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LOCAL: Parish Council Planning Meeting - Tuesday, 22nd August at 7.30pm

on Tue, 22/08/2017 - 7:30pm



Agenda of the Parish Council planning meeting to be held on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 7.30pm in the Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt

All members of the public welcome

Open Forum, to include addresses from the public, District & County Councillors

  1. Apologies.
  2. Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct.
  3. Planning:
    1. P17/V2092/FUL Days House, Westcot, OX12 9QB:  Demolition of bungalow/pool house (not Days House) to divide site and construct new house to replace bungalow in different position similar to that approved 04/03/2016 but with two minor additions.
    2. P17/V2090/AG Broadleaze Farm, Westcot Lane, Sparsholt, OX12 9PZ: Erection of polytunnel for lambing.
  4. Date of Next Meetings – Wednesday 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 13th December 2017 and 17th January, 21st February, 21st march, 18th April and the AGM 16th May 2018 all starting at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.


Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Wed, 23/08/2017 - 10:00am

Some web links with ideas for holiday activities for children and families (in alphabetical order):-

Let me know if you know of any more - use the 'Feedback' tab on the left.

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 26th August from 8.30am

on Sat, 26/08/2017 - 8:30am

#Wantage Farmers Market is in the Market Square, usually on the last Saturday of every month from 8.30am 'til 1pm.

Smaller markets can be found in the same place in Wantage on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Telephone: 01235 763459

Uffington White Horse Show - Bank Holiday weekend 27th & 28th August

on Sun, 27/08/2017 - 10:00am
 August Bank Holiday weekend - Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August  - Gates open 10am - Uffington 

So much more for 2017!!

Organised by the Animal Welfare Trust, Newbury Branch.
Please bring your dog along and enter – all dogs are welcome!
All your favourite rides, traditional and new.
With the Ukey Dukes, Wantage Silver Band and Kidlington Concert Brass.
With Professor Crump, Juggling John and arts and crafts with Annabelle’s Nursery.
From fish & chips to the specialities of The Wandering Feast, Pizza Sole Luna, California Taco  plus a bar and Prosecco stand.
HAVE-A-GO COUNTRY PURSUITS –  in a fantastic (and safe) setting looking up to the White Horse Hill
This is one of the busiest attractions with novices through to experienced hands taking part.
Last year visitors supported the National Trust in protecting the real chalk Horse by joining us in recreating a large scale version on the showground. Let’s do it again in 2017!

Ticket Info:-

  • Adults £12
  • Children 5 – 16 £4
  • Below 4 Free

Gates open 10am, main attractions start from 10.30am. Show continues into Sunday evening (fun-fair, bar, live music & food available) and closes Monday 5.30pm.

We can accept credit and debit cards (not american express)

This is a country based show and as such is weather dependent but we haven’t had to cancel the Show for 40 years of running it. Attraction listing may be liable to change.

For further information, please see:-

Our History:-
The Uffington White Horse Show is a traditional two day country show which takes place every year over August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. It offers a wide range of attractions for families and people of all ages including arena events, craft stalls, animals, historic vehicles and much, much more.
The Show is located in fields overlooked by the famous bronze age figure of the Uffington White Horse, which is over 3,000 years old.
The Show was started over forty years ago by local villagers to raise funds to replace the Village Hall in Uffington. This was achieved in 1975 when the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall was officially opened. Since then the show has continued to support local associations and charities through the White Horse Show Charitable Trust.
Our motto is “Countryside, Family and Fun” and our objective is to bring those enjoyments to as wide a group of people as possible.


Chalking the White Horse - Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August, 10am - 3pm

on Sun, 27/08/2017 - 10:00am

Adults and children alike are invited to join the Ranger at White Horse Hill, Uffington to help with the upkeep of this ancient monument by re-chalking the Horse.

  • Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August
  • Tools and gloves are provided. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!
  • 10am - 3pm each day. Event is FREE however please be aware that parking charges may apply.
  • You *MUST* book a time slot in advance (allocated in half hours) - call 01793 762209

White Horse Hill, Uffington. B4507 Ashbury to Wantage road Oxfordshire SN7 7QJ.

For more information:-

Bank holiday waste collections 2017/18

on Sun, 27/08/2017 - 7:30pm

LOCAL: Tea & Cake - Griffin Hall, Sparsholt - Bank Holiday Mon, 28th Aug, 2-5pm

on Mon, 28/08/2017 - 2:00pm

Come along to Griffin Hall Sparsholt for afternoon tea and home made cakes at Griffin Hall, Sparsholt, 2 to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August*.

Proceeds in aid of the Griffin Hall.

Submitted by Angie B; for further details, contact Angie on:-

* Please note that this is subject to practicalities of the proposed re-roofing work and therefore may not go ahead.


Summer Garden Party at The Greyhound - Bank Holiday Monday 28th, 12-7pm

on Mon, 28/08/2017 - 3:26pm

Give Blood - Tuesday, 29th August

on Tue, 29/08/2017 - 2:00pm

96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood - don't leave it to someone else. If you’re generally healthy and aged between 17 and 65, you can probably donate.

The next donation session at The Beacon, Wantage (click <here> for a map) is on Tuesday, 29th August between 13.15-15.30 & 16.15-19.15.

Parking at The Beacon, Wantage is free after 4pm or for the first 2 hours (with a free 'pay & display' ticket). For your trouble, you'll enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and selection of biscuits, alongside the satisfaction of knowing that you're actively helping others.

Can you give blood?

Most people can give blood, but before the NHS can accept your blood they need to ensure there's no risk of harming you or the patients who will receive it. Use the below links to the Give Blood website to see if you are eligible to give blood:-

From February 2012, male blood donors can increase frequency of donating to a maximum of 4 times in 12 months at an interval of not less than 12 weeks.

Register as a blood donor:-

Giving blood is quick, easy and most importantly, it saves lives. Simply fill in the form by clicking <here> to register your interest in becoming a blood donor or to come along to a session near you.

Learn more by visiting the Blood Donation service website:-

  • or by calling 0300-123-23-23 (calls are normally charged at your providers (eg BT) local rate).

Are you an existing blood donor?

If so, you can jump to your own secure Blood Donor login page here:-


NT Live at The Beacon - Yerma - Thursday, 31st August at 7pm

on Thu, 31/08/2017 - 7:09pm

National Theatre Live: Yerma
Thursday 31st August | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15 
(joint offer only available via Box Office)
Running Time: tbc (including intervals)

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

Think Water Workshop - Saturday, 2nd September, 2.30-4.30pm

on Sat, 02/09/2017 - 2:30pm

LOCAL: Book Club "Stoner" by John Williams - Monday, 4th September at 8pm

on Mon, 04/09/2017 - 9:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 4th September at 8pm.

The book this month is Stoner" by John Williams, available from Amazon (click link to visit Amazon).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.

Craft Night - First Tuesday (5/9), 7.00-9.30pm

on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:00pm

Cornerstone Film Club "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" - Weds, 6th September, 8pm

on Wed, 06/09/2017 - 8:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" - Weds, 6th September at 8pm.



The Didcot Cornerstone Film Club meets monthly, usually on the last Wednesday of the month at 8pm (plus some Saturday Matinees). Films are shown on a large screen in the main hall and there's a bar afterwards.

Annual membership costs £5 and is available from Cornerstone or Didcot Civic Hall. Please fill in & bring a membership form with you if you're not already a member (click <here> for the form).
Tickets for the films cost £5 each and members can buy up to 2 tickets for each film (so no need for couples to both join). Tickets are available through the normal Cornerstone booking procedures: on-line, by phone or in person at the box office.

