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1st North Leigh Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

Girlguiding logo The highlight of the Spring term for North Leigh Guides and Brownies was an action packed weekend at PGL Liddington. Thirteen Guides and eleven Brownies, with five Guides from Long Hanborough and five Leaders, enjoyed canoeing, zip wire, giant swing, fencing, crate stacking and survival skills, as well as evening activities. Everyone had a great time, trying new things, overcoming fears and making friends. The Guides have also been working on Water Safety and Chocolate badges.

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 : April 2018

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 Organic Gardens – Open Afternoon

The Walled Garden and Vineyard at Wilcote (OX7 3DT) will be open on Sunday July 15th 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Suggested donation £4, children free

Refreshments, plants, Bridewell produce, products and our own organic wine will be for sale.

For further information please call 01993 864530 or go to

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

Charity no: 1158456

Updated : July 2018

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,

Christian Aid Week 2018

Many thanks to all those people locally who responded positively to our recent house-to-house collection, either by collecting or by giving.

The Week raised the commendable sum of £1,790 for the work of Christian Aid, which will be higher when the tax is reclaimed on behalf of those who gift-aided their donations.

This year's special emphasis is on helping those affected by destructive weather conditions to rebuild their homes.    

John Brown, Organiser

Updated : July 2018

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

Tying the knot? - On Sunday 15th July we will be opening our doors to partners-to-be for our Wedding Open Day. Romantics will have a chance to experience our stunning facilities first hand, while our specialist wedding team will also be available to answer any questions or to discuss specific requirements. To book an appointment please call 01993 885201. Appointments are available from 12-4.30pm.

We’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our Guides for Brides wedding fair in May. It was a hugely successful day, with over 100 brides attending. We now have a number of lovely weddings booked in as a result and hope to see the rest of you again very soon! Our next Guides for Brides event will be held on the 27th August.

Getting into the stride - Gym members will know that our very own Assistant Club Manager Stevie took part in The Thames Valley Walk last month, joining a small group from Burford Fire Station to walk the entire length of The River Thames. Starting at its source in Gloucestershire, the team walked 184 miles to finish at The Thames Barrier in London, and raised over £9,000 for their chosen charities, child bereavement charity Seesaw and The Firefighters Charity. A huge well done to Stevie and everyone else involved! You can still donate to their fundraising page on the Virgin Money Giving website.    

Updated : July 2018

Nor Lye Festival

Come along to North Leigh Football ground for the greatest Festival in the county! 20 Bands including North Leigh’s Casually Sinister, up and coming young musicians Sprung from Cages, Danny Mellin, Be Still, Counting Cards and Headliners Shepherd Pie and The Inflatables. See posters for full line up or visit NorLye Festival on Facebook.

FREE entry thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers and sponsors.

BEER Festival with dozens of ales from across the nation

But it’s not just Music and Beer we have Prosecco and Gin from Raising the Bar, the marvellous Curry Cone from North Leigh’s Spice Indira, Wood Fired Pizza and Street Food from The Grumpy Duck!  

Fairground Rides, Story Teller, Festival Stalls and THE BEARD OF THE FESTIVAL.  

See you all there.

Nor Lye Festival Beardy Dude face

Beardy Dude

Updated : June 2018

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.

Monday April 23rd.

North Leigh United entertained Shrivenham at Eynsham Park for a rare Monday Night game, and the visitors won 1-0, to take them to second in the table.  The Millers remain 6th.

Tuesday April 24th

North Leigh had another long mid-week journey to North Devon, this time to play Barnstable Town, and came away with an excellent 5-1 away victory.  The winning goals came from Liam Carroll (2), Jordan Lymn, Dec Shepperd and Josh Thomas.

Wednesday April 25th

North Leigh United fell to their second home defeat in three days, when they lost 3-2 to Pewsey Vale.  The Millers goals scored by Frankie Cato and Tom Harvey.  North Leigh United finish in 6th place in Hellenic League. Div 1 West.  They also lost in the final of the Faringdon Thursday Cup to Wroughton.

Thursday April 26th

North Leigh lost to their Oxfordshire rivals Didcot Town 2-0 at Eynsham Park.  The win means that Didcot have almost booked their place in the end of season Play-Offs.

Saturday 28th April

North Leigh drew their penultimate League game 1-1 at home to Larkhall Athletic.  The goal scorer was Daryll Harris.

Monday April 30th

In the last League game of the season North Leigh went down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Cinderford Town.  After a somewhat disappointing season the Millers have finished 18th in the Southern League Div 1 West, and await the result of the F.A. re-organisation to find out what League they compete in next season. 

