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Community spirit shines at today's events

John Herring

John Herring


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PEOPLE in West Berkshire basked in the sun and the warmth of the community today (Saturday).

In Thatcham, members of the local sports community gathered to remember an "inspirational and determined" woman at a charity match.

Donna Futcher, an original member of Thatcham Rugby Club's touch rugby team, died of cancer last year. She was 47.

Her friends organised an event to remember Donna and to raise money for the Newbury and District Cancer Care Trust, which cared for Donna towards the end of life.

Donna's Day culminated in a three-hour sponsored touch rugby match and other fundraising activities at the Henwick Worthy Sports Ground.

Organiser Annabelle Hudson said: "Donna was one of life's best. This is for the work that the trust does and to remember our beautiful friend."

Elsewhere in the town, families rolled up to Thatcham Park School's circus-themed summer fete. 

Children dressed as ring masters, strongmen, clowns and acrobats for the event, which raises money for the school.

Headteacher Alison Webster said the event had been a great success.

"I think the weather has underpinned the success but none of it is possible without the determination or our fantastic parent teacher association and from that, obviously, the children benefit enormously."

As seven-year-old Jaime Johnson summed up: "It's the best show in town!" 

Meanwhile, Newbury Rugby club held its party on the pitch today.

There was a flurry of activity on the pitches as touch rugby teams battled to be named champions, while the children enjoyed playing on the inflatables.

There were also hot air balloons, live music, a bar, stalls and games to keep people going. 

General manager, Steve Jones, said: "It's really about getting the community the community together at one of the local sports clubs in the area and I think it's nice thatpeople come and see what we have to offer."

For full reports on these events see Thursday's Newbury Weekly News. 

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