Committee Members:    

President – Position open  – Treasurer – Trisha Shorter – Secretary – Hazel Davis.

For further information contact Hazel Davis – 01295 722936


The Milcombe Women’s Group is an informal group who meet usually once a month, mainly the second Tuesday, but occasionally on another day of the week. We are no longer a subscription based organisation. It will now be a pay as you go group where everyone pays for their own ticket or entry to gardens, theatre or pays for their own meals instead of on a subscription basis. Visitors will pay a small cost.The new programme is shaping up to be of interest with something for all and hopefully new members will come along and give it a try, as well as the regular members.  Each meeting starts 7.30pm in the Village Hall; generally on the second Tuesday of the month unless otherwise advised.


Only four of us turned up for the New Year meal last month but we enjoyed the food and chat.


We are going to the Redwing Horse Sanctuary at Oxhill for coffee, cake and to enjoy seeing the horses and donkeys that are so well looked after there.  Please meet there at 10.30am on Friday 23rd March. I’m sure we can car share if you get together on it.

There have been some performances on at the cinema in Banbury for opera and ballet lately  (live from Covent Garden). Some may wish to go as a group, but I’m sure if you’re keen you can email everyone about it. You should find it online or in the Banbury Guardian.

The Church in Milcombe do save stamps and old printer cartridges to donate to the Horse Sanctuary to raise funds, so if you have any, leave them in an old envelope and place inside the church door on the table. Thank you.


 Please email or phone Hazel Davis.  – 01295 722936 or

Please phone Margaret Charles – 01295 721158  for any information.

 Keep up to date each week in the Banbury Guardian Column for Milcombe.

New members very welcome as well as those new to the village.

Please check up-to-date information on the Guardian Country page for Milcombe in the Banbury Guardian



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Discover Volunteering Drop-In Days at Upton House

Interested in volunteering with the National Trust? Upton House is holding Discover Volunteering Drop-In Days where you can find out how you can get involved and how rewarding it is to help out!

Chat to current volunteers to find out more about what volunteering is really like, and visit different areas of the property to discover more about the wide range of roles you could be involved with. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and chat through all the different forms volunteering can take at Upton. You’ll then be able to set the wheels in motion by applying for any roles that take your interest.

 It’s a very exciting time to join the Upton team following the launch of our new project ‘A Made to Measure Home’ in March! Upton has over 300 volunteers and we asked what advice they would give to people considering volunteering:

For Anne-Marie who volunteers as a Catering Host and a House Host, it comes highly recommended: “For anyone thinking of volunteering at Upton I would say – give it a go, you won’t regret it, you’ll meet new people, make new friends and feel appreciated”.

All sorts of roles are available, from helping out in the garden to being a room guide or running our new tearoom. However, if you were after something more specific, come and have a chat with us anyway and we’ll do our best to try and accommodate you.

In 1927 Lord and Lady Bearsted viewed Upton House with ‘the eye of imagination’ and soon set about creating their made-to-measure country home. This year you are invited to a very special house viewing. Purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Upton had great potential, but needed modernisation. You can follow the renovations and witness the ‘before’ and ‘after’, as the Bearsteds fashioned a made-to-measure family home, fit to showcase a world-class art collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, El Greco, as well as fine porcelain. Every ideal home needs a spectacular garden, and Lady Bearsted certainly created one. Her passion for plants bloomed, with early spring bulbs, lavish herbaceous planting and thriving kitchen garden, all reflecting in the Mirror Pool.

November to March: gardens open by winter walk only. 11 February to 29 October: themed tours 11-1pm, timed tickets available on arrival. House timed tickets operate daily. Gardens open at 11am, House at 1pm, closing at 5pm.
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