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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.
Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park
Join Parkinson’s UK on Sunday 29 April 2018 when we will be returning to Welford Park for our sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s. There will be two different circular walks available, a 2.5 mile walk and a more challenging 6.5 mile walk around the beautiful Welford Park estate, home of the Great British Bake Off. During the walk you will cross the River Lambourn, climb the hill to see the impressive cricket pitch whilst overlooking the historic Welford Park, explore the wonderful woodland before crossing the fields and taking in the lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and all walkers will receive a Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, plus a medal on completing the walk.
The funds raised from the Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park will go to Parkinson’s UK to support the vital research work taking place to find a cure for Parkinson’s and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition. We support those living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends, so that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
You can find out more and register at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/walk-parkinsons-welford-park or contact the Regional Fundraising Team on 020 7963 3912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Downland Gardening Club
The Downland Gardening Club, which is for anyone in the Downland Villages of Brightwalton, Chaddleworth, Leckhampstead and Fawley, would warmly welcome new members. Meetings are usually held in each of the villages in turn.
The Club is a very friendly and informal group, usually meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30. with time for a raffle, chat, coffee and biscuits. Past programmes have included talks on bats, country crafts and canal boat painting as well as many varied gardening topics from experienced speakers. There are garden visits and both Winter and Summer Socials. Even if you have no garden or are unable to garden there is so much to enjoy.
Annual subscription is £10 but if you wish to make a trial visit, the charge is £2. Whether you are new to the villages, have been here for ever and thinking of coming but never quite made it, you will be warmly welcomed.
The Winter Social will be on Friday 16th February at 7PM in Chaddleworth Village Hall. As always, there will be a delicious hot meal of cottage pie, vegetarian options, cheeses, and scrummy deserts. Tickets will be £10 including a free glass of good wine. There will be a short fun quiz if you wish to join in. No need to be a member to attend. Please call Lea on 01488 638 488 or email email@example.com for info. or tickets. If you do not have transport we will try to help you to come along for a most enjoyable evening.
The first main meeting of the club will be on Monday 19th March at 7.30 at Leckhampstead Village Hall when Tom Stone will talk on Hardy Geraniums.
The next Brightwalton Pop Up Drinks will be held Friday 2 February, 7pm, please see you Pop Up Drinks email or the Village Facebook page for the host details.
West Berkshire Heritage has a huge range of events and activities planned for 2018 from theatre, crafts, talks, special exhibitions and music - all designed to be entertaining and informative. Their aim is to provide a range of heritage activities for all ages at West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House with a programme that is designed to increase access to our local history and heritage.
Download your Spring / Summer guide to Whats On below
The following is a list of all the Christmas Services and Carol Services taking place across the
West Downland Benefice:
10th December - 4pm Village Carols and Readings
18th December - 6pm School Carols by Candlelight
20th December - 10.20am School Christmas Assembly
Christmas Eve - 10pm First Communion of Christmas
Christmas Eve - 3pm Carols by Candlelight
20th December - 9am School Christmas Service
22nd December - 7pm Beer & Carols at The Ibex
Christmas Day - 10pm Family Communion
23rd December - 3pm Carol Service
13th December - 7pm Newbury & District Agricultural Society Carol Service
31st December - 10am United Benefice Holy Communion
3rd December - 3pm Chrisingle Service
17th December - 3pm Carol Service
21st December - 6pm Carols around the Tree
Christmas Eve - 11.30pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day - 9.30am Family Communion
8th December - 6.30pm Christmas Party with Carols
10th December - 10am Nativity Play Service
Christmas Day - 8am Holy Communion
19th December - 7pm Carol Service
12th December - 5pm School Nativity Play
17th December - 11am Carol Service
Christmas Day - 11am Family Communion
Sunday 10th December 4pm at Brightwalton Church
With readings from Dickens and others, and rural village carols.
Mulled wine and festive refreshments will be served
We very much look forward to seeing you at this happy village Christmas gathering.
Shaw House Christmas Fair
3 Dec | Shaw House | 11am – 4pm
If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We have over 60 amazing local crafters, bakers, artists and photographers all brimming with bespoke wares that can’t be found on the high street. With mulled wine, hot food and Living Nativity with Miller’s Ark Animals.
£1 adults, children free.
Childrens Christmas Parties
3 Dec | Shaw House | 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm, 3.15pm
It’s party time at Shaw House! Featuring Mr Muddles the charming, if muddlesome magician, who captivates and amazes children with his comical slapstick magic. There will also be a special visit from Father Christmas and all children will receive a present.
Parties £4 per child. Tickets available from Shaw House 01635 279279.
For details of more December events at Shaw House click here
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