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The next HAMS production will be Our Town by Thornton Wilder on 20th, 22nd and 23rd of March 2019.

Poster for Hams production 'Our Town'

The next HAMS production will be Our Town by Thornton Wilder on 20th, 22nd and 23rd of March 2019.

Ticket prices are £9.50 for Friday & Saturday nights.
The Performance on Wednesday 20th is reduced to £7.00 as it’s the Preview.
Bar opens at 6.45pm  / performance at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from:
        * Village Post Office (during Post Office hours),
        * vivstocks@aol.com  / 01235 815344
        *On line booking : tickets here


It’s only a few weeks now until Hagbourne Village Hall is lovingly transformed into Small-town New Hampshire, and we all drift back to life as it was in the early years of the last century. You won’t hear American accents but you WILL witness a homely tale of love, life and beyond in a community which, although distant in time and place, remains endearingly familiar.

It is 100 years since the famous three-act play Our Town was first presented in the United States. Its ground-breaking style and staging has kept it relevant and performed almost continuously in the USA ever since, and it remains a favourite of US drama societies, large and small.

In comparison, Our Town is seldom staged in the UK, so HAMS are particularly proud to present it as our 10th annual production.

  • Box Office: 01235 815344 or online via the HAMS Facebook page (search HAMSdrama )
  • Bar opens 6:45pm, curtain-up at 7:30pm (Note: there are three acts/two intervals).
  • Preview performance on Wednesday 20th March (reduced price).
  • Presented in Association with Samuel French, London.

Age note: There is no age limit, but Our Town may not be fully appreciated by young children.

East Hagbourne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – 14th March

Following the independent examination of the East Hagbourne neighbourhood plan, South Oxfordshire District Council has agreed that the plan should now proceed to referendum.

The referendum will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019. The Polling Station is at East Hagbourne Pavilion and voting hours are from 7am until 10pm.

To vote you must be registered to vote in local elections by Tuesday 26 February 2019 and live in the referendum area, i.e. East Hagbourne parish. Make sure you Register to Vote if you haven’t already.

The Referendum will ask:

“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?”

The Neighbourhood Plan contains policies covering the following topics:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Village Character
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure and Community Facilities
  • Transport and Access
  • Green Space and Environment

Full details can be found on the SODC website here.

A paper copy of the report is available to view in St Andrew’s Church.


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb) – come & visit our Shop

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The Shop supports Fairtrade Fortnight by having a special display of products grown by farmers and workers in developing countries. In fact it’s perhaps surprising how many of our regular items come into the Fairtrade category. Please show your support for this campaign by buying Fairtrade during this special event. Mary’s really tasty marmalade sold for another good cause (Christian Aid) is made with Seville oranges and Fairtrade sugar. This is available throughout the year and it makes a great gift.

REMINDER: Temporary Road Closure – 28th Jan to 1st Feb

LOCATION: West Hagbourne, Main Street-L/A Horse & Harrow Public House

REASON: To facilitate Three new water mains connections

DURATION: Starting on 28 January 2019

The anticipated completion date is 1 February 2019

ACCESS: 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


London Road-Harwell Link Road-B4493-Park Road-Brook Lane-Main Street and vice versa

Food waste tours for the public

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Please find below dates of waste tours for the year:

The food waste is sent to the anaerobic digestion facility based in Wallingford, the tour will show you how your food waste is turned into electricity and a liquid fertilizer.

All tours start at 10am and last around 1.5 hours.

  • June 6th
  • August 7th
  • October 3rd
  • November 19th 

The black bin waste is sent to an energy from waste plant based in Ardley. Here the waste is incinerated to generate electricity. The tour will start with a presentation and then you will enjoy a guided tour around the plant.

Tours start at 10am and last around 2.5 hours.

  • February 25th
  • April 11th
  • July 8th
  • October 31st

Please let me know at: waste.team@southandvale.gov.uk if you are interested in attending any of the dates and I can reserve you spaces and send you more information about the day. Tours spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Best Wishes,

Let’s Make our Village Sparkle!

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We, on the Parish Council, are very aware of the many people who contribute to keeping our parish looking good, by picking litter, cutting the grass and generally looking after their own gardens and frontage as well as wider afield, including our allotments, footpaths and public spaces.
However, some areas are looking a little worn and we feel it is time to give the village a sensitive make-over to keep it looking good into the future.  Key elements to address are: those areas of pavements and roadways that are worn, tackling debris and weeds in road gutters, and keeping road drains and the stream clear and flowing.
During 2019 we will be giving thought to what we can do as villagers ourselves, and what additional resources we can bring to bear with the help of OCC and SODC.
Please see the document :
We can all be part of this effort, but we would welcome people to be more closely involved – please contact the Clerk or any Councillor if you are interested!

