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Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Sat, 13/07/2019 - 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 or if any have stopped - please use the 'Feedback' tab on the left to get in-touch.

NT Live - The Lehman Trilogy - Thursday, 25th July at 7pm

on Thu, 25/07/2019 - 7:00pm

National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy
Thursday 25 July | 7pm | £15
Please note this a filmed recording not a live performance.
Box Office: 01235 763 456

By Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power & directed by Sam Mendes.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

Summer Games in the Park, Uffington - Friday 26 July and Friday 30 August

on Fri, 26/07/2019 - 10:32am

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 27th July from 9am

on Sat, 27/07/2019 - 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

LOCAL: Book Club "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad - Mon, 29th July, 8pm

on Mon, 29/07/2019 - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 29th July at 8pm.

The book this month is "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, available from Amazon (click link to visit Amazon).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 31st July at 7.00pm

on Wed, 31/07/2019 - 7:00pm


Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, 31st July 2019 at 7.00pm
in the Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt


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

  1. tbc.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Tel: 751923

Proposed next meeting dates: 18th September, 27th November all starting at 7.00pm

Cornerstone Film Club "Le Chant du Loup" (France 2019) - Weds, 31st July, 8pm

on Wed, 31/07/2019 - 9:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Le Chant du Loup" (France 2019) - Wednesday, 31st July 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:-

  • Wednesday 4 September - ​Can you ever forgive me (2018)
  • Wednesday 25 September - Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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':-


Restart & Repair Cafe - 1st Saturday of month (6/7), 10am-1pm

on Sat, 03/08/2019 - 11:00am

Scoop Zero Waste Pop-Up - 1st Sunday of every month (4/8), 10am - 2pm

on Sun, 04/08/2019 - 11:00am

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walk - 4th August at 11am

on Sun, 04/08/2019 - 12:00pm

Planned Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walks are listed below - now the 1st Sunday of each month.

Come for a coffee, followed by a walk at 11.30 - everyone welcome!

  • 4th - August - Summer break
  • 1st September - B Taylor
  • 6th October - W Caudle
  • 3rd November - J Bales
  • December - Winter break

Contact Ian on 07880 331331 or [email protected] for further details.

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


Craft Club - First Tuesday (6/8), 7pm - 9.30pm

on Tue, 06/08/2019 - 8:00pm

Talk by Author Nick Page - Friday, 9th August, 8pm

on Fri, 09/08/2019 - 8:00pm

Pub Quiz at The Greyhound – Sunday, 11th August at 8pm

on Sun, 11/08/2019 - 9:00pm

Join us at The Greyhound, Letcombe, 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 6:00-7:30pm, 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 Sunday (tbc).

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

Wild Edge Summer Camp for 8-13yr olds - Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th August

on Thu, 15/08/2019 - 10:00am

Please email [email protected] or call 01225 290 904 to make your booking.

Childrey & Sparsholt WI - Tuesday, 20th August at 7.30pm

on Tue, 20/08/2019 - 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>.

Chalking the White Horse - Sunday 25th & Monday 26th August, 10am - 4pm

on Sun, 25/08/2019 - 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 25th & Monday 26th August
  • Tools and gloves are provided. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!
  • 10am - 4pm each day
  • The chalking is available every 1/2 hour from 10am to 4pm. Just turn up on the day and have a go
  • Event is FREE however please be aware that parking charges may apply.

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

For more information:-

Bank holiday waste collections 2019/2020

on Sun, 25/08/2019 - 7:30pm

LOCAL: Afternoon teas & homemade cakes - Bank Holiday Mon, 26th Aug, 2-5pm

on Mon, 26/08/2019 - 2:00pm

Childrey and District Tuesday Club Events - next on Tuesday, 3rd September

on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 3:30pm

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.

  • Aug 6th - No meeting
  • Sept 3rd - Coach trip tba
  • Oct 1st - Hazel Townesend Travels in Gambia
  • Nov 5th - Roger Humphries Tales of Old Wantage (tba)
  • Dec 10th (nb 2nd Tuesday) Christmas lunch at The Bear Hotel, Wantage (members only)
  • Jan 7th 2020 (nb 2nd Tuesday)  New year quiz

For further information, please click <here>.

Give Blood - Thursday, 5th September

on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 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 Thursday, 5th September between 13.15 & 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:-