Newsletter and Events – July 2020


 🌳🌱TREES 🌿🌳
A socially distanced exhibition celebrating local trees.

Huge thanks to everyone who submitted such brilliant works for the Tree exhibition, which featured works including textiles, poetry, painting, collage, sculpture, drawings and more.
A very special thanks to Mirren Kessling for the idea and for making it happen.
Photos of the exhibition are now available to be enjoyed at home:
And if you’re feeling inspired to make your own creative response to local trees then it would be great to see them put up in your own windows 🌳

Wantage and Surrounding area Coronavirus Support Group

The Ray Collins Charitable Trust, in conjunction with the Wantage Town Council and Wantage Chamber of Commerce have formed The Wantage And Surrounding area Coronavirus Support Group. This local community group aims to help elderly and vulnerable people and anyone self-isolating in Wantage and within a five mile radius.
They are also working with local companies Corks & Canapés and Sugar and Spice to supply a Meals on Wheels service. All deliveries and collections will be free but you will still need to pay for your meals and shopping. Please call 01235 260033 or email for more information. You can also contact them via Facebook.

Great news for the Church

West Hendred church has just received a grant award of £1,000 from OHCT towards the replacement/repair of the Bell Chamber floor’s supporting beam.

Church Services

There will be no formal church services at our church until the lockdown is finished. It is planned to open the church for individual private prayer on Thursday, Friday, Saturday for a limited period each day, in line with government advice. The times when the church is available will be announced shortly after social distancing and sanitising facilities have been put in place.

Garden Bonfires
With more people working at home and also looking after children during these lockdown months, it’s important to speak to your neighbours if you are planning a bonfire so they don’t cause unnecessary nuisance.

The VoWH District Council is urging people not to light bonfires at this time to protect the respiratory health of the vulnerable and to avoid an unnecessary burden on the NHS. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and smoke inhalation can impair people’s breathing. So speak to your neighbours if you need to burn garden waste – to agree a convenience time and/or check in on any health issues they may have.
The DC have a garden waste collection scheme and will provide a brown bin for this purpose.

Holy Trinity West Hendred
Oxford Historic Churches Ride and Stride – 12th September

This year’s sponsored event is hoped to take place on Saturday 12th September – money raised would be divided equally between The Oxford Historic Churches Trust and Holy Trinity Church West Hendred.

Oxford Historic Churches Trust has decided to go ahead with a R+S, albeit with a maybe somewhat differently form than usual. It may be a ‘simplified’ version. Potential participants are asked to keep the date available – Saturday 12th September. A mailing will be sent out in mid to late July by OHCT to the village’s co- ordinator, Hugh Rees. This is anticipated to be contained in a very limited amount of printed material – everything else will be available on line.

Last year’s grand total raised here was a fantastic final total of £1,007. Holy Trinity Church received half of sponsorship, £503-50; this was raised by 4 St/riders and well over 57 sponsorships, and well over 100 church visits. This is a fantastic total! Over the last 10 years raised £9,973 for OHCT.

Oxford Historic Churches Trust has just awarded us a grant of £1,000 towards urgent work at the church. This is for the replacement of a defective beam along the south side of the bell chamber, failing due to death watch beetle, and timber rot. The total cost of this repair £4,196.

More details will be available from Hugh Rees on 833174 as OHCT works out ways for this year’s event to take place, or on .



Role: Trustees (Data Protection, GDPR, IT and Fund Raising)

Organisation: Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice

Location: Head Office, Abbey House, Abingdon, OX14 3JD

We are looking for two new Trustees to join our Board and oversee data protection and GDPR, IT strategy and fund raising. We are also keen to recruit Trustees who live in the Vale of the White Horse district.Trustees are asked to attend six Board meetings a year, held in the evening at various locations (now remotely). Each Trustee oversees a particular aspect of the charity’s work.We are a local charity providing the Citizens Advice service in South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse. Our 160 volunteer advisers and nine full-time employed staff advise 11,000 people each year from four advice centres. Since March, our staff and volunteers have been operating our AdviceLine service from home.

People seek our advice on benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationship and consumer problems. Following advice, nearly three quarters of clients are able to resolve their problem and we help most to find a way forward.

We are members of national Citizens Advice, which sets the advice standard and supports and audits us. Our funding comes from district, town and parish councils and local charities.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Jon Bright, the Director, via
Please apply via

Citizens Advice can help you through financial difficulties

If you are facing financial problems in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Citizens Advice can help find a way forward.

