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LOCAL: Spirit of the Vale Christmas Fair 2020 - Christmas Gifts available online

on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 11:14am

Sadly, the annual Spirit of the Vale Christmas Fair at Eastmanton Barn can't be held this year.

Instead, the organisers have put together a web page with links to all their fabulous stall holders, many of which are local businesses.

It’s a fantastic way to do your Christmas shopping!

Your purchases will also help to support local charity 'A Band of Brothers' (click), who do an incredible job supporting Young Men in need in Oxfordshire.

Shop here:-

Use the code SPIRIT20.

Online Ridgeway Parishes Sunday Communion service on Zoom - Sunday, 10am

on Sun, 06/12/2020 - 9:00am

For those who may like to join in, Leonora and Andrea hold a communion service each Sunday at 10.00am via Zoom, followed by coffee together online.

If you would like to join them, please contact Revd Andrea Colbrook for details of the Zoom link and passwords, as well as a copy of the service.

Finally, both Leonora (760112) and Andrea (07749865052) are at the other end of the phone for anyone who would like a chat.

Wantage Christmas Markets - Sundays, Dec 6th, 13th & 20th - 10am - 3pm

on Sun, 06/12/2020 - 10:00am

LOCAL: Book Club 'The Greengage Summer' by Rumer Godden - Mon, 7th Dec, 8pm

on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 8:00pm

The next 'meeting' of the book club will be on Monday, 7th December at 8pm.

The book this month is 'The Greengage Summer' by Rumer Godden available from Hive (click link to visit).

Just a reminder that the Book Club is currently meeting via Zoom.  So if anyone fancies joining in with our reading and discussions over the winter,  they are welcome to do so.  However, once the Pandemic is over and we can again meet in our houses, we will have to restrict membership to 12.  Please call (number below) if you are interested.

To join the group, get in touch with Barbara.

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.


Uffington Farmers Market - Sunday, 13th December, 10am - 12.30pm

on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 9:00am

COVID19 allowing...

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

The market (usually) runs every third Sunday of the month in the car park of the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. SN7 7SB.

10am to 12.30pm.

  • 15th November CANCELLED
  • 13th December, (Christmas Market.)

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


Give Blood - Thursday, 17th December - Please Donate!

on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 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 will be at The Beacon, Wantage and is on Thursday, 17th December between 13.15 & 19.15.

Here is the advice re donating during COVID19 lock-down:-

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:-


Christmas Carol Services - December 2020 - Dates and booking information

on Fri, 18/12/2020 - 4:29pm

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Christmas Service - Tuesday, 22nd Dec at 7.30pm

on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 7:30pm

The Church of the Holy Rood Christmas carol service is an opportunity for the Sparsholt & Westcot community to celebrate Christmas together.

This year, there's a carol service on Tuesday, 22nd December at 7.30pm at the Church of the Holy Rood, Sparsholt, as the usual Christmas Day family carol service can't happen this year.

More details about this and other services in the Ridgeway can be found <here>.

NOTE: If you would like to come to a service, you need to reserve a seat.

Please email [email protected] (click) or if you would prefer, please phone Mary on 01235 769257 stating
the time date and place of the Carol Service you wish to attend in the subject of the message.

You will need to say how many seats you wish to reserve but this should only be people from your own family/bubble.

If you know someone who is not on the internet but would like a seat then this should be sent on a separate email, clearly stating who the ticket is for, so that we make sure the reservations fit the numbers of available seats in the church.

Letcombe Regis Gardening Club - Next on Weds, 20th January at 7.30pm

on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 8:30pm

This is a small friendly garden club based in Letcombe Regis. It caters for all levels of gardener.

Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Letcombe Regis Village Hall (click) September through to April (apart from December).

  • 20th January
  • Subject: A Club Evening and brief AGM.
  • Wine and nibbles will be served.
  • 17th February
  • Subject:  ‘Scent in the Garden’
  • Talk by Anthony Powell
  • 17th March
  • Subject:  ‘A Talk on Asters’
  • Talk by Helen Picton
  • 24th April
  • Subject: The Plant Market!
  • The main source of funds for this society

Evening visits to be arranged in May and June.

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 27th January at 7pm

on Wed, 27/01/2021 - 7:00pm

*** This meeting will be run in an online Zoom group chat ***

Watch a short video on how to Join a Zoom meeting <here> (click)







Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, 27th January 2021 at 7.00pm
via Zoom link

All members of the public welcome

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


  1. tbc.


Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk

Tel: 751923


White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 4th February at 7.30pm

on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 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:-



  • Thursday 4th February
  • Thursday 4th March
    • ‘Trees – under the canopy’
    • By Ben Jones, Curator of Oxford Botanic Garden Arboretum
  • Thursday 1st April
    • ‘Peonies – how to plant, grow and propagate’
    • By Alec White from Primrose Hall Peonies
  • Thursday 6th May
  • Saturday 15th May – Plant sale
  • Thursday 3rd June
    • DAY VISIT TO Bramdean & Maverleys TBC
  • Thursday 24th June 6pm
    • VISIT to Buckland Gardens
    • Visitors £2.50
  • Thursday 1st July
  • Wednesday 14th July 2pm
    • VISIT to Englefield House & Gardens, Theale, Reading RG7 5EN. £7.50 includes tour.
    • Teas available in from Estate Café.
    • Plants for sale in estate garden centre. TBC
  • AUGUST – free
  • Thursday 2nd September
    • ‘The Care and Pruning of Fruit Trees and Bushes’
    • By Chris Lanczak from Waterperry Gardens, Oxford.
  • Thursday 7th October
    • ‘Where did your Garden Grow – a fascinating history of our familiar garden plants’.
    • By Christine Skelmersdale
  • Thursday 4th November
  • Thursday 2nd December