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1:30 pm Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Join the Museum Craft Group every 3rd Friday of the month at 1:30pm in the Museum Cafe.  Bring your own craft project or take tuition from one of the members.  It is free to attend,[...]
2:00 pm English Conversation Group @ Lam... @ Lambourn Library
English Conversation Group @ Lam... @ Lambourn Library
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
English Conversation Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
English Conversation Group For non-English speakers – Every Friday, 2.00-3.00pm at Lambourn Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: Facebook:
2:15 pm Craft and Colouring Club @ Theal... @ Theale Library
Craft and Colouring Club @ Theal... @ Theale Library
Feb 15 @ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Craft and Colouring Club @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Craft and Colouring Club (for adults) Fridays, 2.15-3.30pm at Theale Library (Starts 7th September) Bring along your craft project to work on or your felt pens and enjoy a char while you’re being creative. We[...]
2:30 pm Art Group @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library
Art Group @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library
Feb 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Art Group @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Art Group Every Friday, 2.30-4.30pm at Thatcham Library Bring your paints, pastels or pencils. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: Facebook:
3:45 pm Board games for children @ Morti... @ Mortimer Library
Board games for children @ Morti... @ Mortimer Library
Feb 15 @ 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Board games for children @ Mortimer Library @ Mortimer Library | Mortimer Common | England | United Kingdom
Board Games for Children Every Friday, 3.45-5.45pm at Mortimer Library For children over 8 years This is a FREE drop-in session. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: Facebook:
4:00 pm Storytelling session @ Hungerfor... @ Hungerford Library
Storytelling session @ Hungerfor... @ Hungerford Library
Feb 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Storytelling session @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Storytelling Session for 7-10 years Every Friday at Hungerford library, from 4pm. Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact the library Twitter: Facebook:
5:30 pm Bookworms Book Group @ Hungerfor... @ Hungerford Library
Bookworms Book Group @ Hungerfor... @ Hungerford Library
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bookworms Book Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Bookworms Book Group Third Friday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Hungerford Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: Facebook:  
7:30 pm Call Me By Your Name – Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
Call Me By Your Name – Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Call Me By Your Name - Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
A Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, and Written by James IvoryWINNER BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY ACADEMY AWARD. Nominated for Four Oscars. Call Me by Your Name is the[...]
9:30 am Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall | England | United Kingdom
Aldworth’s community-run Saturday Market is now in Aldworth’s beautiful, newly-built village hall (RG8 9SE).  The hall is off Bell Lane adjoining the recreation/cricket field with a children’s playground next to the hall. The Market runs[...]
10:00 am Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage
Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom
This one-day workshop will cover: taps (changing washers and re-seating), fitting speed-fit and compression connections and pressure testing, cutting pipes and soldering, household isolation valves and an overview of various fittings.

Penny Post July 5-12 2018

Penny Post

In this week’s Penny Post – two fab new competitions, BBQ & vino special offers, recommendations for Brearley & Rich Estate Agents and ND Car Services, how much water should we drink, jobs, events, property, items for sale and much more


Local News

• Click here for this week’s Local News including Wantage Road Station, Newbury’s slogan, localism, major rail closures over the next month and Theale’s school.

For more in-depth coverage of Hungerford and the Lambourn area please this week’s:
July PP Hungerford
July PP Valley of the Racehorse (Lambourn to Shefford)

Local Events – see below

Local Activities

• Summer 2018 Guide to Local Courses, Classes & Workshops has something for pretty much everyone.
• Are you retired, or winding down from full-time employment and looking for new interests? Hungerford U3A offers a wide range of groups to join including geology, Italian, art and walking. Membership just £16 per year.
 Know anyone who might like to brush up their English over the summer? English as a second language courses are being offered by the Berkshire School of English
 Exciting cookery classes at Honesty Cookery School this month include butchery masterclass, Forage & Flowers, Californian Vegetarian & Vegan BBQ
• Coming next week – our Guide to Summer Holiday Activities for kids. Please reply to this asap if you want something to be included.


• WIN 2 tickets to Led Zeppelin tribute 10 or 11 August in Hungerford. Deadline 31 July
• Enter our Spice Valley Food Photography Competition (judged by a professional food photographer) to win a free meal for two. Deadline 31 August

Special Offers

• Don’t miss the Cook & Butcher in Thatcham’s Plenty for £20 BBQ offer – extended due to the heatwave!
• Two bottles of Growers Touch Australian wine for £20 at The Naked Grape in Hungerford
• Holiday specials and lots of great advice from Fare Wise Travel and last-minute summer trips to the Canaries or New York in January.


• Hannah Watts recommends ND Car and Commercial Services“Professional, friendly and very helpful – thank you.” 
• Mr and Mrs Moore recommend Brearley & Rich Estate Agents“Thank you so much for making our house sale and purchase so completely painless, we really appreciated your hard work. We would definitely recommend you to our friends.”

