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Newbury firefighters are hoping for lots of support at a charity fundraising car wash, with a very special cause in mind.

The money raised will be split between The Fire Fighters Charity – which provides a range of services for fire service personnel and their families, including therapy and rehabilitation for injured firefighters – and a fund set up to raise money for a new van for one of the crew’s disabled son.

In 2007, firefighter Brian Midwinter’s son Tom had an accident that left him wheelchair bound and in need of full-time care. He has a very busy lifestyle that would not be possible without a wheelchair-adapted vehicle.

He wouldn't be able to go to college, attend medical appointments, go to the cinema, visit family or meet his friends without a suitable vehicle.

Station commander Matt Frayne said: “We are really keen to offer our support to Brian and his son. The car wash is an opportunity for us to help with the cost of a new wheelchair-adapted vehicle.

“As always, we are eager to show our support for the National Car Wash event set up by The Fire Fighters Charity. We all really enjoy holding the car wash events and we hope to see lots of people there for a clean before the winter hits.”

The minimum suggested donation for the car wash is £5.

Newbury firefighters will be cleaning cars between 10am and 4pm on Saturday at the fire station in Hawthorne Road.

Elsewhere, the popular Bucklebury Beerfest returns today.

Back for its eighth year, the event serves as a major fundraising event for the upkeep for the parish’s 90-year-old Victory Room.

A selection of regional beers, ciders and local food will be available to sample and live music will play thoughout the day.

Among the acts is the Mini Band, whose cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman at the event five years ago went viral and resulted in them meeting the heavy rock icons at last year’s Reading Festival.

There will also be trade stalls, an artisan food market, a tea tent and plenty of entertainment for children.

Once again, this year’s Beerfest will include the popular Bucklebury Fun Dog Show, so don’t forget to bring along your canine companion.

The free event will be held from noon to 6pm at the Bucklebury village recreation ground.

For more information, including updates on exhibiting trade stands and live bands, visit www.bucklebury.beer 

Plans were recently approved to build a new Victory Room on the existing site as soon as sufficient funds can be raised.

The 16th Thatcham Festival launches today, with a host of activities being held over over the 14 day event. 

Click here for some of the events on over the weekend or visit www.thatchamfestival.info 

Meanwhile, the fifth annual Newbury Apple Day will be held in the Market Place from 9am to 3.30pm – and local gardeners are being encouraged to bring their surplus apples along to get pressed into juice.

On the day, there will be apple-themed activities for children to enjoy, including the chance to turn the handle on the hand press, as well as homemade apple cakes, other apple treats and local Woolton Hill honey for sale.

Tony Hammond, of Growing Newbury Green, said: “Apples on the trees we have planted are ready to pick from late August right through September depending on the variety.

“Our Winston apples will be ready for Newbury Apple Day and we look forward to pressing some delicious juice from them, and from apples that other people bring along on the day.”

If you have spare apples that can be used for Apple Day, or would like more information, contact Ceinwen Lally on Ceinwen@lallys.plus.com

Also going on this weekend, the best in tractors old and new – and lots more – will pull up at Newbury Showground.

The Autumn Tractor Show at the Hermitage showground will bring together the best in tractors and agricultural machinery, along with stationary engines, miniature steam engines, horticultural displays and scale models.

There will also be a large auction sale on the Saturday, alongside classic commercial vehicles, club displays, trade stands, tractors and implements.

On Sunday there will be the chance to buy and sell 4x4 and vintage spares.

Other events today include:  

Autumn Wildlife Photography Course, 10am-4pm, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. £65

And tomorrow, Ridgeway Quilters Patchwork and Quilting exhibition, 10am-4.30pm, Chieveley Village Hall. £3. Demonstrations and trade stalls also available

Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks, 8pm, New Greenham Arts. Age guide 12+. Box office 0845 5218218

The Illegal Eagles, 7.45pm, The Anvil, Basingstoke. (01256) 844244

Gilmore and Roberts, 8pm, Ace Space, St Nicholas Road, Newbury. Tel.07905590217 www.acespace.org.uk or tickets available from Hogans Music

Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater, 8pm, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore Common. Box office (01635) 244246

Craft and Gift Fair,10.30am to 3.30pm, St George’s Hall, Andover Road, Wash Common. |In aid of the church’s charity George Goes Green. There will be 22 stalls selling a wide range of products to suit all purses. Light refreshments and a raffle

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