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ROGUE TRADERS

Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to make you aware of the following:
Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade to extract large sums of money from people by:

  • Offering services such as driveway re-surfacing, block paving, roofing, fascias, gardening or selling goods such as furniture, alarms or mobility aids.
  • They may claim you have a loose roof tile or that a tree you have is unsafe and needs to be trimmed.
  • They will often give a very low quote that will increase when work begins.
  • Sometimes they will drive victims to the bank and will often come back on future occasions to get more money.
  • They may come across friendly to begin with but then quickly become demanding and adding pressure which can be intimidating.
  • Trying to convince people that work carried out was previously agreed.
  • Please warn your elderly and vulnerable residents by:
  • Make the person aware that they are never required to open their door to unexpected callers and that it is not rude to send someone away.
  • Reinforce the message "IF YOU'RE NOT SURE DON'T OPEN THE DOOR".
  • Encourage the person to set up passwords with their utility companies.
  • Try to ensure that the outside of the property is well maintained, including the garden. Properties that are poorly maintained may be targeted.
  • Advise the person not to keep money in the house and to keep credit cards, debit cards, cheque books, savings books and any other valuables in a safe place.

To report Rogue Trading in progress call 999. If you see any suspicious vehicles or incidents in your neighbourhood call the non-emergency number on 101 or visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk and report on-line.


For Trading Standards please ring Citizen Advice Consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

 

TEA AND COFFEE AVAILABLE AT MORTIMER LIBRARY

Tea and coffee is now available for £1 a cup when you visit Mortimer Library. Come along and enjoy a hot drink whilst you browse the shelves or take part in activities based in the Library.

 

 

 

MET OFFICE AMBER WEATHER WARNING FOR HEAVY RAIN

Flooding and transport disruption likely from heavy rain in southeast England during Monday afternoon and evening.

Following earlier rainfall some heavy, and perhaps thundery, showers are expected to develop over parts of southeast England this afternoon and into the evening. Whilst many areas will miss the highest rainfall totals from these some places could see 50-60 mm falling in the space of 4 to 6 hours. The showers will then gradually ease later this evening.

Further information here (10th June 2019)


THE NEXT SESSION OF BOARD GAMES IN THE LIBRARY WILL BE THIS FRIDAY

The weekly Friday afternoon Board Games for children (between 3.45pm and 5.45pm) will be back in action on Friday, 14th June. These games sessions are free and all children aged 8+ are welcome.

 

West Berkshire residents invited to take part in National Highways & Transport Survey

Local people are being asked for their views on West Berkshire's highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities.

West Berkshire is one of 111 councils to sign up to a special survey on highways and transport. The survey, run by National Highways and Transport, is the largest collaboration between Local Authorities offering the opportunity to compare results, share in best practice and identify future opportunities to work together.

Their answers will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England and Scotland, as part of the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey, a unique collaboration between Local Authorities across England and parts of Scotland with a common agenda – service improvement.

The questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of at least 3300 West Berkshire residents from 7th June, followed by a reminder, with local and national results to be published in late-October 2019. Since the survey is based on a sample, residents that receive a copy are being urged to take part.

The results will enable National Highways and Transport to find out what people in West Berkshire think about these important services and help the Council to assess how it is performing.

 

MORTIMER LANE CLOSURE

Mortimer Lane will be closed this month for works, as follows.

1. Thames Water connections. This closure is from 17th to 19th June inclusive and is for new main connection immediately to the north of Wokefield Row. The closure can be viewed on roadworks.org under the following link Mortimer Lane water works and enquires should be addressed to Thames Waters contractors, on 0203 57788338. 

The diversion will be via Lockram Lane, Goring Lane, Reading Road, Victoria Road and The Street.

WBC, Transport and Countryside

 

A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Surface Reconstruction

This is a reminder that starting next week, work will be taking place to remove and replace the road surface and its foundations, and renew the road markings around the entire A34/M4 junction 13 roundabout at Chieveley.

