Thursday 20 June 2024

Our usual round-up of local news includes D-Day at school, swifts, the Foodbank, a colour run and therapy ponies – plus questions for the local candidates, Christmas lights tendering, the D-Day weekend, adoption issues at Lancaster Park and nothing off the table at Chestnut Walk. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Hungerford events include Swift Talk and EV event.  See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Fifteen questions

Shortly after the election was announced, we sat down and came up with fifteen questions to ask of all the candidates in four constituencies we cover. These considered their background, topics including climate change, pandemic preparedness, the water companies and disinformation, the changes they’d most like to see to the political system and the most difficult question they’ve been asked as a politician, before rounding off with the all-important matters of their Desert Island Discs’ choices of music, book, film and luxury item.

The constituencies covered are as follows:

Click on the link above to visit the appropriate section to see their responses.

• Christmas lights

Hungerford Town Council is now inviting tenders for installation of its spectacular Christmas lights. Please visit this page of Hungerford TC’s website for more information.

The closing date is 10am Monday 15 July 2024.

• Hungerford’s D-day Weekend approaches

Click here for the full details of all the many events and activity taking place in Hungerford on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June.  These include a commemorative convoy, 1940s-themed entertainment, a military-themed showground event, historical talks, aircraft fly-overs, parades, exhibitions, music, food and drink.

• Adoption issues

No housing development proceeds without problems. When a company has acquired the land, received the permission, experienced a couple of major PR blips and built the homes, one might reasonably feel that the heavy lifting had been done. There remains only the matter of  deciding what happens to the common parts such as roads, street lights and open spaces and setting up a management company for dealing with these in the future.

This is the situation that Bewley Homes now finds itself in with regard to its 100-home development at Lancaster Park on the southern edge of Hungerford. These seem to be in general well-constructed homes on the edge of a pleasant town with a wealth of infrastructure in the form of shops, leisure facilities and transport connections. These details were just the last knockings before Bewley could move on to pastures new (such as, judicial reviews permitting, Watermill Bridge in Wash Common). All that was needed was an orderly and acceptable transition of these common parts. What could go wrong?

Sadly, it seems, quite a lot. This is still an evolving issue but it appears that there’s a wide gulf between Bewley on the one hand and the the residents and Hungerford Town Council on the other as to three aspects in particular: the adoption of the roads; the landscaping work, which seems to date to have been tardy and incomplete; and the details of the maintenance schedule to be followed by the management company, of which the same comments have been made.

In this separate article we look in more detail at the matter of road adoption and also provide a full statement on the progress of all these issues from Bewley Homes. Filling this are some comments from Hungerford Town Council and a resident of Lancaster Park who has been much involved in getting these matters resolved.

• Chestnut Walk

I mentioned a fortnight ago (see below) that the impasse over the redevelopment of the former care home continues. Even by the glacial speed of movement which prevails when a planning authority is hitched up to a large housing association, progress has been painfully slow. The communication has been even worse. I cannot remember when last I heard anything about this issue which had been volunteered rather than asked for, often more than once. Having been dragging on for about eight years, it’s possible that those involved in the joint venture may feel that the matter is no longer urgent. Those who are waiting for a home in the town or who are living near to this crumbling eyesore will take a different view.

There seem to be three routes forward.

  • The first is to leave matters as they are which will probably only provide more proof of Einstein’s observation that the definition of stupidity is to repeat the same experiment and expect different results. It would at least leave the door open for future development along the lines proposed.
  • The second is to get Sovereign to cash in its chips and find another person to take its place. This seems like the best option and one which is, I hope, being seriously considered.
  • The third option – abandoning the whole project and flogging both this site and the one at Phoenix Court in Newbury off to the highest bidder – would be the worst result as it would kill off for good any hope that these sites could be used for the social-housing purposes for which they were originally intended. It would also reduce all the work that so many people have put in to date to a colossal waste of time.

I understand that a meeting will be taking place involving the participants in the joint venture at which all options are on the table. Option two above is, I think, what the town needs: that and a bit of urgency…

• Going for a walk…

Local walker Geordie Taylor (owner of Smudge and Comet) invites all to join him on an hour’s walk somewhere within a 6-mile radius of Hungerford. If you’d like to tag along, with or without dogs, install the app called What3Words on your phone, meet on the day at the location identified by the 3 words and remember that every walk begins at 11.00am sharp.

When Where Distance Duration Elevation
Tue Jun 25 ///silence.clocking.frogs 5.0k 1h2m 64m
Fri Jun 28 ///musical.studio.unicorns 4.6k 1hr 79m
Wed Jul 3 ///nutty.monopoly.carbon 5.4k 1h7m 70m

• Other news

• On Wednesday 19 June a small detachment from the Hungerford D-Day 80 organising committee visited John O’Gaunt school to provide a number of short informational talks around D-Day and the role Hungerford and the surrounding area played in the build-up to this momentous event. Click here for the full story.

• To find out how to help Hungerford’s precious swifts, book a free ticket to the annual Swift Talk & Walk with Ailsa Claybourn starting at 4pm this Sunday 23 June at Hungerford Hub & Library. We have lost over 60% of this incredible species since 2000 due to their nesting holes being blocked by building renovation, drop in insect food and climate change which is increasing the number of storms that occur during the migration season. For more information, follow Swift Town Hungerford on facebook here and email HEAT for advice whether your house is suitable for swift boxes on heat_hungerford@yahoo.com.

West Berkshire Foodbank is in desperate need of more donations (of food or cash) and have asked us to mention to Hungerford Tesco shoppers that there is still a Foodbank donation crate in-store but it has been moved away from the exit and is closer to the first couple of tills. This has unfortunately resulted in a huge drop in donations so please try to remember to pop something in the crate before you leave the shop.

• There is still time to make your nominations for Hungerford Town Council Award of Freedom of the Town 2024. You can complete this online link or pop into the office for a paper form. Deadline for nominations is Friday 28 June.

