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1st North Leigh Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

Girlguiding logo The highlight of the Spring term for North Leigh Guides and Brownies was an action packed weekend at PGL Liddington. Thirteen Guides and eleven Brownies, with five Guides from Long Hanborough and five Leaders, enjoyed canoeing, zip wire, giant swing, fencing, crate stacking and survival skills, as well as evening activities. Everyone had a great time, trying new things, overcoming fears and making friends. The Guides have also been working on Water Safety and Chocolate badges.

If you would like more information about Rainbows, which is for girls aged 5 - 7 years, or Brownies, which is for girls aged 7 - 10 years, please contact Wendy Bayliss on 01993 883120 or email

To register your daughter on the Rainbow waiting list please go to the Girl Guiding website and click on “register your daughter”, enter your details and choose the 1st North Leigh Rainbow unit.

If you would like to find out more about Guides, which is for girls aged 10 - 14 years, please contact Wendy Goddard on 01993 881653 or email  

Our meeting times are as follows:

Mondays (term time only) in the Youth Centre:

  • Guides:      7.00 - 8.45 p.m.

Thursdays (term time only) in the Youth Centre:

  • Rainbows: 5.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Brownies:  6.00 – 7.15 p.m.

All three of our units are growing and we really need additional adult help, if you are over 18 and female and would be interested in joining us, please don’t be shy, just ‘phone or email one of us!   

Wendy Goddard

Updated : April 2018

Bridewell Organic Gardens

Bridewell Organic Gardens is an award-winning charity based in a walled garden and five-acre vineyard at Wilcote, near Witney in West Oxfordshire. Our objective is to improve the emotional well being of adults who have suffered from a range of mental illnesses.

Visit our official website to find out about our Open Days, other activities and contact information here.

Charity no: 1158456

Updated : November 2018

Charity Pub Quiz

Think you don't know anything? Think again! Questions range from current affairs, 'in the news', sports, music, TV programmes, general knowledge and pointless trivia! No limit on team size. Each team members pays just £1.00 which this year is being donated to 'Witney Volunteer Link-Up'. Matt kindly provides a bottle of wine and everyone receives a free raffle ticket. Come along or bring a team on the last Sunday of each month at the Masons Arms. Quiz starts at 8.00pm.

Candy Kerpache: 01993 882233,

Christian Aid Week 2018

Many thanks to all those people locally who responded positively to our recent house-to-house collection, either by collecting or by giving.

The Week raised the commendable sum of £1,790 for the work of Christian Aid, which will be higher when the tax is reclaimed on behalf of those who gift-aided their donations.

This year's special emphasis is on helping those affected by destructive weather conditions to rebuild their homes.    

John Brown, Organiser

Updated : July 2018

Cogges Manor Farm

Enjoy the historic farmyard, feed the animals, explore the manor house and grounds.

Explore the 13th century manor house, try on historical costumes in the dressing up room and see cooking demonstrations in the kitchen at weekends and bank holidays. Discover over 1000 years of history on a tour with one of our volunteer guides.

Visit our official website to find out about our opening hours, events and contact information here.

Eynsham Choral Society

Updated : November 2018

News from Eynsham Hall

Christmas is coming and Eynsham Hall is getting busy!

Christmas gifts made easy! Afternoon tea gift vouchers or ordinary denomination gift vouchers are now available to buy. Choose from an open-ended voucher for the recipient to use as they wish when they stay or dine with us. Alternatively, opt for our Classic Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher or Champagne Afternoon Tea Voucher.

Christmas events. As we mentioned last month, we are now full for Lunch with Santa but we still have availability for our New Year’s Eve dinner and dance. Our New Year’s Eve package invites our guests to check-in from 2.30pm on New Year’s Eve. Unwind with a swim or gym session at the Leisure Club, or a serene wander around the grounds. Enjoy afternoon tea between 2.30pm until 4.30pm in the Brasserie and from 8pm our celebratory 3-course dinner is served. See our 2018 by dancing your way through the decades and into 2019. On New Year’s Day enjoy a well-deserved lie-in. Brunch is served 9-11am and there’s a late check-out of 12pm.

