Penny Post June 22

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Local News  

this week includes: Hungerford Town Council launches a judicial review, proposed tenancy legislation, hidden books and planning and development disagreements

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

• would your teenager enjoy the exciting activities offered by Newbury Air Cadets? 211 Newbury Air Squadron are having an Open Day 7pm Weds 28 June for 12 – 17 year olds.

Effortless Summer Party Cookery – learn some fab dishes with Clare Morris at Coach House Catering in Froxfield – 10.30am – 1.30pm either Thurs 29 or Fri 30 June. Cost £39 pp inc coffee, brownie & glass of prosecco with the demonstrated dishes

• FREE Nordic Walking taster session 10 – 11am next Tues 27 June at Thatcham Discovery Centre for over 50s and adults with disabilities. Click here to register (you can do this on behalf of someone else) You will be asked some questions about your physical health and you will be able to join the Ever Active programmed offered by Get Berkshire Active for over 50s.

• yoga at the Shalbourne Pavillion 9.30 – 10.45am Mondays till 17 July. Visit the website or contact Maura at [email protected] or on more more info and to book.

• free weekly Sunday cycle rides with fitness trainer Ricardo Defazio. Meet 12 noon at Seeds 2 Glory Wellness Barn in Stype just south of Hungerford. All abilities welcome.

• Sewing Playground’s summer workshops Reversible Child’s Pinafore Dress – Sat 1 July

• St John’s Marlborough Adult Education Classes:
Sat 1 July 09:30-11:30 Floral Art: Summer’s Bounty £40 for 3 wks. Provide your own materials.
Sat 1 July 10:00-16:30 18 Stance Tai Chi Qi Gong £60 one day course.

Summer Garden Party Table Flower Arranging with Martin & the Magpie and Gin & Wine Tasting with The Naked Grape 7 – 9.30pm Thurs 13 July at Hungerford Town Hall

Coming next week: our Guide to Summer Activities. Please reply to this asap if you’re running a course/workshop/kids holiday activity that you’d like to be included


• great feedback from the opening night of Watermill’s Touring Production: Nesting in East Garston last night. Click here for full tour dates in Aldworth, Padworth, Bradfield, Aldbourne, Shrivenham, Cold Ash, Brill, Hungerford, Hampstead Norreys, Eastbury, Uffington, Ashampstead and more…

Special Offers

Still time to take advantage of Lambourn Valley Dental‘s 20% discount on replace metal fillings with white fillings on bookings before 30 June. Call 01488 757654.


• did you know that we can report road defects to West Berkshire Council at

• due to expansion, ND Services in Lambourn Woodlands is recruiting mechanics, technicians and HGV drivers – and a receptionist – see job section below.

Peugeot 405 Estate for sale (sorry wrong link last week – correct now) 140,000 miles, one owner. £200 ono.

• eastbound M4 between 13 and 12 will be closed overnight (9pm – 6am) on Fri 23 June and on Sun 25 June. For further info contact 0300 123 5000 [email protected]


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

• a very good quality pine table and six matching  chairs for sale – £100.

Two single beds available. Offers accepted.


• lovely self-contained Kintbury annex for rent from one night to long-term rental.

upstairs flat for rent (sheltered housing) in Marlborough available now. Applications are invited from residents of Marlborough and district who are over the age of 55 years and can live independently

Eclipse Cleaning offers a full service end-of-tenancy cleaning service.

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including: Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, Bar Team Leader, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Bar Supervisor, Leisure Team Member, Restaurant Supervisor, Food and Beverage Team Member, Kitchen Porter, all at Littlecote House Hotel • Clerk to Governors, Excalibur Academy Trust •  ReceptionistMechanics, Technicians & HGV Drivers ND Services, Lambourn Woodlands • Part-time HR Administrator, Sheepdrove •  Part-time Driver, Hungerford  • Student Reintegration Manager and Pastoral Support Assistant, both in Hungerford • Delivery Driver, Hungerford  • Classical Music Sales Assistant, Hogan Music, Newbury • Bar Staff, The Pheasant in Shefford Woodlands •  Library Trustees, Hungerford • Occupational Therapist, West Berkshire • Massage Therapist, West Berkshire • Cleaners, West Berkshire • Charity Shop Volunteers, Hungerford • Homecare Assistants, throughout West Berkshire.

