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Penny Post Newsletter 8-15 February 2018

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In this week’s PP: big thanks to everyone who helped with donations and moral support for Penny’s trip to Ghana, recommendations for the Newbury Building Services and Elite Garage Services, five special offers, a Valentine’s quiz, Valentine’s Day specials at some our local pubs and restaurants, some appeals for volunteers and two recipes – plus the usual local news, property, jobs and events.

Local News

Visit the Local News section of PP website for this week’s Local News including a sudden rush of town and neighbourhood plans, parking in Marlborough and Thatcham, a possible new railway station, council overspends and a warning to fly tippers.

In February’s Hungerford Penny Post latest news from the Town Council (including a report on the latest Full Council meeting), from the High Street and from Barrs Yard as well as interviews, features and much more.

Local Events – see below

Local Activities

• Something for everyone in our Guide to Local Courses (new this week: Seasons Art Class for adults in Newbury).
• One-to-one drumming lessons and a workshop/Q&A session with the legendary Steve White (who drummed with The Who) Sat 10 Feb. Pre-booking essential.
• Courses starting soon at Newbury CollegeOil Painting on 20 Feb, Beginners Ballroom & Latin Dancing on 22 Feb. Click here for all courses
• very special countryside Health & Fitness Retreat at Island Heron 16-19 Mar or 20-23 April with the lovely Joanne from Nightingale Fitness. Places for just eight ladies on each retreat so click here to contact Joanne.

For Kids
Half-term courses at the Watermill Theatre for 8-16 year olds.
• See our calendar for more things to do over half term


•  Mr M from Wokingham recommends the Newbury Building Society: “The Society still retains good customer-service contact using traditional methods. I’m privileged to be a Newbury Building Society member.”

•  Peter from Newbury recommends Elite Garage Services: “Good, honest, reliable family-run business. Can’t fault the service they offer. Great value and very helpful.”


Enter our Valentine Quiz to win 24 hand-made Tilly’s Treat chocolates! (Thanks to PP reader & writer Angela Atkinson for contributing questions about the history of Valentine’s Day)

Special Offers

• Grab a bargain at The Naked Grape Wine Sale with prices from £5.89 and discounts up to 25% at Hungerford High Street’s independent wine merchant.

The Swan at Great Shefford has new loyalty cards that cost £10 each and get you half price mains Mon – Thurs for families up to 4 people. There are a limited number of cards so get yours now on 01488 648743.

• Belle Chic in Hungerford’s Feb Offer: Skin Fit Facial costs £45 for 45 minute facial, 15 minute skinfitness plan plus £10 worth of trial size products! Call 01488 686655 & quote Skin Fit on booking.

• Chance to win a free blow dry and makeover at Montagues Hair & Make-Up Design  – simply ‘like’ the Montagues facebook page to enter the competition..

Spa Day Offer at Natura Spa at Audley Inglewood £60pp includes full afternoon tea at Blandys, use of the club facilities (inc pool & sauna) and a 1 hour treatment (choose from: Full Body Massage, Dermalogica Facial, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Full Body Wrap). To book contact 01488 682298  contact@naturaspa.co.uk.


Huge thanks to everyone who helped us prepare to go to Ghana on Friday 9 Feb with Action Through Enterprise. From the doctors and nurses at Lambourn Surgery, Cathy at Crown Needlework in Hungerford (who has donated elastic for the Ghana Mums to make pillowcase dresses), Peter at Dudleigh Films for video advice, our friends who are lending us their car to go to the airport and everyone who has given us stuff to take – we could not be doing this without you.

• Thanks also to Green Machine computers for processing all the mobile phones donated for us to take to Ghana. Green Machine wiped the data and returned them all to factory settings for us (the law requires this now and anyone who receives a donated device is responsible for the security of the data on it, so the best solution is to get it wiped). They also kindly donated laptop cases for students to use as school bags.

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:

Restaurant Manager, Little Bedwyn • Bar and Waiting Staff, Shefford Woodlands • Part-time Carer, Kintbury • Administrative Assistant, near Lambourn • Detached Youth Workers, Thatcham • Café Cook, Crofton • Primary Montagues Hair Stylist, Hungerford • Livestock Manager, near Lambourn • Front of House and Waitstaff, Chilton Foliat • Delivery Driver/Administrator, Newbury • Handyperson, Brightwalton • 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.


