• 02 MAR 18

    Severe Weather Waste Collection

    Severe Weather

    *** UPDATE – Friday 2 March – 12.10pm ***

    We have suspended waste collections today due to the snow and ice, which is affecting most side streets and a number of main routes in the district.  It’s unlikely that conditions will have improved sufficiently for the crews to catch up tomorrow, so if we aren’t able to empty your bins today, please leave them out on Monday and we will try and catch up. If we haven’t emptied them by the end of the day on Monday, please bring them back in and we will empty them next time they’re due. If this is the case you will be able to leave out extra waste beside your bin if it is full up.

    Our waste collection crews are out and about in the district gritting and clearing snow and ice from district council car parks and other public areas.

    For further updates http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/environment-and-neighbourhood-issues/severe-weather/severe-weather

    You’ll find the most up to date information on our Twitter feed, which you can see below – the most recent messages will appear at the top. Updates will also appear on our Facebook page. You can also call the Biffa call centre on 03000 610 610.


    • 22 FEB 18

    Childrey Mindfulness Course starting in April


    Starting this April, 2018

    Childrey Village Hall

    This is an evidence based 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, which offers many benefits: it enhances mental and physical well-being and has been shown to alleviate anxiety, depression, stress and chronic pain.


    Sunday 8th April, 4 to 5.30 pm, cost £5


    Sundays, 4 to 6pm, from 29th April to 17th June

    (If needed we will provide alternative dates over the bank holidays)

    + Saturday 2nd June, 10am to 4pm

    COST: £250

    (reductions available for anyone struggling financially)


    Conroy Harris is an experienced accredited freelance Mindfulness Teacher and an associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), where he teaches on a regular basis. See: http://oxfordmindfulness.org/people/conroy-harris/

    Susie Stead trained to teach at the OMC and is part of a team running a weekly drop-in centre, and mindfulness courses in Headington.

    To sign up or for further information, please contact Jan Osborne on: 01235 751270/ 07899830760 or Susie Stead at: soozstead@gmail.com/ 07962531704

    Full details Childrey Mindfulness Course 2


    • 19 FEB 18

    Confirmed cases of H5N6 Avian Influenza virus

    Avian Flu.

    It has been confirmed that two dead swans found in the last week at Baulking Lake died from Avian Influenza, Strain: H5N6. DEFRA advice is if you own birds (chickens etc), it is important to keep them contained, and monitored for signs of illness. If you suspect any type of bird flu you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence. Bird flu is a notifiable animal disease.

    The Animal and Plant Health Agency pages, found via the Defra website, are an excellent source of advice, guidance and latest information; they cover all the frequently asked questions that members of the public, smallholders or commercial farmers are likely to ask. This includes concerns around human health and how to report concerns of dead birds. The APHA pages can be accessed from the DEFRA website: Avian influenza (bird flu) – GOV.UK

    Please do not walk (with or without dogs) around the lake area for the foreseeable future. Should your dog find a dead bird, whether by the lake or in the locality, please do try to stop it savaging the carcass, and report the circumstances. If it does eat a dead bird, it should be checked over by a vet if it shows later signs of ill health. Should you still have pheasant, game-birds, from this area, they should not be eaten, but destroyed. As the shooting season is now over, it is assumed that no more will be shot.
    The risk to human health is ‘very low’ thus far for this strain, which originates from mainland Western Europe; this matter is of concern, but is not considered a high risk at this time.

    The health protection team have liaised with the Animal and Plant Agency (APHA), and are following up with those that have had direct contact with the specific wild birds that have tested positive, on a precautionary basis.

    APHA (the lead agency regarding this incident) have advised that, as the birds were found on a private lake, it is the responsibility of the private landowner to remove any dead birds and put up any notices, as appropriate.

    Officers have contacted APHA this morning to gain the latest information. APHA believe they have identified the landowner, but have not yet managed to speak directly with them. APHA will be monitoring the area, but as this incident is restricted to wild birds and not within a commercial or backyard flock, no action by regulators is required at this time. Information of the incident will be released in to the public domain, via GOV.UK website, but this will be low key and will not identify the specific area. The incident does not change the current guidance from APHA regarding the national Prevention Zone that is currently in place.

    Locally, the Trading Standards Service will wait to hear from APHA for confirmation that the owner has been informed. They will then make contact to offer any advice or assistance that is appropriate. If there is a delay in confirming contact with the landowner, officers will do more locally to assist in this. They know that there is a rights of way path around the lake, but that the birds were found at part of the lake not normally accessible to the public. Defra and APHA are cautious about possible overactions to incidents of this nature, so any advice or recommendations to the landowner need to be proportionate.

    The APHA webpages, found via the Defra website, is an excellent source of advice, guidance and latest information. It covers all the frequently asked questions that members of the public, smallholders or commercial farmers are likely to ask. This includes concerns around human health and how to report concerns of dead birds. All enquiries should be directed to this website:

    • 10 JAN 18

    Childrey Parish Council

    The next Childrey Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 15th January 2018 starting at 7.30pm in the Childrey Village Hall, all welcome!