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Men's Curry Club at the Blowing Stone - Wednesday, 19th January at 7:30pm

on Wed, 19/01/2022 - 6:30pm

Men’s Curry Club is held monthly at the Blowing Stone Pub.

£12 for curry and a pint (or soft drink).

The next event will be on Wednesday, 19th January at 7:30pm

If you would like to come along or join the curry club WhatsApp group then please contact Adrian Colbrook on 07768-795-048

The Blowing Stone - contact details:

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 19th January at 7.30pm

on Wed, 19/01/2022 - 7:30pm


Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday19th January 2022 starting at 7.30pm
at Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt

All members of the public welcome



  1. Apologies.

  2. Declarations of interest.

  3. Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 and the Planning and Finance meeting held on Monday 20th December 2021.

  4. Planning:​

    • New Applications:

      • P22/V0025/T28 CTIL_30551900 Sparsholt Firs BT Site Eastmanton Down, OX12 9XB:  Addition of 3no. antennas and associated ancillary equipment at 20.0m on the existing tower, along with the addition of 2no. RRU Racks, 1no. CSC Cabinet and 1no. Meter Cabinet at ground level along with the extension of the existing compound and chain link fence. 

      • P21/V3492/HH Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Replacement and repositioning of entrance gates.

      • P21/V3467/HH and P21/V3468/LB Sparsholt House, OX12 9PT:  Variation of applications P20/V3084/HH and P20/V3086/LB, proposing demolition of existing timber barn, single-storey side extension, modern stable building and tack store.  Internal and external works to main Listed Building, inclusive of new single-storey side and rear extensions.  Erection of new 3-bay stable block.  Erection of new brick potting shed.  Erection of new 1.5 storey timber clad barn.  Internal and external alterations to Coach House.  (Resubmission of details for barn and adjacent external landscaping, and external meter for Coach House.  All other details remain unchanged from precious consent.)  (Note:  Works under previous consent have started.  Works pertaining to this application have not started).

    • Decisions – INFORMATION ONLY:

      • P21/V3243/FUL Land to the north of 5 West Street, Sparsholt, OX12 9PR:  Change of use of land to residential (garden extension).  No decision.

      • P21/V3296/DIS Sparsholt House, Sparsholt, OX12 9PT:  Discharge of condition 6 (method statement for plumbing) in application P20/V3084/HH.  Demolition of single-storey side extension, modern stable building and tack store.  Internal and external works to main listed building, inclusive of new single-storey side and rear extensions.  Erection of new 3-bay stable block.  Erection of new brick potting shed.  Alteration and enlargement of existing timber barn.  Internal and external alternations to Coach House.  Fully Discharged.

      • P21/V3025/LB and P21/V3024/HH Rectory House, Sparsholt, OX12 9PT:  Demolition of timber porch and erection of replacement porch.  No decision. 

      • P21/V2824/FUL Westcot House, Westcot, OX12 9QA:  Proposed change of use of existing ancillary residential accommodation for holiday and short-term lettable accommodation.  No decision.

      • P21/V2825/FUL Westcot House, Westcot, OX12 9QA:  Proposed alteration, conversion and change of existing ancillary accommodation for holiday and short-term lettable accommodation (amended composite plan received on 15th October 2021).  No decision.

  5. Tree planting proposals north and west of Sparsholt and Westcot – update Cllr Jones.

  6. Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 16th February 7.30pm at Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt.


Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Tel: 751923

White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 20th January

on Thu, 20/01/2022 - 6:00pm

Meetings are usually 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 £15 per annum. Visitors £3.00 per meeting.

