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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Litter Pick – a windy success!

Photo of people on litter pick

Thank you to those who helped make our village sparkle at the annual Litter Pick on Saturday!

If you couldn’t make it, then please look outside your own doorstep and check for litter, or even dig out a few weeds.

It’s Not Worth the Risk – Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service have put together some top tips :

OCC poster of man on mobile phone when driving

Do you know that 95% of collisions are due to human error? Distraction, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving under the influence of drink or drugs are the big fatal four on our county’s roads.

Could you?

  • put your phone in your glove compartment or set your phone to do not disturb before you start your journey
  • adjust your speed and make sure you have time to react to the unexpected
  • make sure everyone is wearing their seatbelt before you set off
  • get a taxi, the bus or be the designated driver on a night out
  • make sure you’re safe to drive the morning after, you could still be over the drink drive limit, even if you feel fine


Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service have put together top tips to help you avoid the fatal four, and have created an handy ‘don’t get caught out the morning after’ guide

Iain Duff’s Parish Council drop-in Surgery

Image of Iain Duff

The next surgery is on 7th May in the Committee Room in Hagbourne Village Hall from 12.00 to 13.30.

This is not a surgical operation! but rather a chance to tell Iain Face-to-Face what the Parish Council is not doing and what it could do, or just come along and talk to a sympathetic ear.

The Annual Churn Challenge Quiz

Poster for 2019 Churn Quiz

Saturday, May 4th

Hagbourne Village Hall, 7:00pm for 7:30pm

A fun and stimulating quiz contested by teams of up to 8 assembled from  villages and societies in the area, for the honour of carrying away the prestigious Churn  Trophy. Entrance £10 per person including home-made hot supper. Please support our bar and raffle as all the evening’s proceeds will be split between Christian Aid and Style Acre.  To enter a team, please contact Doug Amos on (01235) 814024.

Notification of Road Closures: A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment and Surface Reconstruction

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A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment and Surface Reconstruction

Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out the following maintenance work at the Chieveley Interchange over the spring and summer 2019. We will be:

  • replacing the expansion joints and waterproofing material within the M4 westbound carriageway at junction 13,
  • carrying out concrete repairs to the bridge,
  • resurfacing and renewing the road markings on the M4 westbound carriageway,
  • removing and replacing the road surface and its foundations, and renewing the road markingsaround the entire junction 13 roundabout.We are led by the safety of road users and our workers when we plan roadworks. As this section of road is busy and we need time for materials to harden, we must close junction 13 entirely for several weekends. The weekends in question are listed below.

    Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. We advise you plan ahead of your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

    M4 Junction 13 Bridge Refurbishment

    We will be closing the M4 westbound carriageway between the slip roads over five nights (between 10pm and 6am) starting on Sunday 21 April. In addition, we will then be fully closing the M4 westbound carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 13 from:

  • 10pm on Friday 26 April through to 6am on Monday 29 April
  • 10pm on Friday 10 May through to 6am on Monday 13 May
  • 10pm on Friday 17 May through to 6am on Monday 20 May (Contingency weekend subject to change)

During these closures traffic will be diverted off the M4 via the exit slip road and sent across the junction to rejoin the M4 via the entry slip road.

Upon completion of the full weekend closures, there will be a series of ten overnight closures to reinstate the joints between the slip roads.

We will be closing the entire roundabout at the junction on the following times and dates:

  • 10pm on Friday 7 June through to 6am on Monday 10 June
  • 10pm on Friday 14 June through to 6am on Monday 17 June
  • 10pm on Friday 21 June through to 6am on Monday 24 June
  • 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 6am on Monday 1 July
  • 10pm on Friday 5 July through to 6am on Monday 8 July
  • 10pm on Friday 12 July through to 6am on Monday 15 July
  • 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July (Contingency weekend subject to change)When the roundabout is closed signed diversions will be in place which primarily go via the A4 between junction 12 (Theale) and junction 14 (Shefford Woodlands).A34 traffic will need to exit at Speen then head towards Hungerford for the M4 westbound carriageway, or towards Theale for the M4 eastbound carriageway.

    M4 westbound traffic wishing to access the A34 is advised to exit at junction 12 and travel west along the A4; and M4 eastbound traffic wishing to access the A34 is advised to exit and junction 14 and travel east along the A4.

    Local traffic wishing to access the A34 southbound carriageway or M4 from Graces Lane (Chieveley) will be diverted along the B4009 from Hermitage to Newbury, west along the A4 to Speen then either onto the A34 or along the A4 to Hungerford, then north on the A338 to join the M4 at junction 14.

    When the roundabout is closed access to the Moto Service Area and Hilton Hotel will be maintained from the A34 northbound carriageway only.

    These works are subject to change if weather is bad or due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Confirmed dates for these weekend closures will be advertised in advance on signs along the M4, on the Highways England website and via the media.

    We apologise for any inconvenience or disruption caused during our work. If you have any questions,or if you’d like to know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or

The Annual Parish Meeting is this Thursday in The Pavilion @ 1930 – all welcome!

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The Annual Parish Meeting is not a Council meeting, but a meeting where villagers can say what they want to happen in the village during the next year.

There will be a short presentation on the current situation by the Parish Council, but the main focus is for parishioners to influence future policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan and the MacTaggart & Mickel housing development next to the village hall will be discussed and hopefully encourage public participation in the open discussion.

Please see the agenda below.

All electors are welcome from 7pm for refreshments before the meeting starts!

The compost give-away is back!

Poster of Compost giveaway info

The compost give-away is back! Please find attached a poster for our compost give-away event happening on Saturday 11 May at Milton Park (please note the change of location).