Road closures

Wheatlands Lane, between Vanners' and Boames' Lanes will be closed on Monday 21st June from 08.00 to16.00. Diversion via Red Hill. See the map here.

Holtwood Road between Ash Tree Corner and Watery Lane will be closed on Tuesday 22nd June from 08.00 to16.00. Diversion via the Craven Arms. See the map here.

Click on the Hamstead Hornet page image below for Hamstead's latest news:

the new wildlife group

planning applications

annual parish assembly 2021

village hall news

Good Hope Farm... and more


Hamstead Marshall Wildlife Group

A group has been launched to survey and monitor wildlife (flora and fauna) in the village, with a number of volunteers taking on particular areas. Anne Budd is collating and mapping data on sightings, and entering it into a national database. Every observation is important, including instances of flytipping or any activity which might endanger village wildlife. Reports can be sent directly to Anne, or entered on the group's facebook page , which is being administered by Rob Manser. Village residents are welcome to apply to join as members.

White Hart

Stella Coulthurst, owner of the White Hart, has responded robustly to the parish council's stated intention of renewing the pub's status as an Asset of Community Value. In an open letter to the village (which you can read here) she makes the point that villagers using the pub will do more to maintain its community value than an official designation.

Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday 5-10pm

Friday & Saturday 12-10pm

Sunday 12-5pm


17th May/21st June: the roadmap of what you can and can't do, and when: details here.

Full details on current WBC services, including financial assistance, libraries, rubbish, and much more here.

Recent infection rate, hospital admissions and deaths: West Berkshire detail  here.

For latest national figures see here.

Home testing

The government has announced that everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9 April. Details here.

To see how to obtain your free lateral flow test kit see here.

One of the options is to collect from the council's Comunity Collect Mobile, which will be calling at the village hall on Fridays from 09.15 to 10.15.

Pop-up shop at the village hall

Sue & Lanie's Thursday pop-up shop at the village hall continues for bread, eggs and NWNs fortnightly from 7th January. Order via the village WhatsApp.

If you are not already on the village WhatsApp and would like to join, ask Sarah Stevenson.

The Cheese Agent (Tony Hammond) is also supplying regular/one-off deliveries, prepaid, via the pop-up shop. Contact him here to find out what is currently on offer.

The mobile library will stop at Ash Tree Grove from 10.40 to 11.10 on these dates

Pennypost list of local takeaway and food delivery serviceshere.

WBC is at last trialling recycling of a much wider range of plastics like yogpots, food trays etc. Full details here. At the moment you have to take it to the tip, but worth the effort if it convinces WBC there's enough demand for a collection.

News and a message from Enborne School

Enborne CE Primary School wishes to thank the kind families who have made donations to the school in 2021, as well as Hamstead Marshall Parish Council, which generously donated £300. The school has received a number of unsolicited gifts to help with significant additional cleaning costs, as well other costs relating to lockdown and Covid measures. Budgets are extremely tight in all schools, and these donations make a huge difference.

Meanwhile, children are thoroughly enjoying being back in school for the summer term. After-school clubs are beginning soon – for the first time this academic year – and children are benefitting from a rich, broad curriculum including PE, Forest School, French, science, music, drama and art. The school wishes to thank the local community for its ongoing support.