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Beenham Parish Council

There are currently five parish councillors and two vacancies:

Graham Bowsher (Chairman)
I have lived and farmed in Beenham for over 50 years and have 2 children Kathryn and Andrew. We all live at the farm in Beenham, and also farm in various places over a 9 mile radius.  I have a particular interest in rural employment and integration of diversity into the rural economy. My hobbies are rare breed cattle breeding and conservation projects (barn owl breeding habitats in particular).
Responsibilities: Planning, Housing

Tel: 971 3035

Peter McEwen
I have lived in Beenham with my wife and children for 40 years, except when working overseas.  I have almost retired as a civil engineer, and now have time to help with the work of the Parish Council.  My interests range from grandchildren, yachting, and the local church.
Responsibilities: Parish Notes, Footpaths, Community Room, BVE liaison

Tel: 077177 18608

Frank Wood
I have lived in Beenham since 2009 leaving an extended family of eight great grandchildren in Essex.  My main interests are sports and cooking. As a hobby, I also enjoy model railways.
Responsibilities: Victory Hall liaison, Parish Plan

Tel: 07488 268735

Andy Livens
Relatively new to Beenham, but not to Berkshire. I've worked in IT for the past 30 years in various roles. I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping the garden tidy and rugby.
Responsibilities: Open spaces, Police Liaison and Planning.

Tel: 07958 472644



Graham Bragg
Responsibilities: Roads, traffic, public transport, school liaison (including Community Room leases)

Tel: 971 3688

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Parish Council meetings (from May 2020 until further notice) will be held as virtual meetings via Zoom.  Details of how to attend the Zoom meeting can be found on the agenda; please contact the Clerk for further information. The Councillors and the Clerk are still available to help parishioners.

The Parish Council usually meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Community Room adjoining the school. Notice of the meetings appears on the Parish Council notice board outside the school, together with the minutes of the previous meeting and other relevant information. The first 15 minutes of each meeting are allocated to the public to allow them to raise any matters of concern. In addition to the monthly meetings there is the Annual Parish Assembly which takes place in April.

The Parish Council is responsible for many aspects of village life, including the provision of recreation facilities, reporting on the state of highways, footpaths and bridleways, commenting on planning applications and supporting parish initiatives, sometimes with grants. The Parish Councillors approach their responsibilities broadly in line with The Good Councillor's Guide.

The Clerk to the Parish Council is Jennie Currie, 44 Harrington Close, Newbury, RG14 2RQ, Tel. 01635 580190, email theclerk@beenhamonline.org.

For further information about the activities of the Parish Council or if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact any member of the Parish Council.

Dates of Meetings for 2020


Monday 6th January
Monday 3rd February
Monday 2nd March
Monday 6th April - cancelled due to COVID-19
Annual Parish Assembly Wednesday 15th April - POSTPONED due to COVID-19
Monday 4th May agenda Due to Covid-19 this meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.  Please contact the Clerk for copies of the attachments, or download them as a zip file here
Monday 1st June agenda Due to Covid-19 this meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.  Please contact the Clerk for copies of the attachments, or download them as a zip file here
Monday 6th July
Monday 3rd August
Monday 7th September
Monday 5th October
Monday 2nd November
Monday 7th December

Minutes from the Parish Council Meetings

Minutes and other documents below are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Clicking on one of the links will open the document in a new window. From there you can save or print the document if desired. Closing the window will return you to this page.

Parish notes for May 2020 are here

Draft minutes of the last six Parish Council meetings (For authorised minutes please look at the Parish notice boards or contact the Parish Clerk):

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

The Parish Council Budget for 2019/20 is here and the unaudited end of year figures for 2018/19 are here

The latest accounts information is available here

The latest Report from the District Councillor is here

WBC Local Plan Update

Beenham boundaries

Beenham settlement boundary

Beenham with deliverability

Beenham audit of services and facilities

Aldermaston Wharf boundaries.pdf

Aldermaston Wharf settlement boundary

Aldermaston Wharf with deliverability

Aldermaston Wharf audit of services and facilities

2020 HELAA_(February_2020)

2020 HELAA Appendix_4_Assessment_of_sites

Draft settlement hierarchy audit criteria

Guidance note - hierarchy

HELAA comments form

Parish Questionnaire (West Berkshire) February 2020

Presentations - Feb 2020 Consultation Workshops

Settlement boundary review criteria - February 2020

Settlement boundary review advice for TCs PCs and NP groups

Other Parish Council activities

Agenda for the 2020 Parish Assembly can be found here

Minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 were agreed at the 2019 Annual Parish Assembly and can be found here

The 2020 Annual Parish Assembly was cancelled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The District Councillor's report can be found here

The Parish has a Parish Plan which can be found on the Future of the Parish page. An update of the Action Plan is available here. During 2016 a number of working groups were involved in a refresh of the Parish Plan Action Plan. As a result of this initiative the public transport in Beenham village has been significantly improved, there is now a monthly Afternoon Tea Party on the last Tuesday of each month in Beenham Club, and new youth equipment has been installed on The Rec.

Transparency Code for Beenham Parish Council
The following documents are available to view following the Annual Meeting and the submission of an Annual Return by Beenham Parish Council:
Note: The documents are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Clicking on one of the links will open the document in a new window or tab.

Notice for period of exercise of Public Rights

Annual Goverance & Accountability Return 2018/19

Amended Accounting Statement 2018/19

Internal Auditor Report 2018/19

External auditor report and certificate 2018/19 & notice of conclusion of audit

Details of Public Land

Regulations - including Standing Order, Financial Regulations and Privacy Policy

Code of Conduct

Procedure for filling casual vacancies

Beenham Co-option Form


District Council

West Berkshire Council is a unitary authority responsible for the full range of local authority services.
It was created in April 1998 when the former Newbury District Council took on responsibilities from
Berkshire County Council, which was abolished. West Berkshire Council has its main office at
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD.
Tel: 01635 42400.
Web site: www.westberks.gov.uk

Dominic Boeck (Conservative) is our West Berks district councillor.
Tel: 0118 971 0330
E-mail: Dominic.Boeck@westberks.gov.uk,
Web site:www.westberks.gov.uk


Member of Parliament

Our Member of Parliament is John Redwood (Conservative).
Constituency address: 30 Rose Street, Wokingham, Berks RG40 1XU
Tel: 0118 962 9501 Fax: 0118 962 9323
E-mail: redwoodj@parliament.uk
Web site: www.johnredwood.com

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