Thursday 22 February 2024

Our usual round-up of local news includes fundraising, bookworms, lunches, wellbeing and swifts – plus Hungerford’s forthcoming town meeting, an important milestone reached with the neighbourhood plan and the future of WH Smith in the High Street. See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Hungerford events include swing, jazz and hydrogen.  See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Hungerford’s meeting

The 2024 Hungerford Town Meeting will take place at 7pm (with refreshments from 6.30pm) on Wednesday 20 March at the Corn Exchange.

As in previous years, this will follow an exhibition-stye format with locals groups having stalls and being available to explain their work. Representatives for West Berkshire Council will also be present. The event will provide an opportunity to talk to the Hungerford Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group about the Regulation 14 consultation: see below for more information.

Any local organisations that which to have a stand at the event should contact [email protected].

• Have your say

As mentioned last week, the Hungerford Neighbourhood Plan has now reached the important pre-submission (Regulation 14) stage and your views are needed.

“The Neighbourhood Plan is a document that defines planning and land-use policies relating to Hungerford parish,” a statement from the Hungerford NDP Steering Group explains. “It sets out, in development terms, how land should be used within the parish, as well as planning policies to influence development proposals. The Plan must undergo a rigorous process, including a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), a series of consultations, independent examination, and finally a referendum. If successful, it will form part of the development Plan for West Berkshire and will be used to help determine the outcome of planning applications in Hungerford Parish.”

When the NDP is adopted, it becomes as much part of the local plan as if WBC had written it itself. It is therefore the result of close co-operation between the planning authority and the local community. The last word is important: without demonstrable community engagement, the plan risks failing at the inspection stage. Hungerford’s plan could not possibly be accused of this shortcoming but the process of engagement continues. A very important stage has been reached and all residents – and anyone who visits or works in the town – are invited to have their say.

You can read more in this separate post which also provides links to the NDP documents and the consultation form.

• WH Smith in Hungerford

rumours have been flying around that the WHS in the High Street is to be sold, perhaps heralding the closure of WHS store and the Post Office. Many will remember the struggle to keep the PO open in 2016 and 2017, something which Hungerford Town Council achieved by ensuring that an outreach service was established, so providing evidence when WHS took the shop over that there was a need for the service. HTC would not want to go through this again.

Fortunately, the change of ownership seems merely to be to be with eh landlords and the lease which WHS enjoys will remain unaffected. A spokesperson for WHS told me on 21 February that “I can confirm that we have no intention of closing our store in Hungerford.”  I have asked how long the remaining lease is and will share this when I receive a response.

• Other news

• Perhaps unsurprisingly, after the downpours that have effected so many lives in the UK this winter, Hungerford is looking for volunteer flood wardens to help raise awareness of any flood risks in their community. Learn more here.

• Kintbury preschool is looking for donations to fundraise via the Bag2School project . Bags of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in good condition, plus paired shoes will be given to the company for cash which will be used to support the school and its activities. They have a Bags2school collection on Monday 4 March, so please drop down as many bags as you like to the school on any week day between 9am and 3pm.

•  KOTB Angling Club   are  in need of second hand tackle luggage nets for a growing number of youngsters if you would like to donate anything please visit www.kotb.org.uk

Calling all bookworms and book clubs. As part of their White Coco Book Club, you are invited to an evening with Veronica Henry on Tuesday 5 March from 6pm to 8pm at White Coco in Hungerford High Street. Enjoy a glass of fizz and an exclusive reading & book signing of Ronnie’s brand new novel, The Secret Beach. Numbers are limited, so  RSVP at [email protected] to confirm your attendance.

• The Christian festival of Lent has begun and as a result Hungerford Churches are offering a series of Lent Lunches, consisting  of soup, bread & cheese. Here are venues and dates: Friday 1 March 12.30pm, Our Lady of Lourdes; Friday 15 March 12.30pm – Hungerford URC; Friday 22 March 12.30pm, Methodist Church.

