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Community Groups

Allotments:

There is an active Allotment Association operating with plots south of the village just a five minute walk from the centre.

Contact Zak Frost, 01488 648607; eastgarstonaa@gmail.com

Film Society:

The Valley Film Society meets in the Village Hall on the first Tuesday of the month. For details of membership and the current programme of films see www.valleyfilmsociety.org or contact a committee member on 01488 72305/648534/648663 or email info@valleyfilmsociety.org

Local History Society:

The Local History Society meets several times a year usually based upon a presentation about local events or matters of interest from the past. Look out on this website for future events.

Over 60s Coffee Club:

A social meeting for the over 60s in the community takes place in the Friends Meeting House on Back Street on the last Friday of each month, 10:30 am to 12 noon. It is an opportunity for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with regular activities such as quizzes and a raffle. New members are always welcome. Contact Dave Knight, 01488 648472,  d.knight636@btinternet.com

Sport and Recreation:

The village has two recreation areas, owned and maintained by the Parish Council. The Jubilee Meadow on Back Street is a popular meeting place for families and has a climbing frame for older children and an under 5 area with swings and slide.

The Millennium Field behind the Village Hall has cricket nets used by East Garston Cricket Club and goal posts for junior and senior football. 

Billiards:

The Village Hall has a full size snooker table and a team participates in a local biliiards league on Monday evenings. New players always welcome. Contact Pete Stone, p.stone@cem.ac.uk, 01488 648868

Cribbage:

A team participates in the local Cribbage league on Monday evenings in the winter. New players always welcome. Contact Val and Monty Montgomery, 01488 648506

Darts:

A team participates in the local Darts league on Thursday evenings in the winter. New players always welcome. Contact Raymond Baker, 01488 649090, ray.douglasinstruments@gmail.com

Morris Dancing: 

Garston Gallopers are your local Morris dancing side, meeting in the Village Hall on Mondays from 8 – 9:30pm. For those of you in the know about different styles of Morris, most of our dances are Cotswold, with a few Border-style dances. We always welcome new dancers and musicians so drop into one of our practices if you would like to have a go. To enquire about joining us or booking us to perform you can find details at www.garstongallopers.co.uk

Pilates Classes:

Body Control Pilates classes are held in the Village Hall on Thursday mornings 10:30-11:30am. Contact Belinda Spanswick 07833 643696, belinda.spanswick2@btinternet.com

Table Tennis Club:

The Table Tennis club meets on Thursday evenings in the Village Hall from 6:30 to 8:00pm. New players are always welcome. Contact Dave Knight, 01488 648472,  d.knight636@btinternet.com

Music Groups

West Berkshire Strings was founded by Patricia Glover in 2014 from ever-growing church and school music groups in and around East Garston. Violin and cello players of all ages, from Grade 1 standard to the more advanced, work together to play to the very best of our ability. We meet several times a year and specialise in “pop-up” performances, with just one rehearsal immediately before each performance. For more information, please contact Patricia on patriciaglover@btinternet.com or 01488 648420.

West Berkshire Cello Academy was founded by Philip Daish-Handy in 2015. Set in our picturesque village of East Garston, students travel from around the UK to study with Philip. The academy inspires cellists of all ages and abilities to be the best that they can be, by nurturing confidence in music performance. Students may be prepared for exams, festivals, auditions and concerts either as soloists or in small ensembles and this is resulting in some great music making in the community and further afield. For more information, please contact Philip on bmie@outlook.com or 07896 198709.

Religion: (for services see here)

Church of England:

All Saints’ Church in the village. See full details here

The Society of Friends:

Meeting House, opposite the Village Hall. Contact: - Clerk, Phoebe Fennell, 01635 582755

Roman Catholic:

Sacred Heart Church in Lambourn. Contact: - Canon Peter Turbitt, 01235 762374

Methodist :

Lambourn Methodist Chapel. Contact: - Alan Osborne, 01488 72837