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• It’s new Mayors all round!
• Newbury Spring Festival 2018
• Hungerford 2036
• Your views on parking charges?
• 250 Park Runs and not out for Hungerford Hares Billy
• Sophie – another JOG soccer superstar!
It’s new Mayors all round!
Congratulations to Hungerford’s Deputy Mayor Helen Simpson, unanimously elected Mayor at the Annual Full Town Council Meeting on Tuesday May 8th.
And congratulations to Councillor Lisa Farrell, who’ll become Marlborough’s new Mayor at a ceremony held on the evening of Monday May 14th.
Councillor Simpson has been instrumental in negotiations to keep Hungerford’s Library open by leasing it from West Berkshire Council, and it’s hoped this issue will be finalised in the not too distant future.
And even with all her new mayoral duties Councillor Farrell will continue in her full-time job at Marlborough College, where she organises the hospitality for many of the events and functions held there.
We hope you’ll join us in wishing them both much success. (TOP)
Newbury Spring Festival 2018
The Newbury Spring festival has grown over the past forty years to be one of southern England’s most popular and successful music festivals. This year it returns with two weeks of world-class classical music, musical theatre, folk, jazz and cabaret from artists both national and international – from Saturday May 12th to Sunday May 26th.
Artists include the Schubert Ensemble, giving one of their last performances before their upcoming retirement next month… the forty singers of Ex Cathedra revisiting Douai Abbey… the Tibetan Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, in residence once more… and Les Miserables and Miss Saigon composer Claude-Michel Schönberg on hand for a very special interview at the private home of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
For those looking to participate, rather than just sitting back and enjoying the music, there’s the chance to do just that at Newbury’s Corn Exchange when you can join in the vocal fun with principals from the D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera Companies, aboard Gilbert & Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” (songsheets provided, as are flags to wave during the finale).
And this year the Festival is giving away free tickets to those between the ages of 15 and 25. For more event information and bookings, see http://newburyspringfestival.org.uk, call the box office on 0845 5218 218 or visit the Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD. (TOP)
Your views on parking charges?
Hungerford is launching an exciting project – Hungerford 2036 – to guide the way our town and its surrounding area will evolve.
The Hungerford 2036 Project Team aims to identify how Hungerford wishes to develop over the next 20 years and document this vision in a Neighbourhood Development Plan which will:- ● Conserve and enhance the town and countryside ● Identify and address challenges facing our area now and in the future ● Ensure our town and its surrounding area is a thriving, attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit.
Hungerford 2036 will demand a lot of work from us all and will keep the Project Team busy for at least the next two years. Everyone will be kept informed throughout this time and will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and opinions at various stages. Engagement and help from residents living or working in all parts of the town and its surroundings is vital to the success of the project. Contributions will be welcomed from the entire community, from all backgrounds and age groups.
Once the Plan is ready a local referendum will be held and more than half of those who vote must choose “yes” for the Plan to be finalised. If all goes well, the Plan would then become part of the planning framework for our area. This means it must be used by the local Planning Authority (West Berks) when making decisions.
More information can be found for now on the Town Council’s website although a dedicated Hungerford 2036 website will be set up shortly. If you would like follow and be kept informed about progress on the project please email claire.barnes@hungerford-TC.gov.uk .
It’s nearly your last chance to have your say about Wiltshire Council’s proposal to introduce parking charges in Marlborough on Sundays and Bank Holidays, as well as raising season ticket rates.
You can find out more at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/troconsultations.htm and clicking on the link marked “TRO – Consultation on proposed – Parking review, various towns, Wiltshire”.
From there you’ll get taken to another page with links to the proposal in more detail but also – perhaps more importantly – the link to the form you can use to tell the Council what you think of it all.
But hurry – closing date is Monday May 21st. (TOP)
Sophie – another JOG soccer superstar!
Year 10 John O’Gaunt student Sophie Mitchell, who’s recently represented the region against Somerset in the Football Association South West Counties League, is now back from playing much further away from home than usual. In Texas, to be precise.
There, together with the Swindon Town team, she faced not only the host team at this year’s Dallas International Girls Cup, but also the national team of Mexico.
With one draw and one win in Dallas under her belt, Sophie’s now back - determined to net herself a football scholarship and then a career in the sport.
She won’t be the only student to start a soccer career on the playing fields of John O’Gaunt: current Southampton forward and JOG old boy Charlie Austin’s football career has also taken him to Swindon. And from there, he’s moved to Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and the England Squad - some impressive footsteps for Sophie to follow in. (TOP)
250 Park Runs and not out for Hungerford Hares Billy
Hungerford Hares runner Brian Billington has completed a major running milestone by chalking up his 250th Park Run.
Brian, or “Billy” as he’s known to his club-mates, did his first Park Run in 2012. While most of his runs have taken place in Newbury, he has also taken part in a further 52 Park Runs across England and Wales, notching up his 250th back at Newbury where it all began.
To mark the occasion he was presented with a commemorative T-shirt designed by fellow Hungerford Hares member Esther Good and several other members of the club who’d turned out to share his special run.
Hungerford Hares Chairman Mandy Waldon said: “We are all really pleased that Billy has crossed his 250th finish line. It is totally inspiring and we are really proud of what he has achieved. He is a very valued member of our club providing support and motivation to all our runners and – no pressure here – we look forward to celebrating his 500th Park Run soon!” (TOP)