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Waste Collections to start an hour earlier at 6am
Recycling and Rubbish collections will start at 6am from Wednesday 25 July until the end of the week.
This is due to the very hot weather and so the collection crews can avoid being out in the heat during the hottest part of the day.
Please put your bins out before 6am and let your neighbours, friends and family know that we’ll be collecting earlier. Thank you - West Berkshire Council
The Pew Sheet for Sunday 22nd July can be downloaded here.
Services in the West Downland Benefice this Sunday will be:
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) at Leckhampstead
9.30am Holy Communion at Shefford Woodlands
10.00am Holy Communion at Brightwalton
There will not be a 5.00pm service this week - the next will be on Wednesday 1st August at Leckhampstead.
This year’s Thames Valley Police Open Day will be taking place on Saturday 18 August, celebrating 50 years since the formation of the force.
The event will be taking place at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire (post code RG7 4DX).
From 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm), stalls will be promoting the very best of what TVP has to offer and showcasing the work that the force has carried out for the past 50 years.
Some of the highlights include:
· Arena displays, including the public order team combined with the mounted section
· Children’s fancy dress competition – come dressed in a police themed costume to be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize
· Pat and chat with the mounted section – A chance to meet officers and their horses
· See the force helicopter and meet the pilots
· Learn about different departments
· Visit the police museum
This year there will be two entrances for visitors at South Drive and White Lodge.
Due to this, it is important that you follow the signs to the event. The roads will be busy and narrow country lanes can make it difficult to turn around if you go the wrong way.
Car parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Assistance dogs are permitted, other visitors with dogs will be turned away and dogs must not be left in vehicles.
On entry to the event bag searches will be taking place.
This is a free event.
For further information in the lead up to the event, please visit our Facebook and Twitter channels.
The summer newsletter from the West Berkshire Countryside Society is available to download here:
Hungerford Library building to be run by Town Council
West Berkshire Council is to hand over the running of the Hungerford Library Building to Hungerford Town Council.
The arrangement, which was agreed at a meeting of the Full Council will be officially signed on 15 June.
Hungerford Library will continue to be run by West Berkshire Council within the building with Hungerford Town Council leasing the building from the council building on a 99 year lease at a peppercorn rent.
Dominic Boeck, west Berkshire's Executive Member for Culture and Libraries said: "Handing over the running of this well located building will provide Hungerford with a great community hub and will also help to future-proof the much loved library service.
"We are responding to requests from parishes to run buildings which saves the council money at a time when funding is low and, in this case, will embrace and encourage active community partnerships while helping to protect and preserve our valuable library service."
Cllr Helen Simpson, Mayor of Hungerford said: "We have come a long way from the threat of library closure to agreeing a lease of the Library building and securing the future of the library.
"The use of the building is set to flourish under the stewardship of Friends of Hungerford Library and a trust which was established to manage the building for our community.
"Huge thanks must go to 'The Friends' whose input from the beginning has been a determined force of drive and commitment, also to the trustees who will now manage this valuable community asset into the future.
"This has been an impressive 'working together’ story, reaching the best outcome for the residents of Hungerford. Thank you West Berkshire Council for allowing the creative ideas of our team to become a welcomed reality.”
Press Release Issued by:
Welford Parish Council Vacancy
Welford Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. The parish includes the villages of Wickham, Welford, Easton, Weston, Hoe Benham and Halfway with a total population of just over 400. The council are looking for a dedicated parishioner who will contribute to the decision making of the council and to ways of improving life within the parish.
Applications should be made to the Parish Clerk, Karen Griffiths who can be contacted on 07977 226450 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please call the Chairman - David Hunt on 01488 608300.
Sunday Services in the West Downland Benefice
Services in bold print have activities for children
3rd June 8am BCP Holy Communion Chaddleworth
10am Together@Ten Great Shefford
10am Holy Communion Fawley
11am All Age Communion Wickham
8am BCP Holy Communion Brightwalton
9.30am Holy Communion Great Shefford
10am Holy Communion Leckhampstead
11am BCP Holy Communion Wickham
8am BCP Holy Communion Fawley
10am Café Church Great Shefford
10am Holy Communion Chaddleworth
11am Matins Welford
8am BCP Holy Communion Leckhampstead
9.30am Holy Communion Shefford Woodlands
10am Holy Communion Brightwalton
Revd Miri Keen writes
I’ve been enjoying the sort of simply glorious summer afternoon that vicars in books always seem to have! We have been drinking tea in the shade of an apple tree while the sun shines in a cloudless blue sky. The birds are singing at the tops of their voices and the breeze is scented with lilac. The garden is lush, green and bursting with new growth. The beauty of the day and the sense of well-being that I feel remind me of one of God’s promises:
“If you do away with the yolk of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourself on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed ...
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Isaiah 58: 10&11
How wonderful it is to know that we can be confident that our individual life and the life of our community can be as fruitful and inspiring as the most lush and well-tended garden because God has promised that he will care for us and help us to grow if we care for one another and seek justice and goodness.
Songs of Praise at Shefford Woodlands: Sunday 1st July at 6pm
Followed by refreshments by kind invitation of Mrs Anne Hewson
Do you have a favourite hymn or song that brings back previous memories or has helped you through difficulties and challenges? Would you be willing to write a few lines to tell others why it is so special, or even share a few words at our Songs of Praise? Please contact Miri
01488 6499927 email@example.com
For more information about our services and events please contact our Administrator Lindsay Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org
or follow our new Facebook page West Downland Churches
On Saturday 30th June the Friends of Welford and Wickham CofE Primary School PTFA are planning to hold a festival style event on the Wickham Recreational Group behind the School, between 3-10pm . In addition to the usual games, stalls, BBQ and drinks, there will be live music, all helping to raise crucial funds for the school.
Watch this space for further information!
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