LATEST NEWS (see News & Events Tabs above for further details, or click on the links in the text):
Churches of St Marys and St Stephens now have their own website, http://www.stmarysandststephens.org.uk/
The Village now has a Facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403619013225701/
At long last the sewage problems which have been suffered by some villagers since early February have been sorted, the portaloos, traffic lights and bales removed, but there remain several large potholes on the A338 which drivers should be wary of!! Two of the six pumps which have been working 24/7 have now been removed, but the village remains on a FLOOD ALERT, due to the volume of groundwater still rising.
If you have property adjoining a water course, please check there are no obstructions in it, remove if it is safe to do so, otherwise report to your Team Leader. If you are passing the pumps and notice anyone you do not recognise in the vicinity, please take details and report to the Police immediately.
Forthcoming Village Events:
- Great Shefford Duck Derby – 3pm Saturday 19th April 2014 – East Shefford Farm – see Events listing above
Great Shefford Sports and Social Club AGM – Thursday 1st May 2014 8pm – The Social Club (behind the Village Hall, Station Road)
- Quiz Night to raise funds for Churches of St Mary’s and St Stephen’s – 7.30pm Saturday 10th May 2014 – Great Shefford Village Hall – see Events listing above for details
- Village Walk 5th May 2014 and planning for Country Fayre 2014 – see Events listings above for further details
- Newbury & Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch – next meeting 2nd June 2014 - see details at Neighbourhood Watch entry above
- Football Fun – Saturday 14th June 2014 - Great Shefford Recreation Ground – see Events listing above
- Country Fayre - Sunday 20th July 2014 – see Events listing above for details
Great Shefford’s Fallen, First and Second World Wars Commemorative Exhibition, 13th and 14th September 2014 – see News item for further details
- Have your say on the future of the NHS - A Call to Action – see News item for further details
- Country Watch Crime Reduction Advice - Hare Coursing – see poster at Country Watch Hare Coursing Reduction Advice
- 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 and services.
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.