A new management structure will be in place for next season, to replace the out-going Manager John Brough.


North Leigh have been placed in Southern League East for the 2018-19 season.  This means the Millers will play teams they have not met before, such as Dunstable and Aylesbury teams, Cambridge City, Bedford Town and many others.

The new management will be Craig Dore and Darren James as joint Managers.  

Peter and Pat Dix

Updated : June 2018

North Leigh History Society

In March we found ourselves at the cutting edge of nuclear science as Dr Peter Kirby outlined the UK’s explorations into nuclear fusion, still something yet to be realised.  It was fascinating to learn about the people and events that took this project from an idea on paper to something tangible and exciting.

Our talk on April 3rd will be by Janice Kinory who will be demonstrating just how much information can be obtained from the extensive collection of photos in the archives of Oxford University.  You might just find that you will look at your own family photos in a different light!  Do come and find out more.  Our final talk of this season is on May 1st when Mark Davies will be talking to us about Dylan Thomas and the Welsh poets.  Dylan Thomas spent just one year in Oxford shortly after the Second World War but was never truly happy here.

All meetings take place in the Turner Hall 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 : April 2018

North Leigh Memorial Hall

North Leigh War Memorial Hall – 100 years on …

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The War Memorial Hall was built in 1924, on land donated to the village by the Mason family, to remember those from our community who lost their lives and did not return home. The hall was to be managed by a group of trustees for the benefit of the inhabitants of the parish of North Leigh, and a constitution to support this was drawn up and agreed.

Later this year we will remember and acknowledge the reason why we have a War Memorial Hall, and, while it is important to look back and reflect, it is also important that we continue to look forward to the future.

The original memorial hall was replaced with a new and modern hall around 10 years ago, however the constitution by which the hall was governed and managed, whilst not being the original constitution, was outdated and increasingly unfit for purpose, particularly from a legal point of view.

When I joined the trustees of the hall, around 10 years ago, it was recognised that the constitution would need to be reviewed and updated. For several reasons, this has taken a while to achieve, but on 1st April this year we updated the constitution and changed our legal status to that of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

A CIO is a new form of legal entity designed for non-profit organisations in the United Kingdom. The main intended benefits of the new entity are that it has legal personality, the ability to conduct business in its own name, and limited liability so that its members and trustees will not have to contribute in the event of financial loss.

As a CIO we now have a modern agreement through which we will continue to manage the hall for the benefit of the inhabitants of North Leigh. We continue to manage through a board of trustees, with the new CIO structure providing a more effective management framework and up to date legal wording. However, importantly our purpose and focus has not changed:

The objects of the CIO are:

(a) the provision and maintenance of a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of North Leigh (“the area of benefit”) without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, including use for meetings, lectures and classes, and for other forms of recreational and leisure-time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants; and

(b) the repair and maintenance of the Memorial Cross in North Leigh Churchyard.

Nothing in this constitution shall authorise an application of the property of the CIO for the purposes which are not charitable.

I would like to thank two of our trustees. Peter Van Cauwelaert and Jim Nicholson, for their focus and significant hard work over the last 12 months, in getting this transition completed. If you have any questions relating to the new CIO status of our hall, or any other questions relating to the management of the hall, then please feel free to email me on

Paul Burgum, Chairman – North Leigh War Memorial Hall


Updated : June 2018

North Leigh Pre-School

As the Summer term draws to a close we prepare to say a fond farewell to all the children graduating from Pre-school this year. We wish them all the best for their future. We will be celebrating their graduation on 19th July, where Nick Cope, songwriter and musician will be presenting the certificates. There will also be a celebratory cake sale at 3.00pm on Thursday 19th July outside Pre-school.

There is still plenty for the children to look forward to over the coming weeks with the Pre-school sports day (weather permitting) on 12th July at 9.15am. The children can have a go at running and obstacle races. Also, the annual summer family day trip, this year to Cotswold Farm Park, will take place on 24th July (Pre-school will be closed on this day).

Term finishes on Wednesday 25th July at 12.30pm. We wish everyone a very enjoyable summer break and we look forward to welcoming familiar faces and new when term starts again on Thursday 6th September.  

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

Updated : July 2018

North Leigh Short Mat Bowls Club

As we enter the month of April there is barely two weeks left of short mat bowls.  The season seems to have gone very quickly. Recently our Wednesday evenings have been occupied with Pairs and Triples competitions and Thursday evenings have remained with the Fours.

