What's on in Wolvercote

Festival 2011 Programme

Fri 17th | Sat 18th | Sun 19th | Mon 20th | Tue 21st | Wed 22nd | Thu 23rd | Fri 24th | Sat 25th | Thanks

Our annual midsummer festival has arrived, celebrating life in the Wolvercote and Wytham communities.  This year the many events we have put together are based around the theme of flight.

 Flight is all around us.  Our history brings us Airman’s Bridge where two poor souls lost their lives in 1912, and we can still see signs of the Air Force camp which was based on Port Meadow during the Great War.  Flight brings to us the timeless associations with our famous geese – an icon of the meadows.  Surrounding us are nature’s aerial experts in the form of birds, butterflies and insects which rely on the meadow and its flora.  Meanwhile, passing overhead is our own homage to flight as planes leave streaks of vapour and satellites twinkle in the night sky. 

 With some expert guidance there will be a chance to look more closely at our environment, including its more elusive and flighty residents.  During the week we will of course be presenting the ever popular Fun on the Green,  music, dance, arts and crafts events and, for some tranquillity, you can laze and graze to the sound of leather on willow at the Wolvercote and Wytham “Ashes” cricket match.  But the festival would not be complete without the children’s workshops and parade, so expect to see plenty of little winged creatures flitting by as they make their way from the Baptist Church to the St Peter’s Church Fete on the second Saturday.  You can also express your creative side in the Horticultural Summer Show, or by contributing to our special Festival Poetry booklet.

 The purpose of our festival is simply to celebrate our community and its environment, so after covering costs any surplus funds raised go back to the community.  Most of the events can only be staged because people kindly donate their time and expertise and for this we are hugely grateful. Equally, many of you have expressed a wish to show your gratitude by donating to the festival funds on events where there is no charge.  For this reason, we have decided to put donation boxes at uncharged events this year with the promise that funds raised will continue to be returned to the local groups that need it.

 Finally, the festival could not exist without a huge number of dedicated volunteers, too many to mention here, and I would like to thank them all for the great work they do to bring the festival together for the whole community each year.


{  Friday 17th June  {

9.30 am  Leaving Wolvercote

Horticultural Garden Day Trip

Visiting Wroxton Abbey, the National Herb Centre and Compton Verney.   Travelling options:  Community Bus (with pick up points) or own car. To book a place on the trip and/or on the bus please contact Ann Munro ( 01865 558090

 7.30 – 11.00 pm  Village Hall

Barn Dance with Mouse and Trousers

Licensed Bar   -  All ages welcome
Tickets:  Adult  £6 - Unwaged  £4 -  Under 5s free
From the Post Box or Robin Lipsey ( 01865 552811

This event is popular so please be sure to get your tickets in advance

Text Box:  Scarecrow Trail 

Watch out for some unusual characters dotted around the village during the festival.
If you would like to make a scarecrow you will find entry forms in the local shops, pubs, school and St Peter’s Church.
To follow the Scarecrow Trail pick up a sheet from any of the main event venues or the village shops during the festival.





{  Saturday 18th June  {

10.30 am -12.30 pm  Village Hall

Oxfordshire Playbus and Children’s Workshops 

Activities and crafts based around the theme of flight together with the Oxfordshire Playbus.

Refreshments will be served at the Village Hall from 10.30am – 4.30 pm

10.00 am  Meet at Bathing Place car park

Flight and the Meadow

What flies on Port Meadow:  From dandelion clocks to aeroplanes and lots in between.   An enlightening walk led by Alison McDonald.

12.00 – 6.00 pm  Baptist Church Hall

Art Exhibition 

Open for viewing.  All work by local artists from Wolvercote and Wytham.   Vote for your favourite exhibit.

1.30 – 4.30 pm  Goose Green

Fun-on-the-Green Layout

Races, Maypole Dancing, Owl Display, Dog Show, Archery, Music, Tug of War, Face Painting, Fire Eating, Stalls and Sideshows.

The time table will be posted on the Green and at the Village Hall.

Refreshments will be served at the Village Hall from 10.30 am –4.30 pm.

 12.00 – 6.00 pm  All Saints’ Church, Wytham

Craft Exhibition 

Open for viewing. Craftwork by local artists from Wytham and Wolvercote.   Vote for your favourite exhibit.

3.00 pm  Village Hall

Sing-Along with Andrew Stone

Join in some of the old favourites whilst you enjoy your tea and cakes.

 4.15 pm  Village Hall

Raffle Draw

 4.30 – 5.00 pm  Village Hall

Storytelling for children

from age 3 to 93!

 7.30 for 8.00 pm  Village Hall

Music Night

An evening of folk, jazz, blues and country music featuring local musicians and friends. Licensed Bar.   
Tickets: Adults £6 Unwaged £4 from the Post Box or contact
Robin Lipsey
( 01865 552811.


Support your local pub in the Inter-pub Aunt Sally championship!
Organised by James Knox from the Red Lion
Monday night - 20th June, 8.30 pm:
 Match (a) The Plough v White Hart (Wolvercote) - at The Plough
Match (b) White Hart (Wytham) v Red Lion - at The White Hart (Wytham)
 Tuesday night - 21st June, 8.30 pm:
 Winners match (a) v winners match (b) - at Red lion
Losers match (a) v losers match (b) - at White Hart (Wolvercote)




{  Sunday 19th June  {

 10.00 am  St Peter’s Church

Festival Service

Around the theme of Flight.

11.00 am – 5.00 pm  All Saints’ Church, Wytham

Craft Exhibition 

Open for viewing. Work by residents in Wytham and Wolvercote.
Vote for your favourite exhibit.