Contact Pamela P to find out more:-




  • JANUARY – 20th Zoom meeting
    • Fergus Garrett – Head Gardner of Great Dixter and Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.      
  • FEBRUARY 3rd
    • Val Bourne.  Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, organic gardener and lecturer.      
  • MARCH 3rd
  • APRIL 7th
    • Mike Byford from Hazles Cross Farm Nursery
    • The nursery is home to the National Collection of Hellebores.  Propagate and sell all hellebore species.
  • MAY 5th
    • VISITS:  
      • Morning – 10.30am.  Blackland House, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 8UQ.  
      • £15 per head to include tour and refreshments.  (25 max)
      • A flower lover’s garden at the foot of the Marlborough Downs, where owner Polly Nicholson runs her organic flower business Bayntun Flowers.
      • Lunch: Picnic/pub/cafe
      • Afternoon-   Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon BA15 2BA      
      •    £12.50 per head includes tour
      • 15.30 – Arrival and Walled Garden Tour with either the owner or head gardener
      • 16.00 – Refreshments available in café (not included)
  • MAY 14TH
    • JUNE 2nd
    • 6pm Start with refreshments served.    
    • £3 visitors
  • JUNE 16TH
    • VISITS:  Morning: 10.30am £10 Tour.      
    • ROCKCLIFFE GARDENS, Upper Slaughter, Nr Cheltenham GL54 2JW.  
    • NB:  No refreshments available, bring your own or stop on the way.
    • LUNCH: Picnic/pub/cafe.
    • Afternoon:  2.30pm *£23.00 Tour and Afternoon Tea
    • UPTON WOLD GARDEN, Northwick Estate, Moreton In the Marsh, GL56 9TR
    • National collection of Juglans and Pterocarya, 14 acres of unusual and interesting plants, shrubs and trees.   *Expensive but well worth it!
  • JULY 7th
    • VISIT:  Morning - Andy McIndoe’s Garden at Sandhill Farm SO51 6JY    
    • 10am for 10.30am start.  £10 Tour & Refreshments.  (Min 25, max 50)
    • Lunch:  Picnic/pub/cafe
    • Afternoon – Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield SO51 OQA  (Max 25)
    • 2pm.  £12.50 to include tour.
  • AUGUST – free
    • SEPTEMBER 1st
    • TALK: ‘Scent in the Garden’
    • Stephen Lacey is a garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman, with a particular interest in planting design. He is a long-standing columnist and feature writer for The Daily Telegraph, and contributes to many other publications including House and Garden, the RHS Journal and Horticulture Magazine.
    • £5 visitors.                                                            
  • OCTOBER 6th
    • TALK:  Botanical Tales from the East – Japanese Gardens
    • Nicholas Wray, Curator of Bristol Botanic Gardens   
    • This lecture looks at the history and evolution of Japanese gardening styles and highlights some of the key features and links between gardens and Japanese culture. The focus is on gardens in Tokyo, Nara and the cultural capital city of Kyoto.
    • VISIT:  Harcourt Arboretum Tour with Ben Jones  TBC
    • NOVEMBER 3rd
    • TALK:  ROSES          
    • Stewart Pocock of Pococks Roses,  Romsey, SO51 0QA
    • Established in 1984, every year produce in excess of 60,000 rose plants in a range of over 450 varieties.   Plants for Sale
  • DECEMBER 1st   

LOCAL: B4507 - Multiple closures January through March 2022

on Mon, 24/01/2022 - 8:00am

The B4507 will be closed at multiple places during January, February & March 2022, for various telecoms and resurfacing works.

It isn't currently 100% clear, but it may be that these closures are variously between 8am and 5pm (telecoms) and 9.30am & 3.30pm (roadworks), rather than complete 24 hour closures (tbc).

Full details can be found on (click).

  • T9588 24-28 Jan B4507 seemingly between both Westcot junctions (telecoms)
  • T9685 3-4 Feb B4507 between Wantage & Childrey (roadworks)
  • T9686 7-11 Feb B4507 between Childrey & Kingston Lisle (roadworks)
  • T9687 14-16 Feb B4507 between Kingston Lisle & White Horse (roadworks)
  • T9688 17-23 Feb B4507 between White Horse & Compton Beauchamp (roadworks)
  • 24 Feb to 1 March B4507 between Ashbury & Idstone (roadworks)


Mindfulness for Stress - Monday evenings online, starts 24th January

on Mon, 24/01/2022 - 6:00pm

Caring for The White Horse - 3,000 years of a British icon - Mon, 24th Jan at 6.30pm

on Mon, 24/01/2022 - 6:30pm


The Uffington Museum Trustees are delighted to announce that David Miles will make a presentation at 6.30 pm on Monday 24 January 2022 in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington on: ‘Caring for The White Horse – 3,000 years of a British icon’.  The hall will open at 6.00pm.
David was formerly Director of Oxford Archaeology and the Chief Archaeologist of English Heritage. He is the author of The Land of the White Horse and knows a huge amount about our local area.   
Because of Covid restrictions, which may well change before 24 January, numbers attending are restricted to 60, so please book in for the presentation, on a first come first served, no cost, basis, by emailing [email protected] and be prepared to wear a mask throughout the presentation.

LOCAL: Childrey & Sparsholt WI - Burns Night Supper at The Star - Tues, 25th Jan

on Tue, 25/01/2022 - 6:30pm

January monthly WI meeting - Tuesday 25 January at 7.00pm at The Star.

Childrey & Sparsholt WI invites members to enjoy a Burn's Night Supper at The Star in Sparsholt - cost £45 per person.

Future events:-

  • TBC

If you are interested in joining, please contact us at;

More details on the Childrey & Sparsholt WI <here>.


Film at Didcot Film Club: Limbo - Weds, 26th January at 7.30pm

on Wed, 26/01/2022 - 6:32pm


For further information:-

Burns Night Supper, Childrey - Friday 28th January

on Fri, 28/01/2022 - 7:30pm

Burns Night Supper in Childrey Village Hall with our very own resident piper!

Tickets include a 3 course meal and licensed bar with a variety of Malt Whiskies!

Limited numbers, book early ring 07951 065141 for more info.

Friday 28th January 2022, subject to any further Covid restrictions.

