Hurst Village Society

Preserving and enhancing the Parish of Hurst as a living community

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Projects

HVS is aimed at preserving and enhancing the Parish of Hurst as a living community.  Each year, as funds allow, we try to undertake a project to improve the environment in which we live.  If you have an idea for a future project, do get in touch to discuss it!

 

 

 

The Cricket Club

 

In 2010 HVS paid for the fencing around the cricket ground to be replaced with railings - opening up the centre of the village in the process.

 

Wayne Smith, Chair of HVS, said, "I am so pleased with the positive response we have received. Phone calls, e-mails, text messages have come in from villagers, congratulating us on the improvement to the village by opening up the view of the cricket ground.

 

"I would like to thank Fencing Products of Winnersh for carrying out such a tidy job, which fits in so well with the surrounding green space Also many thanks to Hurst Cricket Club, in particular Steve Rumble and John Jewell, who not only allowed us to carry out this work, but have given us their active support."

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The Hurst Village Sign.

 

A special day for the village on Saturday 25th April 2015 when Rt Hon Theresa May, Home Secretary, unveiled the village sign.

 

Featured in the design by local artist Sally Castle is the 11th century church, the 150 year old cricket ground, the bowling green (reputed to be the second oldest in the country), farming, trees representing the early Windsor Great Forest, the Loddon lily, the village duck pond including the 21st century duck house.  

 

The children from the village primary school had been involved in selecting what went into the design

 

400 attended the family party which started at 1.30pm. There were drinks, food and balloons for the children.

 

Cllr Wayne Smith, chair of the HVS, said he was delighted that so many had turned  out to join in the fun day and  to witness the unveiling of the sign that had taken two years in planning, designing and erecting.

 

It was the heritage of Hurst in a picture in a wonderful setting.

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Entrance Gates

 

In November 2016 entrance Gates were erected on four roads leading into the Village of Hurst -.

                 

  •  Twyford to Hurst

  •  Wokingham to Hurst

  •  Winnersh to Hurst

  •  Binfield to Hurst

 

These were installed as part of our campaign to stop speeding in the village.

 

We are advised by the Police that over 50% of those caught speeding through the village are local rsidents.

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St Nicholas School Bicentary Mugs

1818-2018

 

St Nicholas School has just had its bicentary and HVS funded some commemorative mugs for the school pupils.

St Nicholas School Bicentary 2018 HVS Mugs

Public Right of Way Maps

 

We have installed these maps in display stands at Warren Road, Forest Road and the Townsend Pond.

 

They are also for sale at the village shop for £1 and are proving very popular.

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Presentation Evenings

 

There have been a number of presentation evenings during 2016 &  2017 which have been of great interest.  These have covered subjects such as the Red Kite, the History of Stanlake Royal Pageantry and Performance, the story of the Cockleshell Raid, Aircraft Accident Investigation, Crop Circle Mysteries and Bee Keeping.  Another talk is planned for October 2018.  Details to be announced.

Debfibrillator at Dinton Pastures

 

HVS contributed to the cost of installation of a defibrillator at Dinton Pastures (March 2016)

Kissing Gates

 

In April 2018 HVS donated towards replacing the styles on tow of the Rights of Way paths in the village which were being purchased by the Ramblers Society

Kissing Gates

Playground Equipment in School Road

 

HVS was pleased to donate towards this playgound equipment provided by the Hurst Parish Council

Debrillator at Dinton Pastures Playground Equipment - 2 - landscape

Friends of Lovell's Lake

HVS made a donation to the Friends of Lovell's Lake to enable them to purchase all the material required for the new viewing season in 2015.  Friends of Lovell's Lake are a local charity that works to conserve and improve the wetland habitats of the nature reserve.

Friends of Lovells Lake Hurst Bowling Green

Hurst Bowling Club

 

HVS made a donation to the Hurst Bowling Club towards the funding of their new pavilion in March 2015.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - June 2012

 

Despite the rain, Hurst celebrated the Queen's Jubilee in style over 4 magnificent days which included activities from football training and a “Dads” 5-a-side competition, bowling, events in Churches, pubs and the wine estate throughout the weekend, a very detailed Treasure Hunt around the village as well as a truly magnificent Street Party and a Hurst’s Got Talent contest.   The Horticultural Society also raised £220 from their tea stall for Help for Heroes.  The bonfire Beacon was lit at exactly 10.15pm as one of the national chain of beacons.

 

The event was financed by HVS and as a result there was free entry to the grounds.  There was also a huge amount of work from many village groups which made it such a success.

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