White Hart: planning application

Following around 16 months of closure, the White Hart is once again the subject of a planning application which envisages conversion of the former inn into four residential units.

Details of the application can be seen here. Letters for and against the proposal are beginning to accumulate.

The White Hart (pictured right 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 or leasehold.

Hamstead Marshall Parish Concil will be holding a meeting to discuss this application at 7.30, Wednesday 24th April in the village hall. Only councillors will be allowed to speak.


Another road closure

The Enborne Road between the Craven Arms and Enborne Church will be closed on 23rd, 24th and 25th April for work by Thames Water.

(WBC has an idiosyncratic system of road naming, in which this is described as Unnamed Rd from Wheatlands Lane to Church Lane in the Parish of Enborne ... between its junction with Wheatlands Lane and its junction with Church Lane but the signboards on site make the section clear.)

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

Parish café

The next parish café will be held on Thursday April 25th from 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. All are welcome to drop in for free tea, coffee, home-bakes and good company. (Donations are much appreciated.)

What’s on in the village


Thu 11th 19.00-22.00 Circle of Friends: village hall
Sat 13th 10.00-13.00 Community market in village hall
Wed 24th 19.30 Parish council meeting to discuss White Hart application
Thu 25th 14.00-16.00 Parish café in the village hall

Thu 2nd 07.00-22.00 polling day (WBC)
Thu 9th 19.00-22.00 Circle of Friends: village hall
Sat 11th 10.00-13.00 Community market in village hall
Thu 18th 19.30 Annual parish assembly and parish council meeting
Sat 8th 10.00-13.00 Community market in village hall
Thu 14th 19.00-22.00 Circle of Friends: 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/Lanie Allen 07775 804143.

Circle of Friends/Sue Watts 07884 004418.

The mobile library will stop at Ash Tree Grove from 10.40 until 11.10 on
Thursdays 28th March, 18th April, 9th and 30th May.