxfordshire County Council would like your views on its service change proposals for subsidised bus services and Dial-a-Ride.

The council needs to save more than £6 million on supported transport services. It can save money by running existing services more efficiently, however that is not enough. Savings will also have to come from reducing the current £4 million a year the council pays in bus subsidies and to run the Dial-a-Ride service.

You can read the proposals and respond online by visiting the OCC Consultation pageThe closing date for responses is Monday 14 September 2015
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