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Cake and coffee at the ready for World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Cakey map of West Berkshire rises to the occasion

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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Cake and coffee at the ready for World's Biggest Coffee Morning

A 'CAKEY MAP' of West Berkshire proved the piece d la resistance at a World's Biggest Coffee Morning, held a day early by West Berkshire Council (WBC) this morning (Thursday).

The main event is officially tomorrow (Friday September 25), when Macmillan Cancer Support will see coffee cups clinking across the nation in aid of the charity's biggest national fundraiser.

A spokesperson for the West Berkshire Council, Jude Thomas, who helped to organise this morning's fundraiser - with the total raised still being totted up - said:

"We host our coffee morning every year because it's for a charity which means so much to so many people across the council.

It's always a good event with people rallying around to bake cakes - and with a healthy dose of competition too!".

Among the council's cakes was a fantastic effort, decorated to resemble a map of West Berkshire, featuring tiny figures of local landmarks, including lock gates.

Baker, Marsha Pauling, a systems administrator based at the council's Market Street offices, said the cake was her competition showstopper and continued:

"I’m hoping when it’s auctioned that it raises lots of money for such a worthwhile cause that is also close to my heart. I stayed up until 2am putting the finishing touches to the cake and I hope that it’s a good representation of our district.

I also hope people had fun trying to work out what all of the ‘landmarks’ were."

Anyone not hosting a coffee morning can instead partake of refreshments tomorrow morning (Friday), at many coffee mornings planned in Newbury and beyond, in a show of support for the charity.

Coffee mornings planned tomorrow include: 

HUNGERFORD - United Reformed Church, 10am to 12pm, including raffle, silent auction and music.

THATCHAM - Mayor's chamber, Thatcham Town Council offices, Brownsfield, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Take along a home made cake, or a donation for the raffle and/or tombola.


- 9am to 6pm - Taking Shape, Bartholomew Street

- 10am to 12pm - Diverse Beauty, London Road

HEADLEY - north Hampshire - Headley Community Shop Gallery,Thornford Road, 10am to 4pm refreshments and exhibition - entitled: Reflect.

Macmillan Cancer Support funds specialist nurses and other health care professionals, as well as building cancer care centres.

Practical support at home – from some time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital – along with emotional support and financial help is also provided by Macmillan.

The WBCM  is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event, which last year raised £25m.

Sign up for a free coffee morning kit, including the charity’s new cake stencil, fun games and competitions.

For more information contact the fundraising support line on (0300) 1000 200.

Are you hosting a World's Biggest Coffee Morning in Newbury or the surrounding towns and villages?

Please send details Email 

For further coverage of World's Biggest Coffee Morning events in the local area, including photographs, pick up a copy of the Newbury Weekly News next Thursday (Oct 1).

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