Penny Post May 11-18

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Local News  

Visit the Local News section of PP website for this week’s Local News including roadwork (quite a few of them at the moment) and police updates, library news, some municipal musings, general election candidates, new mayors and a former cricket captain in Shalbourne.

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

• upcoming workshops & courses:

One-day Re-Fashion Workshop  10am – 4pm Sat 13 May at The Mix, Wantage
• Drawing on the iPad with Diana Seidl 16 May,Honesty Coffee shop in Inkpen
• Calm Quiet Space Mindfulness Weds 17 May – 18 June in Great Bedwyn
• Make a Personalised Fabric Baby Book Gift – rescheduled to Mon 15 May in Hungerford
• Make a Pinafore Dress for a Baby/Girl 10am – 4pm Sat 20 May, Hungerford
• FAST Self Defence Workshops Sat 20 May, Chilton Foliat click on link for times – highly recommended by friends
• Patisserie Masterclasses with The Vineyard’s Head Pastry Chef – Chocolate Tempering 18 May, Afternoon Tea 8 June, Chocolate Desserts for Beginners 22 June – all 6-9pm


• we recommend Wood’s Property Solutions – thanks to Keith for fixing a long-standing problem we had with a ceiling.

• we also recommend Ruth Kolish a local travel advisor with Travel Counsellors. Ruth takes time to talk through the trip you want to plan and makes great suggestions. She is lovely and doesn’t put any pressure on you to make decisions!

Quizzes & Competitions

• Our short and sweet May Quiz is about fitness and the prize is one month’s membership at the fab new Seeds 2 Glory Fitness Studio just south of Hungerford.

Click here for details of Round 3 of the North Wessex Downs AONB Photography Competition with the theme of Spring in the North Wessex Downs. Entries must be in by the end of May.

• See also this week’s Local News for the Quiz Question of the Week.


• Disposal Notice: Town & Manor of Hungerford intends to lease the land at the Football Ground, Bulpit Lane, RG17 0AY. to Hungerford Football Club for 10 years. If you will be affected by this proposed lease and would like to make representations please click here for details

• a friend of ours is looking to rent a two- or three-bedroom house in Hungerford starting asap. If you have a property available please contact Jane Price on [email protected]

• Click here for a range of properties to rent and for sale in Hungerford.

See the Property News section of Penny Post for a range of property-related articles.


The M4 is closed between junctions 12 & 13 this weekend so expect congestion in Newbury/Thatcham area. It may also be closed from 19-22 May as well.

• See this week’s Local News for information on other road closures, including lane closures between junctions 13 and 14.

•  we were second at the scene of a car crash on the bottom road between Weston and Shefford this week. Luckily no one seriously hurt but it was a scary reminder to drive carefully along our winding country roads.

• we have a 1.6L Ford Focus available for spares or repair. Drives fine and bodywork OK but no exhaust or MOT. Offers accepted. Please reply to this.

Special Offers

• sign up to The Media Marketing Co’s newsletter to get a 40% discount off their Facebook Power User Masterclass Thurs 25 May at Audley Inglewood near Kintbury.

• still time to book a FREE financial planning advice session with Jessamy at Brown Dog FP who will give you the tips and tools to get started. There is no obligation so contact them now on 01488 682890.

• 10% discount on this month’s matching wines from The Naked Grape in Hungerford.

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including: Classical Music Sales Assistant, Newbury • Bar Staff, Shefford Woodlands • Part-time Fitness Coach, Newbury • Chefs, East Garston • Delivery Driver, Hungerford  • PT Housekeeper, Inkpen • Van Driver, near Ramsbury • Waiter/Waitress, Chilton Foliat • Library Trustees, Hungerford • Full-time Care Assistants, West Berkshire • Occupational Therapist, West Berkshire • Massage Therapist, West Berkshire • Cleaners, West Berkshire • Charity Shop Volunteers, Hungerford • Homecare Assistants, throughout West Berkshire.

• retained (on-call) fire fighters earn approx £500/month and are desperately needed in Hungerford, Lambourn, Mortimer and Pangbourne.

• on Careers Tutor this week: nursing, media & confidence

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!

• Donnington Grove in Newbury is looking for a new or existing company to manage and operate three beauty/treatment rooms.• for expert social media training with The Media Marketing Co grab a place on these great workshops: Facebook Power User Thurs 25 May, Twitter Power User Thurs 8 June.

• stallholders wanted at:
– Newbury Carnival Fete in Victoria Park 12 – 6pm Sun 16 July.10,000 people expected. Please contact Fete Manager Michelle for more information on [email protected]
– Inglewood’s Late Summer Fair on Sat 2 Sept. £25 per pitch. Contact Eve Apperley [email protected]  01488 687010

Charity Plugs

•  Ramsbury Week will be taking place from 18 to 29 May to raise money for a new pre-school. Click here for more information on the wide range of events to support this excellent cause.

• Bluebird Care Newbury is giving another £250 community grant to a local group that supports elderly people. Click here for how to apply – deadline 17 May.

• The Nature Memories Café at the Thatcham Discovery Centre, created to help people with dementia, is urgently seeking additional funds to enable it to continue its work. Click here for more.

