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10:00 am Community Apple Tree Pruning Day... @ Digby Road Community Orchard
Community Apple Tree Pruning Day... @ Digby Road Community Orchard
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Community Apple Tree Pruning Day at Digby Road Community Orchard in Newbury @ Digby Road Community Orchard
The Newbury in Bloom team together with Growing Newbury Green are hosting a community apple tree pruning day at the Digby Road Community Orchard with support from Newbury Town Council. Volunteers are asked to come[...]
10:15 am Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Jan 18 @ 10:15 am – 10:35 am
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for children under 5 years Every Saturday, 10.15-10.45am at Theale Library. For more information, please contact the library: Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35195
10:30 am ‘Love Hue’ Art Club @ Hungerford Library
‘Love Hue’ Art Club @ Hungerford Library
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
'Love Hue' Art Club @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Love Hue Art Club For 7 years + (children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult) 3rd Saturday of the month. 10.30am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library £2 per person – For more information, please contact[...]
1:30 pm Free Public Speaking Open House @ West Berkshire Museum
Free Public Speaking Open House @ West Berkshire Museum
Jan 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free Public Speaking Open House @ West Berkshire Museum | England | United Kingdom
If you want to overcome your fear of public speaking or want to improve your techniques this is the event for you. All abilities welcome. You will have the opportunity to give a speech and[...]
2:30 pm Newbury Library Book Group – Sat... @ Newbury Library
Newbury Library Book Group – Sat... @ Newbury Library
Jan 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Newbury Library Book Group – Saturday @ Newbury Library
Newbury Library Book Group – SATURDAY New members are always welcome and it’s free to join. Please drop in to any book group meeting or contact the library for further details: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups Third  or fourth[...]
7:30 pm Amahl and the Night Visitors One... @ St Nicholas Church, Newbury
Amahl and the Night Visitors One... @ St Nicholas Church, Newbury
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Amahl and the Night Visitors One-Act Opera plus The Great American Songbook @ St Nicholas Church, Newbury | England | United Kingdom
A beautiful story of hope for the New Year followed by famous songs from Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin and Sondheim.
7:30 pm The Vagina Dialogues Motivationa... @ Hungerford Town Hall
The Vagina Dialogues Motivationa... @ Hungerford Town Hall
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Vagina Dialogues Motivational Event for Women @ Hungerford Town Hall | England | United Kingdom
Ladies, do you want to  start the New Year off with some clarity, focus and renewed confidence in yourself? Then this event will be right up your street!  Bring a friend for FREE. The Vagina[...]

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 several sources which provide information about roadworks, delays and closures and traffic incidents:

Streetworks and Roadworks.org provide essentially the same information (the former streams from the latter) but the interfaces and functionality differs.

Traffic Update provides similar information but the site is a lot less easy to use for searching for a rural area (though you can find information on specific trunk roads easily using the menu at the top).

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

West Berkshire Council, Swindon Council, and Wiltshire Council have links to maps of their areas showing roadworks and delays. The Vale of White Horse Council’s section is rather less useful.

Reporting problems

Click here for how to report reporting problems with roads and pavements (including faulty traffic lights, potholes, abandoned cars and many other issues) in West Berkshire,  Wiltshire, Swindon and Vale of White Horse.

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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