• John O’Gaunt School invites you to its popular Colour Run at 10.30am on Saturday 29 June, in aid of their exciting climbing wall project.

Hungerford Bookshop are very excited about their summer Crime & Thriller author talk series coming up in July. See the full schedule here.

•The annual opportunity to visit one of Hungerford’s best kept secrets is coming up soon. The gardens at 87 & 88 The High Street will be open 6/7 & 20/21 July – in aid of the Tuesday Burchett Club Bus and Noreen’s Kids that supports orphans in Roumania. See here for details.

• The popular CBBC TV programme, Newsround, recently came to Oaklands School in Hungerford to film a report about the benefits of therapy animals visiting children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in schools. The report features a visit by Sarah Woodland and her DinkyPonies. The Newsround crew spent several hours filming the children interacting with the ponies around the school and reporter, Nina Blissett, interviewed several students, including Jamie and Nicole. The report will be aired on CBBC on Monday 24 June  but you can also catch up here or on the BBC iPlayer. Click here for more details.

• Returning for a second year after last year’s sell out success, A Night at the Musicals will be on Saturday 29 June at 7.30pm at The Croft Hall. Tickets cost £15 plus booking fee and can be accessed here. Supported by PPL/PRS. Raffle. Take your own picnic/refreshments (there is no bar) and remember that all profits go to SAYes Mentoring, a charity that provides mentoring for young people facing disadvantage.

• We are all being encouraged to move from petrol fuelled cars to electric vehicles, but many of us are nervous about the transition. On Wednesday 26 June at the Hungerford Hub, you can finally educate yourself about EVs, getting your answers direct from EV owners, at an event organised by HEAT. For full details click here.

• Tickets are still availble for the Big Band dance on Friday 28 June that kicks off Hungerford’s 80th D-Day Commemoration weekend. See here for how to grab your tickets and also the full list of events during the weekend.

• Not long now before Hungerford Carnival on Sunday 4 July. There is no entry fee, no theme and no pressure! Just turn up at John O’Gaunt School at 4pm for a 5pm start. There will be prizes for best float and walking group and the Carnival King, Queen, Prince and Princess will be crowned on the Day! If you would like to join the committee and offer your services, please email hungerfordcarnival00@gmail.com.

Hungerford Town Band are eagerly looking for percussion players to bring the band up to strength. This is a great chance to play with a progressive local band who appreciate the difference that a good percussion section can make to the ensemble. Help is always available with transport of kit or personnel if needed.

Town & Manor of Hungerford are keen to share some wonderful examples of the flora for which they are custodians. This week they are spotlighting the Water Forget-Me-Not Flower, (more commonly known as ‘Scorpion-grass’ because its curled clusters of sky-blue flowers resembled a scorpion’s tail) and Meadowsweet, the food plant for the larvae of several moth species. Check out their videos of these gems here.

• The Royal British Legion Hungerford Club’s June’s monthly draw will be for a £75 Tesco Gift Card. Tickets cost £1 from the members bar and the draw will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 29 June.

• If you’ve got a back problem or any aches and pains, why not take advantage of Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare‘s new client offer – £49 for initial assessment and first treatment. And to celebrate Rebecca and Andy’s fourth anniversar running the business, they are also offering 20% off all massages for new and existing clients. Book on 01488 683666 or info@hungerford-chiropractichealth.co.uk.

Hungerford Food Community are offering Party Box Hire to encourage sustainability at a cost of £10. Please email hungerfordfoodcommunity@gmail.com to book yours for this Summer’s children’s parties.

• Quick reminder that Hungerford Rugby Club is offering free rugby training sessions for girls in Years 3 to 9 on Sunday mornings 11am to 12.30pm and Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm. These sessions will run until Sunday 28 July. Click here for more details.

West Berkshire Council is still assisting the local community through the Household Support Fund until autumn 2024. This could help if you’re struggling to afford energy and water bills, food or other essential items. They also offer food vouchers to families during the school holidays. Don’t suffer in silence, find out more by following this link.

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

Click here for the latest newsletter form the Hungerford Bookshop.

• Have your say

Have your say on current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council.

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

• Latest local newsletters

Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council and Wiltshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Latest news on the train service between Bedwyn and Newbury from Bedwyn Train Passenger Group which constantly campaigns for improvements.

• Hungerford Nursery School is regularly fundraising, Please click here for how to support them.

Hungerford Scout group needs at least four new volunteers with 1st Hungerford Scouts. No previous experience is necessary and free training is provided. If you would like to find out more please contact becky.eytle@berkshirescouts.org.uk

• Hungerford Library welcomes volunteers. Contact cultureandlibrariesvolunteers@westberks.gov.uk or call 01635 519 533.

• Hungerford Hub & Library ask if you shop online to please sign up to their Give As You Live page: it doesn’t cost you a penny but raises money for them.

• Kintbury Jubilee Centre is home to a wide range of clubs and activities . Follow their facebook page for latest news.

Lunch for seniors and vulnerable adults can be booked at Redwood House at ldavies@fairclosecentre.org or 01635 40488.

Redwood House needs volunteers to collect them from The Fair Close Centre in Newbury and help serve them: please see here for more details.

Home-Start West Berkshire needs volunteers to help families in need. Full training provided. For more information visit home-startwestberks.org.uk, call 01635 760 310 or email office@home-startwb.org.uk

West Berks Foodbank’s collection point is open every Wednesday 1pm to 3pm in the Methodist Church Hall, or call 0808 208 2138 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm except bank holidays).

Hungerford Youth Club is looking for volunteers. Please contact youth@hungerfordyc.org.uk.

Dog-walking services for elderly or seriously ill residents are provided by the Cinnamon Trust charity on 01736 757 900

Hungerford Fire Station welcomes new on-call firefighters (a paid position).

Inkpen Village Hall offers a wide range of activities. See details here.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Click here for details of events coming up in the next month or so at the Hungerford Bookshop.

