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B4507 Ickleton Rd closed at Challow CC - Monday, 10th to Tuesday, 18th May

on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 7:36am

B4507 Ickleton Road will be closed for 9 days at Challow Cricket Club from Monday, 10th to Tuesday, 18th May.

Diversion via Childrey, Challow and the A417 Faringdon Road - see below.

Cafe Scientifique: Quantum computing: a new era? - 2nd Tues (11/5), 7.30pm

on Tue, 11/05/2021 - 8:30pm

Quantum computing: a new era? with Simon Plant

Quantum computers have long been predicted to offer significant speed-ups over even of the most advanced supercomputers for certain tasks, with applications ranging from drug discovery to complex logistics and planning. This ‘quantum advantage’ would represent a paradigm shift in computing power, with profound impacts for research, business and the wider economy.  However, quantum computing remains very much in its infancy, and an international race is underway to build the world’s first general-purpose quantum computers. This talk will explore the background and current status of this endeavour, and why quantum computing matters.
Dr Simon Plant is Interim Deputy Director for Innovation of the National Quantum Computing Centre and has a background in research and commercialisation of quantum technologies.

7.30pm Tuesday 11th May 2021

Join us by zoom (click) at 7.15pm for prompt 7.30pm start.

  • Recordings of our recent zoom talks, including the wonderful Hugh Warwick's hugely entertaining talk on hedgehogs last month can be seen <here>.

Future talks at Wantage Cafe Sci...

  • 8th June: '2035 and All That', with Bill David; exploring the challenges associated with the government's plans to commit to a 78% cut in carbon emissions by 2035...

Join us for this FREE event - doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start!

More details:-

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.



LOCAL: Annual Parish & Council Meetings - Wednesday, 12th May from 7pm

on Wed, 12/05/2021 - 7:00pm





to be held on Wednesday 12th May 2021, starting at 7.00pm in Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt

All members of the public welcome


  1. Apologies.        
  2. Sparsholt Parish Council retiring Chairman’s report.
  3. District and County Councillor Reports.
  4. Any Other Business.



to be held on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at approximately 7.30pm

(This meeting will immediately follow the Annual Parish Meeting)


  1. Apologies.
  2. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
  3. Declaration of Acceptance of office, Declaration of Interests and reminder of the Code of Conduct.
  4. Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council meeting of Wednesday 17th March 2021.
    Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council finance and planning meeting of Friday 23rd April 2021.
  5. Matters Arising:
    • a) Cordless battery powered strimmer – update Cllr Barnes.
    • b) Ditch alongside the B4507 after the Sparsholt turn by Golden Acre – update Cllr Jones.
    • c) Cemetery metal gate – update Cllr Jones.
    • d) Stile and Footpath markers, including stiles in Tony Carters field -update Cllr Comyn.
    • e) Letter to OCC Highways regarding parking – update Cllr Comyn.
    • f) Letter re peppercorn rent for using the cemetery ground for grazing – update Cllr Comyn.
    • g) Defibrillator maintenance – update Cllr Barnes.
  6. Review of Standing Orders.
  7. Review of delegation arrangements to committees, sub-committees, employees and other local authorities.
  8. Review of the terms of reference for committees.
  9. Receipt of nominations to existing committees/Appointment of any new committees, confirmation of the terms of reference, & the number of members.
  10. Review of representatives on or work with external bodies and arrangements for reporting back.
  11. Assets review.
  12. Risk Assessment.
  13. Review of Insurance cover.
  14. Review of the Council’s and/or employees’ membership of other bodies.
  15. Review of the Council’s complaints procedure.  Review procedures for handling requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
  16. Establish the Council’s policy for dealing with the press/media.
  17. Finance:
    • a) Approval of monthly Financial Statement up to 30th April 2021.
    • b) Approval of bank signatories for 2021-2022.
    • c) Approval of the Annual Return for the year to 31st March 2021.
    • d) Review the actual receipts and payments for 2020/21 compared to the budgeted figures and explain the differences.
  18. Planning:
    1. Decisions:
    2. P21/V0668/FUL Northfield Farm Bungalow, road from Faringdon road to Northfield Farm, SN7 8NT:  Removal of condition 2 – agricultural occupancy condition on SPA/8092 (P84/V0199).  
  19. Sparsholt Parish Council Event 2022.
  20. Matters for future discussion.
  21. Set dates, times and place of ordinary meetings of the full Council for the year ahead.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Tel: 751923

White Horse Gardening Club - Saturday, 15th May - Plant sale Uffington

on Sat, 15/05/2021 - 10:00am

Meetings are usually in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington, Faringdon, SN7 7RA. Otherwise, they're on Zoom.

