Thursday 16 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes world-class piano, crime, transport, a fundraiser, bells and bees – plus farewell to the last phone box and the Lambourn Chair’s address at the recent Annual Parish meeting.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Lambourn area events include piano recitals at Sheepdrove and Shefford disco. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities. 

• Farewell to the phone box

Over the last few years a number of organisations including Lambourn Parish Council, Penny Post and Lambourn.org have supported the campaign to save Lambourn’s last remaining phone box and explored the regulatory issues. After a number of confusing communications from BT, petitions and deep-dives into the strange world of telecom regulations, the phone box has recently been removed.

Here is a summary of the situation from LPC’s Full Council minutes on 6th September 2023:

“Councillor Rieunier reported that this is the last working telephone phone box in the valley and that it has been under threat of removal for a number of years. Lambourn Parish Council, Lambourn CIC, Penny Post, Howard Woollaston, Laura Farris and the parishioners of Lambourn have all been actively involved in trying to stop the closure.

“It is now understood that nobody has been able to save the phone box because it is sited on private land. Phone boxes on private land are not subject to consultation for adoption to enable it to be retained. Another option would be to list it, but it’s a newer model that is not suitable for listing. Sadly, as far as can be determined, we are not in a position to be able to save the phone box in its current location. Therefore, LPC can take no further action and will have to consider the matter closed.

“However, where LPC might be able to help is by acting as a lifeline: One of the reasons cited for saving the phone box was to enable calls to be made in difficult circumstances, for example, in the case of domestic abuse where a mobile phone is being monitored. Councillor Rieunier proposed, and Councillor Noll seconded that, during office opening hours, LPC offer the use of the office phone to make free, confidential lifeline calls. The Clerk has confirmed they agree with this.”

• Lambourn’s meeting

This is the season of annual parish meetings – which must by law take place between 1 March and 1 June every year – which provide the opportunity for the parish tr town council to explain what it has accomplished over the past year, set out its goals for the year to come and to answer any questions for residents.

Lambourn’s took place on 15 May 2024 and you can click here to read the full text of the report provided by LPC’s Chair, Vicky Rieunier.

• Other news

• Quick reminder about the world-class piano performances at Sheepdrove as part of this year’s Newbury Spring Festival. This Friday 17 May The Sheepdrove Recital: Mozart and Chopin with Mikhail Kazakevich will feature feature two works by Mozart before focussing on five of the 18 Chopin Polonaises. Then on Sunday 19 May The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final brings the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires to Berkshire and a chance to cast your vote for the audience prize.

• Hungerford Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in Lambourn Market Square this Saturday 18 May from 1pm to 1.30pm.  Come along to discuss any crime related issues that are causing you concern. The team will also be offering crime prevention advice.

• Lucy Bartholomew’s 8 year old daughter Pippa set herself a challenge to walk 50 miles in May to raise money for Crohn’s & Colitis UK having lost her Nanny last year with the disease. She has reached her target but has chosen to carry on walking until the end of the month! If this is a charity close to your heart or you’re able to donate even a £1 please click here.

• Lambourn Parish Council informs residents that Transport for the South East (TfSE), the Sub-national Transport Body bringing together a partnership of primarily 16 local authorities across the south east of England to determine the investment needed in our transport system to connect people and places and support economic growth, are asking people to take part in the ‘Your Voices’ survey and submit views on the future transport needs of the region. To partake click here. Open until until Sunday 2 June.

Your West Berkshire is a new magazine bringing you news and events from West Berkshire Council. It’s a good opportunity to find out more about some of things they are doing for the community. They will be sharing news, events and stories about their work and the services which they provide. You can read it online here.

• A reminder for those of you with felines in the family, that from Monday 10 June, your cat must be microchipped. This new law cites that if you do not microchip and register your cat on a database by the time they are twenty weeks old, you can be fined up to £500. See full details here.

• If you know someone who finds it difficult to visit Lambourn library, through age, disability or other special circumstances, the library may be able to visit them. Contact West Berks Libraries’  ‘At Home’ service by phoning 01635 519827 or email library@westberks.gov.uk  You can also help secure the future of the library by becoming a member. There is no obligation and no charge, just spend 5 minutes completing the on-line membership application here and select Lambourn Library in the drop down section.

The Five Bells in Wickham invites you to their special supper evening Five Bells Tasting Menu on Thursday 30 May.

• If you would like to learn more about bees, sign up for the Free Bee Walk at Sheepdrove Organic Farm just outside Lambourn on Monday 20 May. See here for how to register.

• Quick reminder that Great Shefford Allotments has a few plots available for people within a five-mile radius of Great Shefford and still plenty of time to get planting. If you’re interested in knowing more, please contact Paul Akers, on 07977 585 971 or r1paul2002@yahoo.co.uk.

• On Friday 31 May, Lambourn will be treated to a new play by Ann Davidson about Thomas Hardy. With traditional music and costume, tickets cost £10 and can be accessed via 07785 or by email paul_strickland@mail.com.

