Social Media Training for Community Groups & Buildings

Community buildings and village halls are valuable and essential venues for playgroups, dance classes, spots activities, adult education, meeting, family celebrations and other activities.. Community events and groups provide key social opportunities for people to come together to celebrate or link-up with neighbours and others from their village, town or surrounding area.

This session will give volunteers that run or organise these a greater understanding of social media and how it can be used as a key marketing tool to help them promote their club, group, building or event, improve bookings/attendance and keep people informed and up-to-date on information.

Ran by a Social Media Expert & Senior Marketing Manager at Yell the training will cover:

  • Facebook – what is most appropriate for your community asset or group – business page, group or personal page. How to engage with Facebook Live, creating events, getting reviews, creating posts with accompanying imagery, different post types.
  • Twitter – how to post (character limits), respond, add photos/videos, use hashtags, how to find & join in local conversations.
  • Instagram – image formats and filters, using hashtags and locations.
  • Google My Business – the benefit of adding location to Google Maps, imagery, reviews etc.
  • – Benefit of listing your hall or group as another marketing opportunity

    Once the theory part of the session is over there will be the opportunity to ask many questions and to put your knowledge into motion straight away by bringing along your laptop and beginning to set up or improve your social media presence.

    This training is FREE for CCB & CBAS Members or £10 for non- member. Delicious refreshments will be provided. To book please click here.

Christmas Fair at Douai Pavilion

Sunday 18th November

10.00am – 7.00pm – What’s on guide and timings attached

Whether you are starting your Christmas shopping, or even finishing it Douai Christmas Market is the place to come for all those wonderful gifts!

We have so many different stalls that you are sure to find what you are looking for.

But don’t come just to shop we have:-

Santa’s Grotto for the children and lots of games with great prizes to win!

You can also buy your tree.

We have a fully Licensed Bar with Mulled wine and hot drinks and a great variety of food stalls selling hot scrumptious food.

Best of all we have musical performances throughout the day.

Sing along to Christmas Carols with Pangbourne Brass Band, or rock away with the Rock Choir. Woolhampton Primary School will be performing some of their and your favourite songs and then we have Emily Craig taking us into the early evening singing classics from the 60’s to current day.

Emily recently performed at Ronnie Scott’s in London!!

What more could you want for a great day out and to get you in the festive spirit?

Don’t miss out on our great Raffle prizes – who wouldn’t want a dinner voucher for £100 from the Royal Oak in Yattendon or a personally signed England Rugby piece of kit from Brad Shields? Not to mention a golf lesson from Bishops wood Pro. Golfer – Steve Ward and lots more!!!!

Free admission and parking

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CCB Reducing Home Energy Costs across Berkshire

In October, Helen provided a training session on all aspects of reducing home energy costs, to Community Engagement Officers in Wokingham.  They estimated they would be able to cascade the information to over 500 members of the community that they support in the next six months.

Deana Humphries, Manager of Wokingham Community Engagement Team said “The training provided was really helpful and informative. We work with customers who can be isolated and vulnerable, and who quite often have debt issues. Having the knowledge and confidence in providing them with the right advice to help them get not only cheaper gas and electricity, but also discounts grants, and also teach them ways of reducing their costs, will prove invaluable in extending the services we provide.”

Helen is putting on a training session for professionals who work with low-income and vulnerable groups on January 23rd 2019. This will cover signposting and advising clients on ways they can reduce their home energy costs, and making significant cost savings, including claiming The Warm Home Discount of £140. To Book please use this link:

Newbury Santa Fun Run

The event is organised by Newbury Rotary Club Volunteers assisted and sponsored by Newbury Bid. The object is to have fun and to raise money for worthy causes. Entries fees after payment of costs, which are kept to an absolute minimum, will be donated to Naomi House & Jacksplace, the West Berkshire Therapy Centre and other Rotary Club supported charities. Runners are invited to raise money for their own good causes using this event.

