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The Didcot Directory

The Independent Directory of businesses serving the residents of

Didcot & District



A copy of

‘The restless


may - june 2019. Editions 109 - 110.

In this issue..

Didcot Concert Orchestra

Goring Gap Boat Club

Wildcats FA Girls Football

Checkendon Run 2019

Book Review: Local Author

Wantage Camera Club

University of the Third Age

Lechlade Vintage Rally &

Country Show

Women’s Institute

Sudoku, Wordsearch

Local clubs

Readers’ Competition

& more..




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Editor's message

Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the May - June issue. Boy, there’s

a lot going on in the area in the next weeks and

going on to the summer.

Goring Gap Boat Club have a very full diary of

events during the warmer months, including

their Open Day and culminating in the regatta

in July.

The Competitions and Book review have a local

flavour again. They both centre around ‘The

Restless Wave’ - written by local author and

resident Sarah Meyrick. Enter the competitions

to have a chance of winning a copy.

Didcot Concert Orchestra bring a performing

symphony orchestra to Didcot for the first time,

and have announced the dates for this season

at the Cornerstone. The next concert is on

Sunday 9th June at 4pm.

Much more as usual from the likes of Wantage

Camera Club, University of the Third Age,

Lechlade Vintage Rally & Country Show,

Checkendon Run 2019 and more.

On behalf of all the local businesses a great

thank you or using them. Find the businesses

featured in this magazine by perusing the pages

and using the index on page 30 to help you

locate them.

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Community Pages

4 Useful numbers

26 - 28 Local clubs & societies

What’s on

2 Didcot Concert Orchestra: Concert Season

9 WalkWithMe

12 U3A Meetings & Presentations

19 Checkendon Run

31 Lechlade Vintage Rally & Country Show





8 Food: Vegetable Curry

14 Book Review: The Restless Wave

22 National Smile Month

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

6 Goring Gap Boat Club

10 Wildcats: FA Girls Football

16: 100 years of Oxfordshire WI

18 Didcot Concert Orchestra

20 Wantage Camera Club

Games and Competitions

7 Mindbenders

21 Sudoku

23 Competition Crossword

25 Kids Page

Index of local businesses page 30

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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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Goring Gap Boat Club

Latest News from GGBC -

Open Day, Regatta & River Festival & more…

Open Day – Saturday, June 15th 2019

With the warmer season now very much with us rowing at GGBC is a great way to keep fit in the fresh air

and enjoy watching the riverside come alive for summer. The club is now ready to announce plans for an

Open Day, to be held on Saturday June 15th.

The Open Day will run from 11am - 3pm and will include:

➢ ‘Go Row’ taster sessions - coxed and coached by seasoned GGBC members with no more than

2 novice rowers per crew of 4, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction to a sport that

you may just find could be the one for you.

➢ A mini tour and introduction to what our club is about.

➢ Refreshments - There will be cake and, weather allowing, a BBQ.

Goring & Streatley Regatta and River Festival – Saturday, July 20th 2019

GGBC is also greatly looking forward to hosting the 2019 Goring & Streatley Regatta and River Festival.

To be held on July 20th, just upstream from Cleeve Lock, preparations are well under way with

members and supporters all pitching in to help ensure that this year’s event will be one to remember.

Here are some key reminders of what guests and participating crews can look forward to:

➢ Under 16s go free this year (accompanied by a fee-paying adult).

➢ Gazebo space available to reserve from May 1st - a great way to combine a riverside view of

the action whilst kicking back with friends and family. For more information and to make your

reservation please contact Nick at nickjbubb@aol.com.

➢ Applications for crew entries are now up and running on the website - crews of 4 (single

sex or mixed 2 + 2) with 3 categories being open - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

Whether completely new to rowing or an old hand, all crews get up to 4 free training sessions in

the weeks leading up to the regatta.

Entry is on First Come First Served basis … sign up now for the HOTTEST sporting event in town!

