Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Theale Village Community Association (TVCA) is hoping to bring some festive cheer to all with its first ever Christmas Trail!

Similar to the Burghfield and Mortimer scarecrow trails, but featuring Christmas scenes instead, it will run between 10am and 5.30pm each day from Saturday 17th to Monday 19th December.  

If you would like to create a scene to be part of the trail, then get your thinking caps on and unleash your Christmas creativity! A cash prize of £50 is up for grabs for the winner of the ‘best scene’ vote! Return the entry form  (on page 2) before 9th December, together with payment of the £5 entry fee.

One of the trail highlights is Holy Trinity’s nativity scene which will be displayed alongside artwork by pupils of Theale C of E Primary.  More details about the trail and how to get your trail map are in the letter and poster below:

All proceeds from the Christmas trail will go to Theale 1st Brownies to help fund transport for their annual summer outing. 

A huge thank you to Parkers Estate Agents and Cotswold Fayre for supporting our first ever trail!.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Remembrance Day parade through Theale High Street and Church Street approx 09:30 tomorrow.

The Remembrance Day parade will march through Theale High Street and Church Street tomorrow at approximately 09:30.

These roads will be closed from 09:20 and buses diverted. 

The service will be held at Holy Trinity Church and starts at 10:10.

Friday, 11 November 2016

BT threatening to remove a public phone box in Theale

BT have put this poster up in the phone box at the junction of Deadmans Lane and Church Street:

If you object to its removal, please write to the Head of Planning and Countryside, West Berks Council, Market St., Newbury, RG14 5LD, or email, by November 25th. I have sent the following objection: I object to the proposed removal of this public telephone because:
  • It is close to the bus park used by buses serving Theale Green School. It is also in a location where many parents pick up their children from the school. The payphone is therefore essential because it can be used by children to contact their parents when something goes wrong with their travel arrangements.
  • It is the only payphone at the western end of Theale. The nearest alternative is about half a mile away.
  • It is close to sites proposed for 450 homes.
  • It is adjacent to the local St Johns Ambulance headquarters.
  • It is close to Theale library.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Result of Theale Parish Council by-election

The following candidates were elected, according to information provided by the Parish Clerk:
  • Daniel Baker
  • Paul Clifford
  • Darren Lye

Friday, 28 October 2016

Letter about planning application for 88 homes on the old Theale sewage works site is premature

Many residents received a letter from Savile's about a week ago. The letter told them that planning application 16/02850/OUTMAJ for 88 homes on this site had been submitted by Thames Water. However, that application has not completed validation and is not available on the West Berkshire Council website. I am waiting for a call back from Saviles for an update on the situation.

Monday, 24 October 2016

West Berkshire Council has started a public consultation on the future of its public libraries, including Theale

The Council engaged consultants to carry out a "Needs Assessment" into its public library service. The Needs Assessment suggests a number of efficiency, and income generating, options. It also suggests that all branch libraries, with the exception of Wash Common, could stay open with the support of the community and town and parish councils.
The Council has identified three options for the library service, each one assuming:
  • the closure of Wash Common library
  • the retention of Newbury library with a restructured team of employees
  • the effective integration of the mobile library and 'At Home' services. The current two vehicle service will be amalgamated into one and the schedule of stops reviewed accordingly
  • increased income generation
  • a financial contribution from Town and Parish councils of at least £150,000 in total
  • community volunteers sharing the front line work in branch libraries.
Option A
The other seven branch libraries to be run by staff working alongside community volunteers. We currently estimate that this will allow the retention of one employed member of staff at each branch.
This would save approximately £580,000 per year.

Option B
This, and Option C below, is referred to as a 'Hub and Spoke' model.
Of the other seven branch libraries, two (possibly one in the west and one in the east of the district) would be staffed as in Option A above (Hubs) and five would be volunteer run only (Spokes), but receive professional support from the Hubs. This would save approximately £620,000 per year.

Option C The other seven branch libraries to be volunteer run (Spokes) with staff only in Newbury (Hub). This would save approximately £645,000 per year.
You can take part in the consultation by going to

Monday, 10 October 2016