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Sat, 17th March 2018


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   Would you like to participate in ground-breaking research at the University of Oxford and earn ?50 Amazon vouchers?    March 11, 2018

Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for local citizens to participate in a workshop on global environmental issues on Saturday 24th March. If you would like to be considered as a potential participant please complete the following survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9qvilSTw1hHQIEvz3zjrgJEOb9-e0j53GCvPzYSPHMJTQXQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. Selected participants will earn £50 Amazon vouchers for their time. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided and local travel expenses covered by the University of Oxford (note: you must be able to travel to the venue).

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   PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot    February 19, 2018

PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot

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 www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk

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   HAMS - The Odyssey - 21st March    February 19, 2018

Hi,  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 www.WeGotTickets.com (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

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   Burns Supper Evening    February 10, 2018

Burns Supper Evening

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   Main Street in West Hagbourne will be closing for 11 days from 5th February    February 1, 2018

Main Street in West Hagbourne will be closing for 11 days from 5th February

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   Christmas waste and recycling collections    December 18, 2017

Residents in Southern Oxfordshire are being reminded that their waste and recycling collections will change over the Christmas and New Year period.
They can find out all the information they need on South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils websites www.southoxon.gov.uk/christmaswaste and www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/christmaswaste.
Garden waste collections will be suspended over the Christmas period, while crews concentrate on collecting all the extra waste from Christmas. Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this.
Householders can also find out what to do with all their Christmas waste on the website, along with details of how to recycle their real Christmas trees.
Following the recent snowfall in the districts, the councils would also like to remind residents that in the event of adverse weather, like snow or ice, it may not be possible for collection crews to make all their scheduled collections. If the districts are affected by bad weather, all the latest information about bin collections will be posted on the councils':
- Twitter accounts: @SouthOxon and @WhiteHorseDC
- Facebook pages www.facebook.com/southoxfordshire and www.facebook.com/whitehorsedc

Details will also be available on the websites.
Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste and recycling at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "As we approach the busiest time of year for our waste crews, we’d like to thank all of our residents in advance for their co-operation and for their efforts in recycling. The vast majority of waste over Christmas can be recycled, so we hope everyone will do their very best to recycle everything they can, including all their food waste."
Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste and recycling at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "As a reminder to our residents, you’re able to put out extra waste for recycling over Christmas, so please check out the information on our website to see what to do with it. We’re extremely grateful to everyone for helping our council to recycle as much as we do. Hopefully we won’t get any more disruptive weather, but if we do we’d appreciate your patience. Please look online for all the latest updates if this happens."

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   Health and wellbeing for the over 60s - FREE Gentle Yoga Taster    December 13, 2017

Health and wellbeing for the over 60s - FREE Gentle Yoga Taster
East Hagbourne Pavillion
13 December 2017
Wednesday 10 am - 11 am
Improve your strength, flexibility and balance
Please book in advance:
Annalie Thomasson on 07766 991487
Health and wellbeing for the over 60’s

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   ST ANDREWS CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL - 9th to 19th    December 9, 2017


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   M4 Junctions 12 to 13 (West Berkshire): Bridge Refurbishment ? Weekend Closure Reminder    November 24, 2017

M4 Junctions 12 to 13 (West Berkshire): Bridge Refurbishment – Weekend Closure Reminder
Maintenance work to replace the beams and waterproofing material to the bridges which carry the M4 over the B4009 Hampstead Norreys Road near Hermitage, Brocks Lane near Frilsham and Burnt Hill Road has now started.
As previously advised, during work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include larger cranes that will sit across all lanes of the motorway.
To allow this work to take place we will be fully closing the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 over the following entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday):
Friday 24 to Monday 27 November 2017
Friday 8 to Monday 11 December 2017
Friday 15 to Monday 18 December 2017
Friday 19 to Monday 22 January 2018 (contingency)
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy alternatives routes will be suggested further afield.
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused by these closures; if you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk. Or you can visit our website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads

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   Care worker recruitment campaign    November 23, 2017

Care worker recruitment campaign from Oxfordshire County Council, NHS and Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers

Make a difference every day – become a care worker.
Oxfordshire urgently needs more compassionate care workers to support vulnerable members of our community.
Interested? Visit oacp.org.uk/jobs for job opportunities and to find out more about working in care.

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   Neighbourhhod Plan update    November 13, 2017

After many months of hard work a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan containing the Vision, Objectives and draft Policies is now available.
Over the summer, further discussions were held with SODC as a result of which the Steering Group have initiated an evaluation of potential development sites in the parish with the intention of 'allocating' one of more sites for housing development.
 To provide a wider base of knowledge and experience for the site evaluations, a Community Group has been appointed to work with the Steering Group. You can see the group membership, the draft plan and details of the recent work on www.easthagbourneplan.net where regular updates will be posted over the coming weeks.

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   Halloween Shocker for Grainger    November 8, 2017

The High Court has confirmed the decision it reached on Halloween. Grainger’s hopes of getting a Judicial Review and overturning the appeal verdict has taken a body blow.
In the High Court Mrs Justice Lang was unequivocal in her dismissal of the three legal points Grainger raised. She sided with the Secretary of State. No JR was granted – the appeal verdict stands.
Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal. We understand that today is the deadline for it to do so.
This is the second time that the High Court has thrown out the case. Perhaps now Grainger will realise that their argument has no merit. It’s corporate reputation is suffering. It is surely time for it to take down its fence, cut its losses, and go quietly into the night.

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   Graingers request for a Judicial Review    November 7, 2017

Grainger's request for a Judicial Review of the refusal of their planning application on the Green Gap was rejected in the High Court on 31st October.
Mrs Justice Lang unequivocal dismissed the three legal points Grainger raised. She sided with the Secretary of State and a JR was not granted. The appeal verdict was upheld.
Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal. We understand that they have 7 days to do so.

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   Didcot Volunteer Centre - Drivers needed    November 7, 2017

HELLO Drivers!

The Didcot Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, providing a transport service to local hospitals, clinics and other nearby destinations, to inhabitants of Didcot and the surrounding villages.

The only cost involved to the user is a contribution to the driver`s fuel expenditure, plus any parking charges incurred. The contribution is based on the round-trip mileage from the driver`s home, at a rate conforming with HMRC limits, and is paid directly by the passenger to the driver.

This year, the DVC celebrated its 30th anniversary and has catered for over 1500 journeys each year. The demands upon the limited resources are increasing every year.

The service relies upon a group of around 26 male and female drivers, using their own cars, of whom perhaps 50% are available at any one time. Our drivers have their own personal commitments and are not expected to be available on a full-time basis.

Some of our present drivers have been taking part in the service for over ten years and enjoy the social contact with our passengers. Similarly, we have regular feed-back from passengers who appreciate our services. However, people retire, move or cease driving for the service, for a number of reasons, and there is always a shortage of volunteers. For this reason, the DVC needs to maintain its list of drivers at a level where the demands placed can be satisfied.

In short, this is an appeal for people to offer their time as drivers and join our list of volunteers. It must be pointed out, this is not an onerous commitment – if a driver is available, fine. If a driver cannot attend on occasion, well that`s fine too.

More information can be obtained from our office in Mereland Road, Didcot, by telephoning 01235 816709,
between 1000 and 1200hrs on Mondays to Fridays.

