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Time at the bar please – what next for West Berkshire’s pubs?

DO West Berkshire’s pubs have a future?

To many, the village pub is still seen as a vital community asset and an invaluable place to socialise and enjoy a meal.

This view has been emphasised recently, with two of the district’s pubs – The Old Boot at Stanford Dingley and The Langley Hall in at Beedon – both temporarily saved from closure after support from local residents.

However, the statistics don’t make for good reading.

According to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), 31 pubs are closing across the country every week, with three per cent of all suburban drinking ...

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Market St outline Vision2

Artist impressions reveal first ideas for Market Street revamp

UNDER proposals for Market Street, which are expected to be lodged later this year,  Newbury ...

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Second small Newbury business to close its doors in one month

ANOTHER independent Newbury business is closing this month after two years of trading in the ...

09-2814A Train in Station

Commuters to benefit from 3,000 extra seats

PASSENGERS on crowded trains travelling through West Berkshire are set to benefit from extra seating. Working ...

education

Does Thatcham need another secondary school?

A NEW school may have to be built in Thatcham if any more major developments ...

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Ginger Jiver’s stretched-out week of 80th birthday partying

EAT your heart out Joan Collins – an 80-year-old Ginger Jiver from Newbury recently celebrated ...

Marina

Plans for 120-berth marina are refloated

PLANS for Hungerford’s long anticipated marina are being revived once more as developers try ...

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West Berkshire Council legal move over planning changes

WEST Berkshire Council is to take on the Government over changes to the planning policy ...

Former publican regrets drunken rage

A FORMER pub licensee attacked a doorman who ejected him for being drunk, Newbury ...

Power still off in Highclere today (Sunday)

THE power is  still off in Highclere this evening (Sunday). A fault in the network has ...

What’s on today (Sunday)

THERE’S a treat for music lovers today as An Opera of Daniel is performed ...

Cute crossbreed seeks rural retreat

A CUTE crossbreed is looking for an active owner, with a rural retreat and time ...

Speen hotel extension ‘a dream come true’ says owner

THE Hare and Hounds Hotel at Speen has officially unveiled a new state-of-the-art extension. The ...

Villagers in campaign to ‘Keep Midgham Rural’

“IT would be tragic to witness the loss of this beautiful country area.” That was ...

West Berkshire men on drugs supply charge

TWO West Berkshire men have been charged with conspiracy to supply three kilograms of cocaine. Gary ...

Top jockeys to participate in Pogo Pandemonium today (Saturday)

TOP jockeys are to take on event riders in a fundraising, fun-packed pogo challenge at ...

Highclere parish councillors bid fond farewell to parish clerk of almost a decade

HIGHCLERE parish councillors bid a fond farewell to their parish clerk of almost a decade ...

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance lottery results

NEWBURYTODAY.CO.UK is pleased to carry the results for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance ...

Welford park promises a charity fundraising snowdrop carpet

WELFORD Park’s famous snowdrops are promising a carpet of the white flowers when the ...

Ambulance staff praised following service inspection

‘CARING and compassionate’ staff at South Central Ambulance Service trust have been praised in a ...

‘Help give Collin life-saving op’

A NEWBURY family has appealed for help to raise £13,000 for a radical cancer treatment. Construction ...

Air ambulance called to Thatcham school

AN air ambulance landed at Kennet School, Thatcham, this afternoon. A spokeswoman for the South Central ...

Multi-vehicle collision near Greenham Business Park

AN accident involving three vehicles has occurred close to the entrance of Greenham Business Park.  Two ...

Newbury tot with fingers stuck in door freed by firefighters

A NEWBURY tot with her fingers stuck in a door was released by firefighters yesterday ...

Upper Lambourn coldest place in UK last night

THOUGHT it was cold last night? It was. According to the Met Office, Upper Lambourn ...

Senior local government group warns schools face a “tipping point”

The Local Government Association (LGA) is predicting a “tipping point” for primary schools as demand ...

A P McCoy among line-up at Newbury Racecourse pogo challenge fundraiser

TOP jockeys are to take on event riders in a fundraising, fun-packed pogo challenge at ...

Winterbourne hayrick blaze suspected arson

NEWBURY firefighters battled a suspected arson in a Winterbourne hayrick yesterday evening (Thursday). One pump was ...

Planned strike over pay deal by Hampshire police staff called off

A PLANNED strike over a pay deal by police staff in Hampshire, scheduled for today ...

