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Penny Post Weekly Newsletter Nov 2 – 8 2017
Local News  

This week includes a pub campaign, dealing with dumpy drudgery, consultation rage, a charity superstar and an adopted elephant.

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

• The Penny Post Guide to Local Courses includes a wide variety of art, craft, cookery, music, drama, dance, language, IT, fitness, sport, adventure, dog training and wellbeing workshops and courses.

• Check out the mouth-watering cookery courses this month at the beautiful Honesty Cookery School just south of Newbury (gift vouchers available if you want to give one as a Christmas pressie)


• Dwayne Fisher recommends Seeds2Glory Wellness Barn & Gym just south of Hungerford “Amazing place ran by amazing people I can’t endorse these enough! I have shed a load of weight”. They offer weekly classes, personal training, yoga retreats – and a fab cafe.

• We recommend Vanessa at CareersTutor for lots of advice on post-GCSE options for students not sure if they want to go down the A Levels/Uni route.

Special Offers

•  Clean Slate Catering is offering Penny Post readers 10% off the catering for any new parties which are booked to take place between 1 Dec 2017 and 28 Feb 2018. Contact Milly through theClean Slate website and quote ‘Penny Post’ to claim your discount. (See also this week’s recipe below, which Clean Slate has provided.)

•  Book in now with Kelly and Hannah at Montagues Hair Design in Hungerford and receive 20% off ANY hair service during November. Quote ‘PROMO 04’ when booking.


•  Can anyone use 25-litre polystyrene boxes? Please contact Jo at Sustainable Wantage
•  Smallish desk available for a small donation to Penny Post. Please reply to this.
• Carpet off-cuts, office partitions, coffee machine, portable electric storage heater needed for the new 4 Legs Community Radio office in Eastbury. If you can help, please contact Chris on
• Apples required by My Apple Juice for juicing for charity.


Wanted – to rent
Two (or more) bedroom home to rent in Hungerford/Marlborough area with a garden with a dog-friendly landlord. Please contact Sally asap on

Available – to rent
Kintbury: Five-bed, three bathroom house in a stunning rural location which has been renovated throughout providing a stunning living space. Available early November. £2750pcm. Contact Nye & Co
Kintbury: Three-bed semi-detached house with parking and garden close to village centre and railway line. Available beginning of November £1,100pcm. Contact Nye & Co
Hungerford: Three-bed, newly decorated, detached house with garage in a sought after close in Hungerford. Available mid November £1,150pcm. Contact Nye & Co
Hungerford: A well presented two-bedroom house with garage in the popular Charnham Park development. £900pcm. Contact Nina Clark Lettings.
Ramsbury: A lovely two-bedroom character cottage situated in the heart of the village. £895pcm. Contact Nina Clark Lettings.

Available – for sale
• Hungerford: Four-bedroom house in Bourne Grove, guide price £415,000 with Brearley & Rich.

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
KS2 Teacher, Chilton Foliat • Online Communications Assistant, near Lambourn • Technical Support Co-ordinator, Hungerford • Dispensary Receptionist, Ramsbury (closes Tue 7 Nov)• Part-time Sales Assistant, near Hungerford • Front-of House Café Staff, Hungerford • Office Manager, East Garston (closes Fri 3 Nov) • Christmas Card Shop Manager, Hungerford • Carer for disabled teenager, Hungerford  • Wine-merchant Staff, Hungerford • Homecare Staff, throughout the area • A range of catering and hospitality career opportunities, Chilton Foliat • Volunteer AONB Ambassadors, throughout the area • Volunteer Co-responders, throughout the area.

• Do you have a disabled child and work, or would like to work? Please fill out this short survey by the Working Families charity.

• Looking for work in hospitality? Here is a glimpse of jobs available at the lovely Littlecote House Hotel just a couple of miles from Hungerford.

Local Businesses 

Animals & AgricultureAutomotive • Family Life •  Food & Drink •  Health, Beauty & Wellbeing • House & Garden • Legal & Professional • IT, Media & Web • Visual & Performing Arts • Retailers • Travel & Tourism • Tuition & Training

Please support the businesses which support Penny Post!

Welcome to Jon Shatford BookKeeping who helps sole traders, partnerships and limited companies save time and money on their bookkeeping

Good luck to all the businesses competing in the Newbury Weekly News’s Best of Business Awards (including us!). The winners will be announced Friday 3 Nov. Other nominees include Sheepdrove Organic Farm & Eco-conference Centre, Bluebird Care and Brown Dog Financial Planning.

