Two Newbury charities in the running to get on the town’s Monopoly board

Forget Fenchurch Street Station, Mayfair and the Old Kent Road: last month it was announced that Newbury had landed its very own official version of the world-famous board game and this version will therefore feature over 30 places closer to home such as the Racecourse, Town Hall, Parkway and Greenham Common. Two of the slots, however, are still up for grabs. These have been set aside for two Newbury charities which will, appropriately enough, be featured in the Community Chest spaces.

At the time of the announcement the public was invited to send in general suggestions for Newbury landmarks and organisations to feature in the game. Mailboxes and lines for these general suggestions have now closed. However, they have re-opened until 24 April for nominations for these two charities. The public can nominate a charity and charities can nominate themselves. To qualify the organisations have to be Newbury-focused and be official charities.

Charity nominations by either of these two ways:

Charity nominations are invited until 23.59pm on 24 April 2023.

“It’s our way of thanking the public for getting behind the Monopoly: Newbury Edition game so very enthusiastically,” says John Keen-Tomlinson, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, which is producing the Monopoly: Newbury Edition under licensing from global branded entertainment leader Hasbro. “Interest has far exceeded even our most optimistic expectations.”

“I’m delighted that the Monopoly team has decided to recognise two local charities on the board,” the town’s Mayor Gary Norman added. “Newbury has more than its share of wonderful people who give up their time to volunteer. As mayor, I come into contact with most of the local charities, all of which provide a valuable service. Picking the winner is going to be a difficult job.”

“We would like to formally thank each and every person who has sent in nominations ,” John Keen-Tomlinson from Winning Moves UK said. “As our way of a thank you, two Newbury charities will now get to star in the game. We feel that charities getting to feature on two of the game’s Community Chest spaces is a great fit, bearing in mind the community aspect of these unique Monopoly features.” The organisers told Penny Post on 13 April that Eight Bells and Newbury Soup Kitchen have already received “colossal support” in the vote. Still all to play for, though…

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