Christmas Guide 2020

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Guide 2020

Your guide to Christmas in West Berkshire

Support West Berkshire’s local businesses by shopping with them online this Christmas


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Newbury College competition p7

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The Old Boot Inn competition p9

Tutts Clump competition p10

Valley Vets competition p11

RBL Newbury competition p11

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Lilac and Lily competition p12

Walters Turkeys competition p13

Soyami competition p13

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Thatcham Butchers competition p15

The Woodpecker competition p17

Fisher of Newbury competition p15

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Parkway here for you this Christmas

PARKWAY is all set to be here for you this Christmas with big brands and great gifts. Of course this year is like no other and as a result please know that until Thursday, December 3, M&S & Barclays remain open, with Costa and Coffee #1 operating a takeaway service and The Entertainer, Waterstones, Daj Collection, Luna, Schuh, Lakeland, Dapper Street, Whitewall Galleries operating click & collect services. Please check Parkway’s website for up to date details: This Christmas you will once again be able to have a stunning selfie in Parkway’s giant bauble placed near Superdry, as well as viewing an incredible Lego Winter Wonderland display on middle street opposite Coffee#1 from November 22. Parkway will launch its ultimate Christmas Gift Guide on November 22 – which will include this year’s best gifts from the likes of Lakeland, Topshop, Dapper Street, Joules, Neal’s yard, L’Occitane, Hotel Chocolat, Debenhams and many more. To be in with a chance of winning a £50 Superdry voucher courtesy of Parkway Shopping Centre & Superdry, answer the question below right and put your answer in the Parkway entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six. Superdry training sport hoodie £49.99 Superdry is located on Middle Street, Parkway . Ideal for Christmas shopping –visit Superdry at Parkway for a whole host of exceptional gifting ideas and fantastic winter clothing

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A safe and fun Christmas at The Chequers Hotel

FESTIVE fun at the Chequers Hotel this December. The new restaurant, The Smoke House, has an exciting menu, including the The Smoke House Camembert prepared in-house. The Chequers Hotel has some- thing for everyone this festive season such as : n Christmas Day Dinner n Private Christmas Dinner Parties n Festive Afternoon Tea £14.95 / £19.95 with prosecco n Festive Sunday Lunches The hotel is close to town with ample parking and the team look forward to welcoming you soon, where you can relax in a safe and secure environment.

Win a festive afternoon tea for two at the Chequers Hotel Question: What is the name of the new restaurant at The Chequers Hotel?

How to make your own Christmas beaded star

To enquire or pre-book your festive events call (01635) 38000 or email: events@chequershotelnew- . To be in with a chance of winning a festive afternoon tea for two including prosecco at The Chequers Hotel, answer the ques- tion on the right and put your answer in The Chequers Hotel entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

GILLIAN HICKS shows you how to create a unique Christmas decorationusingbeadsanda wireframe.Materialsforthe Christmas beaded stars may be pur chased in local craft shopsor online,or use beadsfromyour unwantedor broken jewellery to recycle into these beautiful stars

You will need the following: n Beads from small to large. You have six sides to each star so make sure you have the right numbers of beads. If you have a broken bracelet or necklace, then repurpose the beads. n A pair of round-nosed pliers to close each end. n A star-shaped wire frame obtained from craft and bead shops. n A bead mat or suitable surface so you don’t lose the beads. n Ribbon or wire to make your hanger. 1 Plan your design by starting with your smallest bead. The arms are close together at the centre so be careful to have enough room for six beads around. 2 Once you are happy with your design then create a hook at the top using the round nose pliers. It is essential you do this at each point completion. No one wants to turn the star and lose all their beads – it does happen. 3 Recreate this pattern on all six points, remembering to create a hook at the top, but only after checking the pattern is correct. 4 Once completed, create a hanger using ribbon or wire and utilise one of your hooks to attach. Hang on your Christmas tree or give as presents. Gillian Hicks run Dragons Hoard, you can find her on FB This article first appeared in Out&About, winter 2019

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Plan your design by starting with the smallest bead. And create a hook at the top using the round nose pliers

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To make things easier for you this year, we have put all the entry coupons on one sheet on p2. Cut the page off and as you go through the guide you just fill in the answer for each competition. You need only fill in your name and address once at the top of the answer form. Please fill the form in clearly. If

we are unable to read the contact details provided, then we will offer the prize to the next name drawn. These competitions would not have been possible without the generosity of the firms that have provided the prizes. We are grateful to our sponsors for their support.

