Friday, 27 May 2016

Gruffalos, Ladybirds & Other Beasts at The Oxford Playhouse


Gruffalos, Ladybirds & Other Beasts

 Gruffalos, Ladybirds & Other Beasts

Following the sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, best-selling British author Julia Donaldson brings this enchanting show to Oxford. See her stories and songs acted out with oodles of charm by a cast of five, including guitar-playing husband Malcolm.
Join us for Jack and the Flumflum Tree, What the Ladybird Heard, A Squash and a Squeeze, Zog and of course, The Gruffalo. Made all the more magical by a set that transforms from library to ship,tropical island to deep dark wood, this is a very special experience that families won’t want to miss!
Julia will be signing books after the show.
Bring your Monster Mate or Bestie Beast to life! Submit your pictures to our Gruffalo Gallery...
We all have a friend with whom we like to share our favourite moments and best kept secrets, a friend you can trust and you know will always be there but your mum and dad worry because your friend happens to look like a tiger or a bear, or the Gruffalo!
Julia Donaldson is bringing her Monster Mates and Bestie Beasts to Oxford Playhouse, to celebrate their visit we would like to invite your Monster Mate or Bestie Beast to hang out on our website or play hide and seek at the Playhouse.
Draw a picture of your Monster Mate or Bestie Beast and we’ll display it on our Gruffalo Gallery, which you can find here.
Post it to: Learning Department, Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, OX1 2LW
Or scan and email it to:

Cast and Credits: Directed by Peta Maurice.

  • To book tickets please follow the links on the daily performances

  • Monday 30/5 14:30Book Tickets £13 (£11)
    Tuesday 31/5 11:00Book Tickets £13 (£11)
    Tuesday 31/5 14:30Book Tickets £13 (£11)
    Wednesday 1/6 11:00Book Tickets £13 (£11)

Highclere Country Show - Sunday 29th & Monday 30th May 2016

Sunday 29th & Monday 30th May 2016

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What’s on at the Highclere Country Show

For many years, the Highclere Country Show has provided one of the UK’s finest showcases of country life. Whether you’re here to compete in the superb collection of field sports competitions for the biggest prizes available, or just relax and enjoy the fabulous surroundings, there’s something to suit all tastes, the Highclere Country Show is the UK’s premier country sports event.
*Please note that all attractions are subject to change

Countryman Fairs are delighted to present to you an action packed weekend of activities at the Highclere Country Show that all the family can get involved with.
Whether it be in traditional fieldsports to bouncy castles, the event has something for everyone to enjoy in the stunning backdrop of Highclere Castle.
Take a look at a brand new line-up, coming soon to the 2016 Highclere Country Show, click on the image for more information...

Prosecco & Pamper Party - Fundraising for Oliver in Ambrosden - Thursday 9th June 2016

SFA Public Accounts Committee

SFA Public Accounts Committee

Scope of the inquiry
The Public Accounts Committee session will focus on three areas: the state of Service Family Accommodation, the introduction of the new Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) and the introduction of the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) and how the Department is managing CarillionAmey's performance against them.
 The session will include a background of the provision of Service Family Accommodation for the military (including key recent developments), the amount invested by the Government in Service Family Accommodation, the current state of Service Family Accommodation and the proportion of the homes in which people are living which meet the Decent Homes Standard. The Public Accounts Committee will also be looking at the proportion of Service Families satisfied with their accommodation.
As part of the inquiry, the Committee will look at Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) banding and any impacts relating to the changes in rent and the performance of the provider in relation to the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC).
 If you wish to submit evidence to this inquiry, please do so through the page linked below. The deadline for written submissions is midday on Tuesday 31 May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Waddesdon Country Show 20916 - Saturday 4th June 2016

Saturday 4th June 2016 , gates open at 9am.
* The Bail, Waddesdon Estate, HP18 0JH 
(you take the main entrance for the Manor and it's just past the car park). 
We will have our own free parking.

* Tickets are available on the gate 
 £10 adults, £5 child, free for under 5s and £25 for a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children).
* Dogs on leads very welcome!

Head over to the The Waddesdon Country Show 2016 page for more info and updates

HIVE Outreach Office Bicester Closed on Monday 30th May 2016

May Half Term at Cogges, Witney

May Half Term at Cogges

Event date: 
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 to Friday, 3 June 2016
Event time: 
10:00 - 14:00
Cogges Manor Farm

Family activities at Cogges

Abingdon HIVE Closed - Thursday 26th May & Tuesday 31st May 2016

Useful Financial Services And Help To Owning Your Own Home

JSHAO - Joint service housing advice office
The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. 

Forces Help to buy
The government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help hard-working people like you take steps to buy your own home. The new Help to Buy: ISA pays first-time buyers a government bonus. For example, save £200 a month and we’ll add £50, up to a maximum of £3,000, boosting your ISA savings of £12,000 to £15,000.  

Forces Financial
Free financial advice to members of the Armed Forces;  from helping over 1000 families in 2015 to complete on their mortgages, to helping hundreds of members of the Forces and their families to manage money worries with free debt advice. 

