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Allotments

Animals & Pets

Childcare & Baby Groups

Community Safety

Conservation & Wildlife

Education

Faith

Health

Housing

Local Government

Miscellaneous

Music 

Older People

Political Information

Publications

Sports

Young People

 

If you would like to add an entry or update any information in this directory then please contact the Parish Office. For local business listings please visit the Watlington Business Association website.


ALLOTMENTS

Watlington ‘Pyrton Field’ Allotments

A source of exercise, fresh air and pesticide-free food. More than seventy families grow their own fruit and vegetables. We are able to grow special varieties knowing exactly how they have been cultivated; no worries about all the sprays and other additives that may be in those sold in shops. Plots are often available with car access and water supply.

George Bruce / 01491 613867

ANIMALS & PETS

Crossroads Veterinary Practice

We are a privately owned Tier 2 RCVS accredited small animal Veterinary Practice, proudly serving High Wycombe, Hazlemere and Watlington communities for over 60 years. Our highly experienced and professional team offer genuine care and concern for you and your pet. We all love our veterinary work and treat your pet as we would our own – with respect and compassion. We look forward to seeing you and your special pets at one of our surgeries! For more information visit http://www.vetswycombe.co.uk

01491 612799

Chiltern Pet Partners – Dog Training

Puppy Socialisation, Adult Dog classes, Trick classes, Agility and Flyball One to One sessions, Reward Based only, Clicker Training. Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Classes held Tuesdays (outdoor venues in Summer) or on Thursdays in Church Hall. One to one classes held by appointment

Samantha Swanson / 01491 613256 /

07866 632750

South Oxfordshire District Council - Dog Warden

For more information visit http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/environment/noise-and-nuisance/stray-and-lost-dogs Mon - Thu 8.30am-5.00pm Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm

01235 422403 / Out of hours contact 01235 422410

Blue Cross Lewknor

For more information visit https://www.bluecross.org.uk/oxfordshire-lewknor-rehoming-centre

Tim Sillis / 0300 777 1500 / lewknor@bluecross.org.uk

Tiggywinkles

Every year in Britain over five million wild animals and birds are injured as a direct result of their encounters with man and man's world. Tiggywinkles, The Wildlife Hospital Trust, is a specialist hospital. Using every available veterinary welfare skill, we are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife.
Since opening our doors over 200,000 patients have received treatment at Tiggywinkles. All British wild animal casualties brought to the hospital are treated completely free of charge and are released through a controlled programme, back to the wild, when they are fully fit. For more information visit http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk

24-hour emergency helpline / 01844 292292

CHILDCARE & BABY GROUPS

Rainbow Corner Day Nursery

Our aim is to provide a friendly nursery with a family atmosphere whilst providing a safe, stimulating and educationally-aware programme of activities as well as high quality care and social up-bringing. Rainbow gives parents the chance to take full or part time employment or to give their child social contact and pre-school education away from home. For more information visit http://www.s404339986.websitehome.co.uk/#

Debbie Hemmins (Centre Manager) / 01491 613923

Watlington Pre-School

Established over 35 years ago, provides early years education for 2½ to 5 year olds. Our highly qualified staff aim to make pre-school a warm and welcoming experience, giving a strong foundation for the future. Sessions have a high adult/child ratio (1:6) and are available to suit individual needs. For more information visit http://www.watlingtonpreschool.org.uk/

Sue Roose / 01491 613553 / staff@watlingtonpreschool.org.uk

Chalgrove & Watlington Children’s Centre

Sure Start Children’s Centre is a one-stop shop for information and a range of services for families with under 5’s. The Centre is located at both Watlington and Chalgrove Primary Schools and offers a comprehensive programme of support and fun activities for families. For more information visit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/chalgrove-and-watlington-childrens-centre

Helen Rints (Centre Manager) / 01491 614179 / 01865 400219 / helen.rints@oxfordshire.gov.uk

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Watlington Fire Station

Watlington Fire Station are continuing to recruit more On Call retained firefighters. To find out more about becoming a retained fire fighter call the number below

Steve Riding / 07749 677045 or 0800587 0870

Neighbourhood Watch

Aims to reduce opportunities for crime, making it more difficult for the would-be thief, vandal or criminal to act by building up a community spirit so that neighbours can work together to everybody’s benefit, telling the Police or your scheme co-ordinator about suspicious incidents in your neighbourhood – no spying or vigilantes. Co-ordinator liaises with neighbours, police and others with regards to community safety.

