Brightwalton | West Berkshire Villages
The Parish of Brightwalton lies to the south of the Berkshire Downs.
The Parish of Brightwalton, in West Berkshire lies to the south of the Berkshire Downs midway between Wantage and Newbury. The 350 houses within the village are scattered into five main clusters over the 2,054 acres that make up the Parish. Brightwalton is one of a number of Downland villages on the Berkshire Downs, stretching from Lambourn to Streatley, all in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Wessex Downs AONB now has a Management Partnership, which includes all 11 district authorities.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES| AMENITIES AND FACILITIES
There is a large village hall, with two rooms. There is a Facebook page. It is disabled friendly, there is a kitchen and a car park with a Park boasting outstanding views and a children’s play area. It is the venue for all kinds of functions and can seat up to 150. There is preschool and every Tuesday night there is circuit training. The hall is available for hire. There is a telephone box library- bring a book, take a book.
The Downland Gardening Club meets on the third Monday of each month, coffee, biscuits, raffle and chat, social events, with regular guest speakers’ mail: email@example.com
The Berkshire Young Farmers club meet at Brightwalton Village Hall alternative Wednesdays. Contact is by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also the Brickleton babes(0-4 years) and Pre School (3-5 yrs).
The Village Hall, Common Lane, Brightwalton, Newbury, Berkshire. RG20 7 DH
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | FOOD AND DRINK
Saddlebacks is a popular farm shop serving Food and Drink and a host of local food.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES| SCHOOLS
Brightwalton C of E Primary SchoolThe school has a Good Ofsted rating.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | SPORTS
Circuit Training runs every Tuesday night in the village hall from 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm. £2 a session.
Brightwalton has an established cricket team, based at the village hall and enjoying friendly Sunday afternoon games. The chairman is Nigel Smith at email@example.com.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES| COMMUNICATION
There is a village website and the Brickleton news.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES| CHURCH
All Saint’s Church is part of the Downland Benefice and holds a service at 8am every 2nd Sunday and at 10.am every 4th Sunday of the month.
Rector: Rev. Miri Keen 01488 649927
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | HEALTH
The local doctors are the Downland Practice. There is a local village agent, E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The village agent project aims to increase and improve the ways in which people can find and benefit from services in rural areas. For more information contact the coordinator Gill Comely on 01635 581001 or EMail: email@example.com. Is outside the village hall.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | TRANSPORT
There is a local bus service. The handibus bus operates in Brightwalton and the Downland Volunteer Group. Tel: 01635 578394.
BRIGHTWALTON | WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES| History
In 2002 a beautiful book detailing the history of Brightwalton was written by June Osment, Sue Sayers, and Jean Stephens called “Brightwalton, A Downland Village”. Much of the information below has been taken from this book. All the copies have been sold, but there are talks of producing another print run. If you would be interested in purchasing a copy please register your interest with the Parish Council Clerk.