Cows on the Common – another incident
On Thursday 29 August there was yet another incident of a cow being hit by a car on the Common, the fourth in the last four months. The car involved would have driven away with a cracked or broken windscreen. Miraculously, the cow does not seem to have been seriously injured.
Although there is no suggestion, based on an eye-witness report, that the car was driving fast or dangerously, it would be useful if the driver could contact the Town and Manor so that the details of the incident can be established. Please email email@example.com.
The speed limit on the Common is 40mph but the Town and Manor has for a long time been pressing West Berkshire Council to have this decreased at least to 30mph. The good news is that it’s recently been announced that West Berkshire will be reviewing this during the autumn.
As this latest incident shows, the presence of the cows presents a real hazard which is rarely found elsewhere. The cows are also largely black which makes them that much harder to spot when the light is poor. Please exercise particular care when driving there.
Picket Mead Orchard
The Town and Manor continuse to work on restoring Picket Mead Orchard (just south of the A4) to its former glory. This contains 60 fruit trees which, in 2017, produced two tonnes of fruit. We will this year once again be producing apple juice and, for the first time, hopefully also cider as well.
We are planning a wassailing event for January – further details to follow when confirmed.
Releasing the Eels
Earlier in the summer, Constable Nick Lumley attended a “funny and charming release of eels” into the river by pupils from Great Bedwyn under the auspices of Action for the River Kennet (ARK).
“ARK is another organisation that it’s brilliant for us to be associated with,” Nick said. “Seeing kids laughing with joy when their wellies fill with water and trying to say goodbye to their eels was delightful.”
The project was designed by ARK to promote a greater understanding of the critically endangered eel and its lifecycle
Further improvements planned for the Wednesday market
Wednesday is market day in Hungerford, when cars give way to shoppers, traders and stalls filled with fresh fruit, vegetable, fish, meat, flowers, clothes, fabric, collectables and more.
Nick Lumley, the Town and Manor’s Constable, has made the expansion of the market one of his priorities. “I hope you have all noticed that there is a greater variety of stalls and a bit of a buzz in the Town on a Wednesday,” he said. “Last week we had record takings on the market which is good news. If you haven’t shopped there for a while, please have a look. Any comments and improvements would be most welcome.”
As space on the street is limited and as the stock on some stalls is more vulnerable to the weather, the intention is to extend the market onto the Town Hall steps and into the Magistrates Room. Stalls of all kinds are welcome including ones from charities or organisations which are purely for information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Parking on in the High Street
Please observe the ‘No Parking after midnight’ signs which are put up on Tuesday afternoons in some bays on the Town Hall side of the High Street.
Some traders, particularly Neil’s fruit and veg stand and Richard’s plant stand, set up very early in the morning and they can’t do this if vehicles are parked there.
There are a number of events taking place in the Town Hall including craft fairs, flea markets and the meetings of various clubs and societies. You can keep up to date with what’s going on here.
Here’s a taster of some of the events to look forward to in September and early October:
Thur 5 Sept: Hungerford Camera Club (Thursdays til December).
Fri 6 Sept: Church Café, 10am-12.30pm.
Sat 7 Sept: Mynt Craft Fair, 10am-4pm.
Mon 9 Sept: Peter Pan, 6.30pm.
Sat 14 Sept: Flea Market, 8am-5pm.
Sat 19 Sept: Rock Choir, 6pm-9pm (Thursdays til Christmas).
Fri 25 Sept: Hungerford Historical Association 6.30-9.30pm.
Sat 28 Sept: Hungerford Antiques, 8am-5pm.
Sun 29 Sept: Flea Market, 8am-5pm.
Wed 2 Oct: First indoor market (see section above), 8am-3pm.
Sun 6 Oct: Hungerford Food Festival, 10.30am-4pm.
Events currently scheduled for the rest of the year include a Christmas Market (1 and 2 Nov), the Town and Manor Open Forum (13 Nov), an accordion concert (6 Dec), Tango in the Town Hall (11 Dec) and the Town Band’s Christmas Concert (14 Dec).
Town Hall hire
If you want to hire the Town Hall or part of it for any event, please contact Jed Ramsay on email@example.com.