Events in Neighbouring Parishes

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On Monday, June 13 the Warmington Heritage Group have something a little special to offer.  We are teaming up with the Warwickshire Gardens Trust, as part of the CB300 celebrations, to host a debate on the merits (or otherwise) of Capability Brown.  Speaking for Brown will be Dr Christine Hodgetts who many of you will know is an extremely  well-regarded garden historian with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  On the other side, garden archaeologist Stephen Wass MA who has a particular interest in 17th Century   water gardens and their role in the birth of modern science.  The debate will be chaired by David Freke – also an archaeologist who has been our lead archaeologist on the WHG dig at the Herb Centre since the start of our work there.  Only £2 to cover the cost of refreshments.

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Warmington Heritage Group

Monday March 14 7.3The Village  Hall An Italian Miscellany – a series of illustrated talks with an Italian theme

Stephen Wass will talk about his visit to the Sacro Bosco (“Sacred Grove”), colloquially called Park of the Monsters also named Garden of Bomarzo, located in northern Lazio, Italy. The gardens were created during the 16th century by Pier Francesco Orsini, (1523–1585) in woodland at the bottom of a valley beneath the castle of Orsini. The gardens are famous for their numerous, often bizarre and grotesque, sculptures and small buildings that spring from the bedrock among the natural vegetation.

Chris Walker will talk about her visit to the Giardino dei Tarocchi (Tarot Garden) in Garavicchio in southern Tuscany. They were created during the period 1980-2002 by French painter, sculptor and film maker Nikki de Saint Phalle. The gardens were created with monumental mosaic figures based on the illustrations found on Tarot Cards. More sculpture park than garden it contains some 22 figures from the Tarot and was opened on its completion to the public in 1998.

David Freke will conclude the evening with an up-date on his work on the Romano British (and earlier) site that he and the WHG have been investigating here in Warmington

All are welcome to what will be a fascinating evening            Visitors £2

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Warmington Bonfire night 5th November from 6pm onwards. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm Fireworks at 7pm
Hotdogs, burgers and mulled wine. Entry donation at gate.
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Fenny Compton   Carboot and Garage  Sale

Saturday 12th September   1-5 pm

The people in Fenny Compton are holding a sale in aid of the Fenny Compton Scout Group and the Church Fabric Fund. The residents will sell from their drives and garages or have a stall in the Merrie Lion or School Car park.

To help you browse the stalls, there will be a programme and map for £1,from the Village Hall and other places in the village. It will give all the stall locations and a brief description of the goods for sale at each.

Refreshments will be available from the Village Hall throughout.

Katharine House Fitness Event for all the family – fun day with Tina B FitnessClasses,Fun Run ,BBQ, Bar and Adults and Kids Big Inflatables- Banbury Rugby Club – All proceeds to KHH
18th July 10am
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HanFest is a free public art exhibition and concert organised by a group of artists living in Hanwell Village, North Oxfordshire.

Where is Hanwell Village?

Hanwell is a ironstone village in the beautiful North Oxfordshire countryside, close to the boarder of Warwickshire. The pretty little village is centred around the twelfth century church of St Peter and the historic Hanwell Castle. Lots of artists and creative folk live here, inspired by the village which is both timeless and ever changing.

 Who can exhibit work at HanFest?

HanFest is open to all artists where ever you might live and work. If you would like to exhibit, you need to complete our Application Form. You can exhibit either as a solo artist or as part of a group.

What type of work will be expected at the exhibition?
We welcome paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery and digital art including video.

Stars & Snowdrops Hanwell Castle

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Friday Night Cinema, Friday 30th January at Warmington Village Hall

 Family Film 5 o’clock – Angelina Jolie in Maleficent (PG), doors 4:30 (Entrance £4 for adults and under 18’s £3)

This is a darker re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, please see the bbfs website (  if your child is a bit younger.
Feature Film 8 o’clock – The Book Thief, Doors 7:30 –  Bar for children and adults, popcorn, snacks and drinks

Galaxies & Gardens


Enjoy a woodland walk amongst our ancient castle grounds, talk to the astronomers and have an opportunity to look through astronomical telescopes, and then enjoy tea and cake by a huge log fire. more…

Hanwell Castle, near Banbury, Oxfordshire

Saturday 27 September 2014 from noon – 5.00 pm
Sunday 28 September 2014 from 10:30 am – 5.00 pm

Adults: £2.50, Under 18s: £1.00, Under 5s: free

Teas: £2.00

Stout footwear is essential and, we regret, no dogs allowed except guide dogs.

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Exit M40 at junction 11. Following the signs for Banbury, go straight over the first two roundabouts. At the third roundabout turn right onto the A423. After 1.75 miles, turn left for Hanwell. Click here for a map of Hanwell villageor click here to find us on Google Maps. For sat-nav users, the postcode is OX17 1HN. more…

Please note that there is no general public parking on the site, only limited parking for those needing disabled access. We ask all visitors to please park outside the castle grounds and in the village itself.

Community Forum Meetings

Thursday 27th November 2014 (please note change from 4th December) – Venue  Wellesbourne Fire Station from 6.30 pm
Thursday 19th March 2015, 6.30 pm at Kineton Village Hall
There is also a ‘Meet the Leaders’ Partnership Conference taking place at Stratford Racecourse, 6.30 pm on Thursday 4th December and further details about this event will follow in due course.  All forum attendees are welcome to attend.

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Fenny Compton Farmers’ Market Launch

6th September 2014

Fenny Compton Farmers’ Market Nothing to do? Nowhere to go? Come to the village hall on the 1st Saturday of each month between 9am and 1pm. There will be a super range of food, beverages, plants and arts and crafts available. Or, just come along to soak up the atmosphere, relax in the café and meet up with friends. There is an arts and crafts area to keep the children busy too. For more information, visit our Facebook page:
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The Minibeast Roadshow
An opportunity to meet and handle some of our exotic creepy crawlies. You can cuddle a Hissing Cockroach, overcome your fear of Spiders, and meet Archie, Ollie and Barny our three Snakes. There’s so much more to see, so come along and join in the fun.

Our Minibeast Roadshow will be at The National Herb centre on:
Tuesday 22nd July; Tuesday 29th July; Tuesday 5th August; Tuesday 12th August;
Tuesday 19th August; Tuesday 26th August.
from 11.00am – 4.00pm each day

The cost to see and handle our bugs and reptiles is £2.50 per person, and you can come in as many times as you want throughout the day. You can either buy an advance ticket and take advantage of our special online offer for group bookings, or just turn up and pay on the day (sorry group bookings are only available for advance ticket sales).

Why not make it a day at The National Herb Centre and take part in Pond Dipping & Bug Hunts, and also Den Building, with plenty of time for a picnic lunch as well (or a meal in the Bistro restaurant). There is also the Children’s Play area, so loads to do to fill the day.
Book for a full day with all our activities and you will be able to claim a 10% discount on all purchases from The National Herb Centre including plants, gifts, food and drinks .

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For the fourth year running, Warmington Heritage Group will be taking part in the National Festival of British Archaeology with a free event open to everyone. The Archaeology Open Day will be held on Sunday, 13th July between 11am and 5pm.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the National Herb Centre, Warmington this family-friendly event will have something of interest to anyone with an interest in archaeology or local history. There will be guided tours and walks around our fascinating excavation while inside there will be a chance to find out more about the heritage and archaeology of south Warwickshire and north Oxfordshire. As well as the outdoor play area, there will be games and activities for the children with an historical theme.

Ratley Fete Saturday 21st June 2014

 1pm- 4pm Ratley Playing Field

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Civil War theme for 2014 come and see the Ascott Dragoons

 Civil War Re-enactors Maypole Dancing, Dog Show, Tug of War, Traditional Jester,

“Have a go Archery”, Falconry Games and Sideshows Great Stalls and  Grand Raffle

Plus High Quality Barbeque and Refreshments – Don’t buy Lunch anywhere else !     All in aid of Ratley Village Hall .

 Anyone interested in volunteering please come join us in The Rose and Crown on Friday 13th June around 8:30pm for a drink and let us know where you would like to help out or email Bev –