Click here for the latest ward update from Lambourn District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

• If you are aged 55 and over and interested in trying out something creative in the comfort of your own home why not sign up for the Ageing Creatively Home Artists Lambourn scheme? You collect your creative project bags at the beginning of the month from Lambourn Library or request a delivery to your home. Book through Corn Exchange Newbury website here.

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

• Click here to read the full list of what Lambourn Parish Council hopes to achieve through the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan and the feedback from the community so far. See also the separate section below.

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Latest local newsletters


Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Local groups can apply for funding from the Lambourn Carnival Committee at lambournfestival@yahoo.com or write to the committee c/o 9 Mill Lane, Lambourn.

• 4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday mornings: click here for more information and how to listen any time. If you’d like to get involved in any way contact Chris Capel on 4legsradio@gmail.com. Chris is also very grateful for any financial donations which will be matched by Greenham Trust here to help cover the overheads of the studio in Eastbury.

Textile, clothes and shoes recycling facility next to Woodlands St Mary Sport and Social club.

East Garston Flood and Pollution Forum sends out topical emails about sewage and flooding. To go on the mailing list please contact Martyn on martynwright345@btinternet.com. Please  report any problems to Thames Waterregarding flood and sewage issues. Also see our general flood and pollution advice here.

The Lambourn Junction needs your help by nominating the Lambourn Junction Community Interest Company for a £1,000 grant by nominating them on the movementforgood website and casting your vote.

• Lambourn Growers plant/seed swap station at the porch of 4 Bockhampton Road. Totally self-service. All local growers welcome to join the facebook group here.

If an overgrown hedge makes it hard to walk along a path, please report it here.

• Free dyslexia advice and help sessions at Lambourn Library. Contact Dyslexia Specialist Jacqui Flisher on 07787 127771. Or, to book a free 30-minute telephone or Zoom call click here and fill out the contact form.

• The Lambourn Junction supports local families in need and requests donations (food or cash). Please visit their facebook page for available timings or call Julie on 07840 780345.

 Lambourn Sports Club’s ‘A’ darts team welcomes new members to play Thursday evenings.  If you are interested, please contact team captain Luke on 07427 460695.

• 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).  See here for history of Lambourn Fire Brigade.

• Lambourn Library stocks All Yours Boxes. So if you need support with period products, you can visit the library during opening hours and ask a member of staff, no questions asked. See here for library opening hours.

• Lambourn Sports Club’s ‘A’ darts team welcomes new members. Click here for details or contact team captain Luke on 07427 460695.

• 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.

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

• Village Views provides further monthly information (in printed format) about events in the Valley and community groups. For more information please send an email to villageviews@newburyweb.net.

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


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 17 May The Sheepdrove Recital: Mozart & Chopin (part of Newbury Spring Festival), Sheepdrove.

• Sat 18 May ’80s disco (free entry), 7.30pm Great Shefford Village Hall.

• Sun 19 May Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final (part of Newbury Spring Festival), Sheepdrove.

• Thu 30 May Newbury Dramatic Society presents Wessex & Hardy, St Mary’s Church, Fawley.

• Tue 4 Jun Asteroid City, East Garston Village Hall.

• Mon 10 Jun Reptile Handling Brightwalton Village Hall

• Sat 15 Jun Baydon Open Gardens Aldbourne Rd, Baydon

• Sat 29 Jun Lambourn Festi-hall Lambourn Sports Centre

• Regular events

• Lambourn Youth Junction welcomes any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at The Lambourn Centre on Monday evenings. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600, or visit their website or Facebook page.  New volunteers very welcome.

Little Lambourn Lights Stay and Play group 2pm to 3.15pm Wednesdays at Lambourn Primary School for 0-4 yrs old and their parents/carers. The cost is £1 per family per week, no need to book. For more information visit their facebook page here or call 01488 682628, 07771 701911 or email sharris@hungerfordnursery.w-berks.sch.uk.

 Lambourn Library host some regular activities such as: RhymeTime (click here for the facebook group) ; Goldentime Allsorts club Art GroupBook Group and Knit and Natter.

Garston Gallopers morris dancers practice every Monday evening 8pm to 9.30pm in East Garston Village Hall and welcome new dancers (no experience required) and musicians.

Lambourn Friendship Cafe  last Thursday of every month at the Memorial Hall, from 10.30am to 12 noon. This is a free social meet up although donations are always welcome. Call Julie Blogg 07840 780345 for any further information.

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

• Lambourn Silver Circle for over 55s meets every third Wednesday in the Memorial Hall. See details here.

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

• Lambourn Sports Club has several openings in its 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.

• Monthly Dementia Café at Lanbourn Memorial Hall, click here for further information.

Brightwalton Youth Club’s Summer Term details here with free fruit, tuck shop, games and craft activities. Email brightwaltoncommunity@gmail.com for further information.

Pilates classes at The Memorial Hall, Lambourn, at 9.30am and 6pm. Book your place as numbers are limited. Contact Belinda at belindaspilatesfix@gmail.com or mobile 07833 643 696.

• 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, Lambourn. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Thursday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. Contact danieloneill403@gmail.com or call 07391 137146 for further information.

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

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided. Click here for their FB group.

Bingo in Great Shefford, second Saturday of the month in the Social Club: eyes down 7.30.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Please click here for contact information.