As this section of road is busy and Highways need time for materials to harden, they will be closing the entire roundabout at the junction on the following times and dates:

  • 10pm on Friday 7 June through to 6am on Monday 10 June
  • 10pm on Friday 14 June through to 6am on Monday 17 June
  • 10pm on Friday 21 June through to 6am on Monday 24 June
  • 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 6am on Monday 1 July
  • 10pm on Friday 5 July through to 6am on Monday 8 July
  • 10pm on Friday 12 July through to 6am on Monday 15 July
  • 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July (Contingency weekend subject to change)

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. We advise you plan ahead of your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

 

New Insulation and Heating Grants for West Berkshire Residents

A new range of grants has been launched for residents who live in the West Berkshire area, to help towards the cost of boiler upgrades, full central heating, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. Heat Berkshire has already been offering these grants in other areas of the county, and last year more than 500 Berkshire residents received a new boiler through the service.

Steve Ardagh-Walter, West Berkshire Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “In West Berkshire you are likely to be eligible for a grant if you are on benefits, or if your household income - after tax and after deducting your mortgage or rent and energy bills - is less than £35,000. This means that residents of poorly insulated homes, or people who have inefficient and expensive heating, may be able to save money through a grant.

"As well as helping to lower household expenditure and reduce fuel poverty, this scheme is a welcome step in reducing the district's carbon footprint, and I encourage residents who meet the qualification criteria and are looking to improve or update their home heating or insulation to apply."

Grants are available for people who own their home for boiler upgrades, first time central heating installation and insulation. Tenants and landlords of privately rented properties are also eligible for grants for central heating and insulation (regardless of the tenants’ income) provided that the home has an energy performance certificate rating of A to E, however rented homes are not eligible for boiler upgrades. In many cases the works are completely free of charge, although central heating grants are likely to require a partial contribution from the property owner.

The central heating grants are available for people who currently have no heating system. This includes using open fires or plug in electric heaters, or for people who wish to switch from electric storage heaters to a full radiator heating system. Grant funding can also be provided towards the cost of a new mains gas connection or, in rural areas, the new heating system can be fuelled from bottled gas, and in some cases, by a ground source heat pump.

Residents of West Berkshire wishing to know more or looking to take advantage of these heating and insulation grants can call Heat Berkshire on 01344 515 045, or go to www.heatBerkshire.co.uk. All works are subject to survey, eligibility criteria and the total pot of funding available.

 

West Berkshire Libraries Message of the Month - June 2019

Read or download your favourite title via PressReader – another free service for West Berkshire library members.

It really is very simple to use. Just download the Press Reader app from your app store, or if using on a computer access it from: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35201

You will then just need your library card number and PIN to get started.

 

The StREET, Mortimer CLOSED 8th & 9th June 2019

The Street in Mortimer will be closed between West End Road and Hammonds Heath Road between 8am and 5pm on Sat 8th and Sun 9th June 2019. The closure is necessary to allow contractors to re-profile and resurface the carriageway. During the closure all through traffic will be diverted via Hammonds Heath Road, Brewery Common, Mowbray Hill, Goring Lane, Reading Road, Burghfield Road, Victoria Road and vice versa.

Access to properties will be maintained. All enquiries should be directed to Rocon Contractors Ltd on 01256 883001

A plan of the closure can be found at https://roadworks.org/?tm=113743977

 

Volunteer Organiser Needed at the Mortimer LibrarY

With the library service having a reduction in staff, the branch libraries rely on volunteers to help. In most branches there is a volunteer called a ’Community Organiser Volunteer.’ They play a key role in supporting the library by ensuring that the library has adequate cover to be able to maintain a high level of service and to be able to open. This role has proven a success in the libraries who have a volunteer covering this opportunity.

The role covers:

· Organising the volunteer rota to ensure there is adequate cover for the opening hours.

· Be the point of contact for volunteers and staff to create a sense of a team.

· Arranging cover for volunteers if they are unavailable due to sickness or holiday.

West Berkshire Council are now looking for a Community Library Volunteer Organiser to play a key role in supporting front line volunteer cover and day to day activities.

