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Newbury Town Hall, St Nicolas Church, Clock House and Newbury Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Welcome to Historic Newbury, granted a Royal Charter in 1596. Cloth Hall and  Donnington Castle.
Newbury Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Market
Artifax the Picture Framers
Babies Clothes
Ball Hill Garage
Balloons for your Party from Pageant
Barnes Coaches - Daytrips from Newbury in Berkshire
Basingstoke Laptops
Bed & Breakfast
at Highclere Farm
Berkshire Builders
Broadband & ADSL
Bright and Beautiful
Bright Eyes and
Car Boot Sales
Canal Teashop
Childrens Clothes
Chinese Restaurant
Chili's Indian Restaurant
Cloud 9 Web Design
Computer & PC
Computer & PC Virus
Newbury Corn Exchange
Dolphin Taxis
Donnington Castle
El Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Elizabeth Rae
Estate Agents
First Solution
Garden Centres
Gas Servicing
Glyniss Garden, gift shop online. Newbury & Thatcham Berkshire UK.
Handmade Childrens Clothes
Highclere Castle
Highclere Farm
Bed and Breakfast
Hartwood Oak Buildings
Hogan Music
Indian Restaurants
Indigo Bay
Julians Hair Salon
Newbury - Armed Forces Day 2015
Newbury - Armed Forces Day - 28th June 2015
© Photograph copyright Mark Barry Gough
The Mayor of Newbury & the Vice Chairman of West Berkshire Council joined the Royal British Legion today (28th June) in Newbury Market Place to thank our armed forces for their service to this country.
Newbury - The West Berkshire Museum
Now reopened after a six year closure
Newbury - The West Berkshire Museum
The West Berkshire Museum has now reopened to the public.
The museum has benefitted from an amazing £2.26 million transformation which includes restoration of the historic Cloth Hall and Corn Stores, creation of a new link building and visitor facilities, and complete refurbishment of all display and activity spaces to increase the total exhibition area by a third.
Travel advisors to visit 5,000 homes
in South Newbury and Greenham
A survey costing £90,000 is being undertaken by West Berkshire Council and
the WSP Group - Six travel advisors will visit 5,000 homes to record residents current travel habits and suggest alternative ways to travel.
This equates to £18.00 per household visited
Sterling Tower could soon be demolished
Sterling Estate - Computer generated image
This could be the view of the new Sterling Estate
(from the A339 Rail Bridge)
if plans are approved by West Berkshire Council
Newbury - The West Berkshire Museum -
Before and after refurbishment.
West Berkshire Museum - That was then...
That was then...
The West Berkshire Museum - This is now!
...This is now!
(click on the pictures above for a larger image)

The refurbishment of the West Berkshire Museum, including the Cloth Hall and the Corn Store is now complete. During June and July, the artefacts which are currently in storage will be unpacked and arranged for display within the building.
The museum is expected to re-open to the public before the end of August.

The Centenary Poppy Campaign - Help to cover the UK with Flanders Poppies
The Centenary Poppy Campaign
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014
The circus comes to town!
Newbury - No Fit State: Open House - Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014
Donations pour in for local Marathon Runner

Robert Berry, 42, from Newbury was raising money for the National Osteoporosis Society when he collapsed at the finishing line of the London Marathon on Sunday.

Mr Berry, received emergency medical attention but died after being transferred to St Mary's Hospital, in central London.
In a message on his personal website Mr Berry wrote: "This page is dedicated to my mum, who despite being diagnosed with osteoporosis at the relatively early age of 52 years, has been an inspiration through the continued positive outlook she has displayed ever since, despite some quite clear discomfort."

Rob Berry Personal Website

Rob Berry "Just Giving" Link

Rob Berry - Marathon Runner from Newbury
Clock House clock hands
removed for maintenance
Due to necessary maintenance works the hands on the southern face of the Clock House have been removed to allow the motor which runs the clock to be tested.
It is hoped that the test will only take a few days, and the hands will be reinstated once the works are completed.
Newbury - Music in the Marketplace
Clock House Newbury
Fire at the Newbury Travelodge
Fire at the Newbury Travelodge
Firefighters from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services attended the Travel Lodge in London Road Newbury, shortly after 8.00am this morning (Monday) after a report of smoke issuing from the roof.
Two pumps attended and the fire was confined to an electrical intake on the roof. The blaze was extinguished using carbon dioxide extinguishers.
Parkway was closed for a short period, but had fully reopened by 10.00am
Jack of Newbury to be renamed back to the Catherine Wheel
Jack O' Newbury to be renamed back to the Catherine Wheel

The Jack of Newbury - Cheap Street Newbury

Soon to be refurbished and revert to its original Name - The Catherine Wheel.
Old pictures and memories of Newbury
Newbury - The open space between Cheap Street and Bartholomew Street circa 1978