For Rent
• East Garston: Three-bedroom cottage in the centre of the village, Available April. £1,200pcm. Click here for details.
• Kintbury: Annexe available for short-term rent. Click here for details.
• Hungerford: Two-bed cottage, immaculately presented, conveniently located on the High Street. Available end of January. £1,000pcm. Contact Nye & Co
• Kintbury: Three-bed mid-terrace house with rear garden and car port. Available now. £1,150pcm. Contact Nye & Co
• Great Shefford: Three-bed house with garage. Available March. £875pcm. Contact Nye & Co

For Sale
• Burbage: newly-built five-bedroom detached house, ex-show home. Guide price £524,995. Contact Brearley & Rich

Garage wanted to rent in the Hungerford area. Click here for details.
• Office space for Newbury-based charity needed from the summer. Click here for details.
Farm cottage with barn/outbuilding wanted within 20 miles Hungerford. Click here for details

Local Businesses

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

Please support the businesses which support Penny Post!

• FREE 1:1 support for local businesses hosted by Berkshire Growth Hub at Newbury College:  HR Advice on Mon 19 Feb and Legal Advice on Weds 14 Mar – click links for how to book a slot
• FREE workshop on how to apply for R&D grants to fund your technologically innovative business ideas – Fri 2 Mar at West Berks Council Office, Newbury. Click here for more details• Some invaluable home-security advice – and an offer of a free, no-obligation security check – from Wyse Locksmiths.

Charity Plugs

• The Hungerford Tuesday Club, which provides social events and outings for elderly and disabled people in and around the town, is looking for a volunteer driver with a licence suitable for driving a minibus. The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month but transport will be needed at other times as well. If you can help, please contact Sheila Bamford on 01488 686 982.

• If you fancy volunteering at Hungerford Library, click here to read about how varied and rewarding the work is from someone who’s already involved.

• Marlborough & District Dyslexia Association offers a free loan of resources and a free surgery at Marlborough Library on the second Saturday of the month (this Sat 10 Feb)

• Book your place on the Data protection advice session on Thurs 22 Feb for voluntary groups and parish/town councils on the new GDPR regulations coming in May. Organised by CCB.

Volunteer Centre West Berks‘s latest Big List of all the local volunteer opportunities. To apply, fill out this form using the reference number from the list.

• See this week’s Local News for a pat on the back for just some of those who’ve raised money for or otherwise supported good causes recently. (If you know of any person or organisation that deserves a mention in this way, do let us know).

Valentine’s Day

• Enjoy a four-course special romantic candlelit dinner and elegant glass of Gaston Chiquet Champagne in the intimate surroundings of Blandy’s at Inglewood for a unique Valentine’s experience. Available on the evening of Wednesday 14 February only. To book call 01488 687010 or click here (£37pp or £52.00 includes champagne and canapes on arrival.)

• Special Valentine’s menu at the Crown & Garter in Inkpen and special accommodation offer: stay the night with three-course dinner for two any night 12-18 February for £150. Must call the pub on 01488 668325 to book.

• The Bell at Ramsbury has a stunning Valentine’s Menu available on Sat 10 Feb, Weds 14 Feb and Sat 17 Feb.

• Book the special Valentines Day Menu at The Swan in Great Shefford and receive a surprise gift!

• Book a Jessica manicure or pedicure with Belle Chic in Hungerford (above Montagues) for Valentines week, 12-16th February, and receive a free Cinderella Red polish worth £11! Or a Luscious lip liner worth £8.95! Quote ‘Valentines Offer’ when booking.

• Be creative this Valentine’s Day and forget the generic, predictable red rose. Let the floristry team at Martin & the Magpie help you sincerely say it with flowers by selecting the perfect bouquet to match your beau or belle. Choose from sensitive hyacinths, dramatic tulips, sultry ranunculus, delicate anemones and lots more. They also have some gorgeous houseplants if you want some lasting love. Orders can be placed until lunchtime on Tues 13 Feb for delivery the next day. They will also be open on Mon 12 Feb preparing orders.

Green Fingers

• 200 roses and 200 lavender shrubs are to be planted in Victoria Park in Newbury from 10am on Sat 24 Feb. If you can help, do come along – please bring a spade!

