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Get to know your sewing machine more - Tuesday, 17th September, 7-9pm

on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Incredible World of the Honey Bee - Tuesday, 17th September at 7.30pm

on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 7:30pm

Childrey & Sparsholt WI - Tuesday, 17th September at 7.30pm

on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 7:31pm

Childrey & Sparsholt WI meet every third Tuesday in The Childrey Village Hall at 7.30. 

The WI is about friendship; community and having fun. We are always planning exciting events & workshops and would love your input. 

New members and visitors are always welcome to join.

For further information, click <here>.

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 18th September at 7.00pm

on Wed, 18/09/2019 - 7:00pm


Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, 18th September 2019 at 7.00pm
in the Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt


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

  1. Apologies.
  2. Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct.
  3. Minutes for Approval:
  4. Approve the Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 31st July 2019.

    Approve the Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on Wednesday 21st August 2019.

  5. Matters Arising:
    1. Land Registry number for the cemetery – update Cllr Comyn.
    2. Defibrillator training – update Cllr Barnes and Comyn.
    3. Triangle woods – map update Cllr Jones and description for insurance update Cllr Comyn.
    4. For Sale signs on Partridge Way and Days Lane – update Cllr Comyn.
    5. Damaged verges on Days Lane – update Cllr Comyn.
    6. Parking too close to the junction of Church Way – update Cllr Comyn.
    7. Memorial Oak in Church Way – update Cllr Jones.
    8. Stile repair on the Common – update Cllr Caudle.
  6. Finance:
    1. Finance reports up to the 31st August 2019.
    2. Approval of any payments to be made.
    3. Any other finance matters.
  7. Planning:
  8. Decisions:

    P19/V1955/HH & P19/V1956/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Removal of existing, linear drive and installation of a new redirected entrance driveway. – Temporary widening of existing gates to facilitate construction traffic.  No decision.

    P18/V3100/HH Home farm, Watery Lane, Sparsholt, OX12 9PL:  Proposed extension to create utility and kids room and garage with a bedroom and en suite above in roof space and internal alterations.  No decision.

    P19/V1365/FUL Kingston Lisle Park, Kingston Lisle, OX12 9QG:  Polo stick and ball practice field, timber barn and new lake with associated landscape planting.  No decision.

  9. Cemetery.
  10. Correspondence sheet.
  11. Any Other Business.
  12. Date of Next Meeting – Wednesday 27th November 2019 starting at 7.00pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Tel: 751923

Mindfulness Half-Day Retreat - Thursday, 19th September, 10am - 1pm

on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 10:00am

Wine Tasting: South African Wines - Friday, 20th September at 7.30pm

on Fri, 20/09/2019 - 7:30pm

An Evening of Wine Tasting
South African Wines
Friday 20 September | 7.30pm
Tickets: £20
Limited tickets available

Join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting focusing on South African wines. 

Come and enjoy a fun and educational evening.


Berkshire Royal County Show - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September

on Sat, 21/09/2019 - 8:00am

They say that you'll have to go a long way to find a bigger and better family event than the Royal County of Berkshire Show.  This year's event promises a diverse countryside adventure over two fun filled days. 

Where else can you see everything from chickens to llamas; horse driving to pig showing skills; taste Britain’s finest foods and watch cookery demonstrations; sample the best craft and watch traditional crafts in action or compare your horticultural skills to the expert displays on show?

With hundreds of stands showcasing the best of British produce, no high street offers the same diversity of shopping, crafts and foods.

SHOW OPENING TIMES: 8am to 6pm both days

Note: no dogs

Buy in advance from:

  • Charlton Park Garden Centre
  • Or buy online <here>

Ticket prices, standard price tickets are available on the gate:

  • Adults £20 (£17 in advance),
  • Concessions £16 (£14 in advance),
  • Children £1  (5-15, under 5 years are free)
  • Adult Weekend ticket £34 (£29 in advance),

For further information visit:-

Harvest Supper & Folk Band Night - Saturday, 21st September, 7pm

on Sat, 21/09/2019 - 7:00pm

Mosaic Course - Starts Monday, 23rd September, 7.30-9.30pm

on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 7:30pm

Cornerstone Film Club "Rear Window" (US 1954) - Weds, 24th Sept, 8pm

on Tue, 24/09/2019 - 9:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Rear Window" (US 1954) - Wednesday, 24th 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 members and their guest are now £6 and members can buy up to 2 tickets for each film (so no need for couples to both join). Tickets for non-members are £8. Tickets are available through the normal Cornerstone booking procedures: on-line, by phone or in person at the box office.

