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Penny Post Newsletter March 15-22 2018

Bluebird logo & photoIn this week’s Penny Post: Big Energy Switch deadline reminder, rail closures & other traffic updates, recommendations for the Michelin starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn and The Naked Grape wine merchants, cooking with nettles, paddock maintenance tips, the perfect Sunday roast at The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat, congratulations to Newbury Building Society for their double win at the British Bank Awards 2018, special offer laser treatments at Andresa Skincare, as well as the usual local news, jobs, property, events

Local News  

Visit the Local News section of PP website for this week’s Local News including business-rate retention, rail closures, parking charges, litter picks, Stephen Hawking and a quick game of seasonal scrabble.

Local Events – see below


Many of you will have seen the Penny Post Special earlier this week about The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat. To clarify one point, their normal menu at Sunday lunchtime is for all party sizes and doesn’t need to be pre-booked. Their famous Sunday roasts, however, serve a minimum of six people and need to be pre-ordered by the Thursday before. This to guarantee the best flavour for the meal in the most sustainable way with no waste. For more details please click here.

Local Activities

• Something for everyone in our Guide to Local Courses. Our Spring Guide comes out next week so this is the last chance to be included – please contact penny@pennypost.org.uk.
• Two places left on the One-day Wellbeing Retreat on Tues 3 April nr Wantage including yoga, sound meditation, nutritional cookery lesson and lunch.
• To encourage young people to enjoy live arts, Arts for Hungerford are offering two FREE children’s tickets per accompanying adult for a great production this Saturday – see The Time Machine below


• Jonathan from Newbury recommends the Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn ‘We loved the six-course tasting menu.  If you want to be spoilt for an evening or to celebrate in style, and enjoy high class food and wines then this is definitely a must-eat destination.’  Half the events at the Harrow’s 12th Food & Wine Festival in July have sold out already so book soon if you don’t want to miss it!

• Suzanne Kirby recommends The Naked Grape independent wine merchant in Hungerford.‘They really know their stuff. I love shopping here and always feel I have found something different, special, often local and always of superb quality.’


• Still time to enter our March Quiz by 31 March to win a neck and shoulder massage at Orchid Thai Therapy in Newbury.

Special Offers

• Time to spring clean! Tidy out cupboards and take any old laptops or desktops to Green Machine Computers for recycling and get a £10 voucher to spend on their refurbished tech! (max £50 per customer)
• Andresa Rejuvenated Skin Taster Day Event Thurs 22 Mar: learn all about laser-lift skin rejuvenation treatments, a non-surgical option for achieving radiant, youthful skin. Click link for amazing special offers on treatments on the day.
• 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 contact@naturaspa.co.uk

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:

Assistant Gardener, near Hungerford • Cleaner/Ironer and Serving Staff Wickham • A range of caring, housekeeping and catering positions, Froxfield • Estimator/Purchasing Person, Newbury • 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 •  Midday Supervisory Assistant, Chilton Foliat •  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 trustee of Time to Talk youth counselling service to Citizen Advisors in Swindon.


For Rent
• Hungerford: Three-bed house with car port, parking space and large garden. Available now. £1,100pcm. Contact Nye & Co on 01488 683 334.
• Hungerford: 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
• Pewsey: charming double-fronted three-bedroom thatched cottage. Guide Price £395,000. Contact Brearley & Rich
• Burbage: newly-built five-bedroom detached house. 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.

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!

• to Newbury Building Society for winning not one but two accolades at the British Bank Awards 2018! They beat Darlington Building Society, Halifax, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest and Virgin Money to win the Best Mortgage Provider award. They were also voted as the highly coveted Treating Customers Fairly Champion.

• to local beauty therapist Lynne Baker who combated her own pain from osteo-arthiritis by developing the collagen supplement Calla-Coll that is now on the market.

