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In this issue..

Girlguiding Ridgeway

Muddy Mayhem!

Ask the Expert: Business Expenses

Ladygrove Park Primary School Fete

Didcot Writers Workshop

Crossword Competition

Your Garden

Local clubs


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Dear Neighbours,

Ah! The glorious days of end of spring when,

instead of sitting in my study in front of a

computer while it’s cold and rainy outside… I sit

in my study in front of a computer while it’s bright and

sunny outside.

If you feel more energetic than I do, there are plenty

of opportunities to keep you entertained this time of

year in our area.

Muddy Mayhem is back and what’s even better, you

have the whole summer to prepare: it will happen on

7th October. As you might know, it’s a Family Charity

Obstacle Fun Run, so you can choose to walk, run,

marshal, spectate or sponsor, and in the process help

local charities.

Ladygrove Park Primary School invite you to their

SummerFete. Great fun for all the family on 16th June.

Girlguiding Ridgeway are profiled on page 10. Have a

read if you are looking for great activities for your


Our 10th birthday celebrations continue. 10 years of

serving the community, promoting local business &

organisations. See their entries inside and do not forget

to use the index on page 30 to locate them in the


Resident experts Shaw Gibbs continue the series on

personal, sole trader and partnership business advice.

On this issue: business expenses.

More inside as usual including our garden feature,

crossword, mindbenders, Didcot Film Club, ’Shut up

and Write!’, Didcot Concert Orchestra and

more...including of course our local businesses. On

their behalf, let me extend a big thank you for

continuing to use and support them. When you do so,

don't forget to tell them that you found them in The

Didcot Directory.

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5 Ladygrove Park Primary School Summer Fete

6 U3A Meetings & Presentations

10 Girlguiding: Train Trails

16 Didcot Writers Workshop

16 Muddy Mayhem!

22 Didcot Events for 2018

Your Garden

8 Ground Control

Ask the Expert

7 Sole Trader and Partner Business Expenses

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

10 Girlguiding Ridgeway Division

22 Wantage Camera Club

24 Thames Valley Air Ambulance

25 Didcot Concert Orchestra

27 Didcot Citizens Advice

29 Girl Guiding GWP

29 Didcot Film Club

Games and Competitions

12 Mindbenders

23 Competition Crossword

Index of local businesses page 30

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance, Fire, Police 999

Gas Leaks 0800 111 999

Southern Electric 0845 770 8090

Thames Water 0845 9200 800

Leakline 0800 714 614

Floodline 0845 988 1188

Thames Valley Police

Non emergency enquiries 101

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Samaritans 0845 790 9090

Citizens Advice Bureau 03444 111 444

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Ambulance, Fire, Police

Gas Leaks

Southern Electric

Thames Water




Police (non emergency)




Citizens Advice Bureau - CAB

Mind - South Oxon


Didcot Town Council

South Oxfordshire D.C.


Useful Numbers


0800 111 999

0845 770 8090

0845 920 0800

0845 988 1188

0800 555 111


0845 790 9090

0808 800 5000

0870 555 5999

03444 111 444

01235 522 096

01235 812637

01235 422422

01865 792422

Telephone Preference

Service 08450 700 707


National Rail Enquiries

Thames Travel

0845 748 4950

01491 837 988


Woodlands Medical Centre

Oak Tree Health Centre

Didcot Health Centre


Didcot Community Hospital

-The elderly / General enq.

-Dental Reception

-Podiatry Reception

-MSK Physio Reception

Abingdon Community Hosp.

Wallingford Community

West Berks Community

The John Radcliffe Hospital

Royal Berkshire Hospital


Boots, Broadway

Lloyds, Britwell Road

Boots, Lostock Place

Lloyds, Woodlands Road

Lloyds, Sainsbury’s


South Oxon Recycling

Recycle for West Berkshire

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01235 810099

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01865 904 070

01865 904 725

01865 904 968

01865 904 346

01865 904 488

01635 273 300

01865 741 166

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01235 812116

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Upcoming Meetings

15th May - Memoirs of a Royal Footman -

Ian Scott-Hunter will talk about his life of

working with the Royal Family.

19th June - Buying & Selling at Auction -

Steven Barry Bruce, professional auctioneer,

with tales from the Auction Rooms.

