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8:00 am Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library
Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library
Jun 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Abstract Reality Exhibition at Newbury Library Two artists under 1 roof – Bringing together abstract acrylic paint pours and detailed watercolour pencil portraits. June 1st – August 3rd 2019 Caroline Moore and Ross Buckner will[...]
9:30 am Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Family History Sessions @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Thatcham Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
9:30 am North Wessex Downs Walking Festi... @ Various
North Wessex Downs Walking Festi... @ Various
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
North Wessex Downs Walking Festival 2019 @ Various | Hungerford | England | United Kingdom
North Wessex Downs Walking Festival 2019 Calendar of Events Saturday, 8th June 2019 9.30am A ‘Venerable’ Nordic Walk from Blewbury 11 miles, 6 hours.  Pay on the day – £8 Sunday, 9th June 2019 10.30am[...]
9:30 am Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall | Great Shefford | England | United Kingdom
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to these friendly and informal sessions. If you have something you’re working on, bring it along – or just turn up and expect to be inspired by the things that[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come along to this lovely country market if you are free on Friday morning and you will find wonderful chutneys, marmalades, cards, cakes and plants to buy.  Take the opportunity to meet up with a[...]
10:00 am Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Craft & Chat Every Friday. 10.00am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30282
10:30 am Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Jun 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Newbury Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 519900 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
10:45 am Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Jun 21 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Play Bridge Beginners and experienced players welcome, every Friday, 10.45am-12.45pm at Theale Library. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287  
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime For 0-4 years, Fridays 11.00-11.30am, term time only at Lambourn Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30283

Useful links for latest news from the police, road, rail, bus and district councils. Please let us know if you feel more should be included.

Information about longterm disruptions or incidents will be in bold italics.

Click here for our weekly community news round-up across the area. 

Police services

West Berkshire and Vale of White Horse

Police services in West Berkshire and Vale of White Horse are provided by Thames Valley Police. Useful sections on the TVP website include:

Reporting a crime
Reporting a road traffic incident
Finding your nearest police station
Neighbourhood policing
How to receive Thames Valley Alerts

Neighbourhood policing updates:  Hungerford & LambournNewbury Town CentreNewbury OuterBucklebury and Downlands ; Thatcham, Aldermaston & BrimptonWantage & Grove

Policing arrangements in Hungerford (much of the information is also relevant to any community which now has an unstaffed police station).

 

Wiltshire and Swindon

Police services in Wiltshire and Swindon are provided by Wiltshire Police. Some sections on their website that might be of use include:

How to contact the police
Community policing teams
How to receive Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messages

Neighbourhood policing updates. click here for Wiltshire East (including Marlborough); click here for Swindon and other parts of Wiltshire.

 

Staying Safe

Click here for lots of tips for avoiding scams and keeping your home and person safe.

Transport

Roads

There are currently major roadworks at Jnct 13 of M4 which will cause intermittent road closures until June.

Traffic Update provides information on delays and diversions resulting from roadworks or accidents.

For information generally on major road projects, please visit the Highways England website.

To report any blockages on the roads, including faulty traffic lights, in West Berkshire contact the Streetcare Department of West Berks Council on 01635 519080 8.30am – 5pm or the emergency number 01635 42161.

Rail

National Rail Enquiries

Great Western Railways operate services in this area

Bedwyn Train Passenger Group provides information on any issues or disruptions between Theale and Bedwyn. Please email info@bedwyntrains.org.uk to go on their mailing list.

Bus services

Information supplied by the following district councils can be found here:

West Berkshire
Vale of White Horse
Wiltshire (Connecting Wiltshire)
Swindon

Community bus services

Community minibus and car schemes provide transport services primarily, but not exclusively, for older and disabled people in West BerkshireWiltshire & SwindonWantage. They often need volunteer drivers.

Local Councils

District Councils

District-level councils in the area provide services that overlap with transport and policing. For details of the councils in your area click below:

Vale of White Horse
Wiltshire
Swindon
West Berkshire

West Berks Council Contacts

During office hours (Mon-Thurs 8:30-5:00, Fri 8:30-4:30pm):

Switch board: 01635 551111
Blue badge: 01635 503277
Bus Pass: 01635 519800
Children’s Services 01635503090
Council tax: 01635 519520
Electoral Roll: 01635 219464
Environmental Health: 01635 519192
Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction: 01635 519258
Planning: 01635 519111
Streetcare (Highways & Refuse): 01635 519080
Trading Standards: 01635 519930

Out of hours Emergency Contact Centre: 01635 42161

Contact the council out of office hours for:

– Emergencies – for example major accidents, significant flooding, fallen trees and other debris blocking roads, traffic lights not working
– Emergency repairs to council-owned temporary accommodation (note: tenants of properties should contact their Housing Association, landlord or agent)
– Enquiries about social care
– Issues with car parks

Emergencies do NOT include: bins not being collected, payments to the council or noise complaints

Parish & Town Councils

Weblinks for many of the parish and town councils in the area can be found in the appropriate section of the weekly Local News posts.

Floods

For information on flood warnings and alerts, click here.

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