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Monthly Archives: February 2018

PopUp Business School

Revolutionary start-up training company, PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot.

The PopUp Business School will be popping up at The Orchard Shopping Centre next month and are inviting aspiring entrepreneurs to attend the sessions to learn how to start or grown their own business.

The school is working in partnership with and are co-funded by Hammerson Plc (owners of the shopping centre), Soha Housing, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and The European Social Fund.

The week-long, free workshop, which starts on Monday 19 March at The Orchard Shopping Centre, will teach local residents from around the South Oxfordshire area everything they need to know from; how to start a business without any money, how to generate sales from social media to making a website without any technical skills.

Soha’s Chief Exec Richard Peacock said, “I’m really proud that Soha is a community based social business. This is a great step forward for our Launchpad project, which has already supported many local people to gain valuable experience and skills.”

Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said, “We are enthusiastic partners in this innovative project.  The PopUp school is part of our ongoing commitment to help new and existing businesses in and round Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale to grow and succeed.”

Since 2011, PopUp Business School has been travelling around the United Kingdom teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. However, unlike other enterprise support companies their advice is the polar opposite of the status quo. They don’t believe in business plans, financial projections or loans. Instead they get their stu-dents starting off with sales and proving a demand in their businesses first.

To sign up to the free workshop and to find out more information, you can visit

HAMS – The Odyssey – 21st-24th March

Image of HAMS drama poster

Tickets are still available for the three nights performances of HAMS’ THE ODYSSEY and can be purchased from the Post Office (during Post Office hours).

I shall be away for the next 2 weeks but tickets can also be purchased from Di Duff (813349).  Tickets are also available online at (search for HAMS) but a booking fee will be charged.

Tickets are £9.50 per adult and £6.50 for children and students in full time education.

The performance dates are:

  • Wednesday, 21st March
  • Friday, 23rd March
  • Saturday, 24th March

Burns Supper Evening 2018

Friends of St Andrew’s are organising a fund-raising Burns Supper Evening.

10th february 2018.

7:30pm till late at the Hagbourne Village Hall.

Contains a Valentine’s Day theme.

Great entertainment from Hagbourne’s many talented performers.

£25 per person includes 2 course traditional Burns Supper and welcoming drinks.

To book your place, contact:

Linda Benton
01235 817891