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Warming up for Christmas is the weekend when Thatcham Town starts the festive countdown to Christmas.
Thatcham Christmas Lights Switch -On is on Friday 6th December with activity from 5.00-8.00pm and the lights switched on at 7.00pm. This year some of the traditional content for the very young has been moved to Saturday into a new event called Festive Family Fun which will take place on The Broadway from 10.00am-4.00pm. On Sunday, Thatcham Rotary and District organise The Great Thatcham Santa Fun Run with activity starting from 11.00am.

We are pleased to announce we have a sponsor for The Christmas Lights Switch-On AND Festive Family Fun day, McCarthy and Stone whose sponsorship have enabled us to bring some additional attractions to the festivities. Highlights will be new lights around the Broadway. Our Christmas Tree will be sparkling, supported by Oakley Green Conservatories and both sides of The Broadway closed to traffic from 1.00pm for increased safety and enjoyment on the night. A brand new solar powered stage with a covers band The Doolallys (ex The Dooleys) will be playing festive songs after the light switch on until 8.00pm. Familiar favourites will be performing on stage including:

  • Kennet and Trinity School Choirs
  • Read Theatre School
  • KATS
  • St Marys Church Choir and Carol sing a long
  • And of course, Santa will be making a rare appearance!

On the Broadway and around Town there will be Kennet Radio, Santa and Sleigh (presented by Newbury and District Lions), Treasure Hunt, Steam Engine and Festive stalls and refreshments from communities around Thatcham. Look out and help us pick Thatcham business and retailers best dressed window display as this year, in addition to The Mayor’s favourite (which will be announced in the evening of the switch-on), there will be ‘The Peoples Window’ with the public able to vote for their favourite window display and the winning display announced in The Newbury Weekly News on Thursday December 12th. The carpark at The Kingsland Centre will be free for the day thanks to West Berkshire Council.
Festive Family Fun on Saturday 7th is turning out to be a do not miss this day for families with a host of stage entertainment and other attractions including :
-Cold Ash Brass Band
-West Berkshire Rock Choir
-Primary School choirs of Thatcham Park and Whiteland’s Park
-Ruddock Academy of Irish Dance
-Jolly Pop’s Snow Sisters singing songs from the latest musicals
There will also be a Christmas Grotto, Festive Farm, Children’s fun fair rides and Community Stalls. Thatcham Town Council have also arranged for free car-parking all day at The Kingsland Centre Carpark to support local businesses and Festive Family Fun day.
On Sunday, The Great Thatcham Santa Run (organised by Thatcham and District Rotary Club) starts at 11.00am when around 250 people raise money for charity by running in festive Santa attire. For further details see:
Mayor of Thatcham Councillor Mike Cole said, ‘ Thatcham has a vibrant community spirit and I am delighted that the Council have enhanced the weekend to run from the Friday evening lights turn-on through a full events programme on Saturday and ending with the Rotary Santa Fun Run on Sunday to really Warm up for Christmas.
McCarthy and Stone, the retirement developer behind the Turner Place and William House developments in Thatcham, has given Thatcham Town Council a boost with sponsorship to support ‘Warming up for Christmas’. Geoff Bates, Head of Marketing at McCarthy and Stone South, commented: “The Thatcham Christmas Light Switch- On and Festive Family Fun day are fantastic events which bring the community together for Christmas, and we are looking forward to joining the celebrations.

Warming up for Christmas December 6th-8th, Thatcham Town Centre

Warming up for Christmas is the weekend when Thatcham Town starts the festive countdown to Christmas. Thatcham Christmas Lights Switch -On is on Friday 6th December with activity from 5.00-8.00pm and the lights switched on at 7.00pm. This year some of the traditional content for the very young has been moved to Saturday into a … more

Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) vacancy

Pay Scale SCP 29 – 32, commencing £15,580 per annumPart-time – 18 hours per week RESPONSIBLE TO   Town Clerk RESPONSIBLE FOR Finance Officer (p/t) INTRODUCTIONThe Responsible Financial Officer is responsible for the financial management of the Town Council and is fundamental in ensuring the Town Council’s sound financial operation and compliance with the Local Audit and Accountability … more

Design the Mayors Christmas Card

Cllr Mike Cole, Town Mayor of Thatcham sends out a lot of Christmas cards each year, including one to Her Majesty the Queen! This year he challenges the community to enter his Design the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition and design the cards that he will send out. There are two categories: Under 16s and ages … more


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Level Crossing – Overnight Closure

Crookham Hill, Thatcham will be closed at the level crossing overnight on Monday 21st Oct 2019 while Network Rail repair potholes and repaint road markings. The closure will be in place from approx. 11pm on Mon 21st until approx. 6am on Tues 22nd Oct 2019. During the closure all through traffic will be diverted via … more

Engaging with Nature

Project volunteers at The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham Call Emily Williams on 01635 874381 or email

Emergency Closure – Park Lane

Please note Park Lane in Thatcham is currently closed because of a sewer pipe collapse. It is believed the closure will be place from today (27th Sept) and will remain so until the 25th October 2019. The location is between the junction of Parkside Road and the Heath Lane/Floral Way roundabout. An alternative route (this … more

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

If you have spare time and have thought about volunteering in Thatcham but not sure who for, then you can be matched up quickly by contacting our volunteer partners, The Volunteer Centre West Berkshire. Just visit their site where you can fill in a simple form where you list your interests, skills and passions … more


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