A collection of past articles on West Berkshire Villagers.

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New Menu Christmas Menu’s Toby and the team in the kitchen have been blowing away and the team in the kitchen have …

Thatcham Reed Beds Conservation Volunteers Round Up ObstacEELS’ Plovers at The Pang Again ‘TURNPIKES AND TANK TRAPS’ Exploring the Sulham Gap. Starting …

About Food Founded in Reading in July 2017 as a street food and catering business, after successfully building a following at local …

Community Champion Awards 2021 The search has begun to find this year’s Community Champions to recognise the amazing and valuable contributions local …

Wedding Day Finishing Touches

Magic Mirror Mirror Finishing Touches  A wedding day is one of the most important day’s in every woman’s life. We all dream …

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Wedding Caterers

Foxes Catering Clean Slate Catering Blame Frank Rusty & Roses Venni & Sons The Wild Fork Parties are wonderful occasions but party …

Wedding Flowers

The White Horse Flower Company Willow and Blooms Sarah Styles Flowers from the Farm Buttercups and Daisies Bramble Cottage My reputation as …

Avery’s Pightle, Newbury Audrey’s Meadow Bowdown Woods Bucklebury Common Chawridge Bank Decoy Heath Avery’s Pightle is one of Berkshire’s few remaining unspoiled …

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Save the date and get ready for Newbury’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On extravaganza! For 2021, there will be festive-themed activities taking place …

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The Trust is creating the two new bird hides at the NDC which it manages at Thatcham near Newbury. The Trust is …

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Autumn at Blenheim Palace

Crunching leaves, vibrant views and the red-tinted golden hues of autumn make this earthy season the perfect time to visit Blenheim Palace’s …

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Enjoying Autumn Colour in and Around West Berkshire Basildon Park Visiting a woodland is great for both body and soul. An autumn …

The Royal Oak is a beautiful country pub with rooms within easy reach of the M4 – the perfect spot for family get togethers, private dinners or short stays.

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Oktoberfest Newbury Racecourse is excited to be marking the end of the 2021 Flat season with an Oktoberfest celebration across Friday 22 …

The Pot Kiln Pantry Red Peppers Bengali Spice The Pheasant Mio Fiore Cotes at Home Hampers & Picnic Boxes packed with Game Cuts, …

The Swan at Pangbourne – a beautiful 17th century listed building, – situated in the picturesque village of Pangbourne, – dine along …

The Eastbury Plough – Local, – Fresh & Cooked Well, – Service to Make You Smile The Plough at Eastbury | West …

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The Red Lion The Pub The Food Other The Red Lion is located in the small and peaceful village of Upper Basildon …

" The country pub worth driving out for"  Philip and Lauren moved to The Fox at Peasemore in 2013 and over the last few years they have made many improvements.

The Bunk Inn is a great place to relax with a drink, have a superb meal with family and friends or enjoy a peaceful stay in glorious surroundings.

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The Old Boot Inn in Stanford Dingley, near Bucklebury, was visited by Kate Middleton in her younger days. Prince William is also known for eating there.

Situated in the picturesque village of Inkpen, the Crown and Garter is a traditional English pub with stylish rooms, a restaurant and bakery. It opens onto a lovely garden.

THE POT KILN (Est.2005), a Country Inn and Wild Food Restaurant, is located in a Conservation Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of West Berkshire on The Lord Iliffe’s Yattendon Estate.