• PP Website Quiz – click on link for answers – congratulations to our winners Jason and Jenny.
• PP Local Quiz First prize: Meal for two and a room for the night at The Pheasant Inn in Shefford Woodlands. Second prize: Local produce hamper. New Deadline: Mon 13 Nov.
Four-legged Friends

• Life here has been dominated by the arrival of two kittens who are quickly learning how to shred things, starting with our flesh. Marmite, our current cat, is terrified of them so we are following this how to introduce cats advice of swapping scent but keeping the actual felines segregated. Fortunately our house can be divided into zones (called A and B by my suddenly US-marine-like husband). ‘Zone A clear!’ he barks before coming through with two kittens, or ”Zone B overload!’ when it’s discovered all three have strayed into the kitchen. I think we will have to be patient. In the meantime we have to decide what to call these lively newcomers. Fidget and Drizzle? Simba and Cleo? Facebook and Twitter? All suggestions welcome.

• Fireworks are generally not welcomed by animals, especially dogs. We’ve got ten tips for helping your pet survive the event from local canine expert Jill Thorpe.

• And it’s not only dogs – some tips here on protecting hedgehogs and other wildlife during the bonfire season.

• Paws Party at Trindledown 6-9pm on Sat 4 and Sun 5 Nov for people whose dogs don’t like loud noises  with advice on hand for how to help them.

Charity Plugs

• Please vote for Community Christmas (run by Caroline Billington in Newbury) so it can get funding from Aviva Community Fund grant awards scheme. You can cast all of your 10 votes to help CC become one of the first 200 projects to reach 1,000 votes and be eligible for funding of up to £1,000: this sum would enable CC to support an additional 100 older people

• Action for Children is looking for Here4Me Mentors and Advocates for children our area who are in, or close to being in care. To find out more about volunteering for this important work please click here.

My Apple Juice near Hungerford wants apples for juicing for charity – they can also provide customised bottles for sale at charity events you’re organising.

• Home-start West Berkshire is looking for volunteers to support local families. Full training provided.

• Don’t miss this year’s Pitch to the Panel on Thurs 9 Nov – it’s a heart-warming evening and good experience for anyone planning to apply to Greenham Trust for funding in the future. Click on the Projects icon of the Pitch to the Panel website to vote for your favourite cause. (Hungerford residents may want to note that the Hungerford Youth & Community Centre is one of the pitchers.)

• Two local volunteering roles still available: AONB Ambassadors and Co-responders.

• See this week’s Local News for a list of just some of the people who’ve raised money for good causes recently (if you know of any person or organisation that deserves a mention in this way, let us know).


Chapter Four of our friend Dave’s Harley ride round California from Flagstaff to Austin, including rain, punctures, more rain and Georgia O’Keefe.

• Useful Cold-weather Car Tips to stay on the road this winter (now that it seems to be on its way) from Elite Garage Services in Newbury.


See the foot of the newsletter for details of fairs, classes, events, caterers, card shops and more.

Please email if you’re involved in organising any Christmas events in the area which you would like to see promoted in Penny Post.

Seasonal Snippets

• I’m not a confident mushroom forager but it is meant to be a good year for them so here is a great mushroom risotto recipe from Head Chef Gert Pienaar at Blandy’s at Inglewood near Kintbury

• How to spot Neptune, Uranus, and a number of planets and constellations in the Guide to the November Night Sky by Newbury Astronomical Society. All welcome at their Speaker Evening:The Discovery of Gravitational Waves on Fri 3 Nov

• Seven lessons from a bonkers old school mate on how adults should not do Halloween

• Sixth form and Newbury College Open Day 4-8pm Tues 7 Nov

• To participate in our first randomised trial to help prevent colds and flu (organised by local scientist Patrick Shaw Stewart) please click here. Colds are notoriously hard to cure or inoculate against because they are caused by many different strains of virus. Find out some techniques to help your body beat the viruses based on exercise and clothing – nothing unpleasant or difficult!

Sustainable Wantage November newsletter includes Resource Bank request for used wrapping paper, broken crockery and a link to a funny video: What if the ocean treated us the way we treat the ocean?