WELCOME to the Christmas Guide 2020, brought to you by the Newbury Weekly News . Many thousands of entries were received for competitions in last year’s edition and we expect an equally good response this time. You can send as many entries as you wish as long as they are on an original entry form.

Support local businesses on line this Christmas

until December, we’re encouraging residents to shop with them online from the safety of their homes. This is a quick and easy way of giving them your support during this difficult time and will help to make sure they can re-open when it’s safe to do so. Here in West Berkshire we think our small independent businesses are what give our high streets their character. Saturday, December 5, marks the 8th anniversary of Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots campaign we support each year as it encourages us all to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses with our spending. It had a massive presence in Newbury last year as the town was on their ‘Big Blue Bus’ tour. This year, although scaled back, the day will still be an opportunity to discover local independent businesses and to

pick up any last minute Christmas shopping.

WE at West Berkshire Council have been proud to see the lengths our shops and restaurants went to in order to keep their customers safe and to keep our district open for business this summer and autumn. From screens, to floor markings, to plentiful hand sanitiser supplies, they have gone above and beyond to create a secure shopping environment. We also implemented a range of Covid-19 related safety measures across our high streets to enable safe, socially distanced shop- ping. This has included support for businesses to expand their outdoor space and changes to road layouts as well as signage and practical advice on the ground to advise premises how best to operate as the seasons change. Now that non-essential businesses will be closed again

We always encourage residents to shop small and to shop local where they can. This year- more than ever- we are calling on you all to get online and support our local traders throughout the new

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restrictions and to visit them in person when they open again. Ross McKinnon

n Newbury News Limited employees, employees of companies directly involved with the competitions, or their families, are not eligible to enter. n In the event of a dispute, the editor’s decision will be final. n No correspondence will be entered into. n Responsibility will not be accepted for entries lost or torn in the post. n Entry must be made on the original entry forms. No photocopies will be accepted. n There will be no cash alternatives for any prize. n The winners will be notified by email or post.

ALL competitions should be sent to: Christmas Competitions, N ewburyWeekly News, Newspaper House, Faraday Road, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2AD. All entries must be received by Friday, November, 27, 2020. Please mark your envelope CHRISTMAS COMPETITION in capitals in the top left hand corner. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER CORRESPONDENCEWITH YOUR COMPETITION ENTRIES Some competitions have certain rules. Where none are shown, the following rules will apply:




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Learn something new for 2021

Refresh Whether you are looking to develop your career with a quali- fication, exploring your higher education options or looking to try something you have wanted to do for a while, take a look at Newbury College, your first choice technical and professional college. Retrain Newbury College focuses on offering programmes to support careers, not courses, with nation- ally recognised qualifications and professional courses. If you are interested in refreshing your skills to progress your career, or retraining to develop your poten- tial, explore your options today at adults Reward Improve your Microsoft Office skills, discover a new world with a new language or explore the vast array of creative art courses, just for you. Newbury College have a wide range of affordable options from one-day ‘Bitesize’ courses to much longer programmes. Apprenticeships Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to learn as you earn. They are a great step into the workplace for young adults, but did you know they are also an excellent way to develop your career within a business? An apprenticeship can be used by and offered to current employ- ees to upskill and develop a career. This training can be undertaken alongside your exist- ing role and employers benefit by utilising their apprenticeship

ment and learning and health and social care. Find out more at higher To be in with a chance of winning a bitesize course with Newbury College, answer the question below and put your answer in the Newbury College entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

