Penny Post March 9 – 16

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Local News  

Visit the Local News section of the PP website for this week’s news inc council taxes, windmill sails and post-box fixers

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

• Penny B recommends Touch Tennis which is great fun for anyone elderly or with mobility issues: Thurs 2-3pm at The Lambourn Centre with a qualified coach to get you moving and improving balance and coordination.
• Sewing Playground workshops this month in Hungerford: Introduction to Dressmaking (20 Mar) Pyjama Bottoms (25 Mar),  Make an Apron (31 Mar)
• there are a few places available on Transition Marlborough’s Practical Permaculture (sustainable agriculture) course starting 18 March

Mothering Sunday 26 March

• great gift idea from Hungerford Bookshop: a hardback copy of Joanna Trollope’s new novel ‘City of Friends’ with a ticket to hear her talk in Hungerford on Fri 12 April for £21 (buying them separately totals £24.99)

• make your own special gift for Mother’s Day with Kelly Louise Floral Design 6.30 – 8pm Fri 24 Mar in Marlborough (also Sat 25 Mar in Pewsey)

• book a Cream Tea Cruise 2.30pm Mothering Sunday on the Rose of Hungerford

Special Mother’s Day Lunch Blandy’s at Inglewood nr Kintbury. A marvellous chef, beautiful setting and gift for every mother dining! Book on 01488 687010

• Special Mother’s Day menu at The Bear in Hungerford (Mums eat free after 6pm) Book on 01488 682512

• we recommend Lee at Berkshire Fitness for any personalised training requirements – he’ll come to your home and design your training programme
• if you’re looking for affordable IT equipment, Christina Smith  of Community at 67 recommends Green Machine Computers: “When your offer came in to completely refurbish all laptops, replace worn out or broken parts and install more memory, we were utterly blown away as we had no idea where we would find the funding to replace them. I was hugely impressed by your business model.”

• click here and here for some great recommended reads from the Hungerford Bookshop.• a friend needs an immigration lawyer. If you can recommend someone please reply to this email.

Special Offers

March Madness Golf Offer at Donnington Grove Country Club in Newbury

• buy a 30ml Pink & Green Facial Oil and receive a 30ml Gentle Face Exfoliator COMPLETELY FREE (worth £15 – while stocks last)

 Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including: Front-end Web Developer, Newbury • Business Development Manager, Newbury • Full-time Care Assistants, West Berkshire • Hotel Receptionist, Newbury • Music Sales Account Assistant, Welford • Dispensary Receptionist, Ramsbury • Seating Riggers, (Open Day 17 Mar) Membury • Welder Fabricator and Mechanic, both East Garston • Sales Co-ordinator, Hungerford •  Part-time Life Guards, Hungerford • Gardener, near Lambourn  • Stable Manager, Upper Lambourn • After-school Childcare, near Newbury • Shop Assistants, Great Shefford • Car Mechanic, Newbury • Occupational Therapist, West Berkshire • Massage Therapist, West Berkshire • Cleaners, West Berkshire • Customer Services Assistants, Hungerford • Charity Shop Volunteers, Hungerford • Homecare Assistants, throughout West Berkshire

• if you’re over 19, unemployed, live in West Berks and need confidence applying for work this free six week Get Started! course at Heros Charity in Fawley is for you

• this is National Apprenticeship Week. Congratulations to everyone who received awards at this week’s Apprentice Awards Ceremony at Newbury College


• Artist based in Weston is looking for studio space with natural light, locally. Anything considered. Please call M Shaw Stewart 07780 588542
• For rent: Two rooms available in a shared house in Hungerford, of four people in total, £275pcm/£300pcm (dependant on size) plus £120 towards utility bills and cleaning. Available now. Contact Nye & Co
• For rent: Large two-bed maisonette on High Street, Hungerford. £825pcm. No pets. Available early April. Contact Nye & Co
• For rent: Characterful three- bed flat, Hungerford. £1,000pcm. Parking for one car. Available mid March. Contact Nye & Co
• How Much is My House Worth? – introduction to the valuation tools available to prospective house sellers by Ellie Yakar-Wells at Nye & Co

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!

• grants of £5,000 to £170,000 are available for rural businesses – click here for more details & the free Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Information Event next week
Charity Plugs

• West Berkshire Action for Refugees need vital donations for refugees by end of March inc sleeping bags, tents, men’s walking boots, coats, nappies, sanitary towels, baby wipes (click link for details of where to donate)
• News here about the good progress made by some our local libraries in their fights to stay alive. Volunteers and possibly trustees are required to help make this happen.
• Ramsbury-based ATE Ghana needs just £4 per month to provide 1 school child with a meal every day. Click here to set up a standing order, or make a one-off donation or text “Feed16” followed by the one-off amount you wish to donate to 70070 (eg “Feed16 £1”)
• ARK (Action for River Kennet)’s volunteering program for March includes hedge planting, litter picking, plaque installations and faggot making!

