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Recycle for Charities

Quite a number of people in the village collect a wide variety of items for charity: postage stamps, ink cartridges, milk bottle tops, bras etc. Please see the link in the left hand menu for a new page where this information is recorded to make it easier for more people to not throw away items that can generate money for charities. How to get your collection included is also there.

MVP Lunch Club Christmas Party

The MVP Lunch Club held its Christmas Party on Thursday 15th December. 45 guests sat down to a buffet lunch and were serenaded by the choir from Mortimer St Johns School. The children were, as always, a delight and really got our lunch guests into the Christmas spirit. Our Lunch Club is very lucky to receive Christmas presents from members of the Buy for Nothing Mortimer community so everyone goes home with a small gift too. Rebecca and Cindy (Lunch Club organisers) would like to send special thanks to Helen Baines, the cook at Mortimer St Marys school who has been making soup for the Lunch Club for the past five years; to Charles and his lovely staff at Budgens who have subsidised the lunch supplies for the past six years. And to the volunteers who give their time twice a month to prepare and serve meals.

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Another very popular trip for the people of this community is the Christmas trip to the Royal Albert Hall to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Christmas. This year it was Raymond Gubbay's Christmas Classics  - a traditional concert of seasonal classics and glorious Christmas carols performed by the celebrated Royal Choral Society accompanied by the resplendent Fanfare Trumpeters of the Coldstream Guards. 57 people travelled in comfort with Stewarts Coaches on Wednesday 15th December to sing their hearts out at the trip organised by Rebecca for the MVP Theatre Group. Tony Robinson (seen here) read A Night Before Christmas  We always have amazing seats - you can virtually read the sheet music over the shoulders of the orchestra! It's such a popular trip that there is always a waiting list to attend. Watch out in June/July for 2018 trip details. Or join the mailing list to get advance notice.

Mortimer Art Show 2016 update

The show was well attended with 289 visitors recorded. 

23 paintings were sold to the value of £2299 and the total figure raised for our charity was £913.

 This amount will be donated to the Cardiac Fund at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in memory of Mary Edwards, our friend and co-founder, who died in August.

The Favourite Painting Poll was won jointly by Alf Lund for his painting ‘Ullswater’ and Lesley Stone for ‘Cwm Bachan Falls’.  They will share the newly created Mary Edwards Trophy, each holding it for six months.

The organizers are very grateful for the help received from members of the MVP in transporting, erecting and dismantling the screens on which the paintings are displayed. 

The weekend was enjoyed by everyone and we hope to welcome even more visitors next year.

Bag2School collection

A big thank you to all those who donated in the recent Bag2School collection. 2,085kg of clothing was collected, earning £834. The MVP has decided to donate their share of the proceeds to Willink, so Willink, St John's and St Mary's will receive £278 each.

A total of £2,215 was collected across the 3 collections in 2016.

Dates for next year's collections are Monday 20th March, Monday 26th June and Monday 16th October 2017.

By the community for the community

Do you have a few hours to spare on a Monday or Wednesday morning? 

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Café B is a not-for-profit café in Burghfield Common staffed by volunteers. We are in need of more volunteers, in a variety of different roles, in order to operate effectively and to expand our opening times. No previous experience is necessary as training will be given. You could help out for a full morning, a couple of hours, once a week, once a fortnight, once a month, or just come and help set up or close. We are happy to work around your requirements. 

To find out more please contact Deborah Griffiths on 0785 725 2187 or 

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If you are looking for a builder, plumber, piano teacher, yoga instructor or any other local business recommended by people from Mortimer, take a look under the Businesses section above. 

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