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Penny Post Weekly Newsletter Nov 9-16 2017
Local News  

this week includes fly tipping, Sandleford update, police priorities, recycling issues, Roman remains, community transport schemes and consultation deadlines.

See this week’s PP Hungerford November newsletter for latest news from Hungerford Town Council, the Town & Manor, the Chamber of Commerce and lots of Christmas spirit (if you don’t receive our monthly Hungerford newsletter and would like to, please reply to this and let us know)

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.

• Jigsaw Stage Productions are looking for children aged 7-13 years to take part in their Wantage production of ‘Oliver’ in April 2018 – auditions on Sat 18 November.
Birth Preparation Workshops with Claire Bushell coming soon at The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury.
• Keep active outdoors this month with Ashley Sandy’s Nordic Walking and Ski Fit classes.


• Siobhan Nell recommends Jon Shatford BookKeeping who “has been a real asset to my business. Unlike the two bigger accountancy firms I have used in the past, Jon always finds time to listen to the needs of my business and answer whatever query I have. He has also reduced the tax I pay.” 

• Claire Fairchild recommends Lambourn Valley Dental Practice: “I was ashamed at how my teeth looked but you have given me my confidence back.”

Special Offers

• 10% off the catering for any new parties which are booked to take place between 1 Dec 2017 and 28 Feb 2018. Contact Milly at Clean Slate Catering and quote ‘Penny Post’ to claim your discount.

•  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 onjoharvey100@gmail.com
•  Smallish desk available for a small donation to Penny Post. Please reply to this.
•  Apples required by My Apple Juice for juicing for charity.
•  Yellow female Labrador puppy wanted (yes, we know a puppy isn’t an ‘item’). Please contact Sheila at  bindi.brighteyes@gmail.com or 01635 202 150.


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 sallycockcroft@btinternet.com

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.

Should you move house or should you extend it? Local estate agent Jon Rich of Brearley & Rich weighs up the pros and cons

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
Part-time Management Accountant, near Lambourn • Duty Manager for Leisure Centre , Hungerford • Care Assistant, Froxfield • KS2 Teacher, Chilton Foliat • Second Chef, Froxfield • Online Communications Assistant, near Lambourn • Technical Support Co-ordinator, Hungerford • Part-time Sales Assistant, near Hungerford • Front-of House Café Staff, Hungerford • 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.

• Hungerford Town Council has two vacancies for Town Councillors. Please contactclaire.barnes@hungerford-tc.gov.uk.

• Looking for work in hospitality? Click here for a selection of opportunities available at Littlecote House Hotel.

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!

Congratulations to the winners of the Newbury Weekly News’s Best of Business Awards(including us!).  Bluebird Care and video of Best in Business Awards ceremony including speech by Richard Benyon, with a shout-out to Hogan Academy, on the importance of local small businesses in our community. For all full report of the event, please see the special section in this week’s Newbury Weekly News.

• PP Local Quiz  – please note this is a difficult quiz so it is worth entering even if you don’t think you have got all the answers right …  
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
• Some feline reconciliation progress this week with Marmite now tolerating the presence of Trouble & Squeak (or Castor & Pollux – latest name suggestion thank you from Jenny down under).

• Wanted: female yellow Labrador puppy. Please contact Sheila at  bindi.brighteyes@gmail.com or 01635 202 150.

• Jill Thorpe from Develop Your Dog has trained her own dogs to be impressively polite at mealtimes. Are your dogs like this?!

• Did you know your pet can now recieve a personalised letter and a present from Santa Paws himself. You can choose to collect your pet’s letter and present from the Trindledown NAWT or have it posted to them (Postage to be covered by the owners). Drop into the centre for a form or contact them on 01488 638584 b.kent@nawt.org.uk

Charity Plugs
Berkshire Women’s Aid, which provide refuge for families fleeing domestic violence, needs clothes for boys from one to three years old. If you can help please reply to this to arrange collection.

• 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.

