10 facts about Thatcham Vision

Thatcham Vision has the job of picturing a vision for Thatcham and planning and delivering on a programme of projects to improve the lives of residents. We do this by asking the opinions of local people and businesses so we can then write the 5 year Parish Plan. We have consulted with the community for a second time and now have a refreshed plan which was adopted by Thatcham Town Council in 2015 and West Berkshire Council in 2016.

 

10 facts about Thatcham Vision

  1. We are a not-for-profit organisation
    • We are a group of volunteers supported by a Project Manager at Thatcham Town Council. Our aim is to bring about improvements in the town for the benefit of its residents & visitors.
  2. We are non-political
    • We consult across the whole community (all sectors, all ages) and have no political agenda or motivation.
  3. Local issues, local people
    • We all live, work or have an interest in Thatcham and focus specifically on the needs of our town and its residents. Just Thatcham & surrounding areas, nowhere else.
  4. This is what we do
    • Our primary role is to identify the hot topics that matter most to the people of the town and then to encourage or enable the relevant bodies and organisations to take projects forward.
  5. We're Totally Topical!
    • Our work is completely topic-led, based on feedback collected from local residents. We don't identify issues ourselves – we react to YOUR views.
  6. We listen to you
    • You can have your say by contacting us on Facebook, Twitter, our website and at community events throughout the year. We are committed to involving as many people as possible in our consultations and planning.
  7. They listen to us
    • Our first and second Action Plans have been adopted by Thatcham Town Council & West Berkshire Council.  Many of the needs and opportunities we identified the first time round have been taken up. Now we are working on the new ideas.
  8. The story so far
    • Our first Action Plan led to: Thatcham Film Club, Vision Youth Club for 8-12s, the 'ThatchamOnline' website, Thatcham Heritage book, Lifelong Learning programme, an annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair, provision of cycle racks around the town and raising the profile of sustainable travel with local interested parties. We have worked on 108 actions/projects and have an 80% success rate.
    • So far on the second plan we have created this new website and also websites for the Thatcham Sports Network and the Lifelong Learning Forum, we have obtained funding to support the ‘Vision’ with a new Gazebo to get out with at fun days and Broadway activities, and one of our members has obtained funding to carry out our ‘edible Thatcham’ project from the plan.  Be prepared to see vegetable planters appearing at various locations in the town.
  9. What's on the horizon
    • Thatcham Vision is activating it’s working groups known as ‘Action Groups’ to work on the new Action Plan, We have a number of wonderful volunteers in our 6 groups (please see the ‘about us’ page), but new volunteers are always welcome, We particularly need a few more volunteers in our ‘Childcare and Early Year’s’ group and we need to form a brand New ‘Leisure and Culture’ group.
  10. We need YOU!
    • Thatcham Vision welcomes anyone who has some time to spare, to help us in our work. If you would like to know more or want to get involved as a volunteer, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact Tessa Hall the Project Manager via our contact page or phone the Town Council on 01635 863592 and they will put you through.  Please note my working days are Tuesday and Wednesday.