Thursday 16 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes a fayre, blooms, concerts, bowls and a barn dance – plus a look at a ward member’s newsletter and the latest victory in a long-running campaign in Aldermaston. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Burghfield area events include disco nights and wine festival. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• One battle won in a long war

The “part retrospective” application for “reduction in levels and the demolition of 1 no. storage unit – permission is also sought for the erection of 1 no. storage unit and a retaining wall” at Woodstock, Paices Hill Aldermaston has recently been refused by West Berkshire Council. The application garnered about forty letters of objection and was the subject consistent opposition by Aldermaston Parish Council. You can see the relevant documents here.

The decision notice (which is available on the above link) listed six reasons for refusal which ranged from “a significant detrimental change in the character and appearance of the site” to its proximity to AWE Aldermaston and from its position outside the settlement boundary to environmental damage.

“The decision notices confirms what the Parish Council has been saying since Easy Concrete bought the site in early 2022,” Aldermaston Parish Council’s Chair told Penny Post on 16 May. “In October 2022 we invited the new owners to a PC meeting to introduce themselves and tell us their plans for the site. They were very open at our meeting and explained how they intended to relocate their Hayes concrete supply operation to Paices Hill. In turn, we pointed out that the site was unsuited to the proposed use not least because past planning consents restricted use to forestry-related business only.”

She then describes what turned out, from APC’s point of view, to be a rather unsatisfactory series of engagements not only with Easy Concrete when the work started without permission but also with WBC’s Planning Enforcement team which appeared reluctant to get involved. By the time it did so, Sophie Crawford added, “the site was decimated and the damage irreparable.”

“We always knew that getting the applications refused was just the first step,” she continued. “I’ve no idea how or whether Easy Concrete is going to be obliged to tidy up the site. I expect the WBC will say it’s not its responsibility. Ditto for the Environment agency. This will be our next battle…” APC has proved itself to be a consistent and effective opponent in the past so expect more of the same until the situation is resolved. Other communities facing similar challenges can take heart from this example.

• Nick’s newsletter

Click here to read the May/June newsletter form Nick Carter, one of the three ward members for Burghfield and Mortimer.

The first item he looks at is, topically enough, flooding. “The council’s Highways team has been in regular dialogue with Burghfield residents whose homes have suffered flooding over recent months,” he writes. “On 9 April I met two officers on site to look at and discuss both the specific case and flooding generally.

“As I understand it, the root cause of flooding in the particular area is the high ground water level coupled with the properties being built on low ground relative to the floodplain. I understand the Highways team don’t think surface water to be the root cause. That said, where they identify a need for additional gullies and/or correction of road level to drain surface water, they do and have carried out remedial work. They hope to increase proactive checking and maintenance of underground road surface water drainage systems, with the aim to reduce the level of reactive work.

“Proactive maintenance has been limited over the last few years through funding. shortage. Whilst council funding is expected to remain very constrained over the next year or two, the team plans to survey an area in Burghfield, as has been done previously in Mortimer, to establish the remedial work needed. Unfortunately, the council can’t yet confirm if the latter will be possible during this financial year’s owing to the need to balance many such similar issues across the district.”

He also looks at Sewage in Foundry Brook in Mortimer; two possible new uses for the Garth Club Hall, also in Mortimer; a possible mini recycling centre; Burghfield’s heritage assets; thenLittle Village Pharmacy; local defrillators; school drop-off and collections in Burghfield Common; annual parish meetings; and EV charge points.

• Other news

• Another year, another successful Burghfield May Fayre. The Burghfield Residents Association announced that the raffle raised an amazing £1,684. Well done to the organisers, the stall holders and volunteers, as well as those who attended. The 2024 May Fayre Donation Requests will open later this summer and the donation form will be downloadable here.