Please read all the information on this page before registering at the bottom as this will constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions.

Download a map of all the routes here.

Date: Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Place: The Market Place, Newbury RG14 5AA


9:30 Event opens and Runners book in and receive official vest label with runner number.

10:45 Pre-Fun Run Warm Up.

11:00 Race Starts.

12:30 Event Ends.

Entry Fee: Adults £15, Under 18’s £10, under 8’s £7

All runners will receive a Santa Suit (available in various sizes and styles). Suits to be collected with proof of registration from collection points in Newbury or on the day. Instructions how to collect suits will be emailed following registration. Those that complete the Run will receive an engraved medal.


Start from Market Place, Northbrook Street, Parkway, Victoria Park, back to Market  Place (Children’s route finishes here), Northcroft, Speen, back to finish at Market Square. Distance = 5Km, childrens’ route 1Km.

Registration and Payment:

This is to be done via the Newbury Rotary Club Website via the link on this page. Suits will be available for collection from Saturday 17th November. You are encouraged to collect your Santa Suits from the Newbury collection sites. Suits can also be collected from the Market Place from 10 am on the day of the event.

Terms and Conditions:

This is a Fun Run which is not timed so is not a race. Runners can walk as much as they like. The route goes through public areas (streets, shopping areas etc.) and the public, bystanders and supporters should be treated with respect and given priority. Be aware, the public will be of all ages – old, young, fit and not so fit and may have pets in tow.

There will be qualified First Aiders present, but participants are responsible for their own safety, including their fitness to do the event.

Young Runners – Children (5-12 yrs.), Young People (13-17 yrs.)

Ages are considered at 1 December 2018. All Young People (13-17) and Children (5-12) can only compete with the permission of their parent or guardian who are responsible for their safe conduct and behaviour throughout the event. Children from 5-12 must be accompanied by the responsible adult throughout the event. Children from 5-7 must only do the short (1 km) route.

Road Crossings:

A good deal of the route is in the Newbury Town centre pedestrian area. However, some crossings of roads and driveways are necessary and there is a section of road (Speen Lane) with no footway. Although Marshals will be assisting at key points, Runners will be crossing or running along live roads at their own risk and must obey the Highway Code. Those who are responsible for Young People (13-17) must ensure that the Young People understand and will abide by these conditions.

If you have read and agree to the above conditions, please click on the Link below to register and pay for your entry. Have an enjoyable and worthwhile day. Please contact or ring 01635 42027 if you have any questions. The allowed entry numbers are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.


Some photographs will be taken for publicity purposes which Newbury Rotary and Visit Newbury may want to use on their websites. If you should not want photographs taken of individuals in your group, please let us know at registration. We will provide a tag so as to make every effort to exclude them from photos taken under our control.

Click here to register

New FREE Training Announced: Energy Advice for Practitioners & Volunteers

Energy Advice for Practitioners & Volunteers – Douai Pavilion, Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7 5TG

10am – 12pm – Wednesday 23rd January 2019

The course aims to provide training, advice and useful information to practitioners or volunteers that work with low income and vulnerable individuals. These include families, those with long-term health conditions and the elderly.

By attending this training learners will know and understand the definition of fuel poverty, and how to advise and support the clients or the group/individuals they work with, to reduce their home energy costs through a variety of ways.

This includes:

  • funding and grants available to those on low-incomes
  • how to compare costs, and switch supplier to get the best deal on energy
  • grants available to those in debt with their energy
  • how to reduce energy costs at home by reducing the amount you use
  • how to register as a priority in case of a power cut
  • assistance from Thames Water for vulnerable individuals on low incomes
  • useful sources of further information

It is FREE to attend and delicious refreshments will be provided but places must be booked: . This training free as it supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning.

A Children’s Centre Manager in Wokingham recently attended a training sessions and said: “Excellent information, and relevant for the work we do with families.’

After acting on the advice individuals from low income households can save between £100 and £450 pounds per year!