Penny Post April 12 – 19

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Eclipse logoIn this week’s PP: recommendations for Red Spot Storage and The Bell at Ramsbury, appeal for more fire fighters, DIY tools and buttons/fabric, Hilly’s gardening tips, kedgeree recipe and the usual news, jobs, property, events and lots more.

Local News

Visit the Local News section of PP website for this week’s Local News including Newbury’s bus station, Marlborough’s railway link, Hungerford’s road signs, Wantage’s charity king and Thatcham’s Tull Way plans.

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).

• Just 3 miles from Wantage, Grove Adult Learning Centre has lots of courses starting soon: drawing, painting, pottery, yoga, guitar, conflict resolution and introduction to Adult Social Care. They offer 40% discount for anyone on benefits and free courses for carers.


• Margaret Dobson has asked us to let you know she is closing Kimmer Antiques on Hungerford High Street at the end of the month (following the sad death of her husband David) and her closing down sale has many items at 50% discount.

• 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 or reply to this to arrange collection.

• Hungerford Primary School PTA​ are looking for donations of plants, gardening tools, decking, paint and roofing felt and help with a tidy up of their outside areas and for their Make a Difference Day  on Sat 21 Apr (see calendar below)


• Nick Barnett recommends Red Spot Storage: “Very good storage facility, especially the flexibility with regard termination date. That was really helpful.”

• Natalie Mylchreest recommends The Bell at Ramsbury: “Amazing meal last night, service was exceptional. We’ll be back!”


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)

• Sorry – March competition winners will be announced very soon…

• Last chance to win a 12-month Merlin attraction family pass by simply finding the five hidden Easter Eggs on the Newbury Building Society website

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:

Housekeeper, near Kintbury • Front of House Assistant, Newbury • Food and Beverage Assistant, near Kintbury • English EFL Teacher Newbury • Level 3 Hair Stylist and Apprentice Hairdresser Hungerford • 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 • Administrative Assistant, Membury • Cleaner/Ironer, Wickham • Part-time Bar Staff, Hungerford • Serving Staff, Wickham • 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.

Looking for a challenge and rewarding teamwork? Paid approx £500 per month, retained (on call) fire fighters are needed at: Hungerford, Lambourn, Pangbourne, Mortimer, Wargrave, Crowthorne, Maidenhead.  Find out more at the Have a Go Day at Hungerford Fire Station 10am to 4pm this Sat 14 Apr. You don’t have to be super fit before you join – training is provided. Retained firefighters are men and women who do ordinary jobs, but are ready to go to a ‘shout’ the moment that a call comes. Message to employers from the Fire Service: please watch this video about having a retained fire fighter on your staff.

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
• Marlborough: spacious bed-sit with own entrance for rent from Marlborough & District Housing Association
• 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

Newbury Building Society (British Bank Awards: Best Mortgage Providers 2018) will be at the Help to Buy South Home Show at Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading on Sat 14 April. Whether you’re a First Time Buyer or looking to move home do go along. Free entry

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!

• Welcome to Monty Accounting with low, fixed fees and years of experience supporting a wide range of clients from small start-ups, retailers and online marketers to academic institutions and restaurant chains.

• My husband Brian enjoyed an invigorating workshop at the Vici Language Academy in Newbury about the Hundred Years’ War (in French and English). We’ll let you know about any other similar events in the future.

Charity Plugs

• Anyone for tennis in aid of Lambourn RDA? Enter the charity Tennis Tournament  on Sun 3 June (application deadline: 1 May). All abilities and ages welcome.

• 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?

• 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).

Green Fingers

The Good Life with Hilly – 2 short videos on planting early potatoes and parsnip seeds with our lovely neighbour

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

• I got caught out this week buying Thiram-coated ‘Gro-Sure’ seeds by mistake. Hilly suggested soaking them for a couple of days which worked. Pink dye and chemicals went down the toilet and broad beans starting to sprout now ready to go in the garden. I understand fungicides like Thiram might be necessary for commercial growers but I’d rather not have it in our garden, especially as we’re on the River Lambourn.


Seasonal Snippets

• This week’s recipe: Dad’s Kedgeree (with some unusual ingredients)

• See this week’s Local News for our usual mid-week meander through the stories, newspapers and websites in the area (and sometimes a bit beyond it) including a B8 on the B4009, Thatcham’s Mayor-making postponed, the perils of Twitter, more gridlock in Marlborough, golates classes and a Hocktide virgin.

• Thanks to PP readers for sending in tributes this week to local members of the community who will be missed: Hungerford WW2 Veteran William Bailey and Marlborough author Vanessa Lafaye (written by Angela Knight)

• Pitches for local producers available at Aldbourne Community Market 11am – 2pm Sun 29 Apr with makers, bakers, growers, crafts and recycled goodies and scrumptious takeaway food. Just £5 per table. Charities are exempt. Contact Lesley on 01672 540180 to book.

• Interesting play this weekend inspired by true stories from 1903 of fiscal rebellion when eminent citizens in Newbury and Hungerford refused to pay their rates – Passive Resistence this Saturday and Sunday at The Phoenix Centre in Newbury.

• Thanks to Cliff Verrall from Four Oaks Cars Taxi Service for recommending this website – just enter your postcode and it shows on a map where any upcoming road works are planned (which is a lot around here at the moment)

• Exciting day for the Valley of the Racehorse with the launch of the new 4LEGS Community Radio (click link to Listen Live or Listen Again online). We will be doing a weekly programme at 11am every Friday so if you’d like to get involved please reply to this. We are also launching a new monthly PP Valley of the Racehorse newsletter from May, covering East Shefford to Upper Lambourn, Shefford Woodlands to Membury.

• Racing fans – do tune in to 4LEGSRadio (click Listen Again) for a Grand National Preview with Pat Murphy

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Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.

Local Events

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

Sat 14 Apr

Have a Go Day 10am – 4pm Hungerford Fire Station. Find out what it takes to be a retained fire fighter (for any area, not just Hungerford).
Plant Sale 10am – 12noon East Garston Village Hall – come a grab a bargain

Sun 15 Apr

Wantage Spring Clean meet 10am The Beacon. All equipment provided.
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
Lambourn Business Group 7pm Queens Arms, East Garston

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.

Fri 20 Apr

Ethos Comedy Night 8pm ACE Space, Newbury. A cracking evening of stand up comedy. Laughter and fun … and all with an ethos ie no one gets picked on, and the material aims to stay within a ’15’ certificate.

Sat 21 Apr

Make a Difference Day  Hungerford Primary School. Please help with gardening and maintenance. Lots of kids activities too.
Create Your Own Perfume Workshops 4pm & 6pm Natura Spa, Audley Inglewood near Kintbury.
Back on Your Bike with Cycling UK Wantage  2pm departure Old Mill Hall, Grove. For those who haven’t cycled much over the winter. Newcomers very welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Coming Soon

• Adam Winslet and his All Star Band 8pm Sat 28 Apr John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford
• Aldbourne Community Market 11am – 2pm Sun 29 Apr with makers, bakers, growers, crafts, recycled goodies and food.
• JOG Colour Mile Sat 12 May, John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford
• The Box Film Festival Sat 2 June Corn Exchange, Newbury.
• Garstonbury Sat 14 July family friendly festival for all ages and tastes in music.
…plus more on the PP website Calendar.


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