Friday, 25 December 2009

Stuck in Snow? Brightwalton area.

Did anyone else from Brightwalton get stuck in the snow on Monday or Tuesday this week???
Please leave comments of which you think is the BEST road into our village as which ever one we take , we always get into difficulties.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Speedtest result amazing!!
Yes I got full 3.00Mb/s download today, that is a record can anyone beat it?... from the Chaddleworth exchange, that is!.
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Tuesday, 10 November 2009


Updating the BRIGHTWALTON PARISH PLAN means we could apply for up to c.£25,000 in grants over the next 5 years.

The first Parish Plan issued in 2004 helped us to receive grants of £15,000, which helped us to buy:

• New equipment in the play area
• An all weather surface cricket strip
• New benches in the play area
• Kit for young rugby players
• Bus shelter for school children
• Nursery School storage shed


Option 1: Visit the Parish Plan stand at the Christmas Fayre
Saturday 28th November 2009 - 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.
Brightwalton Village Hall

Option 2: Contact Jackie Boxall on 01488 638393 or with
your ideas and suggestions:

What are the best features of Brightwalton and how you suggest we can retain/improve them?
The problems with Brightwalton - what would you like to change and
how? Other suggestions or feedback?
And would you be willing to help address some of these areas?

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Halloween Visitors best ever!

Brightwalton Village was very busy last night with lots of witches and vampires roaming the roads and door knocking for 'trick or treats', we nearly ran out of treats as a total of 14 knocked on our door.You all looked fabulous well done!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Hermitage and Streatley Half Term Activities cancelled.

I have just been informed by Lisa Gliddon (Dominoes Partnership) who was leading the organizing of the half term activities at Hermitage & Streatley scheduled for 9.30am – 4.30pm at Hermitage Primary School & Streatley Primary School tomorrow (Thursday 29th October) that she has cancelled the activities due to a lack of interest.
Andy Horner
Sports Development Officer

Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People
0118 923 1259
07825 699 050(mobile)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

West Berkshire Activities Programme

I now have confirmed dates and venues:

Monday 26th October: Great Shefford Village Hall

Tuesday 27th October: Compton Village Hall

Wednesday 28th October: Compton Village Hall

Thursday 29th October: Hermitage Primary School

Thursday 29th October: Streatley Primary School

Friday 30th October: Brightwalton Village Hall

Andy Horner
Sports Development Officer
Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People
452 Basingstoke Road

0118 923 1259
07825 699050 (mobile)

0118 923 1226 (fax)

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Broadband drop outs at Chaddleworth exchange.

Is anyone in Brightwalton and surrounding villages getting broadband drop outs, slow speeds or no broadband at all on some occasions?
We must all complain to our own ISP's to get this resolved, its terrible, we are paying for it and getting a useless service!

I have put it on the 'Newsflash' on the home page of our Brightwalton site, comments to that post would be welcome.
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Monday, 31 August 2009

BT Accelerator now FREE

Get the BT accelerator free, (used to be £15), the I-Plate fits over your normal socket.
How does the BT Broadband Accelerator work?
Telephone extension wiring around your home can pick up interference, affecting your broadband service. The accelerator filters out this interference, which can give you a faster more reliable service. You pay only £1-20 for postage, (goes on your BT bill)
Google search for = BT accelerator..

Sunday, 30 August 2009

New times to Saturday bus timetable

The Saturday bus to Wantage has slight changes
be sure to read before setting off .

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Brightwalton is on Twitter!

If you can't beat them as they say!
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Job Opportunities

Are you on Facebook? Join us! vinvolved Team in Berkshire has it's own group so you can get the most up to date mention of what is happening in the county and within the team.

Andy Horner
Assistant Sports Development Officer
Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People
452 Basingstoke Road

0118 923 1259
07825 699050 (mobile)
0118 923 1226 (fax)

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Last Brightwalton bus from Newbury time change (Service 107)

There has been a change to the times of the last bus from Newbury

Service 107 Newbury – Brightwalton

(1) Newbury Bus Stn “Bay E 1735

Northbrook Street 1737

(2) The Castle Inn, Donnington 1742s

Chieveley, The Wheatsheaf 1752s

Chieveley, Church 1753s

(15) Chieveley, Bardown 1754s

(16) Peasemore Pond 1800s

(17) Lilley 1804s

(18) Brightwalton Memorial 1808s

(19) Chaddleworth, The Ibex 1816s

(20) Leckhampstead Thicket 1819s

(21) Leckhampstead, The Stag 1822s

(22) North Heath, The Crab 1827s

(23) Winterbourne Turn 1828s

(24) Snelsmore Common 1831s

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West Berks Summer Activites Programme

View, download and print the booking form,
don't wait too long, places go fast... £8 per day.

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Sunday, 17 May 2009


As part of a Wedding Challenge

I have been given 6 tickets to sell for this unusual 1 on 1 experience at the Falconry Centre in Kingston Bagpuize

Tickets are £45 each please contact Sue Sayers 01488638650 or email

1on1 Experiences

A hands on chance to get up close and personal with some of the planets most amazing creatures, witness the speed of the falcons as they stoop from a height to catch the lure. Admire the silence of the owls as they gracefully land on your gloved fist and revel in the obedience and skill of the majestic hawks.

