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Your Garden

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Editor's message

Dear Neighbours,

It might not be as warm as it was back in

July, but we certainly cannot complain

about the weather this year. It has been a

‘scorcio’ of a summer and the spring wasn’t bad

either. So, if it is still warm in September and

October, get one of our advertisers to do the job

that needs doing while you go out (or stay in!)

and enjoy yourself. Soak up the Indian Summer

sun, go for a walk (why not use John Prior’s

excellent guide to local walks, ‘Weekend Walks

South of Oxford’ to give you some tips?), get to

know your neighbours or perhaps read a book?

The shorter days will come sooner than you

think, and then it will be time for the bonfire

night!

If you are reading this before the 1st week of

October, you still have time to register and take

part in Muddy Mayhem! It’s on 7th October.

More information on www.muddymayhem.co.uk.

Resident experts Shaw Gibbs continue the series

dedicated to helping owner managed businesses

and partnerships. In this issue: MTD or Making

Tax Digital: what you need to know before it

comes into effect on 1st April 2019. Use the

index on page 30 to locate them and all the

other businesses in the magazine.

On behalf of all the contributors and advertisers

in this magazine, let me express our thanks to

you: by using the services and products of

businesses featuring in The Didcot Directory, you

are helping them to thrive and, by doing so, to

boost our local economy. So, keep it up, you’re

doing a great job!

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September / October 2018

Welcome to

The Didcot Directory

Contents

Community Pages

4 Useful numbers

26 Local clubs

What’s on

facebook.com/

thedidcotdirectory

@DidcotDirectory

7 Didcot Event Food Festival

12 U3A Meetings & Presentations

18 Muddy Mayhem!

19 Didcot Events for 2018

Your Garden

8 A Host of Golden Daffodils..

Ask the Expert

9 Making Tax Digital: 1st April 2019

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

18 Wantage Camera Club

24 Thames Valley Air Ambulance

26 Didcot Concert Orchestra

27 Didcot Citizens Advice

29 Girl Guiding GWP

Games and Competitions

13 Mindbenders

19 Sudoku

23 Competition Crossword

25 Kids Page

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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us where you’ve found Jenny,

fill in your details on the entry

form on page 24, cut the form

out and send to our publishers

at:

Reader Competition,

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not its editorial contributors can accept any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions

resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. The Didcot Directory does not officially endorse any

advertising, content or otherwise material or business included in this publication. You are advised to make your

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Emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Gas Leaks

Southern Electric

Thames Water

Floodline

Helplines

Crimestoppers

Police (non emergency)

Samaritans

NSPCC

RSPCA

Citizens Advice Bureau - CAB

Mind - South Oxon

Councils

Didcot Town Council

South Oxfordshire D.C.

Oxfordshire

Useful Numbers

999

0800 111 999

0845 770 8090

0845 920 0800

0845 988 1188

0800 555 111

101

0845 790 9090

0808 800 5000

0300 123 4999

03444 111 444

01235 522 096

01235 812637

01235 422422

01865 792422

Telephone Preference

Service 08450 700 707

Transport

National Rail Enquiries

Thames Travel

0845 748 4950

01491 837 988

Doctors

Woodlands Medical Centre

Oak Tree Health Centre

Didcot Health Centre

Hospitals

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

Chemists

Boots, Broadway

Lloyds, Britwell Road

Boots, Lostock Place

Lloyds, Woodlands Road

Lloyds, Sainsbury’s

Tesco Pharmacy

Recycling

South Oxon Recycling

Recycle for West Berkshire

01235 517760

01235 810099

01235 512288

01865 904 423

01865 904 070

01865 904 725

01865 904 968

01865 904 346

01865 904 488

01635 273 300

01865 741 166

0118 322 5111

01235 813107

01235 812116

01235 811428

01235 812242

01235 706613

01235 451303

03000 610610

01635 519 080

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Saturday

27th October

from 10am to 4pm

Didcot

Civic Hall

A fun filled family festival. Meet bakers from Masterchef, The Great British

Bake Off and Bake Off - The Professionals judge & Chef Patissier Benoit Blin

from the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons plus Radio Berkshire's Bill

Buckley. Over 40 Food & Drink exhibitors, Vintage Café, Kidz Kooking area,

Live Music, Street Food. Take advantage of the Early Bird Ticket Prices!

Adults £4.00 each in advance, £5.00 on day. Children Under 16 Free when

accompanied by adult. Please get a printed ticket for everyone attending. Visit

www.didcotevents.co.uk/didcot_food_festival to buy your tickets.

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Lock repairs & lock opening

UPVC door locks & handles

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Affinity Trust are a national charity providing

high quality, personalised support to adults

with learning disabilities. We have a number

of opportunities within our supported living

services in Didcot and Wallingford.