 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.

The Royal British Legion Club, Lambourn has now sadly closed but the FB page will continue for you “to add your memories from bygone days”.


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. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 8 May and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and the Deputy; a councillor co-option; committee membership; general power of competence (see separate section); planning matters; street-lighting; flooding; the annual parish assembly (15 May); speeding; litter; parking; D-day; repairs and maintenance; waste bins; and financial matters.
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 Baydon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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 7 March and you can download the minutes here. The annual parish meeting took place on 18 April and you can download the minutes 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 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 and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 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 and minutes, please click here.

• Lambourn Valley area council contacts

• Parishes: Lambourn Parish CouncilEast Garston Parish CouncilWelford Parish Council, Baydon Parish Counciland Great Shefford Parish Council.
• West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.
• Wiltshire 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 9 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes funds, five bells, plants, bees and the Library – plus the latest on the Shefford flood scheme, a festival programme, a newsletter from a ward member, a meeting for the MP and general competence for Lambourn Parish Council.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Lambourn area events include music at Sheepdrove and Shefford disco. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Newbury Spring Festival comes to Sheepdrove

Newbury Spring Festival is about to start this Saturday 11 May and we are lucky that three performances during the jam-packed fortnight will be held at Sheepdrove. Recitals take place in The Oak Room, a contemporary long barn, constructed with the curved timbers of a traditional cruck frame. Set within scenic gardens and naturalistic grounds that include an aromatic herb garden, the venue is well worth a visit and has full disability access.

Sunday 12 May Sound Beginnings: Thumbelina. Sound Beginnings concerts are an entertainaing and informal introduction to classical music, with the venue space, programme, and length of recital tailored to welcome all so that young and old (and everyone in between) can enjoy high-quality live music together. The Story of Thumbelina combines Grieg’s music played by pianists Elena Zozina and Mikhail Kazakevich with lively narration by opera singer Richard Morris. Please feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens and grounds.

Friday 17 May The Sheepdrove Recital: Mozart & Chopin. Mikhail Kazakevich will feature feature two works by Mozart before focussing on five of the 18 Chopin Polonaises.

Sunday 19 May Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final. Bringing the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires to Berkshire – and a chance to cast your vote for the audience prize.

• A ward member writes

Click here for the latest regular update from Lambourn’s ward member Howard Woollaston. This month he looks and flooding and sewage (of course), The Asphalt plant at Membury Industrial Estate, members’ bids, the parish’s neighbourhood development plan and local casework.

One the matters he covered was a visit to Laura Farris MP to Lambourn to discuss sewage problems. He mentioned that she’d said she had arranged a meeting with the minister which would take place soon. I was therefore expecting that she’d mention this on her FB page – and, sure enough…

• An MP writes

“Yesterday [8 May] I met the Flooding Minister, Robbie Moore MP, and representatives from the Environment Agency to discuss flooding in Lambourn. The meeting was held at the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs following a separate meeting with the Secretary of State about Thames Water’s environmental performance.

“I made it clear to the EA that I consider them to have fallen short in their duty as a regulator. The Minister and I set out a series of actions that we expect from the EA, not least engaging a hydrology engineer to undertake an assessment of the water flows between Upper Lambourn and the main village. This was requested by the Parish Council when we met last week.

“We have also asked the EA for details on their monitoring levels and how they will put pressure on Thames Water to carry out urgent improvement works.”

This is obviously great. However, one explanation of why the EA seems unable to do its job is because it’s been starved of funds by this government. A call to her boss Mr Sunak might therefore form a useful part of her response to the problem.

• Shefford’s flood defence scheme

The following information was received from the Environment Agency regarding this project on 9 May:

“This is to let you know that we are now making plans to remove the temporary pump from the Great Shefford Stream on the Wantage Road.

“As you know, we installed the temporary pump and pipes early in January 2024 to reduce the risk of flooding from the Great Shefford Stream.  We operated the pump until about three weeks ago and turned it off when it was no longer required. The high water levels in this stream are influenced by the groundwater – which causes groundwater-fed, fluvial flooding especially at this time of year.

“We’ve been keeping a close eye on the groundwater levels around Great Shefford and specifically in the Wantage Road area. Our Operations team have determined that based on the current conditions as well as the fact that the groundwater levels are now dropping, the pump is no longer necessary. The pump has been off for three weeks. During this time the weather conditions, whilst improved since January/February/March, have at been at-times unsettled with sometimes heavy rain. Over this period, we have had no reports of flooding or concerns about the current levels from the local flood warden or other residents.

“It’s important that this kit is removed as we need to start mobilising (setting up) the construction site to start building the permanent flood alleviation scheme at the end of May – and the pump and pipework will be in the way. We’ll provide a newsletter with construction information at the end of May / beginning of June, so please look out for an update then.”

• General competence

The draft minutes of the 8 May meeting of Lambourn Parish Council, which you can download here, included the following item:

  • “To establish whether Lambourn Parish Council is eligible to exercise the “General Power of Competence” based on the criteria of the Clerk’s qualifications and the electoral mandate.
  • Resolved: Cllr Rieunier Proposed and Cllr Middleton Seconded that Lambourn Parish Council was eligible to adopt the General Power of Competence. All agreed.”

