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If you want to find out the latest going's on in the village, then here is an electronic version of the most recent newsletter:

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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SODC have issued this letter regarding dog fouling.  Please remember that you can use council owned litter bins for both litter and dog waste bags, or it can be accepted in kerbside black wheelie bins so if you cannot find a bin or bins are full please take it home. 

At a meeting of Thame Town Council on 10 August 2021, Officers from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) presented their draft plans to regularise parking arrangements in the Town Centre.  The plans, which can be viewed on the Thame Town Council website, will be subject to a public engagement excercise prior to implementation in November 2021. More details of the Civil Parking Enforcement can be found on the OCC website 

Oxfordshire County Council are offering free safety checks for all residents of Oxfordshire who own an electric blanket, heat pad, over blanket etc. - please see this flyer for full details.

Picture of the village green

dog fouling

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NEWS and information :

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have launched a reuse competition for children and adults to help make Halloween more environmentally-friendly. Ten winners will receive books on zero waste recipes and ideas.
With the right imagination, toilet roll cardboard inner tubes can become flying bats, empty plastic milk containers become ghosts or monsters and pine cones can be transformed into scary spiders.
The judges are looking for the most creative Halloween ideas with reduce, reuse and recycle in mind! Residents are invited to send in photos of their creations to be in with a chance of winning. Full details of the competition are on
the SODC website link.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

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

thame parking - proposed changes

halloween competition

Sydenham Mail

household waste sites temporary closures

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

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During November, Oxfordshire County Councils Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closing for two days to carry out a deep clean and essential maintenance.  OCC will be shutting each of its recycling centres for two days at a time – although never at the same time. Residents are asked to plan ahead for these closures.

The closing dates are:
Alkerton, near Banbury: Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 November
Ardley, near Bicester: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 November
Dix Pit, Stanton Harcourt: Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 November
Drayton, near Abingdon: Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November
Oakley Wood, near Wallingford: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November
Redbridge, Oxford: Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November
Stanford, near Farringdon: Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November.

Residents with van or trailer permits can use these at any of the HWRCs.

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