AGM and Luncheon

Sun 28th Jan 2018

Congratulations to St Bart's for winning the Get Berkshire Active, Active Secondary School - Award

The school would like to thank everyone for their votes and support.


Mary Taylor (1929 - 2018)

Mary came from London to Newbury at the outbreak of World War II with her parents, sister Valerie and brother John.  After leaving Newbury County Girls’ School, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music, and was a piano teacher for sixty years – privately and at St. Gabriel’s School.  Mary also played for Miss Iris Brooks’s dancing classes at Cheam School where pupils included Prince Charles.

Mary had a beautiful voice and she sang in St. George’s Choir, Wash Common from 1940 until her recent illnesses.  She married childhood sweetheart Raymond at St. George’s in 1955 and they had two children, Tim and Anna.

St. George’s was always close to Mary’s heart.  She was on the Parochial Church Council and also took Adult Confirmation Classes; she was sacristan and she arranged flowers.  For decades Mary helped at fêtes and bazaars and belonged to the Mother’s Union.

Each summer Mary and Raymond gave garden parties for the over 65s – for over thirty years – and together they started the Wash Common Garden and Craft Show in 1984.

Mary will be greatly missed not only by her close family but her friends and former pupils whose lives she also enriched.

John Gibbons

Consent Form (pdf)

Peter Holloway

(8 November 1927 to 30 August 2018)

Peter was born in Caversham in 1927 ,the only child of William and Elsie. Attending Bucklebury School and subsequently Newbury Grammar School where  he excelled in sport, particularly cricket.

After a period of National Service in the RAF he began his teaching career at Midgham School, then a move to St John’s school Reading and then to Winchcombe School in Newbury. He then had a spell as Deputy Head in Kingsclere School before his final position as Head in Eccchinswell School, until retirement in 1987.

Cricket played an important part in Peter’s life. Peter became a prodigious batsman in the Berkshire region playing for Cold Ash, Thatcham and Newbury Cricket Clubs scoring many centuries. He was captain at Newbury Cricket Club during an era in the late 1970’s when the Club was at its peak.  He was less known for his bowling but his best figures were 9-19 playing for Old Barts Old Boys against the school 1st XI in 1983, aged 56, his son Richard being one of the victims!.

On reaching 50 Peter took up golf which was to be his main interest for the rest of his life, even playing weeks before he passed away. During 38 years as a member of Newbury & Crookham Golf Club he was secretary and captain to the Over 60’s section. He achieved 5 holes in one, the latest at age 87.  

Closer to home Peter was an active gardener, contributing to the Curridge and Cold Ash Horticultural Societies, regularly winning prizes for his roses and vegetable exhibitions.  

Thorough his life Peter was a fanatical supporter of Reading Football Club, supporting them from his first game in 1934, possessing a season ticket throughout the club’s tenure at the Madjeski Stadium. We believe he was the longest serving supporter of the Club. 

Peter was always actively involved in the local Newbury Probus Club.  

Peter lived an extremely active and fulfilling life, looking to keep busy every day, and keeping fit, surprising many people about his actual age.

Peter leaves his wife Ann, who he was married to for 58 years, his two children Richard and Alison, and five grandchildren Emily, Nicholas, Olivia, James and Thomas.

Richard Holloway


Old Newburians who fell in the First World War

A display of the Old Newburians who fell in the war is ready for the final First World War exhibition at the Town Hall. It will be on display from Thursday this week (8th Nov).

World Wars Exhibition

08/11/2018 - 18/11/2018  

Newbury Town Council, The Old Town Hall, Marketplace, Newbury RG14 5AA, UK

Ann Maisey (ONA Sec.) Lays the Wreath on Remembrance Day in Newbury

Annual General Meeting and Lunch.


The Annual General Meeting precedes the Lunch

Donnington Valley Golf Club
Snelsmore House
Sun 20th January 2019
at 11.00am
The Meeting will be followed by a 3-course Lunch
12.30 for 1.00pm
Price £25

Please reserve your place by contacting the President; Patricia Ray, 8 The Marlowes, Newbury, RG14 7AY; Tel. No. 01635-45898 or email to Please state if you wish to have the vegetarian option and also gluten free.

Please book and pay for tickets by 5th Jan 2019