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Yearly Archives: 2019

Village Produce Show Cup Winners:

Photo of Beetroot at produce Show

Many congratulations to the cup winners at the 2019 Village Produce Show and thanks to all entrants for the very high quality of entries this year.

David Rickeard  -The Community Cup

The Egg Cup – Michelle Bowden

Children’s Cup – Alice Stephenson

Outstanding Entry in Children’s category -Evie Virgo

Flower arranging Cup – Denise Horswell

Produce Cup – Helen & Charles Stutley

Kenyon Baking Cup – Annabel Ainger

Craft Cup – Malcolm Brownsword and Annabel Ainger (jointly)

Newcomers Cup – Jim and Vikki

Curry Cup – David Brewer

Speedwatch Forum

As all residents of East Hagbourne are aware, the amount of traffic through our village has increased dramatically over the past 12 months or more. New Housing in the area, poor traffic infra structure in neighbouring towns and villages and Hagbourne becoming a ‘rat run’ have all contributed to our roads becoming increasingly busy. This has led to increased and inappropriate traffic speeds, and the inherent dangers these bring to residents.

With the support of East Hagbourne Parish Council(EHPC) and Thames Valley Police(TVP) it is proposed to set up a village speed-watch forum which will enable residents to effectively monitor traffic speeds and, where necessary, report excessive speeding by motorists to the appropriate authorities. To this end, I am looking for volunteers to assist me so that together we can make East Hagbourne a safer community. I am intending to hold a meeting mid September and then, all being well , starting the speed-watch campaign in October/November. If you are interested in assisting, please contact me on 07595 747644 or e-mail me on .

Roger Bartlett

Speed watch Co-ordinator

Hagbourne School Swimming Pool – Volunteers needed

School pool

Volunteers needed to help ensure that the pool stays open. All offers of help are welcome and in particular a Chairman and Treasurer on the pool committee are needed. Full details in parish magazine.

New bunting needed for 2019 St Andrew’s Church Christmas Tree

It has been suggested that it would be nice to make new bunting for our 2019 St Andrew’s Church Christmas Tree and other Festivities and we would love you to put your name forward to help in this task.

We have produced an instruction sheet and a template to ensure
uniformity of size etc and would be very pleased to provide these and some material for anyone wishing to help make our bunting at home, which avoids having to take sewing machines, materials and an ironing board etc into church.  Bunting instructions.jpg

We are also seeking materials, reels of thread and any other
sewing/embroidery notions you may wish to donate.  Maybe too you have ideas for designs etc as we hope our bunting will be displayed and enjoyed for many years to come by everyone who loves and visits our beautiful church at this special time of the year.

If you would like to help, perhaps you would kindly contact as soon as possible Rosie Jackson-Kilham 01235 818020, 07942826282, or Sylvia Wilcox 01235 814648, and we will deliver the instruction sheet, material and template to you.  Thank you.

Hagbourne Village Show at Village Hall – Sunday 15th September

Image of produce show vegetables

Bring along your entries to the Village Show!  Proudly showcasing garden produce, home produce, crafts, flower arranging and childrens categories, and this year a special curry category! Teas, cakes, cream teas, and Prosecco on sale. Kids lucky dip and biscuit decorating activities. Staging of entries 9-11am, show opens 2pm, raffle, prizes at 3pm and auction of produce at 3.15pm. Show sponsored by the Village Shop and the Fleur de Lys. Download and complete your entry forms and leave them at the shop. Schedules with entry forms also available from the shop now and at the Show on the day.

Hagbourne Village Show schedule 2019.pdf

Entry form 2019

A Murder Mystery Comedy, called the “The Young and the Bold . . and the Murdered”.

The Phoenix Drama Group are performing a murder mystery comedy, THE BOLD, THE YOUNG AND THE MURDERED in Hagbourne Village Hall on Saturday, 14th September at 7.30pm with a bar opening at 7.00pm.  They have chosen to support SEASAW (grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire)
Tickets are £10 (£8 full-time education) and are available in Hagbourne Post Office (during PO hours).  Tickets can also be bought through Wegottickets but a booking fee applies.
Hagbourne Action Group are also supporting this event and tickets can be bought or reserved through members:  Di Duff, Mary Harrison, Doug Amos, Susan Proctor, Marian Varnom, Alice Smith or Viv Stocks.

