Penny Post Weekly Newsletter Aug 24 – 31

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This week  includes football updates, planning issues go to court, satnavs, local council grants and some spectacularly bad driving and parking.

Local Events – see below
Local Activities

Guide to Local Courses in September includes a wide variety of art, craft, cookery, music, drama, dance, language, IT, fitness, sport, adventure, dog training, wellbeing activities in our local area. More have been added since we emailed the Guide on Thursday and the post will be updated as necessary in the future. Here are some highlights:

For Adults
• Spanish Learning Club in Wickham. New Courses  start w/c Mon 4 Sept for Complete Beginners, Beginners Plus and Intermediate. Also monthly Spanish Conversation Club. Contact Angela on or 07557 226 541.  “Angela is a very knowledgeable teacher, friendly too! Highly recommended!”  Simon Lobo-Morell
• Sewing & Dressmaking Workshops with Silvia at Sewing Playground in Hungerford
• Ballroom, Latin & Sequence Dance Weekly Beginner classes in Boxford (start Mon 11 Sept), Lambourn (start Tues 12 Sept) . Contact Alison on 07780 624 784 or at for more details.
• Ignition Tennis coaching for all ages & abilities in Chieveley, Hungerford, Kingsclere, Kintbury, Malmesbury, Newbury (at Park House School) Stockcross and Woodland (Tilehurst).
• Dog Training for Working Breeds Small, relaxed fortnightly classes on good manners, basic commands, steadiness and retrieving.  Starts Weds 13 Sept (1.30-4pm) or Weds 20 Sept (10am–12.30pm) in Marlborough.  Contact Jill on 07901 651 663 or

For Kids 
• Music activities at Hogan Academy in Newbury next week: World Drumming, Guitar Maintenance, Drum Tuning. Term time: wide range of music tuition from inspiring teachers who are performers in their own right
• Matt Ward Karate for 4-7 years and 8-15 years in Swindon, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wroughton, Oare, Ashbury Chilton Foliat, Lambourn and Pewsey
• Youth Theatre for 4-19 years at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. No auditions. Various age groups.
• NYT (Newbury Youth Theatre) for 14-21 years who perform at the Edinburgh Fringe every summer to rave reviews. No audition. Rehearsals start Weds 13 Sept. Email for an application form.
• Young Firefighter Programme for 12-16 years at Newbury Fire Station


• Roger recommends Butler Toll Financial Advice“They explain everything carefully and demystify jargon for the lay person. I am glad to have found them.”

• Amanda recommends The Harrow in Little Bedwyn: “We have eaten at many Michelin-starred restaurants and I would rate this as one of the best.”


• Outdoor party games for loan (including hooplah, deck quoits and a set of wooden nine-pins with three balls) by Lambourn Festival Committee

• Two framed and mounted maps, of Gloucestershire and Northumberland, reproductions of John Speed’s maps from 1610. Frame approx 55cm x 44cm. Donation to Penny Post requested. Email or call 01488 648 110.

• Two tabby kittens wanted – please reply to this email.


To Rent
• Hungerford: a three-bedroom family house with garage. See Nina Clark Lettings for more details
• Froxfield: a newly-refurbished three-bed semi-detached house with lovely rural views and driveway parking. Available now. Unfurnished. See Nye & Co. for more details
• Hungerford: a spacious two-bed first-floor maisonette a moment’s walk from the High Street. £725pcm. Available early September. See Nye & Co. for more details
• Kintbury: two-bed semi-detached house with garage, £875pcm available immediately. See Nye & Co for more details.
• Hungerford: recently refurbished house one double bedroom, occasional bedroom/study, residents parking. See Nina Clark Lettings for more details
• Kintbury: a double-bedroom annexe to let on the outskirts of Kintbury, available by the night or for longer periods. For more details, please click here.
• Hungerford: a newly built, immaculately presented, detached three-bedroom house situated a short walk from the town centre. See Nye & Co. for more details
• Hungerford: a two-bedroom first-floor flat situated a short walk from the town centre. See Nye & Co. for more details

For Sale
• HungerfordHopgrass Open Barn £595,000 with Nye & Co.