Our aim is not to teach you how to be falconers but to give you an insight in to our world and give you the opportunity to learn all about birds of prey and how and why we train these amazing birds. The session lasts approx.1 1/2 hours and costs £45.00.

Friday, 15 May 2009

BACYP...May Half Term Activities

Tuesday May 26th Chieveley Village Hall
Wednesday 27th May Hermitage Village Hall
Thursday 28th May Compton Village Hall
Friday 29th May Brightwalton Village Hall
£8 per day ( Cheques payable to BACYP)
TEL: 0118 923 1259

Reading Relay for Life 2009

I have been asked to put this up on our website:
We would like to invite you to an inspirational and unforgettable fundraising event at the Reading Rugby Club on 20th-21st June 2009; the first Reading RELAY for Life 2009. This fantastic event celebrates the lives of those touched by cancer and raises money to support the life saving work of Cancer Research UK. This non-athletic event sees teams of colleagues,friends family,and neighbours walk around a track for 24 hours. Each team tries to keep at least one member on the track at all times, whilst all around them the party is in full swing with camping throughout the night. Throughout the day and into the evening a wide variety of entertainment will be provided including: cheerleaders, dove releases, Fireman's band, Berkshire Youth Orchestra, Rosemary Connelly fitness club, bands, singers, BBQs, balloon races, fancy dress, magician, stall holders, DJs and birds of prey demonstrations and much more to be confirmed!!
It is never too late to ENTER NOW!! But, if you can't do this then please come down to Reading Rugby Club from 12 noon Saturday 20th June to 12 noon Sunday 21st June 2009 to lend some support to this community event. With lots to entertain people of all ages there will be something for everyone!
On a serious note, Cancer Research UK relies heavily on fundraising activities such as these to keep up its vital work for everyone in the community. However small the donation it will go towards helping Cancer Research UK to allow the important work to continue.
More information can be found at:
Thanks and kind regards
Rachael Fordham.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Brightwalton Fete 2009. Part 2

Here is part 2 of our Fete videos, more of the dog show and football.

Please press play and turn your speakers up!

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Brightwalton Fete Video Part 1.

This is part 1 of our fete videos, as I have so much footage too much to put it all in one long one.I am now making Part 2. As there was a lot of background 'wind' noise I added some music and took out the actual audio of the video in places.

Press play and turn your speakers up!
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Monday, 4 May 2009

Brightwalton Fete photos online.

Photos now online, view them here.
Brightwalton Fete 2009

If you would like any photos of yourself removed please let me know.
I have not edited any of them, you can download any you want.

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Friday, 1 May 2009

Fete layout image.

Here is the 'fete layout'
Right click to save to your computer.

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Swifts return 1st May.

Now I've just seen 3 Swifts in flight above the house, Summer is here!

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

New Forum message board.

I have set up a new message board for Brightwalton and Villages, it is hoped that people will get involved and start to post soon, catagories at the moment are 'Brightwalton Fete', say what you think of our fete!.. 'Brightwalton freecycle', don't dump in landfill when you can give it away!, 'For sale or Wanted' by popular demand! just say what you would like to sell!..'General Discussion', talk about anything!..and 'Other Villages', post to get your own Forum.

View it here:

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Housemartins return!

Well the Housemartins are back, have you got a muddy patch in your garden for them to collect and build their nests? Hopefully they will find a bit if it rains this weekend. Has anyone seen the Swifts yet? I know its summertime when they return to Brightwalton.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

'New bus' video

Here is the new video I made,
happy listening cos its a bit rocky in places for viewing!

Friday, 10 April 2009

Wantage in The Daily Mail

Wantage was in the Daily Mail.
I wonder if anybody saw this article in the Daily Mail, its a bit exaggerated, what do you think?

Local teenagers mull around the bus stop bench for want of anything better to do.... it's always been their meeting point, so nothing new there! One said he can't get work in a pub or wine bar cos they've all closed down! Which ones have closed?
New Sainsburys moved to the 'outskirts of town' what 100 yards from the High street?

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Two Beautiful Trees

I though I would show you 2 very nice trees in our village.. Brightwalton.

A lovely Cherry.(above)
It's a Forsythia.(above)
Very Well done!
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Saturday, 28 March 2009

Clocks SPRING forward 1 hour.

Great... longer days are with us again, clocks Spring forward in the spring.

Time to get Brightwalton Blooming nice.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Big Garden Bird watch results.

The long tailed tit is now in the Big Garden Birdwatch top 10!
it has increased by 88% from last year due to us feeding them.

Have you been feeding our Brightwalton and Villages wild birds?
See results here:

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Another tree gone.

A professional tree surgeon, no safety gear!
Another of our lovely trees gone for good.

Press Play > only 16 seconds long!

Now you see it! April 2008
Oct 2008

Going, going....


Your comments please!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

BACYP West Berkshire Easter Activities Venues.

