Penny Post February 2 – 9

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Local News  

Visit the Local News section of the PP website for this week’s news including library funding latest, good causes celebrated, traffic and fire-service news, Boundary Road, conflicting legal advice, West Berkshire’s Children’s Services, Hungerford’s Post Office, Swindon’s solar farm, Great Shefford’s flood defences, Chieveley’s postcode lottery, Wantage’s sliding doors, a business survey, a business competition, speed dating for volunteers, council tax rises, local MPs’ contributions to the Article 50 debate, a couple of football items, a football quiz question, a driving course, a fantastic place and John Major’s kneecap.

February’s Penny Post Hungerford includes news from Hungerford Town Council, the Library, allotments, actor Nick Lumley – plus a Chamber of Commerce business survey and an unusual new quiz from Hungerford Brownies

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

• a couple of spaces left at Newbury College’s beginners dance class starting Thurs 9 Feb. Foxtrot, Rumba and Cha-cha – it’s guaranteed to put a spring in your step! Cost £97 Book on 01635 845000
• a new semi-personalised weekly Spanish class for complete beginners starts 7pm Weds 22nd Feb for 10 weeks. £150 pp. Only 5 places. In Wickham, near Stockcross
• join Ashley Sandy at Wessex Nordic Walks for a fabulous walk in the Marlborough/ Pewsey/ Ramsbury area – see Feb walk schedule here

• Halfterm activities – see events below


• if you’re looking for a ladies networking group, Margaret McDonell says ‘joining the Athena network is the best thing I’ve done for my business.Debbie Miles is passionate about creating a vibrant and friendly environment and I’ve enjoyed increased referrals, support and inspiration’.
• Mr and Mrs Mills recommend Susie Freeman Travel: ”A credit to the hospitality industry.’

Special Offers

• FREE drum sticks & Evans drum skin !f you buy a snare drum or cymbal from Hogan Music in Newbury this month
• 50% off February membership at Hungerford Leisure Centre and no joining fee


• Three wooden pallets in Hungerford. Free to collector. Please contact
• glass panelled door – available from East Garston in exchange for donation to Cats Protection
• Strider Balance Bike – as new just £50
• Star Wars Force FX Collectible Lightsaber – £280 (over £700 new on Amazon)

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including: Cleaner, East Garston • Occupational Therapist, West Berkshire • Massage Therapist, West Berkshire • Recreation Assistant, Hungerford • Early Years Team Leader, Inkpen (closing date 3 Feb) •  GPs’ Pharmacy Dispenser, Ramsbury (closing date 7 Feb)Preschool Deputy Manager, Baydon • Head Stockperson and Gardener, both near Lambourn • Customer Services Assistants, Hungerford • Warehouse staff, Marlborough • Production Assistant, East Garston • Charity Shop Volunteers, Hungerford • Homecare Assistants, throughout West Berkshire

• if you are a professional who would like support finding a new job, Careers Springboard West Berkshire can help – they meet every Weds in Newbury


House-share Rental: Large room in a shared house in Hungerford (four people in total) £275pcm plus £120 towards utility bills and cleaning. Available Now. Contact Nye & Co
For SaleFour-bedroom semi-detached house, York Road, Hungerford  £425,000 No onward chain. Available for immediate occupancy. Contact Nye & Co to arrange a viewing.

• The importance of first impressions – property tips from Jon at Brearley & Rich
• Brexit, two kinds of Balls and a whole load of Trump – property tips from Knight Frank
• Affordable Housing in 2017 – What is it? Who is it for? How is it developed? Sign up for a free training session with CCB Tues 21 Feb at Calcot Community Centre.

Local Businesses  

Family Life •  Food & Drink •  Health, Beauty & Wellbeing • House, Garden & Pets • Legal & Professional • IT, Media & Web • Visual & Performing Arts • Retailers • Travel & Tourism • Tuition & Training

Please support the businesses which support Penny Post!

• welcome to Kelly Louise Floral Design – see Valentine’s section below for her romantic floral deliveries and workshop
• congratulations to the Crown & Garter in Inkpen for their 9.1/10 Guest Review Award on
Charity Plugs

• we’re organising a fab Colour Mile event on Sat 1 April at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford in aid of Prospect Hospice and our PSA. Click here for details of sponsorship and stallholder opportunities
• Volunteer Speed Dating Day in Newbury’s Caffe Nero, 10am to 3pm Thursday 9 February
West Berks Foodbank is offering 3 days supply of food to help people in crisis – and is grateful to those who donated surplus apples last year which My Apple Juice have turned into juice cartons to be given out to Foodbank clients (see link for video)
• a new Carers Support group for the Hungerford Area is starting Tues 21 Feb and will run on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in Hungerford library

Valentine’s Treats

• show you care by ordering a delivery of Flowers for your Valentine by Kelly Louise Floral Design – or to make your own Valentine’s bouquet book your place on Kelly’s Valentine’s Floral Workshop 7pm Mon 13 Feb
• for a saucy Valentine, Angela Knight Lingerie offers Love Vouchers from £25
• treat your Valentine to a romantic, candlelit meal at the lovely Blandy’s at Inglewood (between Hungerford & Kintbury) on Tues 14 Feb. Enjoy a glass of Cremant de Limoux and a six course tasting menu for £57pp. Booking essential on 01488 687010
• The Bear is offering a three-course Valentine special Fri 10 to Tues 14 Feb for £23.99 including a glass of prosecco. Book online here or call 01488 682512
• the Crown & Garter in Inkpen has a lovely 3 course Valentine’s dinner on Sat 11 Feb or Tues 14 Feb. Why not book bed and breakfast too on 01488 668325

On the Road

• if you’re choosing a new car, here is some practical advice from the mechanics at Elite Garage Services in Newbury
• planned roadworks in West BerksWantage area, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Swindon.
A339 lane closures due to roadworks in Newbury over the next few months.
• good news in Newbury – the Boundary Road bridge is finally open again.
major roadworks planned between Jnct 12 & 13 of M4 April – May 2017
advice on driving in freezing fog conditions from Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue Service.
• the Dutch Reach – such a simple thing motorists can do to protect cyclists. Should be taught by every driving instructor!