M I Page
For the DVC Committee
W: www.didcotvolunteercentre.org.uk     E: didcotvolunteercentre@talktalk.net
The DVC is supported by its Clients, Oxfordshire County Council and the Didcot Town Council

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   Developer puts up six foot fence after planning permission refused    October 24, 2017


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   The Poets Trail Launch - 17th Sept 2017 Invitation    September 17, 2017


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   East Hagbourne Character Assessment, completed as part of the Neighbourhood Plan.    June 24, 2017

East Hagbourne Character Assessment, completed as part of the Neighbourhood Plan. This is a very large document, so please expect it to take a while to download.

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   Didcot Garden Town Plan    June 24, 2017

Here is the Didcot Garden Town Plan which is very encouraging to East Hagbourne residents.  Please engage with your support for it:

Green Gap - Grainger and Nurton shown as green buffer.
Catesby - shown as green buffer
Greenlight - shown as woodland

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   Hagbourne Summer Fete - thank you    June 13, 2017

Thank you for everyone's help in organising the fete and turning up to support it.  A special thank you to the fete committee: Denise, Trevor, Susanah, Michelle and David.

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   Land Adjacent to Village Hall    June 2, 2017

Your comments are to be submitted by 9th June at:

The context is that an application by the developers for a screening opinion on an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed.
A planning application will follw later and at that time we (the village & Council) will make more detailed comments.

Here is the Parish Council's  formal reply to SODC in regards to this initial proposal :
Although the size of the proposed development is beneath the normal size required for an EIA, we feel that the sensitivity of the location coupled with the size of the development should require the developers to produce a formal Environmental Impact Assessment. The reason being that the proposed development is situated directly opposite this Village School but adjacent to the School sports field which would require  the children to have to cross the access road to the proposed development twice every time that they visited the sports field. This area of the village is already very congested and potentially hazardous particularly between 8.15 and 9.00 when pupils are arriving at the school, villagers are leaving the village to go to work, and the commuter traffic is adding to the congestion. A development of anything like this scale would clearly be unsustainable and have a very severe impact on the local environment as well as occupying land that may be needed for future community use. We therefore submit to the planning office that a full EIA must be required before any possible development on this site could be considered.

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   Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk 2017 results    May 3, 2017

Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk 2017 results

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   Another successful Litter Blitz was on Saturday 30th April    April 30, 2017

Another successful Litter Blitz was on Saturday 30th April

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   Free compost giveaway!    March 29, 2017

The compost give-away event that South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council are holding over the weekend of 13-14 May is usually a very popular event.  You can find the giveaway sites here:

Saturday 13 May 9.00am – 11.00am
Old South Oxfordshire District Council Car Park, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford OX10 8ED
Sunday 14 May 9.00am – 11.00am
Rye Farm Car Park, Culham Road, Abingdon OX14 3NN

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   Annual Parish Meeting moved to The East Hagbourne Pavilion    March 26, 2017

Annual Parish Meeting moved to The East Hagbourne Pavilion.  Meeting will start at 19:30.

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Communities in South Oxfordshire have been invited to public exhibitions across the district in April to find out more about the district council’s plan to address the local need for housing.

•    Didcot, Cornerstone - Wednesday 5 April,1pm – 7pm
•    Wallingford, Regal Centre – Friday 7 April, 3pm – 7pm
•    Thame, Barns Centre – Saturday 8 April, 10am – 4pm
•    Henley, The Christchurch Centre – Saturday 22 April, 10am-4pm

The plans include a more detailed look at what new infrastructure will be needed and how it will be delivered.

The latest draft of the council’s new Local Plan will be available from 29 March for seven weeks to give residents and local organisations the opportunity to comment on the document, as they have done throughout the development of the plan so far.

This is the fourth round of public consultation – this version of the plan goes into greater detail than before, and it includes changes and additions based on feedback residents have already provided.

The plan includes more detail about the district’s need for infrastructure and how this will change as new houses are built – the council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan sets out how this will be addressed and paid for.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We are coming to an important stage as we develop the Local Plan and now is the time for residents to get involved. It covers how we plan to deal with the local need for new homes, but also how we’ll make sure the district gets the infrastructure and high quality jobs it needs to support them.”

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   Over 60s can swim for a whole month for just ?5    March 12, 2017

Over 60s can swim for a whole month for just £5
People aged 60 and over living in rural areas across southern Oxfordshire can claim a month’s swimming sessions for just £5.
GO Active Gold is offering vouchers to use at district council leisure centres from 1 April to 31 May.  Residents can sign up for the offer by visiting www.getoxfordshireactive.org/go-active-gold or by calling 01235 422240.  To claim this offer you must register by Saturday 1 April.

The leisure centres where the offer can be used include Didcot Wave

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Applications for children due to start primary or secondary school in September 2017 can now be made online. Families with children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 are urged to visit the primary school admissions pages on OCC's website to find out how to apply for places for next year. Applications for primary or junior schools also need to be made for children currently attending an infant school who were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010. Families with children due to move up to secondary school next September should visit the secondary school admissions pages. (There is also information for anyone interested in applying for a Year 10 transfer to a University Technical College (UTC) or Studio School.) When applying parents are strongly advised to state three preferences and include their catchment school as one of these – even if it is their third preference school. This does not in any way affect families’ chances of securing a place at their first-preference school. OCC still accepts postal applications but recommends families apply online where possible, as this helps speed up the applications process. It also means families receive an automatic response confirming their application has been received and can be quickly notified if further information is needed.

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   Find Out the Results of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey     October 25, 2016

Find Out the Results of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey 

This evening – Tuesday 25th October, 7.30pm,
Hagbourne Village Hall

Please come to a meeting where we’ll present the key themes that have emerged from the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. You'll have a chance too to view the full report.

There are many interesting results, and some surprising ones too.

Find out what the village said about Our Community, Housing, Traffic and Transport, Environment, Heritage and Character, Housing Need, and Youth Issues. 

The Survey results will shape policies within the Neighbourhood Plan so this is a great opportunity to see how the Plan will develop.

Many thanks, 

The Plan Steering Group

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   Vote for East Hagbourne Community Shop    September 21, 2016

Nominate now in the 2016 Rural Oscars
We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the “Rural Oscars” are open to public nomination and invite contributions across four categories:
Local Food & Drink
Village Shop/ Post Office
Tourism Enterprise
Farm Enterprise (new in 2016)

The Rural Oscars recognise hard working rural businessmen and women and those who routinely go the extra mile for their community or help to preserve and protect rural life.

Nominate in the Rural Oscars
East Hagbourne Community Shop, 114 New Road, East Hagbourne, OX11 9LD

Nominations close Friday 4 November and the winners will be announced at a Parliamentary reception in March 2017 which will be supported by cross party Parliamentarians.  

Nominations can be made in more than one category and previous nominees are welcome to get involved again.

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   Councils binning black and coloured sacks in recycling bins    September 19, 2016

From November, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will only empty green wheelie bins if the recycling in them is loose or in clear sacks.

Despite a recent campaign to raise awareness of the issue, some people are still putting in things like food waste and dirty nappies, contaminating whole truckloads of recycling - when these things are put into recycling bins in black or coloured sacks they’re not spotted until it’s too late.

If there’s a sack in a recycling bin and the waste crews can’t see what’s in it, they’ll have to assume it contains contamination and won’t empty it.

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Contaminated recycling has become a real issue that we have to tackle. Insisting on loose recycling or clear sacks is a simple change that will make a big difference – and most people won’t be affected. If you do want to use bin-bags in your green bin, you can use clear ones, which are available from most large supermarkets and hardware stores.  In most cases, clear sacks work out cheaper than black ones.”