Apply online at www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer. For more information call 01635 519533

 

FOCUS ON STRATFIELD MORTIMER EXHIBITION

4th December 2019 – 5th July 2020

West Berkshire Museum is working on a series of exhibitions focusing on towns, villages and parishes in the region, and would like to hear from Stratfield Mortimer residents.

Do you have any interesting items which represent Stratfield Mortimer’s history that you would like to loan for the exhibition?

Would you be interested in coming to look at the items from the Collection that may be included, to give feedback and maybe provide more information?

After the exhibition closes, some of the items will form a Pop-Up exhibition in Mortimer library. Are you interested in advising on the items to include?

If you would like to get involved, please contact the Museum’s curator, Janine Fox, by email at Janine.fox1@westberks.gov.uk or by telephone (01635) 519532 or 07787 828189.

 

REPORTING CRIME TO THE POLICE

Further to the discussion at the Annual Parish Meeting on 29th April, this is to remind members of the public the importance of reporting incidents / crimes to Thames Valley Police.

Call 999 if:

  • a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed
  • someone is in immediate danger or harm
  • property is in danger of being damaged
  • a serious disruption to the public is likely

Call the Non-emergency 101:

  • Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

Anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321:

  • Call the UK Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 if you've seen or heard something that you think could suggest terrorist activity.

Stay anonymous – Crimestoppers:

Reporting each and every crime is really important as this helps the police build a bigger picture of what’s happening in your area. The crime data assists in the deployment of our officers based on the locations of where the crimes have been committed.

I understand that sometimes there is a delay in our operators answering 101, but please bear with us as we are working hard to reduce waiting times. Certain crime types can be reported via our website using the online reporting tool.

If you have any other information or concerns you would like to share with your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, please visit https://www.police.uk/ insert your postcode and e-mail your local team.

Many thanks

Inspector 212 Alan HawkettPangbourne, Hungerford and Downlands Neighbourhood Inspector, Thames Valley Police, Mill Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5QU

 

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

 

Thames Water Free Priority Services

Thames Water offer a free Priority Service to customers who find themselves in vulnerable circumstances. By registering for this service Thames Water aim to provide free support in the unlikely event you have no water, by prioritising the most vulnerable first.

Thames Water can tailor their services to meet your needs, from using your preferred means of communication to delivering water to your door, giving you peace of mind at a time when you need it most.

Thames Water work with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks to help customers register for priority services once and benefit from support during both power cuts and water supply interruptions. Amongst the eligibility criteria are poor mobility, sight or hearing loss, dialysing at home, speech or hearing difficulties, mental health issues.

To ask for leaflets or to request a speaker to visit your local groups, email tania.christie@thameswater.co.uk.

For more information, email ecs@thameswater.co.uk, call the Extra care Team on 0800 0093652 option 3, or visit www.thameswater.co.uk/priorityservices. Financial support is available as well: search ‘help paying your bill’ on the Thames Water website. 


RESILIENT COMMUNITIES FUND – £220,000 of funding is available for 2019 in Central Southern England

The Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) funding stream is now open to constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities which benefit communities that lie wholly within the SSEN area.

You can apply for funding from £1,000 up to a maximum of £20,000. In exceptional circumstances multi-year or multi-community funding to a maximum of £40,000 would be considered.

SSEN has established this fund to support communities in our power distribution network area to improve local resilience. This funding comes from a proportion of the performance reward we receive from the regulator Ofgem.

Who can apply? • Community groups based within the SSEN Distribution area. You don’t need to be a registered charity to apply, but your organisation must have a constitution (governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not-for-profit basis. If you are unsure if your group is eligible, please contact us for advice.

If you are unsure who your distribution network operator is, please check here: https://www.ssen.co.uk/Whoismynetworkoperator/

How do I apply? If your project meets the fund criteria, please complete and submit an application form, which can be requested from SSEN or downloaded from: www.ssen.co.uk/resiliencefund

The closing dates for bids is 23rd May so please don’t delay – all details in relation to this is are on the following website: https://www.ssen.co.uk/RCF/England/

 

MORTIMER LIBRARY NEWS

Are your membership details up-to-date? Check your details are correct and don’t miss out on the latest library offers.