Post Graduate qualifications, on your doorstep, helping you achieve a degree locally. UCN is partnering with local businesses, leading universities and awarding bodies to provide University level qualification in West Berkshire. Explore your opportunities in areas such as; business and finance, digital technologies, engineering, children’s develop-

levy (if they have a payroll of over £3m), making it a very viable method of training and development. Recognised as the leading standard for work-based training, there are many bene- fits for doing an apprenticeship or employing one. The achievement rate for Newbury College apprentices in 2018-19 was 12.5 per cent above national average. The College continues to work in partnership with many local employers, from small start-ups to well-known multinationals, providing high-quality appren- ticeship training. If your busi- ness is interested in utilising the

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Enjoy a more connectd Christmas

HEARING loss is a natural part of the aging process, but other factors such as exposure to loud noise, illness, infection, stroke, diabetes and smoking can all contribute to a loss of hearing. Most people with hearing loss (65 per cent) are actually younger than 65. Many of people don't notice the early signs of hearing loss because they slowly adjust to the change. Some of the common signs of hearing loss include: • Asking others to repeat themselves • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud • People telling you that you speak loudly • Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places • Feeling like other people mumble or slur their words On average, people wait 10 years between first noticing their hearing loss and finally taking action. But the sooner you do something about it the better. What makes Mary Hare Hearing Centre different? Mary Hare has been a trusted name in hearing care for over 135 years. Our Hearing Centre opened in Weavers Walk in Newbury town centre in 2006. We’re different from any other hearing care provider in Newbury as we’re the only dedicated hearing centre in the town, open Monday-Saturday, with experienced and highly qualified audiologists on-site,

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five days a week. The Hearing Centre supports the work of Mary Hare by donating 50 per cent of their profits towards the education of deaf children at Mary Hare School. Why choose Mary Hare Hearing Centre? At Mary Hare they offer a complete range of hearing services to meet your needs.

Services include: • A free initial assessment of your hearing • A comprehensive hearing test and a printed copy of your results • Aftercare for our hearing aid customers including: n Four-year warranty n Free batteries for four years

n A trial period tailored to you n Free follow up appointments n Free three-monthly hearing aid clean, check and service n Free regular reassessments n Free ear health checks including wax clearance Find out more at www.maryhare- To book your free initial hearing

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Celebrate at The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley

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THE Old Boot Inn at Stanford Dingley is a traditional 18th-century English pub and restaurant run by Rebecca and André. The couple were determined to bring The Old Boot Inn back to its former glory and have dedicated themselves to restoring the historic hostelry. Whether you’re local or travelling through, a warm welcome awaits you at The Old Boot. The pub offers traditional British pub classics with a contemporary touch, served alongside locally-brewed British ales and a selection of fine wines. Chef Istvan uses the freshest local ingredients to produce a varied menu catering for a wide range of tastes. In the winter you can warm yourself by the roaring fires or in warmer weather enjoy the family-friendly garden with fabulous views. The pub is dog-friendly and dogs are permitted in the bar and middle room as well as in the garden. There is also a conservatory that can be used for small private events. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and meet up with friends, for a drink or a meal out, the spacious surroundings and recent addition of a Teepee at The Old Boot Inn provides a safe and festive environment Dates for diary are: n December 1-23: Christmas Party set menu, lunch and dinner n Saturday, December 12: Children’s Christmas party and lunch n Boxing Day open for lunch, bookings only. The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley RG7 6LT T: (0118) 974 5191 Open Mon, Wed-Fri noon-11pm; Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-9pm To be in with a chance of winning dinner for two and a bottle of wine at The Old Boot Inn, answer the question on the right and put your answer in The Old Boot entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

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Cheers from Tutts Clump

Since 2006 our family have been making award-winning Cider and Perry in West Berkshire with full juice from Real fruit

