Penny Post July 27 – Aug 3

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This week: good news in Hungerford, burst pipes in East Garston, planning issues, waste wars, green flags and perfect pitch.

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

Local Courses & Classes Guide – July/Aug inc
Make Your Own A-Line Skirt this Sat in Hungerford
Two Day Portraiture Class with artist Kim Vine on Weds 2 & Thurs 3 Aug
Seeds 2 Glory Boot Camp – drop in sessions all summer for adults & families
a chance to dance in the Crossing Lines spectacular outdoor event in Newbury on 12 Aug
Stockfest workshops inc origami, charicature drawing & nature writing

Guide to Kids’ Activities this Summer Holiday inc
Real Macaron Bake with Me in Newbury every Tuesday,
Matt Ward Summer Karate Camp every Weds in Swindon & Thurs in Lambourn,
Ignition Tennis Camps in Chieveley, Hungerford & Newbury
great music activities at Hogan Academy in Newbury during August
Bikeability courses for 10+yrs to gain confidence on the road
STFC Football in Swindon all summer, Wantage next week & Lambourn & Marlborough the week after

• plenty of local walks, cycle and horse riding routes to enjoy this summer – see this interactive North Wessex Downs map. You can also sign up for an energising Nordic Walk with Ashley in the Savernake/Mildenhall/Ramsbury area


• Sophie from Newbury recommends Elite Garage Services in Newbury: “I now always use Elite and really trust them…”

• Pat recommends The Bell at Ramsbury: “Every aspect of our visit was perfect…”


• For Sale: Olympus Sport Mini stepper Hardly used. £30

• Items not to buy…an outdoor rattan furniture suite that might have a bit of a pong about it (see East Garston Sewage news below…)


• Wanted: small office space to rent between Hungerford and Newbury for expanding local Spanish school to host classes. To start sometime between Sept and Nov. Please contact Angela on [email protected]

• To rent: lovely three-bedroom cottage in the centre of East Garston.

• For sale: Hopgrass Open Barn £595,000 with Nye & Co.

• Lovely self-contained Kintbury annex for rent for weekend getaways or mid-week if you work locally and need accommodation.

• Grazing land available between Hungerford and Kintbury.

Special Offers

• chance to win £40 of Delilah make-up by entering the Kiss Me Challenge at Montagues Hair Design at the top of Hungerford High Street

The Bear Hotel in Hungerford is offering £1 for kids meals & desserts until 30 July (you just have to tag three friends on the Facebook post – see link for details)

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
• Gardener/Groundsman/Maintenance Person, Wantage
• Music Sales Assistant for RSK, Welford
Housekeeper, Assistant Housekeeper and Car Parking Assistant at the Watermill Theatre
Freelance Digital Marketing Manager, Hungerford
Volunteer Ambassadors for North Wessex Down AONB
Cleaner, East Garston
• Receptionist and Mechanics, Technicians and HGV Drivers, Lambourn Woodlands • Relief Support Workers and Full- and Part-time Support Workers, near Marlborough • Nursing and Domiciliary Care Staff, Letcombe Regis • Shop Manager, Hungerford, Newbury, Marlborough and Devizes • Commis Chef, Front of House Staff, Housekeeper and Night Porter all in Hungerford • Care Assistants, Froxfield • Charity Shop Volunteers, Hungerford • Homecare Assistants, throughout West Berkshire.

• Tom Shaw Stewart, age 20. Friendly & organised student. Flat rate of £7 per hour for any job, until 5 Aug. Please contact me on 07972 351 716.

Local Businesses 

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

Please support the businesses which support Penny Post!

• Young Enterprise West Berkshire (YEWB) is looking for local professionals to advise young entrepreneurs from local schools. The commitment totals around 30 hours during a six month programme. Full support & training provided. Local business people have found the experience very rewarding. Click here for more details.

• Congratulations to The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat which is now 80% organic across its entire range of food and drink. The pub has also entered the SRA awards for the most sustainable pub of the year.


• Congratulations to Kate Morris, winner of our July Quiz who has won a pair of hand-painted shoes or trainers from Pixie Ink Designs. This quiz was so popular that Sue at Pixie Ink has kindly given a 15% discount to everyone who got the right answers.

• Enter the Summer in the North Wessex Downs Photo competition to win a hamper of local produce. Entry deadline: 31 Aug.

• Arts for Hungerford Literary Festival invites you to enter its adult writing competition with the chance to win £50 of book tokens and Children’s writing competition to win £25 of book tokens. Entry deadlines: Mon 14 Aug.

• Coming next week – our steam-themed August Quiz to win a family ticket to see The Flying Scotsman at Didcot Railway Centre over the August Bank Holiday weekend!

Charity Plugs

• In our rural area lack of transport can be a real barrier to young people accessing available services. West Berkshire’s Young Carers Project desperately needs drivers to take young people from across West Berkshire to and from the Young Carers Group in Newbury on Monday evenings. This could be in your own car or in our 9 seater mini bus. Please click here if you can help.

