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Mortimer Film Club
The new season kicks off on Wednesday 21st September with a popular comedy drama: Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant that tells the story of an inspirational woman who followed her dream and lit up the lives of all who came to know her.
The MFC screenings take place in the Community Centre at 2000 between the months of September and June. The films start at 2000 with the doors opening at 1930 when tea, coffee and freshly baked brownies are available.
Membership is £40 for the year - 10 films - or £5 for each film for those who can't come every month.
MFC shows a wide range of films including those chosen by members. This season's list include Bridge of Spies, Suffragette and Fargo.
For more details please contact Pete Blagden on 0118 9332546.
MVP Lunch Club Goes To Beale Park
A group of the ladies and gents from the MVP lunch club were treated to a day out at Beale Park courtesy of sponsorship by BT and support by TK Travel. Despite the weather not being as good as it has been lately a great time was had by all. We got to go on a train ride and visit all the birds and animals on display followed by a light lunch and a wander around the park. We all agreed that in true British Spirit the drizzle did not stop us having a lovely day.
MVP lunch club is held twice a month at the community centre in Mortimer and is run entirely by volunteers. It is available to the senior members of our community that would enjoy company and a light lunch.
Summer School Meals Support
During the school holidays the Burghfield, Mortimer and District Food Bank supported a number of local families whose children normally receive free school meals and who find it difficult to cope with the extra food their families need during the holiday period.
The Food Bank is one of the many initiatives set up by the local Christian community to support local people in need. Volunteers from Churches Together in Burghfield, Sulhamstead and Mortimer staffed this extra holiday initiative, contacting the parents of children receiving free school meals at Willink School by letter and manning the Food Bank on a Sunday evening.
A range of long-life and fresh products were chosen to ensure children need not go hungry during the day even if parents had to go to work. Twenty families showed an initial interest, twelve came on a regular basis and three more turned up from time to time; a few bags were even delivered to those who telephoned to say they could not get the Food Bank on a particular week.
Churches Together would like to thank everyone who makes regular donation to the Food Bank at the various collection points, the volunteers who worked so hard collecting the goods and packing them. We would also like to thank Sainsbury (Tadley), Pound-World (Greenham), and Bugden’s (Mortimer) for the generous support and discounts they gave us.
If anyone would like to know more about the Burghfield, Mortimer and District Food Bank, would like to donate food, or time to this initiative or would like to know how they can refer a local family in need of support to it, they should contact the Food Bank on 07770 56 56 25.
Baby & Child First Aid Class
Would you know what to do if your child stopped breathing or started choking?
Mortimer Village Partnership are funding a 2 hour(ish) friendly first aid class taught by Rachel from Ladybird First Aid, a mum of 2 and a qualified First Aid Instructor.
Wednesday 21st September
St Johns Hall, West End Road, Mortimer
7pm – 9.30pm
The class will cover the following:
- Recovery Position
- Head injuries
- Seizures/febrile convulsions
And much more…
Thanks to MVP this course is FREE to attend for participants (normally at a cost of £15 pp). Places are limited. To register your interest in attending this course please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bikes, bandsmen, beer and burgers...
Again the people of Mortimer and surrounding villages made all the hard work worthwhile, as they ignored the early rain and turned out for the Mortimer Fun Day in their thousands. Everyone was then rewarded with a beautiful afternoon and evening after the 12 o'clock deluge!
The 3Sixty cycle stunt team amazed everyone with their tricks, I still can't figure how they could leap over a high jump bar from a standing start and I saw it several times.
Every part of the Fairground site was busy all afternoon and it was great to see lots of local clubs and associations taking the opportunity to run activities and raise funds for their organisations. The giant gas bottle hoopla was a first and we had some very popular football skills challenges. I'm sure the children were delighted to be greeted at the entrance by the Donkeys from the Little Dallas Donkey Sanctuary; I think they were kept well fed with carrots all day.
Sadly, the planned balloon flights were cancelled due to the strong winds, however this didn't detract from everyone's enjoyment of the day.
The MVP refreshment tent was busy with a range of fantastic cakes and as always the bar was pulling pints and serving glasses of Pimms, non-stop. Our Market row had a great range of traders selling everything from jewellery to olives and cosmetics to wine.
Please can everyone remember that the Fun Day was made possible by enormous efforts from many MVP members and volunteers as well as very generously sponsored by some great local businesses, too many to list here.......but you will have seen them listed in programmes, newsletters and Facebook posts.....and those business all deserve out patronage.
I hope the Fun Day has put everyone in the holiday spirit and I wish you all a sunny and relaxing summer.
MVP Chairman & Fun Day Project Manager
Walking for Health
Mortimer walks organised by West Berkshire Council take place every Tuesday and start from the community centre car park. There are always two walks – at 10:00 a regular walk of around 3.5 miles that lasts about 1hr 30 mins; and at 09:45 a longer, faster, version of around 5.25 miles that lasts from 1 hr 45 mins to 2 hrs (we always all meet together back at the Horse & Groom at around 11:30 to 11:45 for coffee). All are welcome – new walkers please simply make yourself known to one of the walk leaders. More details can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/wfh.
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