In this week’s PP: recommendation for Broadmead Estate Services and the Harrow at Little Bedwyn; three competitions; beef boxes; kebab recipes; commercial and residential property; a GDPR joke; and lots more
Click here for this week’s Local News including burst pipes, railway rearrangements, Hungerford’s new Mayor’s first week, parking in Marlborough, planning in West Berks, scarecrows in Aldbourne and royal connections in Ramsbury.
Penny’s having a well-deserved break in Greece so it’s Brian in charge of things for this issue. Anything wrong or omitted is thus my fault, not hers. Normal service will be resumed next week.
Local Events – see below
• Penny Post Spring Guide to Local Courses has a wide range of local activities. Our Summer Guide will be published at the end of May so please reply to this to enquire how to get your course/class included.If you already have a listing in the current guide, please check nothing needs updating: if it does, reply to this email.
• Half term is looming, bringing relief to children and its own stresses and decisions for their parents and carers. This guide to activities for kids that we’ve put together might give you some ideas. If there’s anything you think should be added, please reply to this email.
• Click here for information on our forthcoming Wedding & Party Guide – you can get a FREE listing to launch our new website in June.
• For more information, see the Penny Post website calendar.
Competitions and Special Offers
• Still time to enter our May Pizza Quiz to win two wood-fired pizzas a month for the rest of the year.
• Another comp running this month is a writing competition from Suzi Cairns, one of the presenters on 4 Legs Radio. It’s open to anyone from five from five to 11 and the winners will have their stories read out on air. Click here for full details.
• Another way you can get your creation into the public eye is through the recipe competition organised by The Newbury pub. As well as the winning entry being added to their menu there’s a £1,000 cash prize. You’ll also be supporting West Berkshire MENCAP which will receive a donation every time the dish is ordered. Click here for full details.
• And rounding off this week’s comping corner, click here for details of the student photography competition organised by Thatcham Photographic Club.
• Belle Chic Summer Beauty Package of leg wax, bikini re-shape and pedicure available till end August.
• May Offer: Two spa treatments at Natura Spa for £80 – mix and match Hydrating Facial, Full Body Scrub, Indian Head Massage and Hot Mud Wrap with Spa Day upgrades available.
• Mrs B of Ramsbury recommends Broadmead Estate Services: “Thank you so much for all the works you did in our garden – it looks brilliant. Such a good job.”
• Nicola and Paul recommend The Harrow in Little Bedwyn: “A lovely, warm dining experience, with amazing food and an extensive wine list.”
(Click here for information on The Harrow’s 2018 Food & Drink Festival in July.)
See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
Part-time Housekeeper, Kintbury • Senior IT Sales Executive, Ramsbury • Breakfast and/or After -school Club Leader, Baydon • Music Sales Administrator, Welford • Assistant School Cook, Chilton Foliat •Cleaners, throughout the area • Sous Chef, East Garston • Admin Assistants, Newbury • Marketing Assistant, Marlborough • 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.
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
• Welcome to Witts End Business Services which can help with a whole raft of administrative, financial and logistical issues with which businesses and individuals often struggle.
• The Make a Difference campaign, spearheaded by Newbury-based Bluebird Care, celebrates the remarkable, vital and often unseen work done by home-care assistants. Find out more here.
• Newbury Weekly News Best in Business Awards – application deadline is 22 June.
• For news of and offers from some of Hungerford’s high-street shops, click here.
• Newbury – 3-bed end-of-terrace house with outside patio a short walk from Newbury town centre. £1,050pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Eddington – 2-bed ground-floor flat with recently refitted bathroom on Hungerford’s outskirts. £750pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Newbury – immaculately presented 2-bed top-floor flat close to town centre and station. £875pcm.Contact Nye & Co.
• Kintbury – over 55s luxury 2-bed apartment in a stunning retirement village. £1,000pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Hungerford – 3-bed house with private garden and garage close to High Street. £1,050pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Hungerford – 2-bed ground floor flat in converted chapel with parking. £750pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Marlborough – bedsit in sheltered housing to let.
• Kintbury – short-stay rentals available of a beautiful self-contained annexe on the edge of the village.
Domestic Property for Sale
• Baydon – 5-bedroom detached in a development of just four houses and with outstanding views. £950,000. Contact Brearley & Rich.
• Click here for details of two forthcoming events in aid of the Great Shefford Flood Alleviation Association
• For any of you who missed the John O’Gaunt Colour Mile run last weekend to raise funds for the school’s music department, click here to see a video of the event.
• A range of local volunteering opportunities can be found by clicking here. Please reply to this email if there are any you’d like to see added to the list.
• Click here to support Daniel Reeves of Newbury who is running a particularly gruelling series of marathons (including through the Peruvian jungle) to raise funds for the Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust.
