WHEN schoolgirl Fiona Darroch was at a loose end on her summer holiday 57 years ago, she decided to raise some money for the charity, Oxfam.

On her return, Fiona enlisted the help of several school friends and their parents, to bake cakes and produce bottles of jam from their store cupboards.

The public were then invited to special charity garden party where, after a hectic afternoon, the grand total of just over £27 was raised, which today equates to over £460.

Bracknell Town FC earned their first point of the 1963/64 football season when they drew 3-3 with Hampton at Larges Lane.

A late penalty decision rewarded Town for their efforts, but it was a lucky rebound off the keeper that was gratefully followed up by striker, Vic Pickett.

The club was established in 1896 as Old Bracknell Wanderers, but adopted its current name in 1962- joining the Surrey Senior League in the same year- but finishing bottom of the table in 1965.

The Rev. Richard Weller, who was Rector of Finchampstead for 21 years, celebrated his golden wedding with a party in Wokingham.

In 1952 the Rev. Weller retired to live in Bournemouth, but decided to return to Berkshire, where he set up home with his wife.

Both of their children were at the celebration, along with their two grandsons and three granddaughters.

A 20-foot scale copy of the famous Silverstone motor racing circuit had found its way into the loft of a family in Binfield, after being sold to Anthony Weber from former racing driver, Dick Shattock, from Winkfield.

But Mr. Weber, a pilot with the B.O.A.C. airline, explained to the Bracknell News that his three sons David, Chris and Paul were hogging the circuit: “I bought it for myself, but I can’t get anywhere near it!”

The replica model came complete with a pit stop area and lap timing equipment, plus copied areas of the famous track, such as Woodcote, Beckets and Copse corners.

Members of the Bracknell Church House Darby and Joan Club celebrated their fourth anniversary in 1963 with members from the Fulham branch, who helped cut a three-tiered cake.

Reading-based firefighters were called to rescue Bessie the pony in Forest Road, Wokingham, after she had thrown her young rider, Clare Pursey.

The young horse had fallen into a ditch and could not be pulled out by Clare and owner Susan Bovingdon, who had just allowed the youngster her first ever ride.

Firefighters took a few minutes to rescue Bessie and later Susan told the Bracknell News that everyone was getting over the incident quite well.