Created and Maintained by MVP

Saturday 7th July
11:00 – 17:30

with Laney and Dick’s Bar  (with musical entertainment) open until sunset


It’s here again, the Mortimer Fun Day now in its tenth year. If you are new to Mortimer, then welcome! Come and join us on the Fairground for a great day out.

We’re pleased to say that, yet again, IT’S FREE and brought to you by Mortimer Village Partnership supported by our sponsors, businesses, associations, clubs & organisations from Mortimer and the surrounding communities.

I would like to say a big shout out to all our sponsors without whom an event of this magnitude simply could not be put on.  Ever faithful, they give their time as well as their money to support this event which benefits so many groups within our community as well as providing a cracking day out for all the family. 

This year’s sponsors are: Budgens, Baobab, Calor, Dads Shop, DeVere Estates, Melanie Curtis Accountants, Spratleys, Springwoods, Triangle Travel, Village Eye and Unique Outdoors.

Our fingers are as always crossed for fine weather so you can spend the day with us enjoying the arena events, market row stalls, lots of activities including the eve- popular large inflatables, Zorbs and Bungee Trampoline. 

Our great friends at Budgens will be supplying the teas and cakes in the MVP Refreshment Tent, along with our catering partners who will be supplying sausages, burgers, pizza, fish and chips, ice creams and lots of other tempting goodies throughout the day. 

Layney & Dick’s, the best Pop-Up Pub for miles around, will have the beer flowing and the Pimm’s on ice with live music to round off the afternoon from the now famous Beer Tent Band with other generous local musicians who have donated their time and talents to entertain you.

Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, people you meet on the bus, indeed anyone to the Mortimer Fun Day… see you all on Saturday 7th July at 11:00.

Rebecca Barker
MVP Fun Day Project Manager

Fun Day Volunteers

Help! The Mortimer Fun Day can only run with YOUR HELP.  As always we need lots of people beyond the MVP and Fun Day committee members to help at various points during the weekend of 7th July to 9th July (from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon). From raffle ticket sellers and tea tent helpers to gazebo putter-uppers, litter pickers and trouble shooters, there are a range of roles from active to sitting, suitable for anyone over 16 years! 

If you can spare a little time please call 0118 9332620 or email 

Volunteer stints can be for as little as one hour and we have lots of different jobs both sitting down and more physical ones – please come and help us.

 Fun Day Tombola

It’s that time again when we make a plea for donations for MVP Fun Day tombola prizes. As usual there will be two stalls, one for adults and one for children. Please save any suitable items during your annual clear out.

We can collect ( or you can drop items off in the plastic tub to the right of the front door at 30 Briarlea Road, RG7 3SB. Thanks! 

Fun Day Raffle Tickets

Volunteers will be outside McColls and Budgens on the last two Saturdays before the Fun Day to allow you to purchase your raffle tickets in advance and also (again subject to technology working) to pre-purchase your inflatable tickets using our brand new CREDIT CARD MACHINE (you are of course perfectly welcome to purchase your tickets in the more traditional manner)

Credit Card Facilities 

The Fun Day team are hoping to make your purchases a little easier on the village cash machines this year by having a credit card facility at both Laney and Dicks bar and at the ticket booth.  Obviously, this is very much reliant on the technology gremlins smiling on us on the day!  

Please remember that NatWest will be closing its doors for the final time before the Fun Day so we will be losing one of our three village cash machines.  Cash can still be taken out from the cash machines at Budgens and McColls and Budgens now provides the Post Office facilities in the village where certain cards are accepted.

Open Studios 17th - 30th June 2018

Come along, and see eleven artists working in their studios, talk to them about their work and buy direct from painters, printers, jewellers, sculptors, photographers and stained glass artists on a mini-trial around Mortimer, Burghfield and Spencers Wood. Leaflets/map available from Baobab Cafe, Mortimer Library, Caf'Active or Dobbies. Or visit the Open Studios website: and look for: Sadie Brockbank, Annie Welch, Jason Smith, Julia Kellaway, Joan Millard, David Cotton, Elizabeth Baldin, Cathy Newell-Price, Sue Mundy, Caroline Gatfield and Wendy Chamberlain. Leaflet with map and times etc, available here .


MVP was formed nearly 10 years ago by a group of villagers wanting to fulfil some of the requests expressed by the village in the second Parish Plan – more things going on locally for young families, more things going on locally for the older generation, and better communications, for example. You can see the Parish Plan on the SMPC website with the actions we set off to try and do.

Over time the number of initiatives MVP has become involved in increased as the need has become apparent. Some like the newsletter, website, Facebook group, Fun Day, Scarecrow Trail, Lunch club for the elderly, theatre trips to London, visiting theatre in St John’s Hall, children’s pantomime, Spring Clean, and Heartstart courses are still being organised by the MVP today. Some like Santa’s Grotto and Bag2school are still supported by MVP but have now been transferred to other groups. It has always been the intention that once an initiative is successfully up and running that MVP would endeavour to hand it over to another village group to run as their own, either as their fund-raising activity or to promote their own group.