17th July - Fly Girl Adventures -

Anita May, professional airline pilot, with a

colourful career and, as she says, 'all of it


Meetings start at 2pm at Didcot Civic Hall

To find out more on the over 35 interest groups,

monthly presentations or to enquire on all

matters U3A you can Google: Didcot & District

U3A. Alternatively contact via email.

Chairman-Shirley Rouse chairman@didcotu3a.org;

Secretary-Chris Jones secretary@didcotu3a.org;

Members Secretary-Bob Ashby


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Ridgeway Division

Girlguiding Ridgeway division has over 40 units

meeting in Chilton, Harwell, Upton and East

Hagbourne, across Didcot, Long Wittenham,

Cholsey, Brightwell and Wallingford. Together

they offer over 600 girls and young women the

chance to learn skills, grow in confidence, make

lifelong friendships, help their communities and

have lots of fun.

Units generally meet weekly during term time with

other trips and sleepovers at weekends, each

group makes their own decisions about activities

they enjoy. Rainbows are aged 5-7 and learn by

doing – they get their hands dirty, do sports, arts

and crafts and play games. Through taking part in

a range of different activities with girls their own

age, Rainbows develop self-confidence and make

lots of new friends.

At age 7 girls can join

Brownies. Girls in

B r o w n i e s h a v e

i n c r e d i b l e

experiences together,

make brilliant friends

a n d d i s c o v e r t h e

world around them.

Every time they meet

u p , g r o u p s o f

Brownies learn new

skills and take on

challenges as they work out what they want to be

and do in the future.

By the time girls are 10 most are ready to move

on to Guides. In Guides you'll get out there and do

something really different. You'll create your own

campaigns, learn and share new skills and fly

down the occasional zip wire. You'll explore new

places - Guides go on camps, holidays and trips,

enjoy exciting events like the star-studded concert

the BIG GIG and the music festival, Wellies and


The Senior Section is for all young women aged

14 to 25. Travel the world, learn to lead, raise your

voice and build an incredible CV. Whatever you

want to do, The Senior Section offers a range of

unique opportunities.

Ridgeway Division

With a programme

designed around your personal development, The

Senior Section is all about gaining valuable,

transferable skills and standing up for what you

believe in.

In the past few years Girlguiding Ridgeway local

units have been on many adventures outside of

the meeting place, from local sleepovers and

daytrips to bigger, longer holidays. The girls have

attended a special Brownie festival and slept in a

Big Top, stayed at Butlins with 1000s of other

Brownies, attended the BIG GIG and travelled to

London, they’ve even had sleepovers in museums.

Girls have visited care homes, raised money for

local and national charities and learnt how to feel

good about themselves while helping others. 5 of

the older Guides and Senior Section members

have been selected to join international trips this

Summer, travelling to either Austria or India as part

of a larger team from across the region.

From 26th May -10th June you might notice trains

decorated by each unit in shops and businesses

around Didcot and Wallingford. Leaflets with clues

to all the hiding places are just £1 each for the 2

trails, one in Didcot and one in Wallingford. Can

you find them all?

You can see Gilrguiding Ridgeway on

Saturday 26th May. They will be at both

Didcot and Wallingford Market Places, selling

leaflets for their fundraising Train Trails. Or

visit www.girlguiding.org.uk to find out more

about joining them.

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Laura Makin Legal Services Ltd

Simple, straight forward, no fuss.

Fully qualified local Lawyer.

Wills (single £120 double £180

Will trusts £250)

Powers of Attorney (£120)

Probate advice (£100 per hour)

In the comfort of your own home,

evenings and weekends too.

01235 868493 Laura@lauramakinlegalservices.co.uk


Cp Groundworks & Sons Ltd

Local family run business

covering all aspects of

groundwork and more!

Footings, Oversites, Drainage, Patios,

Driveways, Pressure Washing, Site

Clearances, Garden walls

Conservatory bases, Fencing, General

Building, Plumbing and more.

Digger and dumper hire available

with or without operator.

No job too small or big!

01235 415 357

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Lock repairs & lock opening

UPVC door locks & handles

Free Quotations

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Office: 3 Wayside Green,

Woodcote, Oxfordshire RG8 0PR

Over 30 years of experience

For all your fencing & decking needs

All materials stocked for fast delivery.

