what’s happening
noticeboard latest village news
what’s on upcoming village events
Hamstead Hornet quarterly news sheet

leisure and pleasure
getting around maps; public transport; cycling; horse-riding

village admin

local history
A-Z of houses historical gazetteer

local history books

St Mary’s Church

open for business
local business homepage community market, oil group, broadband

now take the tour...
gallery a choice of four slide shows of village scenes past and present

Your comments and questions are welcome.
Copyright Penelope Stokes 2012
Hamstead Marshall
West Berkshire Council services
planning applications
Hamstead Marshall planning applications are dealt with by the Downlands planning sub-committee. Current and recent applications can be seen here.
road maintenance and litter
To complain about pot-holes, fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles, road obstructions etc contact Streetcare on 01635 519080 or by email. Response is usually prompt and efficient.
waste collection
Household rubbish is collected every Monday morning, alternating between:
1) black/grey wheelie bins, for household rubbish
2) green wheelie bins, containing garden waste and bagged food waste; bottles; cans and plastic bottles; paper and card

Bulky household rubbish (furniture, fridges etc) is no longer be collected free on request. There is now a £25 charge for up to 5 items from one address. Ring the council's Streetcare service on 01635 519080 or send an email to book a collection. Or take it yourself to the Newtown Road tip, where it can be dumped for free.

Before throwing out usable household goods consider offering them to Newbury’s Community Furniture Project, a charity which sells them at affordable prices to people in need. Free collection from households can be arranged, but householders will be asked for a voluntary £15 donation towards costs. Ring the CFP on 01635 519080.
WBC has a duty to keep public rights of way open. If you wish to report an obstruction to a public footpath you will not find much help on the WBC website, but try ringing the main switchboard 01635 42400 and ask for the rights of way officer. Alternatively, contact the West Berks branch of the Ramblers Association.
for all other services
See the council’s own website.
mobile library
The mobile library visits Hamstead Marshall on alternate Thursdays at:

Holtwood House
village hall
Ash Tree Grove

Unfortunately the dates to which these times apply are not easy to find on the WBC website, so it is best to ring 01635 519827 or email for details.