Communication received from Grundon re new compost fire "A heap at the back of the site has caught light. We have called the EA and Fire Brigade. The Fire Brigade have been out with an engine and control officer and as there is no risk to life or property would rather it was left to burn. It is a far smaller amount than previously. We have put in a fire break and there is a multi agency meeting arranged for tomorrow morning to discuss."
Beenham Festival 2013 Saturday June 29th see bottom of page for details
Beenham Friendship Club is one of the three charities that Waitrose in Thatcham is supporting through its green token scheme for the month of May. Please shop there as often as you can during the month and support the Club.
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
Beenham Festival 2013Will be held on Saturday June 29th 12-5pm located on the Recreation ground After last years inauguration, the Village organisations and clubs are planning to make the Festival an annual fund raising event for Beenham Primary School, Pre-school, St. Mary’s church and other community projects.
Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and fun which will include a number of new stalls and events such as Furry Foot the clown demonstrating his circus skills throughout the day; a giant inflatable assault course for all ages, an ipad raffle, a Gunge tank - voted for on the day, zumba class, football skills workshop, & competitions such as the best Scarecrow Competition; sampling the delicious cream teas, cakes and sandwiches, beer tent, and the excellent sausages and burgers from the Bar-B-Q.
The School children will be opening the event at 12 and demonstrating their proven dramatic abilities by performing a battle re-enactment for our enjoyment and entertainment.
Here's hoping the sun shines this year and we all enjoy a fantastic afternoon catching up with friends and neighbours.
Please enjoy and have a great afternoon.
If anybody would like to join the Beenham Festival helpers please contact Rhona on 0118 9710057, tombola donations to Betty Harrington, cakes & plants please bring on the day, raffle prizes donations contact Mel Wilkes at Beenham Primary School.
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