Family & Friends. If you have any relatives looking to visit over the Christmas period, give us a thought! Book one of our cosy bedrooms in the grounds from as little £40pp including breakfast when two people share a double bedroom. This offer is available 23-30 December 2018 (excluding 24th, 25th & 26th December), subject to availability. Quote: Family & Friends 2018 when booking.

For all booking enquiries: 01993 885200 |

Did you know? Eynsham Hall was one of the UK’s first dedicated events and training centres. In addition to our generous rooms in the Main Hall, the more modern buildings in the grounds were built with conferences and their delegates in mind.     

Laura Hobley

Updated : November 2018

Gardening Society News

The Autumn Show was an interesting and successful evening, once again despite the lovely hot and dry weather there were some really good entries in all the sections of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

There was also an Apple and Blackberry tray bake which we all got to sample and judge on taste and appearance and they were all very yummy.

The AGM was held on this evening and a request made for new Committee Members to come forward - this is just to help keep our Gardening Society thriving and encourage more gardeners to join and reap the benefits of all our members advice and knowledge and enter our Spring , Summer and Autumn Shows.

Autumn Show results

  • 1st:  David Gooday – 43 points (Winner of Autumn Show Cup)
  • 2nd:  Carol Frost – 24 points
  • 3rd:  Marisela James – 23 points

Other people winning prizes were:

  • Steve Kennett – 20 points
  • Pat Gooday & Tino Ferraz – 8 points each
  • Lynette Watts & Margaret Anderson- 5 points each
  • Sue Cusick – 3 points   

Sue Cusick

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Art Group - Calendar in memory of Zoe

Zoe Spavold was a valued member of our Art Group, and we have dedicated our 2019 calendar to her memory. Helen Keen kindly took a selection of local photographs which we used, along with some of our own, as an inspiration for our own paintings.

We have a limited number of copies for of the calendar for sale at £7 each and hope to donate £50 to one of Zoe’s chosen charities if we sell them all! Please get in touch with me if you would like a copy.

Candy Kerpache: or ring 01993 882233

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Playgroup

After a warm start to the term we are looking forward to getting cosy in the kitchen in for some autumnal baking, cooking and crafts.

We are a friendly group, based at the Turner Hall, Church Road. We are open to all under 5’s along with their parent/carer on Friday’s 10-11.30 during term time.

It has been lovely welcoming some new faces to the group recently and remember newcomers are always welcome. Cost is £2 a session (first session is free). 

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Ellen Heaton

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Football Club

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Saturday September 29th

North Leigh fell to another home defeat, when the visitors A.F.C. Dunstable, returned to Bedfordshire 2-1 winners.  The Millers scorer was Josh Pinn.  Dunstable keeper, did not help the Millers quest for a league point.

Saturday October 6th

North Leigh made the trip to Berkhampstead but still could not get the result, losing 3-1.  Even the Millers goal was an own goal scored by a Birkhampstead player.

Saturday October 13th

North Leigh drew their F.A.Trophy Cup Tie 1-1 against A.F.C. Totton.  Henry Landers goal meant the Millers will face a replay against their Southampton based rivals at Eynsham Park on Tuesday October 16th.

At Eynsham Park, North Leigh United lost their West Oxon Derby game against Clanfield 3-0.

Tuesday October 16th

North Leigh crashed out of the F.A.Trophy Cup 5-1 in their Replay at Eynsham Park, against A.F.C. Totton.  George Seacole got the Millers consolation goal.

Saturday October 20th

At Eynsham Park, North Leigh lost their Southern League Div.1 Central match against Cambridge City 4-2.  Despite taking the lead with a Roger James goal, the visitors went on to take the 3 points, and leave the Millers in the bottom two in the league.  A Jack Tutton penalty was but a consolation for the Millers.

