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Housebuilder helps office manager hit the right note

more / Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:12:40 GMT

A sales office manager at David Wilson Homes Southern is raising money for two charities, after the Hungerford-based developer sponsored the mass production of her latest CD. Danica Trim, a keen poet and singer, has been working for David Wilson Homes for 20 years and has now released a folk-pop alb

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Firstxtra boost for air ambulance

more / Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:09:49 GMT

Newbury mortgage specialist Firstxtra Financial Services presented a cheque for £3,720 to Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Firstxtra donates £5 to the charity for every new mortgage it arranges and in the last year it was approximately 744 new mortgage clients. Firstxtra managing director Chris Hall sai

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Uncertain future for Newbury store

more / Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:06:00 GMT

The future of a Newbury store is in doubt after Office Outlet went into administration this week. The company has a store on Greenham Road, which was previously Staples. Office Outlet is owned by Hilco, the former owner of HMV, who bought all UK Staples stores from the US-based stationery firm in 20

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 A CHILD rapist aged 92 will likely die in prison after he was sentenced to 12 years’ custody on Tuesday, March 19. Former nurse Terrence Galligan, who lived at Argyle Road, Newbury, presented himself as a “harmless old buffer” when he was, in truth, a dangerous, predatory paedophile whose grotesque

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Lee's been a great sport

more / Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:19:53 GMT

PUPILS and staff at Falkland Primary School have bid a fond farewell to their much-loved and respected sports coach Lee Tillen, who is moving on after nearly two decades of teaching. Mr Tillen’s partnership with the school began 28 years ago when his two sons attended Falkland. He has worked as spor

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A COUNCIL blunder meant that £2m was missed off the adult social care budget. West Berkshire Council’s chief executive Nick Carter conceded that “a series of unfortunate errors” led to the mistake, which caused the service to ‘overspend’ by £2.9m.  However, Mr Carter said that the £2.9m shortfall wa

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Demand for traffic calming on the common

more / Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:19:00 GMT

REPORTS of motorists driving across Hungerford Common at speeds of up to 80mph have prompted fresh demands for traffic calming. The licensee of The Downgate, at the top of Park Street, said vehicles have been taking chunks out of the concrete posts by the cattle grid outside her pub. Lauren Weir sai

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AT the end of another successful season of Jump racing at Newbury, the racecourse will once again acknowledge some of those who have lit up the campaign with starring performances with the return of "The Newburys", in association with Conundrum HR Consulting. The winning-most owner, trainer, jockey,

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UPDATE: travellers leave Victoria Park

more / Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:26:00 GMT

DOZENS of travellers who settled in Victoria Park last night have moved on from the area.  More than 20 caravans gained unauthorised access to the green last night by cutting through the gate locking bar at St Mary's Road. Thames Valley Police served a notice demanding the park be cleared by 2pm tod

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Thames Valley Police has released CCTV images of a robbery in Cheiveley that happened last month. A man entered the Post Office in High Street and threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded money from the till. The staff member sustained a cut to his mouth and a chipped tooth, but did no

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TRAVELLERS moved into Newbury's Victoria Park last night.  More than 20 caravans gained unauthorised access to the green from 8.30pm onwards by cutting through the gate locking bar at St Mary's Road. Town council officers were at the scene as soon as they were made aware of the incident and met with

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A NEWBURY who man who waged a harassment campaign against a vulnerable woman before assaulting her has been given a suspended jail term. Philip Prior, of Victoria Grove, was also made subject to a restraining order to force him to stay away from his victim, Jade Potter. The 55-year-old appeared for

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Prison warning for errant dog owners

more / Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:39:18 GMT

DOG owners are being asked to ‘Take the Lead’ when it comes to keeping their pets under control.  Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is launching a campaign reminding residents that it is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in your own home.  Dogs are co

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WORK will soon begin on a £330,000 refurbishment of The Snooty Fox in Newbury. The pub, in Bartholomew Street, will re-open in mid-May under its former name of The Globe Inn following a 16-month closure. The investment, which is being undertaken by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and new licensees C

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Delays on the A34 this morning

more / Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:27:00 GMT

THE A34 is experiencing queues of around 45 minutes this morning. This is due to an earlier accident after a car hit the southbound central reservation at around 6.30am between Litchfield and Beacon Hill. It is affecting traffic between Old Burghclere and Whitchurch in Hampshire.

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A MENTAL health charity has said it “couldn’t have struck luckier” after officially opening its new service at Thatcham’s Priory.  Response has refurbished the building in Church Lane to provide a home for 10 people who have been unable to leave hospital because of a lack of step-down facilities in

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A CONSERVATIVE councillor has resigned from West Berkshire Council, less than two months before the upcoming local elections.  Jeremy Bartlett stood down as a councillor for Greenham ward on March 7, having attended just 16 of the 32 meetings he was expected to since he was elected in May 2015. His

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Victoria Park ice rink talks stall

more / Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:50:00 GMT

TALKS to bring an ice rink to Newbury’s Victoria Park froze this week after councillors were informed it could cost up to £1m. Members agreed that the facility on the boating lake would struggle to make a return on investment. Even installing a temporary rink in the park each year would cost £180,00

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Jake's marathon effort for sister 

more / Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:57:25 GMT

A SIX-year-old boy from Hermitage is aiming to run the equivalent of a marathon over the course of March to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.  Yattendon Primary School pupil Jake Henry wanted to do something for his three-year-old sister Cleo, who had open heart surgery just four weeks a

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A WEST Berkshire primary school has been ranked in the top one per cent of all primaries in the country. Education secretary Damian Hinds has sent a letter of congratulations to Nuala Oster, the headteacher at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Tilehurst, to praise her for the exceptional Key Stag

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