• Over the past four years the funding that the Corn Exchange Theatre received from West Berkshire Council has fallen by over 50%. Please click here to see how you can make a small donation to help protect and preserve the many aspects of the Corn Exchange’s work, both on stage and in the local community.
• See this week’s Local News for a pat on the back 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).
Seasonal Snippets: This Week with Penny
• With the BBQ season coming into view, try these recipes from Jo at The Merry Kitchen for two different kinds of kebab – and a matching wine recommendation from Simon at The Naked Grape.
• And if you need the key ingredient for the beef version of these, click here to order your delicious prime Aberdeen Angus beef box (which includes mince) from the Rooksnest Estate pedigree herd in Lambourn Woodlands. Next delivery date (free within 15 miles) is 30 May. Book soon as availability is limited.
• My eldest son Mike (remember, it’s Brian doing this) finished at university a few years ago. He’s since reflected on his time there and come up with some thoughts and advice on matters ranging from gap years to food economy.
• Spurred on by the warm weather and sunshine – and now having reached an accommodation with the existing chicken – our two new hens have started laying. Even though the new ones’ eggs are quite small, perhaps a quarter have had double yolks. I haven’t had time to look this up or ask Hilly, our local fowl expert. Should we feel specially blessed by this or is it more common than I thought?
• This Friday’s guest on our 4 LEGS radio show (11am-12 noon) will be Freddie Tulloch who’ll be talking about, amongst other things, the recent fundraising bluebell walk and the forthcoming Garstonbury music festival. Click here to listen to this or other shows live or to listen again anytime (except that you won’t be able to listen to ours this week because due to a glitch it didn’t record.).
• If you fancy a song, here’s one I made earlier, on the last occasion I found myself more or less alone in the house for 10 days. Such a situation can play strange tricks on the mind (it certainly does on mine).
• See this week’s Local News for four usual midweek romp through the stories, newspapers and websites in the area (and sometimes a bit beyond it) including an early-train apology, grant applications, planning spats, gagging orders and a mayor’s extra day of power.
• There’s not much to laugh about when it comes to GDPR – or so I thought. Many thanks to Emma and Laura from the Hungerford Bookshop for sending this gem:
Q: Do you know someone who can help me with GDPR?
Q: That’s great – can you give me their contact details?
Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.
PPS: If you know anyone else who might also enjoy this week’s Penny Post, please click here to forward it them.
The 40th Newbury Spring Festival 12-26 May Two weeks of world-class performers on our doorstep at a fraction of London prices.
Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) 29 June-15 July tickets now available online (click link).
Fri 18 May
Live Music: Los Gusanos 7.30pm The Wheatsheaf at Chilton Foliat. Jazz, Swing, Latin with drums that will get everyone dancing. Wood-fired pizza served all night.
Sat 19 May
Newbury Spring Festival: A Celebration of Gene Kelly 7.30pm Corn Exchange Newbury.
Oxfordshire Art Week at Richmond Village, Letcombe Regis 19-26 May.
Sun 20 May
Maymessy Family Festival 2-6pm near Wantage. Bake Off competition, Splat Circus, helter skelter, pizza and lots more. Limited tickets must be pre-booked.
Welford 10k & Fun Run Welford Park. Registration from 8.30am. Beautiful route!
Newbury Spring Festival: Come and Sing HMS Pinafore 3pm Corn Exchange, Newbury.
Mon 21 May
Lockdales Valuation Event 11am-3pm Sutton Hall, Stockcross near Newbury. Bring your collectables along for expert valuation by auctioneers.
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting 7.30pm West Berkshire Council Offices. Police and fire services report and a talk by CitizenAid on public immediate actions for multiple casualties from a shooting, stabbing or a bomb.
Thur 24 May
Special wine and cheese evening hosted by Gastro Nicks and featuring award-winning cheesemaker Phil Stansfield of Cornish Cheese. Sarsen Energy SHowroom, Collingbourne Dicis, 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Sat 26 May
Inglewood Health Club Open Day 8am-9pm Audley Inglewood nr Kintbury. Free use of spa facilities, classes & sports massage, discount at Blandy’s restaurant & lots more!
• The Box Film Festival Sat 2 June Corn Exchange, Newbury.
• Chaddleworth & Shefford Primary School Fete Sun 3 June. £10 for outdoor 3m x 3m pitches for handmade crafts. Book with firstname.lastname@example.org
• Can we Borrow Your Airfield, Please? Talk about air shows at Greenham in the 70s and 80s. 7.30pm Wed 6 June, Greenham Common Tower.
• Talking Bollocks (for men only) 15 June, Hungerford Town Hall
• Garstonbury Sat 14 July family friendly festival for all ages and tastes in music.