A General Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 starting at 11:30am at St Mary’s Church Longcot to consider and, if thought fit, to approve the following resolutions:

  1. Subject to the approval of the Charity Commission to rename the Longcot & Fernham Village Hall Committee as the Longcot Village Trust.
  2. Subject to the approval of the Charity Commission to adopt the new constitution for the charity to the exclusion of the constitution dated 25th July 1995.

All the inhabitants of Longcot and Fernham over the age of 18 are entitled to attend and vote.  No proxy or postal votes are allowed. To pass at least three-quarters of those attending and voting must approve.

By order of the Committee

Keith Reid


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Since the lease on the Longcot Community Room ended in 2016, the village has had no community space of its own.

The Longcot Community Room Committee (LCRC) set up over 20 years ago, has a charitable bank account which contains a significant sum with which to help create a new Community Room. In parallel, the Longcot 800 (L800) and predecessor groups have raised money for 10 years or more to provide St Mary’s Church with a kitchen and toilet and to allow that building to be used for community events.

It is now planned that the LCRC and L800 are merged to form a new charity titled the LONGCOT VILLAGE TRUST (LVT). A new committee has been formed with 3 trustees and 3 committee members and it is planned that:

  • The LCRC charitable fund bank account is taken over by the LVT
  • The balance of L800 money is transferred to the LVT

This will mean that the very generous charitable donations made by Longcot residents to the LCRC and L800 will be accounted for in one charitable fund by the LVT treasurer.

This meeting has been called to obtain community approval for the merging of LCRC with L800 and renaming as ‘THE LONGCOT VILLAGE TRUST’ by a vote from Longcot residents over the age of 18 years present at the meeting.

After the vote is taken and the decision determined the meeting will be addressed by the fundraiser appointed by the Longcot 800 Committee. He will describe the fundraising programme planned to obtain the funds with which to construct the new Community Room and facilities in St Mary’s Church.

Please come to this meeting if you are free, to take part in the discussion and the vote. The results will influence campaigns for a wide range of community facilities and events in Longcot, both for you and future generations of Longcot residents.

Coffee/tea and cakes will be available after the meeting.


This note does not form part of the notice

  • A copy of the new constitution is available on the Longcot Parish Council website.  Paper copies may be inspected at reasonable times at Downs House, Mallins Lane, Longcot, Faringdon SN7 7TE  and copies can be supplied on request to Keith Reid at that address.
  • The lease of the old community room at the school was surrendered in 2016.  The trustees of the Village Hall Committee have been working with other groups in the village to find the best way of using the funds that were received on that occasion for the benefit of the village.
  • The constitution of the Village Hall Committee was directed almost entirely at the use of the community room and the committee now consider that the constitution should be substantially changed to allow them to obtain the greatest benefit for the inhabitants of the village.
  • This new constitution follows very closely one of the model constitutions of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
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Can You Help? Do You Remember?

Sometime between 07:00 and 08:00 on Thursday 2nd November 2017,  a 48 year-old cyclist on the B4508, between Fernham and Shellingford, was in a collision with a tractor.

The family are seeking anyone who was around this area to help piece together what happened, if you can provide any information please see below.

Road Map

The gentleman was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he remains in Intensive Care.

PC Jon Simpkins from Abingdon Roads Policing Unit, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was on the B4508 and saw either of the vehicles involved beforehand”

Please call police on 101 giving reference number 183 (2/11).  Thank you

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Mary-Jess concert at St Mary’s – Thursday December 14th

Don’t forget the Mary-Jess concert on Thursday December 14th, where her special guest will be Jamie Lonsdale, who has given many recitals in aid of Kingston Lisle’s own church and scores of charities.

Mary-Jess is returning to Longcot as part of her Winter Tour. Appearing at major venues across the UK, this is her biggest solo tour to date.  Mary Jess is an amazing singer so it is very special to have her here in the village for what promises to be an enchanting evening. She will be singing winter favourites such as Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ and Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’, as well as songs from Mary-Jess’ winter album ‘Prayer to a Snowflake’, which was released last year to critical acclaim. The album includes self-penned songs such as the firm fan favourite ‘I Fell in Love with a Snowman’ and carols such as ‘The Angel Gabriel’ and ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, as heard on BBC Radio 2 last Christmas, and seen recently on BBC Songs of Praise.

Jamie has recently released his debut album “A Journey”, and which features Mary-Jess in three duets with Jamie. Well-known locally for his help in fund-raising for Kingston Lisle church, Jamie has appeared in several London concerts and will be performing at The Sheldonan for the traditional Christmas Carol Concert, the week before.

Adult tickets are £15 and children are half price at £7.50. They can be purchased online via http://www.amickproductions.co.uk/mary-jess or direct from Belinda Boyd.

Tickets cannot be reserved without payment in advance.


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Longcot School’s Christmas Fair

With promises of freezing snow and really bleak, mid-winter weather, maybe we should be planning on staying close to home…… so news of The Longcot & Fernham School Christmas Fair is very welcome.

It’s on Friday Father_Christmas_from_England,_18798th December between 6 pm and 8 pm and there will be plenty of opportunities to buy Christmas presents, have a warming drink, win prizes on the Tombola, and have a bite of early supper from the BBQ. There will also be an opportunity to meet the great man himself and to tell Father Christmas personally what you would like to receive on Christmas day. With loads of stalls, competitions, and wintery fun, do come along and get in the mood for Christmas.

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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: AmickProductions.co.uk 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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