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Jack of Newbury sculpture gets a boost

Friday, 15 July 2016

Following a successful presentation to the Heritage Working Group at Newbury Town Council we are pleased to announce that our plans to erect a bronze sculpture to honour Jack of Newbury has taken a major step forward. The positive meeting included councillors, the chairman of The Newbury Society as well as the leading expert on the historical figure, Dr David Peacock.

A final maquette is almost ready and it is hoped it will soon be on public display to give a real sense of how beautiful and fitting the new bronze statue will be. Look out for more news in the local press.

Expansion Exhibition Poster

Latest sculpture is put to public opinion

Tuesday, 4th August 2015

Newbury BID (Business Improvement District) is backing the proposal to erect a statue commemorating Jack of Newbury in the West Berkshire market town. The intended sculpture will be a magnificent figurative bronze that captures a moment in the story. Luke strongly believes that this remarkable figure must be represented as he really is an unsung hero.

Good ol' Jack came to Newbury as an apprentice clothier. He is credited by some with creating the first factory in England, bringing employment to hundreds of local people. One of Jack's greatest achievements was leading the negotiations for the reintroduction of better trading arrangements for wool merchants, and he organised a petition to the King. He became popular with royalty, even hosting Henry VIII at his home in Northbrook Street.

If you believe Jack of Newbury should come to town, and have an opinion about the best place for his sculpture, contact Suzanne Young at Newbury BID to express your views. Email or call (01635) 760505 for more details.

Bronze horse takes a step closer

Thursday, 27th March 2014

An ambitious sculpture of a bronze horse took a step closer yesterday following talks with the organisation it is hoped will commission the piece. The latest wax maquette has been widely well-received and the search is now on for a suitable location.

Richard Benyon backs Jack of Newbury project

Wednesday, 27th November 2013

The proposed Jack of Newbury sculpture aims to celebrate the wealthy local 17th Century cloth merchant and pioneer of factory production. It was therefore great news to receive a letter this week from Newbury's MP, Richard Benyon expressing his support.

Newbury is a growing town commercially and a champion of the arts with the successful Corn Exchange at its centre. This new proposal will make a fitting addition to the market town.

Supporters' stairway for The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Corn Exchange is the flagship arts centre of thriving West Berkshire market town Newbury. From its 400-seat auditorium and independent cinema to New Greenham Arts, where my studio is based, the Trust is responsible for delivering outstanding performances, attracting big names in comedy as well as pioneering outdoor spectacles.

A select number of key partners fund the centre's creative ambitions and success. In June it was decided that their support should be recognised and Luke was asked to design something for it. Below shows the installed design; the main staircase etched with single sheath corn and the names of the partners elegantly leading visitors up the stairs. A small but very worthy commission.

War memorial dedicated by Princess Anne

Friday, 21 September 2012

The long-awaited day arrived on Friday (21st September) as Princess Anne stepped out on Greenham Common to dedicate the new US war memorial.

Princess Anne at  dedication of  US war memorial service in Greenham, Newbury 2012

The Welsh slate design stood proud amongst a backdrop of changing leaves and a fine line of military flags. Dignitries, relatives and Royalty took part in a ceremony to honour the airmen who lost their lives at a time when the Second World War was in its final days, which made this double crash even more tragic.

After the ceremony, as the party moved inside the Greenham Arts Centre where a mix of people that included relatives, veterans, eyewitnesses, The Princess Royal, Chaplain, Major Earnest Beeman, 422nd Air Base Group, USAF and other US Airforce officers serving in the UK. All were unanimous in the importance of recognising the sacrifices of these men, our two nations' relationship and how the memorial design has been successful in making sure this is acknowledged for generations.

Plaque unveiled The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The three counties Diamond Jubilee garden party proved to be a huge success and a honour to be part of. Below is an official photo of The Queen unveiling the stone work.

The Queen unveiling Diamond Jubilee commemorative sculpture 2012

Commemorative stone for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Reading University's Henley Business School has been chosen as the venue for the Queen's three counties Diamond Jubilee garden party. Around 4,000 guests will join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for the event hosted by the Lords Lieutenant of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on the historic Greenlands campus alongside the River Thames. To celebrate this occasion we have been commissioned to produce a carved stone work to mark the garden party.

The design is a simple yet striking diamond-cut stone column with a hand-carved message; it will be opened by the Queen on the day. Read what the Newbury and Thatcham Chronicle have to say about it. For more information please see the Press release.

New US war memorial at Greenham

Monday, 30 April 2012

This new memorial, carved in Welsh slate, is a fitting British tribute to all US servicemen who helped us in the fight for freedom during the Second World War. Already this work has attracted attention from the media and it will be unveiled this autumn by a senior member of the Royal Family.

Many American relatives of the victims and other key British and US dignitaries will also be attending. Watch the full BBC report. More information can be obtained by downloading the Press release.

Public Artwork of Olympic torch (TBC)

Thursday, 9 Febuary 2012

As the Olympic torch winds its way towards London it will pass through the popular Berkshire town of Thatcham and to mark this event the town council has commissioned a new sculpture to be placed in the heart of the town. Our innovative slate pyramid design will be touching eight feet-high and crowned with a torch hand-carved in Portland stone. Scribed around the work will be the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger) as well as dynamic images to represent three major sports.