Two seasonal concerts announced for St Mary’s Church, Longcot

We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s Church has been chosen as an official venue for Amick Productions’ and will host two concerts this year, one Autumnal concert in October and the other in the run up to Christmas which will welcome the Winter.


The first is on Thursday 19th October and stars X-Factor & G4 star Mike Christie and the hugely talented singer-composer is back on the road with an exclusive solo Autumn Tour!

The evening will feature many well-known classics including opera, pop, musical theatre and self-penned songs from Mike’s debut album ‘to the fore’, plus songs by Gershwin, Elton John, Flanders & Swann, Rodgers & Hammerstein and much more. Bass-baritone Mike Christie shot to fame as a member of multi-platinum selling vocal harmony group G4, who were Runners Up on the very first series of ITV’s The X Factor. An alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Mike has performed in musicals in the West End, pantomime across the UK and numerous operatic roles, and has just finished his second summer season at Opera Holland Park in London. He has also written an opera called The Miller’s Wife, which premiered in London in 2013.

The second concert will feature Mary-Jess, who many of you saw at the Longcot Ocktaves evening in 2015. She will be back at St Mary’s on Thursday 14th December at 7:30 pm as part of her 2017 “Winter Tour” which commences this November and December with even more dates and new locations!Mary-Jess EP 2018 Cover

Best-known as the winner of the Chinese ‘X Factor’ in front of 70 million viewers, Mary-Jess is also the singer of the official Downton Abbey theme, as well as being the UK Ambassador for The GREAT Britain Campaign in 144 countries around the world.

You can expect an enchanting evening, listening to her beautiful songs and timeless classics in the intimate setting of St Mary’s. Mary-Jess will be joined by at least one special guest and the concert will include seasonal favourites such as Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ and Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’, as well as songs from her new album ‘Prayer to a Snowflake’, which was released last year to critical acclaim.

Come and warm your soul with Mary-Jess’ warm and soothing tones this winter and get into the Christmas spirit. Mary-Jess wows audiences wherever she goes, so don’t miss out on what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Doors open at 6.45pm (with the exception of VIP tickets) and there will be a cash (only) bar in aid of St Mary’s Church redevelopment.

  • Early Bird Tickets (Up to 15th October) are £15 each or £28 for both concerts.
  • After that tickets are £17.50 each or £30 for both concerts
  • Under-16s are £12.50 each or £20 for both.

VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show chance at 6:00 pm to meet the stars over a convivial drink.

BOXOFFICE: or call 08707 800 425



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Time to enter The Watchfield Horticultural Craft Show, September 9th

The organisers are keen to encourage all their neighbours to come along and support on Saturday September 9th – and you can download a PDF copy of the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HERE. Judging from the comprehensive detail, it promises to be a great day at Watchfield’s Village Hall. 

They would love as many people as possible to join in and enter something they have grown or made. It is only 20p per entry and they actively encourage entrants of all standards. It is a community event, not the Harrogate Show, and meant to be a bit of fun!

So, if you have a fruit tree in your garden, some flowers in bloom, can turn your hand to baking or flower arranging or have made a craft item, there will be a place for you to show off just how your garden or cooker grows. Enter as many as you like. 

Just as importantly, there will also be a small prize for all entrants in the children’s classes, so encourage them all as well.

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Porch of St Mary’s Longcot

Locals and visitors to our website will doubtless be aware of the sterling work of the Longcot 800, formerly the Friends of St Mary’s. The Committee’s aim has been to raise funds for the modification of St Mary’s so that it could not only remain an iconic and venerable place of worship but also provide a community hall which would serve Longcot for generations to come.

Keith Reid reports that they have now received approval to build a toilet, kitchen and other modifications to St Mary’s Church Longcot, vital for its enhanced community role. Thanks to Longcot 800’s work, The Friends of St Mary’s, and from the generous donations in memory of past Longcot residents, they have funds of almost £23,000. The old Longcot Community Room fund has a similar balance, so the campaign has a healthy start, of nearly £45,000.

However, funds are now needed to see the project through a series of planned steps, starting with Phase 1A. This will provide a gallery, kitchen and toilet which should cost about £88,000. Improving the bell tower in Phase 1B will help make it part of the community space and will need a further £14,000.

Other phases are planned which will require a further £200,000, and these will include the rewiring of the church, the installation of a community IT, system, repairing the church path and all the various works which go with such an undertaking.

Longcot 800 are therefore starting a fund raising campaign to raise between £43,000 and £200,000, which will include grant requests to organisations like the National Lottery, many of which will only contribute to the projects of registered charities.

Longcot 800 is not a registered charity, but the old Longcot Community Room Trust was set up as a charitable trust and still exists. They would like to change its rules to allow it to become the Longcot Community Trust (or some similar name). This will allow Longcot 800 funds to be transferred to the renamed charity account. A Board of Trustees will be needed, involving perhaps 4 trustees, a treasurer and a chairman. Any volunteers as trustees should contact Keith Reid as shown below.

The work done will depend on how much money can be raised and, while we may get some significant grants, small donations will be needed from a variety of sources. If anyone has ideas which could help in the fund raising campaign or would like to be part of the fund raising team, please contact Keith Reid as shown below.

Longcot 800 wants to start work in some 15 months, and any help or ideas you can give will be welcomed by Keith and The Committee.

Contact details Keith Reid Tel 01793 783324 Email



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Parish Council Papers now on PC website

With effect from 2017, some of you might have noticed a transition of responsibilities, as the Parish Council is now obliged to maintain its own website with the parish papers, agendas etc. This can be here:

Papers from 2013 until early 2017 can still be found on this website, via the Parish Council Links above.


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Two black labradors missing since Sunday.

The Hendersons in Majors Rd have lost their two pet black labs. They are mother and daughter, one collared, both chipped. They went missing on Sunday at lunchtime.

They may not be still together, and will by now be getting very confused. Please keep an eye open and if you think you might have seen them please can you call 07879 773661

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Missing Dogs

Morning All,

Two dogs have gone missing from Mallins Lane so please keep an eye out.

  • Black Patterdale Terrier –called Trouble.
  • Brown Terrier-Thistle

They are new to the village and went missing in the Mallins Lane Area this morning.

Please phone Holly on 078554 18958 if you see them.


PS: Please don’t forget Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 27th June at 7 pm in the Church

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Longcot Info from the Parish Council

  1. PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The next Parish Council meeting is now on Tuesday  27th June, the one last week had to be canceled at the last minute.
  2. WANTAGE INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: Some people may not know about WIAC – which does not just help people who live in Wantage and Grove  – they are ‘In the Vale For the Vale’.
    1. They have sent a note saying that in these uncertain times, they want to make sure they reach out to all the people living in our area who need their help and assistance – especially with things like transport to doctors appointments and the like.
    2. However they do so much more than that – and and they are extraordinarily helpful, understanding, kind and above all, independent. Their website can be found HERE and it’s well worth having a look. You never know, you might be able to help them too.
    3. They have also sent us this Poster which explains more and it can be found HERE. (It will open in a separate window and you can then print it off if you wish)
    4. Their contact details are: Wantage Independent Advice Centre, 16 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AE.  TEL: 01235 765348
  3. TENNIS: Andi Cunningham was wondering whether anyone was interested in playing tennis…… If yes then get in touch with her directly or through the email address above.
  4. AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN: The Head teacher  from our school has been in touch to say that we have people climbing the school roof again in the evenings – so please be aware and if you see this happening then either  phone the police or ask them not to do it, which is a good start.
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