Four (and two) Legged Friends

Raw Feeding Seminar 11am – 4pm Sun 2 April at the G5 Community Hub, Swindon for pet owners, pet breeders, pet trainers and  pet behaviourists, who are looking to improve the quality of life of the animals in their care. £49.99 per person.

Zen Dog Whisperer Ken Stronach is taking bookings now for April – he can work wonders with any canine behavioural issues but he is busy so don’t leave it until you have an emergency before calling him.

• good luck to local dog trainer Jill Thorpe and her Labrador Robyn when they compete at in the final of the KCGCDS Obedience Stakes at Crufts this weekend!

• good news for our local water vole – lots of mink are being caught in traps. Click here for more on why we need to trap minks & how you can help

• we’re now in the season where dog walkers need to be careful about disturbing wildlife (especially ground-nesting birds) – please click here for advice from BBOWT

• and a reminder of bird feeding tips for cat owners

• help needed to plant saplings to create a tree sparrow corridor in the Marlborough Downs this Saturday – take gardening gloves and click link to let them know you’re going

• see this week’s Local News for a truly outstanding video compilation about the relationship between cats and cucumbers (and also for information on CATs, which are quite different).

Seasonal Snippets

• this week’s recipe: Apple, Mincemeat & Marzipan Pie – an unusual contribution to Pie Week that uses up any leftover mincemeat you still have in the fridge from Christmas! From the award-winning What’s for Dinner? Second Helpings by Romilla Arber from Honesty Cookery School

• revised plans have been submitted for the proposed development of 100 houses in Hungerford – click here for more.
• there are a few stalls available at the Vintage Fair Sat 1/Sun 2 April at City Arts Newbury for traders selling original vintage and retro items, or crafters who sell items that fit the theme

• see this week’s Local News for the usual mix which this week darts back to Roman Swindon and 1086 and looks forward to possible county boundary changes. Present-day items include revisions to the planned development in Hungerford, Council Tax & Business Rate news and views, neighbourhood Police updates for March and dealing with the litter problem.
• if announced energy price rises are inspiring you to consider solar panels, do ask our local Greenwire Solar for advice
• don’t forget the Collective Energy Switch  deadline for West Berks residents is Mon 20 Mar.• so lovely to have proper sunshine today, warm enough to briefly bask in

Local Events

Lots more on the Penny Post Calendar

Fri 10 Mar

Cheltenham Preview Night 7.30pm Fri 10 Mar. East Garston Village Hall featuring Oliver Sherwood, John Francome, Noel Fehily, Colin Brown, Stan Moore, Pat Murphy and Jamie Snowden – just a few places left

Sun 12 Mar

Swindon Repair Cafe & Free Shop 2 – 5pm Savernake St Hall, Swindon. We went to the last one and got a bike, a metal trunk and a plastic rice steamer shelf fixed – result!
Newbury Talks: Freeze! The Strange Science of Ice 3pm Corn Exchange Balcony Bar. With Andrea Sella – expect some whizz and bangs….

Weds 15 Mar

Wilton Windmill – come watch the exciting sails remounting from 9am – refreshments available all day
Jane Austen’s Kintbury Connection Talk 7.30pm Inkpen & Kintbury History Club

Fri 17 Mar

Babe the Sheep Pig  2.30pm & 7pm The Corn Exchange, Newbury For ages 5+ & full of West End actor/musicians!

The Ish Kabibble Live Swing Band 8pm The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat – come celebrate the pub’s re-opening
Sat 18 Mar
Babe the Sheep Pig  2pm & 6pm The Corn Exchange, Newbury For ages 5+ and is full of West End actor/musicians!
Lewis & Leigh  8pm,Ace Space, Newbury – another great gig not to be missed
Romantic Masterpieces, 7.30pm East Garston Village Hall. Promises to be a wonderful performance by cello virtuoso Phil Daish-Handy with the opportunity to have a go on the cello yourself in the interval!
Sun 19 Mar
Babe the Sheep Pig  2pm & 6pm The Corn Exchange, Newbury For ages 5+ and is full of West End actor/musicians!
Coming Soon…

Thur 23 Mar Annual Town Meeting, 7.00pm Corn Exchange Hungerford
Sat 25 Mar 8.30 – 9.30pm Earth Hour join the millions of people around the world who switch off their electricity for 60 minutes eg The Castle Pub on Cold Ash Hill is hosting a Candlelight Gathering

Wed 29 March Clover Stroud Author Talk The Wild One Hungerford Town Hall
Thu 27 & Fri 28 April The Empty Nesters’ Club by John Godber, Corn Exchange – one for the Mums and Dads

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