Driver’s lucky escape after car flips in Brimpton

A DRIVER had a lucky escape in Brimpton yesterday evening (Thurs) after a car flipped. One ...

Cold snap creates smoke plume from Newbury church flue

FIREFIGHTERS were called to St John’s church in Newbury yesterday evening (Thurs) after smoke was ...

Child Exploitation Awareness Day in Newbury today (Friday)

THAMES Valley Police will be holding an awareness day in Newbury about child sexual exploitation ...

Superstore’s tree-planting for greener environment

NEWBURY MP Richard Benyon lent his green fingers to the town’s Sainsbury’s store last ...

Newbury businesses speak out after being shamed over minimum wage

TWO Newbury businesses have spoken out after the Government publicly shamed them for failing to ...

Council to receive £3m as a reward for approving 479 homes

WEST Berkshire Council will be given more than £3m as a reward for delivering ...

Newbury family’s relief as missing man is found

THE family of a missing man from Newbury have spoken of being overwhelmed with the ...

In this week’s Newbury Weekly News…

IN THIS week’s Newbury Weekly News, a cancer-stricken father appeals to the community for help ...

Upgrades to Theale and Tilehurst stations en route

UPGRADES to Theale and Tilehurst stations are on track despite delays. Theale is set to benefit ...

Take the Thatcham Test

How much do you know about Thatcham, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in ...

Thatcham boy wins nationwide art competition

CREATIVITY and an artistic eye have helped a Thatcham boy win a nationwide art competition. Three-year-old ...

Kingsclere Heritage Association hosts entertaining talk on Basingstoke waterways

KINGSCLERE Heritage Association hosts a talk to delight lovers of local waterways this evening. Roger Cansdale, ...

Missing Newbury man found

A MISSING man from Newbury returned to his home this evening (Wednesday). Martin Hillier, 56, who ...

Reported sightings of missing Newbury man

THERE have been three reported sightings of Newbury man Martin Hillier since he went missing ...

Delays on A34 at Chieveley after accident blocked carriageway

DELAYS are being experienced by motorists on the A34 northbound at Chieveley after a two-vehicle ...

Slight rise in West Berkshire unemployment figures

THE number of unemployed people in West Berkshire rose in December but the district remains ...

Thatcham pizzeria signage approved – but not the shop

A BUSINESSMAN has spoken of his disbelief after West Berkshire Council turned down his plans ...

Line-up of candidates for North West Hampshire consituency in General Election

THE LINE-UP of candidates for the North West Hampshire constituency in the May General Election ...

Record year for Newbury Cats Protection as 500 felines rehomed

NEWBURY Cats Protection enjoyed a record year in 2014 as it rehomed 570 feline friends ...

Former Pangbourne students picked for England rugby squad

Two former Pangbourne College students will join the England Students Rugby Union squad when they ...

This week’s My Newbury photos

A FROSTY morning walk on Greenham Common is the focal point of this ...

Top jockeys swap steeds for pogo sticks at Newbury Racecourse fundraiser

TOP jockeys are to take on event riders in a fundraising, fun-packed pogo challenge at ...

Search still on for missing Newbury man

POLICE are continuing to search for Martin Hillier, more than 48 hours since he was ...

Have you seen this missing Newbury man?

POLICE are asking for help in finding a man who was last seen at his ...

Household goods stolen from Theale building site

A BURGLAR has stolen household appliances from a building site in Theale. Between 5.15am and 5.45am ...

Thatcham widower launches appeal to find donor of groceries at difficult Christmas time

A HEARTFELT appeal has been sent by a Thatcham widower to find the donor of ...

Opposition grows towards Greenham car storage business

OPPOSITION to a proposed facility to store thousands of accident damaged vehicles on Greenham Business ...

Berkshire Healthcare top gay-friendly workplace says annual index

Berkshire Healthcare has been ranked as one the top gay-friendly workplaces in the country by ...

Legal deadline extended for Crookham House

CROOKHAM House went before planners again as the developer and West Berkshire Council have not ...

Dyslexic Tadley author’s debut novel published after wait of over two decades

A TADLEY author who suffers from dyslexia recently saw the publication of her first novel ...

Secret gardens of Hampshire revealed in Burghclere tonight

THE SECRET Gardens of Hampshire will be revealed at a talk in Burghclere this evening ...

Delays continue on the A34

THE A34 near Milton has reopened, nearly 10 hours after a collision closed the southbound ...

Steady progress for West Berkshire renal dialysis unit

A new renal dialysis unit at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Thatcham, will be built by ...

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