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Map of footpath by village hall
A number of people recently volunteered to help the Parish Council with an application to ensure the footpath alongside Hagbourne Village Hall is officially noted as a public right of way.
It is evidently a very well used footpath and has been for over 100 years according to some historical local maps – but has never been officially registered.  As it is such a well used route it is important to record it correctly.
In order to reach as many people as possible, the form is attached to this article.  If you would like to complete it to support the application we would be most grateful.  Please complete the form individually as requested on the statement form – and feel free to send this to anyone else you know who could complete one and help the application.
The period of time we need evidence to cover is 20 years (so since 2000), but current users of the path who have shorter usage timeframes can also provide important evidence, particularly with the proximity to the school.  Those who have been using the path for several decades will be very much appreciated.
The statement attached is a little long winded but thankfully short answers will typically cover most questions.  A suitable map showing the route has already been added on page 6 of the document to save you some time.  Please note the specific request for initials only on the map rather than a full signature so you don’t get caught out!
The clerk is happy to accept scanned or photographed copies of the completed documents if you have this option, if not then please do pop your paper copy into the letterbox at 12A The Croft, East Hagbourne (but only as part of your daily exercise in current circumstances as this is not essential).
If you are able to complete and return the form by 26th February that would be very helpful, if you need a little more time or have any questions please contact the clerk


Laura, Parish Clerk

Hagbournes & Upton Group for Sustainability

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The first HUGS Annual General Meeting at 2.00pm will be held on on Saturday the 27th of February.

Having started up last summer, we’re now a larger group on the committee and are managing public funding for our owl project, so we now need to be more formal in how we run our activities.

We’re keen that lots of you join us from the three villages at the AGM and find out more about our plans for the 2021/2022 work programme.

Zoom link for AGM Meeting ID: 816 8730 9468 Passcode: 282936

If you have ideas for future projects that you’d like to see HUGS run, do send us your thoughts to by February the 20th and we can talk about them together in the meeting.

The Agenda and supporting documents will be posted at

Happy Christmas from HAMS!

Thanks for your support earlier this year.  Wishing you all the best for next one! love from HAMS


The councillor grant scheme is now open again, where every councillor has £5,000 to help fund projects in their ward.
South Oxfordshire District Council are trying to encourage applications for projects that will contribute to their new corporate plan priorities, in particular to protect and restore our natural world; action on the climate emergency and improved economic and community well-being. The funding is ideal for projects which are relatively low in costs and can complete within a year.
To make an application, you should first get in touch with either of our District Councillors to discuss your project:
Then submit an online application via the SODC website, which also has more information about the grants and guidance notes for making an application.
The scheme will close at noon on Friday 5 February 2021.

Bus Timetable change – Jan 2020

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There are big changes to the 94 bus schedule starting in January (exact date not yet known).

The bus will no longer do the circular route, but after EH will go to Blewbury then Upton, WH (Horse & Harrow) and then continue to Chilton and Harwell campus, following the same route back.

Good news is that there will be a Saturday service. The weekday school buses will continue. Details will be in the December parish magazine and the timetable here.


Route 94 – January 2021

Remembrance gathering

Memorial cross

Over 40 people gathered at the village war memorial for an Act of Remembrance this morning, led by Fr Jason, attended by over 40 people all following Covid guidelines. It was moving to hear Fr Jason read out the names of members of the Forces from The Hagbournes who lost their lives during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Richard Allen and Iain Duff laid wreaths at Lower Cross in their memory.

Pet Service Success!

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Thank you for bringing your families and pets to the Pet Service in West Hagbourne on Sunday.

We had a great turnout including: 9 dogs, 2 goats, 1 Shetland pony, 2 tortoises (in hibernation) and 78 cows (nearby) and many more in our hearts.

Thank you for everyone’s help –  from the organising – to baking cakes.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire

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Healthwatch Oxfordshire wants to know what it is like living in the Didcot area about what it is like to find and use health care and local services. 

An information stand will be in the Village Car Park on Wednesday 21st October from 1.30-4.30pm.  

The more people share their experiences the more likely we can facilitate change. You will be welcomed at the stand to share your views however if you are unable to do so, there are two anonymous online surveys that can be completed instead – please see the links below.


The work is part of a project by Healthwatch Oxfordshire focusing on market towns, particularly looking at the impact that population growth has had on local services.


Rosalind Pearce, the Executive Director of Healthwatch Oxfordshire, said: “This is a real chance for people living in Didcot and surrounding area to have their say on what local services are working well and what they would like to see improved.


“We will pass on what we are told to service commissioners and providers so please do use this opportunity to make your views known to local decision-makers!”


Anyone who would like to talk this through over the phone, or who would like a paper copy or a translated version of the survey to be posted out, can call 01865 520520.  Paper copies will also be available at the information stand. 


To find out more about Healthwatch Oxfordshire see