Kintbury Road to close for a week

The Kintbury Road will be closed for patching from the Craven to Old Hat, 8am to 5pm, every day from Monday 11th March to Friday 15th (incl).

Further information is problematic because information  sent out by WBC (PRJ23-477 - Project Notification - 2024/25 HIP) could not be opened, being a faulty file, the WBC website does not recognise the reference, nor does WBC's Planned Roadworks Schedule  show any such plan.

Access to properties is presumed.

Parish council meeting 18th January 2024

The parish council meeting of 18th January attracted a public attendance of about 18, in addition to four parish councillors, the parish clerk, West Berks councillor Tony Vickers, and a team of four from Thames Valley Police (TVP).

The meeting opened with a presentation from TVP outlining the predominant issues of local rural crime, which includes hare-coursing, trout-poaching, protest against badger-culling, and lamping, all of which are associated with other property and vehicle crimes. Anyone seeing these in progress should ring 999*. Later reporting can be done via 101 or a web form.

PC Luke Smith, whose beat includes Hamstead, expressed an interest in joining the local WhatsApp group, but backed off when told that it included a high volume of chatter. There was some talk of setting up a crime-related WhatsApp group for the area.

Meanwhile parishioners were invited to sign up to Thames Valley Alert if they would like to received regular emails about local crime.

*It was also acknowledged that some parishioners (particularly in the south of the village) were likely to be connected to Hampshire Constabulary (HC) by the 999 system, which operates via the nearest mast to the caller. In such cases, said Sgt Daniel Lond, ask HC to transfer your call directly to TVP (which they can do) rather than dialling again.

Other PC business included:

  • The quarry, on which there is still no activity, other than regular enquiries from HMPC and Tony Vickers;
  • Flooding in Park Lane (not a priority route for WBC, apparently);
  • Insufficiency of road gritting;
  • The bus shelter renovation, which is due to start in February or March;
  • The new parish council website, coming shortly;
  • Community speedwatch: more volunteers needed.

The state of Watery Lane was also mentioned. This urgent maintenance appears to be included in the newly funded WBC roadworks plan, although if contractors look for it as described therein (“Unnamed Road from Craven Arms PH to Hamstead Marshall, from Wheatlands Lane to Watery Lane”), they may have a navigational problem.

Parish café

Following a convivial gathering of about 20 parishioners in the village hall on 1st February, the organising team of Anne Budd, Liz Copas and Chris Moss are planning three more parish cafés. Put these dates in your diary:
February 29th
March 28th
April 25th
All are Thursdays,  and the café runs from 2pm to 4pm.
Feel free to drop in.

What’s on in the village

Thu 29th 14.00-16.00 Parish café in village hall

Thu 7th 19.00-22.00 Circle of Friends (book with Sue Watts)
Sat 9th 10.00-13.00 Community market in village hall (check with Lanie Allen)
Mon 20th 19.30 Parish council meeting in village hall
Thu 28th 14.00-16.00 Parish café in village hall

Thu 4th 19.00-22.00 Circle of Friends (book with Sue Watts)
Sat 14th 10.00-13.00 Community market in village hall (check with Lanie Allen)
Thu 25th 14.00-16.00 Parish café in village hall

Pilates in the village hall continues on Tuesday mornings in termtime, 09.30 to 10.30. To enquire or join, contact Jenny Carter.

Ladies who Brunch meet monthly for brunch with bubbles. For details contact Lanie Allen 07775 804143.

Circle of Friends contact is Sue Watts 07884 004418.

The mobile library will stop at Ash Tree Grove from 10.40 until 11.10 on Thursdays  15th February and 7th, 28th March.

It's been a hard winter so far in the village...

tree down in Park Lane Dec 23

New year storm damage and the Thames Water leak photographed by Chris Moss and (below left) Rob Manser

Storm damage in Watery Lane Jan 23

more storm damage in Watery Lane Jan 23

White Hart on the market

The White Hart is being offered by Colliers for sale at £895,000. Leasehold is offered as an alternative. Details can be seen here. Features are described as

  • country inn in a delightful rural setting
  • 9 letting bedrooms
  • 3-bedroom owners' flat
  • attractive garden, currently closed

The pub has been closed since before Christmas.

The December 2023 issue of the Hamstead Hornet can be seen here, and contains village news, on subjects such as the Holtwood water leak, the Relief in Need Charity, bonfire night, carol singing, the Elm Farm planning  application and more.