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2018 Christmas Tree Festival Winners – well done Knitwits!

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The 2018 St.Andrew’s Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival is officially over for another year (although most trees will remain on view) and the vote counting is done.

As announced at the Ring and Sing on the last night of the festival, the three trees that were the favourites of the most people were . . .

1st The Knitwits (photo)

2nd Cat’s Whiskers (a first time sponsor)

3rd Hagbourne Pre-School

Well done to them, and to all of the talented groups and businesses that sponsored a tree this year.

More news to follow regarding the donation totals.

Happy Christmas from the Christmas Tree Festival and all at St. Andrew’s church.

2018 Christmas Tree Festival – lit up by the Mayor

Image Mayor of Didcot, Councillor Bill Service and his wife Angela in front of a Christmas tree
The 2018 Christmas Tree Festival at St. Andrew’s Hagbourne was lit up on its first Saturday by the arrival of the Mayor of nearby Didcot, Councillor Bill Service and his wife Angela. The opening included music, crafts and home-made soups and cakes and a Christmas sing-along, followed by the official switch-on of 30 trees, decorated by local groups and businesses.
The Christmas Tree Festival runs until Dec 18th in aid of the church and the young carer’s charity, Be Free YC. A full programme can be found elsewhere on this site, or by searching online for hagbournetreefest.

Community Bus Service to Wallingford

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Community Bus Service to Wallingford takes place on Fridays starting from Windsor Crescent, East Hagbourne at 10.15am and returning from Wallingford at 1.15pm from the Market Square, by the Corn Exchange. You will need to register to use this service an obtain tickets, £2 each way, from our Post Office before you travel. This service has been commissioned by the Downland Villages Transport Group.

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival Activities & The Big Wassail


In addition to the events, the church is open daily from 10 to 5pm so please do come to enjoy the trees and vote for your favourite. Refreshments always available.

Saturday 8 Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Homemade Soup Lunch
  • Children’s Craft Activities
  • “Present Corner” open noon onwards Official Festival Opening with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies & Christmas Sing Song
  • Tree ‘Lighting Up’!

Sunday 9th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Parish Eucharist
  • Kate Gooday Piano Student’s Concert

Mon 10th – see poster for exact timings

  • Hagbourne School Concert

Thurs 13th – see poster for exact timings

  • Pre-school visit to the Trees
  • Ukulele session

Fri 14th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • The Big Wassail
    (Carols and Local Entertainment)

Sat 15th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Soup Lunches and Festival Raffle“Present Corner” open noon to 3pm
  • The Nightingale Singers
  • Hagbourne Community Choir

Sun 16th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Parish Eucharist
  • Festival of nine lessons and carols

Tues 18th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Ring ‘n’ Sing
  • Favourite Tree Announced

Festival Ends

EVERYDAY 10am-5pm Tree viewing and refreshments

Please Support our Festival Patrons

East Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival

Thirty beautiful Christmas Trees are festively decorated by local businesses, clubs and community groups for the duration of the festival. Visitors are invited to come along, enjoy the trees, have a home-made cake and refreshment and vote for their favourite.

Every year a wonderful programme of entertainment is put together to run alongside the festival so you can enjoy carols, music, bell ringing, concerts, plays, poetry and much, much more all in the surroundings of the trees. A full programme of events is shown below.

All proceeds go to the church and a local charity that is nominated each year.

For 2018, our charity is Be Free YC, the South Oxfordshire charity who do great work with youngsters who also have to care for relatives who are disabled, unwell or have other difficulties. Such young carers can become invisible in our communities, and they can miss much of the fun and friendship this is an important part of growing up. You can read more about Be Free YC at and we hope you can join us in supporting them.

Our festival is enabled by our generous patrons . . .

If you’d like to be involved either as a festival patron, a tree sponsor or an entertainer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan

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SODC has now reviewed our Neighbourhood Plan and you can read the key documents on their web site here.

A paper copy is also available to consult in St Andrew’s Church.

SODC has appointed an independent examiner and following the statutory publicity period, ending 4th January 2019, he will deliver his report.  Any comments received by SODC will be forwarded to the examiner.

A further review will be needed to incorporate any changes required by the examiner.  SODC will then publish a final version to go to a referendum by residents.

We expect the referendum to take place on Thursday 14th March 2019.

The full set of documents is bulky, but we encourage you to read at least the policies in the main report, Chapter 4.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The East Hagbourne Community Shop has been nominated for a Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscar’!

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The East Hagbourne Community Shop has been nominated for a Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscar’!

Please support the nomination by signing the sheet that is inside the shop and encourage your friends too.

You can also support the nomination at:

The shop address to fill in the online form is:

114 New Road, East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire, OX11 9LD.


Christmas Free Parking

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Christmas FREE car parking

SODC are providing FREE parking in our district council owned car parks in the run up to Christmas.  Take advantage of this offer up to Christmas Eve and enjoy shopping locally and buying the perfect gift in the impressive range of independent shops we have in our towns.

