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Between now and the end of December you can get a replacement for free!

Pick it up from Mortimer Library and at the same time see what else is going on – Rhyme Time; Craft and Chatter; children’s craft sessions; book groups; photocopying; internet access; films and magazines to borrow; newspapers to read; information galore; battery recycling; Foodbank drop off and so much more!

Mortimer Library is open at the following times:
Monday 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am to 5pm
Friday 1pm to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 12:30pm
Excluding Bank Holidays



From now until the end of March, play tennis for free:

Monday, 10.00-11.00 a.m. Over 55’s

Monday, 11.00-12.00 p.m. Adults of all abilities

To find out more: info@mortimertennisclub.co.uk or just turn up on the day.



Events, talks and exhibitions taking place at West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House during November 2018 include Christmas workshops, wreath making, ceramic decorations, and a talk on the Memorials of the Great World War in West Berkshire. Details are listed here.


West Berkshire Council will be arranging collection of unwanted green bins over the next few months. 

Residents who do not wish to subscribe to the garden waste service or use their green bin to recycle food waste can request a collection online to have their green bin removed from their property

We would encourage residents to use their green bin to recycle food waste or to use them for something other than garden waste. Some residents have chosen to use them for extra storage, or to convert them into a water butt, wormery or composter.

Request for a green bin to be collected at www.westberks.gov.uk/unwantedgreenbin


As the dark nights draw in there is nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa with your favourite magazine, but have you noticed how expensive they are? Wouldn't it be nice if you could access any magazine, anywhere, anytime and for free? Well now you can with West Berkshire Libraries. They have 145 popular magazines for you to download every month onto your mobile device, laptop or PC. All you need is your library card number and PIN to get started. Ask library staff for details or visit our website: www.westberks.gov.uk/elibrary


Mortimer Library is running a workshop on using the BorrowBox App so you can borrow and read eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines from West Berkshire Libraries directly from you device. The workshop is taking place on Monday, 22nd October between 2-4pm at the Library, 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer.

The App is available for Android (Google Play), iOS Apple (App Store) and Kindle (Amazon).

More information on the Digital eBook services and links to the App downloads at West Berkshire libraries is here.  (http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/35201)


West Berkshire Libraries and Made in Mortimer run a Children’s Craft morning in Mortimer Library every second Saturday of the month from 10.30am-12pm

For more information call Mortimer Library on 0118 933 2882 or email mortimerlibrary@westberks.gov.uk 


West Berkshire Heritage marks the end of the First World War

This autumn West Berkshire Heritage will be presenting a series of events and activities to mark the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

A new exhibition ‘How We Remember’ opens at West Berkshire Museum on Wednesday 3 October and focuses on the personal histories of a selection of West Berkshire soldiers who fought in the Great War and the effect of the war on the locality. Alongside this are displays of treasured personal items that have been kindly lent by local families whose relatives served during the war. The exhibition explores how cherished memories cling to ordinary and extraordinary objects, enabling moments to be shared across the generations. Items include a prayer book that still bears mud from the Somme battlefield and the diary of a prisoner of war. This book and other treasured possessions will be on display until June 2019. Entry to the museum is free but donations are most welcomed.

Shaw House will host an evening concert ‘The Men Who Marched Away’ on Sunday 4 November at 7pm, with acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews. The show is a scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers and war poems set to new music, all brought together to create a moving tribute to the fallen. Tickets are available from www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on/men-who-marched-away or from Shaw House 01635 279279. Adults £12 (West Berks Card £11) Under 16s £5 (West Berks Card £4). Suitable for age 8+.

Illustrated talks complete the programme of events and take place at West Berkshire Museum. Local historian Phil Wood will look at the wide variety of memorials commemorating individuals lost during the war in his talk ‘Great War Memorials in West Berkshire’ on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

On Wednesday 21 November, historian Dr. Nick Young will present his talk ‘Thatcham and the Great War’ looking back at the soldiers from Thatcham that took part in the Great War as well as looking at what Thatcham itself was like during the period.

Local historian, Tony Hadland, completes the programme with ‘Raleigh-ing to the Cause - the Bicycle in Wartime’ on Wednesday 12 December. Tracing the use of the bicycle for military purposes and will explore how Raleigh became a massive maker of munitions in both world wars, bringing huge financial rewards to captains of industry and revolutionising the lives of the many women who worked as machinists on the shop floor.

All talks run from 7pm – 8pm, tickets £5 available from www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on/categories/talks or the museum.

West Berkshire Museum , The Wharf, Newbury , RG14 5AS, 01635 519562 
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR, 01635 279279


The Burghfield and Mortimer Neighbourhood Action Group (BMNAG) has been in operation for many years now, looking at local policing and revised police activities in a combined effort to reduce local crime and also the fear of crime. According to its Terms of Reference, the BMNAG "is a multi-agency problem solving group, consisting of appointed representatives from the Thames Valley Police, Local Government, Educational Establishments and Government Agencies".

Representatives from local schools and other organisations, as well as interested groups or individuals within the community are welcome to attend meetings and get involved.


Due to the recent spate of theft from vehicles in our area, here is a link to a few simple steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe.


Mortimer Tennis Club has arranged for adult and junior coaching sessions, run by a qualified tennis coach, to run on Tuesdays from 4th September for all who would like to take up this opportunity.

There will be three sessions each Tuesday:

4.30pm for under 8s

5.15pm 8-12 years

7.00pm Adults

Contact: tony@ctc-tennis.co.uk  


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.


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


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.


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



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).


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:

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