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TRAVELLING BY TRAIN THIS CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR

Network Rail is carrying out several engineering projects over Christmas as part of improvements. If you intend to travel by train over the holidays, you make sure you are aware of the schedule of line closures and diversions.

GWR have a very helpful link to their dedicated web page ‘Travelling with GWR at Christmas’, which details the work scheduled to take place between 23 December - 3 January 2019.

https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/christmas - there is also a useful journey planning tool on the link that allows customers to check individual journeys.

GWR’s recommendation is to try and travel by 22 December, if possible, and not wait until Christmas Eve, for instance, so there will be more trains to choose from and your journey won’t be affected by diverted services

Check your return dates carefully, because upgrade work continues on some routes over the whole Christmas period and into the New Year.

It is also note that on Sunday, 16 December, Network Rail will be working on the Overhead Line Equipment at Didcot Parkway, services to and from the station will be diverted or replaced with road transport.

 

CHRISTMAS FUN AT MORTIMER LIBRARY
Christmas fun for young ones at Mortimer Library next week:

Friday, 21st December at 3.30pm - 4pm
CHRISTMAS FUN for children 5-9 years
** join Marjorie for some special Christmas poems and stories.

For more information: 0118 933 2822
mortimerlibrary@westberks.gov.uk or ask in the library

  

TTLEVEL 2 COLD WEATHER ALERTTT

A level 2 cold weather alert has been issued from 06:00 on Friday 14th December to 09:00 on Monday 17th December 2018.

Please find the cold weather alert dated 13th December 2018 here

<https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/#?tab=coldWeatherAlert>

The Met Office, in conjunction with Public Health England, is issuing the following cold weather message:

“Severe cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, vulnerable people, the elderly, those with long-term health problems and those living in cold homes. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from the winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) or from your local chemist. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111.”

 

COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD WINNERS

The winners of this year's Community Champion Awards have been announced and the awards were presented on Thursday, 6 December.

The four awards recognise the valuable contribution local residents make to West Berkshire.

Pat Eastop Junior Citizen Award

Winner: Kieren Nailer.

Kieren has been helping at Partners for Active Leisure Service (West Berkshire) for over a year, completing over 100 hours of service in that time.

Highly Commended: Emily Curtis for her hard work looking after her local environment.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner: Janet Wood.

Janet has been heavily involved with three local community groups, the Brownies, St Mary's Church Shaw and the Shaw-Cum-Donnington Village Hall.

Highly Commended: Sue Bennett who works at the front line of West Berkshire's local NHS community service.

Community Group of the Year

Joint winners: Burghfield Santas and Pangbourne Dementia Friends.

The Burghfield Santas organise numerous fund-raising events in the community and Pangbourne Dementia Friends actively facilitate social interaction for older people living in our communities.

Highly Commended: Kennet District Scout Council and the Newbury Street Pastors.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Graham Reeves.

Graham has provided 30 years of devoted service providing transport for the elderly and disabled and has dedicated the last thirty years to the running of the Carebus.

Again, the judges were highly impressed with the nominations and gave three Highly Commended awards: Helen Relf, Mike Hart, and Graham Plank who have all contributed to the support of communities within West Berkshire.

Award winners' details will also be recorded in an exclusive book called the "Roll of Civic Award".

West Berkshire Council reported that the number and standard of nominations for 2018 were outstanding. For information on this year's criteria and winners visit www.westberks.gov.uk/communitychampion .

 

RECYCLING COLLECTION FOR REAL CHRISTMAS TREES

To help West Berkshire residents to have a green Christmas and recycle even more, West Berkshire Council will collect real Christmas Trees from residents even if they do not subscribe to the garden waste collection service.

Real trees should simply be left with your recycling on your scheduled collection day up until Friday, 18 January. Any decorations, lights and pots must be removed before recycling.

Christmas and New Year collection dates 2018/19

Mon 24 Dec as normal Mon 24 Dec

Tues 25 Dec will be collected on Thurs 27 Dec

Wed 26 Dec will be collected on Fri 28 Dec

Thurs 27 Dec will be collected on Sat 29 Dec

Fri 28 Dec will be collected on Mon 31 Dec

Mon 31 Dec will be collected on Wed 2 Jan

Tues 1 Jan will be collected on Thurs 3 Jan

Wed 2 Jan will be collected on Fri 4 Jan

Thurs 3 Jan will be collected on Sat 5 Jan

Fri 4 Jan will be collected on Mon 7 Jan

Mon 7 Jan will be collected on Tues 8 Jan

Tues 8 Jan will be collected on Wed 9 Jan

Wed 9 Jan will be collected on Thurs 1 0 Jan

Thurs 1 0 Jan will be collected on Fri 11 J an

Fri 11 Jan will be collected on Sat 12 Jan

Collections will return to normal on Monday, 14 January 2019

To check collection weeks or for waste service updates during severe weather visit www.westberks.gov.uk/waste

You can follow ‘Recycle for West Berkshire’ on Facebook @recyclewestberkshire

 

UPSTREAM - ISSUE 86

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

 

MORTIMER LIBRARY – CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING

Monday, 24th December

CLOSED

Tuesday, 25th December

CLOSED

Wednesday, 26th December

CLOSED

Thursday, 27th December

CLOSED

Friday, 28th December

CLOSED

Saturday, 29th December

10.00am – 12.30pm

Monday, 31st December

1.00pm – 5.00pm

Tuesday, 1st January 2019

CLOSED

Wednesday, 2nd January

CLOSED

Thursday, 3rd January

CLOSED

Normal opening hours resume on Friday, 4th January 2019

 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS AT MORTIMER LIBRARY 

As Christmas quickly approaches, make a note of some seaonal events taking place in Mortimer Library:

**Saturday, 8th December: 10.30am – 12pm

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFTS with Made in Mortimer

**Monday, 10th December: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

CRAFT AND CHAT - drop in and bring any craft with you.