• May is National Walking Month so local Nordic Walking Leader Ashley Sandy is donating 50p to the British Heart Foundation for every person who walks with her this month – click here for details.

• 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.

Four (and two) Legged Friends 

• if you need a slug deterrent in your garden or fancy helping Britain’s wildlife then please consider adopting a hedgehog from the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital. Click here or email [email protected] or call 01980 629470.

• they say the advent of social media has reduced the appeal of black cats as they are hard to photograph. Our Marmite moggy couldn’t care less… (if you have a classic pet photo or video to share do reply to this).

• this working spaniel puppy being trained by Jill at Develop Your Dog is sooo cute

• wish it would rain even more. The moorhens have left their nest in the middle of River Lambourn alongside our garden. The water level is so low at the moment they aren’t very safe.

Seasonal Snippets

• there is still a distinct chill in the air so here is another warming recipe from Romilla Arber: Sausage Stuffed Chard Leaves The great thing about chard is that it grows year round so you might have some in your garden you can use for this recipe.

• and here is a lovely matching South African red wine for this recipe recommended by Simon from The Naked Grape who is kindly offering PP readers a 10% discount.

• I am cross with myself for leaving our french beans out this week to catch the frost. Potatoes and new growth on our fig tree are also damaged. If you have had frost damage too, we are in good company – a friend’s vineyard near Hungerford has lost an estimated 80% of this year’s crop. The uncharitable weather (cold snap after an early spring) isn’t limited to the UK: many vineyards in Bordeaux have been badly hit as well.

• in contrast, this indestructible rhubarb plant in our neighbour Hilly’s garden is at least 60, possibly 100 years old. It dies back each winter to return to towering magnificence each spring. Despite the flowers, it produces many stalks every year.

• it was great to meet Italian artist Christopher Luigi whose Prelude exhibition opens today at the OIL Gallery in Hungerford. I loved his paintings – ethereal yet three dimensional with some acid literally thrown in…

10 Camping Uses for Duct Tape! by camping experts Jo & Richard at 4 Points Leisure – useful ideas for around the home too.

• if you have solar panels now is a good time to check they are working properly so you get the most output over the summer. Here are top tips on checking your panels by Louise at Greenwire Solar in Newbury.

• we need more foster parents in this area so if you think you could consider fostering please click here for interviews with some foster parents in our area. And do attend the Fostering Drop-in Information Event 2-5pm Mon 15 May at Elcot Park Hotel.

• see this week’s Local News for the usual mix including Thatcham’s flood defences, Marlborough’s recount, Newbury’s mayor-elect, Hungerford’s road closures, Swindon’s proposed tower block and everybody’s general election…

• all Newbury constituency voters are invited to submit a question for the pre-general election Candidate Question Time on Thurs 1 June hosted by Hungerford Chamber of Commerce. The submission deadline is Tues 23 May (see link for details).

See below for upcoming local events!

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Local Events

Open Studios 2017, throughout May at numerous venues in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Fri 12 May

Marlborough Artists Exhibition 2017  Marlborough Town Hall (Sat & Sun as well – see link for times)
Words, Words, Words: Present-day God Talk 7.45pm St John’s Church Newbury with Dr Val Webb who writes for those who question doctrines but value faith in the human search for meaning

Sat 13 May 
Newbury College May Open Event, 10am-1pm Newbury College
Rotary Bring & Buy Plant Sale 10am – 12noon The Tumblings, Hungerford
Family Farm Morning 11am – 1pm The Croft Field, Hungerford
Sun 14 May 
Shalbourne Gliding Open Day – have a taster flight for £35. We’ve done it – great adrenalin rush!
Park House Charity Run & Fun Day 9am – 4pm Park House School Newbury
Soprano Susan Bullock Cabaret Evening 7.30pm Combe Manor nr Hungerford. Featuring classics by Gershwin and a live interview on the night with Radio 3. Part of Newbury Spring Festival
Mon 15 May
Dementia Friendly Walk meet 9.30am Lambourn British Legion. Gentle 30 minute walk. Everyone (and their dogs) welcome. Organised by The Lambourn Valley Dementia Awareness Alliance.
Weds 17 – Sat 20 May
Ian Sanderson Fabric Warehouse Sale near Newbury. 10am – 6pm Weds – Fri. !0am – 1pm Sat. great bargains and professional advice, so take along your measurements and colour matching requirements. Refreshments on site.
Sat 20 May
Hungerford Town Band Concert, 7.30pm Hungerford Town Hall
Make a Pinafore Dress for a Baby/Girl 10am-4pm, HungerfordLots more on the PP calendar

Coming Soon…

Mon 22 May Neighbourhood Watch Meeting with talk on CyberCrime, West Berks Council Offices
Thurs 1 June Pre-General Election Candidate Question Time 7.30pm Hungerford Town Hall

Wiltshire at War Exhibition – Keeping the Home Fires Burning  18 May – 25 June at Crofton Beam Engines.
The Role of Women in the First World War Thurs 25 May at 2pm. The talk will be free, but ticketed. Book with [email protected] or tel. 01672 870300


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