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Thatcham politicians clash over ‘swanky’ offices

THATCHAM residents will not see a rise on their town council precept, but that didn’t stop councillors clashing over spending public money on ‘swanky’ new council offices.

Councillors have approved the budget of £1,287,525 – of which £36,189 will be raised by Thatcham residents – which equates to each band D property paying £72.55 for town council services.

The town council budget includes provision of a second flood alleviation pond for Thatcham and the continuation of civic events, including the Fun Day at Henwick Worthy field.

Describing it as an excellent budget, town council leader Bob Morgan (Lib Dem, Thatcham South and Crookham) ...

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Police called to Thatcham cemetery after bones found in topsoil

POLICE were called to Thatcham Cemetery after human bones were found in a pile of ...

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Actors mark group’s anniversary

ACTING royalty helped members of the Newbury and District Transport Group celebrate 21 years last ...

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In this week’s Newbury Weekly News…

IN THIS week’s Newbury Weekly News, Thames Valley Police have warned that children are being ...

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Thatcham community event dates announced

Dates for two community events in Thatcham have been announced. The town’s Family Fun Day featuring ...

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Thatcham praised for high Poppy Appeal total

THE people of Thatcham have been thanked for their generosity after raising nearly £30,000 for ...

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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 ...

Air ambulance called to Thatcham school

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

Take the Thatcham Test

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

In this week’s Newbury Weekly News…

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

Thatcham boy wins nationwide art competition

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

Thatcham pizzeria signage approved – but not the shop

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

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 ...

Thatcham Playmates praised

A THATCHAM preschool has received a good Ofsted report. Playmates Pre-school received the news following an ...

Latest steps in on-going Thatcham flats saga

THE on-going saga of plans to develop flats on the A4 Bath Road in Thatcham ...

Next Newbury and Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch meeting in February

THE next Newbury and Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch Meeting will take place on Monday February ...

Toaster blaze smoke damages Thatcham kitchen

A TOASTER caused smoke damage in the kitchen of a Thatcham house yesterday (Friday) evening. Two ...

Thatcham mum-of-two sheds five and a half stone in 12 months

A THATCHAM woman is celebrating after losing five and a half stone in ...

Support Forces Support at Thatcham gig

PEOPLE are invited to a charity gig featuring local bands in support of military families. Organiser ...

Teenager’s phone snatched in Thatcham

A TEENAGE girl had her mobile phone snatched from her hands as she was walking ...

Woman assaulted in Thatcham alley

A WOMAN was left bruised after being dragged into a Thatcham alley and assaulted.  The 49-year-old ...

Residents vow to fight any Crookham quarry plans

CROOKHAM residents have started an action group to protect a site of special natural beauty ...

Thatcham Rotarians raise a glass to 2014

THE Rotary club of Thatcham and District celebrated a year of activities at its Christmas ...

Thatcham photographers present charity cheque

NEWBURY Cancer Care Trust snapped up a cheque from Thatcham Photographic Club recently. The club raised ...

Thatcham slimmer meets reality star Peter Andre

A THATCHAM woman who has helped hundreds of people lose weight rounded off a successful ...

Cold Ash youngster donates locks to help unwell children

A COLD Ash schoolgirl gave an extra special gift this Christmas when she donated inches ...

Pupils enact the true meaning of Christmas

KENNET School was haunted by Christmas spirits when it put on its production of A ...

Cold Ash First World War memorial plaque returns to family

THE relatives of a soldier from Cold Ash who died in the First World War ...

Kennet School pupils’ achievements celebrated

PUPILS at Kennet School had their examination achievements recognised at the school’s annual presentation evening. The ...

Thatcham Town Council adds its objection to vehicle storage yard plan

THATCHAM town council has added its voice in objection to plans to store thousands of ...

Thatcham carollers ding dong merrily on a high

CHRISTMAS cheer was spread around Thatcham last Friday when fundraising carollers went door to door. Around ...

Thatcham store burgled

A BURGLAR stole cigarettes and alcohol from a Thatcham store last week. The man broke into ...

Cold Ash St Mark’s School praised by Ofsted

COLD Ash St Mark’s Primary School has retained its good Ofsted status. Inspectors rated all categories ...

