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Yearly Archives: 2019

Neighbourhood Plan Voting results

Thank you to all who voted in the Neighbourhood Plan referendum on 14 March 2019.

The question was:

“Do you want South Oxfordshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for East Hagbourne Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

and the result:

YES: 360

NO: 25

Turnout 41.3%

You can see the official result notification here

EHNP Referendum result.pdf

The Neighbourhood Plan will now go forward for formal adoption by SODC, which we expect to take place in mid-April.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


Road Closure on New Road 13th-15th March

Map of road closure and alternative routes

New Road, just north of Great Mead, will be closed on 13th, 14th & 15th March.  It will mean the road access is not possible to/from the village via New Road.  Buses will have to use the diversion route shown in the attached map.

Defibrillator Training

Image of the village defibrillator

An additional Defibrillator training session has been arranged for Friday 8th March, starting at 7.30pm at the Pavilion.
This is a free session and the feedback from previous sessions has been very positive.
To book a space please contact:

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum: Important update, Roadworks on New Road

On the day of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum, New Road will be closed for roadworks just north of Great Mead and direct access by car to the Pavilion will not be possible for those houses on New Road to the north of Great Mead including Bishop’s Orchard, The Crescent and Little Langlands.

If you would find it difficult to get to the polling station, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

You will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer to arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at Electoral Services, South Oxfordshire District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB or email to .

Postal vote application forms are available here.

Alternatively, you can call the SODC helpline on 01235 422528 or email to request one.

The referendum will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019.

The Polling Station is at East Hagbourne Pavilion.

Voting hours are from 7am until 10pm.

The next HAMS production will be Our Town by Thornton Wilder on 20th, 22nd and 23rd of March 2019.

Poster for Hams production 'Our Town'

The next HAMS production will be Our Town by Thornton Wilder on 20th, 22nd and 23rd of March 2019.

Ticket prices are £9.50 for Friday & Saturday nights.
The Performance on Wednesday 20th is reduced to £7.00 as it’s the Preview.
Bar opens at 6.45pm  / performance at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from:
        * Village Post Office (during Post Office hours),
        *  / 01235 815344
        *On line booking : tickets here


It’s only a few weeks now until Hagbourne Village Hall is lovingly transformed into Small-town New Hampshire, and we all drift back to life as it was in the early years of the last century. You won’t hear American accents but you WILL witness a homely tale of love, life and beyond in a community which, although distant in time and place, remains endearingly familiar.

It is 100 years since the famous three-act play Our Town was first presented in the United States. Its ground-breaking style and staging has kept it relevant and performed almost continuously in the USA ever since, and it remains a favourite of US drama societies, large and small.

In comparison, Our Town is seldom staged in the UK, so HAMS are particularly proud to present it as our 10th annual production.

  • Box Office: 01235 815344 or online via the HAMS Facebook page (search HAMSdrama )
  • Bar opens 6:45pm, curtain-up at 7:30pm (Note: there are three acts/two intervals).
  • Preview performance on Wednesday 20th March (reduced price).
  • Presented in Association with Samuel French, London.

Age note: There is no age limit, but Our Town may not be fully appreciated by young children.

East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – 14th March

Following the independent examination of the East Hagbourne neighbourhood plan, South Oxfordshire District Council has agreed that the plan should now proceed to referendum.

The referendum will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019. The Polling Station is at East Hagbourne Pavilion and voting hours are from 7am until 10pm.

To vote you must be registered to vote in local elections by Tuesday 26 February 2019 and live in the referendum area, i.e. East Hagbourne parish. Make sure you Register to Vote if you haven’t already.

The Referendum will ask:

“Do you want South Oxfordshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for East Hagbourne Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The Neighbourhood Plan contains policies covering the following topics:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Village Character
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure and Community Facilities
  • Transport and Access
  • Green Space and Environment

Full details can be found on the SODC website here.

A paper copy of the report is available to view in St Andrew’s Church.


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb) – come & visit our Shop

Image of village shop exterior

The Shop supports Fairtrade Fortnight by having a special display of products grown by farmers and workers in developing countries. In fact it’s perhaps surprising how many of our regular items come into the Fairtrade category. Please show your support for this campaign by buying Fairtrade during this special event. Mary’s really tasty marmalade sold for another good cause (Christian Aid) is made with Seville oranges and Fairtrade sugar. This is available throughout the year and it makes a great gift.

REMINDER: Temporary Road Closure – 28th Jan to 1st Feb

LOCATION: West Hagbourne, Main Street-L/A Horse & Harrow Public House

REASON: To facilitate Three new water mains connections

DURATION: Starting on 28 January 2019

The anticipated completion date is 1 February 2019

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works


London Road-Harwell Link Road-B4493-Park Road-Brook Lane-Main Street and vice versa

Food waste tours for the public

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Please find below dates of waste tours for the year:

The food waste is sent to the anaerobic digestion facility based in Wallingford, the tour will show you how your food waste is turned into electricity and a liquid fertilizer.

All tours start at 10am and last around 1.5 hours.

  • June 6th
  • August 7th
  • October 3rd
  • November 19th 

The black bin waste is sent to an energy from waste plant based in Ardley. Here the waste is incinerated to generate electricity. The tour will start with a presentation and then you will enjoy a guided tour around the plant.

Tours start at 10am and last around 2.5 hours.

  • February 25th
  • April 11th
  • July 8th
  • October 31st

Please let me know at: if you are interested in attending any of the dates and I can reserve you spaces and send you more information about the day. Tours spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Best Wishes,

Let’s Make our Village Sparkle!

Image of the village sign post and flowers
We, on the Parish Council, are very aware of the many people who contribute to keeping our parish looking good, by picking litter, cutting the grass and generally looking after their own gardens and frontage as well as wider afield, including our allotments, footpaths and public spaces.
However, some areas are looking a little worn and we feel it is time to give the village a sensitive make-over to keep it looking good into the future.  Key elements to address are: those areas of pavements and roadways that are worn, tackling debris and weeds in road gutters, and keeping road drains and the stream clear and flowing.
During 2019 we will be giving thought to what we can do as villagers ourselves, and what additional resources we can bring to bear with the help of OCC and SODC.
Please see the document :
We can all be part of this effort, but we would welcome people to be more closely involved – please contact the Clerk or any Councillor if you are interested!

Advice to prevent chimney fires

Image of a dog sleeping in front of a fire

Nearly 50% of all chimney fires happen during January, February and March. If you enjoy cosying up in front of a log fire, make sure the sparks don’t fly at home this winter by taking a look at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Services top tips #chimney #fires

Free Bus Service to Tesco

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There is a free bus service to Tesco Store on Tuesdays from West Hagbourne: 9.50 – Bus Shelter, Main Street, East Hagbourne: 9.53 – School, 9.56 – New Road Bus Shelter and returning from Tesco at 12.00 midday. This information is for guidance only and is subject to change without notice. Operated by Tappins Coaches.


There is the Community Bus to Wallingford on Friday’s too!  Starting from Windsor Crescent, East Hagbourne at 10.15am and returning from Wallingford at 1.15pm from the Market Square, by the Corn Exchange. You will need to register to use this service an obtain tickets, £2 each way, from our Post Office before you travel. This service has been commissioned by the Downland Villages Transport Group.