• The Corn Exchange Cinema is now 10 years old and to celebrate it is offering fans the opportunity to ‘Take a Seat‘ and have their name or message embroidered onto a seat in the cinema in return for a set donation towards the future of the building

Volunteer hedge planters needed at Stonebridge near Marlborough on Sat 25 Nov by ARK.

• Save the Date: Special Needs Information Day on Weds 7 Feb in Thatcham organised by West Berkshire Parent Carer Forum.

• Hungerford has the best Christmas lights in these parts, or so we think. Some help is needed to get the trees dressed this year.

• 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).

• Following the 100% rise in interest rates (makes it sound more significant than rising from 0.25 to 0.5%) the Economics Advisor to local financial experts Butler Toll Asset Management offers some insights into what led to the decision and what might happen next.

• With the autumn budget clooming, Chris Davies of Ross Brookes Chartered Accountants suggests some of the measures that might be announced on 22 November.

• See the foot of the newsletter for Christmas events, caterers, card shops, gifts and more.
• For some festive cheer, do go and listen to the 10 new compositions being performed at the Hungerford Carol Auditions 2.30pm Sat 11 Nov St Lawrence’s Church. Free entry and refreshments available.
Seasonal Snippets
• This week’s recipe, from Jo at The Merry Kitchen, is a seasonal treat ideal for any meal from brunch to a late supper: Winter Eggs.

• See the latest Transition Marlborough newsletter November Hub meeting is 7.30pm Thurs 16 Nov at 19:30 in the Green Dragon, New Economy Discussion Group (how will the advent of AI and robots in the workplace affect us?) and latest on the Marlborough Rail Link proposal

• Sovereign Housing is seeking the views of Hungerford residents to understand how its Community Engagement programme can help the local community. Please click here to take part in a brief survey.

• Did you know you can get a flu jab from your local pharmacist? Certain people are eligible to free jabs on the NHS otherwise you pay about £12. This useful flu jab page on Healthwatch WestBerks’ website explains who is eligible and where the local pharmacies are – or use this NHS Pharmacy Search

• There is still room to participate in our first randomised trial to help prevent colds and flu (organised by local scientist Patrick Shaw Stewart) please click here for details.

• See this week’s Local News for our weekly saunter through the region’s stories, newspapers and websites, including closing time for a couple of local pubs (or perhaps not), market-day parking, road closures, local-plan consultations and probably the only paragraph in the history of the world to cover Count Dracula, bow ties, zebra crossings and sabre-toothed tigers.

• Have you heard that Brunel is sporting a fabulous poppy cloak thanks to Swindon Stitch’n’Bitch group? Thanks to Swindonian blogger Angela Atkinson for her report.

• Last week’s riddle: How can you cut a cake into eight pieces with three cuts? Answer: two vertical cuts in a cross shape and one horizontal cut across the whole cake.

• This week’s thought (taken from the Cold Ash Community Bulletin from 2 December): ‘Reality continues to ruin my life.’ (Bill Waterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes).

• Recycling day is always slightly messy and confused in our house, not helped by our being at times unsure of what can actually be collected. This prompted Brian to do a bit of investigation, including talking to two local businesses with impeccable recycling and sustainability credentials –To Bin or not to Bin?

• Also from him, a song about books, romance and the London tube (complete with underground sound effects and a check-list of authors): The Misery Line.

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.


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This month Arts for Hungerford invites you a compelling film, a classical young musician concert and a Kate Bush tribute – see details below

There’s a wide range of events and activities on the PP website calendar this week including birthing, exercise and dance classes,

There will be a large number of events on Remembrance Day (Sat 11 Nov) and Sunday 12 Nov taking place in all towns and most villages in the area. In some cases road closures and diversions will be in force.

