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Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows - Saturday, 21st July at 7.30pm

on Sat, 21/07/2018 - 7:30pm

Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows
Saturday 21 July | 7.30pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
£15 tickets

He was hailed as Britain’s Elvis Presley.  

They were the band that got excited teenagers wearing black-rimmed specs and strumming tennis rackets.

Cliff Richard and The Shadows dominated Britpop in the early sixties…..and six decades later, Cliff is still out there wowing the crowds.

As part of their ‘Celebrating Sixty Years of Cliff and The Shadows’ tour, Simon Goodall and The Bourne Again Shadows are playing at The Beacon on Saturday 21st July.

The band are critically acclaimed as the most authentic Cliff and The Shadows tribute act.  

Simon’s ability to catch the characteristics of Cliff’s voice is second to none (even Sir Cliff himself has said so), while the Bourne Again Shadows sound is hard to distinguish from the original Shadows’ recordings.  

Their performance features classic Cliff numbers like Summer Holiday and Living Doll, and all the Shadows’ big hits like Apache, Kontiki and Wonderful Land. 

'Hands Off' Wantage Hospital March - Sunday, 22nd July at 2pm

on Sun, 22/07/2018 - 2:00pm

​Live Music and Pizza at The Greyhound, Letcombe - Sun, 22nd July, 6-8.30pm

on Sun, 22/07/2018 - 6:30pm

Live Music and Pizza Night - Travelin’ Light with guest Jeanine Noyes.

Enjoy a delicious pizza supper or drop in for a drink and listen to some great live music at The Greyhound, Letcombe on Sunday, 22nd July, 6-8.30pm.

FREE ENTRY – but supper booking is strongly advised.

Listen to an eclectic mix of covers and original songs including folk, blues and acoustic with close harmony singing whilst you enjoy our home-made pizzas.

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 25th July at 7.30pm

on Wed, 25/07/2018 - 7:30pm


There will be a meeting of the Sparsholt Parish Council on Wednesday, 25th July at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall


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:
    1. Approve the Minutes of Sparsholt Annual Parish meeting and the Annual Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council both held on Wednesday 13th June 2018.
  4. Matters Arising:
    1. B4507 – update The Clerk and Cllr Barnes.
    2. Salt rota posting on the website – update Cllr Comyn.
    3. Eastmanton Hedge – update Cllr Comyn.
    4. The Star Public House – Asset of Community Value – update Cllr Comyn.
    5. Westcot Village Green – update Cllr Comyn.
    6. Sparsholt Village Green Notice Board – update Cllrs Brown and Downie.
    7. The Old Vicarage Yew Tree – update the Clerk.
    8. Clerks Contract – update Cllr Barnes.
  5. Finance:
    1. Finance report up to the 30th June 2018.
    2. Approval of any payments to be made.
    3. Assets review.
    4. Any other finance matters.
  6. Planning Updates:
  7. a)   P18/V1233/HH 2 New Farm Cottages, Westcot, OX12 9QA:  Proposed two storey side and single storey rear extensions following demolition of detached garage.

    New Applications:


  8. Cemetery and Cemetery Signs and Rail.
  9. Correspondence sheet.
  10. Any Other Business.
  11. Date of Next Meetings – Wednesdays 12th September, 17th October, 14th November, 5th December 2018 all starting at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


Cornerstone Film Club "Lean on Pete" (US 2017) - Weds, 25th July, 8pm

on Wed, 25/07/2018 - 8:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Lean on Pete" (US 2017) - Weds, 25th 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:-

  • 25 July - Lean on Pete (US 2017) - the story of a young boy's attachment to a race horse, from the director of '45 Years'.

  • 5 Sept - Journeyman (UK 2017) - Paddy Considine writes, directs and stars as a boxer rebuilding his life after injury.

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':-

Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Thu, 26/07/2018 - 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 - use the 'Feedback' tab on the left.

Uffington Summer Games in the Park - Thursdays, 26th July & 2nd August

on Thu, 26/07/2018 - 10:30am

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 28th July from 8.30

on Sat, 28/07/2018 - 8:30am

#Wantage Farmers Market is in the Market Square, usually on the last Saturday of every month from 8.30am 'til 1pm.

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


Telephone: 01235 763459

Children's Cinema - ​Peter Rabbit (PG) - Sunday, 29th July, 11am

on Sun, 29/07/2018 - 11:00am

Weekend mornings at The Beacon in Wantage are often reserved for the children with Movies 4 Kids shown at 11am.

Relax and enjoy snacks and a coffee whilst the whole family is entertained with an on-screen adventure.

For every cinema visit to The Beacon, Wantage Loyalty Card holders can enjoy a free serving of popcorn to enjoy with the film.

  • Peter Rabbit (PG) - Sunday 29 July | 11.00am | £3
For further details:-


Relaxing Evenings

Enjoy a relaxing trip to the movies for a blockbuster Friday evening!

All tickets cost £6

Films start at 7.30pm



Easy Mornings

Entertain the kids with a Saturday morning movie.

All tickets cost £3

Films start at 11am


Priscilla Queen of Popcorn

No trip to the cinema is complete without popcorn, made by our very own Priscilla Queen of Popcorn!


