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Childrey & Sparsholt WI - Tuesday, 20th November at 7.30pm

on Tue, 20/11/2018 - 6:31pm

Childrey & Sparsholt WI meet every third Tuesday in The Childrey Village Hall at 7.30. 

The WI is about friendship; community and having fun. We are always planning exciting events & workshops and would love your input. 

New members and visitors are always welcome to join.

For further information, click <here>.

LOCAL: Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday, 21st November at 7.30pm

on Wed, 21/11/2018 - 6:30pm


Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 7.30pm
in the Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt


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

  1. Apologies.
  2. Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct.
  3. Minutes for Approval:
    1. Approve the Minutes of the Sparsholt Parish Council held on Wednesday 17th October 2018.
  4. Matters Arising:
    1. B4507 – update Cllr Comyn.
    2. Westcot Village Green Notice Board and Litter bin – update Cllrs Brown and Downie.
    3. The Old Vicarage Yew Tree – update Cllr Williams.
    4. Clerks Contract – update Cllr Barnes.
    5. Land Registry number for the cemetery – update Cllr Comyn.
    6. Phone Box Exchange – update Cllr Barnes.
    7. Salt order and Salt Rota – update Cllr Brown.
    8. Defibrillator training – update Cllrs Barnes and Downie.
    9. Triangle woods – update Cllr Comyn.
    10. Rail pole needs replacing on the Sparsholt Village Green – update Cllr Comyn.
  5. Finance:
    1. Finance report up to the 31st October 2018.
    2. Approval of any payments to be made.
    3. Draft Budget
    4. Any other finance matters.
  6. Planning:
  7.           New Applications:

    a)   P18/V1808/FUL Lodge Farm, Childrey:  Discharge of condition 4 – bat license on application ref. P18/V18-8/FUL.


    P18/V2371/HH & P18/V2372/LB Sparsholt Manor, OX12 9PT:  Refurbishment and extension of Sparsholt Manor within its associated parkland, with the demolition and replacement of a stable yard and remodeling of parts of the parkland with the provision of a new walled kitchen garden and structures..

  8. Cemetery.
  9. Correspondence sheet.
  10. Any Other Business.
  11. Date of Next Meetings – Wednesdays TBC for 2019 all starting at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens - Friday, 23rd November at 8pm

on Fri, 23/11/2018 - 6:51pm

Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens
Friday 23 November | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
£20 tickets | £18 Over 60s
Age recommendation 16+
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

She's Merkel To His Trump. He's Boris to her Theresa. Two of Britain's finest impressionists come together on one bill to make sense (and nonsense) of a world where Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary, Donald Trump is US President, and Brexit means Brexit. Good luck with that.

Featuring personalities from Farage to Lumley, Diane Abbott to Fiona Bruce and the sublime to Jacob Rees Mogg. Over 30 characters for the price of 2 (3 at weekends). A unique mix of impressions and satire from the stars of Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Dead Ringers

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 24th November from 8.30

on Sat, 24/11/2018 - 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

Santa's Grotto at The Beacon, Wantage - Saturday, 24th & Wednesday 28th Nov

on Sat, 24/11/2018 - 9:05am
  • Saturday 24 November*: 9am - 10:30am
  • Wednesday 28 November*: 3:30pm - 5pm


  • Tickets £8
  • Two Children £14
  • Three Children £20 

Please book your 'Santa Slot' at Reception or call The Beacon North Pole on 01235 763456.  

Santa and his elves will be bringing a whole load of festive fun to The Beacon this Christmas!

Have you been Naughty or Nice this year?

Father Christmas and his elf helpers have been very busy getting all his gifts ready for his Nice list.

Meet his elves before sitting down with Santa himself. Don't forget to let him know what's on your wish list this year!

Make sure you snap a photo with Santa to keep as a family momento.

*Subject to availabilty, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Year Round Crop Planning - Saturday, 24th November, 2-5pm

on Sat, 24/11/2018 - 2:00pm

Wantage Choral Society Concert - Saturday, 24th November at 7.30pm

on Sat, 24/11/2018 - 7:30pm

Childrey and District Tuesday Club Events - next on Tuesday, 27th November

on Tue, 27/11/2018 - 8:30am

Childrey and District Tuesday Club

  • 27th November: Coach trip to Cardiff Christmas markets departing village hall at 8.30 members fare £16.50, non members £18.50 Contact Maureen Thomas 01235 751631
  • 11th December: (nb 2nd Tuesday) 12.30 Christmas lunch at The Bear Hotel, Wantage members only
  • 8th January 2019 (nb 2nd Tuesday) 2.30 village hall, New Year Quiz Contact Pat Eglinton 01235 751663

Handmade Books - Wednesday, 28th November, 10am-4pm

on Wed, 28/11/2018 - 10:00am

LOCAL: Spirit of the Vale Christmas Fair - Wednesday, 28th November, 12-8pm

on Wed, 28/11/2018 - 12:00pm

Never has Christmas shopping been so much fun!

26+ gorgeous stalls with every member of the family covered.

Childrey Stores wil be in residence to supply an endless supply of
tea and coffee plus soup at lunchtime.

Cocktails at 6pm and delicious canapés from Sarah Fenton.

Then why not make an evening of it - we have teamed up with
The (award winning) Star Pub to bring you a special "Post Spirit 2 Course Dinner"
and very generously they have agreed to donate 10% of your final bill to
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Church of the Holy Rood, Sparsholt.
See menu below...

Cornerstone Film Club "Some Like it Hot" - Wednesday, 28th November, 8pm

on Wed, 28/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is 'Some Like it Hot" - Wednesday, 28th November 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:-

  • 28 November - Some like it hot (at the Civic Hall)
  • 9 January - The Bookshop

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':-


French Market, Wantage Market Place - Thursday, 29th November, 9am - 5pm

on Thu, 29/11/2018 - 8:28am

Screening at The Beacon - The King & I - Thursday, 29th November at 7pm

on Thu, 29/11/2018 - 4:30pm

Screening: The King & I 
Thursday 29 November | 7pm
Tickets: £15
Box Office: 01235 763 456

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.

Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Wine Tasting: Christmas Wines - Friday, 30th November at 7pm

on Fri, 30/11/2018 - 5:54pm

An Evening of Wine Tasting - Christmas Wines
Friday 30th November | 7.00pm
Tickets: £20
Limited tickets available

Join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting focusing on Christmas Wines.

Beacon Cinema - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG) - Friday, 30th Nov, 7.30pm

on Fri, 30/11/2018 - 6:30pm

Relax with a movie at The Beacon in Wantage.

The bar is open throughout and in the tradition of great cinema, they have an interval with hot dogs, ice cream and popcorn.

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Friday 30 November | 7:30pm | £5 | PG

For further details:-


Restart & Repair Cafe - 1st Saturday of month (1/12), 9.30am - 12.30pm

on Sat, 01/12/2018 - 8:30am

Pallet Upcycling Workshop - First Saturday (1/12), 2-5pm

on Sat, 01/12/2018 - 1:00pm

Craft Night - First Tuesday (4/12), 7pm - 9.30pm

on Tue, 04/12/2018 - 6:00pm

White Horse Hill Evening Sky Tour - Wednesday, 5th December, 7-9pm

on Wed, 05/12/2018 - 7:00pm

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


  • 5 December 2018

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

For more information & to book:-