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 Bluebird Care which has won the Franchise Award for Innovation in the recent Franchise Awards.

• congratulations to the winners of this year’s Wantage Business Breakfast Awards (I’ve never been to a black tie breakfast before – it was fun)

• Claire Burdett at the The Media Marketing Co shares top tips on Growing Your Audience on Social Media.  Don’t miss her workshop on SEO (how to get top Google ranking) on Thurs 29 June.


• Still time to enter our novel-themed June Quiz with the prizes kindly donated by the Hungerford Bookshop.

Four-legged Friends

•  top tips on keeping your dog cool this summer from Jill Thorpe at Develop Your Dog who is shocked how many people are still leaving their dogs in warm cars

• gorgeous blonde Labrador puppy for sale. Seven weeks old, male. Kennel Club registered.

• RSPB bird feeding tips for cat owners and reminder to keep tick aware during the summer

Charity Plugs

• please think of us tomorrow attempting to climb the total of one mile (ie 160 times up the 10 metre wall at Reading Climbing Centre) to raise money for our trip to Upper West Ghana to support the small Action Through Enterprise charity in Ramsbury. We would appreciate any support! Please see here for more details.

• big thanks to Newbury Soroptimists for their donation of £25 towards our cause. Soroptomists are an international women’s organisation (with a voice on the UN). I gave a talk for them last week and was delighted to discover they always make a donation to their speaker’s cause. If you would like to give them a talk one Thursday evening meeting please contact Janet on [email protected]

• 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 [email protected].

• if you can help at any other library in West Berkshire. please click here.

• Time to Talk West Berkshire, a counselling charity for young people 11 – 25 years old, held its annual meeting last week and revealed some impressive figures about the increasing scope of its activities, including the provision of over 3,000 counselling sessions in the past year. For more information and to donate, do visit their website at

• MENCAP volunteers needed over the summer holidays (and after school in termtime) – a great opportunity for those aged 14 yrs & over

• hats off to Jo Fielder who has recently completed a gruelling Ridgeway walk – please support  her appeal for the Lambourn RDA and the MS Society.

• the ATP floodlight project at John O’Gaunt School Hungerford is desperately needed by local teams which rely on the ATP for winter training. Over £11,000 needs to be raised. All donations will be matched by Greenham Trust – please support the project here

• last call for donations of children’s and adults’ summer clothes and shoes for refugees to be shipped to Serbia on Weds 28 June. Click here for details of drop-off points in Newbury, Inkpen & East Garston. Collection can also be arranged. Volunteers also requested to help load the lorry which is expected at Vets4Pets in Newbury 1 – 3pm on Weds 28 June.

• congratulations to Wantage’s Ray Collins who has been raising money for 10 years (as well as managing the Peter Ledbury Electrical shop). Ray set up the Ray Collins Charitable Trust 18 months ago and it has finally been officially recognised by the Charities Commission.

• 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

June gardening tips – include how to get air in your compost heap and minimise your watering

• I have learnt to love our nettles – if you can’t beat ’em join ’em. So I cook them (like spinach), make nettle beer, add them to our compost, brew a nutritious fertilising tea from them for the rest of the garden, add them to our compost heap (without seeds or roots) and dry the seeds for my cousin who is a Western herbalist. But I have never eaten them raw! Here is the low-down on why nettles are so great and how to make pesto from them.

• Oh yes – apparently forensic scientists like nettles as well because if a bodied is buried in the ground, a big clump of nettles will grow on top of it…(can anyone verify this? I remember it from a forensic science exhibition in Oxford many years ago)

• coming next week – how to garden with free range chickens. It’s not easy – if anyone has any experience to add please reply to this.

Seasonal Snippets

• this week’s recipe: Fresh Spring Rolls by author Kay van Beersum (if you’ve not used rice wrappers before here is a quick demonstration on how (and how not) to lift them). Thanks to Simon from The Naked Grape in Hungerford for his matching wine suggestion of the Viura Spanish White

• the recent hot weather has been a delight to many but spare a thought for the nation’s beekeepers who need to be rather over-dressed considering the temperatures. Local apiarist Jan Doyle explains here what she’s been up to this month to make sure that there is honey still for tea.

