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Carols by Candlelight at Catmore
We are pleased to announce that due to the overwhelming success of the Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve service at St Margaret’s Church in Catmore, Rev Miriam Keen will offer two services this year. The two services will give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy this magical start to Christmas Eve that has become a significant event in our calendar due the ongoing commitment of David and Carolyn Gardiner.
Services will be held at 2pm and 3.30pm and tickets need to be booked via: visitchurches.org.uk/Christmas. Everyone attending will need to bring proof of booking.
If you are unable to book online please contact the Churches Conservation Trust on 01179291766 or email: email@example.com.
You may have already seen the flyers around the village for our big fundraiser. We managed to raise a fabulous £5,000 last year from ticket sales, donations and various match funding. This amount made a real difference to our school, enabling the construction of the Wellbeing Garden and it is also shared with the Church’s ASPIRE project.
The stunning route is about 5km, part of which goes through the privately owned Woolley Estate. There is a shorter walk for those with younger children, a nature trail and odd sweet treat en-route. There will be a BBQ and refreshments at the village hall pre and post walk.
The walk will start from the village hall from 10.30 to 11.00. Tickets are £5.00 per person or £15 for a family ticket. Please contact Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation, you can make a BACS payments via the Brightwalton Friends Account: - Lloyds TSB – A/C 63857860 – Sort Code: 77-95-05. Please quote Walk
We look forward to meeting as many people as possible and thank you in advance for your support. Do spread the word and help us make this the memorable event of October.
Annual Working Party – Sunday 20th October 10am at the Village Hall
We are keen to see some new faces along with the regular supporters for the Annual Village Working Party on Sunday 20th October from 10am.
Even if you can only spare an hour, please join us and take pride in the village in which we share. It is a family occasion where all help is welcome, with refreshments, cake and hot dogs for all the workers.
Tasks include hedge cutting, weeding, sweeping and general tidying at the War Memorial, Dunmore Pond and Playground. Please bring what tools you have available.
Tasks can be found for all abilities!
We look forward to seeing you there – thank you
Brightwalton Parish Council
West Berkshire Climate Conference - Tickets available on 16 September
West Berkshire Council will host a Climate Conference on Monday 28 October at Newbury College from 10am until 4pm.
The event has been organised by West Berkshire Council following its declaration of a climate emergency last month.
It's one of the first initiatives to come from a new Environment Board established by the Council which will create a new Environment Strategy and coordinate and oversee environmental projects to help work towards carbon neutrality in West Berkshire by 2030. The conference also supports the Council's priority to maintain a green district as set out in the new West Berkshire Council Strategy 2019-23.
It will look at how residents, communities, organisations and the council can help tackle the climate crisis and will be opened by Richard Benyon MP for Newbury, former Parliamentary Secretary at the Department of Environment and Wildlife Minister (DEFRA).
The Keynote speaker is Tom Heap, the Rural Affairs Correspondent of BBC News. The television and radio reporter and presenter is best known for his contributions to the BBC One programme Countryfile, the Panorama programme, and the BBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth. Tom will be speaking specifically around the challenges facing West Berkshire.
There will be break-out sessions covering the Science of Climate Change, Climate and Land use, Sustainable Transport, Renewable Energy, Green District, Circular Economy and Waste and more. There will also be an exhibition and a chance to shop with some of West Berkshire's eco-friendly businesses.
A number of speaker led session and information exchanges will take place throughout the day.
West Berkshire residents are invited to attend the conference by booking admission in advance but numbers will be limited to four tickets per application. Tickets will be available from noon on Monday 16 September on our West Berkshire Climate Conference - Tickets page.
Speaking about the conference, Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter, West Berkshire's Executive Member for the Environment said:
"We're excited to be hosting this event, which will bring together academics, industry figures, local organisations and residents to discuss how we can tackle the climate crisis here in West Berkshire.
"Climate change is an important issue that affects us all and about which our community feels very passionately. For this reason, we feel that the conference will be a great opportunity for local people to be involved with our work and to contribute their views, ideas and experiences as we look at shared solutions we can adopt in the district.
“We have an impressive line-up of speakers for the day and a great chance for everyone to join together to enable real change. I would encourage people to book their places as soon as possible."
Steve Masters, Councillor for Newbury Speen said: "I welcome the conference and would encourage members of the public to attend. The challenges we face locally and internationally are grave and only through wider understanding and action can we move forward.
"If we as a council are to take the public with us on this journey we must engage in a two way dialogue. Communication is vital and this conference not only allows the council to speak to the residents of West Berkshire but also offers an opportunity for residents to speak directly to the council. As a council we must first listen and then act."
Adrian Abbs, Shadow Environment Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats seconded the motion to declare a climate emergency. He said: “The conference is an essential step in what needs to be a rapid program of both near term tactical steps and the setting of a strategy that will have implications across West Berkshire for the coming decade.
“To achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, it is essential to engage the public and business and I want to encourage as much participation in this event as possible.”