**Tuesday, 18th December: 2.30pm – 3.00pm

CHRISTMAS RHYMETIME for under 3s

**Friday, 21st December: 3.30pm – 4.00pm

CHRISTMAS FUN for 5-9 years - join Marjorie to enjoy some special Christmas poems and stories.

For more information call 0118 933 2882  http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/35323

 

ROAD CLOSURES ON THE STREET & STATION ROAD – 5th DECEMBER

Please the carriageway resurfacing remedials on The Street and Station Road, Stratfield Mortimer.

This work is planned to start on Wednesday 05 December 2018 and take one (1) working day & night to complete.

The work will be done using a road closure between the hours of 9:30 pm to 3:30 am on The Street and between the hours of 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm on Station Road.

At times the only access will be for emergency vehicles on a blue light response.

If you need further information, then please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Gibbs on 01635 519765.

 

RHYMETIME FOR THE UNDER 3s

Rhymetime for under 3s takes place every Tuesday during term time at Mortimer Library from 2.30pm to 2.50pm

To see the West Berkshire Library calendar for this event – as well as Christmas events over the next three weeks - please go to http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35205

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

 

CLOSURE OF THE AVENUE, MORTIMER

The above road will be closed on 12th December 2018 until the 18th December 2018, to carry out a new water connection. The closure will prohibit any vehicle and pedestrian from proceeding in any direction over the Southern loop of The Avenue, which, includes the public footpath Stratfield Mortimer 9.

The alternative route for all vehicles & pedestrians affected by the Order is via the Northern connecting section of The Avenue that runs parallel to The Street. (The top section of the loop).

Access will be maintained for residential access.

The diversion will be signed on site.

All enquiries should be directed to: KCD (Thames Water) 0203 577 9050

You can find more details of this closure by clicking on the link: Closure of the Avenue

 

WHY NOT JOIN THE MORTIMER LIBRARY BOOK GROUP OR SET UP YOUR OWN?

Have you ever read a brilliant book and wanted to talk with others who have read it too?

Loved it or loathed it – why not get together with others and share your views.

Book groups are a great way to get to know people and make new friends and to discover new books that you’d never have thought to read. It doesn’t matter if you don’t manage to finish the book, just come along and hear what others have to say.

Join one of West Berkshire Library Book Groups or set up your own and borrow a book group set of books from West Berkshire Libraries for a small annual subscription charge from our collection of 200 titles.

For more information: check out the website www.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups or contact the library in Mortimer ((0118) 9332882 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/35192


CHRISTMAS IS COMING

You are very welcome to attend the following Christmas events on the Fairground:

Lighting the Christmas Tree – 7.00pm on 2nd December

On Sunday, 2nd December, following the 6.00 pm Advent Service at St. John’s Church, Mortimer, there will be a procession to the Fairground for the blessing and lighting of the Christmas tree at 7.00 pm.

Community Carols – 5.00pm on 22nd December

The Community Carols around the Christmas tree on the Fairground will start at 5.00 pm on Saturday, 22nd December, with music from the South Berks Concert Band. Song sheets will be provided.

 

 

THE QUEEN'S COMMONWEALTH CANOPY

To mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth, 50,000 trees are being planted across the UK to form part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The Canopy represents both Her Majesty’s deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her love of trees.

As part of this initiative, the Parish of Stratfield-Mortimer will be receiving two trees, a rowan and a silver birch. The planting ceremony will take place on The Fairground at 12.30pm on Friday 23rd November and The Rt Hon John Redwood MP will be formally planting the trees between the two ponds.

For more information about the initiative and its objectives, please go to the link: https://queenscommonwealthcanopy.org/



WEST BERKSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL REPORT

Please find attached the West Berkshire District Councillors’ Report for the period up to 15 November 2018. Topics covered include the Budget Proposals, West Berkshire Local Plan Review to 2036, Winter Service Plan, plastic recycling and other local matters in and around Mortimer.

 

MORTIMER LIBRARY BOOK GROUP

Did you know that book groups meet on the first Monday of every month between 2pm and 3pm, and on the first Tuesday of each month between 10am and 11am, in Mortimer Library, 27 Victoria Road?

If you are interested and would like to join the book group, please do pop along to the Library to find out more.

 

LOST YOUR LIBRARY CARD? NO WORRIES!

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

 

GET IN TO TENNIS

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 COMING IN NOVEMBER 2018

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.

REMOVAL OF UNWANTED GREEN BINS

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

FREE E-MAGAZINES WITH WEST BERKSHIRE LIBRARIES

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

BORROWBOX WORKSHOP AT MORTIMER LIBRARY

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)

SATURDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S CRAFTS

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 

HOW WE REMEMBER 

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

BURGHFIELD AND MORTIMER NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION GROUP 

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.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR VEHICLE SAFE AND SOUND

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.

TENNIS ON TUESDAYS FROM 4th SEPTEMBER

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  

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.

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

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.

UPSTREAM - ISSUE 84

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

 

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