For more information and to download forms to book your crew entry for the main racing, Baby Dragon

Boat or Crafty Raft Race go to https://goringgapbc.org.uk/regatta.

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fundraising CHALLENGE IN 2019? If so, come and join us for

WalkWithMe, a fundraising 26 mile ‘marathon’ walk being

held on Sunday 19th May. We start and finish in the

beautiful grounds of Moulsford School, Moulsford-on-Thames.

The route winds through some stunning South Oxfordshire countryside,

including the banks of the River Thames and a section of the historic Ridgeway.

And you can take part for a suggested donation of £50. For the 2019 event we

are fundraising for the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Oxford and Young

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Local Youth Sport

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Wildcats - The FA Girls’ Football Centres

Coming to the area


ildcats get ready to roar on the football


It wasn’t too long ago that, if your daughter

said she wanted to be a footballer when she

grew up, it was unlikely her aspiration would

ever be realised. But not so now. Women’s

football is in the ascendancy and the success

and professionalism that has

swept through the women’s game

is trickling down to grassroots


For more

information on

the programme

contact: shannonhobson66@gmail.com

Pangbourne Youth Football Club,

which already runs a number of

successful boys’ teams, is keen to

harness this growing enthusiasm.

With funding from the FA, girls

aged 5 – 11 can give football a try

for themselves at the SSE

Wildcats girls’ training sessions

at Pangbourne recreation

ground. Sessions started on

Wednesday 1st May and happen

every Wednesday from that date

throughout school term time.

Girls are welcome to join at any

time. The sessions, which are

delivered by qualified coaches,

are designed to be fun, develop

fundamental skills and hopefully

lay the foundations for a lifelong

love of the sport.

Boosted by the very recent

announcement that Barclays is to

become the Women’s Super

League first ever title sponsor

and the expectation that the

England Women’s team is among

the favourites to win the FIFA

World Cup in France this

Summer, our girls have certainly

got some great role models to follow and

aspire to. So come on girls, lace up your boots

and join in the fun.


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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

Newly Retired? In need of inspiration? Join U3A to Live, Learn and Laugh!


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 over 30 Interest

Singing Group

Groups, ranging from Art

Appreciation, Family History,

various Languages, Singing, Latin, 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

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

May & June 2019

at Didcot Civic Hall

21st May -

The World of Great

Ormond Street Hospital

by Martin Harris

18th June -

The Magic & Mystery

of Glenn Miller

by Bill King

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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Book Review

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The Restless Wave

by Sarah Meyrick


ocal author Sarah Meyrick has written a new

novel that deserves to be read far beyond the


Sarah lives in Goring-on-Thames and has an

intriguing CV, having studied Classics at Cambridge

and Social Anthropology at Oxford, then worked as

a journalist, a director of communications, and a

festival director. But here she reveals another skill,

that of a talented author.

The Restless Wave takes the stories of three people

in different generations of one family and deftly

splices them together to cover a century of British

life, leading up to the present day. The plot hinges

around D-Day, which of course will be marked in

June this year, 75 years later.

The characters are Edward, an army chaplain

damaged by war but later a bishop; daughter Hope,

a feisty, chaotic and determined child of the

sixties; and granddaughter Nell, a modern-day

teacher, vulnerable, likeable and determined to

solve the secret of a fascinating old envelope that

turns up in a desk drawer.

The questions posed by the envelope take Nell back

to the events of D-Day and after, and lead us into

moral and relational issues as ancient as they are


A strong feature of this engrossing novel is the way

it sets the stories of its three main characters

against the varied issues of their time. We

encounter pre-partition India, public schools

between the wars, clergy families, life in post-war

Britain, Greenham Common, the migrant Jungle at

Calais, the dilemmas of today’s teachers, and


A particular highlight for this reviewer is the

description of the D-Day landings which is vivid and

compelling, and reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan.

The events of this period are the pivot of the story

and brilliantly captured.

