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Community Information

Mortimer Library 

For the last three months there has been a new service at Mortimer Library, with it being run by permanent staff assisted by volunteers. Things have gone smoothly and this is a credit to the permanent staff and the volunteers. The future of the library now seems secure in the medium term.

There is however, a drop in usage which is a concern for the longer term. It has been stated that the stock and choice is limited. The stock on display is a small proportion of the books that WBC own. Did you know that the stock can be viewed on the WBC web site and most of the books can be ordered through it? If you have any difficulties with this call in at the Library and assistance can be provided.

Did You Know About The Public Protection Community Fund?

A new Public Protection Community Fund of £50,000 has been made available from assets seized from criminals as a result of their criminal activity to enable local groups to address community safety and to help prevent crime.

Grants of up to £7,500 per group are available and community groups and not-for profit organisations can seek funding for crime prevention in their local community. The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 4 December - for more information and to download an application form, go to www.westberks.gov.uk/ppcf.

Victim of a Scam?

If you have been a victim of a scam or know someone that has, it is important that you  report your experience so that support can be offered and to help other people to avoid being scammed.

 A recent survey of over 300 local people by the Public Protection Partnership (which covers West Berkshire, Wokingham and Bracknell Forest) and Citizens Advice has revealed that as many as 71% of residents have been targeted by scammers, but that only 57% reported the incident to the Citizens Advice, Police or Trading Standards.

Citizens Advice should be the first port of call if someone is aware of a scam or has been scammed - 03454 040506 (Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00). 

Parish Council Report from Cllr Graham Bridgman

The report for the period up to 8th November, 2017 can be found here.

Crime Prevention  

This time of year, when the clocks go back, there is a increase in the number of homes which are broken into and burgled. Thames Valley Police have the following advice to reduce crime.

 

Home-Start West Berkshire

Home-Start West Berkshire, a local family support charity is currently recruiting in this area. They need volunteers who can encourage, listen and offer practical support to parents with young children. Volunteers become a trusted friend and mentor to the family, to help them move forward. Their next training course will start on the 19th January 2018. It will run for 7 consecutive Fridays from 9.30-14.30pm, breaking for Half Term (Friday 23rd February). If you are interested or would like to discuss this further please contact them now on 01635 760310 or email office@home-startwb.org.uk
More information can be found on their website http://www.home-startwestberks.org.uk/ 

M4 Bridge Refurbishment Works - Weekend Closures

During work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams on the M4, it will be necessary to fully close the east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 for entire weekend periods (21:00 Friday through to 05:00 Monday).

It is planned for the motorway to be closed on the following dates:

• Friday 24 to Monday 27 November 2017
• Friday 8 to Monday 11 December 2017
• Friday 15 to Monday 18 December 2017
• Friday 12 to Monday 15 January 2018
• Friday 19 to Monday 22 January 2018 (contingency).

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advisable that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

During all closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton).

Further information can be obtained by calling 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk or you can visit the website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads.

 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