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Yearly Archives: 2020

St Andrew’s church re-opening

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Hagbourne Church – we’re unlocked!

St Andrew’s Church will be open for private prayer from 1st July on:

Wednesdays from 10am-12 noon & Saturdays from 2-4pm

Please observe social distancing.

Everyone welcome.

Hagbourne Garden Club – Plant Sale update

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As we are unable to hold our annual Plant Sale, Hagbourne Garden Club will be offering plants for sale on various tables around the village from Monday 18th May – 1st June.  Tables will be located at The Gables, 20 Main Rd, 5 Higgs Close and outside the village shop.  If anyone has plants they would like to donate, please leave at The Gables, 20 Main Rd from 16th May.  If you have problems delivering your plants, call Sally on 01235 352275 There will be honesty boxes located on the tables.  Please make sure you obey the social distancing required.

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

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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.


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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


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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


East Hagbourne Parish Council update

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The impact of the Coronvirus COVID-19 crisis on the ability of all parish councils to hold their statutory meetings has caused the government to remove the need for meetings to be in person. Whilst we await clarification of the change in law, the Parish Council formally resolved at its virtual meeting on 26 March in the interests of public health to approve temporary delegated authority under Section 101, Local Government Act 1972 to transact normal business of the Council to the Proper Officer of the Council (Clerk) Laura Lloyd, acting in consultation with the Chairman and councillors until the ban on public meetings is lifted. This means the Council will use email and virtual meetings to consider strategic issues, with routine and administrative business handled by the Clerk and nominated councillors.    
The cemetery will continue to operate and accept interments at this time.  The Clerk, Laura Lloyd, is the burial authority for the parish and will work with funeral directors (with the guidance of the Chairman of the Cemetery committee) to ensure that any government guidelines relating to COVID-19 restrictions are followed. 

Sunday Church service – online

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CHURN BENEFICE SUNDAY SERVICE – 29 March 2020 … 10:30 am DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (remember the clocks go forward!)

Fr Jason will be leading the service and Revd Louise will be giving the short talk.  There will be music from the Blewbury choir (recorded before the lock down).  To join in follow the joining instructions below.  We hope to see you there!

If you haven’t yet been part of a Go To Meeting group, here’s what you do:

Five minutes before the session begins, click on this link:
This will enable you to download the app. Download the app and follow the instructions.
When it asks you for a meeting ID or access code, enter this Access Code: 483-444-037-
That should take you straight in. (If a webpage with an advert for Go To Meeting comes up, ignore it. You don’t need to sign up for an account – only the host does)
If you have been part of a Go To Meeting group, it’s a one-click job.

Just click on this link, and it will start up the app and take you straight to the meeting:


Firstly Jason in

Annual Litter Pick – best ever volunteer turn out – thank you!

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A big thank you to everyone who came to the Litter Pick. It was a huge success with so many folk turning up! The sun was shining and the air was fresh.

A special thanks to Laura Lloyd who actually does all the organising and Crispin (via Mish Topping) who, day to day is out there in our village picking up litter. It makes a real difference!


EHPC advice for Villagers re the Coronavirus

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Dear Neighbour,

We know these are worrying times and many of us will need to isolate ourselves at some point because of Coronavirus. It may be difficult for you to go out and get the things you need – or you may know people in this position and want to help them. Being in isolation may also be very lonely. East Hagbourne is a community full of caring neighbours who would like to offer assistance if you need it.

We can:
* Help collect items, for example prescriptions or shopping
* Give you a call if you are feeling alone
* Take out your bins
* Post mail

If you need any help, or if you would like to volunteer to help others, please email us at We will do our best to help.

If it is urgent, or you don’t have email, please text or call us on 07568 395228 or the clerk on 07891 551851.

For food deliveries, we note that the village community shop is offering home deliveries to vulnerable parishioners – please call 01235 811815 (between 9.00 and 12.00) or email

This initiative is in addition to helping your immediate neighbours directly as many of you are probably doing already.

Additional support and guidance is being offered by AGE Concern Oxfordshire or call 01865 411288 which will connect straight to an answerphone where you can leave your name and contact number for a callback.

If you are feeling unwell, please follow NHS guidance Call NHS 111 or go online to NHS Direct.

This community initiative and leaflet is supported by East Hagbourne Parish Council – if you wish to confirm it is genuine please call the clerk, Laura Lloyd on 07891 551851.

By contacting us, you consent to the use and storage of your personal data in order to facilitate community help. All personal information regarding requests will remain strictly confidential.

Staying in touch with St Andrew’s church

Hi Folks,
We have set up a new email address to help keep the St Andrew’s community in touch during this unprecedented time. Please feel free to use this address if you have any questions or concerns. I will share and or pass on information as appropriate.
Don’t forget to support the village shop. I think there are arrangements in the village to deliver things to people where necessary. We need to stay safe, but we also need to communicate with one another and maintain our social contacts.
We may not be holding services at St. Andrew’s, but we are the church and perhaps this is a time when we Christian soldier are being called to rise to today’s challenges.
Keep safe!
Andrew Kaye
St Andrew’s PCC Chairman


Young volunteers needed urgently to help in the Village Shop

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Many of our volunteers are over 70 so we are desperate for some younger volunteers to help whilst so many people are self-isolating.

If you can help please contact Alice on 01235  813393, text her on 07474 937870, or