Meetings held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated.

Membership £10 per year. Visitors £2.50 per meeting.

Contact Pamela P to find out more:-




  • Saturday 15th May – Plant sales around Uffington, plus cake sale - see <here>.
  • Thursday 3rd June
    • DAY VISIT TO Bramdean & Maverleys TBC
  • Thursday 24th June 6pm
    • VISIT to Buckland Gardens
    • Visitors £2.50
  • Thursday 1st July
  • Wednesday 14th July 2pm
    • VISIT to Englefield House & Gardens, Theale, Reading RG7 5EN. £7.50 includes tour.
    • Teas available in from Estate Café.
    • Plants for sale in estate garden centre. TBC
  • AUGUST – free
  • Thursday 2nd September
    • ‘The Care and Pruning of Fruit Trees and Bushes’
    • By Chris Lanczak from Waterperry Gardens, Oxford.
  • Thursday 7th October
    • ‘Where did your Garden Grow – a fascinating history of our familiar garden plants’.
    • By Christine Skelmersdale
  • Thursday 4th November
  • Thursday 2nd December

Uffington Plant Trail sale & cake and produce stall - Saturday, 15th May, 10am-12pm

on Sat, 15/05/2021 - 10:05am

To coincide with the Gardening Club Plant Trail Sale around Uffington village, St Mary's Church will be having a cake and produce stall at the church gate (or in the porch if wet).

  • Saturday 15th May from 10am - 12pm.

Uffington Farmers Market - Sunday, 16th May, 10am - 12.30pm

on Sun, 16/05/2021 - 10:00am

COVID19 allowing...

Local food producers offering meat, cheese, preserves, fruit, vegetables, pies and pastries, vintage tea room and much more!

The market (usually) runs every third Sunday of the month in the car park of the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. SN7 7SB.

Established in 2015, the Uffington Farmers Market is a non-profit community market organised by village residents. 


LOCAL: Book Club 'Men at Arms' by Evelyn Waugh - Monday, 24th May, 7pm

on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 24th May at 7pm.The book this month is 'Men at Arms' by Evelyn Waugh, available from Hive (click link to visit).

After months of meeting by Zoom, this will be the first to meet in-person for a good while. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather as the plan is to hold it in a garden.

To join the group, get in touch with Barbara.

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.


Bank holiday waste collections 2021/22

on Sun, 30/05/2021 - 11:30am

Artisan Market in Wantage - first Sunday in the month - next 6th June, 10am to 3pm

on Sun, 06/06/2021 - 10:00am

Centre and West End of Wantage Market Place

Blenheim Palace Flower Show - Friday, 25th to Sunday, 27th June, 2021

on Fri, 25/06/2021 - 9:00am

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show returns in June 2021.

The three-day event will celebrate the best of gardening, home and lifestyle, with over 350 exhibitors selling everything for your home and garden, with crafts and fabulous food, floral displays and more.

Show Features

  • Grand Floral Pavilion  showcasing the UK’s finest nurseries and plantsman exhibitors
  • Floral Street – a new feature for 2021 – the perfect street for plants and flowers
  • Shopping Village will feature a variety of trade stands selling everything from unique garden gazebos, greenhouses and arbours to gardening sundries and hundreds of other products
  • Food and Drink Pavilion will feature a range of food and drink purveyors and artisans, including tastings and samples.
  • Home and Country Living Pavilion filled with a selection of original handmade giftware, jewellery and luxury goods.
  • Garden Talks – horticultural experts will be on hand to answer all your gardening and plant questions
  • And much much more still to be announced.

Show Dates and Times

  • Dates: Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June 2021
  • Venue: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
  • Gates open: 10am – 5pm
  • Parking: FREE
  • Dogs: Allowed on a lead (no dogs permitted inside the palace building)


There are a variety of ticket options; a visit to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show can include a tour of the Palace or Parks and Gardens – or both.

You can either book tickets to The Blenheim Palace Flower Show,  parks and gardens

  • Adult:               £18.50
  • Concession:    £17.50
  • Child:               £9.00  
  • Family:            £50.00

OR The Blenheim Palace Flower Show including ENTRANCE INTO BLENHEIM PALACE, all parks and gardens

  • Adult:               £29.50   
  • Concession:    £28.00   
  • Children:         £16.50  
  • Family:            £75.00  

More information here:-

Childrey & Sparsholt WI welcome meeting - Tuesday, 29th June at 7.30pm

on Tue, 29/06/2021 - 7:30pm