Community Links

West Berkshire Villagers support Sue Ryder

Many of us have lost loved ones through cancer and have been grateful for the care and support shown to them and us by the hospice service and specialist care teams. In West Berkshire this service is provided by the charity Sue Ryder, which is based at the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading but with the opening of the Rosemary Rooms in the Greenham wing at the West Berkshire Hospital their services are expanding in our area.

Village Agents

Aiming to put older and/or socially isolated residents in direct contact with community, voluntary and statutory agencies that offer help and advice and to assist them in engaging in local activities.

Village Agents have helped with:

  • Housing
  • Pensions & Benefits
  • Fire safety
  • Personal safety
  • Transport
  • Social care
  • Leisure
  • Health care
  • Trading Standards



TJ Shiyanbola,

TJ is a successful rap musician and performs under the name of 4Fingaz. He regularly performs at youth clubs and schools, bringing an anti -gun and knife crime to young people through his music. TJ’s rap music has also helped raise funds for the Berkshire Cancer Centre and the Trust’s Robbie the Robot appeal. TJ said: “I had a difficult childhood in South London. It was tough and you had to be tough to survive. But you can change – I go into schools and tell people what happens when you use knives and guns.”

Berkshire Youth

Berkshire Youth has been serving the young people of Berkshire, delivering excellent and efficient youth support services for over 75 years.  They are proud of our track record and committed to building on it over the coming years to support young people make successful transitions to adulthood. They do this by supporting and developing clubs and delivering projects so they can provide the best service for young people in Berkshire and give them the best possible start in life.  They ensure that everything they do is sensitive to each local community’s agenda so that they can be a trusted advocate for Young People and communities.

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop

Hampstead Norreys Shop stocks local food and maintains a sustainability policy making it more than just a village shop


Newbury Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth local volunteer groups work to improve the environment locally, nationally and internationally.

We’re helping to connect more people with the environment and persuade politicians, businesses and others to see things differently.

The Rose of Hungerford

The Hungerford branch of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust covers a particularly beautiful stretch of the canal between Kintbury and Great Bedwyn. The main activity is running the Rose of Hungerford, a traditional wide-beamed boat, based at Hungerford Wharf, which offers regular public trips and private charters along the canal. It offers trips for young and old alike, it has a bar with hot & cold drinks and is fully licensed. It also has a lift and accessible toilet facilities.

Hungerford & Downlands Neighbourhood Policing Team

If you have questions about police performance or what they are doing about a particular crime or issue in your area, ask them. You can get in touch with your Neighbourhood Policing Team, attend a local ‘beat meeting’, email your police and crime commissioner or get involved through a local action group such as Neighbourhood Watch.


The Old Chapel Textile Centre

The Old Chapel Textile Centre is the home of the National Needlework Archive and the Country Wife mural. This superb venue has an exhibition gallery, workrooms, library, small gift shop and tearoom.

Richard Benyon MP

Richard Benyon is the local MP for Newbury, West Berkshire 

Roger Teal Racing

Roger Teal has trained group and International winner STEELE TANGO, group placed COCHABAMBA and SURREY STAR. Flat and jump racehorse trainer Roger Teal is based in Great Shefford and has been training racehorses since 2007

Count Everyone In

Inspiring and equipping God’s church to be welcoming and accessible to all, especially those who are so often marginalised by society and even the church because of learning disability.