Greyfield Wood Open Day is on Sunday 29th April between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm, and everyone is invited. There will be aguided Wildlife Walk, self-guided family-friendly bluebell walks, woodland management demonstrations, child “hands-on” activities and refreshments available. This is an excellent opportunity to walk off your Sunday lunch and to discover your local wood. Entry is free and limited disabled-only parking is available. Proposals by developers in Beenham village Recently two land owners in Beenham village have been in consultation with housing developers with a view to building houses within Beenham village. Presentations were made at Parish Council meetings; no planning applications have yet been made for either of the proposals. For further information about Neighbourhood Plans please look at The Future of the Parish page.
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
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On Friday 15 December, Beenham Wind Orchestra held their annual Christmas concert at Beenham School. The evening was attended by villagers and family and friends of the orchestra members. The players were in a festive mood, with seasonal tops and tinsel. The performance was a mix of traditional Christmas pieces, interspersed with carols for the audience to sing. There was a great rendition of Christmas songs from some of the brass players and a memorable rendition of ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ with the solo sung by Chloe Anderson. The music was followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
Launch of new youth facilities on the recreation ground
Saturday 13th January was a red letter day in Beenham, as more than 50 villagers gathered for the official opening of the new outdoor play and exercise facilities. Graham Bowsher, Chairman of the Parish Council cut the ribbon on the zip wire to much applause. Other new equipment includes a shelter with seating, and several exercise machines, which have been installed following months of planning and fundraising by local people.
This exciting initiative was as a result of the Beenham 2010 Parish Plan, which identified a need to enhance youth facilities within the village. Parish Councillor Jackie Johnson and parishioners Ali Riches and Niamh Chippendale led the working party, whose hard work enabled the purchase of the new equipment. Along with a contribution from the Beenham Parish Council, additional funding was obtained from West Berkshire Council’s Parish Plan Grants, Tesco Bags of Help scheme, WBC Members’ Bid, Greenham Common Trust, and Englefield Charitable Trust.
Lots of help came from within the community, including our local farmers Andrew Bowsher and Jack Knight who towed out the delivery lorries when they were stuck in the mud, Allan Konya who obtained our Certificate of Lawfulness, and the BIG (Greyfield Woods) directors who cleared the brambles from the corner of The Rec. A great team effort which we hope will be appreciated for many years to come.
Click here for a photo gallery by our webmaster, Michael Fitzmaurice.
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, 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.