Charity Plugs

• If you would like to have a say about how the Mental Health Crisis Service is run in West Berkshire, please attend Healthwatch West Berkshire’s Thinking Together event 10.30am – 1.30pm Thurs 22 March in Newbury

• Voluntary & Community Sector Knowledge Event 9.30am to 4.30pm Thurs 29 March at Newbury Racecourse will showcase over 50 local organisations so if you or someone you know needs local services or wants to become involved with a West Berkshire community organisation in some way then come along to this event.

• Richard Saxby has never been in a plane let alone jumped out of one. So why on earth is he doing a 10,000 ft skydive? Because he wants to raise money for the Brendoncare charity which improves the quality of life of elderly people. Please support Richard by clicking here or his colleague Raluca Frandos (who is doing the challenge as well) 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 to 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 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

• Today would have been my mum’s birthday and she liked to celebrate the day with a bowl of nettle soup with fellow earth mother Hilary Re’em. Nettles are slow to appear this year due to the recent cold snaps but when they do, I recommend cooking with nettles as they are more nutritious than spinach, free and widely available (all too widely available in parts of our garden).

• My mum also used to invite the vicar, whenever he popped round at sherry time, to pee on her compost heap seeing as there were no other men in the household to do the honours and, as we all know, male pee is meant to be best for the soil. I don’t think you have to be a vicar for this to work though – any man will do.

• See this week’s Local News for our midweek frolic through the stories, newspapers and websites in the area (and sometimes a bit beyond it, reaching this week to the frontiers of the universe and the origin of time) including road-sign rage, lightning conductors, seat-belt campaign, a guilty pleasure, a pre-school closure, the bi modes are coming and good news for Bertie Wooster.

• The ground is starting to dry out now so here are some timely paddock maintenance tips from Jim at Broadmead Estates who knows all about harrowing, rolling and applying fertiliser

• Andresa Rejuvenated Skin Taster Day Event Thurs 22 Mar: learn all about laser-lift skin rejuvenation treatments, a non-surgical option for achieving radiant, youthful skin. Click link for amazing special offers on treatments on the day.

• Many people have been affected by works on the Theale to Pewsey rail line. Click here for the explanation (including trackside video) about what they are up to and why it is necessary.

• West Berkshire residents have until 27 Mar to register for the Big Switch for a chance to get good savings on energy bills

• This month’s Hamstead Marshall news from the Hamstead Hornet  covers the White Hart appeal, last month’s pub night in the village hall, planning applications, ORC, updating of the parish plan and much more.

• The Box Film Festival on Sat 2 June in Newbury is still open for entries of short fictional films (under 15 mins) filmed completely in UK in last 12 months. Entry deadline is 31 April.

• If you missed it last week, there is a great opportunity to be involved with a local film production: award-winning Mouse Chased Cat Productions are 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.

• If you want to know about the third mood and the continuous manipulative tense beloved of politicians and marketeers, then Professor Sebastian Bryson-Bragg (who may or may not actually exist) reveals all here.

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

 Tues 13 to Sat 17 Mar

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

Fri 16 Mar

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service 2pm Hungerford Methodist Church. This is international event is prepared this year by women of Suriname following Lent lunch at 12.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. All welcome to either or both (not just for women!).
Testosterone 7.30pm Corn Exchange, Newbury. Highly recommended show (by a friend whose opinion we trust). Also Sat 17 Mar.
Steamchicken 8pm Arlington Arts. Really funky and exciting band – I love their album.

Sat 17 Mar

Open Day at Richmond Retirement Village 10am-4pm Letcombe Regis Village nr Wantage
Testosterone 7.45pm Corn Exchange, Newbury. Highly recommended show (by a friend whose opinion we trust).
The Time Machine 8pm Croft Hall. Radical interpretation of HG Wells classic hosted by ArtsforHungerford. Two FREE childrens’ tickets per accompanying adult.

Sun 18 Mar

Newbury Talks 3pm Corn Exchange Balcony Bar : Nanotechnology: Miracle or Curse by Dr Sophie Kain.

Weds 21 Mar

Hungerford Annual Meeting 7pm Town Hall. Refreshments from 6.30pm. Updates from councillors, police, freedom of the town announcement and a presentation about our trip to Ghana taking donations from this local area.

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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