The minutes go on to explain that “the General Power of Competence (GPC) is a Statutory Instrument of Law; it gives Local Councils the power to do anything that an individual may generally do and is found under Statutory Instrument 2012 No 965 of the Localism Act 2011- Sections 1-8.” This doesn’t mean (or I don’t think it does) that a qualified PC can get married to another one, or change its name to something completely different, or emigrate. It can, however, set up a company, run a shop or Post Office and lend or invest money.

These can be very useful to a community if some emergency needs to be addressed. An example was in Hungerford about six years ago when the Town Council (which had GPC) was able to run an outreach PO service to fill the gap between the departure of Martins and the arrival of WHS in the High Street. Were this not to have happened, it’s probable that the town’s service would not have survived.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that Lambourn PC has declared General Power of Competence,” LPC’s Chair Vicky Rieunier told me on 9 May. “We have no immediate plans to use of any of these powers but, as the Hungerford example shows, they’re very useful to have should the need arise.”

• Other news

The Wheelwright Arms thanks everyone for their support of its successful Family Funday, which raised a massive £745.53 for the Air Ambulance. Well done guys.

• If you know someone who finds it difficult to visit Lambourn library, through age, disability or other special circumstances, the library may be able to visit them. Contact West Berks Libraries’  ‘At Home’ service by phoning 01635 519827 or email library@westberks.gov.uk  You can also help secure the future of the library by becoming a member. There is no obligation and no charge, just spend 5 minutes completing the on-line membership application here and select Lambourn Library in the drop down section.

Melanie Martin, from The Plant Swap Station at 8 Bockhampton Rd currently has a lot of house plants filling the top two shelves. There is also a shelf of garden plants, herbs and perennial flowers, and a seed tin and a bag of teasel. So please help yourself but don’t leave un-potted plants.

The Five Bells in Wickham has two special supper evenings to chose between this month. Their Italian Night on Thursday 16 May or their Five Bells Tasting Menu on Thursday 30 May. Which will you chose?

Home-Start West Berkshire is looking for compassionate individuals to join their team of volunteers. If you’ve been wanting to give back, connect with families, please register for this training course that starts on Monday 13 May. As a volunteer with Home-Start West Berkshire, you’ll have the chance to support families in need, provide invaluable emotional support, and make lifelong connections. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or just have a passion for helping others contact office@home-startwb.org.uk or call 01635 760310 to reserve your spot.

• If you would like to learn more about bees, sign up for the Free Bee Walk at Sheepdrove Organic Farm just outside Lambourn on Monday 20 May. See here for how to register.

• Quick reminder that Great Shefford Allotments has a few plots available for people within a five-mile radius of Great Shefford and still plenty of time to get planting. If you’re interested in knowing more, please contact Paul Akers, on 07977 585 971 or r1paul2002@yahoo.co.uk.

• On Friday 31 May, Lambourn will be treated to a new play by Ann Davidson about Thomas Hardy. With traditional music and costume, tickets cost £10 and can be accessed via 07785 or by email paul_strickland@mail.com.

Click here for the latest ward update from Lambourn District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

• If you are aged 55 and over and interested in trying out something creative in the comfort of your own home why not sign up for the Ageing Creatively Home Artists Lambourn scheme? You collect your creative project bags at the beginning of the month from Lambourn Library or request a delivery to your home. Book through Corn Exchange Newbury website here.

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

• Click here to read the full list of what Lambourn Parish Council hopes to achieve through the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan and the feedback from the community so far. See also the separate section below.

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Latest local newsletters


Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Local groups can apply for funding from the Lambourn Carnival Committee at lambournfestival@yahoo.com or write to the committee c/o 9 Mill Lane, Lambourn.

• 4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday mornings: click here for more information and how to listen any time. If you’d like to get involved in any way contact Chris Capel on 4legsradio@gmail.com. Chris is also very grateful for any financial donations which will be matched by Greenham Trust here to help cover the overheads of the studio in Eastbury.

Textile, clothes and shoes recycling facility next to Woodlands St Mary Sport and Social club.

East Garston Flood and Pollution Forum sends out topical emails about sewage and flooding. To go on the mailing list please contact Martyn on martynwright345@btinternet.com. Please  report any problems to Thames Waterregarding flood and sewage issues. Also see our general flood and pollution advice here.

The Lambourn Junction needs your help by nominating the Lambourn Junction Community Interest Company for a £1,000 grant by nominating them on the movementforgood website and casting your vote.

• Lambourn Growers plant/seed swap station at the porch of 4 Bockhampton Road. Totally self-service. All local growers welcome to join the facebook group here.

If an overgrown hedge makes it hard to walk along a path, please report it here.

• Free dyslexia advice and help sessions at Lambourn Library. Contact Dyslexia Specialist Jacqui Flisher on 07787 127771. Or, to book a free 30-minute telephone or Zoom call click here and fill out the contact form.

• The Lambourn Junction supports local families in need and requests donations (food or cash). Please visit their facebook page for available timings or call Julie on 07840 780345.