• A reminder that West Berkshire Council wants your views on the proposal to reduce the speed limit on roads in Theale. It’s been stated that the process undertaken in Theale will be treated as a pilot scheme to potentially be implemented in other villages across West Berkshire. To share your thoughts, fill out the comment form by Thursday 6 June. You can find out more by clicking here. If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact the Transport and Road Traffic team.

• Don’t forget there’s still time to enter Theale in Bloom. The categories will be: Best Front Garden and Best window box/Hanging basket/Container. Judges will be looking for inventiveness as well as diversity and quality but also very importantly, benefits to wildlife. Submit the entry form by Sunday 16 June. Judging will take place on the 22 to 23 June.

• This weekend there will be two Summer Music Concerts at St Mary’s, Aldermaston to raise funds to keep the beautiful Grade 1 Listed Building available for use by the local community. On Friday 17 May, join Kate Rittson-Thomas and the Aldermaston C0f E School Choir, while on Saturday 18 May it will be with the Kingsclere Performing Arts College. See here for details and how to book tickets. Children under 12 get free entry but please book their free tickets.

• Please note some West Berkshire Libraries services will be temporarily suspended for one week while they make improvements to their library management system. From Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June the library catalogue will unavailable, you will not be able to reserve books or other items, the app will be unavailable as well as some other digital services. If you need to photocopy or print anything please bring cash. No items will be due for return and no fines will be charged during this period. This will affect all WB libraries including Theale, Burghfield Common, Mortimer, Lambourn, Pangbourne, Thatcham, Newbury, and Hungerford. Click here for the latest updates.

Click here for the May/June 2023 newsletter from Burghfield and Mortimer Councillor Nick Carter.

Your West Berkshire is a new magazine bringing you news and events from West Berkshire Council. It’s a good opportunity to find out more about some of things they are doing for the community. They will be sharing news, events and stories about their work and the services which they provide. You can read it online here.

• A reminder for those of you with felines in the family, that from Monday 10 June, your cat must be microchipped. This new law cites that if you do not microchip and register your cat on a database by the time they are twenty weeks old, you can be fined up to £500. See full details here.

• This Sunday 19 May it’s Community Sports Day over at Theale Recreation Ground. Starting from 1pm, there will be a variety of traditional sports day races and games, as well as a tug-of-war. A great time to get some friends and family together for a picnic! Details can be found here.

• What do you think about a 20mph limit in residential areas of Theale? The proposal’s details can be found on West Berkshire Council’s Consultation Hub where you can let us know what you think by filling out the comment form by Thursday 6 June. If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact our Traffic and Road Safety Team.

• St Mary’s Church, Burghfield will be holding a Barn Dance on Friday 17 May. There will be a baked potato supper and drinks available at the bar. Tickets cost £20 and if you would like to book a place, contact Anne at bannepocock@aol.com.

• Burghfield community Café B is looking for volunteers who can help out on Mondays or Wednesday between 9:30am and 1:30pm. Roles include barista, waiter/waitress, cook or till operator and full training will be given. To learn more get in contact Alex at cafeb@togetherinmission.org.uk.

• Ever wanted to try your hand at bowls? The Burghfield Bowls Club will be holding their next open day with free taster sessions Monday 27 May. To find out more, visit their website.

Calleva Stickdressers promote and encourage the traditional craft of stick making (walking sticks, shepherd crooks & thumbsticks etc). They hold monthly work days on the third Saturday of the month in Victory Hall, Beenham, RG7 5NN. They always welcome new members and encourage anyone interested to attend a work day to find out more about this historic craft. Upcoming dates are Saturday 18 May and 15 June.

• Theale Parish Council is now taking stall bookings for the Village Summer Fete on Sunday 7 July. If you would be interested in booking a stall, find out more by contacting the Parish Office enquiries@thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk or click here.

Home Artists Mortimer is a free monthly creative project for over 55s that can be collected from Mortimer Library or delivered to your home address on the first Tuesday of the month until September. There will also be quarterly ‘Meet the Artists’ Coffee Mornings held at Mortimer Library. Book here on cornexchangenew.com or call the box office on 01635 522733.

