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Englefield Estate Update - Spring 2019

Welcome to our spring Estate Update with news and features from the Englefield Estate and the Benyon Estate.

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The project giving River Kennet's fish a fighting chance

The population of roach fish in the River Kennet has been in decline for many years, prompting the establishment of a breeding project to help protect the species from disappearing from its West Berkshire habitat altogether.

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Third generation farmers turn their hand to rearing goats

With goat meat tipped as a future food trend, third generation farmers James and Lucy Hewison are diversifying into rearing their very first herd of Boer goats at their tenant farm on the Englefield Estate in Berkshire.

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Five A Day Market Garden celebrates ten year anniversary

Englefield’s Five A Day Market Garden is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year – and an ever-blossoming impact in the West Berkshire community.

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Family fun at Amners Farm lambing days

Thousands of visitors are expected to turn out for this year’s lambing days at Amners Farm on the Englefield Estate.

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Young people given a chance to shine at The Big House with support from the Englefield Charitable Trust

Young people with a passion for drama have been given a chance to take centre stage with valuable funding from the Englefield Charitable Trust (ECT), which will support students undertaking a 12-week drama programme with The Big House.

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Gravity Industries picks Lagoona Park lake to train new generation of Jet Suit pilots

The human most akin to Marvel superhero Iron Man is using Lagoona Park near Reading to take his pioneering aeronautical engineering feat – a Jet Suit – to the next level.

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Great British Food Festival comes to Englefield House

We are pleased to announce that the renowned Great British Food Festival will be at Englefield House on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th 2019.

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Grand opening of Cobbs at Englefield

The new farm shop ‘Cobbs at Englefield’ has officially opened in one of our former barns on the A340 near Theale. What was once a derelict cow-shed has been transformed into a beautiful farm shop full of delicious local produce.

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Raising Aspirations

Ufton is a thriving and innovative children’s charity based in a Tudor manor house and log cabins in the woodland at Ufton Nervet. We work in two main areas of education: Ufton History and Ufton Adventure, with children visiting for both day and residential visits.

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Venus of the woods

European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is the third most common native tree in the UK, it is an important woodland and hedgerow species for both wildlife and timber production. Its leaf and canopy structure means that it naturally lets more light through to the woodland floor than other species such as beech, allowing other shrubs and ground flora to grow under its canopies, providing a more diverse woodland habitat.

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No job too small

The Estate Yard team is the first point of contact for maintenance enquiries from almost 350 households, 26 farms and numerous commercial premises across the Estate’s 14,000 acres.

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Winter flowers bloom across Englefield Estate

Despite the cold spells over the past few weeks, hardy winter flowers are peeping through in the Englefield House gardens providing a gentle burst of colour. Head Gardener, Sue Broughton, provides some inspiration for what you could plant in your garden to add some winter and spring colour.

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Cobbs at Englefield launching soon

Cobbs at Englefield, a series of converted cow-sheds, have now formed an incredible space featuring a farm shop, delicatessen, traditional butchery counter, florist and café. Cobbs at Englefield will showcase all the very best in food from our wonderful and plentiful local producers.

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Spreading festive cheer from Englefield’s woodlands

The Englefield Estate has been spreading some Christmas cheer this month by providing trees to local schools and churches.

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Cyclists raise £8,000 for Viking teaching space

Cyclists have raised more than £8,000 to help fund an inspiring Viking Longhouse style teaching space for young people.

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Dozens enjoy charity murder mystery at Englefield House

Leg warmers, shoulder pads and a splash of neon made up the attire of the audience who helped raise £2,040 for charity at an 80s themed murder mystery event at Englefield House.

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From our fields to your plate

We’re busy at Englefield Home Farms preparing the ground for winter wheat destined to make bread for one of Britain’s best-known family of bakers.

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Estate gardens treating us to a riot of autumn colours

A stroll around the beautifully-kept gardens at Englefield House shows that the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is well and truly upon us.

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Soapbox challenge raises over £6,000 for charity

12 amateur drivers raced their homemade soapbox machines through Englefield Park on Saturday, September 8th 2018, to raise money for the Royal Berks Charity.

