Dear All

It is a couple of weeks since our last music event and about time that you received an update.

Thank you to everyone who came to see Steve Tilston – he was wonderful! Brilliant guitar playing, lovely mellow singing style, and a thoroughly nice person as well!

Next up is our dear friend Sylvia Barnes accompanied by Sandy Stanage – they both have a fantastic pedigree in modern Scottish Folk Music – details follow:


We are delighted that Sylvia Barnes and Sandy Stanage will be performing at the next Brewhouse Music evening on Saturday 27th November. As always all profits are used to enhance facilities in the village hall, and beyond (click on image for larger display).

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Sylvia Barnes

Sylvia’s pedigree in Traditional music is a long and distinguished one. Together with her late husband Jim, she formed the vocal nucleus of the influential Glasgow band Kentigern, and was one of an elite group of female vocalists to sing the with the Battlefield Band, before moving to England in the ‘80s. Among the very top flight of Scots singers, she is a dramatic performer with a wonderful voice. She can render passion, humour and gentle sentiment with equal ease and has been described as one of the finest ballad singers of her generation. Her deep commitment to her songs and her involvement in them bring them to life in a way few other singers can achieve. Her first solo album, The Colour of Amber, was released on Greentrax Records in 2007.

Sandy Stanage

Sandy has been a stalwart of the Scottish music scene for more than thirty years. As a guitarist he has worked with a number of key musicians including Brian McNeill, Midge Ure, Dougie Pin**** and Carole Kidd, and featured on numerous ground-breaking albums. He was a founder member of the influential Glasgow groups Molendinar and Kentigern. Sandy has released two solo albums, "Crossing the Line" and "The De'il...& other Cronies". He now devotes his time to composing, arranging and record production, his latest project being the production of Sylvia’s new album, as well as performing, both solo and with a diverse range of artists. He is a member of the teaching staff at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Tickets 12, 10 in advance, available from the brewery and by post. Please contact the brewery office on 01635 202968 or 01635 202638, or

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Other Exciting News!

We are very pleased to announce that The Rising Sun, Stockcross, our only pub, has now re-opened with John and Val Barnard at the helm. They have much experience in the pub trade and are providing delicious, proper home-cooked food. They have a new contact number at the moment 01488 658988 (hopefully this will revert to the old number before too long).

After a rather rocky period we are looking forward to The Rising Sun settling down into the lovely community pub it should be. We will keep everyone up-to-date with developments .

We are revamping our website, and it should be going live in the next week or two. Check for Christmas orders etc.
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Lastly, but definitely not least – we are making some headway with our plans for the new brewery. We have been awaiting a licence from the Environment Agency so that we can construct a reed bed drainage system, and it hasn’t been confirmed yet, but is looking more promising. We are hoping that before long we will be able to start posting pictures of work in progress. Watch this space! There should be opportunities for Birdwatching along with polypin collection next year – ideal!

Best Regards to you all, and looking forwards to seeing you on 27 November

Helen & Dave Maggs
The West Berkshire Brewery Company Limited
The Old Bakery, Yattendon, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 0UE
Tel: 01635 202968 Fax: 0560 3129099