• Sun 23 Jun Swift Talk & Walk, Hungerfod

Wed 26 Jun EV Event: is an electric vehicle for you?, Hungerford

• Fri 28 – Sun 30 Jun Hungerford D-Day Commemoration Weekend

• Sat 29 Jun A Night At The Musicals  The Croft Hall.

• Sat 29 Jun Colour Run John O’ Gaunt School

• Fri 19 Jul Baby Dinosaur Hungerford Comedy Club

• Regular Events

• Craft & Chat mornings at Hungerford Library, every Friday from 10am to noon.

Wellbeing Sessions at Hungerford Library every Wed 1 to 1.30pm. Book with kate.wiggins@getberkshireactive.org or ring 07706 357801.

• Hungerford Historical Association hosts fascinating monthly talks and non-members are welcome.

Hungerford Jazz Forum welcomes new musicians on the last Friday of the month at the British Legion. They now showcase local bands and performers by offering a 30 minute set around 9pm. Please see more details on their facebook page here.

Walking Football with Hungerford Town Walking Football for over 50s. New members always welcome to train most Mondays from 7-8pm at John o’Gaunt School’s artificial pitch.

Wednesday coffee mornings at the United Reformed Church 10am to 12pm in the Memorial Room (through the blue gates). Free entry. All welcome.

Hungerford Memory Singers dementia choir offers monthly singing for those living with dementia and their carers at the Hungerford British Legion.

•  20 minute dementia-friendly service at Hungerford Methodist Church every 2nd Thur/month. Accessible to all. Call Karen on 07444 851606 for further enquiries.

Chronic Pain Recovery Support Group 5pm to 6.30pm second Tue/month at Hungerford Surgery. Contact Maria on maplecoachingltd@gmail.com or 07761 987015.

Writing Club at Froxfield Village Hall. Whether you want a quiet place to write, want to chat with other writers, or are looking for ideas please email dunwriters@gmail.com for details. All welcome.

• Sunday CommuniTEA, family films, coffee mornings at the Methodist Church Hall on Bridge Street, plus Church @ Costa. See details here.

Weekly club runs with Hungerford Hares.

• Hungerford Youth Club runs sessions during the week for different age groups, young carers and home education children. More information here. Volunteers always welcome.

• Hungerford weekly market every Wednesday on the High Street from 8am to about 2pm plus indoor market in the Town Hall from 9am to 3pm with lots of antique, bric-a-brac and craft stalls. Free entry. See more here.

• The Crafty Girls every first Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm in the Hungerford Hub. This sociable group supplements their chat with a bit of craft.

• Hungerford Library runs regular events for people of all ages. See here for details or contact the library on 01488 682660 or hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

• Kintbury Bridge Club meets Thursday afternoons in the Coronation Hall for relaxed, social bridge for all abilities. £2 per week. Contact Chris Doyle on 07738 756181 or kintburybridgeclub@gmail.com.


News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• Information on Hungerford Town Council can be found here. Penny Post’s most recent summary of Hungerford Town Council’s work (including notes from the meeting of 3 June 2024) can be seen here.

• The most recent meeting of Shalbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 23 May and you can download the minutes here. items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; speed study for Oxenwood and Fosbury; planning matters; financial matters; highways; and The Plough (see separate section above).
You can also click here to download the minutes of the annual parish assembly on 25 April.
To see the dates, agenda and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 14 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; the Parish Steward; footpaths and highways; Thames Water; the Recreation Ground and open spaces; financial matters; speeding; the village website; parish communications; the village’s poor broadband service; and the Police.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Inkpen Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 13 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; matters arising; the draft village questionnaire; grant funding; and ditch clearance.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Kintbury Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: there election of the Chair and Deputy; matters arising; Berkshire Youth; the parish newsletter; the Cemetery; financial matters; and planning matters.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Froxfield Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 18 March and you can read the minutes here.
The Annual Electors meeting took place on 13 May and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• Hungerford area council contacts

• Parishes: Hungerford Town CouncilKintbury Parish CouncilShalbourne Parish CouncilHam Parish Council,  Chilton Foliat Parish CouncilFroxfield Parish Council and Inkpen Parish Council.
• West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.
• Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.


News from other areas

• Penny Post area: see the following separate sections: Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Burghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 13 June 2024

We’ve taken a week off so there’ll be no update until Thursday 20 June. Much of the information below will still be relevant until then.

For information about the local candidates in the general election, please see our Q&A section with those in the Newbury constituency and the East Wiltshire constituency.

Thursday 6 June 2024

Our usual round-up of local news includes education costs, cows, markets, gift cards and rugby – plus the latest (inconclusive) instalment of the Chestnut Walk saga, Hungerford’s newsletter, D-Day approaches and hopeful news for Shalbourne’s Plough. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Hungerford events include food & artisan market and antique & collectors’ fair.  See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Chestnut Walk

Regular readers will be aware that the problematic redevelopment of the former care home in Hungerford (and the larger project at Phoenix Court in Newbury) has been rumbling on for some time. A joint venture established between Sovereign and WBC in 2018 to return these two sites to housing use has built precisely nothing and there have been no public statements, despite regular requests, as to when this might change.

Earlier this week, I asked a senior officer at WBC if they could confirm (i) what the current situation is, (ii) if the rumours that Sovereign has completely lost interest in the project are true and, (iii) if they aren’t true, when work will finally start. Two days later I received this statement:

“We recognise the local community is interested in our plans to develop the site and appreciate the patience shown whilst we progress our plans for the site. There are no further details we can share at this time, but we hope to be able to provide an update in the coming weeks.” As I was quick to point out, this tells us precisely nothing and seems a pretty poor return for six years work. I’ve also asked some further questions to which I await a response.

On 4 May I sent a similar set of questions to Sovereign and have yet to receive a response.

