Lambourn Valley Weekly News sections – 2022 archive

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Thursday 15 December 2022

This week we look at Lambourn Surgery’s latest newsletter, Lambourn Junction’s latest work, a judo champion’s latest success and East Gaston Village Hall’s latest event. We also provide a link to current planning applications in Lambourn and take a look back at some of the stories we’ve covered in the area over the last 12 months (many of which are unfinished business) – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Lambourn Surgery’s opening times during the festive period can be seen here. They ask patients to please allow an extra day when placing any repeat prescription requests required before the Christmas and New Year breaks. This is to allow time for any supply issues to be resolved.

Santa will be out and about in Lambourn for his annual meet and greet with local children on Friday 16 December starting at 5pm. He and his elves will follow this route, so be sure not to miss him: Oxford Street – Northfields Terrace (Wantage Rd) – Mill Lane – Newbury Rd -Woodbury – Bockhampton Rd – Edwards Hill – Crowle Rd – Baydon Rd – Big Lane – Broadway – Oxford Street.

• This week Penny visited Julie Blogg who was giving out food in the freezing cold from The Lambourn Junction‘s portakabin at the back of the carpark behind Goodies Café, Lambourn. Watch the video here to see how it works. At this time they are very grateful for donations of soup, tea, coffee and biscuits. The Junction will be open on Christmas Eve Sat 24 Dec 11am to 1pm and closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but if you are in need do call Julie on 07840 780345 at any time and she will make sure noone goes without. If you are able to donate please do during open times of Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays from 11am to 1pm or contact Julie directly. The Lambourn Junction is also excited to announce that they have been given some real Christmas trees (kindly donated by David Clarke and Tobi Corney).

• Congratulations to 18 year old Phoebe Digweed from East Garston for her recent successes in her judo career. See here for the latest update.

East Garston Social Club invites all to their Christmas Draw at 8pm this Saturday 17 December and East Garston Quakers (opposite the Meeting House) invite all to their festive coffee and mince pies from 12.30pm on Sunday 18 December.

• If you are looking for an interesting Christmas gift or some creativity for yourself in the New Year, have a look at these jewellery and silversmithing courses starting in January, February and March with award-winning jewellery designer Loucinda Nims in her Lambourn workshop.

• More great news from the Lambourn Junction CIC  umbrella organisation this week as they have received a £1,000 grant from Berkshire Community Foundation for the Lambourn Warm Welcome which provides a warm and welcoming place with a free of charge lunch once a week for those who are challenged by the current cost of living crisis. The Warm Welcome also delivers lunches to those who cannot attend the lunches in person.  If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch on Thursdays please book with Helen on helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by Tuesday midday.

• Christian Noll from The Lambourn Junction is looking for an accountant to help complete their accounts. They have a couple of tax questions which need the eagle eye of a professional  and the deadline is approaching fast. Please contact Christian Noll on christian@noll.uk

• Lambourn Royal British Legion is looking for additional committee members for the New Year, to help with admin, maintenance, organisation of events and unlocking the building. Contact Jane Wood by e mail.

Click here for the latest peek in Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston’s in-tray.

• Locally grown (and organic) Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices will be available from Tobi Corney in Eastbury on Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December. Other times can be arranged. Click here for more details.

On Saturday 17 December Friends of Welford and Wickham Primary School have arranged a Headteacher meet and greet, plus presentations, at 9.30am and 10.15am to see what the school has to offer. There will also be a Stay and Play session with some festive activities from 9am to 11am.

It is that time of year when Lambourn Parish Council is looking for new candidates to become a Parish Councillor. If interested please contact the Parish Clerk by phone or email.

• Friends of Welford And Wickham Primary School are requesting toy donations for local families in need and they are also holding a Christmas Auction of Promises to raise funds for the PTFA .

The cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills. You can also click here to read this article we’ve recently published about the Hub and what help and support you can expect from it.

• Requests for donations for raffle/tombola prizes for The Sports & Social Club Family Fun day in Great Shefford on Christmas Eve: anything from shampoo to champagne welcomed. Please either drop off at the club on a weekend between noon and 4.30pm or let Emma Richardson know and she will come and collect from you.

• If you work in racing and are struggling with the increasing home energy costs, Racing Welfare may be able to help with our new Home Energy grant. They’re there to help you with money matters through these difficult times. For more information please visit racingwelfare.co.uk/info-support/home-energy-grant.

• The Lambourn Centre is offering a free three-day pass, for anyone who hasn’t been before to test out their facilities. No commitment is required, just go along and try out what is available.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury. To select your tree, meet at The Plough noon to 1pm every weekend in December: Sat 10, Sun 11 and Sat 17, Sun 18 December. It’s a short walk to the field to choose your tree. Please contact Tobi on 07976 724705 if you can’t make those dates.

• On Sunday 18 December at 6pm there is a Christmas Carol Service at  St Michael & All Angels Church in Lambourn. Listen to the Christmas Story and sing all your favourite carols at this festive time. The collection on this occasion is in support of Lambourn Jockey Welfare.

St. Mary’s Church, Great Shefford Christmas Services schedule:
Tuesday 20 December at 6.30pm Carols in The Avenue, Great Shefford
Christmas Eve at 11.30pm Midnight Mass, Great Shefford
Christmas Day at 9.30am Holy Communion, Great Shefford

The full list of Christmas services in the West Downland Benefice can be seen here, with details of zoom options, for those unable to attend.

Carol singing and Morris Dancing at The Queens Arms in East Garston on Monday 19 December.

Carol singing in Lambourn will take place onTuesday 20 December from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. Meet at the Vicarage in Newbury Street and return there for drinks and nibbles afterwards

• St Michael and All Angels have a dressed up Nativity service on Thursday 22 December at 3pm for all children and those young at heart come ready dressed up as shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph or donkeys.

• There will be a Cristingle Service at St Michael and All Angels on Saturday 24 December at 4pm, a Crib service at the same time in Eastbury and traditional carol services on Sunday 18 December at 6pm

On Saturday 24 December there is a festive raffle at Great Shefford Sports & Social Club, with a huge array of prizes on offer. Tickets are available before and on the day. For further information, contact sandralodge@aol.com

Planning applications in Lambourn

A reminder to click here to visit Lambourn.org’s latest (3 December 2022) list of live planning applications in the parish. There are currently 42 of these: some are quite minor and technical while others are anything but, involving demolition and/or construction. If you want to find out more on any of these, follow the links to WBC’s planning portal. If you want to make any comments for or against any proposal, this must be sent to WBC if it’s to be considered by the officers before making a decision: raising the matter on social media won’t accomplish this, no matter how many times your post is liked or shared.

A look back…

This will be the last news update of 2022: normal service will be resumed on 5 January 2023.

Over the last year we’ve published a large number of stories about this area. Some have been referred to many, many times: that’s not because we feel the need to re-cycle copy or go over old ground but because the issues themselves have not gone away, have re-surfaced or have, like a mutating virus, acquired new features which need considering.

At the foot of this post you’ll see a link to our archive section (which may in turn link to another one). Searching for any or part of the phrases mentioned in bold below will take you to the often multiple references to these issues. Many of these still have a lot of life left in them and so expect further coverage in 2023.

The two main things that tend to crop up are planning and flooding and/or sewage. These are the kind of things that normally we don’t think about at all: when they’re directly affecting us, however, it’s almost impossible to think about anything else. We’ve lost count of the number of times these have cropped up in our coverage (a few of the major ones are referred to below). Whenever we cover them, and indeed other stories, we try to present as many points of view as possible, explain the issues and provide links for further information.

Matters such as speeding, rights of way, dog mess,, jubilee and coronation festivities and defibrillators are, amongst a host of other things, dealt with by town and parish councils. We provide information on their activities and link to  the most recently available minutes, and provide a summary of these if they are reasonably recent.

We’ll be continuing to cover as many aspects of life in this area as we can in 2023 and beyond, seeking always to inform, explain, comment and (where appropriate) entertain. If there’s anything you’d like to see covered, or if you have anything to say about anything we’ve covered already, please email brian@pennypost.org.uk.

Here’s a brief summary, in no particular order, of some of the recurring stories in this area in 2022. It by no means refers to all the issues we’ve written about.

  • The B4000. This is a deeply scary road at the best of times. Traffic speeds, the number and size of vehicles using it, and the accidents that result from this combination, all seem to be increasing. Options differ as to the causes/s and the solution/s.
  • Sewage leaks. This is often a serious problem in the Valley (few residents will need reminding). We’ve been in close contact with Thames Water about its repair programmes and local groups and individuals about their responses and reactions to the issue. 2022 has been a year of mainly low groundwater and so the system (and the repairs) have not been testes. 2023 may be different.
  • The Woodlanders Protection Group has recently identified its own preferred solution which involves raising money (which it has done) with a few to taking WBC to court.
  • Lambourn Junction is an excellent local organisation (best described as a noir-referring food bank) which was set up during Covid and has proved even more necessary during the current crisis.
  • Lambourn Youth Junction has recently been set up to address the widely recognised problem of the lack of provision in the Valley for young people.
  • Lambourn’s neighbourhood development plan (NDP) is reaching its final stages and we’ve been covering this since it started several years ago.
  • Howard Woollaston, Lambourn’s district councillor,  produces an excellent update of his ward work which we publish at the start of each month.
  • CIL charges. One local resident has fallen foul of the system in a big way – we’ve been covering the story for several years and will continue to do so.
  • Valley of the Racehorse. At the start of each month, normally on the first Saturday, we produce an e-newsletter which includes as much information about life in the part of the valley upstream of Shefford as we can lay our hands on (and there’s a lot). Links to these are provided in the archive sections below.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 31 Dec East Garston Fun Run

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page. New volunteers also very welcome.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Lambourn Sports Club Football Team have several openings in their football team. Kit is paid for by club sponsors and you don’t pay to play. Contact Nick on 07788 140641 for further info and sign ups.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 December and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: election of the Chair and Deputy; the departure of the Clerk; a presentation from the Woodlanders Protection Group regarding accidents on the B4000; planning matters; financial matters; the 2022-23 precept; streetlights; and rural crime.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the resignation of the Chair and of another councillor; the election of a new Chair; the PC’s website; the Emergency Management Team; the village newsletter; planning matters; financial matters; the grounds maintenance contract; waste collections; the school; and repairs and maintenance around the village.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can download the minutes here. items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; the war memorial; speeding; planning matters; financial matters; village maintenance; the Millennium Field; and the Jubilee Meadow.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 8 December 2022

This week we look at infectious diseases, a Christmas team cup, pre-loved clothes, Lambourn Youth Junction, Christmas trees, a lost parrot and hedge planting. We also provide a link to current planning applications in Lambourn and offer some highlights from the recently published Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Christmas Tea Cup Tuesday at Oaksey House on Tuesday 13 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm will be a little different. They will be showing the new Railway Children Film, serving hotdogs and a few other festive treats. All welcome.

Click here for the latest peek in Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston’s in-tray.

Lambourn Surgery is currently seeing extremely high numbers of patients with infectious illnesses and have issued the following advice.

“Although mask wearing is no longer compulsory, we suggest wearing a mask when attending the practice, if you can, for the protection of yourself and others. If you are vulnerable to infectious illnesses, please be aware of the above. If you would prefer to wait in your car for your appointment, please let a member of the reception team know. If you are attending the surgery because you suspect you or your child may have Strep A or Scarlet fever. please wear a mask as it is highly infectious. For additional guidance please check the healthier together website or download the app. Finally, if you have not been vaccinated against influenza and are eligible, we suggest booking this with us as soon as you can. We still have flu vaccine available.”

Lambourn Environmental Group‘s hedge planting session at Bockhampton Meadow planned for Saturday 10 December has been postponed due to the forecast of very cold temperatures. Please watch this space for the rescheduled date.

The Lambourn Junction would really appreciate donations of mince pies and pasta if you can manage to pop any extras in your usual shop. They’re open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11am to 1pm, find us in the car park behind The Universal Stores.

• Locally grown (and organic) Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices will be available from Tobi Corney in Eastbury on Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December. Other times can be arranged. Click here for more details.

• Lambourn milliner Amanda Denton is kindly having a pop-up pre-loved clothing sale in her shop at 17A High St, Lambourn on Friday 9 December from 9am to 2pm and Saturday 10 December from 10am to 4pm to raise funds for Lambourn RDA. There will be a selection of good quality ladies clothes all priced at £2.50 or five items for £10. Do drop by for a look and refresh your wardrobe sustainably.

Please let’s get Humphrey home for Christmas. African Grey parrot Humphrey was last seen a month ago in Shefford Woodlands. Call Marina & Mykyta any time on 07089 828424 or 07515 731932.

If you are over 16 years old and interested in playing football, Lambourn Sports Club Football Team have several openings in their football team and need to fill them ASAP to stay in the league this season. Kit is paid for by club sponsors and you don’t pay to play. Contact Nick on 07788 140641 for further info and sign ups.

• Latest news from Healthwatch West Berkshire includes what to do if you are worried your child has scarlet fever or Strep A and new Urgent Treatment Centre at Great Western Hospital. Click here for full details.

On Saturday 24 December there is a festive raffle at the Sports & Social Club in Great Shefford, with a huge array of prizes on offer. Tickets are available before and on the day. For further information, contact sandralodge@aol.com

The full list of Christmas services in the West Downland Benefice including St. Marys Church, Great Shefford) can be seen here, with details of zoom options, for those unable to attend.

Can you offer a bit of time to come and join the fantastic team of volunteers to make the Lambourn Youth Junction the special place it is? All that is required is a minimum commitment of one session a month (more if you are able). You will get a DBS check, be given training, and there is the option to gain youth work qualifications if you want. Anyone who is interested can contact the team on Facebook or by email youth@lambournjunction.uk. They have one more sessions before Christmas on Tuesday 13 December…and then are closed for the next 3 weeks and will return on Tuesday 10 January.

On Monday 12 December from 7pm to 8.15 pm there is a chance to find some calm amongst the festive chaos with local meditation group My Moment of Mindfulness at Aldbourne Methodist Hall.

If you are you required to identify hazardous trees as part of your job, West Berks and Oxon Training are offering a Lantra Basic Tree Inspection Course. This one-day course on 17 January aims to give you the knowledge to be able to identify potential hazards, and will guide you through the process with a balanced mix of theory and practice.you will learn the relevant health and safety issues, key legislation and risk assessments. There will also be a practical session identifying hazardous trees. For more information or to book please email office@wbotraining.co.uk

On Saturday 17 December Friends of Welford and Wickham Primary School have arranged a Headteacher meet and greet, plus presentations, at 9.30am and 10.15am to see what the school has to offer. There will also be a Stay and Play session with some festive activities from 9am to 11am.

It is that time of year when Lambourn Parish Council is looking for new candidates to become a Parish Councillor. If interested please contact the Parish Clerk by phone or email.

Aldbourne Community Junction Charity Shop has a range of winter items at affordable prices to keep you snug as the weather changes and all proceeds go to Aldbourne Youth Council.

• The Lambourn Sports Club is open for every England game one hour before kick off with first drink half price, draw for a free drink at half time plus a half price drink (if England win). You must be in the club to redeem at end of match but you do not need to be a member. Click here for more.

Lambourn Primary School is hosting a winter holiday camp from 20 to 23 December. Book before Friday 2 December for 20% off use code: DEC20. This is for children age range 5-12  and has multiple activities on offer at a cost of £26. Lunch is included on all bookings.

Lambourn Junction CIC is looking for the donation of a free-standing electric cooker in good working order. Happy to collect. Please call Julie on 07840 780345.

• Friends of Welford And Wickham Primary School are requesting toy donations for local families in need and they are also holding a Christmas Auction of Promises to raise funds for the PTFA .

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills. You can also click here to read this article we’ve recently published about the Hub and what help and support you can expect from it.

• Requests for donations for raffle/tombola prizes for The Sports & Social Club Family Fun day in Great Shefford on Christmas Eve: anything from shampoo to champagne welcomed. Please either drop off at the club on a weekend between noon and 4.30pm or let Emma Richardson know and she will come and collect from you.

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills.

• If you work in racing and are struggling with the increasing home energy costs, Racing Welfare may be able to help with our new Home Energy grant. They’re there to help you with money matters through these difficult times. For more information please visit racingwelfare.co.uk/info-support/home-energy-grant.

• The Lambourn Centre is offering a free three-day pass, for anyone who hasn’t been before to test out their facilities. No commitment is required, just go along and try out what is available.

• If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch in a warm location, a new project called Warm Welcome on Thursdays at the Walwyn Hall (Catholic Club) from 12.15pm. Please book with Helen on Helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by Tuesday midday and there will be a warm welcome and hot meal for you. For full information on the scheme please listen to Helen’s chat with Suzi Cairns here

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the cost of living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury. To select your tree, meet at The Plough noon to 1pm every weekend in December: Sat 10, Sun 11 and Sat 17, Sun 18 December. It’s a short walk to the field to choose your tree. Please contact Tobi on 07976 724705 if you can’t make those dates.

Santa is coming to The George in Lambourn and you can join him for lunch on Saturday 10 December 3pm to 6pm £10 per child. Chicken nuggets or fish fingers and chips plus soft drink and gift for every child, and mulled wine for every parent.

St Michael’s School, Aldbourne is holding its Christmas Fayre on Saturday 10 December from noon to 3.30pm to including festive food and drinks, Christmas market stalls, games, crafts, Santa’s Grotto and silent auction.

• Santa and his elves will be parading through Great Shefford on Sunday 11 December from 4.30pm. He will be distributing sweets to those he meets and raising money for Great Shefford’s Under Fives.

St. Marys Church, Great Shefford Christmas Services schedule:
Monday 12 December at 7pm Nativity Procession & Carols, Shefford Woodlands
Tuesday 20 December at 6.30pm Carols in The Avenue, Great Shefford
Christmas Eve at 11.30pm Midnight Mass, Great Shefford
Christmas Day at 9.30 am Holy Communion, Great Shefford

There will be a virtual Christmas Balloon Race in Aldbourne, an opportunity to compete for a Christmas hamper and to support the work of Lambourn Riding for the Disabled (RDA). The race has been organised by St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne to raise funds to support the work of the RDA with people who have physical and learning difficulties. The balloons cost £3 each. Enter here.

Carol singing and Morris Dancing at The Queens Arms in East Garston on Monday 19 December.

Lambourn’s newsletter

As ever at the start of each month, generally on the first Saturday, the Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter will come galloping into the in-box of all those who have signed up to receive it (for free, of course). It provides the best and most comprehensive coverage of life in the area roughly bordered by Upper Lambourn, Membury, Shefford Woodlands and East Shefford.

Highlights this month include a campaign group on the B4000, Lamboutn ward member Howard Woollaston’s monthly update, pat Murphy’s regular racing column, hedge-planing, a look back at a fund-raising quiz, news from community groups, local events and some wise words from Mick Jagger (I still can’t think of him as “Sir” Mick Jagger – seems all wrong, somehow).

If you didn’t receive the newsletter, click here to read it.

Planning applications in Lambourn

A reminder to click here to visit Lambourn.org’s latest (3 December 2022) list of live planning applications in the parish. There are currently 42 of these: some are quite minor and technical while others are anything but, involving demolition and/or construction. If you want to find out more on any of these, follow the links to WBC’s planning portal. If you want to make any comments for or against any proposal, this must be sent to WBC if it’s to be considered by the officers before making a decision: raising the matter on social media won’t accomplish this, no matter how many times your post is liked or shared.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 31 Dec East Garston Fun Run

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; market waste management; devolution feedback; and drainage works at the Old Cricket Field.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the resignation of the Chair and of another councillor; the election of a new Chair; the PC’s website; the Emergency Management Team; the village newsletter; planning matters; financial matters; the grounds maintenance contract; waste collections; the school; and repairs and maintenance around the village.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can download the minutes here. items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; the war memorial; speeding; planning matters; financial matters; village maintenance; the Millennium Field; and the Jubilee Meadow.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 1 December 2022

This week we look at a local resignation, hedge planting, wildflowers, a grotto, a cooker and toy donations. We also go back to the B4000 (driving very carefully) to see how the Woodlanders’ Protection Group’s fundraising is coming on, look back at a fundraising event of a different kind in East Garston and cast our eyes over the current planning applications in Lambourn – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• The Lambourn Sports Club is open for every England game one hour before kick off with first drink half price, draw for a free drink at half time plus a half price drink (if England win). You must be in the club to redeem at end of match but you do not need to be a member. Click here for more.

Are you free on Saturday 10 December at 9am to help Lambourn Environmental Group (LEG) plant new hedging on Bockhampton Meadow? This is another occasion when it is hoped that  the community will show their support as they did for the planting on Sheepdrove Field in January. Please come around  9am  with a spade or trowel or bulb planter. Depending on the numbers  it is hoped to be be finished by lunchtime. The LEG banner will be on display to guide you to the right place. Go to the far Eastern end of Bockhampton Road, beyond the surgery and enter the meadow via the footpath. If the weather is uncertain please ring Adrian Neal on 07919 555 744 if you want to confirm that planting is going ahead.

• Great Shefford Parish Council would like to say a big thank you to Steve Ackrill for all he has done while he has been on Council –” he has saved the Great Shefford taxpayers so much money from the countless jobs around the village from repairing and maintaining parish assets. Steve would never claim any expenses for his time and labour and sometimes even materials. He has been a great asset to the Council with his knowledge and know-how. It is such a loss to both the Council and the community that he will no longer stand for Council. He will be sorely missed by all.”

• Partly as a result of Steve Ackrill’s resignation, Great Shefford Parish Council has two seats available, if anyone is interested in joining the Parish Council, please email the Clerk on greatsheffordpc@hotmail.com.

East Garston Quakers are very grateful for the help of head gardener George Dolling and a band of volunteers last Sunday who scythed, strimmed and raked the lawn which had not been cut at all during 2022. This annual cut prepares the area for a wildflower meadow next year. If anyone brought a silver and brown rake with them but went away with a green one please contact Penny on pennylocke64@gmail.com

• Locally grown (and organic) Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices will be available from Tobi Corney in Eastbury from Saturday 3 December. Click here for more details.

The next film in East Garston Village Hall is Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast on Tuesday 6 December. The matinee will be at 2.30pm (with tea, cake and subtitles) and evening screening at 7.30pm (with bar and Nippy Chippy take-away at the interval). Entry costs £6 and everyone is welcome. You can join the Valley Film Society for the whole season of films but you don’t have to.

• Lambourn milliner Amanda Denton is kindly having a pop-up pre-loved clothing sale in her shop at 17A High St, Lambourn on Friday 9 December from 9am to 2pm and Saturday 10 December from 10am to 4pm to raise funds for Lambourn RDA. There will be a selection of good quality ladies clothes all priced at £2.50 or five items for £10. Do drop by for a look and refresh your wardrobe sustainably.

Lambourn Primary School is hosting a winter holiday camp from 20 to 23 December. Book before Friday 2 December for 20% off use code: DEC20. This is for children age range: 5-12  and has multiple activities on offer at a cost of £26. Lunch is included on all bookings.

• The next meeting of Lambourn Parish Council takes place in hybrid form )on TEAMS and in the Memorial Hall) at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 December. Click here for the agenda.

• Santa is coming to the National Animal Welfare Trust Berkshire on Sunday 4 December 11am to 3pm in his very own Santa’s Grotto where he wants to see his favourite little people and his favourite four-legged friends too. Santa Claus will be handing out his top secret ‘Nice list’ where your children will be given their very own certificate for being on Santa’s good boy/girl list as well as a present to unwrap. Wantage’s Pandemonium Folk Band will be playing inside our heated barn so you can sit and enjoy some lunch at Goodies Cafe, Trindledown while listening to some live music

Lambourn Junction CIC  is looking for the donation of a free-standing electric cooker in good working order. Happy to collect. Please call Julie on 07840 780345.

• Friends of Welford And Wickham Primary School are requesting toy donations for local families in need and they are also holding a Christmas Auction of Promises to raise funds for the PTFA . 

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills.

• Requests for donations for raffle/tombola prizes for The Sports & Social Club Family Fun day in Great Shefford on Christmas Eve: anything from shampoo to champagne welcomed. Please either drop off at the club on a weekend between noon and 4.30pm or let Emma Richardson know and she will come and collect from you.

• Have your say on policing and crime in this Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner survey that asks for views about how safe residents feel in their local area, their experience of both crime and the police as well as questions on the future funding of policing. The survey marks the 10th Anniversary since the PCC was elected. You can complete the anonymous survey online here or contact call the Office of the PCC on 01865 541957 or email opcc.comms@thamesvalley.police.uk to request a paper copy or online help.

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills.

• If you work in racing and are struggling with the increasing home energy costs, Racing Welfare may be able to help with our new Home Energy grant. They’re there to help you with money matters through these difficult times. For more information please visit racingwelfare.co.uk/info-support/home-energy-grant.

• The Lambourn Centre is offering a free three-day pass, for anyone who hasn’t been before to test out their facilities. No commitment is required, just go along and try out what is available.

• If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch in a warm location, a new project called Warm Welcome on Thursdays at the Walwyn Hall (Catholic Club) from 12.15pm. Please book with Helen on Helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by Tuesday midday and there will be a warm welcome and hot meal for you. For full information on the scheme please listen to Helen’s chat with Suzi Cairns here

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the cost of living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury. To select your tree, meet at The Plough noon to 1pm every weekend in December: Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11 and Sat 17, Sun 18 December. It’s a short walk to the field to choose your tree. Please contact Tobi on 07976 724705 if you can’t make those dates.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair on Friday 2 December from 5.30 to 8.30pm for all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle. Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

Santa is coming to The George in Lambourn and you can join him for lunch on Saturday 10 December 3pm to 6pm £10 per child. Chicken nuggets or fish fingers and chips plus soft drink and gift for every child, and mulled wine for every parent.

St Michael’s School, Aldbourne is holding its Christmas Fayre on Saturday 10 December from noon to 3.30pm to including festive food and drinks, Christmas market stalls, games, crafts, Santa’s Grotto and silent auction.

• Santa and his elves will be parading through Great Shefford on Sunday 11 December from 4.30pm. He will be distributing sweets to those he meets and raising money for Great Shefford’s Under Fives.

St. Marys Church, Great Shefford Christmas Services schedule:
Tuesday 6 December at 2.30pm Under 5s Christingle
Monday 12 December at 7pm Naivity Procession & Carols, Shefford Woodlands
Tuesday 20 December at 6.30pm Carols in The Avenue, Great Shefford
Christmas Eve at 11.30 Midnight Mass, Great Shefford
Christmas Day at 9.30 am Holy Communion, Great Shefford

St Michael’s School, Aldbourne is inviting all to St Michael’s School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 10 December from 12 to 3.30 pm for an afternoon of family fun, with festive food and drink, craft activities

There will be a virtual Christmas Balloon Race in Aldbourne, an opportunity to compete for a Christmas hamper and to support the work of Lambourn Riding for the Disabled (RDA). To enter, select and name balloons and then track them as they fly over the virtual snowy landscape. As well as competing for the hamper, you can set-up your own competition with friends and family. The race has been organised by St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne to raise funds to support the work of the RDA with people who have physical and learning difficulties. Through riding, people are helped to achieve personal goals and increase in confidence and being on horseback has been shown to reduce spasms and improve balance, posture and co-ordination.  The balloons cost £3 each. Enter here.

East Garston’s quiz

These are always very popular events and, after a two-year break because of the nasty virus, the Village Hall was packed on 18 November for an evening which raised around £6,000 for the upkeep and maintenance the building. A good part of this would have come from the takings at the bar. It would be fair to describe the business there as “brisk.” I like to think I played my part in this.

About ten years back I was a member of the winning team and facetiously raised the cup above my head, as if I were at Wembley. As I was, Nobby Stiles-like, waving it around, the base fell off and bounced off my skull. I have no further memories of the evening (perhaps I wouldn’t have done anyway). No risk of that this time as we finished fourth. Well done to the winners, the interestingly named “Play the man, not the question.”

