Superfast Berkshire Beenham village is still scheduled for upgrade by the end of September 2015. Other villages may not be upgraded by this date and West Berkshire Council has a phase 2 contract which may benefit other local areas. See www.superfastberkshire.org.uk for up to date information Beenham Festival was very popular again this year, with glorious sunshine encouraging families to enjoy the entertainment on the rec. Well done to all the organisers who made it happen. See below for pictures and more details Reverend Janice Macdonald was ordained Deacon by the Right Rev'd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading, at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on 4 July. See Church page for details. There is a photo gallery here
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 couple of pubs, 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.
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The fourth annual Beenham Village Festival was blessed by warm sunny weather. Highlights included a Bucking Bronco, a football shoot-out and a Gunge tank as well as pony rides around the main arena. There was plenty to eat and drink, with a barbecue, a bar from The Six Bells and cider from Tutts Clump, ice creams, and teas and home-made cakes from members of St Mary’s Church. Local interest groups with displays included the Reading Beekeepers, Orchard Life from Midgham, Beenham’s First Responders and Greyfields Wood, and there was local produce including home-made jams, textiles from Isabella’s Trinkets and plants from Glenvale Nursery.
Festival-goers also enjoyed performances from the Willink School band, Beenham Primary School’s Street Dance group, the Beenham Zumba class and West Berkshire’s folk band Inisheer, and children enjoyed activities run by the Beenham Pre-school and Pangbourne Brownies. The afternoon ended with the result of the Scarecrow competition, won by the Apsey family’s Paddington Bear.
There is a photo gallery of the festival here
The festival is covered online by Newbury Weekly News here
There is a photo gallery of scarecrows here
Newbury Weekly News also covers the scarecrows here
Beenham Diary A diary of upcoming events in Beenham is published in the Church Magazine, which is available here
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, 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.
The Superfast Berkshire website now has information of when fast internet connectivity will be deployed in Beenham parish. Access their website at www.superfastberkshire.org.uk and look under the tab ‘Coverage’ and then click at the bottom of the page for the ‘Interactive Deployment Map’. The map invites you to enter your postcode to find their estimated date for deployment.
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.