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Christmas Wreaths Workshop pjallens • 5th September 2021 • December Events in West Berkshire • No Comments Christmas at the Wessex Flower …

Christmas at The Bunk Inn

CHRISTMAS 2021 – SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE! We’ve all got some catching up to do after last year – so lets make …

Basildon Park

Basildon Park The tea-room is the perfect place to stop and relax on a visit to Basildon Park. With delicious treats and …

Chocolate Cafe, Goring

Cream Tea’s or Afternoon Tea’s at Chocolate Cafe’s The origin of the afternoon cream tea began in England in the early 1840’s …

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Cluster Headaches Chronic Pain: The 20 Most Painful Conditions Shingles Frozen Shoulder Broken Bones CRPS Heart Attack Slipped Disc Sickle Cell Disease …

New Head Chef at The Great Shefford Pub  Welcoming Sam, the new  Head Chef  to the team at The Great Shefford Pub.Sam …

The Elephant, Pangbourne

The Elephant Hotel Set in the pretty village of Pangbourne, beside the River Thames, is just minutes from Reading. They are a …

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Growing Newbury Green

Growing Newbury Green Growing Newbury Green was formed in 2012 after founder member Jeremy Gorbold suggested growing fruit trees on open spaces …

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COVID-19 detection dogs

Covid19 Detection Dogs Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more …

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People love to sing. Whether or not they can carry a tune, people seem to understand that there’s something positive — something …

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Waltham Place Gardens Waltham Place, a 220 acre organic and biodynamic farm and garden which offers a unique opportunity for visitors to …

Shop Locally | West Berkshire Villages There are many reasons why you may choose certain places to shop, such as parking or …

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The Miller of Mansfield

The Miller of Mansfield, Goring If you’re stuck for a rural retreat that’s easy to get to, hot on its food, with …

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Vicar’s Game

Vicars Game, Ashampstead William Vicars & Son was established in Reading in 1886 and has traded in the same family for generations. …

Welcome Back

The Welcome Back Business Grant Scheme The Welcome Back Business Grant scheme is a fund from West Berkshire Council to support our …

West Berkshire Honey We are spoilt for choice with the Local honey in West Berkshire.  Many of our local beekeepers also make …

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21 | 12 A New Barber Shop opens in Parkway, Newbury. “We believe that Life is all about finding the thing, or …

The Barn at North Sydmonton Looking to Host a small event? The Barn at North Sydmonton is perfectly situated, combining the joy …

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Have your say on improving Northcroft Lido Your views are needed to make the Lido even better. The Lido is located in …

Renaissant Restaurant with Dom Robinson Renaissant is a restaurant by Dom Robinson on the site of the former Blackbird public house, which …

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The Post Barn, Snelsmore Common A contemporary event space in a class of its own. A beautifully modern take on a countryside …

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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Makan Malaysia Crazy or not, Sue and Kat are just here to share the Malaysian food and culture that they love! It’s …

CAMRA Golden Awards 2021

Congratulations to The Bell Inn, Aldworth A long-standing CAMRA national award-winning pub and CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year in 2020. One …

THE NEW VICTORIA PARK CAFÉ  Planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire District Council and it is hoped that the new …

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CAKEY BAKEY CARLY Unique and Bespoke Cake Creations  in Newbury and West Berkshire.  Carly is the founder of ‘Cakey Bakey Carly’, a …

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Edu Cafe

DEMENTIA WALKS – WEST BERKSHIRE Do you live with dementia or care for someone who does? Looking for a dementia-friendly activity? Come …

This time last year Gavin McLaughlin was fit and healthy enjoyed swimming and running and had competed in the World Age-Group Triathlon …

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Covid Response July 2021

When England moves to step 4 of the roadmap, the Government will continue to manage the risk of serious illness from the …

Euro 2020: Football fans urged to pre-book pub tables for matches England have reached the quarter finals for Euro 2020, so where …

Dragon Sky Release Willow Tree| Friday 9th July 2021 |A captivating song about coming to terms with a near-death experience ‘Willow Tree’ …

THIS time last year Gavin McLaughlin was fit and healthy, enjoyed swimming and running and had competed in the World Age-Group Triathlon …

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Vineyards in West Berkshire  Vineyards, wine tasting and tours in West Berkshire. Global warming meant that vines could now be successfully grown …

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West Berkshire Youth

West Berkshire Youth I would like to start by sharing news of the Government review into young people from poorer communities not …

The Hampstead Norreys Summer Market West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do The Hampstead Norreys Summer Market …

