A Prize Draw will be held among all subscribers to the e-mail newsletter, subject to certain conditions, in December (full details in the November meeting notes here). Sign on now for a chance of winning: clickhere
Greyfield Wood is again open for your enjoyment. Have a look at our recent activityhere
Please join us for the village Christmas tree lights to be switched on. This will take place on Sunday 8th December at 5:15pm following the 4pm Christingle service at St Mary's Church. Full details here
A list of Christmas Services for all the churches in the Benefice can be found 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.
Dick Russell, Chairman, Beenham Parish Council
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Telephone Book Library
The telephone kiosk in Beenham village has been completely refurbished and is now open as a book lending / borrowing establishment. Re-painted in shiny red, and with shelves fitted, the kiosk already has a fine selection of books. Please make use of our latest facility by borrowing books and replacing them when you have finished reading. Donations of books are welcome - we hope to have a varied selection for different age groups and interests. And of course, the kiosk is still 'leaning' following a parish vote to maintain it in that position.
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.