Something has gone seriously wrong with this arrangement which now seems so broken that closing down and starting again with a new partner is probably the only option. If so, it’s certainly to be hoped that the goal will still be to turn all these into social housing, which the area badly needs and which the private sector is generally unwilling to provide.

The worst option (aside from leaving matters as they are) would be to sell the sites to the highest bidder, which will result in only 30% of the homes being affordable or social-rent. To do this would be for WBC to miss a wonderful opportunity to address a long-standing local problem but also reduce all the work and expense of the last six years to a colossal waste of time.

As soon as I have any further news I’ll let you know.

• Hungerford’s newsletter

This week saw the publication of the June 2024 Penny Post Hungerford which, as ever, provides the best round-up of life in the town. Click here to read it if you didn’t get it.

Matters covered included a report on the recent work of the town council (including some important updates about a few troublesome issues), news and offers from the local retailers, the latest monthly diary from John O’Gaunt’s Head Teacher Richard Hawthorne, the D-Day celebrations at the end of June, eco news, travel tips, events, jobs, property and grants available to those aged between 16 and 25. Big thanks to Martyn Bright for his lovely photo of the black swan on the River Kennet in Eddington.

• Hungerford’s D-day Weekend approaches

Click here for the full details of all the many events and activity taking place in Hungerford on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June.  These include 1940s-themed entertainment, a military-themed showground event, historical talks, aircraft fly-overs, parades, exhibitions, music, food and drink.

• Shalbourne’s Plough

The following statement concerning The Plough by local resident Charles Scott was read out at the meeting of Shalbourne Parish Council on 23 May:

“As reported as the meeting of the Parish Assembly Chris Fisher and I have been looking into how the future of The Plough might best be secured as a thriving village pub now that it has been put up for sale by Red Oak. Securing ACV status should be helpful in discouraging developer interest and hopefully making Red Oak more realistic on price.

“So far we have focused on achieving ownership of the pub – the exact operating model will then follow.  We believe there is an excellent prospect of putting together a small group of local financial backers to buy the pub and fund its refurbishment.

“This is currently on the back burner as a local family has emerged as a potential bidder and we want to give this option a clear run as we believe this would provide the best prospect of a successful village outcome.  Negotiations have been initiated.  If Red Oak is a genuine seller prepared to accept a reasonable offer, we believe that one way or another the future of The Plough can be secured to the benefit of the village.

“Identification of such bidders and discussion of bids, at what is still an early stage of the sale process, should be discouraged to avoid muddying the waters between any prospective buyer and Red Oak

“Thanks are due to all those who have expressed an interest in helping with funding. As always, all ideas are welcome.”

• Other news

• There is still time for 16 to 25 year olds in Hungerford to apply for a grant for help with their further education or apprenticeships expenses. Previous successful applications have included funds for laptops, musical instruments, sketchbooks, plumbing and carpentry tools, sports equipment and hairdressing kits.  See here for how to apply by 14 June to the Hungerford & Camburn Educational Trust.

This month’s news from Hungerford’s lovely independent businesses includes Father’s Day and card sale at Inklings gift shop, 20% off all massages to celebrate Rebecca and Andy’s 4th anniversary at Hung Chiro, a busy pre-election time at Hungerford Coin & Stamp Centre, crime book events hosted by Hungerford bookshop and Berkshire Trout and West Berkshire Injury Clinic at the Food & Artisan Market this Sunday 9 June.

• The Town & Manor of Hungerford reassures residents that they are aware that two cows on the Common are struggling, Yellow 9 and Blue 34. They have now been separated from the herd and it is our hope that with appropriate treatment they will soon be well enough to return to their chums.

Are your kitchen cupboards are full of stuff that you never use? In celebration of Great Big Green Week 8 to 16 June, Hungerford Food Community is launching a kitchen appliance/cooking equipment swap table at their monthly markets. Take your surplus pans, ladles, garlic press, bread machines etc to its next Food & Artisan Market on Sunday 9 June, to swap or donate, and help yourself to something else that you really need. Please also take foil/aluminium for recycling, plants, produce or seeds to share and a reusable cup to get 50p off hot drinks. And of course enjoy the local stalls, street food, live music and cooking demonstration at 11.30am.

• The Royal British Legion Hungerford Club’s June’s monthly draw will be for a £75 Tesco Gift Card. Tickets cost £1 from the members bar and the draw will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 29 June.

St Lawrence’s Church is open for everyone in Hungerford to enjoy and on Sunday 16 June at 10 am, Bishop Olivia is ‘officially’ opening the lovely new refurbished community area of the building. You can read about some of the Church building changes here including their new meeting spaces and facilities for anyone to use.

Hungerford Town Council reports that Hungerford in Bloom 2024 has already had lots of entries and Friday 21 June deadline for entries, is fast approaching. Visit their website to download a copy of the form “Events Hungerford Town Council” or phone  01488 686195 for a paper copy.

• A reminder for book lovers who enjoy crime fiction, that Hungerford Bookshop will be chatting to crime writer Mick Herron, whose acclaimed adaptation of his Slow Horses and Slough House books on TV have brought him even more into the spotlight. He will be appearing on Wednesday 19 June at Hungerford Town Hall, and will be accompanied by comedian, turned bestselling author, Mark Billingham. Book your tickets here.

• We are all being encouraged to move from petrol fuelled cars to electric vehicles, but many of us are nervous about the transition. On Wednesday 26 June at the Hungerford Hub, you can finally educate yourself about EVs, getting your answers direct from EV owners, at an event organised by HEAT. For full details click here.

• Quick reminder that Hungerford Rugby Club is offering free rugby training sessions for girls in Years 3 to 9 on Sunday mornings 11am to 12.30pm and Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm. These sessions will run until Sunday 28 July. Click here for more details.

• If you’ve got a back problem or any aches and pains, why not take advantage of Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare‘s new client offer – £49 for initial assessment and first treatment. And to celebrate Rebecca and Andy’s fourth anniversar running the business, they are also offering 20% off all massages for new and existing clients. Book on 01488 683666 or info@hungerford-chiropractichealth.co.uk.

