January To Do List 21st – 31st

21st Chair Yoga with Neeta Madahar at Newbury Library. Four weeks for the special price of £3.50 per class. Tel: 07906 752620  www.neetamadahar-yoga.com

21st Every third Tuesday you are invited to the Wash Common Library Poetry Group. 2.30pm  If you are interested in a Book Group, follow the link or pop in. Glendale Avenue, Newbury RG14 6TL

Are you 16 – 25? Not in Education, employment or training? The Princes Trust & Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service are offering a FREE one week course at Didcot Fire Station where you can gain an interactive insight into the Fire and Rescue Service, Develop team work and confidence. achieve an accredited First Aid qualification and put your new skills into practice in mock lifesaving activities. Course date 27th – 31st January. FREE to attend. Travel expenses will be paid and a free lunch each day.  Email ashley.richardson@princes-trust.org.uk or call/text 07583 106 096       There is also an interesting recording and music production course in February based at Readipop in Reading.

21st A member of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be giving a talk to the Newbury and West Berks Macular Support Group. Everyone welcome to this FREE event. 2.15pm Newbury Friends Meeting House, Highfield Avenue. RG14 5DS Wheelchair friendly.

22nd HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. An evening of reflection will feature speakers, poetry and choral performances.  FREE entry. Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge St. Reading RG1 2LU  Basingstoke and Andover will also be holding services. More information here.

22nd Ten week accredited learning course. Register for 2 week trial before you commit. 12.30pm – 2pm Thatcham Town Council Chambers, Brownfield Road. RG18 3HF FREE

22nd Hungerford Historical Association is offering a talk by Dr. Hugh Pihlens entitled When William of Orange came to Hungerford. 7.30pm – 9pm Non members £4 on the door. Hungerford Corn Exchange, Town Hall, High St. RG17 0NF

24th Reading Jobs Fair. Town Hall, Blagrave St. RG1 1QH  10am – 1pm Free to attend no registration required. Take your CV and speak to potential employers face to face. Arrive by 12.30pm to avoid disappointment. FREE event for ages 16+ looking for work.

24th Holocaust Memorial Day event. Hosted by Newbury Mayor, commemorations begin around noon outside the Town Hall in the market place and will last around 30 minutes.

25th Burns Night Celebration celebrating the life of poet Robert Burns. 12 – 9pm  Put on your kilt, dust off your sporran and join in the Scottish shenanigans. 11am – 11pm Tap Room, West Berkshire Brewery, Yattendon RG18 0XT

25th Hungerford Clothes Swap. Each woman takes 5 – 10 good quality items in a good, clean condition. 1 item = 1 token   Items can be dropped off at the Library or Nye & Co. beforehand or at venue, before noon on the day, in a bag with your name and number on. £5 entry fee. Arrive around 1pm for coffee and a chat. 2pm – 3pm swapping takes place. Venue: Hungerford Youth and Community Centre, Priory Road. RG17 0AL

25th Jumble Sale 11.30am Catholic Hall, 7 Bath Road, Thatcham RG18 3AG Entry 40p in aid of Cats Protection.

25th Parenting Special Children: A workshop covering anxiety and why it makes sense if you are autistic and top strategies to support you and your child. Funded by the NHS and free to parents/carers in Berkshire. 7pm – 9pm West Berkshire Family Hub. Park Lane, Thatcham RG18 3PG

26th Sustainable Living Market. Catholic Hall, 7 Bath Road, Thatcham RG18 3AG 2pm – 4.30pm

26th Donnington Grove Wedding Show 11am – 3pm  20% off your 2020 wedding (T & C’s apply)  email weddings@donnington-grove.com

27th until February 24th Local cartoonist and children’s author, Clive Goddard has arranged an exhibition at Newbury Library showing cartoon artwork by some of Britains best cartoonists on the theme of books, literature and libraries. The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AU

27th and 2nd February Open Auditions for We Will Rock You for young people aged from 8 – 12 years and 13 – 18 years at Newbury Corn Exchange and Northcroft Leisure Centre. Story and script by Ben Elton. You only need to attend one audition. A show fee is payable by successful applicants.

29th SustainHuble Monthly Eco Shopping Event.

29th The Friends of Newtown Common are inviting you, as a potential volunteer to a meeting to be introduced to the History Group, Monument Recording Group, and those who help with open days and dramatic events. 7.30pm – 9.30pm St. Francis De Sales Church, Warren Road, Newbury RG14 6NH

30th Coffee morning St. Nicholas Church, Newbury RG14 5HG 10am – 12 noon There will be bric-a-brac and a raffle.

An informal Pop Up Choir for women and girls age 14+ at St Nic’s Church Hall. All abilities welcome. !st February 2pm – 4.30pm. Light refreshments at 4.30pm before a mini concert at 5.15pm Contact the church office to sign up. FREE event with a retiring collection for Hope for Africa, Lesotho should you wish to make a donation. West Mills, Newbury RG14 5HG

30th Eight week accredited course on Understanding Health and Safety in the workplace and how to prevent and deal with accidents and fires.  Employment and training support at the end of the class on 6th Feb, 5th & 26th March. Thatcham Town Council Chambers, Brownfield Road, Thatcham. RG18 3HF  Thursdays 9.30am – 11.30am Email:  Rachel.peters@sovereign.org.uk to book your FREE place.

31st NAWT Clearance Sale.Everything £1, £3 or £5 11am – 4pm Trindledown Farm, Wantage Road, Great Shefford. RG17 7DQ Entry 50p

To help commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th, a programme of special events is being planned for Greenham Control Tower focusing on West Berkshires role during the war. Your recollections of VE Day 1945, are needed by writer and director Andy Kempe, Professor of Drama at the University of Reading, who has written a play for the occasion. Even just a few sentences would be gratefully received. Email AndyK@greenhamtower.org.uk

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