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HOW WE REMEMBER - an Exhibition of personal histories from World War One.

West Berkshire Museum will open a new exhibition in October and is looking for special local items to feature.

How We Remember commemorates the centenary of the end of World War One. Focusing on the histories of the people of West Berkshire, it will explore how cherished memories cling to ordinary objects, enabling moments to be shared across generations.

The Museum is asking West Berkshire residents to loan possessions that were owned or used by family members in the First World War, and to share the personal history behind these precious items.

All types of objects are of interest, as long as they reveal a unique insight into the years from 1914-1918.

It could be a piece of wire from a trench, a sweetheart pincushion, a piece of trench art or a letter sent from France.

The items will be needed for the duration of the exhibition, which ends in May 2019.

Residents are asked to bring their objects and memories to West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 23 June between 10 and 4 pm.

Anyone unable to bring their possessions in on this date can contact the Museum from Wednesday-Sunday 10 am till 4 pm by calling (01635) 519562 or email Museum@westberks.gov.uk


CARERS WEEK 11th-17th JUNE 2018

Carers Week is an annual campaign to not only raise awareness of caring but also acknowledge the contribution carers make to families and communities. To recognise the valuable support provided by our local carers West Berkshire Council will be supporting the various events taking place locally.

Crossroads Care will host a Picnic tea party for carers and those cared for on Wednesday, 13th June, at 2.00pm to 3.30pm in Frank Hutchings Hall, Bradley-Moore Court, Thatcham RG18 4QH. The focus this year is healthy living so come along and find out about how to improve your lifestyle and what is available in your community.

If you would like to come along call Crossroads Care 01635 30008 or email clarkin@oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub will host the following events for carers only:

Thursday 14th June Pottery Painting 10.00am – 12noon in The Ugly Duckling, Newbury

Friday 15th June Afternoon tea 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start in Hungerford

Thursday 21st June Canal Boat Trip to set sail in Newbury 12.45pm

Places must be booked for these 3 events through Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub 01183247333 or email: ask@berkshirecarershub.org

 

MOBILE POLICE STATION DEPLOYMENT

The Pangbourne Neighbourhood Police team will be deploying their Mobile Police Station to Mortimer Village Hall Car Park, opposite The Groom, on 27th May 2018 between 1.00 pm and 3.00pm to conduct a ‘Have your say’ session with residents. Please take this opportunity to raise any current concerns and issues with them.

 

SHAW HOUSE SUMMER FAIR - 15 JULY

Come and share the beautiful surroundings of Shaw House and enjoy all the fun of the Summer Fair, with craft stalls, bouncy castle, children’s rides and fun dog show. There will be plenty of free entertainment with performances from Mr Muddles the Magician and live music from local band Dragonfly Rhythms. After all that fun you’ll need refreshments; we’ll have locally produced ales, as well as a Pimms tent and barbecue.

Sun 15 July, 11am - 4pm Shaw House ~ £1 per adult, children free ~ Shaw House 01635 279 279

For information on this and other events from West Berkshire Heritage during Spring/Summer 2018: http://www.westberkshireheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Whats-On_Spring-Summer-2018_Screen.pdf

 

THE CALOR RURAL COMMUNITY FUND

The Calor Rural Community Fund is offering off-grid communities the chance to receive grants of up to £5,000 to help fund schemes that will improve local life.

Established in 2017, last year’s winning projects included an inclusive swing for a community park, a new piano for a community choir, books for a rural school library and the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village.

This year they are offering funding for 21 different community projects, with prize pots ranging from £1,000 up to £5,000. Application, via the Calor website, is now open until 21st May.

WHAT'S ON IN MAY

Spring is in the air and there are lots of activities taking place during the month at West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House.  https://mailchi.mp/de4b58137eb7/sfiao8pe6x-1635741?e=d3ef88eda3

KEEPING YOUR HOME SECURE IN THE WARM WEATHER  

With the warmer weather looking set to continue into the weekend, Thames Valley Police would like to remind residents to take basic home security measures to keep their homes safe.

Top tips to reduce the risk of your home being targeted:

  • keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows
  • keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home
  • don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots
  • lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property
  • consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

For more top tips please visit the crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine. 

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN WEST BERKSHIRE 

Please find attached a copy of the latest bulletin from the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire. There are many opportunities for volunteering in the local area details of which can be found at www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk/current_vacancies.htm

WHAT'S ON IN APRIL

Spring is in the air and there are lots of activities taking place during the month at West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House. https://mailchi.mp/ed7a4e66e7f2/ec5z0sel6g?e=d3ef88eda3



DISTRICT COUNCILLOR REPORTS

Please find the latest reports from District Councillor Mollie Lock and District Councillor Graham Bridgman for information.
 

UPSTREAM - Issue 83

Please find the link here to the Spring issue of ‘Upstream’, the West Berkshire Countryside Society newsletter.

