Penny Post Newsletter March 8-15 2018

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Natura Spa at InglewoodIn this week’s PP: Mother’s Day treats, volunteers needed, a prize quiz, special offers, some thoughts for International Women’s Day, a guide to the night sky and an appeal from a local film-maker: plus the usual local news, jobs, activities, events, recommendations, property and much more.

Local News  

This week’s Local News includes the uncertainties of transparency, unintended consequences in Hungerford, West Berkshire’s budget, Thatcham parking U-turn, Crab Hill, Tull Way, Market Street, van thefts, police and roadwork updates, Lydiard Park, the danger of rats and the uselessness of cats, mice in parliament, consultation deadlines, modern life is rubbish, hidden figures, a 1909 funeral, an 800th birthday, eight questions, forty years without a licence, four legs, four plays and PJ Harvey.

Local Events – see below

March Penny Post Hungerford includes the latest news from the Town Council, High Street, updates on the Library and the neighbourhood plan, security advice from the local police

Local Activities

• Something for everyone in our Guide to Local Courses. We’re currently updating this for the Spring season so if you or anyone you know would like a course to be included in this, please contact

Make an A-Line Skirt Sun 18 Mar at The Mix in Wantage. Dress-making workshop with Sewing Playground

• Cheek2Cheek Dance Lovers March Guide – book now for their Spring Tea Dance on Sun 25 Mar and do enquire about their Torquay Dance Weekend 11-14 May.

• Treat yourself to a One Day Wellbeing Retreat on Tues 3 April including yoga, meditation, nutritional cookery lesson and lunch at Maymessy near Wantage.


• Mrs VA in Newbury recommends Bluebird Care:“The carers make my Mum laugh more than she has laughed for years.  She can no longer leave the house and so relies on carers to keep her company.  It is a delight and reassurance to know Mum has such nice people looking after her.”

• Jez Prout from Hi-Jinks Photography recommends LJ Smith Accountants: “They provide a level of personal service that is highly unusual. They support me in maximising the profitability of my business, minimising my tax liability and streamlining my day-to-day accounting overheads.”


• Our March Quiz has a maternal theme in honour of Mother’s Day. Answer our eight questions by 31 March for a chance to win a neck and shoulder massage at Orchid Thai Therapy in Newbury.

Special Offers

• Book your Mum a manicure at Belle Chic Health & Beauty in March and get your own shape and polish at the same time for free.
• Book a hog roast with the Cook & Butcher by 31 March and get a £100 meat hamper free.
• March offer from Montagues Hair Design: book a Balayage hair colour in and receive a complimentary Olaplex treatment.
• March Spa Day Offer at Natura Spa at Audley Inglewood near Kintbury. Full afternoon tea, use of spa facilities and 30-min treatment (such as massage, facial or reflexology) for just £50pp  Gift vouchers and group bookings available on 01488 682298

Mother’s Day

• Say it with a flower arranging workshop at Martin and The Magpie florists in Hungerford – the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Or choose from the lovely spring flowers and planters in the shop. Last delivery day is Sat 10 Mar but they will be open for collections in the morning of Mother’s Day Sun 11 Mar.

• Celebrate this special occasion in the elegant and relaxed atmosphere of Blandys at Inglewood. Enjoy a specially selected contemporary three course menu for £32.50 including a gift for mum. Click here to book or call 01488 687010 to make a reservation today.

• Book a table online for Mother’s Day at The Bear Hotel in Hungerford and pay your deposit to have the chance to win one of 40 Cadbury Hampers PLUS a two-night stay in an Old English Inns hotel. Book to dine after 6pm so Mum will eat FREE – check out the delicious set menu

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:

Marketing Officer Corn Exchange Newbury • EYFS Class Teacher /SENCO and Teaching Assistant, Chilton Foliat Primary • Marquee Riggers throughout the area • Housekeeper, Ramsbury • Part-time Management Accountant, Sheepdrove •  Early Years Assistant, Inkpen • Midday Supervisory Assistant, Chilton Foliat • Food and Beverage Assistant, Kintbury • Personal Care Assistants, throughout the area  • Bar and Waiting Staff, Shefford Woodlands • Homecare Staff, throughout the area • A range of catering and hospitality career opportunities, Chilton Foliat.

Retained (paid) Fire Fighters – click here for details and go along to the Have a Go Day at Lambourn Fire Station on Sat 24 Mar

Volunteering is good for the soul (and the CV). Click here for local opportunities from trustees of Hungerford library to Citizen Advisors in Swindon.


For Rent
• Hungerford: Three-bed mid-terraced house with car port, parking space and large garden. Available now. £1,100pcm. Contact Nye & Co on 01488 683 334.

• Hungerford: Large two-bed maisonette on the High Street. Available mid April. £850pcm. Contact Nye & Co
• Hungerford: Three bed semi-detached house with garage. Available early May. £1,050pcm. Contact Nye & Co
• Kintbury: Annexe available for short-term rent. Click here for details.

