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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.

Bridewell Open Gardens 2017  

14th May, 18th June and 16th July

2.00 – 5.00pm Admission £3.50, children free Refreshments, plants, Bridewell produce, products and our own organic wine will be for sale  

17th August and 15th September

2.00 – 4.00pm Admission £3.50, children free Refreshments and plants will be for sale  

The Walled Garden, Wilcote, Near North Leigh, OX7 3DT

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

Charity no: 1158456

Updated : March 2017

Oxfordshire STARS - Raising money for Marie Curie Cancer

Events coming up...  

Bingo, Saturday, 1st April, Burwell Hall, Thorney Leys, Witney, Oxon  OX28 5NP  Our Easter  Bingo will be a fun night with Kelly’s Eye at number 1 and Top of the Shop at 90!  There will also be refreshments and a charity raffle.   Please wear your Bunny Ears or Easter Bonnets to add to the fun!  Doors open at 6.45pm, start at 7.15pm, Prizes, Cash Flyer & Charity Raffle.  One book of raffle tickets plus a flyer will cost just £1, two books and flyers £2 and so on!  Donations of bingo or raffle prizes would be gratefully received.  

Quiz Night, Wednesday, 12th April, 7.30pm for 8.00pm start at The Oxfordshire Yeoman Pub, 172 Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Witney, Oxon  OX29 8AQ  Don’t worry if there’s only a couple of you as we can make up teams on the night!  Entry is just £3 per person with all proceeds being donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Bar snacks available. Raffle prizes on the night will be very much appreciated.  For more information please contact Nicky Clargo at or ring 07754 27183.

WANTED:  Raffle and Tombola Prize for Marie Curie Cancer Care Events throughout the year.  If you have anything suitable please contact Nicky Clargo on or 07754 271831

We are extremely grateful to Barret & Coe Fantastic Photography who have provided a prize for each of our events above.  Please see for more information.  

Updated : March 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.

Eynsham Hall

News from Eynsham Hall

The wellness trend is evident at Eynsham where we've welcomed lots of lovely new members to our leisure club throughout January and February! Perhaps they've been swayed by the newly opened poolside sauna that's perfect for relaxing in after a hard work out to sooth those muscles, or in fact why not miss the gym altogether and have a pamper day, swim, sauna and treatment with the wonderful Gemma.

Our Afternoon tea offering continues to be popular, so popular in fact we've served almost 270 so far this year! With accomplished head chef Simon heading up the kitchen you can expect classic treats with an Eynsham twist, think home smoked salmon & lemon cream cheese fingers and chocolate coconut and mango cups or if you're just passing by our doors are always open, come in and enjoy an expertly crafted coffee - poured just to your liking.

The next event to grace Eynsham Hall is our Mother's Day luncheon, a delectable carvery for the whole family to enjoy, with entertainment for the little ones and a gift for that all important lady, Mum! If you fancy joining us to celebrate then here are the details you need to know: Sunday 26th March from 12.30-2.30pm, please call 01993 885200 now to book.

Updated : March 2017

Gardening Society

As we did not hold a Meeting during January we are most certainly looking forward to our next Meeting.

The winter suddenly seems to be dragging on and it does go to show how valuable it is to get out and meet other people during these cold grey days. It is even better when you share a common interest and can compare notes as to what is actually happening in the Garden even now. There is always something to do out there and It is fun making plans for the Spring as the days are drawing out.

On March 28th we are holding a ‘Bring and Share’ Supper as well as the Spring Show. Sally Allum Smith has very kindly offered to organise a Quiz for us .We used to hold an Annual Quiz which was very popular and always enormous fun. There will also be a Raffle and obviously lots of food on offer.

The Classes for the Spring Show are as follows.

  1. 3 traditional long trumpet Daffodils (cup as long as petals,1 flower per stem)
  2. 3 large cup Daffodils (cup less than length of petals but more than 1/3 of petal length, 1 flower per stem).
  3. 3 small cup Daffodils (cup less than 1/3rd of petal length, 1 flower per stem).
  4. 3 Multi headed Daffodils.
  5. 3 Miniature Daffodils.
  6. Polyanthus – 5 cut stems.
  7. 3 Tulips
  8. Arrangement of spring flowers not exceeding 460 mm any direction. Height unlimited.
  9. A single spray of spring blossom.
  10. Pot Plant flowering. Pot not to exceed 260 mm diameter inside rim.
  11. Pot Plant foliage. Pot not to exceed 260 mm diameter inside rim.
  12. A decorated Easter Cake. To be judged on taste and appearance.

