A mobile library visits Beenham once every three weeks on a Thursday, stopping at the bus stop in Stoneyfields from 14:00 to 16:00. The library carries a wide selection of books. The librarians are very helpful and are willing to order any book that is not in the van.
Dates for Summer 2016 on the R route that serves Beenham are as follows: 20 October, 10 November and 1 and 22 December.
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: Dairy Crest (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Tel: 959 0286
Newspapers: D & M Izzard Tel: 01635 201567
Coal and Oil: Pinnock Bros, Thatcham Tel: 01635 864123
Gas Cylinders: Calor Gas Direct Tel: 933 2363
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. Fielders Farm Shop, on the A340 at Englefield, sells a wide range of local meat, vegetables, dairy, and other produce and is open every day from 9am to 6pm (4pm on Sundays). Theale, Thatcham and Pangbourne all have a good variety of local shops.
The nearest petrol station to Beenham is on the A4 towards Newbury.
Pubs and Accommodation
The Six Bells, Landlords: Chris & Glynis Harman
Bar Meals, Dining / Conference Room and Accommodation (1 double, 1 twin and 1 single room)
Tel: 971 3368
The Winning Hand, Restaurant and Accommodation (3 single en-suite rooms)
Tel: 930 2472
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 does not accept general rubbish or furniture. 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.
A village agent is a volunteer living in the parish, who has been trained to provide good quality information and guidance about services in the area. They put older and / or socially isolated residents in direct contact with community, voluntary and statutory agencies that offer help and advice and to assist residents to engage in local activities. Village agents have helped with accessing voluntary transport services, social activities such as lunch clubs, fire safety, health care, trading standards, social care, pension and benefits. The possibilities are endless. The Beenham village agent is Jo and she can be contacted on 07955 768612 or call 01635 49004 and ask for the village agent coordinator. For more information see their web site www.villageagentswb.org.uk.
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 and Wolves Club during term time. It has a kitchen and disabled facilities, tables and chairs. The latter can be hired separately. Current prices are available here
To book, contact Jackie Johnson, Tel: 07922 068646.
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. Current prices are available here
Contact Jackie Johnson, Tel: 07922068646.
Victory Hall (built in 1920)
This is suitable for meetings of up to 80 people. It has a stage, disabled facilities, kitchen, tables and chairs. The latter can be hired separately.
To book, contact Nola Rice-Wood, Tel: 971 4822, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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