Strawberry Moon 2021: How and when you can watch the last supermoon of the year The first full ‘Strawberry’ moon of summer …

Englefield Reschedules it’s Events for 2022 Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on the final unlocking of Covid rules in England, Heritage …

Artisans Homemade UK to Open in Parkway, Newbury Providing the community with a wide range of unique and hand crafted products, made …

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Shinfield Studios

Shinfield Studios Shinfield Studios launched at the end of 2020 and is finalising development plans to create a state of the art, …

Greenham Control Tower Need Your Stories! Greenham Control Tower is planning an exhibition to recognise the arrival of the Greenham Peace Women …

English Wine Week

English Wine Week English and Welsh wines have been making their mark on the international stage and are widely celebrated – come …

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question What plants would you advise for butterflies and bees and plants for helping with the insects? Especially for pots or borders. …

“Don’t be afraid to be different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else” is one of my favourite quotes.

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West Berkshire’s Community Radio Station | Kennet Radio West Berkshire’s community radio station, Kennet Radio, has been granted permission by Ofcom to extend …

Pub Review

Pub Review on The Queen’s Arms at East Garston The Queen’s Arms at East Garston has had a make -over during the …

Where to See Kingfishers in West Berkshire | Blink and you may miss the fantastic kingfisher! This beautiful bird is easy to recognise thanks to its bright blue and metallic copper colours. It darts along the riverbank or sits patiently on a low branch over the water waiting for its next meal to swim by.

Beale Wildlife Park pop-up

Beale Park’s New member-exclusive pop-up campsite. The campsite is within the grounds of the Beale Estate, in a secluded field right next …

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Royal Ascot 2021

The world's longest running drama returns this summer, don't miss Royal Ascot 2021 from Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th June.

Taste Newbury

We are extremely thrilled to be introducing a new partnership to Newbury with our exciting food and drink brand, Taste Newbury.

“Don’t be afraid to be different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else” is one of my favourite quotes.

Volunteering in West Berkshire

Volunteering in West Berkshire There is a wide range of volunteering available across West Berkshire. If you are looking for some local …

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Spotlight on The Woodspeen

A Michelin star restaurant and cookery school, set in a lovingly restored 19th century farmhouse, nestling in the West Berkshire countryside.

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Jousting Tournament

Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace The Knights of Middle England are ready to take you back to the exciting and colourful era …

Greenham Control Tower

Greenham Control Tower is pleased to welcome visitors back in to explore this historic building.

Work Hubs & Meet Ups

Following Covid 19, the way people work is changing. Work Hubs and Meet Ups are a great way of mixing working from home and creating a new way of life, with a very small commute.

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What is happening at Victoria Park this Summer ? By going through the booking office at the Corn Exchange, you can join in an exciting list of new events at Victoria Park.

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Entertainment Venues Start to Reopen | West Berkshire Villagers As the nation eagerly anticipates being able to enjoy live entertainment once more, …

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West Berkshire Libraries

Children’s therapist and author Becky Goddard-Hill reminds us that “Researchers at the University of Sussex have found that even six minutes of reading can reduce a person’s stress levels by two thirds…

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Basildon Park Bowdown Woods Snelsmore Common Bluebell Wood Sulham Woods Moor Copse Rushell Farm The Coombe Rushell Farm Mid-April to May is …

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West Berkshire Youth

As we come out of lockdown, it is even more important that we keep young people, supporters, friends and club leaders updated. …

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West Berkshire Villagers | Garden Sleepovers- Sleepovers for the garden or indoor siblings sleepovers. The Sleep Over Party People | West Berkshire …

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West Berkshire Villagers | Disability Access Outdoors Sometimes it can be difficult getting outdoor exercise in a wheelchair, but what is West …

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West Berkshire Villagers | Walks Around Shefford Woodlands Shefford Woodlands is a village, near Hungerford. Get Outside Ramblers Walking Route Walking & …

Cafes & Coffee Shops | West Berkshire Villages From Newbury coffee shops to village hidden gems, we have a few suggestions. The …