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SINCE 2006 the Wale family has been making award-winning cider and perry with full juice from real fruit. Being sugar and gluten-free it’s also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Tutts Clump Cider is a family business that was set up in 2006 by Tim Wale. Tim – who is an agricultural/motor engineer by trade – was born in the hamlet of Tutts Clump in West Berkshire and still lives there. Tim is assisted by his wife and five daughters. Cider-making started as a hobby with production of some 25 litres. By 2013 they were using around 90 tonnes of home-counties grown apples and crafting some 60,000 litres of Proper Cider, which is increasing year on year. They do not filter, pasturise or carbonate their products and the only additives are sucralose and sulphites in small quantities. They do everything in-house and package in bottles, cans, bag in box, casks and kegs. Tutts Clump are also SALSA approved. To be in with a chance of winning a three-bottle pack from Tutts Clump, answer the question on the right and put your answer in the Tutts Clump entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

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A Legion of helpers

THE Valley Veterinary Group is a long-standing independent business with three sites across West Berkshire. Providing a high standard of veterinary care for the local community, they pride themselves on being a close-knit team who enjoy getting to know their patients and offer a tailored personal service. They have five veterinary surgeons, who all work across the three branches and where possible they will always aim for continuity of care, allowing you to see the veterinary surgeon of your choice. Christmas is often a busy time in the veterinary world with the ready availability of so many tasty treats – which some of our canine friends just cannot resist. Please do be aware that many of the Christmas foods we enjoy can be toxic to our pets – chocolate, dried fruit (mince pies, Christmas cake and pudding), macadamia nuts and, of course, alcohol should never be given to pets. It’s not just food – decorations can also prove irresistible to our pets. A cat who has ingested tinsel is certainly not an uncommon sight at the vets at Christmas time. Fireworks are another seasonal issue our beloved pets face every year, which for some can be an extremely traumatic experience. Please do contact the surgery for advice if you are concerned about this. There are lots of solutions they can discuss with you and decide what is most appropriate to try with your animal. Valley Vets wish all of their clients (and of course their patients) a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To be in with a chance of winning a £100 Amazon Valley Vets for all your pets needs

THE RBL was formed in 1921 to look after the needs of the service personnel and their dependants coming home after the First World War, and is still doing the same work now as conflicts continue throughout the world. Newbury RBL, based in Pelican Lane, encompasses two areas – the branches and the club which, although operating under different rules, work together for the same end product – the welfare of its members. The branch and women’s section is the welfare arm looking after the needs of the serving and ex-service community and their dependants – this can include mobility needs, white goods in homes or assistance with travel to hospital appointments. All welfare work is strictly confidential and the community support officer David Glover can be contacted via email: or telephone 07967775182. The legion organises the annual poppy appeal and attends various functions and events to put the work they do in the public eye. Newbury RBL also supports the Geenham memorials with a service on December 12 at noon every year, and assists the town council in any way they can. The club, which is the social side of the RBL, organises various events for members, including twice-weekly bingo, Friday night sing along and meat raffle, darts teams, snooker, monthly country and western evening and various Saturday evening entertainment, Sunday lunches and Sunday evening quiz. It all helps to raise money to assist the welfare team in their work. The club has a large hall and a smaller suite able to host weddings social gatherings and meetings and can cater from a finger buffet to a silver service dinner. As with all other organizations they always welcome new members who can give a little or a lot of their time to assist in carrying out their ever growing workload. You do not have to be ex-service to join the RBL – everyone is welcome at any age. Under 18s become youth members and there are cadet forces who are affiliated to the RBL and do sterling work. Hopefully some of the cadets will continue with their membership into adult life and provide the next generation of members.

If you wish to find out more information about the RBL branch and the women’s section and what it does for the community please contact branch secretary Keith Williams on 07785701721 or email or To contact the Club ring 01635 47415 email or 07555364775 To be in with a chance of winning Sunday lunch for two at the RBL Newbury, answer the question below and put your answer in the RBL Newbury form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

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Inspirational home decor Win £20 to spend on Lilac and Lily online

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LILAC and Lily is owned and run by Melanie Jung, who lives in Andover with her husband Peter and daughter Katie. She started Lilac and Lily one afternoon after browsing online for home decor bits and bobs. Melanie loves decorating and has spent a lot of hours over the years trying to create the perfect home, which is always a work in progress. Her real passion and love is for flowers, but they don’t last and can cost a small fortune, which led her to creating wonderful visual displays of artificial creations. Her designs are available on her site, along with a range of sumptuous ornaments for decorating the home, including some Christmas inspiration. To be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher to spend with Lilac and Lily online, answer the question on the right and put your answer in the Lilac and Lily entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

