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1st North Leigh Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

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The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are preparing for Christmas this month, with crafts, carols, trips to the pantomime and ice skating, but we’re also planning for trips and residential events next year!

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 : December 2017

North Leigh Scout Group


The AGM of the North Leigh Scout Group will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at the Masons Arms Public House, North Leigh All are welcome -for more information please contact Joy.

Joy Rendell -Group Secretary: 07770 442813  

Updated : March 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 : October 2017

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,

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.

News from Eynsham Hall

Ladies who lunch - There is still plenty of time to book a table for our Mother’s Day luncheon on 11th March. Treat your mum to a scrumptious 3 course lunch and the whole family will be entertained by our resident magician and balloon modeller! As always, we’re able to cater for all dietary requirements and we’ve created a specialist vegan menu for this occasion. The main menu has been designed with children in mind too and we hope they’ll all find something delicious in each of the course choices. Plus, all mummies will be entered into a prize draw to win an afternoon tea for 4!

On your doorstep - It was so lovely to see members from North Leigh WI Group join us recently for dinner and thank you for sending us such blush-worthy feedback! It is always a pleasure to host residents of North Leigh here at Eynsham whether it’s for a meal, a cheeky cocktail or a cuppa after a wander down the drive for some fresh air.

Down with the kids - For the third year running we are planning our ‘Get Active’ events in July with North Leigh School. Our head chef Simon Bradley has been busy planning a healthy menu for the children to cook, while our Leisure Team have been creating activities that focus on wellbeing exercises.

An Afternoon Par-Tea! - In exciting cake related news our afternoon tea menu now includes a delicious selection of cakes as well as chef’s top notch scones. Perfect timing if you’re wondering what to get gran, mum or auntie as a Mother’s Day gift. Served in either the grandeur of the Brasserie or on the Champagne Terrace on warmer days if you’d prefer. Make it a real treat by adding in a glass of champagne each too!  Please call our lovely reception to make a booking or to buy gift vouchers: 01993 885200 

Updated : March 2018

Gardening Society

We have our Spring Show on Tuesday 27th March and we are going to have a fun quiz and a-Bring and Share light bites supper so we can chat about the entries and the gardening year so far. It’s a fun evening with lots of friendly rivalry between out teams along with the head scratching for the quiz answers so please come along and see our exhibits so you have an idea of what we put in for our shows. All are welcome but the entries are for members only but you can enter our summer village show so long as you live in the village.  

Hope to see some new budding gardeners or gardeners who have recently moved to North Leigh, East End or New Yatt and there’s no charge to visit us.  

Susie Cusick

Updated : March 2018

North Leigh Baby & Toddler group

North Leigh Baby and Toddler group starts again on Friday 8th September. We are friendly and welcoming group run by local mums. Each week there is a planned activity along with lots of toys to play with, garden play if the weather is fine, snack time and singing. We meet 10-11:30am on Friday’s during term time at the Turner Hall, Church Road, North Leigh.

The cost is £2 per family (first visit free). All parents/carers with 0-5 year olds welcome. We always love to see new faces, so please come along and join the fun!

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Ellen Heaton

Updated : September 2017

North Leigh Badminton Club - FREE Taster Session

After our summer break the North Leigh Badminton Club is restarting and we’d love to see some new faces join us. We’d like to invite you to a free taster session on Friday 8th September, between 6.00pm and 9.00pm at the Memorial Hall.

We welcome all abilities, so even if you’ve never played before or are a bit rusty, why not give it go? You’ll be surprised how quickly you improve. The club is very informal - we play for fun and fitness with a healthy dose of competitive spirit. We can squeeze one court into the hall playing doubles, so you’re always mixing with different partners and opponents, giving variety to the games.

We play between 6.00pm and 9.00pm on Fridays and sessions cost just £3, even if you stay for the whole 3 hours. You only pay for sessions you attend, so you can drop in as often as you wish. Minimum age is 16.

Spare rackets are available so you won’t need to buy any equipment to get started.

If you have any questions email Neal Todd at, otherwise we hope to see you in the Memorial Hall on 8th September for the free session!

Updated : August 2017

North Leigh Football Club

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Monday January 29th

North Leigh Utd secured a valuable away win4-0, when they visited New College Swindon.  A brace of goals apiece from Dec Shepherd and Piers McGlynn, secured the points for the Millers.

Tuesday January 20th

North Leigh fell to another disappointing home defeat, when going down 3-0 to Swindon Supermarine, on a cold damp January evening at Eynsham Park. Saturday February 3rd North Leigh travelled to Gloucestershire to play Shortwood Utd., and lost 2-1.  A depleted squad again took to the field, and despite taking the lead through Roger Johns, succumbed to another defeat, which sees the Millers drop to 18th in the Southern League table.