 Lambourn Sports Club’s ‘A’ darts team welcomes new members to play Thursday evenings.  If you are interested, please contact team captain Luke on 07427 460695.

• 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).  See here for history of Lambourn Fire Brigade.

• Lambourn Library stocks All Yours Boxes. So if you need support with period products, you can visit the library during opening hours and ask a member of staff, no questions asked. See here for library opening hours.

• Lambourn Sports Club’s ‘A’ darts team welcomes new members. Click here for details or contact team captain Luke on 07427 460695.

• 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.

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

• Village Views provides further monthly information (in printed format) about events in the Valley and community groups. For more information please send an email to villageviews@newburyweb.net.

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


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 12 May Sound Beginnings: Thumbelina (part of Newbury Spring Festival), Sheepdrove.

• Fri 17 May The Sheepdrove Recital: Mozart & Chopin (part of Newbury Spring Festival), Sheepdrove.

• Sat 18 May ’80s disco (free entry), 7.30pm Great Shefford Village Hall.

• Sun 19 May Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final (part of Newbury Spring Festival), Sheepdrove.

• Thu 30 May Newbury Dramatic Society presents Wessex & Hardy, St Mary’s Church Fawley

• Tue 4 Jun Asteroid City, East Garston Village Hall.

• Mon 10 Jun Reptile Handling Brightwalton Village Hall

• Sat 15 Jun Baydon Open Gardens Aldbourne Rd, Baydon

• Sat 29 Jun Lambourn Festi-hall Lambourn Sports Centre

• Regular events

• Lambourn Youth Junction welcomes any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at The Lambourn Centre on Monday evenings. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600, or visit their website or Facebook page.  New volunteers very welcome.

Little Lambourn Lights Stay and Play group 2pm to 3.15pm Wednesdays at Lambourn Primary School for 0-4 yrs old and their parents/carers. The cost is £1 per family per week, no need to book. For more information visit their facebook page here or call 01488 682628, 07771 701911 or email sharris@hungerfordnursery.w-berks.sch.uk.

 Lambourn Library host some regular activities such as: RhymeTime (click here for the facebook group) ; Goldentime Allsorts club Art GroupBook Group and Knit and Natter.

Garston Gallopers morris dancers practice every Monday evening 8pm to 9.30pm in East Garston Village Hall and welcome new dancers (no experience required) and musicians.

Lambourn Friendship Cafe  last Thursday of every month at the Memorial Hall, from 10.30am to 12 noon. This is a free social meet up although donations are always welcome. Call Julie Blogg 07840 780345 for any further information.

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

• Lambourn Silver Circle for over 55s meets every third Wednesday in the Memorial Hall. See details here.

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

• Lambourn Sports Club has several openings in its 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.

• Monthly Dementia Café at Lanbourn Memorial Hall, click here for further information.

Brightwalton Youth Club’s Summer Term details here with free fruit, tuck shop, games and craft activities. Email brightwaltoncommunity@gmail.com for further information.

Pilates classes at The Memorial Hall, Lambourn, at 9.30am and 6pm. Book your place as numbers are limited. Contact Belinda at belindaspilatesfix@gmail.com or mobile 07833 643 696.

• 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, Lambourn. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Thursday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. Contact danieloneill403@gmail.com or call 07391 137146 for further information.

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

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided. Click here for their FB group.

Bingo in Great Shefford, second Saturday of the month in the Social Club: eyes down 7.30.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Please click here for contact information.

 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.

The Royal British Legion Club, Lambourn has now sadly closed but the FB page will continue for you “to add your memories from bygone days”.


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. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 8 May and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and the Deputy; a councillor co-option; committee membership; general power of competence (see separate section); planning matters; street-lighting; flooding; the annual parish assembly (15 May); speeding; litter; parking; D-day; repairs and maintenance; waste bins; and financial matters.
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 Baydon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: actions from the previous meeting; the Chair’s report; speeding; the litter pick; more defibrillators needed; the Clerk’s report; thefts of items from graves; repairs and maintenance; planning matters; financial matters; and the WW1 memorial clock.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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 7 March and you can download the minutes here. The annual parish meeting took place on 18 April and you can download the minutes 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 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: speeding; dog-waste; a report form a ward member; the war memorial; planning matters; financial matters; and the parish assembly (22 May).
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 Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: Chaddleworth and Great Shefford School’s PTFA; planning matters; financial matters; the village website; village maintenance; flooding; litter; and sports provision.
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, Baydon Parish Counciland Great Shefford Parish Council.
• West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.
• Wiltshire 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 2 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes a labyrinth, an orchard, a horse track, music and the Library – plus the importance of ranunculus in the river, the latest on the NDP and a look at the latest communiqué from Thames Water.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Lambourn area events include labyrinth day and family fun day. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

From our ranunculus correspondent

I’ve written the word “ranunculus” several times recently. If I’d been asked to define the word a couple of weeks ago in a Call My Bluff kind of way, I may have plumped for an archaic 18th-century term of opprobrium. I can, for instance, imagine some passage in Swift or Boswell in which someone is described as “a most ranunculus and fractious knave.” It seemed like one of those words whose meaning you can immediately guess despite never having heard it before. How wrong I was.

