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East Hagbourne Safari Supper

Saturday, 13th October 2018

It is now time to sign up for the 4th East Hagbourne Safari Supper which this year is in aid of Friends of St. Andrew’s, and Medecins sans Frontieres. The price of the 3-course dinner including pre-dinner drinks and coffee and mints is £25 per person and everyone takes their own drinks. Here is our proposed itinerary for the evening:

6.30 pm Meet at St. Andrew’s Church for a drink and some canapés. There you will be given an envelope containing the name and address of your host for the main course.

7.30 pm Walk to main course venue taking your own drinks with you. At the end of the main course a second envelope will be given with your dessert location.

8.45 pm Walk to dessert venue.

9.45 pm Walk to The Fleur de Lys for coffee and mints and the opportunity to buy an after dinner drink to round off the evening.

In order to get this event off the ground, we need you to sign up, buy tickets and let us know if you are willing to host a main course or dessert course (which including yourselves would be for 8 to 10 people, or more), or provide canapes (for 15 people) or simply to come along and safari around the village. If you would just like to safari, tickets will be available from the Post Office and any member of the Hagbourne Action Group. Please can you make sure you fill in the form below and hand in when buying tickets. Cheques made payable to “Hagbourne Action Group”.

If you are willing to be a host or a provider of canapés, there will be a reduction against one ticket to help towards expenses as follows:

Canapes – one ticket reduced from £25 to £20

Main Course – one ticket reduced from £25 to £15

Dessert Course – one ticket reduced from £25 to £17

Please fill in the slip on the poster and return it by Friday 31st August, along with your cheque to either:

Di Duff – 24 Main Road dianajduff@gmail.com (01235-813349) Vivien Stocks – 26 Main Road vivstocks@aol.com (01235-815344)

Wildlife activies on the Railway Embankment

Sustrans has arranged a number of interesting wildlife activities over the Summer :

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June Moth, Bat and Butterfly event:

– Join us trapping moths and listening to bats on Friday 29th from 9pm until late (starts at Chapel furlong, Upton)

– or the following morning to see what we found and look for butterflies (starts end of Lake Road, East Hagbourne)

Wednesday evenings between 20th June and 18th July:

– evening butterfly walks (7-9pm) meeting at Hagbourne Village Hall in East Hagbourne.

Hedgehog survey

– we are looking for volunteers to help run a hedgehog survey on the Sustrans route. This involves putting our camera traps and baited footprint collecting tunnels.

If we get sufficient volunteers the survey will run for 10 days from 23rd July to 3rd August. Volunteering would involve a training session then committing to walking the route to replenish the bait and paper at least two evenings during the survey period.

For information on any of these activities please contact lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk

Village Scarecrow results

Thank you to everyone for entering!

The total amount raised by you all was fantastic and will be summarised in the Parish Magazine. Well done to you all!

The final results are:-


Perseus, Medusa and Pegasus by the Manor Farm Laners


The Gruffalo by Paul, Nikki, Archie & Stevie Godding

Tied 3rd:

The Howlin Wolf by The Howlin Family

The Headless Horseman by The Lloyd Family

A Blessing of Unicorns by Rowan, Cecily & Theodora Smith

Hagbourne Summer Fete – this Saturday!

The Hagbourne Summer Fete – Saturday, 23rd June 1pm at Hagbourne Recreation Ground and Pavilion. Fun Dog Show and Fancy Dress Parade. Decorated stalls and Blewbury Brass Band. Theme: Myths and Legends. Grand Draw with Williams Formula 1 Amazing Prize.

Fun Run Results are in!

The 2018 fun run was blessed with beautiful weather. Despite the heat runners (and walkers) achieved some very good times.

BBC Radio Oxford Community Appeals

BBC Radio Oxford Community Appeals

There is a new feature launching soon for local people who might like to make an appeal to BBC Radio Oxford listeners. 

It’s called ‘Shout Out Oxfordshire’ and will give community groups, clubs, charities, etc. the chance to make a 45 second appeal to our listeners, free of charge, which will be repeated every day for at least a week, and go on the BBC Radio Oxford iPlayer for a month. It could be used to ask for more members or volunteers, donations of items, skills or time, more people to use a community service, or something else, but not money.

If you would like more details of how to take part, please email me with some basic info about the appeal (including any deadline), or if you know someone else who might like to have a go, please forward this email on to them. 

Email: shoutoutoxfordshire@bbc.co.uk

All the best.

Mark Watson,

Broadcast Journalist, Producer & Music Manager.