• Click here to see a list of all active planning applications in Theale (check the date at the top of the post for latest update).

Click here to see the latest (15 May) newsletter from There’s ward member Alan Macro.

Bucket List Wishes, a charity that works with terminally ill adults, is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with their dress sales and personalised appointments in Burghfield. For more information, click here.

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

• The Green Hub on West Berkshire Council’s website is focused on helping people make more sustainable choices collectively along our journey to Net Zero, whether you live, work or learn in West Berkshire or are a business owner or visitor. The information covers energy efficiencytaking climate actioncommunity work and sustainable business.

• If you want to reduce your consumption of single use plastics, you can refill your household and personal cleaning products. Deliveries can also be arranged. Contact Jenny and Tom at Thatcham Refillable for details.

• Have your say

Have your say on current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council:

Draft Domestic Abuse Strategy 2023-2027 Deadline 19 May.
Theale Village: Proposed 20mph Speed Limit Deadline 6 June.

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

• Latest local newsletters

• Englefield Parish Magazine.
• Padworth Village Newsletter.
Stratfield Mortimer newsletter.
• Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton


Community notices

• West Berkshire Library Service is appealing for local volunteers at Mortimer and Burghfield Common libraries. Please see this post on Facebook, call 01635 519533 or email volunteerinyourlibrary@westberks.gov.uk for further information.

• Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council has extended the deadline for its art competition (open to anyone up to year 13) until Friday 12 April.

• West Berkshire Library’s friendly At Home service delivers books in person on a three-weekly basis, free of charge if you can’t get into your local branch. Contact the At Home service on 01635 519827 or email library@westberks.gov.uk.

• Theale Parish Council is often looking for volunteers to help run fun community events. Please check out their website to find out more and register your  interest.

• Are you interested in becoming an on-call firefighter? The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue are looking for on-call firefighters particularly in the Mortimer area. To find out more and register your interest get in touch at recruitment@rbfrs.co.uk or click here for more information.

• Holy Trinity Church is the drop-0ff point in Theale for West Berkshire Foodbank. See request list here.

• Theale Parish Council has urged residents to take part in the Patient Participation Group which aims to support and improve the way services are delivered by your GP Practice. See more here on the goals and how to join.

• If you need help getting to medical, dentist or optician appointments do contact Burghfield and Mortimer Volunteer Bureau between 9.30am and 11.30am Monday to Friday on 01189 831814.

• Advice about scams and how to protect yourself and what to do if you get caught. There is no shame if you do get caught out by scammers and you must seek help and warn others.

• Volunteer drivers needed by Burghfield and Mortimer Volunteer Bureau. Click here for more information.

• Holy Trinity Church in Theale is seeking donations for the Foodbank that is open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm. Find out what is requested each week by clicking here.

• The mini re-cycling centre at the end of Theale High Street has banks for plastic pots, tubs, trays cans, small electricals, cardboard and paper.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Thu 16 May Theale Wine Festival.

Fri 17 May Barn Dance, St Mary’s Church, Burghfield.

• Fri 17 May Summer Music at St Mary’s with Kate Rittson-Thomas and Aldermaston C0f E School Choir, Aldermaston

• Sat 18 May Summer Music at St Mary’s with Kingsclere Performing Arts College, Aldermaston.

• Sun 19 May Community Sports Day, Theale Recreation Ground.

• Wed 29 May Family Film Afternoon, Burghfield Village Hall.

• Thur 30 May Whist Drive with Tea and Cakes, St Mary’s Church, Burghfield.

• Sun 23 Jun Burfield Family Bike Ride, Burghfield Recreation Ground.

• Sun 7 Jul Community Sports Day, Burghfield Recreation Ground.

• Regular events

• Burghfield WI (The Woman’s Institute) meets at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Burghfield Village Hall. See their facebook page for details.

