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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clare Draper (email@example.com)
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.
This year’s Thames Valley Police Open Day will be taking place on Saturday 18 August, celebrating 50 years since the formation of the force.
The event will be taking place at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire (post code RG7 4DX).
From 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm), stalls will be promoting the very best of what TVP has to offer and showcasing the work that the force has carried out for the past 50 years.
Some of the highlights include:
· Arena displays, including the public order team combined with the mounted section
· Children’s fancy dress competition – come dressed in a police themed costume to be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize
· Pat and chat with the mounted section – A chance to meet officers and their horses
· See the force helicopter and meet the pilots
· Learn about different departments
· Visit the police museum
This year there will be two entrances for visitors at South Drive and White Lodge.
Due to this, it is important that you follow the signs to the event. The roads will be busy and narrow country lanes can make it difficult to turn around if you go the wrong way.
Car parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Assistance dogs are permitted, other visitors with dogs will be turned away and dogs must not be left in vehicles.
On entry to the event bag searches will be taking place.
This is a free event.
The West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House have just published their Autumn / Winter programme of adult craft workshops, including ceramics and flower arrangements. Full details can be found here:
The Safari Supper is coming back to Brightwalton - following the success of the last one, which was several years ago.
Hosts are beginning to prepare for the evening, where we can get together for drinks and canapes, followed by going to a local 'host' who will be providing a main dish. We will then reconvene at the village hall, for puddings and coffee.
Attached are all of the details for the evening.
We very much hope you are around and look forward to hearing from you.
The ASPIRE team
Just a quick reminder that we are meeting at 7.30 at the village hall for half an hour on Monday, before the Parish Council meeting begins at 8.00 pm.
The slogan is JODITY (just one day in the year) ! Spring weather is in the air, so let's get enthused. Plenty of ideas and suggestions, please.
On behalf of the Village Hall Committee, I would like to remind you that our village fete will take place on Sunday 6 May. We hope you will be able to support us in the same way as in previous years. Our Village is fantastic at coming together on this ' one day a year', providing an opportunity for villagers and friends to get together. At the same time we are raising funds to keep our lovely village hall in good condition.
The fete consideration meeting will be held on Monday 12 March at 7.30 pm to which everyone is invited. If you can't make this meeting, please get in touch with Mike Ananin with all your thoughts and ideas.
Please spread the word around the village!
Thanking you in anticipation.
The Downland Practice has asked all Parishes to share the details for this free information event being held on Thursday 29th March.
This is written by the Parish Clerk with input from the village.
Click here to find out more about the planning process and to view all the current planning applications in Brightwalton.
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