Beenham Royal Summer Festival Once again this event was a great success. Many thanks to Beenham Village Events group and to all the people who supported the festival. For some photos of the day and of the Scarecrows please see below.
Parish Plan Refresh Working parties have started to consider how the parish should refresh its Action Plan. If you know young people who have views on how the Recreation Ground could be improved please complete the survey here. Please contact Jane Liming via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join one of the working groups.
Seeing Pink The farming and equestrian community are running a campaign to support cancer charities. This year, the chosen charity is in aid of breast cancer and 50p will be donated to this worthwhile cause for each bale of pink wrapped haylage. You'll be seeing pink!
West Berkshire Council Consultations There are currently two open consultations being run by WBC. The first relates to School transport policies here and the second to potential gravel extraction/ processing sites including two in Beenham at Gravel Pit Farm here and Beenham Industrial Estate here.
Track by Grange Hall The metalled road through the industrial estate running between Clay Lane and Grange Lane is marked as a ‘track’ on Ordnance Survey maps and not as a public right of way. The Parish Council is supporting an initiative to request that the track is designated as a PROW on the definitive map held by West Berks Council. If you have used this track, either walking, riding or in a vehicle then please download and print a completed 'User Evidence Form', print, markup and sign the plan and return them to Stuart Higgins at WBC.
Police Mobile Road Show Pangbourne Neighbourhood police team will be bringing their mobile 'Have Your Say' road show to Beenham on Saturdays 13 August, 8 October and 3 December. The mobile unit will be in the Victory Hall car park from 9am to 10am.
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.
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.
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.
Beenham Royal Summer Festival
was a popular attraction again this year. The weather was favourable and lots of people came along to enjoy the fun. What a credit to all the hard work that went into preparations for the day, and many thanks to all the sponsorship that was generously given.