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80th D-Day Event - Saturday, 8th June

Published: 30 May 24

Bring the whole family to Linear Park for music and FREE family entertainment at our 80th anniversary of D-Day event on Saturday, 8th June from 12-4pm. Bring a picnic, or why not treat yourself to delicious fish 'n' chips! Thank you to the Performing Rights Society for kindly providing the music license for the event free of charge. Read More...

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme - Not a member of Neighbourhood Watch?

Published: 2 May 24

You can become the coordinator and sign up neighbours as and when you can. Its a great way to meet your neighbours and to check on vulnerable households, such as the elderly. Communicate all Thames Valley Alert messages to your neighbours where relevant. Encourage them to sign up to Thames Valley Alert so they will receive the messages direct. https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk Encourage neighbours to be observant and report to the Police any suspicious and criminal incidents. Call 999 in an emergency and 101 for all non-emergency calls. Report online https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk Provide members with crime prevention information and promote property marking https://www.immobilise.com Act as the link between the scheme, other Co-ordinators in the area and the local Police. To find your nearest scheme go to https://www.ourwatch.org.uk If there isn't a scheme nearby, then consider setting one up. Read More...

A4 Bath Road Pedestrian Crossing Upgrade

Published: 2 May 24

West Berkshire Council will be upgrading the dual pedestrian crossing point west of the roundabout of Royal Avenue, Charrington Road and A4 Bath Road. As part of these signals upgrades to replace the obsolete halogen lamps, they will be converting the dual signals to one straight across, as per the signals further east nearer the BP garage. A lane closure will in place while Volker Highways remove the existing central island and complete the civils element of the upgrade. During this stage alternative crossing facilities will be provided east of the roundabout. During the signals upgrade, a like for like crossing will be in place. Civils works: 8th May - 17th May 2024 Signals installation: 20th May - 24th May 2024. If you have any queries regarding this project contact Matt McMahon on 01635 503245 or email matt.mcmahon2@westberks.gov.uk Read More...

Crime Prevention - Protect Your Bicycle

Published: 30 Apr 24

There has been a few reports of bicycles being stolen in the West Berkshire area. Here are some tips on how to keep your bicycle safe. • Fit a good bike lock, such as one with a Sold Secure rating, and attach your bike to something secure • Always lock your bicycle, even if you are leaving it for a couple of minutes • If you have quick-release wheels or parts that are easy to remove, lock them up as well or take them with you • Have your bike's frame security-marked or etched and a photo • Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed when at home • Register your bike with schemes such as Immobilise www.immobilise.com Report bike thieves - If you have any information about anyone involved in the theft of bicycles please contact Thames Valle Police by calling 101 or online www.thamesvalley.police.uk Read More...

Crime Prevention Advice - Empty Your Van Before a Thief Does!

Published: 30 Apr 24

Mark Your Tools - Take a photo of the serial number or identifying marks Engrave your initials or a memorable word Use an ultraviolet pen Remember to mark your batteries too Register Your Tools - Register your tools and serial numbers on a national property recording database such as immobilise www.immobilise.com/ Secure Your Vehicle - Make sure your vehicle is locked. Even if you are popping back and forth to grab tools, criminals only need a moment to empty your van. Consider purchasing dead locks or slam locks. Security cages can also be installed inside your van. Install a Dashcam or CCTV - Consider purchasing a dash cam or CCTV camera to deter criminals from targeting your van. Alarms are also good deterrents if one is not already fitted Empty Your Van - Where possible, empty your van of the tools overnight - don't give criminals the opportunity to empty your van for you. Read More...

Crime Prevention - Protect Your Vehicle

Published: 30 Apr 24

Having your car stolen or broken into can be very distressing. Here are a few steps you can take to help keep your vehicle safe - • Always lock your vehicle • Remove any valuables • Use a steering wheel lock • Store your key in a Signal Blocking Pouch • Install a Vehicle Tracker • Fit a foldable bollard to your driveway • Have an immobiliser installed • Install CCTV and a motion sensor light at your property. Read More...

