Now more than ever it is vital to support local businesses. To replace all the Christmas fairs and markets planned this year, a lot of virtual platforms have sprung up to help you shop local (and not just for Christmas!):
Newbury & Thatcham Area
VisitNewbury encourages everyone to shop local and lists all the shops in Newbury and how to order from them during lockdown
Cards and Gifts from City Arts Newbury ceramics, glass, jewellery, prints, cards and more
Thatcham Chamber of Commerce facebook page promotes many businesses in Thatcham
Hungerford High Street many shops and businesses are selling online and will deliver.
Barr’s Yard on the A4 offers many online shopping options
Hungerford Hub’s Shop to buy unique, affordable and original gifts directly from local artisans.
Marlborough Town Council’s list of non-essential retailers offering click and collect
Love Wantage list of Wantage town centre businesses offering click and collect
Lambourn Online Christmas Shopping facebook group for local people to be able to buy from small businesses in the Lambourn area.
East of Thatcham
Made in Mortimer a group for all artisans, artists and crafters local to Mortimer who create and produce their own handmade goods, with a wide range of members from bee keepers, woodturners, glass artists and photographers.
Books by Local Authors
Comedy sci-fi by Ruth Masters who lives between Newbury and Hungerford.
The Doll’s House Children’s Book by Jean Maye in Newbury, best-selling author of children’s non-fiction books and an award-winning screenwriter & filmmaker who is now writing both children’s and adult fiction books as well. Jean has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.
Nomit & Pickle Go Shopping is the first big adventure of two siblings growing up. It is dedicated to Lucy Phillips who sadly died last year at the young age of 43 yrs who was brought up in Stockcross Newbury.