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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


Village Produce Show

Table of vegetables

The Show took place this year in the unprecedented circumstances of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, leading to a sideways shift of venue into the Village Hall car park to enable social distancing to be observed, visitor details collected on entry, and extensive health and safety requirements to be met. The unusual sight of masked ladies and gentlemen wearing gloves and serving teas from behind the playground fence was probably a first for the village. The scene was set against a backdrop of six rather jolly bunting-clad gazebos dotted around the carpark, all of which were delightful but the prettiest of which was undoubtedly the Village Shop stall, beautifully designed and curated by the very talented Chris and Mark. We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine, kind people lending gazebos and even coming to put them up very early on Sunday morning, huge support from the marvellous village bakers, dedicated volunteers on the tea stall, excellent entries in all categories and a great turnout on the day from villagers happy to have a village event to come to!

The number of categories was restricted to 5 this year: Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers, Plants and Lockdown Projects. The number and quality of entries in each category was excellent and reflected the time and energy spent on allotments, vegetable plots and creative projects during the year.

Francesca Lloyd – age 6, scooped best in class in the Plant category and Best in Show. The judge commented on the importance of cultivating the interest of children in gardening and noted: ‘I am so impressed at Francesca managing to get an avocado plant growing – well done! This is very impressive – a good root system is now established, and it can now be potted on as a great plant!’

In the Fruit category, Erica’s pears won Best in Class, with Caroline Hunt’s apples being highly commended. We had an impressive number of entries in the Vegetable category, with Iain Duff’s onions judged as Best In Class, the uniformity of David Rickeard’s runner beans and the beauty of Charles Stutley’s tomatoes highly commended. In the Lockdown Project category, Cheryl Forrester won Best in Class for her fine silver necklace, and in the Flowers, Jane Drew won Best in Class for her exquisite white tinged with pink dahlia, while Caroline Hunt was commended for her arrangement and ‘understanding of colour palette but keeping it beautifully simple’. The Community Cup was won by two of our favourite people in the village – Darren and Ruth – for their outstanding commitment to the community during lockdown, providing us with food and beer to help keep us cheerful. Takings on the day enabled us to make a donation of £50 to the Friends of St Andrews.

We were delighted to be joined at Show by the newly formed Hagbournes and Upton Group for Group (HUGS) which promotes household level and village sustainability projects, supports nature’s recovery and campaigns for a greener future (

We have had many lovely thank you messages from around the village for holding the event. Huge thanks must go to the dedication of our Committee without whom the Show could not have gone on, Geoff and Linda for their support and opening the hall horribly early, the Parish Council for letting us use the car park, our fantastic team of tea stall helpers, our sponsors – The Fleur de Lys and the Village Shop, and our wonderful judges, Richard Roslyn, Head Gardener at Blewbury Manor, for his extensive knowledge and assessments, and Baz for her informed and insightful judging of so many excellent entries. Finally, a massive thank you to all of those who came and made it such a special and joyful occasion.

Felicity Topping, Chair, Village Produce Show

Village Hall Pathway

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The Parish Council and Village Hall Committee have agreed to request that the path alongside the village hall is correctly registered as a Public Right Of Way and included on the Definitive Map as such.  It has been very well used for access to the school and village hall for several decades at least in its current state.
To do this, we need your help!
As part of the application process, we need to establish how many residents would be prepared to confirm their ongoing use of the footpath over the last 20+ years, as supporting evidence.  There is a simple form to complete if the application proceeds.
We would therefore be very grateful to all residents or other path users who can verify their path usage in order to progress this and ensure the path is identified as a public right of way moving forward.  Please see the attached map indicating the path in question.
Please email to confirm you would be happy to help.