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Town councillors agree funding for Jack of Newbury statue

Bronze sculpture is expected to cost £36,000 in total

Chris Ord


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Council gives backing for life size Jack of Newbury statue

PLANS to create a life-size statue of Jack of Newbury have been given a boost after the town council agreed to pay £1,800 towards the costs.

Members of Newbury Town Council’s policy and resources committee voted unanimously in favour of providing the funding at a meeting on Monday night.

The bronze sculpture of the renowned clothier will be erected outside his former home in Northbrook Street and is expected to cost around £36,000 in total.

Speaking at the meeting, Margo Payne (Con, Clay Hill) requested that the council support the statue.

However, Martha Vickers (Lib Dem, Northcroft) said: “Although I fully support that we commemorate Jack of Newbury, I wish we had gone out and commissioned a statue rather than finding something that’s just been thrown our way.”

Council leader and committee chairman Dave Goff (Con, Clay Hill) said: “I would like to point out the educational benefits the young people in Newbury will gain from this.”

Greenham-based sculptors Luke Webb and Sarah Kiernan had asked the council to cover five per cent of the funding (£1,800), which will then be matched by funding organisation The Good Exchange.

The council will use £1,300 from its Community Infrastructure Levy funds, while a further £500 will be sourced and diverted from other council projects.

The remaining costs for the statue will be provided through a range of sources, including The Arts Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund (educational programme), other funding bodies and private sources, including the Parkway developer.

Jack of Newbury, also known as John Winchcombe, lived from 1489 to 1557 and is credited with creating the first factory in England, bringing work to hundreds of local people.

The statue will be 2.8 metres high.

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  • Hammerthebookie

    21/01/2017 - 18:06

    Don't forget you will have to put the cost of cleaning the graffiti off every week & then you will have to move or sell it !!! Just like you did with the Queen Victoria & the lions... The cost just keeps rising


  • Tommy

    21/01/2017 - 13:01

    Here's an idea, how about NTC asking the towns residents their thoughts on the matter first instead of assuming they know what's best !!! A Poll on this website wouldn't go amiss either.


  • Oldmoaner

    20/01/2017 - 16:04

    It just shows how much this elected council thinks of its electorate when they waste our precept on their own play acting age group. Surely if the mayor wanted to do something useful he could just stand on an orange box, everyone would think it was jack of newbury. I suppose this is their first what can we waste our public funds on in 2017. Its more in keeping with the RADA image than say school crossings and child safety.


  • Tommy

    20/01/2017 - 13:01

    Oh well at least it will gives the lads something to piss up when the public loo's are closed.


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