Parish Office / 01491 613867

Thames Valley Police

To report a crime or emergency call 999. To report a non-emergency crime call 101. For more information visit http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer (NSO) PC Ian Kent P4555 / 08458 505505 / ian.kent@thamesvalley.pnn.police / Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Michelle Jacques / diane.greenwood@thamesvalley.pnn.police

Crimestoppers

To anonymously give information about a crime call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Fore more information visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org

0800 555 111

CONSERVATION & WILDLIFE

Watlington Environment Group

We hold a programme of walks, talks and visits covering a wide range of environmental and natural history subjects, as well as offering occasional courses and training workshops. We carry out practical conservation work in the Parish – in particular at Watlington Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve, which we manage on behalf of Watlington Parish Council. We circulate a newsletter to members, and respond with help or advice to local residents with wildlife questions. See our website at http://www.watlington-environment-group.org.uk/

Ian Hill (Secretary) / 01491 612059

Watlington Gardening Club

Do you enjoy gardening, inspiring speakers and visits to lovely gardens, some of them never usually open to the public? Our thriving club has a year-round programme of interest to every garden enthusiast. To find out more, just come to our next meeting held the first Wednesday of the month in the Town Hall at 7.45pm.

Cheryl Barnes (Chairman) / 01491 614928 / crbarnes2000@btinternet.com

Watlington in Bloom

The Watlington in Bloom Group's aims are to encourage the wider community to participate in enhancing and enjoying the local environment in a sustainable manner. The RHS 'In Bloom; campaign gives the group an impetus to achieve, as each year the judges come on a tour of the town. See our website at http://www.watlingtoninbloom.webs.com/

Terry Jackson (Chairman) / 01491 613362 / tjacks@waitrose.com

Friends of Watlington Hill

The Friends of Watlington Hill were formed in 1989 by request of the National Trust and Lord Esher whose family donated the Hill to the National Trust. We work under instruction of the National Trust Rangers about once a month, mostly doing scrub bashing but with some path work and regularly cleaning the White Mark. We are a friendly group and normally work from 10am on a Saturday or Sunday until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon but the volunteers are only expected to work as long as you like or are able. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing, footwear and a packed lunch if you plan to stay all day. We supply tools & refreshments.

Terry Jackson (Chairman) / 01491 613362 / tjacks@waitrose.com

South Chilterns Beekeepers

The South Chilterns Beekeepers' Association is for those who already keep bees or who intend to do so, for beginners who want to start beekeeping and need instruction, and for anyone who wishes to be associated with beekeeping in the South Chilterns area. See our website at http://www.scbka.org/.

Sue Remenyi / info@scbka.org

OCCA

Bringing together Watlington and surrounding villages with the aim of increasing sustainability in the region. Achivements range from producing a Recyling Information leaflet, organising oil delivery sharing, holding a general Swap Shop, a Seed and Plant Swap Shop and first ever Fashion Exchange is sure to be followed by others. There are more projects in the pipeline. There are more grand ideas but they would need much support so do please join us.

