You will doubtless remember an earlier post (which can be seen HERE), regarding the 9th Longcot Flower Festival, 6th – 14th May, at St Mary’s Church.
Shirley Dalton-Morris, the organiser of this great floral display, tells me that over the weekends (6th, 7th, 13th and 14th), the team will be selling cream teas between 3 pm and 5 pm, in aid of Church Funds.
Additionally, on the evening of Sunday 7th May, the Methodists will be joining with St Mary’s for the choral evensong service, rather than their holding their usual chapel service. The Choral Evensong will take place at 6 pm Sunday 7th May with the St Andrew’s Choir.
If it’s Easter Monday it must be Lockinge Point to Point, and with the weather set fair, lots of families will be going – but please take note of this traffic warning.
Southern Gas has closed road (A417) into Wantage at the Camelford roundabout or junction with Ham Road. So to get to the course:
- Use the top road B4507
- Go through Denchworth and Grove into Wantage on the A338
Lockinge racecourse is located two miles southeast of Wantage on the B4494, eight miles northwest of M4 Exit 13. Follow signs if coming from the south. OX12 8PA.
You can get full details and a map from The OBH website http://www.oldberkshunt.co.uk/point-to-point/
Apart from village news and tales of missing dogs, stolen bikes and, most importantly for the children, the Easter Egg hunt at St Mary’s, the Internet and the village website, serves to keep us all in touch.
It helps to keep those who have left in touch with happy memories, and it helps to remind those who live in the village, just how lucky we are and how much worse it might have been. I mention this because I was very moved to receive the following note this afternoon.
I was recently on your Website and noticed on your ” Lest We Forget ” page you had the name of my Great Uncle Private Meddows Hughes saying that you didn’t know the connection to Longcot. My name is Susan Lear nee Miller. I was born and raised in Shrivenham. My family came from Longcot.
My Great Grandfather was Frank Miller who ran the Bakers in Longcot in the early 1900s. He was the son of Silvanus Miller, the village Blacksmith who died in 1876.
Frank Miller married Gertrude E Hughes who already had a son by the name of Meddow Hughes ( born out of wedlock ).
They went on to have 9 children.
You are correct in saying that he died on March 22nd, 1918 and is indeed buried at Arras.
I Hope you don’t mind me sending Email but just wanted to confirm how Meddows was connected to Longcot. I have a photo of him in his Uniform with his step brother ( also my great Uncle ) Ron Miller who was lucky enough to survive that terrible War.
I have asked Suesy for a copy of the photograph and if she can get it to me, we’ll put it up. I just thought you’d like to know.
If you have just one hour to spare to help create the Easter Garden at St Mary’s on Good Friday – or you just want the kids to get a bit of fresh air – then this is for you!
If any children or families or you’ll just lend a hand, then please come down on Good Friday (14th April) at 10 am, to help create our Easter Garden.
With willing hands, it should only take about an hour, but please come for as long as you like and as suits you.
There will be refreshments available (hot and cold) and some hot cross buns and Easter nest cakes.
All welcome, all very informal.
For the duration of the Easter holidays, there will be an Easter Story Egg Hunt in and around the grounds of St Mary’s Longcot.
It’s free and you can try it anytime you like whilst the church is open (dawn to dusk).
It could take 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on how enthusiastically you travel from one egg to the next- and there is a small reward at the end if you complete it.
It starts at the church font by the door.
The following note from the Chair of Watchfield Parish Council.
A local dog has a confirmed case of Alabama Foot Rot which is being treated by Robert Elliot at Stanford in the Vale. The dog is only walked locally in 3 places – Ridgeway, under the wind turbines and at Bradbury Clump. Please ask your dog owners to look out for lesions and sores – more info on the website below. It is not known how it is transmitted.
I received news this morning, via the village Facebook page, about the passing of Peter Mortimer from his daughter Kim.
I wanted to pass on some news to those of you who might have known us or remember us. My lovely Dad, Peter Mortimer, sadly died on the 19th March. We lived in the Post Office for many years and will probably be best remembered for mowing the village green and the churchyard, often wearing little more that cut off jeans and wellies!
My sisters and I have lots of very happy memories of growing up in Longcot and being part of the village community. It will always be a special place to us.
You can respond to Kim via our facebook page HERE