• Are you over 55 and would like the opportunity to get creative? The Corn Exchange Newbury is running arts and crafts, painting, drawing, sketch and stroll, and poetry workshops in the Burghfield area. See here for dates, locations and how to book.

• Learn the traditional craft of stick making (walking sticks, shepherd crooks & thumbsticks etc) with Calleva Stickdressers Their monthly work days are on the third Saturday of the month in Beenham Victory Hall, RG7 5NN. They always welcome new members and encourage anyone interested to attend a work day to find out more about this historic craft. Upcoming dates here.

• The Corn Exchange is also running a Home Artist scheme where you collect monthly creative project packs from Mortimer Library to enjoy in the comfort of your own home or get them delivered to your home address.

• A wide range of activities for adults and children are available at Padworth Village Hall.

The Mortimer Village Partnership Lunch Club provides a meeting point for older people in the community. It runs twice monthly (on the second and last Thursday) and can cater for for up to 40 lunch guests.

• The Burghfield Community Sports Association organises a range of activities including squash, darts and indoor bowling.

 Theale Library hosts in-person events for people of all ages. To find out more information on future clubs and events click here to visit the West Berkshire Library Facebook page or email Theale Library at thealelibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

• Mortimer Library also host regular events, such as their Rhymetime group who meet every Tuesday (during school term time) at 2.30pm.

• Theale Parish Council’s free community coffee morning, every Wednesday from 8.45am to 11.15am is at the Peter Gooch Room on Englefield Road. Everyone is welcome including young children and well behaved dogs. Click here for details.

• Walking for Health meet every Tuesday at the community centre car park opposite the Horse & Groom, Mortimer, between April and October. There are three walk lengths to chose from as mentioned on mortimervillage.org.uk,

• All cyclists are welcome to join the On Your Bike Burghfield facebook group “which doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

• Beenham Art Group every Tuesday from 10am to noon at Victory Hall, Beenham. More details in The Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton Magazine (September edition, p 17).

• Aldermaston Coffee Club meet at the café at Rosebourne, Aldermaston between 10am to 11.30am on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Further details in The Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton Magazine (September edition, p 11).

• Holy Trinity Church, Theale free choir group rehearses on Thursdays between 7pm to 8pm and performs at Sunday services from 10.30am. All are welcome to join. Send enquiries to office@holytrinitytheale.org.uk.


News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council was on 14 May and the minutes will be available here in due course. Items covered included: The re-election of the Chair and Deputy; the roles and responsibilities of the individual councillors; a discussion about the new play equipment in Kestrel’s Mead, with a contribution from a local resident who works in the construction industry; three planning applications (one no-objection, two no-comment); planning decisions (including for the applications by APC at the Rec); the retirement of the Clerk and the search for a replacement (see here for details); and the issue of “intimidating dogs” at the Manor House.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 11 April and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click hereSee this page on Stratfield Mortimer PC’s website for more information on the refresh of its neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 11 April and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Basildon Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 10 April and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Bradfield Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 2 April and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 19 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Padworth Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 4 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beenham Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 4 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.  Click here for details of Beenham’s Community Plan.

The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 5 February and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Burghfield area council contacts

Parishes: Theale Parish CouncilAldermaston Parish CouncilPadworth Parish CouncilStratfield Mortimer Parish Council, Englefield Parish CouncilBeenham Parish CouncilBradfield Parish CouncilBasildon Parish Council and Burghfield Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

• Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton & DownlandsWantage area; Marlborougharea; Swindon area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 9 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes music, dancing, a fayre, bowls, sports, Nick’s news and a speed consultation. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Burghfield area events include disco nights and wine festival. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Theale’s speed limit

A reminder that WBC wants your views on the proposal to reduce the speed limit on roads in Theale. A statement explains that “This consultation originated from three separate requests for speed limit changes in Theale (Meadow Way, Crown Lane and The Green) which were approved at the Speed Limit Review in July 2021. Since then, Theale has been identified as an ideal candidate to assess the speed limit through a whole village/area rather than just individual roads.