West Berkshire Council’s new WhatsApp channel shares important announcements, service updates and other useful information such as advice during extreme weather. To find out how to follow their channel click here.

West Berkshire Council is still assisting the local community through the Household Support Fund until autumn 2024. This could help if you’re struggling to afford energy and water bills, food or other essential items. They also offer food vouchers to families during the school holidays. Don’t suffer in silence, reach out for assistance if they need it.You can find out more by following this link.

Hungerford Town Council is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Award of Freedom of the Town 2024. You can complete this online link or pop into the office for a paper form. Deadline for nominations is Friday 28 June.

• Tickets are now on sale for the Big Band dance on Friday 28 June that kicks off Hungerford’s 80th D-Day Commemoration weekend. See here for how to grab your tickets and also the full list of events during the weekend.

• Quick reminder that the entry deadling for this year’s Hungerford in Bloom Competition is Monday 21 June and Judging day is Saturday 6 July. See here for categories and how to enter.

• And the deadline for talented U16s to enter Hungerford’s Got Talent show on Saturday 6 July at John O’Gaunt School is Monday 10 June.  This is an inclusive event, to benefit children and young people and help with increasing confidence and learning new skills. For more details and how to enter see here.

• To find out how to help Hungerford’s precious swifts book a free ticket to the annual Swift Talk & Walk with Ailsa Claybourn starting at 4pm on Sunday 23 June at Hungerford Hub & Librar. We have lost over 60% of this incredible species since 2000 due to their nesting holes being blocked by building renovation, drop in insect food and climate change which is increasing the number of storms that occur during the migration season. For more information, follow Swift Town Hungerford on facebook here and email HEAT for advice whether your house is suitable for swift boxes on heat_hungerford@yahoo.com

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

Click here for the latest newsletter form the Hungerford Bookshop.

• Have your say

Have your say on current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council:

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

• Latest local newsletters

Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council and Wiltshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Latest news on the train service between Bedwyn and Newbury from Bedwyn Train Passenger Group which constantly campaigns for improvements.

• Hungerford Nursery School is regularly fundraising, Please click here for how to support them.

Hungerford Scout group needs at least four new volunteers with 1st Hungerford Scouts. No previous experience is necessary and free training is provided. If you would like to find out more please contact becky.eytle@berkshirescouts.org.uk

• Hungerford Library welcomes volunteers. Contact cultureandlibrariesvolunteers@westberks.gov.uk or call 01635 519 533.

• Hungerford Hub & Library ask if you shop online to please sign up to their Give As You Live page: it doesn’t cost you a penny but raises money for them.

• Kintbury Jubilee Centre is home to a wide range of clubs and activities . Follow their facebook page for latest news.

Lunch for seniors and vulnerable adults can be booked at Redwood House at ldavies@fairclosecentre.org or 01635 40488.

Redwood House needs volunteers to collect them from The Fair Close Centre in Newbury and help serve them: please see here for more details.

Home-Start West Berkshire needs volunteers to help families in need. Full training provided. For more information visit home-startwestberks.org.uk, call 01635 760 310 or email office@home-startwb.org.uk

West Berks Foodbank’s collection point is open every Wednesday 1pm to 3pm in the Methodist Church Hall, or call 0808 208 2138 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm except bank holidays).

Hungerford Youth Club is looking for volunteers. Please contact youth@hungerfordyc.org.uk.

Dog-walking services for elderly or seriously ill residents are provided by the Cinnamon Trust charity on 01736 757 900

Hungerford Fire Station welcomes new on-call firefighters (a paid position).

Inkpen Village Hall offers a wide range of activities. See details here.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Click here for details of events coming up in the next month or so at the Hungerford Bookshop.

• Fri 7 Jun Film – The Taste of Things Croft Hall.

• Sat 8 Jun Krissy Matthews The Croft, Hungerford

• Sat 8 Jun Church Fete St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford.

• Sun 9 Jun Plant Sale Outside The Club, The Croft, Hungerford.

• Sun 9 June Hungerford Food & Artisan Market, Croft Field.

Tue 11 Jun Dementia Cafe  Bear Hotel Hungerford

Thu 13 Jun Teen Cafe  Hungerford Youth and Community Centre

Sat 15 Jun Children’s Arts Festival The Croft, Hungerford

• Sat 15 and Sun 16 Jun Hog Roast & Murder Mystery Wilton Windmill

• Tue 18 Jun Over 40s Afternoon Tea Memorial Hall

• Wed 19 Jun Masters in Crime Town Hall Hungerford

Thu 27 Jun Sir Max Hastings: Operation Biting Herongate Club, Hungerford.

• Sat 29 Jun A Night At The Musicals  The Croft Hall.

• Fri 19 Jul Baby Dinosaur Hungerford Comedy Club

• Regular Events

• Craft & Chat mornings at Hungerford Library, every Friday from 10am to noon.

Wellbeing Sessions at Hungerford Library every Wed 1 to 1.30pm. Book with kate.wiggins@getberkshireactive.org or ring 07706 357801.

• Hungerford Historical Association hosts fascinating monthly talks and non-members are welcome.

Hungerford Jazz Forum welcomes new musicians on the last Friday of the month at the British Legion. They now showcase local bands and performers by offering a 30 minute set around 9pm. Please see more details on their facebook page here.

Walking Football with Hungerford Town Walking Football for over 50s. New members always welcome to train most Mondays from 7-8pm at John o’Gaunt School’s artificial pitch.

Wednesday coffee mornings at the United Reformed Church 10am to 12pm in the Memorial Room (through the blue gates). Free entry. All welcome.

Hungerford Memory Singers dementia choir offers monthly singing for those living with dementia and their carers at the Hungerford British Legion.

•  20 minute dementia-friendly service at Hungerford Methodist Church every 2nd Thur/month. Accessible to all. Call Karen on 07444 851606 for further enquiries.