You can park for free at the following locations and dates:

  • Didcot – every Monday from 3 December
  • Goring – every Saturday from 1 December
  • Henley – every Tuesday from 4 December
  • Thame – every Saturday from 1 December
  • Wallingford – every Thursday from 6 December

East Hagbourne Parish Council – Parish Clerk Vacancy

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The Parish Council seeks to employ a home-based, part-time clerk, working a minimum of 10 hours per week. The position will be available with effect from the beginning of January 2019. The successful applicant will be responsible for organising the monthly evening parish council meetings, supporting the parish councillors, managing the parish cemetery and managing the Council finances.

Full details of the job are set out in the further particulars which are available on request.

The applicant should possess excellent administration, communication and IT skills (particularly Word and Excel).

Salary will be NJC Pay Spine, point 26 – £23,866pa – pro-rata for hours worked.

Full details of the position are available from Cllr Derek Button,

Applications should be made by email and be supported by your CV.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2018. Interviews will take place early in December.

The Great War “Lest We Forget”

The Great War “Lest We Forget”

Friday 9th November 2018, 7:30pm.

St Andrew’s Church, East Hagbourne.

A commemoration of conflict in words, music and song to mark the centenary of the1918 Armistice.

Music from The Mad Hatters Ceilidh Band with songs from Jane Bird & Suzanne Parrot.

Narration by Len Ash.

In support of the Friends of St Andrews,• Short update of the Friends’ activities.

Refreshments at the interval.

Tickets: £10 (adult) £5 (children) from East Hagbourne village shop or contact Linda (01235) 817891,

St Andrew’s Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival Sponsorship Form & Info

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival:  8 – 18 December 2018. 
Sponsored by AYR Landscaping, Larkmead Vets, Housemartin Exterior Maintenance & Fleur de Lys

It seems 12 months has zoomed past faster than Santa’s sleigh itself and here we are again asking you to dust off your tinsel and join us in celebrating Christmas in the best way possible – by sponsoring a 4’ Norwegian Spruce Christmas tree at our annual festival held in the church in Hagbourne.
We are into our eighth year of this marvellous, festive event that raises money for good causes whilst also encouraging some good natured competition to win the now coveted Christmas Tree Trophy – can anyone stop the supreme KnitWits’ winning streak?!
This year we are raising money for St Andrew’s Church and “Be Free YC” – a local charity that supports young carers giving them a chance to be children, relax and make friends away from the pressures of their daily caring roles.
For anyone reading this who is new to the Festival, we invite local businesses, clubs, families and community groups to sponsor a 4’ live Norwegian Spruce tree for just £25.  There are 30 available in all and we ask you to decorate your tree in either traditional fashion, to reflect your business interests or you could chose to decorate in accordance with this year’s  optional theme of ‘Bible Stories’. Suggestions include Noah’s Ark, the Creation, Jonah & the Whale, Joseph & his Dreamcoat, or, of course, the Nativity itself.
The festival is then open daily for visitors to come and and enjoy the entertainment, delicious home made refreshments and vote for their favourite tree.
It’s a wonderful opportunity for your business or group to publicise itself on a very local level whilst also supporting great causes.  A win, win!  Many businesses in the past have enjoyed new customers as a result of their involvement in the festival.
If you don’t want to miss out, please complete the attached sponsorship form and return it with a cheque for £25 made payable to Hagbourne PCC.  Some trees are already reserved so don’t delay!

Main Road Development



Main Road Development – Here are the Mactaggart and Mickel consultation boards, which were on display at the Village Hall on 9th Oct. If you would like to comment you can contact them by email at

Alternatively, you can email the clerk at or attend the next of Iain’s (Parish Council Chairman) surgeries on Tuesday 6 November 3.30-6.00.

Brown Bin collection – w/c 22nd Oct – you can put more than one bin’s worth out for collection:

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Residents across southern Oxfordshire who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during the extra garden waste weeks this month.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large 80 litre bin bags) in the week commencing 22 October.

Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during these weeks.  Trade waste bags will not be accepted., however you can re-use old compost bags.

The garden waste is taken to a recycling plant in Oxfordshire where it is used to make compost, which goes to local farmers, allotment holders and an annual compost giveaway.  However, there are increasing reports that the waste is being contaminated with non-compostable items such as plant pots, plastic bags and bottles.

Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for housing and environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This extra garden waste service offers a great opportunity for residents to clear their gardens and make them ready for winter. We want to take this opportunity to remind people that they should only put compostable garden waste in the brown bin.”

Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for housing and environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, added: “I would encourage all our garden waste customers to make use of this extra-large collection – it’s the right time of year to give your garden a really good clear out. Please bear in mind that just because something is used in the garden, that doesn’t make it garden waste.”

What CAN be put into the brown bin

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Weeds 
  • Flowers and plants
  • Hedge clippings
  • Branches (not more than 10cm thick)
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Windfall fruit
  • Hay / Straw / Sawdust (soiled animal bedding from non-meat eating animals only eg rabbits)
  • Vegetable waste from the garden only eg potato tops (not kitchen waste) See the councils’ websites for more information via