Gill Bindoff / 01491 612663 / gbindoff@btinternet.com

EDUCATION

Watlington Primary School

Aims to unlock children’s potential in all aspects of learning and prepare children to become good citizens in the twenty-first century. Our school is set in a beautiful location with extensive play areas and we share the site with Icknield Community College. There is a bright, well equipped foundation stage area which was described as ‘outstandingt’ by Ofsted. There are nine other classrooms, two libraries and a multi purpose room for KS1 and KS2 children. The school was judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted in 2008. In 2005 we achieved Healthy Schools status and achieved an Artsmark Gold award. In 2008 we collected the International Schools award. We are an ‘Investor in People’ school.For more information visit http://www.watlington.oxon.sch.uk

Jane Fowler (School Business Manager) / 01491 612474 / office.2459@watlington.oxon.sch.uk

Watlington After School Club (WASPS)

Provides wrap around care for children between 4 - 11 who attend Watlington Primary School. It encompasses breakfast, after school and holiday clubs. A wide range of activities are on offer from art and crafts, sport, Playstation, table football, to board games, videos and books. The sessions are run by highly qualified and dedicated staff and greatly enjoyed by the children.

c/o Watlington Primary School / 01491 612474

Icknield Community Education Centre

The local centre for lifelong learning – adult and community tutors providing for the needs of local people. Part of Oxfordshire County provision funded by the Learning and Skills Council of GB.

Jackie Ashkettle / 01491 613004 / jackieashkettle@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Icknield Community College

Situated at the foot of the Chilterns in Watlington, Oxfordshire, Icknield Community College welcomes educational changes as these enable us to improve standards while maintaining the personal attention we offer to every individual. As a smaller school, we pride ourselves on this. Please come and visit us and see the school at work. For more information visit http://icknield.oxon.sch.uk

Mr Mat Hunter (Headteacher) / 01491 612691 / office.4082@icknield.oxon.sch.uk

Friends of Icknield

Friends of Icknield is an organisation which comprises of all those interested in supporting Icknield Community College, whether parents, carers, staff, pupils or interested members of the local community. We have regular meetings in a friendly atmosphere and liaise directly with the Headteacher and the board of Governors to promote and encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education by collectively: (1) Fundraising to provide goods and services to support the school and advance the education of the pupils, (2) Organising social events for parents and pupils to build and maintain the school community and (3) Developing and maintaining the school’s links with the local and extended community. More information on how you can support Friends of Icknield, including dates for events, activities and meetings is available at http://www.friends-of-icknield.org.uk/

Trevor Power / 0787 818 5537

Watlington Primary School – Parent Teacher Association

A dynamic group of like-minded people who give up their time and energies to raise funds for the school and promote the relationship between parents, teachers and the local community. We work hard but have fun in the process! All parents of children in the Primary School are welcomed by the PTA.

c/o Watlington Primary School / 01491 612474

Watlington Library

Membership is free. Up to date printed and on-line reference materials are available. A wide range of videos and DVDs can be hired as well as audio books and language packs. There are books on almost any subject and what is not in stock can be requested. Visit the refurbished library and you can make photocopies, access the web or simply browse through hundreds of titles. 35 High Street, Watlington. OX49 5PZ

watlington.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Friends of Watlington Library

A registered charity, formed in 1998 to prevent the closure of the library and to help promote and develop its use.

Renee Grassby / 01491 612300 / Philip Inney / 01491 612638 / pgpcep@aol.com

FAITH

The Church of St. Edmund Campion

Situated in Watcombe Road, is the parish church for the Catholic population in Watlington and the surrounding area and is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. There is a daily celebration of Mass and throughout the day the chapel is available for quiet prayer.

The Parish Priest / 01491 612431 / edcamp@watox.freeserve.co.uk

Watlington Free Christian Fellowship

Formed about 20 years ago. The group is a non-denominational evangelical fellowship, meeting on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm at 13 Saunders Close. All are welcome to join in Prayer, Praise and Bible Study.

Mrs Margaret Hook / 01491 612875

Methodist Church

Our purpose as a church is to increase awareness of God’s presence and celebrate God’s love, to help people to grow and learn as Christians, to be a good neighbour to people in need, challenge injustice, and to make more followers of Jesus Christ. We meet regularly for worship and fellowship.