Local Jobs

Local jobs on the Penny Post website include: 
Cook/Commis Chef, Newbury • Live-in Housekeeper/Cook, Marlborough/Hungerford area • Community Services Manager, Newbury • Part-time Communications Officer, Hungerford • Breakfast and/or After-School Club Assistant, Baydon • Support Workers, throughout Wiltshire • Administrator, Froxfield • Part-time Administrator, East Garston and Hungerford • Graduate Software Engineer, Hungerford • Healthcare Assistants, Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham • Tractor Driver and Estate/Farm Worker, Hungerford • Cloud Business Development Co-ordinator, East Garston • Part-time Driver, Hungerford •  Various summer catering jobs, Chilton Foliat • Housekeeper, Kintbury • Marquee Riggers, throughout the area • A range of caring, housekeeping and catering positions, Froxfield  • Homecare Staff, throughout the area • A range of catering and hospitality career opportunities, Chilton Foliat.

Volunteering Opportunities

• Volunteering is good for the CV (and the soul) – clicking here local opportunities
• See also: Chair of Trustees required by the Community Council for Berkshire • Trustees needed by the North Wessex Downs Landscape Trust • Trustee vacancies (with financial, legal or architectural experience) at the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage.
• For information and advice about funding or volunteering opportunities in West Berkshire click on the link to the Volunteer Centre’s weekly newsletter.

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!
Welcome to Wantage’s lovely shops Regent Furniture, Rugs & Gifts and Regent Second-Hand Bookshop (quite possibly the largest second-hand bookshop south of Hay-on-Wye!)


Domestic Property to Rent
• Newbury – One-bedroom flat on Newbury Racecourse. £975pcm. Contact Nina Clark Lettings.
• North End – One-bedroom fully furnished annex, inclusive of all bills a short drive from Newbury. £600pcm. Contact Nina Clark Lettings.
• Hungerford – tw- bedroom flat with carport and refitted kitchen a short walk from Hungerford High Street. Available now. Unfurnished £750pcm. Contact Nye & Co
• Kintbury – A spacious one-bed flat in the centre of Kintbury. Available end of July. Unfurnished. £675pcm.Contact Nye & Co
 Hungerford – A two-double-bedroom close to Hungerford High Street with gas central heating. Available July. Unfurnished. £725pcm Contact Nye & Co

Domestic Property for Sale
• Baydon – Five-bedroom detached in a development of just four houses and with outstanding views. £950,000. Contact Brearley & Rich.

Useful people to know 
• For advice on extensions, building design and planning – Graham at Orange Key Architectural Design
• For locks, doors, windows and security advice – Craig at Wyse Locksmiths.
• For carpet and upholstery cleaning, or end-of-tenancy cleans – Jon at Eclipse Cleaning.
• For advice on blinds and shutters – Adam at Smart Blinds in Thatcham.
• For electrical services and advice on certification when selling a property – Tony at AM Electrics
• For buying, selling or renting – Ellie at Nye & Co, Jon at Brearley & Rich or Nina at Nina Clark Lettings.

For Sale

• Soldier-style Solitaire Board • Frog-shaped Sandbox • Early Learning Centre Children’s Slide
• Upright Fridgedaire freezer. Good working order. Collect from East Garston in exchange for donation to Air Ambulance. Call 01488 648320
• TL125 Scomadi Scooter
• Victorian Dining Table and Six Georgian Chairs

Charity Plugs

• West Berkshire Homeless ask you to select their token this month at Tesco Extra in the Retail Park in Newbury.
• If you have any old spectacles or unlocked mobile phones you don’t need any more, the community in Ghana that we visited in February would be grateful for them. Habib Albeboure from ATEGhana is in the UK at the moment and will take them back with him to Ghana at the end of July. Please reply to this if you can help.
• Enjoy a lovely Renewal Ramble along the River Lambourn in Newbury next Thurs 12 July, find out about the good work being done by the Environment Agency and The Renewal Project – and discover how you can get involved as a volunteer. Please let Laura know you are coming on
• Free first-aid and defibrillator training on Thursday 19 July at Woolhampton Village Hall (7pm til 9.30pm). Places must be pre-booked. Organised by Community Council for Berkshire (CCB).
• See this week’s Local News for a high five 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.)