Rangewood Avenue Footway Closure from 16th May

Published: 16 Apr 24

West Berkshire Council’s Contractor, Volker Highways Ltd, in conjunction with Colas, will shortly be applying a footway preservation treatment to Rangewood Avenue. The works are scheduled to start on 16th May and will last for 3 days, during which time the footway will be closed between the hours of 8am and 5pm. These works form part of the Council’s ongoing programme of footway improvement works. Footway preservation (Micro-surfacing) is a preventative maintenance process, this is a thin surfacing which is aimed at weatherproofing and strengthening the existing footway to ensure the footway condition does not deteriorate further. The nature of the material will not leave a completely smooth finish. This process removes the need to dig out and replace the existing footway, which is structurally sound and significantly reduces the cost and the carbon emissions. It is therefore better for the environment and ensures our available budgets can be maximised. Advanced information boards will be erected on site and whilst these works are subject to weather conditions, every effort will be made to complete these works as programmed. Should it be necessary to revise these timings, the information boards will be updated accordingly. Alternatively, you can view the current status of the scheme by visiting https://one.network/ where any updates will be posted. Every effort will be made to maintain access to private properties and businesses directly adjacent to the works; although, due to the nature of the treatment some inconvenience will be inevitable, but we will endeavour to keep this to an absolute minimum. To enable the programme of work to be completed in a timely manner, it is essential that vehicles are not parked on the footway. We respectfully ask that you find somewhere else to park your vehicle while the work is on-going – Please help us by moving your vehicle accordingly. Should you have any queries regarding these works, please do not hesitate to contact the Council’s Customer Services Team on 01635 519080 in the first instance. Read More...

National Emergency Area Retrofit - Works to begin on M4 between junctions 10 (Wokingham) and 12 (Theale), due to start from 7 May 2024

Published: 15 Apr 24

National Emergency Area Retrofit - work is set to begin on the M4 between junctions 10 (Wokingham) and 12 (Theale), due to start from 7 May 2024. The M4 between junctions 10 (Wokingham) and 12 (Theale) will be one of the next sections of motorway to have new emergency areas added to it, as part of National Highways National Emergency Area Retrofit programme. The work to add twelve new emergency areas as well as improved signage is set to begin from 7 May 2024. Work for the new areas will be carried out Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 7pm. Some overnight and weekend work including deliveries to the work sites will be required. Construction of the new emergency areas on this section of motorway is expected to be completed by March 2025. To carry out the work safely, lane one (the left lane) on the four-lane motorway, will be closed throughout construction. Lanes two, three and four will remain open with a 50mph speed limit in place. Existing emergency areas through roadworks will remain open and a free recovery service will be in place throughout the roadworks. The traffic management for the working areas will be installed overnight when the traffic flows are quieter. Should there be a need to close overnight there will be clearly signed diversion routes in place. Read More...

Community Litter Pick Event: Saturday, 11th May 2024

Community Litter Pick Event: Saturday, 11th May 2024

Published: 11 Apr 24

Please join us for our next Community Litter Pick on Saturday, 11th May, meeting at the Beansheaf Centre on Charrington Road at 10am. All equipment will be provided, as well as refreshments for all participants from midday. Read More...

Reading Road Drainage - Improvements - Burghfield - D0010157

Published: 21 Mar 24

The drainage civils works are to install a new gully and repair a defect with the existing system on Reading Road, Burghfield. Local residents have been letter dropped to inform them of these works and advanced Information boards have been erected on site. West Berkshire Council’s contractor Volker Highways Ltd, will be undertaking essential drainage repairs and improvements on Reading Road Burghfield. The works will be done from Monday, 25th March 2024 up to and including Wednesday, 28th March 2024 using a road closure and signed diversion route. Information boards have been erected on site and whilst these works are weather dependent, every effort will be made to complete these works as per the programme. Read More...

