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

on Wed, 21/02/2018 - 7:30pm


There will be a meeting of the Sparsholt Parish Council on Wednesday, 21st February at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall


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 Sparsholt Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 17th January and the Planning meeting held on 31st January 2018.
  4. Matters Arising:
    1. B4507 – update Cllrs Comyn and Brown.
    2. Cemetery Rules – update Cllrs Comyn.
    3. Potholes – update Cllr Comyn.
    4. Eastmanton box hedge – update Cllr Comyn.
    5. Definitive Map – update Cllr Barnes.
    6. Leaves on Broadbrook Lane – update Cllr Williams.
    7. Tree on Church Way.
  5. Finance:
    1. Introduction to the new RFO.
    2. Finance report up to the 31st January 2018.
    3. Approval of any payments to be made.
    4. Any other finance matters.
  6. Planning Updates:
    1. P17/V2713/HH 5 West Street, Sparsholt, OX12 9PR:  Proposed two storey rear extension.

b)   P17/V3068/DIS (P15/V3041/FUL) Days House, Westcot, OX12 9QB:  Discharge of condition(s) 6 (drainage) of planning application P15/V3041/FUL Demolition of existing house of site, not Day House, dividing site and erection of new house attached to existing pool house.

c)    P17/V2786/FUL and P17/V2787/LB Westcot Farm, OX12 9QA:  Conversion of the existing listed barn into 2 no. residential accommodations.

  1. Cemetery and Cemetery Rail.
  2. Correspondence sheet.
  3. Any Other Business.
  4. Date of Next Meetings – Wednesdays 21st March, 18th April and the AGM 16th May 2018 all starting at 7.30pm at the Griffin Memorial Hall.

Mrs D Lewis-Pryde, Parish Clerk


NT Live at The Beacon - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Thursday, 22nd February at 7pm

on Thu, 22/02/2018 - 7:00pm

National Theatre Live - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Thursday 22 February | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? 

"A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"
Sunday Times

"A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"
The Independent

"Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"
The Metro 

Wantage Farmers' Market - Saturday, 24th February from 8.30am

on Sat, 24/02/2018 - 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

Silver Jewellery Workshop - Saturday, 24th February, 10am - 1pm

on Sat, 24/02/2018 - 10:00am

Crochet - Saturday, 24th February, 1.30 - 5.30pm

on Sat, 24/02/2018 - 1:30pm

Two Blokes & a Piano Farewell Concerts - Sat 24th & Sun 25th February, 7.30pm

on Sat, 24/02/2018 - 7:30pm

*** UPDATE 14/2/18 ***

New additional date for Two Blokes Farewell Concert

  • Sunday , 25 February 7.30 at Grove Village Hall, Main Street, Grove.
  • (Original date 24th sold out.) Tickets £8.50 at Vale and Downland Museum or Bretts Chemists in Grove.)

Two Blokes and a Piano – Flanders and Swann Recaptured

Sadly after 15 glorious years, Two Blokes and a Piano (aka James Mitchell and Grahame O’Connor) are hanging up their vocal chords. Come and join us for a nostalgic but joyful occasion.

Featuring the best songs and humour of Flanders and Swann, Stilgoe and Skellern, Kit and the Widow and ourselves.

  • 7.30 Saturday 24th February at the Old Grove Village Hall, Main Street, Grove, Wantage OX12 7JY
  • All tickets £8.50 from Vale and Downland Museum 01235 771447 or Brett’s Chemists, Grove,
  • 01235 763941.

Wine and soft drinks available.


Interruption to Electrical Supply - Tuesday 20th & Sunday 25th February

on Sun, 25/02/2018 - 9:00am

How to Grow Your Own Fruit - Sunday, 25th February, 9.30am - 12.30pm

on Sun, 25/02/2018 - 9:29am

Fruit Tree Grafting - Sunday, 25th February, 2 - 5pm

on Sun, 25/02/2018 - 2:00pm

LOCAL: Book Club “In the Key of Genius” by Adam Ockelford - Mon, 26th Feb 8pm

on Mon, 26/02/2018 - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday, 26th February at 8pm.

The book this month is "In the Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini” by Adam Ockelford, available from Amazon (click link to visit Amazon).

Contact Barbara W for further information:-

Submitted by Barbara W.

Cornerstone Film Club "Micmacs" - Weds, 28th February, 8pm

on Wed, 28/02/2018 - 8:00pm

The next Didcot Cornerstone Film Club film is "Micmacs" - Weds, 28th February 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 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':-

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

on Thu, 01/03/2018 - 6:30pm

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.


