More than a Pub Programme at The Abingdon Arms, Beckley


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Food & Drink

Cafe: Fridays, 9.00 to 12.00

Community coffee mornings: Second Friday of month, 10.00 to 11:30. Coffee and biscuits £2, but expresso coffees and cake available too. An opportunity to meet old and new friends and neighbours from all our villages.

Community lunches: Date/times to be confirmed. Set menu booked in advance.

Women of Beckley lunches: 1st Tuesday of month, 12:30 pm

Men of Beckley lunches: 1st Wednesday of month, 12.30 pm

Upcoming events

 Tuesday 4th December 12.30pm. Women of Beckley Lunch. Contact Sarah Smith for more information.

Wednesday 5th December 12.30pm. Men of Beckley Lunch. Contact Steve Smith for more information.

Friday 14th December, 10:00  to 11:30 am. Community Coffee Morning. All are welcome.

See the Calendar of Events  below for details



Literary Group: 1st or 4th Sunday of month, 7.00 to 8.30 pm. Drinks and delicious hand-made bar snacks available for sale at Sunday evening sessions.

Writers’ Group: Thursday, 2.30 to 3.30, start date & frequency to be confirmed

Upcoming events

‘Peace Poetry’ at Beckley Village Hall
Sunday 11th November, 2:45 pm to  5:15 pm
Peace Poetry on Armistice Day – 21st century visions of peace’. Featuring poets Jenny Lewis, Merryn Williams, Pat Winslow, Rip Bulkeley, Paul Surman, Eva Wal, Jalina Mhyana - each of whom will read a World War 1 poet then one or more of their own poems on the theme of peace. With music from Patrissia Cuberos and artwork by Tim King.  Curated by Louise Larchbourne.  Snacks and bar provided by The Abingdon Arms. Donations and  raffle in aid of Peace Direct –     Entry charge £5 – advance reservations from 

‘From Oxford to Wonderland via Otmoor: the real wonderlands that inspired Lewis Carroll’
Sunday 25th November, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
A talk about Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice books, by Dr Franziska Kohlt of Oxford University, Editor of The Lewis Carroll Review. Dr Kohlt will examine the apocryphal suggestion that Carroll was inspired by the chequerboard field pattern of Otmoor, when viewed from Beckley, to introduce the chess game; but she’ll also address much more.

W B Yeats
Sunday 29th January, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
A talk about the poet WB Yeats, who lived nearby in Thame for a number of years by Dr Tara Stubbs of Oxford University.

‘The archaeology of Oxford in 20 digs’
Sunday 24th February, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
David Radford, Oxford City Council Archaeologist

‘With Great Pleasure’
Sunday 24th Marh, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
Mary Stuck, Robert Booth. Readings from poetry, prose, plays, biography, memoir curated by Joanna Matthews (TBC).

See the Calendar of Events  below for details



There is no entry charge, but there will be a raffle. Drinks and delicious hand-made bar snacks available for sale at Sunday evening sessions.

Jazz: The Sunday sessions: 3rd Sunday of month, 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Upcoming events

Sunday 18th November, 6.30  to  8.30 pm. Jazz: The Sunday Sessions. Cool sounds, warm welcome! Rick Bolton (guitar), Mark Hodgson (bass), Mark Doffman (drums).   Entry free, but please support the event by buying raffle tickets and a drink or two. Bar snacks available.

See the Calendar of Events  below for details



After-school children’s activity café: Thursday, 3.30 to 4.30 pm, Primarily intended for Beckley Primary School pupils, who must be accompanied by parent or carer.

Games ‘clubs’: Scrabble, Jenga, Bridge, chess, dominoes etc.

Organised walking group / route maps: Saturday mornings, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Upcoming events

Thursday 15th November, 3:30  to 4:30 pm.  Children’s after-school children’s activity café. Primarily for pupils of Beckley Primary School. Sign up with Aimee Butterfield   or text 07834 533177.

Saturday 17th November, 10:30 am.  Community Walk. Meet in front of The Abingdon Arms.  3 mile / 2 hour walk, followed by drinks and lunch at the pub. .Route probably Noke and Islip tbc.

See the Calendar of Events  below for details



Click on the entry in the listing or the calendar to see the details of the event