Citizens Advice research has revealed that currently over 13 million people are unable to pay, or expect to be unable to pay, at least one of their household bills. These bills are higher than usual in any case because the population is spending more time at home during the lockdown. For 11 million of these people, a missed bill could have drastic consequences: eviction, the bailiffs, or disconnection.

It is vital that you do not give way to despair, feel isolated with your problems and consider that you have to solve them all by yourself. For instance, Citizens Advice can help maximise your income with a benefit check if your working hours have dropped or if you are made redundant. We can help you decide on the best way to manage your debts in your individual situation. Get in touch with us by telephone on Adviceline (0300 330 9042). There is also a lot of useful information on our website where you can also chat online.

🍕Pizza in the Park 🍕

Big News…. we are delighted to announce the return of ‘Pizza in the Park’ on the 14th July.

Soleluna Wood Fired Pizza will be visiting the village hall carpark every 2 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 5pm until 7.30pm serving delicious wood fired pizza.

We are only taking pre-orders one day in advance through our link: pizza/menu

Or you can order by phone on 07445815764 and we will give you a time slot to come and collect thereby keeping customers separated and adhering with social distancing rules. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!!!
Daniel and Amira.

Planning Applications

If you’re interested in keeping up to date with the latest planning applications, details can be found on the Vale’s Applications and Planning Decisions site. You can choose the type of alerts you receive; you can opt for just planning,
here is the link:
They will only send details of planning applications within your local area, so you won’t be bombarded with everything.

🍷Wine from the Douro in East Hendred🥂

Award winning Portuguese wine available in East Hendred.

Most of us have been hit by the impact of COVID-19 in one way or another. I run a family business in Portugal producing wines and port and sell mainly to restaurants through our importers around the world. We are determined to keep employing the 60+ staff – all who are locals; some who have worked for us over many generations.
We are trying to sell more online directly from our vineyard, selling at special COVID-19 prices!
Our wines have won many awards and accolades. We sell through Berry Bros in the UK as well as supply Waitrose with their In Partnership Douro Valley Reserve red wine.
Contact Sophia Bergqvist, Quinta de la Rosa


FREE ride on-tractor and trailer, suitable for children aged 5 and under.
Please collect from Galliards Barn, Manor Lane. Call Sarah 07811103522

Toddler climbing frame available!
Suitable for children aged 7 and under, this climbing frame is robust and fun. It’s not in great condition visually as it’s had lots of wear and tear, but can definitely provide a diversion in the garden!
Please collect from Bramley Tree Barn, Manor Lane. Call Kate on 07785 370479. Hive Hut took over the Old Tin Hut in East Hendred in March just before the start of the lockdown. As many will know the Hive runs monthly markets and has the refill horsebox and now a hub inside The Grocer Chef. Now, in East Hendred there’s a massively expanded range of eco, sustainable and local / artisan products available on their “Saturday Service” – which includes bakery, flowers, flour and food and more…which is a pre order and paid for contactless collection or delivery for local residents. For the weekly order form just email; or follow on Facebook – @thehivehut

Tin Hut, East Hendred
Saturday 8AM – 1PM
Sunday 12PM – 3PM
Support small businesses and shop local with bakery, flowers and household refills.

The Hive Market
Sunday 12th July
10am – 2pm
Snells Hall car park
East Hendred

Great British Mead / LoveBeer / Local honey / Tin Hut Cycles / Local Fudge Maker / Neal’s Yard Remedies / Ray of Soap / Local Artists / New Local Baker (Blewbury) / Charlotte Berry Silversmith / Street Food Stalls

Dog walking for charity 🐶
From Milly Haddon, age 10
I am looking for dogs to walk to raise money for the NHS. I am a responsible 10 year old who loves dogs. Please send my mum an email if you want your dog to be walked. Her address is


Available from Tuesday 19th May
For the moment we will be closed on Sunday and Monday evenings.
07833 271445
Orders can only be placed from 2pm on the day
up to an hour before you’d like to collect.
Collection is from 5pm – 8pm.

The deadline for next month’s newsletter is 25th July
 Hand delivered items – please place your article in an envelope marked clearly ‘WH Newsletter’ and deliver to Janet Trotman, Tean, The Millham Tel: 833531 Alternatively, you can send items for inclusion to our email


All hall enquiries/bookings should be made via email to  
Web Site:
The Government requires that ‘Community centres, youth centres and similar’ , must close with the exception that ‘Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.’