“The process undertaken in Theale will be treated as a pilot scheme to potentially be implemented in other suitable villages/areas across West Berkshire over the coming years.”

Let us know what you think by filling out the comment form by Thursday 6 June. You can find out more by clicking here. If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact our Transport and Road Traffic team.

• Other news

Click here for the May/June 2023 newsletter from Burghfield and Mortimer Councillor Nick Carter.

Concerts at St Mary’s, Aldermaston raise valuable funds to keep the beautiful Grade 1 Listed Building available for use by the local community as a church and community building. Their next Summer Music events are Friday 17 May with Kate Rittson-Thomas and Aldermaston C0f E School Choir and on Satuday 18 May with Kingsclere Performing Arts College. See here for details and how to book tickets. Children under 12 get free entry but please book their free tickets.

• Next Sunday 19 May it’s Community Sports Day over at Theale Recreation Ground. Starting from 1pm, there will be a variety of traditional sports day races and games, as well as a tug-of-war. A great time to get some friends and family together for a picnic! Details can be found here.

• The Burghfield May Fayre is almost upon and they are still in need volunteers for a number of roles on Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May. Some of the roles still needed include car park and event marshals, as well as staffing the entry gates (greeting visitors and selling raffle tickets). If you can spare an hour or two you can signup for a role here.

• The Burghfield May Fayre kicks off on this Friday 10 May with a Family Disco, then on Saturday there’s a ‘Skool Disco‘, followed by a fayre on Sunday with activities including a funfair, a dog show, arena displays, craft stalls, a prince and princess competition, a ladies tug-of-war, a café, food stalls and the Bar will all be returning this year. There will also be free parking with a shuttle bus service. Click here to learn more.

• What do you think about a 20mph limit in residential areas of Theale? The proposal’s details can be found on West Berkshire Council’s Consultation Hub where you can let us know what you think by filling out the comment form by Thursday 6 June. If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact our Traffic and Road Safety Team.

• St Mary’s Church, Burghfield will be holding a Barn Dance on Friday 17 May. There will be a baked potato supper and drinks available at the bar. Tickets cost £20 and if you would like to book a place, contact Anne at bannepocock@aol.com.

• Burghfield community Café B is looking for volunteers who can help out on Mondays or Wednesday between 9:30am and 1:30pm. Roles include barista, waiter/waitress, cook or till operator and full training will be given. To learn more get in contact Alex at cafeb@togetherinmission.org.uk.

• Ever wanted to try your hand at bowls? The Burghfield Bowls Club will be holding their next open day with free taster sessions Monday 27 May. To find out more, visit their website.

Calleva Stickdressers promote and encourage the traditional craft of stick making (walking sticks, shepherd crooks & thumbsticks etc ). They hold monthly work days on the third Saturday of the month in Victory Hall, Beenham, RG7 5NN. They always welcome new members and encourage anyone interested to attend a work day to find out more about this historic craft. Upcoming dates are Saturday 18 May and 15 June.

• Theale Parish Council is now taking stall bookings for the Village Summer Fete on Sunday 7 July. If you would be interested in booking a stall, find out more by contacting the Parish Office enquiries@thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk or click here.

Home Artists Mortimer is a free monthly creative project for over 55s that can be collected from Mortimer Library or delivered to your home address on the first Tuesday of the month until September. There will also be quarterly ‘Meet the Artists’ Coffee Mornings held at Mortimer Library. Book here on cornexchangenew.com or call the box office on 01635 522733.

• Click here to see a list of all active planning applications in Theale (check the date at the top of the post for latest update).

Bucket List Wishes, a charity that works with terminally ill adults, is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with their dress sales and personalised appointments in Burghfield. For more information, click here.

