Thursday, 28 November 2013

Theale residents invited to Christmas Fayre at Arlington Business Park Dec 4th 12-3pm

Received this invitation today:

 I thought you might be interested in the Christmas extravaganza at Arlington Business (Arlington Business Park, Theale, Reading, Berkshire RG7 4SA) Park on 4th December.  The event, which is open to all with see Father Christmas and his Reindeer joining more than 45 stall holders.  The event will see the Fayre being open to the local community and customers for the first time.  The day will include:
  •          Father Christmas and his reindeer;
  •          Gourmet food delights;
  •          Delicacies from the Yummy Cupcake Company, The Kitchen Mixer and Blossom Cakes;
  •          Italian delicacies from Delights of Italy, Brazilian cheese from Bolitas among other;
  •          Carol singers;
  •          Over 300 people from the local community;
  •          People from organisations at the park, including: KPMG, Hewlett Packard and Wrigley’s

Furthermore, Goodman, who owns, develops, and manages Arlington Business Park, will donate the stallholders’ entry fees to its chosen UK charity, Woodenspoon.  Woodenspoon help disadvantaged children live happier lives as well as harnessing the power of rugby to give children the chance to achieve the full potential.

I have also attached the Christmas flier for date and time information. If you would like any other information please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Jenna Rorison
Graduate Consultant

Strategic Communications
F T I Consulting
+44 (0)20 7269 7205 direct

Holborn Gate, 26 Southampton Buildings
London, WC2A 1PB

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Theale Christmas Lights Event Saturday 7th December

Come along to this great Theale event on Saturday 7th December, starting at 5:30pm:

  • Christmas Lights switched on at 6pm by Father Christmas
  • Market Stalls in the High Street
  • Santa and helpers in their grotto in the John Cumber Hall (behind Croppers). Open from 5pm. Times bookable at the Grotto Booking Gazebo near the hall entrance
  • Nativity Play featuring local children, donkeys and sheep, in the courtyard of The Falcon. Performances at 6:30pm and 7:15pm
  • Carol Singing with the Holy Trinity Church Choir
  • Judging of the Best Christmas Decorated Shop Window Competition
  • Late opening of many High Street shops and businesses.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Public footpath between Woodfield Way and Theale High Street closed

Public footpath 5/2 has been closed by West Berkshire Council because of a dangerous tree. The path runs between Woodfield Way and Theale High Street, behind Alderfield Close and Rotherfield Close. The tree has split, presumably as a result of the recent high winds.

The affected part of the footpath (THEA/5/2) can be seen on this map.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Letter to local papers against proposed Tory cut of budget for Lollipop Ladies in West Berkshire

Dear Editor,
the Conservative administration at West Berkshire Council is proposing to abolish the budget for lollipop ladies. This means that they will be taking a great risk with the safety of primary school children going to and from school. This risk is being taken to save just £16,000 of the £3M cuts they are making.
They could save almost half (£7,500) of that by cutting the budget for sandwiches at internal meetings and training sessions. My Liberal Democrat councillor colleagues and I would be more than happy to forgo the sandwiches if it would help save the lollipop ladies.
Kind Regards,
Alan Macro
Chair, Liberal Democrat Group
West Berkshire Council

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Parking in Theale High Street suspended next Sunday (24th Nov)

Parking will be suspended in Theale High Street next Sunday (24th November). This is to allow road markings to be re-marked.

I was originally told that the suspension was to be today (17th November), but the council put the signs warning of the suspension up today.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Door-to-door salesmen selling thermal coatings for walls and roofs in Theale

I saw a couple of young men with logos on their jackets and wearing ID tags calling on houses in Crown Lane today. I spoke to one and he told me that they were telling people about roof coatings and that residents in the area would be offered "free surveys" on Monday. He gave me one of his brochures.

The company is called Thermal Coatings. There is a report on the Office of Fair Trading website about action taken by Lanarkshire Trading Standards against a company of the same name for aggressive sales and for refusing to leave consumers' homes. If you experience this behaviour, tell the salesman that you know that their directors have given formal undertakings not to do this and that you will report them to West Berkshire and Wokingham Trading Standards if they persist.

Their brochure and website say that their coatings save energy, but they give no justification for that. Neither do they give any estimated savings. There is quite a lot of information suggesting that such coatings do nothing to reduce heat loss from a house. A National Association of Roofing Contractors press release warns consumers to view claims of energy saving with extreme caution.

Please remember that reputable companies selling products or services do not need to sell door-to-door. Customers go to them.

You can contact West Berkshire and Wokingham Trading Standards on 01635 519930 or by email at

Friday, 15 November 2013

Church Street closed, buses diverted, this Sunday 17th Nov

Church Street will be closed for one day on Sunday 17th November. The closure is to allow the much-needed resurfacing of the zebra crossing outside the library and the entrance to Theale Green School.

Buses will be diverted along Brunel Road between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm and will not call at the stops in the High Street, Church Street or The Green. They will call at a temporary stop outside Theale station.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

West Berkshire Council Rated 23rd out of 26 for Condition of Highways

West Berkshire Council has been rated 23rd out of 26 unitary councils for Condition of Highways in a national survey (there are 26 unitary authorities in England). Please see the full survey results

However, the council are proposing to reduce the money spent on road maintenance even further! Please see the council's highways budget cut proposal

Letter to press re proposed cut of West Berks Council Duke of Edinburgh Award funding

Dear Editor,
in May, 576 young people from West Berkshire received Duke of Edinburgh Awards (D of E). At the time, West Berkshire’s Executive Councillor for Culture was quoted as saying "It is not just the individual that benefits from the D of E experience. D of E participants’ voluntary work nationally is worth over £136,578.26 a year to local communities."
It is therefore both perverse and counter productive for West Berkshire Council to propose to cut its funding for the award entirely. Not only will local young people lose the opportunity to meet big challenges, but the community will lose out too.
Kind Regards,
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Monday, 11 November 2013

West Berkshire Council consulting on severe spending cuts over next two years

The Conservative-run West Berkshire Council is proposing severe budget cuts over the next two years. The cuts will hit vulnerable old and young people, road maintenance, road safety, public toilets, libraries and public transport (though the last three will not affect Theale).

A summary of the proposed cuts can be viewed here.

The council is consulting on the proposed cuts. More information on the cuts and information on how to respond to the consultation can be found here (links to the individual savings areas are at the bottom of the page).

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Church Street, Theale, closed for 1 day on Sunday 17th November

Church Street will be closed between the Primary School and Theale Green School for one day on Sunday 17th November.

This is to allow parts of the road to be resurfaced.

The closure will mean that buses will have to be diverted.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Sorry, no Theale High Street walk-about this Saturday (9th November)

One of my children is in hospital in London and is due to be discharged tomorrow morning. I will be picking her up from the hospital and will therefore unable to do my regular Saturday morning walk-about.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Buses due in Theale around 10am on Sunday diverted via Arlington Business Park and station

Theale High Street and Church Street will be closed for a short time this Sunday for the Remembrance Sunday parade.

The two bus services due to call in Theale around 10 am will be diverted via Arlington Business Park and the station and will therefore not stop in the High Street, Church Street or The Green