Thanks to the Eastbury Village wardens,, I now now that it means nothing of the sort. Also known as water crowfoot, ranunculus is a river plant that roots in the gravel on the bed of chalk streams, forming long strands that grow underwater and flow with the current. There’s often plenty of it in the stretch of the river Lambourn that runs past our house. I just didn’t know what it was called, merely referring to it rather disparagingly as “river weed”. One is always learning…

I referred last week to the Environment Agency’s (EA’s) cutting of this in Eastbury after prompting by the Village Wardens. The good news is that the water levels have failed by about 30cm which has been enough to keep most of the water off the roads and so help break the vicious cycle of pollution and flooding to which I referred. I also understand that some kind of regular work plan by the EA is now being worked on which should help avoid such problems in the future. It’s worth noting that the decrease in the river levels have co-incided with a drop in groundwater so both factors are probably responsible in reducing the river level.

Ranunculus is an important part of the riparian ecology ands so, as mentioned last week, needs to be managed only by those qualified to do so. The term “river weed” is thus doubly misleading as it suggests that the river would in all cases be better off without it: a kind of aquatic bindweed. In fact, it belongs there. The question arises as to what has caused it to require extra intervention now. Could the sewage in the river be a factor here? Does this encourage its growth or inhibit it?

Having put this question to Charlotte Hitchmough of Action for the River Kennet, the answer seems to be both: first one, then the other. Initially, sewage will cause ranunculus to grow, perhaps excessively. Then, another aspect of sewage pollution kicks in which encourages the growth of algae to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. Sewage thus causes at first too much ranunculus and then not enough.

This therefore introduces another aspect of the vicious circle: more sewage in the river = more ranunculus = higher river levels = more water on roads = more infiltration into the sewerage system = more sewage overflowing into river: and so it repeats. Careful management is thus needed to take out enough vegetation to break the cycle but not so much as to damage the river further.

Other measures also need to be looked at, one of which moves the focus from the EA to Thames Water. An idea being looked at is to seal up the manholes in Eastbury’s Back Street and TW does have this job budgeted for, and scheduled for 2024. However, these exist as safety valves for the sewerage system so sealing them could cause an extra flood risk for some properties (if residents don’t already have property level flood protection, they might want to consider it). As ever, any solutions applied upstream have implications for people downstream.

Indeed, no one kind of intervention in this, or almost anything else, leads to perfect results for all. One thing that is certainly worth striving for is to stop the river system and sewerage system from overflowing into each other, with disastrous results for both. This the recent ranunculus management appears to be accomplishing. Hats off again to the Village Wardens who managed to get this matter onto the EA’s radar.

• Lambourn.org’s petition

Congratulations to Lambourn.org, the latest in a long line of organisations which has been pressing Thames Water for a solution to the local sewage problem – lord knows how many times I’ve typed that phrase recently. Its petition attracted well over 1,000 signatures and you can read more on Lambourn.org’s excellent website here.

It’s good that TW replied, and fairly quickly, but the letter (which is reproduced in full on the above site) seems once again to have been written more with an eye on PR than H2O. Although a notch up from the one sent in early March (very poorly received in these parts) which placed most of the blame on “sewer abuse”, here the attack has shifted to another target: the recent high rainfall and thus high groundwater levels. Seven of the letter’s 15 paragraphs are wholly or partly concerned with this issue. Yes, we all know it’s been wet. Such wet seasons can be expected again. A sewerage system which relies on low groundwater levels is clearly not up to the job.

The letter also refers to a number of measures that have been taken including filtration units, tankers and clean-ups (which, in Eastbuty at least, seem to have involved sloshing an alarming amount of disinfectant onto the road some of which would have ended up in the river). These are, however, remedial and reactive measures and thus proofs of failure.

True, there are some promises of more proactive work and time will tell if these are indeed implemented and have the desired effect. The letter also mentioned that “we will continue to work with the newly formed Sewage Action Group for the Lambourn Upper Valley (SAGLUV), to provide regular updates and receive feedback which we can implement to support future incidents.” I’m sure we can rely on SAGLUV to keep TW focussed on the task.

Such petitions are one way, and a good one, of keeping TW aware of the level of feeling in the area. If future ones are promoted by Lambourn.org we recommend that you sign it. It will also be worth studying any response that follows. This one is an improvement on its predecessor but the communications still have some way to go. Much the same can be said of the sewerage repairs.

• Lambourn’s NDP

The Lambourn NDP Steering Group has said that it was “pleased with the level of considered engagement by parishioners, some taking the trouble to visit the event from out of area as it were (ie, residents of Lambourn who were unable to come to the Memorial Hall visited Upper Lambourn’s exhibition) We have gathered useful feedback and insights, including confirmation of support for the proposed preferred site for housing allocation, LAM 2, Land at Wantage Road and Northfields.”

Further information about occasions when public engagement in the project is required will be given wide publicity, including in Penny Post.

