Latest News (see News & Events Tabs above for further details):
- Friends of Chaddleworth & Shefford Schools (FOCAS) – Christmas Fayre – 5-7 pm Friday 6th December 2013 at Shefford School – see poster at Christmas Fayre Poster
- Meet your Police and Crime Commissioner – Newbury 18th December 2013 - see poster at West Berks – PCC tell us your views -
- Church Notices for November & December 2013 – see News Tab for listing of services
- Every household in Great Shefford Parish to receive free copy of the Parish News – to be delivered about the 13th December – thanks to all volunteers who deliver to our homes
Christmas collection dates for rubbish and recycling – any queries, please contact Customer Services on 01635 519080 or email email@example.com
- Country Watch Crime Reduction Advice – Hare Coursing – see poster at Country Watch Hare Coursing Reduction Advice
- Nine Lessons & Nine Carols Candlelight Service – 3pm, St Thomas’s East Shefford – Saturday 21st December 2013
- Revised no 90 bus timetable from Monday 28th October 2013 – see at 90-Hungerford to Swindon
- Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Call to Action Events – November 2013
- Neighbourhood Return Scheme – volunteers needed
- Handbell Ringing – Great Shefford Village Hall – come and join us
The Parish of Great Shefford comprises Great Shefford village itself, the hamlets of Shefford Woodlands and East Shefford and a number of outlying farms. It is set in beautiful countryside that is part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is able to offer a rural setting lifestyle for those who choose to live there. The village of Great Shefford is situated in the Lambourn Valley on the Berkshire Downs where the A338 crosses the river Lambourn. It lies just under 2 miles north of Junction 14 of the M4 motorway which provides direct access east to London and west to Bristol. There are also good routes to Southampton, Oxford and the Midlands via the A34 and the M40. These good transport links have attracted a commuting population who venture every day to such destinations as London and Bristol and have encouraged businesses to locate within the Parish. Those wishing to travel by train can choose between the stations in Hungerford, Newbury, Didcot and Swindon. Unfortunately, only Newbury can easily be reached by public transport.
The B4000 follows the route of the Roman road known as Ermin Street from east to west at the southern end of the Parish and along it for some two miles stretches the settlement of Shefford Woodlands. The main concentration of houses is around the crossroads with the old Hungerford – Wantage road, but since the construction of the M4 motorway (which forms the southern boundary of the Parish), this part of the hamlet has been closed to through traffic, but not to the blight of motorway noise. Shefford Woodlands is served by the small church of St. Stephen’s and the Pheasant Inn but has no other facilities. Wickfield is an outlying settlement, formerly agricultural, with some seven dwellings and a small commercial business park. Because of their location, residents at this end of the Parish tend not to look to Great Shefford village for entertainment, services or facilities.
Over 950 people live in the Parish, in some 370 households, the majority of which are owner-occupied and detached or semi-detached. The Parish has its share of “character” housing with several centuries-old, thatched houses. In addition to the traditional village activities of farming and breeding racehorses, the area has attracted many local small businesses such as a micro-brewery, suppliers of equine equipment, and a variety of service and light industrial businesses. With the advent of broadband, a new trend in working patterns has emerged over the past couple of years with many former commuters now having the flexibility to be able to work from home wherever this is possible and feasible. The village has a good community spirit, combining a strong sense of tradition with a welcoming attitude towards newer residents from outside the area.