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1st North Leigh Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

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At the end of September, twelve North Leigh Guides, thirteen North Leigh Brownies and six Long Hanborough Guides spent a weekend at Jubilee House, Oxfordshire Girl Guiding’s headquarters, residential centre and campsite.  While the Brownies and their Leaders slept in the house, the Guides and their Leaders slept in tents outside.  During the weekend the girls built shelters, lit fires and cooked ‘dampers’, went on the assault course, baked cakes and decorated T-shirts, as well as enjoying a camp fire on Saturday evening.

A week later, thirteen of the Guides with three adults, went to Wembley Arena to see the ‘Big Gig’, a pop concert for members of Girl Guiding aged over ten years - it was VERY LOUD - 2,000 girls can make an awful lot of noise!!! We particularly enjoyed Pixie Lott and Five After Midnight.

The weekend after THAT, four of the Patrol Leaders, Maisie Samson, Tierney Lees, Sophie O’Hare and Jessica Hale took part in a training afternoon on the theme of, ‘Girls Learning To Lead’ - a very useful experience for life as well as for Guiding.

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 : October 2017

North Leigh Scout Group

So what do we get up to?

On Saturday 23rd September, over 70 members of 1st North Leigh Scout Group (Beavers, 2 Cub Packs, Scouts and adult volunteers) met up at Youlbury Scout Activity Centre for a fun filled day of activities.

This ranged from daring activities, such as the climbing wall, crate stacking, an aerial trek, archery, rifle shooting and going down the zip wire, to basic scouting skills including first aid, pioneering, cooking over an open fire, sending messages by using semaphore flags and lots more. We ended the day with a campfire and testing our vocal chords.

It was great to see everyone trying their best and enjoying themselves.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the day a great success!

At the beginning of October, our Scout Troop attended County Patrol Camping Weekend, which is a competition where scouts in patrols are marked for their skills in camping, cooking, teamwork and other essential scouting skills. We were placed 8th, 11th and 30th out of 58 Patrols that attended from across the County.

Seven Scouts from our Troop also attended the 24th World Scout Jamboree Selection Camp at Youlbury Scout Centre where they were in competition with 204 other Scouts from across the County to secure 36 places to go the North America in 2019 for the Jamboree. Unfortunately, North Leigh Scouts did not secure any of the 36 places as competition was extremely high. Well done to all Scouts attending these events.

Also in October, the two North Leigh Cub Packs attended the District Sixer and Seconder Camp. This involved the cubs navigating their way to the camp site, putting up their own tents, setting up their fires and cooking on open fires for the weekend, with adults only intervening when necessary. They all did very well and should be very proud of themselves.

Coming up on Sunday 12th November, as a Group, we will be parading from Cuckamus Green, North Leigh down to St Mary’s Church for the Remembrance Service. All are welcome to join us at the church to remember the fallen.

As a Group and as individual sections (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), we carry out a wide range of activities and it’s a great Group to belong to, both as young people and as adults.

Our new Beaver Leader, Lindsay Cloughley is running a successful Beaver Colony and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to become an Assistant Beaver Leader. For information on what is involved please ring her on 01993 775292 or email

The Beavers meet on Wednesday evenings at 6.15pm to 7.15pm, usually at North Leigh Primary School. They are 6 to 8 years old, full of energy and love new experiences. It is very rewarding to watch them grow and learn through fun.

Now the summer holidays are over and all have settled back to school, do you have a young person who might be interested in joining our Cub Pack?

Cub Scouts are open to everyone between 8 and 10 1/2 years old.

In September, several members of the Windmill Pack moved on to Scouts, so Windmill Pack are quite small at the moment, ideal for anyone who wants to join the scouting adventure, including those who are a bit nervous about starting something new.

Parents are more than welcome to come along too until the young people find their feet.

Our normal meeting place is North Leigh Primary School, on Mondays during term time, 6.00pm to 7.45pm.

See more details of what we get up to at

If your child is interested in joining North Leigh Cubs, then please contact Alison Kennett on 01993 880425 or email on

Young people are busy with lots of clubs these days, but Scouting allows them to take part in a variety of activities, having lots of fun while developing life skills alongside values such as honesty, respect, team working and caring for each other.

If you have a young person who would like to join Beavers, Cubs or Scouts please contact Alison (01993 880425 or and she can put you in contact with the correct person, or see details about the 1st North Leigh Scout Group (that’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) at our web-site: 

Alison Kennett

Updated : October 2017

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  

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 : September 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

Lunch with Santa: A festive favourite for all the family, the must-book ‘Lunch with Santa’ is filling up fast! Held on the first three Sundays of December, the lunch includes a traditional family-friendly Christmas carvery that is served alongside balloon modelling, a magician and a chocolate fountain. A visit from Santa himself may also be on the cards. Call us now to avoid disappointment: 01993 885200.