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for 2018


Stalls available to local groups, clubs, charities,

churches, schools, businesses craft & gift traders

at The Street fair. More information and

application forms for stalls at the various events at


Wantage Camera Club


“Black and White”

With guest speaker Dave Hammant.

Tuesday 5th June, 7.30 pm - 10 pm.

Doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Newbury

Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA.

Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway,

Wantage, OX12 9BU, with entrance to the

church hall via Church Street.

For more information about the club


July meeting preview

Sandy Watson - 'Trek from Lula to Everest

Base Camp’.

Tuesday, 03 July, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Sandy will talk about a trek she made in

2003, from Lula to Everest base camp.

3rd Didcot Food Festival

Saturday 27th October,

10am - 4pm Didcot

Civic Hall £4 in advance £5 on the day Under 16s


Advance Tickets can be purchased on:


There will be a VIP Opening and TV Chefs will be

in the Chefs Theatre. 60 food and drink traders

will feature, alongside a bar, street food

entertainments, and a Vintage Cafe.

Didcot Gift and Craft Festival

Saturday 17th November 10.30am - 4pm

Didcot Civic Hall £1 door entry

Children under 16 Free.

25th Didcot Christmas Street fair

Thursday 30th November 4 – 9pm

Broadway and Orchard Centre. The theme this

year will be ‘Winter Wonderland’.

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5. Harder to find steak cooked less (5)

7. Small version of stringed instrument


8. Compliment one on being less lumpy


10. Sailor has poem in place of residence


11. Missile discovered in nest at tight

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14. Fur belongs to me after Her Majesty


16. At this point the only way is up (6)

19. Travelling events about highways (9)

22. Hired transport moves along runway


23. Copies birds with beautiful plumage


24. Coat the cake with frozen water (3)

25. Prepare the entrapment (3,2)

26. Lover lost by Juliet (5)


1. Like a fairytale creature with an odd

life to a point (5)

3. Propeller works in both directions (5)

4. Money bags offered for prize fighters


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6. It takes prose to give a quick

response (7)

9. Baste a wild animal (5)

12. Openly discuss the atmosphere (3)

13. Having possession of a sea going

vessel I hear (9)

14. One of the very best (5)

15. Island moggie with no end in sight


17. Plant seeds for the pig (3)

18. Get in the way of the picnic basket


20. Said animal with a sore throat (5)

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The Didcot Phoenix Drama Group

A very friendly, social amateur drama group that

has been in existence since 1983 and welcomes

members of all backgrounds and abilities.

Meetings on Wednesdays from 8pm at the

Northbourne Centre, Church Street, Didcot.

More info at www.didcotphoenixdrama.co.uk

Wallingford Photographic Club

If you love photography, come and visit this

friendly club where you will be inspired by some

excellent visiting presenters. Meets 8pm on Thurs

at Crowmarsh Pavilion just past Wallingford

bridge. More info & a programme for the season

via wallingfordphotoclub@gmail.com or


Didcot & Wallingford Orchestra

Meets every Monday 7.30-9pm at the Northbourne

Centre, Didcot. New players welcome.

E. didcotandwallingfordorchestra@gmail.com

T. Tel. 01865 276738 www.didcotorchestra.org.uk

Didcot Film Club

A local organisation showing the films you won't

see in mainstream cinemas: Hollywood classics,

foreign language films, British independent films.

DFC meet monthly at Cornerstone in Didcot at

8pm on a Wednesday evening. For more info, see

www.didcotfilmclub.org.uk, e- mail

chair@didcotfilmclub.org.uk Tel. 01235 515144

Rotary Club of Didcot

The Rotary Club of Didcot meet every Thursday at

12:45pm at the Steventon House Hotel. For more

information, contact the secretary Liz Tappin Tel.

01235 817530 or visit www.didcotrotary.org.uk

Didcot Twinning Association

Did you know that Didcot is twinned with France’s

Meylan & Germany’s Planegg? Would you like to

get to know the real France & Germany? Perhaps

your club would like to meet up with the

equivalents in Meylan & Planegg? For more info

email Geoff Oldham geoff.oldham@talktalk.net or

visit www.didcottwinning.org.uk

Didcot & District University of the 3rd Age

Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at

2pm at Didcot Civic Hall. Visitors welcome. More

info from secretary@didcotu3a.org T: 01235

211291 or 510048 W: www.u3asites.org.uk/didcot.