Sarah Meyrick has an effortlessly readable style.

The narrative is excellently paced and absorbing,

with flashes of humour, intelligent asides and

memorable phrases. As each episode succeeds

another from a different period and with a different

main character, I found myself hungry to know what

would happen next for the person we had left

behind, a sure sign of an effective story.

This is a powerful and ingenious novel that stays

with the reader long after the book has been

finished. There is a rich cast of minor players

moving around the three main characters, all of

whom invite our interest and affection.

This is Sarah Meyrick’s second novel. Her first,

Knowing Anna (Marylebone House), won critical

acclaim and was long-listed for the Not the Booker

Prize 2016.

This new novel deserves even greater success.

John Pritchard

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2019: A Centenary Year To Remember!

Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes celebrates 100 years


hat do The Beatles, Britain’s first woman in

space and Calendar Girls all have in common?

They’ll all be centre stage throughout 2019 as the

Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

(OFWI) celebrates 100 years of learning, laughter,

friendship and fun.

The packed programme of centenary events kicked

off on Monday 18th February with a ‘Dance through

the Decades’ extravaganza at Wheatley Park

School. 26th March sees the OFWI’s Annual Meeting

at the Kassam Conference Centre with inspiring

guests Emma Bridgewater, the successful pottery

designer and businesswoman, Lynne Stubbings, the

WI National Chair, and Helen Sharman CMG OBE,

the first British woman astronaut. A new wall

hanging (with a contribution from each WI) to mark

the centenary will be unveiled and there will also

be a parade of the WI banners.

The events carry on through the year, including a

special trip to see Calendar Girls at Oxford’s New

Theatre, an informative talk on the early days of

Denman College (the WI's centre for learning near

Abingdon), a Beatles tribute band, and an Art and

Craft exhibition of members’ work in Didcot. During

the summer months WIs will be putting on their

own celebratory events to mark the centenary. The

year’s programme ends with a very special – and

currently top-secret – guest at our Celebrity

Evening at Oxford Town Hall on Monday 28th


What a spectacular way to mark

the OFWI’s centenary year! When

OFWI was formed on the 1st

January 1919, there were only ten

WIs in Oxfordshire. Today, it has

grown to almost 4,500 members in

135 WIs and we continue the

legacy of all members over the last

100 years by campaigning to make a difference and

improve the world, and this great county, in which

we live.

OFWI members

have fun, learn

new skills, and

enjoy a pleasant

social evening at

their monthly


For more information about the OFWI, its history or

the centenary events, please contact: OFWI

Federation Secretary (Linda Mustill) on 01869

331081 or email fedsec@oxfordshirewi.co.uk

The programme of centenary events:

Monday 18th February: Dance through the

Decades, Wheatley Park School.

Tuesday 26th March: OFWI Annual Meeting,

Kassam Conference Centre.

Tuesday 9th April: Spring Tea & Talk

“Celebrating Denman’s beginning and Post

War London”, Exeter Hall, Kidlington.

Thursday 18th April: Calendar Girls, New

Theatre Oxford.

Wednesday 15th May: Beatles Tribute Band,

Exeter Hall, Kidlington.

Saturday 21st September: Art & Craft

Exhibition, Didcot.

Monday 28th October: Celebrity Evening,

Oxford Town Hall.


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Local Community

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A new orchestra for Didcot

Didcot Concert Orchestra


id you know that Didcot now has its own concertgiving

high quality symphony orchestra? Didcot

Concert Orchestra (DCO) was founded in 2017 by

local amateur musicians Jackie and Geoff Bushell,

who each have 45 years of orchestral music-making

experience, and have been Didcot residents for 30

years. Geoff is the orchestra's conductor and Jackie

plays in either the clarinet or oboe section.

