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Monthly Archives: September 2016

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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.