Each second Saturday in the month there's a community market in the village hall from 10am to 1pm, at which home-made cakes, preserves and artisan bread are on sale, usually with other stalls offering cheeses, plants, fruit & veg, local crafts, and second-hand books.
Twice a year the market is held at Elm Farm: the Christmas market in December, and a summer market in June/July. These markets stay open longer (10am to 2.30pm) and there are many more stalls, as well as refreshments and children's activities. The summer market usually spreads outside.
The community market has its own Facebook page which advertises upcoming specialities.
If you're interested in taking a stall at any of the markets contact Lanie Allen.
Ladies Who Brunch
Ladies Who Brunch meet monthly at the Halfway Inn for a glass of bubbles, a two-course brunch and tea/coffee, and to raise a bit for local charities. There is usually a speaker and a raffle.
The event is usually on the second Thursday of the month. Tickets are £16, from which £1 goes towards the charity of the month.
Anyone can attend, but booking with Lanie Allen by email or on 01488 658168 is essential.
See the What’s On page or look in the Hamstead Hornet for dates.
Circle of Friends
This is a women's group for all ages, which meets informally once a month to hear a speaker and to chat.
There's no fixed membership: newcomers are welcome, and regulars are encouraged to bring friends.
Meetings are usually from 19.00 to 21.30 on the first Thursday of each month (except January and August) in the village hall.
£3 covers entry, tea/coffee and raffle.
See the What’s On page or look in the Hamstead Hornet for dates, or contact Sue Watts on 01488 658932 to learn more.
Pub nights in the village hall
The White Hart closed in 2015 and looks unlikely to re-open. However, a recent pub night in the village hall was successful, and will be repeated.
The aim is purely social, not fund-raising, but any surplus profit goes to the village hall.
Beer, wine and snacks are on sale, and there is usually a darts board, shuffleboard and other pub games.
Families are welcome, entry is free, and no booking is required.
Look out for upcoming dates in What's On and on village noticeboards.
Other open events at the village hall
Jane's House Montessori Preschool meets at the village hall on weekday mornings in term time. For more information contact Jane Doyle on 07738 969358.
An oil painting class meets on Monday afternoons under the tuition of Chris Turner. Ring him on 01488 658587 if you're interested in joining them.
Two dog-training classes are currently running:
Andrea Capewell 07783 583212 of of Field & Homedog Training runs >Puppy and dog training classes at 18.00 on Tuesdays;
Yvette Curtis runs fun dog classes teaching teaching tricks and skills, scent detection from 18.15 to 19.0, and 19.00 to 20.15 on Thursdays. Book 3 sessions for £30.
Other open classes and activities are regularly held in the hall, and have included music, keep fit, dancing and yoga. Keep track of what's currently available on the What's On page.
St Mary's Church support group
St Mary's supporters regularly organise fund-raising social events which in the past few years have included open-air jazz evenings, comedy nights at Elm Farm, barn dances and children's activities.
These are publicised on St Mary's own website and in What's On, in the Hamstead Hornet and on village noticeboards.
Bonfire night party
On 5th November the community market group organises a splendid firework display, preceded by a guy competition and a massive bonfire on the village hall recreation ground. Drinks and snacks are on sale. Entry is free, but a collection is made for charity.
Enborne & Hamstead Marshall Garden Society
Members and guests meet four times a year, usually on a Wednesday evening:
• in spring either at a garden centre or in the village hall to hear a talk;
• in summer, usually as an evening visit to an interesting private garden;
• in autumn for the AGM, wine & cheese and quiz evening;
• and in December for a Christmas-themed talk.
First Saturday in September is the Flower Show & Fete. There are many classes of competition spanning fruit, vegetables, herbs, preserves, bakery and crafts.
The show includes stalls, a tea tent and usually a band.
New members are always welcome. The annual subscription is £5 per individual, payable on 1st January each year. Members are entitled to certain garden centre discounts.
Dawn Taylor (8 Church Close, Enborne, 01635 32006) or
Penelope Lake (19 Glendale Avenue, Wash Common, 01635 48701).
Sarah and Mick Ward organise carol singing around the village on a designated evening close to Christmas.
Due to the spread-out geography of the village each area has to take its turn: Chapel Corner, Ash Tree Corner and Craven Hill. All ages are welcome to join. The group usually meets at 7pm, tours the area singing and collecting for a chosen charity, and then has refreshments either at Sarah's house or another host.
Details of the date, area, meeting arrangments and chosen charity are publicised in the Hamstead Hornet and on the What's On page in early December.