Realising that the rapidly growing town was

bringing ever more orchestral musicians and

potential concert audiences to the area, Jackie and

Geoff felt it could now support its own full-size

symphony orchestra and become a cultural

destination for classical music. This would enable

audiences in the Didcot area to experience highquality

classical orchestral music without needing

to travel to London or Oxford, at an accessible

price. Participating in classical music, whether as a

listener or a performer, has been shown to bring

many benefits in health and wellbeing to the


Though orchestras based elsewhere visit the town

to give concerts, including Oxford-based St Giles

Orchestra which Geoff also conducts, DCO is

Didcot's first concert-giving resident orchestra. The

new orchestra gave its inaugural performance at

Cornerstone, Didcot's flagship venue for the arts, in

early 2018.

As well as focusing on popular classical music from

the Romantic era, each concert offers new

experiences to both audiences and players by

including at least one "rare gem" that is very rarely,

if ever, heard in the public concert hall.

DCO has already gained the support of local MP and

former arts minister Ed Vaizey, who is the

orchestra's honorary president.

DCO gives three concerts per year at Cornerstone.

The remaining 2019 concerts are on Sunday 9 June

and Sunday 6 October, at 4pm. Further information

is available at www.didcotconcertorchestra.org.uk.

If you play an orchestral instrument to a high

standard, DCO would love to hear from you.

Similarly, the orchestra would welcome offers of

sponsorship from businesses, organisations and

philanthropic individuals who are keen to support

the development of the performing arts in South


DCO is a full-size symphony orchestra

consisting of 50 players. It aims to give

musicians in the Didcot area the

platform to enjoy a high quality, semiprofessional

standard of performance.

This high standard is achieved by

selecting players by personal invitation

or audition, and through the support

and encouragement of professional

string section leaders. Players meet for


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Community Event

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5K of foamy family fun!

Take part in this fantastic frothy 5k family fun

run on 2nd June in Oxford and 9th June in

f o a m y

f u n . R a i s i n g

money for

your local


hospice Helen

& D o u g l a s


Why not enter a team from your school,

workplace or with family and friends. To find

out more go to www.hdh.org.uk or call

01865 799166.

Reading. With entry open to all ages, it’s up

to you whether you walk, run, or even toddle

the family, buggy friendly route through multicoloured

bubbles up to four feet high.

Stay on afterwards to enjoy bubbly activities

in our event village for a great morning of

Wantage Camera Club


Micki Aston -

Wantage Camera Club welcomes Micki Aston for a return visit on 11th June. She will start by

addressing briefly what it is that makes a good image and, as a competition judge herself, she can tell

us what is looked for in a photo on these occasions. The main part of the evening will be devoted to a

discussion of the 'Art of Monochrome', and from previous experience we know that we can look

forward to a great evening.

Tuesday 11th June, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

David Castle -

Wantage Camera Club is pleased to announce that on 18th June David Castle will talk about 'Wantage

Town and Countryside from the Past’. David's farming family have lived and worked in Wantage for

hundreds of years, and his talk draws on a wealth of family history as well as general information

about Wantage and the surrounding area. As a long-standing member of the camera club David has

assembled his own and other photographic material into ten audio-visual sequences, and we look

forward to a fascinating story about this local area through the ages.

A limited number of tickets will be on sale for this event. In advance from the Vale and Downland

Museum, 19 Church Street, Wantage, OX12 8BL. Any remaining tickets will be available at the venue

on the night. The entrance fee of £5 includes tea or coffee, and a biscuit.

Tuesday 18th June, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £5.

Meetings’ 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.

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National Smile Month

National Smile Month is

the largest and longestrunning

campaign to

promote good oral

health. Between 13th

May and 13th June

2019, National Smile Month will promote

positive messages and engage people with

maintaining a healthy mouth.

For the best oral hygiene:

Brush your teeth - At least two minutes twice

a day using fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you

clean your teeth before bed, as your mouth

doesn't have the same salivary protection

during the night as it does during the day.

Floss - Each tooth has five sides; a toothbrush

only cleans three sides. The other two sides

are where most decay and foul odours

originate. To clean between the teeth requires

dental floss or tiny inter-dental brushes.