Even bigger congrats are due to, above all, Ed James who organised the event and Sue Tulloch for cooking for over 100 people (including one of the best lasagnas ever). The fact that they have done it several times before doesn’t take any gloss off the achievement. Ed’s quite a useful auctioneer, too. Speaking of which, thanks also to Simon McNeil, Peter Hobbs, the Queens Arms, Sporting Agenda, Quintin Catering, Harriet and Vanessa Lee, Smiths of Axford, Dave Lee, Rupert Fleming and Nelson Travel for donating lots for the auction; and to Freddie Tulloch, Priscilla’s Kitchen, Karen Hobbs, Lambourn Food Hall, PJS, Carolyn Wray and Theresa Hing for supplying the raffle prizes. Other thanks to those who helped on the night including Val and Monty, Ray Baker, Richie Beeson, Nikki O’Brien and John James “and his warrior team”. There was also a bloke called Brian Quinn, whoever he is, who did this year’s guest round (on history). I would have got all those questions right, funnily enough. All in all great evening: and this time, I didn’t even have a lump on my head the following morning.

Even better news for the East Garston Village Hall, as previously mentioned, thanks to generous donations of material and expertise from Power-Aid and Neutral Home, the building now has its own solar array which any moment now should be fully operational. Even in these dank days it should provide about 10% of the Hall’s electricity and this will made more efficient when batteries are installed and, of course, whenever the sun puts in an appearance. We’re very lucky to have a building like this in the village (its facilities include a fully-equipped bar, a-v equipment, tiered seating, a full-size snooker table and even a bowling alley). Keeping it in working order doesn’t happen by accident but requires a lot of work by the trustees and volunteers (more of the latter are often needed to help run the bar at weekends). For more information on the Hall and the Social Club, including who to contact if you want to help in any way and how to book it for events, please click here. See you there at next year’s quiz, if not before.

The Woodlanders’ fighting fund

We mentioned last week about the decision that was recently taken by the Woodlanders Protection Group to look into the possibility of taking West Berkshire Council to court about its handling of road-safety issues on the rather terrifying stretch of the B4000 for J14 of the M4 to Membury. The background to this is looked at in this separate article.

Mounting any kind of legal action is neither cheap, certain nor stress-free. It’s perhaps akin to embarking on a game of high-stakes poker against an opponent who not only dislikes losing but also has far deeper pockets. The ante for this particular game was £10,000, and this set was raised through an online funding page in less than a week. The next order of business is to see if the Judge who’s currently reviewing the Woodlanders’ case feels that the case is sufficiently strong to go to court. If it is then the players will take their seats at the green baize table and wait for the cards to be dealt.

As the article explains, the immediate trigger for this was two accidents in November that were so similar in nature and location as to suggest that the second was a conscious attempt to re-enact the first (though with one extra vehicle). Looking out of my window as I write this, the dank, dusky November mist has reduced visibility almost to zero. Take great care with any journeys along the notoriously dangerous B4000, particularly in conditions like this.  By the time the clocks go forward next year, not only the visibility but also the legal situation might be a little clearer.

Planning applications in Lambourn

Click here to visit Lambourn.org’s latest (3 December 2022) list of live planning applications in the parish. There are currently 42 of these: some are quite minor and technical while others are anything but, involving demolition and/or construction. If you want to find out more on any of these, follow the links to WBC’s planning portal. If you want to make any comments for or against any proposal, this must be sent to WBC if it’s to be considered by the officers before making a decision: raising the matter on social media won’t accomplish this, no matter how many times your post is liked or shared.

Parish councils are statutory consultees in the planning process and as such look at every application and make their recommendations to the planning authority (WBC in this case). Parishes do not, however, have the power to decide these matters and the planning authority may come to a different conclusion. Members of the public can attend all or part of parish council meetings (except Part 2s, where confidential or commercially sensitive matters are discussed). Visit Lambourn Parish Council’s website for more information on forthcoming meetings. Note that some of the applications on the above-mentioned list will already have been considered by the Council.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tues 6 Dec East Garston Film Night: Belfast by Kenneth Branagh

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; market waste management; devolution feedback; and drainage works at the Old Cricket Field.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the resignation of the Chair and of another councillor; the election of a new Chair; the PC’s website; the Emergency Management Team; the village newsletter; planning matters; financial matters; the grounds maintenance contract; waste collections; the school; and repairs and maintenance around the village.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can download the minutes here. items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; the war memorial; speeding; planning matters; financial matters; village maintenance; the Millennium Field; and the Jubilee Meadow.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 24 November 2022

This week we look at an extra mile, winterbournes, photos, litter and donations. We also look at the latest steps taken by the Woodlanders Protection Group following a spate of accidents of the B4000 and reflect on a very recent planning decision for new gallops in Lambourn – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Quick reminder that Lambourn Camera Club’s Lambourn Parish photography competition closes on  Wednesday 30 November. For more details and the online entry form please click here.

PhD researcher Tim Sykes from the University of Southampton, is investigating how people feel about winterbourne streams and is looking for local volunteers to participate in his research. He explains, “I am looking for one or two local people to record in a diary how they feel about their local winterbourne for a whole year. I’m particularly looking for people who identify as being emotionally engaged with or active about their winterbourne. That might include for example, artists, poets or photographers who are inspired by it or people who are passionate about its wildlife or concerned about its condition.” Anyone who would like to know more about the research and the opportunity to participate can contact Tim at t.j.sykes@soton.ac.uk.

Quick reminder from Citizen’s Advice on how to shop savvy and stay safe online this Black Friday (25 November) and Cyber Monday (28 November). Remember, if an offer is too good to be true, it’s probably not true…

• Do you know anyone who goes that extra mile? Please nominate them for the West Berks Community Champion Awards. The categories are Community Group of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, The Pat Eastop Junior Citizen of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year. The deadline is Monday 2 January 2022.

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills.

• Locally grown (and organic) Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices will be available from Tobi Corney in Eastbury from Saturday 3 December. Click here for more details.

Well done to everyone who help finish the planting of 60 metres of hedgerow along East Garston’s Millenium Field last weekend. Native species from the Woodland Trust including rowan, blackthorn, oak and hazel were planted to join up the existing hedge around the field creating a valuable wildlife corridor. Volunteer ages ranged from 6 to 89 years. For more information on East Garston Eco Group please email ecoeastgarston@gmail.com.

Do you fancy doing some community wildlife gardening this Sunday 29 November at East Garston Quaker Meeting House (opposite the Village Hall) ? From 12.30pm we will be working with George Dolling who used to be the gardener at Sheepdrove and now works for Manor House Farm in Great Shefford and is responsible for the acres of wildflowers along the footpath leading to Shefford church. George is going to demonstrate how to scythe and strim the grass (that hasn’t been cut this year) in preparation for a wildflower meadow next year. We will also be planting foxgloves and we might also be building some compost bays from pallets in order to compost the grass rakings onsite. All very welcome to lend a hand or ask George questions about wildlife gardening. Soup and apple cake will be provided.

• Requests for donations for raffle/tombola prizes for The Sports & Social Club Family Fun day in Great Shefford on Christmas Eve – anything from shampoo to champagne. Please either drop off at the club on a weekend between 12pm and 4.30pm or let Emma Richardson know and she will come and collect from you.

• Have your say on policing and crime in this Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner survey that asks for views about how safe residents feel in their local area, their experience of both crime and the police as well as questions on the future funding of policing. The survey marks the 10th Anniversary since the PCC was elected. You can complete the anonymous survey online here or contact call the Office of the PCC on 01865 541957 or email opcc.comms@thamesvalley.police.uk to request a paper copy or online help.

Children at Lambourn Primary were treated to an assembly full of music last week when Ben Martin (Head of Learning and Multi-Instrumentalist) from Hogan Music paid them a visit. If your child would like to learn a musical instrument in school with one of our fantastic tutors, visithoganmusic.co.uk for more information.

The new cost of living support hub on West Berkshire Council website explains the different types of support available if you are struggling with rising living costs and are concerned about paying your household bills.

• Lambourn.org reports that the village has received a boost towards litter picking initiatives from Veolia which very kindly donated a full range of litter picking equipment including litter grabs, bag hoops, gloves as well as the first aid kit to the Lambourn Junction Community Interest Company.

• If you work in racing and are struggling with the increasing home energy costs, Racing Welfare may be able to help with our new Home Energy grant. They’re there to help you with money matters through these difficult times. For more information please visit racingwelfare.co.uk/info-support/home-energy-grant.

• The Lambourn Centre is offering a free three-day pass, for anyone who hasn’t been before to test out their facilities. No commitment is required, just go along and try out what is available.

Lambourn Sports Club is providing a Luxury Shopping Experience on Sunday 27 November from noon to 6pm with a range of stalls, an appearance by Santa and a choir will entertain you, all for £2 per adult, which will include a welcome drink and a raffle ticket.

• Great Shefford Village Hall is hosting an evening of Sound Meditation with Sam Silvester on Friday 25 November from 7.30 to 10.30pm deep relaxation and meditation, using Himalayan sound bowls which, with their beautiful tones and amazing vibrations, promote a deeper relaxation and healing. Tickets available here.

• The Injured Jockeys Fund is hosting a board-game afternoon on Wednesday 30 November from 1pm to 4pm at Oaksey House in Lambourn. Tea, Coffee and Cake, free of charge, everyone welcome.

There is a lot of hype these days around Black Friday (25 November) and Cyber Monday (28 November). When it comes to shopping online, it’s tempting to grab a ‘good deal’ but it is also a great opportunity for scammers to take advantage of customers looking for a bargain. Please see these reminders from Citizen’s Advice on how to shop savvy and stay safe online. Remember, if an offer is too good to be true, it’s probably not true…

• If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch in a warm location, a new project called Warm Welcome on Thursdays at the Walwyn Hall (Catholic Club) from 12.15pm. Please book with Helen on Helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by Tuesday midday and there will be a warm welcome and hot meal for you. For full information on the scheme please listen to Helen’s chat with Suzi Cairns here

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the cost of living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury. To select your tree, meet at The Plough noon to 1pm every weekend in December: Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11 and Sat 17, Sun 18 December. It’s a short walk to the field to choose your tree. Please contact Tobi on 07976 724705 if you can’t make those dates.

East Garston Christmas Bazaar on Sat 26 Nov will have lots of handcrafted items, wreaths, pottery, handbags, decorations, toys, jigsaws and a Teddy Tombola in aid of All Saint’s Tower Restoration Fund.

• Come and meet Santa on Saturday 26 November from 10am to 3pm at Ramsbury Brewery in Stock Lane Aldbourne. The Black Friday Weekend and Christmas Artisan Market is free to enter, with stalls, music, food & drink and will be raising money for fundraising in aid of Brighter Futures GWH but other charity stalls are welcome too.

• On Sunday 27 November, Christmas Shopping Afternoon at Lambourn Sports Club is offering a great community day for all with Shopping, Santa, Choir Performance and much more. Only £10 per stall with a raffle donation. Entry is £2 per adult, includes welcome drink and raffle ticket – and kids go free.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair on Friday 2 December from 5.30 to 8.30pm for all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle. Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

Santa is coming to The George in Lambourn and you can join him for lunch on Saturday 10 December 3pm to 6pm £10 per child. Chicken nuggets or fish fingers and chips plus soft drink and gift for every child, and mulled wine for every parent.

• Santa and his elves will be parading through Great Shefford on Sunday 11 December from 4.30pm. He will be distributing sweets to those he meets and raising money for Great Shefford’s Under Fives.

St. Marys Church, Great Shefford Christmas Services schedule:
Tuesday 6 December at 2.30pm Under 5s Christingle
Monday 12 December at 7pm Naivity Procession & Carols, Shefford Woodlands
Tuesday 20 December at 6.30pm Carols in The Avenue, Great Shefford
Christmas Eve at 11.30 Midnight Mass, Great Shefford
Christmas Day at 9.30 am Holy Communion, Great Shefford

St Michael’s School, Aldbourne is inviting all to St Michael’s School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 10 December from 12 to 3.30 pm for an afternoon of family fun, with festive food and drink, craft activities

There will be a virtual Christmas Balloon Race in Aldbourne – an opportunity to compete for a Christmas Hamper and to support the work of Lambourn Riding for the Disabled (RDA). To enter, select and name balloons and then track them as they fly over the virtual snowy landscape. As well as competing for the hamper, you can set-up your own competition with friends and family. The race has been organised by St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne to raise funds to support the work of the RDA with people who have physical and learning difficulties. Through riding, people are helped to achieve personal goals and increase in confidence and being on horseback has been shown to reduce spasms and improve balance, posture and co-ordination.  The balloons cost £3 each. Enter here www.balloonrace.com/LambournRDA

Lambourn’s gallop

On 23 November, WBC’s Western Area Planning Committee considered and decided application 21/01097/COMIND for the “construction of woodchip surfaced gallop with rails and associated landscaping and mitigation planting (part retrospective)” at Land at New Barn Farm, Wantage Road, Lambourn, West Berkshire, the applicant being Mr Jamie Osborne. You can see a summary of the application provided as part of the WAPC’s agenda by clicking here and a video of the meeting (this was the only item discussed) by clicking here. The officers – who are, after all, professionals in this matter – strongly recommended refusal. The purpose of the WAPC meeting, the matter having been called in by the ward member, was to see if the members felt differently.

One of the most serious objections was raised by the Forestry Commission as a number of trees had been felled. As planning permission had not been granted when the chainsaws were fired up, this was a case of getting the cart before the horse –not that the horses in Mr Osborne’s care do anything as vulgar as pull carts. This may yet scupper the whole project. The applicant was forced to apologise to WAPC for this oversight. Many of the members appeared to accept that this was genuine: whether it was or wasn’t, it certainly had the desired effect on the committee. The Forestry Commission, however, may be a tougher nut to crack. It has issued a re-stocking notice, which the applicant is appealing. If this fails then the plan as it stands cannot proceed.

As with many planning committee deliberations, much of the discussion involved weighing up the competing claims of various policies. As has happened before, economic and environmental considerations found themselves in opposite corners of the ring. In this case, the former case had a significant ally in the form of WBC’s policy CS12, which supports the local racing industry. When it came to the decision, five of the eight members were convinced by this and voted to go against officers’ recommendations and support the application (with several conditions). Two voted against and one abstained. It’s now up the Forestry Commission to decide what happens next.

Crash bang smash on the B4000

Sadly, the sound of screeching brakes, smashing windscreens and wailing 999 sirens is becoming all too familiar on the stretch of this road that runs (more or less with Roman straightness but with a few alarming bends and dips) from the members Industrial Estate to the A338 just north of J14 of the M4. The whole road all the way to Newbury can be pretty scary: this bit, however, is at times terrifying. There have so far been two major smashes and four written-off vehicles in so far this month. No fatalities, fortunately, though that probably has more to do with the safety features in person-day cars that any safety features on the road; of which there are none.

A local pressure organisation, the Woodlanders’ Protection Group (WPG), has had enough. On 23 November, a spokesperson contacted Penny Post and confirmed that WPG was proposing taking WBC to court and has set up a crowdfunding page to raise the £10,000 that it feels is necessary to fight its corner. The intention, the spokesperson told me, “is to demonstrate unsound planning decisions and to ensure better planning criteria in the future for development at Membury and, indeed, similar sites elsewhere in the district.”

For more information on this, including some hair-raising photos and a link to the crowdfunding page, please click here.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tues 6 Dec East Garston Film Night: Belfast by Kenneth Branagh

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; market waste management; devolution feedback; and drainage works at the Old Cricket Field.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 November and you can download the minutes here. items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; the war memorial; speeding; planning matters; financial matters; village maintenance; the Millennium Field; and the Jubilee Meadow.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village website; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; the bus shelter; signage; and the flood alleviation scheme.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 17 November 2022

This week we look at litter-picking equipment, a warm hub, luxury shopping, board games and the Lambourn Youth Junction. We also consider what on earth might be done to make the B4000 a bit less accident-prone and report on a couple of major environmental initiatives in (or, more precisely, on) and around thew Village Hall in East Garston – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Don’t forget Eastbury’s Auction of Promises closes at noon on Friday 18 November. Click here for catalogue and information about how to place your bid.

The Lambourn Junction first Warm Welcome & Hot Lunch was well attended this week at the Walwyn Hall. Chicken pie with vegetables and gravy followed by steamed pudding and custard. The Warm Hub is there for anyone who needs a warm lunch and a place to chat and socialise. More details here.

• Lambourn.org reports that the village has received a boost towards litter picking initiatives from Veolia which very kindly donated a full range of litter picking equipment including litter grabs, bag hoops, gloves as well as the first aid kit to the Lambourn Junction Community Interest Company.

• The National Animal Welfare Trust Berkshire’s Christmas Auction is still live for a few more days until Monday 21 November. They have raised an amazing £1,343 but there are still so many amazing prizes up for grabs so head over to NAWT Berkshire Trindledown Treasures page here for a browse.

• Chaddleworth and Shefford Schools PTFA have a Winter Fete this Saturday 19 November from 11am to 3pm at Shefford School. Free entry to a variety of local handmade gift stalls, cake and refreshments and even the chance to make your own reindeer food.

• If you work in racing and are struggling with the increasing home energy costs, Racing Welfare may be able to help with our new Home Energy grant. They’re there to help you with money matters through these difficult times. For more information please visit racingwelfare.co.uk/info-support/home-energy-grant.

• The Lambourn Centre is offering a free three-day pass, for anyone who hasn’t been before to test out their facilities. No commitment is required, just go along and try out what is available.

Lambourn Sports Club is providing a Luxury Shopping Experience on Sunday 27 November from noon to 6pm with a range of stalls, an appearance by Santa and a choir will entertain you, all for £2 per adult, which will include a welcome drink and a raffle ticket.

• Great Shefford Village Hall is hosting an evening of Sound Meditation with Sam Silvester on Friday 25 November from 7.30 to 10.30pm deep relaxation and meditation, using Himalayan sound bowls which, with their beautiful tones and amazing vibrations, promote a deeper relaxation and healing. Tickets available here.

• The Injured Jockeys Fund is hosting a board-game afternoon on Wednesday November 30 from 1pm to 4pm at Oaksey House in Lambourn. Tea, Coffee and Cake, free of charge, everyone welcome.

•The Lambourn Junction now has its own litter picking kit thanks to a kind donation from Veolia so watch this space for the next litter picking date.

• Lambourn RDA presents a programme of choral music at St Michael’s Church in Aldbourns on Saturday 19 November at 7.30. Tickets are £10 pp available from The Post Office Aldbourne on the door, or to reserve call 07796 446083

Great news about the success of the new Lambourn Youth Junction which attracted 40 young people in the first week and 60 in the second. “That’s a clear sign that young people in Lambourn wanted to socialise without having to travel outside of the village.” says founder Anna Field “we need to stock up the tuck shop – it was lovely to see it cleared out on day one!” The Youth Junction meets every week at 6:30pm at the British Legion in Lambourn. Registration is essential since parental permission is required. To register please click here or call 07749 844 600.

Quick reminder there will be free bus travel starting in West Berkshire (and the return journey if going beyond the West Berkshire border) all day on several allocated days in November and December. As well as being able to get around West Berkshire, free bus travel is available to Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon. For more information click here. As part of this scheme West Berks Council is offering a Free Christmas Shopper Bus Service for villages, including Hungerford Newtown, that don’t have a public bus service on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, starting Saturday 19 November. To book your seat and request a shopping destination of your choice, please contact 01635 551111 or email transport@westberks.gov.uk. See here for more details.

There is a lot of hype these days around Black Friday (25 November) and Cyber Monday (28 November). When it comes to shopping online, it’s tempting to grab a ‘good deal’ but it is also a great opportunity for scammers to take advantage of customers looking for a bargain. Please see these reminders from Citizen’s Advice on how to shop savvy and stay safe online. Remember, if an offer is too good to be true, it’s probably not true…

• If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch in a warm location, a new project called Warm Welcome will start on Thursday 10 November at the Walwyn Hall (Catholic Club) from 12.15pm. Please book with Helen on Helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by next Tuesday midday and there will be a warm welcome and hot meal for you. For full information on the scheme please listen to Helen’s chat with Suzi Cairns here

Lambourn Environmental Group is planting more trees this month. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the cost of living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury. To select your tree, meet at The Plough 12 -1pm every weekend in December: Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11 and Sat 17, Sun 18 December. It’s a short walk to the field to choose your tree. Please contact Tobi on 07976 724705 if you can’t make those dates.

Christmas Craft Fair on Sat 19 Nov at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn in aid of  the community bus to Wantage.

Winter Fete on Sat 19 Nov from 11am to 3pm at Shefford School . Enjoy handmade gifts, a raffle, lots of fun games and home made cakes and hot dogs. Free entry.

East Garston Christmas Bazaar on Sat 26 Nov will have lots of handcrafted items, wreaths, pottery, handbags, decorations, toys, jigsaws and a Teddy Tombola in aid of All Saint’s Tower Restoration Fund.

• Come and meet Santa on Saturday 26 November from 10am to 3pm at Ramsbury Brewery in Stock Lane Aldbourne. The Black Friday Weekend and Christmas Artisan Market is free to enter, with stalls, music, food & drink and will be raising money for fundraising in aid of Brighter Futures GWH but other charity stalls are welcome too.

• On Sunday 27 November, Christmas Shopping Afternoon at Lambourn Sports Club is offering a great community day for all with Shopping, Santa, Choir Performance and much more. Only £10 per stall with a raffle donation. Entry is £2 per adult, includes welcome drink and raffle ticket – and kids go free.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2 December from 5.30 to 8.30 pm. For all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle what’s not to like? Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

• Santa and his elves will be parading through Great Shefford on Sunday 11 December from 4.30pm. He will be distributing sweets to those he meets and raising money for Great Shefford’s Under Fives.

Trindledown’s Online Christmas Auction will be on facebook from 7 to 21 November.

A Woodlander writes

There’s a letter in this week’s Newbury Weekly News from Tony King of the Woodlanders’ Protection Group. His general point is about speeds on the B4000, the problematic part of which runs from the Membury Industrial Estate to the A338 just north of J14 of the M4 and it carries many large lorries, often travelling at high speed.

If I need to turn onto the B4000 form Goodings Lane, the Eastbury Chute or Poughley, as I often do, it’s with a certain amount of trepidation. This is safer at night as you can see the lights. In daylight when there’s high wind or heavy rain is the worst as then you can’t hear what might be coming round the corner at 70mph. Trying to turn out of a blind entrance on a bend of the road one late afternoon about eight years ago with two of my sons in the back of the car still ranks as the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had at the wheel – and this is coming from someone who once drove from Chelsea to Dalston on New Year’s Eve with three very drunk passengers in a borrowed car whose gearstick kept coming off in my hand and which could only be brought to a stop by using the hand-brake.

Tony King then refers to an accident there which took place on 7 November. The details he describe seem very similar to another one which happened on the same stretch of road almost exactly a week later. The first accident involved a lorry and a car, the second one a lorry and two cars. Only the robust standards of modern vehicle design seem to have prevented fatalities at these incidents.

This is a matter which not only the Woodlanders Protection Group and the three parish councils but also Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston are vividly aware of. Councillor Woollaston’s regular monthly updates, which you can read here, go back to June 2020.  In that period he’s mentioned “B4000” 32 times and “Membury” 47 times: so no one can accuse him of being asleep at the wheel in this.

Tony King’s letter also mentioned another aspect of the first accident, suggesting that the lorry involved came from Membury and was operating “well outside reasonable working hours.” The hours of operation at the Industrial Park are regulated by planning conditions but these are more honoured in the breach than the observance. Councillor Woollaston is trying to do something about that as well.

Of course, if there’s not going be any enforcement, changes like lowering the speed limit will have virtually no effect. A couple of speed cameras might do the trick, though. Something certainly needs to happen before a really serious incident occurs – perhaps, sadly, that’s the only way anything will change.

The best thing, of course, would be to create a junction 14a at Membury Services. However, something tells me that this is not likely to happen. I certainly didn’t see a promise to provide funds for this in the Autumn Statement.

Eco Garston

Excellent progress is being made with the 16 solar panel installation on East Garston Village Hall by Power-Aid to help with the Hall’s energy overheads. Brett Pallister, MD of Power-Aid, had been speaking with Pat Glover and Alan Breadmore from East Garston Eco Group about donating this generous gift to the village. Further to this, he has since spoken with one of his associates, Jon Bumstead from Neutral Home and persuaded Jon to forego his usual consultancy fee in advising the Hall and Social Club as how best to reduce its emissions and expenditure.

Some tree work has recently been done around the Village Hall car park to remove shade from the panels. The resulting logs next to the steps up to the Millenium Field are free to anyone who wants to help themselves.

Meanwhile, hundreds of new hedge and tree saplings are being planted around the Millenium Field by the East Garston Eco Group volunteers. Last weekend a sixty-metre stretch in the north east corner of the field was planted with a row of native species from the Woodland Trust including rowan, blackthorn, oak and hazel. This will join up the existing hedge around the field creating a valuable wildlife corridor.

The final stage of the planting (about 60 saplings) will happen from 2.45 on Saturday 19 November. Please bring a spade or fork. Gloves are recommended. For more information on this or the group’s activities generally, email ecoeastgarston@gmail.com.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tues 6 Dec East Garston Film Night: Belfast by Kenneth Branagh

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; market waste management; devolution feedback; and drainage works at the Old Cricket Field.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village website; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; the bus shelter; signage; and the flood alleviation scheme.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 10 November 2022

This week we look at Remembrance Sunday services, meeting a councillor, prize bingo, tree planting and a photography competition. We also offer a link to the most recent Vally of the Racehorse e-newsletter in case you missed it last weekend, offer a round of applause to two local companies which are providing solar panels to East Garston’s Village Hall free of charge and take a GDPR-compliant peek inside Lambourn District Councillor Howard Woollaston’s in-box  – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Remembrance Sunday service at St Michael and All Angels in Lambourn begins 10.45am at the War Memorial on Sunday 13 November  followed by 40 minute service in church. All present are invited to the Royal British Legion Club for refreshments.

• Steve Mead is the Parish Councillor for Eastbury and he is holding a ‘Meet your Eastbury Parish Councillor’ drop-in session on Saturday 12 November between 8.30am and 10am at Eastbury Church.

• Prize Bingo comes to Woodlands St. Mary Social Club  on Sunday 13 November at 3pm. Open at 2pm, eyes down at 3pm. Funds raised to be donated to Cancer Research UK.

• Lambourn RDA presents a programme of choral music at St Michael’s Church in Aldbourns on Saturday 19 November at 7.30. Tickets are £10 pp available from The Post Office Aldbourne on the door, or to reserve call 07796 446083

• Lambourn Surgery are holding the final Flu/Covid clinic of the season on Saturday 12 November between 8.30am and 3.45pm at the Surgery, Bockhampton Rd. If you are eligible, no appointment is necessary. For further details see here.

• Chaddleworth and Shefford Schools PTFA have a Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am to 3pm at Shefford School. Free entry to a variety of local handmade gift stalls, cake and refreshments and even the chance to make your own reindeer food.

Great news for bus users. Following on from successful free bus travel last Christmas, this Easter and for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, bus journeys starting in West Berkshire, and the return journey if going beyond the West Berkshire border, will be free all day on several allocated days in November and December. As well as being able to get around West Berkshire, free bus travel is available to Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon. For more information click here. As part of this scheme West Berks Council is offering a Free Christmas Shopper Bus Service for villages, including Lambourn Woodlands, that don’t have a public bus service on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, starting Saturday 19 November. To book your seat and request a shopping destination of your choice, please contact 01635 551111 or email transport@westberks.gov.uk. See here for more details.

So week two into the new food waste collection scheme and we forgot that the food caddy was collected weekly so we didn’t put it out…hope you did better than us. Luckily we have a home compost as well so a lot can go into that.  Quick reminder that you don’t have to put your food waste in the green bags (it can go straight in the caddy which is easy to rinse out) and the lovefoodhatewaste.com website has great ideas about how you can reduce food waste.

• If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch in a warm location, a new project called Warm Welcome will start on Thursday 10 November at the Walwyn Hall (Catholic Club) from 12.15pm. Please book with Helen on Helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by next Tuesday midday and there will be a warm welcome and hot meal for you. For full information on the scheme please listen to Helen’s chat with Suzi Cairns here

Lambourn Environmental Group is planting more trees this month. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the cost of living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury.

• If you want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage.

Santa and his elves will be parading through Great Shefford on Sunday 11 December from 4.30pm. He will be distributing sweets to those he meets and raising money for Great Shefford’s Under Fives.

• Chaddleworth and Shefford Schools PTFA invite you to a Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am – 3pm at Shefford School . Enjoy handmade gifts, a raffle, lots of fun games and home made cakes and hot dogs. Free entry.

• On Sunday 27 November, Lambourn Sports Club is offering a great community day for all with Shopping, Santa, Choir Performance and much more. Only £10 per stall with a raffle donation. Entry is £2 per adult – Includes welcome drink & raffle ticket -and kids go free.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2 December from 5.30 – 8.30 pm. For all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle what’s not to like? Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

 Trindledown’s Online Christmas Auction will be on facebook from 7 to 21 November.

