LATEST NEWS (see News & Events Tabs above for further details, or click on the links in the text):
Flooding problems: The A338 is presently restricted to single file traffic controlled by traffic lights at heavily-flooded areas adjacent to the petrol station and at the northern end of the village. Please restrict speed to 5mph to avoid further degradation, bow waves damage homes (update posted 23/02/2014).
The village now has a Facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403619013225701/ Great Shefford Villagers, please circulate the road restrictions.
The River Lambourn was placed on a FLOOD WARNING on 6th February: The Winterbourne Stream remains on the flood alert placed on it by the Environment Agency on 7th January:-
Please report issues to your Team Leader in the village Emergency Management Team (See Emergency Management Team under Village Organisations above). Your Team Leader will collate the problems and pass this back up to West Berks. Please do not make direct contact with West Berks, they may well already be inundated! If you want more information about flooding, please phone Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or log onto Floodline Warnings Direct at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodline.
If you have sewage issues, please log these with Thames Water 0845 9200 800 - it would also be helpful to inform your Team Leader so that we can collate all issues in the village. The more reports logged with Thames Water, the better the chance of getting something done. Don’t assume your neighbour will have done it, as not all adjoining properties are affected! Residents with functioning drains are asked to keep toilet flushings and use of dishwashers and washing machines to a minimum to reduce the overall burden on the system – or it could be you next! If you are in a position to give this problem maximum publicity, please do so for the benefit of your fellow villagers, some of whom have raw sewage in their homes and gardens.
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:
- Lent Super Soup Lunch, Friday 14th March, Great Shefford Village Hall – see poster at Super-Soup-Lunch-2014
- Café Church, Sunday 16th March 2014 – see poster at Cafe Church flyer for 16th March 2014
- Newbury & Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch – next meeting rescheduled to 7th April – see details at Neighbourhood Watch entry above
- Lent Super Soup Lunch, Friday 11th April , Great Shefford Village Hall – see poster above
- Village Walk 5th May 2014 and planning for Country Fayre 2014 – see poster at Village Walk and Country Fayre 2014
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.