What's On

Apr
5
Sun
2020
10:00 am Online Catholic Sunday Mass @ online
Online Catholic Sunday Mass @ online
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Online Catholic Sunday Mass @ online
Mass is live streamed every Sunday from St Francis de Sales Wash Common at 10am. Parish priest Fr. Zbigniew Budyn, also covers Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford and members of both churches participate in the[...]
10:00 am Online Sunday Service followed b... @ online
Online Sunday Service followed b... @ online
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Sunday Service followed by coffee and Zoom chat from St George's and St John's in Newbury @ online
St George’s & St John’s benefice in Newbury are providing a joint service being broadcast on youtube here at 10am every Sunday: They are also hosting a Virtual Coffee, Tea and Biscuit Chat on at[...]
10:00 am Online Sunday Services from the ... @ online
Online Sunday Services from the ... @ online
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:15 am
Online Sunday Services from the Vicar of St Lawrence's Church in Hungerford @ online
St Lawrence’s are streaming a short act of worship each Sunday on their YouTube Channel. They are using Prayer During The Day as the service order. It is very short, say 10-15 minutes and everything you[...]
1:00 pm Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis A... @ online
Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis A... @ online
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis Allen @ online
Life Coach Lis Allen is going on-line to run free virtual events that are open to anyone to wants help creating calm out of chaos. Everyday at 1pm – Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis! Creating[...]
Apr
6
Mon
2020
1:00 pm Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis A... @ online
Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis A... @ online
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis Allen @ online
Life Coach Lis Allen is going on-line to run free virtual events that are open to anyone to wants help creating calm out of chaos. Everyday at 1pm – Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis! Creating[...]
Apr
7
Tue
2020
11:30 am Canine First Aid Q&A Event in ai... @ online
Canine First Aid Q&A Event in ai... @ online
Apr 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Canine First Aid Q&A Event in aid of Trindledown Farm @ online
Trindledown Farm NAWT is in desperate need of funds to look after their animals during this lockdown period. They are very grateful to local experts who have offered to share their skills in Zoom meetings.[...]
1:00 pm Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis A... @ online
Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis A... @ online
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis Allen @ online
Life Coach Lis Allen is going on-line to run free virtual events that are open to anyone to wants help creating calm out of chaos. Everyday at 1pm – Lockdown Lunch Online with Lis! Creating[...]

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Penny Post offers a unique coverage of life in and around Wantage, Marlborough, Lambourn, Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham. 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, not including events, are added each week).

Penny Post is:

informative, with well-written local news and opinion that’s relevant to you;
supportive of local businesses, charities, campaigns and events;
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. East Garston News is published roughly once a month by East Garston Parish Council on behalf of Penny Post.

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 news but where possible we suggest what people can do to help make the situation better. Nor does it mean that we accept good-news stories at face value but will do our best to dig a bit deeper and suggest praise or blame where it appears to be due. We are not affiliated to any political party. We’re happy to express our opinions, happy to receive comments and happy to admit if we’ve got something wrong. 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.

Coronavirus

This provides unprecedented challenges for businesses of every size. Penny Post has since early March 2020 been concentrating on providing information about volunteer groups, local businesses offering takeaway and delivery services, government and council initiatives, sources of advice for business, online and distance-learning courses and a number of other related matters. Many of these organisations are commercial ones struggling to re-invent themselves while others are voluntary groups. None of the companies featured in these sections are being charged.We shall  continue to keep these updated, and add new posts as necessary, for as long as the crisis lasts.

How can I subscribe to the Penny Post newsletters?

To join over 4,000 other Penny Post subscribers, click on the ‘Subscribe’ link below to receive the Penny Post newsletter by email each week.

We don’t pass on details to third parties and you can opt out whenever you wish. The weekly e-newsletters contain local news, events, business recommendations, items wanted or offered, jobs, properties, seasonal recipes and much more. It also posted every week on Facebook and Twitter – all for free. To see a sample newsletter, click here.

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What do other people think about Penny Post?

Please click here to see a selection of reactions from subscribers and advertisers.

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.

Newsletters

• The weekly Penny Post e-newsletter is sent by email every Thursday to over 4,000 subscribers throughout the Penny Post area. It is also re-sent a day or so later to all recipients who have not opened the first one.

• The Penny Post Hungerford monthly e-newsletter is sent by email to over 1,400 subscribers in the town.

• The Penny Post Valley of the Racehorse monthly e-newsletter is sent by email to over 1,000 subscribers in the upper Lambourn Valley.

• The overall open rate is about 35%. 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 2,300 and 3,400 times and the two monthly newsletters between 750 and 1,400 times. (Since Coronavirus, all these figures have increased by about 30%).

• 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.)

Website

• The Penny Post website received in 2019 around 18,800 page views a month from about 8,300 different sessions (normally taken to represent the number of different visitors). As of 31 March 2020, the monthly average for 2020 was about 22,600 views from about 10,000 different sessions. 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.

Social media

• Penny Post has over 6,000 followers via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined. Engagement with these platforms takes place pretty much every day.

Demographics

• Subscribers to the newsletters are not obliged to say where they live (though many 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 75% 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.

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 penny@pennypost.org.uk  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.

To discover more about them, listen to this Knock Knock with Suzie Cairns interview with Penny.

How can I contact Penny Post?

Email penny@pennypost.org.uk or brian@pennypost.org.uk.

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

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