• Don’t forget to check out the new Wellbeing Sessions run by Get Berkshire Active, every Wednesday at Hungerford Library from 1pm to 1.30pm. To book a place please email [email protected] or ring 07706 357801.

• Quick reminder that BBC Radio Berkshire is asking the people of Hungerford to nominate anyone who they think has really made a difference in the community this year. There’s more detail on all the categories here  and if you’ve got any questions you email [email protected]

• Get involved with the upcoming poetry festival in Hungerford, take the opportunity to join award-winning local writer, Nicola Chester, for a Walking-Writing Poetry Workshop with some fun, accessible and enjoyable writing exercises open to all  (14 years and over) on Saturday 2 March.  To book tickets contact Hungerford Library 01488 682660; [email protected].

• Would you like to help inspire the future workforce? Education Business Partnership helps prepare our local young people for the world of work, and to do this EBP relies on the support of local businesses and professionals. If you would like to volunteer your expertise please see here for more details.

Made plans yet for Mothering Sunday? Why not book Mothering Sunday lunch at Cobbs on Sunday 10 March? or at Blandy’s in Audley Ingleowwd, Kintbury?

• Hungerford’s Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is keen to hear from anyone who usually has swifts nesting on their home in the summer months. If you live in Hungerford High Street and would like have a swift box, installed  contact HEAT.

Click here for information on how to become a volunteer flood warden in Hungerford.

• Hungerford Nursery is  offering a new Cooking And Nutrition (CAN) course for parents/carers with children aged one to four years.  It costs just £2.50 per week and booking is essential on 01488 682628, whatsapp 07771 70191 or [email protected]. See more details here.

Lasso the Moon dance party is back in Bedwyn village hall 7.30pm to midnight Saturday 24 February for Part II with three talented, local DJs. Book your £10 tickets here. You can also follow the organisers, Little Red Poncho Events on facebook.

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.

• Wintery words and vibrant verse – the latest recommendations from the Hungerford Bookshop.

• 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.

• Hungerford Nursery School’s Shoal of Friends needs new trustees from March 2024 but the commitment isn’t too onerous. Please see here for details.

The Green Hub on West Berkshire Council’s website is focused on helping people make more sustainable choices collectively 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.

• Opus2 Chamber Choir invites singers familiar with Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle to perform the piece with professional soloists on Saturday 23 March at St Mary’s Kintbury. You will rehearse for the day, are fed lunch and perform that piece in a concert in the evening.  Rehearsals start at 10am with a light lunch provided at 1pm. See more details here.

• The cost of living crisis isn’t going away any time soon and West Berkshire Foodbank is very grateful for financial donations via their website westberks.foodbank.org.uk and for donations of electrical items such as slow cookers, air fryers, heated blankets or room heaters which can be dropped off at the Community Furniture Project on Bone Lane, in Newbury.

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 Cancer Support Group‘s last meeting will be on  Thursday 16 November from 2pm to 4pm in the Hungerford Hub (the library space).  If you have any questions please contact Yvonne on [email protected]

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 [email protected]

• 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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 24 Feb Kitty Mazinsky sings vintage swing and jazz Croft Hall.

• Sat Feb 24 Pie and Quiz Night The Tutti Pole.

• Sat 24 Feb Karaoke Borough Arms

• Wed 28 Feb HEAT meeting  Hungerford Library.

Wed 28 Feb Hydrogen Fuel Information Day, Hungerford Town Hall.

• Fri 1 Mar An Evening with Psychic Darren Higgins Hungerford Football Club.

• Fri 1 Mar London Haydn Quartet Hungerford.

Fri 1 Mar to Sun 10 Mar Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Blandy’s, £29.95

• Sat 2 Mar Performance Poetry Joelle Taylor & Josie Alford Croft Hall.

• Wed 6 Mar Bryony Gordon discusses Mad Woman Hungerford Bookshop.

• Thu 7 Mar Open Poetry Mic Night Hungerford Library.

Fri 8 Mar DnB Night Hungerford Football Club.

