The Wychwood Players
The Wychwood Players are a thriving amateur dramatics group with an active membership of over 60 people.
Based in Shipton under Wychwood, they perform between two and four productions every season at New Beaconsfield Hall, which has been their base since it opened 12 years ago. There the Players are fortunate to have the use of state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and to have excellent rehearsal facilities nearby.
Loyal audiences drawn from a wide area of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire attend for a range of theatre from Dramas to Pantomimes. Most years the Players entertain their audiences with a theatre supper evening when members not performing on stage become Waiters and Front of House Staff.
Occasionally plays are performed at other venues such as churches or festival stages.The Players pride themselves on presenting their audiences with a balanced programme of interesting theatre performed to a high standard. The friendly, cooperative atmosphere which is a hallmark of the Players encourages and nurtures members to develop their particular skills.
Over the years we have achieved a reputation for entertaining our audiences with a varied selection of quality shows performed by talented actors performing on beautifully lit sets, which have been constructed with loving care.In addition to plays and supper evenings we have a social calendar for members including theatre visits, garden parties, treasure hunts and other functions throughout the year. New members are warmly welcomed and are able to take part in many activities.
There are numerous opportunities for involvement in stage craft, backstage work or front of house. The only limits are those of time and energy
Shipton Womens Institute
The Shipton-under-Wychwood WI meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at New Beaconsfield Hall. Visitors are welcome at all meetings unless otherwise specified.
A small donation is requested from visitors. In addition to the monthly meetings there are various visits and outings, a programme of summer walks and a whole range of activities is on offer from the Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes.
Wychwood Youth Club
The Youth Club is for young people aged between 9 and 13 inclusive and runs on Monday evenings during the school term at the New Beaconsfield Hall 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
COME FOR ONE FREE TRIAL ON ANY MONDAY
We have a great programme of events lined up, Multi sports and games,Arts and Crafts, Cooking, Themed Party Sessions, Skills and Talents, Interactive Wii & Play Station, Table Football and lots, lots more.
Free Drinks and a Tuck Shop available to buy snacks.
We now have places available for new members and hope that you might like to come along and join us.
Contact Beth 01993 831944 .
Membership Fee per Term: (Payable: January, April and September)
1st Child in Family: £3 2nd Child £2 3rd Child £1
(Membership fees are collected at the start of each term)
Weekly Admission Charge: £1.50
The Wychwoods Local History Society
Founded by village members in 1981 meets once a month from September through to June. With over 250 members, the Society researches and publishes local and family history. It also arranges periodic outings and exhibitions.
The Society holds a large collection of old photographs of people and places in the three Wychwood villages of Shipton, Ascott and Milton as well as copies of the parish registers from the sixteen century, nineteenth century censuses, poor law records and many old documents and books, all of which are available for local and family historians, both from within the village and worldwide. A programme of digitalising some of these photographs has been started.
Members carry out original research covering many aspects of village life and history including oral history, archaeological field walking, a comprehensive church survey and hedge dating. This research is published in Wychwoods History each year, a publication that has an academic reputation. Two books of local photographs have been published as well as a village walk leaflet. An oral history project interviewing women who lived in the Wychwoods during World War Two was published as That's How it Was. The latest (Spring 2009) publication sponsored by the Society is The Churchwardens' Accounts for The Church of St Mary The Virgin Shipton under Wychwood 1554-1691 edited by Jack Howard-Drake.
Members of the Society are happy to make searches in the Society's archives for family historians for a modest fee. The Society is also keen to receive local history and family information of the Wychwood villages.