Penny Post July 6

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Visit the Local News section of PP website for this week’s Local News including news from the various town councils, a poetry competition, grants available, good news for local libraries, for Newbury’s cyclists and for the River Kennet, large developments in Grove and Swindon and an unusual offer from the Lambourn Festival Committee.

In case you missed it, click here to see July’s Penny Post Hungerford newsletter (since this was sent, two things have been added: some updates on HTC news June/July as a result of the 3 July council meeting; and an Open Letter from the Mayor of Hungerford about the judicial review).

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

Local Courses, Classes & Tutors Guide – July – something for everyone this month from boot camps and bushcraft to Nordic walking and pottery


• Emma B recommends The Merry Kitchen: “Amazing…delicious…delightful…couldn’t recommend Jo and her team highly enough.”

• J George of Newbury recommends Ross Brooke Accountants: “They’ve always given me prompt and first-class service. Long may the relationship continue.”

Special Offer

Spa Day Special Offer at  Natura Spa at Audley Inglewood: Spa Day for 2 people includes cream tea, swim, sauna and a 30 min treatment such as a mini facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, Indian head massage and a body wrap. £80 total Book now on 01488 682 298 or or via facebook/Natura Spa Kintbury


• Do you have any unwanted pre-decimal coins or notes? Residents at Winchcombe Place Care Home would be grateful for them – click here for details

• Hungerford Town Council is asking for any unwanted cups and saucers in good condition for use at events at the Croft Field Centre. If you have any donations please contact HTC office on 01488 686195

Snooker table for sale

Two single beds available. Offers accepted.


• 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

• Wanted unfurnished two- or three-bedroom rental between Thatcham and Hungerford up to £800pcm to start mid-end August. Please contact Carol on (Carol is a teacher in Newbury and is an excellent tenant).

• Grazing land available between Hungerford and Kintbury.

Paddock maintenance tips – some for now, some to think about for the months ahead – from Broadmead Estate Services.

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including: Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Hungerford • Shop Manager, Hungerford, Newbury, Marlborough and Devizes • Relief Support Workers andFull- and Part-time Support Workers, Rowde • Commis Chef, Front of House Staff, Housekeeper,Chef de Partie and Night Porter, all at The Three Swans in Hungerford • Part-time Administratorand Marketing and Admin Assistant (closes 10 July) Corn Exchange, Newbury • Student Reintegration Manager and Pastoral Support Assistant, both in Hungerford • Part-time Learning Support Assistant, Alder Bridge Steiner Waldorf School  • Care Assistants, Brendoncare Froxfield • Technical Support Coordinator Hungerford • Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, Bar Team Leader, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Bar Supervisor, Leisure Team Member, Restaurant Supervisor, Food and Beverage Team Member and Kitchen Porter, all with Bourne Leisure • Clerk to Governors, Excalibur Academy Trust • Receptionist and Mechanics, Technicians and HGV Drivers ND Services, Lambourn Woodlands • Part-time HR Administrator, Sheepdrove • Charity Shop Volunteers, Hungerford • Homecare Assistants, throughout West Berkshire • Nursing and Domiciliary CareStaff, Letcombe Regis.

Just 10 places left on FREE radio & social media training for young adults 13 and 14 July with BBC Berkshire and Kennet Radio as part of the Greenham War and Peace celebrations 6 – 9 Sept

• Tom, a friendly, reliable Exeter University economics student, 20, with car, available for babysitting through July. Lives near Great Shefford. 07972 351716

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!


• Congratulations to the winners of our June Quiz with the prizes kindly donated by theHungerford Bookshop

• This month’s July Quiz is foot-themed and there’s a chance to win a pair of hand-painted shoes or trainers from Pixie Ink Designs

Four-legged Friends

• Robert from Pestco reports that after the mild spring, wasps have arrived early. If you have them around your house you might have a nest under a roof tile or in a hedge. If you disturb a nest you will be surprised how many come out. Remember to poke a hedge before strimming it and take real care if you are on a ladder.

• A reminder on how to keep your dogs cool in this heat from Jill at Develop Your Dog.

• Cats hate getting wet, right? Wrong, as our hot black beast Marmite proves when we keep him cool…

• On the other hand, this is one local cat which will probably hate water for the rest of its life…

• Loving home wanted for Darcy, the shy but friendly rescue cat – can you help?

• Do you have live near a stream and have room for a mink trap? If so, please contact Gavin Bennett on

Charity Plugs

• Congratulations to the Thatcham Bingo group for winning the Bluebird Care grant of £250 to fund their social activities.

• Heartstone Art Exhibition at Maddle Farm, Upper Lambourn 15 – 23 July (see link for times) in aid of Riding for the Disabled and the Heartstone foundation which supports young artists

• If you shop in Tesco look out for the opportunity to vote for a local good cause to receive Bags of Help funds (including Hungerford’s Croft Field Garden Room)

• MENCAP volunteers needed over the summer holidays (and after school in term time) – a great opportunity for those aged 14 years and over (looks great on your CV).

