Why we are celebrating

Greenham War and Peace 2017

 

"History was made 20 years ago when Greenham Trust was formed to generate charitable giving for our local community from the former airbase. I have talked to many of those who were involved at the outset and even in their wildest dreams they did not expect us to have given £40 million to over 3,000 charitable initiatives in the years that have followed.

"We first discussed how to mark this significant milestone over two years ago. Everyone agreed that we should seek to involve as many people as possible from the local community we support here in West Berkshire and north Hampshire. The idea of a ground-breaking free show on Greenham Common was conceived and we set about engaging with all the local stakeholders. I hope you enjoyed our main event, Greenham: One Hundred Years of War and Peace on 8th and 9th September.

"I would like to thank many organisations for making this programme of events and our main celebration event possible, in particular West Berkshire Council, The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and the Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission who have all been very supportive of our plans from those early beginnings. 

"A huge thank you also to all the people and organisations who have helped us to bring this amazing story to life: Rosa Productions, Arts Council England, The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Royal British Legion Newbury Branch, Home Front History, The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, The Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission, West Berkshire Council, Greenham Parish Council, West Berkshire Museum, BBC Radio Berkshire, The Newbury Weekly News, The Corn Exchange, Newbury, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, The Watermill Theatre, NOCTURNE, Newbury College, St Mary's Church, Greenham, Weavaway Travel, Verbatim, Greenham Kawasaki and all the other local organisations who have, we hope, enjoyed getting involved in the project.

"And finally thank you to the thousands of people who attended the event on Greenham Common. We continue to grow and strive to support our local community through our commercial property and other activities at Greenham Business Park and elsewhere. Thank you for being part of our story!"

Chris Boulton, Chief Executive, Greenham Trust

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