New from April 2019: no late return fees for anyone aged 75 and over.

 

PADWORTH RECYCLING CENTRE

Padworth Recycling Centre will be open 8am – 6pm, 7 days a week from Monday 1st April. This is a pilot scheme until 30 September 2019.

Padworth Recycling Centre also now accepts general rubbish and bulky waste. 

Residents are reminded to display their permit in the windscreen of the car to help minimise queuing. A list of materials accepted and a user guide for the site can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

  

New West Berkshire Facebook Page

A new Thames Valley Police Facebook page has just been launched for West Berkshire.

Please follow the page to keep up to date with local activity and crime prevention advice in our area.  Feedback is important to TVP, so please comment and share on their posts.

You can follow TVPWestBerkshrie on Twitter: @TVP_WestBerks and Facebook: www.facebook.com/TVPWestBerkshire

 

WEST BERKSHIRE EVENT CALENDAR

Do you want to find out about events and when they are happening around West Berkshire? There is a searchable online calendar available on West Berkshire Council’s website which lists up-coming events and activities with links to information and booking details.

https://booking.westberks.gov.uk/all_events.html#/event

 

CONSULTATION ON THE INTRODUCTION OF A DEPOSIT RETURN SCHEME (DRS)

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs are now running the consultation ‘Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland’.

Your responses to this consultation will help DEFRA to consider the merits of introducing a DRS. The aim of the UK and Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA) is to ensure that, should a DRS be introduced, it will be easy for consumers to return drinks containers, leading to increased recycling rates and a reduction in littering. Following the passage of DRS-related legislation, there will be a short period of further formal consultation on specific regulatory measures in early 2020.

The consultation will be open until 13th May 2019.

Full details can be found on the government website here.

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme/

 

Every day is different when you Care

West Berkshire Council is supporting a new Government recruitment campaign to help fill the 110,000 vacancies nationally in Adult Social Care.

Every day is different launched this week and will run during February and March, focusing on promoting the wide range of career opportunities in the sector and highlighting that, in Adult Social Care, no two days are the same. The campaign invites people to consider whether a career in this field is for them, and offers a short quiz to help them decide.

Graham Bridgman, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Adult Social Care, says: "We’re very keen to support and actively promote this campaign because recruiting carers is vitally important. Working in the care sector is very rewarding and 96% of care professionals feel their work makes a difference to people’s lives. The flexibility of the work is also a draw for parents who can work during school hours, but need to be available to drop off and collect their children.

"If you, a family member or a friend are considering a career in Adult Social Care there are a variety of rewarding care roles here at the council that provide careers with plenty of progression opportunities and professional development to enable you to follow a clear career path."

See more information about Working for Care in West Berkshire, and our Adult Social Care vacancies.

 

West Berkshire Libraries’ At Home Library Service

Can’t come to them? They’ll come to you.

Do you find it difficult to visit your local library, possibly because of age, disability or other special circumstance? Perhaps you are a carer yourself and cannot get to a library?

Maybe the Library could deliver the Library Service to you in your own home.

What can the Library offer?

A member of staff from the At Home Library Service will visit you to discuss your requirements, what sort of books you enjoy, and whether you prefer large print books, or perhaps spoken word items. They will enrol you as an At Home library member, but will keep your library membership ticket.

A Library Volunteer will choose and deliver books, spoken word cds or cassettes to your home at an arranged time and day, usually every three weeks. Library volunteers are friendly and enjoy a chat. They have been CRB (police) checked. You can request particular books or spoken word items. Ask your Library Volunteer or contact the At Home Library Staff. There will be a charge for this service if the item is not already in the library.

For more information, call 01635 519827 or email library@westberks.gov.uk

www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries

 

£8.6 million upgrade for Theale Railway Station

West Berkshire Council and Great Western Railway (GWR) are to receive funding from the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) for additional investment in Theale Railway Station.

