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Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates for 2023 are all Tuesdays starting at 7.30pm in the Chaddleworth Village Hall.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th March 2023 (please note this meeting is not on the traditional first Tuesday of the month). The agenda, which is published 3-working days before the meeting, is here

The Parish Council have agreed to hold a meeting every other month, this is to be reviewed again in April. The rest of the 2023 Meeting dates will follow here in due course.

There is currently one vacancy on Parish Council, please contact the Clerk if you are interested in joining the Parish Council and to find out what is involved in being a Parish Councillor for your community. Please email, or call the Clerk on 07827 309401 for more details.

Chaddleworth Defibrillator

Chaddleworth has a defibrillator installed in the telephone box opposite The Ibex Inn.  If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, its vital to call 999 and start CPR. They will give you the code to the cabinet where you will find the defibrillator. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator as anyone can use them in an emergency by following clear spoken instructions, you don’t need training to use one.  Lets hope we don’t have to use it, but its a reassurance to know the Village has one.  Any questions or technical matters concerning the defibrillator, please contact the Parish Clerk via

Defibrillators are devices that send an electric pulse or shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. They are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, an uneven heartbeat that is too slow or too fast. If the heart suddenly stops, defibrillators can also help it beat again. If you should find yourself in the situation where someone needs a Defibrillator, on calling 999, they will be able to tell you where the nearest Defibrillator is located and provide the cabinet code to take the Defibrillator to the patient. The Defibrillator will then instruct you on what to do while waiting for an ambulance. This could save someone’s life!

100 Club


The 100 Club was set up to support the Village Hall in its on-going maintenance programme. So far the 100 Club has supported the replacement heating system, the floor and insulation of the roof and continues to provide much needed income for the Village Hall.

Half of the membership fee (£2 a month) goes directly to support the Village Hall and the other half goes into a prize fund which is drawn once a month.

How do I join the 100 Club?

With “internet banking”, set up a standing order for £2 per month (one number) or £24 a year. Payable to Recipient ‘Chaddleworth 100 Club’, Sort Code 62-28-74, Account No 00000000 (eight zeros), Reference 2856684010. Alternatively, by cheque or cash is fine.
Contact Grahame Murphy on 01488 638628
or to get your allocated lucky number!

History of Chaddleworth Village Hall

The original structure was erected in 1897.  This was a wooden sub-frame clad with corrugated iron and was called the Iron Room. In 1944 it was decided by the Trustees to apply for Charitable status. It was to be used as a “Parish Room/Village Institute for the purposes of physical/mental training, recreation, social, moral, and intellectual development. For the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Chaddleworth and its immediate vicinity”. It was accepted as a Charity on the 31 July 1945.

Historically, the Village Hall was used for a variety of events.  There was a Men’s Club, the WI and Mothers Union also used the Hall, dances in conjunction with RAF Welford were held there. Before the advent of the current Cricket Club the cricket field was just beyond the old Vicarage and teas were provided in the Village Hall.  It was also used for the annual school concert.

Since the Second World War and the advent of the welfare state (full free education, national health service) the Village Hall has developed into a meeting place for village events. The Chaddleworth Village Hall is a charitable community hall run by a management committee representing users and elected members of the public, who are the managing trustees of the charity.


In 1996 the Hall underwent a major refurbishment costing £36,000 to include replacing sub-frame, re-cladding the entire outside with new wood, replacing the roof, toilets, kitchen, windows and doors.  In the last three years a new heating system has been installed, re-insulation of the roof void, a new floor and a new kitchen all financed by local grants, the 100 Club and donations.

The Hall is hired by a range of voluntary organisations, private individuals and statutory organisations for a variety of activities, some of which are licensable.

Non-licensable activities include: Parish Council meetings, Village Hall Committee meetings, Downlands Gardening Club, Bingo, Bring-and-Buy, Parliamentary and Local Elections, MacMillan Coffee Mornings, Jumble Sales, Cricket Club meetings, Private functions (weddings, parties etc.) and ad-hoc meetings.

Licensable activities typically include: playing amplified or live music at concerts or discos, singing and/or dancing in connection with club performances, fundraising events such as dances, discos, suppers, festivals and fetes, youth club activities, amateur dramatic performances, performances by visiting musicians or theatre groups, film shows for children and/or adults and occasional private parties or wedding receptions with bars.

St Andrew’s Church – Contacts

As many of you know I shall be leaving my post as Rector of West Downland at the beginning of March 2023. Supporting our church through this next phase will be the job of the Churchwardens and your new Rector, once they have been recruited. Rev. Miri Keen

We are pleased to offer Zoom from Church for the services, please contact the Benefice Office for joining details via

Details can also be found online at A Church Near You

Chaddleworth Hardship Fund

The Trustees recognise that energy bills have dramatically increased and are set to go up again in the autumn. All applications are always treated with the utmost confidentiality.

If anyone is having difficulty in paying their bills and or are in ‘fuel poverty’ (spending 10% or more of their income on energy) they are urged to contact the Hardship Fund Trustees via the Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer via their email

Parish Council Minutes

Downland Volunteer Group (DVG) Handy Bus Service

The Downland Volunteer Group runs a 12-seater mini-bus service supporting the Downland villages. It offers a door to door service for shopping trips and other club events with regular trips each week that are delivered by popular demand. If you know of anyone who may benefit from using the service then please pass on the details and we will be glad to try and accommodate them.

If passengers require help with shopping on and off of the bus the driver will be happy to oblige.

The details are as follows:

Route: Leckhampstead to Chaddleworth to Wantage return
When:  every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (starting 14th March 2023)
Where: pick up from your house
Time: First pick up in Leckhampstead at 10:00am, then Chaddleworth at 10:20(ish), returning 2:00pm
Destination: Sainsburys in Wantage (1 hour approx. to shop)
Cost:  The Round trip fare is £4 (but it is free in March 2023)
Booking: Call Rollo on 07785 221040 or email

The volunteer group is always looking for new volunteer drivers for the Handy Bus as well. If you or somebody you know could spare a few hours occasionally to drive one of the regular routes then please contact Rollo Duckworth whose details are listed above.

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