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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

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.

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

“The most wonderful time of the year” has reached us here at Eynsham Hall. Our Christmas parties have been in full swing since the end of November.

Christmas Jumpers - On Wednesday 20th December our staff here will be taking part in a Christmas Jumper Day. Staff will pay a donation to take wear their snazziest Christmas jumper, with all money raised going to our chosen charity, the Lola-Rose Foundation. Why not pop in for a coffee and pick your favourite?

Festive Afternoon Tea - Our popular treat has been given an extra twist this Christmas. Classic treats are served with a festive spin as roast turkey, sage stuffing and smoked Applewood cheese fill the sandwiches alongside the traditional scones and jam. Alternatively, pop in for an expertly crafted coffee while you toast your toes in front of our fire. Call our lovely reception team on 01993 885200 to book your Festive Afternoon Tea now.

NATFEST - We are excited to announce that Eynsham Hall will be taking part in Long Hanborough’s 2017 NATFEST, held at Long Hanborough Methodist Church on 15-17th December. Teams of participants will be creating their very own nativity scenes to be exhibited over the weekend, which is sure to create a spectacular display. We are really looking forward to using our imaginations to incorporate our festive afternoon teas alongside the nativity scene, while raising money for the Elderberry’s Day Centre. If you’re free, pop in and show your support while visiting our scene.

And finally… a very merry Christmas and happy New Year from all of us at Eynsham Hall.

Updated : December 2017

Gardening Society

Well we’ve had some mixed weather conditions over the last week or two; one day it’s cold but sunny - ideal for gardening jobs, the next it was terribly dull, cloudy and very wet which is ideal for curling up with a cuppa on the sofa and browsing the seed catalogues to find our favourite veg and flowers plus finding out the new plants for 2018.

And now we would like to wish our members and villagers a happy Christmas and New Year.

Our New Year programme starts on the 27th February with the return of the ever popular Chris Evans with “An Unexpected Journey” Please come and join our friendly gardeners for an entertaining evening. 

Susie Cusick

Updated : December 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

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Tuesday 24th October

North Leigh returned to winning ways, after five successive losses, by defeating Mangotsfield Utd. 1-0, under the lights at Eynsham Park.  The winning goal was scored by Dejon Noel-Williams, who is on work experience placement with the Millers from Oxford United.

Wednesday 25th October

North Leigh United travelled to Ardley Utd’s ground to play Bicester Town, who ground share there, and lost their Oxon Senior Cup tie 2-1.

Saturday 28th October

North Leigh United got back to winning ways by defeating Cirencester Town Development 3-0 at Eynsham Park.  A brace from Ben Green and one from Piers McGlynn secured the points for the Millers.

Wednesday 1st November

North Leigh United again scored three goals without reply at Eynsham Park, when they defeated New College Swindon 3-0.

Saturday 4th November

An explosive match for Bonfire Night at Eynsham Park, ended with North Leigh beating fifth in the table Bideford A.F.C. 4-3.. The Millers went in at the break 2-1 down but turned the match around in the second half, thanks to two goals from George Seacole, and one apiece from Matt Grabe and Dejon Nowl Williams.  They had to defend strongly after the Millers No.10 Connor Waldon was sent off with 17mins to play.

North Leigh United travelled to Gloucestershire to play Tytherington Rocks and enjoyed a splendid 5-1 win. The goals came from Ben Green, Matthew Spooner, Tom Harvey, Jamie McCuaid and Johnny Roberts. 

Saturday 11th November

No matches for both North Leigh teams were played, due to water logged pitches.

Saturday 18th November

North Leigh made it three wins on the trot by defeating bottom club Bishops Cleeve 3-1.  After not playing for two weeks because of waterlogged pitches and floodlight failures at Cirencester, the Millers secured the three points thanks to goals from Piers McGlynn, Matt Grabe and a penalty converted by the skipper Michael Hopkins. North Leigh United travelled to Pewsey Vale, and returned with a share of the points after drawing 1-1.

Tuesday 21st November

North Leigh progressed to the next round of the Oxon Senior Cup, by defeating Thame Youth Rangers 2-0, thanks to a George Seacole goal and an own goal.

Wednesday 22nd November

North Leigh United beat top of the table Ardley United 1-0 at Eynsham Park. 