Four & Two Legged Friends

• if you’re thinking of getting a puppy here are some useful tips on which puppy is right for you from dog trainer Jill Thorpe at Develop Your Dog
• little change on the bird flu front. A couple more cases confirmed in Lancashire. We’re keeping our locked-down girls amused with some mealworm & millet treats from Howards Pet Care in Hungerford.
• there are various ways of tackling loneliness suggested in this post from the BBC website – spending more time with your cat (or other pet of choice) is one.

Seasonal Snippets
• great February newsletter from Sustainable Wantage featuring Cafe Scientifique talk on kite power, upcoming Repair Cafe and lots more
• Transition Marlborough are planning to Show the Love this Saturday – see their latest newsletter for details plus their upcoming Permaculture Course
• thank you to Alistair Mills in Lambourn for sharing the story of his recent adventure in Nepal – very inspiring!
• this week’s recipe: Pork, Apple & Cider Casserole from Jo at The Merry Kitchen
• has your Dry January ended with a splash? I’ve managed to hold out so far (48hrs…) so there’s still hope for a Damp February
• how are your New Year resolutions going? Local martial arts instructor Damien Harfield explains how you can only change your habits if you set a goal that matters and stop making excuses
• see this week’s Local News for the usual mix including library funding, local MPs’ contributions to the recent Article 50 debate, Hungerford Post Office update and a local derby in Swindon.
Meadow anthills cast shadows twice their height, stippling the combe like a trout’s back – this week’s beautiful Nature Notes from Nicola Chester
• exciting news for rugby fans – the Doing it for Heroes team walking from Twickenham to Cardiff with the Wales v England match ball will be stopping off at Hungerford Rugby Club about 4pm this Saturday in time to watch the England v France Six Nations game. Please go along to give them a good welcome.


Sat 4 Feb

Lots on PP Calendar: Six Nations Rugby, Rally for EU, lots of craft activities in Newbury & Wantage, plus fruit tree grafting & snowdrop planting, Baroque music in Hungerford.

Sun 5 Feb

Monthly HEAT Walk meets 10am at Hungerford Town Hall, walking to Brick Kiln Copse and taking the views of Hungerford with stop at Cobbs Farm for refreshment, returning about 1.30pm Approx. 5 miles. All welcome.

Tues 7 Feb

Swindon Ladies Who Latte 10am The Dojo Coffee House, SN2 8YY
Valley Film Society:The Danish Girl 7.30pm East Garston Village Hall
Chievely Cinema: Suffragette 8pm Chieveley Village Hall

Weds 8 Feb
Newbury College Open Evening 4 – 8pm
Lots on PP Calendar: inc Careers Springboard, Autism pre-assessment, upholstery at The Mix in Wantage, Beginners Dance at Ace Space
Fri 10 Feb
Digging the Dirt, 7.30pm East Garston Village Hall. A moving mix of fairy tale and political commentary by MultiStory Theatre weaving stories from the early Digger movement and modern day whistle blowing. When do you speak out? And who listens if you do?
Poetry in the Bookshop 7.30pm Hungerford Bookshop
Tues 14 Feb
Valentine’s Day Dinner 7pm Blandy’s at Inglewood. Enjoy a fabulous 6 course tasting menu and an elegant glass of Cremant de Limoux in the stately setting of Audley Inglewood nr Kintbury.
Weds 15 – Sat 18 Feb
Hungerford Town Show: Mack & Mabel 7.15pm John O’Gaunt School. The classic Broadway musical about the slient movie pioneers and the stormy love affair between Hollywood director Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, the waitress who became one of his biggest stars.Click here to buy tickets (Saturday matinee at 2.15pm)
Coming Soon
Philip Henry & Hannah Martin Sat 18 Feb ACE Space, Newbury
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting Mon 27 Feb, W Berks Council Office, Newbury
Cocktail & Casino Night 8pm Sat 3 Mar, John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford

Holiday Club for 5 – 13 yrs at Riverside Community Centre in Newbury – Mon, Weds & Fri
Camp Adventure at Hungerford Leisure Centre for 5 – 12 yrs. Great activities all week. Book on 01488 683303

Tues 14 Feb
Canvas painting workshop at City Arts, Newbury

Weds 15 & Thurs 16 Feb (various times)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Corn Exchange Newbury
This timeless classic has made its way onto the stage with a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister SeahorseThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar.Fri 17 Feb
DriveStart for 15 to19 yr olds 9.30am – 4.30pm, Madjeski Stadium, Reading. For more info contact 01635 519984 or To book visit:

Sat 18 Feb
Denim Day 10am – 1pm The Mix, Wantage




















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