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Last call to register for Oxford Half Marathon

The second Oxford Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 14thOctober, has seen a large growth in numbers for this year’s race with more than twice as many runners signed up than in 2011.

Over 4,000 entries had been received by the beginning of this week, and organisers have put out a last call for anyone still wanting to take part this year with registration closing at 9 am this Friday 5th October.

Locals are also encouraged to line the streets of their city to cheer on the runners and to create a motivational atmosphere for runners to remember, and everyone is welcome to visit the race village at the Kassam Stadium. There will be free entry to the stadium for all supporters who want to cheer on the runners on their final stretch and watch them cross the finish line after conquering the 13.1 miles.

A number of bands will also be playing along the route, creating a real carnival atmosphere. More details about the bands will be announced this week.

Anyone who still wants to take part in this year’s Oxford Half Marathon is urged to go to www.oxfordhalfmarathon.com to secure their place now.

MINI Plant Oxford is the Headline Sponsor for the Oxford Half Marathon for the 2nd year. Other partners include Brooks Sports,Up and Running, Garmin, Clif Bar, Moving Comfort, highland Spring, Tesco, Visit Oxfordshire, Round & About Magazine and Running fitness, with BBC Radio Oxford being the Broadcasting Partner and The Oxford Mail the media partner for the Oxford Half Marathon 2012.

Oxford based charity Helen & Douglas House, a hospice providing care for children and young adults, is the Official Charity Partner for 2012.

Further details and updates can be found on www.oxfordhalfmarathon.com , the Facebook page www.facebook.com/OxfordHalfMarathonand by following @oxfordhalf on Twitter.


Residents get the chance to win their 2012/13 council tax and help save thousands

Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to sign up to receive their council tax bill by email to help save money, and those who do so will be entered in a draw to have their entire 2012/13 council tax paid for them.

It costs more than £64,000 each year forSouth Oxfordshireand Vale of White Horse District Councils to print and send out council tax bills and leaflets.  To save money the two councils are aiming to get as many people as possible signed up to receive their council tax bill by email before February next year.

When people sign up to receive bills by email, a system known as e-billing, it saves money through the reduced need for paper, printing and postage.

To encourage people to sign up for e-billing the councils have agreed to pay the entire 2012/13 council tax bill for two residents (one from each district) drawn randomly from the e-billing list, including the portions of the bill allocated to other service providers such as the police, county and town councils.

To enter the draw, council tax payers simply need to sign up to receive their bills by email by Tuesday 31 January.

Please note that e-billing is only suitable for those paying council tax by direct debit, credit or debit card.

Anyone who has already signed up will automatically be entered into the draw.

Council tax payers who wish to sign up for e-billing, and therefore be entered into the draw should go to either www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk or www.southoxon.gov.uk depending on which council they pay council tax to.

Cllr David Dodds, cabinet member for finance at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This is a fantastic chance for two council tax payers to win the opportunity to have their entire 2012/13 bill paid for them.  We are very keen to reduce the amount of money we spend each year on printing and postage, so hopefully anyone who hasn’t already done so should sign up.”

CllrMatthew Barber, cabinet member for finance at the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “If every council tax payer who has access to email signs up to e-billing then we could put the money that we spend on sending out bills and council tax leaflets to much better use.”

The Oxfordshire Dementia Information line is open from 9 – 7 Monday to Friday and 10-6 Weekends and Bank Holidays

From April 1st The Oxfordshire Dementia Information line is open from 9 – 7 Monday to Friday and 10-6 Weekends and Bank Holidays Please let everyone know!!!

 Tel: 01993 700061

Mob: 07889 600174



Oxfordshire’s home compost bin offer is set to continue for another year.

Over fifty thousand compost bins have been sold across the county over the past nine years and with over 2,100 sold over the last twelve months people are still keen to start composting or compost even more.

As of the 1st April 2011, a 220 litre bin will cost £15 and the larger 330 litre bin will cost just £18. Householders can also get a second bin for half price, so those with larger gardens or who share an order with their neighbours can save even more. A per order delivery charge of £5.95 means bins delivered straight to the door for significantly less than most ‘high street’ stores.

Eiles Robinson is household waste reduction officer for the county council. She says: “Composting is great for gardens. It provides a rich organic material for the soil, saves money on shop-bought compost and keeps cost down for the council on collecting food and garden waste.”

Despite Oxfordshire Waste Partnership’s special offer on compost bins, Eiles is keen to stress that it’s not simply about selling bins. She adds: “We simply want to encourage people to compost their waste as it’s better for the environment. There’s advice on our website, www.oxfordshirewaste.gov.uk, and we’re always happy to solve problems and answer compost questions on 08450 50 45 50.”

Compost bins can be ordered at www.owp.getcomposting.com by calling 0844 571 444 or via an order form available from any Oxfordshire district or county council.