Enborne & Hamstead Marshall Garden Society

Christmas Meeting
7.30pm Wednesday 5th December
at the village hall
Members and friends will show their crafts and hobbies
(some of which will be for sale as Christmas presents)
If you have a craft you would like to show please contact Dawn Taylor
Mulled wine & mince pies
Raffle (contributions of prizes would be appreciated)
Membership renewal (with cards) for 2019 will be available. Subscription is £5 each.
Dawn Taylor (01635 32006) or Penelope Lake (01635 48701)

Community Christmas Market

10am to 2.30pm Saturday 8th December

at Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall

Local artisan bread, free range eggs, cheese, preserves, cakes & savouries, Tillys's Treats, the Rocking Good Salt Company, Two Cocks Brewery, jewellery, scarves & bags, Tropic Skin Care products, Beth's beautiful tiles,  cards, hand-knitted toys, children's clothes in aid of Alexander Devine Hospice and local crafts.

Drop in for a cuppa, a piece of cake or sausage roll and a chat.

For further information or to book a table,  ring 01488 658932.

Astronomy evening

Through the Newbury Astronomical Society Val Russell has organised a talk on NASA's James Webb space telescope at the village hall on 10th January.

The Webb telescope is due to be launched in 2021. Successor to the Hubble telescope, it will be capable of observing some of the most distant events and objects in the universe, including the formation of the first galaxies. Such targets are beyond the reach of current ground- and space-based instruments.

Everyone is welcome. Meet at 5.30pm if the sky is clear, and see some stars, as members will be bringing their telescopes. At 6.30 the talk will begin (inside). No need to book: entrance is £2 on the door, children free.


Carol singing 2018

This year village carol singing will be on Thursday 20th December, raising money for Newbury Soup Kitchen, which provides a weekly hot meal for anyone sleeping rough. Meet at the village hall at 7pm, wearing bright clothes and bring a torch. Everyone is welcome.  Contact Sarah Ward (01488 658817) if you would like to come, or have any queries.

Pilates class starting

Paula Chandler, a local fitness instructor, is beginning a Pilates class at the village hall from 9.15 to 10.15 on Monday mornings. She will also consider running yoga and tai chi classes if there is sufficient uptake.
Contact her if you are interested.

Speakers' Corner

St Mary’s Hamstead Marshall is hosting a series of six speakers, one a month from October to March, all from within the benefice, on topics ranging from biographies to Armenia and Cambodia.

The first Speakers' Corner in October featured Edgar Vincent, whose talk was entitled My Second Life as a Biographer. Hal and Katie Goad, were the November speakers, on  Cambodia where they lived for 10 years.

Dates for the following Speakers' Corners are as follows (all starting at 7.30pm):

Thursday 6th December: Jess Mallison and Jack Dunlop: Mud and Mangoes in Africa

Thursday 10th January: Atul Wahi and Jess Fanner: Tantalising India

Tuesday 12th February: Patrick Whitworth: Armenia, Proud Survivor of a Tempestuous Past

Park by the church. The cost is £5 which includes a glass of wine, soft drink and nibbles. No booking is required. Please email if you would like more details and information of the series.


Elm Farm changeover

Following the end of Brian Goodenough’s tenancy on 31st October, the cattle have now gone from Elm Farm, and are being replaced by sheep.

James Edwards will be moving into No 3 Elm Farm Cottages with his sheep dogs in December, and he’ll be working with ORC in a new share-farming operation. He has sheep on several farms in the region, but his Elm Farm flock will be managed organically. He will also contribute to supporting ORC’s research, workshops and discussion groups.

The introduction of sheep to the farm presents a few challenges:

First, these sheep are naturally wool-shedding: they don’t need shearing. Elm Farm assures villagers that, even if they look scruffy at times, they are well cared for.

Second, sheep get through fences that cattle don’t. Work is under way to make the fences sheep-proof, but it can’t be done all at once. James will use electric fencing, and at times this may cross the farm trail or public footpaths, but James is aware of these and will put in place stiles to enable footpath-users to cross the fences.

Third: dogs. Sheep and dogs don’t get on well together. Please keep your dogs on leads everywhere on the farm, keep your dogs wormed and pick up any dog mess, as this poses a significant health risk to sheep. (And take it home too – leaving dog-poo bags on the trail doesn’t help.) You'll find further information on dogs and sheep here.

Cattle will be coming back next year, and maybe other animals in a couple of years. In the event of any concern(such as escaped sheep) contact James on 07834 859095 or ORC on 01488 658298.

The December 2018 issue of the Hamstead Hornet can be read here.


Use it or lose it

Many villagers may be unaware that a mobile library visits the village every third Thursday , parking at the village hall from 10.20 to 11am (see the What's On page for specific dates).

Usage is falling, and if it doesn't recover the service will surely be targeted for a cut.

The mobile service also operates an At Home loans service for residents who are housebound. Volunteers will collect and deliver library books on request. To find out more about this service see the WBC library service page.



See the What's On page for a calendar of village events.

See the News & events page for more details of individual events.

See St Mary's website for details of church services and events organised by the support group.

See the Hamstead Hornet for a summary of village news in the last quarter: White Hart latest, planning applications, village property on the market etc.