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Uffington Farmers Market - Sunday, 20th September, 10am - 12.30pm

on Sun, 20/09/2020 - 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.

10am to 12.30pm.

  • 20th September
  • 18th October
  • 15th November
  • 13th December, (Christmas Market.)

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


Online Ridgeway Parishes Sunday Communion service on Zoom - Sunday, 10am

on Sun, 20/09/2020 - 10:00am

For those who may like to join in, Leonora and Andrea hold a communion service each Sunday at 10.00am via Zoom, followed by coffee together online.

If you would like to join them, please contact Revd Andrea Colbrook for details of the Zoom link and passwords, as well as a copy of the service.

Finally, both Leonora (760112) and Andrea (07749865052) are at the other end of the phone for anyone who would like a chat.

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 26th September from 9am

on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 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.


Refills of detergents and toiletries - The Mix Wantage, Saturday 10am - 12pm

on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 10:00am

The Wantage Mix is open for refills of detergents and toiletries on Saturday mornings 10am - midday.

They ask that you stay outside whilst they refill your containers for you and observe social distancing if there are several people waiting.

Payment will be by card only.

  • washing up liquid
  • laundry liquid (bio and non-bio)
  • fabric conditioner
  • hand soap
  • white vinegar for cleaning
  • surface cleaner
  • toilet cleaner
  • rinse aid

A couple of refill reminders:

  • Please bring bottles clean and without labels (but make a note of your container size if you can).
  • We are not able to refill food or drink containers.

The Mix:-


Online 'Mindfulness for Stress' Course - Thursday, 6-9pm, 1/10 to 19/11

on Thu, 01/10/2020 - 6:00pm

White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 1st October at 7.30pm

on Thu, 01/10/2020 - 8:30pm

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

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

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

Covid19 Update August 2020:-

The WHGC Committee have great pleasure in announcing that the autumn programme will proceed in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall but with regulations enforce to control the spread of COVID-19, abiding by Government legislation and THMH temporary emergency arrangements.  We apologise that there will be restrictions on the number of members permitted to attend meetings.

Good News - The THMH has installed a high-tech Audio-Visual system, providing sound and vision to all - includes loop system for hard of hearing - no falling asleep!

Meeting only open to members. 


  • Numbers are limited to 30!  Places allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please contact WHGC to apply for a place.  
  • Seating is arranged respecting a 2 metre social distance - please do not move chairs.
  • Plants will be for sale after the talk, forming a queue respecting 2 metre SD.
  • Raffle:  Donations please on entrance for chance to win plant/£10 voucher  - names of everyone attending will go into pot to be drawn by speaker.
  • Video of meeting to be uploaded to YOUTUBE (we hope - details to follow).

Please note the following:

A.  Use hand sanitizer on entering/leaving the building
B.   Maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times
C.   Use of toilets – one in one out.
D.   Face masks are obligatory unless health issues.
E.   Do not touch curtains or other surfaces
F.   Personal belongings (coats, bags etc) must be kept by owner.  Do not use coat hooks.
G.  If you should fall ill with COVID-19 (within 14 days) after attending meeting please inform WHGC Committee who will pass onto THMH Committee. 

Find out more:-


    • Christopher Lanczak from Waterperry.     
    • Nick Wray, Curator of Bristol Botanic Garden           
    • TALK:   STAY GROUNDED.  By Jane Rennells
    • Samples of coffee and festive refreshments.  


LOCAL: Book Club '44 Scotland Street' by Alexander McCall Smith - Mon, 5th Oct

on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 9:00pm

The next 'meeting' of the book club will be on Monday 5th October.

The book this month is '44 Scotland Street' by Alexander McCall Smith available from Hive (click link to visit).

Just a reminder that the Book Club is currently meeting via Zoom.  So if anyone fancies joining in with our reading and discussions over the winter,  they are welcome to do so.  However, once the Pandemic is over and we can again meet in our houses, we will have to restrict membership to 12.  Please call (number below) if you are interested.

To join the group, get in touch with Barbara.

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.


Cafe Scientifique: Why Wild Bees Matter - 2nd Tues (13/10), 7.30pm

on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 8:30pm

Why Wild Bees Matter - with Roselle Chapman

Join us via Zoom from 7.15pm (click <here> to join) and follow the on-screen instructions  -  the talk will start at 7.30pm promptly.

We are grateful to the Beacon staff, who are continuing to publicise our talks whilst in lockdown, and we look forward to the time we can meet in their Cafe again!

Future talks at Wantage Cafe Sci...

  • 13th October: Why Wild Bees Matter, with Roselle Chapman

  • 10th November: We are Stardust, with Peter Allan

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.



Give Blood - Thursday, 15th October - Please Donate!

on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 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 will be at Old Mill Hall, Grove (instead of The Beacon, Wantage) and is on Thursday, 15th October between 13.15 & 19.15.

Here is the advice re donating during COVID19 lock-down:-

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:-


Letcombe Regis Gardening Club - Next on Weds, 21st October at 7.30pm

on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 9:30pm

This is a small friendly garden club based in Letcombe Regis. It caters for all levels of gardener.

Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Letcombe Regis Village Hall (click) September through to April (apart from December).

  • 21st October
  • Subject: ‘Mediterranean Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden’
  • Talk by Robert Harvey
  • 18th November
  • Subject:  ‘A Year behind the Scenes at Waterperry Gardens‘
  • Talk by Robert Jacobs
  • 20th January
  • Subject: A Club Evening and brief AGM.
  • Wine and nibbles will be served.
  • 17th February
  • Subject:  ‘Scent in the Garden’
  • Talk by Anthony Powell
  • 17th March
  • Subject:  ‘A Talk on Asters’
  • Talk by Helen Picton
  • 24th April
  • Subject: The Plant Market!
  • The main source of funds for this society

Evening visits to be arranged in May and June.

Clocks go back - Sunday, 25th October

on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 2:00am

Don't forget that the clocks go back one hour at 2am on Sunday, 25th October.

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Monday, 23rd November at 7pm

on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 7:00pm

*** This meeting will be run in an online Zoom group chat ***

Watch a short video on how to Join a Zoom meeting <here> (click)


Zoom link will be posted here.





Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Monday 23rd November 2020 at 7.00pm
via Zoom link

All members of the public welcome

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


  1. tbc.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Tel: 751923