December Fixtures

First Team   United team  
Tuesday 5th Paulton Rovers Away Ardley Away
Saturday 9th Yate Town Home    
Tuesday 12th Cirencester Town Away
Saturday 16th Swindon S/marine Home Cheltenham Saras Away
Saturday 23rd Bristol Manor Farm Away    
Tuesday 26th Evesham Utd Home   Home
Saturday 30th Didcot Town Away    
Saturday 6th Jan Slimbridge Home    

We wish all Nor Lye News readers and all our loyal supporters a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Come on you Millers. 

Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : December 2017

North Leigh History Society

We may wonder about the rate of technological change today as new devices and changes happen constantly, but we were reminded that this has been happening for a long time now. The Wright brother’s first flight in 1903 was 120 feet (40 metres) long but a mere 7 years later Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel and Britain was no longer an island.

In our November talk Bill King reminded us of this and many other interesting facts about aviation and the airfields located in our region. Although not in the front line during the Battle of Britain, Oxfordshire’s airfields played an important part in the Second World War and Brize Norton still remains as one of the main RAF airfields in the UK.

Our December Meeting takes place on the 5th of the month when Richard O Smith 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 : December 2017

North Leigh Pre-School

With Christmas fast approaching the children have been very busy preparing their super-secret presents and decorations for their families! They are also looking forward to their Christmas party in the Memorial Hall at 1.15pm on Wednesday 13th December. Thanks again to everyone who has supported the Pre-School this year. We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Christmas Raffle draw and cake sale – Friday 8th December

Tickets for the Pre-school Christmas Raffle are still available. The prizes to be won this year include a 3 course meal at Eynsham Hall, DAB radio, £60 voucher for a meal at The Fleece, 2 months membership at Eynsham Hall’s health and fitness club, Family ticket for Blenheim Palace and many more. The draw will take place alongside a cake sale at Pre-School on Friday 8th December.

End of term – 12.30pm Tuesday 19th December.

Start of term – Monday 8th January.

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

Updated : December 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

For our November meeting, we welcomed Claire Winter, who talked to us about Reflexology.

Claire told us she had been a complementary medicine therapist for about 23 years and had treated people of all ages (including babies), and diverse occupations, to relieve stress, depression and other physical and mental conditions.

Reflexologists believe that the whole of the body is represented in the feet; Claire explained that the health-giving effects of massaging the feet have been known and documented for several thousand years. She takes a holistic approach to treating her clients, often giving them nutrition advice to aid their well-being.

We also practised our ‘choir’ carol for our Carol Service, which will be held in the church on Tuesday December 19th at 7.00pm - everyone is very welcome to join us!

Later in November, ten WI members and two husbands went out for lunch at ‘The Old Shed’ in Charlbury - the food was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, it was unanimously agreed to make this a monthly event, starting in January.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday December 12th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, when we will be trying our hands at Christmas crafts.

We would love to welcome new members and visitors. 

Wendy Goddard 

Updated : December 2017

North Leigh Youth Project

North Leigh Youth Project December 2017

Dave Broughton

Updated : December 2017


From PCSO Helen Keen…

Over the last few weeks there has been a sharp rise in burglaries in our area. The most recent being Witney, Carterton & Chipping Norton although there have been a number of similar incidents in Banbury, Bicester & Kidlington. 

Offenders appear to be gaining access via the rear of properties either unlocked doors, forcing entry by levering windows/doors or smashing glass and stealing cash and jewellery.

A person has recently been arrested and appeared in court but offences would appear to be continuing.

We are increasing our patrols but would welcome any information related to these recent burglaries. Your information could be the one piece of the jigsaw that is needed to apprehend these individuals.

Things to watch out for are:

  • Any suspicious activity including door to door sales/purchasing
  • Individuals offering to do groundwork, building or general outside maintenance of your property
  • Strange vehicles in your area

Protect your property:

  • Keep a light on even when you’re not at home. A lamp on a timer switch is a great deterrent
  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Don’t leave car keys and other valuables on display
  • Install an outside light and if you already have one check that its working
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or lockable drawer

Increased vigilance can prevent further offences and play a major part in an investigation should an incident occur.

Please report any suspicious activity to the police on 999, 101 or online.

We welcome your support and information.

Updated : December 2017

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

Updated : September 2014