Scarecrow Winners announced

Scarecrow of ET

Scarecrow winner results:

1st      E.T.   The Extra Terrestrial

2nd     Knitwitch

3rd      Tin Man

A new Action Group cup was also given to Fieldside for their wonderful Yellow Brick Road.

Sat 29th June Ridgeway event: Follow in the footsteps of famous artists, writers and photographers…

Ridgeway creative forum 2019 v3.pdf

You would be welcome to join in to get creative on The Ridgeway on Saturday 29th June 2019 at St Dunstan’s church, Monks Risborough, Bucks.

See attached flyer or website for details and booking tickets –


Follow in the footsteps of famous artists, writers and photographers who were inspired by what they found along The Ridgeway, including Robert Macfarlane, Thomas Hardy, Eric Ravilious, Clare Leighton, Fay Godwin and others.


  • You can look forward to a morning of talks from Anna Dillon, landscape artist, about her Ridgeway series and the famous Nash brothers, and also from James Crowden about his Wessex Ridgeway poems and memories of the Chilterns Ridgeway in the 1970s. Mike Pringle will be telling us about Richard Jefferies, a great nature writer who loved The Ridgeway and whose influences can be seen in today’s writers.
  • There are afternoon workshops on nearby Whiteleaf Hill, famous for its chalk cross, exploring outdoor sketchbooking, photography and poetry. Alternatively, there is a tour of the church and historic village.
  • There will be a small exhibition of creative work inspired by The Ridgeway as part of the Swire Ridgeway Art Prize competitions.
  • A BBQ lunch is being provided by Orchard View Farm.


This event is for beginner and professional artists, writers, photographers and others interested in exploring the creative inspiration that can be found in the countryside. We want to raise awareness of The Ridgeway National Trail and encourage people to enjoy the Trail and contribute to its creative heritage.

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

This is a reminder that starting next week, work will be taking place to remove and replace the road surface and its foundations, and renew the road markings around the entire A34/M4 junction 13 roundabout at Chieveley.

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 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)

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

Faster Broadband being installed – west end of the village

Better Broadband van

Faster Broadband is to be activated for 105 houses at the west end of the village.  You will see Openreach vans around and some digging up of the road/paths over the next few weeks. Completion is at the end of June.

This has been fully funded by 3 separate grants.

These are the houses who will receive the faster broadband:

East Hag Ultra Fast list

For more information you can see these weblinks:

Better Broadband



Annual Scarecrow Competition

Image of a scarecrow lying down

The Annual Scarecrow Trail in East Hagbourne – Saturday, 25th May to Sunday, 9th June.

The theme this year: Characters from Science Fiction and Fantasy.

£5 to enter.

Tea and Cakes in St Andrew’s Church on 26th May, 2nd and9th June.

Buy a map at the Community Shop or The Fleur to follow the trail and vote for your favourite scarecrow. A fun event with profits going to St Anne’s Hospital, Liuli in Tanzania.

Details in the parish magazine together with an entry form.

Success for Hagbourne United FC Reserves

Hagbourne football team

Congratulations to Hagbourne United Football Club Reserves Team on a very successful season.

– Winners of the 2018-19 Division 4 title in the North Berks League by a margin of 12 points.

– 100 goals scored, the highest in the whole league.

– Winners of the League Cup which is for North Berks League Division 4 sides, beating close rivals Harwell & Appleford by one goal to nil after extra time in the final played at Milton FC.

But the icing on the cake must be in winning the A. G. Kingham Cup, which is open to all reserve sides, where they beat East Hendred Reserves, a very successful side playing 2 divisions higher, by 3 goals to nil at Abingdon United FC. Well Done lads!

Credit to the Herald