Phil Crockett / 01491 612801

St. Leonards, The Church of England, Parish Church of Watlington

St Leonards is more than its building – the oldest in Watlington but newly restored to bright multi-purpose use. The Church is its people, young and old, who worship there and seek to serve God and our community. Everybody is very welcome to come and join us. Details of services are on the notice board outside the church.

Rev. Christopher Evans / 01491 612494 / cievans@aol.com

Watlington Anglican Churchyard

Every Watlington resident has the legal right to be buried there. Volunteers are welcome on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9.30 am to maintain the 1000 grave area.

Rev. Christopher Evans / 01491 612494 / cievans@aol.com

South African Link

The Anglican Benefice (Watlington, Britwell Salome, Pyrton and Swyncombe) formed a link with the Black Township parish of Mothibistad, near Kuruman in South Africa, which has been running for over 10 years. In addition to exchange visits, support has recently developed for HIV/Aids work, mainly among married women whose husbands have passed it on after working away from home, and for community work, particularly among the unemployed.

Rev. Christopher Evans / 01491 612494 / cievans@aol.com

HEALTH

Chiltern Surgery

The practice consists of two surgeries, one in Watlington and the other in Chalgrove. For more information visit http://www.watlington-surgeries.nhs.uk/

01491 612444

Chiropody/Podiatry

Available in the Watlington surgery on Friday mornings.

01844 261023

Watlington & Chalgrove Patient Participation Group (PPG)

The Watlington and Chalgrove Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) has been established to facilitate two-way communication between the health care professionals of the surgery and its Practice population. As a result, the Practice aims to improve the quality of decision making in certain areas, as well as improve communication with patients. If you would like to raise any issues at a PPG meeting please use the contact details below. For more information visit http://www.watlington-surgeries.nhs.uk/patient-group/

watchalppg@btconnect.com

Watlington Volunteer Drivers

We are a group of volunteer drivers based in Watlington. Our objective is to help anybody get to their hospital appointment – NHS/private. It has been recognized that our local transport system cannot offer a direct route to hospital and we offer a door to door service. We do have to charge for mileage only. We pride ourselves on our professional methods, but we are still a happy helpful group. We welcome anybody who would consider being a volunteer driver.

01491 614187 / Call for a lift between 7pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday / 07765 154120

NHS Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

PALS provides on the spot advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about care provided by the NHS and guiding you through the various services available. PALS aims to – listen to your concerns and queries – advise and support patients, families and carers – inform about local NHS services and how to access them – help resolve concerns and sort out problems.

0800 052 3225

BF Hagan (Watlington Dental Practice)

Located in Shirburn Street. For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/Services/dentists/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=27550

01491 613159

South & Vale Carers Centre

Offers free confidential information, advice and support to unpaid family carers of all ages, including young carers, with benefit forms, aids to help with caring, holidays, home visits and any service which will help Carers in their caring role. National Carers Strategy funds outings and trips for Carers. Mon - Fri 9.00am – 4.00pm

01235 510212 / carers@SVCC.fsnet.co.uk

Counselling Directory

The purpose of the site is to ultimately provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism. For more information visit http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk


Sanctuary Care

A Not for Profit Organisation, established in 1995 as a subsidiary of Sanctuary Housing Association, a national organisation with over 33,000 properties. Its purpose is to provide high quality care to the elderly. Sanctuary Care provides a 60 bed care home on the former Watlington Hospital site.

Mrs Sue Morley or Mrs Julie Cooper / 01491 613400 / suem@sanctuaryhousing.co.uk

National Call Centre

Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood. For more information visit https://www.blood.co.uk

0300 123 2323

HOUSING

SOHA Housing

South Oxfordshire's largest registered social landlord, managing nearly 5,000 homes. We provide affordable housing for people who cannot afford to own or rent a home in the private sector. SOHA is a non-profit making organisation, managed by a voluntary Board with 122 properties in Watlington.