Special Offers

• Great midweek specials at The Swan in Great Shefford

• Thinking of getting a puppy? Jill Thorpe from Develop Your Dog is offering free ½ hour telephone consultation during September to give advice on how to go about searching for the right puppy or breeder for people who have decided they want a puppy and book a home visit for once the puppy has arrived. Contact Jill on 07901 651 663

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
Restaurant Manager and Bar and Restaurant Staff, Great Shefford • Recreation Assistant, Hungerford • Skin Clinic Receptionist, near Aldermaston • Freelance Digital Marketing Manager• Chef, Wickham • Commis Chef, Hungerford • Gardener, Uffington • Domestic Housekeeping Staff, Hungerford • Care Assistants, Froxfield • Front of House Staff and Night Porter, both in Hungerford • Hair Stylist, Kintbury • Housekeeper, Hungerford • Part-time Bookkeeper, Hungerford • Part-time Audio Secretary, near Bedwyn • Full-time Bar and Waiting Staff, Shefford Woodlands • A range of catering and hospitality career opportunities, Chilton Foliat • Gardener/ Groundsman/ Maintenance Person, Wantage • Volunteer AONB Ambassadors, throughout the area • Nursing and Domiciliary Care Staff, Letcombe Regis

Local Businesses 

Animals & Agriculture • Automotive • 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 The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat which has been shortlisted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association for its 2017 awards (Support the Community class).

• Last chance to enter our Hungerford-themed Penny Post August Quiz  to win a meal for two and a bottle of wine at The Three Swans Hotel in Hungerford. Entry deadline: midnight TONIGHT (Fri 25 Aug).

• Summer in the North Wessex Downs Photo competition to win a hamper of local produce. Entry deadline: Thurs 31 Aug.

• Thatcham Students’ Photography competition (three age groups) to win up to £50 in vouchers of your choice. Entry deadline Tues 22 Sept.

Charity Plugs

• on Saturday 2 October my sons and I are doing the Nuts Challenge assault course to raise the funds for our trip to Upper West Ghana in February with Action Through Enterprise. If you would like to support us please click link for details. Thank you!

• If you would like a table or want to donate any items to the Lambourn RDA (Riding for the Disabled) Tabletop sale in Lambourn Memorial Hall on Sat 16 Sept please contact Judy on 07984 450 935.

• “What better way,” Ray Collins of the Ray Collins Charitable Trust asks, “to spend a late summer evening than to be strolling through the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside in the company of family or friends?” Sounds good to me. Click here to see how this bucolic activity plans to raise at least £2,000 for his charity.

• The Rose of Hungerford canal boat is in urgent need of more .Boatmasters. The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust will pay for all training involved in exchange for Boatmasters skippering regular trips with the Trust for five years.  Although this would be voluntary work, qualified Boatmasters can also skipper other public trip boats so, this qualification could lead to paid employment.

• 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).

Four Wheeled Friends 

• Elite Garage Service on Turnpike Industrial Estate in Newbury now offers tyre replacement service so you can get everything you need done on your car in one place

• Drivers are urgently needed to take young carers from across West Berkshire to and from Newbury on Monday evenings. This could be in your own car or in West Berkshire’s Young Carers nine-seater mini bus. Please click here if you can help.

Green Fingers

• Cold Ash Horticultural Annual Summer Show, Plant and Produce Sale Sat 9 Sept at Acland Hall. Open to public 2-4.30pm. Free entry. Non members welcome to enter. Entry forms available from Cold Ash Post Office

• Don’t forget to keep harvesting those caterpillars off your cabbages! Haven’t found a recipe for them yet…and our chickens aren’t event interested in them

• Good luck to the judges of this year’s Newbury in Bloom competition which has had even more entries than last year – 42 to be precise – from local businesses, primary schools, places of worship, allotments, community projects and almshouses. The winners will be announced on 19 Sept.

