M4 closures during April and MayThe M4 will be closed for three weekends during April and May for bridge repairs; traffic will be diverted along the A4. Other roads near Ashampstead will also be closed. See here for more details.
Bus transport from Beenham villagefrom 30 January new services are available from Beenham village see here. The existing Carebus service to Newbury on Fridays is still running, please see here.
Saturday 25 Marchcome to a meeting on The Rec from 1pm to 3pm to find out more about a zip wire, a youth meeting place and some exercise equipment – these are the things our young people requested.
Gigaclear will be returning to the village soon to do some more work in laying fibre optic cables. Dates and locations to be advised.
Pop Up Tea Room in Beenham ClubPicklepythe Lane. on 28 February and 28 March from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome for a chat, cup of tea and a piece of cake.
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.
The Christmas tree lights were switched on at 5pm after the Christingle service on Sunday 4 December. Once again this event was really popular with villagers young and old. Live music and festive refreshments were enjoyed by all, thanks to the hard work of the Beenham Village Events group. The Christmas tree came from Greyfield woods, courtesy of Beenham Investment Group, and the next day it had some different visitors. The reindeer, who also came from Greyfield woods, called in to see the lighted Christmas tree before going to their new homes.