Just over two weeks to go…! I don’t know about you, but the Flower Show has suddenly loomed large in my rear view mirror and is getting ever closer.

Time to talk strategy.


Online entries are open, and you can attend the entries evening on Wednesday 8th August from 6-8 pm in the South Newington Village Hall to enter your classes in person.

Please remember – late entries are only accepted via email, until 8pm on Thursday 9th August at a cost of £1 per entry. (

No new entries will be accepted on the morning of the show.


We would like to put out a request for items that we can sell on the new ‘Made in South Newington’ stall – we are looking for a diverse range of things, from delicious chutneys and jams, cakes and bread and eggs (for those of you who have chickens). Or how about a ‘promise’ of an hour or two of your time as a babysitter or gardener, dog walker or plant waterer…. any ideas you may have are welcome!

Deliver your items/offers of a “promise” to Sue Thomas


The Book stall and White Elephant stall will also need your input. Any books or interesting little odds and ends that you feel you can donate to either stall, or both if we are lucky, would be much appreciated.

There are collection boxes for books only outside The Old Schoolhouse on the Barford Road and the little covered porch at Barrats in Green Lane.

Items for the White Elephant stall should be left in Nicky and Graham’s barn – please put items in a plastic bag to avoid birds messing them up.


We will also be doing a collection for bottles for our Bottle Stall and for the White Elephant stall, and we have picked two days to come around knocking. Saturday 4th August and Thursday 9th August.

We will be coming with wheelbarrows because we know how generous you can all be!!  You can also bring along bottle donations to the entries evening.

This will be an interesting show, what with the hot sunny weather and desperate lack of rain. We certainly look forward to seeing the ingenious creativity that South Newington has hidden under its hat….! With that my last words… please remember our collective theme this year is ‘Hats Galore’ so come and show off your hats whether they be extraordinary, extravagant, fantastical hats or something simpler in style. We all want to see them!  Bring them to the Church to be displayed on the morning of the Show.

Note: Hats are displayed at the owner’s risk.

Thank you for all of the offers of help… keep them coming, and for all of the donations to the stalls.

We very much look forward to seeing you all at the Show!

South Newington Flower Show Committee

Ring Out Wild Bells – from PCC

“Ring Out Wild Bells!”

Do you know your Little Bob from your Baldrick?
Colin does.
Could you Bump the Stay or do a Bristol Start?
The Adderbury Bell Ringers can, and they’ll show you how if you want to look, listen or learn.
They’ll be ringing in the village church.
Tuesday July 31st at 7.30pm. for an hour.

Age, experience, musical ability absolutely no barrier.

Go on, release your inner Dodge!
And sort your Sally from your Slider………

South Newington Singers Update

A picture of the South Newington Occasional Singers together

South Newington Singers gave a resounding performance as part of the Cumnor Music Festival on June 16th June, in a  delightful garden opened especially for the occasion. 


The day raised money for Breast Cancer Care and Oxenford House Care Home, and we were one of the main groups performing along with a wonderful ukulele band, drama groups, a capella singers and a swing band in the evening


“Joyous and fun, a pleasure to listen to and watch such a happy group” was how one member of the audience described us, and we weren’t even twisting his arm at the time!


If you would like to try singing,  please do come along to the village hall on Saturday mornings when we practice with Stuart Dunlop our conductor and Joe Cummings our piano accompanist.  Stuart lives in the village and is Musical Director of UEA so we are incredibly lucky to have the benefit of his skill and leadership, and Joe is an accomplished young professional pianist from the Royal Academy of Music.  Not bad for our little village eh?


We are now working on music for a special concert in South Newington in November to commemorate 100 years since the end of the WW1.  The music we will be performing includes some favourites such as Jerusalem, Breathe Soft Ye Winds and The Long Day Closes.


Any questions about singing please just ask, call Nicky Smith on 07771 785228 or contact Elizabeth Wheeldon.


Easter Flowers

Would you like to help decorate the Church for Easter?


Would you like to place an arrangement of flowers in the Church in memory of a loved one?

Children are very welcome to place jars of spring flowers in the Church which would look lovely

The Church will be open for your flowers on Easter Saturday

Chipping Norton Choral Society – Concert Dates

Banner for Chipping Norton Choral Society, showing a choir of singers.

Concert Diary Date
What: Chipping Norton Choral Society will be singing:

Vivaldi – Gloria in D
Handel – Chandos Anthem No 9 – O praise the Lord with one consent
Verdi – Pater Noster
Stanford – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C

With Oxybaroxy – Baroque Youth Strings

Peter Hunt
St Mary’s Church, Witney, OX28 4AW  
Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm
£15 – from , Jaffe & Neale Bookshop, or on the door. (Under-16s free) 

Sing Day Diary Date
What:  Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bob Chilcott’s ‘The Voyage’
Conductor:  Peter Hunt
Where:  The day’s rehearsal will take place in  Chipping Norton Secondary School, Burford Road, OX7 5DY.  The day will end (after tea and cakes) with a performance in St Mary’s Church, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NT
When: Saturday 16 June, from 10am – evening performance at 5.30pm
Tickets: £25, (under 16s free). Sheet music will be provided
For more information and to register visit or  contact