Reg. Charity No. 288007 www.u3a.org.uk

Wallingford & Didcot District Rotary (WDDR)

WDDR meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 8pm at

The Plough, Long Wittenham. The 1st Tuesday is a

meeting night, the 3rd is a meal.

More info on: https://wddrotary.wordpress.com/

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Royal British Legion (RBL)

The Didcot & District Branch of RBL welcomes new

members. The RBL is the nation’s leading Armed

Forces Charity providing care and support to all

members of the Armed Forces past & present.

Membership is open to everyone whether they’ve

served in the Armed Forces or not who support

the Legion’s aims. Contact the secretary for

membership & meeting details. Tel.01235 211488.

Email: jrunderwood@virginmedia.com.

Association of Students of the Third Age

Affiliated to U3A. Meet every Wed 2pm–4pm in the

Lounge at Hanover Court, Craven Way, Didcot

OX11 8NU. Games, quizzes & speakers. Pub lunch

on the 3rd Wed of each month. Occasional visits

to local attractions. Visitors welcome (£2.00 per

visit, up to 2 sessions). Yearly membership £10 +

£2.00 fee each week attended. Feel free to come

along; Margaret on 01235 510989 will be happy to

answer any queries.

Didcot & District Archeological & Historical Society

Founded in 1976, the society is looking for new

members. Meetings are on the 2nd Thurs of the

month, Oct-June at the Northbourne Centre,

Church St, Didcot, OX11 8DG. Fees: Adult £15,

Family £28, visitors on the night £4. Contact David

Taylor, on: 01235 816376 / 07843421029 or by

email dave@zygal.co.uk.

Didcot Divas

Ladies Choir, singing for health & fun, entertain at

nursing homes on Thursdays. WI groups, private

parties & other events, all for a donation to a

chosen charity for the year. Contact Judith 07557

940801 judithsawyer2010@hotmail.com.

Didcot Baby Monday

Every Monday, 12.30-2.30pm at Didcot Baptist

Church. Tea, Coffee, Cake/Biscuits, access to a

lactation consultant, monthly sling library & book

library. didcotbabymonday@gmail.com

Didcot Concert Orchestra

The brand new Didcot Concert Orchestra gave its

inaugural concert at Cornerstone Arts Centre,

Didcot in February 2018. Come and hear Didcot's

new symphony orchestra playing Dvorak & Elgar's

Cello Concerto on Sunday 14 October at

Cornerstone. Information and tickets at


Wantage Camera Club

Come and meet with the members of

Wantage Camera Club. New members

welcome. Regular meeting and

presentations. The next one is on 5th June.

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Didcot Cricket Club

Didcot Cricket Club, in their new premises at

Boundary Park, are on the lookout for new

players. Cricket for Boys & Girls from the age of 7.

Four adult teams also run. After the last few very

successful seasons, they are keen to continue

recruiting more players, both junior and senior.

More info on www.didcotcc.co.uk

Didcot Rugby Club

Founded in 1933, DRC and now based in Boundary

Park. They have 2 mens teams, 1 ladies Tag Rugby

team & 5 children’s age groups, with 100+

children aged between 4 & 10. You are welcome

to visit a training session to see what it’s like,

have a chat with the players or coaches about the

Club or playing rugby. Visit www.didcotrufc.com

Didcot Bowls Club (DBC)

The benefits of playing bowls are amazing, both

physically and mentally. DBC are a friendly bunch

& invite you to come and have a go! Please phone

to arrange a visit at a time that suits you.

DBC are in Britwell Road, behind the Civic Centre.

Ring 01235 516660. Saturday mornings or Monday

evenings are very suitable for new Bowlers. All

ages welcome. Bring a pair of flat shoes if possible

Goring Gap Boat Club

Provides opportunities to enjoy the River Thames

in unpowered craft - with an emphasis on noncompetitive

rowing and sculling. 'Go Row’ days &

’Learn 2 Row' courses held. Sat & Sun AM sessions,

evening sessions in the Summer. Juniors welcome

to attend when accompanied by an adult. Email

captainofrowing@goringgapbc.org.uk, or check

www.goringgapbc.org.uk. The Annual Goring &

Streatley regatta is the flagship event held near

Streatley Farm in July. Visit the website for dates,

entries and ticket information.