Wednesday February 7th

North Leigh Utd., entertained Woodstock Town at Eynsham Park, in a West Oxfordshire local derby, and triumphed 2-0.

Saturday February 17th

North Leigh’s poor form continued with a 5-0 defeat at Wimborne Town.  The Millers cause was not helped by the sending-off of defender Dan James for picking up two yellow cards. At Eynsham Park North Leigh Utd., brightened the mood in the club with a 2-0 win over Tytherington Rocks, thanks to goals from Ben Green and Dec Shepherd.

Wednesday February 21st

North Leigh Utd., travelled to the Cinder Lane Stadium, and lost 2-1 to their hosts Fairford Town.  Ben Strong scored the Millers goal in the Bluefin Supplementary Cup Tie.

Saturday February 24th

North Leigh got their first point for many weeks, by drawing 1-1 with the run-away League leaders Taunton Town at Eynsham Park.  Dec Sheppard got the important goal for the Millers.  

March Fixtures

First Team   United team  
Saturday 3rd Mangotsfield Utd. Away Shortwood Utd. Home
Tuesday 6th AFC Totton Home    
Saturday 10th Kidlington Home    
Saturday 17th Yate Town Away    
Saturday 24th Cinderford Town Home    
Tuesday 27th Paulton Rovers Home    
Saturday 31st Barnstaple Town Away Shrivenham Home
Monday 2nd April Didcot Town Home    
Saturday 7th Bishops Cleeve Away Kidlington Home

It is with deep sadness that the Football Club announces that Barbara Buckingham passed away on February 3rd 2018, aged 86 years.  Barbara and her late husband Spencer were stalwarts of North Leigh Football Club, where they used to wash the playing kit, make rolls and sandwiches, and do any tasks to help the Football Club, and supported their son’s Adrian, Charlie and Spencer Jnr. when they played. The Club sends it’s condolences to their family on their sad loss. 

Come on you Millers. 

Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : March 2018

North Leigh History Society

Dr Simon Wenham took us on fascinating visit to the murky underworld of Victorian society at our February talk as we learnt about Crime and Punishment in the nineteenth century. On March 6th Dr Peter Kirby will be giving us an insight into the history of the events and people that have led to Culham being the UK national laboratory for fusion research.   Dr Kirkby promises that he will not overwhelm us with physics, so do come along and find out more about how the UK came to be a centre for new developments in nuclear physics.

Looking ahead, in April Dr Janice Kinory will be telling us about an exciting project being undertaken by the University of Oxford which goes under the acronym of HEIR. Using the extensive collection of photographs amassed by the university since the late 19th century, researchers are collecting data that is helping them to gain new perspectives on present issues such as climate change and also offering fresh insights into the past.

All meetings take place in the Turner Hall OX29 6TX at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month.  All are welcome.  Visitors £4, Members free.  Further details from Diana Power 01993 882301.

Angela Kyte

Updated : March 2018

North Leigh Memorial Hall

Advisory Notice from the Memorial Hall Trustees

Villagers will be very aware of problems of overflow from the manhole on the Hall carpark. We have tried to resolve the problem with both the County Council and Thames Water but of course the drains are on private land and outside the remit of both authorities. The overflow is from a soakaway/sump which takes the roof and surface rainwater. A private contractor emptied the sump on 16th, 20th and 23rd February and it seems that the water table level on the western side of the Hall (path to the Youth Club) is very high and draining into the sump. We shall continue to have the sump emptied until the water levels are reduced. We also intend to have all the silt and residues removed from the soakaway.

One result of the overflow has been to wash away much of the sand bedding for the brick setts to the point that the steel rim of the manhole cover is now a trip hazard, we are seeking quotes to have the setts rebedded. The A-Frame trip warning was driven over and crushed within three days. We hope the road bollards on the spot now are clearly visible and do not cause too much inconvenience for those using the Hall, Post Office and Library facilities.


Updated : March 2018

North Leigh Pre-School

This term and next the children are learning about dinosaurs. They love this topic and there is a lot to learn about them, including plenty of fun songs. Alongside the topic of dinosaurs, there will also be activities and learning covering Mother's Day and Easter. This term ends on Thursday 29th March at 12.30pm.

The pre-school is in the process of allocating places for new children who will be joining in September 2018. Please register now if you would like a place for September 2018 to avoid disappointment as places are filling fast. For further information or to visit, please contact Angela Buckingham on 01993 880092.

Fundraising events coming up:

  • Friday 9th March - Dad's Bake for Mother's Day. Cake sale at 3.00pm outside Pre-school
  • Wednesday 28th March - Easter Egg Tombola and colouring competition. 3.00pm outside Pre-school

Many thanks as ever to everyone who supports the Pre-school fundraising through baking, helping, buying cakes and more. It makes such a difference.

