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Hamstead Marshall
Jazz evening at Park Lodge

7pm Friday 30th June

BYO picnic
raising funds for St Mary’s

full details here

“As I was a-walking”
a festival of folk songs at
St Mary’s Church
Watership Cantabile
5pm Sat 27th May

free admission,
with a retiring collection for St Mary’s
light refreshments will be served
at the end of the concert at about 6.15pm
Reserve your seats by email

This Newbury-based mixed-voice choir of 20 singers tours the UK as well performing in Bordeaux Cathedral, Trier Cathedral and Christchurch Priory
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Robin Althaus memorial service

Around 100 people attended a memorial service on 7th May at St Mary’s for Robin Althaus, who died recently.

Robin and his late wife Julie moved to Marsh Benham in the early 1990s. Robin joined the PCC of St Mary’s and, in the words of Robin Tandy, who delivered the eulogy at the service: He worked tirelessly in support of the church for a quarter of a century, and we should all be very grateful. He was a good friend, full of energy, good humour, enthusiasm and ideas, and always with the sole aim of doing his very best for our church and the benefice. Thanks significantly to his efforts we have retained an operational village church, and hopefully, for him, and the rest of us, this will continue well into the future.

A collection taken after the service raised £780, which is to be used for a memorial bench.
White Hart planning application refused

At an unscheduled meeting of the Western Area planning committee on 30th March the White Hart planning application ref 17/00103/FULD was refused.

As of 9th May 2017 no appeal appears to have been lodged against the decision.
Grazing to let

The charity field in Hamstead Marshall may be available for grazing this year.
The field has the river Enborne on its southern boundary and is adjacent to Gore End bridge, the county boundary.

Enquiries to Peter Benest on behalf of the Trustees.
Thames Waterworks
revised information
Further to Thames Water’s notification of work between 2nd May and 15 December on the water main running through the village, the information session held at the village hall on 18th April made clear that:

Only the Kintbury Road main is being relaid, between Meadow View and Wayside, not the side roads mentioned in the letter of 5th April;

The work will be carried out in 100-metre sections by mole, not by digging up the road.

Gigaclear’s promised  delivery of broadband to the village during
March - July 2017 has now been shelved because of the Thames Water roadworks.
Garden Society
summer evening meeting
7.30pm Wed 5th July
venue tba
The two local walks leaflets which were produced as part of the parish plan in 2007 are to be reproduced and distributed by St Mary’s Church.

For an online choice of walk suggestions see here.
The March 2017 issue of the Hamstead Hornet can be seen here
Hamstead Marshall’s parish plan of 2007 is being revised. If you have an idea for inclusion or would like to help, please contact one of the team:

Jane Arnold-Round 01635 36370
Anne Budd 01488 657022
Hallam Goad 07597 127801
Nick Wallis 07747 792549
Sue Watts 01488 658932
Circle of Friends
Informal women’s group meeting in the village hall
on the first Thursday evening of each month
for a speaker or demo, and chat
Contact Sue Watts for details
St Mary’s Church has its own website and facebook page
Ladies Who Brunch
at the Halfway, from 10.30am,
second Thursday of each month
tickets £16, booking essential
Contact Lanie on 01488 658168