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HRH Prince Philip 1921-2021

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East Hagbourne Parish Council appreciates and respects the service of the Duke to the community and offers its sincere condolences to his family.

Easter Service – sunshine, singing & a success!

Church gathering
Live Sunday services have started again in St Andrew’s church!
Around 30 people met together last Sunday for the first service of 2021! As it was a lovely evening we were able to sit outside which meant we were also able to sing some hymns!
It was also good to hear the bells being rung before the service.
We hope to have regular evening services during April and May at 6pm (check our website).
The morning service will continue online for now.

Update on Services in St Andrews during April 2021

Dear All,
Greetings! I thought it would be helpful to give a quick update on services at St Andrew’s during April. I’m now able to provide some services in church , in addition to the Sunday 1030am online service.  No need to book in advance, as I am happy we can provide a safe environment for the numbers who will attend.  We’re not allowed to sing in church, but we are allowed to sing if we are in the churchyard, so the 6pm service might well take place in the churchyard, weather permitting! All services will be fully Covid compliant.
Please note these are only the arrangements for April. I’m taking things one month at a time and so let’s wait and see what makes sense for May and beyond!
With every good wish,
Father Jason
Sunday 4th April 6pm  Easter Evensong
Sunday 11th April 6pm Evensong
Wednesday 14th April 10am Holy Communion
Sunday 18th April  6pm Evensong
Wednesday 21st April 10am Holy Communion
Sunday 25th April 6pm Evensong
Wednesday 28th April 10am Holy Communion
Sunday 2nd May  Evensong

Census day is here!

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With March 21 literally around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing in Oxfordshire.

The letters, with your unique access codes, have all gone out and responses are already coming in.

“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. “It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future.

We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers.
“It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

A family member or friend can also complete the census online on your behalf if you give them the unique code you have received in the post.

Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.

This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it.

The questionnaire includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit or call 0800 141 2021.


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