Beenham Wind Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert is in Beenham School Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 20th December 2013. The programme will include mulled wine, mince pies, carols, as well as seasonal and other music. There will be no charge for tickets, but a retiring collection for Macmillan Cancer Support. This will be a fun concert for all ages, so please do come if you can, and bring your neighbours!
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The results of two planning appeals have now been published. The appeal by A4 Metal Recycling Ltd against the refusal by West Berks Council to grant planning permission was dismissed. The Inspector decided that the permitted use of the site is as a carbreakers in accordance with the 2006 certificate of lawfulness, and that use for the existing scrap metal business is not permitted. The appeal against the refusal of a gypsy pitch next to Forge House on the Bath Road was upheld. Further details can be found on the West Berks web site.
The Superfast Berkshire project aims to improve broadband speed and coverage across Berkshire. However Beenham will not, on the whole, receive improved services from this project.
West Berkshire Council foresaw this problem and applied to the Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF) to fund alternative connection methods.
For Beenham to participate, we need to know whether interested households might be prepared to pay approximately £125 each to get connected to an improved broadband service.
If you are interested, with no obligation at this stage, please contact Alec Cother , Beenham Digital Champion by email firstname.lastname@example.org using Beenham Broadband as the title.
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A list of Christmas Services for all the churches in the Benefice can be foundhere
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.
Dick Russell, Chairman, Beenham Parish Council
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Christmas Lights in the village The candle lit procession from St Mary's Church to the tree outside the community room took place on Sunday 8 December. A cheerful group of children and adults drank mulled wine and enjoyed mince pies served by the WI and Friendship group while festive music helped with the Christmas atmosphere.
At 5:15pm the crowd joined in the countdown for switching on the Christmas tree lights, and the lights certainly did make the tree look special. By this time the smell of the meat cooking on the BBQ had tempted villagers to enjoy the hamburgers. The mild weather and the clear skies all contributed to an enjoyable event, helping to mark this very special time of the year. As usual the Christmas tree adds a cheerful, festive touch in the middle of the village.
Merry Christmas, and many thanks to all the people who helped to arrange this event. And, of course, thanks to all the people who came along to enjoy the evening.
Some photos of the event are 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.
Pat Bhutta Andrew, Bishop of Reading, led a service at St Peter’s church, Woolhampton on 6th November to licence Revd Pat Bhutta as Associate Priest in the Benefice. Pat will work alongside Revd Becky Bevan in the six parishes, including Beenham, which make up the Benefice.
Pat and her husband, Anwar, will be based in Midgham. Beenham Parish Council would like to join others in welcoming Pat and her family.
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.