COVID 19 – updates

Hopefully the majority of homes have now received a postcard to our help if it is required. If not please contact lvttreasurer@outlook.com

There has also been a number of updates on Longcot NextDoor

car crime…

Please lock your cars – there has been an increase of petty theft from cars as it appears because you are at home you are not locking your cars.

Vets …

We have spoken to Elms vets in Faringdon today and they are open for emergencies and will do consultations over the phone – using pictures etc. I have spoken to Court Vets in Stanford and they are also open for emergencies (emergencies also include initial courses of vaccination – first annual booster for puppies and kittens etc). They are also doing online consultations (using photos etc). Boosters for your dog can be left for 3 months past the date suggested for renewal which gives a little time for those needed them soon. Courts Vets are also open for all routine medication (and food) and are accepting payment on the phone and a safe collection from outside. If you are a regular at this vets and need some animal medication bringing back to Longcot only – ask when you phone and pay and you might get a doorstep delivery (can’t promise – but worth a try!)

Millets Farm Shop is open…

Millets is open and is only allowing a few shoppers in at a time but only allows one person per household to shop at a time. Any more and you will be turned away, which is sensible. Taking card only payments. They are also now offering a collection service.

Longcot Play Equipment is now closed.

All play equipment is now no longer available and is closed to the public. The open space is able to be used but the 2 metre guidelines must be adhered to please.

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COVID 19 – Helping Our Community

During this uncertain time we can all join together in the community to help our friends and neighbours.

We have printed copies of the postcards to put through the doors of villagers in order to offer help to those that are self isolating.

If you are able to help and would be willing to offer your support for this please email lvttreasurer@outlook.com and it can be arranged for copies of the postcards to be dropped to your home.

If you live in Longcot and are self isolating and would like help with tasks such as shopping, getting urgent supplies such as prescriptions, a friendly phone call, walking a dog or posting mail, until you receive one of the postcards through your door please email lvttreasurer@outlook.com. We will put you in contact with someone who can help.

Longcot Village Trust

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St. Mary’s Church, Longcot. ‘A Village Celebration’ – Flower Festival open daily 11am-6pm from Sat. 2nd to Sun. 10th May and Spring Concert on Sat. 9th May at 6pm.

This year’s Flower Festival will have a 1940’s theme to celebrate VE Day. Colourful bunting and patriotic colours will create the cheerful atmosphere of a village street party. On the Saturday evening there will be another concert by the Clarinet Collective, a versatile group of professional clarinettists who also work freelance with some of London’s leading orchestras. This year two additional players will be joining last year’s quartet to perform music for clarinet sextet using instruments of varying sizes. The programme will feature timeless classics by Mozart and Ravel alongside popular music from the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and a Glen Miller medley. The concert will finish with the rousing Dambusters March and it promises to be a lively and entertaining evening. Admission free, with a retiring collection in aid of the fund to create a new community space in St. Mary’s.

Orchestra

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Spring Concert at St Mary’s, Longcot

Date for your diary

Following the fabulous concerts held in 2019. We are pleased to inform you that there will be a Spring Concert at St Mary’s Longcot on Saturday 9th May in the evening. So please save the date. More details to follow shortly

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Carol Service Flowers

Last Sunday was the carol service at St Mary’s. It was lovely to see the church so full especially with special appearances from the school choir and the bellringers. The church looked beautiful. Thank you to all those who helped make it look so lovely.

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Longcot Flower Festival “A Village Wedding”

Just a quick reminder that St Mary’s Church is open each day from 10am – 4pm and is looking absolutely stunning. Don’t take my word for it – just look at some of these pictures to give you a flavour.

The Flower Festival is the work of twelve flower arrangers, who have worked over two days to fill the church with the arrangements, and they have been helped by our “village bride” who will be getting married in the church next Saturday (26th May).

Longcot Village Trust noticeboards have been set up at the back of the church with the latest plans and update on the refurbishment programme.

The churchyard is worth a walk around too.  Everything is in bloom with the wildflowers at their best, and the church mowers have cut a maze of paths so that visitors can enjoy them.

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Lots of Longcot news – so please keep reading.