Staging of Exhibits - 7.00pm to 7.30pm. 

Penney Purdon


Open Gardens

For a number or years Open Gardens was a Summer event for this village when owners of as many as twenty gardens opened their piece of England to the public. Originally the event was started to raise funds for the new Memorial Hall and once that was finished we had another couple of years raising money for a local charity.

For three years the event has not been staged but if there is enough interest I would like to put the event on the Oxfordshire map again for this coming Summer.

In the past because of the number of gardens we were open both on a Saturday afternoon and a Sunday afternoon from 1pm until 6pm. That was ambitious and depending on the numbers for next year I would prefer to have one afternoon just to see if it is worthwhile.

Anyone interested in opening their garden please contact me as indicated below or any member of the Garden Society Committee and if there is enough interest I shall arrange a meeting to discuss the way forward. Matters to be considered will be one or two afternoons, refreshments, the program, advertising and most importantly a date.

David Gooday

01993 882405 – Mobile 07967 872752

Updated : March 2017

North Leigh Football Club

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Saturday January 28th

 On a heavy pitch, North Leigh overcame going a goal down after only 1 minute to come back and beat old rivals Slimbridge 3-1.  After Tuesday’s home game was cancelled because of the weather,  North Leigh needed a game and win to keep up their play-off hopes, and they got the three points with goals from Bradley Gray, Jamie Cook and Michael Hopkins.

Tuesday January 31st

On a cold wet night North Leigh poured more relegation misery on Wantage Town, by inflicting a 4-0 defeat on their hosts at Alfredian Park. Goals from Bradley Gray, Jordon Lynn, Lance Williams (Pen) and George Seacole secured the three points for the Millers.

Saturday February 11th

After recent match, postponements, because of bad weather.  North Leigh got their home match at Eynsham Park on against Winchester City, and recorded a 2-0 win.  On a heavy, sanded pitch, an early own goal, and a George Seacole header ensured the Millers the three points. North Leigh Utd.  travelled to Gloucestershire to play Shortwood Utd. Res. and came back with a 2-2 draw, thanks to goals from Marley Joseph and Darryl Harris.

Tuesday February 14th

North Leigh progressed to the Semi-Final of the Oxon Senior Cup, by defeating Thame Youth Rangers 2-1 away, thanks to goals from George Seacole and Michael Hopkins. The Millers meet Oxford City in the Semi-Final at a venue and date to be confirmed.

Saturday February 18th

North Leigh travelled to North Devon to play Barnstaple Town, but went down to a disappointing 3-1 defeat. The Millers consolation goal came from Morgan Williams. North Leigh Utd. entertained the Hellenic League Div. 1 West leaders Fairford Town at Eynsham Park, but slumped to a 2-0 home defeat.

March Fixtures

First Team United team
Saturday 4th Tiverton Town (Away) Letcombe (Home)
Tuesday 7th Mangotsfield Utd  (Home)  
Wednesday 8th   Cheltenham Saras  (Home)
Saturday 11th Wimborne Town (Home)  
Wednesday 15th   Purton (Away)
Saturday 18th Hereford (Away)  
Tuesday 21st Shortwood United (Away)  
Saturday 25th Bideford (Away) Hook Norton (Home)
Wednesday 28th   Shortwood Utd (Home)
Saturday Apr 1st Bishops Cleeve (Home)  
Tuesday 4th Barnstaple Town (Home)  

The Football Club is holding a Race Night in the Club Lounge, on Saturday March 11th. All are welcome to support this fund raising event.

Come on you Millers!

Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : March 2017

North Leigh History Society

We were treated to a glimpse of the birth of conspicuous consumption at our February meeting. In a wonderfully entertaining talk Dr Gillian White took us through the incredible prodigality of Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. Over the course of a 3 week extravaganza in Calais no expense was spared as the two young kings tried to outdo each other in demonstrating their wealth and power.

On March 7th we move further back in time to the Kingdom of Mercia and the Saxons with Suze Matthews.  Although Wessex and Mercia were both Saxon Kingdoms at times there were tensions between them, but they shared ongoing resistance to the Danes and Vikings. In our April 4th meeting we will be hearing from Richard Martin, who is responsible for re-opening the blanket hall in Witney and has a fund of knowledge about the history of blanket making in Witney and of the Cotswold Wool trade. 

Lots to intrigue and interest you!  Come along to the Turner Hall at 7.30p.m., first Tuesday of the month, and find out more.  Further details from Diana Power, 01993 882301.  All welcome, Visitors £4, Members free.  