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Englefield Charitable Trust supports tranquil oasis at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

A beautiful and peaceful new garden in memory of Sir William Benyon has officially opened at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

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Theale Parish Council agrees proposals for land for new primary school

The Englefield Estate has for generations helped to provide the community with high-quality educational and recreational facilities.

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Teams unite at Englefield Estate for Bupa Challenge 2018

The Englefield Estate opened its grounds in 2018 to Bupa for their annual Bupa Challenge event, which saw teams of Bupa people, clients and business partners of the company take part in a team building event across the Estate.

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Major investment into redevelopment of farm shop ‘Cobbs at Englefield’

A joint retail venture between the Englefield Estate and Cobbs Farm Co. has seen a major investment into the redevelopment and expansion of farm shop ‘Cobbs at Englefield’.

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Berkshire Scouts brave the bog to forge path through Englefield Estate woodland

Scouts from Burghfield have lived up to their reputation as stalwarts of the community, while proving that a little mud doesn’t do anyone any harm, by helping to transform an impassable swamp in the Englefield Estate woodland into a path.

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Berkshire student awarded first ever Englefield Award

Students from Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) celebrated their achievements at their graduation ceremony last week, with a number of students receiving special awards. Amongst the accolades was the inaugural Englefield Estate Award – sponsored by the Englefield Estate – awarded to a student who had shown a special dedication and commitment throughout the year.

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Englefield Estate Head Gardener Sue Broughton judges Best Kept Village Garden

I was very pleased to be invited to take part as a judge for Englefield’s annual Best Kept Village Garden competition, which is part of the annual Englefield Flower Show, having viewed the event last year.

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Village prepares for Englefield Flower Show and Five A Day Market Garden Open Day

The Englefield Flower Show and School Fete is taking place at 2.30pm on Saturday, July 14th at the Englefield Primary School playing field, while a family open day is being held at the village’s Five A Day Market Garden between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

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Hospital garden created in memory of Sir William Benyon

Englefield Estate gardeners have been putting the finishing touches to a courtyard garden at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which has been transformed into a colourful haven for patients, their families and staff.

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Englefield Estate becomes a countryside classroom for hundreds of schoolchildren

Hundreds of schoolchildren from primary schools across Berkshire were given the opportunity to learn first-hand about their surrounding natural environment at Countryside Days for Schools held at the Englefield Estate.

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Fans from around the globe were among 1,000 visitors at huge Aston Martin display at Englefield Estate

Aston Martin enthusiasts from around the world gathered at Englefield Estate for the 19th annual Bonhams Aston Martin Sale last weekend, which included James Bond’s vehicle from the film GoldenEye.

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Music legends to take to the stage at Englefield Estate this summer

Music legends Sir Tom Jones, Madness and Il Divo are warming up for a weekend of summer concerts being staged in the grounds of Englefield House near Theale, West Berkshire in July.

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James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 to go on show at Englefield Estate

This June, Englefield Estate will host the vehicle that helped to create one of the most memorable car chases in the entire Bond film franchise: with 007 (Pierce Brosnan) behind the wheel, the Aston Martin DB5 featured in the opening scene of 1995 film GoldenEye chasing villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari F355 around the balmy Monaco hills. Onatopp was subsequently seduced by the Bond – the art of seduction being the other thing synonymous with the spy.

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Lightning Seeds To Support Madness Stately Homes Tour

Alt-rock band Lightning Seeds will support Madness when they perform at Berkshire’s Englefield House this July. Madness are headlining at the historic venue on their Stately Madness Tour as part of the new UK-wide concert series Summer House Sounds.

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Michael Ball to join Il Divo as special guest on this summer's 'Castles And Country' tour

Multi-million selling global superstar Michael Ball will join Il Divo, the world’s most successful classical crossover act as special guest on six of the group’s forthcoming UK shows. The Il Divo ‘Castles & Country’ tour will visit breathtaking venues across the UK for a magical evening of exquisite live music.

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Forget-Me-Not-Walk raises over £22,000

More than 500 people joined the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent hospice team at their Forget-Me-Not-Walk on Sunday 13 May. The event took place at Englefield Estate, Theale.