West Berkshire Easter Activities Programme 2009
8-14 years & looking for something to do during the holidays?

Great Shefford Village Hall,
Station Road, Great Shefford,
Berkshire, RG17 7DB
Monday 6th April 9am-4pm
Chieveley Village Hall,
High Street, Newbury,
Berkshire, RG16 8TD
Tuesday 7th April 9am-4pm
Frilsham Club Room
Frilsham, Yattendon,
Berkshire, RG18 0UR
Wednesday 8th April 9am-4pm
West Ilsley Village Hall
Main Street, Newbury,
Berkshire RG20 7AA
Thursday 9th April 9am-4pm
Compton Village Hall,
Burrell Road, Compton,
Berkshire, RG20 6NP
Tuesday 14th April 9am-4pm
Hermitage Village Hall,
High Street, Hermitage,
Berkshire, RG18 9SS
Wednesday 15th April 9am-4pm
Compton Village Hall,
Burrell Road, Compton,
Berkshire, RG20 6NP
Thurday 16th April 9am-4pm
Brightwalton Village Hall,
Brightwalton, Newbury,
Berkshire, RG20 7DB
Friday 17th April 9am-4pm
Cost - £8 per day....Pre-Booking is essential to guarantee
your place. Download a booking form from our website:

more details........

Brightwalton School Easter Egg Hunt

Come and join in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Brightwalton Village Hall.
Sunday 29th March 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
For the children on top of the usual Egg Hunt there is an Easter Bonnet Competition.Prizes awarded on the Sunday afternoon., plus other favourites including Face Painting, Tombola, and 'name the bunny' competition.
Fun event and Fund Raiser for Brightwalton School.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Location of Brightwalton Fete.

This is where we are..

View Larger Map
You can now get directions to our Village Fete.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Brightwalton and Villages Calendar

Here are your Downland Diary Dates.

Hope you find this useful...

Friday, 13 March 2009

Easter Half Term Activities

BACYP are one again running activities in the Easter Holidays for the young people of rural West Berkshire.

More Details and Download entry Form soon on our website.

Free Brightwalton Fete Car Sticker!

Hello Brightwalton Residents.

Here is a Free Car Sticker.

Would you like me to pop one through your door all laminated and ready to sellotape on?

Just email me at the address on the contact page of
'Free Car Sticker' as Subject.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Brightwalton Fete Dog Show May 3rd.

New page for our Dog Show now online,
see the classes and bring your pooch along for some fun.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Free eBooks for Kids. Freebie for Kids.

Free ebooks

Here are some free ebooks for you to download and read to your children.
Free eBooks.

For those 'wet days' in Brightwalton.

Free Seeds for Bees. Freebie for Kids.

BBC Blue Peter Seed Giveaway for kids.Get involved be good to Bees.

Lets see Brightwalton in Flower!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Free TV on PC.

If your TV is being used you can watch Free TV on your PC.

Here is your invitation.

Never miss a show again!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Brightwalton Banners.

If you have a website you can now display our very own Brightwalton Village banners. New 'Link to us ' page coming soon on our website.

Right Click and 'save as' to save it to your hard drive.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Village site down...

Sorry if you had error message on the Village website yesterday, I had a 'bad day at the office', however all is now rectified.

New snow pictures now on our picasa site here.
Snow in Brightwalton 2009

Monday, 9 February 2009

Bafta Awards 2009

Slumdog Millionaire won Best Film amongst its 7 awards, I have read the book, I thoroughly recommend it, you just can't put it down.

Watch the movie here if you have 2 hours to spare.
It does have watermarks though!

Update on weather..Another delivery of salt for West Berkshire.

Amid the severe weather conditions currently affecting the region, the primary road network in West Berkshire will continue to be gritted Monday and Tuesday, following the delivery of more salt-grit from national suppliers.

Gritting of the primary network took place early Saturday evening, and there will another run overnight tonight, and a further run on Monday and Tuesday. Following the success of obtaining more salt yesterday, despite the national shortage, Council highways officers are working round the clock to find additional stocks from any possible source.

Meanwhile, met office weather forecasts predict a slight thaw today, but sleet later on and zero temperatures again come midnight. This means there is the likelihood of black ice on the district's roads, and drivers are urged to take extreme caution.

Further information will be issued as soon as it is available.

Message from West Berkshire Council, Council Offices

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Bric News Jan. 2009

Or Download from our Website.

February Half Term Activites

Download your Booking form for
West Berkshire Activities.

* Monday 16th Feb...........Great Shefford Village Hall
* Tuesday 17th Feb...........Compton Village Hall
* Wednesday 18th Feb.....Hermitage Village Hall
* Thursday 19th Feb........Yattendon Village Hall
* Friday 20th Feb.............Brightwalton Village Hall

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Fete Countdown on our website

I have put a countdown to the Brightwalton Fete on our web site. 116days and counting from today!
I need more information about the attractions please, especially the dog show as I get a lot of enquiries about it leading up to the fete event.
Please get my email from the Contact page thank you, Di....