 Christmas Shopping Afternoon Lambourn Sports Club on Sunday 27 November.

• Come and meet Santa on Saturday 26 November from 10am to 3pm at Ramsbury Brewery in Stock Lane Aldbourne. The Black Friday Weekend and Christmas Artisan Market is free to enter, with stalls, music, food & drink and will be raising money for fundraising in aid of Brighter Futures GWH but other charity stalls are welcome too.

National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) is  looking for your Christmas photos of your pets, to be featured on their online shop website over the festive period.Please add your photos to their facebook post here, or send them into us via private message, for a chance to see your beloved pet as the face of our online shop this Christmas. They ask that the following could be included,  “Something Christmas related to be featured for example maybe decorations like tinsel or baubles, or a Christmas tree.” Enter them by Sunday 13 November.

• On Thursday 17 November between 3.30-6pm, The Great Shefford will be holding a Christmas Craft Session in the bar for our local children, aged 10 or under.

Panels on the hall

Excellent news that Power-Aid has agreed to supply and install 16 solar panels on East Garston Village Hall/Social Club free of charge to help with their energy overheads. Brett Pallister, MD of Power-Aid, had been speaking with Pat Glover and Alan Breadmore from East Garston Eco Group about donating this generous gift to the village. Further to this, he has since spoken with one of his associates, Jon Bumstead from Neutral Home and persuaded Jon to forego his usual consultancy fee in advising the Hall and Social Club as how best to reduce its emissions and expenditure.

The Valley of the Racehorse

Each month, as many of you in the area know, we publish a newsletter covering the Upper Lambourn Valley (basically, upstream from Shefford and following the B4000 from Shefford Woodlands to Membury). 5 November was the publication for the most recent issue and, as usual, it’s packed with news, features, reports from local organisations, environmental updates, jobs, property and much else besides.

If you didn’t receive it, you can click here to read it.

A councillor’s in-box

Each month, Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston provides us with his homework in the form of a summary of what has been in his in-box or in-tray in the previous four or five weeks. You can read his latest summary here.

As this post contains all these ward updates going back to June 2020, it’s pretty easy to do a quick search on what words and topics crop up most often. “Planning”, for instance, features 99 times, “speed” (as in traffic) 51 times, “water” 55 times, “Membury” (as in the Industrial Park) 47 times, “B4000” 32 times and “Covid” 26 times. I’d imagine that, allowing for the substitution of local problem areas, any other ward reports (not that I’m are there any remotely as regular or as detailed as Councillor Woollaston’s) would produce similar results.

This month, however, the cost-of-living problems led him to focus on some district-wide measures designed to help alleviate these. As regards ward matters, which is what this is update is usually concerned with, many of the usual suspects put in an appearance with planning, speeding, Membury and the B4000 all getting a mention. Covid was mentioned twice, but only retrospectively. That’s not a word either he or I want to type too many times again: rest assured, however, that if this does return then anything about it which particularly affects Lambourn will be mentioned in these updates.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 12 Nov Indoor and Outdoor Car Boot Sale, Lambourn British Legion, 10am to 1pm. Pre-paid pitches are £8 or £10 on the day. Contact Cathy at cathy.brown22@outlook.com.

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 5 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; market waste management; devolution feedback; and drainage works at the Old Cricket Field.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village website; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; the bus shelter; signage; and the flood alleviation scheme.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 3 November 2022

This week we look at a Lambourn actress, a councillor meeting, a warm welcome and a boot sale. We also issue a final reminder for any contributions for our imminent monthly Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter and join Lambourn.org in studying the quite long list of undetermined planning applications in Lambourn  – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Lambourn Valley actress Catherine Chalk enjoys her debut role in mainstream cinema in the the film Hilma which will be showing at the Parade Marlborough on Thursday 17th November, before it goes on general release. The Guardian described  her performance as Anna Cassel as “terrific.”

• Penny will be hosting a Rembrance Day show on 4LEGS Radio next Friday 11 November from 9am to 11am. Please call/text her on 07768 981658 or email 4legsradio@gmail.com if you would like to pay tribute to a family member or loved one.

• Steve Mead is the Parish Councillor for Eastbury and he is holding a ‘Meet your Eastbury Parish Councillor’ drop-in session on Saturday 12 November between 8.30am and 10am at Eastbury Church

• This bonfire night, Classic FM, in partnership with the RSPCA, is broadcasting a special radio programme on to help animals cope with firework noise. They will be playing classical music help calm and settle anxious pets on Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November from 5 to 9pm.

We were surprised when we put out our new food caddy out this week by how full it was. By putting all food waste in a separate container, it becomes easier to see what foods you tend to throw away and to adjust shopping, cooking or consumption accordingly. The lovefoodhatewaste.com website has great ideas about how you can reduce food waste.  See here for a reminder of how the new collection works and why it is being introduced. You can put your caddy out every week and you don’t have to put your food waste in the green bags (it can go straight in the caddy which is easy to rinse out).

• If you, or anyone you know may benefit from a hot two course lunch in a warm location, a new project called Warm Welcome will start on Thursday 10 November at the Walwyn Hall (Catholic Club) from 12.15pm. Please book with Helen on Helen@noll.uk or 07770 394123 by next Tuesday midday and there will be a warm welcome and hot meal for you.
• Lambourn British Legion are having an Indoor and Outdoor Car Boot Sale on Saturday 12 November from 10am to 1pm. Pre-paid pitches are £8 or £10 on the day. Contact Cathy at cathy.brown22@outlook.com.

Lambourn Environmental Group and East Garston Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org or . 

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the Cost of Living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury.

• If you want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage.

Santa and his elves will be parading through Great Shefford on Sunday 11 December from 4.30pm. He will be distributing sweets to those he meets and raising money for Great Shefford’s Under Fives.

• Chaddleworth and Shefford Schools PTFA invite you to a Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am – 3pm at Shefford School . Enjoy handmade gifts, a raffle, lots of fun games and home made cakes and hot dogs. Free entry.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2 December from 5.30 – 8.30 pm. For all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle what’s not to like? Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

 Trindledown’s Online Christmas Auction will be on facebook from 7 to 21 November.

 Christmas Shopping Afternoon Lambourn Sports Club on Sunday 27 November.

Seeking approval

Once a month, the excellent Lambourn.org provides a list of all undetermined planning applications in the parish of Lambourn. Here’s the list as of 27 October.

Planning authorities used to send letters to neighbours when an application had been made but now they don’t (or WBC doesn’t, at any rate). Applicants are meant to put orange notices outside the affected properties but sometimes they don’t. The Parish Council will consider all the applications that come before it as a consultee each month but to get a list of these you need to locate the agendas (which are only published a few days before) or go toe the meetings. You can’t go to the WBC planning portal every day just to see if something you might reasonably object to is going up across the road. So, a list like this is really the best way to see what’s happening. Once approval has been granted it will too late to do anything about it.

Note that this list is not subject to rolling updates, so an application validated on 28 October would not feature until the next monthly update. If you want to comment on an application you need to do so by following the instructions on WBC’s planning portal: click on the links on Lambourn.org which will take you to the specific application.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 5 Nov Lambourn Fireworks Party

Sat 5 Nov East Garston Fireworks Party

• Thu 10 Nov Bingo at The George Lambourn.

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 September and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the cost-of-living crisis; the parish’s emergency plan; planning matters; the recording of meetings; the NDP; financial matters; the budget; speeding; and the market.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village website; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; the bus shelter; signage; and the flood alleviation scheme.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

 

Thursday 27 October 2022

This week we look at photographs, pumpkins, a shopping trip, a new fridge in Shefford and pending planning applications in Lambourn, We also have a couple of first-hand experiences of traffic speeds in Eastbury  – plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• For all those wanting to enjoy the shopping trip to Cardiff, organised by Eileen Horton, could you please make sure you have paid by the end of Friday 28 October. Wendy at Universal Stores is taking payment.

• The  popular Halloween Trail is back in Lambourn on Monday 31 October commencing 4.30 from the Market Place. Follow the route to find letters that will make a spooky word. To book a place please message Julie on 07840780345. Please bring a pen/pencil. Sweets donated by Market Hair.

• Have you heard of the ‘HallowClean’? It’s a week long initiative set by Tidy Up Britain to help keep or communities clean and tidy. The idea of the HallowClean is that you dress up in your scariest costume and go litter picking with your friends. Kind of like trick or treating but the real treat is a cleaner environment. You can even post #HallowClean with pictures in your costumes to let people know what you’re doing and maybe even more of your friends will want to get involved. Happy HallowClean.

• On Saturday 5 November  at 6.30pm Lambourn Sports Club is hosting the Lambourn festival and community Bonfire party and BBQ. Tickets  are available from Lambourn Universal Stores, Lambourn Sports Club and Lambourn Pharmacy.

•  Quick reminder that the first film matinee and evening showing in East Garston Village Hall will be The Duke starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren on Tuesday 1 November. You can pay £6 on the door or £32 for the whole season of 9 films. The matinee screening is at 2.30pm with tea and cake and the evening film at 7.30pm with a cash bar and Nippy Chippy take-away for the interval. See here for the full list of Season 17 films.

• Lambourn Food Hall has relocated its butcher catering department and so has space to offer Lambourn a new retail outlet on the High Street. Nothing will change in the shop at all. The butchery remains the same and so does the fresh food takeaway (see their new hot food take-away menu here), but they are asking locals to suggest what they want most in the village. Make your suggestions on their facebook page. or email Ryan at info@lambournfoodhall.co.uk. So far people have suggested a bakery or a secondhand shop.

• Lambourn British Legion are having an Indoor and Outdoor Car Boot Sale on Saturday 12 November from 10am to 1pm. Pre-paid pitches are £8 or £10 on the day. Contact Cathy at cathy.brown22@outlook.com.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. In November a hedge will be laid with 420 native species small saplings known as whips. This is close to Coppington Gardens/The Classics. Later 18 larger trees will be planted on that site. The other project in December is on Bockhampton Meadow, again laying a hedge with 420 mixed native whips. There will also be 25 bigger trees, Oak, Holly and Crab Apple. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the Cost of Living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

• We had our jabs at Lambourn Pharmacy recently and Graham did a great job making it painless. You can book your Covid and Flu vaccinations with them through the national booking system or directly with the pharmacy team. The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols. The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here for details.

Christmas

Organic Christmas trees of all sizes and reasonable prices are available again from Tobi Corney in Eastbury.

• If you want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage.

• Chaddleworth and Shefford Schools PTFA invite you to a Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am – 3pm at Shefford School . Enjoy handmade gifts, a raffle, lots of fun games and home made cakes and hot dogs. Free entry.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2 December from 5.30 – 8.30 pm. For all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle what’s not to like? Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

 Trindledown’s Online Christmas Auction will be on facebook from 7 to 21 November.

 Christmas Shopping Afternoon Lambourn Sports Club on Sunday 27 November.

Traffic calming

Over the last few years efforts have been made to introduce traffic-calming measures in Eastbury in which local ward member Howard Woollaston has been much involved. Many of the homes there open straight onto the valley road which, at places in the village, is barely wide enough for two cars to pass.

Once proposal was a 20mph speed limit. Councils seem reluctant to introduce these and require considerable supporting evidence. Instead, WBC decided to put some traffic calming measures in place. In his above-mentioned column, Howard Woollaston said he was “very disappointed” with them: certainly they are so small as to be almost invisible. A combination of budget cuts and the fact that the road couldn’t be made any narrower without causing problems for larger vehicles was responsible for this.

I understand that Lambourn PC will shortly be using SIDs to conduct traffic surveys through Eastbury in the hope that this might lead to a 20mph limit. Of course, one can make the limit as low as you like but it still has to be enforced. Who’s going to do that?

Earlier this week Penny and I were driving west through Eastbury at about 9am. At the junction at the bottom of the chute we were nearly driven off the road by a van pulling a trailer which must have been doing 45. A bit further on, a car pulled out of a driveway ahead of us and accelerated away. I kept my speed to under 30: by the time we got to the houses just past The Plough, the car was fast vanishing into the morning mist ahead of us.

The first incident shows that calming measures are needed: the second, though, suggests that if people who actually live in the village (as I imagine this person did) don’t pay attention to the limit, what’s the point?

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sat 29 Oct  Halloween Party, Lambourn Sports Club

Sat 5 Nov Lambourn Fireworks Party

Sat 5 Nov East Garston Fireworks Party

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 September and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the cost-of-living crisis; the parish’s emergency plan; planning matters; the recording of meetings; the NDP; financial matters; the budget; speeding; and the market.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village website; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; the bus shelter; signage; and the flood alleviation scheme.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 20 October 2022

This week we look at flu (human and bird) and Covid, a Duke in East Garston, a fair and a boot sale: plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Click here (and scroll down to Across the area) for news of West Berkshire Council’s Library Service, new food recycling arrangements, a service of thanksgiving, political invective, a paint-recycling initiative and the cost of living hub.

Sadly bird flu is closer to our area than it has ever been with cases reported in Swindon and Farrington. Lambourn Parish Council have issued the following notification in respect of the alert by Defra on Monday 17 October.

• Lambourn Food Hall has relocated its butcher catering department and so has space to offer Lambourn a new retail outlet on the High Street. Nothing will change in the shop at all. The butchery remains the same and so does the fresh food takeaway (see their new hot food take-away menu here), but they are asking locals to suggest what they want most in the village. Make your suggestions on their facebook page. or email Ryan at info@lambournfoodhall.co.uk. So far people have suggested a bakery or a secondhand shop.

• Season 17 of the Valley Film Society will launch on Tuesday 1 November in East Garston Village Hall with The Duke starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. As well as the normal 7.30pm screening with a cash bar and Nippy Chippy take-away at the interval, there will also be for the first time a matinee showing at 2.30pm with tea, coffee and cake. You can pay £6 on the door per film or join for the whole season of 9 films for £32. See more details here.

National Animal Welfare Trust at Trindledown in Great Shefford is holding its online Christmas Auction from 7 to 21 November on facebook here. They are still looking for auction items so if you have something to donate or know someone that would be willing, please get in touchAll funds raised will go into supporting their lovely animals at Christmas timeItems they are looking for include: Vouchers & experiences, Food & alcohol (unused and in date), New items that can be used as gifts, Toiletries sets, New pet items, New clothes, shoes or accessories, New books and games, Hamper baskets and fillers. If you don’t have anything you can donate but would still like to contribute then you could always buy one of the hampers on their Amazon Wishlist here: amzn.to/3u7Ideb

• Quick reminder that the West Downland Benefice has a vacancy for a new Associate Minister for the House for Duty post. The Benefice is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic priest who will support the mission of the family of churches and embrace the wonderful countryside the benefice has to offer. The West Downland Benefice includes the parishes of Brightwalton with Catmore, Chaddleworth, Fawley, Great Shefford with Shefford Woodlands, Leckhampstead and Welford & Wickham. Further details and a link to the vacancy advert can be found here.  Please share the link if you know a priest who could be interested in this wonderful opportunity within the Lambourn Valley.

• Another reminder that Lambourn Surgery is offering Flu and Covid vaccinations on three dates this autumn to patients who are in one of the eligible cohorts. All patients should now have been contacted and offered an appointment. Remaining clinics are at the Walwyn Hall on 22 October and 5 November. You must have a pre-booked appointment to attend. Patients aged between 50 and 65 and not in a clinical risk group will be invited to book after 15 October. If you believe you should have been invited but have not received your invitation please contact the surgery using the online form on the Lambourn Surgery website. If you do not have online access please call the surgery after 11am to request an appointment.

• We had our jabs at Lambourn Pharmacy recently and Graham did a great job making it painless. You can book your Covid and Flu vaccinations with them through the national booking system or directly with the pharmacy team. The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols. The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here for details.

• St Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2 December from 5.30 – 8.30 pm. For all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle what’s not to like? Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

• Lambourn British Legion are having an Indoor and Outdoor Car Boot Sale on Saturday 12 November from 10am to 1pm. Pre-paid pitches are £8 or £10 on the day. Contact Cathy at cathy.brown22@outlook.com.

• Stallholders are wanted for Great Shefford Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am to 3pm at a cost of £10 per stall. Email Caroline on chad_shefford_ptfa_@mail.com for more information.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. In November a hedge will be laid with 420 native species small saplings known as whips. This is close to Coppington Gardens/The Classics. Later 18 larger  trees will be planted on that site. The other project in December is on Bockhampton Meadow, again laying a hedge with 420 mixed native whips. There will also be 25 bigger trees, Oak, Holly and Crab Apple. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the Cost of Living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

• If you want want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tue 27 Oct Cash bingo at The George, Lambourn

• Sat 29 Oct  Halloween Party, Lambourn Sports Club

Sat 5 Nov Lambourn Fireworks Party

Sat 5 Nov East Garston Fireworks Party

• Sun 27 Nov  Christmas Shopping Afternoon Lambourn Sports Club

• Regular events

Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at Lambourn British Legion on Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm from 1 Nov. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 September and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the cost-of-living crisis; the parish’s emergency plan; planning matters; the recording of meetings; the NDP; financial matters; the budget; speeding; and the market.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 October and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the village website; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; the bus shelter; signage; and the flood alleviation scheme.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: repairs to the War Memorial; the outdoor guym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and village maintenance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 13 October 2022

This week we visit the fire station, get ready for Halloween, check out a car boot sale and look forward to the launch of Lambourn’s new youth club on 1 November. We also take a peek into the most recent Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter and into the Lambourn ward member’s in-tray: plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Lambourn Fire Station is holding an Open Morning this Saturday 15 October from 10am to 1pm, giving anyone who is interested in being an On-Call firefighter, the opportunity to have a look around and ask questions to those already in the job. Visitors will get an insight into what it’s like to be an On-call Firefighter at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Guests will be able to see what goes on behind the scenes and ‘have a go’ at trying some firefighting activities yourself. Children and parents alike can watch along as firefighters perform drills. Fire Cadet equipment will also be provided to give young people the chance to have a go alongside their parents.

The West Downland Benefice is excited to have secured a modern and spacious rectory in Great Shefford, ready to recruit a new Associate Minister for the House for Duty post. The Benefice is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic priest who will support the mission of the family of churches and embrace the wonderful countryside the benefice has to offer. The West Downland Benefice includes the parishes of Brightwalton with Catmore, Chaddleworth, Fawley, Great Shefford with Shefford Woodlands, Leckhampstead and Welford & Wickham. Further details and a link to the vacancy advert can be found here.  Please share the link if you know a priest who could be interested in this wonderful opportunity within the Lambourn Valley.

• Quick reminder that Lambourn Surgery is offering Flu and Covid vaccinations on three dates this autumn to patients who are in one of the eligible cohorts. All patients should now have been contacted and offered an appointment. Clinics are at the Walwyn Hall on 8 October, 22 October and 5 November. You must have a pre-booked appointment to attend. Patients aged between 50 and 65 and not in a clinical risk group will be invited to book after 15 October. If you believe you should have been invited but have not received your invitation please contact the surgery using the online form on the Lambourn Surgery website. If you do not have online access please call the surgery after 11am to request an appointment.

Covid and Flu vaccinations can also be booked at Lambourn Pharmacy through the national booking system or directly with the pharmacy team. The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols. The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here for details.

• It’s that time of year when we celebrate the ghoulish and the spooky, Lambourn Sports Club is getting in on the fun with a Halloween Party on Saturday 29 October at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5 per adult and children go free and there will be face painting and lots of candy to entertain young and old alike.

 Great Shefford Ladies Group are having a French Night with cheese and wine in the village hall, on Wednesday 19 October from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Learn some french with Charlotte Victoria Chrimes while enjoying delicious cheese a glass of wine and laughter with friends. Text Nicola on 07766 050175 for how to book.

• Set Michaels and All Angels Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2 December from 5.30 – 8.30 pm. For all your Xmas gifts, refreshments, mince pies and a raffle what’s not to like? Please contact Amanda Marchant to book a table on Amanda99cats@hotmail.co.uk

• Lambourn British Legion are having an Indoor and Outdoor Car Boot Sale on Saturday 12 November from 10am to 1pm. Pre-paid pitches are £8 or £10 on the day. Contact Cathy at cathy.brown22@outlook.com.

East Garston Harvest Festival on Sunday 16 October – everyone invited to share a pot luck lunch in the Village Hall before the church service at 4pm. The organisers would be very grateful to have an indication of whether you are able to come and how many. Please email Karen Hack on karen@hackfamily.co.uk.

• The exciting launch of the Lambourn Youth Junction for any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 will be at the British Legion will be on Tuesday 1 November from 6.30 to 8pm. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

• Stallholders wanted for Great Shefford Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am to 3pm at a cost of £10per stall. E mail Caroline on chad_shefford_ptfa_@mail.com for more information.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. In November a hedge will be laid with 420 native species small saplings known as whips. This is close to Coppington Gardens/The Classics. Later 18 larger  trees will be planted on that site. The other project in December is on Bockhampton Meadow, again laying a hedge with 420 mixed native whips. There will also be 25 bigger trees, Oak, Holly and Crab Apple. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

• With so many people challenged with the cost of living currently, Christmas can seem like another daunting pressure. However Lambourn Sports Club is offering a Christmas Shopping Afternoon on Sunday 27 November, which at least means you don’t have to factor in travel expenses. A £2 entry fee will allow you to meander around a wide range of stalls and enjoy a free welcome drink and a raffle ticket.

• Quick reminder about support available to get you through the Cost of Living crisis, including tips on how to reduce your home energy bills. And please watch out for any scams that ask you to click to apply for energy rebates – they all happen automatically.

• If you want want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage.

A full in-tray

After a summer recess, ward member Howard Woollaston’s monthly ward update returned last week. You can see this here (as well as all the previous ones).

The work of a ward member often involves fighting the same battles over and over again. Councillor Woollaston’s latest update certainly had a number of old favourites including speeding, the B4000 and the Membury Industrial Estate. Nutrient neutrality, which became an issue when new regulations were introduced for the Lambourn catchment earlier this year and which has had WBC’s planning department slightly tied up in knots ever since, is also an increasingly regular item. No mention of sewage, fortunately: this is more to do with the low groundwater levels than any certainty that all the necessary repairs have been done by Thames Water. He also looks at WBC’s response to the cost-of-living crisis and, once again, praises the work done by Lambourn Junction.

Other items include CIL and members’ bids (the next rounds of both of which are now open for applications), the Lambourn NDP and a new football facility at John O’Gaunt school, which many children in the parish attend. He also takes this opportunity to confirm that he’ll be re-standing for election in May 2023. When the time comes to cast your vote, a glance through the above-mentioned post will tell you some of the things he’s got up to since we started this in June 2020. It might also be of use you’re thinking of a standing against him, as a guide to the kind of things that might one day be in your in-tray. It’s unlikely that many of them are going to go away any time soon.

The Valley of the Racehorse

Our monthly Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter was published last week and you can click here to read it. As ever, it’s packed with stuff, including…

  • A look at some speeding and traffic-calming measures in the valley.
  • An introduction to the new youth club which launches on 1 November.
  • Local tree-planting initiatives.
  • The Valley Film Society’s new season.
  • Pat Murphy’s regular racing column.
  • News from local schools, charities and voluntary groups.
  • A reminder about our prize quiz.
  • News and offers from local businesses.
  • Events, jobs and properties.
  • Some wise words from James Thurber.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Recycling – the valley’s mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston takes hard plastic pots, tubs and trays, cardboard, small (broken or working) electrical appliances and fabric. In due course it will also take tetrapaks. Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sun 16 Oct East Garston Harvest Lunch, East Garston Village Hall.

Tue 1 Nov Elvis Tribute Act, Lambourn British Legion (Book with Elaine on 07984 136090 or Cathy on brownc1@btinternet.com).

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 August and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the Chair’s report; a new councillor; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; the Memorial Hall; streetlights; repairs to the Market Cross; the Friday market;  LPC’s sustainability policy; other LPC policies; the Patient Participation Forum; the Woodlands Protection Group; the Lambourn Community Conversation; and pavement parking.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: repairs to the War Memorial; the outdoor guym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and village maintenance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 6 October 2022

This week’s column covers our forthcoming monthly newsletter, a welcome youth initiative in Lambourn, speeding, a food van and Covid jabs : plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Congratulations to the organisers of East Garston’s Macmillan Morning which was a big success on Wednesday. An impressive £1,360 has been raised so far and its not too late to donate as you can do so online here.Great Shefford’s Harvest Supper planned for tomorrow (Friday) evening has unfortunately been cancelled. On the Great Shefford facebook group, Denise Herrington says “I am sorry that we have cancelled because it has always been such a fun evening. Unfortunately this year our organising group is a little stretched and we arranged it at short notice which I think was the problem. Hopefully we will be able to run an event next year and look forward to the village’s support.”

East Garston Harvest Festival on Sunday 16 October – everyone invited to share a pot luck lunch in the Village Hall before the church service at 4pm. The organisers would be very grateful to have an indication of whether you are able to come and how many. Please email Karen Hack on karen@hackfamily.co.uk.

• For many years, Lambourn residents have complained that there is nothing to entertain youngsters after school. However, all that is about to change with the advent of the Lambourn Youth Junction which will be based at the Lambourn British Legion. Meeting for the first time on Tuesday 1 November from 6.30 to 8pm the group is open to anyone in Year 5 to Year 9 . Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600 or message them on their Facebook page.

• Volunteers are wanted to help deter speeding in Lambourn and Eastbury. Eastbury and Lambourn are signing up for individual membership of the Thames Valley Community Speedwatch scheme, to try to tackle speeding in the area.  This is a national initiative where members of the local community can, with the support and supervision of Thames Valley Police, record details of speeding vehicles using approved detection devices.

Registered keepers of vehicles exceeding the speed limit are contacted – initially with a letter explaining the potential risks and consequences of their dangerous behaviour.  Repeat offenders will receive a visit from the local police, irrespective of where they live. Beyond these friendly gestures, focused enforcement and criminal prosecution follow based on the collated evidence.

TVP Community Speedwatch has an online platform that allows group-related activities to be self-regulated via an online calendar.  Volunteers will receive online training, including vehicle make recognition training. Risk assessments are also completed by police to ensure safety at the roadside.

If you are interested in joining please email Eastbury Community Speedwatch Group on villagewardens@eastbury.org or Lambourn Community Speedwatch Group on info@lambourn-pc.gov.uk. Click here to find out more information about Community Speedwatch

• You might have noticed a new food van next to the football club in Bockhampton Rd last Saturday. This is now going to be a regular feature. Woody’s Grill will be in situ Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm selling a range of burgers and pulled pork . You can even organise a delivery with minimum of £15 in Lambourn and Eastbury, minimum £20 around Lambourn. To order call mobile 07308858427.

Click here for the most recent East Garston News which has information about the East Garston Harvest Lunch on Sunday 16 October.

• You have probably received your new food waste caddies by now. We have spoken to the team behind the scheme and lay to rest some of the concerns about the planned new weekly collection of food waste by West Berkshire Council. See more details here.

• Sadly there have been reports of bird flu found in poultry in Faringdon. According to this BBC report, “the H5N1 virus, which is highly contagious, was found in the birds at a premises near Faringdon, Vale of White Horse on Tuesday. A protection zone of 3km (1.8 miles) and surveillance zone of 10km (six miles) has been but in place.” See the latest news from DEFRA and advice on how to maximise biosecurity for your birds, however small your flock is.

• Stallholders wanted for Great Shefford Winter Fete on Saturday 19 November from 11am to 3pm at a cost of £10per stall. E mail Caroline on chad_shefford_ptfa_@mail.com for more information.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. In November a hedge will be laid with 420 native species small saplings known as whips. This is close to Coppington Gardens/The Classics. Later 18 larger  trees will be planted on that site. The other project in December is on Bockhampton Meadow, again laying a hedge with 420 mixed native whips. There will also be 25 bigger trees, Oak, Holly and Crab Apple. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

• With so many people challenged with the cost of living currently, Christmas can seem like another daunting pressure. However Lambourn Sports Club is offering a Christmas Shopping Afternoon on Sunday 27 November, which at least means you don’t have to factor in travel expenses. A £2 entry fee will allow you to meander around a wide range of stalls and enjoy a free welcome drink and a raffle ticket.

