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This advertisment (designed by Oscar's Dad (Little Design Shop) can be seen on most of the buses in Wiltshire!
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From Newbury Weekly News 16th November 2000

West Berkshire pupils still benefit from West's Gift legacy after 275 years.

MORE THAN 275 years after the death of a childless Newbury couple, youngsters from Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford are receiving a public school education supported by an endowment in their wills.
The Wests' Gifts now funds 63 places at Christ's Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, for children from the Newbury area, as well as Reading, Richmond, Twickenham, and descendants of the West family, many of whom live in Berkshire or Hampshire.
The Wests' Gifts were established following the deaths of John and Frances West when they left their money entirely for charitable purposes. In accordance with their wishes the income of the couple's benevolence is now used for the education of children at Christ's Hospital, and also for the payment of pensions to deserving old people who can prove their relationship to the founders.
Currently, the education of 40 per cent of the school's pupils is totally supported by the Christ's Hospital Foundation, while about three-quarters of pupil's parents earn less than the National Average Family Income.
In 2000, 95 per cent of pupils taking GCSE were graded A-C, while 98 per cent of pupils sitting A-Levels achieved A-E grades. Nearly all pupils enter higher education after leaving from year 13, with currently 50-60 per cent entering immediately and the remainder after a gap year.
"I came to Christ's Hospital from St.Joseph's in Newbury. The thing I enjoy most is sport and at Christ's Hospital there is a lot on offer. Boarding offers great opportunities of all kinds - academic, leisure, social and life-long friendships," said 16-year-old pupil Peter Rosier.
Another pupil from the Newbury area, 15-year-old Sarah Nash, added: "It is good to have a closer link with my home town of Newbury through the school. I feel special to be in this group of nominees and because there are so many of us, I do not feel alone."
Parents of children who enter the school under the Wests' Gifts scheme are granted 50 per cent reduction on their financial contributions to fees, which itself is assessed according to income, with the balance funded by the Wests' Gifts.
Preference for admission is given to families in financial, social or other need. Applications for entry into Year Seven in September 2001 need to be made by the end of this month. Children sit a residential entrance exam in January, and candidates who reached a qualifying level will be eligible for admission. There is also entry at sixth-form level (Year 12) under the Wests' Gifts scheme, subject to good GCSE grades.
For more information on how to apply, contact the admissions officer at Christ's Hospital on (01403) 211293, e-mail, or via the website: .


From the Newbury Weekly News, Thursday November 2nd, 2000

Newbury Mayor Dr. Sue Farrant presenting badges to Newbury pupils attending Christ's Hospital,
Eileen Forsey, Matthew Tyce and Dennis Savage.

Town Mayors hand out silver awards to Wests' Gift scholars.

COUNCILLORS FROM Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford recently visited Christ's Hospital in Sussex to present the school's newest West Berkshire Wests' Gift scholars with their silver shoulder badges.
Scholars from Newbury who started at the school in September at the age of 11 were then presented with their Wests' Gift badges by Newbury's mayor, Dr. Sue Farrant, while those from Thatcham received theirs from the town's mayor, Mr Bob Judge.
Afterwards the visitors watched the daily tradition of lunch parade, when all 800 pupils march into lunch to the accompaniment of the school band, before enjoying a special lunch in the Court Room with headteacher Dr. Peter Southern and several senior Wests' Gift pupils. They also observed a music lesson, and were given a tour of Coleridge A, one of the girls' boarding houses, named after the 18th-century poet Samuel Coleridge who was a Christ's Hospital scholar.
Newbury's connection with Christ's Hospital dates back to 1720 when Newbury businessman John West and his wife Frances made a bequest to fund places at the Bluecoat boarding school for local children.
Recently, the Wests' Gift Foundation announced that it was to offer an additional 12 places to children from the Newbury area, after the sale of a number of properties in central London, including leasehold interests in the Queens and Gielgud Theatres in the West End.


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Newbury Weekly News 24/02/2000


In her quest for fame, Eileen makes the front page at last!


Newbury Weekly News - January 8 1998 

She may not be Champion of the World but eight-year-old Eileen Forsey is the grand winner of Ottakars bookshop's Roald Dahl Christmas competition. Certainly no Twit, Eileen correctly answered five literary questions and finished a tie-breaking sentence to collect her Giant Peach of a prize: a limited edition boxed set of Roald Dahl books.

Ottakars manager Mr Maurice Tattersdill said "We had hundreds of entries and Eileen seemed very happy to win. The boxed set of Roald Dahl books is one of only 500 and I imagine it will become a family heirloom."

Unfortunately for Eileen, the £1000 boxed set does not come with a lifetime's supply of Willy Wonka's chocolate.

Pictured above is the Ottakars manager Mr Maurice Tattersdill presenting Eileen Forsey with her Roald Dahl prize.


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