Weekly Newsletter

Penny Post
Penny Post April 5 – 12 2018

In this week’s PP: enter our April Art Competition to win a £20 voucher from Dolphin Art, recommendations for Eclipse Cleaning and Jon Shatford Bookkeeping, bike appeal for local rough sleepers, chance to fly in a 1930 monoplane, busy day hair tips from Montagues Hair Design, savoury rhubarb recipes, April gardening and GCSE revision tips, get back in the saddle with Cycling UK Wantage – plus the usual local news, jobs, property and events.

Local News  

Visit the Local News section of PP website for this week’s Local News including The Mystery of Morley Place, a plastic protest, Newbury’s new flats, Thatcham’s elections, community grants and Wantage in olden times.

Local Events – see below

Local Activities

Penny Post Spring Guide to Local Courses has a wide range of classes and courses to help stretch the mind and the body, soothe the soul and stimulate the taste buds (amongst other benefits).

• Complete Beginners Spanish course starts 11am Mon 16 April (or 12.30pm Mon 7 May) at the Spanish Learning Club in Kintbury where language meets culture.

• Create Your Own Perfume Workshops 4pm & 6pm Sat 21 April at Natura Spa, Audley Inglewood near Kintbury.


• Michelle L recommends Eclipse Cleaning “Jonathan turned up on time, was very polite and made my carpets look so clean, I am not replacing them as I had initially thought I might have to. He has removed some very stubborn stains that have not been effectively removed by other carpet professionals. 

• EBE Ltd, Newbury recommend Jon Shatford Bookkeeping “Thanks to Jon’s understanding of online of accounting packages, his positive attitude and organised approach, we are now finally in control of our accounts. 


• April Art Competition Create a picture inspired by spring to win a £20 voucher from Dolphin Art Materials, Gallery & Framers in Wantage (under 16 and over 16 categories)

• We had several correct entries for the March quiz to win a massage at Orchard Thai so we’ve set a tie breaker and the results will be published next week.

• Fancy a once-in-a-lifetime flight in a 1930s de Havilland Puss Moth? Buy a ticket the Glamour, Intrigue & History in the Sky talk on Weds 11 April for a chance to win a flight in Tim Williams’ monoplane – one of only two still in flying condition.

• Wyse Locksmiths are celebrating servicing 1,000 local customers by running a facebook hamper competition – enter by 9 April for a chance to win a hamper of scrummy goodies

 Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:

Bench Joiner, Hungerford • Counter Hand, Hungerford • Butcher, Hungerford • Barber/Manager, Lambourn • Chef de Partie, Chilton Foliat • A range of caring, housekeeping and catering positions, Froxfield • Housekeeper/Cook, Marlborough/Hungerford area • Sales Administrator, Hungerford • Administrative Assistant, Membury • Cleaner/Ironer, Wickham • Part-time Bar Staff, Hungerford • Assistant Gardener, near Hungerford • Serving Staff, Wickham • Estimator/Purchasing Person, Newbury • Marketing Officer, Newbury • EYFS Class Teacher /SENCO and Teaching Assistant, Chilton Foliat • Marquee Riggers, throughout the area • Homecare Staff, throughout the area • A range of catering and hospitality career opportunities, Chilton Foliat.

Volunteering is good for the soul (and the CV). Click here for local opportunities from Volunteer West Berkshire, a couple of trustee roles and an opportunity for becoming a care-home visitor.


For Rent
• Hungerford: Two-bedroom ground-floor flat in Eddington. Available Now. Contact Nye & Co
• 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

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

Home Improvement
Smart Blinds in Thatcham is currently installing SmartBox awnings in residential and commercial properties wanting neat, fully retractable patio shade this summer.

 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!

• Busy Day Hair Tips for when you can’t make it to the salon, from the stylists at Montagues Hair Design

• Lots of interesting stuff to browse and buy at Barrs Yard Artisan Collective on the A4 in Hungerford, including spring flowers, chalk paint, rye bread and rosé.

Charity Plugs

• Bike Appeal for West Berkshire’s Rough Sleepers – please support our appeal to give local homeless people independence and the means to get to interviews, work and visit their family. Thanks to TR Cycle Repairs support for Newbury Soup Kitchen clients.

• Can you help The Brighter Futures charity raise £175,000 for specialist equipment to help care for babies on the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Great Western Hospital in Swindon?

• Newbury Building Society offers Community Grants up to £500 twice a year to promote and encourage sporting and arts activities, education and development and the environment. Click here for application details. Deadline: 30 April.

