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HEAT HEALTH WATCH

Level 2 - Alert and Readiness

There is a 70 % probability of heatwave conditions between Friday and Sunday in parts of England.

Hot, humid conditions are expected, with temperatures likely to reach thresholds. It will become increasingly humid at the end of this week with very warm nights across much of England. Periods of good sunshine will contribute to hot daytime temperatures, and low risk of thunderstorms developing in the south and east.

Updates from the Met Office can be found at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map

Information about heat-health watch from the Met Office at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/#?tab=heatHealth


THAMES VALLEY POLICE OPEN DAY – 18 August 2018

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.

This free event will be taking place at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire (post code RG7 4DX). There will be two entrances for visitors at South Drive and White Lodge and due to this, it is important that you follow the signs to the event.

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. Highlights will 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

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.

Please note that bags will be searched on entry to the event.

WEST BERKSHIRE LIBRARIES ANNUAL REPORT

The first Annual Libraries Annual Report has just been launched and is intended to give you an idea of what West Berkshire libraries do, who uses the libraries, the staff and volunteers, what the service costs and how much town and parishes contributed to them in the financial year April 2017 to March 2018.

West Berkshire Council have also recently launched their new web pages for the service, with information on each branch library and the mobile library service, and where you can keep up to date with what’s going on at the libraries.

 

FORTHCOMING ROADWORKS FOR THE STREET & STATION ROAD

West Berkshire Council have confirmed that road works are planned for The Street & Station Road, Stratfield Mortimer.

Phase 1 will be some minor kerbing repairs planned on The Street from 25 July 2018 for 3 days which will use temporary traffic signals between the hours 0f 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Phase 2 will be the resurfacing of the carriageway on The Street & Station Road from 20 August 2018 for 4 days using a formal road closure and diversion between the hours of 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.


ROAD WORKS UPDATE

Drury Lane will be closed, as above, so that Thames Water can carry out sewer works near premises called “Mariken”

Diversion will be via Turks Lane and Pitfield Lane.

Enquires should be addressed to Thames water on 0203 577 8228.

Details can be viewed on roadworks.org under the following link Drury Lane


SATURDAY SURGERY

Councillor Mollie Lock will be holding a Saturday morning surgery on 4th August in her role as District Councillor, with West Berkshire Council, and Parish Councillor, with Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. She will be available in the Parish Council office at Mortimer Library, 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer, between 10am and 12pm.


HOW WE REMEMBER: AN EXHIBITION OF PERSONAL HISTORIES FROM WORLD WAR ONE.

West Berkshire Museum is asking residents if they have any family items with personal histories attached to them from World War One (WW1) that could be included in a special exhibition commemorating the end of the war.

‘How we remember’ will show how memories cling to ordinary objects, enabling the events behind them to be shared across generations.

Museum staff were fascinated to receive a collection of items from a local family whose relative served during WW1, including his prayer book that still has mud from the Somme stuck to it.

They would love to hear from more local people about any treasured WW1 possessions they may have and be prepared to loan for the duration of the exhibition, which will run from October 2018 to May 2019.

These could be letters, gifts or maybe personal items used by a relative or perhaps something they made whilst away from home. The effects of the war on those who remained at home will also be featured in the exhibition
Please contact the Museum during normal opening hours; Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am till 4 pm. Call (01635) 519562 or email museum@westberks.gov.uk

WHAT'S ON IN JULY

Summer is here and there are lots of activities taking place during the month at West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House. 


DON'T LET YOUR HEDGE BE A HAZARD

This leaflet from West Berkshire Council outlines some of the dangers caused by hedges and trees overhanging the public highway and provides guidelines to help you understand why it’s important to ensure that your own hedges don’t cause an obstruction. It also outlines your responsibilities - and West Berkshire Council’s - towards pedestrians and road users. 

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


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

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