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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Village Speedwatch

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East Hagbourne Speedwatch Group(EHSG) were finally up and running yesterday afternoon (26th Nov) along New Road. Whilst we were only up and running for an hour, it was pleasing to note that we only had two vehicles speeding excessively!

A big thank you to the speedwatch members that attended and to the other members unable to attend, but who have volunteered to help in future sessions.

In the coming weeks and months more sessions will be held at various locations and times around the village, and hopefully encouraging motorists to be aware of their speed and driving behaviour in our village.

Roger Bartlett

Speedwatch Coordinator

Christmas Tree Festival Events

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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. Entrance is free. Refreshments always available.


Saturday 7 Dec

12:00-2:00pm Soup Lunch

2:00-4:00pm Children’s Craft Activities “Present Corner” open noon onwards

From 3:30pm Official Festival Opening with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies & Christmas Sing Song with Hagbourne school choir

4:15pm Tree ‘Lighting Up’ with the Mayor of Didcot

Sunday 8 Dec

10:30am Parish Eucharist

3:30pm Kate Gooday Piano Student’s Concert

Monday 9 Dec

6:00pm Hagbourne School Carol Service

Tuesday 10 Dec

11:00am Pre-school visit to the Trees

Thursday 12 Dec

11:00am Ukulele strum-along

Friday 13 Dec

6.30pm Carols in the Close with Blewbury Brass Band

Saturday 14 Dec

12 noon Soup Lunch

“Present Corner” open noon to 3pm

12:30pm The Nightingale Singers

2:00pm Hagbourne Community Choir

Sunday 15 Dec

10:30am Parish Eucharist

5:00pm Festival of nine lessons and carols

Friday 20 Dec

7:00pm The Big Wassail

Favourite Tree Announced

Raffle prize winners announced

Festival Ends

EVERYDAY 10:00am to 5.00pm Tree viewing and Festival Café open

Tickets are available at the Festival Café for the Festival Raffle with many fantastic prizes and an opportunity to win a beautiful homemade Christmas cake by correctly guessing its weight

Didcot Greenway Wildlife Workdays

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Come and help us look after butterfly and wildflower habitat on National Cycle Route 544

Sat 16th Nov 10am – noon Meet at Upton Village Hall, OX11 9HX

Weds 4th Dec 10.30am – noon Meet at Upton Village Hall Weds

22nd Jan 10.30am – noon Meeting point tbc

Weds 12th Feb 10.30am – noon Meeting point tbc

Contact or 07501017686 to join. Please let us know if you plan to come in case of changes to plan. Wear sturdy clothes and bring gloves and loppers if you have them.


Thanks to support from Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment

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Safe Places

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New scheme offers a ‘Safe Place’ for vulnerable residents in Didcot

A new support network is now available for vulnerable people visiting Wallingford and Didcot.  Safe Places aims to provide a safe location for someone to go if they are feeling lost, worried or threatened.

Those premises taking part in the scheme are identified with a distinctive Safe Places logo in the window, for example local shops, community centres or cafes – this will be issued with the approval of local Thames Valley Police officers.  A list of the locations signed up to the Safe Places scheme can be found at

Under the Safe Places scheme people can request a special card to carry with them when out and about.  This provides details of someone to contact if they are in need of help.  Whether you have a Safe Places card or not, you can enter a participating location and ask for assistance.  Staff have been trained and will be able to help keep you safe.

If you or someone you know wishes to request a Safe Places contact card, or you are a business interested in becoming a Safe Place, please email South Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Safety Team via or call 01235 422593.

Free Parking in the lead-up to Christmas

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Drivers in South Oxfordshire can benefit from free parking in district council car parks on certain days in December. This annual free parking tradition is designed to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents. The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders.

Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in local car parks on the following days next month:

· Wallingford -Thursdays (5, 12,19 December)

· Didcot – Mondays (9, 16, 23 December)

· Goring – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

· Henley – Tuesdays (3, 10, 17 December)

In Vale of White Horse:

· Abingdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

· Faringdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

· Wantage – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Presentation by Cotswold Archaeology

Discovering an Early Iron Age settlement:

Steve Bush and Alistair Barclay of Cotswold Archaeology will be giving a presentation on the finds from the Mactaggart and Mickel development site off Main Road in East Hagbourne.

7.30pm, Friday 8th November 2019 Hagbourne Village Hall