• The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding a consultation regarding changes to the way it responds to automatic fire alarm notifications. The public consultation on the plans from now until . To complete their survey click here or get in contact at consultations@rbfrs.co.uk. before the 13 May 2024 deadline.

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

• The Green Hub on West Berkshire Council’s website is focused on helping people make more sustainable choices collectively along our journey to Net Zero, whether you live, work or learn in West Berkshire or are a business owner or visitor. The information covers energy efficiencytaking climate actioncommunity work and sustainable business.

• If you want to reduce your consumption of single use plastics, you can refill your household and personal cleaning products. Deliveries can also be arranged. Contact Jenny and Tom at Thatcham Refillable for details.

• Have your say

Have your say on current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council:

Proposed nominations for the Local List of Heritage Assets (March 2024) Deadline 12 May.
Draft Domestic Abuse Strategy 2023-2027 Deadline 19 May.
Theale Village: Proposed 20mph Speed Limit Deadline 6 June.

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

• Latest local newsletters

• Englefield Parish Magazine.
• Padworth Village Newsletter.
Stratfield Mortimer newsletter.
• Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton


Community notices

• West Berkshire Library Service is appealing for local volunteers at Mortimer and Burghfield Common libraries. Please see this post on Facebook, call 01635 519533 or email volunteerinyourlibrary@westberks.gov.uk for further information.

• Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council has extended the deadline for its art competition (open to anyone up to year 13) until Friday 12 April.

• West Berkshire Library’s friendly At Home service delivers books in person on a three-weekly basis, free of charge if you can’t get into your local branch. Contact the At Home service on 01635 519827 or email library@westberks.gov.uk.

• Theale Parish Council is often looking for volunteers to help run fun community events. Please check out their website to find out more and register your  interest.

• Are you interested in becoming an on-call firefighter? The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue are looking for on-call firefighters particularly in the Mortimer area. To find out more and register your interest get in touch at recruitment@rbfrs.co.uk or click here for more information.

• Holy Trinity Church is the drop-0ff point in Theale for West Berkshire Foodbank. See request list here.

• Theale Parish Council has urged residents to take part in the Patient Participation Group which aims to support and improve the way services are delivered by your GP Practice. See more here on the goals and how to join.

• If you need help getting to medical, dentist or optician appointments do contact Burghfield and Mortimer Volunteer Bureau between 9.30am and 11.30am Monday to Friday on 01189 831814.

• Advice about scams and how to protect yourself and what to do if you get caught. There is no shame if you do get caught out by scammers and you must seek help and warn others.

• Volunteer drivers needed by Burghfield and Mortimer Volunteer Bureau. Click here for more information.

• Holy Trinity Church in Theale is seeking donations for the Foodbank that is open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm. Find out what is requested each week by clicking here.

• The mini re-cycling centre at the end of Theale High Street has banks for plastic pots, tubs, trays cans, small electricals, cardboard and paper.

• For how to avoid scams and what to do if you unluckily get caught, please see important advice here from Citizen’s Advice.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

Fri 10 May Burghfield May Fayre Family Disco Night, Burghfield Hatch.

Sat 11 May BRA’s Back to School Disco, Burghfield Hatch.

Sun 12 May May Fayre: Prince and Princess Parade, Burghfield Hatch.

Thu 16 May Theale Wine Festival.

Fri 17 May Barn Dance, St Mary’s Church, Burghfield.

• Fri 17 May Summer Music at St Mary’s with Kate Rittson-Thomas and Aldermaston C0f E School Choir, Aldermaston

• Sat 18 May Summer Music at St Mary’s with Kingsclere Performing Arts College, Aldermaston.

• Sun 19 May Community Sports Day, Theale Recreation Ground.

• Wed 29 May Family Film Afternoon, Burghfield Village Hall.

• Sun 23 Jun Burfield Family Bike Ride, Burghfield Recreation Ground.