On 4th April the club will be entertaining the youth club and on the 12th the club will hold its AGM which will commence at 7.30pm.

The Club has played extremely well in the West Oxon League and has managed to win the trophy again this year.  Well done to all who play in this league.

Bowls will resume in the second week of September.  

Elizabeth Cleary

Updated : April 2018

North Leigh WI

Our June meeting was in fact a summer outing and this year a group of us visited the Oxford Bus Museum which is right on our doorstep at Hanborough.

In 1957 a few men began working on restoring a couple of old buses as a hobby in their spare time, in 1967 they bought their own first bus. In 1981 they became a charity and continued to grow.

The museum tells the story of 130 years of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire, it is also home to the Morris Motors Museum. The cars brought back many memories to our group, every vehicle so beautifully restored.

There are many vintage bicycles as well as ticket machines, timetables and staff uniforms.

Who can forget jumping on the platform of a double decker bus hanging on to the rail as it began to move off !

Well worth a visit, the staff more than willing to explain their work in a very friendly way.

The cafe provides drinks, sandwiches and other snacks in very nice surroundings.

Nostalgia by the bucketful !

At our next meeting on July 10th we shall have our Denman Ambassador Virginia Lawrence as speaker and the competition will be a piece of craft work you have made yourself.

The summer meal will be at Eynsham Hall on Tuesday July 24th, 6.30 for 7.00pm. 

Brenda Timms

Updated : July 2018

North Leigh Youth Project

NLYP 100Club : Winning numbers June 2018

1st Prize:    £ 61 Winning number : 39
2nd Prize:   £ 36.60 Winning number : 15
3rd Prize:    £ 24.40 Winning number : 30

The 100Club currently brings in £122 every month into club funds. 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 : July 2018


North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch  

Do you care about the community you live in? Would you like to be part of the North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch scheme?  

North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch (NL-NHW) is a new scheme.  It is a great scheme that welcomes all residents from the village to join. It is there to increase awareness about what is happening around us and also to make sure we are looking out for each other, especially the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community.  

As a member of the North Leigh Neighbourhood Watch scheme you will receive:

  • Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood alerts
  • Local information and alerts specific to North Leigh that come from our local Neighbourhood Police team and other NHW members
  • Invitations to Action & Awareness events that are held throughout the year
  • Crime reduction advice and information
  • No Cold Callers door sticker (OCC Trading Standards)
  • Neighbourhood Watch Scheme member door/window sticker
  • UV pen to mark your own valuables  

It is important to get to know who your neighbours are. By working together, we can help to tackle local issues, including anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, which can help to reduce crime.

If you would like to join the scheme, please email us at: or call, giving your name, address and phone number.  You can also speak to our Neighbourhood PCSO Helen Keen on 101.

We look forward to welcoming you to the scheme.

Helen Keen, NL-NHW Coordinators

Twitter page - @TVP_WESTOXON

See how our Neighbourhood Watch can make a difference to our community 

Updated : March 2018

Seniors Lunch and Tea Club

OUTING - THURSDAY JULY 5th 1.30 -6.00pm approx.

The first outing of this club will be on the afternoon of July 5th departing the Turner Hall carpark at 1.30pm and also picking up from outside the Memorial Hall.

We are in the process of planning a local trip in a minibus (easy access and electric step) to include Filkins Woollen Mill and tea. This outing should be suitable for all as little walking will be required. Please contact Sue Campbell (07929 120953; for more details and to reserve a place.

Sue Campbell

Updated : June 2018

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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Updated : September 2014

Wychwood Drystone Walling Day at Cogges Farm 10.00am – 3.00pm July 18

Drystone walls are one of the most distinctive features of this beautiful part of the world.  They use the local Cotswold limestone, that occurs naturally across much of the old Wychwood Forest area. Whether building a new wall, or repairing and maintaining an old one, there is an art to this ancient skill, which the Wychwood Project is eager to pass on to more people who live in West Oxfordshire.

Come along on Wednesday 18 July 10.00am-3.00pm to historic Cogges Manor Farm in Witney and learn how to build a Cotswold drystone wall. The day will be led by an experienced local waller, and you will be able to get stuck in continuing the walling efforts of previous courses at this traditional farm.

No experience necessary. Please wear stout boots; all other tools and equipment are supplied.  Cogges Farm has a cafe on-site or you can bring your own picnic lunch.  Maximum 10 places, £30 per person, booking is essential.

Wychwood Project logo

Go to the Events page of to book your place.

Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

To contact the Wychwood Project

phone: 07584 262437


Updated : July 2018