Victim Support – Thames Valley Police



Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld recently launched a new website to support victims of crime.  Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help.  It includes information and advice for victimsincluding signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.
The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public are able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.
We will be promoting the website over the coming months and would appreciate any support you can give in promoting it to your communities through your existing channels such as social media, websites and newsletters.   I’ve attached the Victims First logo for you to use as needed.
If you have any questions or want any further information about the website, please come back to me.
Many thanks
Kind regards
Sarah Stokes
PR and Communication Support Officer
Direct Line: 01865 541954 Internal: 300-6703
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Farmhouse
Thames Valley Police Headquarters
Kidlington OX5 2NX

Winslow Picnic in the Park

Winslow Picnic in the Park


Pack your hampers and come to the Tomkins Park and Arboretum to join in a family picnic day. 


Sunday 13th August from 12pm. 


Live entertainment and some food stalls.



East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 – Consultation



East West Rail Western Section Phase 2

You are probably aware that Network Rail is proposing to improve the railway between Oxford and Bedford, and Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough by upgrading disused and underused rail track to provide new rail links and additional routes and capacity for both passengers and freight. On completion, this new rail link will connect the Great Western, West Coast and Midland Main Lines north of London.

In September 2015 Network Rail consulted on sections of line linking Bedford-Bicester and Milton Keynes–Princes Risborough as part of phase 2. There has been further development following the first round of consultation and Network Rail will be holding a second round of consultation beginning on 30 June and ending on 11 August 2017.

Network Rail will be holding a number of public exhibitions to give communities a chance to view plans and give feedback,

The Winslow exhibition will be on 12th July 2017 at the Public Hall Elmfields Gate MK18 3JG from 12 to 8 pm.


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At the recent Annual meeting of Winslow Town Council Wendy Castle was elected as the new Town Mayor.  Wendy became a             member of the Council some 13 years ago and in that time has served on most of the various committees.  Councillor Castle said:

“During my membership of the Council my aspirations have remained much the same; we have a very special Town, with a                    caring and friendly community that deserves to be protected and enhanced wherever possible.  I look forward to a continuation of        the good and necessary work carried out by the Council and to improved relationships and communications with all the Town’s                                         organisations”.

At the same meeting, Councillor Harry Chambers was elected Deputy Mayor.  Councillor Chambers said:

“I look forward to assisting the new Town Mayor during her time in office”.




Last year Winslow Town Council acquired a five acre site in the heart of the town, known locally as The Paddock, using funds secured from the New Homes Bonus scheme. The land previously belonged to the Tomkins family who were long term residents of Winslow Hall which is immediately to the south of the site. Known locally as The Paddock, in recent times it has only been open to the public once a year for the Lions Club Annual Firework Display.   A collection of specimen trees grow within the site and a recent survey described them as an arboretum of regional status. Among the many superb trees is a Laurel Leafed Oak which is the only one known to be in Buckinghamshire.

Sadly the woodland has not been managed too well in recent years and several trees became dangerous or were affecting the growth of more important species. These trees have now been removed to ensure public safety and drainage installed to resolve a waterlogging problem in one area. This has been the first stage in developing the site as a town park which all of the community can enjoy. New pedestrian access gates have been installed in Elmfield Gate and from Greyhound Lane Car Park and these will be opened to the public from around noon on Friday 19h August. The double gates behind the Public Hall will only be opened for maintenance and emergency vehicles.

Commenting on the opening Cllr Roy van de Poll said, ‘There is still much work to be done to develop the park but we wanted families to be able to have access before the end of the school holidays.  If the weather holds it will be a great place for picnics‘.  In the coming weeks and months information boards will be installed next to the most important trees.  Footpaths, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, will also be developed. Some new planting will add colour and extra ground cover in the wooded areas.

Cllr van de Poll added, ‘Later this year an official opening ceremony will see the site re-named as Tomkins Park and Arboretum in memory of Sir Edward and Lady Tomkins who were such great supporters of community activities in Winslow and did much to develop the arboretum’.

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