Local News

Let’s Make our Village Sparkle!

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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

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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 https://bit.ly/2SS9RbD #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.

2018 Christmas Tree Festival Winners – well done Knitwits!

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The 2018 St.Andrew’s Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival is officially over for another year (although most trees will remain on view) and the vote counting is done.

As announced at the Ring and Sing on the last night of the festival, the three trees that were the favourites of the most people were . . .

1st The Knitwits (photo)

2nd Cat’s Whiskers (a first time sponsor)

3rd Hagbourne Pre-School

Well done to them, and to all of the talented groups and businesses that sponsored a tree this year.

More news to follow regarding the donation totals.

Happy Christmas from the Christmas Tree Festival and all at St. Andrew’s church.

2018 Christmas Tree Festival – lit up by the Mayor

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The 2018 Christmas Tree Festival at St. Andrew’s Hagbourne was lit up on its first Saturday by the arrival of the Mayor of nearby Didcot, Councillor Bill Service and his wife Angela. The opening included music, crafts and home-made soups and cakes and a Christmas sing-along, followed by the official switch-on of 30 trees, decorated by local groups and businesses.
The Christmas Tree Festival runs until Dec 18th in aid of the church and the young carer’s charity, Be Free YC. A full programme can be found elsewhere on this site, or by searching online for hagbournetreefest.

Community Bus Service to Wallingford

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Community Bus Service to Wallingford takes place on Fridays 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.

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival Activities & The Big Wassail

2018 CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL EVENTS

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. Refreshments always available.

Saturday 8 Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Homemade Soup Lunch
  • Children’s Craft Activities
  • “Present Corner” open noon onwards Official Festival Opening with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies & Christmas Sing Song
  • Tree ‘Lighting Up’!

Sunday 9th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Parish Eucharist
  • Kate Gooday Piano Student’s Concert

Mon 10th – see poster for exact timings

  • Hagbourne School Concert

Thurs 13th – see poster for exact timings

  • Pre-school visit to the Trees
  • Ukulele session

Fri 14th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • The Big Wassail
    (Carols and Local Entertainment)

Sat 15th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Soup Lunches and Festival Raffle“Present Corner” open noon to 3pm
  • The Nightingale Singers
  • Hagbourne Community Choir

Sun 16th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Parish Eucharist
  • Festival of nine lessons and carols

Tues 18th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Ring ‘n’ Sing
  • Favourite Tree Announced

Festival Ends

EVERYDAY 10am-5pm Tree viewing and refreshments

Please Support our Festival Patrons

East Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival

Thirty beautiful Christmas Trees are festively decorated by local businesses, clubs and community groups for the duration of the festival. Visitors are invited to come along, enjoy the trees, have a home-made cake and refreshment and vote for their favourite.

Every year a wonderful programme of entertainment is put together to run alongside the festival so you can enjoy carols, music, bell ringing, concerts, plays, poetry and much, much more all in the surroundings of the trees. A full programme of events is shown below.

All proceeds go to the church and a local charity that is nominated each year.

For 2018, our charity is Be Free YC, the South Oxfordshire charity who do great work with youngsters who also have to care for relatives who are disabled, unwell or have other difficulties. Such young carers can become invisible in our communities, and they can miss much of the fun and friendship this is an important part of growing up. You can read more about Be Free YC at https://befreeyc.org.uk and we hope you can join us in supporting them.

Our festival is enabled by our generous patrons . . .

If you’d like to be involved either as a festival patron, a tree sponsor or an entertainer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:

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

East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan

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SODC has now reviewed our Neighbourhood Plan and you can read the key documents on their web site here.

A paper copy is also available to consult in St Andrew’s Church.

SODC has appointed an independent examiner and following the statutory publicity period, ending 4th January 2019, he will deliver his report.  Any comments received by SODC will be forwarded to the examiner.

A further review will be needed to incorporate any changes required by the examiner.  SODC will then publish a final version to go to a referendum by residents.

We expect the referendum to take place on Thursday 14th March 2019.

The full set of documents is bulky, but we encourage you to read at least the policies in the main report, Chapter 4.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The East Hagbourne Community Shop has been nominated for a Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscar’!

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The East Hagbourne Community Shop has been nominated for a Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscar’!

Please support the nomination by signing the sheet that is inside the shop and encourage your friends too.

You can also support the nomination at:

The shop address to fill in the online form is:

114 New Road, East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire, OX11 9LD.

 

Christmas Free Parking

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Christmas FREE car parking

SODC are providing FREE parking in our district council owned car parks in the run up to Christmas.  Take advantage of this offer up to Christmas Eve and enjoy shopping locally and buying the perfect gift in the impressive range of independent shops we have in our towns.

You can park for free at the following locations and dates:

  • Didcot – every Monday from 3 December
  • Goring – every Saturday from 1 December
  • Henley – every Tuesday from 4 December
  • Thame – every Saturday from 1 December
  • Wallingford – every Thursday from 6 December

East Hagbourne Parish Council – Parish Clerk Vacancy

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PARISH CLERK AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER VACANCY

The Parish Council seeks to employ a home-based, part-time clerk, working a minimum of 10 hours per week. The position will be available with effect from the beginning of January 2019. The successful applicant will be responsible for organising the monthly evening parish council meetings, supporting the parish councillors, managing the parish cemetery and managing the Council finances.

Full details of the job are set out in the further particulars which are available on request.

The applicant should possess excellent administration, communication and IT skills (particularly Word and Excel).

Salary will be NJC Pay Spine, point 26 – £23,866pa – pro-rata for hours worked.

Full details of the position are available from Cllr Derek Button, derekbutton987@btinternet.com

Applications should be made by email and be supported by your CV.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2018. Interviews will take place early in December.