- Hurst, Berkshire
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= St.Nicholas Hurst
population= 1,350 (2001)
region= South East England
Hurst is a
villagein the English county of Berkshire. It constitutes a civil parish, known officially as St Nicholas Hurst.
The parish of St Nicholas Hurst is situated at gbmapping|SU798738, four miles north of
Wokinghamand two miles (3 km) south of Twyford in the county of Berkshire. It covers some 2.50 square miles (6.50 square kilometres) and as such is the largest civil parishin the administrative area of Wokingham Borough.
The village is on the A321 Twyford to Wokingham road. There are a number of other smaller areas of sporadic development, the main ones being along Davis Street on the B3030 Twyford to
Winnershroad, along the B3034 Forest Road, from Bill Hill to Binfield and on Broadcommon Road.
River Loddonflows north along the western side of the Parish and a substantial proportion of the parish lies within the alluvial flood plainof this river and its tributaries. The most important exceptions to this are Church Hill just to the west of the village centre, and Ashridge to the south-east.
M4 motorwaycrosses the southern half of the parish but does not have any direct access within the Parish. The A329(M) forms the south-west boundary, separating Hurst from Wokingham and Winnersh.
Hurst is a
civil parishwith an elected parish council. It falls within the area of the unitary authorityof Wokingham Borough. Both the parish counciland the unitary authorityare responsible for different aspects of local government.
The main event of the
yearin Hurst is the annual Horse Show and Country Fayre which usually takes place over the last weekendof June. There are several active sports clubs, including cricket, football and tennis. Thespians are also catered for with the biennial pantomime. The village hallis the venue for a number of cultural events and is the home of the Pre-School Playgroup. The Stanlake Park Wine Estateis in the north of the parish.
* [http://www.hurst-pc.org.uk/ Parish Council]
* [http://www.hvs.org.uk/ Village Society]
* [http://history.hvs.org.uk/ Local History]
* [http://www.HurstHorseShow.org.uk/ Horse Show & Country Fayre]
* [http://www.hurstpanto.org.uk/ Pantomime Group]
* [http://www.HurstVillageHalls.org.uk/ Village Halls]
* [http://www.warmemorial.org.uk/ War Memorial]
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