The £8.6 million upgrade is planned to start within the next two years and will see Theale Station benefit from a new pedestrian bridge and lifts, a cycle hub, electric vehicle charging points and a significant number of additional car parking spaces.

It will be funded with the recently announced £4m through the LEP’s investment of Local Growth Funds; £4m from Network Rail; £450,000 from West Berkshire Council specifically ringfenced for Theale station plus a further £20,000 from West Berkshire Council via other successful funding bids.

The plans will also see the new ticket office finally brought into use and deliver new waiting shelters for passengers. Initial plans also include taking the opportunity to generate energy through the installation of solar panels. GWR estimate 114 panels would enable the station to become carbon neutral from an electricity perspective.

Last May, the Council joined with GWR and submitted an outline proposal for additional investment at Theale Station. The LEP were going through a process of prioritising schemes to receive funding from the Local Growth Deal. The scheme scored well, but came below the line for imminent funding.

However, funding for the scheme has been reallocated to the next worthy schemes on the list because an MRT scheme Reading was promoting is not now able to be delivered in the planned timescales, therefore West Berkshire was asked to progress their ideas for Theale Station and develop a full business case.

There is confidence that the Theale Station upgrade will lead to more jobs in the area as businesses are drawn to local premises such as in Arlington Business Park due to a much improved station with smart, modern facilities. The increased capacity and creation of a quality transport hub will also help to support new homes in the area. The outline proposal states that “Good quality transport provision will be a significant factor in delivering the sustainable development of additional houses and the creation of new jobs.”

Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for highways and Transport said: “We are delighted that this opportunity has opened up and that we are in a position to be able to take it forward. It will have a powerful effect on the station, enabling it to become a significant interchange and Park & Rail site and also the area around it. This investment will help to provide the long term benefits of more jobs and housing which are vital to grow and to future proof economic prosperity.”

Work will need to start on the Theale Station project by March 2021 as a condition of this funding.

 

Neighbourhood Alert – COURIER FRAUD

Elderly and vulnerable residents in West Berkshire Police Area have been targeted by courier fraudsters.

Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing over their bank cards and associated PIN (number) to a courier that arrives at their home.

Thames Valley Police is calling on friends and family to help tackle the problem by talking to elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives.

The talk should cover:

  • Never deal with cold callers on the phone or in person, no matter how polite or friendly they are. Saying "No thank you" and shutting the door or hanging up the phone is not rude.
  • Your bank, the police or anyone legitimate will never send a courier to your home to collect your bank cards, your money and they will never ask for your PIN number. Close the door, lock it and call 101 to speak to the police.
  • Keep a mobile phone next to your landline, and if you want to make a phone call, immediately after hanging up the landline, always use the other phone.
  • If you do hand over your bank details or card, don't panic. Call your bank immediately using another phone, such as a mobile phone, explain what's happened and cancel your cards.
  • Legitimate callers will never try to rush you, scare you, or force you into anything. If you feel scared or pressured at any point, hang up or shut the door and tell someone you trust, what's happened.

There are many variations of the Courier Scam, but it usually follows this method:

  • A fraudster will cold call the victim on a landline, often claiming to be from the victim's bank, the police, or to be a fraud investigator.
  • The fraudster states their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment in the victim's account, or that they need the victim's help in investigating fraudulent activity at the bank.
  • In order to reassure the victim that they are genuine they suggest that the victim hangs up and rings the bank/ police back straight away. However, they don't Hang up at their end to disconnect the call from the landline so even when the genuine bank/ police number is dialled the victim is still talking to the fraudster.

Finally, the fraudsters will send a courier to collect the card and PIN, cash or in some cases take the victim to a bank to withdraw cash.

If you receive this type of call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website. In an emergency dial 999.

 

 

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE NEW WEST BERKSHIRE LOTTERY!