Richard Peacock (Chief Executive) / 01235 515900 / rpeacock@soha.co.uk

Sovereign Housing

Sovereign Housing Group specialises in providing high quality affordable homes wherever they are most needed. Whether it’s inner-city regeneration, suburban town extensions, or sensitive village development, Sovereign always aims to be a good neighbour, and to provide great customer satisfaction. Sovereign owns nearly 300 rented homes in South Oxfordshire, plus almost 100 for part-buy part-rent, and has added to these recently in Watlington, with 18 homes in Britwell Road.

Regional Office / 01635 550222

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Oxfordshire County Council

Spends half a billion pounds of public money every year in Oxfordshire on behalf of 622,000 people on 85,000 school children, 25,000 students in Adult Education, social care for 18,200 elderly, disabled or vulnerable people, libraries, adult learning centres, youth service, protection of our environment, maintaining 2600 miles of roads and disposing of 275,000 tons of waste every year with 70 councillors, and 16,000 employees. Mon – Thu 8.30am – 5.00pm Fri 8.30am – 4.00pm. Steve Harrod (Conservative) was elected to Oxfordshire County Council to represent Chalgrove & Watlington division in March 2014.

01865 792422 / Steve Harrod / 01844 278068 / 07944 0777209 / steve.harrod@oxfordshire.gov.uk

South Oxfordshire District Council

Provides services for the people who live and work in South Oxfordshire and for those visiting the area. It protects through planning, building control, food inspection, work with homeless people, and community safety; promotes welfare through the local plan, its economic development programme, work in health and fitness and affordable accommodation. SODC’s planning, conservation programmes, advice and biodiversity concern the environment. Anna Badcock (Conservative) was elected to South Oxfordshire District Council to represent Watlington ward in May 2011.

01235 422422 / Anna Badcock / 07733 111554 / annabadcock1@gmail.com

Watlington Parish Council

Members are elected every four years and meet in public 2nd Tuesday each month. Responsible for the Town Hall, Recreation Ground, Mansle Garden, The Pavilion, the Sports Field, Community Office, Marlbrook Green, Car Park, Public Conveniences, the Paddock, Couching Street posts, flower tubs, etc; listen to residents and give SODC views on all parish planning applications. Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm

Kristina Tynan (Clerk) / 01491 613867 / For more ways to contact WPC click here

MISCELLANEOUS

Henley & District Citizens Advice Bureau

Our highly trained volunteer advisers give free and confidential advice on a wide range of topics. Drop in at 32 Market Place, Henley – 10am – 1pm every day (except Wed) or phone 10.00am – 4pm. Alternatively come to the Community Office, 1 Old School Place, Watlington on Thursdays between 10.00am and 1.00pm. 10am-11am drop in for new clients. 11-1pm Appointments only

08444 111 444

The Watlington Twinning Association

We organised the formal link with Mansle in France in 1990 and have supported exchanges of people and information ever since. George Davies was the Chairman and enthusiastic supporter until his death in 2001. Would anyone like to follow up and possibly develop the link? Some funds are available.

Alan Craddock (Chairman) / 01491 612371 / Neil Foreman (Secretary) / 01491 612332

Watlington Womens Institute

Join a friendly group of women involved in local activities; enjoy a variety of good speakers at meetings and attend County and National functions run by the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Sounds too worthy to be fun? Don’t believe it! Meetings on second Wednesday each month at 7.30pm in the Town Hall – give it a try.

Kath Gomm (President) / 01491 612939

Royal British Legion

Our aim is to promote the Welfare of serving and ex-Service personnel through National and Local schemes largely funded by the Poppy Appeal. Watlington Branch has 180 members and meets at 8pm on the second Monday of each month, with a speaker on a variety of subjects. Members and prospective members are always welcome. Membership is open to everyone, not just ex-service personnel, for an annual subscription of £15.00.

Jim Stubbs / 01491 614278 / james.stubbs147@btinternet.com

Watlington Educational Foundation

is a registered charity whose object is to promote the education of young people under the age of 25 – residents of the following villages can be assisted – Watlington, Pyrton, Shirburn, Cuxham, Brightwell Baldwin and Britwell Salome. The charity has a limited income from which small grants are made to applicants in genuine financial need.