• Did you know there are ‘Companion Hours‘ every week in certain cafes in Newbury and Thatcham where you can go to have a chat with other folk? This great scheme uses ‘Chat Mats’ and is run by the new Coffee Companions organisation.

• Ladies Who Brunch Thurs 10 Aug at the Halfway Inn. Meet at 10.30am for bubbles, followed by a delicious two course brunch. The cost is £16, with £1 going to charity together with raffle proceeds.  Newcomers welcome to this friendly group.  Booking is essential with Lanie [email protected] or 01488 658168.

• Volunteer ambassadors are now being recruited by the North Wessex Downs AONB – a great way to enjoy the wonderful landscape which surrounds and to introduce it to others.

• Hungerford Town Band is looking to upgrade its musical instruments, some of which are nearing the end of their musical life.

• See this week’s Local News for a list of just some of the people who’ve helped to raise money for good causes recently (if you know of any person or organisation that deserves a mention in this way, let us know).

Green Fingers

• So pleased that Belinda from Marsh Lane Allotments has time to keep her fab gardening blog up to date – I haven’t had time myself. Her blog entry today reports 7mm rainfall in the 10 minute downpour – scroll down for interesting video about how bees pollinate beans

• I wasn’t going to bother with tomatoes this year as they are such a faff to water but I couldn’t resist buying some seedlings from a village plant sale and am very pleased I did now that I’ve tasted our first cherry tomato.

• Fresh peas out of the pod are still my favourite crop though – but you have to pick them while they’re juicy before they get too big and dry

Seasonal Snippets
• Thanks to Jo & Richard from 4 Points Leisure for their useful Guide to Travelling in Europe

• We’re not going away this summer so I am grateful to Dany in Ligueil for sharing her French Fruit Tart recipes so we can enjoy some continental treats at home – with her easy pastry in the pan technique I might even try making some tartes aux fraises

• East Garston was on the map this week but not in a way anyone would wish – see here for the latest on the burst sewage mains that flooded several houses and gardens

• Recommended reading – local nature writer and NWN columnist Nicola Chester’s moving blogAn Almanac of Anger and Hope about our local landscape and wildlife she loves so much. Did you know chalkland is more rare than the rainforest?

Natura Spa‘s taster treatments are fully booked at their Official Launch Party at Audley Inglewood on Fri 4 Aug so Jade is happy for you to book a taster this Sat 29 July on 01488 682298 or [email protected]

• See this week’s Local News for usual slices of life including updates on Hungerford’s library and Post Office, roadworks and police news,three and a half miles of tennis balls and pipe bursting (which is the opposite of a burst pipe, apparently) in East Garston.

• “One of the best theatrical youth companies in the world, ever” – one of the accolades Newbury Youth Theatre received at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Don’t miss their one local performance this Saturday at the Corn Exchange Newbury – see listing below for The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork

• Another chance to read the thoughts of Sir Courtney Inchbold-Grist, Penny Post’s occasional art expert and a person once described as ‘the rudest man on television.’ Here he provides his own unique interpretation of Rembrandt’s The Syndics. 

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.

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Local Events

More on PP Calendar

Boxford Masques All at Sea, 7.30pm till Sun 30 July at Welford House with 2.30pm matinee relaxed performance on Saturday. This production is set on an ocean liner and promises to be spectacular!

Folk Tales by Anne Kelly – textile exhibition at the Old Chapel Textile Centre, New Greenham Business Park (until 31 Aug – see link for opening days & times)

Fri 28 July

Thatcham Weekly Market from 9am, The Broadway, Thatcham. Do stop for a chat at the Coffee Companions & Nieghbourhood Watch Stall
Los Gusanos Latin Swing Jazz Trio 7.30pm The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat with Brazilian street food.

Sat 29 July

Wantage Farmers Market 8.30am-1pm
Woolton Hill Farmers Market 10am-1pm, St Thomas’ Church Hall in Woolton Hill, just south of Newbury.
Steaming Weekend at Crofton Beam Engines on the Kennet & Avon Canal nr Wilton Windmill
Free Advice Session on Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dyspraxia 10am – 12noon Hungerford Library. Is your child struggling at school? Can’t pass exams at work? Local Dyslexia Specialist Jacqui Flisher gives advice to parents and adults. Or visit to request a free 30-min no-obligation telephone consultation.
The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork, 7.30pm Corn Exchange Newbury. Suitable for 7+ yrs

More on PP Calendar

Mon 31 July

The Battle of Passchendale by Sir Max Hastings 8pm Royal British Legion, Lambourn. Remembering those who fought in the battle, especially those from Lambourn. All welcome. Free entry. No booking required.

Coming Soon

Crossing Lines – one of Newbury’s most spectacular outdoor events yet!  Sat 12 Aug

Mapleduram at War 12 & 13 Aug – a re-enactors paradise at the location of An Eagle Has Landed

Stockfest 17 – 16 – 25 Aug over 20 events over 10 days. Many are family friendly and free.


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