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Woolton Hill Jubilee Market this weekend

The Woolton Hill village market is promising some “right royal fun” as it gears up for its jubilee edition.

The market, which takes place every two months, will be held tomorrow (Saturday), from 10.30am to 1pm, at the Woolton Hill church hall.

There will be around 30 stalls – including new chocolate, iron wares, soap and flowers stalls – meaning the market will be expanding for the first time into the school playground.

The Woolton Hill market. (53191095)
The Woolton Hill market. (53191095)

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be a competition for the ‘Queenliest Crown’.

Children are invited to come wearing their crown by 11.30am, which must be made at home.

There will be prizes for the winners in the seven and under, and eight to 14, age categories, with judging at 12.30pm.

There will also be a royal-themed treasure hunt “with a chocolate treat for all”.

Market organiser Sally Fenwick said they were going “above and beyond” what they normally do due to the Jubilee, including having free fizz “for the grown-ups”.

She added: “It should be a good one and it’s shaping up really nicely.”

Surplus funds from the market will go towards this year’s chosen charity, Loose Ends, which supports homeless and vulnerable people in Newbury.

It had been put forward and then chosen as it “felt like a topical thing to support, with the disruption from Covid and the cost of living crisis”.

The July market is also set to be an enjoyable one, with a performance from Newbury teen singer songwriter Olivia McBeth, and a special visit from police community support officers, who will be attending with their patrol car.

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