• Do you have spare buttons, zips, wool, fabrics and womens/childrens clothes? Jo from Tapioca Tidy Decluttering Services collects them for a lady who makes blankets, hats and fiddle muffs for care homes, and takes donations to women’s refuges. Contact Jo on jo@tapiocatidy.co.uk or reply to this to arrange collection.

• See this week’s Local News for a clink of the glass 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).

Green Fingers

• April in the Allotment – top veggie gardening tips from Belinda Robinson at Marsh Lane Allotments in Hungerford.

• Six top paddock-maintenance tips here from Jim Smith at Broadmead Estate Services.

Four Legged Friends

• Ken Stronach at Zen Dog Whispering is offering a 10% discount to Penny’s post readers on any of his dog behavioural packages including Rebalance Day and Skype Coaching Course. His record is impressive, often succeeding with dogs where conventional trainers have no luck.

• Top tips on taking your dog on holiday: how a little pre-planning will make it stress free and fun, by Jill at Develop Your Dog.

Easter Holidays 

• What to do in the Easter Holidays – lots going on locally to occupy the kids.

• With GCSEs on the horizon, these six English revision tips from the Berkshire School of English might be helpful.

Seasonal Snippets

• Inspired by our neighbour Hilly’s veg garden where she is already picking forced rhubarb, this week’s recipe is Rhubarb & Carrot Soup and other savoury rhubarb recipe suggestions

• Real or processed food – how can you tell and why does it matter? Honesty Coffee Shops and Bakery have the answers.

• Last Sunday was the day for unreliable news: Camel secretions and alarming council reports appeared in Penny Post and Ramsbury’s surprising town-twinning announcement was in The Raven. A story about goats assisting with pilates classes near Marlborough (see this week’s Local News) from the Gazette & Herald looks like a nailed-on April Fool but as the story was published on 3 April we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt (you may know better). If you spotted any other good ones, let us know.

• A guide to the April night sky from the Newbury Astronomical Society.

• See this week’s Local News for our usual Thursday afternoon amble through the stories, newspapers and websites in the area (and sometimes a bit beyond it) including puddle jumping, Brunel’s pens, HNS pressures, the police on the buses and 40,000 plants and trees.

• Ramsbury Cognitive Hypnotherapist Siobhan Nell recommends GROW! by Trevor Silvester for anyone wanting to help a real or inner child become more resilient

• Hocktide and Tutti Day in Hungerford – what’s it all about, how you can get involved and why is Hungerford the only town in England still maintaining this medieval tradition?

• Cycling UK Wantage invites you to join them on regular group rides – click link for details of their Back on Your Bike Ride on Sat 21 April, aimed at those who haven’t cycled much over the winter. Newcomers very welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

• Some people collect stamps, some collect guitars, some collect teapots. This man collects…well, perhaps you’d better have a look at my husband’s latest story The Collector and decide for yourself.

Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.

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Local Events

Below is a selection of upcoming local events. For more, please visit:

Sat 7 Apr

Repair Cafe 10am – 1pm The Mix, Wantage. Bring stuff that needs fixing instead of throwing it away!

Sun 8 Apr

Hungerford community litter pick, meet 10am Town Hall steps.

Tues 10 Apr

Green Drinks 8pm John O’Gaunt Inn, Hungerford. All welcome to join informal discussion about eco topics with HEAT

Weds 11 Apr

Glamour, Intrigue & History in the Sky 7.30pm Marlborough Town Hall. Fascinating talk about Tim Williams’ 1930 de Havilland Puss Moth in aid of St Nicholas Church, Baydon

Sun 15 Apr

Paddington 2 2.30pm East Garston Village Hall. Hungerford actor Nick Lumley introduces this popular film and talks about his role as an ‘old lag’ prisoner. Pre-booking recommended on 01488 72305.

Tues 17 Apr

Author Talk: White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr 7.30pm Hungerford Town Hall

Weds 18 Apr 

An Audience with Champion Jockey Stan Mellor MBE 7pm Croft Hall, Hungerford. A new film about Stan’s career followed by an interview with Lis Allen. Tickets £10.

Coming Soon

• Ethos Comedy Night 8pm Fri 20 Apr ACE Space, Newbury. Enjoy ‘clean’ acts that don’t have to be shocking to be funny.
• Adam Winslet and his All Star Band 8pm Sat 28 Apr John O’Gaunt School
• The Box Film Festival Sat 2 June Corn Exchange, Newbury. Entry deadline 31 April for short fictional films (under 15 mins) filmed completely in UK in last 12 months.
• Garstonbury Sat 14 July

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