Mindfulness for Health - Saturday mornings online, starts 29th January

on Sat, 29/01/2022 - 9:00am

Crochet workshop for improvers - Saturday, 29th January, 1.30-5.30pm

on Sat, 29/01/2022 - 1:27pm

Folk Duo NineBarrow, Childrey - Saturday, 29th January at 7pm

on Sat, 29/01/2022 - 7:00pm

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

Nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Emerging Artist and most recently picking up Best Duo in the awards 2019, their latest album, ‘A Pocket Full of Acorns’ (released in March 2021) was released to wide-spread critical acclaim including coverage on BBC1’s Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’. 

Saturday 29th January, subject to any further Covid restrictions.

Very few tickets left. For more info ring 07951 065141.

  • Doors Open: 19:00
  • Concert begins: 19:30
  • Tickets: £14 in advance (+ 40p booking fee) / £16 on the door (please note, on the door sales will only be available if COVID restrictions permit)

Monthly Craft Night - First Tuesday of the month (1/2), 7-9.30pm

on Tue, 01/02/2022 - 6:00pm

Repair Cafe at The Mix - First Saturday each month (5/2), 10am-1pm

on Sat, 05/02/2022 - 9:00am

Quiz Night at The Blowing Stone - Second Wednesdays (next 9/2)

on Wed, 09/02/2022 - 6:11pm

Contact details:

Cafe Scientifique - Climate Change & the Maths of Methane - 2nd Weds (9/2) 7.30pm

on Wed, 09/02/2022 - 7:30pm

Climate Change and the Maths of Methane: Turning a Subtraction into an Addition - with Tom Bradshaw and Emma Haskett from Bennamann Energy Ltd

7.30pm Wednesday 9th February 2022


Due to current circumstances, we will hold this talk online, but hopefully we'll be back in Wildwood from February onwards. So please join us on Zoom (click) from 7.15pm

Future talks at Wantage Cafe Sci...

  • 9 February: Climate Change and the Maths of Methane: Turning a Subtraction into an Addition; with Tom Bradshaw and Emma Haskett from Bennamann Energy Ltd

  • 9 March: Camilla Burrow from Wild Oxfordshire; title tbc

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.



Pub Quiz at The Greyhound – Sunday, 13th February at 8pm

on Sun, 13/02/2022 - 8:00pm

Join us at The Greyhound, Letcombe, for our very popular and challenging monthly quiz, which starts at 8:00pm sharp.

There are prizes every round and teams of any size are allowed.

Entry is £3.00, which includes a donation to our chosen charity for the month.

Great beer, great company, great fun! Book your team a table by phone or email.

More info:-

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

Contact details:-

Valentine's Dinner at The Greyhound, Letcombe - Monday, 14th February from 6pm

on Mon, 14/02/2022 - 6:53pm

For all of you romantics out there, The Greyhound's Chef will be preparing a very special dinner menu for the big night, 3-courses for £45 per person. Of if you just love food, come along with your mates!


    Smoked salmon cheesecake, spiced granola crumb, smoked salmon & quail’s Scotch egg, red pepper coulis

Cauliflower panna cotta, smoked almond & celeriac purée, artichoke crisps, golden popcorn shoots (Vg GF)

Cured Creedy duck ham, red onion & black pudding tarte tatin, charred apple purée, black garlic


    Aged beef fillet, braised short rib tart, smoked yoghurt, broccoli puree, sauce Bordelaise

Fillet of hake, torched lobster Thermidor tart, sea herbs, sauce Veronique

Celeriac fondant, tarragon emulsion, roasted hazelnuts, braised chicory, pickled pears (V GF)


    Dark chocolate fondant, crème brûlée ice cream, dark cherry gel, beetroot foam (V)

Rhubarb Arctic roll, Prosecco-poached rhubarb, rhubarb jam, honeycomb marshmallow, vanilla diplomat

Pear & ginger cake, burnt honey & rosemary custard, Devon clotted cream (V)

Pre-ordering is not required but we do ask for a £10 per person deposit
which is non-refundable if cancelled less than two days before.

(V) Vegetarian (Vg) Vegan (GF) Gluten Free (GF*) Gluten Free available
Please let us know if you have any food allergies or intolerances.



Contact details:-


Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe - Saturday, 19th February, 2022 at 8pm

on Sat, 19/02/2022 - 8:00pm

Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe
Saturday, 19th February, 2022 at 8pm
Tickets £19

Rich Hall’s comedy/music locomotive keeps on rollin’. Ever-evolving, ever-changing, Rich’s combination of keen acerbic stand-up combined with spit and sawdust alt-country lyricism is a “win-win” (GUARDIAN), as sold out crowds across the UK have attested. Fans keep returning because this show goes where other comedians wouldn’t dare: Barrow-in-Furness for example.

Rich’s acclaimed BBC4 documentaries (most recently Rich Hall’s Red Menace) and his Radio 4 series Election Breakdown have established a whole new legion of followers. He’s also a stalwart of QI and Have I Got News For You. But seeing the Hoedown is a whole different experience. Gut-busting, rib-tickling, toe-tapping, and shit-kicking, Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe covers the full anatomical spectrum.

STRICTLY 14 years plus – Parental Guidance, likely to be swearing and adult content

More details here:-