Councillor Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Throughout October we’ll leave a note on any bins with the wrong colour sack in it to explain the problem – we’ll empty the bin on that occasion, but from November we’ll then have to start leaving them unemptied to help us protect everybody else’s recycling from getting contaminated.”
Note for parish councils and local publications
Please help spread the word – over the coming weeks keep an eye on @southoxon and @whitehorsedc and help the spread by retweeting our messages about clear sacks and loose recycling – thank you!

Take a look at our video that shows how bad the problem is when people use black or coloured sacks - https://youtu.be/ycwHKZ3-3vY

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   Produce show photos    September 13, 2016

Produce show photos


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   Repair to St Andrew?s Church Stonework    September 2, 2016

Repair to St Andrew’s Church Stonework The PCC of St Andrew’s, Hagbourne is pleased to announce that the stonework repairs to the exterior of the church has started and, given fine weather, will be completed in 9 weeks.
Scaffolding has been erected which will necessitate a slight deviation of the path through the churchyard, but the right-of-way will remain open. The building site will be fenced off but caution should be exercised in the area. If anyone has any concerns about this work as it progresses please discuss them with me as I am the Client point-of-contact for this contract.
John Allen Jones, Churchwarden, 01235 813326,  jajones@dsl.pipex.com

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   Football in East Hagbourne    September 2, 2016

Hagbounre United Football Club are looking for new players to play in the North Berks league division 4 & 5. The Club currently fields two men's teams for age 16+, but will be pleased to hear from payers of all ages and abilities.  Contact Trevor Davies at trever.davies500@ntlworld.com or tel 07505 991 688.

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   Bus Service in East Hagbourne - Update    August 24, 2016

A Wallingford Market Bus operates every Friday leaving the village at 10:15 and returning at 13:55. This is a replacement for the old 131 service. It is a Community Bus and you need to be a member to ride - to register email DVTGbus@gmail.com   or contact a Parish Councillor. The bus now serves Wallingford Hospital as well as the town centre and coninues into Didcot on its return.. The timetable can be seen here.

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   Neighbourhood Plan form - deadline 1st August - your village needs your thoughts!    July 25, 2016

If you have mislaid your copy of the Neighbourhood Plan form, you can get one from Crispin Topping at No.12 Main Road.  Without the survey results, the Parish Council can't then action community needs so well.

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   94 Bus Service in East Hagbourne - Update    July 8, 2016


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   Car Park Consultation - Update    July 6, 2016

Thank you to all those who responded and commented on the survey on taking a loan to fund the Pavilion car park improvements. You can read all the comments together with answers to the questions raised in the report to the Parish Council here.
A decision on applying for a loan will be taken at the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 7th July, 7:30pm in East Hagbourne Pavilion. The public are cordially invited to attend.

Thanks & Regards,
David J Rickeard
Chairman, East Hagbourne Parish Council

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   Church fete thank you    June 29, 2016

Thank you to every one, who made yesterday's church fete a success. We are still awaiting a grand total, we are very luck to have such supportive East and West hagbourne villagers 
See you next year when we do it again 
The fete committee

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   Scarecrow results - 2016    June 28, 2016

1st Andy and Beth Barmer.   Mindeth ye olde Green Gap.
2nd Rowan, Cecily and Theadora Smith.   The Witches.
3rd. Manor Farm and Old Stables Children.    Romeo and Juliet.

Congratulations to them and huge Thank you to all the entrants.

Final total of the money raised for St.Anne's Hospital, Liuli Tanzania should be known next week.

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.    Full write up in July Parish Magazine.

Hagbourne Action Group

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   Funding of the Pavillion car park    June 6, 2016

There is an important decision over a loan for the funding of the Pavillion car park at this week's Parish Council Meeting (Thursday at the Pavillion @ 1930).  Please see the Agenda and if you have any concerns then please contact a Councillor.

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   Hundreds of residents applauded South Oxfordshire District Council\'s unanimous refusal of 170 homes in East Hagbourne    May 18, 2016

Hundreds of residents applauded South Oxfordshire District Council's unanimous refusal of 170 homes in East Hagbourne. Read more here - http://m.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14501655.Hundreds_of_residents_applauded_South_Oxfordshire_District_Council_s_unanimous_refusal_of_170_homes_in_East_Hagbourne/

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   Repair to St Andrew?s Church Stonework    May 9, 2016

The PCC of St Andrew’s, Hagbourne is pleased to announce that the stonework repairs to the exterior of the church will go ahead from         6th June and, given fine weather, will be completed in 9 weeks.
Scaffolding will be erected which will necessitate a slight deviation of the path through the churchyard, but the right-of-way will remain open. The building site will be fenced off but caution should be exercised in the area. If anyone has any concerns about this work as it progresses please discuss them with me as I am the Client point-of-contact for this contract.
John Allen Jones, Churchwarden, 01235 813326,  jajones@dsl.pipex.com

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   Bowls for the over 60?s    May 9, 2016

Learn to Bowl in East Hagbourne. Hagbourne Bowling Club are delighted to be part of the GO for GOLD activities and will be running a ‘Learn to Bowl’ course for the over 60’s. Starts 1st June 2016 for 4 weeks, 11am to 12noon, price £2 at Hagbourne Bowling Club, The Croft, East Hagbourne. For more information and to book please contact Conor Grogan on 07717 326660 or Conor.Grogan@southandvale.gov.uk
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   Fun Run / Walk - Results    May 3, 2016

The 2016 Hagbourne Fun Run was once again a great event, and the Committee have received loads of complimentary feedback.  It seemed like everyone from the village was there or working behind the scenes.  Thanks to all the participants, all the many helpers, and to our sponsors The Fleur-de-Lys.

We will be publishing a full report in a week or two, when we have had time to finalise details of amounts raised for our two charities, Cancer Research UK and the East & West Hagbourne Village Fund – all of the Committee have full-time jobs, so we need a bit of time to catch our breath!

This year was a pilot for our new electronic results system, so we have delayed the full list of times until we had double-checked them.  There may be one or two glitches we haven’t ironed out (for example where the entry forms were unclear), but we hope next year will be even better.

Full results for 2016 are available here.


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   Gourmet Pies Coming to the Village Shop!    March 11, 2016

In celebration of British Pie Week (yes, really!) the Village Shop is delighted to be able to announce that we will now be stocking a range of delicious pies to suit every taste.
Unfortunately we had a problem with Q Gardens providing us with a regular supply of their steak pies and therefore, for the last few months, we have been trying to source a good quality pie from an alternative local producer.  Finally, we have come up with a great product for you to try!
The pies are provided by Blackwoods, an Oxfordshire company based in Henley, which specialises in supplying delicatessens, farm shops and community shops.  The pies are accredited by the British Retail Consortium and have a great range of flavours.
Individual pies will be available in the following flavours priced at £2.15:
- steak and ale
- chicken and ham
- lamb and rosemary
For a meat-free, vegetarian option there are the following options, priced at just £2.00:
- cheddar, Stilton and onion
- sweet potato, spinach and goats cheese
There will also be a large family steak pie priced at £5.20 and a large chicken and ham pie priced at £4.45.
We will be officially launching our pies with our very own Hagbourne Pie Week soon but the first delivery of new pies will arrive this week (7th March)  – please do pop in and pick one up to try – we think they taste great and offer excellent value!
We would love to hear what you think so please feed back your thoughts to the volunteer on duty in the shop or via this email address.