Clean your tongue - This is an important part

of oral hygiene and works wonders with stale,

smelly breath. You can use a tongue scraper

or a toothbrush

Give up smoking - Smoking dries the mouth,

depleting the protective saliva. It also

exposes your gums, soft palate and tongue to

harmful and cancer-causing toxins, and it

makes your breath smell.

Use a mouthwash - This freshens breath and

coats the teeth with a protective layer,

helping to prevent plaque build-up. Avoid

those which contain alcohol though.

Cut out sugary foods and drinks - Sugary

snacks feeds the bacteria in your mouth

which ultimately break down your enamel

and cause decay.

Visit your dentist regularly!

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Community Board

What’s on & Groups

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


Meetings on Wednesdays from 8pm at the

Northbourne Centre, Church Street, Didcot.

More info at www.didcotphoenixdrama.co.uk

See page 9 for info on our next performance.

Royal British Legion

The Didcot & District Branch of RBL

welcomes new members. RBL is the

nation’s leading Armed Forces Charity

and provides care & support to members of the

Armed Forces past & present. Membership open

to everyone whether they’ve served in the

Armed Forces or not. Contact the secretary for

membership & meeting details. Tel.01235

211488. Email: jrunderwood@virginmedia.com.

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


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



Didcot & Wallingford Orchestra

Meets every Monday 7.30-9pm at

the Northbourne Centre, Didcot.

New players welcome.



T. Tel. 01865 276738


Following its


debut in 2018,

and the 1st

concert of 2019, Didcot Concert Orchestra is

back for two more performances at Cornerstone

Sundays 9 June & 6 October, 4pm. Come &

hear tuneful music by the great classical

composers. More information and tickets at


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


geoff.oldham@talktalk.net or

visit www.didcottwinning.org.uk

Community Board

What’s on & Groups



Goring Gap Boat Club

Recreational rowing on the Thames at

Pangbourne. Beginners and new members



Read our

article on

page 6!


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.




Didcot Cricket Club

Didcot Cricket Club, in their new premises at

Boundary Park, Greenwood Way, Didcot, OX11

6EY 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


Didcot Rugby Club

Founded in 1933 and now based in

Boundary Park, DRC 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

t h e C l u b o r p l a y i n g r u g b y . V i s i t


Didcot Bowls Club (DBC)

The benefits of playing bowls are amazing,

both physically and mentally. DBC invite you to

come and have a go! Please phone to arrange a

visit at a time that suits you.

The club is 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.

Didcot Dragons Korfball Club


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 & in the winter 8-10pm at

Willowbrook Leisure Centre. New players

always welcome! www.didcot-korfball.co.uk


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 on 07740 337553

or Under12@HHYFC.info www.hhyfc.info

Girlguiding Ridgeway

Spaces at Brownies in Didcot, Wallingford,

Brightwell & Long Wittenham on Mondays.

Is your daughter aged 7-10? Does she enjoy

adventure, crafts and making friends while

finding out more about local & national issues?

Find out more at www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Also Rainbows, Guides and Ranger groups in

the area, for ages 5 to 18.




Community Board

What’s on & Groups

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

D i d c o t K n i t t i n g

Machine Club

A small friendly group

l o o k i n g f o r n e w


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

Didcot Citizens Advice

Oxfordshire Adviceline: 03444 111 444

Didcot Office: ‘Dales’, 9-15 High Street,

Didcot OX11 8EQ

Offices also in Wallingford, Abingdon,

Thame & Henley

Visit www.caox.org.uk

or www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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.

Our crews attend

three critical incidents

every day


Association of Students of the Third Age (ASTA)

A small, retirement age group affiliated to

U3A, meeting Wednesdays 2pm–4pm at

Hanover Court, Craven Way, off Newlands

Avenue, Didcot OX11 8NU (opp. Edmunds Park)

A good chat over tea or coffee and sometimes

a card or scrabble game. On the 3rd Wed of

each month a visit to a local pub for lunch.

