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Professional help and advice for Community

Basingstoke Voluntary Action Group Development Team Starting up a new Charity/Group? We can guide you through the process to ensure that new groups are fully aware of governance requirements. Looking for Funding or grants? We can help you source grants and also assist with guidance to improve the chances of gaining required funding. Do you […]

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WB Heritage marks the end of the WW1

This autumn West Berkshire Heritage will be presenting a series of events and activities to mark the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.
A new exhibition ‘How We Remember†…

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WB Smokers Encouraged to Take Part in Stoptober

The Public Protection Partnership (PPP), which delivers Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing services across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham, is inviting smokers in Wes …

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Crookham Manor

At the time of the Norman Conquest Crookham was owned by Alwi Ceuresbert and according to the Domesday record consisted of just three households.
By c.1125 the manor had been granted to the newly form …

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Castle School celebrate improved learning space

MEDIA PHOTOCALL at 9.30 am on Monday 15 October at The Castle School, Love Lane, Newbury RG14 2JG
The Castle School in Newbury is celebrating completion of a new build and refurbishment project t …

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New Zebra’s for John Rankin Schools

West Berkshire Council has worked in partnership with John Rankin Schools in Newbury to deliver two new zebra crossings.
When the schools found themselves without a crossing patroller, the council’s …

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Mayor’s appeal to WW1 servicemen’s descendants

Descendants of Basingstoke serviceman who died in the First World War are being sought to commemorate the Armistice Day centenary in the borough.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is looking for p …

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Chamberhouse Mill,Thatcham

Chamberhouse Mill stands as a possible contender as one of the two doomsday mills of Thatcham and was originally part of Crookham.
The mill, a working grist (corn) mill, was granted to Thomas Street i …

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Best ever GCSE results year for West Berkshire!

West Berkshire has seen their best ever result for combined English and Maths, which is the standard comparator measure in England
72% of our pupils have achieved at least a score of 4 in English and …

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Outstanding A-Level results for West Berkshire

West Berkshire students have celebrated an outstanding set of A-level results. 
 
In this second year of the more rigourous reformed A-levels, 78% were awarded the higher A*-C grade, an impr …

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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 – W …

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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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