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Latest Edition of East Garston News

Book Exchange Opens and  Motorway Closures

A big thank you to all of you who turned out for the Village and Churchyard "clean-ups" a couple of weeks ago. Indeed a big thank you to all those who volunteer for the various tasks around the village including the new initiative to keep our footpaths clear of dog waste. If you would like to help out in way please contact any Parish Councillor.

Book Exchange
The East Garston Phone Box Book Exchange is now officially open. Our thanks to volunteers Dermot Tredget for his research and offer to be the custodian and to Jon Hing for building the magnificent shelving that is now installed. This is now a community asset which we hope will be widely used. Donations of fiction and non - fiction books of general interest are welcome. Larger shelves for Children's books and jigsaw puzzles have been provided at the lower levels. There are no strict rules but please consider the following for the benefit of all users.

  • Please do not smoke in the phone box.
  • Please do not "dump" poor quality books.
  • Since we hope that the exchange will be used by all of the family, please do not donate books of an explicit nature
  • Contribute by helping to keep the facility clean and tidy.
If you have further ideas about how this facility may develop, please let the Parish Council know.

Village Hall & Social Club
The Village Hall and Social Club is at the centre of our community and is used by many groups for a wide variety of activities. A full list may be found here with information about how to participate. If you have ideas for a new club or activity that requires a venue then please contact Ed James to discuss. Remember that the Social Club is always pleased to accept new members. Please ask at the bar during opening hours which are currently 7.30pm to 11pm on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

M4 Weekend Closures
We have been advised by the Highways Agency of further work on bridges between junction 12 and 13 which will result in weekend closures of the M4 as follows.
Complete closure of the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 over the following entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday):
  • Friday 24 to Monday 27 November 2017
  • Friday 8 to Monday 11 December 2017
  • Friday 15 to Monday 18 December 2017
  • Friday 12 to Monday 15 January 2018
  • Friday 19 to Monday 22 January 2018 (contingency)

During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy alternatives routes will be suggested further afield.
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused by these closures; if you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk. Or you can visit our website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads
Bus (No. 4) Times between Newbury and Lambourn
We have been advised that there will be minor changes to three journeys serving East Garston on bus service 4, linking Lambourn with Newbury:- The 10:50 and 12:50 journeys from Newbury to Lambourn will run 5 minutes earlier throughout, timetabled to depart Newbury Bus Station at 10:45 and 12:45 effective from Monday 30th October. The 15:20 journey from Lambourn to Newbury will run 5 minutes earlier throughout, timetabled to depart Lambourn Market Square at 15:15 effective from Monday 30th October.

Upcoming Events

Bonfire and Fireworks Party

Reminder - This annual event will be held on the Millennium Field on Saturday 4th November. 6.15pm for guys, Bonfire Lighting 6.30pm. Details here.

East Garston Quiz
Officially this popular event is now fully booked but if you would still like to participate then it may be possible to squeeze you in. It will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 10th November. Full details here

Valley Film Society
The Valley Film Society continues its new season on Tuesday 7th November, 7.30pm at the Village Hall, with The Palio, Documentary.
"Twice a year, the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Not your average race: strategy, bribery and corruption play as much a part as the skill of the riders. Will Giovanni Atzeni prevent legendary rider Gigi Brunschelli in his bid to win his 14th palio?"
Full details here.

Events in the Village are usually highlighted in East Garston News and on the Village Website, when we know about them! Keep checking What's On. If you wish to promote an event then please send details to the Parish Council, details below.
More than 70 people have now joined the new East Garston Facebook neighbourhood group which has been established to provide an alternative communications channel for those living in or interested in East Garston. To join follow this link. Facebook - East Garston