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Copyright Penelope Stokes 2017
Hamstead Marshall
White Hart planning application refused

At a meeting of the Western Area planning committee on 30th March the White Hart planning application ref 17/00103/FULD was refused. The decision notice states: the White Hart Public House is potentially viable for use as a licensed premises in the future. In addition the Council is not satisfied that the extended marketing exercise undertaken by the applicant has been adequately undertaken, having regard to current market expectations and valuations for public houses in West Berkshire. Accordingly the true redundancy of The White Hart is in question.

It is not yet known whether the owner, Stella Coulthurst, attends to appeal against the decision. Notices around the village claim that the pub has been saved, but it remains closed. The council has no power to reopen the pub, nor to make the owner change the leasehold terms which she is currently offering.
Thames Waterworks

Thames Water will be working on renewal of the water main running through the village, between 2nd May and 15th December.

This will result in occasional road closures and possibly interruptions to water supply.

Household have been advised of the plan in general terms by letter, and are invited to a drop-in session at the village hall between 4 and 7pm on Tuesday 18th April to ask further questions.

Easter Egg Regatta

Home-made rafts, each carrying an egg, were raced down the river Kennet on Palm Sunday, raising £380 for Enborne and Stockcross schools and St Mary's Church.

A Palm Sunday service was held at St Mary’s, with a Shetland pony standing in for the donkey, and the ceremony was completed with a procession across the park to St Michael’s Church in Enborne.
Jazz evening 
at Park Lodge
7pm Friday 30th June
raising funds for St Mary’s
details tba
Barn Dance
Sat 20th May at Elm Farm
£10 pp (under-16s free)
book with Sue Watts
BYO food and drink
raffle in aid of Motor Neurone disease
Garden Society
summer evening meeting
7.30pm Wed 5th July
venue tba
Rail crossing closures

22nd Apr 17.00 to 23rd Apr 09.00
28th Apr 17.00 to 3rd May 09.00
6th May 17.00 to 7th May 09.00
13th May 17.00 to 14th May 09.00
The two local walks leaflets which were produced as part of the parish plan in 2007 are to be reproduced and distributed by St Mary’s Church.

For an online choice of walk suggestions see here.
The March 2017 issue of the Hamstead Hornet can be seen here
Hamstead Marshall’s parish plan of 2007 is being revised. If you have an idea for inclusion or would like to help, please contact one of the team:

Jane Arnold-Round 01635 36370
Anne Budd 01488 657022
Hallam Goad 07597 127801
Nick Wallis 07747 792549
Sue Watts 01488 658932
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
St Mary’s Church has its own website and facebook page
Ladies Who Brunch
at the Halfway, from 10.30am,
second Thursday of each month
tickets £16, booking essential
Contact Lanie on 01488 658168