St Mary’s Flower Show AND Cream Teas – Now open until 14th May.

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Summer has been well and truly welcomed with the launch last weekend of the magnificent floral displays in St Mary’s, run by Shirley Dalton-Morris and her team. She sends this note: “The flowers are looking good and teas on both … Continue reading

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Support our local artists – Oxfordshire Art Week

When we get a free gift, it can easily become devalued in our perceptions. “If they gave it away, it can’t have been that valuable…..“. But when that gift is the chance to see talent and enthusiasm and love of art and time and energy all bundled into one present, we should all perhaps embrace and accept it.

Oxfordshire Art Week is probably the greatest free gift the County has to offer – and we are now in the final few days, so if you haven’t had the chance to see some of our local artists, now is the time. The good news is that it is so easy to find all the exhibitions on what is a very well-executed website. Simply click on the link HERE and a new window will open allowing you to search manually, or use the automatic location finder, to find artists exhibiting near you.

I did that this morning and found: (Click on the name to explore their OAW entry)

…. and those are all under 2 miles from the King & Queen.

Go On – give yourself a bit of artistic fresh air.

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Longcot Flower Festival – Now with Cream Teas

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.

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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.

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Lockinge Point to Point Traffic Notice

 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
    • or
  • 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 


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What a wonderful thing the Internet is

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.

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Come and help make the Easter Garden – this Good Friday

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.

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Easter Story Egg Hunt

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.

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