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North Leigh CE Primary School

North Leigh CE Primary  School Remembrance Activities

This year, on the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, Armistice Day falls on a Sunday. As this is a very special occasion we are breaking with tradition this year and inviting children to attend the Act of Remembrance and Peace and Reconciliation Service at St Mary's Church beginning at 10.50am on Sunday 11th November.

In preparation for this very special centenary, children at North Leigh, along with other school children in Witney, have worked to produce a commemorative mosaic and decorated a soldier to be included in the Witney Town Council’s 'Witney Remembers' programme.

Children at school designed the mosaic and all children then worked with artist, Becky Paton, to complete the finished mosaic in school and all children helped to decorate a soldier silhouette - with Yr6 children choosing to incorporate the names of the North Leigh WW1 fallen in the newspaper and poppy themed design.

Mosaics from all of the schools who took part will be on display in Witney Corn Exchange from 10th to 16th November and the soldiers will be on Church Green, Witney for a few days from 11th November. Following this they will both return to school where we will continue to display them.

We will also be holding an in-school Act of Remembrance in our Worship on Friday 9th November at 2.30pm (our usual celebration assembly slot) - to which parents and villagers are invited.

Deborah Seccull, Headteacher

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Library

The library is open:

Monday           2.00 - 4.30pm
Wednesday     3.00 - 7.00pm
Friday              2.00 - 4.30pm
Saturday          10.00am - 12.00noon

We also have a children’s bed time story session kindly led by Vanessa Collet every other Wednesday at 6.15-6.45pm.

We also have a home library service where those who are housebound can have a book delivery service from our volunteer Linda Gibbons.

The library is happy to host reading groups, knitting groups, creative writing groups etc.

North Leigh Library is starting up a free monthly ‘nit and natter group.

When? Every first Wednesday in the month 10.00-11.30am.
Just bring your knitting/crochet  along and don’t worry there are no prizes for the best or indeed worst samples. A warm welcome will be given to all levels of skill.

Please contact Carol or Judith to find out more. Tel: 01993 882935

Carol-Amy and Judith the librarians


The Friends of North Leigh Library

We are starting up a Friends of North Leigh Library group because we want to support our excellent Library and help to ensure that it stays open for the benefit of everyone in North Leigh and Library users in neighbouring villages.  We know that there are other Friends groups successfully supporting other county libraries and we want to do what they do.

We will set up as a charity and will raise funds for the Library; we will encourage more people to use the Library; we will support the use of the Library by pupils of North Leigh Primary School and all local children; and we will help to develop the role of the Library as a community hub for all sections of the population.

If you think you would enjoy working with a small group of like-minded people trying to fulfil those aims, then please call into the Library and leave your name and contact details with our lovely Librarian, Carol, and we’ll get back to you with details of our next meeting.

Many thanks,

Phil Bloomfield

Updated : July 2018

From Harry St John (District Councillor)

Councillor surgery

My next Surgery will be in the committee room of the Memorial Hall on Friday 23rd November from 2.00pm till 3.00pm.

Harry St John

Telephone 01993 881529 or email 

Updated : November 2018

North Leigh Parish Council

Meets every second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Youth Centre of the Memorial Hall, North Leigh.

New Residents – Gladman Development

As you may realise, building works at the Gladman site are at a point where new residents will be moving in in November.  The council would like to request that residents who have banners objecting to the development kindly remove them so that new residents be made to feel welcome.

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.

Bellway Developments

The council is aware of complaints such as noise, dust and mud about the building works at the Bellway developments.  The council is working with OCC and WODC on these matters.  If you have any issues to raise with regards to this, please feel free to contact the clerk.

Planning applications discussed at the October meeting

North Leigh Parish Council received the following applications to which the council has responded with no objection, but with comments, which can be seen on the WODC website:

  • 18/02408/FUL, Wilcote Grange Farm, Wilcote
  • 18/02550/FUL, Bridewell Farm, Wilcote Road, North Leigh
  • 18/02597/FUL, Garden Centre, Park Road, North Leigh

Planning applications to be discussed at the next meeting

  • 18/02932/FUL, 44 Common Road, North Leigh
  • 18/02996/FUL, Unit C6, New Yatt Business Centre, New Yatt

War Memorial

As you may have noticed, the war memorial has been cleaned to be ready for the World War I Centenary service on the 11th November.  It is looking refreshed and ready for this important event.

Volunteer Link-up

If anyone requires the assistance of a volunteer driver, befriender or gardener/practical person, please feel free to ring 01993 776 277.  The office hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm, but there is voicemail outside of these hours.  The assistance is dependent on an appropriate volunteer being available.  There is currently no one to assist with gardening, but that could change as new volunteers are registering all the time.


There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor and the council welcomes anyone who may be interested in learning more about becoming a councillor to contact the clerk.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 8th November, at 7.30pm in the Youth Centre, Memorial Hall. All Council meetings are open to the public and we welcome your participation.  Full minutes will be available on

Parish Clerk, Allison Leigh, 26 Eaton Village, Eaton, Oxfordshire  OX13 5PR

E-mail address:

Updated : November 2018