Tickets can be booked in person at Reception at The Beacon or via telephone on 01235 763456.

No booking fees



Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 2018 - Sunday, 29th July & 18th August, 3pm

on Sun, 29/07/2018 - 3:00pm

Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 2018
Sunday 29 July | 3.00pm | £15
Saturday 18 August | 3.00pm | £15
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, and of course for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he has performed with for over 30 years. It follows on from the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music.

For this very special concert, André will be offering a lucky winner the ultimate musical love dedication; all cinema-goers will be invited to dedicate one of André’s waltz’s to their loved ones. André will personally select a dedication and he will announce the winner during the concert on both nights.

The unforgettable concerts that take place in André’s hometown of Maastricht in the Netherlands are a sight to behold. Set against the incredible backdrop of the medieval town square, fans flock annually from all corners of the world to watch André perform with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as sopranos, tenors, and some very special guests. The concerts are packed full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages.

This annual celebration of music that is like no other is also experienced every year in full by hundreds of thousands of fans across the world from the comfort of their local cinema, also treated to some very special behind the scenes extras.

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins hosts the presentation, interviewing fans and soaking up the joyous atmosphere that bursts right through the cinema screen – as well as catching an exclusive chat with André the moment he steps off stage!

White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 2nd August at 2.30pm

on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:30pm

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.


Thursday 2nd August 2.30pm

  • VISIT to Kathy Brown’s Garden, The Manor House, Church Road, Stevingham, Bedford, MK43 7QB. Members and visitors £10 includes tour and refreshments. No limit on numbers.

Thursday 6th September

  • Successful Fruit Growing; grow your own 5 a day.
  • By Philip Aubury, Director of Birmingham Botanic Garden (ret)

Thursday 4th October

  • Autumn Flowing Perennials. Plants for Sale.
  • By Rose Hardy, from award-winning Hardy’s Cottage Plants.

Thursday 1st November

  • Ornamental Trees. Plants for Sale.
  • By Sam Mallett from Notcutts Nursery.

Thursday 6th December

  • AGM followed by a talk on Beer and Hops with samples to savour and goods for sale.
  • By The White Horse Brewery. Seasonal refreshments. Xmas Raffle.

Further information from: Pamela Preene 01367-820251 or [email protected]

​Please do come along and bring your friends, neighbours and relatives. Membership cards will be available at this meeting - JOIN US.

To download the 2018 programme, please click link below

White Horse Gardening Club 2018 programme
Adobe Acrobat document

Find out more:-

Restart & Repair Cafe - 1st Saturday of month (4/8), 9.30am - 12.30pm

on Sat, 04/08/2018 - 10:52am

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walk - Sunday, 5th August at 11am

on Sun, 05/08/2018 - 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!

  • August 5th - TBC

  • September 2nd - TBC

  • October 7th - Caroline S

  • November 4th - Amanda B

  • December - TBC

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

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


The Snail and the Whale - Sunday, 5th August at 3.00pm

on Sun, 05/08/2018 - 3:02pm

The Snail and the Whale
Sunday 5 August | 3.00pm 
£12 tickets | £44 family ticket for 4
Running Time: 55 Minutes

Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure - but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ live on stage.

“Joyous in every way… a textbook example of how to do theatre for children right’ ★★★★★
Broadway Baby

“Captivating, inventive storytelling along with beautiful live music’ ★★★★★
Edinburgh Festivals for Kids


Pub Quiz at The Greyhound – Sunday 12th August at 8pm

on Sun, 12/08/2018 - 8:00pm

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: TBC.

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)

Kite flying & orienteering at White Horse Hill - Tuesday, 14th August, 2-4pm

on Tue, 14/08/2018 - 2:00pm

Join us on White Horse Hill for kite flying (bring along your own kite) and some orienteering around the hillside and features around such as Uffington Castle and Dragons Hill.

  • Tuesday, 14th August, 2-4pm
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • Park at White Horse Hill main car park then walk up the hill and you'll spot us

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

For more information:-

LOCAL: Book Club “Waterland" by Graham Swift - Mon, 20th August, 8pm

on Mon, 20/08/2018 - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 20th August at 8pm.

The book this month is "Waterland" by Graham Swift, available from Amazon (click link to visit Amazon).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.

Chalking the White Horse - Sunday 26th & Monday 27th August, 10am - 4pm

on Sun, 26/08/2018 - 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 26th & Monday 27th August
  • Tools and gloves are provided. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!
  • 10am - 4pm each day. Event is FREE however please be aware that parking charges may apply.
  • You *MUST* book a time slot in advance (allocated in half hours) - call 01793 762209

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

For more information:-

Uffington White Horse Show - Bank Holiday weekend 26th & 27th August

on Sun, 26/08/2018 - 10:10am


  • Adults         £12.50
  • Children     £ 4      (5 – 16 years)
  • Children aged 4 and under    Free Entry

Free Parking

Advance tickets are available from Bradsons (click).

We accept cash and most major credit and debit cards.

Cashbacks can be obtained from the ticket booths. Access to these can be achieved throughout the day by having your hand stamped to allow your return entry.