People urged to wear face coverings and stay alert

Oxfordshire residents are reminded to continue taking steps to keep themselves, and others safe as non-essential shops and services start reopen for the first time since March.

Per government guidance, any resident using public transport, or in an enclosed public space where social distancing isn’t possible, must wear a non-surgical face covering to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Face coverings not face masks

A face covering isn’t the same as medical-grade PPE face masks. These will continue to be reserved for those working in a high-risk environment, such as health and social care.

Cloth face coverings may help us all to reduce the risk of spreading the virus if we have it, but no symptoms.

Keep your distance

It’s important to remember however that face coverings do not replace existing social distancing guidance. You should continue to maintain social distancing from those not in your household, and isolate if you, or somebody else you live with, show symptoms.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health Ansaf Azhar reiterated the importance of staying alert.

He said: “as we are now into the warm summer months, it’s great that we have been able to ease some aspects of lockdown. However, it’s vital we do not become complacent about the risk, and continue to abide by government guidance if we are to keep infection rates down.”

Exercise of Public Rights 19-20

Smaller local authorities are required to provide electors with the opportunity to inspect the accounts and other documents for a period of 30 working days which normally must include the first 10 working days of July.
The period for inspection of Great Milton Parish Council’s accounts will commence on Monday 15 June 2020 and ends on Friday 24 July 2020. Further information is available via the document below:
Notice of Public Rights Great Milton PC 19-20

Great Milton Parish Council: Virtual Meeting, Mon 15 June, 7.30pm

All are welcome to attend Great Milton Parish Council’s virtual meeting on Monday 15th June at 7.30pm.  If you wish to participate, you will need to enter the following joining code into your browser and follow any instructions:

Direct link:

If you already have Zoom software…
Meeting ID: 898 0265 7528
Password: 484934

Given reported issues with security on Zoom meetings, please also advise the Chairman that you would like to attend by calling 01844 278068 in advance of the meeting. A link to the agenda will appear below once it is finalised:
Agenda for Parish Council meeting, Mon 15 June


Great Milton website: have your say…

The Parish Council is planning revisions to the Great Milton village website to comply with changes to legislation.
As part of that process the content and navigation of the site will be reviewed.
We have created a completely anonymised survey to gather your views and opinions on the website and would be very grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to complete it.
Link to survey:
The website can be accessed at

Many thanks,

Cllr Steve Harrod
On behalf of Great Milton Parish Council


Volunteers make all the difference in South and Vale

At the start of national volunteers’ week, the leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have offered their heartfelt and sincerest thanks to the thousands of volunteers that are helping in their communities.

Within days of lockdown starting, charities and voluntary groups in our districts were helping those in need. As it became clear more support was required hundreds of residents set up informal help groups in their local communities to make sure their most vulnerable and isolated neighbours were able to get help.

They used the powers of social media to recruit other volunteers and to get the message out to those who needed it. They also used more traditional methods to reach people, such as telephone calls, door-knocking and posting home-made leaflets through their neighbours’ doors.

There’s no doubt these local heroes have saved lives in their communities – they have been the backbone of the country’s response to the crisis.

To help coordinate the community response, the district councils set up a community hub, which has helped bring the hundreds of independent groups and individuals into a huge linked network of volunteers responding to requests for help.

Working together with the district councils and others, local volunteer groups have made an enormous difference to people who are having to self-isolate. They’re carrying out tasks that in normal circumstances would normally seem simple such as doing the food shopping or picking up people’s prescriptions.

More than 30 members of staff at the council have been redeployed to work on a community support helpline to support the coordinated effort across the county. So far, the helpline has referred 910 people onto community groups for ongoing support. The district councils have also created a food hub, which has supplied meals for 783 adults and children.

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council said, “I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of local volunteers that have been helping their neighbours and some of our most vulnerable residents. I hope the work that we have been able to do as a council creates a long-lasting legacy of active community groups that support vulnerable and isolated residents far beyond this pandemic to support ever more cohesive and connected communities”

Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council said, “We are so grateful to our local community groups, volunteers and own staff that have stepped up and helped to provide all the extra support. Without them, vulnerable people would have undoubtedly suffered so much more during the pandemic.”

SODC Community Support: change to opening hours

We previously communicated the identified reduction in referrals received directly to our Community Support helpline. This really emphasises the hard work we’ve all collectively accomplished so far to help those most in need throughout our communities. We want to thank you for your continued support.
We’ve recently reviewed our operations with current data trends across the districts. In completion of this, we’ve decided to change our opening hours to reflect those of the shielded helpline operated by central government.

New opening times!
Monday to Saturday – 9am to 6pm
Sunday – Closed

We will continue to review this as we transition into the recovery phase and will follow any future changes government make to their operating hours.
We continue to improve the way we work to ensure that no one is falling through the gaps, so please keeping talking to us and let us know how we can best support your efforts to stay connected with those in need.
If there’s anything we can help with directly, or if you have any questions, please email
Take care and stay safe!
Best Wishes,
South & Vale Community Support Team