Our Leisure Club has also been busy, planning a fundraising event to raise money for the British Lung Foundation in memory of one of their members. The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity that looks after the health of the nation’s lungs, making sure that one day, with support, everyone will breathe clean air with healthy lungs. Keep an eye on the Leisure Club’s Instagram and Facebook pages for more information!

Fancy a chance to start or continue a career in hospitality? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our wonderful team across numerous positions here at Eynsham Hall. Please visit our careers page on for more information, or contact Matt Woodhouse on or 01993 885230.

Updated : October 2017

Gardening Society

As I write this report “Storm Brian” is making its presence felt in our garden which makes tidying up for autumn and winter somewhat “hair raising” (in more ways than one as the birds hang onto the swinging feeders and me in my hat not to mention the wind making me a good substitute for a scarecrow!!) But this time of year is also for cosying up on the sofa and maybe in front of a fire and browsing all the wonderful seed catalogues for next year or thinking about last minute planting of tulips, daffodils and other bulbs and corms which will brighten up our gardens and tubs. Which brings me to the last meeting of this year on Tuesday 28th November at 7.30pm.

Christie Leary will be talking and showing slides about “Hanging Baskets and Container Growing” and giving us lot of tips and ideas to try so please come along for an enjoyable evening with refreshments.

Susie Cusick.

Updated : October 2017

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

Visit our official website here.

Saturday October 7th

North Leigh went out of the F.A. Trophy after losing 3-1 at home against Wimbourne Town.  The Millers took the lead with a George Seacole goal, but the Magpies gradually came into the game, and went on to progress to the next round, so to inflict a fourth straight defeat on the Millers.

Wednesday October 11th

Another North Leigh team exited a Cup Competition at Eynsham Park, when North Leigh Utd. lost 5-2 against Ardley Utd. in the Hellenic League Bluefin Cup.

Saturday October 14th

Wimbourne Town returned to Eynsham Park where they triumphed in the F.A. Trophy 7 days ago, and this time the Millers obtained a league point, by drawing 1-1. The Magpies led for much of the match until a stunning free kick taken by Sam Mendes secured a valuable point for the Millers.  North Leigh hung onto the point, thanks to a Man of the Match performance from goal keeper Manny Ogboola, who as well as pulling off many saves, including a penalty. North Leigh Utd. travelled the short distance to play Kidlington Res., in a Hellenic League Div. 1 West local derby, but came away after losing narrowly 1-0.

Wednesday October 18th

North Leigh Utd. won their West Oxon local derby against Clanfield 3-3 at Eynsham Park.

Saturday October 21st

North Leigh travelled the short distance to play Kidlington in the Southern League Div.1 West, but went down 2-1.  North Leigh started brightly with Connor Waldron opening the scoring, but Kidlington worked their way back into the game and ran out worthy winners. The sending off of the Millers player Josh Thomas did not help North Leigh’s efforts to get back into the game. North Leigh Utd. went down narrowly to Letcombe F.C. 3-2 at Eynsham Park, with  goals coming from Piers McGlynn and Dec Shepperd.

November Fixtures

First Team   United team  
Wednesday 1st     New Coll. Swindon Home
Saturday 4th Bideford Home Tytherington Rocks Away
Saturday 11th Paulton Rovers Away
Tuesday 14th Cirencester Town Away    
Saturday 18th Bishops Cleeve Home Pewsey Vale Away
Wednesday 22nd     Ardley Home
Saturday 25th Larkhall Athletic Away Shortwood Utd. Home Ox.Sn. Cup
Tuesday 28th Winchester Home    
Saturday 2nd Dec Cinderford Town Away Shrivenham Home

Sorry about no North Leigh FC report last month due to holiday commitments.

Please note the Annual Bonfire and Firework Display will be held on Saturday November 4th.  All are welcome down at Eynsham Park Sportsground.

Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : October 2017

North Leigh History Society

At our October meeting Derek West not only took us for an entertaining ramble along some of the highways and byways of Witney but also showed how exploring family history can take us to the farther reaches of the world. 

