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Iain Duff’s Parish Council drop-in Surgery

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The next surgery is on 7th May in the Committee Room in Hagbourne Village Hall from 12.00 to 13.30.

This is not a surgical operation! but rather a chance to tell Iain Face-to-Face what the Parish Council is not doing and what it could do, or just come along and talk to a sympathetic ear.

The Annual Churn Challenge Quiz

Poster for 2019 Churn Quiz

Saturday, May 4th

Hagbourne Village Hall, 7:00pm for 7:30pm

A fun and stimulating quiz contested by teams of up to 8 assembled from  villages and societies in the area, for the honour of carrying away the prestigious Churn  Trophy. Entrance £10 per person including home-made hot supper. Please support our bar and raffle as all the evening’s proceeds will be split between Christian Aid and Style Acre.  To enter a team, please contact Doug Amos on (01235) 814024.

Notification of Road Closures: A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment and Surface Reconstruction

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A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment and Surface Reconstruction

Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out the following maintenance work at the Chieveley Interchange over the spring and summer 2019. We will be:

  • replacing the expansion joints and waterproofing material within the M4 westbound carriageway at junction 13,
  • carrying out concrete repairs to the bridge,
  • resurfacing and renewing the road markings on the M4 westbound carriageway,
  • removing and replacing the road surface and its foundations, and renewing the road markingsaround the entire junction 13 roundabout.We are led by the safety of road users and our workers when we plan roadworks. As this section of road is busy and we need time for materials to harden, we must close junction 13 entirely for several weekends. The weekends in question are listed below.

    Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. We advise you plan ahead of your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

    M4 Junction 13 Bridge Refurbishment

    We will be closing the M4 westbound carriageway between the slip roads over five nights (between 10pm and 6am) starting on Sunday 21 April. In addition, we will then be fully closing the M4 westbound carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 13 from:

  • 10pm on Friday 26 April through to 6am on Monday 29 April
  • 10pm on Friday 10 May through to 6am on Monday 13 May
  • 10pm on Friday 17 May through to 6am on Monday 20 May (Contingency weekend subject to change)

During these closures traffic will be diverted off the M4 via the exit slip road and sent across the junction to rejoin the M4 via the entry slip road.

Upon completion of the full weekend closures, there will be a series of ten overnight closures to reinstate the joints between the slip roads.

We will be closing the entire roundabout at the junction on the following times and dates:

  • 10pm on Friday 7 June through to 6am on Monday 10 June
  • 10pm on Friday 14 June through to 6am on Monday 17 June
  • 10pm on Friday 21 June through to 6am on Monday 24 June
  • 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 6am on Monday 1 July
  • 10pm on Friday 5 July through to 6am on Monday 8 July
  • 10pm on Friday 12 July through to 6am on Monday 15 July
  • 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July (Contingency weekend subject to change)When the roundabout is closed signed diversions will be in place which primarily go via the A4 between junction 12 (Theale) and junction 14 (Shefford Woodlands).A34 traffic will need to exit at Speen then head towards Hungerford for the M4 westbound carriageway, or towards Theale for the M4 eastbound carriageway.

    M4 westbound traffic wishing to access the A34 is advised to exit at junction 12 and travel west along the A4; and M4 eastbound traffic wishing to access the A34 is advised to exit and junction 14 and travel east along the A4.

    Local traffic wishing to access the A34 southbound carriageway or M4 from Graces Lane (Chieveley) will be diverted along the B4009 from Hermitage to Newbury, west along the A4 to Speen then either onto the A34 or along the A4 to Hungerford, then north on the A338 to join the M4 at junction 14.

    When the roundabout is closed access to the Moto Service Area and Hilton Hotel will be maintained from the A34 northbound carriageway only.

    These works are subject to change if weather is bad or due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Confirmed dates for these weekend closures will be advertised in advance on signs along the M4, on the Highways England website and via the media.

    We apologise for any inconvenience or disruption caused during our work. If you have any questions,or if you’d like to know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or emailinfo@highwaysengland.co.uk

The Annual Parish Meeting is this Thursday in The Pavilion @ 1930 – all welcome!

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The Annual Parish Meeting is not a Council meeting, but a meeting where villagers can say what they want to happen in the village during the next year.

