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Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has completed a 12-month review of the East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has completed a 12-month review of the East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan, which was approved by the Parish Council at its meeting on 23 April 2020 and can be read here.

The purpose of the review is to assess the extent to which the Neighbourhood Plan objectives have been implemented in practice and the contribution of the policies and projects contained within it towards meeting those objectives. The main conclusions are:

– The policies are generally being incorporated into planning decisions and that the Plan has been referenced by EHPC and SODC Planning Officers in assessing planning applications.

– The EHNP policies are considered to be robust and to not require any changes at this time.

Scarecrow Trail – update

Sad scarecrow

For many years, the end of May has been the time for the Scarecrow Trail organised by the Hagbourne Action Group as a fund-raiser for St. Anne’s Hospital in Luili, Tanzania.

As that time approaches, folks are naturally wondering if the trail will take place this year.

The Action Group was torn on this, but the current decision is that lockdown measures DO NOT allow the Scarecrow Trail to go ahead. While lockdown rules do allow us all to leave our homes to exercise, it was felt that some villagers might be alarmed by hundreds of people following the trail over the fortnight.

This may be reconsidered in a few weeks, but if lockdown doesn’t change then sadly, the trail can’t happen.


Image of flowers

Frustrated by not being able to go to garden centres? Need new plants? An unmanned pop up stall will be on the drive of 12 Main Road on Saturday 25 April 10am-2pm. If you are clearing space in your flowerbeds and have any plants to swap, just bring them and swap them for something different. That’s it. Simple. All plants are free and should be potted up and labelled. Please observe social distancing.  See East Hagbourne Plant Swap


Screenshot of Hagbournist website

During these strange, and what can feel like lonely times, The Hagbournist is here to provide a place to share content to keep the village going, both in mind and in spirit – with recommendations for books, films, podcasts, culture, food and exercise.

Click here