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St Andrew’s Church Discussion Day – January 2020

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Sunday & weekday services in church

It was good to take time out, to meet together in the Village Hall on a Saturday morning in January. Fr Jason introduced a general discussion on ‘Worshipping together’ and we reflected on Romans 12:1-21.

In the first session we were encouraged to think about some of the roles which people undertake in our weekly services, and Jason challenged us to wonder whether God might be calling us to get involved in a new way: whether simply to sit in the pew, welcome people to services, make coffee or to take part in the service (eg lead intercessions, read a lesson, join the choir, help prepare/serve Holy Communion etc). He offered to arrange training if required, eg for people leading intercessions, preparing/serving Holy Communion.

After a break for coffee and chatting, we considered the worship at St Andrews and there was an opportunity for everyone to share views about different aspects of church services, how we worship, or anything that had particularly inspired us or helped our worship over the last year. Jason asked who would be interested to meet as a group, 3-4 times over the coming year, to talk about regular & special services (eg the monthly Family/All Age service). If you are interested to find out more email jenny.balshaw@gmail.com.

St Andrew’s PCC

Historic Footpath Sign Reinstated

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The Grange Path footpath sign at Lower Cross has been missing for a few months after its wooden post rotted away. This sign dates back to the early 1970s, when East Hagbourne was still part of Berkshire, so while not as venerable as some of the surrounding houses is a part of our history worth looking after.

The sign has been carefully restored, repainted and mounted on a new post in its original position where it will hopefully continue to point towards Berkshire for many years to come

There are at least two other similar signs around the village – can you spot them?

HAMS tickets now on sale!

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Hi, Tickets are now available for HAMS’s next production : “OUR DAY OUT” – Written by Willy Russell.  ‘ School misfits are on a bus trip: what could possibly go wrong’.

The production dates, times and ticket prices are as follows:

Wednesday, 11th March  PREVIEW PERFORMANCE – Adult Ticket £7.00 / £6.00 for those in full time education.  Doors open 6.45 / Performance 7.30

Friday, 13th March – Adult Ticket £10.00 / £6.00 for those in full time education.  Doors open 6.45 / Performance 7.30

Saturday, 14th March – MATINEE PERFORMANCE – Adult Ticket £10.00 / £6.00 for those in full time education.  Doors open 1.45 / Performance 2.30

Saturday 14th March – Evening performance – Adult Ticket £10.00 / £6.00 for those in full time education.   Doors open 6.45 / Performance 7.30

And there will be a bar.


+  Hagbourne Village Shop  (during post office hours)

+  Online at www.wegottickets.com/hams  (a small booking fee applies)

+  From me at 01235-815344

Hope to see you there.

Vivien Stocks

Christmas Waste

Christmas and New Year Collection Calendar and Christmas Tree disposal info can be found here

Village Speedwatch

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East Hagbourne Speedwatch Group(EHSG) were finally up and running yesterday afternoon (26th Nov) along New Road. Whilst we were only up and running for an hour, it was pleasing to note that we only had two vehicles speeding excessively!

A big thank you to the speedwatch members that attended and to the other members unable to attend, but who have volunteered to help in future sessions.

In the coming weeks and months more sessions will be held at various locations and times around the village, and hopefully encouraging motorists to be aware of their speed and driving behaviour in our village.

Roger Bartlett

Speedwatch Coordinator

Christmas Tree Festival Events

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In addition to the events, the church is open daily from 10 to 5pm so please do come to enjoy the trees and vote for your favourite. Entrance is free. Refreshments always available.


Saturday 7 Dec

12:00-2:00pm Soup Lunch

2:00-4:00pm Children’s Craft Activities “Present Corner” open noon onwards

From 3:30pm Official Festival Opening with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies & Christmas Sing Song with Hagbourne school choir

4:15pm Tree ‘Lighting Up’ with the Mayor of Didcot

Sunday 8 Dec

10:30am Parish Eucharist

3:30pm Kate Gooday Piano Student’s Concert

Monday 9 Dec

6:00pm Hagbourne School Carol Service

Tuesday 10 Dec

11:00am Pre-school visit to the Trees

Thursday 12 Dec

11:00am Ukulele strum-along

Friday 13 Dec

6.30pm Carols in the Close with Blewbury Brass Band

Saturday 14 Dec

12 noon Soup Lunch

“Present Corner” open noon to 3pm

12:30pm The Nightingale Singers

2:00pm Hagbourne Community Choir

Sunday 15 Dec

10:30am Parish Eucharist

5:00pm Festival of nine lessons and carols

Friday 20 Dec

7:00pm The Big Wassail

Favourite Tree Announced

Raffle prize winners announced

Festival Ends

EVERYDAY 10:00am to 5.00pm Tree viewing and Festival Café open

Tickets are available at the Festival Café for the Festival Raffle with many fantastic prizes and an opportunity to win a beautiful homemade Christmas cake by correctly guessing its weight

Didcot Greenway Wildlife Workdays

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Come and help us look after butterfly and wildflower habitat on National Cycle Route 544

Sat 16th Nov 10am – noon Meet at Upton Village Hall, OX11 9HX

Weds 4th Dec 10.30am – noon Meet at Upton Village Hall Weds

22nd Jan 10.30am – noon Meeting point tbc

Weds 12th Feb 10.30am – noon Meeting point tbc

Contact lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk or 07501017686 to join. Please let us know if you plan to come in case of changes to plan. Wear sturdy clothes and bring gloves and loppers if you have them.


Thanks to support from Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment

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Safe Places

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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.