Penny Post Newsletter June7-14 2018

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In this week’s PP: recommendations for AM Electrics service and The Wheatsheaf’s pizzas, our Garstonbury competition, welcome to Maymessy Cookery School and venue for hire, GDPR reassurance, the slug wars, a nettle recipe, summer arts festivals, plus, as usual, jobs, property, events, local news and much more.

Local News  

Click here for this week’s Local News including tree felling, Hungerford Library handover, a reprieve for Oxenwood, reading heroes and water leaks.

Click here for June’s Penny Post Hungerford monthly newsletter
Click here for June’s Valley of the Racehorse monthly newsletter

Local Events

See below.

Local Activities

The Penny Post Summer 2018 Guide to Local Courses, Classes & Workshops showcases scores of local classes from drawing to drama, from tennis to tai chi and from first aid to flower arranging.


Enter our June Quiz for a chance to win two tickets to Garstonbury Music Festival Sat 14 July.

Special Offers

Prom Make-Over & Up-Do special offer from Montagues Hair Design on Hungerford High Street (highly recommended)

Last minute get away offers to Sri Lanka, Cyprus and the Scottish Isles from Fare Wise Travel in Hungerford.

Discount on takeaways from the Spice Valley in Lambourn.


Message from PP reader Eileen this week: “Big thank you to the team at AM Electrics who we found on Penny Post. They came out promptly when we had a problem with our upstairs lights. Professional and solved the problem quickly!”

We recommend the wood-fired pizza at The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat – delicious & filling, with a good choice of traditional toppings and others with a modern twist (using many local and organic ingredients)

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
Various summer catering jobs, Chilton Foliat • Reviews Administrator, Hungerford • Restaurant Waitstaff, Lambourn • Music Shop Assistant, Newbury • Part-time Accountant, Hungerford • Part-time Training Co-ordinator East Garston • Business Development Manager, East Garston • KS1 Class Teacher, Baydon • Part-time Housekeeper, Kintbury • Senior IT Sales Executive, Ramsbury • 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.

Local Businesses 

Animals & AgricultureAutomotive • Business Consultants • Family Life •  Food & Drink •  Health, Beauty & Wellbeing • House & Garden • Legal & Finance • IT, Media & Web • Visual & Performing Arts • Retailers • Travel & Tourism • Tuition & Training

Please support the businesses which support Penny Post!

• Welcome to the spectacular Maymessy Cookery School and Venue for Hire on the Ridgeway near Wantage to view this beautiful space for yoga classes etc, do go along to their Wellness Drinks open evening on Thurs 28 June (see below).

• GDPR may have come but it certainly hasn’t gone. If your company or organisation is wondering if they have taken the appropriate action don’t worry, help is available. Read GDPR – Don’t Panic! by local expert Nick Richards from LAUDIS Business Advisors

• Local business opportunity – Daisy First Aid Newbury is for sale, offering flexible work to fit in with your life.

• Still time to apply for the Newbury Weekly News Best in Business Awards as deadline is 22 June. We found the application process very constructive last year.


Business Premises for Rent

Welford – 800 sq ft office space at Home Farm.
• Hungerford – Therapy room for rent at Belle Chic.
• Shefford/Wantage854 sq ft agricultural building to let.

Domestic Property to Rent
• Hungerford – Three-bedroom semi-detached house with garden and garage. Available Now. Unfurnished. £1,050pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Newbury – Two-bedroom top-floor a short walk from Newbury town centre. Available Now. Unfurnished. £800pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Kintbury – One-bedroom retirement property in the popular Inglewood development. Available Now. Unfurnished. £1,000pcm. Contact Nye & Co.
• Marlboroughbedsit in sheltered housing to let.
• Kintburyshort-stay rentals available of a beautiful self-contained annexe on the edge of the village.

Domestic Property for Sale
• Baydon – Five-bedroom detached in a development of just four houses and with outstanding views. £950,000. Contact Brearley & Rich.

Useful people to know 
For advice on extensions, building design and planning – Graham at Orange Key Architectural Design
For locks, doors, windows and security advice – Craig at Wyse Locksmiths.
For carpet and upholstery cleaning, or end-of-tenancy cleans – Jon at Eclipse Cleaning.
For advice on blinds and shutters – Adam at Smart Blinds in Thatcham.
For electrical services and advice on certification when selling a property – Tony at AM Electrics
For buying, selling or renting – Ellie at Nye & Co, Jon at Brearley & Rich or Nina at Nina Clark Lettings.

For Sale

Victorian Dining Table and Six Georgian Chairs.

Charity Plugs

• Fun events and practical support for carers in Thatcham, Newbury and Hungerford during National Carers Week 11-17 June.

• Sit with Me is a lovely initiative at the Corn Exchange Newbury for anyone reluctant to go to a performance on their own. Click link for how to take advantage of the scheme or volunteer for this programme.

• A few tickets still available for the Daybreak Charity Gig in Newbury this Sat in aid of Hope for Africa and Daybreak toddler group – with Loopy, DJ Domski, homemade curry and prizes

• Healthwatch West Berks invites you to a premier screening of the new documentary Unrest about life with ME, 6pm Weds 20 June at Newbury College. Steve McManus, CEO of Royal Berkshire Hospital and Dr Deepak Ravindran, Clinical Lead for Pain will be special guests. Donations will be given to the Reading and West Berkshire Fibromyalgia support group.

