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Listen Up | 4th June 2021 | Discovering Music Together | Live music around West Berkshire

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J. Karst Journey in West Berkshire      ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Guest Blog . I am a full-time working …

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Listen Up | 4th June 2021 | Discovering Music Together | Live music around West Berkshire

The music scene with live music across West Berkshire

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‘Welcome to the new edition of this Guest Blog . I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a published …

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Newly published data from Berkshire Youth finds that the most important issues currently facing Berkshire’s young people are mental health and wellbeing and school / education

The Music Scene with Graham Steel This week at GSMC we welcome back live music with Sandy McLelland,  Antoine & Owena and more.. Discovering …

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Hot off the Press …  13 May 2021 Tom Holmes Becomes Berkshire Youth Charity Ambassador Berkshire Youth – supporting young people across …

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Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum of two daughters who are 5 & 7 and I have three other job “hats”

It’s a very exciting week at GSMC this week with the piano album ‘Broken Can Still Be Beautiful’ by Simon Driscoll going straight to number one in the Amazon Classical Album Chart on it’s first day of release

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Recycling | Jana| West Berkshire Villagers  | J.Karst Journey Through Recycling in West Berkshire ‘ Welcome to the new edition of this Guest Blog. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a p…

Things didn’t quite go to plan. Returning to my spring-time experiment with fusing, the opening of the kiln revealed thin, curly catkins …

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Listen Up | Discovering Music Together | West Berkshire Villagers It’s a very exciting week at GSMC this week with the piano album …

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Emotional Health & Wellbeing with Caz Campbell | Hindsight Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my …

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recycling | Jana| West Berkshire Villagers J.Karst Journey Through Recycling  in West Berkshire      ‘Welcome to the new edition of thisGuest Blog. …

David Seaward | West Berkshire Youth As we move through the roadmap out of lockdown, it is great to see that we …

Discovering Music Together | West Berkshire Villagers Coming up this week from GSMC we have the next in our Showcase Sessions live …

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Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum of two daughters who are …

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West Berkshire Villagers | Recycling in West Berkshire . J. Karst Journey in West Berkshire      ‘Welcome to the new edition …

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Emotional Health & Wellbeing by Caz Campbell/World Earth Day- West Berkshire Villagers Today is World Earth Day and This Year’s Theme is …

West Berkshire Villagers Guest Blog -The Music Scene with Graham Steel 22/04/2021   Listen Up – Discovering Music Together Coming up this …

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J.Karst JourneyThrough Recycling in West Berkshire      ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Guest Blog. I am a full-time working mum …

Listen Up  from GSMC 15th March 2021 Discovering Music Together Live Music This Week GSMC Online Music Club We have another fantastic …

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Nature & Relationships  Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum of two …

Listen Up  from GSMC 7th March 2021 Discovering Music Together   GSMC are delighted to announce that the Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions …

While I am writing this, sunshine is streaming through the window on a distinctly chilly morning, while small white flecks of snow …

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J. Karst Journey Through Recycling in West Berkshire      ‘Welcome to the new edition of thisGuest Blog. I am a full-time working …

Listen Up  from GSMC 29th March 2021 Discovering Music Together   Coming up this week from GSMC  we have a fantastic line …

Listen Up  from GSMC 29th March 2021 Discovering Music Together   Coming up this week from GSMC  we have a fantastic line …

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Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum of two daughters who are …

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Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum of two daughters who are …

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Questions & Answers Azaleas One of my favourites  We did have a fairly mild winter but there was some severe wind chill …

Emotional Health & Wellbeing with Caz Campbell Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m …

Listen Up 22nd March 2021 Discovering Music Together It is a really busy time at GSMC HQ with lots of exciting news, …

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J.Karst Journey in West Berkshire/A Sad Day      ‘Welcome to the new edition of thi sGuest Blog. I am a full-time working …

BY PJALLENS Recycling in West Berkshire with Jana Karst / The Incident of The Yellow Sponge BY PJALLENS Recycling in West Berkshire with Jana …

Lead for Stained Glass My mind is still racing with possibilities, but spring-time has well and truly arrived and is distracting me …