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   East Hagbourne's Neighbourhood Plan     January 30, 2016

East Hagbourne's Neighbourhood Plan is under way and will cover the whole of East Hagbourne parish. The Plan will consider many aspects of parish life and when complete will have influence over planning decisions and development. A Steering Committee has been formed and a new, dedicated web site set up at http://easthagbourneplan.net  where you can follow events and get involved.

Follow the link to read about the first public meeting on 19th January when experts from SODC helped us formulate our strategy and see the results from a preliminary walk around the village to identify significant features.

The Plan involves us all, so please join in - watch for public meetings, questionnaires, join a planning group - see the web site for details.

For any enquiries or more information, please contact us on neighbourhoodplan@easthagbourne.net

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   NEW GREEN GAP CONSULTATION    January 21, 2016

Grainger Plc has submitted revised plans for their proposed development on The Green Gap. Consequently, SODC has opened up a new consultation inviting comments on these plans.
The changes have been classified as an “addendum” and the changes are relatively minor. You may therefore feel that the original basis your objection has not been addressed. If that’s the case you should make that point in a further response
If you commented on the application previously you may already have received notification from SODC. If you haven’t commented to date and would like to make your opinions known that’s allowed too!
However, the consultation is only open until 1st February so please act now.
You can find out more information about the application and how to object here:

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   Should we have a Neighbourhood Plan?    November 23, 2015

East Hagbourne Parish Council completed it's Parish Plan  in 2011, but at that time considered that we should not develop a Neighbourhood Plan, because it did not fit with our perceived needs.

Since then, pressure to build more houses in the area has intensified and SODC's Local Plan is at risk by the large nunber of houses now required by central Government.

The Parish Council is therefore reviewing whether a Neighbourhood Plan would be beneficial to our Parish - this is not a trivial decision, because the work involved and the possible consequences for development in the Parish are significant. You can read more about Neighbourhood Plans here. If you have any views or are interested in getting involved please contact EHPC (David J Rickeard).

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   East Hagbourne Lady Walkers    October 28, 2015

The East Hagbourne Ladies Walking group announces the following dates for its winter walks

Friday 13 November: Walk to be led by Liza O’Connor and Brenda Kulesza. Details TBA.

Weds. 16 December: Christmas walk, with men invited to join us. This walk from Bampton will feature a short 1-mile walk and a 2.5 mile walk, and will be led by Fiona and Richard Turner.

Monday 18 January: Walk to be led by Cynth Napper. Details TBA.

We enjoy both countryside walks and town walks, followed by lunch in a nearby pub or café. Membership is not limited to EH residents. If would like to be on our mailing list, please contact Alice. If you are willing to lead or co-lead a walk, your help will be very welcome. We invite you to join us on one of our walks.

The Lady Walkers Committee
Tel. Alice Smith 813393 or email: smith@hagbourne.plus.com

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   New Community Bank launched in Didcot    October 27, 2015

The Didcot Community Bank was launched on  23rd  September 2015. It is part of Swan Credit Union, a local financial co-operative, and has been set up to provide affordable loans and facilities for small savers in Didcot and the surrounding area.

The Didcot Community Bank will be a safe place to keep your money because savings will be guaranteed up to £75,000 per individual. This is the same amount that is covered in High Street Bank accounts under what is known as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Anyone who saves a small amount on a regular basis should be able to take out a loan. The interest rate on these loans will be less than those provided by a doorstep lender, but the interest rates are still at the levels charged by Credit Cards – typically in the range 25%-35% APR.

Didcot Community Bank can also make loans to people whose own banks cannot meet their needs.

If you, or someone you know, needs a loan, personal advice can be obtained through Didcot CAB and SOHA.

More information is available at www.swancreditunion.org.uk

DCB Leaflet
DCB Savings Ad
DCB Poster

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   Social Media workshops for the women of Oxfordshire    October 13, 2015

Oxfordshire County Council launched two great opportunities for the women of Oxfordshire to increase their social media presence and skills.

Forty workshops will be held around the county to help businesses and individual women learn about social media; what it is, how it is used and also how to use it to build a business or brand. 

If you are an Oxfordshire woman managing or planning to start a business; or considering returning to work after caring or other responsibilities; or looking to upgrade your skills and your career, there will be something for you! Follow this link to find out more. The workshops will be in Abingdon, Arlington, Banbury, Benson, Bicester, Carterton, Cowley, Didcot, Milton and Witney.


Or if you would be interested in becoming a Social Media Marketing Manager and would like to take part in an innovative programme, then the TechPixies programme would be for you. It will run from November to March and involve formal training, online learning, mentoring and placement with local businesses and charities. There are only ten places available, so we would advise submitting your application promptly!

On the other hand, if you run a business or social enterprise and would like to work with a TechPixie to build your social media profile, then please get in touch. This opportunity would benefit your business; be good for your local community and support the ambition of our TechPixies – a great deal all round!

You may remember that Oxfordshire County Council got some funding from the Government Equalities Office to set up some workshops about Social Media for women in Oxfordshire.  The announcement was before the summer holidays, and they feel like a long while ago now, so it may have slipped your mind.  Well, now the website is live and ready for bookings…..  The first workshop is the 20th October in Bicester , with more following thick and fast across the county.  There are 40 of them running through to February half term, in Abingdon, Ardington, Banbury, Benson, Bicester, Carterton, Cowley, Didcot, Milton and Witney.

You can find the website at http://www.betterbroadbandoxfordshire.org.uk/social-media-workshops and that takes you through to bookings for all the workshops.  It is on the OCC facebook page and is being tweeted etc.

Information flyer.

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   CLOSURE OF HAGBOURNE HILL    September 18, 2015

Hagbourne Hill will be closed to traffic from 13 September 2015 to enable the construction of a new roundabout and associated works which are anticipated to take approximately 11 months to complete.
For further details see the following documents:
Notice of Temporary Traffic Order Temporary road closures
Diversions - Phase 1 - September 2015 to February 2016
Diversions - Phase 2 - March 2016 to August 2016

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   EHPC statement on New Road development    September 15, 2015

East Hagbourne Parish Council is strongly opposed to any move to build on the Green Gap between the village and Didcot.
South Oxfordshire's Local Plan includes policies to maintain strategic gaps between large settlements and villages and does not allocate any housing to smaller villages, other than small amounts of infilling. The Parish Council strongly supports these policies and has actively responded to support their retention in the 2031 Local Plan.
We have already written to the Planning Office expressing our concerns over the potential application by Grainger to build on the field on New Road and will strongly object to any application to build on this land.
As noted in the September 2015 Parish Magazine Newsletter, the strength of community feeling against development is very strong and the Parish Council is fully behind the Mind the Green Gap Campaign.

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   Community Survey questionnaire results     September 14, 2015

Community Survey questionnaire results are available here.

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   Mind The Green Gap - Grainger, New Road Development    September 6, 2015

MindTheGreenGap.org - PDF document

Please check the following links, www.mindthegreengap.org and www.facebook.com/mindthegreengap, for the latest information.

Following an Open Village Meeting attended by 148 people the Mind the Green Gap campaign was formed to stop the New Road development, and others that are connected with it. The campaign believes the villages around Didcot should not become suburbs and is worried about road safety, school capacity, and the loss of grade 1 arable land that is a rural amenity to both the village and Didcot. This plan is not consistent with the SODC’s published planning strategy and should be stopped.

Whether you agree with this view or not it is important that you have your say.

Complete a questionnaire from Grainger PLC. The developer has set a deadline of Thursday 30th July for you to fill in a feedback form. This is easy to find at www.easthagbourne.com and there are paper copies available in the village shop.