• Sun 7 Jul Community Sports Day, Burghfield Recreation Ground.

• Regular events

• Burghfield WI (The Woman’s Institute) meets at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Burghfield Village Hall. See their facebook page for details.

• Are you over 55 and would like the opportunity to get creative? The Corn Exchange Newbury is running arts and crafts, painting, drawing, sketch and stroll, and poetry workshops in the Burghfield area. See here for dates, locations and how to book.

• Learn the traditional craft of stick making (walking sticks, shepherd crooks & thumbsticks etc) with Calleva Stickdressers Their monthly work days are on the third Saturday of the month in Beenham Victory Hall, RG7 5NN. They always welcome new members and encourage anyone interested to attend a work day to find out more about this historic craft. Upcoming dates here.

• The Corn Exchange is also running a Home Artist scheme where you collect monthly creative project packs from Mortimer Library to enjoy in the comfort of your own home or get them delivered to your home address.

• A wide range of activities for adults and children are available at Padworth Village Hall.

The Mortimer Village Partnership Lunch Club provides a meeting point for older people in the community. It runs twice monthly (on the second and last Thursday) and can cater for for up to 40 lunch guests.

• The Burghfield Community Sports Association organises a range of activities including squash, darts and indoor bowling.

 Theale Library hosts in-person events for people of all ages. To find out more information on future clubs and events click here to visit the West Berkshire Library Facebook page or email Theale Library at thealelibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

• Mortimer Library also host regular events, such as their Rhymetime group who meet every Tuesday (during school term time) at 2.30pm.

• Theale Parish Council’s free community coffee morning, every Wednesday from 8.45am to 11.15am is at the Peter Gooch Room on Englefield Road. Everyone is welcome including young children and well behaved dogs. Click here for details.

• Walking for Health meet every Tuesday at the community centre car park opposite the Horse & Groom, Mortimer, between April and October. There are three walk lengths to chose from as mentioned on mortimervillage.org.uk,

• All cyclists are welcome to join the On Your Bike Burghfield facebook group “which doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

• Beenham Art Group every Tuesday from 10am to noon at Victory Hall, Beenham. More details in The Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton Magazine (September edition, p 17).

• Aldermaston Coffee Club meet at the café at Rosebourne, Aldermaston between 10am to 11.30am on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Further details in The Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton Magazine (September edition, p 11).

• Holy Trinity Church, Theale free choir group rehearses on Thursdays between 7pm to 8pm and performs at Sunday services from 10.30am. All are welcome to join. Send enquiries to office@holytrinitytheale.org.uk.


News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council was on 9 April and the minutes will be available here in due course. Items covered included: East Concrete (see separate section); a review of AWE’s latest Travel Plan; a failed appeal; “disappointment” that APC’s approaches to WBC Planning Enforcement over Corbyn, Soke Road and Padworth Sawmills have not generated any response; a flooded footpath; a welcome to the new Clerk; and inconsiderate parking.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 11 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the Chair’s remarks; the Clerk’s report; committee and working party reports; Garth Hall; repairs and maintenance; grants and awards; financial matters; planning matters; and parish communications.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click hereSee this page on Stratfield Mortimer PC’s website for more information on the refresh of its neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Bradfield Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 2 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; enforcement matters; the neighbourhood development plan; financial matters; highways; the emergency plan; the Village Hall; and the Village Field.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 19 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Basildon Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 13 March and you can download the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 7 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Padworth Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 4 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Beenham Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 5 February and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.  Click here for details of Beenham’s Community Plan.

The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council for which minutes are available was on 5 February and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• Burghfield area council contacts

Parishes: Theale Parish CouncilAldermaston Parish CouncilPadworth Parish CouncilStratfield Mortimer Parish Council, Englefield Parish CouncilBeenham Parish CouncilBradfield Parish CouncilBasildon Parish Council and Burghfield Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

• Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton & DownlandsWantage area; Marlborougharea; Swindon area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

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