Chronic Pain Recovery Support Group 5pm to 6.30pm second Tue/month at Hungerford Surgery. Contact Maria on maplecoachingltd@gmail.com or 07761 987015.

Writing Club at Froxfield Village Hall. Whether you want a quiet place to write, want to chat with other writers, or are looking for ideas please email dunwriters@gmail.com for details. All welcome.

• Sunday CommuniTEA, family films, coffee mornings at the Methodist Church Hall on Bridge Street, plus Church @ Costa. See details here.

Weekly club runs with Hungerford Hares.

• Hungerford Youth Club runs sessions during the week for different age groups, young carers and home education children. More information here. Volunteers always welcome.

• Hungerford weekly market every Wednesday on the High Street from 8am to about 2pm plus indoor market in the Town Hall from 9am to 3pm with lots of antique, bric-a-brac and craft stalls. Free entry. See more here.

• The Crafty Girls every first Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm in the Hungerford Hub. This sociable group supplements their chat with a bit of craft.

• Hungerford Library runs regular events for people of all ages. See here for details or contact the library on 01488 682660 or hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

• Kintbury Bridge Club meets Thursday afternoons in the Coronation Hall for relaxed, social bridge for all abilities. £2 per week. Contact Chris Doyle on 07738 756181 or kintburybridgeclub@gmail.com.


News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• Information on Hungerford Town Council can be found here. Penny Post’s most recent summary of Hungerford Town Council’s work (including notes from the meeting of 3 June 2024) can be seen here.

• The most recent meeting of Shalbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 23 May and you can download the minutes here. items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; speed study for Oxenwood and Fosbury; planning matters; financial matters; highways; and The Plough (see separate section above).
You can also click here to download the minutes of the annual parish assembly on 25 April.
To see the dates, agenda and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 14 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; the Parish Steward; footpaths and highways; Thames Water; the Recreation Ground and open spaces; financial matters; speeding; the village website; parish communications; the village’s poor broadband service; and the Police.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Kintbury Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 May and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: there election of the Chair and Deputy; matters arising; Berkshire Youth; the parish newsletter; the Cemetery; financial matters; and planning matters.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Froxfield Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 18 March and you can read the minutes here.
The Annual Electors meeting took place on 13 May and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Inkpen Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 19 February and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Hungerford area council contacts

• Parishes: Hungerford Town CouncilKintbury Parish CouncilShalbourne Parish CouncilHam Parish Council,  Chilton Foliat Parish CouncilFroxfield Parish Council and Inkpen Parish Council.
• West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.
• Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.


News from other areas

• Penny Post area: see the following separate sections: Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Burghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Our usual round-up of local news includes crime, saxifrage, rugby, volunteers and a garden party – plus no news looks like bad news at Chestnut Walk, Hungerford’s D-day plans, the former Co-op store and Froxfield’s annual summary. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Hungerford events include live music, quiz night and wrestling.  See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Chestnut Walk

No news continues to be bad news for this project. The complete silence from both Sovereign and WBC on the subject of the plans to develop the former care home suggest to me that Sovereign has decided it’s lost interest and that WBC is undecided about what it might do next with its crumbling asset. I very much hope I’m wrong and would welcome being told otherwise but it’s hard to draw any other conclusions.

This joint venture between WBC and Sovereign clearly hasn’t worked, neither here nor at Phoenix Court in Newbury. Another collaboration may need to be formed as WBC doesn’t possess the in-house skills to build these properties itself. I imagine that the Council is currently considering which company might be able to help it do this. One would also need to be found to manage the properties thereafter but I don’t see that this has to be the same one that built it. It was once thought that Sovereign could do both but it now seems more interested in acquisitions and mergers.

If the project is looking for some boxes to tick, here are a few: building on a brownfield site; replacing a derelict building; providing affordable housing; building to sustainable standards; getting value from a WBC-owned asset; utilising an existing planning consent. Six ticks there and possibly others I’ve missed. All in all, it doesn’t get any better than this which makes it all the more inexcusable that nothing has happened.

• D-day approaches

Click here for the full details of all the many events and activity taking place in Hungerford on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June.  These include 1940s-themed entertainment, a military-themed showground event, historical talks, aircraft fly-overs, parades, exhibitions, music, food and drink.

• Morrisons approaches

As mentioned last week, legal problems with the sale and the lease having been sorted out, Morrisons Daily should be setting up shop in the former Co-op store in the High Street in the next few weeks. The plans for the floors above the shop and the Queen Anne building next door remain unclear.

A spokesperson for the Co-op recently provided Penny Post with the following valedictory statement

“Co-op regularly reviews all of its sites and it was only after careful consideration that the decision to sell Queen Anne House and our convenience store in Hungerford was taken. We are aware of the importance of the building to the community and, alongside working to secure a new opportunity for the future of the building, our priority has been to safeguard local jobs. Contracts for the sale of the site have now completed. Colleagues will transfer to the store’s new operator. We would like to thank the community for their support of our High Street store over the years.”

• Froxfield’s meeting

Froxfield held its annual parish meeting on 13 May and you can click here to read the full text of the presentation by the Chair, Vanya Body, who summarised the key activities and work carried out by the Council during 2023/24.

The areas covered included the Reconnecting Froxfield report, village signage, speed limits, the recent traffic survey, the swings on the Village Green, a look back at the coronation, policing issues, the Water Meadow Nature Reserve, local maintenance and potholes.

• Other news

• A reminder for book lovers who enjoy crime fiction, that Hungerford Bookshop will be chatting to crime writer Mick Herron, whose acclaimed adaptation of his Slow Horses/Slough House books on TV have brought him even more into the spotlight. He will be appearing on Wednesday 19 June at Hungerford Town Hall, and will be accompanied by comedian, turned bestselling author, Mark Billingham. Book your tickets here.

