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Today across the district there are fetes, future developments and a flavour of France.

It’s day two of the Community Planning Event where the public are being ask to turn up and “shape” plans for a new “Urban Village” at Market Street.

The proposed development brought forward by Grainger aims to transform the area near the rail station into a mixed-use, residential led area with housing, shops and better links to town.

Starting at 10.45am until 4pm at West Berkshire Council’s Market Street Offices there will be workshops and walkabouts with the development team asking for your input on the plans.

Newbury also turns a shade of red, white and blue today as the Parkway En Provence French market sets up its stall.

There will be french bread, cheese and wine, product samples and hand massages from L’Occitane, tasters from Café Rouge, and entertainment from mime artists, accordion players and a caricaturist.

The Frenchiness takes place between 11am and 3pm at Newbury’s Parkway.

In the Lambourn Valley, the East Garston Village Fete will be wowing villagers from midday with a range of fun and stalls for all the family.

Attractions include the village stocks – look out for horseracing legend John Francome, reptile encounters, children’s fancy dress, the Garston Gallopers, a live band, dog show and more.

The free, fun event starts at noon and continues throughout the afternoon.



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