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Authentic Japanese, Korean and Asian food

SOYAMI is now in its second year at 62A Northbrook Street, Newbury. Available for takeaway and delivery, Soyami’s speciality is a Korean barbecue, a lovely way to warm up on a cold winter’s day. Soyami are passionate about quality fresh food and ingredients served at affordable prices. So visit them and try something different. Opening Hours: Mon: Lunch noon to 4pm; dinner closed Tue-Fri: Lunch noon to 4pm; dinner 5.30pm- 9.30pm Sat & Sun: Lunch noon to 4pm; dinner 5pm-9.30pm Telephone: (01635) 521836 To be in with a chance of winning a set meal for two, including a bottle of wine at Soyami, answer the question below on the right and put your answer in the Soyami entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

develop that old-fashioned flavour Walters Turkeys are renowned for. At this time of year please remember to shop locally and support businesses near you. For a list of stockists go to To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to be redeemed at Walters Turkeys, answer the question below and put your answer in the Walters Turkeys entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six. Free range turkeys for Christmas

CHRISTMAS is nearly here, but this year it is likely to be a little different. Due to Covid and the Rule of Six, the subject of what to eat on Christmas Day has become quite important. West Berkshire turkey producers Walters Turkeys rear high-quality Free Range and Organic turkeys. The turkeys can be found in lots of butchers and farm shops across the Newbury area and direct from the farm. It’s a family-run farm and passionate about the welfare of their award winning Christmas turkeys. To ensure that all customers get a turkey this Christmas, Walters Turkeys are asking customers to order their turkeys early. They said: “We are expecting demand for small turkeys to be higher, but equally we are seeing lots of orders for good-sized turkeys with people planning to cook lots of delicious leftover dishes or simply lots of crusty bread turkey sandwiches which you can’t beat.” One lovely idea is people buying a large turkey and sharing it with neighbours who maybe can’t manage to cook and helping to spread the Christmas cheer. All the turkeys are dry-plucked and hand-finished on the farm and are then hung for up to two weeks in purpose-built refrigerated rooms. This ensures the turkeys are moist and tender and

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PHOTO SCANNING SERVICE I can transfer your old photos into digital files and help you create unique gifts for Christmas and Birthday presents. I can convert (scan): • printed photos • 35mm slides • 35mm negatives I can create: • new prints and enlargements • photo books & other gifts or I can just give you the digital files back If you are not inclined or able to transfer your own photographic archive into digital format then I can do it for you and either help you create new photographic based items or do it all for you. Contact David at Stockcross Photographic Services email: web: tel: 07962 218 574

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Find us at Pandora’s Box Emporium, Faraday Road, Newbury RG14 2AD Open: Monday-Friday 10:30am - 5:30pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4pm 07586 500369

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Fresh produce from Fisher of Newbury

FOUNDED in 1985 by GrahamWilks, Thatcham Butchers have been supplying discerning chefs for 35 years. Although the business is now run by his son Nigel, Graham is still to be found on the factory floor most mornings ensuring our high standards are always maintained. Many members of the team have been with Thatcham Butchers for more than 20 years, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience. In recent years they have invested in the installation of a dry-air maturing chamber containing close to 1,000kg of Himalayan Salt bricks. Their dry-aged products are in high demand, and receive many five-star reviews. All their sausages and burgers are made in house, with many flavours and sizes available. Operating mainly as a supplier of highest quality products to five-star hotels and restaurants, Thatcham Butchers also provide a retail option, offering bespoke packs and individual items allowing you to enjoy restaurant quality products in the comfort of your own home. Thatcham Butchers also has an online store and offers a click and collect service. They have plenty of free parking available and are fully compliant with the restrictions and rules in place due to the Covid 19 pandemic, with pre-payment and orders being brought out to your car for you. Please visit the online shop for more information, and to see their Christmas offerings. Please follow their Facebook page for regular updates on seasonal products and special offers. Friendly service from Thatcham Butchers