The Town & Manor of Hungerford is excited to announce that Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga Granulata), is flourishing across Hungerford Common. This beautiful flower has been in decline due to the reduction of hay meadows and unimproved grasslands, so it is wonderful to see it flourishing.Look particularly for big patches on the avenue towards The Downgate and near the Threeways Road junction. It was ‘International Day for Biological Diversity 2024’ on May 22 and Town & Manor are excited to contribute massively to the intention of this project. Click here for a list of the biodiversity that the common offers, which is why it has been designated a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ (SAC) a ranking higher than a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

If you fancy a fun way to exercise, sign up for the new Jazz Dance classes at Hungerford Hub starting 7pm this Tuesday 4 June. It’s a fun energetic dance style danced to upbeat pop music. The class is suitable for all abilities. Just wear comfy clothes and trainers and have some fun…think Fame or West Side Story! See how to sign up here.

• We are all being encouraged to move from petrol fuelled cars to electric vehicles, but many of us are nervous about the transition. On Wednesday 26 June at the Hungerford Hub, you can finally educate yourself about EVs, getting your answers direct from EV owners, at an event organised by HEAT. For full details click here.

• Starting this Sunday 2 June, Hungerford Rugby Club are offering free rugby training sessions for girls in Years 3 to 9 on Sunday mornings 11am to 12.30pm and Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm. These session will run until Sunday 28 July. Click here for more details.

Business volunteers are requested to participate in a ‘Guess My Job’ event at Kintbury Primary School on Monday 17 June. This is a fun event for students to learn about job roles they may not be aware of and to break down stereotypes. Business Ambassadors are asked a number of questions, to which they can only answer Yes or No, so the students can ‘guess their job’ in a given time. If you can help, please contact Employment Business Partnership on events@ebp.org.uk 

• If you’ve got a back problem or any aches and pains, why not take advantage of Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare‘s new client offer – £49 for initial assessment and first treatment. They also offer 20% off your first massage. Book on 01488 683666 or info@hungerford-chiropractichealth.co.uk.

• As the weather warms up we get into the swarming season for honey bees. If you see a swarm of honeybees please do not try to move them on by squirting them with a hose or throwing things at them.They may sound scary when there is such a large amount of them but, they are quite placid. They gorge themselves on honey before leaving the hive and are just resting while looking for a new home. Please don’t kill them, just call your local swarm collector who will remove them. See more details here.

• On Friday 14 June, there will be a charity garden party at West Woodhay House in aid of the West Woodhay Community Fund, The West Berkshire Community Hospital League of Friends and the Charlie Waller Trust. Tickets cost £25 (children under 18 are free) and are available here. Tours of the garden are also available on the day and on Friday 21 June, costing £20, contact sharon@woodhay.com for full information.

West Berkshire Council’s new WhatsApp channel shares important announcements, service updates and other useful information such as advice during extreme weather. To find out how to follow their channel click here.

West Berkshire Council is still assisting the local community through the Household Support Fund until autumn 2024. This could help if you’re struggling to afford energy and water bills, food or other essential items. They also offer food vouchers to families during the school holidays. Don’t suffer in silence, reach out for assistance if they need it.You can find out more by following this link.

Hungerford Town Council is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Award of Freedom of the Town 2024. You can complete this online link or pop into the office for a paper form. Deadline for nominations is Friday 28 June.

• Tickets are now on sale for the Big Band dance on Friday 28 June that kicks off Hungerford’s 80th D-Day Commemoration weekend. See here for how to grab your tickets and also the full list of events during the weekend.

• Do you know any 16 to 25 year olds in Hungerford who need help with their further education or apprenticeships expenses? Encourage them to apply for a grant from the Hungerford & Camburn Educational Trust by 14 June. Previous successful applications have included funds for laptops, musical instruments, sketchbooks, plumbing and carpentry tools, sports equipment and hairdressing kits.  See here for how to apply.

Chilton Foliat Primary School’s Friends team are busy behind the scenes planning their summer fete to be held on Saturday 15 June and have some brilliant sponsorship opportunities to share. If your business would like to help with sponsorship or you know someone who would, please get in touch with them by emailing friendsofchiltonfoliat@gmail.com

• Quick reminder that the entry deadling for this year’s Hungerford in Bloom Competition is Monday 21 June and Judging day is Saturday 6 July. See here for categories and how to enter.

• And the deadline for talented U16s to enter Hungerford’s Got Talent show on Saturday 6 July at John O’Gaunt School is Monday 10 June.  This is an inclusive event, to benefit children and young people and help with increasing confidence and learning new skills. For more details and how to enter see here.

• Hungerford’s precious swifts are back and they need our help. We have lost over 60% of this incredible species since 2000 due to their nesting holes being blocked by building renovation, drop in insect food and climate change which is increasing the number of storms that occur during the migration season. So please, If you would like to help swifts, follow Swift Town Hungerford on facebook here and email HEAT for advice whether your house is suitable for swift boxes on heat_hungerford@yahoo.com

• Would you like to volunteer your business expertise to help Education Business Partnership prepare our local young people? Please see here for more details.

• Don’t forget that Hungerford Town Council invites nominations for the Award of Freedom of the Town 2024. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 28 June and the form is available online or hard copies can be picked up from the Council office in the library building. The Awards will be announced in September 2024.

The Green Hub on West Berkshire Council’s website is focused on helping people make more sustainable choicescollectively along our journey to Net Zero, whether you live, work or learn in West Berkshire or are a business owner or visitor. The information covers energy efficiencytaking climate actioncommunity work and sustainable business.

Click here for the latest newsletter form the Hungerford Bookshop.

• Have your say

Have your say on current consultations being run by West Berkshire Council:

Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

• Latest local newsletters

Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by West Berkshire Council and Wiltshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Latest news on the train service between Bedwyn and Newbury from Bedwyn Train Passenger Group which constantly campaigns for improvements.

• Hungerford Nursery School is regularly fundraising, Please click here for how to support them.