• thanks to camping expert Jo Rigden at 4 Points Leisure for her guide to the Best Festival Essentials for 2017 – from waterless shampoo to glowing tents…

• new opening times have been announced for West Berkshire libraries, effective from Monday 3 July.

• good news for Save the Baydon Lion campaign – they have qualified for EIS status so investors will get a 30% tax relief on their investment

• to the increasing list of chemicals and products that do catastrophic damage to the planet must be added microbeads which are used in a wide range of cosmetic and dental products to improve their scrubbing power. This article from Carol at Pink&Green Skincare suggests some simple, cheap and bio-degradable alternatives to use yourself and how to check the labels of products you buy,

• interesting things I’ve learnt this week: a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar turns a glass of lemonade into non-alcoholic Pimms (thanks Lisa) and you can order loo paper made from bamboo from Who Gives a Crap (thanks Patience)

• there are plenty of local walks, cycle and horse riding routes to enjoy this summer – this great interactive North Wessex Downs map helps you find them!

• see this week’s Local News for usual slices of life ranging from housing legislation to the rotation of the earth, from campanology to porcupettes and from community grants to new healthcare plans.

• sorry for delay in publishing this week. Last night I enjoyed a fascinating Walk on the Wild Side with James Sadler, Head Gamekeeper & Conservationist at Kirby Estate near Combe and Nicola Chester, Nature Writer & Naturalist. More on that next week…

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.

Local Events

Fri 30 June – Sun 16 July Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) offers over 50 events spanning the full gamut of art and entertainment

Sat 24 June

Hungerford Armed Forces Parade leaves Football Club 11.45am with 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME. Officers will be at the British Legion after the parade.
Jane Austen Weekend in Kintbury – see link for sched inc 10am author talk at St Mary’s Church
Free Advice on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia & Dyscalculia 10am – 12pm Hungerford Library with Jacqui Flisher
Gastro Nicks Celebration of Summer Tasting Event 9.30am – 5pm Gastro Nicks, Collingbourne Ducis launch of their new look deli offering olives, Italian charcuterie, antipasti, ice-cream, cheese, chutneys, breads & patisserie, fine wines, gin or vodka cocktails. fresh fish and bar (12 – 5pm)
Grove & Wantage Extravaganza 12.30pm Grove Rugby Club OX12 0FL
Violin Bonanza – 6.30pm East Garston Village Hall family friendly performance. All welcome.
Newbury Fun Day 10am – 4pm Kennet Centre, Newbury – games, activities, face painting, buskers from Hogan Music Academy – in aid of Swings & Smiles and Great Ormond St Hospital
The Box Film Festival 7.30pm Arlington Arts, RG14 3BQ – an evening of top class local and national short films

More on PP Calendar: West Woodhay Gardener’s Fair, Aldworth Flower Festival, Chaddleworth Fete, Woolton Hill Village Market, Piglet Collectibles in Hungerford, Chilton Foliat School Fete, Vertical Gardening at Wantage Mix, live music on the Rose of Hungerford canal boat.

Sun 25 June

Armed Forces Parade Newbury – 10.30am starts at Royal British Legion, Pelican Lane RG14 1NP and proceeds to Marketplace
Armed Forces Day in Wantage 12 – 6pm Wantage Market Place. Live music & entertainment. Attendance by many armed forces and local groups. Free entry.
Jane Austen Weekend in Kintbury – see link for sched inc Old Vicarage Open Garden & Tea
Thatcham Family Fun Day and Hi-5 Fun Run 11am – 4pm Henwick Worthy Playing Fields

Fri 30 June

Jazz in the Park, Hamstead Marshall with 2 fabulous local singers – Steph Richardson with Andy Kennedy’s Quintet and Harriet James with Pearl, TN

Sat 1 July

Hungerford Primary School Fete: Heroes & Heroines 12 – 4.30pm Hungerford Primary School
Greenham Common Banner Walk 2 – 5pm Retrace the history of Greenham: 100 Years War & Peace. All welcome. Free – just need to click on link to register.
Wessex Male Voice Choir 7pm John O’Gaunt School Hall, Hungerford. Don’t miss this award-winning 50 strong choir.

Coming Soon…

East Garston Fete – Sat 15 July


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