You can also write to Grainger’s consultants to let them know what you think.
Tristan Fitzgerald Associates
Atlantic House
Imperial Way

Write to your local Councillor.
In plain English and your own words let our local politicians know what you think. You may want to cc our local MP so that he is made aware of the situation.
Jane Murphy
Cholsey Ward Councillor
and Deputy Leader
Corner Cottage
High Street
South Moreton
OX11 9AD

Pat Dawe
Cholsey Ward Councillor
42a Wallingford Road
Wallingford, Oxon
OX10 9LB

Ed Vaizey
MP for Wantage
Ed Vaizey MP Office,
Vale and Downland Museum,
Church Street,
Wantage OX12 8BL

The campaign website is launching soon. In the meantime, for more information please email andy.barmer@gmail.com or call 07970 162 177

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   Hagbourne Village Hall wins ?Green? Energy Grant    September 6, 2015

Hagbourne Village Hall has won a grant of £2,320 to install additional insulation in its roof space, as well as to replace the existing fluorescent tubes with modern LED units.


The money has been provided by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) and funding partner Grundon Waste Management Ltd.  With work due to be completed during the summer holiday period, the work will not only help to reduce energy costs, but will also provide a much cosier environment particularly for the pre-school group who use the village hall during the daytime.


Richard Elliott, chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, said: “We are delighted to have secured this grant to allow us to carry out this work. These were two of the recommendations made by the recent energy audit carried out on our hall, which was also mostly funded by TOE2, and without which we would not have considered these measures. There were several other actions recommended which we are presently looking at implementing.”

Fiona Danks, TOE2 Director, said: “We are delighted to support this project which will help to make Hagbourne village hall much more welcoming whilst also cutting fuel bills and reducing its carbon footprint. We recognize the valuable contributions that community buildings such as this village hall play in local communities and we are keen to encourage all such buildings to make energy efficiency improvements”

Hagbourne Village Hall is one of the social centres for the villages of East and West Hagbourne.  The scene of countless parties, annual meetings, the local pre-school, the home of the HAMS theatre group, numerous sport- and hobby-based activities, and the location for many post-church events, the Hagbourne Village Hall is alive with the life of our two villages.

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   Recycle small electrical items and clothes//textiles     August 26, 2015

From 7 September in South and 5 October in Vale you'll be able to recycle small electrical items and clothes//textiles that aren't good enough for charity from your home.

With your green bins we'll collect textiles that aren't good enough for charity such as torn/worn out clothes, curtains and bedsheets, and with your grey bins small electrical items like toasters, kettles, irons, hairdryers, small electronic toys, and radios. You just need to put these in an carrier bag next to the right bin on your normal collection day.

We still want people to send good quality/unwanted clothes to charity though so others can benefit from them!  

Promotion will begin with 'Save the date' bin hangers, which will be going on bins towards the end of the month in South.

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   Could you be a Parish Councillor?    August 24, 2015

Could you be a Parish Councillor?

  • Could you attend regular evening meetings?
  • Are you interested in local issues?
  • Willing to represent the views of the whole community?

If so, we have vacancies on the Council and welcome new applicants and expressions of interest. The Clerk or any Councillor will be happy to discuss.
Or come along to our next meeting..    

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   Village Open Meeting on Grainger proposal for housing at New Road    July 20, 2015

Village Open Meeting on Grainger proposal for housing at New Road - 7:30pm Thursday 23rd July

- Are you concerned about the proposal to build 170 flats and houses at New Road?

- Would you like to voice your opinion and hear what others have to say?

- Would you be part of a group that is opposed to this development?

- Whatever your answer, please come along to an open meeting this Thursday, 7:30pm in the Village Hall

For more information or to send apologies please email andy.barmer@gmail.com

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   Eligible voter confirmation    July 15, 2015

From Tuesday 14 July South Oxfordshire District Council will be sending a form to every household across the district asking them confirm the details for all eligible voters at their property.

People must respond to this request for information, even if they are already registered to vote.

The easiest way to confirm whether the details on the form are correct is to do so online at www.registerbyinternet.com/southandvale using the security code found on this form.

Everyone who confirms their details immediately will avoid receiving reminder letters and potential visits later in the year.

Any household who hasn’t received a form by the end of July should get in touch with the Electoral Services Team on 01235 540351 to ask for a replacement.

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   Proposed large development on New Road    July 13, 2015

Grainger plc are holding a consultation meeting this Thursday 16th July at the East Hagbourne Pavilion at the Recreation Ground from 3:30pm to 9pm when they will present information on their proposals to build on the land between Didcot and East Hagbourne at New Road. Please go along to the meeting and give your views.  Details here.

Please note that this meeting is being organised by the developers - if you want your comments to be also considered by the Parish Council, please send them to ParishClerk@easthagbourne.net or discuss with any Councillor.

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   Bus Subsidies Under Review - Please Complete the Questionnaire    July 13, 2015

Oxfordshire County Council is reviewing bus subsidies as a result of reductions in government funding. This could affect our own services 94/95 and 131. The consultation period runs to 14 September 2015 and details can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/stconsultation

If you value our bus services, please fill in the questionnaire.

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   Next free Table Tennis sessions at East Hagbourne Pavilion    July 9, 2015

Next free Table Tennis sessions at East Hagbourne Pavilion, Thursday 9th July and Wednesday 22nd July, 7:30-9:30pm.  All welcome. More information from Pavilion@easthagbourne.net

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   New Bus timetable Issued - Further Review Expected    June 25, 2015

Following the review of bus services a new and slightly modified timetable has been issued.

However, it seems likely that OCC funding will be further reduced and there will be a consultation on ways to reduce costs in Oxfordshire, which may impact on subsidised bus services. see the OCC web site. Watch the web site, Twitter and notice boards for information. A public meeting is planned in Didcot Civic Hall 4-5:30pm on Monday 6th July.

It's a great bus service, so please use it otherwise we may lose it.

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   NGS Open Gardens East Hagbourne     June 14, 2015

NGS Open Gardens East Hagbourne Sunday 14th June 2-6pm

Come along and visit ten beautiful gardens - open one day only: Bottom Barn, Buckels, Christmas Cottage, 6 Church Close, 5 Higgs Close, Kingfisher House, Lime Tree Cottage, Lime Tree Farm, Tudor House, Tudor House Allotments. Plants for sale. Tea and cakes available at St Andrews and the Bowling Club, Flower Festival in the Church, Open Tower day, Pimms at the Fleur, ice creams from the Shop. Combined garden admission £5. Children free

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   25th Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk 2015 - results    May 9, 2015

25th Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk 2015 - results

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   Annual Litter Blitz took place on Saturday 18th April    May 3, 2015

The annual Litter Blitz took place on Saturday 18th April. Sixteen people turned up to clear rubbish from around the village. This is Joshua Waters enthusiastically picking up litter in the Village Hall car park. The good news is that there was less rubbish than in previous years.

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   East Hagbourne Parish Plan    March 27, 2015

East Hagbourne's Parish Plan was issued in April 2011 and the full report can be read here. Since then many of the actions identified have been progressed and after 4 years it is time to review progress. A short review has been prepared here and is intended to stimulate further discussion on next steps - starting at the Annual Parish meeting on 9th April 2015.
A copy of this review can also be read at the Village Shop.

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   Hagbourne Hill road closure for 9 weeks    January 8, 2015

Hagbourne Hill road closure for 9 weeks - see details here.

