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COVID 19 Support Group

Supporting residents of Stanford Dingley during the COVID-19 outbreak

During the period of the Covid-19 outbreak, a group of volunteers across the village are providing assistance for those unable to travel or need to self-isolate in their homes. If you require:

  • Medicines \ Prescriptions collecting
  • Groceries and other vital items buying and delivering to you
  • Extra help if a family member is isolated – a regular call to stay in touch etc.

Please call (or text) the number below and let us know what you need and we’ll organise for one of the volunteers to get in touch to make arrangements with you.


No one in this community is alone and we are all here to support each other. We are aware that many of the over 70’s in the isolating category are fit and fiercely independent, but we ask at this time, to accept help where it is offered to ensure that you don’t put yourself at unnecessary risk.


Cllr Aisling Bucknell:  07967 138280 (Co-ordinating only)


On behalf of      Stanford Dingley Parish Council

Duke of Wellingtons Peninsular War






Stanford Dingley Village Hall
Thursday 28th November – 7pm

Following on from his excellent Afghanistan and Household Cavalry talks, Harry Fullerton returns to regale The Duke of Wellington’s Peninsular Campaign in Spain 1807 – 1814. It is a little known war that was so vital to the final defeat of Napoleon.

Harry recently visited the Basque and Navarre Regions of Northern Spain (often known as ‘the Costa Verde’), and will give a fascinating insight of the campaign in Spain, which was part of the Napoleonic wars 1803 – 1815. This is where, after 5 years of fighting, the Duke of Wellington, with his British, Spanish and Portuguese Army, defeated the French at the Battle of Vitoria in Northern Spain and then advanced and fought across the Pyrenees and into Southern France to take the first surrender of Napoleon’s Forces in 1814,

Harry will also talk about this unique region of Spain as it is today. With its very different Basque culture, stretching from the sandy beaches of San Sebastian to the green hinterland of Vitoria and onto the arid plains around Pamplona and into the foothills of the Pyrenees. To add to the culture of the evening, Basque wine and Pincho’s (the Basque form of Tapas) will also be served.

Tickets are £7.50 for Adults and free for children and can be bought from the SD Events Team and either collect them from ‘Coppers’ or delivered to you by mailing your details to sdeventseam@gmail.com.

Payments can be made either by Cash or Bank Transfer to Lloyds Bank, SD Events Team A/C 03992923 Sort Code 30-96-96 ref PWAR & Surname.

Plant, Seed and Plug Swap – Sunday 28th April

Standford Dingley Events

Are  holding a Plant, Plug and Seed Sale Swap on Sunday 28th April 10.30am to 1pm on the Village Green opposite The Bull Inn.


Race Night

Saturday 19th November
At The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley
Join us for a fun evening – It could be your lucky night!!
Doors open 7pm First Race 7.45pm

Tickets £10 (includes light snacks, pizzas etc)
From: Tania Kane (taniakane@me.com); Felicity Routledge
(felicitysampson@hotmail.com); Hilary Dent
(hilarydent@hotmail.com 07778 336509); Maxine Hanrahan

Pangbourne Silverband at Old Boot Inn

Pangbourne Silverband appearing on Sunday the 26th of June from 1pm – 3pm, to be followed up by an 80’s disco from the afternoon onward.

Reggae Night at the Old Boot

DJ Stasha presents – Reggae Night and Dancehall

Old Boot Inn

Saturday 2nd July

8pm till late

Gullivers Travels

Saturday 25th June, Rushall Manor will be hosting “Gulliver’s Travels”

Gulliver’s Travels

Join Lemuel Gulliver on a fantastical and hilarious voyage into the unknown… Meet the tiny people of Lilliput and the giants of Brobdingnag; visit the flying island of Laputa and a country peopled (or horsed?) entirely by talking horses… A brand-new, adventurous and delightfully innovative adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical story loved by adults and children alike. Just please don’t step on any Lilliputians in the rush to get tickets.

