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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 to the American Forces efforts in England during WW2’ In later years the area became synonymous with the TV series Band of Brothers which […]

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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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Is your child school ready? Find out!

At age 4 or 5, we get ready for our children to take their first tentative steps to school. But have you ever stopped to ask whether or not your child is developmentally ready yet for a formal educati …

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Stunning Kingfisher

In the UK, there is just one species of kingfisher, the common kingfisher. Its beautiful, metallic blue and orange plumage stands out prominently, and fast, swooping motion is incredible as it dives t …

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Canal History – The kennet and Avon Canal

Bath was a popular place in the 1700s, attracting thousands of fashionable and wealthy visitors including members of the Royal Family. They came to ‘take the waters’ at the spa and to enjoy the so …

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Smile Facts

Did you know?
1. Smiling is contagious.
2. Smiling is like medicine. Genuine smiles, where you smile big enough to squint your eyes, boosts your immune system by decreasing cortisol in you body.
3. Sm …

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Local History

A fascinating look at Thatcham’s history
The Council School
In 1847 the British School in Church Lane opened in no small part due to Mrs Sarah Barfield. The school became so popular that it was …

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Hidden Harm Campaign, help raise awareness of online child abuse Police Advice

Key messages for parents to communicate to their children
l Not everyone online is who they say they are.
l Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
l If you see something online that makes you feel …

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Cleaning up our act

Buying a bottled drink in Germany today would cost you an additional 22p deposit refundable on returning the container, usually via a ‘reverse vending machine’. This has led to a 97% recycling rat …

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Stronghold – Fighting Organised Crime in Partnership

What is Stronghold?
Stronghold is Thames Valley Police making a commitment to seeing a reduction in levels of serious and organised crime in our region.
Working closely with our partners in the local …

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Working Styles

With technology and working styles evolving, so too are offices. To be fit for the future, offices must become spaces focused on human interaction and flexibility.
Offices are changing, but they are s …

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Apprenticeship Week ( March 5th – 9th )

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or start an apprenticeship.
491,300 Apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
121,250 Apprenticeship starts were under 19.
23, …

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The magical world of books

Can books really improve your life?
According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.
Many people perceive reading as …

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What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, …

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