• Quick reminder that Lambourn Surgery is offering Flu and Covid vaccinations on three dates this autumn to patients who are in one of the eligible cohorts. All patients should now have been contacted and offered an appointment. Clinics are at the Walwyn Hall on 8 October, 22 October and 5 November. You must have a pre-booked appointment to attend. Patients aged between 50 and 65 and not in a clinical risk group will be invited to book after 15 October. If you believe you should have been invited but have not received your invitation please contact the surgery using the online form on the Lambourn Surgery website. If you do not have online access please call the surgery after 11am to request an appointment.

Covid and Flu vaccinations can also be booked at Lambourn Pharmacy through the national booking system or directly with the pharmacy team. The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols. The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here for details.

• Quick reminder that scammers are taking advantage of the cost-of-living crisis to defraud people who are under financial pressure.  See here for more information on how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught. Above all don’t feel ashamed, this is what the scammers rely on so you don’t warn others. Penny got caught once. You need to tell family, friends and report it to protect others.

John O’Gaunt secondary school in Hungerford warmly welcomes local families to their Open Evening (4.30 to 7pm) on Wednesday 12 October with the Head’s addresses at 4.45pm and 5.45pm. You can also book Open Morning tours of the school on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October between 9am and 11am.  Please contact the school office on 01488 682400 or jogoffice@excalibur.org.uk.

• If you want want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage

Lambourn Valley’s newsletter

The October Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter will be published on Saturday 8 October and will, as ever, provide the best round-up of what’s going on in the area bordered by Upper Lambourn, Membury, Shefford Woodlands and East Shefford. You can click here to see September’s issue.

If you’re a usual contributor then you should have received the monthly email reminding you about submitting anything. Anyone else is also free to email penny@pennypost.org.uk if there’s anything you feel should be included. Please send this as soon as possible.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

• The valley’s new mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston takes hard plastic pots, tubs and trays, cardboard, small (broken or working) electrical appliances and fabric. In due course it will also take tetrapaks.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 7 Oct 80’s Dance Party Walwyn Hall.

Sun 16 Oct East Garston Harvest Lunch, East Garston Village Hall.

Tue 1 Nov Elvis Tribute Act, Lambourn British Legion (Book with Elaine on 07984 136090 or Cathy on brownc1@btinternet.com).

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Dementia Café at Lambourn Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

Many councils do not hold meetings in August and many postponed their September meeting following the Queen’s death. 

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 August and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the Chair’s report; a new councillor; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; the Memorial Hall; streetlights; repairs to the Market Cross; the Friday market;  LPC’s sustainability policy; other LPC policies; the Patient Participation Forum; the Woodlands Protection Group; the Lambourn Community Conversation; and pavement parking.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: repairs to the War Memorial; the outdoor guym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and village maintenance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 29 September 2022

This week’s column covers jabs, harvest festivals, a botanical explorer, a parish council meeting, a dementia café and a monthly newsletter: plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Friends of Lambourn Library are pleased to be resuming talks in the Library this Monday 3 October at 7.30 pm with a fascinating talk about intrepid Victorian botanical artist and explorer Marianne North. The speaker is Dr Lisa Coles, a botanical artist herself. Tickets are £5 on the door or can be pre-booked on 01488 71350 or lambournlibrary@westberks.gov.uk. The talk will be preceded by FOLL’s brief Annual General Meeting at 7pm.

Good luck to 6 year old Teagan Vallace from Lambourn who has volunteered to have her long hair cut off this Saturday in aid of Little Princess Trust which provides wigs and support for children undergoing chemotherapy. If you would like to support Teagan’s fundraising appeal, please click here. Teagan is in Year 2 at Shefford Primary School.

• As the nights draw in, book a free Safe and Well visit from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. A Safe and Well Visit is a free service that is provided to eligible residents relating to health and wellbeing, as well as fire risk reduction.  The team will show you their Service ID cards before entering your home. They will wear face coverings for the duration of their visit. For full information click here.

Good news – the 47 bus from Lambourn to Swindon has been improved. A new, more efficient bus adds much needed additional capacity. It can seat 33 passengers, as well as take 12 standing and a wheelchair user, and provides level boarding. Although not always available, it will be used as often as possible on this route. An additional journey has also been added on Saturdays and school holidays. See here for more details.

Lambourn Surgery is offering Flu and Covid vaccinations on three dates this autumn to patients who are in one of the eligible cohorts. All patients should now have been contacted and offered an appointment. Clinics are at the Walwyn Hall on 8 October, 22 October and 5 November. You must have a pre-booked appointment to attend. Eligible children under the age of 18 have been invited to attend the surgery for their vaccination. Patients aged between 50 and 65 and not in a clinical risk group will be invited to book after 15 October. If you believe you should have been invited but have not received your invitation please contact the surgery using the online form on the Lambourn Surgery website. If you do not have online access please call the surgery after 11am to request an appointment.

• Covid and Flu vaccinations can also be booked at Lambourn Pharmacy through the national booking system or directly with the pharmacy team. The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols. The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here for details.

• Quick reminder that scammers are taking advantage of the cost-of-living crisis to defraud people who are under financial pressure.  See here for more information on how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught. Above all don’t feel ashamed, this is what the scammers rely on so you don’t warn others. Penny got caught once. You need to tell family, friends and report it to protect others.

• Don’t miss the MacMillan Cancer fundraising morning on Tuesday 4 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm at East Garston Village Hall Car Park. There will be refreshments from Priscilla’s Kitchen, a raffle, a tombola with great prizes and even Morris Dancing by the Garston Gallopers at 11.30am. See details here.

• Celebrate the changing seasons with a Harvest Festival Supper at Great Shefford Village Hall on Friday 7 October at 7.30 pm. Guests are invited to bring a salad, savoury or pudding dish to share with others. There will be no ticket charge, but any donation will help to support and maintain St. Stephen’s and St. Mary’s Churches. Wine will available by bottle or glass. For contact and booking details please click here.

John O’Gaunt secondary school in Hungerford warmly welcomes local families to their Open Evening (4.30 to 7pm) on Wednesday 12 October with the Head’s addresses at 4.45pm and 5.45pm. You can also book Open Morning tours of the school on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October between 9am and 11am.  Please contact the school office on 01488 682400 or jogoffice@excalibur.org.uk.

• Lambourn has a new Dementia Café at the Memorial Hall from 10.30am to noon on the fourth Wednesday of month . Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits will be served, along with live music and and lots of friendly advice for dementia suffers and carers. Email Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk or call 0118 959 4242 to book a space.

• A new volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust has recently started in Lambourn. She will be happy to walk dogs for elderly or seriously ill residents. To request help, please contact the Cinnamon Trust charity on 01736 757900 or volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk. If you might be interested in walking dogs do contact the charity as they are looking for more volunteer walkers across the area.

• If you want want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the  Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

Lambourn’s meeting

The next meeting of Lambourn Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 October in the Memorial Hall. Please email clerk@lambourn-pc.gov.uk by noon on the day if you want to join the meeting via Teams: otherwise, members of the public can attend in person.

As ever, the consideration of planning applications will be one of the main items on the agenda. This month there are five being looked at:

  • 22/02052/FUL – Castle piece Stables – Section 73a: Variation of Condition 2 (Approved Plans) of previously approved application 17/01285/FUL: Revised application for an American barn/machinery store.
  • 22/02067/FUL – Uplands Bungalow, Upper Lambourn – Construction of arena for horse training.
  • 22/02168/HOUSE – 1 Battens Court, Ermin Street, Lambourn Woodlands – Large window opening to east elevation, new rooflights and rear boots room. Action BJ
  • 22/02199/HOUSE + 22/.02200/LBC2 – Eastview Cottage, Eastbury – Minor alterations to layout within 20th-century extension to accommodate open plan kitchen and dining area.
  • 22/032307/HOUSE – 2 Tubbs Farm Close, Lambourn – Demolish Utility Room and store. Build new Home Office.

If you want to find out more about these in advance of the meeting, click here to visit WBC’s planning portal and then enter the appropriate reference number in the box at he foot of the page.

Planning applications in Lambourn

You’re also advised to keep your eye on the excellent post that’s provided by Lambourn.org which lists all un-determined planning applications is the parish. You can see the most recent one (20 September) by clicking here. This is updated every month or so and there’s a different url each time. If you want to keep updated about what be being built near you, we recommend that you subscribe to Lambourn.org’s newsletters. See the panel on the right of the home page to do this.

You may wonder why there are about 60 applications on this post but that Lambourn Parish Council (LPC) (see section above) is only considering five. This is because some may have already been commented on by LPC while others have yet to be brought before it.

Remember also that LPC is only a consultee in the process. West Berkshire Council is the planning authority and makes the final decision but is obliged to submit applications to the parish or town council and other bodies for their views before determining the matter. At any point, however, you can comment on the application to WBC and your views will be taken into account.

Lambourn Valley’s newsletter

The October Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter will be published on Saturday 8 October and will, as ever, provide the best round-up of what’s going on in the area bordered by Upper Lambourn, Membury, Shefford Woodlands and East Shefford. You can click here to see September’s issue.

If you’re a usual contributor then you should have received the monthly email reminding you about submitting anything. Anyone else is also free to email penny@pennypost.org.uk if there’s anything you feel should be included. Please send this as soon as possible.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Local charity Eight Bells is recruiting Community Navigator Volunteers to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reducing social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

• The valley’s new mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston takes hard plastic pots, tubs and trays, cardboard, small (broken or working) electrical appliances and fabric. In due course it will also take tetrapaks.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tue 4 Oct MacMillan Morning, East Garston

Fri 7 Oct 80’s Dance Party Walwyn Hall

Tue 1 Nov Elvis Tribute Act, Lambourn British Legion (Book with Elaine on 07984 136090 or Cathy on brownc1@btinternet.com)

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

The Lambourn Centre fitness classes can be booked via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes at Hungerford Leisure Centre. A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note that many parish and town councils do not hold meetings in August. In addition, meetings which were scheduled to have taken place during the period of mourning following the death of the Queen (8 to 19 September) would have been cancelled or postponed.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 August and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the Chair’s report; a new councillor; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; the Memorial Hall; streetlights; repairs to the Market Cross; the Friday market;  LPC’s sustainability policy; other LPC policies; the Patient Participation Forum; the Woodlands Protection Group; the Lambourn Community Conversation; and pavement parking.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: repairs to the War Memorial; the outdoor guym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and village maintenance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

 

Thursday 22 September 2022

This week’s column includes under fives, a local newsletter, library events and Covid and flu jabs. We also take a look at a recent application at the Membury Industrial estate and link to the planning matters awaiting decision in Lambourn: plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Don’t miss Hungerford Theatre’s production of Two (a funny & touching play by Jim Cartwright) at the Walwyn Hall Lambourn this Friday 23 September at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought on the door.

• Covid and Flu Vaccination update. For those eligible Covid vaccinations can be booked at Lambourn Pharmacy either through the National booking system or directly with the pharmacy team. Flu vaccinations are due to arrive towards the end of September and can be booked through the pharmacy team.  The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols.The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here.

• On the same theme, Lambourn Surgery is planning a flu vaccination clinic for “at risk” patients on the afternoon of Friday 30 September between 1.30pm and 6.45pm. The Patient Participation Group are seeking volunteers to assist the clinic. They would like two people to cover this period to manage car parking and manage the queue. If you are able to help in any way please contact Alan Breadmore, the chair of the PPG, with a timeframe that you would be available and any preference for a role. ppgchairpersonlambourn@gmail.com. Given the nature of this clinic both roles are likely to involve standing most of the time. Assisting in this way is really appreciated by the surgery and patients.

• A new volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust has recently started in Lambourn. She will be happy to walk dogs for elderly or seriously ill residents. To request help, please contact the Cinnamon Trust charity on 01736 757900 or volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk. If you might be interested in walking dogs do contact the charity as they are looking for more volunteer walkers across the area.

• See here for the latest East Garston news which includes an appeal for old towels or rags for cleaning the church tower before the bells are returned, Macmillan Fundraiser and Safari Supper.

• Friends of Lambourn Library are pleased to be resuming talks in the Library on Monday 3 October at 7.30 pm with Dr Lisa Coles. A botanical artist herself, Dr Coles will be talking about the intrepid Victorian botanical artist and explorer Marianne North. Tickets are £5 on the door or can be pre-booked on 01488 71350 or lambournlibrary@westberks.gov.uk The talk will be preceded by FOLL’s brief Annual General Meeting at 7pm.

• Congratulations to Great Shefford Under Fives for their award-winning autumn collage and specially commended scarecrow at the Newbury Agricultural Society’s Ploughing Match last weekend. For more about this wonderful pre-school and baby/toddler group, see their facebook page here.

• If you want want to book a table at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 November at the  Memorial Hall, Lambourn please ring Eileen on 01488 73685. All proceeds are going to the community bus to Wantage

• If you are looking for fitness classes check out the new cardio and fitness courses available at The Lambourn Centre. Book via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690.

Over 50s swimming lanes have also restarted on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am at Hungerford Leisure Centre.  A great way to keep fit as winter approaches.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

Membury’s change of use

WBC’s Western Area Planning Committee met on 21 September and the first matter was, the consideration of 21/03083/COMIND, the details of which you can see here. This was for a change of use of land use Class B8 (storage and distribution) on a site located to the west of Ramsbury Road, immediately adjacent to, but not within, the designated Protected Employment Area of Membury Airfield Industrial Estate. The application documents submitted advise that the site will be occupied by the applicant as a storage depot for their groundworks contracting business.

The ward member, Howard Woollaston, pointed out that this application was “to replace the time-expired approval consented in 2018” and suggested  a number of reasons why this new application should be refused on the grounds that “much has changed” since then. These included: the considerable expansion of the industrial estate (including 10,000 sq m Walkers distribution unit); the “doubling” of the B4000 traffic, largely as a result of this; the fact that “the whole Membury industrial Estate is recognised by our own Highways officers as being unsustainable with the barest possible level of public transport (one bus a day)”; and issues relating to surface water drainage, already a problem in and near the estate.

He also pointed out that “this site is outside of the Designated Employment Area and is part of the North West Downs AONB: yet since the previous consent expired the applicant has blatantly ignored this fact, removing topsoil and created bunds using heavy machinery, presumably on the assumption that this consent will be approved but without any current planning approval.” On a separate issue, he also doubted whether the application “would generate significant local employment.”

Membury Industrial Estate is, he added, an anomaly dating back to the Second World War and the subsequent use of the disused airfield and is in many ways not in the right place “Nobody in their right minds,” he suggested, “would think of creating a Designated Employment area here if we had a blank sheet of paper today. However, we are where we are…”

He concluded that he could see “absolutely no justification in allowing further industrial development beyond that already designated and the applicant should be required to return the land to its original state through enforcement action if necessary.”

Lib Dem Councillor Adrian Abbs also made the point that it was only by visiting the site that he had been able to get a true sense of the scale of the proposed development and the impact it was likely to have. This site visit was during the previous consideration of the matter by WAPC: as mentioned last week (click here and scroll down to seeing it for yourself), the site visit for this meeting was, oddly, cancelled because the period of royal mourning. This decision seems to send out the message that site visits are not particularly important; in fact, they are.

In the event, a fairly rare blue-green-orange alignment (Councillors Woollaston, Culver and Abbs respectively) against the proposal was not enough to stop the application being passed as the other five members voted in favour. This may not be the end of the matter, however, as I understand that a judicial review is being considered.

Planning applications in Lambourn

Thanks are due to Lambourn.org for having once again pulled together an updated list of applications which are currently active (ie undecided) in the parish of Lambourn. There’s the usual mixed bag ranging from minor changes of use to fairly major home-building projects. Most will be decided by officers. Any which are called in by the ward member or which receive more than 10 objections will go before the above-mentioned Western Area Planning Committee.

There are, once again, rather more of these than usual. Some of these will have been paused because of the uncertainty caused by the nutrient neutrality regulations (introduced in the River Lamnourn catchment area earlier this year), the full implications of which remain uncertain.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

• The valley’s new mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston takes hard plastic pots, tubs and trays, cardboard, small (broken or working) electrical appliances and fabric. In due course it will also take tetrapaks.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 23 Sept  Two (a funny & touching play by Jim Cartwright) The Walwyn Hall, Lambourn.

Tue 4 Oct MacMillan Morning, East Garston

Fri 7 Oct 80’s Dance Party Walwyn Hall

Tue 1 Nov Elvis Tribute Act, Lambourn British Legion (Book with Elaine on 07984 136090 or Cathy on brownc1@btinternet.com)

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note that many parish and town councils do not hold meetings in August. In addition, meetings which were scheduled to have taken place during the period of mourning following the death of the Queen (8 to 19 September) would have been cancelled or postponed.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 August and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the Chair’s report; a new councillor; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; the Memorial Hall; streetlights; repairs to the Market Cross; the Friday market;  LPC’s sustainability policy; other LPC policies; the Patient Participation Forum; the Woodlands Protection Group; the Lambourn Community Conversation; and pavement parking.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: repairs to the War Memorial; the outdoor guym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and village maintenance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 15 September 2022

This week we look at local respect for the death of the Queen, Covid and flu jabs, good news from Chaddleworth & Shefford schools and a couple of postponements. We also give you a quick run down of what we had in the most recent Valley of the Racehorse newsletter: plus our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

Note: due to the period of mourning which will end after the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September, a number of events and activities may be postponed or cancelled, perhaps at short notice. We have highlighted those that we are aware of but you are advised to check in advance with the organisers.

This week’s news

• A Special Service of Commemoration for Queen Elizabeth II will be held at St Gregory’s Church, Welford on Sunday 18 September at 7pm. There will be a choir for the service and refreshments will be served after the service with the National Silence at 8pm. For further information click here.

• In respect for the death of the Queen, Rev Julie Mintern reports that St Michael’s in Lambourn will be open until 8pm for people to come in, pray, light a candle, and leave a message in the book of condolence. East Garston church will be open from 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday for people to come in, pray, light a candle, and leave a message in the Book of Condolence. There will be a short prayer session at midday for those wishing to attend and gather at this time of national sorrow and grieving.

• Covid and Flu Vaccination update. For those eligible Covid vaccinations can be booked at Lambourn Pharmacy either through the National booking system or directly with the pharmacy team.Flu vaccinations are due to arrive towards the end of September and can be booked through the pharmacy team.  The vaccine will be allocated as per the NHS protocols.The vaccines can be given together or on different occasions – please discuss which you would prefer with the team/pharmacist. Click here.

• Following the Ofsted inspection in June, Chaddleworth St Andrew’s C.E. and Shefford CofE Schools are delighted to announce that they continue to be rated ‘Good’ schools. Headteacher Alison Stephenson would like to thank staff, governors, pupils and parents for their continued support and encourage you to read the full reports on Shefford and Chaddleworth.

• If you are looking for fitness classes check out the new cardio and fitness courses available at The Lambourn Centre. Book via leisurecentre.com or ring 01488 73690. Note that the Lambourn Centre will be closed on Monday 19 September.

• Next Wednesday 21 September there will be a Community Response to the Cost of Living Crisis meeting in Newbury. The aim of the meeting at St John’s Churcho is to coordinate the community response to the looming crisis and develop a network of support hubs across the district. These hubs will provide a warm and comfortable space for residents who are unable to heat their homes as the price of domestic energy spirals, and signpost people to where they can get more support. The meeting will be chaired by a member of the local church community. All welcome. Please book your free place here.

•  The scheduled Elvis Tribute Act, Mike Nova who was due to perform at Lambourn British Legion last weekend has been rescheduled for Tuesday 1 November. Tickets are £5 per member, £7 for non-members and £10 for those who want to chance it and just turn up on the night. Call Elaine on 07984 136090 or email Cathy Brown on brownc1@btinternet.com to make your reservations. And the Legion’s Vintage Tea Party has been moved from Tuesday 20 September to Thursday 22 September at 2.30pm. They hope this will not inconvenience anyone too much.

Lambourn Food Hall is putting together a WhatsApp group to share all their weekly offers and specials from the shop. If you would like to join the group just text 07749 191509 with your name on WhatsApp and they will add you to their list. It is a business WhatsApp and only admins can post. You can also follow their facebook page here.

• Quick reminder that Covid-19 booster vaccinations are now available from Lambourn Pharmacy. For further details regarding eligibility please click here.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers.

• The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company is bringing its production of  Two to The Walwyn Hall on Friday 23 September. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased on the door or at hungerfordtheatre.com.

• Lambourn Carnival Committee will celebrate this year’s carnival success with an 80’s Dance Party at the Walwyn Hall on Friday 7 October from 7.30pm to midnight. Come and dance the night away for a cost of £10 per person, (adults only), bringing your own drink and nibbles. Fancy dress is optional and there will be a small prize for the best dancer and the best fancy dress outfit. Ticket details here. (Don’t forget you can see the highlights of this year’s carnival in Penny’s short video here.)

• The new Woodlands St Mary Day Centre in Woodlands St Mary’s Village Hall for local senior citizens is offering taster days on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September with official five day a week opening from Monday 3 October. For more details please see their facebook page here or contact enquiries@wsmdc.co.uk or 07547 684040.

The Valley of the Racehorse

Slightly later than usual this month, the September Valley the Racehorse e-newsletter was published earlier this week and you can click here to read it if you didn’t get it. A couple of our usual contributors (John O’Gaunt Head Richard Hawthorne and Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston) were taking a break from chronicling what they have been up to but the newsletter was still bursting at the seams with local information. This included…

  • Local reactions and arrangements following the Queen’s death.
  • News of local tree- and hedge-planting projects and how you can help.
  • The autumnal and Covid vaccination programme in the Valley.
  • News from local schools and community groups.
  • News and offers from local businesses including Lambourn Dental, the Lambourn Food Hall, Pure Make-up and Beauty, FORT Builders Merchants, Market Hair and Priscilla’s Kitchen.
  • Pat Murphy’s racing column (including his story of how an encounter with the Queen nearly cost him £250).
  • Local events and activities.
  • Property and jobs.

If there’s anything you’d like to see included in the October 2022 issue, please email penny@pennypost.org.uk by the end of September.

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

• The valley’s new mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston takes hard plastic pots, tubs and trays, cardboard, small (broken or working) electrical appliances and fabric. In due course it will also take tetrapaks.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

Note: following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, some events over the following few days may be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers.

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Sept Great Barn Festival Great Coxwell Barn, Nr Faringdon.

• Sun 18 Sept Special Service of Commemoration for Queen Elizabeth II, St Gregory’s Church, Welford.

Fri 23 Sept  Two (a funny & touching play by Jim Cartwright) The Walwyn Hall, Lambourn.

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 August and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the Chair’s report; a new councillor; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; the Memorial Hall; streetlights; repairs to the Market Cross; the Friday market;  LPC’s sustainability policy; other LPC policies; the Patient Participation Forum; the Woodlands Protection Group; the Lambourn Community Conversation; and pavement parking.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 September and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: repairs to the War Memorial; the outdoor guym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and village maintenance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Friday 9 September 2022

This week we look at local respect for the death of the Queen, road closure in Eastbury, a good Ofsted inspection and a WhatsApp group. We’ve also taken a close look at the cost-of-living support available in the valley and drawn your attention to the forthcoming Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter. There’s also our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• In respect for the death of the Queen, Rev Julie Mintern reports that St Michael’s in Lambourn will be open until 8pm for people to come in, pray, light a candle, and leave a message in the book of condolence. There will be short services lasting about 20 minutes at 10am, 4pm and 6pm to which all are welcome. The flag is currently at half-mast. It will be raised again from 11am to 1pm while the Proclamation of the new King is made in London, and then lowered again as a sign of mourning.

St Michael’s will then open again from 8.30am on Saturday and the book of condolence will remain in Church until the day after the Queen’s funeral. Services on Sunday 11 September will now be a quiet service of Holy Communion at St Michael’s at 8am and special commemoration services marking the death of her late majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 9am and 10.30am.  The blessing of rucksacks service planned for Sunday has been postponed until further notice.

East Garston church will be open from 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday for people to come in, pray, light a candle, and leave a message in the Book of Condolence. There will be a short prayer session at midday for those wishing to attend and gather at this time of national sorrow and grieving.

• Rev Miriam Keen from St Mary’s Church in Great Shefford shares this message: “All of our churches are accessible to visitors throughout the year, and I know that many people call in for a quiet moment on a regular basis, but during the mourning period leading up to Her Majesty’s funeral we hope that many people will feel that their local church is a comforting and peaceful place to sit a while to reflect, pray or ponder. Sheets with prayers and a Bible reading are available in the church. Additional provision will evolve over the next twenty-four hours, and further details, including those of a United Benefice Service of Commemoration will be shared in due course.”

• Following the Ofsted inspection in June, Chaddleworth St Andrew’s C.E. and Shefford CofE Schools are delighted to announce that they continue to be rated ‘Good’ schools. Headteacher Alison Stephenson would like to thank staff, governors, pupils and parents for their continued support and encourage you to read the full reports on Shefford and Chaddleworth.

• Reminder that Front Street in Eastbury will be closed between 8am and 4pm from Monday 12 September for up to five days. This is to perform the necessary work on creating the speed-reduction measures for the village. See details on West Berks road closure map (select 2 week view).

• This Saturday 10 September, the Lambourn British Legion is hosting the popular Elvis tribute act, Mike Nova. Tickets are £5 per member, £7 for non-members and £10 for those who want to chance it and just turn up on the night. Call Elaine on 07984 136090 or email Cathy Brown on brownc1@btinternet.com to make your reservations. And the Legion’s Vintage Tea Party has been moved from Tuesday 20 September to Thursday 22 September at 2.30pm. They hope this will not inconvenience anyone too much.

Lambourn Food Hall is putting together a WhatsApp group to share all their weekly offers and specials from the shop. If you would like to join the group just text 07749 191509 with your name on WhatsApp and they will add you to their list. It is a business WhatsApp and only admins can post. You can also follow their facebook page here.

• Quick reminder that Covid-19 booster vaccinations are now available from Lambourn Pharmacy. For further details regarding eligibility please click here.

• Congratulations to Saddleback Farm Shop for celebrating their 10 year anniversary this Saturday 10 September with family friendly festivities to enjoy. See details on their facebook page here.

Lambourn Environmental Group will be planting more trees this autumn by kind permission of two local landowners. If you’d like to help please e-mail trees@lambourn.org with contact details. Planting whips is quick and easy. The 520 at Sheepdrove took less than two hours thanks to the 40 volunteers!

• Looking for an equine bargain? Henrietta Knight is holding another of her popular surplus tack and equipment auctions….on Sunday 11 September at West Lockinge Farm. For further details click here.

Lambourn Sports Club is hosting An Evening with Dan Windass on Thursday 15 September. Doors open at 7pm and tickets, which include a fish and chip supper, cost £30 per person. Contact Kerry Prior on facebook for tickets.

• The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company is bringing its production of  “TWO” to The Walwyn Hall on Friday 23 September. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased on the door or at hungerfordtheatre.com.

• Lambourn Carnival Committee will celebrate this year’s carnival success with an 80’s Dance Party at the Walwyn Hall on Friday 7 October from 7.30pm to midnight. Come and dance the night away for a cost of £10 per person, (adults only), bringing your own drink and nibbles. Fancy dress is optional and there will be a small prize for the best dancer and the best fancy dress outfit. Ticket details here. (Don’t forget you can see the highlights of this year’s carnival in Penny’s short video here.)

• The new Woodlands St Mary Day Centre in Woodlands St Mary’s Village Hall for local senior citizens is offering taster days on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September with official five day a week opening from Monday 3 October. For more details please see their facebook page here or contact enquiries@wsmdc.co.uk or 07547 684040.

•  The Vine and Craven Hunt have organised a Fun Ride for all the family on Sunday 11 September at 10am. It will cover approximately 10 miles of the Lambourn Downs, with shorter routes and jumps available to suit a variety of skill levels. Each rider will of course receive a rosette for their efforts. Entries to be submitted here.

Support in the Valley

The cost-of-living crisis is certainly staring to bite and, now the nights are drawn in, will do so even more.

In this post, we’ve taken a look at the main issues and highlighted the national and regional responses. We’ve also drilled down to a hyper-local level and looked at some of the support groups available in the Upper Lambourn Valley, as well as talking to some of the businesses which are affected by the crisis and doing their best to fight back.

The Valley of the Racehorse

On Saturday 10 September, we’ll be publishing our monthly Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter which will, as ever provide the best round-up of what’s going on in the area. Please email penny@pennypost.org.uk if there is anything you’d like to have included in this or if you’d like to subscribe to it (which is free).

