open to all Hamstead Marshall parishioners*

09.00 to 12.30

Saturday 28th September 28th 2024

at Hamstead Marshall Village Hall


covering situations such as:


  • Dealing with an emergency
  • Bystander effect
  • Unresponsive and breathing
  • Unresponsive and (not) breathing (CPR and AED)
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Bleeding heavily
  • Broken bones, strains and sprains
  • Head injury
  • Choking
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Diabetic emergency

12 places are available on the course, several of which are already taken. The course fee will be paid by Hamstead Marshall Parish Council from the Community Infrastructure Levy.

*Anyone interested should contact Anne Budd on

Enborne & Hamstead Marshall Garden Society

Members’ evening of cream tea and Pimms
5pm Saturday 27th July 2024
in Hazel Paddock (Show field) (in barn if wet)

Raffle (donation of prizes for this would be much appreciated)
Bring & buy plant stall (please bring any contributions with you)

Competition for the Meadowfresh Cup
Classes open to all members. Points awarded at evening meetings prior to the Flower Show in September. Please bring exhibits. Classes:
sweet peas – 9 stems
roses, hybrid tea – 3
roses, floribunda – 3
rose – 1 specimen
indoor pot plant – container not exceeding 6” dia
outdoor pot plant – container not exceeding 6” dia
flower arrangement in a basket
5 summer-themed cup cakes

The Redhill Rose Bowl will be presented to the member with the best overall rose exhibit from the three rose classes.

Flower Show schedules will be available or can be obtained from the contacts below.
Renewal of membership for those who have not yet renewed.

Contacts: Dawn Taylor (01635 32006) or Penelope Lake (01635 48701)

What’s on in the village


Thu 25th, 14.00-16.00 parish café in village hall

Sat 27th, 17.00 Garden Society members' evening at Hazel Paddock


Thu 1st, 10.40-11.10 mobile library at Ash Tree Grove

Sat 10th, 10.0-13.00 community market in village hall

Thu 22nd 10.40-11.10 mobile library at Ash Tree Grove

Thu 29th 14.00-16.00 parish café in village hall (tbc)


Thu 5, 19.00 Circle of Friends in village hall

Sat 7th, 10.00-13.00 community market in village hall

Thu 12, 10.40-11.10 mobile library at Ash Tree Grove

Thu 19th, 19.30 parish council meeting in village hall

Thu 26th, 14.00-16.00 parish café in village hall (tbc)

Sat 28th, 09.00-12.30 First aid course in village hall


Thu 3rd, 10.40-11.10 mobile library Ash Tree Grove

Thu 3rd, 19.00 Circle of Friends in village hall

Sat 12th, 10.00-13.00 community market in village hall

Thu 24th, 10.40-11.10 mobile library Ash Tree Grove

Thu 31st, 14.00-16.00 parish café in village hall (tbc)


Thu 3rd, 19.00  Circle of Friends in village hall

Thu 10th, 10.00-13.00 community market in village hall

Thu 21st, 19.30 parish council meeting village hall

Thu 28th, 14.00-16.00 parish café in village hall (tbc)

More info:

Community market/Lanie Allen 07775 804143.

Ladies who Brunch/Lanie Allen 07775 804143.

Circle of Friends/Sue Watts 07884 004418.

Mobile library/Sandra Edwards 01635 519827.

Parish café/Anne Budd 01488 657022.


 Kintbury High Street will be closed from July 30th to September 1st due to Gigaclear work.

Pictures taken by Martin Bates from the top of St Mary's church tower during a recent maintenance inspection.

Parish assembly and meeting

The 2024 annual parish assembly, followed by a regular parish council meeting, was held in the village hall on Thursday 16th May. The draft minutes have been posted on the new parish council website, but a few points of interest from both meetings are summarised here:

  • Anne Budd was appointed chair of the parish council for 2024-25, with Steve Masters as vice-chair.
  • The village Speedwatch programme has reported 119 speeding motorists since it began. It was noted that the purpose is educational rather than punitive, but it was also noted that there were a number of regular offenders. More sessions are planned.
  • Holtwood Road (patched ineffectively last year) continues to give cause for concern. A brief closure some weeks ago appeared to be abandoned without remedy. The road is not listed in WBC's roadworks programme for the coming year, but there may be some flexibility. Steve Masters will take the lead in pushing for this.
  • WBC's habit of freely using the term "un-named road" can lead to confusion with regard to pot-holes and closures. Most roads do have locally recognised names, and Tony Vickers promised to bring this to WBC's attention.
  • Anne Budd is obtaining copies of the village hall deeds from the Land Registry. This was prompted by a parishioner's suggestion that the hall and field be sold to raise money to buy the White Hart, with a replacement hall being created in one of its outbuildings. The plan was not thought likely to be locally popular or commercially feasible, and would require the consent of the Charity Commissioners. Copies of the deeds will be circulated to parish councillors, and stored securely in the hall.
  • Parish council agendas and minutes are currently posted on the PC website and noticeboards. Circulation to all parishioners was mooted, but thought likely to breach GDPR if consent had not been obtained first.
  • The bus shelter/village information centre is now finished, thanks to Paul Hansen's and Chris Moss's hard work (assisted by a £4,200 grant from WBC). When the noticeboards have been posted (including a footpath map which Liz Copas is obtaining) an official opening is planned. Chris Moss has also nearly finished the new parish council website.
  • The Craven Quarry appears dormant and will no longer be on the PC agenda until the situation changes.

Hamstead Hornet

The June issue of the Hamstead Hornet can be seen here.

Two major planning applications: still no decision

As of 5th July, WBC has still not ruled on either the application to turn the White Hart into housing nor the proposal to build new residential premises across the road at Elm Farm.

Following around 18 months of closure, the proposal is to convert the former inn into four residential units.

Details of the application, including letters submitted for and against the proposal by the public, can be seen here. Hamstead Marshall Parish Council decided not to object to the application.

The White Hart (pictured here both in the 1950s and showing the bar after the 2011 renovation) had served the village for centuries, until the business entered a rocky patch in the twenty-first century, shutting and reopening several times. A similar planning application in 2015/16 for change to residential use gave rise to a campaign ("Save the White Hart"), and WBC refused the application. It was rejected on appeal in 2018, and the pub intermittently reopened. However, local support was not widely evident.

The White Hart closed its doors finally in the autumn of 2022, and a board has since been advertising the business for sale, freehold (guide price £895,000) or leasehold.



The Elm Farm application has seen a flurry of amendments to the original scheme.

Extensive alterations transformed the former faryard and research institute buildings into family residential property in 2019-20, with the former farmhouse remaining as separate accommodation. The current proposal would add a third, standalone residential unit.