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M4 Closures

The M4 will be closed between Junction 12 (Theale) and Junction 13 (Chieveley) at various times over the next few weeks for repairs to the motorway bridges.

Both eastbound and westbound carriageways will be affected.. The motorway will be closed between 9pm on Friday and 5:30am on Monday on three weekends:

  • Friday 31st March to Monday 3rd April
  • Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April
  • Friday 5th May to Monday 8th May

A clearly signposted diversion will be in in place via the A4 through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton


Libraries at home - volunteers needed

From Felicity Harrison Principal Librarian, Culture and Environmental Protection West Berkshire Council

The West Berkshire At Home Service is a free service for West Berkshire residents. We deliver books and other library materials to people who find it hard to get out of their homes without help due to disability, illness, mobility or frailty. At Home Service customers have access to the same range of materials and services as library users, and the service is delivered every three weeks, by specially trained volunteers.


Scams Awareness Month - Telephone Scams

As part of Scams Awareness Month, This week is focused on Telephone Scams. Copied below is an article from Citizens advice Bureau giving some very useful advice on how to deal with those nuisance telephone calls sent to me from the Neighbourhood Watch team:

West Berkshire Collective Energy Switching Scheme

The ‘free to join’ Big Community Switch scheme negotiates competitive prices with energy companies on behalf of local residents. Residents should register their interest in the scheme before a competitive process to find the best deal for the group. Those who have registered will then be given a personalised offer showing how much could be saved by switching. There is no obligation to switch.

To register or find out more, visit


Warning! Distraction Burglaries

It appears that here has been an increase recently in attempted 'Distraction Burglaries' apparently committed by travelers in the area. The typical operation is that one person knocks on the door of a property and distracts the attention of the owner whilst a second person goes round the back and breaks in!
You can minimize the risk by keeping doors and windows secure and by making access to the back/side of your property difficult. If you have an unexpected caller be alert as to what is happening round you, and do not agree to anything or let them in.


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