  • Admission is £6-8 per person
  • 8pm start (Each film follows a short introduction)
  • Unreserved seating

Forthcoming screenings:-

  • 25 September - Rear Window (US 1954)

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

  • Hollywood Classics
  • Foreign Language
  • New British Independents

White Horse Hill Evening Sky Tour - next on Wednesday, 25th Sept, 7.30-9.30pm

on Wed, 25/09/2019 - 8:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the night sky on White Horse Hill and take in its wonders from this perfect stargazing location. Learn about the constellations, bright stars, planets and the deeper cosmos.
  • Adults £6
  • Children £3.50
  • Suitable for children over 8 years old
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • Bring warm clothing, sensible footwear for walking and a torch


  • 25 September 2019 19:30 - 21:30
  • 30 October 2019 18:30 - 20:30
  • 27 November 2019 18:30 - 20:30

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

For more information & to book:-

NT Live - One Man, Two Guvnors - Thursday, 26th September at 7pm

on Thu, 26/09/2019 - 8:00pm

National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors
Thursday 26th September | 7pm | £15
Box Office: 01235 763 456

By Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Certificate: 12A
Running Time: 3hrs 30mins
Please note this is a screening of a recorded performance.

Bat Walk at Letcombe Brook - Friday, 27th September, 7-9pm

on Fri, 27/09/2019 - 7:00pm

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 28th September from 9am

on Sat, 28/09/2019 - 8:30am

Wantage Farmers Market is in the Market Square, usually on the last Saturday of every month from 9am.

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


Telephone: 01235 763459

FFF&B Ploughing & Country Show - Saturday, 28th September

on Sat, 28/09/2019 - 9:00am

71st Annual Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Championships and Country Show.

The 2019 Ploughing Match and Country Show will be held on Saturday 28th September at Barrington Park Estate, Nr Burford, GLOS, GL54 3PT.

Google Maps link: click <here>

Entry prices this year are £10 Adults, £5 Children(under 16) and Seniors £6 (children under 5 Free).

Please note that we can only take cash on the gate for entry.

The show is open to the public from 8.30am. Ploughing and Hedgelaying competitions start at 9am with most of the competitions ending at 2.30pm but displays by steam, horses and main ring carrying on until approximately 4pm.

Please be aware that this is a ploughing match and country show on fields so the ground may be rough and difficult going especially if it is wet.

Finally, dogs are welcome to the day (especially Terriers).

Find out more on the FFF&B website here:-


Beacon Community Event: Superstars Of Wrestling - Saturday, 28th Sept, 7pm

on Sat, 28/09/2019 - 7:00pm

Beacon Community Event: Superstars Of Wrestling
Saturday, 28th September | 7pm | £15
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Superstars of Wrestling are coming to Wantage!

For one night only The Beacon will be transformed into a superb wrestling arena to capture the live atmosphere that you would normally only see on your tv screens.

2 hours of live family entertainment with wrestlers from all over the world taking on the very best of Great Britain.

Come see live what the rest of the world see on tv.

Childrey Car Boot Sale - Sunday, 29th September, 9am-12pm

on Sun, 29/09/2019 - 9:00am

Live Music & Burger Night at The Greyhound - Sunday, 29th September, 6:30-8:30pm

on Sun, 29/09/2019 - 6:00pm

Come to The Greyhound in Letcombe Regis on Sunday, 29th September and listen to some great live music from the very talented Dan Greenaway.

In support we will have a special burger menu (including a vegetarian choice).

And of course, you’re always free to just drop in for a drink and a singalong!

FREE ENTRY – but supper booking is always strongly advised.

Food will be served from 6pm.

More info:-

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

LOCAL: Book Club "The Salt Path" by Raynor Winn - Mon, 30thSept, 8pm

on Mon, 30/09/2019 - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 2nd September at 8pm.

The book this month is "The Salt Path" by Raynor Winn, available from Amazon (click link to visit Amazon).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.

Childrey and District Tuesday Club Events - next on Tuesday, 1st October

on Tue, 01/10/2019 - 7:00pm

Childrey & District Tuesday Club is a club for the over 60s, meeting on the first Tuesday of each month in Childrey Village Hall.

The club is very popular due to the friendliness of its members who live not only in Childrey, but in all the local villages, the Challows, the Letcombes, Kingston Lisle, Sparsholt, Wantage, Charlton and Grove and a warm welcome awaits all prospective members.

  • Oct 1st - Hazel Townesend Travels in Gambia
  • Nov 5th - Roger Humphries Tales of Old Wantage (tba)
  • Nov 26th Coach trip to Cardiff Christmas Market, departing Childrey Village Hall 8.30am, returning approximately 7pm, fare members £17.50, non members £19.50
  • Dec 10th (nb 2nd Tuesday) Christmas lunch at The Bear Hotel, Wantage (members only)
  • Jan 7th 2020 (nb 2nd Tuesday)  New year quiz

Annual membership costs £10.

For further information, contact Maureen Thomas 01235 751 631 or click <here>.