Vacancies for Parish Councillors Following the recent local elections, there are now two vacancies for Parish Councillors in Beenham. If you are interested in helping your local community by joining the Parish Council please contact the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org, or one of the Parish Councillors Summer Drama School will be held in Beenham Primary School during August. More details here.
Defibrillator Training in the Victory Hall Training sessions have been arranged to use a defibrillator, for more details see here. The village defibrillator is located on the Victory Hall.
Welcome to our website
Welcome to the Beenham Parish website, which is intended primarily as a source of useful and up-to-date information for those living in the community – although we also hope that those from further afield will find it interesting. The Parish of Beenham has many clubs and activities and a number of businesses, large and small. There is a primary school, a church, a village hall, a pub, several farms and a Parish Council.
A brief introduction to the Parish
Beenham is a small rural parish midway between Newbury and Reading. It covers about 5 square miles and has some 1,200 inhabitants. The main village lies on the escarpment to the north of the Kennet Valley, spreading for over a mile along the ridge. Most of the houses here enjoy views over the rolling farmland of the North Wessex Downs, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the centre of the village are the Primary School, the Village Hall and adjoining Beenham Club, the recreation ground and the Six Bells pub. A little way down Church Lane, on the border between village and farmland, is St. Mary’s Church. Cottages and more substantial houses straggle southwards down Beenham Hill and the lanes running down to the Kennet Valley. The A4 trunk road, the railway line, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Kennet run along the valley. Here can be found the other main residential part of the community, the attractive new development at Aldermaston Wharf, with its combination of houses and flats. Between the two main parts of the Parish lies a busy industrial estate. The main businesses are the Marley tile manufacturing plant and the Grundon waste facility. There is a wide variety of other smaller businesses. Dick Russell
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Commemoration of WW1 Beenham commemorated the centenary of the WW1 armistice with a number of events. Starting with the two minute silence at 11am, introduced by the lone trumpet at the church, to bell ringing with muffled bells. Then in the afternoon the Tea Party in our Victory Hall, 1918 style, was well attended and supported by delicious cakes from the WI and decorations by the primary school children. The evening bonfire lit up with gusto and joined the 1000 other beacons across the country, along with the bell ringers ringing their celebratory peels. A wonderful community commemoration for all these people who sacrificed so much.
Beenham Diary A diary of upcoming events in Beenham is published in the Church Magazine, which is available here (All advertising to Brenda Scott email@example.com)
E-mail Newsletter The Parish Council is keen to encourage greater use of the web site, including news of local events, and has established an
e-mail address list so that when there is some local news it does not just go on the website but you are told about it by e-mail. If you would like to register and give your consent, click here. Rest assured that your details will be confidential. You will not receive any junk mail, your e-mail address will not be passed to anyone else, and you can always ask for your name to be removed.
Halls and Rooms to hire in Beenham Beenham village is fortunate to have some wonderful facilities for use by the community.The rooms and halls are of various sizes and are available at very reasonable rates. For gatherings from a party to a conference, click here for further details.
Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways around Beenham Leaflets compiled by Dick Greenaway and Nick Hopton.
These paths offer walks and rides through differing terrains such as ancient woods and coppices, across fields and along ancient drove roads. Each of the paths is colour coded to indicate the type of terrain and the surface of the path. So whether you want a walk, a stroll or a toddle you can enjoy our lovely countryside by downloading the leaflets.