Considerate car use A number of people in the parish have concerns about speeding and parking in the community. This is a leaflet produced by West Berkshire Council that gives some tips on considerate car use. Parish Council There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor, the formal notice of this vacancy is here. Please contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council if you are interested in applying. Climate Change Conference West Berkshire Council is organising a Climate Change conference on 28 October to explore different ways that residents, businesses and local organisations can help tackle the climate crisis. See WBC website for more information.
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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Space Travel and Aliens
There were varied entries for this year’s theme of Space Travel for the scarecrow competition including ET, Aliens Love Underpants, Spaceman, Princess Leia, Mr Spock and Man in the Moon. Thanks to everyone who took part and made it such fun to go around the village and well done to the winners. The village was also visited by a number of little aliens who gave us a countdown to the Summer Fayre. There is a gallery of pictures taken by Lesley McEwen here
Beenham Village Summer Fayre
We were blessed with a perfect, glorious Summer day; like the ones we always remember from our childhood and a wonderful friendly community atmosphere.
The countdown began a couple of weeks before the Fayre with an invasion of aliens around the village. Luckily Dr Who, in his tardis, arrived in time to save the day!
The Fayre was opened by the Chair of the Parish Council with a few words and a light sabre! The space theme proved popular with our new Splat astronaut figure and even a friendly Dalek found his way on to the teas and cakes stall.
The Fayre had something for everyone; arena performances, Fun Dog Show, Climbing Wall and fishing for ducks. Classic cars and bikes proved popular again this year and the excellent band kept us singing along.
Huge thanks go to our sponsors and our many helpers, thank you for your support. There is a picture gallery here
Beenham Diary A diary of upcoming events in Beenham is published in the Church Magazine, which is available here (All advertising to Brenda Scott firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Band in the Barn
Beenham Wind Orchestra celebrated 20 years of playing together by giving their annual concert to Beenham Village. This event is usually 'Band on the Rec' but this year the inclement weather suggested a move to Awberry Farm, with thanks to Fred and Pauline Brown for the use of their beautiful barn. There were some Proms favourites which were very popular and the whole evening was enjoyed by all. The village photo was taken by Mike Weston from a tractor and fond farewells were given to chairman Simon Witcomb as he retired and is leaving the local area.