January To Do List 1st – 10th

Until the 26th JANUARY Sign up to the McDonald’s App for a treat or two that may help you through this long month. I tried it and there was a free hot drink up for grabs.

1st The first official mobile telephone call was made to the Vodafone offices on this day in 1985 by Ernie Wise from St. Katherine Docks in London to Vodafone whose offices were above an Indian Takeaway in Newbury. The phone weighed 11 lbs and cost the equivalent of around £5,000. A blue plaque marks the site at what is now Thames Court up by the Clock Tower.

Personal Styling: If you need help with finding an outfit for a special occasion or you have lost confidence that your clothes are still “you”, Vanessa can really help. No obligation, FREE, complimentary service.   Camp Hopson, Newbury. RG14 1DN

Newbury Building Society will be collecting warm winter clothes to help people in need to stay warm this winter. Donations of hats, gloves, scarves, coats, and new socks can be made to all 10 branches as well as it’s head office until the 11th.

2nd Tea and Tech If you have a Christmas gadget gift you need technical help with, Vodafone volunteers will be at Fairclose Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury RG14 7BH 10am – 12pm. FREE event. They have endless patience and great knowledge!

Volunteering opportunities in West Berkshire Libraries, Museum and Shaw House.   Phone 01635 519533

If you fancy trying some Modern Jive, claim your FREE Trial here.  Or phone and leave a message for your name to be left at the door.  07970 153 518/01635 877253 Offer is for new members and adults only. No obligation and no partner required. Classes 7.30pm – 9pm  Hungerford, Thatcham and Burghfield.

Apply for your FREE RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch pack consisting of a bird identification chart, RSPB shop voucher and advice to help attract wildlife to your garden ready for the weekend of the 25th – 27th. Text BIRD to 70030 or follow the link:  The worlds largest wildlife survey 

Until the 5th The Ramblers are offering FREE led festive walks. The Berkshire Walkers have 3 walks, on the 1st, 4th and 5th.

Regular Health Walks are at numerous locations and FREE to join.

4th Newbury Library, Lego Club for children over 5 years. 2pm – 3pm  Regular FREE event on the first Saturday of the month.

4th Traditional Morris Dancing & annual Wassail at Tutts Clump Orchard. Please park in the area that was the Travellers Rest pub on Cock Lane opp. the Northern End of Hungerford Lane Farm. From there it is a short walk to the farm. www.kennetmorrismen.co.uk

4th Thatcham Youth Roller Disco 5pm Family Session and 6.30pm Open to All.  Tickets via Ticketsource.co.uk/thatcham-youth for a guaranteed entry and a cheaper ticket. £6 on the door, spectators FREE.

4th Art in the Foyer: Last Open Coffee Morning to view “The Ordinary Made Special” Disposable things find afterlives in the works by Robert Strange. 10.30am – 12 noon New Era Theatre, Andover Road, Wash Common. RG14 6NU FREE event

5th Scooter Meet #12 at The Kings Head. 12 mid-day Thatcham RG19 3HP

5th Christmas Tree Throwing Competition for all ages with prizes of a free tree for next year and an afternoon tea for two. Trees can be recycled there until 12th January.  11am – 12pm Rosebourne, Basingstoke Road, Aldermaston RG7 4LD

5th Mental Health Mates Peer support group. Walk and talk without fear of judgement. 2pm Meet at the bandstand,Victoria Park, Newbury

5th Newbury Farmers Market 9am – 1pm

6th The FREE Book Shop in the Kennet Centre, Newbury will be open 10am – 12 noon today for you to browse the shelves and take home FREE books or donate any books needing to be rehomed. Times vary during the week due to the availability of volunteers…

6th NCT 10.30am – 12 noon Six Mum and Baby Yoga sessions. No experience necessary. Concessions available for anyone on low income. Contact for more zinfo or to book a space. Hungerford Youth and Community Centre, Priory Road. RG17 0AL

8th  A social knitting/crochet group the Newbury Drunken Knitwits meet at a different venue each week.  This week, The Dolphin, Newbury 113 Bartholomew St. RG14 5DT  6pm – 9pm

8th Walking Netball organised by Falkland Cricket Club at Newbury College Sports Hall. Wednesdays 2.30pm – 3.30pm running until 29th April. Loose clothing and trainers recommended. Bibs etc will be supplied. FREE event, but donations welcome  to the Cricket Club. Newbury College, Monks Lane.

Park House School Newbury RG14 6NQ  Walking Netball, Wednesday 7pm – 8pm £4 email Debbie.Spindlow@englandnetball.co.uk 

8th New Ecobricking opportunity in Newbury. Whether a first timer or an expert you are welcome to pop into the Lock Stock and Barrel with your clean, dry plastic bottle, scissors and a pushing stick. Guidance available if necessary.  3pm – 7pm every Wednesday. All ages welcome, children should be supervised by an adult. If you want to drop off ready made Ecobricks find out required criteria on the link.

For more information go to www.glendale-church.com or email joelg.glendale@gmail.com

8th The first Rhyme Time of the year at Wash Common Library, Glendale Avenue, Newbury RG14 6TL. Every second Wednesday of the month at 1.30pm

8th BFHS Newbury Branch is offering a talk on the Victorian Plentys. The Plenty name has been associated with engineering in Newbury for over 200 years. Non-members £3 7.30pm – 9.30pm Shaw Church Hall, RG14 2DR

9th Berkshire Grandparents Monthly Meeting for grandparents who are not in contact with their grandchildren due to difficult family issues. 6.30pm – 8.30pm  Winchcombe Place Care Home, Newbury. RG14 1LN

10th Every 2nd Friday of the month Eco Pop-Up Market. Lonely Lentil, Thatcham Refillable and Posy London will be there. 10am – 12.30pm St. Mary’s Church, Thatcham RG19 3PN

National Trust.  Until February 9th, Mindfulness Trail at The Vyne, Basingstoke RG24 9HL. Collect your trail sheet from reception. FREE event but normal admission charges apply. Gates open.  10am – 4.30pm

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