Village Life

Published on October 10th, 2023 | by Content Admin


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The Aynho Cricket Club is holding its Annual General Meeting on December 1st 2023 at 7.30pm.  It will be held in the Apricot Room at The Cartwright Hotel.  All Club members are invited and so are any Aynho residents who are interested in cricket or joining the Club.

Kevin D’Silva


21st February at 2.30pm in the Mary Cartwright Room  at the Village Hall 
Our first meeting of the year was a Murder Mystery, a little delayed from last year but definitely well received as it gave us, despite the subject being murder, a great chance to have a laugh and ‘let our hair down’ while getting our detective skills polished-up! In fact it was popular enough to consider arranging another one, so be prepared. It was also wonderful to meet in the afternoon on a very cold January day and go home in the daylight. Our next talk is on the 21st February from local resident Kate Angell who has been with us before.  This time she will be explaining the origins of Tai Chi and Qigong and offering us the chance to get a ‘feel’ for some of the movements – seated or standing.  She will gauge the feelings of those present and tailor these movements accordingly.  Thank you to all those who renewed their subscriptions and  we look forward to seeing you all next month and remember, we are another month nearer Spring. Take care and keep warm.   Please note the time for this meeting is 2.30pm
COFFEE MORNINGS –  7th  and 14th February, 10.30am – 12 noon at the Cartwright Hotel

Jill Wightman
01869 811206

We usually meet on Sunday mornings 9am at Portway. Routes and distance vary. We tend to run around 5-1Okm on roads — sometimes trails – at a pace comfortable for all. Something for everyone — experienced runners — those returning after a break — or those just starting out. Please get in touch if you would like to come along.
Liz Hadley
077883 79829

We meet on Saturday or Sunday mornings once or twice a month for short and long group rides with a stop for coffee/breakfast. We welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities whether on road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or e-bikes. If you’d like to come along, please get in touch. 

Faraz Shibli

07742 906 780

We meet one Monday evening a month at 7 for 7.15pm. We welcome players of all abilities including complete beginners, for whom casual coaching is available. A sandwich supper is also available upon request. 

Kevin D’Silva

On Wednesday 14th February Lottie Newitt, who is a new speaker to the Aynho Gardening Club, will be giving a talk about ‘The Scented Seasonal Garden’. Lottie has been providing talks, demonstrations, and workshops for over 10 years. She is a full member of the Garden Media Guild and writes articles and blogs as well as having a YouTube channel. A font of information! Lottie will also have some plants for sale so do bring some money. The talk will start at 7.30pm. Meryl Rimmer is kindly doing the ‘seed swap’ again this year – so do bring some cash for that, too.

It was good to see so many of you, along with some new Members, at our January meeting when Tom Duncan gave a wonderful talk about the gardens in the Dordogne. Huge thanks to him.  For those of you who were unable to make the January meeting but would like to join the AGC, please come along with your £12 subscription – you will be added to the Membership List and will receive your membership card with the 2024 programme. Guests £3.

Annabel Bellamy


The History Society begins its 2024 programme in March with the rescheduled talk from Pippa Gwilliam on Woodstock. Pippa is a longstanding guide at Blenheim Palace and has a considerable depth of knowledge about this area. The talk promises to be both informative and amusing!
Some of the speakers who will be attending include Laura Malpass, Jon Paul Carr, Wendy Raybould and hopefully a return visit from the highly entertaining Richard Smith.
A programme of speakers will be provided at our first meeting. Please do join us. There is no membership cost just a £3.00 entrance fee. We look forward to your company.

Helen Mackenzie
07866 044985


Wednesday 21st February 
The first coffee morning is on Wednesday 21st February 10.30am — 12noon. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome —just give me a ring or email me.

Jill Wightman
01869 811206
Monthly Mindfulness workshop at the Aynho Sports Pavilion.
If interest please contact Kate to book a place.
Kate Angell 07478 276891 or


A warm welcome is given to new members and we help each other to learn to play.  Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided in the interval.  The cost is £2.50 a week per person PLAYING.

Carol McClellan
01869 810346


We usually meet on weekdays around lunchtime (but occasionally at other times and on weekends) for dog walks with fellow villagers. We arrange a time and place to meet

Discover new dog walks and give your dogs (and yourself!) some all-important social interaction. We organise ad hoc, casual walks for dogs young and old via WhatsApp, usually on weekdays around lunchtime but occasionally at other times and on weekends. There’s no pressure to join – just come along if and when convenient. Do get in touch if interested.

Faraz 07742 906 780


February dates –  Thursdays 1st 8th 5th 22nd 29th
Dame Mary Cartwright Room in the Village Hall 12.15pm –1.30pm.

W.L.C is an opportunity for any villager to come along to the Mary Cartwright Room in the Village Hall, enjoy a simple homecooked meal from a choice of soup, baked potato with filling, pudding, tea/coffee, at very reasonable cost during the winter months.

There is no club membership, whether a regular returning or a new face you will be given a warm welcome. I run W.L.C. for the community, any profit made this coming winter (after hire of hall and ingredients expenses) will go to supporting our Village Hall.  

Payment is by CASH only. To book your place (max numbers are 22) please telephone Amanda on 01869 810341 before 12  noon on the Monday of the relevant week, (leave a message on my answer phone if I am out) or you can sign up for the following week when at a lunch. I need to know numbers by Monday midday so that I can go and buy sufficient ingredients! If you book a place but find that you are no longer able to come please let me know

01869 810341


These commence from the Playing Field 10.00am each Thursday morning for Short or Long Walks, and refreshments are provided by Dawn on your return.

Dawn Willis
07929 322949


Saturady 10th February 10am – 12.30pm in the Mary Cartwright Room at the Village Hall
Our January meeting was well attended and we had many interesting descriptions of members’ favourite Cities. This month we shall have some very short Valentine pieces followed by a presentation by local writer, Kevin O Reagan. 

Keith McClellan


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