You are here: Home > News
© Copyright 2011 Fyfield and Tubney Parish Council

News

Proposed Housing Development and the Vale Local Plan

The Parish Council is actively objecting to the proposed housing development by Lioncourt which is included in the Vale of White Hores draft local Plan. We need your help in fighting this proposal.

Follow current developments through the dedicated pages.

Public Access Defibrillator

The Parish Council and the Village Fete Committee have just acquired a Public Access Defibrillator with the aid of a grant from Scottish and Southern Electricity. This will shortly be installed in Fyfield Church porch.

Safeguarding Children is Everybody's Responsibility

Safeguarding children means taking steps to promote their welfare and to protect them from harm such as abuse and neglect. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that children are kept safe. The more informed local members of the community are on safeguarding issues, the more they can help the prevention agenda and help to identify when there are possible risks to our children.

Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police and other partners have recently opened a new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). This is the main 'front door' for children's social care, and is made up of professionals from social care, the police, health, early intervention and others.

To make a new referral or report a new safeguarding concern, contact the MASH on 0845 050 7666. Referrals to the MASH can also be made using the MASH Enquiry Online Referral Form.

For children who are already open to social care:

  • Oxford City 01865 328563 or cfassessmentcity@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • South (Vale of the White Horse and South Oxfordshire Districts) 01865 323041 or cfassessmentsouth@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • North (Cherwell and West Oxfordshire Districts) 01865 323039 or cfassessmentnorth@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • John Radcliffe Hospital (for antenatal concerns or children in hospital) 01865 221236 Emergency Duty Team (for out-of-hours calls) 0800 833 408

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The sexual exploitation of children and young people has been identified throughout the UK, in both rural and urban areas, and in all parts of the world. It affects boys and young men, as well as girls and young women. It can have a serious long term impact on every aspect of their lives, health and education. It damages the lives of their families and carers, and can lead to family break ups.

Sexual exploitation is where a young person under 18 receives 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through use of technology, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain.

In all cases the person exploiting the young person has power over them by virtue of age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources.

Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationship being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.

Signs that may indicate child sexual exploitation;

  • Going missing from school/home/care placement
  • Associating with older people/adults
  • Isolation from family/friends/peer group
  • Physical symptoms including bruising/sexually transmitted infections
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health problems
  • Unexplained possessions, goods and or money

Oxfordshire has a multi-agency strategy in place to protect young people from CSE. If you are concerned about a child and think they may be involved in, or at risk of, sexual exploitation, please contact the Kingfisher Team on 01865 335276. They offer confidential support and advice on sexual exploitation. The team is made up of police, the NHS and members of Oxfordshire County Council's Childrens' Social Services.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

There is a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme covering most of the Parish. Small areas are allocated to local coordinators who are in contact with their neighbours who are members of the scheme.

Watch members are regularly informed of potential issues via a cascading email. Groups of members will be represented by a local co-ordinator who will receive the email directly from the police and can then forward it within the group. Members without email would be given a printed copy.

If you are not currently a memebr and would like more information or to become a member, please contact the Clerk who will get your local coordinator to make contact.

Fyfield Village Fete 2017

Some pictures of a very sucessful 2017 fete can be found here. There would have been more if the photographer had remebered his camera!

Roadside Weeds and Silt

Despite our efforts to get the District Council to clear weeds and silt from the roadside gutters, they have steadfastly pleaded a lack of funds to do the job. It seems that the only way we can keep the village tidy is to do it ourselves. If those residents who are able can clear the gutter outside of their property then this would further enhance the visual appearance of the villages.

Fyfield Church Clock Restoration

Those of you that attended the service to dedicate the restored Church Clock were amused by Mark Baker's rendition of his poem concerning the travails of the Rev. Kieth Triplow in keeping the clock running during his time as vicar of Fyfield and Tubney. For those of you that missed this treat, you can find a copy here.

Following an embarrassing event, Mark has penned a sequel. Hopefully, there will be another missive once things are back in full working order!

Notice Boards

The Clerk and one of the local Councillors hold keys to the notice boards. Details may be found on the boards. Providing there is space, non Parish Council notices can be displayed. Please contact one of the key holders to arrange access. Alternatively, email your notice to the Clerk. Notices should preferably be printed on A5 rather than A4. The Clerk can reduce your notice if required.