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1st North Leigh Scout Group

A great big thank you to everyone who supported the North Leigh Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, by either buying ducks, or coming along to the duck race this year. We hope you all enjoyed the day, it was good to see so many people down by the river. You can see some photos of the day at our web-site at We managed to raise over £3,400, which will go a long way to helping the young people in the group! Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support, so we really are grateful.

The winners of the main race were;

1st Kirsty Grainger - £125

2nd Gary Sexton - £80

3rd Lucy Jones - £50

4th Leo Ford - £20

5th Alison Kennett - £10

6th Rachel Morgan - £5

Welly Wanging winners were;

Up to 6 years old – Fraser Talbot

Up to 11 years old – Joe Taylor

Up to 16 years old – Louis Baudet

Adult – Richard Talbot

Details about the 1st North Leigh Scout Group (that’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) can be found at our web-site at

Alison Kennett

Updated : August 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  

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 : August 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.

Summer Sunday Cream Teas

Combe Reading Room, Sundays 16th July – 27th August, 2.30 – 5.00pm

Delicious homemade cream teas will be served at the Reading Room on Combe Village Green for 7 consecutive Sundays, starting on 16th July, from 2.30 – 5.00pm. Combe Cream teas have been running for several years now, and have rightly become very popular! A cup of tea or coffee, home-made scone with jam and cream, and a generous serving of cake – what more could you want!  Raising funds for local Combe charities. Hope to see you there!

Sally Purssell

Updated : July 2017

News from Eynsham Hall

Afternoon Tea continues to be a popular treat at Eynsham Hall. This August, for North Leigh residents only, we will be offering Afternoon Tea for two people for just £39.00. Expect classic treats with an Eynsham twist as traditional jam and scones are served alongside delicious smoked salmon, lemon cream cheese fingers and chocolate coconut. Alternatively, if you’re passing through on a family wander or dog walk, rest a while on the Champagne Terrace with one of an array of expertly crafted coffees.

Call our lovely reception team on 01993 885200 and Quote “Nor Lye Tea - August Offer” when making your booking.

Meetings and new conference room update. With our new conference room nearly complete and our beautiful grounds busy with meetings throughout the week, Eynsham Hall continues to be a hub of activity. If you are interested in organising an informal meeting over a delicious cream tea, enhancing social interactions with a team building exercise or looking for a location for a fun-filled event, please get in touch on

Did you know... that Eynsham Hall was used as a maternity ward for expectant mothers during World War II. Many were sent from London as Oxfordshire was used as a safe area. We still see a number of birth certificates that are brought along by our guests, which list Eynsham Hall as their place of birth. Drop in and ask our reception team for a copy of our Historical Note; it makes an interesting read over a refreshing drink in our contemporary Gun Room bar. 

Updated : August 2017

Gardening Society

How time flies ...The Summer Show is 'coming up' again. There will be all the usual attractions, but the most important thing is that we get plenty of entries for the wide variety of classes on offer. Last year 44 adults entered and there was plenty of lively competition. Sadly this was not the case with the Children's Classes which was very disappointing for visitors as well as for the Show’s Organisers. This year we have included some old favourites among the classes in the hope that we can encourage more Children to enter.

Perhaps Grandparents as well as parents could help by suggesting that the children create something unusual and have some fun in the process.

There are also some interesting Novice Classes for those who have not won a first prize in any of the main classes. Well worth a go and a good incentive to keep entering classes in the future.

It is important to read the Members Guide when considering Entry to Classes and if anybody would like a copy of this and the Programme of events, copies are available from Penney Purdon (01993 881422) or any other Committee Members.

There will be the ever popular Tombola Stall and prizes are very welcome.

Please could these be taken to Pat and David Gooday's House at 40 Park Road.

Finally please could all Cup Winners from last year’s Show please return them in good time, also to Pat and David Gooday.

Entries go as usual to Steve Braeger, 4 Village Houses, East End .01993 882372 or to Penney Purdon, 38 Park Road, North Leigh.01993 881422.

There will be tea/coffee or a soft drink and delicious cakes for £2.00 a head. Cake only £1.00 This is such a lovely Village occasion that we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and of course to receiving lots of entries to the Show.   

Penney Purdon

Updated : August 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 Cubs

Has your child thought about joining North Leigh Cubs?

Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls, aged between 8 and 10.5 years old.

Both Windmill Pack and Kestrel Pack run during term time on a Monday evening and have spaces. Your child doesn’t need to have been a Beaver to join; the activities we carry out are great fun regardless of your child’s previous experiences.

Examples of what we get up to include camping, outdoor cooking, map reading, building bivouacs, first aid, treasure hunts, orienteering, games and countless more activities.

See more details of what we get up to at

If your child would like to join North Leigh Cubs, then please contact Alison Kennett on 01993 880425 or email on

Alison, Assistant Cub Scout Leader, Windmill Pack, 1st North Leigh Scout Group

Updated : August 2017

North Leigh Pre-School

… and suddenly they are here, the summer holidays 2017. What a year we all had at pre-school, full of excitement, learning and lots of adventures.

