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

on Sun, 13/05/2018 - 8:00pm

Join us for our very popular and challenging monthly quiz.

Entry is £2.00 with half going into the Jackpot Prize round and half to our nominated charity for this month: TBC.

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

A special pre-quiz menu is served from 6:30-7:30pm, with £1 for each main course sold donated to the chosen charity. Booking is essential as places are always limited!

Save the date: the next quiz will be on TBC.

The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis (click)

Give Blood - Wednesday, 16th May

on Wed, 16/05/2018 - 2:00pm

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, 16th May 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: Annual Parish & Council Meetings - Wednesday, 16th May at 7.30pm

on Wed, 16/05/2018 - 7:30pm


to be chaired by Chair, Sparsholt Parish Council

Will be held at Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt on Wednesday, 16th May 2018 starting at 7.30pm


Annual Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, 16th May 2018 at approximately 8pm in the Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt (meeting follows Annual Parish Meeting)


Open Forum, including reports from District & County Councillors & public participation



1.        TBC                                                                                                                


1.         TBC


Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


Uffington Farmers Market - 3rd Sun of the month - Sunday, 20th May

on Sun, 20/05/2018 - 10:00am

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.

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

Find out more here:-

Dates for 2018 are: 

  • 20th May

  • 17th June

  • 16th September

  • 14th October

  • 18th November

  • 16th December

Beacon Cinema - The Greatest Showman (PG) - Friday, 25th May, 7.30pm

on Fri, 25/05/2018 - 7:30pm

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.

For every cinema visit to The Beacon, Wantage Loyalty Card holders can enjoy a free serving of popcorn to enjoy with the film.

  • The Greatest Showman (PG) - Friday 25 May | 7.30pm | £5

For further details:-

Relaxing Evenings

Enjoy a relaxing trip to the movies for a blockbuster Friday evening!

All tickets cost £6

Films start at 7.30pm

Easy Mornings

Entertain the kids with a Saturday morning movie.

All tickets cost £3

Films start at 11am

Priscilla Queen of Popcorn

No trip to the cinema is complete without popcorn, made by our very own Priscilla Queen of Popcorn!


Tickets can be booked in person at Reception at The Beacon or via telephone on 01235 763456.

No booking fees


The Watermill Theatre presents "Burke & Hare" - Friday, 25th May, 7.30pm

on Fri, 25/05/2018 - 7:30pm

Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Sat, 26/05/2018 - 10:00am

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.

Freecycle LIVE! Swapshop Event - Saturday, 26th May, 10-11am

on Sat, 26/05/2018 - 11:00am

Everyone welcome to take whatever they like for FREE, from a selection of used but usable household goods. You don’t have to bring to take.

No entrance fee and everything is absolutely free!

Refreshments available in the cafe.

Especially welcome are books, CD’s,DVD’s, toys, small electricals WITH a CE mark, and small household or gardening items.

No clothes/anything to large for one person to carry/toxic/hazardous/broken items please. Large items can advertised on a board at the event.

  • Free entry
  • Drop off goods from 9.30am, Doors open 10am - 11am
  • Saturday, 26th May, 10-11am
  • The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

Find out more:-

SAVE THE DATE! LOCAL: Charity Auction - Saturday, 2nd June at 7pm

on Sat, 02/06/2018 - 8:00pm

CHARITY AUCTION in the Griffin Memorial Hall in Sparsholt

Saturday, 2nd June, 2018.

Tickets: £10 including fish & chip supper – please let me know if you need a vegetarian option when purchasing your ticket - bring your own drink, glasses & cutlery

Auction Lots so far, can be viewed from 11th May on and on the Noticeboard in Westcot or the bus shelter in Sparsholt.


For tickets and more information, please contact Martina Wright

LOCAL: Artist Leila Anderson Showcase - Friday, 29th June 6-9pm & 30/6 & 1/7

on Fri, 29/06/2018 - 6:00pm

A solo exhibition highlighting local artist, Leila Anderson’s recent artwork will be held at Childrey village hall from Friday, 29th June.

  • Preview Friday, 29th June 6-9pm 
  • Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 10am-5pm,
    as part of The Wantage summer festival
  • Childrey village hall, High Street, Childrey, OX12 9UE
  • All welcome

Leila lives in Westcot, working from her garden studio and taking inspiration from the Ridgeway and our beautiful surrounding landscape. 

This exhibition will showcase recent work and her latest paintings from Andalusia. 

10% of any sales will be donated to Macmillan.

Contact for further info: 07794 357503

Childrey Fest - Music, Food, Beer & Good Times for all the Family - Sat, 7th July

on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 9:00am

Childreyfest is back with a fresh look to the festival with both new and old music, locally-brewed real ales and a selection of tasty treats!

This year we are pulling out all the stops, so grab your tickets and get those ears ready to hear the sweet sounds of Childreyfest 2018.

This traditional english festival includes a great line up of live music, stalls, kids entertainment, activities, a variety of food stalls and a real ale bar.

Bring the family, friends and everyone in between for Bands, Beer and Basking in the Sun!

The day will kick off with family fun and other activities.

  • Earlybird Tickets are on sale from the 1st March with the same price as last year.
  • Standard General Admission Tickets will be on sale from 1st April.

Gates open from 1pm. Event finishes at 11.30pm. 

  • Children must be accompanied by an Adult over the age of 18
  • Guide dogs only please.

For more information:

To purchase tickets, please visit:

Tickets are limited & sold out last year, so best get them fast! 

Tickets will only be on sale on the day if there are any left after online sales close.

Chalking the White Horse - Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July, 10am - 3pm

on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:00am

Adults and children alike are invited to join the Ranger at White Horse Hill, Uffington to help with the upkeep of this ancient monument by re-chalking the Horse.

  • Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July
  • Sunday 26th & Monday 27th August
  • Tools and gloves are provided. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!
  • 10am - 4pm each day. Event is FREE however please be aware that parking charges may apply.
  • You *MUST* book a time slot in advance (allocated in half hours) - call 01793 762209

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

For more information:-