 

Community Conversation Awards Launch for 2018

Community groups with projects aimed to improve their local area for both people and wildlife have the chance to win cash to help them succeed with their vision.

The Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust has launched the 2018 Dorothy Morley Awards, this is a bi-annual award aimed at highlighting local projects which benefit local communities and local wildlife. There is a cash prize of £1000 for one winner and £500 for one runner up.

Closing date for applications is on the 29th June, with the winners being announced in late August.

More details and entry rules are in the link: http://www.bbowt.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/DorothyMorley%20leaflet%202018.pdf

For more information about Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust: 
http://www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/local-communities/dorothy-morley-conservation-awards

There is a separate award scheme just for schools, CPRE Berkshire administer the award, details in the link below:  
http://www.cpreberkshire.org.uk/awards

HOARDS AND TREASURE – A SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT THE WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

Brought together for the first time at the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury are 13 hoards from around the district, ranging in date from the Bronze Age (over 4,000 years ago) to the late 18th century, and containing all sorts of objects (not just coins, and apparently a hoard can officially consist of as few as two items, as long as they meet certain criteria). As with much of history, there are more questions than answers, but this exhibition has enabled the museum to show items in its collection that have not been displayed together before.

The exhibition will run until January next year.

The Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00, and entry is free (although donations are encouraged and go towards the upkeep of the historic museum buildings).



PRIORITY SERVICES REGISTER

Following the power cut affecting parts of Mortimer and its surrounds on 2nd March, here are some tips provided by Scottish and Southern Electricity’s (SSE) helpdesk to help those in greatest need during such incidents. Please pass them on to friends and family who are not on social media:

1) dial 105, in a power cut, to log it and provide a contact number, ideally mobile, for them to provide you updates. If possible, check your fusebox has not tripped and that a neighbour is also affected before logging an incident.

2) Consider registering those in greatest need for the "priority service register"

The scheme is described here:
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services/priority-services-register-people-need

To register for our local provider's (SSE) scheme click here: https://sse.co.uk/help/accessibility/priority-services-register

West Berkshire Voluntary and Community Sector Knowledge Event 

Want to meet more than 50 West Berkshire voluntary and community sector organisations all under one roof ?

Make a date in your diary to visit the West Berkshire Voluntary and Community Sector Knowledge Event at:
  • Newbury Racecourses Berkshire Stand
  • Thursday 29th March 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Are you supporting someone that needs help? Have you just moved into the area and want to get to know what’s going on and who does what? Are you a business looking to help in the community, or are you a potential volunteer or a member of a local organisation that wants to work with other groups ?
It’s a chance to find out more about children's services, older people's services, disability services, learning disability services, listening charities, Young Family support, some arts organisations, cancer charities, health services, mental health support, dementia support services, stop smoking help, befriending services, local transport services, local funders and much more.

For more information email info@vcwb.org.uk

New West Berkshire Council Wards

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England proposals for West Berkshire Council are published today (16 January), setting out the new warding arrangements for the May 2019 elections (subject to approval in Parliament). 

Locally, for Mortimer and Burghfield, the Commission has accepted the representations that we four local Conservative councillors (Graham Bridgman, West Berkshire Member for Mortimer; Keith Chopping, Member for Sulhamstead; Carol Jackson Doerge, Member for Burghfield and Ian Morrin, Member for Burghfield) made, supporting the West Berkshire Council response - agreeing the Commission’s proposal for a new three member Burghfield & Mortimer Ward, but (importantly) to exclude the southern part of Sulhamstead that the Commission originally proposed as part of the new ward.

The new ward will be comprised of the parishes of Beech Hill, Burghfield, Stratfield Mortimer and Wokefield and will have an anticipated variance from the predicted average number of electors per councillor in 2023 (3,028) of -1%.

The other local changes are that the Commission has accepted the criticism (which we joined in with) of its proposed vast new Aldermaston, Bradfield and Bucklebury ward and instead there will be three new one member wards: Aldermaston (Aldermaston, Beenham, Brimpton, Padworth and Wasing parishes; +4% variance from the predicted average number of electors per councillor in 2023), Bradfield (Bradfield, Englefield, Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet; +2%), and Bucklebury (Bucklebury, Midgham, Stanford Dingley and Woolhampton; -1%).

For the report, maps, summary etc. visit https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/berkshire/west-berkshire

Volunteering Opportunities in West Berkshire 

There are many opportunities for volunteering in the local area be it a Handybus Driver, a volunteer engineer or a group fundraiser. Details of all the new and current  volunteering opportunities can be found at: http://www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk/current_vacancies.htm 

Mortimer Library

Did you know that you could use the library outside opening hours for meetings of small groups such as a book club, bridge club, games evening etc. If you would like to know more about how to go about arranging this please email lisa.richardson@westberks.gov.uk