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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
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.”
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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: email@example.com. For more information please call the Chairman - David Hunt on 01488 608300.
West Berkshire Highways have notified us that various unnamed roads in Welford will be closed as necessary on Sunday 20th May 2018 while annual running races take place. The races will take place between 7am and 2pm. There is no alternative route.
A plan of the closure can be found at www.roadworks.org
WELFORD PARISH COUNCIL INVITES
All Parishioners to the
Annual Parish Meeting followed by Wine & Nibbles
Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm in Wickham Village Hall
Mrs Katie Dickens, Welford & Wickham C.E. Primary School Executive Head Teacher
will be sharing news from the school.
Reverend Miriam Keen, the new West Downlands Benefice Rector
will be introducing herself.
Please join us to also share your views and ideas about life in the Parish
Press Release Date: 20 March 2018
West Berkshire to hold largest ever volunteering event
More than 80 organisations will be coming together next week (Thursday 29th March) to raise awareness of volunteering in the largest-ever event of its kind in West Berkshire.
The event aims both to promote the value of volunteering and highlight the help and support available to residents from community and voluntary sector organisations across the district. It’s a great opportunity for:
The event has been organised by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire in partnership with West Berkshire Council, the Health and Wellbeing Board and Awards for All. It takes place on Thursday 29th March, 2018 between 9.30am and 4.30pm at Newbury Racecourse.
The event will be formally opened by the Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Councillor Quentin Webb, at 11am.
Free return travel is available from Newbury town centre to the event, on local buses 9 and 123. Hail either these services from Cheap Street (outside the Kennet Centre) and travel to the Rondetto Avenue stop at Newbury Racecourse.
Speaking ahead of the event Gary Poulson, Director at the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire said: “In West Berkshire we have a thriving voluntary and community sector making a real difference in communities across the district. Through this event we want to raise awareness of the help and support all these groups are providing so that they can work more closely together and become an even more effective network of support for local people.
“This will be one of the largest volunteering events in the south of England in recent years with plenty of help and support on offer. I look forward to seeing everyone at the event next week.”
West Berkshire Council is among the organisations supporting the event. Chief Executive Nick Carter, from West Berkshire Council, added: “At the council we benefit directly from the energy, enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers in our libraries, supporting our countryside team and in many other different ways. We also recognise the value of the support of voluntary groups in supporting our residents so they don’t need to rely on council services. The work they do is very worthwhile and so we have been very happy to support this event and the voluntary sector in the district.”
To find out more about the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire visit www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk
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