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New scheme offers a ‘Safe Place’ for vulnerable residents in Didcot

A new support network is now available for vulnerable people visiting Wallingford and Didcot.  Safe Places aims to provide a safe location for someone to go if they are feeling lost, worried or threatened.

Those premises taking part in the scheme are identified with a distinctive Safe Places logo in the window, for example local shops, community centres or cafes – this will be issued with the approval of local Thames Valley Police officers.  A list of the locations signed up to the Safe Places scheme can be found at southoxon.gov.uk/safeplaces.

Under the Safe Places scheme people can request a special card to carry with them when out and about.  This provides details of someone to contact if they are in need of help.  Whether you have a Safe Places card or not, you can enter a participating location and ask for assistance.  Staff have been trained and will be able to help keep you safe.

If you or someone you know wishes to request a Safe Places contact card, or you are a business interested in becoming a Safe Place, please email South Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Safety Team via communitysafety@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422593.

Free Parking in the lead-up to Christmas

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Drivers in South Oxfordshire can benefit from free parking in district council car parks on certain days in December. This annual free parking tradition is designed to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents. The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders.

Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in local car parks on the following days next month:

· Wallingford -Thursdays (5, 12,19 December)

· Didcot – Mondays (9, 16, 23 December)

· Goring – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

· Henley – Tuesdays (3, 10, 17 December)

In Vale of White Horse:

· Abingdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

· Faringdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

· Wantage – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Presentation by Cotswold Archaeology

Cotswold Archeological finding

Discovering an Early Iron Age settlement:

Steve Bush and Alistair Barclay of Cotswold Archaeology will be giving a presentation on the finds from the Mactaggart and Mickel development site off Main Road in East Hagbourne.

7.30pm, Friday 8th November 2019 Hagbourne Village Hall

Temporary Road Closure – West Hagbourne, Brook Lane and junction with Park Road 14th-16th Oct

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Road Closure: West Hagbourne , Brook Lane and Park Road

Prohibition of turns to and from Road through Coscote in to Park Road and Brooke Lane.


To facilitate carriageway patching and drainage works.


Starting on 14 October 2019

The anticipated completion date is 16 October 2019 (date included). This is a 24 hour per day closure. (Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)


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


The alternative route for traffic for Brook Lane and Park Road is via Park Road, Wantage Road (B4493), the B4493 new link to  the A417, the A417 to Main Road East Hagbourne and vice versa.

The alternative route for traffic wishing to access East Hagbourne or Park Road from   West Hagbourne is to travel north on the New Road (B4016) to the junction with Broadway, Didcot and continue along Broadway to the Park Road junction. For access to Park Road follow the principal diversion in a clockwise direction down Park Road; and for East Hagbourne follow the principal route in an anti-clockwise direction along the B4493 and A417.

Defibrillator Training

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Now the new defibrillator is in situ at the village hall, the Parish Council is arranging additional training sessions with South Central Ambulance Service.
The sessions will be at Hagbourne Village Hall at 7.30pm, and the following dates are currently available:
Friday 25th October
Friday 8th November
Friday 22nd November
Please contact the Clerk directly on easthagbourneparishcouncil@gmail.com confirming which date you wish to attend.
The training is offered free of charge, with a maximum of 12 people per session.
Thank you!

Laura Lloyd
Parish Clerk, East Hagbourne Parish Council

John Lawson’s Thanksgiving Service

There will be a private family cremation service on Wednesday 9th October followed by a thanksgiving service at St Andrews for all at 11.00am and afterwards at the Fleur.

Many thanks
Geoff Lawson and family

Pet Service news

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Thank you to St Andrew’s for welcoming and blessing our pets.  A wonderful selection of 10 dogs, 3 rabbits, 2 cats, a tortoise and a Shetland pony as well as many children filled the church.

Village Produce Show Cup Winners:

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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 rogerdavidb@outlook.com .

Roger Bartlett

Speed watch Co-ordinator

Hagbourne School Swimming Pool – Volunteers needed

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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,
rosie@jackson-kilham.net or Sylvia Wilcox 01235 814648,
sylvia.wilcox@ntlworld.com and we will deliver the instruction sheet, material and template to you.  Thank you.

Hagbourne Village Show at Village Hall – Sunday 15th September

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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.