Listen Up- Discovering Music Together Welcome to the weekly newsletter from GSMC, this Saturday marks the first Anniversary of our Online Music Club …

Music Can Spark Pure Joy!… Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum …

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I am open, and as predicted, I am swimming in waste. Thankfully, people kept it rather than binning it. It will take …

Discovering Music Together   This week’s newsletter features the latest live music announcements which includes forthcoming performances with John Otway, Owen Paul, …

It’s so great to feel the warmth of the Spring sunshine and hear the birds singing.This sunshine has been an absolute joy …

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With over 30 years experience of putting on events large and small, the Graham Steel Music Company is a one stop shop …

Having removed my glass from the kiln, I inspect each piece as I carefully lift it off the kiln shelf. This is …

So it is time for me to move on to painting. When I emerge from the workshop with my design a mass …

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Firstly, I wish you a belated Happy New Year. I have emerged from my workshop at the end of the garden blinking …

Since I wrote last, I’ve been very busy. This is a bit of a departure for me at this time of year, …

Let me introduce myself. My name is Julia Kellaway, I am a glass artist living and working in Burghfield Common. This is …

Let me introduce myself. My name is Julia Kellaway, I am a glass artist living and working in Burghfield Common. This is …

The Record-Breaking Flight of Greased Lightning By Jonathan Sayers As some of you know, I run a website dedicated to the history of …

The History of Greenham Common by Jonathan Sayers RAF Greenham Common was an RAF and US Air Force base south of Newbury …

As some of you know, I run a website dedicated to the history of RAF Greenham Common. Since launching the site in …

I know it looks tempting to cut the Lawn here it’s very wet and soggy and I think we would make more …

These like to be trained up a wall or fence. Tie in the laterials and fan out as much as possible  Protect …

Exciting times ahead you will be extremely well rewarded. Definitely start planning now. Look at containers to use. And get compost  Prepare …

Runner Beans can be grown in a larger Container with plenty of well rotted compost, they also need support sticks. But even …

I know you might be thoughtful about your Clematis but the wind chill has been as  damaging as frost . I would …

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Hello Gardeners  As a keen gardener usually even in some of the worst weather conditions there’s still  jobs to achieve outside but …

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There are always plenty of jobs that can be achieved in our gardens even at this time of year. Thoughts might turn …

Hello Gardeners  As a keen gardener usually even in some of the worst weather conditions there’s still  jobs to achieve outside but …

Now that Christmas has arrived even most of us very keen Gardeners thoughts have been focused in side our homes. If you …

Our Gardens this year have been even more of an important space, to not only to do gardening jobs but to use …

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Now November is here it’s the best time to plant an array of amazing Tulips. There is a Tulip for everyone, with …

This is the time of year when a prominent site displayed on our doorstep is the Pumpkin shining bright orange with a scary …

As a Gardener there’s lots of Plants ,Bulbs and Seeds that I would like to spend my pennies on, but it’s money …

The magic of our  British Seasons never fails to impress us as Gardeners with awesome colours and the little treasures that return …

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Margaret Finch lives in a beautiful house with an amazing walled garden. Her garden has heritage apple trees, a long history and …

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   This week I have gone backwards, as instead of clearing my garage I filled it with stuff from a house clearance. …

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J. Karst journey in West Berkshire/ Hasbro Toy Recycling Program        ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Guest Blog. I …

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   This week I have gone backwards, as instead of clearing my garage I filled it with stuff from a house clearance. …

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  I am getting into the swing of things and slowly preparing for the end of lockdown. I have already asked for …

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Everyone is frustrated with recycling because due to Corona the recycling options are limited. The main thing is to remain patient and …

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 Not much has happened with recycling apart the worry that when I finally open, I will be faced with a mountain to …

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 No change at my end, I am still closed. As I can’t write much about recycling, I can at least write about …

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 Another week and yet another lockdown with closed recycling. My sister keeps working hard in an ICU unit and thankfully had her vaccine. …

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It’s here, 2021 has entered the world and brought with it some hope and reflection. I hadn’t set any new year resolutions …