  • Admission is £5 per person
  • 8pm start (Each film follows a short introduction)
  • Unreserved seating

Forthcoming screenings:-

  • "I, Daniel Blake" - Weds, 28th June

The Cornerstone Film Club shows the sort of films you probably won't see in mainstream cinemas:-

  • Hollywood Classics
  • Foreign Language
  • New British Independents

For further information, see the Didcot Cornerstone Film Club's own page in 'Groups':-

White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 7th September at 7.30pm

on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 7:30pm

Meetings in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington, Faringdon, SN7 7RA

7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Membership per annum £10. Visitors £2.50.


Thursday 7th September

  • ‘The Edible Flower Garden’.
  • Talk by Kathy Brown will tell us about the inspiration behind her garden. 

Thursday 5th October

  • ‘The A – Z of Roses’ by Simon White, Garden Centre Manager at Peter Beales Roses.
  • Plants for Sale. 

Thursday 2nd November

  • ‘Digging deeper - a gentle look at garden science as it relates to soil and plant growth’.
  •  A talk by Paul Williams, Head Gardener at Whichford Pottery. 

Thursday 7th December

  • AGM,
  • followed by ‘Gin - distilling and botanicals’, with gins to sample.  
  • A talk by Majestic Wine.    Seasonal refreshments included. Visitors £3.

​Please do come along and bring your friends, neighbours and relatives. Membership cards will be available at this meeting - JOIN US.

To download the 2017 programme, please click link below

White Horse Gardening Club 2017 programme
Adobe Acrobat document [435.9 KB]

Find out more:-

Live Music - Cara Dillon - Friday, 8th September at 8pm

on Fri, 08/09/2017 - 7:29pm

Friday 8 Sep | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
Tickets: £20
Running Time: 2 hours, incl interval.

If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store.

Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth.

A former member of the folk group Equation, who also sang with De Danaan, this young Irish singer from Dungiven, County Derry, sings with clarity, beauty and style. Winner of 2010’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Album (Hill of Thieves) and winner of 2010’s Spiral Awards for Best Female Singer and Best Traditional Song (Jimmy Mó Mhile Stór).

A Thousand Hearts, Cara Dillon’s fifth solo album, is another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true. The Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. Despite winning every folk award going, she confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition.

  • MOJO MAGAZINE: "What may well be the worlds most beautiful female voice." 
  • ED SHEERAN: "Loved ever single album you've put out...sublime, heavily reccomend to anyone." 
  • SAM SMITH: "This woman's voice holds so many beautiful memories in my heart." 
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)

Junk Monkeys for kids 8+ - starting Saturday 9th September, 2-4pm

on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 2:00pm

Pub Quiz at The Greyhound – Sunday, 10th September at 8pm

on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 8:00pm

Join us for our very popular and challenging monthly quiz. Entry is £2.00 with half going into the Jackpot Prize round and half to our nominated charity for this month: tbc.

There are prizes every round and teams of any size are allowed.

A special pre-quiz menu is served from 6:30-7:30pm, with £1 for each main course sold donated to the chosen charity. Booking is essential as places are always limited! 

Save the date: the next quiz will be on tbc.

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

LOCAL: The Star Bridge Club - Tuesday, 12th September from 7.15pm

on Tue, 12/09/2017 - 8:15pm


The Star Bridge Club invites you to join us at The Star Inn, Sparsholt (0X12 9PP) for our next meeting, on Tuesday, 12th September at 7.15 for 7.45 for Duplicate and 7.30 for 8.00 for Social.

Tables, cards, cloths and pencils will be provided.

The cost, which includes a main course of one of two options, is £20 per head (which includes a 10% donation to The Church of the Holy Rood, Sparsholt).

This month, the menu choices are:

  • TBC
  • Chef’s selection of fudge with tea and coffee

Please come, on your own or with friends – new members are always welcome.

RSVP: including food choice to [email protected] / [email protected] by the preceding Friday LATEST please.

  • Drinks etc to be ordered and paid for at the bar. If setting up a tab please leave a cc to support it.

Provided by Jane C