Restricted access to Park Lane, Thatcham today (Monday)

WORK to replace two noisy manholes will see Park Lane closed  today (Monday). West Berkshire Council ...

Memorial Christmas trees available in Thatcham

PEOPLE can leave messages to their loved ones on memorial Christmas trees in Thatcham. Geoffrey Church ...

Thatcham schoolgirl’s poem published

A KENNET School pupil has spoken of her delight in having a poem shortlisted in ...

St John’s recruiting in Newbury and Thatcham

THE Newbury and Thatcham St John Ambulance is looking for volunteers to join the team. People ...

In this week’s Newbury Weekly News

IN this week’s Newbury Weekly News, West Berkshire is in the top 25 per cent ...

Thanks to all who helped brighten up Christmas with NWN parcel fund

THE time of year of the Newbury Weekly News Over 80s Christmas Parcel Fund has ...

Thatcham couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

A THATCHAM couple who were parted for two years after being married during the Second ...

Man punched during Thatcham assault

A MAN received hospital treatment after being punched in the head at Thatcham Broadway. The 32-year-old ...

New businesses for Thatcham town centre

BUSINESS in Thatcham is on the up, as has been exemplified by recent openings in ...

Team taches raise funds for charity

THATCHAM footballers embraced Movember and put their SPX Charity Speedshot in action throughout November to ...

Ex-Thatcham vicar Peter Jarvis cleared on seven of 12 charges of sex offences with children

A FORMER Thatcham vicar was cleared on seven of the 12 charges he faced involving ...

Give blood in Thatcham today (Thursday)

SAVE a life – give blood at Thatcham Catholic Hall next Thursday. You can turn up ...

Papa Luigi to open in Thatcham?

TRADITIONALLY made pizzas could be delivered from Thatcham Broadway if plans are approved. Papa Luigi Pizzaria ...

Thatcham dances raise funds for Heartstart

PEOPLE dancing the night away have raised more than £500 for a local charity. Thatcham residents ...

Thatcham’s Christmas lights burst into life

CHRISTMAS and community spirit were at the heart of Thatcham’s Christmas lights switch-on last night ...

Thatcham Christmas lights to twinkle into life tonight (Friday)

Thatcham Town Council’s little helpers have been busy installing the town’s Christmas decorations, in preparation ...

Thatcham Santa Dash this Sunday

THERE’s still time to run through Thatcham dressed as Father Christmas. Santas are set to dash ...

Thatcham schoolgirls raise hundreds for cancer charities

THREE Thatcham schoolgirls have raised hundreds of pounds for two cancer charities in support of ...

Sainsbury’s set to open in Thatcham next year

SAINSBURY’s is coming to Thatcham after plans were approved last week to open a store ...

Safe stolen from Thatcham Subway in overnight break-in

OFFENDERS forced entry into a Thatcham sandwich shop this morning (Tuesday) and stole a safe ...

Safe stolen during overnight Subway break-in in Thatcham

POLICE are at the scene of the Subway sandwich store on Bath Road, Thatcham, after ...

Thatcham Brownies represent Berkshire at special service

BROWNIES from Thatcham were the only pack from Berkshire at a special service that was ...

No-one injured in fire in Thatcham shed

A FIRE at a shed in Thatcham’s Elm Park Mobile Home was extinguished by Newbury ...

Shocking device for Thatcham sports ground

LIFESAVING equipment has been installed at a Thatcham sports ground, thanks to the efforts of ...

Thatcham singer reaches Open Mic area finals

A THATCHAM teenager is one step away from a national singing competition final. Charlotte Lloyd-Butler wowed ...

Thatcham nursery group celebrates double milestone

CHILDREN at two Thatcham nurseries helped celebrate two special birthdays last week. Tigers Day Nursery and ...

Thatcham girl’s medal-winning performance

SUCCESS has hit a Thatcham gymnast once again. Maddie Gardiner recently won bronze in the 11 ...

Thatcham Junior Film Club screening tonight (Friday)

THE Thatcham Neighbourhood Warden’s Junior Film Club will be held tonight (Friday) at the Frank Hutchings ...

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