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Article posted on 23 December 2013 Leave a Comment

Our Wash Common Total petrol station has now closed and work on the site has recently begun.  You may have noticed our petrol station’s moment of fame, or is that infamy, a couple of months back when the national news was highlighting the disparity in petrol prices.  Now it’s gone and we await the arrival of Sainsbury’s.  I, like many others, am concerned about the effect that a local Sainsbury’s will have on our parade of shops and particularly Budgens.  Budgens, through its manager Mike Eastlea, has been an integral part and generous benefactor to the local community over the years; I really do hope that Budgens will survive with a Sainsbury’s here too.

At almost the same time our local ‘Your Pets’ shop has closed down too which highlights the struggle to survive financially as a retail outlet on Wash Common.  Did you know that the rates for retail space are higher up here in Wash Common than down in the centre of Newbury?  I assume that is at least in part because there are a greater number of retail outlets and therefore competition to sell retail space in the centre of Newbury (I am happy to be corrected by anyone ‘in the know’).  The good news to share is that a local family are well on with negotiations and looking to set up a café where the pet shop was.  Personally, I’m delighted at that prospect and think they have a good chance of making a success of it.  I often see fellow Wash Commoners in the Costa or M&S café in the Retail Park and am sure many would be tempted instead to a café closer to home.  I also think that a café on the parade would help to bring footfall and customers to the other shops on the parade.  Our next edition of the Wash Commoner is in February; hopefully we’ll have a café by then and we can get an article into the magazine about it and its owners.

If that weren’t enough change, The Bowlers Arms has a new landlord with Richard Hayman at the helm.  Richard used to own the Madagascan Gin Palace and Bar Cuba in Newbury and more recently managed the catering at Deanwood Park Golf Club.  He’s also a local with children at Falkland and St Bart’s schools.  We wish him all the best in this new venture…I’m looking forward to having a Christmas dinner there soon.

That just leaves me to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas (well, at least after the mad dash towards it!) and a hope-filled New Year!

Do join us for any of our Christmas services and events.


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