TICKETS: 01189744547


11 June at 14:00–17:00

Stanford Dingley Village Field (Next to St Denys’ Church)

Hook a Duck, Beat the Goalie, Welly Wanging, Bowling for the Pig, Splat the Rat, Stocks, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Guess the Number of Balloons, Tombola, White Elephant, Bottle Stall, Plant Stall, Book Stall, Face Painting, Book stall, Home Made Cakes & Jams, Golf putting, Helium Balloon sales, Bouncy Slide, Chariot tractor Rides, Egg throwing, Tug of War, Decorated wheelbarrow competition, Dog Agility & dog show, Hog Roast, Raffle, Ice Creams, Pangbourne Silver Band, Flower arranging competition & post fete Auction, Competition: Make a Birthday Cake for the Queen (adults & children), Decorate your own Cupcake, Competition: Animal made from a vegetable, Competition: Children’s Art, Beer/Pimms Tent, Teas/Cakes


Easter Egg Hunt
Date: Thursday 24 March 2016, 4.45pm – 5.45 pm
Cost: Free all village children and family of redidence welcome!
Location: Manor House Garden Stanford Dingley


Family service
Date: Saturday Dec 25 2015, 11.00am
Cost: Free (collection)
Location: St Denys’


Holy Communion
Date: Saturday Dec 25 2015, 8.00am
Cost: Free (collection)
Location: St Denys’


Children’s Crib Service
Date: Thursday Dec 24 2015, 5.30pm
Cost: Free (collection)
Location: St Denys’


Carol Singing
Date: Tuesday 22 December 5pm
Info: Come and join in Carol singing around the village. Bring lanterns and torches!
Location: Meet on the Village Green


Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
Date: Sunday Dec 20 2015, 7.45pm
Info: After the Church carol service pick up a candle and join the candlelit walk down to the Bull Inn for FREE mulled wine and mince pies. For this event we’ve always asked villagers to offer donations of wine and mince pies and you have always delivered most generously. If you can give again please pop mince pies and red wine over the fence at Rose. Thank you very much in advance.
Charity donations on the night to the Friends of St Denys – Funding the Fabric
Location: Outside The Bull Inn


Carol Service
Date: Sunday Dec 20 2015, 6.30pm
Cost: Free (collection)
Location: St Denys’


Pangbourne Siver Band
Date: Thursday 17 December, 7.30pm
Info: Pangbourne Silver Bans Christmas Sing-Along.
Come along and get in the festive mood!
Location: The Old Boot Inn


34 Marathons talk and Auction
Info: Come and hear Edward talk about his 34 marathons adventure.
There will be a raffle and silent Auction to raise funds for The Macular Society and a few surprises for the marathon man himself.
Everyone is invited, please bring along anyone you know who followed and supported him along the way, the more the merrier
We need some more raffle prizes, so if you have anything you would like to donate we would be really grateful. Please contact me on mrsbb @ btinternet.com and I’ll collect any prizes you have.
Cost: free but amazing raffle and auction so bring your cheque book!
Location: Black Barn, Rushall Farm


Christmas Dinner
Date: Saturday 12 December 2015 7.30pm
Info: Invitation to village residents to kick off the festive season.
Cost: £24 pp
Location: Bull Inn


Leaf Clearing
Date: Saturday 12 December 2015, 10am
Info: The Dredge Gang meet again to clear the church yard of the Autumn leaves. Come along, bring a flask of something hot to drink. It is a true village get together and lots of fun.
Location: St Denys’ Church


Children’s Christmas Party
Date: Sunday 6 December 2015, 3-5pm
Info: Christmas party for village primary school aged children
RSVP to rachaelruane@hotmail.com
Cost: Free
Location: Club Room


Glenvale Christmas Charity Day
Date: Sunday 6 December 2015, 1pm
Info: Come & join us for complimentary mulled wine & a mince pie, choose your Christmas tree, wreath, & planted gifts, & wander around the stalls.
Cost: FREE
Location: Glenvale Nurseries


Dragonfly Rhythms – Gig
Date: Friday 13 November 2015, 7.30pm
Info: Music in the Tap Room – Back by popular demand!
Cost: Free
Location: The Bull Inn


Wine Tasting
Date: Wednesday 4 November 2015, 7pm
Info: Wine tasting supper. 5 courses with matching wines hosted by Master Sommelier Nigel Wilkinson.
Cost: £50pp
Location: The Bull Inn


Welcome Drinks
Date: Sunday 18 October 11am, 1pm
Info: As a New (or not so new!) resident in the village We would love you to join us At the Village Drinks Party. Drinks & canapés. RSVP – hilarydent@hotmail.com
Cost: Free
Location: Ducarts


Walking Stick Cabbage Competition
Date: Sunday 11 October 2015 11am
Info: Dig up that cabbage, un-pot that green stick and come get it measured! Prizes, produce and people…. Don’t be ashamed of a puny one everyone is accepted!
Cost: Free
Location: Roman Way


Archdeacon at St Denys’
Date: Sunday 11 October 201511am
Info: Someone special is coming to the service. Come along for a morning of common prayer.
Location: St Denys’ Church


Dredge Gang River Clean
Date: Saturday 10 October 2015, 10am
Info: A few times a year a group of locals meet to clear the River Pang of detritus. It keeps it flowing nicely, reducing the risk of flooding. If you want to join them get your wellies on.
Cost: Free
Location: They’re meeting 10am on the village green.


