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We are pleased to confirm that the village prescription service will be re-starting from Wednesday 11th May. Rik of 14 Ash Close will be receiving the prescriptions on a Tuesday morning and they will be available to collect Wednesday - Friday between 9-5.
Please speak to the Downland Practice Pharmacy to set this up.
From 12.30pm on Sunday 5th June, bring your picnic.
Bar available, games and activities for all the family
The April update from Councillor Clive Hooker is available to download here:
May & The Jubilee Weekend
10.00am United Benefice Service, Great Shefford with breakfast from 9.45am
9.00am BCP Holy Communion, Shefford Woodlands
10.30am Holy Communion, Fawley
9.00am BCP Holy Communion, Leckhampstead
10.00am Café Church, Great Shefford
10.30am Holy Communion, Chaddleworth
9.00am BCP Holy Communion, Wickham
10.30am Holy Communion, Brightwalton
10.00am United Benefice Service, Brightwalton with brunch and village walk
Platinum Jubilee Weekend Services
Thursday 2nd June
Evening Prayer 6.30pm, Chaddleworth church
Using the original service held throughout the country on the Sunday before Her Majesty the Queen’s Coronation
Sunday 5th June
10am Service of Thanksgiving, Leckhampstead church
We are pleased to offer Zoom from Church for many of the 10.30 services, please contact the Benefice Office for joining details – email@example.com
Service details and Order of Services can be found on the A Church Near You website – www.achurchnearyou.com
Revd Miri Keen writes …
Yesterday the season began as I took the first West Downland wedding of 2022. It was wonderful to welcome the bride and groom and their family and friends into the church, to witness their vows and to pray for God’s blessing on them as they begin the adventure of marriage. I always feel rather like I’m waving couples off on a long sea voyage!
One of the best parts of the modern Marriage Service is that it acknowledges how important the encouragement and care of family and friends can be when life’s storms hit. After the bride and groom have said “I will”, the vicar asks the congregation “Will you, the families and friends of the bride and groom, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?” It’s always fabulous to hear the whole congregation saying “We will” as they offer their ongoing practical help, encouragement and prayers. Communities can make a difference too, so as we’re reading Banns and preparing for lots of weddings across the benefice perhaps you would spare a moment to offer your kind thoughts, good wishes and prayers for our happy couples.
Kier and Rosie; James and Amie; William and Harriet; Will and Juliet; John and Fleur; Ned and Lydia; Gary and Tracy; Tobie and Rosie; Scott and Helen; Josh and Lucy; Kit and Nem; John and Gina.
If you would like to find out more about marrying in church please get in touch.
6pm Casserole, Curry and Crumble Supper followed by service at
7.30pm Leckhampstead church
Please contact Mary-Anne Brown to book a seat or Brightwalton Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details
15th April Good Friday
9am Passion Readings & Prayers, Wickham
10.30am Easter Storytime, Great Shefford
2pm Readings, Music & Silence, Brightwalton
17th April Easter Sunday
8.00am ‘BCP’ Holy Communion, Chaddleworth
9.30am Holy Communion, Great Shefford
11.00am Matins, Welford (lay led)
11.00am Holy Communion, Brightwalton
Further information and Order of Services can be found on A Church Near You
A copy of the March update from Councillor Clive Hooker is available to download here.
Within it you find details on WBC projects and consultations, plus updates on wider issues, including schemes being set up to assist Ukrainian refugees
Please find the online copy of the Brickleton News here
Thames Valley Police – Tool Marking Event
Our Thames Valley Police Rural Crime PCSO team will be running a tool marking event in Brightwalton Village Hall car park on Sunday 27th March 2022 from 10.30am to 14.00hrs.
This is for people to bring along garden tools, such as power tools, mowers, strimmers, chain saws etc. They put an identifiable mark using CRE Mark security kit – all free of charge. They will also be offering security advice.
Please note that the village prescription service will be temporarily suspended from the 14th March for around 4 weeks.
The February West Berkshire Council update from District Councillor Clive Hooker can be downloaded here.
The circus is coming to Leckhampstead on the 7th May 2022
Organised by the St James PCC and raising money for the restoration of Leckhampstead Church. Tickets and further information is available here:
Soon to be arriving through your door....
January Brickleton News
West Berkshire Council are changing some bin days, please visit
To check if this affect you.
St All Saints Church, Brightwalton will also be holding an Open Air Carol Service around the Christmas tree on Wednesday 22nd December at 6pm
A copy of the the Order of Service can be found here
Refreshments will be held after the service in the Churchyard, wrap up warm!
For a full list of all the Christmas Services please visit A Church Near You website
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Dear Town/Parish Council
West Berkshire Council has introduced a new online registration scheme for access to our Household Waste Recycling Centres, replacing the current paper permits with a digital system. Online registrations opened to residents on the 30 November 2021. Paper permits, including green car permits that have already expired will continue to be accepted until 28 February 2022.
The digital permit system will enable households to register and update their vehicle details, household addresses and contact details instantly, allowing for seamless entry into the Household Waste Recycling Centres, so long as they have booked an appointment.
