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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Nov 18 @ 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[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
10:00 am Scam & Fraud Prevention Workshop @ The Catholic Church of Saint Francis of Sales
Scam & Fraud Prevention Workshop @ The Catholic Church of Saint Francis of Sales
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Scam & Fraud Prevention Workshop @ The Catholic Church of Saint Francis of Sales | England | United Kingdom
Neighbourhood Watch are delivering training workshops to help you protect yourselves and your friends and neighbours against fraud and scams. Come along to our free workshop to find out how you can support vulnerable and[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Nov 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Nov 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time ONLY, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/

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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