There will be a short presentation on the current situation by the Parish Council, but the main focus is for parishioners to influence future policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan and the MacTaggart & Mickel housing development next to the village hall will be discussed and hopefully encourage public participation in the open discussion.

Please see the agenda below.

All electors are welcome from 7pm for refreshments before the meeting starts!

The compost give-away is back!

Poster of Compost giveaway info

The compost give-away is back! Please find attached a poster for our compost give-away event happening on Saturday 11 May at Milton Park (please note the change of location).

MAKE A CHANGE – become a local Councillor

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What does the Parish Council Do?

Your council has an overall responsibility for the wellbeing of your local community.  Their work covers:

  • Improving quality of life for residents
  • Giving communities a democratic voice
  • Representing the village in local issues
  • Being the main point of contact with District and County Services


As a local councillor you can become a voice for your community and make real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve.  Local councillors have three main responsibilities:

  • Decision-making
  • Monitoring
  • Getting involved locally


To stand for council you must:

  • Be a UK or Commonwealth Citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an elector of the local council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant; or work in the area the local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.

The window for submitting your nomination papers is from 26thMarch and the final date and time for their receipt in the elections office will be 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Nomination papers must be delivered in person to the council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton OX14 4SB.

You can find guidance if you are considering standing for election here.

Further information and nomination forms can be obtained from the clerk.

Credit: Information has been adapted from the current NALC election posters which also use this image.



DIDCOT from Village to Garden Town – A talk about Didcot’s past, its future and its impact on surrounding settlements & countryside.

Poster of Talk being offered on Didcot Town
The South Oxfordshire district committee of CPRE invites you to:

DIDCOT from Village to Garden Town – A talk about Didcot’s past, its future and its impact on surrounding settlements & countryside.

By David Taylor – Didcot Historical Society & Andrew Down – South Oxfordshire District Council
Tuesday 9th April, 2019
at  Didcot Baptist Church, 43 Wantage Road, Dicot, OX11 
Doors open 7.15 pm   Talk starts 7.30 pm
Light refreshments will be served.   Entrance Free!!   All welcome.
T: 01491 612079  E: administrator@cpreoxon.org.uk 
Please invite your friends and come along.  We look forward to seeing you there.

GO Active GOLD – Back to Bowls Course

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GO Active GOLD have linked up with East Hagbourne Bowls Club to run a Learn to Bowl course. Sessions will start on Tuesday 7th May at 10.30-11.30am, for 4 weeks. A great social activity with refreshments, all welcome! £2 per session.

Neighbourhood Plan Voting results

Thank you to all who voted in the Neighbourhood Plan referendum on 14 March 2019.

The question was:

“Do you want South Oxfordshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for East Hagbourne Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

and the result:

YES: 360

NO: 25

Turnout 41.3%

You can see the official result notification here

EHNP Referendum result.pdf

The Neighbourhood Plan will now go forward for formal adoption by SODC, which we expect to take place in mid-April.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


Road Closure on New Road 13th-15th March

Map of road closure and alternative routes

New Road, just north of Great Mead, will be closed on 13th, 14th & 15th March.  It will mean the road access is not possible to/from the village via New Road.  Buses will have to use the diversion route shown in the attached map.

Defibrillator Training

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An additional Defibrillator training session has been arranged for Friday 8th March, starting at 7.30pm at the Pavilion.
This is a free session and the feedback from previous sessions has been very positive.
To book a space please contact: easthagbourneparishcouncil@gmail.com

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum: Important update, Roadworks on New Road

On the day of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum, New Road will be closed for roadworks just north of Great Mead and direct access by car to the Pavilion will not be possible for those houses on New Road to the north of Great Mead including Bishop’s Orchard, The Crescent and Little Langlands.

If you would find it difficult to get to the polling station, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

You will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer to arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at Electoral Services, South Oxfordshire District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB or email to elections@southandvale.gov.uk .

Postal vote application forms are available here.

Alternatively, you can call the SODC helpline on 01235 422528 or email elections@southandvale.gov.uk to request one.

The referendum will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019.

The Polling Station is at East Hagbourne Pavilion.

Voting hours are from 7am until 10pm.