Sat 9 Mar Family Quiz  Royal British Legion Hungerford Club.

Sun 10 Mar Mother’s Day Sunday lunch at Blandys (four-course meal and a complimentary drink £39.50).

Sun 10 Mar Antiques and Collectors’ Fair, Corn Exchange.

Fri 15 Mar From Prisoner to Prison Chaplain talk with Jonathan Aitken St Lawrence’s Church.

Sat 23 Mar Come and Sing Rossini St Mary’s Kintbury.

Fri 29 Mar Hungerford’s Comedy Club Night Croft Hall.

Sun 31 Mar  Easter Disco/Party Royal British Legion Hungerford Club.

• Regular Events

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

Wellbeing Sessions at Hungerford Library every Wednesday 1 to 1.30pm

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

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].


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 5 February 2024) can be seen here.

• The most recent meeting of Inkpen Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 31 January and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: ditch clearance; financial matters; the precept (£15,000) and the budget’ and grant applications.
To see the dates, agendas 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 15 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: Thames Water, the 40mph zone; the SID project; a new logo; the defibrillator; the councillor vacancy; the Parish Steward; the precept (£13,000) and the budget; and planning matters.
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 Shalbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 January and you can download the minutes here.
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 9 January and you can read the minutes here.
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 January 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.

• 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 15 February 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes creative writing, lent, bridge, kids, friends, wardens and jazz – plus a new monthly market in Hungerford, an important milestone with Hungerford’s NDP and the latest on the changes at the Co-op (but not much change at Chestnut Walk). See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Hungerford events include pie & quiz, Oliver! and Jack and the Beanstalk.  See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Hungerford’s Co-op

The store in the High Street will cease to be a Co-op at the end of April. The good news, however, is that will be taken over by an as-yet un-named food retailer.

“Co-op regularly reviews all of its sites and it is only after careful consideration that the decision has been taken to sell Queen Anne House and our convenience store in Hungerford,” a spokesperson confirmed on 14 February. “We’re 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 been exchanged. 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.”

The Queen Anne House referred to is to the left of the store as viewed from the High Street and was for many years the subject of a campaign by Hungerford Town Council on account of its rapidly deteriorating condition which was in some people’s view verging on the actively dangerous. This pressure paid off and work started in April 2022. It has now been restored to a far more elegant state though is currently un-tenanted. What plans the new owners have for it are uncertain.

The sale also includes the slightly surreal flat above the Co-op store. Its peculiar feature is that it can’t currently be accessed save through the windows as the staircase was removed some time ago to create the space where the shop’s tills current are. It will be interesting what happens with this. At present, it’s not much use for anything except as an owl sanctuary.

Speculation also continues as to the identity off the purchaser. Asda has been mentioned, though perhaps only isbecause it has already acquired 132 of Co-op stores and attached fuel forecourts (including the one on the A4 in Hungerford on 12 January 2024). Whoever the buyer is, hopefully the assurances that it will sell food will prove to be true – it doesn’t do for a place the size of Hungerford and its surrounding villages to have only one supermarket.

• The Hungerford Neighbourhood Plan

After many years’ work, the Hungerford Neighbourhood Plan has now reached the important pre-submission (Regulation 14) stage and your views are needed. Please click here for links to the documents and how you can make your views known. You need to have done this by 5pm on Friday 29 March 2024.

• Chestnut Walk

Here we go again…

A statement received from Sovereign on 12 February said that “Sovereign and West Berkshire Council will be in a position to make a comment once contractors are appointed on the development. We will be in touch with you when the time comes.” This moves matters on very slightly from where we were last week as it suggests that a joint statement might emerge. This will be more useful than separate ones which, as I mentioned before, are often variations on the theme of “we’re waiting for the other lot to let us know what’s happening.”

I replied, saying that I looked forward to receiving this but that the response left open the question of why the project has been so badly delayed up until now and could anyone explain why this was. To this question I have not received a reply.