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Sheepdrove Heron’s Farm Templar’s Barn The Vineyard Coombe Manor Barn Welcome to Sheepdrove and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Sheepdrove is an exclusive …

Staycation Hidden Gems- West Berkshire Villagers Our favourite place to stay in the UK is Wernol, situated by the Snowdonia National Park, …

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Ghostly West Berkshire | West Berkshire Villages According to legends, there are plenty of ghosts to be seen in West Berkshire! So …

Pubs with Gardens in West Berkshire With pubs and restaurants re opening on the 12th April 2021, bookings are now being taken. You know what to expect one way systems, social distancing, outdoors, parties of 6, hand sanitiser etc- but what else is being planned? It is amazing how well everyone has adapted, a big thank you to all our local pubs!

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Henry & Joe’s “What started as a shared dream discussed at length over coffee and cigarettes in a shed at the Royal …

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What’s on The Menu for 2021 As our pubs reopen, they are full of new garden and spring menus. Take a look …

The West Berkshire Brewery – a passion for beer,, – a respect for the local community, – a disregard for convention About …

Where swifts spend their time Swifts need warm weather to provide a constant supply of flying insects, so they spend only about …

Prince Phillip Visits Pangbourne College Berkshire schoolchildren welcomed a very special visitor to their college as they celebrated its 100th anniversary. The …

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Spring Watch Nature is finally waking up for spring, and blossom growing in streets, parks and gardens is a welcoming sight.  Notice …

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Pubs with gardens in West Berkshire When Are Our Pubs Reopening? Cafes & Coffee Shops Reopening Splashing Out What’s on the Menu? …

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Reading’s Madejski Stadium to become open-air cinema this summer Wonder Woman 1984, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Witches among Hollywood …

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The Hungerford Bookshop can be found in a beautiful listed building at the heart of the historic town of Hungerford. Hungerford is …

The Pheasant @ Shefford Woodlands has been named among the top four best in the UK ” Massive thanks to @estrelladamm for …

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As we come out of lockdown, it is even more important that we keep young people, supporters, friends and club leaders updated. …

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Cycling, riding and walking routes and maps in West Berkshire Walking and cycling have an enormous benefit on our health, and can …

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Beale Park

Beale Wildlife Park is Planning to Reopen on the 12th April 2021. Beale Wildlife Park is an outdoor wildlife park set within …

Marlston Farmgirl Former American florist/gardener marries British lad who owns a 300 acre farm in West Berkshire…and Marlston Farmgirl is born. As …

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Ideas from Ideal Home Ideas from Ideal Home Ideas from the Spruce BillyOh Nightjar Garden Bar Ideas from Good Homes The Architecture …

Skew & ink – a new creative collaboration Skew and Ink is the name of the collaboration between Love HeartWood and another …

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Wine Tasting Course: An Introduction to French Wine ‘An Introduction to French Wine’ Tuesday 1st | 8th | 15th | 22nd June …

The Kickstart Scheme The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal …

Hawkridge Distillers Dear local village friends, The West Berkshire village of Compton is now officially home to the best London Dry gin …

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Glamping- a get away………….. Hollington Park- set in 10 acres of semi ancient woodland on the Hampshire Berkshire border is our small …

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Grazing Boards and More… The Grazing Company Holy Graze Rosemary & Brie Food Delivery My Little Kitchen Hampers Mother’s Kitchen The Pheasant …

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The Teashop by the Canal-The Stone Building, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS The Teashop by the Canal  welcomes you all to their …

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Educafe Educafe is a Community Interest Company for the benefit of diverse ethnic communities, other vulnerable adults, young adults and children. It …

Downton Abbey fans can begin to get excited as filming for the new Downton Abbey is scheduled to start filming this summer, …

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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain with Dr. Deepak Ravindran Dr Deepak Ravindran – the UK’s Go-To Doctor in Pain Management The Pain-Free Mindset – 7 …

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This year the census can be completed online, by the 21st March 2021. It is the first time it will be conducted …