Communities invited to help shape Berkshire’s blueprint for nature recovery

Published: 21 Mar 24

Communities across Berkshire are invited to participate in workshops and a county-wide survey to help shape important plans for protecting and improving natural habitats in the county. Berkshire’s six councils, led by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, are keen to involve residents, landowners, NGOs, developers, community groups and others to create a Local Nature Recovery Strategy for the county during 2024. Funded by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) as part of a wider national nature recovery project, the resultant blueprint for Berkshire’s nature recovery will be a nature map of opportunities, as well as a list of biodiversity priorities. It will prioritise where time and investment are most needed to improve, protect, or enlarge habitats, create wildlife corridors, or create new habitats on land or around watercourses. It will support joint working around nature recovery and focus the decisions, expertise and investment of many individuals and partner organisations, alongside helping to inform and support funding bids for specific projects. Following valuable conversations with farmers, landowners, land managers, the project team is hosting a community workshop in each Berkshire area, alongside a county-wide survey, to involve residents, community groups, charities, businesses, schools, colleges and others in shaping the strategy. • Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead: Braywick Nature Centre, 8 April, 9.30am -12.30pm • Bracknell Forest: Foxes Den Café, Binfield Community Centre, 10 April, 5:30 –8:30pm • Slough: Salt Hill Activity Centre, 16 April, 11am -2pm • Wokingham: Maiden Place, Earley, 20 April, 10am -1pm • West Berkshire: Corn Exchange, Hungerford Town Hall, 23 April, 12-3pm • Reading: Dee Space Community Centre, 25 April, 12-3pm • Online workshop (Berkshire-wide): Zoom, 30 April, 6.30 – 8pm The workshops are a chance to find out more about the project and how you can get more involved in supporting nature locally, to celebrate the good work already happening locally and share your knowledge, insights and priorities. Places at the in-person workshops are limited (two people max per organisation) – to register an interest in attending, visit EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/berkshire-nature-recovery-77589872633, or for those unable to register online, call Braywick Nature Centre on 01628 777440. You can also share your thoughts in the survey until Tuesday 7 May. If you don’t have online access, you are welcome to use the public-access computers available at local libraries. Paper copies of the survey form are also available from all libraries upon request. Read More...

West Berkshire Council appeals to residents to pledge to pick one bag of litter, or more, for Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign

Published: 19 Mar 24

Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign, which runs from 15-31 March, is calling for residents across West Berkshire to show their pride in their community by taking part in the mass action litter pick. West Berkshire Council are delighted to lend their support to back the charity’s #BigBagChallenge – a plea to the public to pledge on the charity’s website to pick one bag, or more, of litter from streets, parks, beauty spots and beaches to protect our vibrant communities and precious wildlife habitats. West Berkshire Council can provide litter-picking equipment to help you carry out your event. Please give them as much notice as possible when requesting equipment and wait for confirmation before you advertise your event as their equipment may not be available due to popular demand. For more information please visit: www.westberks.gov.uk/communitylitterpick. The Great British Spring Clean, now in its ninth year, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses, and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. Cllr Stuart Gorley, Executive Member for Climate Action, Recycling and Biodiversity at West Berkshire Council, said: “We are pleased to support the Great British Spring Clean for its 70th anniversary. We’re lucky to be able to live in such a beautiful green district, but unfortunately litter is a continual problem we have to deal with that blights our natural environment. “Littering and fly-tipping not only tarnishes the beauty of our district but also poses a significant threat to our environment, wildlife, community well-being, and overall quality of life. “We would like to thank the volunteer litter pickers that we have going out throughout the district all year round to help keep West Berkshire free of litter and continue to do so.” Read More...

Veolia and West Berkshire Council soil conditioner giveaway event

Published: 4 Mar 24

West Berkshire Council is teaming up with Veolia for the fourth time to provide residents with an exciting giveaway – FREE soil conditioner! Mark your calendars for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, between 10:00am and 4:00pm where you will be able to swing by our Padworth Waste Management Facility at Padworth Lane, RG7 4JF, and grab some locally produced soil conditioner. Wondering what makes this soil conditioner special? It's created right here at Padworth, using the food and garden waste we collect from you and other households in the district. For the giveaway weekend, no appointment is needed, just show up! But do bring along an ID card or a recent utility bill to prove you're a West Berkshire resident. Please bring your own bags or boxes so you can easily carry and load the bagged or boxed soil conditioner into your car – no direct loading into vehicles for health and safety reasons. This is a free event, and some queues are likely during peak times. Please be patient when you arrive as we aim to allow as many people as possible to collect the soil. We'll be restocking throughout the day, so there's no rush to arrive early. Also, let's be fair – we ask residents to take a reasonable amount to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy this fantastic offer. In addition, there will be recycling collection points on site for old or unwanted vapes, batteries and small electricals, meaning you can maximise your visit. It's a win-win for the community and the environment. Read More...