Local Events
Tues 14 Nov & Weds 15 Nov

• Finding Joy 7.45pm Corn Exchange, Newbury. Vamos Theatre’s wordless production tells the poignant yet humourous true story of a teenager’s decision to care for his grandmother with dementia.  “We’re so sure that you’ll enjoy the show, that if you don’t, we’ll give you your money back!*
• Plus more on the  PP website calendar

Fri 17 Nov

• Gastro Nicks Christmas Preview Tasting 9.30am – 5.30pm Gastro Nicks, Collingbourne Ducis SN8 3EB. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco or mulled wine while you browse gastronomic goodies and Christmas gifts. Pre-order your cheese platter, hamper gifts & festive wine selection and return home feeling super organised!
• Croft Films: Graduation 7pm Croft Hall, Hungerford. £5 Powerful film about moral choices.
• Skittles evening 7.30pm in the Royal British Legion, Hungerford, organised by the Hungerford Twinning Association in aid of Children in Need
• Natural Solutions to the Menopause with Dr Marilyn Grenville 7-9.30pm The Well Being Centre, Newbury
• Plus more on the  PP website calendar

Sat 18 Nov

• Gastro Nicks Christmas Preview Tasting 9.30am – 4.30pm Gastro Nicks, Collingbourne Ducis. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco or mulled wine while you browse gastronomic goodies and Christmas gifts.
• 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.
• Classical Young Musicians Concert 8pm Croft Hall, Hungerford. Tickets £10 Impressive performers from the Royal Academy, Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra.
• Plus more on the  PP website calendar

Sun 19 Nov

• Gastro Nicks Christmas Preview Tasting 11am – 3pm Gastro Nicks, Collingbourne Ducis.
• 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.

…plus more on the PP website calendar: Children in Need Skittles Night Fri 17 Nov in Hungerford, Shaw House History Drama 16 & 17 Nov, Cantemus ‘This Shining Light’ Coral Concert in Shalbourne Sat 25 Nov.

Coming Soon

• Confusions by Kintbury Players Thurs 23 to Sat 25 November
• Wantage Repair Cafe 9.30am-12.30pm Sat 25 Nov, The Mix, Wantage
• Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush 8pm Sat 2 Dec Croft Hall. Tickets £15. Incredible tribute band!
…plus more on the PP website calendar.

Food & Drink
• Christmas Gift Cookery – St John’s Marlborough
• Gastro Nicks Christmas Preview Tasting 17 – 19 Nov Gastro Nicks, Collingbourne Ducis SN8 3EB. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco or mulled wine while you browse gastronomic goodies and Christmas gifts. Pre-order your cheese platter, hamper gifts & festive wine selection and return home feeling super organised!
• 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

Gifts & Fairs
Andresa Skin Clinic has Christmas All Wrapped Up with glamorous skincare gift sets, the much-loved seasonal ampoule advent calendars and beautiful Andresa gift certificates – they deliver to you or you can go in to them to get pampered and escape the Christmas madness
• Present Perfect: Artisan Christmas Market 11 Nov – 12 Dec, West Berks Museum, Newbury Wednesdays – Sundays
• 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.
• Pelican Cancer Christmas Fair  9.30am – 5pm Mon 4 Dec The Vineyard, Newbury. £5 entry. Horris Hill School Choir singing carols.
• RDA Christmas Tabletop Sale Sat 25 Nov United Reform Church, Hungerford High St In aid of Riding for the Disabled.
• St Lawrence Christmas Fair Sat 25 Nov, St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford.

• Hungerford Carol Auditions 2.30pm Sat 11 Nov St Lawrence’s Church. Free entry. Come and listen to the 10 new compositions being judged!
• 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 until Sat 9 Dec United Reform Church (near Barclays).
• The popular ‘Christmas in Marlborough’ card is once again being sold at St Peter’s Church to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance (from Marlborough News Online).

• 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.Christmas Community Spirit
• Volunteers needed to help prepare Hungerford’s famous Christmas lights…read more
• Would you like to join the Hungerford Christmas Lunch as a helper or a guest?…read more
• Wiltshire’s HVDV (Helping Victims of Domestic Violence) & Berkshire Women’s Aid are appealing for gift shoeboxes for families in refuge…read more

• Please email penny@pennypost.org.uk 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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