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Hearing Dogs Train Clever Dogs to Help Deaf People They train dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they …

An amazing ‘Banksy’-style piece of street art has been created on the outer wall of Reading Prison. The artwork appeared at some …

Thanks to fans’ Season Ticket donations to Community Trust projects, dementia-sufferers will be able to use our Trust’s café sessions as soon …

Highclere Station- pre WW1 512, with a larger front sandbox, which became a later standard for most of the rest of the …

Welcome to Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire 2021 Every May our artists open their studios and exhibitions free of charge …

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Jenny KirbyHot off the press as of monday tubs tray and pots being trialled in west Berkshire.https://info.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingPTTJenny KirbyFor other items to recycle …

Foxes Catering Foxes Catering We are offering Afternoon Tea delivery service during 2021, and can be a lovely way to celebrate a …

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Easter Easter traditions and symbols have evolved over time, though some have been around for centuries. While to Christians, Easter is the …

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This week is women in Science Week- a big thank-you to all women that have been working in science. Women make up …

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Congratulations to The Blackbird & The Woodspeen! The Blackbird Newbury Dom Robinson (Tom Aiken’s former head chef) took on a tired village …

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Getting Your Vaccine Health teams from across Berkshire West started the successful roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination on 15 December 2020, …

Previous Next Captain Sir Tom Moore During the first lockdown, we were introduced to someone who became a legend and close to …

Priscilla’s Kitchen, East Garston The Empire Cafe, Newbury Simply Delish, Lambourn Shepherds Bakery, Chieveley Foxes Catering The Cake Den, Hampstead Norreys Colline’s …

About Victoria Park is the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Newbury Town Council. The Park features a children’s splash park, play areas suitable …

Their Mission Starts with a Cuppa At the Happy Larder Co. They believe that business should be a force for doing good. Simple changes, like who makes your daily brew, can have a huge, positive impact…

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Christmas Customs Most people think Christmas day is celebrated on the 25th December, the world over. Although December 25th (or the late …

Christmas Quiz Which Traditional Christmas song was actually written for Thanksgiving? Astronauts broadcast which Christmas song from space in 1965?  Doing which …

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Christmas Doorstep Photographs  As we have just gone into another lockdown I would like to help out and give back to my …

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Welcome to The Funghi Club. There is current speculation that a new restaurant will soon be opening in Hungerford. The Funghi Club …

Previous Next The Bladebone, Chapel Row, Nr Bucklebury The Bladebone… was named so in 1666 when the ‘Bladebone’ of a mammoth was …

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About The Turkeys Christmas 2021 Situated high up on the Berkshire Downs adjacent to the famous Ridgeway Path, Bower Farm, the home …

Stir Up Sunday

Traditionalists  know to make their Christmas Pudding on Stir Up Sunday.  Stir Up Sunday always falls on the last Sunday before advent. …

Newbury Market  The Market is open , in accordance with Government regulations, every Thursday and Saturday – we have: 2 butchers, eggs …

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Christmas Lights around West Berkshire

Christmas Lights It will be different this year, with no big events- but we have a look at what is happening regarding …

Hungerford in Top Ten Towns to Move To Hungerford has recently seen a big increase in interest from house buyers, making it …

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A new four-step plan to ease England’s lockdown could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June, if strict …

Standing with Giants

Standing with Giants- Blenheim Palace 5th – 22nd November 200 life-size Armistice Day soldier silhouette figures and 75 poppy wreaths are currently …

The Good Beer Guide- Camra CAMRA is considered one of the most successful consumer organisations across Europe. Founded by four real ale …

All you need for an effortless festive meal. Our French-inspired roast turkey comes with all the trimmings to serve four to six …

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The History The origins of the garden at Englefield date back over 400 years. As you walk around the garden you will …

Cotes @Baxters Courtyard Cafe Eliane’s Yattendon Pantry Cobrizo’s Cotes are delighted to be introducing their new brunch menu. Perfect for enjoying with …