• The campaign to save the White Hart in Hamstead Marshall received a boost this week.

• Some places still left for the golf event in August in aid of the Great Shefford Flood Alleviation Association.

• 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.

• 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.)


• Thanks for everyone’s sympathy and suggestions about slugs. The Royal Horticultural Society has so many enquiries that they are doing a formal scientific test of traditional remedies to see if they actually work. In the meantime we can report success this week with coffee grounds (it’s the caffeine that is the killer apparently). PP reader Elaine Dunphy reckons bran is more effective than beer traps (thanks for bringing round some bran for us to try Elaine!)

Local events for gardeners: HAHA plant sale Sat 9 June in Hungerford Town Hall, Ramsbury Open Gardens and Shalbourne Open Gardens both Sat 17 June.

Seasonal Snippets: This Week with Penny

• This week’s recipe is Nettle Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes if you have as many nettles in your garden as we do this recipe is so quick to make – literally 5 minutes harvesting and 10 minutes cooking. Or if you have a weed-free garden you can use another pungent leaf like basil, parsley or wild garlic leaves instead.

• Don’t miss the ACE Space Festival this Sunday at Shaw House with lots of music, art, comedy, food and drink plus headliner Chris Jagger (Mick’s younger brother) – entertainment for all ages

• Thanks to PP reader Hilary Stockwell for her book review of This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay’s painfully entertaining insight into life of junior doctors in the NHS.

• Thanks to seven-year old Lexie and her mum Sabrina who were guests on our 4 LEGS radio show last week. Lexie was born with a cleft lip and palate, and this brave young lady from Lambourn shared her experience of her hospital visits, operations and her love of tigers.

• This week our radio guests will be Vicki Luker from Wantage Summer Arts Festival and John Prendergast from Bluebird Care. Terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘time bomb’ are routinely applied to any discussion of Britain’s social-care system in the media. The demand is increasing and becoming more complex: spending, meanwhile, has been declining. John will be looking at the background to this and its impact on everyone who uses, supplies or pays for this service. He’ll also be explaining how, despite the challenges faced by the industry, caring represents a uniquely satisfying and rewarding career. Click here to listen live 11am to 12noon or listen again anytime.

• Cryptic crosswords are baffling, deeply satisfying or madly frustrating (and sometimes all three). This article takes a quick look at the subject and poses a few clues selected by a prize-winning friend of ours (who will be providing some tips for anyone who needs help).

• See this week’s Local News for the usual Thursday rummage and rootle through the websites and newspapers around the area (and sometimes further afield) including a village’s DIY broadband, an albino wallaby on the loose, Chaddleworth’s fault line, Tutankhamun, Lady Macbeth and England’s World Cup chances (spoiler alert – they’re not that great).

For local news you can use every day, please join our Penny Post Subscribers Facebook group

Please see below for a selection of upcoming local events.

Local Events

For more, please visit: PP website Calendar and Local Markets

Wantage Summer Arts Festival 1 June to 7 July
Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) 29 June to 15 July tickets now available online for a very exciting line up of music, theatre, art, comedy, walks, workshops, talks & films

Fri 8 June

The Vicar of Dibley 7.30pm Herongate, Good fun from Hungerford Theatre Company .

Sat 9 June

Seussical Jr 2pm and  Seussical Jr 7pm Herongate, Hungerford. Lots of family fun!
Froxfield Beer & Music Festival  1-9pm The Green, Froxfield. Two marquees of fab live music.
Rosé Wine Tasting 1-6pm The Naked Grape, Hungerford High St. Free entry, discounts available.

Sun 10 June

ACE Space Festival 1-8pm Shaw House, Newbury. Family friendly with lots of music, art, comedy, food and drink plus headliner Chris Jagger (Mick’s younger brother).
The Gingerbread Man (and other stories) 11am Herongate, Hungerford.
Seussical Jr 2pm Herongate, Hungerford.

Weds 13 June

Vici French Pub Quiz 7pm The Fox at Peasemore (award-winning pub just 6 miles from Newbury). Good food and fun for francophiles! Book soon as places limited and it sold out last year.

Fri 15 June

Talking Bollocks (for men only!) 7.30pm Hungerford Town Hall. Would you like to create a better/even better relationship with the women in your life? Don’t miss this fun, thought-provoking event with Lis Allen.

Sat 16 June

Wild West Summer Fete 1-4pm Chilton Foliat School. Native American drumming, rodeo bull rides and much more!

Coming Soon…

Author AJ Pearce in conversation, Tues 26 June Hungerford Town Hall.
Wellness Drinks at Maymessy Thurs 28 June – a chance to discover this unique venue near Wantage.
Graham Harvey, writer for The Archers, in conversation, Fri 29 June
World Village Market, Sat 30 June Hungerford High Street
Kast Off Kinks, tribute band with original members, Sat 30 June
Countryside Fun Day Sun 1 July, Westcourt Farm, Shalbourne.
Summer Concert in Great Bedwyn Tues 3 July with world-famous Cambridge Choir.
Garstonbury Sat 14 July, East Garston. family-friendly music festival for all ages..

…plus lots more on the PP website Calendar.

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