Community notices

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

•  All day Connect Group Bus Tickets for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

• The valley’s new mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston takes hard plastic pots, tubs and trays, cardboard, small (broken or working) electrical appliances and fabric. In due course it will also take tetrapaks.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

Note: following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, some events over the following few days may be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers.

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Thu 15 Sep An Evening with Dan Windass, Lambourn Sports Club.

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can download the minutes here.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters (including a retrospective one at The Great Shefford); financial matters; repairs at the recreation ground; the flood scheme; and grass cutting.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 6 July and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 1 September 2022

We didn’t do a news update for 1 September 2022 as were having a week off. However, the 25 August section below will include much information that’s still relevant, including regarding community organisations and recurring events (please email penny@pennypost.org.uk if you would like information about your organisation to be included here).

Many of the news items that we covered last week also remain relevant as they relate to issues that are still active or to events that are yet to take place. The normal service of updating these will resume on 8 September.

Before then, on Saturday 10 September, we’ll be publishing our monthly Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter which will, as ever provide the best round-up of what’s going on in the area. Please email penny@pennypost.org.uk if there is anything you’d like to have included in this or if you’d like to subscribe to it (which is free).

This is a good opportunity to congratulate all those who were involved in organising last weekend’s Lambourn Carnival, which was a great success. You can click here to see a video Penny made of the event.

A reminder also about the campaign regarding unfair CIL charges, which we wholeheartedly support: see Collection and enforcement in last week’s column below.

Thursday 25 August 2022

This week we look at scarecrows, recycling. firefighters and Elvis and cover a long-running issue involving CIL payments and the way these are enforced. There’s also our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• This Bank Holiday Sunday 28 August, Lambourn will be holding their 50th post-war carnival parade. Here is the route map so drivers please be patient and understanding if marshalls ask you to wait. Lambourn Carnival has waited a long time during lockdown to celebrate village life again, we wish all watching and taking part a fabulous time. This is a huge achievement when many bigger towns haven’t managed to keep their carnivals going. To honour this occasion, for the first time ever the church bells will ring when the parade leaves the assembly field at 5pm. There is still time to enter a last-minute walking, equine or motorised float into the parade: please download entry form here.

• There’s also still time to get your Carnival raffle tickets for the chance to win 1st prize of £200 and many other fabulous prizes from our local traders including a family joint of Rooksnest beef, tea for two at Blandy’s, morning on the gallops for two at Signy’s yard plus vouchers from the High Street shops and the market traders, bottles of fizz, vodka and wine. Profits help to pay for Carnival expenses and support local groups and organisations. Buy your tickets at Universal Stores or see the carnival committee in the market square on Friday and Saturday.

Scarecrows are popping up over Lambourn for the judging this Saturday. This year’s theme is nursery rhymes so have a look out for Ba Ba Black Sheep at Hedgeland, Newbury Road, Humpty Dumpties at 1 Lambourn House, Baydon Road and 13 Parsonage Place, Little Bo Peep at 5 Field Court, Mill Lane. See here for how to enter.

• The Royal British Legion in Lambourn is already turning its attention to an autumn menu of entertainment. First up on Saturday 10 September, is the much acclaimed Elvis tribute act, Mike Nova. Tickets are £5 per member, £7 for non-members and £10 for those who want to chance it and just turn up on the night. Call Elaine on 07984 136090 or email Cathy Brown on brownc1@btinternet.com to make your reservations.

Good news that many West Berks busses now offer an all day Connect Group Bus Ticket for up to 4 people (any combination of adults and children) for £10 (urban fare) or £15 (rural fare). These tickets can be bought from the bus driver or via the Newbury & District app on your phone (which also shows in real time where each bus is on its journey so you know how long you have to wait).

•  The Vine and Craven Hunt have organised a Fun Ride for all the family on Sunday 11 September at 10am. It will cover approximately 10 miles of the Lambourn Downs, with shorter routes and jumps available to suit a variety of skill levels. Each rider will of course receive a rosette for their efforts. Entries to be submitted here.

• Although any mention of Christmas might seem like madness, we all know that as soon as the kids are back at school, it seems to rear it’s annual head. Should you be interested in a Christmas shopping trip this year to Cardiff, please ring Eileen on 01488 73685, to secure your place. There are only 9 places left.

• The fabric recycling bin has arrived at the valley’s new mini-recycling centre in the carpark opposite The Queens Arms in East Garston, and the Thames Air Ambulance bin in the village hall car park (which has had problems with not being emptied, and bags being left outside) will eventually go. Although some people will find it inconvenient to walk to the new bin, East Garston Eco Group says it is worth knowing that unfortunately textile recycling is not really working at the moment, and this explains why charities have stopped emptying bins like the one at the village hall. Instead of recycling, it is much better to keep wearing the clothes we already own or

Lambourn Firefighters urge those making clothes donations to their charity not to leave bags by the side of the bin if it is full. In a letter to villagers, they explain, “these bins have raised over £10,000 for the Firefighters charity, providing much needed physical and mental health support for injured firefighters. Unfortunately if donations continue to be left outside of the bins we are in danger of having this vital resource removed. Your assistance and continued support is greatly appreciated.” 

• After a long absence due to the Covid pandemic, the much loved Scarrotts Fun Fair is at Mill Lane until Monday 29 August. On weekdays, the fun will begin at 5pm, on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and on Bank Holiday Monday from 1 to 6 pm.

• There is still time to have your say on where new houses should go in Lambourn as Lambourn Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and undertaking a “Call for Sites” to identify land which has potential for new housing up to 2036. The NDP is seeking appropriate sites for 25 new dwellings over the plan period. Sites for up to 65 houses have previously been allocated by West Berkshire Council. See here for how to have your say on where new houses should go. The deadline is noon on Wednesday 31 August.

• Quick reminder about the hosepipe ban that was introduced this week as whatever rain we now have still isn’t enough to replenish the low water levels in reservoirs and rivers. You can still use mains water to fill watering cans and buckets, and gardeners say this is a more efficient way to the water the garden so please make every drop count. There are exemptions for Blue Badge holders, or those on Thames Water’s Priority Register with restricted mobility, who find carrying a bucket or watering can difficult. And while the temporary ban does not cover businesses, Thames Water is asking businesses across its area to be mindful of the drought and to use water wisely, for example, by not washing commercial vehicles or turning off water features on their properties. See more details here.

• Graham Jones from The Lambourn Pharmacy is pleased to announce  that Covid-19 booster vaccinations will be available from the week commencing Monday 5 September. For further details regarding eligibility please click here.

• There is still time to enter Lambourn Festival’s competitions including the Scarecrow Competition and the Chalk Drawing Competition (collect free chalk sets from the Lych Gate in the Market Square on Friday and Saturday mornings) to be judged on Saturday 27 August. See here for more details. You can also test your knowledge of Lambourn by entering this year’s photo competition. Print the form off here or pick one up from Universal Stores.

• Advance warning that Front Street in Eastbury will be closed between 8am and 4pm from Monday 12 September for up to five days. This is to perform the necessary work on creating the speed-reduction measures for the village. Click here for more information.

• Great Shefford Ladies Group are hosting a mouthwatering blackberry and apple crumble making event on Wednesday 14 September in Great Shefford Village Hall. All ingredients will be supplied, and whether you fancy yourself as a Masterchef, or an absolute beginner,  everyone is welcome. A cost of £10 per person will be donated to Great Shefford Under Fives. Contact Nicola Liddiard on Great Shefford Villagers Facebook page

Lambourn Library is still offering kids activity hours for 3 to 10 year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian on Friday mornings throughout August from 10.30 to 11.30. Activities include colouring and quizzes and it’s all completely free.

• The much loved Lambourn Horse Show will be back on Sunday 4 September. What better way to celebrate the end of the school holidays than to enter into this all inclusive equine event? For details of all the classes and entry requirements, check here.

Click here for the July/August update from Lambourn’s District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

Collection and enforcement

If you owe an organisation money it will send you invoices and reminder letters, phrased in progressively heavier terms. If still unpaid the matter may end up in court although in most cases the threat of this happening is enough to get people to cough up. We’ve all experienced this at one time or another.

It appears that West Berkshire Council may have hit upon a different way of securing any debt it is owed – putting a charge on the person’s property. That is certainly what one Kintbury resident believed happened as a result of a disputed CIL invoice (which was paid some time ago). I’m no expert but believed that a charge could only be levied on a property as a result of a court order or with the owner’s consent, neither of which applied here. The owner has since spent some time trying to establish if the charge has been removed. They since learned that is no charge on the property now, but not whether there ever was one.

An alternative view was provided by spokesperson for WBC who said in June 2022 that that they “completely disagreed with the Council’s portrayal in the media over this case.” and that “CIL process has been subject to internal audits that concluded that the process had been applied consistently” and that the “Council has been consistent in the application of interest and charges.”

Assuming the Kintbury resident is correct (and there seems to be evidence to support it), councils being able to collect sums owing in this way represents a complete game changer for them. Where, one might ask, will it end?  Think of it – you’re a couple of weeks late on paying your council tax and discover that your home is going to get put up for auction to the debt. Not settling your £50 green-bin charge or a parking ticket might just cost you your garage. As every household in the district owes WBC money at some point, it’s reasonable to ask what WBC’s policy on this is and what debt-collection measures it either might resort to, or has ruled out.

There are, of course, other ways that a debt can be enforced. To take the example of CIL again, two cases in the district (the above-mentioned one in Kintbury and another in Upper Lambourn) have displayed collection and enforcement measures that differed in almost every respect (including with regard to interest payments). Indeed, despite numerous threats over the last couple of years, the Upper Lambourn case has still not come to court. Why not? To have two different approaches is, at best, confusingly inconsistent: it gets worse, though, as it’s recently been suggested to me that there is a third, which involved the person being let off the charge altogether. Quite a range of enforcement options.

Earlier this year, one of the Kintbury ward members, Claire Rowles, tried  to get council officers to release documents which might have explained the different approaches in the first two cases. This attempt was defeated at the Full Council meeting on 17 March 2022 which culminated in a voting debacle that touched on black farce. Much the same epithet could be used to describe not only the way CIL payments have been handled but also, perhaps, the way that the debts relating to them are enforced. More questions need to be asked: whether they will be, or answers provided, before the elections next May remains to be seen.

There’s a petition on Change.org concerning this exact subject which you can see and sign here. It calls upon West Berkshire Council to “ensure that it charges the correct amounts of money due to it for any and all services for which it levies charges and will reimburse any resident or service user who has been charged in error or has been charged where no charge should have been levied.”

Community notices

Racing Welfare in Lambourn has launched its Return To School Grant financing uniforms, stationary and other educational aids. If you work in the racing industry and could really do with a helping hand, call 0800 6300 443 for assistance.

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council offers discount on hire of The Memorial Hall for new and existing users of the hall. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge.  Contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

until Tues 30 Aug Lambourn Fun Fair at Mill Lane

Fri 26 Aug Great Shefford Gardeners Question Time

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug BBQ & live music, The Five Bells Wickham.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug Cream Teas at Lambourn Church

Sat 3 Sep East Garston Village Safari Supper

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the suggestion by the Chair that not all councillors had viewed planning applications, were aware of what they were voting on or had the necessary knowledge to make decisions; a further suggestion by the Chair that work handed over the Clerk’s office was not being carried out to the expected level; an introduction from a person putting himself up for co-option; a presentation from WBC Chief Planning Policy Officer Bryan Little on the vexed subject of nutrient neutrality and the effect this had on planning applications in the Lambourn catchment; other planning matters; the emergency plan; the parish’s neighbourhood development plan; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters (including a retrospective one at The Great Shefford); financial matters; repairs at the recreation ground; the flood scheme; and grass cutting. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here.  To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 18 August 2022

This week we look at rubbish, the carnival, a road closure and a fun fair as well as our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• In response to the problem of fly-tipping, local removal company Richardson’s Removals, is volunteering to drive around and collect rubbish in the Lambourn area this Sunday 21 August. If you want to let them know where you have seen fly-tipped rubbish please contact them via facebook or 07823 443393 or RichardsonsRemovalsLtd@hotmail.com

• St. Mary’s Church in Great Shefford will be celebrating the summer season with an open air service in the churchyard, followed by a barbecue on Sunday 21 August, after the 11am service.

Lambourn Firefighters urge those making clothes donations to their charity not to leave bags by the side of the bin if it is full. In a letter to villagers, they explain, “these bins have raised over £10,000 for the Firefighters charity, providing much needed physical and mental health support for injured firefighters. Unfortunately if donations continue to be left outside of the bins we are in danger of having this vital resource removed. Your assistance and continued support is greatly appreciated.” 

• After a long absence due to the Covid pandemic, the much loved Scarrotts Fun Fair will return to its Mill Lane home next week, to coincide with the Carnival. The familiar rides and stalls will be open from Tuesday 23 August through to Monday 29 August. On weekdays, the fun will begin at 5pm, on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and on Bank Holiday Monday from 1 to 6 pm.

Garston Gallopers Morris Dancers would like to return the hardback book that was thrown through the window of East Garston Village Hall while they were practicing on Monday evening. Fortunately no one was hurt but if the book-throwers would like to apologise they will be invited to join in with some dancing next week…

• There is still time to have your say on where new houses should go in Lambourn as Lambourn Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and undertaking a “Call for Sites” to identify land which has potential for new housing up to 2036. The NDP is seeking appropriate sites for 25 new dwellings over the plan period. Sites for up to 65 houses have previously been allocated by West Berkshire Council. See here for how to have your say on where new houses should go. The deadline is noon on Wednesday 31 August.

• This week’s long-awaited downpour was substantial but not substantial enough to raise our extremely low river and reservoir levels caused by the driest July since 1885. As a result, Thames Water will be implementing a hosepipe ban from Wednesday 24 August. You can still use mains water to fill watering cans and buckets, and gardeners say this is a more efficient way to the water the garden so please make every drop count. There are exemptions for Blue Badge holders, or those on Thames Water’s Priority Register with restricted mobility, who find carrying a bucket or watering can difficult. And while the temporary ban does not cover businesses, Thames Water is asking businesses across its area to be mindful of the drought and to use water wisely, for example, by not washing commercial vehicles or turning off water features on their properties. See more details here.

• This Bank Holiday Sunday 28 August, Lambourn will be celebrating 50 years of post-war carnival from 1972 to 2022. This is a huge achievement when many bigger towns haven’t managed to keep their carnivals going. To honour this occasion, for the first time ever the church bells will ring when the parade leaves the assembly field at 5pm. There is still time to enter a walking, equine or motorised float into the parade: please download entry form here.

• Graham Jones from The Lambourn Pharmacy is pleased to announce  that Covid-19 booster vaccinations will be available from the week commencing Monday 5 September. For further details regarding eligibility please click here.

• For any club, organisation or individual, looking for a suitable venue, Lambourn Parish Council’s discount on hire of The Memorial Hall still stands, to lighten the load a little in this difficult financial climate. If you book a run of five sessions, the sixth session will be free of charge. The offer is open to both new and existing users of the hall. To take advantage of this contact Lambourn Parish Council here.

• Quick reminder about the new Mini Recycling Centre (MRC) in the overflow carpark opposite The Queen’s Arms in East Garston. What is an MRC, you may ask? It’s where you can take stuff to recycle that isn’t collected kerbside by the council: namely plastic pots, tubs and trays (which often are included in the plastic bottles and cans kerbside bag but shouldn’t be as it costs taxpayers’ money to get them separated out and then they are put into the black bin waste stream instead of being recycled)  The nearest other MRC is in Hungerford so this will save a lot of driving for Lambourn Valley residents. For more details see West Berks Council’s website. See more here about East Garston Eco Group which has supported the installation of the MRC.

• There is still time to enter Lambourn Festival’s competitions including the Scarecrow Competition and the Chalk Drawing Competition (collect free chalk sets from the Lych Gate in the Market Square on Friday and Saturday mornings) to be judged on Saturday 27 August. See here for more details. You can also test your knowledge of Lambourn by entering this year’s photo competition. Print the form off here or pick one up from Universal Stores.

• Advance warning that Front Street in Eastbury will be closed between 8am and 4pm from Monday 12 September for up to five days. This is to perform the necessary work on creating the speed-reduction measures for the village. Click here for more information.

• Great Shefford Ladies Group are hosting a mouthwatering blackberry and apple crumble making event on Wednesday 14 September in Great Shefford Village Hall. All ingredients will be supplied, and whether you fancy yourself as a Masterchef, or an absolute beginner,  everyone is welcome. A cost of £10 per person will be donated to Great Shefford Under Fives. Contact Nicola Liddiard on Great Shefford Villagers Facebook page

Lambourn Library is still offering kids activity hours for 3 to 10 year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian on Friday mornings throughout August from 10.30 to 11.30. Activities include colouring and quizzes and it’s all completely free.

• The much loved Lambourn Horse Show will be back on Sunday 4 September. What better way to celebrate the end of the school holidays than to enter into this all inclusive equine event? For details of all the classes and entry requirements, check here.

Click here for the July/August update from Lambourn’s District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

Community notices

Racing Welfare in Lambourn has launched its Return To School Grant financing uniforms, stationary and other educational aids. If you work in the racing industry and could really do with a helping hand, call 0800 6300 443 for assistance.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 19 Aug Outdoor Braai BBQ, Five Bells Wickham,

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 21 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sun 21 Aug Lambourn Festival’s Car Treasure Hunt

Fri 26 Aug Great Shefford Gardeners Question Time

Tues 23 to Tues 30 Aug Lambourn Fun Fair

Thur 25 Aug Lambourn Festival’s Quiz Night

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug BBQ & live music, The Five Bells Wickham.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug Cream Teas at Lambourn Church

Sat 3 Sep East Garston Village Safari Supper

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the suggestion by the Chair that not all councillors had viewed planning applications, were aware of what they were voting on or had the necessary knowledge to make decisions; a further suggestion by the Chair that work handed over the Clerk’s office was not being carried out to the expected level; an introduction from a person putting himself up for co-option; a presentation from WBC Chief Planning Policy Officer Bryan Little on the vexed subject of nutrient neutrality and the effect this had on planning applications in the Lambourn catchment; other planning matters; the emergency plan; the parish’s neighbourhood development plan; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters (including a retrospective one at The Great Shefford); financial matters; repairs at the recreation ground; the flood scheme; and grass cutting. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here.  To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 11 August 2022

This week we look at a new mini recycling centre, 30 years in the Pharmacy, some municipal rebukes, hare coursing and the forthcoming festival. We also draw your attention to the recently published Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter and provide our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• If you missed our August Lambourn Valley Penny Post on Saturday please see it here.

• Due to the heat, the fruit and veg stall regretfully won’t be at the Lambourn market this Friday as their produce won’t survive but all the other stalls will be.

• August 2022 marks a landmark anniversary for pharmacist Graham Jones. It is 30 years since northerner Graham, and his wife Julie clapped eyes on the Lambourn Valley and etched a pivotal place for both his family and his business. Penny Post caught up with Graham to reflect on his time in West Berkshire. Click here to read the full story.

• The long-awaited thing that has come to East Garston is West Berkshire’s first rural Mini Recycling Centre (MRC) in the overflow carpark opposite The Queen’s Arms. What is an MRC, you may ask? It’s where you can take stuff to recycle that isn’t collected kerbside by the council: namely plastic pots, tubs and trays (which often are added to plastic bottles kerbside but shouldn’t be as it costs taxpayers’ money to get them separated out and then they are put into the black bin waste stream instead of being recycled) and small broken electric appliances. In due course you will also be able to take clothing, scrap textiles, tetrapaks and pringles-style tubes to the MRC. Huge thanks to Sue and Freddie Tulloch for allowing the use of their land for this facility. Please respect their generosity by ensuring the area is kept tidy when depositing recylable materials. The nearest other MRC is in Hungerford so this will save a lot of driving for Lambourn Valley residents. For more details see West Berks Council’s website. See more here about East Garston Eco Group which has supported the installation of the MRC.

•  A reminder that on Saturday 20 August Lambourn Sports Club will be hosting its annual Show and Fete and this is the last chance to enter a host of categories, including one for the young gardeners, sponsored by Lambourn’s award-winning grower Robert Read, which is looking for the longest runner bean and the funniest, or wonkiest vegetable. For those without green fingers, there are handicraft and baking categories to enter. Entry forms can be found here (or hard copies from Universal Stores). Entry deadline is Friday 12 August. Given the clement weather, perhaps there might be some lemons grown in the valley this year.

Lambourn Festival‘s event schedule kicks off this weekend with Picnic on the Porch on Saturday 13 August  You can also enter the Scarecrow Competition and collect free chalk sets from the Lych Gate in the Market Square on Friday and Saturday mornings to enter the Chalk Drawing Competition to be judged on Saturday 27 August. See here for more details including how to enter the Lambourn Carnival Parade.

• Advance warning that Front Street in Eastbury will be closed between 8am and 4pm from Monday 12 September for up to five days. This is to perform the necessary work on creating the speed-reduction measures for the village. Click here for more information.

• On Tuesday 16 August from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, the Royal British Legion in Lambourn will be holding a Vintage Tea Party. The cost is £4 per person and all proceeds will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Research.

• Attention all stargazers: the peak of the Perseids meteor shower over the UK will be this Friday night, into the small hours of Saturday morning. With the warm weather we’ve been having, there’s a good chance of great viewing conditions, unobstructed by clouds or rain. However it will be competing with the light of a full moon, which may affect visibility. The best place to view the showers are wide open spaces, away from the light pollution of towns and urban areas. According to Steve from Newbury Astronomical Society, the meteors will appear to radiate from a point in the sky in the north. They will radiate across the whole sky from this point. So look anywhere except towards the full moon.

As soon as crops are harvested, there is a risk that hare coursing will start on local farmland. Hopefully new legislation passed at the beginning of August will help police crack down on it. We have done a quick summary of the problem and what you should do if you witness it.

• After a successful Lambourn Primary School Y6 leaver’s barbecue in the Vicarage garden last year, Rev. Julie Mintern is repeating the event on Saturday 13 August from 4.30pm to 7.30 pm for this years’ leavers. Y7 children are also welcome but she asks that she is notified ASAP so that provisions can be bought. Contact Julie on 07749 844600.

Lambourn Library is still offering kids activity hours for 3 to 10 year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian on Friday mornings throughout August from 10.30 to 11.30. Activities include colouring and quizzes and it’s all completely free.

• St. Mary’s Church in Great Shefford will be celebrating the summer season with an open air service in the churchyard, followed by a barbecue on Sunday 21 August, after the 11am service.

• The new Woodlands St Mary Day Centre will be starting in Woodlands St Mary’s Village Hall this autumn to promote quality of life and wellbeing for senior citizens. WSMDC provides a safe and relaxing environment to engage in old hobbies or learn new skills, with reassuring support from health and social care professionals. They will be having taster days on 6, 8, 13 and 15 September (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10am to 3pm with official opening Monday to Friday from 3 October. For more details please see here or contact enquiries@wsmdc.co.uk or 07547 684040.

Click here for the July/August update from Lambourn’s District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

• Lambourn Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the Parish. As part of this process, following feedback from public consultations, the Parish Council is undertaking a “Call for Sites” to identify land which has potential for new housing up to 2036. The NDP is seeking appropriate sites for 25 new dwellings over the plan period. Sites for up to 65 houses have previously been allocated by West Berkshire Council. See here for how to have your say on where new houses should go. The deadline is noon on Wednesday 31 August.

The Valley of the Racehorse

The August Valley of the Racehorse newsletter was published last week and you can click here to read it if you didn’t get it. Here’s a selection of what it included:

  • A appeal to save Lambourn’s last remaining phone box.
  • Local trainer Pat Murphy’s regular racing column.
  • Lambourn district councillor member Howard Woollaston’s regular monthly ward update.
  • A chat with Great Shefford’s home-brew beer champion Steve Folland.
  • News from local schools, community groups and charities.
  • The latest on the forthcoming Lambourn Carnival.
  • Events, jobs and property.
  • And, to finish with, some wise words from golden-age Hollywood producer Adolph Zukor.

Community notices

Racing Welfare in Lambourn has launched its Return To School Grant financing uniforms, stationary and other educational aids. If you work in the racing industry and could really do with a helping hand, call 0800 6300 443 for assistance.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun  14 Aug Lambourn Festival’s Picnic on the Porch – with judging of home decorations and facncy dress from 2pm,

• Sun  14 Aug Lambourn Church Open Tower bell ringing taster

Tues 16 Aug free Suicide First Aid course, Lambourn. Click here to book your place.

Fri 19 Aug Outdoor Braai BBQ, Five Bells Wickham,

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 21 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sun 21 Aug Lambourn Festival’s Car Treasure Hunt

Fri 26 Aug Great Shefford Gardeners Question Time

Tues 23 to Tues 30 Aug Lambourn Fun Fair

Thur 25 Aug Lambourn Festival’s Quiz Night

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug Outdoor Braii BBQ & live music, The Five Bells Wickham.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug Cream Teas at Lambourn Church

Sat 3 Sep East Garston Village Safari Supper

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the suggestion by the Chair that not all councillors had viewed planning applications, were aware of what they were voting on or had the necessary knowledge to make decisions; a further suggestion by the Chair that work handed over the Clerk’s office was not being carried out to the expected level; an introduction from a person putting himself up for co-option; a presentation from WBC Chief Planning Policy Officer Bryan Little on the vexed subject of nutrient neutrality and the effect this had on planning applications in the Lambourn catchment; other planning matters; the emergency plan; the parish’s neighbourhood development plan; and financial matters. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters (including a retrospective one at The Great Shefford); financial matters; repairs at the recreation ground; the flood scheme; and grass cutting. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here.  To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 4 August 2022

This week we look at a petition to save Lambourn’s last remaining phone box and look at a proposed innovation at the Membury Industrial Estate – plus  our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

The last box

As Lambourn.org reminds us, “Lambourn was recently disconnected from internet and mobile telephone services recently leaving residents unable to make emergency calls. Yet BT plans to axe the last public phone box in Lambourn. It could be the difference between calling the emergency services and a disaster however this argument seems to hold no sway with the Telecoms giant.” As Lambourn.org’s Christian Noll explains, “Lambourn has a single point of failure for communications and the recent service interruption showed how one cable being severed can disconnect Lambourn entirely from internet as well as mobile communication.”

Both we and Lambourn.org looked into this issue earlier this year: as he points still seem relevant, here’s what we said on 7 April:

“Since Lambourn.org discovered in late March 2022 that the last remaining Lambourn payphone was about to be decommissioned, there was a flurry of emails and phone calls involving Lambourn.org, Penny Post, Lambourn Parish Council, ward member Howard Woollaston and BT. Several of these concerned a consultation that BT conducted in July 2020, as a result of which Lambourn PC “strongly objected” to removal of the payphone, a message relayed to BT by WBC. The point Lambourn.org and we were trying to establish was if or when there would be a new consultation, whom it would be sent and how residents could participate.

“On 4 April, however, it was revealed that much of this work, including the 2020 consultation, had been a waste of time. “It has since come to light,” a BT spokesperson told Lambourn.org on 4 April, “that the box is on private land, meaning that there is no requirement to consult for its removal.” This means that BT can remove it without having to ask anyone, something it proposes to do “in the coming months.” I don’t know which I find the more odd, the fact that BT seemingly doesn’t know where its assets are located; that it doesn’t what land it owns (the “private land” referred to is in fact its own); or that the ownership of the land on which one is standing when making a call has the slightest bearing on the merits or not of retaining the service. As this recently-published article in Lambourn.org points out, “Ofcom is proposing clearer, stronger rules to safeguard a phone box against removal.” It also refers to a petition launched in 2020 and which is still open. Neither of these are likely to save this box, however.

“When I wrote about this last week [click here and scroll down to 31 March 2022] I referred to the number of calls to 999 and support groups which were still made from public phone boxes and quoted Ofcom’s point about the fact that these could be life-or-death matters. It’s impossible to know how many calls made from Lambourn’s box fitted into this category, nor how many would have done in the future. Unless something dramatic happens, it will soon be gone for good. Many will hardly miss it but those that do will miss it very much indeed. For many others it will also be yet another sign of the increasing drift towards the “digital by default” methods of communication which the pandemic speeded up. Those who for whatever reason cannot or choose not to embrace the digital world are finding themselves increasingly isolated and disconnected: much as, it seems, this phone soon will be…

There is a petition by residents to retain the call box – please click here to sign it.