West Berkshire Council Takes Significant Steps to Conserve Biodiversity

Published: 12 Feb 24

West Berkshire Council is proactively gearing up for the implementation of crucial legislation aimed at conserving and enhancing biodiversity across the district. Scheduled to commence on 12 February, the Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) legislation will come into force for major planning applications to ensure the natural environment and habitat for wildlife is in a better state than it was before the development. BNG will be applicable to minor sites starting from April 2024, and is anticipated to expand to Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects by November 2025, some exemptions apply. As the local planning authority, the planning process will play a fundamental role in the delivery of BNG. This would require developers to provide a minimum of 10% biodiversity gain, with the BNG habitat needing to be secured for at least 30 years via planning conditions and obligations. Like most countries across the world, the UK is facing a substantial loss of biodiversity, and is now amongst one of the most nature-depleted nations globally according to the State of Nature 2023 report. Read More...

Footpath Closure from Hawkesbury Drive to Mackay Close

Published: 23 Jan 24

The footpath from Hawkesbury Drive to Mackay Close in Calcot will be closed from the 7th February to 25th March 2024. The diversion route is expected to be via - Mackay Close, Carters Rise, Hawkesbury Drive, and vice versa. Residential access will be maintained throughout and the diversion will be signed on site. The purpose of this closure is for Thames Water to carry out Mains renewals and disconnection/abandonment of some existing pipework. Please Note: Blue light access will be available throughout. All enquiries should be directed to: Morrison Water Services on 08003 169 800. A plan of the closure can be found at: https://one.network/?tm=GB137260193 Read More...

Veganuary - Recipe

Veganuary - Recipe

Published: 9 Jan 24

Veganuary Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe kindly provided by The Hind's Head, Aldermaston. Read More...

West Berkshire Council trials new product to help residents move from petrol and diesel cars to electric

Published: 21 Nov 23

West Berkshire Council have announced a new trial that will revolutionise how residents without a driveway can charge their electric vehicle right from their home. This innovative trial uses a through-pavement channel developed by Kerbo Charge, where residents insert their charging cable into a channel in the pavement that also has a self-closing lid that closes behind like a zip. This allows residents to safely charge an electric vehicle on the road as it removes the risk of trips and falls from trailing charging cables from a property across the footway. Three sites (streets in Calcot, Newbury, and Kintbury) have been chosen for the trial which will run for several months and feedback from the installers, residents, public, and highways maintenance will be gathered and analysed. If feedback is positive and the trial is deemed a success, residents will be able to apply for a licence to install the channel in the footway by an approved supplier and contractor. Read More...

West Berkshire Council's Innovative Approach to Combat Potholes and Enhance Road Safety

Published: 21 Nov 23

In an innovative move, West Berkshire Council is piloting the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for predictive road management, which will help reduce costs in the future. Collaborating with industry leader, Vaisala, the AI technology in West Berkshire Council's inspection vehicles will now digitally capture images of the road conditions, traffic signs, and road markings to help predict where carriageways could become faulty, which in turn will help in decisions for future investments and maintenance projects. Using AI technology will provide analysis of data and reports building up layers of data that will map out defects after they've been captured. This is designed to enable West Berkshire Council to be more efficient in our road maintenance programmes with less time and money spent on finding and fixing carriageway problems across the district. As a reminder, residents can ‘report a problem’ they experience in Holybrook, whether it be pot holes, problems with litter or dog waste bins, overgrown foliage, litter and fly tipping, or dog foul on the pavements and verges, via West Berkshire Council’s 'Report a Problem' page on their website. Read More...

Thames Valley Police - Free Home Security Guide

Published: 21 Nov 23

Being burgled is a traumatic experience. It’s not just the financial cost of replacing stolen items, but also the emotional impact of feeling violated after a burglar has been in your home. Improving your home security is the best way to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. Download your FREE Home Security Guide produced by Thames Valley Police. https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/ Read More...