• From July, Hungerford library will be run by one member of staff aided by volunteers. Regulations mean that the library can not be single-manned so if there are periods when there is no volunteer the library will be forced to close. If you can volunteer please contact Hungerford Library on 01488 682660 or

• New beginnings at Lambourn Library. If you can help at any other library in West Berkshire, please click here.

• Volunteers are needed in Marlborough to help with this year’s Marlborough in Bloom.

• 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

• Our July gardening tips including how to look after tomatoes, broad beans and basil; plus an easy way to harvest blackcurrants.

• Last year the birds got most of our blackcurrants and left the gooseberries. This year it was the other way round. Can anyone explain this?

• The Penny Post Head Gardener blogger Bob Davison is judging the produce show at East Garston Fete on Sat 15 July. Click here for schedule of classes and entry form.

Seasonal Snippets

• This week’s recipe: Carrot and Courgette Muffins from Romilla Arber at Honesty Cookery School

• Thanks to Pamela Betts for letting us know that as a result of seeing the link in Penny Post a few weeks ago, Hampstead Norreys entered the Village of the Year competition and are now on the shortlist of 76 villages from across the UK! The finalist will win £10,000 for a community project. Hampstead Norreys would put it towards the planned refurbishment of their Village Hall.

• July’s Sustainable Wantage newsletter – special edition about plastics, how much ends up in the bellies of wildlife and our foodchain and useful tips about what we can do about it, for example how to wash your clothes to minimise the release of microfibres

Scam Awareness month is encouraging us to play our part and report anything suspicious. Please also do this quick survey.

• A new social club for Ladies has started recently. The Marlborough Live, Laugh, Love Clubmeets at the Pelican in Froxfield – the next meeting is at 7pm on Thurs 20 July.

• Still a couple of tables left (at £20 each) for anyone wanting to sell arts and crafts, produce etc at the East Garston Fete on Saturday 15 July. Contact Sue Tulloch on 01488 649 590 or

• There are plenty of local walks, cycle and horse riding routes to enjoy this summer (see Weds 12 July below for afternoon tea stop in Aldworth for walkers & cyclists) This great interactive North Wessex Downs map helps you find them (apologies for old link last week – their website has just been updated)

• A reminder about the new opening times have been announced for West Berkshire libraries, effective from this week.

• See this week’s Local News for usual slices of life including cladding, skate-park misbehaviour, various council initiatives, Einstein on the Beach and too many hot dogs.

• Next week would have seen the 80th birthday of Hunter S Thompson, the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. My husband has got this idea into his head that HST also wrote a story called Fear and Loathing in East Garston and claims to have discovered a lost manuscript – I have my doubts but click on the link above and see what you think.

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.


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Local Events

Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) offers over 50 events until Sun 16 July spanning the full gamut of art and entertainment and an amazing local art exhibition in Chilton Foliat open this weekend and next (inc pots by our amazing neighbour Hilary Reem)

Marlborough Open Studios  next three weekends in July. Amazing range of local talent from jeweller Theresa Hing in East Garston to Hungerford, Marlborough to Devizes.

Sat 8 July

St Barts Summer Fete & Charity Fun Run 12.30pm – 3.30pm. Buckingham Rd, Newbury. Lots of fun inc paintball range, BBQ & Ready Steady Cook competition!
Open Day at Hungerford Community Fire Station 10am-4pm Church St, Hungerford RG17 0JG. Come and admire the new station (just down the road from the old one) and enjoy fun activities.
Eastbury Beer Festival & Gin Tasting 1 – 7pm Middle Farm, Eastbury. Live music, hog roast – must pre-book tickets here
Trio Sospiroso 7.30pm Our Lady of Lourdes, Hungerford This flute/cello/harp trio’s programme includes familiar music from the Baroque, French favourites, a celebration of Greek folk music and two stunning pieces by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.
HADFEST 7 – 10.30pm Croft Hall, Hungerford Great local young bands including Dolly and the Dinosaur, Misfires and Tyrant, a favourite in our house…
More on the PP Calendar

Sun 9 July

Shalbourne School Fete 1 – 4pm Shalbourne School.
Hungerford Town Band Concert 7pm Hungerford Town Hall.
More on the PP Calendar

Tues 11 July

Fizz & Fiction 7.30pm Hungerford Bookshop. Rachel Malik talks about her novel ‘Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves’ A story of the land, friendship and of secret lives.
More on the PP Calendar

Weds 12 July

Afternoon Tea in Aldworth 2.30 – 4.40pm St Mary’s Church Admire the 14th century effigies of the Aldworth Giants and the Millennium Tapestry
Nesting (Watermill touring production) 7.45pm Eastbury Village Hall (Thursday too) Tickets £15 include a glass of prosecco.- also a meal at the Plough can be pre-booked.
More on the PP Calendar

Fri 14 July

An Evening of Wine Tasting Fri 14 July The Beacon, Wantage Unusual Grape Varieties with Brian Davis. £20 entry.
More on the PP Calendar

Sat 15 July

East Garston Village Fete Sat 15 July 12-4.30pm Lots of traditional fun including informal dog show, tug of war, egg throwing competition, water bomb cricket, white elephant, BBQ, bar and lots more.
More on the PP Calendar



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