An initiative which has grown year on year is the affiliation of local voluntary groups to MVP: This year there are 41 local groups: PTAs, sports and leisure clubs, scouts and Brownies, charities etc. As affiliated members everyone benefits from a combined pool of goods and services such as poster printing and the borrowing of equipment and skills. All the affiliated groups are invited to and the majority will have a presence at the Fun Day to give them the opportunity to promote themselves and/or raise funds.

MVP committee meetings are open to all and take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the meeting room at the back of the Methodist Church. There is no process of getting voted onto the committee - if you come along to a meeting, find something you would like to get involved in and come again, then – you are considered part of the committee. Everyone is invited to come and see how we work.

Outside the meetings different members beaver away on different things according to the time and skills they are able to offer. Some offer time and their skills throughout the year on many different projects, while others take a small role doing specific things.

Some of us have been involved since the beginning, others are newer, some have done a few years and left, and some people have come back to the MVP after a break, just as you would expect in any organisation.

On the 10th March we had our AGM and, as is usual at such times, this was an opportunity for people to change their roles and for others to come onboard. You can read the Chairman's Report for last year. Here is the current committee with a few of the things they do for MVP:

Alison Richardson - Fun Day Treasurer since its inception has now returned to that role for MVP as well
Danusia Morsley – Chairman. Also MVP website updates, Heartstart courses, Spring Clean
Daphne Cooney - Minutes Secretary
David Kilshaw – the chief Admin of our Facebook group
Doug Overett - Vice Chairman, having a little rest from a couple of years of being both chairman and Fun Day project manager but still in charge of this year’s pantomime
John Bull - one of our Quartermasters – looking after two garages of equipment we have amassed: tents, gazebos, bunting, chairs etc which are lent to affiliated groups as well as used by MVP
John Hannawin - Secretary, new to the committee but has been helping us in the background for the whole decade
Julia Meadows– in charge of printing and laminating – As well as all our own printing needs, we produce things like posters for  the affiliates
Julie Carter - Affiliates Secretary - liaises with the 41 groups affiliated
Lynn Hannawin – After having been secretary and Scarecrow Trail organiser ever since we started, having a little rest this year
Rebecca Barker – organiser of Lunch Club for the elderly and Theatre Trip group
Natasha O’Brien – organising the next visiting theatre
Robert Martin – edits and coordinates distribution of the newsletter

There also two people who choose not to be on the committee but have regular roles: Wayne Rogers our other Facebook admin, and Chris Morsley our other quartermaster. There are many other people who also support MVP on different occasions without being part of the committee; for example, by helping at lunch club, delivering newsletters, manning the bar at village theatre events or creating the scarecrow trail map.

Those with regular roles also help each other with everything we do and also have a role in the Fun Day along with other people who join us just for the Fun Day planning: For example, for Fun Day 2018, Rebecca is project manager, Chris is logistics manager, Julia is organising activities (with Gael Nicholls), Lynn is organising the refreshments tent, John is organising the big inflatable rides, Danusia is sorting out on-the-day volunteers and so on.

If anyone would like to know more about MVP or the Fun Day organisation, please contact the chairman on or 01189332620 or any of the other committee members or come along to a meeting – you will be very welcome! 

Heartstart Course - 10th April

MVP has organised free Heartstart courses over the last few years. The next one is at 19:00 on Tuesday 10th April in the Methodist Church Hall in West End Rd. If you would like to feel more confident in what to do…

• if you need to use one of the village defibrillators
• if someone collapses
• if you think someone might be having a heart attack or a stroke 
• if you need to talk to emergency services until paramedics arrive, or
• if you need to do CPR on someone
…then book a place on this free course by emailing your full name and contact details to  You will get a very clear and interesting explanation from the Tadley First Responders tutor and plenty of time to practice resuscitation on a dummy.

Think what a difference you could make to someone by having these skills. If you have attended before, you may book again for a refresher if you last attended more than 18 months ago. 


Many thanks to the good number of people who came and worked very hard yesterday to clear all this rubbish from the roads, footpaths and woods of our village. Let's keep it lovely!

Help raise money for St Mary’s School by answering the following simple questions.   Do you ever drink in the Turner’s Arms?  Do you drive from the A4 up to the village through Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet?  Did your kids ever go to the end of year disco at St Mary’s School?  Do you wonder what would happen if a lorry-load of Viagra was dumped in the village’s water supply? 

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, or indeed no, then you can help raise money for the school by buying a copy of The Mortimer Tapes CD.  Andy Lavery has written three songs and re-written a song by someone else to set it in the village and whacked them (skilfully 😊) onto a CD which is available either directly from him, from The Baobab (thanks to Rachel and Gav for their support), via eBay (search for The Mortimer Tapes) and hopefully, shortly by download.  Try before you buy?  Tasters of the four songs can be listened to here .  The CDs are £4 if bought directly and £5 + p&p if bought via eBay and at least £3.30 will go to the school.

The Small Print....

Parental guidance: the songs on this CD promote driving fast on twisty roads, drinking in pubs and a lot of cheerful vulgarity about members and as such may not be suitable for a younger audience! 

Disclaimer:  Although the proceeds of this CD are going to St Mary’s School, neither the school itself or the PTA have endorsed or approved the contents in any way.  It’s all Andy’s fault! 


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.

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