Seasonal Snippets
• Some ideas of what to do with seasonal produce:
rhubarb recipes – savoury as well as sweet
courgette recipes – Dany Bosek also suggests grating courgette & tossing in garlic mayonnaise or deep frying in batter

• thanks to camping blogger Jo Rigden for her thoughts on Why One Tech-Free Day a Week will Change Your Life. And who do you think struggles most with being unplugged? Parents or child?

• Husband and youngest son were despatched to Newbury Cats Protection yesterday to apply for their tabby kittens looking for homes. But six families were already there by the time they arrived at 10.45 for an 11am start. So, we make our appeal directly – two short-hair tabby kittens wanted. We know they’re out there somewhere. Please reply to this email.

• Thanks to Angela Money for her quarterly Neighbourhood Watch Meeting in Newbury this week (see live stream here) with interesting updates from police, fire service and the new Building Communities Together organisation which combines police, council and community organisations to achieve the best prevention and problem solving around keeping our communities safe. Angela’s next NHW Meeting is for Hungerford & West of W Berks in Hungerford Town Hall 7-9pm Tues 19 Sept

• I feel glad to live in a rural area, removed from the level of violence targeted on people in cities. But I didn’t live here 30 years ago – I was living in New York where even they were shocked by what had happened in my local town. No community ever wants their spirit to be tested in the way that Hungerford’s was. Our thoughts are with anyone still affected by the tragedy. See this report on last weekend’s memorial service.

• See this week’s Local News for the usual sliced and diced segments of local (and sometimes not so local) news, ranging from stolen property recovered in Marlborough to some wartime history in Thatcham and taking in on-the-spot guidance in North Korea, a horrible road trip with an out-of-date satnav and an Egyptian protest song. Something for everyone, or so we like to think…

• Well done to everyone happy with their A Level and GCSE results. In sympathy with anyone who been disappointed, here is my husband’s account of his university finals fiasco in You May Now Turn Over the Paper.

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.


Local Events

Lambourn Carnival – something for everyone throughout August.

Swindon Old Town Art Trail. All welcome to the launch party on 5pm Tues 29 Aug. Also Swindon Open Studios coming soon

Sat 26 Aug

Wantage Farmers Market 8.30am – 1pm Great monthly market of local producers.
Free Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia Advice 10am – 12noon Hungerford Library for you or your child. Or visit to request a free 30 minute no obligation telephone consultation.
Visit the Flying Scotsman at Didcot Railway Centre with BBQ, real ale bar, railway fun and games and a chance to ride on the most famous train in the world.
Real Ale Festival  11am to 11pm, Hungerford Club (on the Croft)
Outdoor Swing Band 7.30pm The Wheatsheaf Chilton Foliat. High energy, old time swing, klezmer & gypsy jazz with Ish Kabbible
StockFest Finale 8pm The Rising Sun, Live music and the drawing of the Stockfest Raffle! Tickets available on the night. Free entry.
More on the PP Calendar.

Sun 27 Aug

Car Boot Sale, 8.30am-12.00pm, Thatcham Memorial Hall
Visit the Flying Scotsman at Didcot Railway Centre with BBQ, real ale bar, railway fun and games and a chance to ride on the most famous train in the world.
Real Ale Festival  12noon to 11pm, Hungerford Club (on the Croft)
The Pheasant’s Summer Party 4pm-late. Live music, magician, DJ, hog roast – and four bars.

Mon 28 Aug

Visit the Flying Scotsman at Didcot Railway Centre with BBQ, real ale bar, railway fun and games and a chance to ride on the most famous train in the world.
Real Ale Festival  11am to 11pm, Hungerford Club (on the Croft)

Sat 2 Sept

Late Summer Fair 11am – 4pm Audley Inglewood nr Kintbury. Stalls, BBQ, cookery demo, live music, morris dancing, children’s craft & lots more. Free entry

Coming Soon

Poetry Afloat Fri 8 Sept, The Rose of Hungerford
Learn to Dance in a Day Sat 16 Sept, Wantage
Autumn Tea Dance Sun 17 Sept in Lambourn.


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