For Sale
• Burbage: newly-built five-bedroom detached house, ex-show home. Guide price £524,995. Contact Brearley & Rich
• Pewsey: charming double-fronted three-bedroom thatched cottage. Guide Price £395,000. 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.

Property Advice
A Guide to Extending your Home: from budget to planning permission (including listed buildings) by Orange Key Architectural Design in Hungerford

Local Businesses 

Animals & Agriculture • Automotive • 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!

• Orchid Thai Therapy, established in Newbury in 2012, has a newly refurbished therapy room available to rent. Available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and ideal for a beauty or massage therapist. Contact Sunaree for more details on

Charity Plugs

• Eight Bells for Mental Health charity fundraisers will be asking for donations in Thatcham on Friday or Hungerford on Saturday. Please dig deep as they could do with your change.

• If, like me, snow conditions prevented your joining the Rough Sleepers Solidarity Sleep Out last Thursday, here are some thoughts and thanks from organiser Steve Masters.

• There are many ways of raising money for charity: the one Richard Saxby and Raluca Frandos from Brendoncare Froxfield have chosen is to throw themselves out of a plane 10,000 feet up in the air and skydive back to earth. All the money raised will go to Brendoncare. You can contribute to Richard’s fundraising by clicking here and to Raluca’s by clicking here.

• All welcome at our Earth Hour Party on Sat 24 Mar. Come and enjoy a meal of local food, cooked energy efficiently and eaten in candlelight while the lights are switched off for Earth Hour 8.30 – 9.30pm. Earth Hour is a reminder that our use of energy and resources impacts the whole planet so we will be showing some video from our trip to Ghana where Action Through Enterprise (a small charity based in Ramsbury) is supporting subsistence farmers who are struggling to grow enough food in the increasingly long dry season.

• See this week’s Local News for three heartfelt cheers 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).

Seasonal Snippets

• This week’s recipe for Mother’s Day is  Cherry Shortbread Hearts – nice and not too naughty (seeing as it’s recommended by Lambourn Valley Dental Practice!)

• See this week’s Local News for our Thursday ramble through the stories, newspapers and websites in the area (and sometimes a bit beyond it) including unintended consequences, rodents, Roman mosaics, transparency, consultations and Lambourn Valley’s radio station.

• This month presents some good opportunities for galaxy hunting – see the March Guide to the Night Sky from the Newbury Astronomical Society.

• As our house is home to three cats, two teenage boys, two occasional chickens, Brian and (apparently the worst offender) me, our carpets are in a state of constant peril. Luckily Jon at Eclipse Cleaning comes to the rescue when needed…

• Some Thoughts for International Women’s Day:
• Watch Hidden Figures, the story of the female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program
• Good luck to Lis Allen who has been invited, along with other female entrepreneurs, to 10 Downing Street to discuss her vision for educating parents-to-be: The Pregnant Pause
• Check out Hungerford Bookshop‘s wide range of titles on the theme of women, ranging from Mother’s Day to the suffragettes and ‘fabulous fiction featuring fantastic women.’
• Support women in developing countries to grow businesses that support their family and community.
• Green Machine Computers is looking for some girl geeks and nerds to join its team as apprentices in IT Support and IT Business Admin. For more info please contact
• Finally, it’s always worth asking if Emmeline Pankhurst has anything to say on the subject. She did – “Trust in God – she will provide,” for example.

• This is the season when local councils finalise their budgets (see this week’s Local News for more on this) and each year more and more money-making policies are revealed. This story by Brian imagines a time in the not-too-distant future when these schemes might have got completely out of hand – click here for another chance to enter the strange and unsettling world of The Reflective Instruments Inspector.

• Finally, a great opportunity to be involved with a local film production: award-winning Mouse Chased Cat Productions is looking for financial sponsorship and help with locations, catering and vehicles for the first few scenes of The Adventurer’s Diary to be shot on 27-29 April. Click here for details.

Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.

Local Events

Below is a selection of events coming up – for more, please visit the PP website Calendar

For local markets near you click on our guide to buying local produce

Fri 9 Mar

Acclaimed folk trio Faustus 8pm ACE Space Newbury.
East Garston Cheltenham Preview is SOLD OUT.

Sat 10 Mar

Cello Concert with Philip Daish-Handy 8pm Croft Hall, Hungerford. 2 free children’s tickets per accompanying adult.
Jess Robinson: Here Come the Girls 8pm Corn Exchange, Newbury.  Don’t miss this amazing Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and fringe hit.
The Great Shefford Quiz is SOLD OUT.

Tues 13 to Sat 17 Mar

Cheltenham Festival and Six Nations live on large screens at The Queens Arms, East Garston.

Fri 16 and Sat 17 Mar

Testosterone 16 and 17 Mar Corn Exchange, Newbury. Highly recommended show by a friend whose opinion we trust.

Coming Soon

Earth Hour Party Sat 24 March East Garston – includes a locally sourced meal and video about dry season farming in Ghana
Ethos Comedy Night 8pm Fri 20 Apr ACE Space, Newbury enjoy ‘clean’ acts that don’t have to be shocking to be funny.

…plus more on the PP website Calendar

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