FISHER of Newbury is a friendly, family-run local business that has been serving Newbury and its surrounding area with the best-quality fresh fruit and vegetables for more than 70 years. From humble beginnings in the 1940s as Newbury’s greengrocer, they have grown to become the region’s leading supplier of fresh produce in areas across Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. With decades of experience, their buyers carefully select only the best-quality fruit and vegetables overnight, every night, from Covent Garden Market and from a range of local suppliers – which means they can deliver this great produce direct to their customers’ doors the next morning. Fisher of Newbury provides a reliable, profes- sional and personal service, which is what helps them build long lasting relationships with their customers. From their online store, Fisher of Newbury offers a full selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, along- side a range of dairy and kitchen essentials, from both local suppliers and premium national brands. Fisher of Newbury also offers a range of Christmas essentials – from hand-made Christ- mas puddings to Peter’s Yard crackers for your cheeseboard. All of this is offered for low-cost home delivery in the local area, or for collection from their distribution centre in Hambridge Lane, Newbury. To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher from Fisher, redeemable against an order (collection only), answer the question on the right and put your answer in the Fisher of Newbury entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

Thatcham Butchers wish all their customers a happy and safe Christmas, and look forward to welcoming new friends in 2021. To be in with a chance of winning a £50 meat voucher from Thatcham Butchers, answer the question below and put your answer in the Thatcham Butchers entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six. Win £50 voucher to spend with Thatcham Butchers Question: Where do Thatcham Butchers’ salt bricks come from?

Win £50 voucher to spend with Fisher of Newbury Question: What decade in the 20th century did Fisher of Newbury begin trading?

A local family run business, we have been supplying quality meat to discerning chefs for over 35 years.

WE ARE NOW TAKING CHRISTMAS ORDERS Choose from our large selection of fruits, vegetables, dairy and groceries Home deliveries and collections are available Monday to Saturday Secure your delivery or collection slot now

We now offer an online store, enabling you to enjoy restaurant quality meat in the comfort of your own home. Please order through our website for safe contactless collection with ample free parking.

Christmas doesn’t get easier than this please visit our website Order online : click and collect

Call 01635 33066 email Unit 8B Arnhem Rd, Newbury RG14 5RU

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A hamper of goodies from Newbury Building Society

BOXING Day takes its name from a custom of giving presents called ‘Christmas boxes’. These boxed were given to trades people for their work throughout the year and were traditionally made from wood or clay. So, following a year of difficult challenges and unprecedented change, treat yourself to the Boxing Day you deserve. Newbury Building Society wants you to take a well-earned break and celebrate in style by giving you the chance to win a Boxing Day hamper, valued at £175, from Harvey Nichols. The stylish wicker hamper is full of indulgent sweet and savoury treats for you to enjoy. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll find brandy butter, a clas- sic Christmas pudding, milk chocolate thins, Christmas biscuits, raspberry ripple sweeties and golden almonds. If you prefer savoury spoils, you will enjoy chilli biscuits, spicy mango and chilli relish, and green olives. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with two bottles of Harvey Nichols’ best-selling New World wines and a bottle of Damson gin. Alternatively, enjoy a cup of Harvey Nichols’ house blend coffee or Assam tea. To be in with a chance of winning a Harvey Nichols hamper valued at £175 from Newbury Building Society, answer the question on the right and put your answer in the Newbury Building Society entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six.

Win a Harvey Nichols hamper from Newbury Building Society Question: What two materials

were traditional Christmas boxes made from?

Merry Christmas from all of us at Newbury Building Society BOXING DAY HAMPER WIN A F R O M H A R V E Y N I C H O L S

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Some ho ho ho panto jokes to lighten the mood - oh yes they will!

What’s beautiful, grey and wears glass slippers? Cinderellephant!

Who in Treasure Island has a parrot that cries ‘Pieces of four, Pieces of four’? Short John Silver!

