Oxfordshire Libraries  are still here and working hard to provide you with a wide choice of digital library services from the comfort of people’s homes. We are working hard on plans to adjust our libraries for when we are able to welcome our customers back. Rest assured we will not open libraries until it is safe to do so based on the Government and Public Health England advice.

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The Walking in Oxfordshire website at www.walkinginengland.co.uk/oxfordshire has lots of free walks to download and print plus details of all the walking clubs in the country and more information.

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NEWS and information :

Lockdown shouldn’t stop us from keeping fit and healthy, no matter our age! Keeping active is incredibly beneficial for our health and wellbeing, but it’s difficult to get up and moving when you are vulnerable during lockdown. Age UK Oxfordshire has put together some fantastic home workouts for older people to do at home, focusing on strength and balance, Tai Chi, pilates and hands & wrists.  They are available at: www.generationgames.org.uk or on their YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmrTWqBkGvP5NTtjFTzimMQ  
They also offer free home exercise DVDs which they can send to you - just use the link in the website above. 

Recycling centres update
All recycling centres across Oxfordshire are now open again, and opening hours have been extended.  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.

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​Mental Health Awareness Week

5 Ways to Wellbeing can be found below: 
Connect - evidence shows connecting with other people is very important for our wellbeing. Speak to others when out for a walk; connecting with new people virtually; connecting with nature and our environment; sending a postcard or message to people we care about; forming new friendships with other volunteers.
Be Active - Good for our physical health but also good for our mental health. Protective against depression and anxiety. Increases feelings of self-control and self-esteem. Going for walks, runs, cycles; being strict with your schedule for exercise; being proactive in your relationships. 
Take notice - It is very easy to go through life without noticing much. We look ahead to the future or focus on the past. It's important to come back to the moment and pause and relax. Pay attention to others and taking note of how they are feeling. Showing empathy and understanding towards others, and listening to them in a non-judgemental way; check-in with how you are feeling; mindfulness. 
Keep learning - try something new. Read a new novel, learn a new skill. Learn to bake cakes; getting to grips with new technology; reading; crafts or other leisure activities; learn more about nature and the names of plants, flowers, etc.; find out more about other volunteers.
Give - Our brains are hard-wired to feel rewarded when we help others. We know that some 50,000 volunteers have been giving their time and effort over the last few months! 

Domestic abuse advice is being shared by Oxfordshire County Council and its partners, in recognition that Coronavirus movement restrictions will be having a direct impact on many individuals and families.
Existing abuse can escalate because of stress, anxiety, and other challenges, whilst widespread health concerns and job losses may mean some people experience or use domestic abuse for the first time.  
The Home Secretary has confirmed that anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse can leave and seek refuge, despite restrictions on movement. Refuges remain open, and the police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused - whether physically or emotionally.   
Oxfordshire’s domestic abuse services continue to offer support and can help people at risk by finding safe alternative accommodation or by increasing safety measures to enable them to remain at home.  
See this
press release for full details of how and where to get support.

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

Chilterns Food & Drink - Open for Business - please see www.chilternsaonb.org for more details.  Chilterns producers have been busy finding enterprising ways to safely provide you with their goods during the current Coronavirus situation.  You can still enjoy a Taste of the Chilterns whilst supporting our Chilterns independents at this difficult time. But please heed Government advice, only go out for absolute essentials and adhere to 2 metres social distancing. And check producer websites for most up to date information.

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

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

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Citizens Advice have issued information on a new fast-track reporting for suspicious emails 

New website to help plan for Oxfordshire's future  You may be aware of the work going on to create an “Oxfordshire 2050 Plan” – the county-wide plan that the Oxfordshire authorities agreed to prepare as part of the Growth Deal. The team working on the plan has launched a new website to help increase public engagement with the project.  The Oxfordshire Open Thought website – oxfordshireopenthought.org – asks people to give their thoughts, knowledge and expertise on three key areas: living and working; connectivity and climate change.  People can send in a video, upload a document or just write some text.  It’s a new initiative that won’t replace previous consultations and responses but will hopefully capture some fresh and innovative ideas.

Thames Water have produced an article about their free priority services.

South Central Ambulance Service ​have launched two competitions for children and young people, further details can be found at:
SCAS Kids website:
SCAS Youth website:

In response to reports on the BBC that some recycled plastics are ending up in Turkey and being burned, SODC’s contractor Biffa has put out this statement.

The Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is aimed at increasing the delivery of gigabit capable broadband to both residents and businesses in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK. This poster shows the key details of this scheme.  To find out if you are eligible, use the postcode search on the website www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/rural, which will advise of your eligibility, list suppliers that are active in your area and guide you through the process.

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:

Do you know who your children are speaking to online?
During lockdown, many of us are turning online to stay in touch and this goes for children as well as adults. Sadly, some criminals are using these
extraordinary circumstances as a way to exploit and target young people when they are online.
Thames Valley Police have seen an increase in reports of online sexual abuse involving children since movement restrictions were introduced and are urging parents to take this opportunity to have honest conversations about online safety with their children and to review privacy settings on the apps and social networks that they are using.
To support parents during COVID-19, the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection division are producing fortnightly activity packs to help discuss staying safe online with your children. These age-appropriate resources, containing two 15-minute activities for each age group, can be found at

​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.
Normally, our main offices are in Abingdon, Didcot, Henley and Thame. Ninety volunteers and staff are now advising the public from home on our Advice Line service.
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.

If you wish to receive it electronically you can request this from paulstancliffe@lineone.net.