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1st North Leigh Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

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The summer term was a busy one for the Guides - we:

  • visited Cadbury World
  • lit a fire and cooked our lunch
  • took part in the Windrush Division Day
  • took part in the County Challenge Day, called OxyGen, including camping out overnight 
  • went on a hike, just down to the church and back, because it was so hot
  • went on another hike along the river and around Witney lake
  • went swimming at Woodstock pool
  • held an end of term party, which included entertainment

We had learnt earlier in the year about a charitable organisation called BEFSA, which works to support schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa; inspired by this, two of the Guides, Rebecca Flewitt and Isobel Goodyear raised over £170, which they presented to Julie Stuart-Thompson from the charity. The money will be spent on chairs, tables and other necessities for the schools. 

For four of the girls, Sammy Miller, Maisie Samson, Lauren Godliman and Tierney Lees, the highlight of the year was our 10 day trip to Switzerland, which included: cable cars, mountains, tobogganing, zip wires, a rope bridge, jumping off a bridge, swimming, shopping, hiking and visits to a woodcarver, a cheese farm and Our Chalet, one of the four World Guiding Centres.

We have already started planning for the autumn term - our first event will be helping to man our District stand at the Hanborough Show on Saturday September 9th.

We are looking forward to a weekend camp at the end of September at Jubilee House; we will be sleeping in tents while the Brownies sleep indoors - the Brownies are also very excited about this adventure!

In October we are going to the Big Gig, a pop concert attended by approximately 2,000 Guides and Senior Section.

If you would like to find out more about Girlguiding in North Leigh, either for a young member, or as an adult helper, please email Wendy Bayliss ( or Wendy Goddard (

Our first meetings of the autumn term will be:

  • Monday September 11th: 7.00 - 8.45pm Guides (10 - 14 years)
  • Thursday September 14th: 4.30 - 5.30pm Rainbows (5 - 7 years)
  • Thursday September 14th: 5.30 - 6.45pm Brownies (7 - 10 years)

In the Youth Centre, at the back of North Leigh Memorial Hall. 

Wendy Goddard

Updated : September 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

In mid-July we hosted a Leisure Club Spin-a-thon to raise money for our chosen charities, The Lola-Rose Foundation and North Leigh School and Pre-School. A huge well done to everyone who took part and a massive thank you to the lovely Stevie and Jane for instructing the event - a fabulous £110 was raised.

Coffee or lunch at Eynsham? With the kids back at school, why not stop off on the way back from drop off for a quiet coffee. Relax on the champagne terrace with one of our array of expertly crafted coffees, or enjoy lunch in the award winning Gun Room Bar, a great space for catching up over drinks and light bites.

Wedding Open Day: our annual Wedding Open Day will be taking place on Sunday 10th September, with doors open 12.00-4.30pm. This event is a great opportunity to view our stunning function facilities that are available for both ceremonies and receptions. There will be a chance to discuss your own specific wedding requirements with one of our specialist team. Contact Hannah to arrange an appointment on 01933 885201.

Christmas is coming – we are getting ready for Christmas and have pre-ordered our 6 Christmas trees including the 10ft tree for the main hall.  Our decorations go up the last week in November so if you want to get into the festive spirit come and enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the main hall or book for our lunch with Santa event (Sunday 3rd, 10th & 17th December) where the family can enjoy a carvery meal and the children can meet Father Christmas and be entertained throughout the meal with magic and balloon modelling.  Christmas does sell fast, so call 01993 885200 or email to avoid disappointment.  

Updated : September 2017

Gardening Society

Saturday 19th August saw our 62nd annual summer show.  Yes, we really have been going that long.  The show was very well supported, with 319 entries from 41 people as well as 9 entries from 4 children, including some very impressive robots made from recycled materials.   It was really good to see more children entering this year. 

Well done to everyone who entered, your wonderful exhibits were much enjoyed by everyone who came to the show and the judges were impressed by the quality of the entries.   Congratulations to everyone who won prizes, but especially to this year’s cup winners who were:    

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who came along to the show and to everyone who donated tombola and raffle prizes.

Debbie Braeger: The Winterbourne Cup.  Most points in the flower arranging classes
  The Hunt Edmonds Cup.  Most points in the cookery classes
  The Gordon Baldwin Cup.  Lady exhibitor with most points in the whole show
Helen Bush: The Rose Plaque.  Best rose in the flower classes
Les Cooper: Frank Lord Tankard.  Best exhibit in the novice classes
Tino Ferraz:  The Randall Hunter Cup.  Most points in the onion & shallot classes
  Oxford Mail Challenge Cup.  Most points in the vegetable classes
Starla Firth: Deborah Ann Gough Cup.  Most points in the children’s classes
David Gooday: Bill Carter Dahlia Bowl.  Most points in the dahlia classes
  Storrs Challenge Cup.  Most points in the flower classes
  Maud Robens Memorial Trophy.  Best exhibit in the flower, fruit & vegetable classes (for his 3 cactus dahlias)
Steve Kennett: Madeleine Allen Cup.  Most points in the fruit classes
  Members Cup.  Most points in the flower, fruit & vegetable classes combined
Candy Kerpache: Kingston Mount Cup.  Most points in the handicraft classes
Sally Allum-Smith & Debbie Braeger
(joint winners):
Jean Walker Cup.  Most points in cookery classes where the recipes are provided
Les Cooper & Lucy Kennet
(joint winners):
Phyllis Grayson Cup.  Most points in the novice classes


Our next meeting is at 7:30pm on Tuesday 26th September.  This will be our AGM combined with a cheese & wine supper and our Autumn Show.  Although everyone is welcome to attend, the show is for members only.  Details of the show classes can be found on page 19 of your Members’ Guide and staging is from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Steve Braeger

Updated : September 2017

New Yatt Riding for the Disabled

 Charity Masquerade Ball

Kay Alty:

Updated : September 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 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 Football Club

Visit our official website here.