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   New Community Choir for Hagbourne    December 19, 2014

Tuesday January 20th 2015 at 7:15pm is the inaugural meeting of the new Hagbourne Community Choir. Come along and have a sing! Everyone is welcome, there is no need to be able to read music and no previous singing experience is necessary. All music will be provided and there will be fizz and nibbles to celebrate our first meeting.

Musical Director Louise Rapple Moore will lead you through the basics of singing in harmony with a light-hearted approach and lots of laughter. Louise is well-known as a Musical Director in the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area and is currently Sue Ryder's 'Creative Woman of the Year' for her work with  the highly successful Shiplake Community Choir and Reading-based semi-professional Tamesis Chamber Choir.

Singing has been proven in several independent studies to be extremely good for you both physically and mentally, reducing stress, keeping your heart and mind healthy and generally making people happy. Come and be part of the fun!

Rehearsals will be held in the newly-built Pavilion, Great Mead Recreation Ground, East Hagbourne from 7:15 to 9pm on Tuesday evenings. Please do just come along, but if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Louise on lourap@gmail.com or 0774 871 2075.

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   Village defibrillator    December 19, 2014

The Village Fund and East Hagbourne Parish Council have combined to arrange for a village defibrillator to be installed at the Fleur de Lys public house, for emergency use in the community. Funding for the defibrillator was supplied by the Village Fund which exists to support deserving local causes. Finance for the Village Fund is provided by the Hagbourne Fun Run and donations.

When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute applying CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation until the emergency services arrive greatly increases their chance of survival.

The defibrillator is located in an unlocked cabinet in the entrance foyer of the Fleur de Lys. It is available for immediate use by anyone should the need arise, and is conveniently kept in a light weight carry case, which can be simply removed from the cabinet to carry the unit to the required location. The cabinet is alarmed to warn when the defibrillator has been removed, but for legitimate use please just remove and take to the casualty immediately.
The defibrillator is fully automatic in operation, with a voice command which takes the user through the simple procedure required to operate. Users do not need to be pre-trained in its use. However attempts will be made to arrange for a short training session in the use of the defibrillator for anyone interested. Further information will be supplied regarding this session in due course.
Our thanks to all those involved with the defibrillator project, including Darren and Ruth at the Fleur de Lys for allowing the unit to be based at that location.

Trevor Chambers                                                                David Rickeard
Chairman, Hagbourne Fun Run/Village Fund              Chairman, East Hagbourne Parish Council

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   Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival 13th - 21st December 2014    December 13, 2014

Please vist and Like out Facebook page.

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   Photos from East Hagbourne Village Shop Party 2014    July 16, 2014

Photos from East Hagbourne Village Shop Party 2014

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   Fun Run 2014 photos now in gallery    July 16, 2014

Fun Run 2014 photos now in gallery

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   Community Governance Review    May 12, 2014

Community Governance Review documnent

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   Work Starts on East Hagbourne Pavilion    April 4, 2014
Work is about to start on construction of our new pavilion at the Recreation Ground, Great Mead.
After many years work, a team led by East Hagbourne Parish Council has secured the necessary planning approvals and funding and after a competitive tender the construction contract has been awarded to local builder Mike Mullins. 
This project will revitalise use of the Recreation Ground at Great Mead, East Hagbourne, providing a high quality new building suitable for team sports and many community activities.  There will be improved changing rooms with separate facilities for home and away teams and officials.  A community room with a small kitchen will provide a comfortable environment for activities such as table tennis, exercise groups, social groups and committees.
In the next couple of weeks the building site will be fenced off and made safe so that the main area of the recreation ground including the children's playground can remain open during the construction. 
- please continue to enjoy the facility, but be extra watchful for site traffic.
There will inevitably be some extra traffic to and from the site and we apololgise in advance for any disruption - noisy work will be kept strictly within normal working hours
The building should be completed by early October of 2014 and we hope you will agree that the effort has been worthwhile. We are developing plans for the practical operation of the building, so if you are willing to be part of the team or otherwise have any questions on the project please contact
David Rickeard, Chairman, East Hagbourne Parish Council
Tel: 813373 or david@rickeard.org.uk 
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   The future of Millbrook - your views are important    March 24, 2014

The future of Millbrook - your views are important


Didcot Town Council has asked that the area of Millbrook lying within East Hagbourne parish be transferred to Didcot.  However, a survey of Millbrook residents last summer showed an overwhelming majority in favour of Millbrook staying part of East Hagbourne.

In spite of this, SODC's working group supported Didcot's position in their draft report, presented to SODC on 20th February 2014.  At that meeting parish and district councillors gave a clear message to the WG that they should reconsider their decision.

Millbrook residents - please respond to SODC's consultation

SODC is consulting with Millbrook residents before taking a final decision.

- You should have received a letter early in March, together with the WG report text and and a map showing the proposal (see links below)

SODC is inviting individual comments that can be sent by email to cgr@southandvale.gov.uk or by writing to the address shown in the letter. 

Although it seems amazing that the views of residents that were so clearly expressed in the survey do not seem to have been given proper consideration a final decision has not yet been taken, so PLEASE RESPOND TO SODC WITH YOUR VIEWS.

Your Parish Council's position is that the views of residents should be respected and we will reply to SODC, reiterating the points made in our earlier submission.


- The letter from SODC inviting comments can be found here

- A map showing the proposal can be found here

- The draft recommendations of the working group are shown here

For further background, you can read

- The full East Hagbourne Parish Council submission to the Community Governance Review, here

- And the presentation by the Parish Council to the SODC meeting of 20 February here

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   Video of East Hagbourne Fete from 1970's    March 12, 2014

See Our Village -> Photo Gallery

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   Update on the future of Millbrook    March 3, 2014

Following the survey of Millbrook residents last summer, which showed that an overwhelming majority of Millbrook residents want to stay as part of East Hagbourne parish, East Hagbourne Parish Council made a formal response to SODC's Community Governance Review.

On Thursday 20th February, South Oxfordshire District Council considered the interim report of the working group and Cllrs Rickeard and Button went along to express the Parish Council's views. The working group report did accept our proposal that East Hagbourne parish should consist of a single ward, but their interim report recommends at present that Millbrook should move to Didcot. At the meeting, a number of councillors spoke of the need to respect the wishes of local people including Hagbourne's Cllr Docherty and Cllr Cooper, one of two representing Millbrook which forms part of the SODC Didcot-Northbourne Ward.

Both said that they expected to see revised and improved proposals taking account of residents' views when the final recommendations are prepared. The process from here on is that SODC will carry out a consultation with affected communities including Millbrook and the working group will take their input into consideration in preparing revised recommendations.

• SO, the news is positive in that SODC recognises the importance of taking account of residents views.

• BUT, there will be yet another consultation with Millbrook residents, this time organised by SODC. A report on the SODC discussion, including the Parish Council's statement can be read here. The full parish Council submission to the Community Governance Review can be read here.

A report on the SODC discussion, including the Parish Council's statement can be read here.

The full parish Council submission to the Community Governance Review can be read here.

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   East Hagbourne Parish Council Newsletter - February 2014    January 20, 2014

East Hagbourne Parish Council Newsletter - February 2014

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   East Hagbourne Parish Council - Flood Report, January 2014.    January 20, 2014

East Hagbourne Parish Council - Flood Report, January 2014.

