Great Shefford

Introduction

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. 

Great Shefford village has a primary school, a public house, churches, a village shop, a petrol station, a garage, a village hall, a social club and a recreation ground. There is even an astronomical observatory in a private garden.The Village Hall has recently been renovated and its facilities include an up-to-date kitchen and a car park. It is frequently used by the Under 5s  and hosts many local meetings such as the monthly Parish Council meeting.

The mobile library visits Great Shefford at the Under 5’s @ 11.25-11.55, the Village Hall @11.55-12.25,  Fettiplace @12.30- 12.55 and the School @14.00-14.45, every three weeks on a Thursday. (Route R). 

Great Shefford Parish Council meets in the village hall on the first Thursday of every month (expect August).

The Village Hall is administered by a committee consisting of representatives of all organisations in the village -responsible to the Charities Commission.

Transport

The No 4 bus service is the main bus route and Lambourn Volunteers covers Great Shefford.

There is regular bus service between Newbury and Lambourn. The M4 and the A34 are nearby. The Green bus runs from Great Shefford (by the village Shop) to Want age every Wednesday, it calls at East Garston, Eastbury and Lambourn- there is a small charge.

Food & Drink

The newly re-opened The Great Shefford pub has been redesigned and is under new management. Situated in the village of Great Shefford, The Great Shefford is a privately owned public house with a riverside terrace, a wood burning fire, a seasonally-inspired menu, an elegant restaurant (with a private-dining annexe), a great wine list, and an excellent range of spirits (gins in particular).As this is the Valley of the Racehorse, they have set aside a special area of welcome for those who want to keep their eyes on events on the turf in our dedicated Racing Lounge, with wide-screen TV and up-to-date editions of the sporting press.

They  are open seven days a week, from morning through to late evening, serving lunch and dinner as well simpler food offerings such as bar snacks and sandwiches.

The Pheasant Inn has a broad and imaginative drinks range and regularly changing menu, which showcases the freshest and best local produce and unfussy, flavoursome cooking.

The Pheasant Inn has a broad and imaginative drinks range and regularly changing menu, which showcases the freshest and best local produce and unfussy, flavoursome cooking.

Communication

There is a village website and a monthly parish magazine. There are various, scattered Facebook groups, individual websites and notice boards throughout the village.

Churches 

Great Shefford Parish has three churches: the Parish church of St. Mary, the chapel of St. Stephen in Shefford Woodlands and the redundant church of St. Thomas in East Shefford. The Parish is part of the West Downland Benefice. Holy Communion is held on the second Sunday in Great Shefford and on the fourth Sunday in Shefford Woodlands. on the first, second  and third Sunday of the month and in Shefford Woodlands on the fourth Sunday, with additional lay led services on the first and third Sunday at Great Shefford. Approached through an avenue of lime trees with a rookery, its churchyard overlooks the river and the water meadows.  St. Stephen’s Church stands at the crossroads in Shefford Woodlands. Great Shefford has a ramp into the church.

Health

The local doctor’s surgery is at Lambourn Surgery. There is a local volunteer transport service, Lambourn Volunteers. Their office is open Monday and Thursday Mornings at Tel No: 0148871536. There is a defibrillator at the Village Hall and Spring Meadows. In Shefford Woodlands there is a defibrillator in 

Environment

In terms of biodiversity, one of the most striking features of Great Shefford is the River Lambourn, the whole of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is a chalk bourn rising near the village of Lambourn.  The river supports brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) and grayling (Thymallus thymallus). In addition to common species of aquatic flora, such as water crowfoot (Ranunculus penicillatus) and lesser water parsnip (Berula erecta), the river also supports rarer species including horned pondweed (Zannichellia palustris) and opposite-leaved pondweed (Groenlandia densa). Dry arable fields support some relatively rare species including corncockle (Agrostemma githago), narrow leaved pepperwort (Lepidium ruderale) and red hemp nettle (Galeopsis angustifolia). Local woodlands support sparse populations of herb paris (Paris quadrifolia). Red kites (Milvus milvus) are regularly seen over the village, while sharp eyed observers may be lucky enough to see a sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). Other wildlife such as foxes, deer, hares and badgers are also commonly seen.

There is an Emergency Management Team providing support until emergency services arrive in the case of an emergency that affects all or part of the village. i.e. flooding Email: steveackril.co.uk

Other There is a local observatory, a brewery.

 

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