Evelyn Cookson, on behalf of North Leigh Pre-school. Charity Number: 269759           

Updated : March 2018

North Leigh Short Mat Bowls Club

As autumn approaches outdoor bowling is winding down and it is time to start thinking about indoor activities. In North Leigh our new season of short mat bowls commences on Wednesday 13th September with our registration evening and roll-up starting at 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall.

All current members are invited to attend and a warm welcome also to newcomers.

The club plays on Wednesday and Thursday evenings each week from 7.00pm to about 9.00pm. And also Thursday mornings from 10.00am to 12.00noon.

If you are a newcomer to the game please bring a pair of flat shoes with you so as to protect the carpets.  We look forward to seeing you. 

Elizabeth Cleary

Updated : September 2017

North Leigh WI

At our February meeting we had a visit from Jane Potter a representative from Denman the WI College at Marcham; she talked about the different courses available not only to members but non-members too. Denman offer afternoon teas, lunches and can be hired for weddings and other celebrations.

The evening continued with "Favourite Poems” which we had been asked to bring and read. What a selection, from The Owl and the Pussy Cat to John Betjeman's Diary of a Church Mouse to another, My Country about Australia, some read poems they had written themselves. We really enjoyed the various choices.

The flower of the month was won by Colleen Smith with a hellebore, a favourite in gardens this time of the year. Refreshments were served and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all and not a pot of jam or a Victoria sponge in sight !!!!!

The WI will be taking part in the village garage sale on May 13th more details to follow.

Next month’s meeting on March 13th will be the Annual meeting and Mini show, why not come and join us.

Brenda Timms

Updated : March 2018

North Leigh Youth Project

North Leigh Youth Project - March 2018

Dave Broughton

Updated : December 2017


North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch  

Do you care about the community you live in? Would you like to be part of the North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch scheme?  

North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch (NL-NHW) is a new scheme.  It is a great scheme that welcomes all residents from the village to join. It is there to increase awareness about what is happening around us and also to make sure we are looking out for each other, especially the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community.  

As a member of the North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch scheme you will receive:

  • Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood alerts
  • Local information and alerts specific to North Leigh that come from our local Neighbourhood Police team and other NHW members
  • Invitations to Action & Awareness events that are held throughout the year
  • Crime reduction advice and information
  • No Cold Callers door sticker (OCC Trading Standards)
  • Neighbourhood Watch Scheme member door/window sticker
  • UV pen to mark your own valuables  

It is important to get to know who your neighbours are. By working together, we can help to tackle local issues, including anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, which can help to reduce crime.

If you would like to join the scheme, please email us at: or call, giving your name, address and phone number.  You can also speak to our Neighbourhood PCSO Helen Keen on 101.

We look forward to welcoming you to the scheme.

Helen Keen, NL-NHW Coordinators

Twitter page - @TVP_WESTOXON

See how our Neighbourhood Watch can make a difference to our community 

Updated : March 2018

Royal British Legion

Armistice Day, 11th November 2017

This year the Armistice Day fell on a Saturday, this prevented our usual gathering with students and teachers from our school, together with village people. To ensure that the school children could still learn about the importance of Remembrance, Rev. Margaret Dixon together with the staff of the school held a special Remembrance Service in school on Friday 10th November.

On the 11th November the North Leigh Branch of the Royal British Legion, together with a gathering of our village residents, met in the damp and drizzle outside the Memorial Hall shortly before 11.00am.

The Branch Chairman, Mr. Peter Walker lead a short prayer before the Branch President, Mr David Mason read the names of the fallen of the parish in the two World Wars, then spoke the Exhortation, the R.B.L Standard was dipped as the Last Post played by Mr Robert Warner preceded the Silence. After the Reveille the Kohima Epitaph was spoken then those attending were thanked for their participation, before departing quietly.  

Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2017

The sombre notes of a half-muffled peal greeted the villagers of North Leigh, New Yatt and East End as they met at the War Memorial by St. Mary’s Church, shortly before 11.00am on Remembrance Sunday. Our thanks go to the bell ringers of St. Mary’s for their fitting of the muffles to one side of each clapper for the six bells in the tower; this gives the emotive normal sound alternating with the muffled sound as the bells complete their arc of motion.

We were fortunate with the weather again, which was clear and dry, but with a cold wind, permitting us to parade outside.

The members of the youth organisations lead by the Union Flag, The Royal British Legion Standard and the Standards and Pennants of our smartly uniformed young people were brought to a halt by the War Memorial by Parade Commander, Mr Peter Walker of the R.B.L.

Rev. Margaret Dixon with the Crucifer and Church Choir processed from St. Mary’s to join the congregation gathered facing the Memorial. Rev. Dixon then led us in prayer before Mr Walker read the names of those from our community who died in the two World Wars.

