About Penny Post

Penny Post is a free community website and newsletter serving West Berkshire, Wantage, Swindon, Marlborough and surrounding areas.


Penny Post is compiled by East Garston resident Penny Locke (sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by her husband Brian Quinn) and covers an area roughly centred on Junction 14 of the M4 – from Wantage to Marlborough, and from Hungerford to Thatcham. Penny has been writing her weekly e-newsletter for over 10 years.  Whereas traditional media boosts sales through broadcasting bad and often sensational news, Penny is committed to sharing positive, local ‘news you can use’ and is reassured by the popularity of Penny Post that this is what people really want.

That’s not to say that we are in denial about bad things. What we always try to do when covering them is to suggest what people can do to help make the situation better. We’ve been involved in a number of local campaigns on issues ranging from pub closures to planning appeals, from urgent charity appeals to public meetings and from dubious sewage works to threatened libraries and post offices.

We offer local newsevents and activities (for adults, teens and kids) in the community, as well as columns from guest writers, local jobs, property, items for sale and a business directory, gardening tips, recipes, reviews, astronomy, wildlife & countryside blogs, community arts, voluntary groups, security tips, local school news and lots more – all in an easy-to-read email every week. We generally supply a quick summary of each issue or article with a link. If you want to find out more, click: if you don’t, move on.

Click here to find out what our lovely readers and clients think of us.

Do spend five minutes exploring the site: we believe there is something for everyone but we always welcome new suggestions. If you would like to contribute, advertise or give feedback please contact us here (we do receive and reply to these messages!)

How can I subscribe for free to the Penny Post newsletters?

To join over 3,700 other Penny Post subscribers, click on the ‘Subscribe’ link below to receive the Penny Post newsletter by email each week.

We also produce a monthly Penny Post Hungerford newsletter which is usually emailed on the first Tuesday of the month to about 1,100 subscribers. If you would like to receive this (which you can do whether or not you live in the town) please tick the ‘Hungerford and Surrounding Villages’ box in the subscription form – you can select other locations as well.

We don’t pass on details to third parties and you can opt out whenever you wish. The weekly e-newsletters contain local news, events, business recommendations, items wanted or offered, jobs, properties, seasonal recipes and much more. It also posted every week on Facebook and Twitter – all for free. To see a sample newsletter, click here.

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Does it cost anything?

No, it is free to subscribe. However, if you have benefitted from Penny Post and would like to give something back please make a donation to this website via PayPal by clicking this button:

What do other people think about Penny Post?

Please click here to see a selection of reactions from subscribers and advertisers.

How can I advertise in Penny Post?

Please click here for details of our commercial packages.

How can I contribute to Penny Post?

Subscribers can simply email Penny at penny@pennypost.org.uk  or reply to any newsletter to contribute requests, recommendations, local events, items wanted/offered, jobs, properties, seasonal recipes etc.

Can I use any of the articles or posts on Penny Post in my own publication or website?

You are welcome to provide a link to any post on our site but Penny Post cannot guarantee that the post will not be disabled or the url changed so it would be wiser to check with us first. You may also quote extracts of a reasonable length providing you credit Penny Post as the source for this. You may not reproduce in whole or in part anything published on this website without the prior written permission of Penny Post.

This website was made possible by support from Greenham Common Trust.