This week’s news

• On Thursday 3 August, there was an open meeting for Lambourn residents with Thames Valley Police. The issues discussed included warrants for drug dealing, CCTV usage, priority patrol areas, blue light time to Lambourn, occupying young people, pavement parking and the importance of reporting everything to the police. See here for more details.

• Congratulations to Great Shefford villager and home brewer Steve Folland who is gobsmacked to have won the first ever home brew competition at the Campaign for Real Ale’s Great British Beer Festival. His imperial stout, intriguingly named Doggy in the Woods, was chosen from more than 170 entries and at 16.1% it is the strongest beer to ever win a Camra award. We have interviewed Steve and will have more details this life-changing recognition for his brewing passion in our August Valley newsletter on Saturday. In the meantime, see more in The Guardian here.

Click here for the July/August update from Lambourn’s District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

• Lambourn Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the Parish. As part of this process, following feedback from public consultations, the Parish Council is undertaking a “Call for Sites” to identify land which has potential for new housing up to 2036. The NDP is seeking appropriate sites for 25 new dwellings over the plan period. Sites for up to 65 houses have previously been allocated by West Berkshire Council. See here for how to have your say on where new houses should go. The deadline is noon on Wednesday 31 August.

• There is still time to enter The Lambourn Carnival Sunflower Competition by Friday 12 August. Entry forms can be downloaded here (click right for the rules) or collected from 4 Bockhampton Road. There are five categories including tallest and shortest sunflowers. You can also collect entry forms for the Hanging Baskets & Containers competition from 4 Bockhampton Road as well.

• Friday 12 August is also the entry deadline for Lambourn’s Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. Entry forms can be found here and more information here. Will the recent heatwave and the lack of rain have been a help or a hindrance to those with green fingers?

Lambourn Festival‘s event schedule kicks off with Picnic on the Porch on Saturday 13 August with judging of home decorations and facncy dress from 2pm, followed by Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August, Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 21 August, Fun Fair from 23 to 30 August, Quiz Night Thursday 25 August, Carnival on Sunday 28 August and Cream Teas at the Church on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August. You can also enter the Scarecrow Competition and collect free chalk sets from the Lych Gate in the Market Square on Friday and Saturday mornings to enter the Chalk Drawing Competition to be judged on Saturday 27 August. See here for more details including how to enter the Lambourn Carnival Parade.

• Ever fancied bell ringing? Pop along to Lambourn Church’s Open Tower Afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 14 August to have a go (all abilities welcome). Lambourn Chimers will also demonstrate handbell ringing and refreshments available in aid of East Garston Bell Restoration Fund.

• The popular East Garston Village Safari Supper returns on Saturday 3 September offering different courses in different houses around the village in aid of All Saints’ Church Tower Fund. Tickets cost £35 and include wine. Book with Karen Sperrey on 07860 693309 or karen@kado.cloud

• Action for the River Kennet (ARK) requests volunteers to help pull out the non-native invasive balsam plants along the River Lambourn at Weston on Monday 22 August. If you can help, please email mia@riverkennet.org. See more details about ARK’s practical volunteering days here.

• It is no surprise that the cost of living crisis is trending across all national media, given the imminent surge in energy costs in the autumn, and a further hike expected early in 2023. Racing Welfare in Lambourn has responded to the hardship that this is likely to bring so many, by launching its Return To School Grant. Financing uniforms, stationary and other educational aids can be a real burden at anytime, but this year, it will be felt by many more acutely than ever. If you work in the racing industry and could really do with a helping hand, call 0800 6300 443 for assistance.

• Lambourn lost its digital connectivity on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July. Not only were all mobile phone signals lost, but all broadband coverage serving the village disappeared too. Whilst Covid 19 had tested the village substantially for over two years, the internet had been a pivotal tool in maintaining calm and support. Suddenly that vanishedd, shops were unable to process card transactions but ATM cash machines were offline. Those fortunate enough to still have a landline were at a loss who to phone as they were unable to google contact numbers. The surgery’s systems were down, the chemist could not place orders or receive electronic prescriptions. The news made it into The Sun on Saturday, alleging that the cause was thieves stealing copper from the data infrastructure near Membury. Fortunately the OpenReach strike from 29 July to 1 August, which threatened to keep Lambourn in the wilderness for four days, did not impede the repair and by Saturday morning life was back to normal.

We have heard, however, that internet problems are back again, particularly where the green telecoms junction box has a problem with electricity supply and needs battery replacements. Residents report that MP Laura Farris’s office has been helpful with communicating with providers. The email address is laura.farris.mp@parliament.uk

• Great Shefford villagers are set to enjoy a horticultural feast with their own version of the Radio 4 favourite, Gardeners Question Time on Friday 26 August at St Mary’s Church. It is hoped that clement weather will allow the proceedings to take place outside. A panel of local experts will answer guests’questions or alternatively they can be e mailed to serena@nickson.uk. Participants are asked to bring their own chair (and a bottle), and graze boxes can be pre-ordered, to complete this summer evening delight. Tickets are £5 per head and £10 for an added graze box . See more details here,

• Something long-awaited has come to East Garston that will benefit the whole Lambourn Valley but unfortunately there is still a press embargo until it is completely installed…

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

A Membury BID?

One of the ongoing projects for Lambourn District Councillor Howard Wollaston has been trying to heal some of the rifts and problems that exist between the Membury Industrial Estate and the Woodlanders who live along the B4000 between Membury and the M4’s junction 14. The issues include traffic volumes, speeds and times and seasonal flooding problems. The suspicion is that some of the various planning conditions about, for instance, hours of operation are not being followed. He recently organised a workshop involving senior officers from Planning, Enforcement, Economic Development and Highways, as well as representatives of Lambourn Parish Council, Woodlanders Protection Group and local businesses which was, he told Penny Post, “a great success”.

There is one issue that can’t be solved, at least without a time machine: “Most of us in Lambourn, including me, think that Membury Industrial Estate is in the wrong location for environmental and sustainability reasons as well as being in the AONB,” he said. “However, we are where we are through historical decisions and we have to appreciate that the estate does generate significant local employment.” Another solution which some have proposed, adding a new motorway junction at Membury Services, has been ruled out by the government. You never say never, of course, and governments can change their minds. At least the expensive parts, the slip roads and bridge, have already been built.

One more immediate solution is to set up a Business Improvement District (BID), such as exists in Newbury. As Howard Wollaston summarised it, these “raise money through a small levy on local businesses to make improvements to the appearance of the area and promote it overall. They also provide a forum for local businesses and allow a degree of peer pressure on those companies not meeting their obligations.” It also enables one voice for the Estate to speak with – and one ear for it to be spoken to – which will perhaps improve communications. This will now be looked at by officers at WBC and businesses in the Estate can expect to hear more from them within the next month or so.

Community notices

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. Please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Donations of fresh veg/herbs are requested by Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sun 7 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

• Sun  14 Aug Lambourn Church Open Tower bell ringing taster

Tues 16 Aug free Suicide First Aid course, Lambourn. Click here to book your place.

Fri 19 Aug Outdoor Braai BBQ, Five Bells Wickham,

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 21 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival.

• Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug Outdoor Braii BBQ & live music, The Five Bells Wickham.

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 June and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; cricket nets; sewer repairs; the war memorial; gym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and the Jubilee Meadow. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters (including a retrospective one at The Great Shefford); financial matters; repairs at the recreation ground; the flood scheme; and grass cutting. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 28 July 2022

See below for red pigs, skatepark repairs, an Aberdeen legend on 4LEGS and the continuing challenges posed by the government’s recent nutrient neutrality regulations – plus  our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils..

This week’s news

• Frustration for everyone at the Lambourn end of the valley as mobile signal and broadband have both been down – makes you realise how dependent we are on them, especially card machines in shops and the systems that local businesses and the pharmacy and surgery rely on. Apparently it’s something at Membury to do with Open Reach who conveniently are on strike not only on Friday 29 July but on Monday 1 August too. So if you aren’t reading this, that’s why…

Great Shefford’s red pigs are back. The tradition of hiding 14 candy filled red pigs around the village has finally been revived, having been interrupted by lockdown so look out for them over the summer holidays. Each little pig contains a sweet treat and a sheet of paper for the finder to write their name on. Once found, the organisers ask that a fresh wrapped sweet (for health and safety reasons) is placed in the pig and re-hidden for another child to find. The pigs are now a little battered from their adventures, so it is requested that hiders and seekers are mindful of this and offer some TLC when handling them.

• Lambourn’s much loved skatepark in The Cricket Field will be undergoing a much anticipated refurb in the coming week. As a result the area will be fenced off  until Tuesday 2 August. Although a tad frustrating for now, at least it will be ready for all those budding skate enthusiasts to enjoy for the rest of the summer.

• There is still time to have your say on West Berkshire Council’s Bus Improvement Plan. It is vital they hear from passengers and potential passengers to ensure they are meeting needs. Please take the survey before midnight this Sunday 31 July.

• Something long-awaited is coming to East Garston that will benefit the whole Lambourn Valley. More details to follow next week…

• There are 20 places available on the free suicide awareness course on Tuesday 16 August from 11.30am to 3pm at The Memorial Hall in Lambourn. Although mental health is thankfully much more talked about these days, suicide still accounts for an alarming number of deaths particularly in young men. This free course offers some meaningful pointers for employers and colleagues to recognise the signs and symptoms that someone may be on the brink of taking their own life, and offers credible interventions. Click here to book your place.

The Five Bells in Wickham had a very successful launch of its new outdoor Braai cooking facility last Saturday showcasing this South African ultimate BBQ. Definitely worth checking out this summer and the next Braai dates to put in the diary are Friday 19 August with same menu for those that couldn’t make the first event and Bank Holiday Braai on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August with live music from local group Neon & Atlas.

• There are pitches available at Aldbourne car boot sale on Sunday 31 July from 10am until noon at the Football Field.  Each seller is asked to arrive at 9.30am and will be charged a fee of £5 which will be donated to Aldbourne Youth Club. See more details here.

• Would you like to get away from it all for a few hours each week? Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. We have friends who volunteer there and absolutely love it. If you would like to get involved please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or email her on  NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com You can also contact her to order your green veg box and salad bag for delivery in the Lambourn Valley.

• To enter a walking, vehicle or equine float in this year’s Lambourn Carnival parade on Sunday 28 August please see all the information you need hereincluding float categories, entry form and also the schedule of all the festival events and competitions leading up to the big day.

• A quick reminder that Lambourn Surgery Patient Participation Group’s July newsletter highlights three particular areas of concern; the prevalence of Covid in the valley, the prospective autumn booster programme and the importance of the early diagnosis and detection of cancers. Read the full text here.

• Whether you attend church regularly or not, East Garston PCC invite you to peruse its latest Annual Report. It is an easy read and provides insight into how the church is organised and the building maintained and includes information about the team of abseilers which was recruited to inspect the condition of the tower.

Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford is in desperate need of donations of fresh veg for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises. it needs salad leaves, spring greens, parsley, mint, coriander, sage, cucumber, courgette, swede, broccoli and celery.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• Quick reminder about the Lambourn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. Entry forms can be found here and must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

Nutrient neutrality

On 16 March 2022, the government issued new guidelines to 74 local planning authorities (LPAs) including West Berkshire concerning the issue of phosphates and nitrates (one cause of which is sewage) in waterways which cause insidious but serious pollution. The original guidance lacked detail and in at least one place seemed to contradict itself so the planning authorities – which have been in a state of uncertainty ever since – have been awaiting further information.

This duly arrived on 21 July and you can read the notes from the Department of Levelling Up etc here. One senior officer at WBC to whom I spoke on 27 July said that this had provided some clarity though “not quite in the way we had expected.” A recent court case (Wyatt v Fareham BC) has also provided some extra clarity on the extent to which LPAs needed to be precautionary. Local authorities constantly receive guidance or instructions from Whitehall which they need to understand and incorporate, so this in itself isn’t anything new. However, these seem particularly complex and technical; and perhaps not even fully considered by those who framed them. Although its communication could have been better, I have some sympathy for WBC on this.

The most immediate effect is to put a brake on planning applications in the 20 or so parishes which are affected by these new regulations. As the experience of two pubs in the area (The Bell at Boxford and The Wheelwrights in Lambourn) showed, the regulations were at first being interpreted in a way many found hard to understand. The application at the former was the complete redevelopment of the derelict pub and, at the latter, for the erection of a pergola and yet both cited identically-phrased reasons for how these would be “likely to have a significant effect on the River Lambourn.” I understand that WBC is seeking to take a “pragmatic” approach and divine applications into two piles – those that definitely do not offend the new regulations; and those that do, or might do. If you have an application pending you might be in for a long wait. If you’re considering lodging one, you might want to hold off until matters are a bit clearer. I spoke to one applicant in Lambourn on 28 July whose application was lodged several months but has heard nothing from WBC about what’s going on. Hopefully this will soon change.

I also understand that the Council has obtained confirmation that it can access the £100,000-worth of funding promised to all affected LPSs by DeFRA in March and that it hopes soon to appoint an expert who can help plot a safe and compliant path through the regulations.

The 21 July letter from Whitehall mentioned “two significant measures in response to the nutrient pollution issue.” One of these is a nutrient mitigation scheme by which Nutrient credits can be purchased by developers which will then fund mitigation projects such as reed beds (which help remove phosphates).  This may be in place by the autumn: a pretty rapid roll-out by government standards. The other is the obvious and long-overdue matter of getting water companies to improve their networks by placing “a new statutory duty on water and sewerage companies in England to upgrade wastewater treatment works to the highest technically achievable limits by 2030 in nutrient neutrality areas.” The government can pass as many laws as it likes but the question is whether they’ll be enforced properly. Enforcement so far has been woeful. Indeed, the more bits of legislation there are to address a particular issue, the more likely it is that the laws aren’t working. 

Football on 4 LEGS

4LEGS Radio’s new Football Season Show launches this Saturday 30 July between 10am and noon. Join Chris Capel and other football fans who think they know it all as they preview the new football season with special guests Pat Chambers, Chairman of Hungerford Town FC and Willy Garner, who played for Aberdeen and was assistant Manager to Alex Ferguson from 1984 to 1986 when they won five major honours. Willy is now on the board of directors at Aberdeen. In addition to previewing the new season, the panel will discuss the Women’s Euro 2022 and the wonderful  Lionesses who play in the final on Sunday. They’ll also be talking about the men’s team chances of winning the World Cup at Qatar in December – one can always hope…

If you’d like to share your thoughts and take part ‘live’ in the debates we’d love to hear from you on Saturday morning by either texting 07418 310 510, emailing 4legsradio@gmail.com or by calling 01488 859849. Go to 4legsradio.org.uk to listen live – or again at any time.

Community notices

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted by 12 August to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• Freshly picked sweet peas are available from Robert Read in Lambourn (at £2.50 per bunch) and lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Kitchen in East Garston is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sun 7 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 21 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival.

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 June and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; cricket nets; sewer repairs; the war memorial; gym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and the Jubilee Meadow. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 7 July and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters (including a retrospective one at The Great Shefford); financial matters; repairs at the recreation ground; the flood scheme; and grass cutting. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 21 July 2022

See below for escaped cattle, carnival parades and a call for sites as well our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils..

This week’s news

In something which played out like a cross between an episode of The Archers and an Ealing comedy, East Garston and Eastbury villagers were woken up on Wednesday night by a herd of cows that escaped from Maiden Court Farm and headed west along the valley road. Whether the hot weather had upset the rogue bovines or a simple sense of adventure had motivated the crew, villagers were amazed to hear them clatter through Eastbury at 1am. Fortunately the village grapevine was soon in operation and the farmer located and the cows returned to pasture (although “pasture” is probably the wrong word for our countryside at the moment, scorched as it is by the record temperatures). Who says nothing happens in the countryside?

• Would you like to get away from it all for a few hours each week? Nutwood Organics at Sheepdrove is looking for volunteers to join its Community Supported Agricultural Project to help maintain the vegetable beds and learn what it means to grow organic – and in exchange you get delicious, fresh veg. We have friends who volunteer there and absolutely love it. If you would like to get involved please text Kasia on 07723 304420 or email her on  NutwoodOrganics@gmail.com You can also contact her to order your green veg box and salad bag for delivery in the Lambourn Valley.

• The Garston Gallopers will be dancing again at The Queens Arms in East Garston on Monday 25 July from 8pm. They will be joined this time by their friends Ridgeway Step Clog. Do come along and support your local Morris Dancing team.

• To enter a walking, vehicle or equine float in this year’s Lambourn Carnival parade on Sunday 28 August please see all the information you need hereincluding float categories, entry form and also the schedule of all the festival events and competitions leading up to the big day.

• A quick reminder that Lambourn Surgery Patient Participation Group’s July newsletter highlights three particular areas of concern; the prevalence of Covid in the valley, the prospective autumn booster programme and the importance of the early diagnosis and detection of cancers. Read the full text here.

• Whether you attend church regularly or not, East Garston PCC invite you to peruse its latest Annual Report. It is an easy read and provides insight into how the church is organised and the building maintained and includes information about the team of abseilers which was recruited to inspect the condition of the tower.

Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford is in desperate need of donations of fresh veg for its guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises. it needs salad leaves, spring greens, parsley, mint, coriander, sage, cucumber, courgette, swede, broccoli and celery.

• To find out more about the free yoga classes with Sport in Mind now available in Lambourn on Friday lunchtimes, listen to Penny’s interview with Kirsty Bowden from Sport in Mind on 4LEGS Radio here from 11′ 30″.

• Quick reminder that free Art for Wellbeing classes continue until Monday 25 July at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• Quick reminder about the Lambourn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. Entry forms can be found here and must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

A call for sites

As we’ve mentioned before, Lambourn is currently undertaking a neighbourhood development plan (as are many other parishes). In a nutshell, NDPs give local communities the opportunity to work with the planning authority – WBC in this case – to write the part of the local plan which affects them. It cannot prevent development but it can influence where and of what kind it is and also specify a number of matters which need to be borne in mind when considering any planning application in the parish.

NDPs can be specific as regards the sites which are allocated for development but do not have to be. What they do have to be is responsive to the views of local residents: to this end, the Lambourn NDP Steering Group has over the last few years organised several consultations and public events, the number and nature of which should be enough to satisfy the most demanding external examiner when the time comes for the plan to be assessed. Following the latest round of consultations, it became clear to the steering group that the public did want the sites to be specified in the NDP. This is something that WBC is also keen to see happen as part of the NDP process . This makes sense, as its planners will then be presented with a pretty much final version of the vision for that area which can then be easily incorporated into the local plan. Leaving the sites up for grabs later can be divisive and also, perhaps, lead to results which do not accord with the views of the local community.

The LNDP has therefore decided to “invite local landowners, developers and their agents to submit potential housing sites in the Parish of Lambourn.” Please click here to see more information about this, which includes a link to the site submissions form. The information must have been provided by noon on Wednesday 31 August 2022. Once the sites which have been put forward have been assessed then there will be a public consultation.

Community notices

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted by 12 August to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• Freshly picked sweet peas are available from Robert Read in Lambourn (at £2.50 per bunch) and lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Kitchen in East Garston is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sun 7 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 21 Aug Save Our Bells Fundraising Fideua Lunch, East Garston (book with Maureen on 07775 731732).

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival.

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday lunchtime from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Baydon Road. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 1 June and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; cricket nets; sewer repairs; the war memorial; gym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and the Jubilee Meadow. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); the Recreation Ground; a report on the jubilee events; the bus shelter; and the new noticeboard. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and DownlandsBurghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 14 July 2022

This week we look at a delayed decision notice (with plenty of conditions) in Great Shefford and a regular update (with plenty of familiar themes) in Lambourn. We also listen to some bells, hunt for a queen or princess and sniff a few flowers. There’s also our usual round-up of other local news, local events and activities as well as and  local council information.

This week’s news

• The Valley enjoyed its own airshow on Thursday as aircraft flew over en route to the RAF Fairford Air Tattoo this weekend. See photos here on the Lambourn Community facebook group.

• There will be nine stalls at Lambourn market this Friday so do pop over for a browse (we recommend the greengrocers, fish and the olives).

• Were you a previous Lambourn Carnival Princess or Queen from over the past 50 years? Would you like to be this year’s queen or princess to lead the Carnival parade on Sunday 28 August? Open to all ages of past Queen’s and Princesses. Please email your details to lambournfestival@yahoo.com.

• To enter a walking, vehicel or equine float in this year’s Lambourn Carnival parade please download entry form here.

• The Lambourn Surgery Patient Participation Group has just published its July newsletter highlighting three particular areas of concern; the prevalence of Covid in the valley, the prospective autumn booster programme and the importance of the early diagnosis and detection of cancers. Read the full text here.

• If you missed St Mary’s Open Tower Weekend in Great Shefford, here are some great photos by Denise Herrington of the church bells in situ. And this is what newly hung bells look and sound like close up (I recommend you turn down the volume on your device…).

• Mary and Henry Wilson at Oakfields House are hosting special Fideua Lunches (like paella but with fine pasta instead of rice) on 7 and 21 August in aid of East Garston’s Save Our Bells campaign which still needs to raise a few thousand pounds. Please book with Maureen on 07775 731732 or maureen.velvick@outlook.com The aim is to have bells back in November in time for Christmas.

Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford is in desperate need of donations of fresh veg for their guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and tortoises. They need salad leaves, spring greens, parsley, mint, coriander, sage, cucumber, courgette, swede, broccoli and celery.

• Quick reminder that free Art for Wellbeing classes continue until Monday 25 July at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

Free Summer concert with the Farringdon Singers in Uffington this Saturday July 16 at 7.30pm in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall. Established for over thirty years, the choir will delight with a variety of classical pieces, plus an uplifting ‘Songs of the Fleet’ section, with a tinge of sadness as this is the final outing for their musical director Terence Carter, who has been with them from the outset. What better way to celebrate the season and whatsmore to raise money towards the war in Ukraine.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• Quick reminder about the Lambourn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. Entry forms can be found here and must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

Frappé and farm shops

The decision notice for the farm shop at The Great Shefford pub has finally been issued, formal approval being granted over three months after the matter was approved at the Western Area Planning Committee in March. The delay was perhaps due to the number of conditions – 13 in all – which run to six pages. There is still quite a lot of work to do and more information to be supplied to WBC before all these can be ticked off. As the document stresses, all these “must be complied with in full before any work commences on site, failure to do so may result in enforcement action being instigated.” It therefore seems unlikely that any construction work will start any time soon.

I’m also not sure where matters stand with regard to the coffee kiosk. A certificate of lawfulness (a request for confirmation that no planning permission was required) was lodged in 2021 but refused, confirming that an application would be needed. The kiosk has since opened though I can’t see any application, retrospective or otherwise, on the WBC website. It seems to be popular and – unlike the farm shop, in some people’s eyes at least – doesn’t pose a threat to any other businesses in the village (not that this is really a planning consideration). However, there were three objections (and three of support) for the certificate of lawfulness and, without the matter going through the planning system (as it seems it hasn’t) it’s impossible for these to be addressed. There’s also the more general point that, for better or for worse, there is a planning system in this country which requires that certain hoops be jumped through.

Whilst writing, congratulations are due to Joshua and his team for having turned what was for many years a moribund pub into a successful one.

A bulging in-tray

District councillors get a pretty varied range of communications each month but most of them can probably be put into some familiar piles as there are a number of things that just keep on coming up, week after week. Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston summarises his main projects for us each month and his latest update has some familiar themes – the Membury Industrial Estate and the B4000, traffic calming in Eastbury, the Lambourn NDP and planning matters. The main aspect of the latter is the continuing issue of nutrient neutrality which we covered last week and, specifically, the effect that this is having on planning applications in the Lambourn catchment area (slowing them down).

There’s also news of the latest round of members’ bids, whereby councillors can get funding of to £5,000 for projects which can benefit their ward. He also announces that he will soon be doing a tour of the parish: not in an open-topped bus but knocking on doors to introduce himself to those who don’t know him and to learn what issues or concerns he might be able to help with. The above-mentioned post has his contact details.

Community notices

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted by 12 August to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• Freshly picked sweet peas are available from Robert Read in Lambourn (at £2.50 per bunch) and lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival

• Regular events

Free yoga classes every Friday lunchtime from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Baydon Road. All equipment is provided by Sport in Mind and you just turn up. See here for more details.

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Seed and plant swaps organised by Lambourn Growers Facebook group in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; cricket nets; sewer repairs; the war memorial; gym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and the Jubilee Meadow. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); the Recreation Ground; a report on the jubilee events; the bus shelter; and the new noticeboard. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Burghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Archives

For earlier Lambourn Valley Weekly News columns, please click here.

Thursday 7 July 2022

This week we take a look at what could be called a glut of planning applications in the parish and explain how the delays are partly a result on an announcement by Natural England four months ago. We also sniff some ragwort (bad for horses, good for insects), remember George Bodman and do a shout-out for fire-fighters. We also have our usual round-up of local news, local events and activities as well as and  local council information.

This week’s news

• The life of George Bodman, the extraordinary and much revered ‘gent of the valley’, was celebrated by family and friends on Thursday 7 July, at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Lambourn. The mourners were dressed in bright clothing as prescribed by George’s family who toasted his life afterwards at the Royal British Legion.

• Thanks to a new initiative starting this week by the mental health charity Sport in Mind, residents of the Lambourn Valley will be able to invest in their physical and mental health by taking free yoga classes every Friday lunchtime from noon to 1pm at The Walwyn Hall in Baydon Road. Our wellness is thankfully something that everyone is discussing these days and the legendary, British ‘stiff upper lip’ is not something to admire or aspire to. The benefits of yoga have been acclaimed for centuries, as a means to bring our bodies and minds into alignment, and so this is a terrific opportunity for folk to find a bit of calm and nourishment in these challenging and chaotic times. All equipment is provided and you just turn up. See here for more details.

• Quick reminder that free Art for Wellbeing classes continue until Monday 25 July at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

• Most horse owners are aware of the problem of ragwort which is great for pollinators and bees but very toxic to grazing animals, especially horses. Horses also know it is dangerous so they won’t eat it (unless there is absolutely nothing else available to graze on). The problem is if it gets into hay as ragwort does not lose any of its toxicity when the plant is dead so it absolutely must be controlled in any fields cut for hay. See here for more.

• West Berkshire Council have extended their Bus Improvement Plan survey deadline. It is vital they hear from passengers and potential passengers to ensure they are meeting needs. If you would like your views heard regarding Berkshires bus services, then take the survey before midnight on Sunday 31 July.

• Do you have a friendly nature? The ability to chat with people easily? Good listening skills and knowledge of your local area? Local charity Eight Bells is currently looking to recruit Community Navigator Volunteers in Greenham to provide community support, with a focus on looking after mental health and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will be fully trained and by giving as little as two hours a week you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Please click here to find out more.

• If you missed Penny’s fascinating show last week on 4LEGS radio about local UFO sightings in the Lambourn Valley and the Pentagon’s current admission of unidentified aerial phenomena, listen here (from 1 minute).

  West Berkshire’s first Pride march at Victoria Park in Newbury was a wonderful affair. If you missed it you can catch up with all the delicious photos on the Newbury Pride website or FaceBook page and don’t forget there is a new exhibition ‘Hope and Pride’ at West Berkshire Museum that runs until the end of 2022, looking at the history of Pride in the UK, with contributions from our local LGBTQIA+ community. See here for museum opening times.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• Quick reminder about the Lambourn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. Entry forms can be found here and must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

Plans piling up

There are a lot of live planning applications in Lambourn (49 currently) and they can all be viewed on Lambourn.org’s site here. A large majority have been validated since 16 March. The significance of that date is it was then that DeFRA and Natural England (NE) issued new guidelines to combat the problem of nutrient neutrality. This results in waterways being polluted by nitrates and, in particular, phosphates which upsets the natural balance of the environment. Run-off from farms is one cause of this but so too is sewage: and it is this aspect that the new regulations are attempting to combat by demanding that planning authorities must take this into account when considering applications.

One of the problems is that the matters are technical and complex and so far WBC doesn’t seem to have got its head around the precise implications of this. They are not helped by that fact that, as a WBC spokesperson told me on 7 July, “Natural England has yet to provide clear guidance as to what its parameters for a development achieving Nutrient Neutrality are.” The announcement on 16 June runs to 25 pages, though seven of these are taken up with a list of affected authorities and contact details. Moreover, some of the conditions appear to be in contradiction to each other. At one point, the document states that the new regulations apply, as well as to developments which increase overnight stays (ie likely to cause more toilet flushes), “to any plans or projects, including agricultural or industrial plans and projects that have the potential to release additional nitrogen and/or phosphorus into the system.” (This seems a very vague phrase which could be translated as “anything”.) However, this statement seems to be contracted by one a few paragraphs earlier that says that “Other types of business or commercial development, not involving overnight accommodation, will generally not need to be included in the assessment.”