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   Nominate East Hagbourne Community Shop for Countryside Alliance Awards    October 29, 2013

It seems that each and every one of us could vote for our village shop in the Countryside Alliance Awards. In essence it would be like winning "The Rural Oscars". If you think the shop is worthy and deserves to be nominated then please go on to the web site and vote. Its very easy. All you need to do is fill in the shop post code, phone number, web address and email address which I have listed below. Also you need to give a passionate explanation of why you think the shop is so great. The dead line is November 1st so we have to be quick.
Click here to vote http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/nomination
Shop Post Code
OX11 9LD
Shop Phone Number
01235 811815
Shop website
Shop email address

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   East Hagbourne Parish Council Newsletter - October 2013    September 17, 2013

East Hagbourne Parish Council Newsletter - October 2013

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   Hagbourne Village Show 2013 - Sunday 29th September    September 13, 2013

Please download the <a href=http://www.easthagbourne.net/docs_publications/view.php?file=Miscellaneous/HagbourneProduceShow2013-ScheduleAndEntry.pdf>Hagbourne Village Produce Show 2013 schedule and entry form</a>.

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   East Hagbourne Parish Council Survey of Millbrook Residents    September 6, 2013

A big thank you to all those who participated in our survey on the future of Millbrook and particularly to the volunteers who helped the Research-Insight Team with the logistics. The response was a creditable 31% of all households, with a very large majority in favour of Millbrook remaining part of East Hagbourne Parish. The survey report is available here and a copy is also available to read in the village Shop.

The results will be used in our response to the SODC Community Governance Review when it begins later this year.

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   East Hagbourne Parish Coucil July 2013 Newsletter    June 18, 2013

East Hagbourne Parish Coucil July 2013 Newsletter

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   See photos of East Hagbourne Fete 2013     June 18, 2013

East Hagbourne Fete 2013 - Set 1

East Hagbourne Fete 2013 - Set 2

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   See photos of Hagbourne Fun Run 2013    May 31, 2013


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   East Hagbourne Annual Litter Blitz completed - photo    April 27, 2013

This event took place Saturday 27th April during the morning. Many bags of rubbish were collected although people felt the village was in a good state compared to previous years.

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   New schools for Didcot - 28 January ? 31 March 2013    February 27, 2013

A consultation to hear community views on what types of schools should serve Great Western Park. Didcot is planned to grow by 9,000 homes over the next 20 to 25 years. As a result, Didcot's population is forecast to increase from 15,000 in 1981 to over 30,000 residents by 2016. This growing population will need new schools: eventually at least six new primary schools are expected and at least one new secondary school.

Read more in the following documents:
Press release

Public Consultation Short Leaflet

Public Consultation Full Leaflet

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   HAMS (Hagbourne Amateur Dramatic Society) present Alice in Wonderland    February 15, 2013

HAMS (Hagbourne Amateur Dramatic Society) is proud to present a production of Alice in Wonderland on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th March at 2.00pm & 7.30pm, in Hagbourne Village Hall, East Hagbourne.  Adults £9.50 and children £5.00. 
HAMS is a very successful group and it's four previous productions have all sold out.  To avoid disappointment, please buy your tickets in good time.  This production is suitable for adults and children from 5 to 105.
Tickets are available from East Hagbourne Community Shop or Allison Huckle 01235 813873.

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   New Sports & Community Pavilion ? Your input is needed on 22 JANUARY 2013!    January 22, 2013

The Parish Council is working to provide a new pavilion at the recreation ground in Great Mead, opposite the village shop and Post Office. The new building will provide much improved sports changing facilities and a community room, both of which will be available for hire for regular or occasional activities. We hope that this new facility will be a great benefit to the community and want you all to have your say on how it will be used.

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   Oxfordshire County Council and Severe Weather    January 21, 2013

Here is a brief report on what OCC Highways are doing to try to keep the Highways open in the light of the recent heavy snowfall:-

For the last week end and start of the week

Oxfordshire will be re-establishing a Severe Weather Desk from 08.00 Sunday morning until further notice. We are currently scheduling until midnight but conditions will dictate if this is extended.

Gritting will only take on place on major routes:- arterial and strategic routes.  Details can be seen on our Website.  We cannot respond to requests for gritting outside of these routes.  Salt bins are the responsibility of Parishes.
Our partners are continuing to work hard in these challenging conditions to try maintain the highways and improve things overnight. The ultimate decision to drive is one individuals must take on a personal level. Given the conditions the untreated network will not be suitable for any type of inspection at this time.  Normal inspections cannot be maintained under these conditions.  Overnight temperatures are going to be very low and advice to all areas  is to avoid driving.  Please pass this advice on to members of the public.

We are expecting the situation to ease by Wednesday as the weather warms towards Friday.  However, British weather can be notoriously unpredictable so please remain cautious.

As the snow melts we are expecting to drown in the number of pothole related PEMs so it may take some time before we can re-establish any kind of normal response times.  Please let members of the public know this.  We will be doing our best.

Lessons to learn for the future

We can’t expect to get everything right this time so if you feel you have any information or suggestions that might help us improve our service in the future please let us know through the usual channels:-

Highway Enquiries - Environment & Economy Highway.
Tel:- 0845 310 11 11

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   Organist and/or choir trainer needed for village church, St. John?s, Moulsford, Oxon.    January 11, 2013

ORGANIST AND/OR CHOIR TRAINER is needed for the village church, St. John’s, Moulsford, Oxon.
Sunday Service 9.30am, plus practice. Small, enthusiastic SATB choir rehearsals for occasional special services. Friendly church with growing children’s participation and all
age band. Organ or piano skills are a necessity, but this is a role that has potential to be developed in a personal style. Remuneration by arrangement. Please contact: Revd Andrew Petit, The Vicarage, Church Rd, Cholsey, Oxfordshire OX10 9PP Tel: 01491 651216

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   East Hagbourne Parish Council comments on SODC Boundary change proposals    January 11, 2013

East Hagbourne Parish Council comments on SODC Boundary change proposals can be read here.

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   Fleur de Lys - Kids and Pumpkins 26th - 30th Oct    October 26, 2012
Fleur de Lys pub is setting a competition for the best carved pumpkin, to make it fair the upper age limit is to be 13 there is no lower age limit. And it goes like this: Simply supply your child with a pumpkin and let them work their magic. Make sure you have named the pumpkin and put a contact number on it, then from Friday 26th October through to Tuesday 30th we will accept the pumpkins and display them around Fleur! A winner will be chosen and announced at 6.30pm on Wednesday 31st October. Every child that brings in a pumpkin will receive a spooky goody bag, and the winning pumpkin carver will receive a voucher of £30 to treat their parents to a meal at the Fleur, the winning child will of course dine free of charge! Please note: Although we will award the Voucher on the 31st if the winner is in attendance, if not we will call you and let you know. However as the restaurant will be closed that evening for wine tasting it will not be redeemable on that night, but any other evening or lunch time will be fine.[+ read more...]

   Additional photo?s added to The Queen?s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2012    September 20, 2012
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   Learning to ring church bells at St Andrew?s church - 16th October    August 2, 2012
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   East Hagbourne Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct    June 20, 2012
East Hagbourne Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct[+ read more...]

   The Queen?s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations    June 5, 2012
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations for Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II[+ read more...]

   Successful Litter Blitz - click to see photos    April 28, 2012

The annual litter blitz organised by Mrs Duff and Mrs Rickeard.


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   South Oxfordshire District Council Waste Collection Calendar    April 11, 2012

Please click here to download the collection calendar for the first part of 2012.

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   East Hagbourne Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th April    March 24, 2012

The East Hagbourne Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th April in the Village Hall.  The Parish Council has been active over the past year in implementing the various aspects of the Parish Plan, and an overview will be given at the Meeting.

