New Noticeboard outside the Village Shop
HVS have donated a new noticeboard, to go outside the Village Shop, which will be going up soon to replace the old, rather sad looking one.
This is the start of the shop front refurbishment that the shop owners are undertaking.
Donation to Church Parish Room Restoration
In May 2021 HVS made a considerable donation of £3,000 to the restoration of the St Nicholas Church Parish Room restoration fund.
Over the years it has fallen into a significant state of disrepair so it will be fabulous to have the room brought back to life and available for all the village to use.
Gates for Footpath around St Nicholas School
In March 2020 HVS contributed to the new gates at St Nicholas School for the re-routing of the footpath around the school playing fields.
NHS Workers Thank You Banner
HVS contributed to the village banner thanking the NHS and Key workers during Covid.
Benches in the Community Orchard
in 2019 HVS contributed to the benches in the Community Orchard
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.
In April 2018 HVS donated towards replacing the styles on two of the Rights of Way paths in the village which were being purchased by the Ramblers Society
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.
You can download a version here.
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 residents.
Defibrilator at Dinton Pastures
HVS contributed to the cost of installation of a defibrillator at Dinton Pastures (March 2016)
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.
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.
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.
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."