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Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet - Thursday, 14th December at 7.30pm

on Thu, 14/12/2017 - 7:30pm

The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians combine to create a unique sound, portraying a kaleidoscope of emotions – now achingly sad, now humorous, now infused with warmth – and all shot through with a fiery virtuosity. Derek Paravicini Quartet are a musical chameleon, able to change their sonic palette to suit any occasion, with the breathtaking new takes on classic songs and jazz standards, and a repertoire from ragtime to Radiohead, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from Cole Porter to Coldplay.

Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation. Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed ‘The Human iPod’ in the States, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces – all learnt very rapidly, just by listening. There is so much more to Derek than an iPod, though; beneath the quiet charm lies a fiery, creative musician, whose astonishing improvisations and dazzling technique have wowed audiences all over the world, with over a million hits on Youtube and another million on TED.

‘The Paravicini Quartet provide outstanding entertainment. Hearing them for the first time, they just blew me away.’ Simon Vincent, President of Hilton Worldwide, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

‘Anyone who has ever wanted to play a musical instrument should see this and marvel at how he’s overcome incredible challenges’. James Mitchell, Opera Unmasked.


Proceeds in aid of Music for Autism.

More info available: [email protected]

T.Rextasy - Friday, 15th December at 8.00pm

on Fri, 15/12/2017 - 7:02pm

Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. It’s hard to believe that 40 years have now passed since Marc’s tragic fatal car accident and fans have mourned the loss of a truly individual, inspirational talent ever since. Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs including '20th Century Boy’, ‘Get in On’ and 'I Love to Boogie' have insured that Marc Bolan and T.Rex have become one of the most memorable and enduring bands of the seventies

T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex.  They have become widely accepted as the world’s only official tribute show dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc’s family, estate and catalogue management, not to mention original members of T.Rex. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

This year T.rextasy are celebrating Marc’s life and works with a very special commemorative tour. Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you! 

  • Friday 15 December | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Tickets: £20
  • Running Time: 2 hours, incuding interval
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)


Free family orienteering event in Wantage - Saturday, 16th December

on Sat, 16/12/2017 - 10:00am

Residents can enjoy getting out and about in the run up to Christmas with a free family Xplorer orienteering event in the Vale of White Horse.

  • Saturday 16 December, 10am to midday - Wantage Memorial Park, Wantage, OX12 8DW.

Participants will follow a simple Xplorer map to find 15 brightly coloured Christmas markers spread across the park. No skills or experience are required, this is a fun Christmas activity the whole family can enjoy together. There will also be Christmas challenges and games.

Entrance is free with no booking required.  Please register on the day at the starting point from 10am to 11am, this will ensure everyone can complete the course by midday.

Tell your friends about the sessions by clicking the ‘interested’ button on the Wantage Facebook event page.

The events are being organised by British Orienteering’s Xplorer and Vale of White Horse District Council.

Cllr Charlotte Dickson, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “It’s great that we’re able to stage free and easy to access events like this for residents to take part in.  I hope lots of families come along to the sessions to enjoy this fun orienteering challenge in the run up to Christmas.”

For more information about the event, please email [email protected] or call 07801 203501.  Further information on British Orienteering’s Xplorer please see 

From an article on the Vale's website; see the original <here>.

Pallet DIY Workshop - Saturday, 16th December, 10am - 5pm

on Sat, 16/12/2017 - 10:00am

LOCAL: Village Christmas Gathering - Saturday, 16th December from 6-9pm

on Sat, 16/12/2017 - 9:26pm

Uffington Farmers Market - 3rd Sun of the month - Sunday, 17th December

on Sun, 17/12/2017 - 9:00am

Local food producers offering meat, cheese, preserves, fruit, vegetables, pies and pastries, vintage tea room and much more!

The market runs every third Sunday of the month in the car park of the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. SN7 7SB. 10am to 12.30pm.

Established in 2015, the Uffington Farmers Market is a non-profit community market organised by village residents. 

Find out more here:-

Dates for 2017 are: 

  • Sunday 17th December 2017

NT Live at The Beacon - Young Marx - Monday, 18th December at 7pm

on Mon, 18/12/2017 - 6:00pm

National Theatre Live: Young Marx 
Monday 18th December | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15 
(joint offer only available via Box Office)
Running Time: tbc (including intervals)

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. 

Christmas Panto "Dick Whittington" - Thursday 21st & Saturday 23rd December

on Thu, 21/12/2017 - 11:51am

"Join our hero ‘Dick Whittington’ on an adventure to London, where the streets are paved with gold, to seek your fortune. TaleGate Theatre Productions is now in it’s ninth year touring the UK. ‘Dick Whittington’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!  

Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, breathtaking special effects, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime! 

This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family. So turn again ‘Dick Whittington’, three times Lord Mayor of London!"

ickets can be purchased by the calling the Beacon Wantage Box Office: 01235 763456

Visit the Beacon's website to find out more:

  • Thursday 21 December | 4.00pm
  • Saturday 23 December | 1.00pm & 4.00pm
  • Tickets: £8.50 / £32 Family Ticket for 4
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, including interval

LOCAL: Christmas Day Carol Service - Monday, 25th December at 10am

on Mon, 25/12/2017 - 10:00am

The Church of the Holy Rood Christmas carol service is an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate together on Christmas Day.

Bring the whole family!

Monday, 25th December at 10am, Sparsholt Church of the Holy Rood.

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walk - Boxing Day, 26th December at 11am

on Tue, 26/12/2017 - 10:00am

Planned Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walks are listed below - everyone welcome!

  • Boxing Day - Barbara

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

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


Bank holiday waste collections 2017/18

on Tue, 26/12/2017 - 6:30pm

Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Wed, 27/12/2017 - 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 - use the 'Feedback' tab on the left.

LOCAL: Christmas Quiz at The Star, Sparsholt - Wednesday, 27th Dec, 8pm

on Wed, 27/12/2017 - 8:00pm

Entry is £1 per person with up to 6 people in a team

For any further details, please contact Graham M on:-


Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 30th December from 8.30am

on Sat, 30/12/2017 - 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

Recycle your Christmas tree - FREE

on Wed, 03/01/2018 - 5:39pm

Cornerstone Film Club "Saturday Night Fever" - Weds, 10th January, 8pm

on Wed, 10/01/2018 - 8:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Saturday Night Fever" - Weds, 10th 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:-

  • 10 Jan - Saturday Night Fever (US 1977)
  • 31 Jan - The Levelling (UK 2016)
  • 28 Feb - Micmacs (Fr 2009)
  • 4 Apr - Passport to Pimlico (UK 1949)
  • 25 Apr - Graduation (Rom 2016)

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':-

Upholstery - next on Wednesday, 17th January, 9.30am - 2.30pm

on Wed, 17/01/2018 - 8:30am

Give Blood - Wednesday, 17th January

on Wed, 17/01/2018 - 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 Wednesday, 17th January between 13.15-15.30 & 16.15-19.15.

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:-


LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 17th January at 7.30pm

on Wed, 17/01/2018 - 7:30pm


There will be a meeting of the Sparsholt Parish Council on Wednesday, 17th January at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall


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

  1. tbc.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk