NEW OPEN­INGS

Berkshire Life - - This Month -

loved by celebs and the pub­lic alike, will soon be open­ing in the Peach Place de­vel­op­ment in Wok­ing­ham.

The high-end frozen food re­tailer Cook is also com­ing to Rose Street, plus Water­stones will be open­ing a new book­shop in the town in time for Christ­mas.

As we went to press,

was about to open at the wa­ter­side lo­ca­tion of Chapel Arches, Bridge Av­enue in Maiden­head. An all-day, nomem­ber­ship place to eat, drink, work and so­cialise, the club aims to pro­vide a real hub for the com­mu­nity. The menu fo­cuses on thought­ful, un­fussy, Euro­pean food from small plates and snacks to grilled mains, sour­dough piz­zas and healthy snacks.

Grade-II listed Vic­to­rian

– for­merly owned and op­er­ated by Brack­nell For­est Coun­cil – has just been sold with the help of Christie

& Co to Ac­tive Hos­pi­tal­ity. The im­pres­sive prop­erty set in acres of ma­ture wood­land and gar­dens will now un­dergo a sub­stan­tial re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme to al­low it to host a grow­ing num­ber of wed­dings and spe­cial events.

The de­vel­op­ment of a

in Maiden­head has been marked by the visit of Com­mon­wealth sil­ver medal­list in the sport, John McGuin­ness; the cur­rent Cap­tain of the Eng­land Na­tional Team. The project is the cul­mi­na­tion of many years of work be­tween Sor­bon Es­tates and Des­bor­ough Bowl­ing Club, and the new state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity in Green Lane will in­clude a club­house, an eight-rink in­door green and a six-rink out­door green.

THE GIFT OF GIV­ING

It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year for many, but Christ­mas can be hard on oth­ers. Fig­ures re­leased by End Child Poverty ear­lier this year high­lighted the de­pri­va­tion chil­dren are liv­ing un­der in Read­ing, Wok­ing­ham, Brack­nell and West Berk­shire, re­veal­ing al­most a quar­ter of kids in Read­ing are liv­ing on the poverty line. It makes you stop and think about the ma­te­ri­al­ism of Christ­mas...

At First Days char­ity in Hurst, Read­ing, they are help­ing fam­i­lies at a time of cri­sis – when they need some­thing for their chil­dren and can’t af­ford it. First Days are also de­vel­op­ing ser­vices that give par­ents sup­port to ad­dress some of the causes of their fi­nan­cial prob­lems. This Christ­mas, they’re also run­ning a Se­cret Santa cam­paign, ask­ing for do­na­tions to First Days in­stead of buy­ing nov­elty items for col­leagues in the of­fice. Do join in – we’re lov­ing their fes­tive spirit.

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