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The Priory

Plans to convert The Priory into a community centre approved

THATCHAM is a step closer to having a community facility in the town centre after plans to convert The Priory were approved.

Thatcham Town Council submitted plans for the Grade-II listed building in Church Lane earlier this year, having purchased the building from West Berkshire Council for £400,000 in 2010.

The building, which is currently unused, will serve as a community facility as well as offices to house town council staff.

Chairman of the town council’s community resource centre committee, Mike Cole (Thatcham North) said: “I’m very pleased. It’s taken a long time but now the real work starts. I’m very pleased that ...

Other District News

Newbury Remembrance sunday

Services to remember First World War dead

PEOPLE are invited to remember Newbury and Thatcham’s First World War dead. A memorial service marking ...

Soft play

Soft play facilities at Cobb’s Farm draw one step closer

IT COULD well be third time lucky for Cobb’s Farm Shop and Kitchen, after its ...

Rotary James Podger

New man at the wheel for Hungerford Rotary

THE TORCH has been passed – Hungerford Rotary Club has a new president. He is ...

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Kennet pupils put on uptempo Tempest

PUPILS at Kennet School returned to the Forbidden Planet to put on their school production ...

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Thatcham man beefs up to win bronze at national body-building competition

A Thatcham resident lost five and a half stone in five months to win a ...

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Lots to do in West Berkshire today (Sat)

A SUMMER fete for one and all will be entertaining town centre shoppers in Newbury ...

Older News

Objections to conversion of Thatcham Police Station

THE latest plans to convert Thatcham police station into housing have been met with mixed ...

A339 in Kingsclere and Headley to close overnight

THE A339 in Kingsclere will be closed overnight tonight (Monday) and in Headley tomorrow night ...

Costain ordered to pay over £615,000 after Parkway worker’s death

COSTAIN have today (Wednesday) been ordered to pay more than £615,000 in fines and costs, after ...

Headley teenager taps into family talent

A HEADLEY teenager has overcome personal odds to scoop an apprentice of the year title, ...

North Hamphire fetes raise thousands pounds for churches/schools

THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised at village fetes recently, boosting church and school funds ...

Stars and stripes flying again at Kingsclere diner after ramraid

THE stars and stripes are flying again at an American-style diner near Kingsclere, re-opened after ...

Tadley library’s new computer club for autistic youngsters

NEW at Tadley library – The National Autistic Society Computer Club. This club is offering new ...

Sir George Young MP stands down as Government chief whip

THE MP for north west Hampshire has announced his decision to stand down as the ...

Midsummer Fayre for John O’Gaunt School

A MIDSUMMER Fayre at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford promises to be an unsually ...

‘Stalker’ banned from Hungerford and Lambourn

A MAN who stalked and harrased a Lambourn woman has been barred from entering ...

Speed of traffic in Ecchinswell raises concerns with villagers

WORRIES about the safety of villagers owing to traffic speeding through Ecchinswell were highlighted at ...

Old hand on deck at Newbury show

A NEW general manager has stepped in to pick up the 2014 Royal County of ...

‘Dangerously out of control dogs’ attack in Thatcham

A man and a woman needed hospital treatment and their two dogs had to be treated ...

Appeal into teen’s death: more delay for family

A TADLEY family have returned home, after the adjournment of an appeal into the ...

Housing plans for sports club land

LAMBOURN Sports Club has applied for planning permission to “redevelop” three tennis courts to ...

Dyslexia rethought at film screening

MORE than 80 people attended a special screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia ...

Lavish new look for Elcot Park

CIVIC dignitaries, including Hungerford mayor Dennis Benneyworth, attended a ceremony to unveil the ...

Award double for Five Bells

THE FIVE Bells at Wickham has scooped an awards ‘double whammy.’ It has been named Pub ...

Rugby tournament in Woody’s memory

HUNGERFORD Rugby Club has announced it is launching a new, secondary school tournament in memory ...

American celebrations with symphony to visit Radley Farm

NEW York comes to Radley Farm near Hungerford in the form of the Orpheus ...

Reports of murderer’s secret lair discovered in Ramsbury not supported by evidence say police

CLAIMS that police discovered a “ secret lair” of convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell during ...

Police searches conclude in Ramsbury

SEARCHES of the bottom of a drained Ramsbury pond have now concluded and no ...

Plans for Hungerford ‘all through’ school officially dead

PLANS for an ‘all through’ school in Hungerford are officially dead. The dramatic policy u-turn, ...

