The Mobile Library visits Stoneyfield, Beenham every 3 weeks on a Wednesday from 3.15pm - 4.00pm. It offers fiction, non-fiction, spoken word CDs and a large selection of large print books. Books can be ordered if they are not on the van.
There is also a good range of children’s books, so come visit!
Do you find it difficult to visit the mobile or local library, possibly because of age, disability or other special circumstance? If so, the library service may be able to come to you, in your own home.
Further enquiries to 01635 519827 or via West Berks Mobile Library Service online at www.westberks.gov.uk.
There are also libraries in Theale, Thatcham and Pangbourne.
Telephone kiosk book library
The telephone kiosk in Beenham village has been completely refurbished and is now open as a book lending / borrowing establishment. Re-painted in shiny red, and with shelves fitted, the kiosk already has a fine selection of books. Please make use of our latest facility by borrowing books and replacing them when you have finished reading. Donations of books are welcome - we hope to have a varied selection for different age groups and interests. And of course, the kiosk is still 'leaning' following a parish vote to maintain it in that position.
Local Deliveries, Shops and Other Services
Milk and Groceries: Milk and a variety of groceries are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by Milk & More. Register via their website www.milkandmore.co.uk
Newspapers: D & M Izzard Tel: 01635 201567
Coal and Oil: Pinnock Bros, Thatcham Tel: 01635 864123
Gas Cylinders: Calor Gas Direct Tel: 933 2363
The local Village Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month except August. It is a popular monthly social event to meet your friends and neighbours for conversation, coffee, tea and cake. Browse the regular stalls, including household goods, gemstone jewellery, hand made cards and bric-a-brac for a bargain, or buy or order specialist cakes from the highly popular cake stall. There is also a very popular raffle always for a bottle of wine! To book a stall contact Nola Rice-Wood, tel: 971 4822 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearest Local Shops
Unfortunately there are no shops in Beenham. However, other local villages do still have them. Southend Bradfield and Upper Bucklebury each has a general shop and Southend Bradfield also has a Post Office. Cobbs at Englefield Farm Shop on the A340 at Englefield, sells a wide range of local meat, vegetables, dairy, and other produce and has a kitchen/restaurant. Theale, Thatcham and Pangbourne all have a good variety of local shops.
The nearest petrol station to Beenham is on the A4 towards Newbury. The petrol station stocks a range of groceries and has an ATM.
Pubs and Accommodation
The Six Bells: Landlords Luke and Rebecca Woods aim to be inclusive of everyone so the pub is dog friendly, and children are very welcome. There is a restaurant with an open kitchen at the back while the front side of the building is a traditional pub. The snug bar is destined to be a village shop offering takeaway coffee, cakes, newspapers, milk etc. Local artists are championed throughout the pub.
The Bed and Breakfast rooms offer 2 good size doubles, a twin/super king and a single/small double room.
Tel: 0118 971 3368, website: www.thesixbells.co.uk/
Bottle Banks, Rubbish Collection, Recycling and tips
Veolia, on behalf of West Berkshire Council, collects household rubbish from all the houses in the village every other Friday. On alternate Fridays they also collect plastics,tins, cans, glass, newspapers, cardboard and green waste. Contact West Berkshire Council to arrange removal of large articles of rubbish.
The nearest Bottle Banks are located in the car park of The Spring Inn (on the A4 between Beenham and Theale), and in the car park adjacent to the Waitrose Supermarket in Thatcham.
In addition to the kerb-side recycling there is a Waste Recycling centre in Padworth operated by Veolia and open Monday–Friday 12:30 to 6pm and on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 8am to 6pm. This site accepts some general household rubbish. Check the West Berkshire website for more details.
There are also mini-recycling locations at a number of places, including Sainsbury’s at Calcot, Theale station car park, and Waitrose in Thatcham.
There is a public tip for all types of rubbish at Newtown Road, south of Newbury open every day 08.30-17.30.
The Chapel Row Community Service Group
This is a group of volunteers set up to help the elderly, the lonely and those in need by such means as:
Transport for those unable to use public transport to and from the dentist, chiropodist and the optician etc., hospital visiting and essential shopping
Befriending the lonely, bereaved, house-bound, handicapped and the mentally ill
Helping mothers to cope with unusual burdens due to illness or misfortune
Keeping in touch with other organisations involved in similar work
Contact Mrs Cardy, Tel: 971 3334 between 9.30-11.30, Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Community Facilities available to hire
Beenham is fortunate to have a choice of community facilities. Most village activities happen in these venues. Listed below are the rooms available and who to contact to hire them.
Community Room (built in 1986 and on the same site as the school)
This room is available for meetings of up to 50 people. It is available at all times but has regular bookings with Pre-School during term time. It has a kitchen, plus tables and chairs. The latter can be hired separately.
To book, contact Paula Read Tel: 07793116937 E-mail: email@example.com
School Hall (built in 1986)
This is available for gatherings of up to 150 people, has tables, chairs and disabled facilities. The community room kitchen can also be booked. It is suitable for sports such as badminton, but not involving a hard ball. It is available for hire on school days after 5.30pm, and all day at weekends and during school holidays.
Contact: Paula Read Tel: 07793116937 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victory Hall (built in 1920)
The Victory Hall houses some of clubs and societies described on this website and is ideally suitable for all types of event, parties, meetings and markets. It has a stage, a fully equipped modern kitchen, tables and chairs, which are included in the hire of the hall, but can also be hired separately for private events. There are both ladies and gents toilets and disabled toilet facilities. It is a charity organisation run by volunteers for the benefit of villagers and is open for hire both by the villagers and outsiders with all proceeds going towards the maintenance of the building.
To hire the Hall for an event contact Nola Rice-Wood,tel: 971 4822 or e-mail email@example.com
Chapel Row Surgery, The Avenue, Bucklebury
Tel: 971 3252
There is transport available from Beenham to Chapel Row Surgery on Monday and Friday mornings. Please contact the surgery if you would like a lift. The volunteer drivers also collect and deliver prescriptions to Beenham.
Theale Medical Centre, Englefield Road, Theale
Tel: 930 3081
The Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading
The Royal Berks has an accident and emergency department.
Tel: 987 5111
West Berkshire Community Hospital, Benham Hill, London Road, Thatcham, Newbury
This recently built hospital has a minor injuries unit. Tel: 01635 273300