Here at The Chateau D’If, we have been flat to the boards, so not much time to spread the various words needed to let you know all the news, for May and looking forward.

There is news on a Flower Show – actually the tenth Longcot Flower Festival. There is a Circus – probably the first and then there is Oxford Art Week. OAW has three very local artists and access to many more within a short hack.

Finally, and coming soon, there is news coming on how YOU can help contribute to raising the funds we need to start work on what will, in effect, become the Village Hall in a Church.

Read On Macduff.

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Oxfordshire Art Week

Once again Longcot will be buzzing with visitors for Oxfordshire Art Week – and you would be well advised perhaps to Carpe Diem.

Our three local artists – Emma Ablitt, Pat Elmore,  and Sharon Rich – are all exhibiting between 19th and 28th May, and the essential details are as follows:

Emma’s beautiful stone carvings can be seen between 11:00am and 6:00pm.  Her OAW entry can be found HERE, and her contact details are:

Venue: Priory Gate, Kings Lane, Longcot, SN7 7SY
Telephone: 01793 780421
Facilities Available: Open Studio, Refreshments, Parking

Pat Elmore’s sculptures can be seen in her studio, gallery and in the 1½ acre Garden, between 11:00am and 7:00pm. Her OAW entry is HERE, and she is quickly found as her studios are a stone’s throw from The King & Queen.

Venue: Nutford Lodge, Longcot, SN7 7TW
Telephone: 01793782258
Website: http://www.patelmore.co.uk
Email: pat@patelmore.co.uk
Facilities Available: Accessible for Wheelchairs, Open Studio, Demonstrations, Refreshments, Parking, Workshop/Class Teacher

Sharon Rich is also a sculptor, currently working on historically-influenced tablet carvings. Her work is displayed in the relaxed atmosphere of her garden and studio under the gaze of the famous Uffington White Horse. Her opening times are 11am-5pm Weekends / 2 – 5 pm Weekdays. Her OAW page is HERE, and she can be found at:

Venue: Henleaze Farm Bungalow, Fernham, SN7 7PR
Telephone: 01793 782382
Website: http://www.sharonrichsculpture.co.uk
Email: ronalou@gotadsl.co.uk
Facilities Available: Accessible for Wheelchairs, Open Studio, Demonstrations, Refreshments, Parking

During the first week of the festival (5th-13th May) visit beautiful North and West Oxfordshire where venues can be found nestled from Burford and Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds across to the historic market towns of Bicester and Banbury. In the second week (12th-20th May), 200 art spaces across the city of Oxford itself will be ready to welcome you in. The third week (19th-28th May) takes place in South Oxfordshire with venues along the Thames from Faringdon to Henley and the Ridgeway from Wantage to Thame.

The Oxford Art Week website is packed full of useful and interesting info and will also guide you to the dozen or so artists who live within 6 miles of Longcot if you fancy a little and possibly inspiring trip.

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A Village Wedding – with a village wedding

Yes, it’s that time of year again, where culture raises its magnificent head, shakes off the frosts of winter and screams outcome and see this.

One of the Must-Sees in Longcot’s village life is the magnificent floral work of the St Mary’s flower team. One of their number, Shirley Dalton Morris, tells me, that they are putting on a brilliant exhibition in this the tenth year of the Longcot Flower Festival, entitled “A Village Wedding” which will run from 19-27 May in St Mary’s Church, Longcot.

This is the 10th Longcot Flower Festival and, the Church will be open from 10am to 4.00pm each day –  except Saturday 26th May – when one lucky couple will be getting married surrounded by these beautiful arrangements!

Do please drop into St Mary’s and see for yourself the loveliness of the 10th Longcot Flower Festival and enjoy the wedding flowers.

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The Circus is in town!

Happy’s Circus is coming on Friday 18th May to Longcot School. Gates open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.

It is 2 hours long with a 30 minute interval. Tickets cost £36 for a family of 4 or £10 per single ticket. All under 2’s are free provided they sit on someone’s lap.

 Tickets can be purchased on the following site:

https://www.pta-events.co.uk/longcotandfernhampta

 The event is to raise money for Longcot and Fernham School PTA.

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