News from Hungerford’s Independent Shops & Businesses – August 2023

Hungerford is famous for its independent shops and businesses which make the High Street worth a visit.

Inklings

August is the month for exam results and we wish all those waiting for their GCSE and A Level results lots of luck with their results.
 
It is also the month when people start thinking about the next year and we have a selection of diaries and calendars in stock now, and more are arriving this month.
 
We continue to have lots of lovely new gifts and cards coming through the doors so do pop along and see what we have.  

Inklings
122 High St, Hungerford RG17 0DL
[email protected]
www.inklingsofhungerford.com
facebook.com/inklingsofhungerford

Town & Manor and Hungerford Town Hall

We are very happy to support activities and groups benefitting the people of Hungerford. In July our Constable, Julie Lloyd, enjoyed watching The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company’s Humble Boy, and Hungerford Children’s Theatre’s Alice the Musical

Our Trustees were proud to present £750 to Hungerford Primary School to help fund a visiting theatre group’s performance of The Jungle Book last term. Julie, and Trustee Fiona Hobson, were also delighted to watch the Year 6 production Olivia and were pleased to be able to loan props, used by the Tutti Girls at Hocktide. 

Meanwhile, The Town Hall complex, consisting of the Town Hall, Magistrate’s Room and Corn Exchange, is getting some extra care and attention. The attic is being cleared out, curtains damaged by flooding have been replaced, the balcony has been returned to its former glory, internal doors damaged during the April break-in are being repaired,  and Trustees on the Buildings Committee have been discussing paint colours, lighting and acoustics. 

Hungerford Town Hall is very unusual as it is one of the only town halls in Britain not to be owned by a local council, so all repairs and upkeep are funded by the Town and Manor not the tax payer.

Our beautiful character rooms for hire include the Magistrates Room, the Town Hall for larger gatherings or the Corn Exchange for up to 240 people.
Hungerford residents get a 25% discount on hire rates.
 
Please contact 
[email protected]

07880 311731.
Hungerford Town Hall wedding

Howards Pet Care

 
We are your local, friendly pet store!
 
We now have beef flavour in the popular Nature’s Way Grain/Gluten Free premium dog food range.
 
Plus we have super comfy, made in Britain Earthbound dog beds
 
In fact, we have everything you need for your two and four legged friends from premium dog food, chews, feeding bowls, leads, bird seed to hedgehog houses and bags of dishwater salt.
 
 
Suzi and the team
01488 685314
facebook.com/Howards-Pet-Care
Howard's Pet Care Hungerford

Mio Fiore Italian Restaurant

The atmosphere of real Italy is the mood at our café and restaurant on Hungerford High Street. Check out our facebook page (warning – it will make you hungry!)

We serve homemade Italian food using quality traditional Italian regional products as well as seasonal and local ingredients – accompanied by Italian wines and drinks for all the family to enjoy. 

We also serve a full English breakfast from 9am to 3pm.

We offer a 10% discount on take-aways – order online here.

Book on 01488 680730
miofiore.co.uk
facebook.com/miofiore

Hungerford Bookshop

Please see our facebook page and latest newsletter for our upcoming autumn author talks to look forward to. And if you are in Wantage do pop into our new shop on Mill Street (where Madhatter Bookshop was).

For more events and to sign up to our newsletter, please visit our website hungerfordbookshop.co.uk

We love to see our customers but you can also shop on our website for next day delivery, send in book orders on 01488 683480, [email protected] or message us on Facebook.

Hungerford Coin & Stamp Centre

 
There has been much confusion in the media about which stamps are no longer valid and inexperienced Post Office counter staff are exasperating the muddle.
 
ONLY Machin definitive stamps (see image) are no longer valid as per illustration (but you can still swap them out by posting this form to Royal Mail). ALL OTHER stamps including Commemoratives are still valid for use (see image)..
 
The stamps we sell at a discount (see prices below) which we acquire from stamp collections are still valid and do NOT have to be changed for “bar-coded” stamps. 
 
Furthermore the recipients of letters with these stamps attached will NOT have to pay any surcharge as has been scaremongered in the press.
 
For your ease of reference our selling prices are as follows:
1st Class Stamps. 85p (Royal Mail price £1.10)
2nd Class Stamps  57p (Royal Mail price 75p)
 
Open: Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm.