SIIAP – Services insurance investment advisory panel
Provides specialist insurance and financial advice to member of the Armed Forces 

Money Force  

Money Advice Service 

Check you credit rating 

RAF Envoy Magazine - Summer 2016 Edition

To view the Summer edition of RAF Envoy, please click HERE

Blenheim Palace Food Festival - Saturday 28th - Monday 30th May 2016

We are excited to welcome Fantastic British Food Festivals back to Blenheim Palace from Saturday 28th - Monday 30th May 2016 to host our second Food Festival event. 
Building on the huge success of the 2015 festival, this year’s enhanced festival will feature more demonstrations, more local producers and more tastings, with a fantastic range of food, drink and activities for the whole family to enjoy. 
Visitors are invited to explore flavours, learn new culinary skills and meet local chefs and TV personalities, whilst immersing themselves in the splendid setting of Blenheim Palace and its 300 years of fascinating history.
Recently listed as one of the top ten must-visit food and drink festivals in the world*, the Blenheim Palace Food Festival promises regional food and drink from 120 stallholders, including artisan bakes, craft brews, gourmet burgers, international cuisine, traditional ices and handmade sweets.
There will be plenty of interactive food events and tastings to appeal to the whole family and the Demonstration Theatre will have a packed programme of events including demonstrations from Great British Bake Off 2015 finalist Tamal Ray and MasterChef 2015 finalist Tony Rodd.
Traditional hay bale picnic areas and special activities for children, such as our storyteller, garden games and face painting, all combine to create a memorable day out for the whole family. Dogs are welcome at this event, but will not be allowed into the Pleasure Gardens area.
Serving something for everyone to enjoy, the Blenheim Palace Food Festival is sure to be a delicious day out.
Please note that this event is organised by an external company. For more information please visit

To book ticket please follow this link

Beauty, Gifts & Treats Fair - Saturday 4th June 2016

Westcott - Sports & Social Club - Fun Day - Saturday 16th July 2016

Cafe Scientifique at The Beacon Wantage - next meeting Tuesday 14th June 2016

Cafe Scientifique December 2015

Next meeting

Tuesday 14 June 2016 7.30pm - FREE Entry

Topic TBC

Join us for this FREE event - doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start!

Board Game Evening at The Beacon, Wantage - Friday 27th May 2016

Thames Valley Police - Neighbourhood Newlsetters - May 2016

Neighbourhood newsletters for Vale of White Horse – May 2016
Please click on the relevant link below to view the latest neighbourhood update for your area.
The link will take you to your neighbourhood pages on the Thames Valley Police website, where you will be able to open and view the latest update for your area and obtain further information about your Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
Abingdon Town neighbourhood (Abbey, Barton, Caldecott, Ock Meadows, Peachcroft, Northcourt, Dunmore, Fitzharris)
Abingdon Outer neighbourhood (Drayton, Sutton Courtenay, South Hinksey, Kennington, Radley, Wootton, Marcham, Sunningwell, North Hinksey, Wytham, Cumnor, Appleton)
Faringdon neighbourhood (Faringdon, Buscot, Coleshill, Watchfield, Longcot, Shrivenham, Littleworth, Shellingford, Hanneys)
Wantage and Grove neighbourhood ( Wantage East including Chilton, Blewbury, Upton, Hendreds, Lockinge, Ardington, Harwell, Steventon, Milton, Wantage West, Grove, Greendown, East Challow)

Cherwell District Council Holiday Hubs - May Half Term

The half term holidays are nearly here!

Don't forget to book a place so that your youngster can take part in Cherwell District Council’s popular holiday hubs.

From Tuesday, 31 May until Friday, 3 June, the half term hubs will return to North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury and Cooper School in Bicester offering four days of activities for children.

Each day children aged between five and 15 years old will be able to take part in arts and crafts, sports and games plus a special activity which will change on a daily basis.

The hubs sessions are led by DBS approved (formerly CRB) staff who run activities throughout the day ranging from dance and games to sports and arts and crafts.

Time for lunch is provided but not catered for.

The hubs will run in both Banbury and Bicester from 31 May until 3 June but will not take place on Bank Holiday Monday (30 May).

Full day sessions at the holiday hubs, which run from 8:45am – 5pm, cost £17.95 per session while the shorter session from 8:45am – 3pm costs £13.95.

To book a place at the holiday hubs call 01295 221803 weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Oxford Dance Crew - Elite Squad Royalz

Huggable Heroes

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Dynamite Academy - starting at Ambrosden Village Hall on Monday 6th June 2016

Wanted: Ex-Service Personnel

Oxford Festival of Nature

Is the Planet Full? Can people flourish alongside the environment, or will human development and sustainability always be in conflict?
Take this unique opportunity to hear master storyteller Michael Morpurgo , author of War Horse, discuss the importance of our global environment and how to protect its future at a time of global growth, with Prof Ian Goldin , Director of the Oxford Martin School.
Go on loving, go on planting, live always in rhythm, in harmony with this wonderful Earth, and all shall be well.” Michael Morpurgo wrote in the short film, 'I Wish For You', which will be screened as part of the event on Saturday 11 June in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Prof Ian Goldin, the founding director of the Oxford Martin School, directed programmes on trade, environment and sustainable development at the Organisation for European Co-Operation and Development (OECD). He edited 'Is the Planet Full?' on the impacts of population growth, and how the planet could support the demands of the ten billion people who are anticipated to be living around the world by 2050.
Tickets £6. Book at .
Take a look at other events in the Oxford Festival of Nature, 1 to 14 June .
  • Come along to the Wild Fair on 4 June at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for an exciting day out with crocodiles, bees, bats, birds and so much more!
  • It's badgers vs hedghogs on 8 June   when Charles Foster meets Hugh Warwick at Waterstones on Broad Street - not to be missed!
  • Meet leading environmental campaigner Mark Avery on 9 June at the Natural History Museum and find out why he's so passionate about wildlife.
  • Find out where babies come from with Dr Casper J Breuker on 14 June. See how a clump of cells is transformed into a butterfly!