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St Andrew’s Hagbourne Christmas Tree Festival Sponsorship Form & Info

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival:  8 – 18 December 2018. 
Sponsored by AYR Landscaping, Larkmead Vets, Housemartin Exterior Maintenance & Fleur de Lys

It seems 12 months has zoomed past faster than Santa’s sleigh itself and here we are again asking you to dust off your tinsel and join us in celebrating Christmas in the best way possible – by sponsoring a 4’ Norwegian Spruce Christmas tree at our annual festival held in the church in Hagbourne.
We are into our eighth year of this marvellous, festive event that raises money for good causes whilst also encouraging some good natured competition to win the now coveted Christmas Tree Trophy – can anyone stop the supreme KnitWits’ winning streak?!
This year we are raising money for St Andrew’s Church and “Be Free YC” – a local charity that supports young carers giving them a chance to be children, relax and make friends away from the pressures of their daily caring roles.
For anyone reading this who is new to the Festival, we invite local businesses, clubs, families and community groups to sponsor a 4’ live Norwegian Spruce tree for just £25.  There are 30 available in all and we ask you to decorate your tree in either traditional fashion, to reflect your business interests or you could chose to decorate in accordance with this year’s  optional theme of ‘Bible Stories’. Suggestions include Noah’s Ark, the Creation, Jonah & the Whale, Joseph & his Dreamcoat, or, of course, the Nativity itself.
The festival is then open daily for visitors to come and and enjoy the entertainment, delicious home made refreshments and vote for their favourite tree.
It’s a wonderful opportunity for your business or group to publicise itself on a very local level whilst also supporting great causes.  A win, win!  Many businesses in the past have enjoyed new customers as a result of their involvement in the festival.
If you don’t want to miss out, please complete the attached sponsorship form and return it with a cheque for £25 made payable to Hagbourne PCC.  Some trees are already reserved so don’t delay!

Main Road Development



Main Road Development – Here are the Mactaggart and Mickel consultation boards, which were on display at the Village Hall on 9th Oct. If you would like to comment you can contact them by email at land@macmic.co.uk

Alternatively, you can email the clerk at easthagbourneparishcouncil@gmail.com or attend the next of Iain’s (Parish Council Chairman) surgeries on Tuesday 6 November 3.30-6.00.

Brown Bin collection – w/c 22nd Oct – you can put more than one bin’s worth out for collection:

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Residents across southern Oxfordshire who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during the extra garden waste weeks this month.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large 80 litre bin bags) in the week commencing 22 October.

Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during these weeks.  Trade waste bags will not be accepted., however you can re-use old compost bags.

The garden waste is taken to a recycling plant in Oxfordshire where it is used to make compost, which goes to local farmers, allotment holders and an annual compost giveaway.  However, there are increasing reports that the waste is being contaminated with non-compostable items such as plant pots, plastic bags and bottles.

Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for housing and environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This extra garden waste service offers a great opportunity for residents to clear their gardens and make them ready for winter. We want to take this opportunity to remind people that they should only put compostable garden waste in the brown bin.”

Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for housing and environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, added: “I would encourage all our garden waste customers to make use of this extra-large collection – it’s the right time of year to give your garden a really good clear out. Please bear in mind that just because something is used in the garden, that doesn’t make it garden waste.”

What CAN be put into the brown bin

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Weeds 
  • Flowers and plants
  • Hedge clippings
  • Branches (not more than 10cm thick)
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Windfall fruit
  • Hay / Straw / Sawdust (soiled animal bedding from non-meat eating animals only eg rabbits)
  • Vegetable waste from the garden only eg potato tops (not kitchen waste) See the councils’ websites for more information via www.morerecycling.co.uk.

Open Meeting regarding development by Village Hall

The developers, MacTaggart and Mickel will have representatives to talk to and information boards up in the Village Hall for you to come look at on 9th October 1530-2030.

This is your chance to make clear to the builders what you would like from the development and influence their plans.  They have a good reputation for listening – so do the talking!

The Poet’s Trail – one year on

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Roger Phipps and Linda Benton are proud to announce that The Poet’s Trail in East Hagbourne celebrates its First Year.

To mark the occasion, we invite you to an afternoon of words, music, and refreshments at:

St Andrew’s Church, East Hagbourne

Sunday 23rd September 2018

2:30 to 4:30.

Donations for tea and cake will support Church funds.

For further details contact Linda Benton 01235 817891 Linda.Benton@live.co.uk

New cooking oil recycling service for residents in southern Oxfordshire

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NEW! Councils can now collect and recycle used cooking oil as part of the food waste service

Love chips? Roasts? Cooked breakfasts? Samosas and Sausages?

All are delicious, but they do leave greasy leftovers..….which South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils can now take care of thanks to their new cooking oil recycling service for residents.

Oil is collected every week as part of both districts’ food waste collections.

After cooking, any leftover oil should be allowed to cool before being poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than a 1 litre size. The bottle and its contents can then be placed into the resident’s kerbside food waste caddy along with other food waste and put out for the weekly collection.

Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services said: “We all know that cooking oil and fat shouldn’t be poured down sinks as it can cause blockages, but it can be difficult to dispose of. This is why I welcome the start of this new service for residents, collecting cooking oil from their homes every week.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for environmental services added: “The oil is recycled along with the rest of the food waste which is transformed into electricity at the food waste recycling plant. The oil is highly calorific and so makes a lot of energy.”

One litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea!

Produce Show Winners

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Thank you to all who entered – one of our highest entry numbers yet! Heartiest congratulations to all who took part and to the cup winners:
Overall Childrens category winner – Alice Stevenson
Outsanding Children’s  entry – Molly Bowden
Flower arrangement – Gillian Harries
Flower category – Caroline Hunt
Fruit and Vegetable  – Caroline Hunt
Crafts category – Andy Stocks
Kenyon Cup – Felicity Topping
The photo gallery can be found here.

Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018

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Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

We’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!

We’re talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.

We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

Click here to join in– before nominations close on September 5 – and you’ll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.


So nominate your good neighbours today!

Our Village Defibrillator has a new home!

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The defibrillator is now in its new home in the locked cabinet outside the village shop/post office.
This means it is available 24 hours per day – the lock code will be supplied on calling 999 if the device is needed.  
Training on how to use it will be advertised in the Parish Magazine soon.

Hagbourne Village Produce Show – 2nd September

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September 2, 2018 all-day

Held in the Village Hall.

Kindly sponsored by the village shop & the Fleur de Lys
Staging time 9 am -11.00 am
Judging 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Show opens 2.00 pm

More details can be found here.

20TH Annual Duck Race – results :

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In true British fashion we battled on in the rain with the duck race, thank you to those of you who braved the event!

The winners were:

1st: The Millars No. 142

2nd: Gordan Vaughan  No. 263

3rd: Pamela Hughes No.304

Thank you everyone for supporting this annual fun event.


Parsonage Lane, East Hagbourne

Sunday 26th August 2018 from12.30pm

In aid of St Andrews’ church

1st prize £50 – 2nd prize £25 – 3rd prize £10

Pet Service at St Andrew’s Church – this Sunday

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The July family service will be a pet service with blessing of animals. People are invited to bring their well-behaved pets (must be on leads or in secure carriers) or, if the heat or unfamiliar surroundings would make pets uncomfortable, they can bring a photo of the pet they want blessed.

East Hagbourne Safari Supper

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Saturday, 13th October 2018

It is now time to sign up for the 4th East Hagbourne Safari Supper which this year is in aid of Friends of St. Andrew’s, and Medecins sans Frontieres. The price of the 3-course dinner including pre-dinner drinks and coffee and mints is £25 per person and everyone takes their own drinks. Here is our proposed itinerary for the evening:

6.30 pm Meet at St. Andrew’s Church for a drink and some canapés. There you will be given an envelope containing the name and address of your host for the main course.

7.30 pm Walk to main course venue taking your own drinks with you. At the end of the main course a second envelope will be given with your dessert location.

8.45 pm Walk to dessert venue.

9.45 pm Walk to The Fleur de Lys for coffee and mints and the opportunity to buy an after dinner drink to round off the evening.

In order to get this event off the ground, we need you to sign up, buy tickets and let us know if you are willing to host a main course or dessert course (which including yourselves would be for 8 to 10 people, or more), or provide canapes (for 15 people) or simply to come along and safari around the village. If you would just like to safari, tickets will be available from the Post Office and any member of the Hagbourne Action Group. Please can you make sure you fill in the form below and hand in when buying tickets. Cheques made payable to “Hagbourne Action Group”.

If you are willing to be a host or a provider of canapés, there will be a reduction against one ticket to help towards expenses as follows:

Canapes – one ticket reduced from £25 to £20

Main Course – one ticket reduced from £25 to £15

Dessert Course – one ticket reduced from £25 to £17

Please fill in the slip on the poster and return it by Friday 31st August, along with your cheque to either:

Di Duff – 24 Main Road dianajduff@gmail.com (01235-813349) Vivien Stocks – 26 Main Road vivstocks@aol.com (01235-815344)

Wildlife activies on the Railway Embankment

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Sustrans has arranged a number of interesting wildlife activities over the Summer :

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June Moth, Bat and Butterfly event:

– Join us trapping moths and listening to bats on Friday 29th from 9pm until late (starts at Chapel furlong, Upton)

– or the following morning to see what we found and look for butterflies (starts end of Lake Road, East Hagbourne)

Wednesday evenings between 20th June and 18th July:

– evening butterfly walks (7-9pm) meeting at Hagbourne Village Hall in East Hagbourne.

Hedgehog survey

– we are looking for volunteers to help run a hedgehog survey on the Sustrans route. This involves putting our camera traps and baited footprint collecting tunnels.

If we get sufficient volunteers the survey will run for 10 days from 23rd July to 3rd August. Volunteering would involve a training session then committing to walking the route to replenish the bait and paper at least two evenings during the survey period.

For information on any of these activities please contact lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk