Upcoming Special Events

Flower Show – Spring 2020
Apr 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The next Dorchester on Thames flower show is scheduled in for 4th April 2020. You should now have plenty of time to:


Flower Show Spring 2020

POSTPONED: Historical Society: Liz Woolley ‘Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford’
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm

Postponed due to Coronavirus – date tbc

In the mid nineteenth century changes in employment practices and rising real wages meant that ordinary working people found themselves, usually for the first time, with leisure time and with spare money to spend on recreation. All sorts of establishments arose to fulfil the new demand for entertainment, many of them aimed at keeping people out of the pub. This talk describes where and how Oxford citizens spent their free time, and how the middle classes attempted to impose ‘rational recreation’ on their working-class contemporaries.

Pleasure Boats on the Thames at Oxford ca 1890 – image copyright held by Oxfordshire County Council

Liz lives in Oxford and has an MSc in English Local History from the University’s Department for Continuing Education. She is particularly interested in Oxford’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – history, and in the lives of ordinary working citizens in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Looking ahead:

  • 27th May: Pam Manix on ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’.
  • 19th May, guided tour of the Fairmile Hospital site at Cholsey, led by Ian Wheeler. Meet by the Great Hall at 2 p.m., suggest car share and donation of £3 per person. More information from Sue Popham.
  • 11th July: summer outing to Hughenden Manor. More information from Gail Thomas.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman


Salsa Night! @ Dorchester village hall
May 2 @ 7:30 pm

Salsa Night!

Saturday May 2nd Dorchester village hall 7.30pm

Come and enjoy a fantastic evening of Salsa dance moves with instruction from Salsa England

No experience required!

Tickets £10 only

cash bar

Tickets from Dorchester Co-op, Lilys Tearoom or contact fenton_julia@hotmail.com.

All proceeds to DorchesterTennis Club & village sports courts


For all enquiries regarding Dorchester Tennis Club contact chriscssmith@bitinternet.com

tickets available as of the beginning of March


St Birinus School Playground appeal @ St Birinus School
May 3 @ 10:30 am

St Birinus School Playground appeal

Come and join our celebrations

Sunday 3rd May @10:30

Dorchester St. Birinus school playground

  • Netball goal competition
  • Introduction to pickleball
  • Footbal penalty shoot-out

Join us for:

  • A pancake breakfast
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Sausage sarnies
  • Home-made cakes

All server in the schools dining room


VE Day 75th Anniversary
May 8 @ 7:00 pm

VE Day 75th Anniversary

A shared moment of celebration

“My deal friends.  This is your hour”

Bank holiday friday 8th May 2020 7pm village hall

Save the date for a celebration of 75 years of peace


POSTPONED: Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’

Postponed due to Coronavirus – date tbc

Members free, visitors £3

Dorchester Open Gardens
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dorchester Open Gardens

Saturday June 27th 2pm-5pm

We are looking for new gardens!  Could you open your garden to help us raise money for the abbey?

Your garden does not have to be perfect, large or finished, just interesting!

Contact Steph Forman


Dorchester safari supper
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm

Dorchester safari supper

Save the date!

Saturday 4th July

7pm drinks and canapes

Main course (at a house in Dorchester)

Pudding (at another house in Dorchester)

Coffee (at Dorchester Rectory)

Tickets on sale from June

More information from steph@forman.org.uk


Historical Society: Kate Tiller ‘Village Lives: contrasting communities and histories’
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society: Geoffrey Tyack ‘The Architecture of Georgian Oxford’
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Mobile Post Office Service @ outside the Co-Op in Dorchester High Street
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Tennis Club – Open Club Session
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Berinsfield bereavement group meeting
Apr 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
My role is to run bereavement groups across the county to support people over the age of 55/60 who have been bereaved. The groups are informal and we provide tea, coffee, cake and a place to just be yourself with others who understand. Runs on the 1st & 3rd Weds of the month from 11.30 to 1pm

Elaine Sawyer, Age UK Oxfordshire

Tai Chi for the over 60’s @ Village Hall
Apr 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Increase your:
  • balance
  • strength
  • flexibility
  • memory
Pilates (Wed) @ Dorchester Village Hall
Apr 1 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Millstream Pilates is an independent Oxfordshire Pilates business serving Dorchester On Thames, Radley, Benson and Gallowstree Common. Pilates exercises can work for everyone – all ages, genders and fitness levels. Pilates can help you manage on-going spine and joint problems including Arthritis and Osteoporosis, improve mobility, recover from sports injuries, teach you to use your body more effectively to minimise your risk of injury and strengthen the body to enhance performance. You may also just be simply looking for an effective way to exercise, strengthen the core muscles of the body and improve your posture. As well as being a Low Back Pain Practitioner, Claire is qualified to work with Pre and post Natal, Neurological conditions, Osteoporosis clients. Further details can be found on www.millstreampilates.co.uk Sessions run from Dorchester Village Hall on :
  • Tuesdays 12:30 – 13:30
  • Wednesdays 18:15 – 19:15
Please contact Claire to discuss private lessons, classes or Body Control Pilates. (classes need to be pre-booked for a block)    
Corn Exchange: A Daughter’s A Daughter @ Corn Exchange, Wallingford
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm
Sinodun Players present Agatha Christie’s intense family drama, written in 1956. It’s Agatha Christie, but not as you know her. A Daughter’s A Daughter was published by Christie under the name Mary Westmacott. Set between 1945 and 1949, Ann Prentice, a widow on the cusp of remarriage, has to choose between her only daughter and the man she loves. What follows is a remarkable exploration of the aftermath of sacrifice, as love turns to hatred and mother and daughter struggle to understand what has happened to them.
Tango Temptation
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm
Morning Prayer @ Dorchester Abbey
Apr 2 @ 8:15 am – 8:45 am

At Dorchester Abbey the day begins, as it has done for hundreds of years, with Morning Prayer.
Members of clergy and people from the community gather in the quiet stillness of the Birinus Chapel for a said service involving Psalms, readings from the Bible and prayers to help prepare us for the day ahead.
This simple, gentle service is a wonderful start to the day, enabling us to lay before God our hopes, expectations and concerns about the coming hours, and reminding us that as we journey we are not alone; God is with us.
You are very welcome to join us.

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Dorchester on thames baby and toddler group
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Dorchester on thames baby and toddler group
Dorchester on thames baby and toddler group Thursdays (term time only) 9.30am - 11am £3.00 per family (including hot drink for parents/carers and a snack for the children) Starting Thursday 16th march 2017 Visit us on our facebook page for more info DOT TOTS POSTER FLATTENED
Dorchester Health Walk @ Co-op
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Walking for health: Walking is a great way to get fit, explore what's on your doorstep and make new friends. When: Thursdays Time: 10am Walk starts from: Outside the co-op Dorchester Join us for a short walk of 30 minutes, at a gentle pace around the beautiful village of Dorchester. Enjoy a tea or coffee after at the local cafe For more information please call 07766 991487 or email: annalie.thomasson@southandvale.gov.uk
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