Harwell and Hendred Youth FC

Join a successful & fun youth football team, now

based at Boundary Park, Great Western Park. Get

in touch with them at 07740 337553 or

Under12@HHYFC.info www.hhyfc.info

Barnes Close Social Club

A warm welcome awaits new members to this

friendly Social Club. Regular Bingo, Tea or Coffee

break with biscuits or cakes! Meetings are on

Wednesdays and Fridays with the Bingo starting at

2pm. Doors open at 1.30 Annual membership is £5

Didcot Knitting Machine Club

A small friendly group looking for new members.

Beginners or those wishing to get back into

machine knitting most welcome. Meetings on the

last Tuesday of the month. For more information

please call Rosemary Fidler 01235 210179

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Didcot Netball Club

Didcot Netball Club focuses on fun, fitness & team

participation for Didcot and surrounding villages.

DNC have bronze level ‘Club Action Planning

Scheme’ and multiple senior & junior teams

competing in the Oxfordshire Netball League.

Visit www.didcotnetballclub.co.uk for more

details or email didcotnetballclub@hotmail.co.uk

Didcot Dragons Korfball Club (DDKC)

Similar to Basketball, Korfball is played by 2

teams of 8 players (4 men, 4 women). DDKC

train on Tuesday evenings - in the summer

7.30-9pm at Boundary Park, GWP and in the winter

8-10pm at Willowbrook Leisure Centre.

Opportunities to play in matches & tournaments

throughout the year. New players always

welcome! See www.didcot-korfball.co.uk or email

didcotkorfball@hotmail.co.uk for more info.

Girlguiding Ridgeway

Do you have a daughter aged 7-10? Does she enjoy

adventure, crafts and making new friends while

finding out more about local and national issues?

We have spaces at Brownie units in Didcot,

Wallingford, Brightwell & Long Wittenham on

Monday eves. Find out more about the UK's

largest organisation for girls & young women at

www.girlguiding.org.uk. We also have

Rainbows, Guides and Ranger groups in the area,

open to all girls between the ages of 5 & 18. Over

18 & want to join the adventure? Get in touch at

discovergirlguidingridgeway@gmail.com to see

how you can volunteer with us.

Oxfordshire Mind

The mental health charity, here to make sure

anyone with a mental health issue has somewhere

to turn to for advice and support. Local to you in

South Oxon and Vale. T. 01865 247788 or contact

the team in the South on 01235 522096.

Didcot Citizens Advice

Do you have a problem and need advice? Our

trained advisers are here to help, whoever you are

and whatever the problem. Advice is free,

confidential, impartial and independent. Didcot

Citizens Advice is situated just off the lower

Broadway at ‘Dales’, 9-15 High Street, Didcot

OX11 8EQ. Telephone advice is also available

through our Oxfordshire Adviceline 03444 111 444.

We are part of a local charity ‘Oxfordshire South &

Vale Citizens Advice Bureau’ which also has offices

in Wallingford, Abingdon, Thame & Henley. For

further information, including details of opening

times and volunteering opportunities, see

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Index of Advertisers

Accountants/Business Services

Shaw Gibbs……………………………7

Bathrooms & Kitchens

Assana Ltd…………………….……….5



Beauty Essentials………..……..….22

Care Homes

Goring Care Homes...................29

Carpet & Uphostery Cleaning

Zero Dry Time………………………..13

Clubs & Organisations…..25 - 27

Conservatory Roofs

Guardian Roofs………………….……11


Slade Legal…………………………….15

Family Law

Slade Legal………………………….….9


Oxford Fencing Supplies……….…19

Financial Advice & Planning

Rebecca Kingwell………………….…17


CP Groundworks Ltd….……………14


Church Robinson…………………….21


ACG Services…………………………19

Mental Health Support



South Oxon Business Network….30

Next issue: July / August ’18

Copy Deadline: 8th June ‘18


Amanda Greenough Solicitors……6

Laura Makin Legal Services…….…14

Slade Legal………………………..……20

Water Softeners

JM Softeners……………………………12

Window & Door Repair

The Window Doctor……………..…..19

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Oxford Fencing Supplies…………..19

Employment Law

Slade Legal…………………………….26

Estate Agents

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Plumbing & Heating

Liam Corrigan Heating Services….29

Passey Plumbing & Heating……….12


Ferriday & Alder Ltd………………..14

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