• Fed up with your drab garden? Hungerford gardener Forbes Stephenson shares some simple tips on how to add Colour in Your Winter Garden

Plant Fair at Welford Park Weds 28 Feb and Thurs 1 Mar – enjoy the snowdrops while you are there.

Seasonal Snippets

• If you fancy a stunning Valentine’s Day meal for two for £30, click here for an easy-to-follow guide from Cook & Butcher of Thatcham.

Cherry Shortbread Hearts recipe (a sweet treat that isn’t too bad for your teeth) from Lambourn Dental Practice

The Pheasant in Shefford Woodlands re-opened this week after a two-week closure for renovations.

New Year – A Resolution to Treat Your Skin We can be very hard on ourselves at New Year so Andresa Skin Clinic are sharing five top tips to help you stick to your resolution to give yourself great skin for 2018.

Feb Guide to the Night Sky Strangely, there will not be a full moon this month.  There was one on 31 January and with February being a short month the next will be on 2 March.  This also means January and March both have two full moons.

• Thanks to Mark Taylor at The Queens Arms in East Garston and Simon at The Naked Grape for their support of my Damp February low-alcohol campaign. Mark made me a traditional bitter/ginger beer shandy last night and Simon recommends 3.2% Kernel Table Beer.

• Do you live near a waterway and would like to help trap mink? Over 60 mink have been caught since July 2017 and The Berkshire, Buck & Oxon Wildlife Trust would like to hear from any new people who can take traps.

• Exciting news from PP reader Pamela Betts in Hamstead Norreys this week: You may remember I wrote some time ago to thank you for the flier I saw in Penny Post about Penelope Keith’s Village of the Year programme, which was the reason we entered the competition, as I hadn’t seen it anywhere else. Last Saturday we were on Village of the Year on Channel 4 (13 days left to view) showed us getting into the finals so we don’t have to keep it secret any more! On Sat 10 Feb at 8pm the last four villages will be in the finals. For this we had to organise a village event with just 10 days notice, which had to impress and entertain Penelope Keith. Finally ten of us spent a day filming at Lains Barn. It was all great fun and quite an experience. We are already receiving quite a lot of press attention and an increase in visitors to the shop, the pub and the Living Rainforest. I can’t believe how many people must watch Channel 4!

• See this week’s Local News for our regular ramble through the stories, newspapers and websites in the area (and sometimes a bit beyond it), including a dangerous local road, fake news, a Swindon eyesore, the Munich air crash, suffragettes and 13 treasure hoards in Newbury.

• It’s a common human trait to desire to own the latest, shiniest, fastest version of any device or gadget as soon as possible and to bin the old ones. My husband’s latest song, Upgrade or Die, reflects on this obsession.

Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.


There’s a wide range of events and activities on the PP website calendar including:

Snowdrops at Welford Park, open Weds to Sun until 4 March. Sun 11 Feb entry in aid of The Rosemary Appeal (for a new cancer unit at West Berkshire Hospital in Thatcham)

Fri 9 Feb

Board Games Night 7-11pm Magistrate’s Room, Hungerford Town Hall. Drop the remote and pick up the dice and have fun meeting friendly folk. U16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Shrove Tues 13 Feb

Newbury Pancake Races 12noon Newbury Marketplace. Organised by the Soroptimists in aid of The Rosemary Appeal
After School Pancake Day at local Honesty Coffee Shops (2 – 3.30pm Barr’s Yard, Hungerford) (2.3 -4pm Crown & Garter, Inkpen)  (3.30pm-5pm Lambourn High St). Two pancakes with a choice of toppings for £2.50 or a pancake with babychino or children’s hot chocolate for £4.

Weds 14 Feb

Valentine’s Comedy Night 8.45pm Queens Lodge (opposite The Queens Arms) Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £5

…plus more on the PP website Calendar

Coming Soon

Gastro Nicks Pop-up Deli 10am-2.30pm Weds 21 Feb Hungerford Town Hall.
Marlborough Repair Cafe 2-4pm Sat 3 Mar Marlborouth Youth Centre. Organised by Transition Marlborough.
The East Garston Cheltenham Preview Fri 9 Mar – top tips from local trainers in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund.
Fundraising quiz in Great Shefford, Sat 10 Mar, in aid of Great Shefford Flood Alleviation Association.
Ethos Comedy Night 8pm Fri 20 April Ace Space, Newbury enjoy ‘clean’ acts that don’t have to be shocking to be funny.

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