I’ve also recently heard from Denise Gaines – who as one of the Hungerford ward members and the Executive member for Housing is particularly involved in this – who tells me that a meeting with Sovereign planned for last week had to be cancelled and a new date is being organised. She said that she was “as anxious as the other residents of Hungerford to see this monstrous eyesore [the old care home] removed and new dwellings being constructed in its place.”

Better news next week, perhaps…

• A new market

The Hungerford Town and Manor, which already runs the Wednesday outdoor and indoor markets in the High Street and the Corn Exchange, will be adding another event from Sunday 10 March – the monthly Hungerford Antiques and Collectors’ Fair, which will be open from 9am to 3.30pm. Each will feature around 35 dealers whose wares will include china, painting, jewellery, watches and rugs. These will take place on the second Sunday of every month (except from April and November, when it will be on the third Sunday).

For more information and to book a stand, contact Gerry White on 07747 106 539 or [email protected] or Tara Adamson on 07880 311731 or [email protected].

• Other news

• Looking for ways to entertain the kids? Why not  join KOTB Angling Club  on the bankside for a day’s fishing? They are  in need of second hand tackle luggage nets for a growing number of youngsters if you would like to donate anything please visit www.kotb.org.uk All youngsters welcome.

•  Shalbourne Stores & Post Office is hosting a Bridge afternoon in the village hall. Any ability welcome but please book a table of four. With prizes, afternoon tea and a raffle donations ro go to Prospect Hospice  and Shalbourne Community.

• The Christian festival of Lent has begun and as a result Hungerford Churches are offering a series of Lent Lunches. Each church will host a lunch of soup, bread & cheese; everyone is welcome to attend any, or all, as they are able.  Cash donations are invited for Noreen’s Kids, supporting disabled children and their families in Romania. Unfortunately, St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford are unable to host a lunch this year due to the ongoing building work, but here are the other venues and dates: Friday 1 March 12.30pm, Our Lady of Lourdes; Friday 15 March 12.30pm – Hungerford URC; Friday 22 March 12.30pm, Methodist Church

West Berkshire Libraries is delighted to announce new Wellbeing Sessions run by Get Berkshire Active, which are starting at Hungerford Library on Wednesday 21 February. These chair-based exercises will take place every week, 1 to 1.30pm. Sessions are free but you do need to book in advance. For more information about these sessions or to book a place please email [email protected] or ring 07706 357801.

• Quick reminder that Faye Harland from BBC Radio Berkshire is asking the people of Hungerford to nominate anyone who they think has really made a difference in the community this year, There’s more detail on all the categories here  and if you’ve got any questions you email [email protected]

Local author Millie Stone is running a six week Creative Writing Course in Hungerford on Thursday mornings starting on 22 February. Writers of any genre or level of experience are welcome. See here for details and how to book your place.

• Get involved with the upcoming poetry festival in Hungerford, take the opportunity to join award-winning local writer, Nicola Chester, for a Walking-Writing Poetry Workshop with some fun, accessible and enjoyable writing exercises open to all  (14 years and over) on Saturday 2 March.  To book tickets contact Hungerford Library 01488 682660; [email protected].

• Would you like to help inspire the future workforce? Education Business Partnership helps prepare our local young people for the world of work, and to do this EBP relies on the support of local businesses and professionals. If you would like to volunteer your expertise please see here for more details.

Made plans yet for Mothering Sunday? Why not book Mothering Sunday lunch at Cobbs on Sunday 10 March? or at Blandy’s in Audley Ingleowwd, Kintbury?

• Hungerford’s Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is keen to hear from anyone who usually has swifts nesting on their home in the summer months. If you live in Hungerford High Street and would like have a swift box, installed  contact HEAT.

Click here for information on how to become a volunteer flood warden in Hungerford.

• Hungerford Nursery is  offering a new Cooking And Nutrition (CAN) course for parents/carers with children aged one to four years.  It costs just £2.50 per week and booking is essential on 01488 682628, whatsapp 07771 70191 or [email protected]. See more details here.

