The Finchampstead Parish Council office – and the FBC Centre – will be closed from Friday 23 December to Monday 2 January inclusive, re-opening on Tuesday 3 January.

The Clerk will be working at home on some days during this period so please get in touch on [email protected] 

Wokingham Borough Council has announced its office opening hours for the Christmas and New Year period – see below.


Shute End offices

Friday, 23 December 9am to 3pm
Saturday, 24 December Closed
Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day) Closed
Monday, 26 December

(Boxing Day)

Tuesday, 27 December

(Substitute bank holiday for Christmas)

Wednesday, 28 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday, 29 December 9am to 5pm
Friday, 30 December 9am to 3pm
Saturday, 31 December

(New Year’s Eve)

Sunday, 1 January

(New Year’s Day)

Monday, 2 January Closed
Tuesday, 3 January 9am to 5pm

The emergency out-of-hours telephone number during the holiday period is (0800) 212 111. Social services emergencies out-of-hours telephone number is 01344 351999.

The telephone number for reporting out-of-hours repairs to council properties is (0800) 515 287 for general repairs. Calls will be managed by the council’s out-of-hours call centre and passed to the appropriate contractor.

The number for heating repairs is (0800) 389 8789 and this number is only available during office hours.

The community mental health crisis team will be providing out-of-hours urgent care service and are available on (0300) 365 9999.

Waste and recycling

Our crews will be given a well-deserved rest and time with their families on Boxing Day (Monday 26 December), so rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later than normal during that week. However, collections on bank holidays (Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January) will continue, and our crews will work on Saturday 31 December to catch up, with an earlier start from 5.30am on these days. Normal service will resume on 2 January. Details about waste collections during the festive period can be found on the council’s website.


On Friday 23 December and 30 December, all libraries will close at 3pm, or their normal closing time, whichever is earlier. All libraries will be closed from Saturday 24 December to Tuesday 27 December inclusive, as well as New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Monday 2 January. Normal opening hours will operate at all other times.

During the rest of the festive period all other libraries will be open normal branch hours. Ebooks, newspapers, magazines and music streaming will be available via the council’s website. Further details on opening times and other library services can be found on the council’s website.



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