• Other news

• Lambourn is adapting to the fact that it no longer has its own bookmakers in the village. Ladbrokes ceased trading in The Broadway on Sunday 21 April and as of Monday 29 April, the familiar Red and White sign has been removed from the building. It is not entirely unexpected given the proliferation of online gambling, but many will miss the camaraderie experienced on big race days like the Cheltenham Festival and The Grand National. As yet there is no information about what will happen to the building, but it will certainly hold some legendary stories of Lambourn’s horse racing tradition in its brickwork.

• Quick reminder that the annual Lambourn Vintage Machinery Society Show in Woodlands St Mary has been rescheduled from Sunday 5 May to Sunday 7 July due to current ground conditions at the event site. See more details on their facebook page here.

• Our rivers are in trouble and ARK – Action for the River Kennet is asking for your help by joining the The Rivers Trust #BigRiverWatch this Bank Holiday weekend between Friday 3 and Monday 6 May. By reporting what you see in your local river, you’ll be contributing to the citizen science survey and help paint a big picture of the health of our rivers in the UK and Ireland. The more that we know about them, the better we can restore our vital waterways and demand action for rivers. Search for ‘Big River Watch’ in your app store or click here, to download and get started.

Lambourn Parish Council is glad to announce that all tree works at the Old Cricket Field have been completed and the horse track is fully reopened.

• East Garston Quakers have created a new grass labyrinth in their peaceful garden, inviting all to come and share it at their first ever World Labyrinth Day celebration this Saturday 4 May. The Quakers are also requesting donations of flowering plants to plant round the edge of the labyrinth.

• If you would like to learn more about bees, sign up for the Free Bee Walk at Sheepdrove Organic Farm just outside Lambourn on Monday 20 May. See here for how to register.

• Gill Rixon reports on behalf of Lambourn Community Orchard, that the young apple tree whips gifted by West Berks Council, are having a really hard time. They were so small when they went in the ground that they have been consistently nibbled by deer. By contrast, the 2 to 3 year old trees that were planted are romping away. This week, she will be hanging some old CDs on the smallest trees to dangle and scare the deer away. For more details, see the Lambourn Community Orchard facebook group.

• Everything is growing well and the ground is drying up nicely at the Great Shefford Allotments predicting a bumper growing year. There are still plots available for people within a 5 mile radius of Great Shefford and  still plenty of time to get planting. If you’re interested in knowing more, please contact Paul Akers, on 07977 585 971 or r1paul2002@yahoo.co.uk.

• On Friday 31 May, Lambourn will be treated to a new play by Ann Davidson about Thomas Hardy. With traditional music and costume, tickets cost £10 and can be accessed via 07785 or by email paul_strickland@mail.com.

• Given the dilapidation of the highways after the incessant rainfall and accompanying sewage issues Lambourn Parish Council is keen to direct residents to West Berks Council’s latest news on road repairs and maintenance in the parish. Click here for details.

• Lambourn Library is a great community resource and provides so much more than books. There are internet access terminals, children’s reading groups, free wifi, colour and black/white copying, free document scanning to email, colour printing and much more. E-resources include services such as free access to ancestry search and online catalogues. You can help secure the future of the library by becoming a member. There is no obligation and no charge, just spend 5 minutes completing the on-line membership application here and select Lambourn Library in the drop down section.

Click here for the latest ward update from Lambourn District Councillor Howard Woollaston.

• If you are aged 55 and over and interested in trying out something creative in the comfort of your own home why not sign up for the Ageing Creatively Home Artists Lambourn scheme? You collect your creative project bags at the beginning of the month from Lambourn Library or request a delivery to your home. Book through Corn Exchange Newbury website here.

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

• Click here to read the full list of what Lambourn Parish Council hopes to achieve through the Lambourn Neighbourhood Development Plan and the feedback from the community so far. See also the separate section below.

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Latest local newsletters


Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Local groups can apply for funding from the Lambourn Carnival Committee at lambournfestival@yahoo.com or write to the committee c/o 9 Mill Lane, Lambourn.

• 4LEGS Radio broadcasts on Fridays and Saturday mornings: click here for more information and how to listen any time. If you’d like to get involved in any way contact Chris Capel on 4legsradio@gmail.com. Chris is also very grateful for any financial donations which will be matched by Greenham Trust here to help cover the overheads of the studio in Eastbury.

Textile, clothes and shoes recycling facility next to Woodlands St Mary Sport and Social club.

East Garston Flood and Pollution Forum sends out topical emails about sewage and flooding. To go on the mailing list please contact Martyn on martynwright345@btinternet.com. Please  report any problems to Thames Waterregarding flood and sewage issues. Also see our general flood and pollution advice here.

The Lambourn Junction needs your help by nominating the Lambourn Junction Community Interest Company for a £1,000 grant by nominating them on the movementforgood website and casting your vote.

• Lambourn Growers plant/seed swap station at the porch of 4 Bockhampton Road. Totally self-service. All local growers welcome to join the facebook group here.

If an overgrown hedge makes it hard to walk along a path, please report it here.

• Free dyslexia advice and help sessions at Lambourn Library. Contact Dyslexia Specialist Jacqui Flisher on 07787 127771. Or, to book a free 30-minute telephone or Zoom call click here and fill out the contact form.