 12.00 – 1.00 pm  Baptist Church

Classical Concert

With Wolvercote musicians and friends. Donation to Baptist Church Maintenance Fund

 12.00 – 5.00 pm  Baptist Church Hall

Art Exhibition

Open for viewing.   Vote for your favourite exhibit.

 2.15 – 3.00 pm  St Peter’s Church

Family Concert

Followed by teas at the Village Hall.

2.00 – 4.00 pm  Village Hall

Wolvercote Horticultural Society Rose and Sweet Pea Summer Show

The society invites entries from members, non-members and children.  Full Programme
Entry Form

Adult classes:  Roses - Sweet Peas – Floral displays – Herbs - Fruit - Cookery – Handicraft – Photography.  

Children’s classes:  Drawing/Painting – Cookery – Floral Art – Photography.

All entries to be brought to hall between 9.00-10.00 am

Public admitted from 2.00 pm with trophy presentations

from 3.30 pm.

Light snacks and refreshments from 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

For further details and application forms visit the website or  contact Bill Clarke ( 01865  516981.

6.00 – 6.30 pm  Village Hall

Sol Ray’s Magical Wonders

Sol Ray returns once more to delight us with his magical talents.

6.45 – 8.00 pm  Village Hall

Film Night

A selection of short films on the theme of flight for your amusement!

Popcorn, lemonade and ginger beer available!


{  Monday 20th June  {

 7.00 – 9.00 pm  The Old School Room

Historical Talk – Fleeing and Flying

Ann Spokes Symonds brings to life Wolvercote’s past connections with flight including the flight of King Charles I, Wolvercote’s geese and aeroplanes in wartime and in peace.    A fascinating collection of archival photographs will be on display.

 Refreshments available.


{  Tuesday 21st June  {

7.30 – 9.00pm  All Saints’ Church, Wytham

Music In The Church

Songs from St Peter’s Singing Group led by David Jones followed by short performances from local musicians.

Refreshments available.

Donations welcome for All Saints’ Church Fabric Fund.


{  Wednesday 22nd June  {

 5.00 pm  Meet at Wytham Woods car park

Close Encounters with Wytham Bats

Join Danielle Linton who will introduce us to those intriguing little nocturnal residents of Wytham Woods.

Spaces limited - Please contact Jo Malden ( 01865 556422

6.00 pm  Wytham Village Hall

Cricket Match

Wolvercote v Wytham – the return of the Ashes!
Bring a picnic and support your team.

There is a children’s play area for those with young families


{  Thursday 23rd June  {

 6.00 pm  Meet at Jubilee Gate

Bird Walk with Andrew Lack

Join us for a walk around the Wolvercote Lakes and then on to the canal to seek out our feathered friends under the expert guidance of our favourite ornithologist and former Wolvercote resident.

 8.00 pm  Red Lion

Poetry Evening

An evening of poetry and music, showcasing poems on the theme of Flight by children from Wolvercote Primary School and Wolvercote and Wytham residents and friends.

All invited to submit a short poem to be included in a special Festival booklet.

Please deliver your poem and contact details to 54 Rosamund Road, Wolvercote, OX2 8NX . 

All entries to be received by 15th June.


{  Friday 24th June  {

 7.30  – 9.00 pm  Village Hall

North Oxford Youth Theatre presents

The Ragged Child and Hornet Boy

Please arrive early to ensure a seat


{  Saturday 25th June  {

 10.00 am – 12.00 pm  Baptist Church Hall

Children’s Workshops

Making all kinds of wings and other flighty things for the parade at 1.00 pm.

Bring your own picnic lunch to have in the play area or food available at the Red Lion.

12.30 pm  The Red Lion

Morris Dancing 

Clashing sticks and fancy footwork from Wolvercote and Charlbury before the start of the parade.

1.00 pm  The Red Lion

Children’s Parade 

The Morris dancers will lead the parade through the village, via Church Lane, to the Wolvercote School playground where there will be more dancing before the parade is led into St Peter’s Church Fete at 2.00 pm.

2.00 – 4.00 pm  St Peter’s Church

Patronal Church Fete

Teas, Games, Stalls, Raffle, Brass Band, Bouncy Castle, Children’s Fancy Dress parade, Storytelling and Teddy Bears Picnic.

All welcome

Proceeds will be shared between Children and Families Work and St Peter’s Church charities

2.00 – 4.00pm  St Peter’s Church

Photography Exhibition

Wolvercote photographers will be exhibiting photographs on our festival theme of flight and other subjects.

To submit a photograph please contact Anne Shaw

( 01865 514508

Continues on Sunday from 2.00 - 4.00pm

 2.30 pm  The Plough Inn

Morris Dancing

Dancing will continue at the pub with a refreshed Charlbury Morris!

 6.30 pm  The Red Lion


End of festival BBQ – all welcome

 8.00 pm  The Red Lion

Open Mike

If you would like to perform please contact Robin Lipsey  ( 01865 552811



 The Festival committee would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time, talent and expertise to the festival including:

 All volunteers in the Wolvercote and Wytham community
All Saints’ Church, Wytham
Al’s Owls
Charlbury Morris Dancers
First Turn Stores
Horns of Plenty
Local musicians
North Oxford Youth Theatre
Oxford Preservation Trust
Oxford University Archers
Oxfordshire Playbus
Raffle Prize Sponsors (listed on stall)
St Edward’s School
St Peter’s Church
St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers
Sol Ray
Spirit Health Club
The Baptist Church
The Plough Inn
The Post Box
The Red Lion
Wolvercote Village Hall
Wolvercote and Wytham Artists and Craftspeople
Wolvercote Commoners Committee
Wolvercote and Wytham Cricket Clubs
Wolvercote Horticultural Society
Wolvercote Low Carbon Group
Wolvercote Morris Dancers
Wolvercote Primary School
Wolvercote Young People’s Club
Wolvercote Tree Group


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