Advice to prevent chimney fires

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Nearly 50% of all chimney fires happen during January, February and March. If you enjoy cosying up in front of a log fire, make sure the sparks don’t fly at home this winter by taking a look at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Services top tips https://bit.ly/2SS9RbD #chimney #fires

Free Bus Service to Tesco

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There is a free bus service to Tesco Store on Tuesdays from West Hagbourne: 9.50 – Bus Shelter, Main Street, East Hagbourne: 9.53 – School, 9.56 – New Road Bus Shelter and returning from Tesco at 12.00 midday. This information is for guidance only and is subject to change without notice. Operated by Tappins Coaches.


There is the Community Bus to Wallingford on Friday’s too!  Starting from Windsor Crescent, East Hagbourne at 10.15am and returning from Wallingford at 1.15pm from the Market Square, by the Corn Exchange. You will need to register to use this service an obtain tickets, £2 each way, from our Post Office before you travel. This service has been commissioned by the Downland Villages Transport Group.

2018 Christmas Tree Festival Winners – well done Knitwits!

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The 2018 St.Andrew’s Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival is officially over for another year (although most trees will remain on view) and the vote counting is done.

As announced at the Ring and Sing on the last night of the festival, the three trees that were the favourites of the most people were . . .

1st The Knitwits (photo)

2nd Cat’s Whiskers (a first time sponsor)

3rd Hagbourne Pre-School

Well done to them, and to all of the talented groups and businesses that sponsored a tree this year.

More news to follow regarding the donation totals.

Happy Christmas from the Christmas Tree Festival and all at St. Andrew’s church.

2018 Christmas Tree Festival – lit up by the Mayor

Image Mayor of Didcot, Councillor Bill Service and his wife Angela in front of a Christmas tree
The 2018 Christmas Tree Festival at St. Andrew’s Hagbourne was lit up on its first Saturday by the arrival of the Mayor of nearby Didcot, Councillor Bill Service and his wife Angela. The opening included music, crafts and home-made soups and cakes and a Christmas sing-along, followed by the official switch-on of 30 trees, decorated by local groups and businesses.
The Christmas Tree Festival runs until Dec 18th in aid of the church and the young carer’s charity, Be Free YC. A full programme can be found elsewhere on this site, or by searching online for hagbournetreefest.

Community Bus Service to Wallingford

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Community Bus Service to Wallingford takes place on Fridays starting from Windsor Crescent, East Hagbourne at 10.15am and returning from Wallingford at 1.15pm from the Market Square, by the Corn Exchange. You will need to register to use this service an obtain tickets, £2 each way, from our Post Office before you travel. This service has been commissioned by the Downland Villages Transport Group.

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival Activities & The Big Wassail


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. Refreshments always available.

Saturday 8 Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Homemade Soup Lunch
  • Children’s Craft Activities
  • “Present Corner” open noon onwards Official Festival Opening with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies & Christmas Sing Song
  • Tree ‘Lighting Up’!

Sunday 9th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Parish Eucharist
  • Kate Gooday Piano Student’s Concert

Mon 10th – see poster for exact timings

  • Hagbourne School Concert

Thurs 13th – see poster for exact timings

  • Pre-school visit to the Trees
  • Ukulele session

Fri 14th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • The Big Wassail
    (Carols and Local Entertainment)

Sat 15th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Soup Lunches and Festival Raffle“Present Corner” open noon to 3pm
  • The Nightingale Singers
  • Hagbourne Community Choir

Sun 16th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Parish Eucharist
  • Festival of nine lessons and carols

Tues 18th Dec – see poster for exact timings

  • Ring ‘n’ Sing
  • Favourite Tree Announced

Festival Ends

EVERYDAY 10am-5pm Tree viewing and refreshments

Please Support our Festival Patrons

East Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival

Thirty beautiful Christmas Trees are festively decorated by local businesses, clubs and community groups for the duration of the festival. Visitors are invited to come along, enjoy the trees, have a home-made cake and refreshment and vote for their favourite.

Every year a wonderful programme of entertainment is put together to run alongside the festival so you can enjoy carols, music, bell ringing, concerts, plays, poetry and much, much more all in the surroundings of the trees. A full programme of events is shown below.

All proceeds go to the church and a local charity that is nominated each year.

For 2018, our charity is Be Free YC, the South Oxfordshire charity who do great work with youngsters who also have to care for relatives who are disabled, unwell or have other difficulties. Such young carers can become invisible in our communities, and they can miss much of the fun and friendship this is an important part of growing up. You can read more about Be Free YC at https://befreeyc.org.uk and we hope you can join us in supporting them.

Our festival is enabled by our generous patrons . . .

If you’d like to be involved either as a festival patron, a tree sponsor or an entertainer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.