Saturday August 12th

North Leigh has a disappointing result in their first league game of the season, losing 5-2 at Eynsham Park to Southern League newcomers Bristol Manor Farm.  Two first half goals for North Leigh, scored by Eddie Stevens, put the Millers in control at half time, but the visitors upped their game in the second half to run out worthy winners.

Tuesday August 15th

North Leigh managed to get their first point of the season at Swindon Supermarine, when George Seacole equalized to earn a 1-1 away draw.

Saturday August 19th

North Leigh managed to get their F.A. Cup campaign off to a winning start in Reading, against Hellenic League Highmoor Ibis 3-1.  The Millers goals were scored by George Seacole (2) and Eddie Stevens. North Leigh United lost their opening Hellenic League Div.1 West campaign by being beaten 2-1 at Eynsham Park by Cheltenham Saracens.  Jamie McCudig scored the Millers only goal.

Saturday August 26th

North Leigh managed to get their first league victory of the season, by beating high flyers Salisbury 2-1 at Eynsham Park.  Both goals came from Roger James.  Last season North Leigh beat Salisbury home and away.

September Fixtures

First Team   United team  
Saturday 2nd Biggleswade Home F.A. Cup Clanfield Home
Saturday 9th Barnstaple Town Home
Saturday 16th Slimbridge Away Easington Sports Away
Saturday 23rd Shortwood Utd Home Cropredy Home Ox.Sn. Cup
Tuesday 26th AFC Totton Away Clanfield Away Fld.Lt. Cup
Saturday 30th Taunton Town Away Heading Amats. Home

Come on you Millers!

Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : September 2017

North Leigh History Society

Our new programme starts again on Tuesday 5th September. We like to keep up with local events and, coinciding with the Wychwood Fair and the recent Wilderness festival, Dr Simon Townley will be giving a talk about Wychwood and the Cornbury area.  From 1086, when the forest was recorded in the Domesday Book, until our recent Millennium celebrations of 2000 when Wychwood Way was designed, drawing on waymarked rights of way around its heart, the forest has been a significant presence in this area.  Come and explore with us this historic area.

Keep your diaries open for our 3rd October talk, when Derek West will be bringing us Snippets from Witney’s Past.  There’s plenty to look forward to in our new programme!  Meetings take place in the Turner Hall, Church Road 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 : September 2017

North Leigh Pre-School

Welcome to North Leigh Pre- School -

A new school year 2017 / 18 has begun and lots of exciting, adventurous, educational and fun activities have been planned for our pre – school children. We welcome back all our wonderful children from last year and would like to say a warm welcome to our new children and their parents / carers and hope you will have a good start into school life. We are looking forward to working together with you all! Many thanks for all your ongoing support…

During the last summer term, the pre-school committee has started to decorate the tired looking outside play area and continued the transformation to the front area of the building during the summer holidays. We would like to thank all our committee parents who gave up their precious time to help us; we couldn’t have done it without you.

Would you like to be part of the Pre – School Committee and help us raise money for our pre-school? Then please come along to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm at the pre – school, we are looking forward to seeing you! 

This month’s main event is the

Charity Handbag Auction
Charity Handbag Auction
An event organised by mums to support the Pre-School and Primary School. When: Friday 22nd September Doors open: 7.00pm Start: 7.45pm There are only a few tickets left, so do not miss out. Tickets can be purchased at the Post Office in North Leigh for £5. Tickets include a free glass of wine.

Andrea Boliver, For the North Leigh Pre - School Committee

Phone: 01993 880092    Email:          Charity No: 269759

Updated : September 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

The August meeting of North Leigh WI is traditionally a visit to a fairly local place of interest, preferably with a good coffee shop or tea room!  This year we visited the Cotswold Woollen Weavers at Filkins; after coffee and biscuits, we learnt a little about the history of the local weaving industry, including Witney blankets.  There are different areas to investigate at Filkins, as well as the museum and the shops, there is also a stonemason and carver. A very good lunch followed our exploration of the various buildings. More information can be found at:

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday September 12th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, when we will be learning about Medical Detection Dogs - why not come and join us? 

Wendy Goddard

Updated : September 2017

North Leigh Youth Project

Summer Club 2017 was a huge success and everyone had a great time. Please visit NLYP Facebook page to see photos and videos of what our young people got up to. Some major personal feats were achieved.

The Youth Centre has been decorated over the summer holidays and now looks very smart.

Club will re-open on Wednesday 13th September

We hope to have lots of new members joining us, especially new Year 6’s. Do come along and see what we are doing. New members are always welcome.

The best way to keep up to date with what is happening at NLYP is to follow us on our Facebook page.     

100Club: Winning numbers August 2017

1st Prize: £52.00 Winning number: 22
2nd Prize: £31.80 Winning number: 66
3rd Prize: £20.20 Winning number: 16

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 : September 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