Town & Manor of Hungerford News – October 2019

Hungerford Town & Manor

The speed limit on the Common

Following four incidents this year involving cars hitting cows, we have been running an online petition to have the speed limit on the Common lowered from 40mph.

So far this has attracted about 350 signatures. We also have over 400 hard-copy signatures, most of which were obtained at the recent Hungerford Food Festival. Thanks to all who signed. A lot of people we spoke to held very strong views about this issue and the vast majority want to see the limit lowered.

On 9 October West Berkshire Council will hear two applications from Hungerford Town Council to lower the speed on the Common and on the road from the Common through Denford Mill. As soon as West Berkshire’s decision is announced it will be publicised in Penny Post and elsewhere.

The online petition will remain active. 

The responsibilities of the Town and Manor

The Town and Manor of Hungerford is a unique institution, the only such body in England to have survived (in other places, the functions and assets of these organisations have been assumed by local councils). Some reflections on its past, and its present, role can be found here.

Many aspects of the Town and Manor, including its ownership of the Town Hall, make it look like another tier of local government (which it is not) and as a result many people are unsure of what aspects of local life it is responsible for. These are some of the main things that the Town and Manor does, all at no cost to the local residents:

• Hungerford Common (including maintenance, the cows,  the paths, the trees and event licences).
• Freeman’s Marsh (including maintenance, the cows, the paths and the trees).
• The trees in the High Street from the Canal Bridge to junction of Atherton Road (maintenance).
• The Croft (including grass cutting, trees, posts and event licences).
• The Town Hall (including bookings and maintenance).
• River Kennet and River Dun (including weed cutting, debris clearance and bank maintenance).
• Hocktide (all aspects of the festival).

For any problems, issues or enquiries relating to any of these matters, please contact Jed Ramsay on

New Wednesday indoor 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. The Town and Manor wants to extend this into the Town Hall, particularly during the winter to attract stallholders whose wares cannot risk exposure to wind or rain.

The first of the new indoor markets took place on Wednesday 4 October and was a great success with all the stallholders re booking to come again. Eight new traders took part with a wide ranging array of goods including hom- brewing kits, home-made pies, bric-a-brac, appple juice, fresh scones, antiques and jewellery, as well as a fabulous charity stall from Newbury in aid of leukaemia. Stalls are available from £10 and are free to charities. Set-up is from 7.30 and trade til you fade…

“It’s great to see the building being used,” the Town and Manor’s Constable Nick Lumley said. “We’re glad to give traders with weather-sensitive produce a dry indoor space. The town is beginning to have a buzz on Wednesdays and our regular outdoor stall-holders also have a brilliant selection of hundreds of items. I shall try to be there most Wednesdays selling Picket Mead local apple juice from the Town and Manor estate, so come and say hello.”

Please call Nick on 07734 837 921 if you would like to book a stall.


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. 

October events

There are a number of events taking place in the Town Hall including markets (see above), concerts, craft fairs, flea markets and the meetings of various clubs and societies. You can keep up to date with what’s going on here.

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).

There’s lots more planned so keep your eye on the Town and Manor Events page or the Penny Post Calendar for more information.

Town Hall hire

If you want to hire the Town Hall or part of it for any event, please contact Jed Ramsay on

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