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Newbury Schools in heated debates?

Newbury Town Council is delighted that the town’s sixth form schools have agreed to take part in their Debating Competition during the Council’s Local Democracy Week programme.   Park House, Trinity, St. Bartholomew’s and St. Gabriel’s schools are entering teams and the topics for debate include “People should not eat meat”, “Political parties are bad for democracy” and “Prisons are too soft”. The debates will take place in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, on Tuesday 17 October, with the first round heats from     1.30 pm and the 2 best teams going forward to the final at 5.00 pm, where they will battle it out for the perpetual shield. The debates will be chaired by the Mayor of Newbury, Councillor David Fenn.   Councillor James Fredrickson, Chairman of the Local Democracy Week Working Group, is one of the 3 judges and he is really looking forward to seeing the students in action saying, “This is a new venture for the Council and is a very attractive addition to our Local Democracy events. We already have a great programme for the Primary Schools who visit the Chamber, along with councillors visiting our local secondary schools.  We're hopeful the debates will open the door to student involvement in local politics. I can't wait to see how the teams handle some of the questions coming up! We are also extremely grateful to the Newbury Weekly News who have generously sponsored the prizes for the Competition.”