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Yearly Archives: 2016

Apply Online for Primary and Secondary School places

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.

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

Vote for East Hagbourne Community Shop

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.

Councils binning black and coloured sacks in recycling bins

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 –

Repair to St Andrew’s Church Stonework

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,

Football in East Hagbourne

Hagbourne 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 or tel 07505 991 688.

Bus Service in East Hagbourne – Update

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  or contact a Parish Councillor. The bus now serves Wallingford Hospital as well as the town centre and continues into Didcot on its return.

Car Park Consultation – Update

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 at the link below:


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

Church Fete thank you

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

Scarecrow results – 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 a 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

Funding of the Pavillion car park

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 at 19:30).

Please see the June Agenda and if you have any concerns then please contact a Councillor.