Thursday 1st March

  • Summer Flowers from Seed: wonderful annuals and biennials.
  • By Derry Watkins, acclaimed owner of Special Plants Nursery, Chippenham.

Thursday 5th April

  • Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces: ideas on how to make the most of any space and recommended varieties to grow.
  • By Sally Nex.

Thursday 3rd May – 2pm

  • VISIT to Derry Watkins Special Plants, Greenways Lane, Cold Ashton, Chippenham SN14 8LA. £10.50 entry including tour and refreshments. Numbers limited to 24.

Saturday 12th May 2.30pm – 4pm

  • PLANT SALE. Please bring plants for sale. Label and price each plant. If you wish, bring plants for sale on a 50:50 basis and add an extra label (indelibly marked with your name and
  • cost). Please support our only fund raising event.

Thursday 7th June 6pm

  • VISIT to Shellingford Gardens. Parking at the Old Stables, Fernham Road, Shellingford SN7 7PU, courtesy of Robert and Janice Sharp. Members free. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments.

Wednesday 20th June 2.15pm &amp; 4pm

  • VISIT to Manor Farm Garden, Frampton-on- Severn, GL2 7EP. Followed by Pan-Global Plants. Members £10. Visitors £12.50. Tour &amp; Refreshments. Numbers limited to 30.

Thursday 5th July 6.00pm

  • VISIT to Appleton Manor, Eaton Road, Appleton OX13 5LW. Members and visitors £12.50 includes tour, fizz and canapés. Numbers limited to 40.

Thursday 2nd August 2.30pm

  • VISIT to Kathy Brown’s Garden, The Manor House, Church Road, Stevingham, Bedford, MK43 7QB. Members and visitors £10 includes tour and refreshments. No limit on numbers.

Thursday 6th September

  • Successful Fruit Growing; grow your own 5 a day.
  • By Philip Aubury, Director of Birmingham Botanic Garden (ret)

Thursday 4th October

  • Autumn Flowing Perennials. Plants for Sale.
  • By Rose Hardy, from award-winning Hardy’s Cottage Plants.

Thursday 1st November

  • Ornamental Trees. Plants for Sale.
  • By Sam Mallett from Notcutts Nursery.

Thursday 6th December

  • AGM followed by a talk on Beer and Hops with samples to savour and goods for sale.
  • By The White Horse Brewery. Seasonal refreshments. Xmas Raffle.

Further information from: Pamela Preene 01367-820251 or [email protected]

​Please do come along and bring your friends, neighbours and relatives. Membership cards will be available at this meeting - JOIN US.

To download the 2018 programme, please click link below

White Horse Gardening Club 2018 programme
Adobe Acrobat document

Find out more:-

Restart & Repair Cafe - 1st Saturday of month (3/3), 9.30am - 12.30pm

on Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:00am

LOCAL: Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walk - Sunday 4th March at 11am

on Sun, 04/03/2018 - 11:00am

Planned Sparsholt & Westcot Footpath Walks are listed below - now the 1st Sunday of each month.

Come for a coffee, followed by a walk at 11.30 - everyone welcome!

  • March 4th - Amanda B

  • April 1st (Eater Day) – we may need to change this date?

  • May 6th - Caroline S

  • June 3rd - Wendy C

  • July 1st - John B

  • August 5th - TBC

  • September 2nd - TBC

  • October 7th - Caroline S

  • November 4th - Amanda B

  • December - TBC

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

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


Kingston Lisle railway bridge closed for ~2 days, from 5th March

on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 2:17pm

The Kingston Lisle railway bridge (on the road from Kingston Lisle to Baulking Road) will be closed to facilitate brickwork repairs to the bridge, starting on 5 March and lasting up to two days.

Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works.

Suggested Alternative Route: Via Baulking Lane, Station Road, Fawler Road and vice versa.

Craft Night - First Tuesday (6/3), 7pm - 9.30pm

on Tue, 06/03/2018 - 7:00pm

Upholstery - next on Wednesday, 7th March, 9.30am - 2.30pm

on Wed, 07/03/2018 - 8:30am

Give Blood - Wednesday, 7th March

on Wed, 07/03/2018 - 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, 7th March 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:-


Beacon Cinema - Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) - Friday, 9th March, 7.30pm

on Fri, 09/03/2018 - 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.

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

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) - Friday 9 March | 7.30pm | Doors open from 7.00pm | £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


Don't forget: Mother's Day - Sunday, 11th March

on Sun, 11/03/2018 - 10:09am