• If you missed Newbury poet and storyteller Steve Wallis’s recent poetry readings about the Kennet & Avon Canal and Greenham Common, click here for a review

• See this week’s Local News for the usual Thursday pub crawl around the region’s stories, newspapers and websites, including a lawfare debate, a ‘temporary touch-down meeting point’, a book-loving phone box, a cassette which has just gone digital and another lorry-height disaster.

• So the clocks have changed and I don’t like the earlier nightfall. It seems there would be many benefits if we kept British Summer Time year-round. What do you think? Darker mornings or darker afternoons?

• This week’s riddle: How can you cut a cake into eight pieces with three cuts? Answer next week.

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.

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Local Events

There’s a wide and constantly updated range of events and activities on the PP website calendarincluding birthing, exercise and dance classes, firework displays, book clubs, astronomy and cookery talks, memory cafés, craft workshops, film screenings and school open evenings.

For details of these and many more, visit the PP website calendar. A selection of forthcoming events is provided below.

Sat 4 Nov

• Indoor Antiques & Flea Market 10am-4pm Hungerford Town Hall
• Mini First Aid 10am-12noon (£20) & Birthing with Confidence 3-4.30pm, free, Wellbeing Centre, Newbury 01635 552874
…plus more on the PP website calendar including bonfire nights in Lambourn, East Garston and Trindledown

Sun 5 Nov

• Newbury Talks: North Korea – What Does Kim Jong Un Want? 3pm Sun 5 Nov, Corn Exchange Balcony Bar with Alistair Coleman who works behind the scenes at BBC Monitoring at Caversham, listening to public broadcasts, messages and other transmissions from North Korea.
…plus more on the PP website calendar

Tues 7 Nov
• Horse Lovers Film Night 7.30pm East Garston Village Hall. Two films about our much missed Many Clouds and the incredible Palio horse race in Italy.
…plus more on the PP website calendar
Coming Soon

• Christmas Wine Festival 12-6pm Sat 18 Nov The Naked Grape, Hungerford High St. Nowhere else will you find such a diverse and enjoyable range of wines, spirits and liqueurs for the festive period to taste and discover for free.
• St Barts Christmas Craft Fair 11am-3pm Sun 19 Nov, St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury. Popular annual event with large footfall. Click here to book a table.
• Confusions by Kintbury Players Thurs 23 to Sat 25 November
• Wantage Repair Cafe 9.30am-12.30pm Sat 25 Nov, The Mix, Wantage
…plus more on the PP website calendar.

Food & Drink
• Christmas Gift Cookery – St John’s Marlborough
• Christmas Wine Festival 12-6pm Sat 18 Nov The Naked Grape, Hungerford High St. Nowhere else will you find such a diverse and enjoyable range of wines, spirits and liqueurs for the festive period to taste and discover for free!
• Christmas Food & Drink Fair at Oaktrack Smallholding in Charlton Down, Sat 25 and Sun 26 Nov, 10am-3pm. (Penny Post subscribers will receive a 10% discount off any Oaktrack products except bronke turkeys bought on either day – quote ‘Penny Post’ to claim your discount.
• Christmas Floristry Workshops & Events in Hungerford, Inkpen, Kintbury, Great Shefford and Pewsey with Kelly Louise Floral Designer
Gift Fairs
• St Barts Christmas Craft Fair 11am-3pm Sun 19 Nov, St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury. Popular annual event with large footfall. Click here to book a table.
• St Lawrence Christmas Fair – 25 Nov, St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford.
• Newbury Rotary Santa Fun Run Sun 3 Dec
• Hungerford Rotary Santa Fun Run Sun 10 Dec
Christmas Cards
• Hungerford Cards for Good Causes pop-up shop Thurs 26 Oct to Sat 9 Dec United Reform Church (near Barclays). Supporting Cancer Research, Save the Children, British Heart Foundation, Lifeboats, Arthritis Research, Stroke Assoc, NSPCC, Age UK, Alzheimers Society and many more.
• The popular ‘Christmas in Marlborough’ card is once again being sold to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance at the St Peter’s Church charity Christmas card stall (from Marlborough News Online).Parties
• If you’re looking for a fab venue for your Christmas Party check out Shush in Wantage which caters for 35-500 people.
• See ‘Special Offers’ above for information about Clean Slate Catering.

• Please email if you’re involved in organising a Christmas events in the area which you would like to see promoted in Penny Post.

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