Here is a photograph to bring back memories. This was the open space created when a large part of the Cheap Street, Market Street, Bartholomew Street triangle was demolished and before the final phase of the Kennet Shopping Centre was started.
This is the space currently occupied by the northern half of the Kennet Shopping Centre which runs  through from Corals in Cheap Street to Caffè Nero  and Cargo in Bartholomew Street.
The area was properly landscaped and became a popular spot during the summer months where you could relax and enjoy your lunchtime sandwiches, right in the heart of Newbury Town Centre.
Our records indicate that this photograph was taken during October 1978

Another Supermarket For Newbury
Propse site of a Co-operative Food Store at 35 Pound Street
The semi-derelict premises in Pound Street Newbury
Soon to be a co-operative Food Store
A new co-operative food store will soon be opening in Newbury. The new store will be at 35 Pound Street, in premises previously occupied by a Pine and Cane warehouse. The store will open every day 7.00am till 11.00pm and sell fresh food, fresh fruit and veg, bakery goods, beer and wine, plus newspapers and magazines.
Refurbishment work will soon begin at the premises with an anticipated late spring opening date.
Rising river levels in Newbury
threaten the Lock Stock & Barrel
Rising river levels in Newbury threaten the Lock Stock & Barrel
Water level just inches away from flooding the outside seating
area at theLock Stock & Barrel in Newbury
Photograph © Alan Lawrence
Newbury now has a new delicatessen
Oldbury's - A new delicatessen for Newbury
Oldbury's Deli in Bridge Street Newbury (opposite LLoyd's Bank)
Oldbury's founder, Simon Carr's vision for the store is, 'to bring back artisan foods, tailored to modern tastes’ and to do this whilst  'reinforcing the traditional high street values of quality and service.'  "It's what retail should be about, challenging the norms of choice and quality to give the customer a better experience. Newbury has enough big supermarkets and mass produced coffee shops.  We are all aware of the plight of the high street and I think many people are moving away from the larger, impersonal brands and are ready to embrace a more personal and tailored approach to their shopping."

Click and collect from Tesco
Newbury's new drive-thru supermarket

Newbury - Tesco Click & Collect drive-thru Supermarket

Newbury now has a drive-thru Supermarket

Click & Collect offers all the benefits of shopping online with the added convenience of picking your groceries up at a time that suits you.Click & Collect Groceries is now available from the Tesco Extra store in Pinchington Lane, Newbury.

The operation is quite basic. You order your groceries online, but don't arrange for a delivery at home. Instead for a minimum charge of £2.00 your order is picked in store and then transferred by refrigerated vehicle to a free-standing canopy in the car park, from where you collect at your designated time.


Thousands flock to Newbury for a magical
display of fire & music.

Ablaze in Newbury's Victoria Park
A magical display of fire and music in Newbury's Victoria Park

More than 10,000 turned out to join the Corn Exchange’s spectacular fire trail along the Kennet and Avon Canal in Newbury. This three day magical display of fire and music marked the Corn Exchange’s 20th year as a performance venue.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening the excited audience gathered at the West Mills Swing Bridge. As audiences strolled down the canal they were treated to live music, floating flickering braziers, fire sculptures and a twinkling atmospheric fire garden. Audiences young and old wandered between blazing fire sculptures and enjoyed the atmospheric music dotted along the route.

Over the past few years the Corn Exchange in Newbury has been building a reputation for staging ambitious free outdoor arts events. The Corn Exchange’s popular outdoor events usually attract audiences in their thousands. This three day spectacle topped the attendance records for the outdoor programme.

Pictures from Newbury's "Best Ever" Carnival in 2013
Newbury Carnival Queen Kelly Edmond (left), with her attendant Louise White.

Newbury Carnival Queen Kelly Edmond (left), with her attendant Louise White

The John Rankin Schools' float – Travels in Narnian Time (joint Best Schools Entry and Best Overall Entry prize winner)
The John Rankin Schools' float – Travels in Narnian Time
(joint Best Schools Entry and Best Overall Entry prize winner)
West Berkshire Sway Dance

West Berkshire Sway Dance

The crowd dispersing in Northbrook Street after the parade

The crowd dispersing in Northbrook Street after the parade

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over Newbury
This picture was taken from the Andover Road area of Newbury
A339 Bridge work completes
3 months early
Work to replace the brickwork on the A339 Railway Bridge has now been completed, three months ahead of schedule.

The traffic management restrictions on the A339 are due to be removed
by the weekend of the 6 and 7 July, with Station Road due to
reopen by mid-July.

