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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  

16th July

2.00 – 5.00pm Admission £3.50, children free Refreshments, plants, Bridewell produce, products and our own organic wine will be for sale  

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 : July 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

Cogges 6th annual Beer & Cider Festival, 21st & 22nd July, 6.30pm – 11.00pm

A weekend of drinks, live music, Morris dancing and delicious food.

The Cogges Beer & Cider Festival has become a local institution, a true celebration of some of the best brews in the country. It has the feel of a rural festival, with within easy reach of Witney town centre and public transport. There are over 30 beers and ciders available to try, all sourced from breweries within 30 miles of Cogges, and served up to over 1,000 punters.

Live music will be entertaining drinkers in the 17th century barns, as well as Morris dancing and traditional games on Friday and Saturday night. Cogges will also be hosting a Drink Up Day on Sunday 23rd July from 10.00am, with local microbreweries, as well as activities for children and bouncy castle.

Tickets are £8 in advance from here, or £10 on the door. Entry includes a program, souvenir tankard and a free half pint of beer or cider.

Over 18s only on site Friday and Saturday evening.

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

Wedding season is in full swing! We have had great feedback from couples and guests about our new wedding menu, especially the Loin of Kelmscott Farm out door reared pork, black pudding crumble English mustard, grilled leeks, apple sauce, cider cream. If you want to find out more about our wedding menus, give us a call on 01993 885200.

Christmas already? We have started taking bookings for Christmas events, our brochure is available on our website (please let us know if you would like a copy sent out in the post). Our events include Christmas Casino House Parties from £39.50 per person, Festive lunches for work colleagues or groups of friends from £21.50 per person, treat your loved ones to a festive afternoon tea from £22.50 per person and not forgetting the family event of the year, our Christmas Lunch with Santa on Sunday 3rd, 10th & 17th December. We recommend booking early for this one to avoid disappointment!

The Health and Fitness club have introduced an early morning Metafit class, this 30 minute HIIT workout starts at 6.45am- A perfect way to kick-start your metabolism first thing in the morning!

Important dates for your diary:

  • The Health & Fitness Club Charity Spin-a-thon Sunday 16th July- Challenge yourself to spin for 1 or 2 hours, or even more! Call our leisure club to book in your slot. All money raised will go to our chosen charities, The Lola Rose Foundation and North Leigh School and Pre-school.
  • The Health & Fitness Club members summer BBQ Sunday 30th July- Let’s hope the sun is shining for our club members summer BBQ! Please contact the Health and Fitness Club for more information.
  • The Guides for Brides Wedding Fair Monday 28th August- Recently engaged? The Wedding Fair is an ideal opportunity to meet with suppliers and view Eynsham Hall and our beautiful grounds!

Updated : July 2017

Gardening Society

There is not a great report this month other that the weather has been unusually hot, so that watering the garden has become more demanding than usual in June, with much watering required just to keep plants alive. However some plants have enjoyed it, particularly the ‘Mediterranean’ varieties, and the Roses have been even more spectacular than usual.

The evening visit to Avril Hughes’ Garden in Islip was well attended and had been popular due to her interesting variety of Plants. This month’s evening outing is to “Babylon Plants”, The Stables, Cuxham. The meeting begins there at 6.30pm and the journey will take approx.4S minutes. Further details from Carol Frost (881306) until July 5th and after that from Pat or David Gooday (882405) who will be able to advise on car sharing and any other questions concerning directions etc.

Babylon Nursery is a large enterprise with a large selection of all sorts of Plants. The Plants are of very good quality (my daughter ordered 100 lavender plants from them in the Spring) and they are thriving and looking very healthy. Tea and cakes, or biscuits will be served and the cost is £3. We could do with more support and interest in this trip and as a lot of people are away at this time, I’m sure that those at home will not be disappointed by this visit.

I need hardly remind anyone that the Summer Show is coming up on Saturday 19th August and we should be starting to nurture and plan our entries already. The words “Tomorite or ReadyGrow” spring to mind! Any questions regarding the Entries can be made through Steve Braeger on 882372.   

Penney Purdon

Updated : July 2017

North Leigh Pre-School

This summer term is a special one as some of our wonderful children will be graduating from pre-school and are off to primary school in September.

I am sure everyone agrees with me when I say what a wonderful time we all had and how much they will be missed, we wish you all the best for your future.

This term the children were busy making gorgeous Father's Day cards; painting lots of picture with water colours and playing outside in the newly painted outside area. The term theme "transport" from last term was extended by everything to do with holidays, for example the children were applying for passports, booking holidays and learning about different countries.

We had the North Leigh Primary School summer fayre which was a fantastic day organised for all the children and we had lots of helpers for the pre-school stalls too, thank you to everyone for giving up your time to help!

A few dates for the diary:

Saturday 8th July, from 12:00 to 5.00pm: The Pre-school will have a stall at the Witney Carnival, with a teddy tombola, hook a duck game and a 200 square board to win a fabulous afternoon tea at Eynsham hall. Please come and find us.

Friday 22nd September, doors open from 7.15pm: Charity Handbag Auction organised by some lovely mums to raise money for the school and Pre-school. Tickets are available from 1st July at the school's playground.

Have a wonderful summer and brilliant summer holidays. We look forward to welcoming back all children and look forward to meeting all new children in September. Please call us on 01993 880092 if you have any questions or would like to check if there is any space available for your child from September. We break up on Friday 21st July.

Thank you all for helping us with our fundraising for the Pre-school, we highly appreciate your help in making a difference. 

Check out our Facebook page for latest updates:

Charity no: 269759  

Andrea Boliver

Updated : July 2017

North Leigh Youth Project

The summer term is in full swing at North Leigh Youth Project. Our club sessions have involved ice cream sundae making, BBQs, and swing ball competitions, with lots more to look forward to. 

We have finalised plans for our week long Summer Club in August, mixing it up this year with an added trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park, along with the traditional Bournemouth Beach trip. There are still spaces available, and for more information check the North Leigh Youth Project Page on Facebook.

Our Project Night has been very enjoyable, with sessions focusing on outdoor survival skills - such as shelter building and fire starting.

We also say a massive ‘well done’ to all of our young people who have completed their GCSE exams.  

100Club: Winning numbers June 2017

1st Prize: £50.00 Winning number: 10
2nd Prize: £30.00 Winning number: 13
3rd Prize: £20.00 Winning number: 32

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 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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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