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Wantage Choral Society - Christmas Oratorio - Saturday, 9th December at 7.30pm

on Sat, 09/12/2017 - 7:30pm

Wantage Choral Society - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1 – 3)

7.00pm Saturday, 9 December at Wantage Parish Church. 

Ticket Prices: £10 in advance; £12 on the day; accompanied U16’s free but will need ticket.

All tickets from Vale and Downland Museum or at the door.

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

on Sun, 10/12/2017 - 7:00pm

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: The Royal British Legion

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)

French Conversation & Coffee - Wednesday, 13th December from 9.20am

on Wed, 13/12/2017 - 8:20am

Letcombe Film Club - "A Street Cat named Bob" - Wednesday, 13th Dec at 7.30pm

on Wed, 13/12/2017 - 6:30pm

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Further details tbc.

Come along early and have refreshments and a chat before the film.

  • Tickets £5
  • Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm.
  • Letcombe Regis Village Hall, Bassett Rd, OX12 9LJ (click <here> for a map)

Future Film dates for your diary:-

  • December 13th: A Street Cat named Bob

Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet - Thursday, 14th December at 7.30pm

on Thu, 14/12/2017 - 7:30pm

The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians combine to create a unique sound, portraying a kaleidoscope of emotions – now achingly sad, now humorous, now infused with warmth – and all shot through with a fiery virtuosity. Derek Paravicini Quartet are a musical chameleon, able to change their sonic palette to suit any occasion, with the breathtaking new takes on classic songs and jazz standards, and a repertoire from ragtime to Radiohead, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from Cole Porter to Coldplay.

Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation. Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed ‘The Human iPod’ in the States, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces – all learnt very rapidly, just by listening. There is so much more to Derek than an iPod, though; beneath the quiet charm lies a fiery, creative musician, whose astonishing improvisations and dazzling technique have wowed audiences all over the world, with over a million hits on Youtube and another million on TED.

‘The Paravicini Quartet provide outstanding entertainment. Hearing them for the first time, they just blew me away.’ Simon Vincent, President of Hilton Worldwide, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

‘Anyone who has ever wanted to play a musical instrument should see this and marvel at how he’s overcome incredible challenges’. James Mitchell, Opera Unmasked.


Proceeds in aid of Music for Autism.

More info available:

T.Rextasy - Friday, 15th December at 8.00pm

on Fri, 15/12/2017 - 7:02pm

Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. It’s hard to believe that 40 years have now passed since Marc’s tragic fatal car accident and fans have mourned the loss of a truly individual, inspirational talent ever since. Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs including '20th Century Boy’, ‘Get in On’ and 'I Love to Boogie' have insured that Marc Bolan and T.Rex have become one of the most memorable and enduring bands of the seventies

T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex.  They have become widely accepted as the world’s only official tribute show dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc’s family, estate and catalogue management, not to mention original members of T.Rex. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

This year T.rextasy are celebrating Marc’s life and works with a very special commemorative tour. Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you! 

  • Friday 15 December | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Tickets: £20
  • Running Time: 2 hours, incuding interval
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)


LOCAL: Village Christmas Gathering - Saturday, 16th December from 6-8pm

on Sat, 16/12/2017 - 9:26pm

NT Live at The Beacon - Young Marx - Monday, 18th December at 7pm

on Mon, 18/12/2017 - 6:00pm

National Theatre Live: Young Marx 
Monday 18th December | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15 
(joint offer only available via Box Office)
Running Time: tbc (including intervals)

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. 

Christmas Panto "Dick Whittington" - Thursday 21st & Saturday 23rd December

on Thu, 21/12/2017 - 11:51am

"Join our hero ‘Dick Whittington’ on an adventure to London, where the streets are paved with gold, to seek your fortune. TaleGate Theatre Productions is now in it’s ninth year touring the UK. ‘Dick Whittington’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!  

Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, breathtaking special effects, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime! 

This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family. So turn again ‘Dick Whittington’, three times Lord Mayor of London!"

ickets can be purchased by the calling the Beacon Wantage Box Office: 01235 763456

Visit the Beacon's website to find out more:

  • Thursday 21 December | 4.00pm
  • Saturday 23 December | 1.00pm & 4.00pm
  • Tickets: £8.50 / £32 Family Ticket for 4
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, including interval

Christmas Comedy - Friday, 22nd December at 8pm

on Fri, 22/12/2017 - 7:00pm

Johnny Cochrane | Tez Ilyas | Kate Lucas |Mo Gilligan

Join us for some festive fun with a fantastic line-up of some of Britain's hottest comic talent. Tez Ilyas achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand-up, with sell-out runs and his own Radio 4 series, with a second series coming this year. Award-winning musical comedian Kate Lucas is known for her razor-sharp dark humour. Mo Gilligan is one of the UK's fastest rising social media stars reaching mutliple millions. All hosted by the popular TV face and radio presenter (The Johnny & Inel Show), Johnny Cochrane.

  • Friday 22 Dec | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Tickets: £15
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)

LOCAL: Christmas Day Carol Service - Monday, 25th December at 10am

on Mon, 25/12/2017 - 10:00am

The Church of the Holy Rood Christmas carol service is an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate together on Christmas Day.

Bring the whole family!

Monday, 25th December at 10am, Sparsholt Church of the Holy Rood.

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walk - Boxing Day, 26th December at 11am

on Tue, 26/12/2017 - 10:00am

Planned Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walks are listed below - everyone welcome!

  • Boxing Day - Barbara

Contact Ian on  07880 331331 or for further details.

See also the Footpath Walkers dedicated page on this site Groups > Footpath Walkers


Bank holiday waste collections 2017/18

on Tue, 26/12/2017 - 6:30pm

Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Wed, 27/12/2017 - 9:00am

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.

Give Blood - Wednesday, 17th January

on Wed, 17/01/2018 - 1:00pm

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 Wednesday, 17th January between 13.15-15.30 & 16.15-19.15.

Parking at The Beacon, Wantage is free 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:-


Introduction to Upholstery - 31st January, 9.30am - 2.30pm

on Wed, 31/01/2018 - 8:30am

NT Live at The Beacon - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Thursday, 22nd February at 7pm

on Thu, 22/02/2018 - 7:00pm

National Theatre Live - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Thursday 22 February | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? 

"A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"
Sunday Times

"A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"
The Independent

"Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"
The Metro 

NT Live at The Beacon - Julius Caesar - Thursday, 22nd March at 7pm

on Thu, 22/03/2018 - 7:00pm

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar
Thursday 22 March | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Phill Jupitus at The Beacon - Friday, 23rd March at 8pm

on Fri, 23/03/2018 - 7:58pm

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity
Friday 23 March | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
£15 tickets
14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be bad language and adult contentAdult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. 

Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).

On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.

Phill’s theatre work includes playing Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind, the West End production of Urinetown in the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell at the Apollo Theatre and his West End singing debut in 2009 when he played Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray at The Shaftesbury Theatre.