Garden Waste collections: Christmas 2023

An update from West Berks on Garden Waste collections over the period, including christmas tree collections

We are emailing you to let you know important information about your garden waste collections over the Christmas period.
Garden waste collections will not take place for two weeks from Monday 25 December 2023 until Monday 8 January 2024 (resuming on 9 January 2024). This two-week suspension period will free up more drivers and operatives to ensure your  rubbish, recycling and food waste services can continue as scheduled throughout the busy Christmas period and into the New Year.

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New On-Demand Bus Service and Changes to existing Peasemore Service

West Berkshire have announced an On-Demand Bus Service to replace the existing timetabled 5,5a and 5c services, it looks like they’re also adding one scheduled service as well once per day (in and out).  Changes start from Monday 15th January 2024

Explanation from West Berks is as follows….

We are introducing a new on-demand bus service in the North Downlands area of West Berkshire. The first journey is a fixed route replacing the 5 service serving schools and colleges in the Newbury area. We have added another fixed journey in the afternoon which will start from Newbury College and serve the Downlands Villages,  please see this leaflet for details: WestBerks onDemand Bus details inc Timetable.

Between the hours of 09:00am and 14:30pm this service will be bookable you can do this by using the App (Ready on the 08 January 2024) this can be downloaded from the App or Google play stores.

Or there is a telephone number or you can email us.

Hopefully, the website will be ready soon which will be at: (Ed: NB, the website link currently doesn’t work!)

From Monday 18 January we will have a couple of Officers on the buses showing passengers how to book the bus. We will also be distributing publicity around the villages and dropping them off at key locations.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Paul Hyde

Principal Transport Services Officer (Environment)

West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury   

RG14 5LD 



West Berks have provided a number of flyers around the change, they all have slightly different pieces of information on so all are below for download:-




Peasemore Parish Council Christmas arrangements

Peasemore Parish Council will be closed from Monday 18th December to Friday 29th December.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations 2023

West Berkshire council are carrying out a review of polling districts in the area and want your input.

From their website…..

What is the purpose of the review?

The aim of the review is to ensure that electors have reasonable facilities for voting, and that the polling places are accessible to all electors. Every person should be able to vote without facing barriers.

A polling place should be accessible for those with a disability, having good access, lighting, and provisions for those needing assistance. The location of the polling place within the polling district and transport links should be taken into account.

To find out about your polling station write your postcode into the search bar on our homepage, next find your house in the property search, choose “Show Property”, and click on the small cross next to Your Councillors. To see the polling place on a map, click on the code shown under “Your designated Polling Station is”.

Why we want your views

We’d like your views on the current polling place used for your polling district, and to understand how attending the current polling place works for you.

It’s important that we understand what local people think/have experienced casting their vote, so we’d like to know if you’ve encountered any problems accessing your polling place.

We’ll also be gathering the views/experiences of partner organisations, MPs, councillors, political groups, along with disability and community groups.


You can access and input into the survey until the 12th December 2023 via the link below

Bin Collection schedules for Christmas 2023

I am emailing to let you know about changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period. Households will be receiving bin hangers this week and next week informing them of the changes as well. For more detailed information please visit our Christmas webpage available at Any unscheduled disruption due to adverse weather e.g snow will be published online at

In addition, garden waste will not be collected from Monday 25 December 2023 until Monday 8 January 2024. Garden waste collections will resume as planned on Tuesday 9 January 2024. This two-week period will free up more drivers and operatives to ensure your rubbish, recycling and food waste service continues as scheduled throughout the busy Christmas period and into the New Year. Up to 3 extra open-topped bags of garden waste will be collected on your first scheduled garden waste collection from Tuesday 9 January 2024. We cannot collect from Hippo or tonnage bags.

If you are a subscriber to the garden waste collection service you can get your real Christmas tree collected. Please put it out with your garden waste bin for collection between Tuesday 9 January 2024 until Friday 2 February 2024. Trees over 4 ft must be cut in half. Please remove all lights, decorations and pots. If you do not subscribe you can take your Christmas tree to one of our household waste recycling centres. Please make sure to book an appointment before you visit-

Please see below for the change of collection days over the Christmas period

Received from:

Ellie Bunn, Principal Waste Officer, Environment Department Waste Management West Berkshire Council Market Street Newbury RG14 5LD

2023 Poppy Appeal

An amazing result, we raised £2,482.76 towards this years Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Thankyou to all those who contributed but also to those who gave up their time to sell poppies around the village.



Wine Call My Bluff Raises £2000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance

A note from Nicola Walters on the recent Wine Call My Bluff evening run at the village hall

An enormous thank you to everyone involved with arranging and helping during the evening at the Wine Call My Bluff event in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Thank you to everyone who attended and for your generous support for the amazing Air Ambulance service. You all raised £1581.82!!! Incredible, thank you all so much! I rounded this up to £1600 and with gift aiding this totals £2000! Please see attached receipt for the donation.

Thank you to our Bluffers (Sarah, Jim and Rex) who did a brilliant job entertaining us. Thank you to Dave for masterfully leading the evening and helping with the organising. Thank you to Lou for creating the flyers (as she does so brilliantly for all village events). Thank you to Caren for helping me with the food. Thank you to everyone else who came and helped on the night – setting up, waitressing, on the bar and washing up. You all helped create a happy, fun evening raising money for a brilliant cause. Very many thanks indeed for all your support.

Editor: I have to add, a huge thankyou to Nicola Walters who arranged and masterminded the event

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