New members welcome. Please contact

Margaret on 01235 352904 to let ASTA know

you would like to give them a try.

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


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.

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‘Shut Up and Write!’

Every Thursday Morning

10am - 12pm

First Sunday of each month,

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In the Cafe at Cornerstone Art

Centre, Didcot

Email alice.little@gmail.com

or just turn up on the day.

More info on Didcot Writers

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Local Networking Meet ups

Dates and Times

Newbury – 4th Thurs 10.00am –

12noon The Lodge, Newbury


Wallingford - 2nd Tuesday 10am

– 12 noon The Old Post Office,


Oxford - 3rd Tuesday 9.30am –

11.30am The Tree Hotel, Iffley

Visit www.businessbiscotti.co.uk

Ridgeway Division

An exciting opportunity, new units

as part of GirlGuiding for girls aged

between 5 and 14.

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ACG Locksmiths

Door & Window Locks

Fittings & Repairs

Over 25 years experience

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A group of professional

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of Didcot and opportunities

for businesses of all sizes in

Didcot and District.

Tel. 01235 511550 or Visit




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Index of Advertisers

Next issue: July / August ’19

Copy Deadline: 8th June ‘19

Aerial Services

Oxford Aerials……………………..….5

Bathrooms & Kitchens



Beauty Essentials………..……..….21

Care Homes

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

Clubs & Events……………..26 - 28

Country Show

Lechlade Rally & Country Show…31


Oxford Fencing Supplies…………11


The 50 Plus……………………..……29

Estate Agents

Church Robinson.......................BP

Estate Planning

Honey Group…………………..…….13


Oxford Fencing Supplies……….…11

Funeral Plans

Honey Group………………………….13

Garage Doors


Handyman & Decorating

The 50 Plus……………………….……29

Learning & Courses

Denman / W.I. ……………………..17


Church Robinson…………………….15


ACG Services………………………….11

Mental Health Support


Plumbing & Heating

Liam Corrigan Heating Services….29

Passey Plumbing & Heating………..7

The 50 Plus……………………………..29


Amanda Greenough Solicitors……13

Laura Makin Legal Services…….…22

uPVC Windows & Doors

The Window Doctor…………..………..11

Water Softeners

JM Softeners…………………….………….7


Amanda Greenough…………………….13

Honey Group……………………….……..13

Laura Makin Legal………………..……..22

Window & Door Repair

The Window Doctor………………..……11

Association of Independent

Magazine Publishers


Family Law

Amanda Greenough Solicitorsl…13

Laura Makin Legal Services……..22


EL-ITE Roofing………………………..5

The South Oxfordshire Business Network (SOBN) has been established to provide a peer

to peer group networking opportunity for businesses based in and around South


The concept of the network is that people buy from people. The events of the network

encourage collaboration and relationship building.

Our aim is to help established businesses build long-term profitable relationships and

strategic alliances with each other.

The majority of events are held in or near Didcot, a unique location for networking. Some

events are held across South Oxfordshire. The main events contain a social element and

are based around building relationships in a relaxed environment.

If you own or work in a business in or near South Oxfordshire, why not come and check

what SOBN can do for you?

More information on www.sobn.co.uk

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25th/26th/27th May 2019


Opening at 10.00 am all days.

Classic Cars & Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections,

Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Craft Tent.

Fun Fair, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, West Oxfordshire

Animal Sanctuary, Parrots and much more.

Ring events:

Saturday - Blue Cross Fun Dog Show, Great Western

Youth Band

Britannia Majorettes.

Sunday - Morris Dancing.

Monday - SNDog Rescue from Swindon

Save Needy Dogs) Fun Dog Show.

Boot Sales, Trade Stands, Auto Jumble, Car Boot. Food and Drink.

Raffle & Tombola all days.

Car Parking Free.

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