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Sports & Leisure


RG8 Badminton Club meet at Langtree Sports Hall on Thursdays at 7.30pm, September to July. New members always welcome. See www.rg8badminton.co.uk for more details or contact Julie Drury on 01491 681654.

Badminton Club

Club night - Monday at the Village Hall from October until end of March at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Ken Rook on 01491 680472 or at rook242@btinternet.com or John Fung at Fung.johnc@gmail.com.


Ages 7-18 years. In association with Reading Rockets. Contact head coach, Matt Johnson - 0118 926 3040. More details - www.readingrockets.co.uk

Bowls Club

Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall. Tuesdays and Fridays 2.00 pm to 5.00pm. Bring soft soled shoes - no other equipment necessary. Contact Daphne Brown - 01491 680277 or Cyril Baldwin - 01491 680007.

Bowls Club

Situated in the tranquil grounds of the Goring Heath Charities, the Goring Heath Bowls Club (Almshouses) is one of the youngest in the area - established in 2001. The mixed club play friendly matches with a number of local clubs and with a reputation for being a friendly club, are always keen to welcome new members of all ages and abilities.
For more details visit www.goringheathbowls.weebly.com.


Buggyfit - a 1 hour fitness class for mums and babies/toddlers.
Mondays at 10am or Wednesdays at 2pm, Sheepcot Field (Opposite station), Goring. £4.00.
Contact Julie on 07817 154342 or and-j@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.buggyfit.co.uk for more information.

Cricket Club

Local village cricket club offering 3 different styles of cricket , Saturday premier league cricket , Sunday local cricket and Midweek 20x20 league cricket. Contact: Chairman Sam Peates - 01491 682815 or sampeates@ndo.co.uk. Secretary Crawford Anderson - 0118 967 3892. Jonny Aldridge 07980 253841.

Dancing Classes

Dance Connection. Registered member of the Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing. At Woodcote Village Hall Sam Clifton teaches classical ballet, modern and tap on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Pupils are accepted from 3 years of age and follow the ISTD syllabus to examination level. Please visit our website www.dance-connection.co.uk for further details or contact Sam Clifton - 01491 681866 or 07870 501831 or at enquiries@dance-connection.co.uk.


We are the Chiltern Aero Club and are based at Chiltern Park Aerodrome, Ipsden. We teach people of all ages to fly Microlight aircraft, and hold monthly meetings at the airfield. Currently we have 40 plus members, our oldest member is 83 and an ex-ww2 Spitfire pilot from Goring and our youngest is 16 from Wallingford and has just gone solo. Membership is only £5.00 per year and we welcome all aviation enthusiasts. For more information visit our website www.chiltern.aero or contact Dennis Pearson at dennis@chiltern.aero.


Woodcote and Stoke Row Football Club has teams on Saturdays in the Reading Football League, the first team in the Senior Division and the reserve team in Division 2. Training Tuesdays at 7.30pm. For more information see our website woodcotesrfc.intheteam.com. Contact Mike Higley (secretary) on 07868 720995 or michaelhigley@hotmail.com. Alternatively contact sampeates@ndo.co.uk or Pete McAlister 07793 935765.

GO Active

GO Active Gold aims to help those aged 60 and over to live more active lifestyles by setting up physical activities in rural areas that cater for all abilities. Activities will take place in 70 parishes across both districts from January 2016 to December 2018. More information here.

Rowing Club

The Goring Gap Boat Club is one of the largest recreational boating clubs in the Thames valley.
Membership is open to all, from youngsters gaining their first rowing experience to veterans with a life time on the river. Beginners are assured of a warm welcome, and a relaxed and safe introduction to the sport. No previous experience is required, and we provide tuition to all our new members.

More details.


Woodcote Warriors Run Club. 7pm every Monday in the Woodcote Village Hall car park. Contact Maria Wise via Facebook.

Sailing Club

Goring on Thames Sailing Club. Club House at Bridleway, Cleeve - sail March to January. RYA affiliated training centre. Training courses. Racing on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday Evenings (May - September). Contact Mark Neild 01491 874291 or membership@goringthamessc.org.uk. For more information visit our website - www.goringthamessc.org.uk.


The Oratory Squash Club - all ages and abilities welcome. Lessons and racket hire available. Tel - 01491 681303.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Fitness

Have you ever wanted to try stand up paddle boarding?
SUP fitness classes every Tuesday 8pm and Sunday at 5pm at the Oratory Sports Centre. Contact Judy at 07478 769404 or visit www.supstudio.co.uk for more information. Spaces are limited so bookings are mandatory.


Swimming on Sunday at the Oratory Pool. Family swim 4.30pm - 5.15pm. Open session 5.00pm - 5.45pm. Lane swim 5.15pm - 6pm. Contact Sarah Phipps - 01491 872432.


Early morning lane swimming at The Oratory Sports Centre 7.00 - 8.30am. Swim lanes at your own pace. Tel - 01491 681303.


Aquafit Sessions at the Oratory School Pool in Woodcote. A very effective water fitness session, targeting all the major muscle groups. Join our very friendly group, working at your own pace so all abilities welcome.
Contact Carole Griffiths - woodcoteaquafit@gmail.com.
For more information please visit our website www.woodcoteswimming.com.
Lane Swimming at the Oratory School Swimming Pools in Woodcote and Goring Heath. All abilities welcome and catered for. Swimming lengths at your own pace. Our friendly sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Contact Carole Griffiths - woodcotelaneswimming@gmail.com.
For more information please visit our website www.woodcoteswimming.com.

Tai Chi and Qigong Classes

Gentle exercises for all abilities. Great for balance, coordination and overall wellbeing. Daytime, evening and weekend classes in: Benson, Henley, Sonning Common, Streatley, Goring, and Whitchurch Hill. Please contact Karen on 07867 954 786 or see www.karenpounds.co.uk for more details.

Walking - Chiltern Way 2010 Walking Festival

This walking programme has been set up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chiltern Way, it offers a wide range of walks to suit all abilities, and aims to encourage more people to walk the Chiltern Way. See the June events page for details of a walk starting in Woodcote. More details of the many other walks can be found on the Chiltern Society website.

Walking - Walks and Rides in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council have a range of free guides and maps for walking and riding in Oxfordshire.
More details can be found on their website - Walks and Rides.

Woodcote Walks by Stilehopper

In 2008, well-known Woodcote resident, Sam Peates, published a series of twelve ‘Woodcote Walks’ in monthly instalments in the Woodcote Correspondent under the pseudonym of ‘Stilehopper.’ Now, with the assistance of a number of other local residents, a book has been published and will be on sale from 4th December 2010.

More details.


Yoga sessions at Woodcote Village Hall. Yoga for all levels on Tuesdays at 6 pm to 7.15 pm and Wednesdays at 7.15 pm to 8.30 pm. For further information please www.woodcote-yoga.org.uk or contact Vanessa at woodcote.yoga@btinternet.com or call 01491 681419.

Zumba Fitness Class

Monday 9:45 - 10:45 at Woodcote Village Hall (starting 15th October 2012).
Tuesday 19:30 - 20:30 at Woodcote Primary School (starting 16th October 2012).
For further information please contact Sue Richmond 07901 673700 or suerichmondjr@hotmail.co.uk.

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