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‘Meet the Kings and Queens of Spades’…Englefield Estate gardener featured in Express newspaper

Englefield Estate gardener Ryan Colbourne was one of three gardeners to be included in the Express newspaper’s weekend feature on the rising trend of millennial gardeners.

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Search and rescue dogs train at the Englefield Estate

Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs have been putting their hounds and humans through their paces during training sessions in the Englefield Estate woodlands.

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Gardeners look forward to more Thyme Together at Englefield’s Five A Day Market Garden

A weekly community garden project for the over-60s will restart this April following a successful funding bid. Thyme Together, launched by Englefield’s Five A Day Market Garden last year, was created to provide both experienced and novice gardeners over the age of 60 with the opportunity to learn more about gardening in a social and informal environment.

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Thousands of visitors expected to enjoy family run Englefield Estate farm’s annual lambing open days this spring

Amners Farm is expecting to welcome thousands of visitors to its annual lambing open days this spring. The Englefield Estate farm is primarily a hay production enterprise for the equestrian market, but for two weekends a year the Webber family opens up their farm up to the public so they can share in the joys of lambing season.

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Aston Martin Owners Club hosts its Spring Concours 2018 at Englefield Estate

Englefield House will host hundreds of historic and iconic motor cars in a weekend spectacle open to the public this summer. The Aston Martin Owners Club will be celebrating the iconic British marque with the 19th annual Bonhams Aston Martin Sale on 2nd June and the club’s Concours D’Etat taking place on 3rd June.

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Tom Jones announces six live dates at stunning UK venues

Music legend Tom Jones is taking his sensational live show to magnificent stately homes and historic UK locations this summer, and will be at Englefield House on 8th July.

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New project coordinator for Englefield’s Five A Day Market Garden

A popular not-for-profit community market garden has a new project coordinator at its helm. West Berkshire resident of 40 years, Yvonne Redgrave has taken over from Pam Goddard, who founded the Five A Day Market Garden initiative in 2009. 

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Madness announce 2018 summer tour 'Stately Madness'

Music fans will get the chance to go One Step Beyond this summer as Madness announce an exclusive four-date tour of UK stately homes and a castle, including Englefield House.

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Englefield Estate backdrop for true story film Breathe

Released in October 2017, Breathe is a visceral but joyful biopic about an upper-class Englishman whose life, and that of his devoted wife, was turned upside down when he was struck down with polio aged 28, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. Englefield House and grounds provided the backdrop for the opening scene of this heart-warming true story, depicting a classic British cricket pitch in the 1950s and a couple’s first meeting.

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Englefield Estate supports superfast broadband connection upgrade

More of West Berkshire’s off-the-beaten-track residents are now benefiting from ultrafast fibre broadband thanks to the collaboration between the Englefield Estate and rural broadband specialist, Gigaclear.

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History comes to life for Primary School pupils

The history of World War II has been brought to life for students of Yattendon Church of England Primary School with a visit to Englefield Estate’s Anderson Shelter.

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Englefield House stars as Sandringham in the return of award-winning series The Crown

Englefield House will star once again in the much anticipated second series of the lavish Netflix-original drama The Crown. The show, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II and has enjoyed critical acclaim across the globe, will launch on Netflix on the 8th December.

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Ufton Court nominated in national awards

Every year the Ufton Court Educational Trust, which is located within the Englefield Estate, supports thousands of children through inspirational outdoor learning activities. This month, the hard work of the charity’s managing director Fiona Craig, has been recognised in a national awards scheme.

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Il Divo return to UK in summer 2018 for 'Castles and Country Tour'

Il Divo, the world's first and most successful classical crossover group, will tour the UK in summer 2018 with a spectacular ‘Castles & Country Tour’, visiting beautiful stately homes and castles across Britain.

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Our values

As a long established family-owned business, our history shapes the way in which we manage the Estate today. Our Values are our guiding principles and have always been at the heart of how the Englefield Estate operates.

Englefield Charitable Trust

For almost 50 years the Englefield Charitable Trust has supported a range of charities and good causes which include education, the arts, social welfare, health, conservation and the armed forces.

Englefield Village

Englefield Village sits at the heart of the wider Englefield Estate. It is a vibrant community incorporating a range of housing, businesses and community organisations.