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Hamstead Marshall
The March 2018 issue of the Hamstead Hornet is now available here.
GWR has advised that electrification works will close the Newbury to Reading line for various periods between 12th March and 8th June. See the details of dates and replacement bus services here.
Pub night success

Nearly 50 people turned up at the village hall on Friday 16th February to enjoy an evening of neighbourly conviviality.

Local beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks were on sale; darts and shuffleboard were played. New acquaintances were made, and old ones renewed. £65 was raised for the village hall.

A second pub night is planned for Friday 27th April.

Keep watching this page for details.
E&HM Garden Society
Spring meeting 11 April
7.30pm, village hall  

illustrated talk by Paul Sievers on
Great British Gardens in the South of England
Barn Dance & Ceilidh
at Elm Farm
Friday 9th March
White Hart appeal

Following WBC’s refusal of the second planning application to turn the White Hart into housing, the owner went to appeal.
The hearing is scheduled for 24th April. See more details on the campaigners’ page.
Parish plan update

Hamstead Marshall’s parish plan of 2007 is being revised, and opinion is being sought as to residents’ priorities for action.

A print copy of a questionnaire has been delivered to households in the village.

To obtain more copies you can either:

a) download this pdf and print it out, then deliver it completed to the village hall;

b) download the pdf and then save it on your computer as a Word document, in which you can  write your answers, and email the completed form to the parish clerk.

All forms, digital or hard copy, are needed back by 14th April.

Elm Farm share scheme

ORC is offering to share Elm Farm’s 80 hectares with a partner to develop alternative forms of organic agriculture or diversification. Read all about it.
Community market

A village market is held in the village hall between 10 and 1 each second Saturday on the month. Twice a year, at Christmas and midsummer, a bigger market is held at Elm  Farm. For details see the what’s on page of the market’s own Facebook page.
Circle of Friends

Informal women’s group meeting in the village hall on the first Thursday evening of each month for a speaker or demo, and chat.

Contact Sue Watts for details.
Village hall temporary contact change

From 15th Feb to 31st March please address booking and other enquiries to Pete Chaffey on 01488 657115.
Ladies Who Brunch

at the Halfway, from 10.30am,
second Thursday of each month, tickets £16, booking essential.

Contact Lanie on 01488 658168.
See the What’s On page for a calendar listing of all village events.

See the December issue of the Hamstead Hornet.

St Mary’s Church has its own website detailing services, contacts and events.