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Pupils fundraise over £1,000 to kick-start new buildings

more / Sun, 20 Jan 2019 06:45:00 GMT

YOUNG entrepreneurs at Chilton Foliat Primary School are racing against the clock to raise funds for a new classroom and community clubhouse. Government funding has been secured for the classroom part of the project – but a further £85,000 is needed to fund the clubhouse. Saving cash by building bot

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Thatcham wassails away

more / Sun, 20 Jan 2019 06:45:00 GMT

PEOPLE made some noise for Thatcham’s Community Orchard at a wassailing event on Sunday.  And from the sound of it, there should be a good harvest this year.  The wassailing tradition involves a ceremony of singing and drinking the health of the trees, normally performed on Twelfth Night, to help th

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PLANS to build a 21-bedroom hotel and 18 new homes at Bishopswood Golf Course in Baughurst have been refused. The proposed scheme comprised seven three-bed houses, two three-bedroom bungalows, three four-bed houses and six five-bedroom houses, with associated parking and landscaping.  According to t

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THREE-way traffic lights at roadworks near Parkway shopping centre in Newbury brought roads chaos to the town today (Saturday). Huge jams and tailbacks led to motorists being trapped for up to two hours and some reportedly parked their vehicles as soon as possible and walked or took trains to their

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SHOPPERS who visited Father Christmas in his Parkway grotto have raised a five- figure sum for a local hospice for children and young adults. More than £2,200 was raised for the Naomi House & Jacksplace charity through visits to Santa throughout December. For the second year running, the grotto, a j

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PLANS for a new £2m bowling alley in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre have been backed by town councillors.  Superbowl UK wants to open the 14-lane 10 pin bowling alley, complete with laser tag and a children’s soft play area, in the former TK Maxx store. The proposals were first revealed at the New

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Sunita enjoying her new coffee shop

more / Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:50:00 GMT

A NEW independent coffee shop has opened in Wash Common.   Sunita Shemar, 35, opened the NuMee cafe, in Monument Close, on Saturday, January 5, and says she is delighted at how busy it has been so far.  She said: “Loads of people have been really positive about it. “It’s been really positive with pa

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COURSES to help people in debt and those with questions about money management are being offered in Newbury next week.  The Christians Against Poverty Money Course will offer advice on personal finance and extra resources for people on low incomes. Help for self-employed people, couples, families an

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Burns night in Chilton Foliat

more / Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:34:11 GMT

A BURNS Night supper will be held at The Wheatsheaf pub, Chilton Foliat, next week. The event on Friday, January 25, which will run from 6.30pm onwards, is being held to raise funds for charity Global Map Aid to provide socio-economic maps to help irrigation borehole investment. The cost is £60 per

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A CHARITY shop supervisor changed the store rules so she could steal nearly £1,000. Victoria Moores sobbed throughbout the hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, January 10. Clare Barclay, prosecuting, said: “This is a breach of trust case; theft by employee.” She said 28-year-old Ms Moo

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AN event to step up recycling will pop up in Thatcham this weekend.  The zero-waste pop-up shop allows people to take their own containers and fill up on cleaning products. The event is run by Thatcham couple Jenny and Tom Kirby of Thatcham Refillable, which provides ethical and sustainable househol

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This week's My Newbury photo

more / Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:14:16 GMT

THIS My Newbury photograph, of Highclere Castle taken from the Wayfarer’s Walk near Ashmansworth, is from Edward McNaghten. Why not take some inspiration from this and send the Newbury Weekly News and Newburytoday some of your photographs? They can be of anything – the weather, events you are attend

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SENIOR councillors will tonight receive a petition signed by thousands of people across West Berkshire urging the local authority to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and work towards making the district zero-carbon by 2030.  The petition, started by West Berkshire Green Party, has gained more than 1,60

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Wolf moon set to light up the night sky

more / Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:15:34 GMT

THE first full moon of the year is often known as the Wolf Moon and, this year, it is not only a supermoon (at its closest to Earth), but there will also be a total lunar eclipse visible from North and South America, Europe and western Africa. The peak time to catch this phenomenon in Newbury is aro

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Archer's joy as Blues hit back in style

more / Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:35:00 GMT

NEWBURY Blues head coach Paul Archer was thrilled with the response his side showed in their 59-10 win against Wimborne. The Monks Lane club have won both South West 1 East games since the turn of the year, but Archer admitted the performance against Trowbridge on January 5 wasn’t their best. Howeve

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Langford: We don't fear anyone

more / Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:42:38 GMT

NEWBURY FC player/manager Danny Langford believes his side’s first goal set the tone for their comeback victory in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy quarter-final. Newbury beat higher opposition in Buckingham Athletic on Saturday, coming from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2 and progress to the last f

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LIZZIE Kelly is relishing the prospect of having another chance to win the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle on her stable’s latest up and coming horse Monsieur Lecoq. Kelly guided Agrapart, trained by her stepfather Nick Williams, to land Britain’s richest handicap hurdle at Newbury in 2016 and puts Monsieur

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Town still have play-offs in their sights

more / Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:22:38 GMT

DANNY Robinson was left disappointed after seeing Thatcham Town fall to a 3-0 home defeat against Melksham Town on Tuesday evening. Luke Ballinger and Olly Webb gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at half-time before Brad Norris made sure of the points in the second-half. Kingfishers’ defeat came just thre

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Quintons Commercial Property Agents reports a continuing busy time in certain sectors of the market at the start of the new year. Quintons’ new instructions for the start of 2019 include: Warehouse/light industrial premises in Hungerford which totals 5,140 sq ft. The space includes offices and mezza

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A PEDESTRIAN was taken to hospital after being hit by a car on Mulfords Way, Tadley this morning.  An ambulance was called to the scene at 7:25am and the crew reported the pedestrian had sustained a head and a leg injury. These injuries were not serious of life-threatening.  Following initial assess

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