Tickets for the new West Berkshire Lottery are now on sale! From every ticket sold 60% goes to good causes in the area – and you could win prizes up to £25,000. There are more than 35 good causes have signed up - which will you choose to support? Buy tickets and find out more at www.westberkshirelottery.co.uk


 

HERE4ME – Independent Visitor, Mentoring & Advocacy Scheme

Could you make a positive difference to a young person?

The Action for Children Here4me project is looking to recruit volunteer Independent Visitors and Advocates to support children in care and on the edge of care. They are looking for people who are genuinely interested in the welfare of children, who will focus on meeting their needs and who can develop a good working relationship with them. Full training is given for both roles and all volunteers will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Please note that the minimum age for a volunteer is 21.

Action for Children is a leading children’s charity which has been supporting vulnerable children and young people for over 130 years. They are based in Thatcham and provide, manage and train Independent Visitors, Mentors and Advocates throughout Berkshire and Bracknell Forest.

Information on what being an Independent Visitor, or Advocate is all about is available on the attached leaflet.

If you are interested in training to becoming an Independent Visitor, Mentor or Advocate, please complete the online application form and call them on 01635 873739 or email here4me@actionforchildren.org.uk for more information.

 

WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGE AGENTS

The Community Connectors – do you need help finding the right information and advice? Do you, or someone you know, have problems that are affecting health, well-being or an ability to remain independent?

This service is free of charge and a trained and trusted Volunteer Village Agent will call and provide face to face support. They have the time and the knowledge to be able to solve some of life’s problems and assist you to get the hard to find help.

Tel: 01635 581 001

Email: gillian@vcwb.org.uk

www.villageagentsweb.org.uk 

 

BOARD GAMES FOR CHILDREN

(Aged 8 and above)

Pop into Mortimer Library any Friday afternoon between 3.45pm and 5.45pm for this free session open to all children aged 8+.

For further details, contact the library on 0118 933 2882 or via mortimerlibrary@westberks.gov.uk

 


 

DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY COMES TO WEST BERKSHIRE

West Berkshire's Family Hubs are being supported by Greenham Common Trust and Sovereign Housing to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to eligible children in West Berkshire.

It's a free book gifting organisation devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children. Each month, enrolled children (from birth to age five) receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the post, free of charge.

Book selections in the UK include popular characters such as Peppa Pig and beloved authors and illustrators including Lynley Dodd. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) assists in the conversion of select titles to braille and audio books for children who are blind or partially sighted.

Rick Jones, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: "We are delighted to bring this brilliant service to West Berkshire and very grateful for GCT and Sovereign for their help in making this happen. There are few things that offer so many benefits and so much enjoyment to children as reading, but finance can sometimes be a barrier to getting them started. The Imagination Library ensures that as many children as possible in West Berkshire will be given the opportunity to begin their lifelong journey of enjoying books."

Check your eligibility and apply online now!  https://imaginationlibrary.com/uk/affiliate/WBKSENEWBURY/

 


 

DON’T LET YOUR HEDGE BE A HAZARD

Overgrown hedges next to footpaths and roads pose a real hazard to people who are disabled or who are visually impaired and young children or other pedestrians who risk injury or damage to their faces or clothing from thorns and branches. If the pavement (footway) is narrow or the obstruction is excessive, they may be forced into the road. This is particularly dangerous for wheelchair users or for people pushing a pram or buggy.

On junctions and bends overgrown hedges may obstruct sight lines and the clear view of motorists. They may also obscure traffic signs or streetlights, increasing the risk of accidents.

It is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 to allow trees, hedges, shrubs and so on to obstruct the highway.

· Cut back your hedges and trees etc to within your boundary to or above the heights previously specified.

· Regularly maintain them so they do not become an obstruction.

· Seek advice if you have any doubts.

West Berkshire Council are happy to discuss any problems with you. Please telephone Customer Services on: 01635 519080

Don't let your hedge be a hazard leaflet 

 

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 .

 


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

 

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


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.

 


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

 

BORROWBOX 

BorrowBox App allows you to borrow and read eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines from West Berkshire Libraries directly from your device. 

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 

 

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.


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


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