Some of our children have now graduated from pre-school and will be moving up to big school in September, we would like to wish you all the best and hope you will have a fantastic start in foundation class. The children’s graduation was a very special event, where all graduates proudly received their certificates and with Nick Cope being the highlight of the ceremony.

The annual end of term Wildlife Park trip was, besides the weather, a really lovely outing for all children and good opportunity to say goodbye to each other until September.

Date for your diary:

Friday 22nd September, Handbag Auction at North Leigh Primary School, a charity event organised by mums to fundraise for North Leigh Pre – School and Primary School. Doors open at 19:00 and the auction starts at 19:45. Tickets are available at North Leigh Post Office. Many thanks for your continued support. 

Please note: Pre – School starts again on Wednesday 6th September.

We hope you all have a fabulous summer!  

Charity no: 269759  

Andrea Boliver, For the North Leigh Pre - School Committee

Updated : August 2017

North Leigh WI

After the regular business had been dealt with, president Wendy Goddard told us about her visit to Liverpool which was where the WI AGM was held this year. One of the speakers, Jo Fairley had, with her husband co -founded the Green and Blacks Organic Chocolate co., the first organic chocolate brand, this explains the name, "Green" because it's environmentally friendly "Black" because of its high cocoa content. Jo was inspired by Dame Anita Ruddick and she wanted young women to know that they too could succeed in whatever they chose.

We then enjoyed a talk from Valerie Burton "Tales of Wychwood Forest" The  forest  today is minute compared with 500 years ago when it all belonged to the King who was the only one who could shoot animals, heaven help the man caught with a rabbit! You wouldn’t want to be poor in those days.

A really interesting talk, very apt as it will soon be this year's Forest Fair.

While refreshments were taken the competitions were judged and Carol Hall won best flower with a David Austin rose "Queen of Sweden” almost apricot in colour with a hint of pink.

The woodland themed competition was a poem won by Wendy Goddard.

Hobbycraft who work with the WI to produce exclusive yarns at affordable prices, made a donation from sales of yarn to WI, so far they have raised over £ 50,000 for the NFWI.

In August we shall be meeting on the 12th at 11.00am at Filkins for a visit to Cotswold Woollen Weavers.

The speaker at our September meeting will be Heather Shute who will be telling us about Medical Detection Dogs this will be of interest to all of us, if you think it would interest you do come along you will be very welcome

Brenda Timms

Updated : August 2017

North Leigh Youth Project

After an amazing term which included archery, Geocaching, cycle ride, and other activities too numerous to mention, club closed on 21st July to give our fantastic leaders, ambassadors and members a slight rest before Summer Club arrives.

Summer Club 2017 (14th – 18th August) comprises of :

  • Monday – Cotswold Wildlife Park
  • Tuesday – Oxford Ice Rink
  • Wednesday – Youlbury
  • Thursday – Caldecott Experience
  • Friday – Poole and Bournemouth beach

Check our Facebook page for photos and other news.

Club will re-open on Wednesday 13th September, and we hope to have lots of new members joining us. After all, our members are what make us such a fantastic club.    

100Club: Winning numbers July 2017

1st Prize: £52.00 Winning number: 5
2nd Prize: £31.80 Winning number: 53
3rd Prize: £20.20 Winning number: 20

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


Dave Broughton

Updated : August 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


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Updated : September 2014

18th Annual Wychwood Forest Fair

From Morris dancers to ferret racing and bee keeping to basket making join us for a day of celebrating all things rural at the 18th annual Wychwood Forest Fair

Sunday 3rd September 11.00am-5.00pm Off Standlake Road, Ducklington

The Wychwood Forest Fair, one of West Oxfordshire’s leading Green Country Shows, takes place this year on Sunday 3rd September 2016. Set in a beautiful countryside location, on the edge of the ancient Wychwood Forest area, the Fair is a fantastic family day out offering a wide range of entertainment, rural craft demonstrations, music, food and much, much more.

Our second-hand bookstall is a treat for book and film lovers with a huge stock of print and audio books and DVDs.
Wychwood Project logo

Our large Arts and Crafts marquee offers a great opportunity to see local businesses showcasing their products and services – and the chance to browse their wares and buy interesting and often unique items!

The ever popular Rural Craft Area will be filled with demonstrations from willow sculpture and hurdle making to beekeeping and pole lathe turning.

Entertainers include Witney Town Band, Berkshire Ferret Racing Club, a traditional Coconut Shy, and Hatwells Fun Fair.

A mouth-watering variety of refreshments will be on offer, including Signal Crayfish Paella, home cured bacon baps; Pie and Mighty pies, middle eastern delights from Sufi Spice, Oxford Pizza and delicious local Ice Cream.  Not forgetting of course The Wychwood Tea Tent with fabulous locally made cakes, and the Wychwood Bar supplied by Wychwood Brewery.

Organiser of the Fair, The Wychwood Project, is a registered charity that aims to inspire people to conserve and restore our unique local landscapes and habitats.  In addition to the Project’s own display area, community and conservation groups will be promoting ways of “doing your bit” for the environment and for your community.

All proceeds from this event go towards the Wychwood Projects’ on-going work of “Restoring Landscapes, Inspiring People” in the Wychwood area.

All the Fun of a Rural Fair!

For further details, please e-mail or visit

Updated : July 2017