Saturday 27th October

North Leigh made the trip to the West Midlands to play Sutton Coalfield Town, but returned pointless after a 3-0 defeat. North Leigh United progressed to the next round of the Oxon Senior Cup, after they defeated Garsington 3-2 at Eynsham Park.   

November Fixtures  

  N.L. First     N.L. United  
Saturday 3rd Kidlington Away            
Tuesday 6th       Holyport Away
Saturday 10th Bromsgrove Sporting Home     Almondsbury Home
Saturday 17th Aylesbury Utd. Away     Carterton Away
Saturday 24th Welwyn Garden City Away     Cheltenham Saracens Home
Saturday Dec 1st Coleshill Town Home            

 Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh History Society

In our October meeting Carol Anderson gave us an interesting insight into the lives of the women who worked on the land in the 19th century in Ascott under Wychwood. We can too easily forget how hard things were for the poor and for ordinary workers and the difficult struggle that they had to fight for their rights.

In our November meeting we always seek to remember some aspect of the two world wars and this year, on November 6th, we are exploring the vital role played by the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU). While our military services were busy fighting to defeat the Nazi forces, the FAU served by helping to take care of the wounded and the victims of the bombs in all the areas of conflict. They experienced danger in the same way and risked their lives to help others.  Come and find out more about this little known side of the war.

Looking ahead, on December 4th we are welcoming back Tim Healey, who will be giving a talk on 17th century Christmases.  The 17th century was a period of great changes, with the English Civil War in the middle, so there will be plenty to talk about.  We are also offering all our visitors and members festive refreshments as usual at our December gathering.

All meetings take place in the Turner Hall, Church Road OX29 6TX at 7.30 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Visitors £4, Members free.  Further details from Diana Power 01993 882301.

Angela Kyte

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Pre-School

The children have been settling nicely for their first half term of the academic year and they have started with the theme ‘All about me’. The Saplings are enjoying their early phonics and maths sessions.

The children have also been stretching their legs for a sponsored walk around the school field. They completed 6 laps of the school field. This will raise money for Pre-school resources as well as the Christmas party in December, which everyone is looking forward to. Thank you to all those that sponsored the children.

Coming up:

2nd November – Bonfire Bake-off! Bring your bonfire inspired cakes and bakes to Pre-school for judging at 2pm. This will be followed by a cake sale at 3pm so we all get a chance to taste the delights.

10th December - Christmas Raffle draw Tickets for the Pre-school Christmas Raffle will be available very soon. Like last year, we have many top prizes including a Miele hoover and restaurant vouchers.

12th December, 1:10pm – 2:50pm - Christmas Party with entertainment from the magician Paul Kybert, party food and a special visit from Santa

21st December, 12:30pm – Last day of term This is also when we will say goodbye to Jenny, a long member of staff at the preschool. She has been a valued member of the preschool staff for 24 years. She will be missed but we wish her well in her retirement. If any past pupils would like to send in any wishes for her retirement, please contact Angela at preschool via email ( or post.

Thank you to everyone who supports the Pre-school in so many ways, it makes such a difference.

Ellen Heaton, on behalf of North Leigh Pre-school. Charity Number: 269759

Updated : November 2018

Women's Institute

It was a very pleasant way to celebrate the 99th year since North Leigh WI was formed. The celebrations in October certainly put smiles on everyone’s face when John Glanville started his talk and tasting of a selection of wines he’d brought along.

He told us about the various characteristics of the grapes used to make each wine. Of the three white wines the chardonnay grape is an ancient vine variety, the Lebanese and Syrians claim original responsibility for nurturing this grape. Pinot Noir, the red grape of Burgundy, is also used in the making of champagne.

We learned a lot and tasted all the wines and really enjoyed the evening thanks to John and his “lovely assistant, Carol”.

The competition, a flower arrangement in a wine glass was won by Coleen Smith and the flower of the month by Sue Stevens.