Closure of Dorking Way

Published: 31 Aug 23

Dorking Way will be closed on the 11th September to 4th December 2023, the closure is expected to be from its junction with Bath Road to the junction of Honey Bee Street at the Fairfields development. The alternative route for all vehicles affected is via Charrington Rd, Bath Rd, and vice versa. The purpose of this closure is for SGN to upgrade and install new gas infrastructure. Residential access will be maintained throughout, and the diversion will be signposted. Please Note: Blue light access will be via the diversion route. All enquiries should be directed to: I & G Contractors on 01227 711 002 or SGN on 08009 121 700 A plan of the closure can be found at: https://one.network/?tm=GB135440740 Read More...

Credit Card Found During Litter Pick

Published: 5 Jun 23

A credit card was found during Saturday's community litter pick event. If this belongs to you, please call in to the Parish office in the Beansheaf Centre on Charrington Road, or call the office on 0118 945 4339. Read More...

E-Audiobooks FREE to Borrow

Published: 5 Jun 23

West Berkshire libraries have thousands of e-audiobooks free to borrow with a library card. Read More...

Neighbourhood Alert: Keyless Car Thefts

Published: 27 Apr 23

There has been an increase in reports of ‘Theft of Vehicles’ across the West Berkshire area, with recent thefts taking place in the Holybrook Parish. We would like to remind members of the public that if you see a crime in progress to please call 999. Also, if you have a Ring doorbell or CCTV and have footage of recent suspicious activity relating to car theft please call 101 or report on-line www.thamesvalley.police.uk/report-a-crime Can we please remind you to – • Always lock your vehicle • Remove any valuables • Use a steering wheel lock • Store your key in a Signal Blocking Pouch • Install a Vehicle Tracker • Fit a foldable bollard to your driveway • Have an immobiliser installed • Install CCTV and a motion sensor light at your property. Read More...

New mini recycling centre opens in Tilehurst

Published: 12 Jan 23

West Berkshire Council, in partnership with their waste contractor Veolia, have opened another new mini recycling centre in the district. The new site is located in Tilehurst at Cotswold Sports Centre, Downs Way, RG31 6SL. The mini recycling centre will have banks for: • plastic pots, tubs, trays and cans • small electricals • paper and cardboard • food and drink cartons (including paper tubes with metal ends) • textiles Read More...

Boosting Young People’s Mental & Emotional Health Through Sport

Published: 27 Oct 22

Sport in Mind are offering weekly after-school sessions for young people in Reading and West Berkshire. Young people are invited, or can be referred, to join these after school sessions to get active, and have fun with others in a relaxed, supportive, friendly environment. During the sessions young people will play multi-skills games and enjoy a range of confidence-building activities based on Sport in Mind’s central themes of heartrate, communication, breathing and focus. While improving their sporting ability, young people will also learn lots of ways to take care of themselves physically and mentally, and will be building emotional resilience. Read More...

Age UK Berkshire Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation in Calcot

Published: 29 Sep 22

Age UK Berkshire Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation will be starting a new group in The Calcot Centre from 19th October 2022. The group will run weekly on Wednesdays from 10:30–11:30. Participants will be able to take part in a range of activities designed to help maintain memory. Read More...

Fire Service Safe and Well Visits

Published: 26 Sep 22

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides a 'Safe and Well Visit' to all Berkshire residents. This free service provides vulnerable residents with tailored fire safety advice, smoke detection, hearing impaired alarms (if needed) and well-being advice with signposting to additional agencies. Read More...

Emergency Cost of Living Crisis Fund Launched

Published: 26 Sep 22

Greenham Trust and West Berkshire Council have launched a £100,000 Emergency Cost of Living Crisis Fund to help charities support those affected by unaffordable hikes in energy prices and double-digit inflation. Read More...

Calcot Singing for the Brain

Published: 1 Sep 22

Singing for the Brain is a social activity for people with dementia and their carers taking place on the first Tuesday of the month at Kennet Valley Free Church. Read More...

Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme

Published: 30 Aug 22

Did you know that patients and carers on low incomes can reclaim their travel costs for attending hospital appointments? If you’re a patient or carer who receives benefits or is on a low income, you may be eligible to claim back the cost of travelling to specialist healthcare appointments by public transport or car. Read More...

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR BIKES

Published: 24 Jan 20

Thames Valley Police no longer accept bikes that have been found by a member of the public or take reports of lost bikes. Please read for more information. Read More...