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• Thank you, Tesco!


• Town & Manor Trustees’ Open Forum


• Another twist in the tale…

• Bridge at the Croft

Thank you, Tesco!

And thank you to everyone who voted for the Hungerford Hub in Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme, which sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects each year.

Because of all those Tesco tokens slipped into the right slot this past September and October, the Hungerford Hub now has £4,000 to put to good use updating the kitchen for the Hub team, Library staff and anyone putting on an event in the building.

The New Year will see the installation of kitchen units, a built-in microwave, a fridge and a dishwasher, all sourced and fitted by local companies and tradesmen.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects

come to life.”

The Bags of Help scheme has now provided more than £63 million to over 20,000 local community projects –  something to think about when you’re enjoying a freshly-made cup of coffee while you’re learning Spanish, enjoying your new-found watercolour skills… or even having a croissant with it while practising your French conversation with the Hungerford Twinning Association.


Town & Manor Trustees’ Open Forum

Many Hungerford residents braved wintry conditions to mingle and enjoy a glass of wine or two at the Town & Manor Trustees’ Open Forum last Thursday, November 29th.

There, the Trustees gave an insight into the past, present and future activities of the Town & Manor, which made for an interesting and educational evening, but the high point had – of course – to be the official launch of the Hungerford Community Award.

And what would this Award be for? The Town & Manor wants ideas for bringing people together and making Hungerford an even better place to live... and the idea chosen by the judges will win young people under the age of 18 a £250 prize, and for adults that prize would be a very useful £750.

Individuals or groups living in the Hungerford parish can submit one or more entries, which should be no longer than 4 pages of A4. The deadline for entry is March 8th, 2019 and the announcement of the winner – and prizegiving – will be part of the Hocktide celebrations on April 30th.

There’s not enough space here to go into all the details, but you’ll find them at http://www.hungerfordtownandmanor.co.uk/town-manor-of-hungerford-community-award.

And after an interesting Q&A session it was time to head back outside into those wintry conditions once more, with a pleasant glass or two of wine and thoughts of how to spend that very useful £750 prize money to keep some of us warm on the way home.


Another twist in the tale…

We’ve been following the saga of Wiltshire Council’s plans to close down outdoor education centres Braeside and Oxenwood... and local people’s attempts to keep them open.

Apparently there have been twenty “substantive” expressions of interest in purchasing the centres, which have been narrowed down to just two “preferred” bidders.

Wiltshire Council Cabinet should have had the subject on the agenda of their November 27th meeting, but it was taken off, with a view to being discussed at their December 11th meeting instead.

This would make it the third time a date for a decision has been set.

The requisite paper this time round is said to be in the name not of Councillor Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills –  who proposed the closure in the first place –  but in the name of Councillor Philip Whitehead, Cabinet Member for Finance, Procurement and Operational Assets.

It seems this is now officially no longer about the centres’ educational value, but much more about the money side of things.

We will keep following this saga with interest.  If you’d like to know how things go during the Cabinet meeting on December 11th there might just be a live stream of proceedings –  check the Council website for details.


Bridge at the Croft

Hungerford Rotary Club’s annual event “Bridge at the Croft” was a record breaking success this year, raising £1,000.00 for Rotary charities including Speakability, a Newbury group formed to help stroke victims, and ShelterBox who send vital aid items such as solar lights, tents, tools, blankets and cooking implements to victims of natural disasters.

Sixty enthusiastic card players enjoyed an afternoon concentrating on their favourite game while enjoying the sandwiches and cakes provided by Rotary families and friends and generous local businesses.

The winning team was led by Bill Brown from Kintbury with a score of over 3,000. The Rotary Trophy was presented by club President Norman Sinclair-Baines.

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