Hungerford Scout group needs at least four new volunteers with 1st Hungerford Scouts. No previous experience is necessary and free training is provided. If you would like to find out more please contact becky.eytle@berkshirescouts.org.uk

• Hungerford Library welcomes volunteers. Contact cultureandlibrariesvolunteers@westberks.gov.uk or call 01635 519 533.

• Hungerford Hub & Library ask if you shop online to please sign up to their Give As You Live page: it doesn’t cost you a penny but raises money for them.

• Kintbury Jubilee Centre is home to a wide range of clubs and activities . Follow their facebook page for latest news.

Lunch for seniors and vulnerable adults can be booked at Redwood House at ldavies@fairclosecentre.org or 01635 40488.

Redwood House needs volunteers to collect them from The Fair Close Centre in Newbury and help serve them: please see here for more details.

Home-Start West Berkshire needs volunteers to help families in need. Full training provided. For more information visit home-startwestberks.org.uk, call 01635 760 310 or email office@home-startwb.org.uk

West Berks Foodbank’s collection point is open every Wednesday 1pm to 3pm in the Methodist Church Hall, or call 0808 208 2138 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm except bank holidays).

Hungerford Youth Club is looking for volunteers. Please contact youth@hungerfordyc.org.uk.

Dog-walking services for elderly or seriously ill residents are provided by the Cinnamon Trust charity on 01736 757 900

Hungerford Fire Station welcomes new on-call firefighters (a paid position).

Inkpen Village Hall offers a wide range of activities. See details here.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Click here for details of events coming up in the next month or so at the Hungerford Bookshop.

• Sat 1 Jun George Stacey The Plume Hungerford.

• Sat 1 Jun Quiz Night Hungerford Royal British Legion Club

• Sat 1 Jun Wrestling Hungerford Corn Exchange.

• Fri 7 Jun Film – The Taste of Things Croft Hall.

• Sat 8 Jun Church Fete St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford.

• Sun 9 Jun Plant Sale Outside The Club, The Croft, Hungerford.

• Sun 9 June Hungerford Food & Artisan Market, Croft Field.

Tues 11 Jun Dementia Cafe  Bear Hotel Hungerford

• Sat 15 and Sun 16 Jun Hog Roast & Murder Mystery Wilton Windmill

• Wed 19 Jun Masters in Crime Town Hall Hungerford

• Sat 29 Jun A Night At The Musicals  The Croft Hall.

• Regular Events

• Craft & Chat mornings at Hungerford Library, every Friday from 10am to noon.

Wellbeing Sessions at Hungerford Library every Wed 1 to 1.30pm. Book with kate.wiggins@getberkshireactive.org or ring 07706 357801.

• Hungerford Historical Association hosts fascinating monthly talks and non-members are welcome.

Hungerford Jazz Forum welcomes new musicians on the last Friday of the month at the British Legion. They now showcase local bands and performers by offering a 30 minute set around 9pm. Please see more details on their facebook page here.

Walking Football with Hungerford Town Walking Football for over 50s. New members always welcome to train most Mondays from 7-8pm at John o’Gaunt School’s artificial pitch.

Wednesday coffee mornings at the United Reformed Church 10am to 12pm in the Memorial Room (through the blue gates). Free entry. All welcome.

Hungerford Memory Singers dementia choir offers monthly singing for those living with dementia and their carers at the Hungerford British Legion.

•  20 minute dementia-friendly service at Hungerford Methodist Church every 2nd Thur/month. Accessible to all. Call Karen on 07444 851606 for further enquiries.

Chronic Pain Recovery Support Group 5pm to 6.30pm second Tue/month at Hungerford Surgery. Contact Maria on maplecoachingltd@gmail.com or 07761 987015.

Writing Club at Froxfield Village Hall. Whether you want a quiet place to write, want to chat with other writers, or are looking for ideas please email dunwriters@gmail.com for details. All welcome.

• Sunday CommuniTEA, family films, coffee mornings at the Methodist Church Hall on Bridge Street, plus Church @ Costa. See details here.

Weekly club runs with Hungerford Hares.

• Hungerford Youth Club runs sessions during the week for different age groups, young carers and home education children. More information here. Volunteers always welcome.

• Hungerford weekly market every Wednesday on the High Street from 8am to about 2pm plus indoor market in the Town Hall from 9am to 3pm with lots of antique, bric-a-brac and craft stalls. Free entry. See more here.

• The Crafty Girls every first Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm in the Hungerford Hub. This sociable group supplements their chat with a bit of craft.

• Hungerford Library runs regular events for people of all ages. See here for details or contact the library on 01488 682660 or hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

• Kintbury Bridge Club meets Thursday afternoons in the Coronation Hall for relaxed, social bridge for all abilities. £2 per week. Contact Chris Doyle on 07738 756181 or kintburybridgeclub@gmail.com.


News from your local council

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• Information on Hungerford Town Council can be found here. Penny Post’s most recent summary of Hungerford Town Council’s work (including notes from the meeting of 7 May 2024) can be seen here.

• The most recent meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 14 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: The election of the Chair and Deputy; planning matters; the Parish Steward; footpaths and highways; Thames Water; the Recreation Ground and open spaces; financial matters; speeding; the village website; parish communications; the village’s poor broadband service; and the Police.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Kintbury Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 4 April and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Shalbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 21 March and you can download the minutes here.
You can also click here to download the minutes of the annual parish assembly on 25 April.
To see the dates, agenda and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Froxfield Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 18 March and you can read the minutes here.
The Annual Electors meeting took place on 13 May and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Inkpen Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 19 February and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Hungerford area council contacts

• Parishes: Hungerford Town CouncilKintbury Parish CouncilShalbourne Parish CouncilHam Parish Council,  Chilton Foliat Parish CouncilFroxfield Parish Council and Inkpen Parish Council.
• West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.
• Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.


News from other areas

• Penny Post area: see the following separate sections: Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Burghfield area; Wantage area; Marlborough area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

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