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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Phantom of the
Opera and Cats, stallholders at this year’s volunteer
recruitment fair pulled out all the stops to embrace the West
End musicals theme.
Organised by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, the annual
event provides a platform for local groups, charities and
organisations, which this year included Guide Dogs, Newbury
Rotary Club and the Bus of Hope.
The event ran from 10am till 3pm at the Corn Exchange Newbury,
and volunteer centre director Garry Poulson said he was pleased
with the enthusiasm of all those attended, from stallholders to
the public alike.
“People love it,” he said. “The charities say they get good
quality enquiries and that’s what we really want.”
It was the first time that the volunteer centre’s new scheme
VCme, which aims to help people with mental illness to get into
volunteering roles, had had the opportunity to broadcast its
opportunities so publicly.
Speaking to the NewburyToday team, project co-ordinator Jacqui
Letsome said: “Some people had heard about the project and had
come specifically today to find out about it.
“Everybody we have spoken to has said it’s a very worthwhile
project and much needed.”
Winning the best dressed stall, and a £100 cheque from the
Newbury Weekly News and NewburyToday, was the Friends of Newtown
Road Cemetery. The prize was accepted by the group’s chairman, Brian Sylvester.
“We are absolutely overwhelmed,” he said, adding that they had
chosen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a
“We thought it was a wonderful idea to have lots of colour,” he
said. “Normally, people associate cemeteries with dullness, but
we have got this wonderful chapel with this magnificent
The artwork for the stand was created by local artist Isabel
Carmona-Andrev and proved a successful way to attract people to
two of the key volunteering roles on offer, public relations and
a school’s liaison committee.
Report courtesy of Ellis Barker, Newbury Weekly News
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