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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

Poster of Bowling advert

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

Image of the village defibrillator

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.

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