Buon giorno! Or – as it feels like we’re friends – ciao a tutti! (Ok, that’s enough Italian, now). Exciting news for Twyford, however, as the village’s first ever Italian market arrives in town on Friday, September 4th. We heard from Gordon Storey of Twyford Village Partnership that Waitrose has given the go-ahead to use land between the store and London Road for this “Italia in Piazza” event. Lovers of delicious Italian produce should head along from 10am (set-up for stallholders is from 7am) until mid-afternoon. If you’re interested in taking out a free stall, or for any other queries, call Gordon on 0780 951966.
In keeping with the family fun theme of this issue of Round & About, parents are invited to bring their youngsters to a fun day on Thursday, August 6th, from 12noon to 4pm. The event, organised by Wokingham Borough Council, takes place in Kings Field, off Blakes Road and features highlights including a bake-off competition, arts and crafts stalls, a bouncy castle, fire engine and refreshments. For more information, call 01189 782494.
Pats on the back all round, with this Rambling! An excellent cause which is well worth highlighting is Camp Mohawk in Highfield Lane near Wargrave (RG10 8PU), which is a multi-functional day centre for children and young people with special needs, and their families. I have Wokingham Lions to thank for alerting me to the great work this trust does, providing a secure, caring and non-judgmental environment for children and young people (aged eight to 19) with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome, where they can play, socialise and learn. Now, a thank you, to all of your readers who attended The Lions Club’s May Fayre event and help swell the profits from this community event to record levels. A cheque for £5,000 was presented to Chris Wilcox, Camp Mohawk’s centre manager, to launch new youth groups in September. Those from age eight to 13 participate in swimming, circus skills, pottery, archery and bush craft. The older groups enjoy activities at the camp, as well as in the surrounding area, including trips to the cinema, go-karting and restaurant dinners. “From September 2015, Camp Mohawk is launching a number of new youth groups for children and young people with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder,” says Mr Wilcox. “The demand has been overwhelming, and we are already fully booked. These activity-based groups will run throughout both the term and the school holidays, and will give children the support and understanding that they need to develop, grow and make long-lasting friends. This generous donation from the Wokingham Lions Club will go a long way towards funding the various activities, trips out, and other costs associated with the running of these valuable groups.”
Twyford Village Partnership is all about encouraging the community to ‘spend it in Twyford’. And what better way to do this than by announcing the winners of the business awards? In case you didn’t attend, the TVP held a great evening, thanks to Millgate Homes and Buratta’s, giving well-deserved pats on the back to all the winners. Business of the year is Bridge House Nursing Home, with Twyford Windows and Mullie estate agents gaining runner-up spots. The community award goes to Waitrose and Tesco and business support award to Gareth Jones of Sports Alive Photography, and Asya Barskaya of ABL Photography. The best individual performance award goes to Neil Cartwright of Million Media, a digital marketing agency and the environmental award goes to Nick Barnes of Mulberry Plants. New business award goes to Sandra and Max of the delightful deli Alexandrina Victoria. Helen Ferguson of Time Finders won in the best charity support award category and Ron Yeadon of Blue Sky won the Piggott mentoring award. Paul Cassidy of ARC Counselling won in the best new member category, personal trainer Jacqui Watts won the health and wellbeing award, Robert and Clare of Floor Store won the Comets sponsorship; Patrick Heather, the TVP’s outgoing chairman received the chairman’s award from Daniel Taylor and Nikki Ochtman of RG10 Magazine won the Gordon’s award. Gordon Storey of the TVP said: “I would love to write down everything each winner did to deserve their award – but it would take hours! We all agreed on the night that our Business Group has had another great year, and each winner richly deserved their success. Congratulations again to them all!” Well said!
Oh, and while we’re on the Twyford Village Partnership, now’s a good time to tell you about the group’s next meeting. This is on 7th September, at 5.45pm at Buratta’s in Ruscombe Lane (RG10 9JN), featuring a special event on Local Sales & Marketing with advice on how get to even more business from customers here on our doorstep.
Want the perfect summer recipe? Yes, of course, lovely Lyn Deveson can help you with delicious ice cream ideas in this issue. But also, Pimm’s, beer and fish and chips, which are all on the menu for a very British Proms Evening at St Mary’s Church in Station Road, Twyford (RG10 9NT) on September 12th. Make a date for this event, when giant screen will be erected to show a live performance of the Last Night of The Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London. There will also be a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to mark her status as the longest-serving British monarch. Organisers anticipate a night of celebrations with dancing in the aisles, flag-waving and at the close of the evening the joining of hands for Auld Lang Syne – all without leaving Twyford! This is the third time that members of St Mary’s have staged a proms event with the proceeds going to charity. The first half of the evening features a performance by Stage Fright, a local drama-based charity that runs imaginative workshops for young people. This will be followed by the harmonies from the “Work in Progress” Barbershop Quartet, followed by dynamic young soloist, Lucy Scotchmer on the cello. The live link-up with the BBC features the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marin Alsop. Victory Stride, Peer Gynt Op 23, Boogie Woogie Etude and The Sound of Music. Then comes the traditional climax with singing and flag-waving to Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. The evening in St Mary’s will close with the now traditional Pipe Major in full regimental dress who will play Auld Lang Syne to the stirring sound of the bagpipe. Doors open at 6pm when the bell ringers will give a demonstration bell ringing and there will be escorted tours of the church tower plus the opportunity for some to ring one of the church bells. The evening starts at 7.15pm and proceeds will be divided be between Age Concern and Yeldall Manor. Tickets go on sale from 17th August and are available from Brighton’s Newsagent in Twyford and the church office on 01189 344792 or 01189 340642.
Do you have a love of flowers and plants? If so Twyford and Ruscombe Floral Art Club is the club for you! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, friendship and flowers, which is a pretty nice mix, I’m sure you’ll agree? Members meet on the second Tuesday of the month (except August) at Jubilee Hall, Formerly St Patrick’s Church in Park View Drive North, Charvil (RG10 9QY) at 7.30pm. From September you’ll find a relaxing evening guaranteed, either watching and learning how to create stunning floral arrangements or having a go yourself. You’ll enjoy demonstrations by area and national demonstrators, a sales table and raffle, excursions, flower-arranging sessions and competitions. If you would like to know more please call Pearl Stephenson on 01189 343024.
Age Concern Bracknell Forest continue to hold a weekly Get Together at New Priestwood Community Centre every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. Sessions start on 12th August. Join the group for different acitivities each week for the body and brain, including quizzes, games, gentle exercise, guest speakers and entertainment. There’s no need to book – you can just turn up. Sessions are £2, including refreshments. Some transport may be available. Call Sue at Age Concern Bracknell Forest on 01344 862916 if you have any questions.
You generous people of Wargrave are urged to take part in the Ride & Stride event on Saturday, September 22th. All money raised from the endeavour will be split between the Berkshire Churches Trust and a church of the walker’s choice. For more information, call St Mary’s Church warden Christine Walker on 01189 403749.
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