In the Garden

• Last chance to book onto this Summer Pruning Workshop with Orchard Arborist and Pomologist Andy Howard Sat 7 July, Hungerford. Places limited.
• Edible Thatcham invites you to the official launch of their flagship garden 11.30am – 2pm Thurs 12 July outside the Town Council Office on Brownsfield Road. Herbal teas and tasty edibles on offer!
• July on the Allotment – efficient ways to water your garden and a video of ants harvesting blackfly on a broad bean plant!
• The wasp season is starting so Robert from Pestco advises tapping along a hedge before strimming. If wasps appear, don’t strim as the vibration will really antagonise them. And if you ever notice a strange patch on a wall, read this before touching it…
• How bees forage for water (with the cutest picture of bees) from local expert Jan Doyle. How hot it must be in a hive right now…
• Reminder about putting out water for hedgehogs and tops tips to make your garden safe for hedgehogs.

Seasonal Snippets: This Week with Penny

• No apologies for another chilled soup recipe this week (especially as this one uses up old bread): Chilled Cucumber Soup

• I tried to give blood yesterday but was rejected because my veins were too flat. Obviously I’m not drinking enough water in this hot weather. Here are some tips from Bluebird Care on how to keep hydrated and a request that we keep an eye on elderly neighbours.

• The Community Council for Berkshire is an independent charity which aims to make communities in Berkshire thrive by providing information, support and advice to individuals, groups and other organisations. Click here to read CCB’s most recent e-newsletter.

• Therapist Dr Melanie Morgan-Jones came on our 4LEGS radio show (from 6:00) last week to share the story of her own recovery from almost complete short-term memory loss and cognitive impairment after brain injury from a car accident. Now she is a very successful homeopathic and Bowen Therapist.

• Melanie advises the amount of water each person should drink is their body weight in kilos x 2 divided by 100. So if you weigh 60 kilos (about nine stone in old money) you need to drink 1.2 litres of water a day.  You could measure out your daily quota into a jug (adding cucumber slices or mint) and put it in the fridge in the morning and make sure the jug is empty by the end of the day. Remember that water coolers or filter jugs standing in direct sunlight might develop green algae which is meant to be harmless but best to keep them covered.

• See this week’s Local News for our usual midweek supermarket dash through the websites and newspapers around the area (and sometimes further afield) including thoughts about localism (enforced or otherwise), England’s robbers, a talking crow, a sunken lorry, the cost of a smart motorway and a pale green light for Wantage Road station.

• If you watched Tuesday’s England game you will be interested to hear Lis Allen’s word of the week on Talking Bollocks Live is tredipation (how does Gareth Southgate help the players keep balanced between constructive nervous tension and anxiety?) For anyone who listened to our 4LEGS radio show this week, I can report that Brian is even now booking his tickets to Uzbekistan to accept his new role as Finance Minister. (Bu, albatta to’g’ri – Brian.)

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Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.


For more, please visit: PP website Calendar and Local Markets

Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) till 15 July book tickets here for an exciting line up of music, theatre, art, comedy & more

Fri 6 July

Swing Dance Workshop  inspired by Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Modern Jive and Jazz Live.
The Hysterical Historical 8pm Croft Hall, Hungerford. Whacky whirlwind tour of Britain’s female national treasures.

Sat 7 July

Wantage Fire Station Open Day  10am – 2pm lots of fun in aid of Team Mikayla who grant wishes for children with cancer.
Mortimer Fun Day 11am-5.30pm, The Fairground, Mortimer.
Theale Village Fête 12noon-4pm North Street Playing Fields, Theale.
Thatcham Roller Disco  7.45pm Kennet Leisure Centre. Family session: 5pm-6.15pm Open to all: 6.30pm-7.45pm.  £5 (cash only) per skater, including skate hire.

Sun 8 July

Hungerford Allotments Open Day 2-5pm All welcome. BBQ, stalls.
Great British Tennis Open Day at Newbury Tennis Club  for players of all ages and abilities. Book your slot for free tennis tuition (rackets and balls provided) .
Sleeping Trees: World Tour 8pm Croft Hall. Catch this exceptional comedy trio before they head up to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Weds 11 July

Siren Song: A Recital of Songs by British Female Composers 8pm Croft Hall. Enjoy these British musical gems performed by mezzo soprano Lucy Goddard, esteemed soloist at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, and pianist Siwan Rhys.

Sat 14 July

Garstonbury gates open 11am just outside East Garston. Our biggest, bestest local family-friendly music festival.
Vici French Street Party 11am-2pm The Arcade, Newbury. All invited to enjoy french food, fizz, music, games to celebrate The Vici Language Academy’s 10th anniversary!
Untold Stories of the Great War  Thatcham – CANCELLED
The Wayfarers 7.30pm Performance Space at the Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage. Don’t miss this talented local indie rock band.
Dance Night with the Apollo Big Band 8pm Croft Hall, Hungerford

Sun 15 July

Hungerford Car Boot Sale 9.30 11.30am Triangle Field (Rugby Club)

Sat 21 July

Fun Dog Show and Open Day 11.15am-3pm Trindledown Animal Welfare Trust, Great Shefford.

…plus lots more on the PP website Calendar.

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