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Silver Sunday in Mortimer
Sixty Mortimer residents attended the first ever Silver Sunday event in the village on Sunday 5th October. The initiative was created in 2012 by The Simon Milton Foundation in partnership with Westminster Councillors to celebrate, appreciate and acknowledge our older residents and their place in our communities. This year there were events being held all over the country. In Mortimer it was organised jointly by Mortimer Age Concern, Mortimer Village Partnership, Able Active Friends and Woodley Age Concern and was held in the Methodist Hall.
Guests were entertained at the beautifully decorated tables (flowers courtesy of Judi Morris) with card tricks by a talented young magician Kye Harmsworth. A hearty shepherd’s pie main course was donated by DeVere Venues Wokefield Park, a regular supporter of MVP and other community activities. Home made apple crumble and trifle followed. Everyone was then entertained by the lively Sforzando! Sax sextet from our local band South Berkshire Concert Band with arrangements of Chicken Walk, The Entertainer, When I’m Sixty Four and the Lone Ranger; the last had everyone listening hard to recognise the 42 hidden tunes. Girls from the Anne Fraser School of Dance charmed everyone with their imaginative and graceful dancing. The afternoon was rounded off with a raffle.
MVP has a New Logo!
Mortimer Village Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of our new logo which reflects the coming of age of the MVP, recognised by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. MVP has now been existence for five years and this seems the right time to refresh our image.
The new logo has been designed by Richard Fletcher working with the MVP Committee and seeks to retain elements of the original logo, the winning design from a competition, reflecting still the familiar blue circle and taking the tree and people elements into a stylised graphic.
It is hoped that the new logo, which now specifically shows “MVP”, as Mortimer Village Partnership has become known, will improve people's recognition of the many MVP activities and events throughout the year.
The logo will be easier to reproduce and is scalable to create real impact when enlarged on posters and, unlike the current logo, it will benefit from not losing the key elements when reduced.
We think the new strap line Enriching Village Life reflects the objectives of the MVP, not only in the activities directly run by MVP, but also through our support for the many clubs and organisations that contribute to vibrant village life.
We hope that you will notice the new logo on many communications and of course in recognising all the different activities arranged by MVP, become interested in joining us to continue building our award-winning community.
THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A RETAINED FIREFIGHTER?
COME AND HAVE A GO!
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is looking for more people to join them as retained (part-time) firefighters and is holding a series of ‘have a go’ events so they can find out firsthand what the job entails. Unlike their wholetime colleagues, retained firefighters are not based on a fire station but instead often have other employment and respond to call-outs via a pager. For this reason, retained firefighters must live or work within six minutes of the fire station. RBFRS is currently recruiting for retained firefighters at the following fire stations:
As a retained firefighter you will receive comprehensive ongoing training throughout your career. You will also be paid a basic retainer, plus additional fees for call outs, training and other duties such as equipment maintenance. On average, you will be called out two or three times a week for a couple of hours. If you are not available all the time, you can choose to be on call for only part of the day or week. The ‘have a go’ events are being held at two venues to cover the east and the west of the county: Maidenhead fire station in Bridge Road and Newbury fire station in Hawthorn Road. People are invited to attend whichever event suits them best, irrespective of where their nearest retained fire station is.
At the events, people will have the chance a look around the fire station, chat to firefighters to get an idea of what the job is like and find out what a career as a retained firefighter can offer them. They will also be able to have a go with some firefighting equipment and try their hand at some of the written and physical entry tests.
The ‘have a go’ events will take place on the following dates:
Saturday 13 September 10am - 1pm (Maidenhead)
Saturday 20 September 9.30am - 12pm (Newbury)
Friday 10 October 10am - 1pm (Maidenhead)
Saturday 11 October 10am - 1pm (Maidenhead)
Saturday 18 October 9.30am - 12pm (Newbury)
Friday 7 November 10am - 1pm (Maidenhead)
Saturday 8 November 10am - 1pm (Maidenhead)
Saturday 15 November 9.30am - 12pm (Newbury)
If you would like to attend one of the events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance (please note that these are recruitment events and are only open to people aged 18 and over).
For more information about becoming a retained firefighter, including the application process and pay scales, visit www.rbfrs.co.uk/vacancies, or come along to Mortimer Fire Station any Monday evening between 7PM and 9PM.
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