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Monthly Archives: November 2018

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,