In November we always try to have something that reflects this time of remembrance, and this year Bill King will be telling us the story of Oxfordshire’s airfields in the Second World War.  Oxfordshire played an important part during the war and Brize Norton still remains as the main RAF airfield in the UK. Bill King is always good to listen to and is a great favourite with our History Society, so why not join us in the Turner Hall at 7.30pm on November 7th for and interesting and enjoyable evening.

Our December Meeting takes place on the 5th of the month when Richard O’Sullivan will be taking us into the festive season with a talk about Mischief and Mayhem in Oxford. Festive refreshments are included so do mark the date in your diaries.

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 : October 2017

North Leigh Pre-School

It has been another busy month in the Pre-school exploring all that Autumn has to offer. The children have been looking at Autumn colours and enjoying making bird feeders and hedgehogs. Out in the garden they have been collecting leaves and pretending to be squirrels gathering conkers!

The children have also been stretching their legs for a sponsored walk around the school field. They kept going brilliantly to achieve a wonderful 12 lengths of 75m. This will raise money for Pre-school resources as well as the Christmas party in December, which everyone is looking forward to.

Coming up:

3rd November – Bonfire Bake-off! Bring your bonfire inspired cakes and bakes to Pre-school for judging at 2.00pm. This will be followed by a cake sale at 3pm.

8th December - Christmas Raffle draw. Tickets for the Pre-school Christmas Raffle will be available at the gift fair in the Memorial Hall on the 5th November as well as from Pre-school parents. There is a bumper list of amazing prizes to be won this year, including 2 months membership at Eynsham Hall’s health and fitness club, £60 voucher for a meal at The Fleece, DAB radio, 3-course meal at Eynsham Hall, Family ticket for Blenheim Palace and many, many more. Thank you to everyone who supports the Pre-school in so many ways, it makes such a difference.   

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

Phone: 01993 880092    Email:          

Updated : October 2017

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

Our October meeting marked our 98th birthday - we’re already planning the celebrations for our 100th in 2019!

As it was a special occasion, we opened the meeting by singing ‘Jerusalem’.

We usually have some form of entertainment, rather than a ‘Speaker’ for our birthday meeting, and this year we welcomed The Launton Handbell Ringers. Seven ringers played the 81 bells they brought with them (not all at once, of course!) and started with a rendition of ‘Oranges and Lemons’. Fred Sharpe, who amassed an important collection of bells, ranging in date from 1660, founded the team in 1951. Members were amazed at the intense concentration required of the ringers to follow the special notation of the music and, over the course of the evening, the ringers interspersed the music with the history of bell ringing and the method of composing music for the set of bells they ring. Their bells range in weight from 2oz to 10lbs. Four WI members volunteered to ‘have a go’ and helped play ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, although they only had one bell in each hand, whereas the ringers each played four bells - two bells in each hand. They finished with an energetic number called ‘Saturday Stomp’, which had been specially composed by one of the ringers.

Refreshments were then served, and ‘Happy Birthday’ sung as the chocolate birthday cake was cut. The President thanked the Committee for providing the refreshments. 

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday November 14th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, when Clair Winter will talk about ‘Reflexology’.

We would love to welcome new members and visitors.

Wendy Goddard 

Updated : October 2017

North Leigh Youth Project

North Leigh Youth Project November 2017

Dave Broughton

Updated : October 2017

Royal British Legion

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2017

Saturday, 11th November, Armistice Day, will be observed at the Memorial Hall by members of the Royal British Legion with the North Leigh R.B.L. Standard. As it is a Saturday North Leigh School will not be open, but anybody who is able to attend will be most welcome. The short ceremony will be led by R.B.L. Chairman Peter Walker starting at 10.45am.

Note: Park Road may be closed briefly in front of the Memorial Hall from 10.50am to 11.20am.

Saturday, 11th November, at 2.30pm. 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, 12th November, Remembrance Sunday. 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 10.45am, 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 11.00am Silence observed. The Remembrance Service will then continue inside St. Mary’s Church.

Royal British Legion Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held in the Memorial Hall in late November at 7.30pm. The date will be circulated as soon as possible and advertised on the Memorial Hall notice board. The future of small branches such as North Leigh R.B.L. has not as yet been discussed at national level, but Branch Members 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.

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

Updated : October 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

An early notice about a Traidcraft Sale to be held on Saturday November 18th at 10.30am so that you can put the date in your diary!

Lots of ideas for Christmas gifts, greetings cards, dried fruits, sugars, etc. will be on sale.

Venue – 35 Common Road

Catalogues available at 4 Healey Court. Tel. 01993 882493.

Christine Hutchinson

Updated : October 2017


North Leigh Common brochure

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

Updated : September 2014