Residents will also no longer need to wait for a paper permit to arrive in the post or search for it before they visit our recycling facilities. It will also mean that we don’t need to print over 65,000 paper permits to replace those that have already expired, or will expire soon. Under the planned change, there will also be no need to print and post up to 3,000 additional permits for new properties or lost permits every year. The avoidance of use of paper and ink means the Council and its residents can continue to demonstrate greater stewardship of the environment, which will be consistent with the objectives set out in the Council’s Environment Strategy.
Households will be asked to register their car (up to 3 cars per household) online before 28 February 2022. Each household will need to set up a My Account profile if they do not have one already on the Council’s website via www.westberks.gov.uk/myaccount and then register their car(s) for the digital permits. The process is very quick and simple; it takes less than 3 minutes to complete the actual permit registration. Once you have registered your car(s) the permit will normally become live instantly. The status of your permit will show in your My Account and you will receive an email confirming the outcome of your registration. Digital permit applications for commercial type vehicle permits will take up to 15 days to be assessed and processed. This is because there are more checks required for commercial-type vehicles to ensure that they are not being used to deposit trade waste at our sites.
The new system will alert site staff of un-registered vehicles entering the Household Waste Recycling Centres using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
The rules regarding what types of vehicle can access the Household Waste Recycling Centres are not changing. Our HWRC user guide explains what types of vehicles can access our HWRCs, together with any restrictions in place and site rules that have to be observed by visitors.
Householders who do not have access to the internet can either ask friends or family to register on their behalf or use facilities available at their local library to register. Alternatively, they can call our customer service team on: 01635 519080 where a request for assistance from one of our officers can be raised. Please be aware that it may take up to 15 working days following receipt of your request for assistance to set up your permit. Residents are kindly requested to only call if they cannot do it online or have a friend or family member assist them. Please note that our phone lines are very busy at this time and we would prefer to prioritise helping vulnerable residents.
Households with a commercial type vehicle permit will also need to register their vehicle details online. If you currently have a valid commercial type vehicle permit we will contact you directly to let you know what you need to do.
Households will still need to book an appointment to use Newtown Road or Padworth Lane Recycling Centre. To book an appointment please visit: www.westberks.gov.uk/clickandtip.
I have attached our how to guide and our info video as well as social media graphic which you are more than welcome to share.
You can find more information here: www.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
And on our FAQ page here: www.westberks.gov.uk/HWRConlinepermits-FAQ
Please find attached the November update from Councillor Clive Hooker
Act of Remembrance Service will be held at Brightwalton War Memorial today, Thursday 11th November at 10.50 led by Year 6 Brightwalton School Pupils.
An Act of Remembrance Service will also be held in Leckhampstead at the War Memorial on Sunday 14th November at 10.50
The United Benefice Carol Service will take place in All Saints Church, Brightwalton on Sunday 19th December at 6pm. Choir rehearsals are under way - please contact Judith Orpen if you would be keen to join.
Carols around the Brightwalton Christmas Tree will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 22nd December. Following on from the success of last year the Parish Council will supplying and decorating a Christmas Tree in the Churchyard, Carols will be held around the tree at 6pm - lovely family event.
Parish Councils have been asked to share an important update from the Downland Practice on the Practice and the Pandemic written by Dr James Cave.
Please find attached the October update from Councillor Clive Hooker.
WBC October Update
Date for your diaries.... Village Working Party Sunday 17th October 2021, meeting at the Village Hall from 10am.
It would be great to see some new faces along with the regular helpers.
Refreshments and Lunch for the Workers
Great opportunity to catch up with neighbours and help keep the village tidy.
Brightwalton is looking to establish an exciting new role for an energetic, warm, welcoming and resourceful person to shape the heart of the village community. The role is designed to bring the village together, encouraging mutual support and friendship, as we saw during the pandemic. This person will create opportunities for people to get together, meet others, learn new things, share skills and information and, where required, be able to seek or signpost additional support.
We are following an established model as a basis for this role. In a previous role Miri Keen, our rector, has very successfully carried out this role for a rural Oxfordshire village. It is being funded by the ASPIRE programme for two years, thereafter the role will be funded by grants and the local community groups such as the Parish Council. The role will be advertised locally – it would be ideal for someone who has a passion for working with a wide range of people.
Our new Village Community Co-ordinator will interact with people on a one to one and group basis, hosting or finding volunteers to host a range of gatherings such as, coffee, an informal lunch, talks or demonstrations on a particular subject. We want to build on the best legacy of the pandemic, where the community came together and looked out for one another. We aim to begin hiring in the autumn, subject to our fundraising. The role will report to the Clerk of the Parish Council and be governed by a Steering Group that represents all areas of the village.
The ASPIRE project team has successfully secure a match funding grant of £5,000 towards this initiative. To access this money, we need support from the village to raise another £5,000. If you would like to support the project please go to the Good Exchange website
We would welcome any expressions of interest, inputs, offers of help, funding and general interest at email@example.com.
This is written by the Parish Clerk with input from the village.
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