Vale of the White Horse District Council is delighted to announce that Wantage Civic Hall is to be relaunched with a new name and new and improved services.


From 1 April 2014, Wantage Civic Hall will be known as The Beacon, Wantage.  

The new name has been chosen to reflect the beacons that surround Wantage and was the most popular choice among people visiting and attending events at the building. A beacon is positive, illuminating and welcoming and is a gathering place for the local community. Beacons are still used in celebrations to connect communities across the district and country.

The Beacon will offer many more events and activities, such as wedding and children’s party packages, the popular ongoing cinema trial which has been well supported by the local community, a calendar of events including live music and entertainment, and business events.

To help people to see what activities will be taking place, view upcoming events and get more detail on the services available, The Beacon will be launching a fantastic new website.  The new site will be available from early April and will also be supported by new Facebook and Twitter pages.

To officially mark the relaunch, there will be an Open Day on Saturday 10 May for the community to come and see the changes and experience some of the fabulous activities and events that take place on a regular basis with a selection of taster sessions.

Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said, “The Beacon is an exciting development, not only for Wantage but for the people of the wider Vale and its visitors. The Beacon will provide them with a vibrant and welcoming centre with a focus on events and activities for the community to come and enjoy.”