Angela Kyte

Updated : March 2017

North Leigh Pre-School

Before half term the children and staff at North Leigh Pre-School have been looking at animals and their young. They have been making sheep and lamb pictures, Cat and kitten collages and matched adult and baby pictures. All activities helped the children with their understanding of the world, they used their art and design and literacy skills and they improved their mathematical development.

We didn’t forget Valentine ’s Day…

The children enjoyed making cards for their loved ones and baking delicious Valentine’s biscuits to take home.

The fundraising team has been busy planning lots of fundraising events for the pre – school until Easter, starting with a rainbow cake sale on Friday 24th February followed by a Mother’s Day cake sale on Friday 24th March. Please come and support our pre – school by getting some yummy cakes on both dates from 3.00pm outside the pre-school. We also have an Easter Tombola on Thursday 6th April at pre-school; further information will follow in April’s newsletter article.

Check out our Facebook page for latest updates:

Charity no: 269759  

Andrea Boliver

Updated : March 2017

North Leigh WI

February's meeting was a very enjoyable social evening with an array of enjoyable treats to share for supper. This being St Valentine's Day, we learnt an awful lot about the Saint that we didn't know, from a quiz set by our President!! Also, we made green hearts (always around Valentine's Day annually) to wear to show our concern about climate change.

The Children's Hospital at the JR are fundraising again. Originally, all the WIs in Oxfordshire sold small teddy bears and raised sufficient money to fund the milk kitchen for babies in the new hospital. The WI is a charity and, as such, we are not allowed to give money to national charities e.g. RSPCA but we are able to fund raise for any local charity in Oxfordshire.

From little acorns, big oaks grow! The original calendar for Calendar Girls was produced by a WI in Yorkshire for a local charity. This became such a success that it spawned another calendar, a film, a play, a book and now it is becoming a musical called "The Girls" with music by Gary Barlow and being staged in February 2017 at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The money raised for leukaemia research is well over 3 million pounds.

This month, our President, Wendy Goddard, will go to the Oxford town hall for the county's annual meeting, the speaker, after lunch will be Ingrid Seward, the author of over a dozen books whilst also making TV and radio appearances.

This month, members can choose to visit our college at Denman for the day (especially interesting for new members) or attend a cake decorating day at South Leigh.

This month we have the annual meeting and to counteract the business, we stage a mini show. The annual meeting is necessary to show that our finances are in order and to choose a new committee who only hold office for ONE year. 

Diana Power: 01993 882301

Updated : March 2017

North Leigh Youth Project

As you know, Alice has left NLYP and she would like to thank all those who supported her during her time with us and all those who attended the ‘surprise’ farewell party.

As I write (17th February), Zach and Lauren are busy tidying and reorganising the youth centre. They want everyone to know that youth club is continuing and will be all it has always been, plus there will be quite a few new initiatives.

This is an exciting time for NLYP so please support Zach and Lauren as they take over from Alice and move NLYP onto the next phase.

100Club: Winning numbers February 2017

1st Prize: £49.00 Winning number: 26
2nd Prize: £29.40 Winning number: 13
3rd Prize: £19.60 Winning number: 14

If you would like to join and have a chance to win a monthly cash prize, please phone Pat on 01993 703029.

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Dave Broughton

Updated : March 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


North Leigh Common brochure

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North Leigh Common brochure page 1    North Leigh Common brochure page 2

Updated : September 2014

Wychwood Project

Wychwood Project feeds 10 tonnes of seed a year to local birds We all love to see song-birds in our gardens, but many birds rely on farmland to survive the rigors of winter. The Wychwood Project’s Bird Aid group runs feeding stations near North Leigh and in half a dozen other locations across the old Wychwood Forest area. In the past 12 months some 20 volunteers fed around 10 tonnes of seed to at least 2000 overwintering birds.

A local farmer, Mike Kettlewell , is delighted with the improvement in bird numbers that the Wychwood Project’s Bird Aid has helped to sustain on his land.

“The introduction of winter feeding and then year round millet, fed from hanging feeders, has been dramatic for winter numbers and birds remaining to breed. The winter supplementary bird feeding was at the inspired instigation and support of the Wychwood Bird Aid project and has continued for over 12 years.

Wychwood Project logo

The most dramatic effect has been on the winter numbers of farmland specialist birds such as chaffinches, yellowhammers, linnets, reed bunting, goldfinches and tree sparrows as well as skylarks and brambling.  Mixed flocks of birds moving around the fields and hedges can number many hundreds particularly with the influx of continental migrants.”

To get involved with the Wychwood Project’s Bird Aid Group:


phone: 01865 815423


Updated : March 2017