Town & Manor of Hungerford News – May 2019

Hungerford Town & Manor

HOCKTIDE

Hocktide is an annual festival held on the second Tuesday after Easter which dates back to medieval times. It was an important time of the year when rents were collected, judgements made and the rights of a town asserted. At one time, it was held in almost every town in the country. Today it survives in only one – Hungerford, because the tradition has been maintained by the Town and Manor.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to another successful Hocktide this year..

This year’s Tuttimen were Sarah Jackson and Philip Porter.

The Tutti Girls were Teigan Hill, Zoe Maidment, Rebecca Hale and Ellie Bampton, all Year 10 students from John O’Gaunt School. 

Click here for more about Hocktide 2019 

 

New Constable Nick Lumley receiving the chain of office from the retiring Constable, Ellie Dickins. 

There has been a Constable in Hungerford since 1458.

“It was a bit of a surprise for me and the people who elected me that I became the Constable of The Town and Manor of Hungerford and The Liberty Of Sanden Fee last Friday,” says thespian and longtime Commoner Nick Lumley. 

“I’m not sure what I have let myself in for but it is a great honour to be next in an enormous list of predecessors and many hundreds of years of tradition.

“I have discovered already in five days that I will be pretty busy, this is a big organisation and needs a lot of time and attention. Hopefully it will be fun and we might even achieve something by the end. I particularly want to forge some closer links with the non commoners in the town, and for there to be a great deal of exchanging of ideas and creative thinking. This is such a great place to live, let’s enjoy it…”

 

HUNGERFORD COMMUNITY AWARD

We were delighted to announce the winners of our first Hungerford Community Award.

Adult Category

Jane Goldstein – Tutti Pole Maze

Junior Category

Ava Norman, Daisy Pearce and Sophie Roques – Try Something New Festival

Click here for details

HABITAT & WILDLIFE HUSBANDRY

The Town & Manor of Hungerford owns and maintains over 400 acres of land in and around Hungerford including Hungerford Common and Freeman’s Marsh and over 5 miles of waterways including the River Kennet, River Shalbourne, and River Dun. 

The trustees of the Town & Manor continue to expand their environmental bio-diversity and habitat management of the estate, now to include preservation of populations of wild bees. 

Cows on the Common

Forty six beautiful black Aberdeen Angus crossbred heifers were released onto our Common Port Down a couple of weeks ago.

They are relishing their new lush pasture and can get very excited and inquisitive so please dog owners and car drivers beware and take care.  The cattle have right of way and priority on the roads.

Dawn Bird Walk

Join our River Keeper Rob Starr and ARK – Action for the River Kennet on Saturday 15th June for an early morning walk along the riverbanks to enjoy the birds and other wildlife present. 

There will be a bird ringing demonstration, so an opportunity to see birds up close and learn more about ringing.

Meet at 5.45am in the Fisherman’s car park at Denford for a prompt 6am start.

Not an ARK member? Join now or on the day.  
Option for the group to purchase a full English breakfast/bacon sandwich etc. at a local premises at the end of the walk. 

Advanced booking essential with Anna on email anna@riverkennet.org 

Please let Anna know if you are interested in advance of the day.

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