Local Facilities and Services
A mobile library visits the village every three weeks on a Thursday. You can view the details to the mobile library via this link
There is also a small library in Lambourn contact 01488 71350 or see the West Berkshire Council library page for opening times
Follow the Friends of Lambourn Library on their Facebook page
The redundant phone box on Humphreys Lane has been adopted by the Parish Council and now hosts a community book exchange.
General, 01488 71715;
Appointments, 01488 72299;
The surgery has dispensary which may be used by East Garston residents. Prescriptions can be delivered to PJS on Back Street by request at the dispensary. 01488 674040
Lambourn Pharmacy; 01488 71464
Newbury Community Hospital; Does not have A & E but has a minor injuries unit (not 24 hours), 01635 273300
Great Western Hospital, Swindon is the nearest A & E; 01793 604020
A newspaper delivery service is available from Pete Ireland, 01635 40833 or 07787 128652
A milk delivery service is available from www.milkandmore.co.uk/
Unfortunately East Garston does not currently have a Post Office service. Nearest Post Offices are below.
Lambourn Post Office inside the Co-op is open 6:00am to 10:00pm Monday to Saturday and 7.00am to 10.00pm Sunday.
Great Shefford Post Office is open 9:00am to 17:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday
There are two post boxes in the village; by the village hall ( Last Collection time 4:15pm Mon-Fri; 9:30am Sat; No collection Sunday) and on the eastern section of Front Street (Last Collection time 9:00 am Mon-Fri; 7:00am Sat; No collection Sunday).
Queens Arms in the village 01488 648757 www.queensarmseastgarston.co.uk
The normal day for refuse and recycling collection is Tuesday. (except for College Way where collections are on Thursday by a lightweight vehicle)
Schools and Pre School:
East Garston is in the catchment area of the following schools:
Chaddleworth St Andrew's and Shefford Church of England Federated Primary Schools
John O’Gaunt School , Hungerford (Secondary)
Parents may, of course, choose alternatives in the area.
Great Shefford Under Fives is a registered charity and runs a Baby & Toddler group on Monday mornings plus a Pre-School each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time. They are a non -profit making educational group which provides both social and educational opportunities for local families. They welcome all families from our communities and provide an inexpensive but excellent Pre School; their 2015 Ofsted gave them a grade of "Good" with an "Outstanding" contribution to the well-being of children. They have welcomed many families from East Garston over the years and hope to continue to do so.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in East Garston
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) provides free, age appropriate books for children under 5 with the aim of promoting early childhood literacy and school readiness. Lambourn Valley IL is an affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library UK and children under five in East Garston are welcome to register. Registered children receive one free, age appropriate book per month from birth to 5, through the post, to keep. If a child is registered at birth they will receive 60 books by the time they reach five. There is no charge to register or receive the books for families, and all families can register, regardless of status. The Imagination Library within the Lambourn Valley area is operated by the local affiliate, Helen Hastle who is responsible for the charges for the books sent out in the area.
The books are provided in partnership with Penguin UK at cost and procurement and packing is managed by the Dollywood Foundation UK. Each age group receives a different book to ensure the books are age appropriate and all the books are carefully selected by a panel of experts each year to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage Developmental Goals.
Follow the above link to register online or please contact Helen by text, phone or email for a paper form or for more details: 07881 613472
Sadly, there is no longer a village shop. The premises are now occupied by a coffee shop (see below), in the Village Hall Car Park.
They host the visiting Post Office on Thursdays. The visiting Post Office comes from Aldbourne Stores who also offer a shopping service which includes general groceries, ready meals, olives and cheese. If there is anything anyone would like please pop in and see Mark on Thursday morning who will be happy to help.
Great Shefford has a village shop and post office and Lambourn has a selection of shops including a chemist, Co-op, hardware store, post office, butchers, bakery, hairdressers, estate agents and several takeaways.
Bus Number 4 runs from Lambourn to Newbury.
Timetable available from Traveline, 0871 200 2233 or at www.traveline.info
There is a weekly service to Wantage, on Wednesdays, leaving East Garston at 9:15 am from the Village Hall.
Nearest fuel is at Great Shefford or Hungerford.
PJS Agricultural Engineers on Back Street is useful for garden machinery sales and repairs. www.pjsagri.co.uk
Cosy Paws Cattery in Goodings Lane provides convenient and quality boarding for cats. www.cosypawscattery.co.uk or 01488 648397.
Lorne Hill Farm holds quilting and craft classes year round in a purpose built workshop. There are individual classes to suit all ages and abilities in crafts including sewing, knitting, crochet, and quilting, as well as Quilt - making courses.
To see the current schedule take a look at www.lornehillquilts.net . Anyone is welcome to come along to Lorne Hill Farm on Tuesday mornings, 10.00am till 1.00pm, to work on your own project in company. For just £4 you can spend a lovely morning chatting and sharing ideas instead of working on your own at home. Because we also have a small caravan site, we have visitors from all over Britain and overseas as well as lots of regulars from the valley.
Priscillas Kitchen is a popular Coffee Shop based in the old shop in the Village Hall Car Park. They will be open Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm, serving delicious homemade cakes and light lunches.