WBC has taken the view that “smaller household applications will have little, or no impact on phosphate levels. WBC have recommenced processing household applications in the catchments area, as it is generally unlikely that Nutrient Neutrality requirements will apply due to the typical nature of these types of proposals.” The term “smaller” is relative – smaller than what? – and I’ve asked how this is interpreted and whether this includes looking at whether overnight stays will be increased (which seems a key consideration according to the flowchart on p17 of the 16 March letter). This response also leaves open the question of what will happen to applications which are not “household” ones but which might increase overnight stays.

Some such applications have already been decided but in a way that some feel are perverse. The application to rebuild The Bell in Boxford (which we’ve covered extensively in the Newbury Area Weekly News section) was refused in May even though this would actually have reduced the number of rooms from six to zero: while an application at another pub, The Wheelwright’s Arms in tambourin, was refused the month before even though this only involved the erection of a pergola, not something that is widely seen as a cause of phosphate pollution. The district’s planning system, which was not working at top speed anyway, seems in many ways to have ground to a halt in the Lambourn catchment area.

I have asked WBC when it expects to receive further guidance from NE; what steps it has taken to chase this; and what work has been done to share information and ideas with other affected authorities. DeFRA also announced that it was making funds available for planning authorities to recruit specialist officers to assist with understanding the regulations; and also, perhaps, introducing other mitigation measures such as wetlands and reed beds, which can help get rid of phosphates, and to introduce initiatives such the phosphate offsetting scheme being looked at in Wiltshire whereby developers need to create and manage an appropriate mitigation. When I have any news I’ll let you know. More information can be found here on WBC’s website. If you have a planning application pending in the catchment area – which, as this map shows, covers a substantial part of the district – you might be in for a bit of wait. The 49 applications mentioned above only cover those in Lambourn: the catchment area includes all or part of at least 15 other parishes.

All this is only necessary, of course, because we have so little faith in our sewerage system. The regulations are predicated on the assumption that when a toilet is flushed the contents might well end up in the aquifer and thus, in time, in the river. DeFRA, NE, planning authorities and developers are thus effectively picking up the tab for decades of under-investment by the water companies. Nor do these measures do anything to reduce phosphate pollution from fertilisers and animal manure.

Community notices

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted by 12 August to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun 10 July East Garston Produce Show

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 30 June and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: a report from ward member Clive Hooker; cricket nets; sewer repairs; the war memorial; gym equipment; planning matters; financial matters; speeding; and the Jubilee Meadow. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); the Recreation Ground; a report on the jubilee events; the bus shelter; and the new noticeboard. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 30 June 2022

See below for the full list of planning applications to be considered by Lambourn PC, celebrate a local sweet-pea winner and reflect on some strange lights in the sky. We also have our usual round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Due to pharmacists having covid, Lambourn Pharmacy will unfortunately be closed this Friday and Saturday. Acute prescriptions will be dealt with by Lambourn Surgery on 01488 72299. For any general prescriptions enquiries, including redirecting prescriptions to other pharmacies please call 01488 71464 between 9am and 5.30pm Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Normal hours will resume on Monday 4 July 9am to 5pm. Please accept their apologies for any inconvenience caused.

• If you missed this year’s Watermill touring production, Camp Albion, at East Garston Village Hall, it will be at Welford Park this Friday 1 July. The story is set during the Newbury bypass protests with the lovely backdrop of Alline’s Orchard and you can take your own picnic or order a BBQ there. Click here to book.

• About 10 years ago Penny and our youngest son saw a strange light crossing the sky between East Garston and Great Shefford. Other people have reported similar sightings recently, so Penny’s show about UFOs this Friday 1 July on 4 LEGS Radio Show, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Please contact 4legsradio@gmail.com if you have a story to share about something you have seen. Some people call them unidentified flying objects others call them unidentified aerial phenomena. Here is an interesting interview on YouTube about current acceptance of UAPs by the Pentagon and sightings reported by air force pilots.

Front Street in East Garston will be closed this Saturday 2 July except for access between School Lane and Burford’s from 2pm and 5pm.

The Valley Film Society‘s last film of the season in East Garston Village Hall is this Tuesday 5 July, Pain and Glory with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, directed by Pedro Almovodar. Non-members welcome to pay £6 on the door and food can be ordered for the interval.

Unfortunately, due to an increase of missed appointments or very late cancellations Market Hair in the centre of Lambourn will be implementing a fee going forward. Owner Julie Blogg says “as a small local business we are sorry to have to do this but we are still trying to recover from being closed due to Covid. Missed appointments have a massive impact on our business and we do not want to increase our prices to incorporate this. We value your continued support.” See more here about this little gem of a salon.

Great Shefford Primary is 40 years old this year, and a celebration party is being held this Saturday 2 July. This could be a great chance to meet old classmates and catch up with familiar faces. See here for more.

• Congratulations to Lambourn’s Robert Read for his award-winning sweet peas at the prestigious RHS Wisley Early Sweet Pea Show. Robert is a perennial winner at the Lambourn Produce Show so it’s wonderful to see him garner this national recognition.

• Julia Bennet from Lambourn reports on racing’s latest trip to Ukraine with humanitarian supplies for people, pets and horses.Please click here to make a financial contribution. For more background to the venture, listen to Penny’s interview with Julia on 4LEGS Radio here (from 40 mins, 40 secs).

East Garston’s Flower and Produce Show is on Sunday 10 July in the Village Hall. Please download class entry forms here. Wimbledon fans needn’t worry, as all the tennis action will be on the screen in the social club bar.

The Five Bells in Wickham is thrilled to announce that Pete Goffe-Wood, Masterchef South Africa judge, restaurateur, cookbook author and TV chef, will be joining them on Saturday 23 July to offer you a Braai masterclass and evening of delicious Braii food. Tickets now available here.

• A reason to celebrate this Saturday will be West Berkshire’s first Pride march starting at Victoria Park in Newbury at 1pm. Visit the Newbury Pride website or FaceBook page for more information about the event or read more in our article here. A new exhibit ‘Hope and Pride’ is also launching at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday and running for the rest of 2022, looking at the history of Pride in the UK, as well as contributions from our local LGBTQIA+ community. See here for museum opening times.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• West Berkshire Council has received funding from the Government to help improve bus services for the next three years. Your views are being sought on how the service can be improved. The survey is running until Sunday 3 July and you can find more about it here and the survey can be found here.

• Quick reminder about the Lambourn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. Entry forms can be found here and must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

Lambourn Parish Council

The next meeting of Lambourn Parish Council will take place at The memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 July: you can attend in person or via Teams. I have been sent a copy ion the agenda but can’t see where it’s been published on-line. The items up for discussion include the following planning applications:

  • 22/01233/HOUSE – Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary – Erection of car port and store.
  • 22/01234/HOUSE + 22/01236/LBC2 – Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary – Extensions and alterations to the main house, demolition and re-build of sheds and infilling of external swimming pool.
  • 22/01490/House – 22/01491/LBC2 – Inholmes House, Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary – Repairs and alterations to The Estate Office.
  • 22/01492/HOUSE – 22/01493/LBC2 – Inholmes House, Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary – Repairs and alterations to Engine house and potting sheds.
  • 22/01399/HOUSE – Bockhampton Manor, Newbury Road, Lambourn – Dormer window to the first floor of cottage facing south/east into stable yard.
  • 22/01419/HOUSE – Coppinton, Greenways, Lambourn – Erection of a two bay single storey detached garage.
  •  22/01432/HOUSE – 11 Stork House Drive, Lambourn – 2 storey side extension.
  • 22/0142/COMIND – Former Unit 2 Lambourn Business Park, Lambourn Woodlands – Section 73: Variation of Condition 2 (Approved Plans) of previously approved application 21/01116/COMIND: Demolition of the existing building and erection of a facsimile replacement building, plus associated works of construction. Action SC + BJ.
  • 22/01421/COMIND – 1,3,4,5 and 9 Lambourn Business Park, Lambourn Woodlands – Section 73: Variation of Condition 2 (Approved Plans) of previously approved application 21/01766/COMIND: Demolition of the existing buildings and erection of a facsimile replacement buildings, plus associated works of construction. There is no change of use and the buildings will be used for office/industrial and storage uses as existing.
  • 22/01498/LBC2 – Park Farm, Upper Lambourn – To 1969 extension: Upgrading of existing single storey link. Provision of new hallway with accessible W.C. and new cut string staircase. Existing double hung sashes upgraded using existing openings. Reconfiguration of first floor bedrooms.  To main house: New kitchen floor with underfloor heating. Upgraded partition between dining room and kitchen. Opening up of kitchen range recess. Minor alteration through existing dining room cupboard to give direct access to drawing room. At first floor level relocation of laundry room door.
  • 22/0147/HOUSE – Lime Tree Meadows, Lambourn Woodlands – Two storey rear extension and front entrance porch, alterations to external treatments. Replacement garage building.

Other matters include nutrient neutrality (WBC’s Planning Policy Officer Bryan Lyttle will be present to discuss this), the neighbourhood development plan, financial matters and the council’s sustainability policy.

Community notices

• Free Art for Wellbeing classes now available at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridges and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted by 12 August to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

• For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 1 & Sat 2 July Foam Party & Live Music at The George, Lambourn

• Tue 5 July East Garston Film Night: Pain and Glory with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas

• Sun 10 July East Garston Produce Show

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Sheepdrove Yoga offers iyengar yoga and meditation classes in their wondering setting. See their website for dates and booking.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 9 June and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; no planning applications (for there were none to consider); the Recreation Ground; a report on the jubilee events; the bus shelter; and the new noticeboard. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 16 May and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; financial matters; hedge planting on the Millennium Field; repairs and maintenance; speeding. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; a councillor vacancy; a report from ward members James Cole and Dennis Benneyworth; a possible patch along the B4000; Marsh Common; the book exchange (formerly the phone box); the parish plan; dog bins; the Wickham bench; and financial matters. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

 

Thursday 23 June 2022

See below for our usual round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Great Shefford Primary is 40 years old this year, and a celebration party is being held on Saturday 2 July. This could be a great chance to meet old classmates and catch up with familiar faces. See here for more.

• Alongside the car boot sale at the Lambourn British Legion this Sunday 26 June here will be a cake sale between 8am and noon in aid of Brain Tumour Research. Please pop along and donate kindly. See here for full details.

• The wonderful North Wessex Downs Walking Festival finishes this Sunday 26 June so click here if you want to book place on one of the last remaining walks.

• You may be aware already of the railway strikes that are taking place this weekend, which will impact a lot of travel routes across Berkshire. A full list of details and affected routes can be found here. Berkshire Live also have a survey on how the strikes will be affecting you, which can be completed via the same link. It is also worth noting that any fares affected will be refunded in full. A full timetable of the strikes is also available here on the GWR site.

• The racing community’s Saving Horses in Ukraine initiative is still supporting horses rescued from Ukraine, and the people and pets in surrounding communities. Please see full list of animal supplies requested here or click here to make a financial contribution. To hear more about racing’s ongoing humanitarian aid listen to Penny’s interview with Julia Bennet from Lambourn on 4LEGS Radio here (listen from 40 mins, 40 secs).

Front Street will be closed in East Garston on Saturday 2 July except for access between School Lane and Burford’s from 2pm and 5pm.

• Quick reminder that scammers are taking advantage of the cost-of-living crisis to defraud people who are under great financial pressure. Our local Citizens Advice West Berkshire office has seen recent cases where clients have lost thousands of pounds to investment scams and fake energy rebate scams from energy companies or local authorities. See here for how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught. Above all don’t feel ashamed, this is what the scammers rely on so you don’t warn others. Penny got caught once. You need to tell family, friends and report it to protect others.

• West Berkshire Council’s June Business news includes recruitment support for employers, low carbon workspace grants to save on energy bills, online networking and an appeal to eco-conscious independent cafes, restaurants and pubs to be part of a sustainable eateries campaign. Click here to read more.

• A new reason to celebrate this summer, as this July will see West Berkshire’s first Pride march. Originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic, Newbury Pride will be West Berkshire’s very first Pride celebration of its kind. It will take place on Saturday 2 July, starting at Victoria Park at 1pm. The march will be a celebration of LGBTQIA+ identify, individuality and community and everyone from all identities are welcome to join in and support our friends and neighbours. Visit the Newbury Pride website or FaceBook page for more information about the event or read more in our article here.

• On the day of the Pride march, a new exhibit ‘Hope and Pride’ will open at West Berkshire Museum. Running for the rest of 2022, the exhibition will take a look at the history of Pride in the UK, as well as contributions from our local LGBTQIA+ community. Come along to learn something new about the incredible people in our diverse community. See here for museum opening times.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• More local hosts are needed for people escaping the war in Ukraine. According to the Newbury Today, there currently around 170 hosts in West Berkshire, but a total of 390 Ukrainians have applied for visas to stay in the area – with 228 refugees having already arrived. With more still to arrive, there is a real struggle to find enough hosts to meet the demand. If you could consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family, please get in contact with the local support group or visit westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine.

• West Berkshire Council has received funding from the Government to help improve bus services for the next 3 years. Your views are being sought on how the service can be improved. The survey is running until Sunday 3 July and you can find more about it here and the survey can be found here.

• Quick reminder about the Lambourn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. Entry forms can be found here and must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

Community notices

• Free Art for Wellbeing classes now available at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted by 12 August to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• Lovely quail eggs are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun 26 June Car Boot Sale, Lambourn British Legion

• Tue 5 July East Garston Film Night: Pain and Glory with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas

• Sun 10 July East Garston Produce Show

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 16 May and the minutes can be downloaded here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; financial matters; hedge planting on the Millennium Field; repairs and maintenance; speeding. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; a councillor vacancy; a report from ward members James Cole and Dennis Benneyworth; a possible patch along the B4000; Marsh Common; the book exchange (formerly the phone box); the parish plan; dog bins; the Wickham bench; and financial matters. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 5 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 16 June 2022

See below for our usual round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

Click here to see June’s Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter.

• Lambourn Surgery has released an update on the wearing of masks: masks are no longer required in the surgery unless you have symptoms of Covid. If you would like to continue wearing them, it is your own personal preference.

• On a similar note, the surgery has posted an update here on administering Covid vaccinations and boosters for those that are still uncertain about them.

• Unfortunately scammers are taking advantage of the cost-of-living crisis to defraud people who are under great financial pressure. Our local Citizens Advice West Berkshire office has seen recent cases where clients have lost thousands of pounds to investment scams and fake energy rebate scams from energy companies or local authorities. See here for how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught. Above all don’t feel ashamed, this is what the scammers rely on so you don’t warn others. Penny got caught once. You need to tell family, friends and report it to protect others.

• An update on the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan is available here.

• The Saving Horses in Ukraine initiative is still raising much needed funds to buy supplies for horses rescued from Ukraine, who are currently being cared for at the horse rehabilitation hub on the Polish/Ukraine border and to enable the horses to be transported across Europe by volunteers to be reunited with their owners who have fled Ukraine. Please click here to make a financial contribution.

•In Lambourn Parsonage Lane will be closed next Thursday 23 June between 8am and 5pm, from its junctions with High Street and Baydon Road. This closure is to carry out drainage investigation works on behalf of West Berkshire Council. A plan of the closure can be found here.

• And ditto for works in East Garston along Newbury Road as Thames Water is currently working until 20 June at 5pm.

• West Berkshire Council has received funding from the Government to help improve bus services for the next 3 years. Your views are being sought on how the service can be improved. The survey is running until Sunday 3 July and you can find more about it here and the survey can be found here.

• The North Wessex Downs Walking Festival is going really well with something for everyone, from family friendly and wheelchair accessible guided walks to 9 mile hikes. See here for how to book your walks.

• Year 4 from Lambourn Primary School visited Stonebridge Wild River Reserve near Marlborough this week for their second Water Matters session with Action for the River Kennet (ARK). A brown trout was spotted before they entered the river, Anna showed them fresh otter spraint and the best techniques for finding lots of bullheads and invertebrates and then the class explored the river in pairs with nets to discover for themselves what is living at this stretch of the Kennet. The children were reminded where their water comes from and to make sure they all continue to be Water Smart. See photos here on ARK’s facebook page of the children really absorbed in studying the river life.

• The Peace Exhibition at East Garston Quaker Meeting House last Sunday raised another £100 for the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group who have used the money to buy essential food supplies for refugees in western Ukraine. The exhibition includes pictures by Ukrainian refugee children to add to the peace pictures by children from Lambourn Primary School and Chaddleworth Great Shefford Federated Schools and is still available to view by appointment by calling Penny on 07768 981658.

• We recommend the quail eggs that are available (at just £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

• It’s time to start preparing for the annual Lambourn Flower and Produce Show. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. The show is set to take place on Saturday 20 August and entry forms, which can be found here, must be submitted by 12 August. See more information here.

• If you pre-book a pitch at Lambourn British Legion’s car boot sale on Sunday 26 June it costs £8 or you can pay £10 on the day. Please find more information here.

Community notices

• Free Art for Wellbeing classes now available at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun 26 June Car Boot Sale, Lambourn British Legion

• Tue 5 July East Garston Film Night: Pain and Glory with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas

• Sun 10 July East Garston Produce Show

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; a councillor vacancy; a report from ward members James Cole and Dennis Benneyworth; a possible patch along the B4000; Marsh Common; the book exchange (formerly the phone box); the parish plan; dog bins; the Wickham bench; and financial matters. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 5 May and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 9 June 2022

This week we take a look at the latest attempt to enforce planning conditions at the Membury Industrial Estate and look back at local jubilee celebrations. We also have our usual round-up of local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• The Lambourn Valley did the Queen proud over the Jubilee weekend. East Garston’s beacon lighting attracted many residents from further afield (see Penny’s video here) and the Jubilee party on Saturday night and picnic on Sunday were very well attended. See photos here. and the spectacular winning crown cake.

Lambourn’s Beacon and fireworks courtesy of Nicky and Sophie Henderson were spectacular. They could see four other beacons but reckoned theirs was the biggest. We agree as we could easily see it blazing from East Garston.

• There was a great turn out for the Jubilee picnic at Lambourn Sports Club organised by Nicola Morley and congratulations to the Winners of Lambourn’s Jubilee Scarecrow Competition organised by Julie Blogg.

• Thanks to Alison Stephenson Headteacher of Chaddleworth St Andrew’s and Shefford C.E. Federated Primary Schools for sharing their recent Jubilee festivities.

Great Shefford‘s full weekend of events (which were all attended by Her Majesty of course) was a huge success with much credit going to organiser Jane Turton. Included in the royal itinerary was a Jubilee cricket match at Welford Park, while the whole village was festively flower bombed.

• The winning entries in Lambourn Library’s All the Queen’s Horses competition have been scanned and are on display in the Library.  The winners were: Mya Reynolds (age 4-6), Alexis Reynolds (age 11-14) and Penny Brewer (adult). Please do visit the Library and admire their excellent work.

• Lambourn Primary School celebrated the Jubilee with a celebration tree planting by AP McCoy and decade-themed dressing up party. See the lovely photos that the school shared with us here.

• Indeed, congratulations to everyone involved in organising the numerous jubilee events all across the district. All the ones that we attended or have heard about were hugely successful. A particular vote of thanks goes to whoever was in charge of the weather: the forecast for much of the weekend was depressingly dire but generally seems to have relented at the last moment. You can click here to see our look back at some of the celebrations across the area. If there are any you would like to see included, please email penny@pennypost.org.uk and include a link to the relevant website or FB page.

• Very sad news that Lambourn legend George Bodman has passed away this week aged 92. Luckily he was able to enjoy the Jubilee picnic at the Sports Club. See Lambourn.org for lots of touching and beautiful tributes to him and listen to his interview about his life with Chris Capel on 4LEGS Radio from 2018.

• The North Wessex Downs Walking Festival kicks off this Saturday 11 June offering 28 walks across the length and breadth of the stunning North Wessex Downs. There is something for everyone, from family friendly and wheelchair accessible guided walks to 9 mile hikes. See here for how to book your walks.

• Thanks to a visit from ARK (Action for the River Kennet)’s Water Matters project, Year 4 at Lambourn Primary School learnt this week that the River Lambourn is a rare chalk stream and they were amazed to learn about what species live in this special river. They met George the otter and learnt the different stages in the brown trout life cycle, including how trout make special nests (called redds) to lay their eggs in. The children now know that the water they use comes from the chalk aquifer and by being Water Smart they can use less water, leaving more water to reach the river. Next week they will visit ARK’s Stonebridge Wild River Reserve for a morning of in-river learning and fun.

• The Peace Exhibition at East Garston Quaker Meeting House (opposite the Village Hall) is open this Sunday 12 June from 2 to 4pm with cakes and drinks. The exhibition is in aid of the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group (supported by Eliska Vyskočova in Lambourn) and includes pictures by Ukrainian refugee children to add to the peace pictures by children from Lambourn Primary School and Chaddleworth Great Shefford Federated Schools. There are also mandalas and rural scenes by local artists and the opportunity to make your own nature mandala or comfort doll for Ukrainian children. Or visit by appointment by calling Penny on 07768 981658.

• All welcome to enjoy a wildlife exploration at St Michael’s Church in Lambourn this Saturday 11 June. Wildlife guides will help you identify wild flowers, insects, trees and birds. Refreshments available. See here for details.

Quail eggs are available (a mere £2 a dozen) from John Fletcher at 25 The Mead, Great Shefford RG17 7DD.

• Lambourn Fire Station is still seeking on-call firefighters who work or live near the station and would like to help the community. See here for more information on the role (which is paid). If you’d like to read up on the history of the Lambourn Fire Brigade to potentially inspire you, click here.

• It’s time to start preparing for the annual Lambourn Flower and Produce Show. With a heap of different classes for you to enter into and at only 20p per entry, there is bound to be something you can have a good shot at. The show is set to take place on Saturday 20 August and entry forms must be submitted by 12 August, which can be found here and more information here.

• If you pre-book a pitch at Lambourn British Legion’s car boot sale on Sunday 26 June it costs £8 or you can pay £10 on the day. Please find more information here.

Membury and the B4000

Membury and the B4000 are directly connected, the continued development of the former leading to an increase in traffic on the latter. Short of creating a new motorway junction at Membury Services (something beyond WBC’s power to do), local efforts are concentrating on looking at traffic calming measures and also ensuring that the various planning conditions concerning hours of operation are being adhered to.

The latest update from Lambourn’s ward member Howard Woollaston has recently been published and in it discussed this long-running issue. he refers to on-site meetings with senior WBC officers over the last few weeks. The conclusion was “to have a half-day workshop between officers, the Woodlands Protection Group and me to find resolutions to the key problems, including enforcement of planning conditions and traffic generation on the B4000.” The likelihood is that, whatever some may wish to the contrary, the  Membury Estate will continue to grow. Hopefully Councillor Woollaston’s intervention will ensure that ny planning conditions (which are made for good reasons) are properly enforced. This might be a useful policy to carry into the rest of the district as well.

Community notices

• Free Art for Wellbeing classes now available at Lambourn Library as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun 26 June Car Boot Sale, Lambourn British Legion

Sat 20 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete and Flower and Produce Show.

Sun 28 Aug Lambourn Carnival

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a retirement; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; committee reports; the jubilee; bee protection; and streetlights. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; a councillor vacancy; a report from ward members James Cole and Dennis Benneyworth; a possible patch along the B4000; Marsh Common; the book exchange (formerly the phone box); the parish plan; dog bins; the Wickham bench; and financial matters. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 5 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The re-election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; financial matters; formal matters; the Clerk’s report; village maintenance issues; a proposed litter-pick; a proposed new noticeboard; and the jubilee. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 2 June 2022

This week we take a look back at some of the main stories in this area that we’ve covered in the last six months or so, many of which are still live and will be returned to in due course. We also have our usual round-up of local news, local events and activities (including jubilee-related ones) and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• Lambourn Primary School has celebrated the Jubilee with a celebration tree planting by AP McCoy and decade-themed dressing up party. See the lovely photos that the school shared with us here.

• East Garston Quaker Meeting House’s Peace Exhibition last Sunday raised over £110 for the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group supported by Eliska Vyskocova in Lamboun. The exhibition was even more poignant as Eliska brought pictures by Ukrainian refugee children to add to the peace pictures by children from Lambourn Primary School and Chaddleworth Great Shefford Federated Schools. There are also mandalas and rural scenes by local artists and the opportunity to make your own nature mandala. The next opening is Sunday 12 June from 2 to 4pm (or by appointment by calling Penny on 07768 981658).

•  See here for our guide to Jubilee events across the area including Lambourn Sports Club’s picnic, Great Shefford weekend-long celebrations and East Garston’s party and picnic.

Lambourn Food Hall‘s opening hours for the Bank Holiday Weekend can be found here.

• Free Art for Wellbeing classes start at Lambourn Library on Monday 6 June as part of the Corn Exchange’s Link to Thrive programme for mental health. You can drop in on a weekly basis to learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators. See details here for how to self-refer or be referred to the classes by your GP or Social Prescriber.

• The Valley Film Society’s June film night in East Garston Village Hall is showing the Oscar award-winning black comedy thriller Parasite from Korea on Tuesday 7 June. All welcome. Entry is £6 on the door and food can be ordered for the interval. See more details here. (This film is absolutely superb.)

• As we mentionned last week, West Berkshire Council and Sovereign are looking for residents in Lambourn who would like to be part of a potential pilot Play Street which allows children to be able to play freely outside their own front door. Playing Out is a parent and resident-led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging. For more details please see here.

• The Lambourn British Legion is hosting a car boot sale on Sunday 26 June between 8am and noon. To book a spot, it costs £8 to pre book or £10 on the day to pitch up. You can find more information here.

• For a list of upcoming (as of Saturday 21 May) planning applications in Lambourn parish, see here on Lambourn.org.

Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

A look back…

See below for a brief summary of some of the recurring issues we’ve covered, often more than once, in the last six months or so. Many of these are still live and so will be returned to in the future. In all cases, you can see more by clicking on link to the archive section at the foot of this post (there’s also a further link at the foot of that to earlier columns) and then then searching for the relevant key word/s.

If there are any other matters that you think should be covered, or if you have any views or comments and the ones we’ve covered to date, please email brian@pennypost.org.uk

Planning and sewage. I’ve bracketed these together for two reasons. Firstly, they are two aspects of life which people generally don’t think about: if, however, either is affecting you directly then it’s almost impossible to think about anything else. Secondly, because these are among the topics most frequently covered in Lambourn District Councillor Howard Woollaston’s excellent monthly updates, which you can read here (these date back to June 2020 and is just about to be updated with this month’s entry). On the second issue, Thames Water did perform some remedial sewer-pipe work in the summer of 2021 but, as groundwater levels have been low this year, it’s impossible to tell how effective these have been. On which subject…

Nutrient neutrality. New regulations were introduced without warning by DeFRA in conjunction with Natural England in March. These require additional mitigation and protection in specified areas, including the Lambourn Valley catchment. The aim is to reduce the amount of phosphates and nitrates in the aquifer and the river which flows from it. It appears that the implications of these regulations have yet to be fully understood by WBC and this has already led to two planning refusals which appear perverse (at the Wheelwrights Arms in Lambourn and downstream at the derelict Bell in Boxford – see the Newbury Area Weekly News section for more on this). Other planning applications in the area may now be paused until a clear policy has been implemented.

Lambourn’s neighbourhood development plan. This project, which enables a local community to have a greater say in the nature and location of development, was started in December 2018. These often take several years to complete as the work is complex and technical and involves periods when progress slows while consultations are conducted or information awaited from WBC. Covid hasn’t helped, either. The project is now entering its final phase which will culminate with an independent examination and a parish-wide referendum. It’s hoped that this will have been completed by early 2023. This separate post has more information.

The Membury Industrial Estate and the B4000. These two aspects are directly connected, the continued development of the former leading to an increase in traffic on the latter. Short of creating a new motorway junction at Membury Services (something beyond WBC’s power to do), local efforts are concentrating on looking at traffic calming measures and also ensuring that the various planning conditions concerning hours of operation are being adhered to.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges. There have been two well-publicised cases, one in Upper Lambourn and one in Kintbury, of this having been charged in cases where it shouldn’t have been. Eye-watering and life-changing sums of money are involved. In the former case, despite years of delay, no official collection proceedings have been issued. In the latter case (which has been settled) these were carried out in what seems a draconian way. Questions have been asked by district councillors and others about the ethical basis for the charges and the reason for the different approaches taken in each case. This has snowballed into a wider debate about what documents district councillors are able to see. This complex, divisive and (from WBC’s point of view) potentially precedent-setting issue has been covered numerous times here and will continue to be.