Afternoon Tea
Date: 26 September 2015 4.30pm
Info: Bring the family it’s free to come along, with tea, coffee, cake for sale.
Plus kids games and croquet.
Cost: Free
Location: Manor Farm (behind the church)


Barn Dance
Date: 26 September 2015 6.30pm
Info: Barn dance for village fun, to raise money for the Church repairs & to launch the concept of the ‘Friends of St Denys’
Cost: £15 pp
Location: Manor Farm (behind the church)


Village Meeting
Date: Tuesday 28 July 2015, 7.30pm
Info: The Parish Council will lead a consultation of villagers on the future development of Stanford Dingley’s facilities. Don’t miss out on your chance to have your say on the priorities for the development of village facilities.
Cost: Free
Location: St Denys’ Church


Bletchley Park Trip
Thursday 02 July 2015, 10:30am
Stanford Dingley Activities Committee invites you to visit Bletchley Park
Thursday 2nd July £20 per person
Join us for a conducted tour of this iconic building. Home to the team led by the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, its work is described in the award winning film The Imitation Game
Bletchley was the home of the code breakers whose war time work, carried out on behalf of the Allies, is said to have shortened the duration of World War II by two years.
The organisation penetrated German and Japanese secret communication ciphers and most famously cracked the Enigma Code.
Cost of the trip is pound;20 per person. We will meet at Bletchley at 10:30am for a conducted tour. Lunch and refreshments are not included there is a restaurant on site.
Profit from this event will be used directly to fund Village Activities such as the Church, Childrens Christmas Party, OAPs Tea party etc.
If you would like to join us, please contact Fergus Madden on fergusmadden@doctors.org.uk
All correspondence with stamped addressed envelopes should be addressed to Fergus Madden at The Willows, Stanford Dingley, RG7 6LX


Bletchley Park Talk
Saturday 27 June 2015, 11:00am
Pre the village trip to Bletchley Park, we are very privileged to have our very own ‘Bletchley Girl’ in the village, Lady Marion Body, who will be giving a talk and sharing her memories of her time at Bletchley Park. Robin Brodhurst, war historian, will be providing the context to this historical time and iconic establishment, including the Enigma Machine
More information please call Dawn on 01189744041
For information on the Bletchley Trip please email Fergus – fergusmadden @ doctors.org.uk
Location : The Club Room


Charity Darts Funday
Sunday 14 June 2015, 12:30pm – 05:00pm
In Aid of CLIC SARGENT – For Childrens Cancer
Adults 501 Competiton, Afternoon BBQ, Cash Prizes, Trophy for winner, Under 14’s, Competition, Refreshments, Lawn Darts, Raffle, Crazy 9 Darts Competiton
Registration from 12.30pm, Kick off 1.30pm Entry £4
Location : Diamond Cottage, Stanford Dingley
Contact : next4@hotmail.com
Entry £4


Children’s Crib Service
Wednesday 24 December 2014, 05:30pm – 06:30pm
Bring the family, dress up as a Shepherd, Wisemen or anything nativity if you wish!
Location : St Denys’ Church


Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
Sunday 21 December 2014, 07:30pm
After the Church carol service pick up a candle and join the candlelit walk down to the Bull Inn for FREE mulled wine and mince pies.
All wine and mince pies are donated by village residents.
Collections will be made for village charity – Alziheimer’s research UK
Location : Outside The Bull Inn


Carol Service
Sunday 21 December 2014, 06:30pm – 07:30pm
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Anual St Denys’ Church Carol service
We suggest you get their early to get a seat.
After there is mulled wine and mince pies served at the Bull Inn.
Location : St Denys’ Church


Mummers Play
Friday 19 December 2014, 09:00pm
Enjoy a real countryside Christmas Tradition with the ‘Mummers’ enjoy their festive play and join in with some carols.
Location : Bull Inn


Afternoon Gig
Sunday 14 December 2014, 04:30pm
Live Music from ‘Dragonfly Rhythms’ in the Tap Room
Location : Bull Inn


Christmas Carols at The Bull Inn
Thursday 11 December 2014, 07:00pm
Get into the festive spirit and join in with some carols with the ‘Pangbourne Choral Society’
Location : Bull Inn


Charity Day Glenvale Nurseries
Sunday 07 December 2014, 12:00am – 05:00pm
Have some mulled wine then roll back down the hill to the pub quiz! www.glenvalenurseries.co.uk
Charity Quiz Night The Bull Inn – 5.30pm Teams of up to 6 people, £2.50 entry per person. Winning team takes half of entry fees and other half goes to CLIC Sargent Children’s Cancer Charity.


