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Yearly Archives: 2018

Open Meeting regarding development by Village Hall

The developers, MacTaggart and Mickel will have representatives to talk to and information boards up in the Village Hall for you to come look at on 9th October 1530-2030.

This is your chance to make clear to the builders what you would like from the development and influence their plans.  They have a good reputation for listening – so do the talking!

The Poet’s Trail – one year on

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Roger Phipps and Linda Benton are proud to announce that The Poet’s Trail in East Hagbourne celebrates its First Year.

To mark the occasion, we invite you to an afternoon of words, music, and refreshments at:

St Andrew’s Church, East Hagbourne

Sunday 23rd September 2018

2:30 to 4:30.

Donations for tea and cake will support Church funds.

For further details contact Linda Benton 01235 817891

New cooking oil recycling service for residents in southern Oxfordshire

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NEW! Councils can now collect and recycle used cooking oil as part of the food waste service

Love chips? Roasts? Cooked breakfasts? Samosas and Sausages?

All are delicious, but they do leave greasy leftovers..….which South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils can now take care of thanks to their new cooking oil recycling service for residents.

Oil is collected every week as part of both districts’ food waste collections.

After cooking, any leftover oil should be allowed to cool before being poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than a 1 litre size. The bottle and its contents can then be placed into the resident’s kerbside food waste caddy along with other food waste and put out for the weekly collection.

Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services said: “We all know that cooking oil and fat shouldn’t be poured down sinks as it can cause blockages, but it can be difficult to dispose of. This is why I welcome the start of this new service for residents, collecting cooking oil from their homes every week.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for environmental services added: “The oil is recycled along with the rest of the food waste which is transformed into electricity at the food waste recycling plant. The oil is highly calorific and so makes a lot of energy.”

One litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea!

Produce Show Winners

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Thank you to all who entered – one of our highest entry numbers yet! Heartiest congratulations to all who took part and to the cup winners:
Overall Childrens category winner – Alice Stevenson
Outsanding Children’s  entry – Molly Bowden
Flower arrangement – Gillian Harries
Flower category – Caroline Hunt
Fruit and Vegetable  – Caroline Hunt
Crafts category – Andy Stocks
Kenyon Cup – Felicity Topping
The photo gallery can be found here.

Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018

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Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

We’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!

We’re talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.

We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

Click here to join in– before nominations close on September 5 – and you’ll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.

So nominate your good neighbours today!

Our Village Defibrillator has a new home!

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The defibrillator is now in its new home in the locked cabinet outside the village shop/post office.
This means it is available 24 hours per day – the lock code will be supplied on calling 999 if the device is needed.  
Training on how to use it will be advertised in the Parish Magazine soon.

Temporary Road Closure – East Hagbourne, B4016 – 20th to 24th Aug

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In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road as detailed above to facilitate carriageway maintenance works.
A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 20 August 2018.
The anticipated completion date is 24 August 2018.
Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

Hagbourne Village Produce Show – 2nd September

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September 2, 2018 all-day

Held in the Village Hall.

Kindly sponsored by the village shop & the Fleur de Lys
Staging time 9 am -11.00 am
Judging 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Show opens 2.00 pm

More details can be found here.

20TH Annual Duck Race – results :

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In true British fashion we battled on in the rain with the duck race, thank you to those of you who braved the event!

The winners were:

1st: The Millars No. 142

2nd: Gordan Vaughan  No. 263

3rd: Pamela Hughes No.304

Thank you everyone for supporting this annual fun event.


Parsonage Lane, East Hagbourne

Sunday 26th August 2018 from12.30pm

In aid of St Andrews’ church

1st prize £50 – 2nd prize £25 – 3rd prize £10

Pet Service at St Andrew’s Church – this Sunday

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The July family service will be a pet service with blessing of animals. People are invited to bring their well-behaved pets (must be on leads or in secure carriers) or, if the heat or unfamiliar surroundings would make pets uncomfortable, they can bring a photo of the pet they want blessed.

East Hagbourne Safari Supper

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Saturday, 13th October 2018

It is now time to sign up for the 4th East Hagbourne Safari Supper which this year is in aid of Friends of St. Andrew’s, and Medecins sans Frontieres. The price of the 3-course dinner including pre-dinner drinks and coffee and mints is £25 per person and everyone takes their own drinks. Here is our proposed itinerary for the evening:

6.30 pm Meet at St. Andrew’s Church for a drink and some canapés. There you will be given an envelope containing the name and address of your host for the main course.

7.30 pm Walk to main course venue taking your own drinks with you. At the end of the main course a second envelope will be given with your dessert location.

8.45 pm Walk to dessert venue.

9.45 pm Walk to The Fleur de Lys for coffee and mints and the opportunity to buy an after dinner drink to round off the evening.

In order to get this event off the ground, we need you to sign up, buy tickets and let us know if you are willing to host a main course or dessert course (which including yourselves would be for 8 to 10 people, or more), or provide canapes (for 15 people) or simply to come along and safari around the village. If you would just like to safari, tickets will be available from the Post Office and any member of the Hagbourne Action Group. Please can you make sure you fill in the form below and hand in when buying tickets. Cheques made payable to “Hagbourne Action Group”.

If you are willing to be a host or a provider of canapés, there will be a reduction against one ticket to help towards expenses as follows:

Canapes – one ticket reduced from £25 to £20

Main Course – one ticket reduced from £25 to £15

Dessert Course – one ticket reduced from £25 to £17

Please fill in the slip on the poster and return it by Friday 31st August, along with your cheque to either:

Di Duff – 24 Main Road (01235-813349) Vivien Stocks – 26 Main Road (01235-815344)

Wildlife activies on the Railway Embankment

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Sustrans has arranged a number of interesting wildlife activities over the Summer :

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June Moth, Bat and Butterfly event:

– Join us trapping moths and listening to bats on Friday 29th from 9pm until late (starts at Chapel furlong, Upton)

– or the following morning to see what we found and look for butterflies (starts end of Lake Road, East Hagbourne)

Wednesday evenings between 20th June and 18th July:

– evening butterfly walks (7-9pm) meeting at Hagbourne Village Hall in East Hagbourne.

Hedgehog survey

– we are looking for volunteers to help run a hedgehog survey on the Sustrans route. This involves putting our camera traps and baited footprint collecting tunnels.

If we get sufficient volunteers the survey will run for 10 days from 23rd July to 3rd August. Volunteering would involve a training session then committing to walking the route to replenish the bait and paper at least two evenings during the survey period.

For information on any of these activities please contact

Village Scarecrow results

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Thank you to everyone for entering!

The total amount raised by you all was fantastic and will be summarised in the Parish Magazine. Well done to you all!

The final results are:-


Perseus, Medusa and Pegasus by the Manor Farm Laners


The Gruffalo by Paul, Nikki, Archie & Stevie Godding

Tied 3rd:

The Howlin Wolf by The Howlin Family

The Headless Horseman by The Lloyd Family

A Blessing of Unicorns by Rowan, Cecily & Theodora Smith

Hagbourne Summer Fete – this Saturday!

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The Hagbourne Summer Fete – Saturday, 23rd June 1pm at Hagbourne Recreation Ground and Pavilion. Fun Dog Show and Fancy Dress Parade. Decorated stalls and Blewbury Brass Band. Theme: Myths and Legends. Grand Draw with Williams Formula 1 Amazing Prize.