Events During the Coronavirus Restrictions

Many venues are setting up online activities during the corona virus restrictions, we will forward any sent to us.

It is with much saddness that I have to cancel this year’s Berkshire Motor Show for 2020, this is only the second time in 19 year’s,  but under these difficault times it is the best thing to do, as I would rather safe guard people, young to elderly from this virus than carry the event on.
I would like to Thank everyone who has booked already and are happy to roll over their bookings into 2021. I have personally spoken or left a message for them on the phone.
WLMG Reading sponsor’s are happy to help us again next year.
Flint House police rehabilitation centre will still be our charity for 2021.
All I can say to everyone now is stay safe at home if you can. To those who are in NHS, medics, everyone on the frontline, we salute you all for what you are doing to keep us all safe.
Stephanie Awbery
Event Founder
Thank you, you all stay safe

The Corn Exchange

We are delighted to announce the first of our creative online sessions to support our community whilst people can’t access our provision.

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West Berkshire Libraries

E-Books, E-Audiobooks, E-Magazines And E-Newspaper.

Family History And Newspaper Archives – study family and local history with their genealogy and historical newspaper resources

General Reference and Homework help with study.

What’s on at The Corn Exchange, Newbury 

Exploring Shakesphere

Wednesday 25th March 2020.

FREE online session

Corn Exchange Creative Learning Practitioner Ed Jaspers takes you through some of the great Shakespeare speeches, explaining the background and context and giving you insights into what Shakespeare – and the character – are up to.

This series of short vlogs is perfect for those in Year 9 or working towards their GCSEs or A-levels, but will also appeal to any adults interested in learning more about the playwright and his work.

Feeling inspired? Why not rehearse one of the speeches to perform to your family? You could even construct a costume based on items within your home. Will you go for traditional Elizabethan dress or a more contemporary setting for your Shakespeare production? The possibilities are endless!

Our Song
Thursday 26 March: Our Song – creative materials sent to care homes that we work with.

Our Song is a music project which supports people with a variety of needs to gain access to the benefits that music can bring to their general wellbeing. We will be recording these sessions and sending them out to care homes locally, as well as those who attend our Memory Café, so we can stay in touch.

Alphabetland – phonics play for the under-5s – pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage.
Friday 27 March

Our Early Years and Education Officer will be recording 15 minutes of songs, rhymes and games, which will be uploaded onto our website.

Staying Creative Digitally

Afternoon Art, tutored by The Base’s resident artist Richard Francis Bellin, is a regular art course perfect for learning the basics or furthering skills. Richard started his artistic career studying illustration before finding his calling in fine art painting. As an artist, his work experiments with paint formulations and ultraviolet to create atmospheric landscapes and seascapes, which illuminate in the darkness.

For this course, Richard uses his knowledge and experience to teach a broad range of simple and advanced art techniques exploring a different subject each week.


This week we are excited to bring Richard’s instruction to a digital platform, accessible for all to learn from and enjoy. In the first of four pre-recorded video tutorials, available from the homepages on the Corn Exchange and The Base websites on Saturday 28 March, Richard will show you different painting techniques you can use to successfully paint atmospheric woodland landscapes.

Whether you are wanting to try something new or develop your skills, Richard’s free videos will enable you to explore your own creativity at home.

The Great Indoors.

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.  

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.