Harvest Festival
Sunday 28th September, 11am – St Denys’ Church
Our Harvest Festival Service will be taken by The Rev’d Steve Gray, Bradfield College Chaplain, and will be very will be family friendly.

Help with decorating the Church on Saturday morning 27th September at 10.00 am would be much appreciated. Gifts for the harvest should be brought to Church either on Saturday morning or to the Service on Sunday. Non-perishable food will be taken to the West Berkshire food bank and perishable items will be given to CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop-in Centre) which provides cooked meals for those in need.


Cabbage Walking Stick Competition
Sunday 5th October, 11am – Roman Way
This event has taken place in Stanford Dingley for over 25 years!
In the Spring Cabbage stick seedlings are given out to village residence, who request to take part. They then love and nurture them and try and grown the biggest and tallest cabbage in the village!
The triumphant crowned winner gets the gold cup and the looser a cabbage….!


Sunday 19 October 10am (for 10.30am set off)
Anual Village Walk
Stanford Dingley annual Village Walk with clues to look for whilst enjoying a walk in our lovely countryside.
Look forward to seeing you and hope this good weather lasts just a bit longer…..!
With best wishes from last year’s winners….
Anne & Mary
Enquiries to: Anne & Bob Chessum


Hot Wheels and Duck Racing!
Sunday 14 September 2pm, 2014
We are going to attempt to build the longest Hot Wheels racing track Stanford Dingley has ever seen, and we’d love to see you and your children/grand children. The idea was suggested by 5 year old Eddie Hartley, when consulted for events planning purposes. We will meet at Little Shambles at 2pm (new build, next to Casey Court), head out for track construction, and race! We’ll then wander down the hill towards Saffron House (on the bridge) for duck racing and an ice cream.
If the current good weather trend continues, the plan is have a village picnic afterwards on the village field (next to the church) at approximately 3:30pm… and feed our hungry racers.


Doglympics Games
Sunday 24 August 1pm, 2014
It’s time to get those Pooches in training as it’s nearly time for the third annual Bull inn ‘Doglympics’! This year’s competition takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th August from 1pm, and if the last 2 years are anything to go by it will be an afternoon packed with fun an laughter – with something for all the family to enjoy!!! Trixie and Lola can’t wait to see you all there!


Village Picnic – Day on the field
Monday 25 August 3-5pm, 2014
Bring picnic treats; play football & rounders and have lots of fun on the village field. All wecome.


Building the Sam Wanamaker Play House
Saturday 19 April 2014 – 10am
Peter McCurdy, @McCurdyAndCo builder of Globe Theatre, London and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be giving a rare talk about the Playhouse and building it in Stanford Dingely in The Bull Inn.


Avebury & Devizes Museum
Thursday 17 July 2014
David Miles who is a distinguished archaeologist has agreed to take a party from Stanford Dingley to visit this site and its supporting museum.
David was Director of Oxford Archaeology and more recently was Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage. He has taken the Berkshire branch of the Art Fund around several important sites including Stonehenge and the White Horse at Uffington; these were most enjoyable visits, enlivened by his vivid way of describing the past and his remarkable ability to paint a colourful picture of our stone and bronze age ancestors.
We have planned a morning visit to Devizes, then lunch at Avebury where picnics would be possible and finally a walk with David around the site, taking in Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow. A visit to a good pub on the way back may also be possible!
This has been planned for July 17th and will cost about £25 and David will, I know, make this a most interesting and entertaining day.
Those who are interested should contact Fergus Madden as soon as possible – fergusmadden @doctors.org.uk


Christmas Carol Service – Mince Pies & Mulled Wine
22 December 2013
A magical & brilliant evening – of Carols at St Denys’ followed by delicious free mince pie and glass of mulled wine at The Bull Inn
Raising over £100 for charity.


20th Century Stanford Dingley
23 November 2013
4pm – Stanford Dingley archives exhibition on display in St Deny’s Church, with images and stories.
6pm – A beautiful evening of story telling. Hear the memories with some of the longer standing residents of the village. Including guest speaker Dick Greenway.
Drinks and nibbles!

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