Lasso the Moon dance party is back in Bedwyn village hall 7.30pm to midnight Saturday 24 February for Part II with three talented, local DJs. Book your £10 tickets here. You can also follow the organisers, Little Red Poncho Events on facebook.

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.

• Wintery words and vibrant verse – the latest recommendations from the Hungerford Bookshop.

• 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.

• Hungerford Nursery School’s Shoal of Friends needs new trustees from March 2024 but the commitment isn’t too onerous. Please see here for details.

The Green Hub on West Berkshire Council’s website is focused on helping people make more sustainable choices collectively 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.

• Quick reminder that the deadline is Saturday 17 February for submitting poems to an exhibition of poetry by local residents as part of the Hungerford Poetry Festival from 2 to 16 March at Hungerford Library. Poems can be on any subject, perhaps celebrating Hungerford and community, the library, our local countryside. Please send your poems by email to [email protected], by post to the library at Church Street, Hungerford RG17 OJG, or drop them off at any West Berkshire library.

• Opus2 Chamber Choir invites singers familiar with Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle to perform the piece with professional soloists on Saturday 23 March at St Mary’s Kintbury. You will rehearse for the day, are fed lunch and perform that piece in a concert in the evening.  Rehearsals start at 10am with a light lunch provided at 1pm. See more details here.

• The cost of living crisis isn’t going away any time soon and West Berkshire Foodbank is very grateful for financial donations via their website westberks.foodbank.org.uk and for donations of electrical items such as slow cookers, air fryers, heated blankets or room heaters which can be dropped off at the Community Furniture Project on Bone Lane, in Newbury.

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 Cancer Support Group‘s last meeting will be on  Thursday 16 November from 2pm to 4pm in the Hungerford Hub (the library space).  If you have any questions please contact Yvonne on [email protected]

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 [email protected]

• 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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 16 Feb Hungerford Town Show: Oliver!, John O’Gaunt School Hall.

• Fri 16 Feb Jack & The Beanstalk Panto  Kintbury Coronation Hall.

• Sat 17 Feb Hungerford Town Show: Oliver!, John O’Gaunt School Hall

• Sat 17 Feb Jack & The Beanstalk Panto  Kintbury Coronation Hall.

• Sat 24 Feb Kitty Mazinsky sings vintage swing and jazz Croft Hall.

• Sat Feb 24 Pie and Quiz Night The Tutti Pole.

• Wed 28 Feb HEAT meeting  Hungerford Library.

Wed 28 Feb Hydrogen Fuel Information Day, Hungerford Town Hall.

• Fri 1 Mar An Evening with Psychic Darren Higgins Hungerford Football Club.

• Fri 1 Mar London Haydn Quartet Hungerford.

Fri 1 Mar to Sun 10 Mar Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Blandy’s, £29.95

• Sat 2 Mar Performance Poetry Joelle Taylor & Josie Alford Croft Hall.

• Wed 6 Mar Bryony Gordon discusses Mad Woman Hungerford Bookshop.

• Thu 7 Mar Open Poetry Mic Night Hungerford Library.

Fri 8 Mar DnB Night Hungerford Football Club.

Sat 9 Mar Family Quiz  Royal British Legion Hungerford Club.

Sun 10 Mar Mother’s Day Sunday lunch at Blandys (four-course meal and a complimentary drink £39.50).

• Regular Events

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

Wellbeing Sessions at Hungerford Library every Wednesday 1 to 1.30pm

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

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].


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 5 February 2024) can be seen here.

• The most recent meeting of Froxfield Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 January and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: Thames Water, the 40mph zone; the SID project; a new logo; the defibrillator; the councillor vacancy; the Parish Steward; the precept (£13,000) and the budget; and planning matters.
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 Shalbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 January and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: local councillor’s report; Police report; road and traffic issues; Village Green plaques; planning matters; highways; financial matters; and the precept (£10,000) and the budget.
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 9 January and you can read the minutes here.
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 7 December 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 Inkpen Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 16 August 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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