• The Lambourn Junction supports local families in need and requests donations (food or cash). Please visit their facebook page for available timings or call Julie on 07840 780345.

 Lambourn Sports Club’s ‘A’ darts team welcomes new members to play Thursday evenings.  If you are interested, please contact team captain Luke on 07427 460695.

• 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).  See here for history of Lambourn Fire Brigade.

• Lambourn Library stocks All Yours Boxes. So if you need support with period products, you can visit the library during opening hours and ask a member of staff, no questions asked. See here for library opening hours.

• Lambourn Sports Club’s ‘A’ darts team welcomes new members. Click here for details or contact team captain Luke on 07427 460695.

• 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.

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

• Village Views provides further monthly information (in printed format) about events in the Valley and community groups. For more information please send an email to villageviews@newburyweb.net.

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


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 4 May World Labyrinth Day, East Garston

• Sun 5 May Family Funday Wheelwright Arms

• Tue 7 May All Quiet On The Western Front, East Garston Village Hall.

• Sat 18 May ’80s disco (free entry), 7.30pm Great Shefford Village Hall.

• Thu 30 May Newbury Dramatic Society presents Wessex & Hardy, St Mary’s Church Fawley

• Tue 4 Jun Asteroid City, East Garston Village Hall.

• Mon 10 Jun Reptile Handling Brightwalton Village Hall

• Sat 15 Jun Baydon Open Gardens Aldbourne Rd, Baydon

• Sat 29 Jun Lambourn Festi-hall Lambourn Sports Centre

• Regular events

• Lambourn Youth Junction welcomes any young people in the Valley in Years 5 to 9 at The Lambourn Centre on Monday evenings. Click here to sign up or for more information call 07749 844600, or visit their website or Facebook page.  New volunteers very welcome.

Little Lambourn Lights Stay and Play group 2pm to 3.15pm Wednesdays at Lambourn Primary School for 0-4 yrs old and their parents/carers. The cost is £1 per family per week, no need to book. For more information visit their facebook page here or call 01488 682628, 07771 701911 or email sharris@hungerfordnursery.w-berks.sch.uk.

 Lambourn Library host some regular activities such as: RhymeTime (click here for the facebook group) ; Goldentime Allsorts club Art GroupBook Group and Knit and Natter.

Garston Gallopers morris dancers practice every Monday evening 8pm to 9.30pm in East Garston Village Hall and welcome new dancers (no experience required) and musicians.

Lambourn Friendship Cafe  last Thursday of every month at the Memorial Hall, from 10.30am to 12 noon. This is a free social meet up although donations are always welcome. Call Julie Blogg 07840 780345 for any further information.

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

• Lambourn Silver Circle for over 55s meets every third Wednesday in the Memorial Hall. See details here.

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

• Lambourn Sports Club has several openings in its 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.

• Monthly Dementia Café at Lanbourn Memorial Hall, click here for further information.

Brightwalton Youth Club’s Summer Term details here with free fruit, tuck shop, games and craft activities. Email brightwaltoncommunity@gmail.com for further information.

Pilates classes at The Memorial Hall, Lambourn, at 9.30am and 6pm. Book your place as numbers are limited. Contact Belinda at belindaspilatesfix@gmail.com or mobile 07833 643 696.

• 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, Lambourn. Contact Sharon Mooney on 01488 72176 for more details.

• East Garston Table Tennis Club every Thursday 6.30pm to 8pm in East Garston Village Hall. Contact danieloneill403@gmail.com or call 07391 137146 for further information.

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

 Lambourn Playgroup every Monday in term time in St Michael’s Church from 10am to 11.45am. Snacks are provided. Click here for their FB group.

Bingo in Great Shefford, second Saturday of the month in the Social Club: eyes down 7.30.

 East Garston Coffee Club (or O60CC) on the last Friday of the month. Small charge for refreshments. Please click here for contact information.

 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.

The Royal British Legion Club, Lambourn has now sadly closed but the FB page will continue for you “to add your memories from bygone days”.


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. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent meeting of Lambourn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 April and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: Thames Water; planning matters; streetlights; speeding; litter; parking; the Racing Committee; a leaking roof; the proposed 20mph limit; repairs and maintenance; the Library; D-Day; a new councillor; financial objectives; and financial matters.
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 Baydon Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: actions from the previous meeting; the Chair’s report; speeding; the litter pick; more defibrillators needed; the Clerk’s report; thefts of items from graves; repairs and maintenance; planning matters; financial matters; and the WW1 memorial clock.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes 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 7 March and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: a presentation from the East Garston Eco Group; planning matters; the Chair’s report; possible new play equipment; the Clerk’s report; financial matters; repairs and maintenance; and the Chair’s resignation.
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 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: speeding; dog-waste; a report form a ward member; the war memorial; planning matters; financial matters; and the parish assembly (22 May).
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 Great Shefford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: Chaddleworth and Great Shefford School’s PTFA; planning matters; financial matters; the village website; village maintenance; flooding; litter; and sports provision.
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, Baydon Parish Counciland Great Shefford Parish Council.
• West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.
• Wiltshire 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.

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