The ‘Tally’ is named best community pub by CAMRA

THE TALLY Ho in Hungerford Newtown has won West Berkshire Campaign for Real Ale ...

Hungerford and Lambourn need retained firefighters

ARE you looking for an active, rewarding role that makes a real difference to ...

Plans for Hungerford ‘superschool’ dropped

PLANS to develop an ‘all through school’in Hungerford have been dropped. West Berkshire Council approved ...

Highclere Castle charity run cancelled after heavy rain

A RUN in aid of the charity, Parkinson’s UK, at Highclere Castle tomorrow (Sunday) has ...

Homegrown Tadley talent pulls in funds for justice fight

TADLEY boyband, Concept, who broke from their European tour to perform in the town on ...

New spiritual home for Hungerford’s Catholic community

AFTER nearly nine years of planning, designing, fundraising and building, the Catholic community of ...

Whitelands pupils ‘sleep rough’ for charity

CHILDREN from Whitelands School ‘slept rough’ last week as part of a project to ...

Newbury firefighters tackle East Woodhay farm’s transformer blaze

NEWBURY firefighters tackled a transformer fire in East Woodhay yesterday (Sunday) morning. Spokeswoman for the Royal ...

Group to raise £250,000 to save Ashford Hill church

A GROUP is forming in Ashford Hill to raise funds to restore the roof and ...

Prime Minister’s tribute to north west Hampshire MP

THE Prime Minister has praised Sir George Young for his exemplary service after the north ...

Police seek information following Burghclere wallet theft

A WALLET was stolen last month (June) from a car parked on the outskirts of ...

Play the summer days away

CHILDREN looking for something to do over the summer can head down to play days ...

Courageous bus passenger praised for speaking out against ‘racist rant’

A BRAVE bus passenger who challenged a woman’s drunken, racist rant was attacked and spat ...

Police search for Hungerford garage thieves

THIEVES stole cigarettes and food after forcing their way into the Shell garage in Bath Road, ...

Firefighters battle Hungerford tractor fire

FIREFIGHTERS battled a tractor fire in Hungerford this morning (Monday). Spokeswoman for the Royal Berkshire Fire ...

Police step up patrols after indecency

POLICE have stepped up patrols around Hungerford Common after reports of a man indecently ...

Welcome to John O’Gaunt…

HUNDREDS of youngsters have enjoyed participating in John O’Gaunt School’s Primary Project Days – ...

Sturdier bollards for Dunstan Green

MEASURES are being taken to prevent vehicles accessing Dunstan Green. It follows a recent incident ...

Zumba, football coaching and even a sponsored ‘scoot’ today (Sat)

WITH the weather set to be wet – but warm – we’ve put together a ...

Holly leaps to national crown

CLERE School pupil Holly Mills has claimed a national schools long jump title a ...

Swift closure of Lilliput

ANGRY parents have had to look for new pre-school places for their children following the ...

‘Quacking’ time at Thatcham duck race

THE Great Thatcham Duck Race made a splash on its return on Sunday, raising thousands ...

Emergency repairs close Lower Way

PART of Lower Way in Thatcham has been closed this morning (Wednesday) owing to emergency repairs ...

Highclere school’s big 25

STAFF and pupils at a Highclere school celebrated the school’s 25th anniversary by trooping outside ...

Ofsted boost for Hungerford primary

HUNGERFORD Primary School is making great strides forward, according to the education watchdog, Ofsted. Inspectors have ...

Basingstoke hospital slips £200,000 into the red

THE Hampshire hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages several local hospitals including Basingstoke and North ...

Hungerford parties at carnival time

CARNIVAL made a triumphal return to Hungerford this year, after a 24-month hiatus. Even the ...

Tadley primary school making good progress

A PRIMARY school in Tadley has made good progress, Ofsted inspectors found on an interim ...

Thatcham Brownies celebrate 30 years

THE 5th Thatcham Brownies recently celebrated their 30th Birthday.   The unit was formed by Denise ...

Be it a carnival, charity duck race or community market you fancy, it’s on today (Sun)

THOUSANDS of plastic ducks will be floating along the River Kennet today (Sunday) as the ...

Safety concerns as Thatcham High Street closes

THE closure of a Thatcham town centre road has come under fire once again. High ...

Dyslexia support sessions at Hungerford Library

Local dyslexia specialist Jacqui Flisher will be holding her regular monthly help and advice ...