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Newbury Town Council to decide on funding for Jack of Newbury statue

Council could provide up to £1,800 to sculptors

Chris Ord


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Council gives backing for life size Jack of Newbury statue

NEWBURY Town Council looks set to provide £1,300 of funding to ensure a statue of Jack of Newbury can go ahead.

Councillors had agreed in principle to support the £36,000 sculpture at a meeting in September, with local artists Luke Webb and Sarah Kiernan asking the council to contribute five per cent of the cost (£1,800).

The figure would then be matched by funding organisation The Good Exchange.

The £1,300 contribution, taken from Community Infrastructure Levy funds, will be decided at a meeting of the council’s policy and resources committee on Monday – the authority is hoping to provide a further £500 later in the year.

John Winchcombe lived from 1489 to 1557 and is credited with creating the first factory in England, bringing employment to hundreds of local people.

It is planned to erect the statue outside the former home of Jack of Newbury in Northbrook Street.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    12/01/2017 - 21:09

    Just keep the public toilets open and fully funded. We don't need this expensive dog urinal cluttering the pavement on Northbrook St.


  • Simon

    12/01/2017 - 14:02

    Good old Jack of Newbury. The clothes guy no one has ever heard of, or gives a shit about. Kids don’t learn about him school and his Wikipedia entry can be glanced over in 10 seconds. I suppose the decision makers at Newbury HQ will want him on the next revision of the twenty pound note next? I mean no one even knows what he looks like… Pinch a manikin from Camps, paint it grey and let the pigeons shit all over it. Then why not open up the libraries and children’s centres again?


  • Oldmoaner

    12/01/2017 - 12:12

    Hello they have woken up and are trying to implement their worst nightmare. Please do not waste my hard earned council tax on your own personal projects when there are needs within the town. If you have money to spare give it back. Stop playing and look at the ruination of our town.


  • NewburyDenizen

    12/01/2017 - 11:11

    how is a statue "infrastructure" or do I have my definitions wrong? Could this money not be better spent elsewhere? Seems like a total waste to me.


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