On which side of the house did Jack’s beanstalk grow? The outside!

Christmas sorted at The Woodpecker

What did Cinderella say when the chemist lost her photographs? Someday my prints will come!

What’s the scariest pantomime? Ghouldilocks and the three bears!

I wouldn’t let that Cinderella play on my hockey team. Why not? She keeps running away from the ball!

VISIT The Woodpecker for Christmas Day lunch or book your party in their beautiful marquee. The Woodpecker is near Wash Water, just off the A34 and only three miles from Newbury. They are open seven days a week and serve popular pub food everyday. The menu includes a fantastic choice of main meals and light bites, plus the daily specials, all of which can be enjoyed in the cosy restaurant room. And if it’s just a drink and a catch-up with friends or the football, the bar is open all day and the ideal place to enjoy live sports from Sky. But do get there early if you fancy a seat on the warm, comfy sofa or near the woodburner – they are both popular spots. Take part in their Christmas raffle in aid of Ding- ley’s Promise on December 20 and a Christmas Quiz on December 16. The Woodpecker, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LU T: (01635) 43027.

To be in with a chance of winning a meal for two with a bottle of wine at The Woodpecker, answer the question below and put your answer in The Woodpecker entry form on page 2. Send your entry to the address on page six. Win a meal for two with a bottle of wine Question: Which charity is The Woodpecker supporting this year ?

What kind of pet did Aladdin have? A flying car-pet!

Who’s that little girl who wears a red cape and goes round shouting ‘knickers’ at the Big Bad Wolf ? That's Little Rude Riding Hood!

Father Christmas: I like the story about the girl who steals from the rich and gives it all to Granny. Elf: That’s Little Red Robin Hood!

What’s a ghost’s favourite Christmas entertainment? A phantomime!

Why was Cinderella such a poor football player? She had a pumpkin for a coach!

Elf: My favourite film is about the man who casts spells in the middle of a swamp. Father Christmas: Thats called The Wizard of Ooze!


CHRISTMAS PARTY TIME STARTERS Carrot and Coriander Soup (GF, V) Prawn and Salmon Cocktail (GF) Breaded Mushrooms Fan of Melon with Raspberry sauce (GF, VE, V) MAINS Fresh Turkey Crown (GF) Pork Loin with apple, cider brandy sauce (GF) Vegan Wellington Slice Served with Roast Potatoes or New Potatoes, Pigs in Blanket, Brussel Sprouts, Honey Roasted Parsnips and Carrots DESERTS Xmas Pudding served with Brandy Sauce Popping Bucks Fizz Cheesecake (GF, V) Belgian Chocolate and Clementine Torte (GF, VE) Crème Brulee Cheesecake Tarte (GF, V) Price Per Person 1 Course £16.95 - 2 Course £19.95 - 3 Courses £22.95 Available 23rd November till 23rd December 2020 A deposit of £10.00 per person is required when booking Pre orders are required at time of booking

STARTERS Smoked Haddock, Fishcake (GF) Spiced Parsnip and Honey Soup (V) Pork, Duck Liver and Port Pate (GF) Fan of Melon with Raspberry Sauce (GF, V, VE) MAINS Fresh Turkey Crown (GF) Glazed Salmon served with a Plum, Honey and Star Anise Sauce Rump Steak Brie and Beetroot Tart in a Kale Pastry (GF, V) Served with Roast Potatoes or New Potatoes, Pigs in Blanket, Brussel Sprouts, Honey Roasted Parsnips and Carrots DESSERTS Xmas Pudding Served with Brandy Sauce Truffle Torte with a Gold Shimmering Profiterole served with Vanilla Pod Ice-cream Belgian Chocolate & Clementine Torte served with Orange Sorbet (GF) Sherry Trifle Cheesecake served with Raspberry Sorbet

Cheese and Biscuits (extra £5.00) Followed by Coffee and Mince Pies

Price Per Person £54.50 Children’s Price £29.75 A deposit of £10.00 per person is required when booking Pre orders are required before middle of November

Wash Common, Newbury, RG20 0LU. Tel: 01635 43027

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