Tony Williamson / 01491 612143 / tony_williamson@lineone.net

Watlington Support Fund

Exist to assist Watlington residents (or exceptionally people resident immediately outside) who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress or are sick, convalescent, disabled or infirm. It assists by either making grants or providing/paying for services for them. Individual applications normally through Citizens Advice Bureau, but messages can be left on the confidential phone line.

Watlington Parish Office, 1 Old School Place

Kath Gomm (Clerk) / 01491 613366 / Confidential Phone Line

Watlington Support Fund (Watlington Public Charities)

Formed from legacies bequeathed many years ago. The main charity must grant 2/8ths of its income for maintenance of the Parish Church and 3/8ths each to the Watlington Education Foundation and for the Recreation Ground.

Kath Gomm (Clerk) / 01491 613366 / Confidential Phone Line

MUSIC

St. Leonards Bell Ringers

With a ring of eight bells practice on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm (except 1st Tuesday) and ring every Sunday from 9.30am to 10am. Members of the Oxfordshire Diocesan Guild of Ringers. Ringing is free – more ringers welcome (please call first).

Alan Keen / 01491 612422

Watlington Concert Band

We always welcome new members. Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening at Pyrton Village Hall from 8pm – 10pm. We enjoy playing at manly local events and have a playing membership of over 25. If you would like to join the band, book the band, or become a ‘Friend of Watlington Band’, we look forward to hearing from you. For more information visit http://www.watlingtonband.org.uk/

Dave Pullen (Conductor) / 01491 612809 / dave@watlingtonband.co.uk

OLDER PEOPLE

Watlington & District Age Concern Drop In Centre

Situated in the High Street, offers a warm welcome each weekday morning, where you can socialise with friends over light refreshments or use many of the services available. A Chiropractor and Chiropodist visit regularly. New hearing aid batteries can be obtained at the centre. We also operate our own Mini Bus for weekly shopping trips. A scrabble club meets every Wednesday afternoon. Please contact the Drop In Centre for more information.

01491 612144 / thedropincentre@tiscali.co.uk

Watlington Day Centre

A weekly meeting held for lonely and frail persons. Members are transported by Age Concern minibus to the centre, where they discuss issues and problems over coffee, enjoy a hot lunch, play cards, listen to other entertainment, or just relax in the company of others.

Doreen Hobbs / 01491 612144 / thedropincentre@tiscali.co.uk

Watlington Senior Citizens Luncheon & Social Club

Meets every Wednesday 12.00 – 3.00 pm in the West Room, Old School Place, Watlington. Members enjoy a freshly prepared 3 course lunch and various activities. Membership is open to all in Watlington and the surrounding communities and we are able to provide transport for those unable to get out unaided. Cost: £7.00 per week inclusive of lunch, activities, tea and biscuits. Transport is charged extra depending on the distance travelled.

Winifred / 0118 942 6078

Ridgeway U3A

The University of the Third Age is a national organization for retired and semi-retired people to get together and discuss their mutual interests. The Committee organise a monthly meeting with a speaker, which has always been very popular so far. Please come and join us. For more information visit http://u3asites.org.uk/ridgeway

ridgewayu3a@hotmail.com

POLITICAL INFORMATION

Member of Parliament

John Howell (Conservative) is the Member of Parliament for the Henley constituency. He pays regular visits to the constituency and holds advice surgeries in Watlington, Thame and Henley.

01491 612852 / 02072 194828 / howelljm@parliament.uk

South Oxfordshire Conservative Association - Watlington Branch

South Oxfordshire Conservatives are working all year round to represent the issue and concerns that matter to the people of Henley constituency. We welcome new members and supporters to all of our social and political events. Get in touch if you would like to find out more or get involved.

01491 612852 / soca@oxfordshireconservatives.com

The Labour Party

Our branch enables local members to meet, to be kept informed and to influence all aspects of the policy and work of the Labour Party. The most practical important activity is the identification, selection and support of suitable candidates for District, County, European and Parliamentary elections.