Lambourn Junction. This excellent community food bank was set up during the pandemic and, unlike others, does not require any forms, referrals or vouchers. We’ve followed its growth and its various re-locations to different sites in the village (it’s currently on its fourth) and wish it every success for the future. You can keep up to date with its work here.

Community notices

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

• Entries for the 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition must be completed and submitted to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 3 June Lambourn Jubliee Picnic at Lambourn Sports Club

Tue 7 June East Garston Film Night: Oscar award-winning ‘Parasite’

Sun 21 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a retirement; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; committee reports; the jubilee; bee protection; and streetlights. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; a councillor vacancy; a report from ward members James Cole and Dennis Benneyworth; a possible patch along the B4000; Marsh Common; the book exchange (formerly the phone box); the parish plan; dog bins; the Wickham bench; and financial matters. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 5 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The re-election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; financial matters; formal matters; the Clerk’s report; village maintenance issues; a proposed litter-pick; a proposed new noticeboard; and the jubilee. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 26 May 2022

This week we look at the long-running sewerage works in Great Shefford and wonder if this might have anything to do with the new development opposite the pub. We also have the text of the Chair’s address to the recent Lambourn annual parish assembly, a proposed cricket pitch, a sunflower competition, jubilee celebrations and a proposal for play streets.

Scroll down for this and more local news, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• West Berkshire Council and Sovereign are looking for residents living in Lambourn who would like to be part of a potential pilot Play Street which allows children to be able to play freely outside their own front door. Playing Out is a parent and resident led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging. For more details please see here.

• You are probably aware that there will be lots of local Jubilee celebrations taking place between 2 and 5 June. Click here for our guide to events across the area including Lambourn, Great Shefford and East Garston.

Click here to read the full text of the Chair’s address to the Lambourn parish annual assembly on 27 April.

• Lambourn Library is hosting a birthday celebration for the beloved children’s book character Elmer, for Elmer Day. On Saturday 28 May between 10.30am and noon you can join the library for some colourful activities. See more here.

• East Garston Quaker Meeting House is hosting a Peace Exhibition from 2pm to 4pm this Sunday 29 May and Sunday 12 June. All are welcome to view peace pictures by local residents and children from Lambourn Primary School and Chaddleworth Great Shefford Federated Schools. There will be cake and tea and an opportunity to make your own nature mandala. Entry by donation to Ukraine support.

• You know it’s nearly summer when the Queens Arms in East Garston fires up its outside pizza oven. Sue and Freddie are delighted to announce their Sunday pizza is back on the menu from this Sunday 5pm to 8.30pm. The sun is set to shine so it’s a glorious way to wind down at end of the weekend. In the meantime footie fans can enjoy dinner on Saturday night at the pub watching the Champions League Final live from Paris.

• The 2022 Lambourn Sunflower competition is now accepting entries, with five different categories. Entries must be completed and submitted to 4 Bockhampton Road. The full list of information and rules can be found here.

• As mentioned last week, Queens Arms owners Freddie and Sue Tulloch are applying for planning permission to convert a field near the pub, between the stream and the bottom road, into a cricket field. See here for the planning application details.

• Women from all walks of life across the county are invited to join West Berkshire Council’s Women in Politics webinar on Wednesday 1 June to find out how to get involved in local decision-making panels or becoming a Councillor. WBC also would like to invite any and all local residents interested in what happens behind the scenes at the Council or how decisions are made, to join them for this event. Details can be found on the council website.

• Keep your eyes on the skies on Thursday 2 June for the spectacular military flyby in celebration of the Jubilee. Over 70 aircraft will be participating, including the Red Arrows, Spitfires and Hurricanes, taking off in the east of the country, flying over Buckingham Palace, London and then heading the South and West. If all goes according to plan, Berkshire should see the aircraft overhead roughly between 12:50pm and 1:30pm – so keep your eyes peeled. More information can be found here.

• If you would like to support Ukraine appeals from Eliska Vyskocova in Lambourn for the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group that she supports (as it is run by an old friend of hers), please see details here of the new charity bank account they have set up to accept financial as well as humanitarian donations.

• For a list of upcoming (as of Saturday 21 May) applications in the Lambourn area, see here on Lambourn.org.

Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

The latest blog from Chaddleworth St. Andrew and Shefford Headteacher Mrs Stephenson includes top tips for children and adults wanting to combat loneliness.

Unblocking the drains

Anyone travelling through Great Shefford recently will have noticed that three-way traffic lights are in place outside the pub. I contacted Thames Water to find out more about this. The only information that was immediately available was that, according to spokesperson, “we’re carrying out major sewer repairs” and that these are scheduled to end on 1 June.” I understand that there has already been an over-run due to engineering difficulties so it’s possible this might need to be extended.

Further on-site enquires suggested that the issue is with the house immediately to the right (as viewed from the pub car park) of the entrance to the new three-home development on the site of the former industrial units which were completed late last year. I’m no expert in such matters but the amount of staff, equipment and time seems quite a lot for fixing one blockage from one house. This led me to wonder if the issue might be connected with connecting the new development to the mains. After all, the house had had its sewage system working for decades and then, a few months after the new homes were built, there were problems. I’ve asked Thames Water about this and a reply has been promised as soon as possible.

The the meantime, allow an extra few minutes for your journeys. The exit from the new development and the pub are not controlled by the lights  so take extra care if you’re using these.

Community notices

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 3 June Lambourn Jubliee Picnic at Lambourn Sports Club

Tue 7 June East Garston Film Night: Oscar award-winning ‘Parasite’

Sun 21 Aug Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a retirement; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; committee reports; the jubilee; bee protection; and streetlights. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 5 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The re-election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; financial matters; formal matters; the Clerk’s report; village maintenance issues; a proposed litter-pick; a proposed new noticeboard; and the jubilee. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 19 May 2022

Scroll down for the Lambourn’s NDP consultations, 23 months of reports from a ward member, local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• This week 4LEGS Community Radio presented Julie Blogg from the Lambourn Junction with a cheque for £560, raised from the radio station’s charity Valentine request-a-thon. Radio presenter Chris Capel said “with the difficulties many families are experiencing due to the significant cost of living increases we felt it was appropriate to donate the money to The Lambourn Junction for the incredible work they are doing to help put food on people’s tables.”

• The date for this year’s Lambourn Sports Club Village Show and Fete has recently been released as Sunday 21 August at Lambourn Sports Club. The schedule of flower, craft and produce classes will be coming soon.

• Queens Arms owners Freddie and Sue Tulloch are applying for planning permission to convert a field near the pub, between the stream and the bottom road, into a cricket field. This idea makes sense to us. About 50 years ago there was a cricket pitch on the field which is very flat, unlike the sloping Milennium Field which has proved challenging for the game in recent years. See here for the planning application details.

• As mentioned last week, Goodie’s Cafe on Lambourn High Street is opening a second cafe at Trindledown on Tuesday 7 June. They are appealing to anyone who is having a clear out of toys or games to donate them to the cafe’s play room. To get in contact, see here and you can message them on the Facebook page.

• Women from all walks of life across the county are invited to join West Berkshire Council’s Women in Politics webinar on Wednesday 1 June to find out how to get involved in local decision-making panels or becoming a Councillor. WBC also would like to invite any and all local residents interested in what happens behind the scenes at the Council or how decisions are made, to join them for this event. Details can be found on the council website.

• The Lambourn British Legion is hosting an afternoon of Vintage Tea for 55s and over between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 24 May. The afternoon tea is £3.50 a head, and more information can be found here.

• The Friends of Lambourn Library is running an art and craft competition to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on the theme of “All the Queen’s Horses”. There are many ways to take part, and prizes to be won.  Please see more details here and set your imagination free. Entry forms are in the library and the entry deadline is Friday 27 May.

• Keep your eyes on the skies on Thursday 2 June for the spectacular military flyby in celebration of the Jubilee. Over 70 aircraft will be participating, including the Red Arrows, Spitfires and Hurricanes, taking off in the east of the country, flying over Buckingham Palace, London and then heading the South and West. If all goes according to plan, Berkshire should see the aircraft overhead roughly between 12:50pm and 1:30pm – so keep your eyes peeled. More information can be found here.

• If you would like to support Ukraine appeals from Eliska Vyskocova in Lambourn for the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group that she supports (as it is run by an old university friend of hers), please see details here of the new charity bank account they have set up to accept financial as well as humanitarian donations.

Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

Lambourn’s Jubilee celebrations will be on Friday 3 June with a picnic at the Lambourn Sports Club from noon with a BBQ, music, bouncy castle, buck and bronco. There will also be a best gazebo/picnic blanket competition and some displays by some local organisations Everyone is welcome. See more here on Lambourn Community facebook group.

The latest blog from Chaddleworth St. Andrew and Shefford Headteacher Mrs Stephenson includes top tips for children and adults wanting to combat loneliness.

Lambourn’s neighbourhood development plan

See below for the remaining dates in the public consultation process on this important local matter.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan is a method by which a community, typically a parish, works in conjunction with the planning authority (West Berkshire Council in this case) to co-author that part of the local plan. Once adopted – and it needs to go through a number of stages including and external examination and a referendum – it becomes as much part of the local plan as if the planning authority had written it all itself. The local plan and the policies that flow from it constitute the ultimate authority and reference point for all planning decisions. It cannot prevent development in the parish but it can help pre-define where this does or doesn’t take place and establish a number of principles and policies which must then be followed. It needs to be refreshed every 15 years when the local plan is but the doing the first one is the most time-consuming (taking three or four years). It therefore represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a community to influence how it changes and develops.

To quote from the Gov.uk website, “Neighbourhood plans can support the provision of affordable homes for sale that meet the needs of local people by including relevant policies and site allocations. Depending on the content of relevant strategic policies in the local plan or spatial development strategy, neighbourhood plans may be able to vary the types of affordable housing that will be expected, or to allocate additional sites that will provide affordable housing, where this will better meet the needs of the neighbourhood area.”

These cannot be made without public input and support: the external examiners can reject a plan if they feel that consultation has been inadequate. The Lambourn NDP is now at the stage of the process when engagement with parishioners is particularly important. Informal public update and feedback sessions are taking place in May, at which details of potential policies and design codes will be on display for comment. The remaining ones are as follows:

  • Upper Lambourn Jockey Club Estate offices: Wed 25 May (5pm to 7pm*);
  • Lambourn Memorial Hall: Fri 27 May (9am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm*)
  • Lambourn Memorial Hall: Sat 28 May (10am to noon*)

(Ones marked * will also have an opportunity for parishioners to talk to District Councillor Howard Woollaston.)

Eight policy areas have been identified, based on public consultations, the Residents’ Questionnaire and other surveys. Examples of policies under consideration include: ways to provide a balanced housing supply; promoting and maintaining public rights of way; encouraging infrastructure for electric cars; addressing allflooding issues; and providing support for businesses offering apprenticeships and other training schemes.

A Steering Group spokesperson told Penny Post that “we hope these displays will give everyone an opportunity to attend, gain an understanding of what is possible and contribute ideas, especially your views on what and where development could be suggested. Members of the Steering Group will be available to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions.”

But what do they do?

Anyone who wants to know what a district councillor (also known as a ward member) does could do a lot worse than look at the monthly ward updates from Lambourn’s ward member Howard Woollaston. For nearly two years now he’s been providing us with monthly updates of the local issues in his in-box every month. These can be found in this post, with the most recent one at the top.

As even the briefest of glances will show, a few themes tend to dominate. Planning, speeding, water and sewage issues, the B4000 and the Membury Industrial Estate crop up most often and it would be hard to find a month when at that three of these weren’t mentioned. Other ward members would, if they did similarly detailed reports (I’m unaware that any do), probably have planning and speeding pretty high up their list and a lot of them would be writing about water and sewage quite a lot too.

A ward member can’t fix everything but, like your MP, they can direct residents to where they can get the answer or can ask questions of officers. If you have a problem which you think your ward member can help sort out, get in touch with them: it’s what you elected them for.

Community notices

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Tue 24 May Vintage Afternoon Tea at Lambourn British Legion.

Fri 3 June Lambourn Jubliee Picnic at Lambourn Sports Club

Tue 7 June East Garston Film Night: Oscar award-winning ‘Parasite’

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square. For future events please click here.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

• Fun pottery classes with Elé van Schoor Ceramics in Great Shefford.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a retirement; planning matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; committee reports; the jubilee; bee protection; and streetlights. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 7 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; an access gate at Spring meadows; the jubilee; repairs at the Recreation Ground; the flood alleviation scheme (no further news); and the proposed Lambourn Valley Trail cycle path from Lambourn to Great Shefford. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 12 May 2022

This week’s news

• The East Garston bluebell walk last Sunday was a huge success. The weather was glorious, there was a fantastic turn-out and the teddy bear hunt was a huge success. Organiser Freddie Tulloch estimates that over £3,000 was raised for the Air Ambulance and the church took over £500 at their cake tent.

• I see from this month’s Village Views that a bench dedicated to the memory of the late Sir Michael Howard is to be installed in the churchyard. The article points out that he moved into the village before the M4 was built, which certainly qualifies him for the title of long-term resident. I had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions to discuss historical matters – there were certainly few better people in the area for that. You can read my obituary of him here.

• The Lambourn Junction, which supports people in need in the Valley has just launched a great scheme offering children’s birthday party supplies for households that might struggle to afford to give their kids a special day.

• The April and May Parish Matters update from Howard Woollaston is out now which can be read here.

• Great news that Goodie’s Cafe is opening a second cafe at Trindledown with the same menu and coffee as their cafe on Lambourn High Street. The new outlet is planned to open on Tuesday 7 June. See more here on Trindledown’s facebook.

• Thanks to wildlife enthusiast John Fletcher from Great Shefford for sharing his tips for May Nature Watch with us here. John reminds us please to be careful of duck families on the road and not to use slug pellets in the garden as they poison hedgehogs and songbirds. You welcome to join the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group and post your own photos and videos.

• Volunteer gardeners in Great Shefford have taken over some unloved council land in Hawthorne Way and are turning it into an attractive wildlife area dubbed the Hickson Hedgerows in memory of Jean and Lister Hickson who lived in the village for over 30 years and were both involved with St Mary’s Church. Jean sang in the choir and Lister was churchwarden and was instrumental in getting the bells repaired and rehung together with Alan Dawkins. Jean joined the local yoga and craft groups and learnt to tap dance which she used to entertain elderly people in village halls all around the area. A retired naval commander, Lister’s hobbies included gardening, bee keeping and tapestry stitching.

• The Friends of Lambourn Library is running an art and craft competition to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on the theme of “All the Queen’s Horses”. There are many ways to take part, and prizes to be won.  Please see more details here and set your imagination free. Entry forms are in the library and the entry deadline is Friday 27 May.

• If you would like to support Ukraine appeals from Eliska Vyskocova in Lambourn for the grassroots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group that she supports (as it is run by an old university friend of hers), please see details here of the new charity bank account they have set up to accept financial as well as humanitarian donations.

Nutwood Organics market garden at Sheepdrove invites anyone to pick their own or enjoy a therapeutic gardening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Kasia on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details or contact them on facebook.

• Lambourn British Legion is hosting a Lambourn Carnival and Festival meeting on Thursday 19 May. Plans for the carnival are coming along but more help is needed so please muck in if you can.

Lambourn’s Jubilee celebrations will be on Friday 3 June with a picnic at the Lambourn Sports Club from noon with a BBQ, music, bouncy castle, buck and bronco. There will also be a best gazebo/picnic blanket competition and some displays by some local organisations Everyone is welcome. See more here on Lambourn Community facebook group.

The latest blog from Chaddleworth St. Andrew and Shefford Headteacher Mrs Stephenson includes top tips for children and adults wanting to combat loneliness.

Click here to see Lambourn.org’s list of live planning applications in the parish. As usual, there are quite a few.

Life in the valley

Our May 2020 Valley of the Racehorse e-newsletter was published on 7 May providing, as always, the best one-click guide to life in upper reaches of the beautiful Lambourn Valley. If you didn’t get it you can click here to read it. In no particular order, here are some of the things we have for you this month:

  • Pat Murphy’s regular racing column
  • An update on a local campaign in support of Ukraine
  • An article on the “Hickson hedgerows”, a re-wilding project in Great Shefford.
  • The Chair’s report at the recent Great Shefford Annual Parish Assembly.
  • Lambourn ward member Howard Woollaston’s latest ward update.
  • Dates of, and further information about, the public events this month as part of the Lambourn neighbourhood development plan.
  • Jubilee celebrations.
  • News from the Lambourn Carnival committee, Trindledown, local groups and local schools.
  • Volunteers and help needed.
  • A guide to local recycling
  • Events, offers, activities, properties and jobs.
  • And, in conclusion some wise words from David Niven.

Something for everyone, or so we like to think. If there’s anything you’d like to submit for the June edition, please email penny@pennypost.org.uk by the end of this month.

Community notices

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Sat 14 May Village Flower Show at Baydon Church.

Fri 3 June Lambourn Jubliee Picnic at Lambourn Sports Club

Tue 7 June East Garston Film Night: Oscar award-winning Parasite

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square. For future events please click here.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

• Fun pottery classes with Elé van Schoor Ceramics in Great Shefford.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909 or lambourncameraclub@outlook.com.

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided and a chance for the oldies to make new friends as well as the children.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Contact Jackie on 01488 648851.

Shefford Baby and Toddler Group every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am at Great Shefford Village Hall. For more details see Great Shefford Under Fives Facebook page.

East Garston Village Hall activities, clubs and groups throughout the week.

Lambourn Growers Facebook group hosts seed and plant swaps in Bockhampton Road.

Lambourn Royal British Legion follow them on Facebook for latest events.

News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council took place on 5 January and you can read a report from Lambourn.org (not the official minutes) here. The most recent meeting for which official minutes are available was the one on 1 December. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council took place on 7 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; financial matters; an access gate at Spring meadows; the jubilee; repairs at the Recreation Ground; the flood alleviation scheme (no further news); and the proposed Lambourn Valley Trail cycle path from Lambourn to Great Shefford. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of East Garston Parish Council took place on 3 March and the minutes can be downloaded here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Welford Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council and Great Shefford Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Newbury area; Thatchamarea; Compton and DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Marlborough area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 5 May 2022

This week’s news

• Due to the resignation of Michael Billinge-Jones, Lambourn Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a councillor. Unless ten local residents call for an election, a new member can be co-opted onto the council.

Great Shefford’s Annual Parish Assembly took place on 5 May and you can click here to read the text of the address by GSPC’s Chair Steve Ackrill and to see the link to where the formal minutes of the event will eventually appear.

• One of the matters which was discussed the the meeting was the village’s flood defence scheme. Residents won’t need reminding that the parish’s £80,000 contribution for this was raised in less than two years, the target being hit in late 2019. It has taken rather longer for the EA to keep its side of the bargain. Thanks to the efforts of Steve Ackrill and others involved in the Great Shefford Flood Alleviation Association (GSFAA), the EA has recently agreed that this will definitely go ahead. One bureaucratic obstacle (the the internal funding would be time-limited and so might vanish if the project experienced any further delays) has been solved. Work can only take place at certain times of the year due to groundwater levels and it’s hoped that this will have begun by this time next year. If it hasn’t, I’m sure the GSFAA will be straight back on the phone again.

• Anyone passing the Great Shefford pub in the village may have noticed that a kiosk has been set up next to the pub. I make no comment on how much this is welcomed not the quality of the coffee and the pastries being sold but am merely pointing out that this would appear to have some planning hurdles yet to cross. (This has nothing to do with the quite separate application for the farm shop which was approved by committee in March). An application for a certificate of lawfulness (essentially, a claim that development or a change of use can happen without needing to go through the normal planning-approval system) was made in February 2021 and refused in April. What happens next is down to WBC’s planning enforcement team. One of the conditions of the approval of the farm shop was that no further development on the site would take place. This approval has yet to be formally validated, I believe because documentation about traffic and parking is still awaited from the applicant. The refusal notice in April 2021 cited, amongst other reasons, the fact that the kiosk would “result in an intensification of the use of the site.” This would include a likely increase in traffic movements around the pub and the demand for its car-parking spaces.

• The Friends of Lambourn Library are running an art and craft competition to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on the theme of “All the Queen’s Horses”. There are many ways to take part, and prizes to be won.  Please see more details here and set your imagination free. Entry forms are in the library and the entry deadline is Friday 27 May.

Crowle Road in Lambourn will be closed on 9 May 2022, noon and 7pm from its junctions with High Street and Baydon Road. This closure is to enable Volker Highways to carry out carriageway machine patching on behalf of West Berkshire Council.

• If you would like to support Ukraine appeals from Eliska Vyskocova in Lambourn for the grass roots Staryi Sambir Ukraine Support Group that she supports (as it is run by an old university friends of hers), please see details here of the new charity bank account they have set up to accept financial as well as humanitarian donations.

• There will be a Village Flower Show in Baydon on Saturday 14 May between 2pm and 4pm in aid of the church building fund.

• See the centre spread of this week’s NWN for a look back at the recent Lambourn Vintage Machinery Show.

• Lambourn British Legion is hosting a Lambourn Carnival and Festival meeting on Thursday 19 May. Plans for the carnival are coming along but more help is needed so please muck in if you can.

• Nicola Morley reports that Lambourn’s Jubilee celebrations will be on Friday 3 June  with a picnic at the Lambourn Sports club from noon with a BBQ, music, bouncy castle, buck and bronco. There will also be a best gazebo / picnic blanket competition and some displays by some local organisations Everyone welcome.

• For local wildlife updates join the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group which includes John Fletcher’s fascinating sparrow nest-cam.

• If you have been admiring the wild garlic growing in local woods but don’t know what to do with it, Ruth Jordan from Priscilla’s Kitchen in East Garston did a lovely wild garlic recipe demonstration at the last Hungerford Food & Artisan market. See the video of her  wild garlic and cheese scones here and more recipes and foraging tips here.

• The new East Garston Environmental Group welcomes new members to discuss recycling, re-wilding and emission reduction projects. To be added to the group please email pennylocke64@gmail.com

• The new organic market garden at Sheepdrove called Nutwood Organics has fresh veg boxes for delivery in the valley. We have tried one and were very impressed by the quality. Please visit their facebook page here or contact them on nutwoodorganics@gmail.com for details.

• A fun way to support Lambourn Riding for the Disabled is by adopting one of their ponies for just £15 a year. See their website here for the choice of ponies and what you receive in exchange for your donation.

• On Sunday 8 May, you can take part in a lovely bluebell walk in the woodland that surrounds East Garston which will raise funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance. The walk is open between 11am and 4pm and for adults entry is £10 but children are free. There will be a bar, food vans and a teddy bear hunt for the children. For more information, please see the Bluebell Walk East Garston website here.

• The Lambourn Junction is currently asking for donations of tinned meat & pasta, veg and macaroni cheese, jelly, salad cream and mayonnaise. They are open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11am to 1pm in the blue cabin in the car park behind Goodies Cafe. For further details please follow them on facebook or call Julie on 07840 780345.

Lambourn CofE Primary School invites all prospective parents to their Open Day on Friday 13 May 9am to 12noon. Please call the school office on 0188 71479 to make an appointment. For more details please visit the school website here.

• And ditto to see the Chaddleworth St. Andrew and Shefford CE Federated Primary Schools April 2022 Newsletter.

Click here to see Lambourn.org’s list of live planning applications in the parish. As usual, there are quite a few.

The Lambourn NDP roadshow

We thought it worth repeating the section we had on this point last week so that you can be sure you’ve got the dates in your diary. The NDP process is of great importance to Lambourn parish (ie Lambourn, Upper Lambourn, Eastbury, Lambourn Woodlands and Woodlands St Mary) and represents pretty much a once-in-a-generation chance for local residents to influence the nature of future development.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan cannot be made without public input and support: the external examiners can reject a plan if they feel that consultation has been inadequate. These projects take several years to complete and there are times when, like a train in a tunnel, it disappears from view to the extent that those not involved in the project may think that the project has died. Nothing can be further from the truth. The works goes on, albeit invisibly. The NDP team also may not have control over some aspects of the timetable as they may need to wait for the parent authority to supply information or produce its own reports.

The Lambourn NDP is now about to burst out of its tunnel, so starting a stage of the process when engagement with parishioners is particularly important. Informal public update and feedback sessions are planned for May, at which details of potential policies and design codes will be on display for comment. These will take place as follows:

  • Eastbury Church: Sat 7 May (11am to 1pm*);
  • Woodlands St. Mary Village Hall: Thu 19 May (7pm to 9pm*);
  • Upper Lambourn Jockey Club Estate offices: Wed 25 May (5pm to 7pm*);
  • Lambourn Memorial Hall: Fri 27 May (9am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm*)
  • Lambourn Memorial Hall: Sat 28 May (10am to noon*)

(Ones marked * will also have an opportunity for parishioners to talk to District Councillor Howard Woollaston.)

Eight policy areas have been identified, based on public consultations, the Residents’ Questionnaire and other surveys. Examples of policies under consideration include: ways to provide a balanced housing supply; promoting and maintaining public rights of way; encouraging infrastructure for electric cars; addressing allflooding issues; and providing support for businesses offering apprenticeships and other training schemes.

A Steering Group spokesperson told Penny Post that “we hope these displays will give everyone an opportunity to attend, gain an understanding of what is possible and contribute ideas, especially your views on what and where development could be suggested. Members of the Steering Group will be available to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions.”

Community notices

Priscilla’s Coffee Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for tea, coffee and light lunches. They also sell organic bread and almond croissants from Aston’s Bakery in Inkpen and free-range Beechwood Eggs.

Used foil, inkjet cartridge and pens/writing materials can now be dropped off for recycling with us at Hillsprings in East Garston (RG17 7HW) in the metal box next to our wheelie bin. Please scrape food off the foil and scrunch it tightly.

On-call firefighters are needed in the area. If you live or work near Lambourn Fire Station and like a challenge do consider applying for this paid role. For more details please see oncallfire.uk or pop down to the fire station any Monday evening for a chat. Employers, please consider giving your staff permission to enrol.

The Lambourn Growers facebook group has information about how to swap plants (flowers, fruit, veg, indoor and outdoor) and seeds, boots, tools, pots, gadgets are also welcome. If you have nothing to swap then donations are requested.

• Lambourn Parish Council has added a FAQ section to its website for any queries local residents may have.

 Lambourn Volunteer Group is looking for more volunteer drivers, especially in East Garston and Great Shefford, and for help with manning the phones on a rota basis. If you can help please see here for details.

• Lambourn Junction supports over 50 residents on low income along the valley. Its unit behind Goodie’s Café is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 1pm. To donate or receive food outside these hours, please call Julie on 07840 780 345 or contact the group via its Facebook page.

For sharing pictures and stories about local wildlife we recommend the Great Shefford Nature Watch Facebook group.

Village Views provides further information (in printed format) about events in the Valley, including reports from community groups, and is available monthly from local retailers.

4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday: click here for more information and how to get involved.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Sun 8 May Bluebell Walk, East Garston.

Sat 14 May Village Flower Show at Baydon Church.

Fri 3 June Lambourn Jubliee Picnic at Lambourn Sports Club

• Regular events

 Lambourn Library hosts RhymeTime, Fridays 11.30am; English Conversation, Fridays 2pm to 3pm; Art Group, Wednesdays 10am to 11.45am; Book Group, third Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm; Knit and Natter, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Call 01488 71350 or visit the West Berkshire Libraries FB page for more information.

 Lambourn Market every Friday from 8am in Lambourn Market Square. For future events please click here.

Lamblers Walking Group welcomes all to join local walks. Please see the The Lambler’s Walking Group Facebook page for walk dates.

• Fun pottery classes with Elé van Schoor Ceramics in Great Shefford.

Teacup Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Oaksey House, Oxford Street, Lambourn. A great opportunity to meet up with or make new friends. Contact Sharon Mooney on 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Tennis Table Club every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. The first two sessions are free and then the cost is just £1 per session.  Bats are provided and all abilities are welcome.

 Lambourn Camera Club at Memorial Hall, Lambourn. Please click here for details or contact 07752 175909