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Some good news stories from Newbury

A month or so back we wrote a round-up of the good stuff happening in Newbury because sometimes we (as in me) need reminding that despite all the closures there are some positives.

So let’s kick things off:


We found out today that a company called Plum & Grain are going to be opening up in Newbury Town Hall. They will be to be selling hand-poured eco-friendly candles, handmade jewellery and design focused textiles as well as cake in the unit previously occupied by Colline’s Kitchen.


That leads us on to Colline.


The popular café owner revealed to her fans on social media last month that she was leaving her place in the Town Hall, saying: “I will be sharing more details soon as to what's next for Colline's Kitchen. In the meantime, I will continue making cakes for bespoke orders, get the website up and running again and will continue the events and catering side of the business too.”


We are keeping our eyes open and will share more when we know more.


Meanwhile the Pineapple Cafe has announced an opening date. It will serve up popular treats from its new location on Rowan Drive in Newbury from Monday 19 October.


Lidl opened its second store in the Town today. The supermarket chain has revamped the former Homebase unit at the Retail Park and at the same time added additional parking to the side of the building. The chain continues with its efforts to replaces its London Road shop with a new one at the former Narrow Boat pub site.


Meanwhile the Vault nightclub in Newbury could be set to get a refurb. Their social media channels have been rebranded and are now known as ‘Hive Newbury’. The venue hasn’t said much so far apart from “Newbury's Brand New Clubbing Experience.. Coming soon.. Two Rooms, Guest DJs, Celebrity Appearances... This is something NOT to be missed.. Watch this space…”


And sticking with the Kennet Centre, everyday there seems to be positive noises coming out of there. We have had the first games of airsoft kicking off in the former Debenhams store last month, a number of charity shops and independents opening along with a new amusement arcade also set to welcome customers soon.


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