South East Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

South East Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats operate in the Henley constituency, which covers most of the district of South Oxfordshire (excluding the Wallingford and Didcot areas in the west of the district) and some of Cherwell district. Local party members elect an executive committee to organise activities and election campaigns within the local area. If you would like to know more about us or would like to offer to help, please get in touch. Candidates have been successful in elections to SODC’s Watlington, Ewelme and Cuxham wards.

Steph Van de Pette / 01491 614948 / stephanie.vandepette@oxonlibdems.org

PUBLICATIONS

Watlington Times

Run by and for the community of Watlington and area. We cover local news and issues, providing a sounding-board for their debate, and a permanent local record. We carry announcements from groups and individuals, and our comprehensive advert section is an up to date directory of local services.

Contributions and enquiries / watlingtontimes@yahoo.co.uk

SPORTS

Aerobics and Mat work Pilates

Exercise classes for all levels of fitness are held in the Town Hall. Katy Riddell is a fully qualified teacher in both Exercise to Music and Body Control Pilates. For times and further information please contact below.

Katy Riddell / 01491 613558 / katyriddell@btinternet.com

Icknield Badminton Club

A friendly club for all levels and ages of players from those returning to the sport to experienced league players. Club nights are held on the four courts of Icknield Community School Sports Hall every Thursday evening during term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm with both changing room and shower facilities available. A programme of league matches is played across Oxfordshire for those looking for further competition. The club is affiliated to Badminton England, the sports governing body.

Joy Kellaway (The Club Secretary) / 01491 612037

Watlington Bowls Club

Has been in existence for 70 years and runs a full programme of both friendly and competitive matches. A new pavilion was opened in 2006. New members, young or old, receive a warm welcome and a qualified coach gives free lessons whenever they join. Practice bowls are available. The outdoor bowls season is from April to September. During the Winter short mat bowls is played in the Pavilion.

John Lewis (Secretary) / 01491612894

Watlington Cricket Club

Based at the Shirburn Road Recreation ground, the club has two teams in Division 2 and 9 of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association league. Members of any standard are always welcome at the club. Net facilities are available during Winter months with practice nights during the season at the ground.

Owen Lewis / Owen@watlingtoncc.co.uk / Chris Allen (1st Team Captain) / 01491 612237 / Chris@watlingtoncc.co.uk

Watlington Croquet Club

Part of the Recreation Ground has been flattened for a full (32 x 28 yd) lawn. Those looking for a new sport, alone or as a family should come and try. In pairs or fours it can be enjoyed from the first to highest level. Tactics and skill usually outplay brute force. A game between grandparents and grandchildren can be on equal terms. A small charge per game includes the use of equipment. Beginners can arrange free basic tuition.

George Bruce / 01491 612162

Watlington Town Football Club

From the turn of the last century, gladiatorial contests have been fought out in our peaceful backwater. Blood spilled, teeth lost, bones broken. For what? For pride! Pride in our heritage, pride in our town. Our finely tuned athletes battle away in the Oxfordshire Senior Leagues. Youngsters (4+) train on Saturday mornings. New players (15+) welcome at training Tuesdays 7.00pm. Ladies football Tuesdays 8.00pm at the Recreation Ground.

Keith Woolfson / watlingtontownfootball@gmail.com

Watlington Judo Club

The club has been running for 38 years, has approximately 60 members and is led by one of it’s original members, Harvey Batten 5th Dan. We meet every Friday evening during school term time:

5-8 years 18.30 – 19.30

9 years plus 19.30 – 20.30

12 upwards 20.30 – 21.30

Experienced or novice new members are always welcome. IBC website: http://www.ibcuk.com/

Harvey Batten / 01491 612177 / harveybatten@aol.com

The Watlington Club CIO

The Town’s very own sports and social club. All are welcome to join to use the bar, function and meeting rooms for private and public functions up to 150 people. Play bowls, tennis and squash (see separate entries) all in the centre of Watlington. Membership forms are available behind the bar at The Social. See the website for more information and contact details http://www.watlington.org.uk


Watlington Ladies Netball

We started life after an open sports day at Icknield School. We have seen success and failure but always enjoyment along the way. We welcome anyone from age 13 years upwards, a regular player, returning to play or someone who wants to try something new and make some friends along the way. We play in the Oxfordshire League, some of us just train, some do it for fitness, but all have fun! We train at Icknield Sports Hall on Tuesday evenings at 8pm and will always welcome new players to join us.

