Newbury News Ltd. Print-Digital-Social

Catch the story of Greenham Common at free event this weekend

Former runway to stage production on 20th anniversary of common's handover

Catch the story of Greenham Common at free event this weekend

THE finale of a series of events marking Greenham’s rich history will be held on the common this weekend. 

Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace will be performed on the runway of the former RAF airbase on Friday and Saturday.  

The event is the culmination of a week of celebrations, and tells the story of the common and the drama of war and peacetime that are an integral part of its history.

Hundreds of cast members from the local community, led by a professional production team, will perform songs, with light projections and live art.

The outdoor event and accompanying programme celebrate 20 years since the Ministry of Defence returned Greenham Common to local people and the formation of the Greenham Trust (formerly the Greenham Common Trust).

Since its inception, the trust has donated more than £40m to local good causes.

The evening events are free to attend and will start at 6.30pm, with the finale at 8.30pm. 

There will also be a series of talks, walks and exhibitions at various locations from Sunday.

Organisers advise visitors to come dressed for the weather and in sensible footwear. They add that the show may be curtailed or cancelled only in the event of extreme wind or rain.

Limited parking is available at the control tower and business park entrances, costing £5 per car in advance, or £10 on the night.

Marshalled car parking opens at 5.30pm.

A free shuttle bus will be running from Cheap Street between 5.30pm and 8.30pm at five- to 10-minute intervals.

A park and ride scheme will also be operating from Newbury College, where there is free parking, but with a ticketed bus charge of £3, which can be pre-booked or paid on night.

Tickets are bookable on or call (01635) 813900 to reserve disabled parking.

For more information and for details on transport, visit   

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

Article comments

  • Mikeb

    08/09/2017 - 16:04

    Having served on the 501st at Greenham and 303rd TMW whist In the RAF Regiment I hope they represent the military fairly and this does not become a celebration of the work shy peace women scum that frequented the wire in the 80's .but judging by the money wasted on the path graffiti outside the library I don't hold out much hope ....they should focus on the Airmen that lost their lives at the base in the real service of peace and their country also the members of the 101st Airbourne who left the base in the early hours of D day to be dropped in France.........puts in perspective the people that only have dogshit to moan about!.


  • Have no nickname

    Have no nickname

    08/09/2017 - 09:09

    I used to live at Bishops Green as a child and my brother and I used to regularly go and look through fences at the B - Bombers.We struck up a very good friendship with the American Airforce guys.They used to give chewing gum and we had great chats with them while they were patrolling the fence.


  • Tommy

    07/09/2017 - 13:01

    Best to wear your wellies as well to wade through all the dog shit left by lazy irresponsible dog walkers !!


    • Newburyres

      07/09/2017 - 17:05

      what about the irresponsible cows and horses that don't clear up after themselves too?


      • Tommy

        07/09/2017 - 19:07

        Dog's faeces contain Toxocara canis, which can cause health issues for humans especially children (blindness). Also Neospora which is dangerous to cattle. (Ask any Farmer that let their cattle graze on the common !! ). I'm no expert but i'd guess that livestock/horses, being herbivores, waste contains far less or nothing of significant risk to humans.


  • grumpy

    07/09/2017 - 10:10

    Not really a FREE event then, if you have to pay £5 or £10 to park your car !!


    • Justin S

      07/09/2017 - 21:09

      Park next to the million quid tea shop and walk. Take a torch for the dog poo avoidance. If I can clear up after my dogs , then there is no sensible reason why people who don't ,should. It is pretty disgusting and just plain lazy, but then their back gardens are probably just as heaped up with it.