Skip directly to content

For Your Diary

Road Closure - Baulking Lane - Monday, 20th to Friday 24th January

on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 12:20am

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 25th January from 9am

on Sat, 25/01/2020 - 7:30am

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

Scottish tasting dinner at The Greyhound - Saturday, 25th January at 7.30pm

on Sat, 25/01/2020 - 7:30pm

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis are holding a special 6-course Scottish tasting dinner at 7:30pm on Saturday 25th January, with a menu showcasing great Scottish ingredients with their Chef Liam Whittle's modern takes on some classic Scottish dishes.

It happens to be Robert Burns' birthday too, so what better excuse do you need?

£45 per person, call 01235 771969 or book online.

(Our à la carte menu will also be served that evening.)

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

Cornerstone Film Club "Mrs Lowry & Son" - Weds, 29th January, 8pm

on Wed, 29/01/2020 - 6:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Mrs Lowry & Son" - Wednesday, 29th January 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:-

  • 29 January - Mrs Lowry & Son
  • 4 March - Animals

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

  • Hollywood Classics
  • Foreign Language
  • New British Independents

Beacon Cinema - Downton Abbey - Friday, 31st January, 7.30pm

on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 7:30pm

Relax with a movie at The Beacon in Wantage.

  • Downton Abbey 

  • Friday 31st January | 7.30pm | PG

  • Tickets £5

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century.

Certificate: PG

Director:  Michael Engler

Stars:  Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith

For further details:-

Restart & Repair Cafe - 1st Saturday of month (1/2), 10am-1pm

on Sat, 01/02/2020 - 10:00am

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

on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 10:00am

LOCAL: Cuban Supper at The Star - Sunday, 2nd February, 6-8pm

on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 6:00pm

Following our very succesful Mexican and British Game nights, we are now organising a Cuban Supper on Sunday, 2nd February, 6-8pm.

2 courses for £18.50.

For further info. on The Star, click <here>.

Contact details:

Childrey and District Tuesday Club Events - next on Tuesday, 4th February

on Tue, 04/02/2020 - 12:30pm

Childrey & District Tuesday Club is a club for the over 60s, meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm in Childrey Village Hall, (unless otherwise stated) with members arriving soon after 2pm in order to catch up with their friends. 

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.

Annual membership costs £10.

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

Craft Club - First Tuesday (4/2), 7pm - 9.30pm

on Tue, 04/02/2020 - 7:00pm

White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 6th February at 7.30pm

on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 7:30pm

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.

Find out more:-


    • Lady Christine Skelmersdale of Broadleigh Gardens, Somerset.
    • By Marcus Dancer.   Plants for sale.        
    • VISIT to Andy McIndoe’s Garden at SANDHILL FARM SO51 6JY. 
    • £10.  Tour and refreshments.  10am for 10.30 start.  
    • Car share.  Pub lunch/picnic 
    • VISIT to Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Ln, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA
    • 2pm.  £9.20 group entrance fee (tbc).
    • 2.30pm – 4pm.  Please bring plants for sale.  Label & price each plant.
    • Please support our main fund raising event.
    • VISIT TO BRAMDEAN HOUSE, Bramdean, Alresford, Hants SO24 OJU
    • Courtesy of Edward & Leonora Wakefield. 10.30am.  
    • £10 includes tour and refreshments.   Car share.  Pub lunch/picnic 
    • VISIT TO THE MAVERLEYS GARDENS, East End, Hampshire RG20 0AA.  
    • 2pm.  Details TBC.
    • VISIT TO BUCKLAND GARDENS.  Start 6pm – refreshments.
    • Free for members.  £2.50 visitors.  Car share.
    • VISIT TO BRISTOL BOTANIC GARDEN, Stoke Park Rd, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1JG    10.30am.  £8 includes tour.    Purchase own coffee/lunch.  Car share.
    • VISIT TO ENGLEFIELD HOUSE, Theale, Reading RG7 5EN
    • £7.50 includes tour by head gardener.  Car share.
    • Teas available from Estate café.  Plants for sale in Garden Centre.
    • Bob Brown from Cotswold Garden Flowers.     
    • VISIT to RHS WISLEY Flower Show with Barnes Coaches.  Depart 9am return 6pm
    • £21 members.  £23 visitors.   Includes entry and coach.
    • Christopher Lanczak from Waterperry.     
    • Nick Wray, Curator of Bristol Botanic Garden           
    • TALK:   STAY GROUNDED.  By Jane Rennells
    • Samples of coffee and festive refreshments.  


Pub Quiz at The Greyhound – Sunday, 9th February at 8pm

on Sun, 09/02/2020 - 8:00pm

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: tbs.

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 tbc.

More info:-

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

Beacon Cinema - The Good Liar - Friday, 14th February, 7.30pm

on Fri, 14/02/2020 - 7:30pm

Relax with a movie at The Beacon in Wantage.

  • The Good Liar 

  • Friday 14th February | 7.30pm | 15

  • Tickets £5

Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

Certificate: 15

Director: Bill Condon

Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey

For further details:-

Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Sat, 15/02/2020 - 9:00am

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.

Beacon Cinema - Abominable (U) - Saturday, 15th February, 1pm

on Sat, 15/02/2020 - 1:00pm

Relax with a movie at The Beacon in Wantage.

  • Abominable (U)

  • Saturday, 15th February at 1pm

  • Tickets £4 or £14 Family of 4

After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain.

  • Certificate: U
  • Dreamworks
  • Universal Pictures
  • Director(s): Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman
  • Cast: Sarah Paulson, Albert Tsai

For further details:-

LOCAL: Book Club "Educated" by Tara Westover - Mon, 17th February, 8pm

on Mon, 17/02/2020 - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday February 17th at 8pm.

The book this month is “Educated" by Tara Westover, available from Hive (click link to visit).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.


Childrey & Sparsholt WI - Tuesday, 18th February at 7.30pm

on Tue, 18/02/2020 - 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>.

Give Blood - Thursday, 20th February

on Thu, 20/02/2020 - 1:00pm

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, 20th February 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:-


NT Live - Cyrano de Bergerac - Thursday, 20th February at 7pm

on Thu, 20/02/2020 - 7:00pm

National Theatre Live: Cyrano de Bergerac
Thursday, 20th February at 7pm, £15
Box Office: 01235 763 456

By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Certificate: 15 TBC
Running Time: 180 minutes