Christy King (Club Secretary) / 07775938390 / watlingtonladiesnetball@hotmail.co.uk

Chiltern Rifle Club

Using the old wartime Home Guard training range in Watlington, we have grown from a miniature rifle club to the safe use of all types of firearms with members from all walks of life and ages 12 to 65+. We provide shooting four nights a week, as well as regular weekday/weekend visits to outdoor ranges. Club and competitive pistol/rifle shooting. Located at Whitehouse Farm, Britwell Road, Watlington. OX49 5JY.

Phil McIntyre / 01491 613978 / PhilipMLS@aol.com

Watlington Squash and Racquetball Club

Annual membership from as little as £80. For more information visit http://www.watlington.org.uk/activities/squash

Pamela McKnight / 07801 287508 / squash@watlington.org.ukhttp://watlingtontc.org.uk/

Watlington Tennis Club

Play both socially and in the Oxfordshire leagues all the year round on the three Club courts, where we welcome players of all standards and ages. Enthusiasm is valued as much as mere competence! Coaching is available and 2 of the courts have flood lights for winter evenings. We also have club sessions on Wednesday evening 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm and Sunday morning 10.00 to 12 noon. Memberships are available for adults, juniors, minis, students, pensioners and unemployed at very low rates. For more information visit  http://watlingtontc.org.uk/

Linda King (Membership Secretary) / 01865 890829

SMuRF-FIT

Kettlebells, boxercise and conditioning. Free buggy walk on Tuesday 9am, meet outside Chequers pub. For more information visit http://smurf-fit.com

Sarah Fountain / 07824 830403 / sarah@smurf-fit.com

The Yoga Tree

The Yoga Tree is Watlingtons only Yoga Studio providing classes in various styles of yoga along with mindfulness courses and workshops. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/theyogatreewatlington/

Vicki Wood / 01491 613321

YOUNG PEOPLE

Watlington Girlguiding (formerly Guides)

For girls aged 10-14 years. We meet at the Primary school every Tuesday during term time from 18:30 to 20:30. Our activities are varied with an emphasis on encouraging self sufficient, confident young women. We cover many activities from craft to fashion, camping to canoeing, outdoors and indoors. Seeing your inner-self to seeing the world. 10 million members worldwide can't be wrong.

Jo Bartlett 01491 641033 / Annie Bowman 01491 614669

Second Watlington Scout Group

The 2nd Watlington Scout Group is part of The Scout Association, a uniformed movement for young people, and we currently have over forty boys invested, aged between six and thirteen years and five leaders, all voluntary. The Scout Hut is in the Watlington Club car park. Beaver Scouts, six to eight years, meet on Mondays at 4pm and spend an action-packed hour of fun whilst working for badges with occasional outings and visits. Cub Scouts, eight to ten years meet on Wednesdays, 6.15-7.30 pm and often enjoy the outdoors on Watlington Hill as well as following a busy, progressive badgework programme. Scouts, ten to fourteen years, meet on Mondays, 6.30-8pm to learn camping and survival skills whilst continuing with badgework. Boys can be put on the Beaver waiting list from their fifth birthday. For more information visit http://www.2ndWatlingtonScouts.org

Nick Irving – Group Scout Leader / 07557 737 630 / info@2ndWatlingtonScouts.org

Watlington Youth Club

We meet on a Tuesday evening 7pm to 9pm at The Sports Pavilion. The Club is open to all young people aged 13 to 18.

c/o

The Parish Office / 01491 613867