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Easter is nearly here. Fingers crossed for some sunshine!

But first...
You've only a few days left to make sure you’re registered for County Council elections taking place on the 4th of May.

Have you had a poll card through the door? If you haven’t then you need to get yourself registered to vote, it doesn’t happen automatically, and if you’re not registered by the 13th of April then you won’t be able to take part! So make sure you’re on the list (it’s also good for your credit rating, if you like your democratic freedoms with an extra little incentive)

If you want to take part in the County Council elections on the 4th of May you have until Thursday to get registered!
Who is standing? 

You can find a complete list of the candidates standing here.

When does the election take place? 

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday the 4th of May, and your polling station will be written on your polling card.

What’s on in Oxfordshire

Eggsellent Easter Activities 
As always we’ve collected the best of our Family Information Service directory for you to check out. Perfect for keeping little ones amused and out of trouble! Find them here.
Ear Ear! Museum unveils a long-eared tourist attraction

Across the Cotswolds, 50 five-foot*  Hares have been popping up, including at the Oxfordshire Museum. They’re a fantastic new addition and they are all hand painted and decorated. There’s even more going on at the museum over Easter, with lots of activities for young and old to get involved in, so hop to it
*not fifty-five feet, because that would be terrifying
Oxfordshire’s new fire chief

A very warm welcome to Simon Furlong who succeeds former Chief Dave Etheridge OBE, who retired at the end of March. As well as being Chief Fire Officer for the county, Simon has also been appointed Oxfordshire County Council’s Director of Community Safety which includes road safety, business continuity, gypsy and traveller services, emergency planning and trading standards.


Job opportunities

'Step up to social work' Graduates scheme

If you’ve ever thought about a career in social work, you should check out the fast track ‘Step up to social work’ scheme. It’s a 14-month programme that combines real-world experience in a local authority social work team with high-quality university training. If you’re interested, then we’d love to host your placement in Oxfordshire. Entries close on the 5 May.
Experienced Social Workers needed!

We’re also looking for experienced social workers to join our brilliant team, and there are plenty of reasons you’d want to. In fact we’ve counted as far as 37 (and a half).
Carers needed

If you don’t have formal qualifications, we’re always on the lookout for people to become carers in Oxfordshire. Regardless of what experience and qualifications you have what we’re really interested in is your attitude and your approach. Find out more.
Have a go at being a firefighter 

Are you interested in becoming an on-call firefighter? Live or work within five minutes of a fire station and would like to serve your local community? Find out if you could be an on-call firefighter at one of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Services have a go days in April.
Seasonal staff needed to help Oxfordshire's National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) helps young people build skills for work & life while taking on exciting challenges, making new friends and contributing to their community, but the success of NCS wouldn’t be possible without the passion and dedication of seasonal staff. We're on the lookout for some fantastic individuals to help work on the summer programme. Find out more.

What's on around the county

Hot Mikado

Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre presents Hot Mikado, the Olivier Award-nominated jazz and blues adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic Mikado, complete with lindy hops, ukuleles and skateboards! Book now
Register to Vote
Yes, it’s another reminder! Did you make sure you’re registered? If not, go and do so here and we’ll stop nagging you now. Promise.
Throw things away, late into the evening

It’s spring which means that the nights are drawing out. What better way to celebrate than by heading down to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre of an evening to throw something away? All our centres are open late (till 8pm) on Thursdays until September. Enjoy!
Oxfordshire Music Service 75th Anniversary

If you’ve not seen it, we’ve some great shots from the Oxfordshire Music Service’s 75th anniversary concert at Symphony Hall in Birmingham. This really was a superb night and a showcase of just how many musical activities young people can get involved in across the county, with instrumental and vocal performances from primary schools, secondary schools, the Oxfordshire Youth Choir, Oxfordshire Young Singers, South Oxfordshire Young Singers and Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre.
Unearthing Didcot's Creativity
Pieces of local history are the inspiration behind an eye-catching new art exhibition produced by students at Didcot Girls School.
Oxfordshire Museums Service teamed up with arts companies, The Arts Excite and Neon Dance, to provide a one-off opportunity for a group of pupils aged 12 to 14 – the results of which have gone on display at the town’s Cornerstone Arts Centre
Oxfordshire Travel Choices


Get the latest on essential work to keep Oxfordshire moving - direct from the teams on site, and stay up to date ahead of any changes.
Access to Headington
Work on the next phase of the Access to Headington transport improvement scheme will start soon. The next phase will focus on The Slade, between Old Road and the mini roundabout at the junction of Hollow Way/Horspath Driftway. You’ll see contractors working for the county council will set up the site from Monday 10 April with construction work set to start on Tuesday 18 April.

Have your say

Find out more about consultations taking place across the county here
Whitelands Way (Kingsmere, Bicester) Proposed Zebra Crossing

Weston on the Green Footpath No.22 Notice of Made order

A41 Bicester to Aylesbury Road (Blackthorn) Proposed 50mph Speed Limit
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