Eight Bells Community Strength

Community Strength, is community based support that will be provided by Community Navigator volunteers to prevent and reduce social isolation throughout West Berkshire.  It will encourage people of all ages to look after themselves, live independently and have a good quality of life. We will also support individual’s mental health and wellbeing.  We also want to help communities to develop their own strength and resilience so that they can thrive.

Through a referral process, we will support adults who are at risk of loneliness and isolation, have long term medical conditions, suffer with mental ill health, and have a physical or learning disability.

 Community Navigators are volunteers who have a good local knowledge and a clear understanding of what is going on in their local community.   They will be able to signpost and support local people to local services or join community-based activities, taking the time to understand the needs and interests of the person they are helping.  Community Navigators will encourage people to recognise their own strengths to help make better choices and grow confidence.

To find out more please visit http://eightbellsnewbury.co.uk/cs
or contact community.strength@eightbellsnewbury.co.uk

We are delighted to tell you that West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House will be reopening from mid July! We can’t wait to welcome you back, but as you can imagine, we have had to make a few changes to ensure that your visit is as safe as possible.

In order to ensure that it is safe and in line with government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19, both venues have been deep-cleaned, and have reception screens in place, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has been supplied for staff to use when necessary and have social distancing, queuing and one-way systems in place. Please note that we will only be taking contactless card payments at this stage.

Unfortunately our children’s activities, interactive interpretation and dressing up will not be available in this initial phase but we will have a variety of free trails at both venues for you to enjoy.

Your safety, and that of our staff, is of utmost importance and we have been working hard to make sure that we can offer you the same social and cultural experience that you will have enjoyed at our venues in the past, but within a slightly reduced capacity;

West Berkshire Museum

The Museum will reopen on  Wednesday 15 July and will then be open every Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

Our staff will ask you to queue at the designated entrance and there will be a separate exit. You will be directed along the one-way system where you can visit all of our galleries and exhibitions. Unfortunately the library will not be available in this phase.

The gift shop, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities will be open, but the café and standard toilets will be closed for the time being. We will have limits on single person/households in the lift.

For information about our current exhibitions please visit www.westberkshireheritage.org.uk/whats-on

Shaw House

Weekend Opening
The House and grounds will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 July and will then be open every Saturday and Sunday until the end of the summer season on Sunday 27 September, 11am – 4pm.

Our staff will ask you to queue to get in to the building and you will be directed along the one-way system which runs throughout the House and will include the exhibition rooms where you can visit the new ‘Dressed for Battle’ civil war display.

The toilets and shop will be open, along with the café which will be running a take-out service (indoor seating will not be available, but we have plenty of picnic tables outside). We will have limits on single person/households in the lifts.

School Holiday Opening
The grounds only will be open Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm, throughout the school holidays. Unfortunately our garden games will not be available but you are very welcome to bring your own along with a picnic, the café will only be running a limited take-out service. Dogs on leads are welcome. Toilets will be available. We ask you to please respect the space around those celebrating their weddings and other ceremonies within the House.

Events and Activities
Our Family Activity Days and Messy Museum Days will continue to take place on our social media platforms throughout the summer holidays and will be available to download from our Life Long Learning page, along with our new short story competition. https://www.westberkshireheritage.org/life-long-learning.

The annual Shaw House Summer Fair will also take place online this year with a virtual fair running throughout the day on Sunday 19 July. Visit us on facebook (@ShawHouseEvents) where we will bring the fun of the fair to you at home and showcase some of our amazing local crafters, bakers and makers!

Entry to our venues is free, as always, but donations are most welcomed.
We look forward to welcoming you very soon!

Latest Issue of West Berkshire Directory:

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WBC are keen to promote the West Berkshire Directory that provides our local community with an on line directory of  local and national services available for all.

They have over 2000 records that are on this online, one stop shop which is being updated daily.  They have a wide range of services for adults, families and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities which can provide information, advice and support for those who need it.  Leisure activities, clubs, registered childcare providers, care homes, supported living are all there at your fingertips.

If you are interested in hearing more please contact Coral Taylor, Specialist Information Officer Local Offer/FIS General working days are Wednesday & Thursday afternoon.

Early Years Service, West Berkshire Council, West Street House, West Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1BZ   (01635) 519508 | Ext 2058 | coral.taylor@westberks.gov.uk

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Fairclose Day Centre

The latest newsletter can be read here including the re-opening of the hair salon ad foot spa! Fairclose Day Centre Newsletter July 2020

Hildesley Court

Hildesley Court in East Ilsley are looking for a new part time relief manager.  You can see the advert below:

The Downland Practice

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