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Market Place double booked for Armed Forces Day
Newbury Armed Forces Day 2013
British Legion Veterans at the Newbury Armed Forces Day Parade
Members of the armed forces who turned out on Sunday, found themselves having to share the Market Place with a food festival. The parade which normally has exclusive use of the Market Place found itself crammed into a small corner in front of the Town Hall.
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Peixos: Creatures From the Deep
Saturday July 20th 2013
Newbury Market Place
Peixos - Creatures from the deep
On Saturday 20 July, experience a glowing, moving, theatrical procession of enormous underwater creatures. As they make their way down Northbrook Street and into the Market Place, these colourful aquatic creatures, schools of darting tropical fish and luminescent jellyfish will swim amongst you and dance above your heads!
This is a FREE event in Newbury Town Centre - Come and enjoy!
Grainger plc appointed for Market Street Development
Market Street in Newbury to be redeveloped.
West Berkshire Council and Network Rail have appointed Grainger plc, the UK's largest listed residential property owner and manager, to comprehensively redevelop a 5.5 acre site in the centre of Newbury.
The site, which lies between the railway station and Market Street and includes the existing bus station and council car park, is not deemed to be suitable for rail travellers coming into central Newbury. Network Rail have already announced that Newbury station is set to benefit from rail line electrification, which will transform the current service from London, delivering faster, greener and quieter travel with extra capacity - and potentially more visitors to the town.
Grainger will now work up plans for a residential led development on the Newbury site that will substantially improve the setting, increase parking for the mainline station, and provide a prominent pedestrian links to Northbrook Street, Market Place and beyond.
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Perks of the job!
Newbury District Council car park. Nearly 150  spaces in a prime location next to the station.
The staff car park available for employees of West Berkshire Council
As austerity measures continue to bite, there is still one local employer in Newbury, able to provide free parking for it's staff. West Berkshire Council have exclusive use of 145 spaces in a prime location at the rear of their Market Street offices.
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West Berkshire Council propose 2% increase in Council Tax
for 2013 - 2014
Proposed budget and council tax would protect front line services
and support investment
Front line services and West Berkshire Council priorities will remain on track if budget proposals for a below-inflation council tax rise of just 2% are approved.

Details of the proposed budget for 2013-14 will go before a meeting of the Council’s Executive on 14 February for consideration. The proposals acknowledge the Council’s priorities of improving education, promoting a vibrant district, caring for the vulnerable, and protecting the environment.

Budget details proposed include investment of £8.5 million to improve maintenance of the district’s road network, and a £14 million capital programme for our schools making good use of grants and developer contributions. The Council also takes on delivery of public health services from 1 April. The proposed revenue budget is £122 million - £1.2 million less than last year, and £2.4 million less than the year before that.
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Ladbrokes Moving to the Market Place
New premises for Ladbrokes the Bookmaker in Newbury Market Place
The Premises at 6 Market Place, Newbury, previously occupied by Barclays Bank

Shopfitting is well underway at the old Barclays Bank premises in the Market Place. The ground floor is to become a new location for Ladbrokes the Bookmakers, who may be vacating their current premises in Market Street.
Also a planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire Council to convert the upper floors to residential use. Eight two bedroom flats on the existing floors and construction of a third floor to provide three additional one bedroom flats.
This is just one of many planning applications in the pipeline to convert commercial space in Newbury Town Centre to residential use. (Many of them without provision for car parking)

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Newbury Town Council Budget 2012 - 2013

Last week, Newbury Town Council set a budget for the coming year that delivers improved services to the town’s residents without increasing demands on the public purse.
Included in the budget is new funding for detached youth work which helps disadvantaged young people in the town. 
Council Leader, Cllr Julian Swift-Hook, said, “Our budget is excellent value for money because it doesn’t ask the taxpayer for more money while at the same time provides even more services, especially to those who need it most". 

“In this difficult financial climate we are doing our best to support organisations that support our residents.    We have increased our funding to Newbury’s Citizen Advice Bureau and Neighbourhood Wardens, and our new funding for detached youth work increases the provision by 50%.  If young people have worthwhile ways to spend their time, it helps them to be valuable contributors to our community and it discourages anti-social behaviour".

"The new rules requiring District Councils to pay for Council Tax benefits that were previously paid by Government will have an impact on the way that town and parish councils are funded from this year onwards, but Newbury Town Council has done its bit to ensure that it has not caused any changes to residents’ tax bills.” 

The full detailed budget is available from the NTC website

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KATS - Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society
Kennet Shopping
Broken Laptop Screen
Cracked Laptop Screen Replacement
Lardy Cakes
Life Coaching
Marsh Fuels
MacInnes Tailoring
Mayors Mosaic
Michaelmas Fair
The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham.
Newbury Laptops
Newbury Roofing
Newbury Kitchen Studio
Panorama from the South
Newbury Town Design Statement
Painters & Decorators
Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury, Berkshire UK
Period Property
Personal Chef
The Racecourse Newbury
Rios Burger Bar Menu
Richard Benyon
Southern Sinfonia - The Chamber Orchestra of Southern England
Specsavers Newbury Branch
Susan Shelton
Counselling Services
Taxi Service
Teashop by the
Thatcham Fireworks
Toby Carvery
Valentines Flowers
Virus Removal
Visiting Tailor
The White Hart Hamstead Marshall
Window Cleaners
Xmas Trees