In particular, the views of those attending the meeting will be sought on two major topics:

  • Proposals to replace the Sports Pavilion at Great Mead - we will have draft report plans on display at the meeting and which can be downloaded here (Report and Plans).
  • Road Safety - a Working Group of the Parish Council has prepared a summary of options to address the concerns raised in the Parish Plan. The summary can be downloaded here.
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   Parking initiatives to help motorists save hundreds and encourage trade    March 8, 2012

Parking initiatives to help motorists save hundreds and encourage trade

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   Concessionary Bus Passes    March 4, 2012

Concessionary Bus Passes are currently issued through the District Council, but from 1st April this responsibility will pass to Oxfordshire County Council.  

Up to 31st March applications or queries should continue to be sent to SODC. From 1st April, contacts should be with OCC, and details will be available on their web-site and at libraries.  The new system will include the ability to apply on-line, as well as through a paper form as at present.  Forms will be available on-line or from libraries, including Didcot.

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   Consultation on Oxfordshire Rail Stratefgy & Delivery Plan - closes 16th March 2012    February 13, 2012

An opportunity to comment on proposals for development of the rail network in Oxfordshire up to 2034.
The consultation is open until 16 March 2012 and details can be found here: https://myconsultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/Rail_Strategy/consultationHome


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   CrimeStoppers - If it doesn?t look right, it?s probably wrong.    December 6, 2011

If it doesn’t look right, it’s probably wrong.
Noticed any strange cars cruising your neighbourhood? Overheard anything suspicious? Think you know who’s committing burglaries or selling stolen goods? Don’t assume it’s already been reported.
Report your suspicions anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Simple tips to keep your property secure
• Make your house look occupied when you are out. Use timer switches on lights even
when you are at work
• If you have an alarm make sure it is set
• Keep car keys away from your door so they can’t be reached through the letterbox
• Keep all items of value out of sight - laptops, game consoles, mobile phones
• Ensure tools and ladders are locked away
• Postcode your property with a UV marking kit - if it isn’t marked it is harder to trace
• Don’t let your family post their whereabouts on Facebook or Twitter

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   Thames Valley goes live with 101    November 14, 2011

Thames Valley Police is due to go live with 101, the new national single non-emergency number on 14 November 2011, which will replace the 0845 8 505 505 number. Both numbers will run side by side until the end of March, but if demand for the 0845 8 505 505 number drops it may be discontinued earlier.

Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day the call is made, or the duration of the call. 

Everyone calling the police for non-emergency matters will now know exactly how much a call will cost them, and can be assured of equal access whether they are on a pay-as-you-go mobile or a home landline.

The routing will be based on the same system as 999 calls. If a caller is using a landline the routing will be based on the caller’s postcode and the call will be directed to the same area’s force. If a caller is using a mobile, the call will route using the mast that the phone is transmitting from.

If a call is made to 101 within a force area that has not yet ‘gone live’, the caller will hear a recorded message telling them to redial using the relevant non emergency number.

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   Thames Valley Police - Scams    November 12, 2011

We have received an increase in concerns from residents in the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse area about scams and hoax email messages. 

There are hundreds of types of scams and hoax emails, fake lotteries and prize draws, incredible schemes to make money quickly, fake investment plans, the list goes on and on.

A lot of the emails received are urban myths, an example of one email that resurrects itself every year around Christmas time is the PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) scam, where a card is posted through your door asking you to phone a number for delivery of a parcel.  This email is passed around every year but when checked no one has actually received a card, so if received please do not pass on again this year. 

Before forwarding any emails about scams, please check on the following sites to find out if the scam is true or false. 






If anyone thinks they have been the victim of a scam, or suspects a scam is being attempted, please contact Consumer Direct for clear, practical advice. 

Tel: 08454 04 05 06 or visit: www.consumerdirect.gov.uk


Publications on scams are available free of charge from the Office of Fair Trading. 

Tel: 0800 389 3158 or email: oft@ecgroup.co.uk

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   NHS Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Cluster - Questionnaire for all    November 9, 2011

You've been invited to participate in the Talking Health Evaluation consultation by the consultation manager, Julia Stackhouse.

Dear All

In 2010 NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Cluster campaigned to encourage the public in Oxfordshire and more recently in Buckinghamshire to 'Come and Talk Health' and have a say about their local health services. Since then there have been over 40 online consultations with over 4,400 responses, to date.

NHS Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Cluster would now like to find out from the public whether or not they find the service easy to use.

We would be grateful if you could complete the short survey at the following link to tell us your views on Talking Health and we would be grateful if you could share this information with your constituents.

If you would like a hard copy of the survey please contact Julia Stackhouse on 01865 334638 or by email at talking.health@oxfordshirepct.nhs.uk

Participate in this consultation

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   Neighbourhood Policing - November report    November 4, 2011

Download report here.

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   Thames Valley Police - Halloween Campaign    October 21, 2011

Residents are being encouraged to display posters in their front windows this Halloween to show whether or not they welcome visits from trick or treaters. 

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   Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - Abingdon - Spate of rural crime    October 18, 2011

This is a community message for Thames Valley Police warning of a spate of thefts from rural locations. Overnight Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th October tools were stolen from a barn at Blewbury, overnight Wednesday 12th to Thursday 13th a generator was stolen from Milton.Overnight last night 17th to the 18th tools were stolen from a house being built on the Wantage Road in Harwell.

Yesterday afternoon Monday 17th October at about 3pm three springer spaniels were stolen from kennels at the rear of a house in Letcombe Bassett - two males were seen stealing the dogs - they were in a silver coloured 5 door VW Golf with a smashed driver's side mirror and had twin exhaust pipes on the drivers side. The dogs are all white and liver coloured bitches - one was 4 years old and the other two are six months old. A similar theft of a spaniel occured on the 16th October in the Reading area where a silver Golf was seen.

A silver Golf was also seen in suspicious circumstances yesterday afternoon at various locations in South Oxfordshire where several burglaries to new build homes and barns have been reported. It was seen at Ewelme and also at Goring on the Icknield Road at about 1540 hrs where the occupants appeared to be sorting through tools and it made off from police.

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   www.crimestoppers-uk.org - LivingWithout Fear    September 21, 2011

Thames Valley Crimestoppers is an independent charity that provides the public with an anonymous way to give information on crime.
We are constantly striving for ways to inform the residents of Oxfordshire about our services.
To make life as easy as possible we have produced a PDF that can be dropped into a newsletter or sent out as an email or printed out and put on a parish notice board. 
We hope that every parish will take the opportunity to inform their communities of Crimestoppers in order that we can continue to help them to keep their communities safe.

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   St Andrew?s Summer Holiday Club 2011    August 31, 2011

30 primary age children spent 4 days doing a variety of activities organised by a team from St Andrew’s Church Hagbourne at the end of July.

The holiday club was based on the Scripture Union holiday club ‘Takeaway’ finding out about the life of St Paul doing various activities including artwork, drama, junk modelling (design your own ship), football, skipping, team games, singing and a scavenger hunt.  The children also had great fun swimming in Hagbourne School pool each day .

And finally, a special treat.  Hagbourne bell ringers provided entertainment one morning at St Andrew’s Church.  All the children were able to visit the tower in small groups to see the ringing room and also to visit the tower to see the bells. 

Organised by Lesley Botchway, Linda Benton, Justine Goodenough, Hilary Telford and Jenny Balshaw plus lots of helpers

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   Junk Mail information    June 9, 2011

Junk mail can be a real nuisance, and is also a waste of resources, so I'm getting in touch to send you information for your residents on how to cut down on it.

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