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Darwin portrait found in thrift store goes on sale on eBay

A library and information science student finds a 19th century original art drawing in a thrift-store and believes it may be a portrait of English naturalist, Charles Darwin West Palm Beach, FL – When Luis Aponte went thrift-store shopping for some inexpensive artwork for his one-bedroom flat, he never imagined finding a valuable art treasure. […]

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Thatcham: village or town?

Many locals still call Thatcham a village, but we have a Town council, so what is it?
At the time of Domesday, 1086, Thatcham was the administrative centre of a Hundred (an administrative area). By th …

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New Newbury school gets the go ahead

Proposals to build a new primary school in Newbury have been approved.
West Berkshire Council and Newbury College have finalised an agreement whereby the Council will build a new primary school on the …

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A Summer of Fun

As the school year starts to wind down and summer stretches out before us, parents across the country are looking for ways to keep the kids occupied. The summer months launch the natural desire to get …

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Exercising boost brain function

Scientists have pondered how exercising can boost brain function. Regardless of age or fitness, studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Working out can benefi …

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Understanding Travel Insurance

Crippling costs
You risk footing a very large bill should you need healthcare or have your baggage lost or stolen. Something as simple as a stomach bug in California, which requires treatment and late …

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50 years ago

Swingin 60’s
Celebrating our 50th issue, we thought it would be fun to look back to 50 years ago.
If the Fifties were in black and white, then the Sixties were in Technicolor. The ‘Swinging Si …

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How we remember. An Exhibition of personal histories from World War One

West Berkshire Museum is asking residents if they have any family items with personal histories attached to them from World War One (WW1) that could be included in a special exhibition commemorating t …

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Police advice-Herbert Protocol

What is the Herbert Protocol?
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. It is a process to be used where there is …

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Beautiful countryside

Every Thursday or Friday when I’m finally able to drive across from London after late night votes in the Commons, I am reminded that I am one of the luckiest Members of Parliament. High on the Hamps …

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Thatcham Fruit Flower Farm

Many visit the Wyvale Garden Centre but few know the history of the area.
Miss Mary Peers and Miss Lily Hugh-Jones established, in c.1907, a nursery which became known as Henwick Fruit and Flower Farm …

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Community Alcohol Partnership launches in Thatcham

A Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) launched in Thatcham last weekend.
 CAPs are partnerships between councils, the police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers. They w …

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Peppered in history

Roger Day, Historian introduces a unique tour…
 
‘I was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, but I spent my formative years in the village of Ramsbury, which with nearby Aldbourne, was central …

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Police Advice – Drug Driving

It is against the law to drive under the influence of illegal drugs, or if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood.
Similar to drink driving, the police have a roadside test that …

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Bellissimo

Italy is a country blessed with lakes, mountains and beautiful coastline. It is a place for exquisite cuisine amongst a richness of history. There is so much to see and experience, in this ‘bell …

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Local Volunteers

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire (CIO 1156302) was established back in 1974. At its heart is Newbury though its reach goes as far as Tilehurst in the east and Lambourn in the West of the district.
It …

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Apple introduces macOS Mojave

 

Major Update Adds Dark Mode, New Mac Apps and an All-New Mac App Store

macOS Mojave introduces powerful new features inspired by pro workflows, but built for everyone.

4th June, San Jos …

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Annete Louise Henry

Annete was one of seven children of John Henry who owned Colthrop Mill. One daughter, Evelyn, set-up and ran a Sunday school at Colthrop.
Within the village itself there was a growing need for a commu …

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Superfat Dad to the Double Ironman Granddad who is opening a “Superfit Bootcamp” in Newbury

When Jason Briley crossed the finish line of his first Iron Man competition in 2010, he was celebrating much more than the completion of one of the toughest endurance races in the world.
The then 38-y …

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History of words

While it is true our first ancestors may have used some type of sign language, eventually verbal communication evolved. The oldest words we know of are building block words, reflecting key elements in …

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