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 I am sure that everyone is pleased to see the end of 2020, though realistically we still need to be more patient …

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This year has been amazing, despite all the corona required shut down of the drop off point. We still managed to remove …

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This week was manic with recycling. The Great Wall of China has been built inside my garage out of fully stuffed cardboard …

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This week has been exhausting. The amount dropped off was an infinite number of confectionery and crisp packets. About 7 bags were …

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Yet again, not much recycling happened during this last lockdown week. I used this time to concentrate on getting the Christmas decorations …

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This Monday a large volume (169.2KG) was sent to TerraCycle. This should generate plenty of funds for the Canine Partners charity. Its …

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Now that I have introduced you to the wonders of TerraCycle it’s time to talk some more ‘recycling’. I also collect clean …

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Today I shall introduce you to the TerraCycle Confectionery recycling program. This program on its own is very useful as most of …

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This week I will be introducing you to yet another TerraCycle program – the Colgate oral care. Surprisingly, there is lots more …

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This week rather than talk about TerraCycle I wanted to share with you the amazing find I made. There is this application …

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Today we will cover the Ella Baby Food recycling program. Just to make things clear, I do not take babies in for …

I remember that last time I had promised to talk about the Baby food recycling program. However, due to the current situation …

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     I remember that last time I had promised to talk about the Baby food recycling program. However, due to the current …

Here we are again. As mentioned last week, this time we will talk about the beauty program.      What does the program …

Hello again and welcome to the next TerraCycle recycling program information summary for the Pladis biscuit, cake and cracker wrapper.      Considering …

As promised last time, the following articles we will be jumping into each program I collect waste for and explain in detail …

  In the last week article, I promised to tell you ‘why’ – why would someone in their busy life spend hours …

Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of The Ninth Cross …

Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of The Ninth Cross …

This week’s blog is about colour! Seeing colour, especially your favourite ones, uplifts you. Colours have various subtle effects on people. When …

The first topic, as we’re in a lockdown at the moment, is “Being Present”… Being present in what you’re doing; appreciating and …

The first topic was about “Being Present” and this week is about Motivation, as I know a lot of us have found …

This week will be a transition of lockdown rules changing – (for many this means a big change, for some it means …

Community News-December is usually a time for doing lots of things with friends and family but this year may be slightly less. …

Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” It’s also contagious, a source of pleasure and even elevates …

Hello and hope you had a Merry Christmas! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m …

Declutter… The start of a new year often brings about having a clear out, which you may love or hate. Having too …

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CONTROL: Since last week’s lockdown announcement and schools closing, I think a lot of us are feeling a lack of control – …

Self-Care… There is a lot of talk about self-care at the moment. Mainly because most of us aren’t practising much self-care because …

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Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum of two daughters who are …

It’s LGBT+ History Month this month so I’ve been thinking about awareness, fairness, judgement and identity, which is this week’s topic. How …

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week so this week’s blog is about childhood and parenthood, especially apt for all those home-schoolers at the …

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This blog is about children and teenagers going back to school after lockdown. You’ve probably heard the phrase “We’re all in the …

Positivity!… After another week of homeschooling last Friday, I felt like a deflated Eeyore! All my positivity & enthusiasm had been drained …

Eating Disorders This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating Disorders can be about lack of control, unwanted emotions, traumatic events like …

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Caz chats to Paul about Home schooling during lockdown. Many parents found this a daunting prospect and many different approaches have been …

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Dr Deepak Ravindran Consultant Pain and MSK Medicine Role: Director/Founder Partner Berkshire Pain Clinic Qualifications: MD, FRCA. FFPMRCA, EDRA. FIPP, DMSMed Affiliations …

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Visit Caz’s Website The term “Donkey on a Waffle” is from an urban phrase meaning to make something a priority or to …

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This Week’s Blog- Eating Disorders Hello! My name is Caz Campbell. I’ve lived in Newbury most of my life, I’m a mum …

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Visit the Website This Week’s Blog. Listen Up -Discovering Music Together It is exciting to think we may be back to having …

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July 2020 Over the last two weeks I have had the privilege of running two social distance bat walks for a few …

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