35a High Street, Hungerford RG17 0NF
01488 684008
[email protected]
philatelicheritage.co.uk
facebook/Hungerford Coin & Stamp Centre

Hungerford Legal & Financial Centre

 
Our Finance & Legal Show this month with Karen, Tayler and Kelly covers financial settlements for separating couples and why 50/50 splits don’t work, consolidating pensions, topping up NI contributions, and changes at HMRC which affect how you file your taxes.
 
If you have any queries or are experiencing difficulties with your current situation you can give me a call at Marlborough Law Ltd and I will see if we can help.

Our office in central Hungerford (down the alley between Eliane’s and Hungerford Bookshop) is shared by Marlborough Law and Claritas Accountancy. We also collaborate with Harridge Financial, Ludlam Wills & Estate Planning HR experts Professionals in Partnership and asset finance experts Industry Finance UK.

For more please details contact us at:
hungerfordlegalandfinancialcentre.com 
01488 508008 [email protected]

Hungerford Legal & Financial

Fare Wise Travel

We offer travel advice based on many years’ experience, not only when planning the trip but also during or after it, if problems emerge. 

Veronica’s August blog focuses on the important issue of travel insurance.

Check out our facebook page for lots of holiday inspiration from the Canary Isles to Route 66 across the UK.

Please contact Veronica and the team on 01488 686858, [email protected], facebook or pop in to our office at 19 Hungerford High St (under the railway bridge). 

Jon Shatford Business Support Services

Jon Shatford Business Support Services offer book-keeping, tax returns, VAT and payroll services as well as advice on business start up and growth, including this advice on chosing your businesss bank account.

We also offer a meeting room at Wessex House in Hungerford High St, with monthly business networking 11am – 1pm on the first Thursday of the month (next one Thur 7 Sept) plus hot desks that can be booked on a casual basis via hungerfordworkspace.co.uk.

Jon is a former bank manager with years of experience in financial services who helps a wide range of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

West Berkshire Injury Clinic

Whatever age or level of fitness you are at, we are here (opposite The Borough Arms) to help with any niggles or injuries. We believe prevention is better than cure so we also offer a Business Health & Wellbeing package to help prevent illness and reduces absenteeism due to staff sickness and poor mental health.
 
To find out which treatment is best for you, contact us on:

01488 493014
[email protected]

West Berkshire Injury Clinic

Hungerford Printing Company

Do pop into our studio at 109 High Street (opposite Hungerford Arcade) to chat about your printing needs. hing on everything. 

We can now scan architect/interior/garden designer plans and drawings up to A0 in colour or mono. We can print them off or send to you as a pdf.

We also have an Epson Sure Colour large-format printer up to A1 (594 x 841mm) on photo-quality paper, plotter paper or waterproof polypropylene. Available Monday to Friday and can generally be done while you wait. Prices start from £10.

Or contact us on 01488 684337 or [email protected] 

Find us at Instagram/hungerfordprintingco and on Facebook/hungerfordprintingco

Hungerford Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Healthcare

It’s no secret that many patients choose to visit us to overcome back pain neck pain, or headaches. However, chiropractors can also play an important role in supporting the performance and recovery of athletes of all skill levels. See more here from our therapists Rebecca and Andy. And why not take advantage of our summer introductory offer of £50 for initial assessment, report and treatment.

Hungerford Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Healthcare
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

M & P Hardware

This summer browse our colourful children’s lunch boxes, plates and cutlery – plus USB charged lamps (around £55) and magnetic USB strip lights (around £30) which light up for 8 hours before needing recharge and can be used anywhere in the garden, in the shed, on the boat to create ambient lighting.  
 
Open: 9am to 5pm, Mon to Sat.
01488 681048 
facebook/mandphardware
M & P Hardware

The Curve at Hungerford Hub & Library

The Curve Gift Shop at Hungerford Hub & Library sells high quality crafts and gifts produced by local artisans from gorgeous adult knits to yummy fudge.

Open: Tues, Wed & Fri 10pm – 4pm and Sat 10am – noon.

You can also browse online here: hungerfordhub.com/shop

[email protected]
facebook.com/The-Curve-Gift-Shop

The Clockmaker

We have a range of affordable clocks for sale in the shop as well as our usual range of antique clocks and barometers online which  make lovely gifts.

We are also extremely busy servicing and repairing watches and clocks. 

Chris Bessent
The Clockmaker
127 High St, Hungerford, RG17 0DL
(in the courtyard behind Newbury Building Society)
facebook.com/theclockmakerltd
theclockmaker.info 

The Clockmaker Display Ad

Other shops to visit in Hungerford:

Crown Needlework 

Hungerford Arcade 

Ellie Dickins Shoes 

Barr’s Yard 

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