As a Support Worker you will play a key

role in enabling the people we support to

live fulfilling lives.

Support work offers you a chance to make

a genuine difference to people’s lives and

no day will be the same!

Interested? check out our website:

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Our aim is to offer a full range of services to assist you and your family in organising

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Meeting either in our offices or in the comfort of your own home

We offer highly competitive and transparent pricing

So no unexpected bills

Contact Amanda to see how she and her team can help

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University of the third age

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Didcot & District University

of the Third Age

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

It’s never too late to expand your horizons…

T

he University of the Third Age offers the

opportunity to share your knowledge,

experience and talents with others and to learn

from them in friendly surroundings. Nationally, the

U3A was founded in 1982 and has grown steadily

since then. U3A organises learning for people in

their 'Third Age', that is,

people who no longer have

responsibility for children or

full time work!

The Didcot & District U3A has

Singing Group over 30 Interest Groups,

ranging from Art Appreciation,

Family History, various Languages, Photography,

Science & Te c h n ology, U k u lele t o Wi n e

Appreciation! Why not come along to the next

meeting and find out what we are all about?

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each

month at 2pm at the

Didcot Civic Hall.

Anyone interested in these

topics, or indeed in any of

the numerous Interest

Groups, is encouraged to

National Trust Visit

arrive 15 minutes before

the start and will be met by Meeters & Greeters

willing to advise on what U3A is all about and on

the benefits it provides to those who wish to keep

active (both mentally and physically) in their

retirement. At each monthly meeting, there is a

Guest Speaker providing a

presentation on a subject

interest or personal

experiences.

Gardening Group Visit

To find out more on the over 30 interest groups,

monthly presentations or to enquire on all

matters U3A you can Google: Didcot & District

U3A. Alternatively contact via email.

Shirley Rouse - chairman@didcotu3a.org

Bob Ashby - membership@didcotu3a.org

or on the Web at http://u3asites.org.uk/didcot

Upcoming Meeting Dates for

September & October 2018

at Didcot Civic Hall

18th September

Fishy Takes and Eccentric Customers

by Kevin Little

Kevin has been a fishmonger in Reading

for over 50 years, so the title speaks for

itself!

16th October

Sleuths, Spies and ASBOs

by Angela Nightingale

A talk that will hopefully inspire you to

look into your past?!

-Meetings start at 2pm.

Early Arrival Recommended-

Hopefully, these talks will whet your appetite and

interest, enough for you to come along on the

dates above. There will always be Committee

Members and Meeters & Greeters to welcome you

to this 'National institution' for semi or retired

individuals wishing to continue with Living,

Learning and Laughing.

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Wantage Camera Club

present

Richard Wakefield -

On 23rd October Wantage Camera club welcomes Oxford based photographer Richard Wakefield to

the club. His early career as a cinematographer won him a number of awards. Richard then made a

smooth transition into photography and lighting, and this evening he will talk about his work for fine art

photographer Kirsty Mitchell, fine art and fashion photographer Bella Kotak, and others, and explain in

which way this has changed how he approaches shoots, and processes photos.

Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

David Hatfull -

On 20th November Wantage Camera Club welcomes David Hatfull, who will take us on a visual journey

through his photographic career. He initially made black and white prints in a traditional darkroom and is

now a freelance photographer who works for numerous multinational, national and smaller private

companies, both in the UK and abroad. David is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a past

recipient of both the Kodak and Canon Photographer of the Year awards, and we look forward to a very

interesting evening.

Tuesday Tuesday 20th November, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

The meetings’ venue is: 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.via Church Street.

For more information about the club’s programme, visit www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk

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events

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

www.didcotevents.co.uk

3rd Didcot Food

Festival

Saturday 27th October,

10am - 4pm Didcot Civic Hall £4 in

advance £5 on the day Under 16s Free

Advance Tickets can be purchased on:

www.didcotevents.co.uk

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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and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9

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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

www.wallingfordphoto.club.

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/

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 (ASTA)

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 £15 +

£2.00 fee each week attended. Feel free to come

along; Margaret on 01235 352904 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

Following its successful debut in February, the

brand new Didcot Concert Orchestra gives its 2nd

performance on Sunday 14 October at 4pm. Come

and hear tuneful music by Dvorak and Coleridge-

Taylor, and Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist

Jacqueline Johnson. More information and tickets

at www.didcotconcertorchestra.org.uk.

Wantage Camera Club

Come and meet with the members of

Wantage Camera Club. New members

welcome. Regular meeting and presentations.

See entry on page 18 for more information on

meeting dates. www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk

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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

www.caox.org.uk or www.citizensadvice.org.uk.

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