Sydenham Newsletter

Citizens Advice needs volunteer advisers
We can all face problems that are too stressful or complicated to sort out alone.
Last year our 150 volunteers advised over 11,000 people. We helped three quarters resolve their debt, benefits, employment and housing problems.
We now need more advisers to help us during and after the Covid-19 crisis.
Our main offices are in Abingdon, Didcot, Henley and Thame. Since March, 90 volunteers and staff have been advising the public from home on our Adviceline service. Recently we partially re-opened our offices, in part to train new advisers.
What will you get out of it?  You will join a friendly team, meet new people, develop your skills and make a real difference to people’s lives.
You’ll need to have good listening and interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn and be confident with computers. Full training will be provided.
If you have eight hours a week to spare for the next two years or more and are looking for a satisfying and stimulating volunteer role in your local community, please contact us at:  

The newsletter captures the very essence of Sydenham.  It is produced by a small, dedicated team and is carefully designed to convey both essential information and the fun events that go on. It is delivered free in hard-copy direct to each house in the village, every couple of months.

The team welcomes contributions, so if you would like to add anything, share pictures or just say something then look for the details at the beginning of the newsletter as to when and how to do this.

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LATEST edition

NEWS and information :

Oxfordshire libraries to offer new click and collect service during lockdown

– available from Thame library 

Library users are set for a lockdown boost thanks to the launch a new click and collect service – an exciting and free way for customers of all ages to explore and read books.  Although Oxfordshire County Council’s library service is currently unable to open libraries for browsing, the government has made it clear that libraries may offer a collection service during this period.
To access the service, residents need to complete a short online form available on the council’s website, telling the library what sort of books they like to read and how many they would like. Or residents can call 01865 897811.
Experienced and knowledgeable library staff will handpick up to six books that fit the interests and preferences given. There is even an option to select a surprise extra book – maybe something a little bit different.  The service also covers audiobooks and DVDs, although charges may apply for these. The service user will be notified when the books are ready for collection at one of the 14 participating libraries.  The service can be found online at:

Have your say on proposed increases in council tax by up to £15 (for a Band D property) in order to make additional investments in policing in the Thame Valley region.
Complete the survey here (submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 20th Jan)

Household Waste Recycling Centres

will remain open as normal during the lockdown. This is with the exception of Redbridge will close 9-30 November for emergency repairs, though remains open for trade customers as normal during this period.

However, the advice is still to check before travelling to a site as they’re operating at a reduced capacity with new site rules in place and some changes to opening times.  You can find out more details on the county councils website

Sydenham Mail

This guide to utility services includes information on the Priority Services Register, financial support and advice, and further advice and resources.

In between newsletters there is also the opportunity to receive news and information by email. To join the list email the Parish Clerk on  

During the current restrictions this is the best way for information to be shared.

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Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Gigabit-capable broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the Government is committed to a vision of a digitally connected Britain.
Homes and businesses in rural areas of the UK may be eligible for funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband when part of a group scheme.  Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business (SME) to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections

Find out more and see if your rural business or home is eligible to claim up to £7,000 when part of a group project! Visit for more details  (£7,000 is subject to funding availability).

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