More information about the conference will be published in the coming weeks on our website at www.westberks.gov.uk/climateconference and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
SUNDAY 23rd JUNE 2019
2pm – 5pm
Entry £5.00/adult, under 16 yrs/free
Start at Brightwalton Village Hall
to collect your programme.
Home produce to buy in gardens
There are a few local events coming up in the West Downland Benefice villages:
Saturday 15th June, the Beenham Wind Quintet is at Leckhampstead church assisting in raising funds for the St James roof appeal 7.15pm for 7.30-9.30pm. £10, children free; drinks and canapes in the interval, with an update on the project. RSVP 01488
Saturday 15th June is the Chaddleworth Vintage Fayre in the paddock of Chaddleworth House 12-4pm.
Sunday 23rd June Brighwalton Open Gardens, Walk and Games take place from 2 - 5pm starting from the village hall, £5 entry (under 16's free).This supports the Brightwalton ASPIRE project.
Saturday 29th June at 10am
Following all the tree work at the Old Churchyard, we need some help to tidy up. All volunteers are welcome to take firewood in return for their help!
Please meet at the Old Churchyard with tools - chainsaws, strimmers, rakes, gloves etc. All help appreciated.
Brightwalton Parish Council
The usual team effort of setting up marques ready for the fete will take place Saturday 4th May from 10am on the playing field.
If you are available please come along to help - many hands make light work!!
Village Tree & Hedge Planting
Courtesy of the Woodland Trust we have received 135 tree and hedge saplings ready for planting.
Please join us for an hour on Saturday 23rd March at 10am on the playing field to help plant! Please bring spades and gloves - perfect activity for all the family!
We are intending to fill the hedge gaps around the playing field and add trees around
Dunmore Pond - if you have any other suggestions for areas within the village please come along with your ideas!
BRIGHTWALTON VILLAGE FETE
Sunday 5th May
1pm – 4pm
Brightwalton Villlge hall and field, RG20 7BN
• Wantage Silver Band
• Peasemore Ukulele Group
• Brightwalton School Maypole Dancing
• Garston Gallopers Morris Dancing
• Barbecue, Bar, Teas
• Fun Dog Show - enter on the day
• Grand raffle, Bottle stall
• Local produce and crafts, Cakes, Plants, Books
• Side shows, games and lots more for all the family
Free Parking & Entry
Lots under cover if it rains!
Come along on for a stroll around some of the village’s gardens.
There are competitions to enter and then enjoy tea and cake at the village hall
£5.00 per adult, under 16s free
Raising money for the ASPIRE Project
What better way is there to spend a Sunday afternoon?
West Berkshire Heritage have just published their Spring / Summer What's On Guide.
It includes lots of family events, workshops, exhibitions, theatre and concerts.
To download a copy click here: What's On
The village hall AGM will be on Tuesday 5th February at 7.30 - all welcome, the agenda can be downloaded below
The annual Walk for Parkinson’s at Welford Park is taking place on Sunday 28th April. The walk helps Parkinson's UK to raise vital funds and awareness for Parkinson’s which is essential in helping them to find better treatments and a cure, whilst supporting everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
If you would like more information on the walk - visit Parkinson's UK
BRIGHWALTON VILLAGE FETE - Sunday 5th May.
We are looking for stallholders!
If you would be interested in having a stall at this year's fete, please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance and we will pass on your details to the organisers.
Don't forget the Brightwalton Walk this coming Sunday - raising money for Brightwalton School and the ASPIRE Project. Tickets can be purchased from Miranda Cooper (email@example.com) or Clare Draper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There is a 1.5mile and a 5 mile option, across wonderful countryside.
Double match funding has been recieved for this event so if you cannot make the walk but would like to make a donation, it will make a real difference, please contact Miranda or Clare.
Thank you to all those that turned out for a bright and fresh Sunday morning for the Village Working party. It was great to see new faces and also lots of children helping. A huge amount was achieved and workers were rewarded with sausage rolls, cake, biscuits and beer! Thank you to all those that made it happen and took part.
Please join us for the annual village working party, Sunday 7th October meeting at the village hall from 10am. Lunch and refreshments for all the workers, tasks for all ages and abilities, please bring tools and gloves.
Shaw House and the West Berkshire Museum have a number of events planned over the next few months, please see the attached flyers for details:
Take Pride in your village and join us for the annual village working party!
This will now be held on Sunday 7th October from 10am. Please join us for this successful annual event, which helps keep the village tidy.
Lunch and cake provided for all the workers!
Activities for all ages - hedge cutting, litter picking, weeding and general tidying, please bring tools.
Litter Picking competition planned for the children, more details to follow.
Update from the Shaw House team on the events for September:
"Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.
Heritage Open Day - West Berkshire Museum
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September | 11am – 3pm | Free
Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall. Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the attic at any one time and that that the attic is accessed via a fairly steep and narrow staircase. Members of Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be on hand to demonstrate traditional skills such as spinning and weaving, giving you a flavour of the original purpose of the Cloth Hall.
Heritage Open Day - Shaw House
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September | Free
Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Visitors will be able to self-navigate their way through the rest of the House. No need to book, just drop in."
For details of Talks and Exhibition please click here to view the full newsletter.
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