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Drop-in coffee on zoom - every Tuesday at 11am

on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 11:00am

Cafe Scientifique: Oxfordshire's Living Laboratory - 2nd Tues (9/3), 7.30pm on Zoom

on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 7:30pm

Oxfordshire's Living Laboratory with Sally Povolotsky

7.30pm Tuesday 9th March 2021

The word ‘sustainable' is everywhere now, but what does it really mean? What is sustainability or even a circular economy? As the world changes, climate emergencies are declared and more dramatic extreme weather events and pandemics rise, how can being ’sustainable’ help solve these challenges and what can a community truly contribute to an ever-changing world? If we press the RESET button, what is the outcome?

We will discuss the elements of a Sustainable community and how Kindness can change the world….as long as we all adopt it.

Sally Povolotsky is a Sustainability and Prototype Engineer who in 2020 was voted one of the UK’s top 50 Women in Engineering in the field of Sustainability. She is also a Director of Living Oxfordshire and runs the Hendreds’ Hive Markets.

Join us by zoom (click) at 7.15pm for prompt 7.30pm start.

  • If you missed the talk 'Beehives and Space Technology', with Paulette Elliott and Martine Barons, you can watch the full recording <here>.
  • If you missed the talk 'We are Stardust', with Peter Allan, you can watch the full recording <here>.

Future talks at Wantage Cafe Sci...

  • 13th April: Why did the hedgehog cross the road? And other lessons from the ecological study of the nation’s favourite wild animal, with Hugh Warwick

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.



Don't forget: Mother's Day - Sunday, 14th March

on Sun, 14/03/2021 - 8:09am

Sunday, 14th March, 2021

The Star - Mother's Day lunch - finish at home box

on Sun, 14/03/2021 - 1:06pm

Mother's Day is just around the corner and The Star in Sparsholt is busy cooking up some amazing ways to make it special at home.

They might not be able to welcome you through their doors just yet, but they're excited to launch their Mother's Day At Home box, prepared with love for your mother, grandmother or whoever you are treating this Mother's Day!

Contact details:






B4507 Closure - Kingstone Winslow to Compton Beauchamp - 15th to 19th March

on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 7:15am

Road Closure 15 to 19 March

B4507 Ashbury – Closure 15 to 19 March, between 07.30 and 19.00 hours.

The B4507 will be closed at Ashbury from the Kingstone Winslow to Compton Beauchamp turnings, to facilitate geotechnical investigation works, including some deep drilling works.

LOCAL: Book Club 'Excellent Women' by Barbara Pym - Monday, 15th March, 8pm

on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 8:00pm

The next 'meeting' of the book club will be on Monday, 15th March at 8pm.

The book this month is 'Excellent Women' by Barbara Pym, 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.


LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 17th March at 7pm

on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 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 17th March 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

Get prepared for Census 2021 - Census Day is Sunday, 21st March, 2021

on Sun, 21/03/2021 - 6:22pm

The Census, which is taken every 10 years, is coming on 21 March, 2021.

The census gives provides our national and local governments with information about households across England and Wales, to make sure that the services you use meet the needs of our changing society. This includes hospitals, schools, universities, transport, education and health, and on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

This census will also provide fresh information to improve understanding of the pandemic.

Census 2021 is a digital-first census, which means that we will be encouraging people to respond online if they can. You will be able to complete the census using any device, including your mobile phone or tablet.

Everyone will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request.

For more information visit:

Green Drinks - Recycling know-how - Wednesday, 31st March, 7.30pm

on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 8:30pm

This month we'll be talking with Jess from South and Vale's Waste and Recycling team about why we recycle, what goes into each bin, what happens to your waste, current legislation and how COVID has impacted the waste industry.

Join us via Zoom (click & see image for passcode). If you need the meeting ID, it is: 875 0005 8522.

Bin Quiz! Can you tell what's recyclable in the green bin and what isn't?

White Horse Gardening Club - Thursday, 1st April at 7.30pm

on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 8:30pm

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 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