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The Alternative Christmas TreeFest 2020

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The “Alternative” TreeFest 2020

The Idea:  To Make the Hagbournes Shine Bright OUTSIDE

Light is a symbol of hope, of brighter days to come! And we quite like the idea of providing some hope in these strange times – so let’s make the Hagbournes sparkle!


You can sponsor a live 4ft Norwegian Spruce to go in your front garden to decorate and ‘light up’.  If you are a business or if you belong to a group or club, you could nominate someone from your group to ‘host’ the tree in their garden.  Or maybe you could club together with neighbours and sponsor lots for your street?  And don’t worry – if you’d like to be involved but don’t know anyone to host your tree, just let us know and we’ll find a garden for you.

As the festival isn’t taking place in the church we’re not limited by space so the more trees the merrier across both villages!


4ft tree for front gardens – £25 (you can order more than one!)

There’s no prize or ’theme’ as such this year (apart from the 10th anniversary), we would just love a community effort to make our lovely villages twinkle at Christmas!  Clearly any decorations would have to be waterproof (they can still be used to advertise your business or group activity) but our main emphasis this year is on the lights.

Any monies raised from the sponsorship of the trees will be shared between a local charity and St Andrew’s Church.

There will also be 10 x 6ftNorwegian Spruces in the churchyard of St Andrew’s – each one representing a year of the festival and each showing the sponsor’s name.  These are £35 each.

What do you need to do now?

If you’d like to sponsor a tree please email Sarah Wright on so we can just get an idea of how many trees we might need to order. This needs to be done by mid-October.  Once we have an idea of numbers we will send out further information and sponsorship forms.

We hope this all makes sense.  Please spread the word and encourage your friends and neighbours to sponsor a tree. Let’s make the Hagbournes the most Christmassy villages in South Oxfordshire!


Pet Service – Sunday 25th Oct 3-4pm

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‘Bring your pet to church Sunday!’

Hagbourne Church Pet Service  at York Farm, West Hagbourne

Sunday 25th October, 3-4 pm

You may be required to wear a mask.

Seating will be set up to allow social distancing.

People will be asked to follow national guidelines – which can change.

2020 pet service poster october


East Hagbourne Parish Council Community Project Strategy – Sept 2020

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The Parish Council is working on a strategy to address the needs expressed by the community, included those raised in the Neighbourhood Plan Community Survey.A draft document has been prepared which is intended as an information resource for the evaluation of future community projects within the parish of East Hagbourne.Some of the topics included are long-standing and have been the subject of on-going efforts over the years. Others are new, reflecting the perspectives and priorities of our changing world.Our task over the coming months is to identify priorities and strategies for the coming years. The Parish Council will take the lead and welcomes written comments. Please contact the Clerk  if you have any feedback/views you would like to share. We hope that conditions will allow an Annual Parish Meeting to be held in the Spring where more detailed proposals can be presented and discussed by residents.

You can read the latest version of the strategy here

A review of wildlife and landscape assets in East Hagbourne has also been prepared and can be read here:

Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 Now Open

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East Hagbourne Post Office Updated Operating Hours for 21st Sept – 3rd Oct only

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Monday    21st Sep      1:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday 24th Sep      1:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday  26th Sep      9:00am – 12:30pm
Monday   28th Sep       1:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday  1st Oct         1:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday  3rd Oct         9:00am – 12:30pm

CLOSED Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Haunted Hagbourne’s – The East & West Hagbourne Halloween Trail

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24th October to 1st November 2020

Decorate your house, carve your pumpkins and join the half-term fun! Who will have the creepiest creations??

To have your house included on the trail map (it’s free!) please email your name and address to:

Laura Lloyd at or Michelle Bowden at

Closing Date for Trail Entries: Friday 16th October.

Maps will be made available on the village websites and Facebook groups from Friday 23rd October.

Please enjoy the trail and remember that social distancing rules must be followed at all times!

The Poet’s Trail

18th October 2020 at St Andrews 2:30 to 4:30pm.

We are launching our latest Poet’s Trail on the Four Seasons with poems from many local people.
It will be an afternoon of music and words and hopefully refreshments. More information to follow.

Hagbourne Garden Club – next meeting

Hagbourne Garden Club are planning to hold our next
meeting on Thursday, September 24th at the Pavilion, when Ray Broughton.

will be giving us a talk on ‘Growing Soft Fruits’ (including new varieties). The talk will commence at 7.30 but due to government restrictions, will only be open to club members.
Obviously, we will be adhering to the restrictions and distancing as currently laid down and members will receive information in September prior to the meeting, to advise you how this will be implemented.

For further information please contact Sally on 01235 352275.

Shirley Goss.

Village Hall Reopening

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Following the lockdown due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the Village Hall is now able to reopen.

Because the virus is still amongst us, there are several changes which have had to be made, to try to keep us all safe.

We have installed a sanitiser gel dispenser at the entrance to the hall, as well as providing soap, paper towels and bins for each of the sinks in the hall designated for hand washing. There are also signs reminding everyone how to properly wash their hands.

As of 8th August, it is a requirement for everyone entering the hall to wear a face covering. The advice is specifically: –

On entering a village hall, you will be required to wear a face covering, unless you are covered under a “reasonable excuse”. This could be for a gym class, if you need to eat or drink something, or if you have a health or disability reason to not wear one.

When a booking is made, the person must also provide a risk assessment, to show that their groups specific risks have been considered, and steps taken to minimise the risks as far as is reasonably practical.

The hirer must also provide, if asked to do so, contact details for everyone who has entered the hall in the event a case of the virus is identified.

The kitchen facilities will not be available for use at the present time, although there is soap and paper towels provided by the handwashing sink.


East Hagbourne Pavilion & Recreation Ground – re-opening updates

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Following a thorough risk assessment and installation of sanitiser and other cleanliness features the Pavilion will reopen from 1st September for regular users only, where those activities are permitted and can be adapted to operate safely.

We regret that at this time we are not able to take any casual bookings.

We are still in uncertain times and have put special booking conditions in place. In particular, all users will need to take some responsibility for cleaning before, during and after use to minimise the risk of infection.

Please see the main webpage for booking details.

We will post new information on the web site as it becomes available.


Harvest Service at Hagbourne church

Join others for a short service of thanksgiving

Sunday 27th September, 3-4 pm

in the churchyard if fine


Everyone invited to celebrate God’s goodness during difficult times.


You may be required to wear a mask.

Seating will be set up to allow social distancing.

People will be asked to follow national guidelines – which can change.

Village Produce Show

The Show will go on!


Sunday 13th September 2020

Hagbourne Village Hall Carpark 2pm

Prize for Best in Class for each category

Overall Prize for Best in Show


(lockdown projects include: photos, art, models, crafts, anything you have made during lockdown)


ENTRY: Entrants must be resident in the Hagbournes, children (& their families) attending Hagbourne School, members of Hagbourne Garden Club, anyone who gardens an allotment in the Hagbourne Parish.

Special prizes for children.

Staging from 9-11am. The show will open from 2pm-4pm. Tea & cakes.

Entry is free. No entry forms needed. Just bring your produce or exhibits on the day!

Social distancing will be observed.

Government guidelines in operation at the time of the show will followed.





Village Produce Show poster 2020