The Parish Council is monitoring Government and NHS guidance on the pandemic and adpating the way it carries out its business to enable the best continuity and support possible to all residents. To this end, the Council, in conjunction with Baulking and Woolstone, has established a Support Group of local volunteers who are willing to help anyone in need, especially those who have no local family able to assist. Volunteers are prepared to assist any family in self-isolation by running essential errands, collecting/delivering items to the doorstep and any other urgent matters which might crop up during such a time, including those just wanting to have a chat with somebody not in isolation. Volunteers will not attempt to take over from the NHS or other emergency services or put themselves into any personal danger and will always maintain the correct 'social distance'.
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The village of Uffington in Oxfordshire lies on the edge of the Vale of the White Horse, just north of the Berkshire Downs and south of the A420 linking Oxford and Swindon. Overlooking the village is the famous White Horse, a marvellous chalk figure which was cut into the hillside an estimated 3000 years ago.
The village has a fine church, known as The Cathedral of the Vale, an excellent museum and a large village hall used by many local groups and for a range of outside functions. The village also organises and hosts the famous White Horse Show during Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday each year. The village shop and post office, located next to the village hall, stocks food and general supplies, newspapers and magazines. National Lottery tickets are also on sale.
Uffington has literary connections too. John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, lived in the village and Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's School Days, was born at Uffington vicarage. Several of Hughes' books are based on local people and places and the museum is actually housed in the school featured in his most famous work.
The whole area is filled with historic interest and information on the church and museum, the White Horse and all local historic sites including the nearby Ridgeway Path, Uffington Castle, Dragon Hill, Wayland's Smithy and Ashdown House can be found here.
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