RAF Welford has a tanoy system known as "Giant Voice", which is designed to get a message across the base to all personnel if an emergency situation arose.
The Giant Voice has recently been upgraded, and we are planning to test out the new system on Wednesday 1 November at 12:00 midday. The test will last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. During this time you may hear various tones and alerts that we are required to validate during the calibration phase of the new system install. These noises should cause no concern for alarm.
Once the new system is successfully tested, it is proposed that the National anthems of the UK and USA are played at the end of each working week. This is traditional across USAF bases, and national anthems are played at other USAF bases in the UK at the end of each working day. The weekly anthems will be played on a Thursday or Friday afternoon, at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm.
Please can you pass on this message to local residents, to prepare them both for the system testing on Wednesday and the ongoing playing of the national anthems. Thank you - RAF Welford
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in which a vehicle failed to stop.
The incident occurred on 29/10 at 2.12am on the A4 Bath Road, Kintbury crossroads in Hungerford.
The victim, a 48-year-old man, was walking along the road with another man when a vehicle collided with him.
The vehicle, which may have been a dark coloured hatchback, did not stop at the scene.
The victim sustained serious head, shoulder and back injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains.
Investigating officer Sergeant Andrew Fordyce of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, based at Three Mile Cross, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen two pedestrians walking along this road at about 2.10am.
“The vehicle involved in this collision is likely to have sustained damage as a result of this incident, and I would like to speak to anyone who saw any dark coloured medium sized hatchback vehicles on the road around the time this incident occurred.
“Anyone with any details which could help our investigation is asked to call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.”
If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '260 (29/10)', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
Please see below information from Highways England in relation to M4 closures. Any queries should be directed to Highways England – details below.
FROM Highways England:
Maintenance work to replace the beams and waterproofing material to the bridges which carry the M4 over the B4009 Hampstead Norreys Road near Hermitage, Brocks Lane near Frilsham and Burnt Hill Road has now started.
As previously advised, during work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include larger cranes that will sit across all lanes of the motorway.
To allow this work to take place we will be fully closing the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 over the following entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday):
· Friday 24 to Monday 27 November 2017
· Friday 8 to Monday 11 December 2017
· Friday 15 to Monday 18 December 2017
· Friday 12 to Monday 15 January 2018
· Friday 19 to Monday 22 January 2018 (contingency)
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy alternatives routes will be suggested further afield.
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused by these closures; if you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email email@example.com. Or you can visit our website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads
Message sent by
Claire Williams (Police, Co-ordinator, West Berkshire)
This is a message on behalf of Angela Money BEM, Chair of Newbury and Thatcham, Neighbourhood Watch.
The next Neighbourhood Watch meeting is being held on 20th November 2017 at 7.30pm in West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury. There will be an interesting talk by Dr Nick Young about Newbury Then and Now.
Representatives from the Police and fire Service will also be attending to give crime updates and both will be available to answer any questions. If you have any particular issues that you would like comments on, please let me know so that they can do some research and report back at the meeting.
There will be refreshments, a raffle, crime prevention literature and a handout giving various information worth passing on to your neighbours. The minutes of the last meeting will be sent out with the meeting reminder.
There is parking close by and the evening charge is £2 in the car parks but there is free parking in the parking bays after 6pm near Bartholomew Street and Cheap Street.
For security reasons, the main door to West Berkshire Council Offices will be locked at 7.45pm so please arrive by 7.30pm.
Dates for meetings in 2018 have been arranged for 26th February, 21st may, 20th August and 26th November. Can you please make a note of these dates in your diary.
I will have some Members Guides and Stickers available at the meeting but the Guides can be downloaded via the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association website: http://tvnhwa.org.uk/downloads.php and can be forwarded onto your neighbours.
Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting, so please come along and bring any neighbours or friends, as it is important to have a good attendance for the speakers and I do appreciate your support.
We are also having a Neighbourhood Watch stand in the Kennet Centre on 16th November. We will have a limited supply of literature stickers but if you require anything specific, please let me know and I shall ensure that we have them available for you to collect.
I can be contacted via my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01635 40866.
Many thanks, Angela
Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley’s new Police and Crime Plan has been published . A summary version of the plan can be found below:
Are you interested in badgers?
Would you like to join a local badger group to learn more about and help these fascinating animals?
We are a friendly local group who arrange walks, talks and sett surveys and are looking to expand membership in the area.
If you would like to join us or want to find out more, please email us at:-email@example.com
or call us on 0709 2234377
or visit our website www.binfieldbadgers.org.uk
Binfield Badger Group
Protecting badgers in BerkshireCharity Number: 1075886
Highways have informed us of changes to the proposed M4 Closures for the week commencing 9th October:
· Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October – Full EASTBOUND closures from junction 13 to junction 12
· Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October – Full WESTBOUND closures from junction 12 to junction 13
The closures planned for week commencing 16 October have been cancelled as the narrow lane traffic management should be installed.
Following ongoing concerns raised over the Sovereign Housing site at 1-6 Easton Hill, Easton, the Parish Council will be holding an Extra Ordinary meeting onsite at Easton on Saturday 14th October at 9am.
Residents are welcome to attend to share their views.
The agenda for the meeting can be found here.
Keeping you up to date with Parish news and events. If you have an event or news item you would like to share please email the Parish Clerk