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NT Live - The Madness of George III (12A) - Thursday, 17th January, 7pm

on Thu, 17/01/2019 - 6:00pm

National Theatre Live - The Madness of George III (12A)
Thursday 17 January | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: 210 Minutes
Box Office: 01235 763 456

by Alan Bennett

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 

The Changing Face of Childrey exhibition of old photos - Fri 18th & Sat 19th Jan

on Fri, 18/01/2019 - 6:30pm

The Changing Face of Childrey - A slideshow and exhibition of old photos.

Friday 18th January (6.30pm – 9.30pm), and Saturday 19th January 2019 (09.30am – 12.30pm) at Childrey Village Hall.

Please pop in to see this fascinating display. It’s a celebration of Childrey’s past and present.

Can you recognise your house or the road you live in as it was a century ago?

Bring along your photos or articles of interest to share with the village.

Entrance free – hosted by Childrey and Sparsholt WI as a celebration of our history.  Refreshments (wine !) available.

Mosaic Workshop - Saturday, 19th January, 10am-5pm

on Sat, 19/01/2019 - 10:00am

Family Theatre - "The Big Enormous Present" - Saturday, 19th January at 2.30pm

on Sat, 19/01/2019 - 2:30pm

The Big Enormous Present
Saturday 19 January | 2.30pm
£10 tickets | £36 Family Ticket for 4
Running Time: 50 Mins

It’s big, it’s huge, it’s.......................ENORMOUS!

A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside? Find out in this 50 minute play for the age range 3-8.

The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving...

'Exciting, funny and deeply poignant, The Big Enormous Present was an absolute gift’. - Chichester Observer

Fabric Book Covers - Sunday, 20th January, 10am-12pm

on Sun, 20/01/2019 - 10:00am

Pub Quiz at The Greyhound – Sunday, 20th January at 8pm

on Sun, 20/01/2019 - 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: Thames Valler Air Ambulance. 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 10th February.

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

LOCAL: 8 Week Mindfulness Course, Sparsholt - starts Monday, 21st January

on Mon, 21/01/2019 - 7:00pm

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 23rd January at 7.30pm

on Wed, 23/01/2019 - 6:30pm


Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 7.30pm
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


Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 26th January from 8.30

on Sat, 26/01/2019 - 7:30am

#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

Andre Rieu New Year's Concert From Sydney 2019 - Saturday 26th, January

on Sat, 26/01/2019 - 3:00pm

Andre Rieu New Year's Concert From Sydney 2019
Saturday 26 January | 3pm | £15
Running Time: 2Hrs 5Mins (Including Interval) 
Please note this a filmed recording not a live performance.
Box Office: 01235 763 456

André Rieu returns with a major new production this New Year’s!

The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia.

Join the Maestro, André Rieu, for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year.

Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.

The evening will be hosted by ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy André’s annual Maastricht concert each July.

Cornerstone Film Club "Don’t Look Now" - Wednesday, 30th January, 8pm

on Wed, 30/01/2019 - 8:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Don’t Look Now" - Wednesday, 30th 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:-

  • Wednesday 30 January – Don’t Look Now (UK 1973)
  • Wednesday 6 March – Cold War (Poland 2018)
  • Wednesday 27 Mar – Edie (UK 2017)

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':-


NT Live - I'm Not Running (12A) - Thursday, 31st January at 7pm

on Thu, 31/01/2019 - 5:59pm

I'm Not Running (12A)
Thursday 31 January | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: 180 minutes
Please note this a screening of a live performance.
Box Office: 01235 763 456

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

Crochet for Beginners - Starts Thursday 31st January, 7-9pm

on Thu, 31/01/2019 - 7:00pm

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

on Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:30am

Scoop - Zero Waste Refills - First Sunday (3/2), 10am-2pm

on Sun, 03/02/2019 - 10:00am

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walk - 3rd February at 11am

on Sun, 03/02/2019 - 11:00am

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!

  • 3rd February - A Barnes
  • 3rd March - W Caudle
  • 7th April - 
  • 5th May - A Barnes
  • 2nd June - C Stephen 
  • 7th July - J Bales 
  • 4th - August - Summer break
  • 1st September - B Taylor
  • 6th October - W Caudle
  • 3rd November - 
  • 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


Childrey and District Tuesday Club Events - next on Tuesday, 5th February

on Tue, 05/02/2019 - 2:30pm

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.

  • Feb 5th - AGM and David Koch will demonstrate how to use a defibrillator.
  • Mar 5th - Peter Wright, A vocalist entertains
  • Apr 2nd - Maj Gen His Hon Gordon Risius Army Lawyer and Judge
  • May 7th - Summer Social
  • June 4th - Coach trip to Weston Super Mare
  • July 2nd - Coach trip tba
  • 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

White Horse Hill Evening Sky Tour - Wednesday, 6th February, 6.30-8.30pm

on Wed, 06/02/2019 - 6:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the night sky on White Horse Hill and take in its wonders from this perfect stargazing location. Learn about the constellations, bright stars, planets and the deeper cosmos.
The mythology and stories of the stars, and their relationship with the ancient people that lived and worked there. Followed by a guide on what's on view to the naked eye during the month ahead and more.Your guide will be Adrian West - A local, passionate and experienced astronomer. Adrian has written astronomy and space related articles for popular online science magazines. He has also written guides and articles for the BBC, Met office and National Trust to name a few.
  • Adults £5
  • Children £2.50
  • Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event
  • Bring warm clothing, sensible footwear for walking and a torch


  • 6 February 2019 18:30 - 20:30
  • 6 March 2019 19:00 - 21:00

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

For more information & to book:-

NT Live - The Tragedy Of King Richard The Second - Thursday, 7th February, 7pm

on Thu, 07/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The Tragedy Of King Richard The Second
Thursday 7 February | 7pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: TBC
Please note this a filmed recording not a live performance.
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, in this broadcast recording from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London.

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. 

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy. 

LOCAL: Book Club “The Man I Think I Knew" by Mike Gayle - Mon, 11th Feb, 8pm

on Mon, 11/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 11th February at 8pm.

The book this month is "The Man I Think I Knew" by Mike Gayle, available from Amazon (click link to visit Amazon).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.