The Government requires that ‘Community centres, youth centres and similar’, must close with the exception that ‘Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.’

As we go to press, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has been informed that Halls may be able to open on Monday 6th July if they feel ready to do so. There will not be a requirement to open. ACRE suggests

  • Which hirers want to come back in July and how will the social distance rule affect them?
  • Will it be possible to have doors and especially windows open?
  • Could you ask the hirers in the hiring agreement to make sure only a certain number of people use the loos and the kitchen at any one time so that distancing can be adhered to?
  • Could there be a one-way system?


We would usually be announcing the date for the Village Hall’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Charity Commission has provided guidance on the current situation, which is to provide an Annual Report to them, and run the AGM following the lifting of the current Government restrictions.

Our AGM is bound to be a Public meeting, so we have to await the lifting of the current Government restrictions.

Everyone is welcome at our AGM! We would love to see you there. We are actively looking for new committee members and advisors to help us shape the next stage in the life of what is a very vibrant and well-used village hall. 

We will arrange the AGM date, and publicise in the Newsletter following the lifting of the current restriction.  If you’d like to discuss what’s involved before the AGM, here are our contact details:
Hugh Rees (Chair) – 
Nigel Findley (Treasurer) – or 862912
Chantal Ligertwood (Secretary) 
Tony Lewis –
Rosemary Budge –
Dave Trotman –
Sarah Lloyd – or 833373


  • Rescheduled JAZZ IN THE VILLAGE
  • QI quiz night with curry supper, courtesy of Manjiy Kahlon and helpers, early November
  • New beer festival date


Ian Millar (Saxophone) & Dominic Spencer (Piano) play high quality, sophisticated, melodic jazz, improvising on standards and original compositions. We’re looking to re-schedule later in the year

PUPPY SCHOOL – classes are now available online

Our face-to-face classes Puppy School classes have temporarily been replaced by weekly puppy training classes hosted via the internetIntroducing ‘Puppy School Online’ – virtual puppy training classes in the comfort and safely of home! Classes are now up and running with clear demonstration videos along with individual coaching. The six-week course it taught with small groups live each week. Isolation friendly and child friendly.

For more information about Puppy School contact Deb at or log onto


KONGA every Friday term time. 9.30 – 10.30 am £5 per class! – POSTPONED
Konga classes will recommence once the government lifts the current lockdown’
For more information Contact Rachel Lock on 07801 824293.

Youth Club – sadly cancelled for the foreseeable future

Please note Youth Club is sadly cancelled for the foreseeable future and certainly for April. We will reassess the situation in May according to government advice. The Youth Club meets usually on the third Friday at 7 pm. Please contact Penny Meston: 01235 832113

Adult helpers are urgently needed! Anyone interested in helping to run the youth club should contact Penny. We need adult helpers to go on a Rota.  If we get enough, it could mean only helping once or twice a year as it is a monthly Youth Group. Please contact Penny Meston: 01235 832113

Mother and Baby/Toddler Group Monday mornings’ – POSTPONED

West Hendred Stitchers –  POSTPONED
Please note that Hendred Stitchers is postponed for the duration due to COVID-19  
Further information from Jane Soffe 01235 832554

Pilates – Mondays 7 to 8pm, Wednesdays 6 to 7pm, and 7.15 to 8.15pm on Zoom.
Although Pilates classes have stopped at the hall, I am now teaching online through Zoom.
It’s £5 a session (payable in a block of 5 for £25). 
24 hours notice of cancellation is required, otherwise it will be a charged late cancellation at the class price. 
I’m keeping numbers to a maximum of 13. 
I’m happy for new clients to try a taster session at £5 and then decide if they would like to sign up to a block. 
The classes are running at the usual times.If anyone is interested please contact me and I can provide more information
Charlie PrincePrince Pilates 
Please contact Charlie Prince on 07581462317, or , or see Charlie’s website for more information about classes etc.

YOGA – classes are now available via Zoom.
Sadly we are unable to meet at the hall at the moment but my classes are now available via Zoom. Currently the classes are:

  • Thursdays 10 – 11am – Hatha Yoga
  • Tuesdays 10 – 11am – Gentle / chair yoga
  • Tuesdays (time tbc) – Teen Yoga with mindfulness

I am also hoping to run some extra classes at different times. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact me on 01235 863647 or
New students welcome!

Village Hall Committee Contacts
Hugh Rees (Chair) 01235-833174 / 07802-416031
Sarah Lloyd 01235-833373