At our November meeting on the 13th, the speaker will be a member of the Ascott Martyrs Society who will be talking to us about the women who were the martyrs, as this is such a local and very interesting subject we welcome anyone, male or female to join us for the evening, we shall look forward to seeing you.

The competition will be an acrostic poem using the word MARTYRS.

The WI Carol Service will be held in t Mary’s Church on the 12th December. Mince pies will be served! All welcome.  

Brenda Timms

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Youth Project

NLYP 100Club : Winning numbers October 2018

1st Prize:    £ 62.00 Winning number : 100
2nd Prize:   £ 37.20 Winning number : 14
3rd Prize:    £ 24.80 Winning number : 15

The 100Club currently brings in £124 every month into club funds. If you would like to join and have a chance to win a monthly cash prize, please phone Pat on 01993 703029. Each number costs just £4 per month.

Dave Broughton

Updated : November 2018

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2018

Saturday, 10th November 2018, at 2.30 pm. A short rehearsal for Standard Bearers and Escorts of the R.B.L. and Youth Organisations, will be held at the War Memorial outside St. Mary’s Church, and then continue inside the Church.

Sunday, 11th November 2018, Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. Members of the Royal British Legion, uniformed Youth Organisations and representatives of the Churches, village and local government organisations will meet at the War Memorial at 10.45 am, together with village members; to honour the war dead of the Parish whose names are inscribed on the Memorial. Wreathes will be laid and the 11.00 am Silence observed. The Remembrance Service will then continue inside St. Mary’s Church. The Rev. Margaret Dixon is planning a change to the usual Order of Service, because the day will mark exactly 100 years from the cessation of hostilities in the First World War. The theme, I understand, will rightly be peace and forgiveness. Any changes to the sequence of events both at the War Memorial and inside St. Mary’s Church, will be briefed to the Youth Leaders, Standard Bearers and Escorts during the Saturday rehearsal.

School Participation

It has been the custom for Armistice Day on 11th November, to be marked by a muster of Legion members, village members and most importantly, teachers and children from North Leigh School, at the Memorial Hall. This is not possible this year,  as Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day coincide on 11th November; however, the school is involved in projects in North Leigh and Witney regarding Remembrance, and on Friday afternoon the R.B.L. Standard will be paraded at the School, with the kind permission of the Head,  as a period is devoted to Remembrance Day.

Royal British Legion Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held in the Memorial Hall in late November at 7.30 pm. The date will be circulated as soon as possible and advertised on the Memorial Hall notice board.

There are changes afoot for smaller branches of the Royal British Legion. It is proving very difficult to attract people willing to serve as Officers and Committee Members at Branch level. Accordingly many Branches are being more directly administered at County level. The North Leigh Branch is presently canvassing our Members for their opinions, we feel that it is important to maintain our Parish Poppy Collection, and our Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Commemorations as at present, at which the North Leigh R.B.L. Standard is paraded, and this will be the aim of the village branch. Results of the vote will be discussed at the AGM and the decision then made as to our future. 

G. R. Barrell, Secretary, Branch Secretary, Royal British Legion, North Leigh 

Updated : November 2018

Traidcraft News

A reminder of the Traidcraft Sale to be held this month, and it is possible this will be the last due to falling revenues at Sales, according to a recent newspaper article.

It is not a forgone conclusion and much will depend on Autumn & Christmas Sales around the country. Really good Sales might give the TRAIDCRAFT CHARITY a breathing space financially to restructure the organisation.

The closure would be devastating for many thousands of impoverished workers in developing countries who produce the goods. Let us make a special effort to help TRAIDCRAFT (started 39 years ago) and enjoy time at the Sale.

Residents of North Leigh and beyond have been splendid supporters for many years, so a big “Thank You” to you all.

There are catalogues in the library and Post Office and at 4 Healey Court, Park Road. Tel 01993 882493


Christine Hutchinson

Updated : December 2018


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Updated : September 2014