What's On

1:30 pm Crochet workshop Cotton face pad... @ The Wantage Mix
Crochet workshop Cotton face pad... @ The Wantage Mix
Jan 25 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Crochet workshop Cotton face pads set @ The Wantage Mix | England | United Kingdom
If you’ve got to grips with the basics and want to have a go at something new come along to this afternoon workshop and make yourself a set of cotton face pads.
7:00 pm Charity Burns Night Supper and C... @ The Beacon
Charity Burns Night Supper and C... @ The Beacon
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Charity Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh - CANCELLED @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.
7:30 pm Burns Night at The Queens Arms, ... @ The Queens Arms
Burns Night at The Queens Arms, ... @ The Queens Arms
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Burns Night at The Queens Arms, East Garston @ The Queens Arms | England | United Kingdom
Always good fun! An opportunity to dress up, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner with the formal address to the haggis washed down with a wee dram or two and then och aye – we’re away![...]
7:30 pm Burns Night in aid of Noreen’s Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Burns Night in aid of Noreen’s Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Burns Night in aid of Noreen's Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Join us for this great night out in aid of a great cause.
2:00 pm Sustainable Living Market @ Catholic Church Hall, Thatcham
Sustainable Living Market @ Catholic Church Hall, Thatcham
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sustainable Living Market @ Catholic Church Hall, Thatcham | England | United Kingdom
Everyone’s favourite eco-friendly event is back! Join us for the first of our 2020 pop-up markets, bringing together our community of local people who care for our planet and want to make it a more[...]
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]

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Penny Post offers a unique coverage of life in the Swindon, Wantage, Marlborough and West Berkshire area. You can follow Penny Post by subscribing to our FREE weekly e-newsletter which reaches over 4,000 people across the area. Or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramLinkedIn or YouTube and keep visiting this website (which changes every day: typically 20 new posts are added each week).

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collaborative with local contributors working for local people;
celebratory of good news; and
constructive in helping to suggest solutions for local issues.

We also publish monthly Penny Post Hungerford and Penny Post Lambourn Valley newsletters.

The Penny Post Ethos

Whereas traditional media often boosts sales through broadcasting bad or sensational news, we are committed to sharing constructive local news and opinions and to offering affordable advertising, flexible and effective promotional support for local businesses.

That’s not to say that we are in denial about bad things but we always suggest what people can do to help make the situation better. We’ve been involved in a number of local campaigns on issues ranging from pub closures to planning appeals, from urgent charity appeals to public meetings and from dubious sewage works to threatened libraries and post offices.

We are reassured by the popularity of Penny Post that this is what people really want. Click here to find out what some of our readers and clients think of us.

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What do the stats say?

Any online stats can tell a variety of stories. Different sources (for example Google Analytics and a website’s own records) often disagree, but not always in a consistent way. The email programme we use, Mailchimp, provides detailed stats but there are often anomalies, again in either direction, from what common sense or other information suggests. If the business of  online stats was not such a dark art then everyone would understand it and there would not be so many people trying to sell their services as expert interpreters and improvers.

With all this in mind, see below for some figures about Penny Post’s performance.

• The weekly Penny Post e-newsletter is sent by email every Thursday to over 4,100 people (and growing) throughout the Penny Post area. It is also re-sent the following day to all recipients who have not opened the first one.

• The Penny Post Hungerford monthly e-newsletter is sent by email to about 1,300 people (and growing) in the town.

• The Penny Post Valley of the Racehorse monthly e-newsletter is sent by email to about 1,000 people (and growing) in the upper Lambourn Valley.

• The overall open rate is about 35% (according to Mailchimp, the industry standard is about 15%). In addition, newsletters are opened more than once, forwarded to others or are viewed as a webpage. In total, the weekly newsletters are generally opened between 2,000 and 3,000 times and the two monthly newsletters between 750 and 1,250 times.

• The clicks per unique opens rate varies from about 35% to 45% for the weekly newsletters and from about 45% to 55% for the monthly ones.

• The actual number of clicks is normally between two and three times the clicks per open rate, ie on average the people who do click visit two or three separate links. (The real figure is higher still as Mailchimp doesn’t record campaign clicks which are made when a person clicks on a copy of the email which they’ve opened from its url.)

• The Penny Post website receives around 19,000 page views a month from about 8,500 different sessions (normally taken to represent the number of different visitors). The monthly average for 2018 was 15,200 page views a month with about 6,800 sessions; and for 2017 was 13,600 page views with about 5,700 sessions.

• Penny Post also has over 5,000 followers via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined.

• Subscribers to the newsletters are not obliged to say where they live (though most do) so we’re unable to be certain about the overall geographic spread. In any event, someone may have an interest in more than one area, for example if they live in Marlborough and work in Newbury. Our best estimate is that about 80% of our subscribers live and/or work in West Berkshire or have a close association with it; and that most of the rest are in the arc from Marlborough up to Wantage. It’s even harder to know where website visitors are based but we assume that much the same spread applies with that.

You might want to balance these cold figures with a more human reaction of what some of our subscribers and clients think of what we do for them: you can read that here.

How can I advertise in Penny Post?

Please click here for details of our commercial packages. If you need help not precisely cover by these options, get in touch (see below).

How can I contribute to Penny Post?

Subscribers can simply email Penny at  or reply to any newsletter to contribute requests, recommendations, local events, items wanted/offered, jobs, properties, seasonal recipes etc.

Can I use any of the articles or posts on Penny Post in my own publication or website?

You are welcome to provide a link to any post on our site but Penny Post cannot guarantee that the post will not be disabled or the url changed so it would be wiser to check with us first. You may also quote extracts of a reasonable length providing you credit Penny Post as the source for this. You may not reproduce in whole or in part anything published on this website without the prior written permission of Penny Post.

Who is behind Penny Post?

Penny Post is compiled by long-time local residents Penny Locke and Brian Quinn from East Garston with contributions from subscribers across the area.

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If you’d rather call, you can reach Penny on 07768 981 658 or Brian on 01488 648 110.

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