The Exhortation from Mr David Mason followed, then all observed the Silence as the Colours and Standards dipped in homage following the Last Post, played by Mr Robert Warner. After the trumpet sounded the Reveille, the Kohima Epitaph was spoken and the wreaths were laid by representatives of the village organisations, this year we were pleased that our Community Policewoman again laid a wreath on behalf of the Thames Valley Police Force, but with the closing of the village Methodist Church, no Methodist Wreath was laid.

The Crucifer, Rev. Dixon and the choir then lead the way into St. Mary’s Church, with the congregation passing between an honour guard of the Standards for the Remembrance Sunday Service. The congregation, which included more uniformed young people than ever, as usual filled the Church, with some having to stand, as the familiar Order of Service progressed. The collection was taken by Guides, Scouts, Cubs and Brownies, and will go to join the proceeds of the sale of Poppies and is all used for the Charitable aims of the Legion.

Following the National Anthem during which the Union Flag and R.B.L. Standard were dipped in salute, the Colour Parties left the Church and reformed near the Church gate.

After the Service, Mr David Mason complemented all the youth organisations for their excellent bearing and turnout. The young people in the Standard Parties carried out their duties to the usual high standard and were also warmly commended. Mr Peter Walker was thanked for his long and sterling Service to the Legion, and the Legion Standard Bearer was also thanked by Mr. Mason.  

Poppy Collection

Our thanks go to Mrs Rosemary Brock and her team of house to house collectors, together with all the establishments who displayed fixed collecting boxes in the village. The R.B.L. also provided wreaths for the various organisations in North Leigh to lay at the War Memorial. A big thank you to all who collected or contributed to this excellent effort, it is stressed that all proceeds of the collections go to the charitable aims of the Royal British Legion, administrative costs are met wholly from the fees paid by members of the Legion.  


The Annual General Meeting of the North Leigh R.B.L. took place on the 21st November, in the Memorial Hall. Members of the Branch were joined by some of our Poppy Collectors.

The meeting was opened by the President, Mr. David Mason, who welcomed those attending and gave the Exhortation.

We had hoped to be able to brief the members on our future plans for the Branch, but the expected discussion of branch sizes and the problems of attracting committee members did not take place at the National 2017 Conference, so we are determined to continue with a reduced committee until more information and assistance is forthcoming. We wish to maintain the commemorations of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, at which the North Leigh R.B.L. Standard will be paraded, and will also endeavour to continue the Poppy Collection as usual.

At the meeting reports by the Chairman, Treasurer and Poppy Appeal Organiser were given to the meeting. This year the Poppy Collection in North Leigh, New Yatt and East End, together with static boxes and the Remembrance Day Church Collection raised a total of £2349.46; this was down slightly from last year as a Methodist Church wreath was not laid. Unfortunately the collecting box at the Cogges Farm Museum appeared to have been stolen. This box collected the proceeds of the sale of knitted and crocheted poppies made by the Cogges Ladies. We thank them for their efforts and much regret the loss of the money they raised.

On a happier note Mr. Mason was pleased to make presentations to our collectors who have achieved significant years of collecting:-

  • Award of Merit to Mrs Dunsby for 25 years’ Service
  • Five year Certificate to Mrs Lally

Five year certificates were also due to Mrs Brett, Mr And Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Tubb, who were not able to attend.

Our Poppy Appeal Organiser has recently joined the Legion as a member, and this enabled her to go to the Service of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall on November 11th, much to her pleasure and enjoyment.

It should be noted that membership of the Legion is open to all – you do not have to be a former member of the Armed Forces. We welcome new members and would particularly like a suitable person (male or female), to volunteer as Standard Bearer – training available, as the present holder of the post has only two more years  before he can no longer be insured to carry the Standard.

The meeting closed with those present being invited to partake of refreshments provided by the members.

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

Updated : December 2017

Seniors Lunch and Tea Club

This monthly event has become a fixture in the calendar of a number of North Leigh residents and we all enjoy an afternoon of socialising, chatter and very good food including delicious cakes and scones. We would welcome new members so please come along and give us a try and come again if you enjoy it! 

We look forward to seeing you. We are very happy to provide a lift and if you would like this please phone Sue on 07929120953.

Sue Campbell

Updated : November 2016

Traidcraft News

The sale last Saturday (Nov. 18th) was a good occasion and raised £455.55 for the Charity. Thank you to all who came along and helped in any way.

If you would still like to order an item from the catalogue please let me know and you can have it before Christmas. Good wishes for Christmas.

Christine Hutchinson: 01993 882493, 4 Healey Court

Updated : December 2017


North Leigh Common brochure

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Updated : September 2014