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Yearly Archives: 2018

East Hagbourne 14th Annual Scarecrow Competition

Image of a scarecrow lying down

The 14th Annual East Hagbourne Scarecrow Trail is on!

It will take place from 26 May to 10 June. This year’s theme is Myths and Legends, and will feature 33 scarecrows.

Maps are available for £1 from the East Hagbourne Community Shop and The Fleur de Lys Pub. You can follow the trail around the village and vote for your favourite scarecrow.

Tea and cakes will be served in St Andrew’s Church on two Sundays: 27 May and 3 June, from 3 to 5 PM, with maps available. Money raised goes to St Anne’s Hospital, in Liuli, Tanzania, which our village has supported for many years. Do come along and enjoy the fun!

Fun Run Results are in!

This year’s fun run was blessed with beautiful weather. Despite the heat runners (and walkers) achieved some very good times. Jack Shayler picked up first prize in the men’s race for an formidable third year on the row. Vicki Cronin (pictured) was the impressive winner of the women’s race.

See the main Fun Run and Walk page for full results.

There’s some snaps of the event on the Gallery Page.

Thanks to the event organisers for a great day.

Parish Council – New Chairman

Image of EHPC Iain Duff

The Parish Council held it’s Annual Parish Council Meeting on the 3rd of May.  David Rickeard stepped down as Chairman and the council unanimously voted to elect Iain Duff as the new Chairman and Derek Button as the Vice Chair.

Iain thanked David for his 9 years of service as Chairman and was very pleased that David has agreed to remain on the council as a Parish Councillor for 2018/2019.



Annual Village Litter Blitz 2018

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Thank you to everyone who turned out to help litter pickers today (Sat 28th). More folk arrived after this pic was taken, so we actually had 22 helpers in total – 1 chap came from Wallingford with his daughter!  A special thank you Crispin Topping, who litter picks every day – the lack of litter this year was remarkable!!

The Poet’s Trail – Walk and Teas

Image of the causeway path and stream painted by Linda Benton

The Poet’s Trail – Walk and Teas

Sunday 29th April 2018
Meet outside St Andrew’s Church, East Hagbourne at 2pm and return to the church for teas at around 3:30pm
Come on a guided walk of the Hagbourne Poet’s Trail with Roger the Poet and Linda Benton the Artist. Hear some of the poems and find out more about the illustrations and how they were developed together.

Everyone welcome to the afternoon teas. Donations in aid of St Andrews.
Further information:
Linda Benton 01235 817891

BBC Radio Oxford Community Appeals

BBC Radio Oxford Community Appeals

There is a new feature launching soon for local people who might like to make an appeal to BBC Radio Oxford listeners. 

It’s called ‘Shout Out Oxfordshire’ and will give community groups, clubs, charities, etc. the chance to make a 45 second appeal to our listeners, free of charge, which will be repeated every day for at least a week, and go on the BBC Radio Oxford iPlayer for a month. It could be used to ask for more members or volunteers, donations of items, skills or time, more people to use a community service, or something else, but not money.

If you would like more details of how to take part, please email me with some basic info about the appeal (including any deadline), or if you know someone else who might like to have a go, please forward this email on to them. 


All the best.

Mark Watson,

Broadcast Journalist, Producer & Music Manager.

Ground-breaking research at the University of Oxford and earn £50 Amazon vouchers?

Image of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford

Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for local citizens to participate in a workshop on global environmental issues on Saturday 24th March.

If you would like to be considered as a potential participant please complete the following survey:

Selected participants will earn £50 Amazon vouchers for their time. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided and local travel expenses covered by the University of Oxford (note: you must be able to travel to the venue).

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Now Live

After two years in the making the village Neighbourhood Plan is nearly complete. It’s now time to read it and make comment.

This is your plan that will influence the future of your village. This consultation is your chance to comment before the plan is formally submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

Your views will be considered by the Plan team and the experts assisting them. Comments received will help refine the plan before it moves forward to the next stage.

The Plan is available to read on There is a printed copy in St.Andrews Church.

You can comment online, by email or by post. See for details.

PopUp Business School

Revolutionary start-up training company, PopUp Business School aims to start over 50 new businesses in Didcot.

The PopUp Business School will be popping up at The Orchard Shopping Centre next month and are inviting aspiring entrepreneurs to attend the sessions to learn how to start or grown their own business.

The school is working in partnership with and are co-funded by Hammerson Plc (owners of the shopping centre), Soha Housing, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and The European Social Fund.

The week-long, free workshop, which starts on Monday 19 March at The Orchard Shopping Centre, will teach local residents from around the South Oxfordshire area everything they need to know from; how to start a business without any money, how to generate sales from social media to making a website without any technical skills.

Soha’s Chief Exec Richard Peacock said, “I’m really proud that Soha is a community based social business. This is a great step forward for our Launchpad project, which has already supported many local people to gain valuable experience and skills.”

Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said, “We are enthusiastic partners in this innovative project.  The PopUp school is part of our ongoing commitment to help new and existing businesses in and round Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale to grow and succeed.”

Since 2011, PopUp Business School has been travelling around the United Kingdom teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. However, unlike other enterprise support companies their advice is the polar opposite of the status quo. They don’t believe in business plans, financial projections or loans. Instead they get their stu-dents starting off with sales and proving a demand in their businesses first.

To sign up to the free workshop and to find out more information, you can visit