Hungerford Town Council

Hungerford War Memorial

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Hungerford war memorial has benefitted from a grant of £1,120 from War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme supported by the First World War Memorials Programme and other voluntary contributions from supporters.

The money enabled cleaning and re-pointing of the memorial and cleaning and application of a protective wax to the memorial bronze plaques.   

With this year commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Council felt it was important the war memorial was clean and looking its best as it will provide a focus for these commemorations.  They applied for a grant which helped towards the cost of employing a specialist contractor (IMI) to undertake the work.   The "before and after" photos show what a great job IMI did.

The annual remembrance day parade will take place as usual this year and in addition, the Council will be lighting a beacon to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War at the Triangle Field, Priory Road.  This event will start from 6.30pm with the Last Post played at 6.55pm prior to the beacon being lit at 7.00pm.  Everyone is welcome to this event.  

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10th October 2018.

Annual Grants Award Ceremony

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HTC has made a number of awards this year to local charities and community groups who offer services which benefit Hungerford residents.  The annual grants award ceremony was held at the Croft Field Hall on Saturday 28th July.  The event was well attended by representatives of the Town Council and most of the organisations concerned.  Some funds remain which can be used for successful applications received later in the year. 

Please see attached document below for a list of the organisations who have received funding this year together with details of how the grant will be used.

Hungerford in Bloom 2018

ImageThe Hungerford in Bloom judges had a difficult job deciding which lovely gardens and allotments should receive the prizes this year.  Certificates and prizes were awarded on Saturday 21st July at the Croft Field Hall.  A list of the results is attached below.
Residential Properties and Commercial Premises

Allotment Holders

Armed Forces Day 2018

ImageArmed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June was marked by various events, starting in the morning with the dedication of a memorial tree on the Common with an army chaplain officiating.  At 12.00, 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion, REME started the main parade from the football ground before marching down the High Street.  The salute was taken by the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Graham Barker, the Constable of the Town and Manor, Ellie Dickins, the President of the RBL Hungerford Branch, Jack Williams, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight.  The parade was led by the band of the Royal Logistic Corps.  Events were brought to a close with a BBQ event hosted by the army at the RBL club, during which a small wreath-laying ceremony was performed.
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Freedom of the Town Awards 2018

The annual Freedom of the Town Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday 22nd May in the Corn Exchange, Hungerford.  The High Sheriff of Berkshire, Graham Barker, presented the award winners with a medal and certificate.  This year the awards were presented to Norman Barr, Chris Scorey and Catherine Wooliston.
(Pictured l to r: Chris Scorey, Graham Barker, Catherine Woolison, Cllr Helen Simpson, Norman Barr).

ImageThe ceremony was well attended by the families, friends and colleagues of the award winners and also by past Freedom of the Town winners.

New Mayor 2018/19

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At the full Town Council meeting on Tuesday 8th May 2018 Cllr Helen Simpson was unanimously elected as Mayor for 2018/19 with former Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight, being elected as Deputy Mayor.  Both Councillors have been instrumental in negotiations to keep Hungerford Library open by leasing it from West Berkshire Council and it is hoped this issue will be finalised in the not too distant future.  

ImageMayor, Cllr Helen Simpson and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight
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Annual Litter Pick 2018

There was a great turn out of over 30 volunteers this year for our Town Litter Pick.  Thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday 8th April in spite of the threat of rain.  During the morning many areas of the town were cleaned resulting in a large pile of filled bags.  Hopefully Hungerford residents will appreciate the time spent by the volunteers and help to keep the town tidy!
ImageOur helpers came in all shapes and sizes!

Annual Town Meeting

ImageThe Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday 21st March was well attended.  The draft minutes are available at www.hungerford-tc.gov.uk/minutes then scroll down to Town Meeting.  Attendees listened to reports from Thames Valley Police, Ellie Dickens (Constable of the Town and Manor) and Penny and Toby Quinn who talked about the trip they made during February half term to Upper West Ghana to deliver donations and support the work of Action Through Enterprise, the small charity based in Ramsbury.  There were also reports from each of the Committee Chairs and the Mayor gave updates on the Library, the Neighbourhood Plan and the nominees for the Freedom of the Town Award.  Forms were available at the meeting for people to fill in with their ideas/comments to help formulate the Neighbourhood Plan.  A copy of the form is attached below - please feel free to complete and return to the Council office.  
ImageHTC is pleased to announce their first committee meeting has been held in the Library building.  The E&P committee met on Monday 15th January in the new venue.

Annual Town Carol Service

ImageThe Mayor hosted the Town's Annual Carol Service at St Lawrence's Church on Sunday 17th December.  The Church was packed and the congregation sang with enthusiasm to all the familiar carols with music provided by the excellent Town Band.  Readings were read by Susan Hofgartner Chairman of the Town Band, The Mayor, Ellie Dickins Constable of the Town and Manor, and Nicholas Lumley.  
ImageThe Town Council had run a competition for children to draw a design for the Order of Service leaflet and this was won by Guy Le Poole and Ittetsu Hoshi.  The Mayor presented Guy with his prize during the service.
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Christmas Lights 2017

ImageA record number of residents and visitors gathered to witness the annual switch on of the Christmas Lights on Sunday 3rd December.  Author and local resident, Robert Harris, flicked the switch following festive music entertainment from Hungerford Town Band, Hungerford Rock Choir, Hungerford Primary School Choir and JOG student Madison Pettifer.  Father Christmas made an appearance and handed out sweets to the children.  Thank you to all those businesses and members of the public for their generous donations which enabled the Christmas Lights to go ahead.
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HUNGERFORD POST OFFICE - 6-7 High Street UPDATE

ImageThe Post Office at WHSmith was officially opened on Friday 20th October 2017.  Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight cut the ribbon with WHS store staff Jessica Pike, Jake Lawrence, and John Stiles and WHS Regional Business Manager Kevin O’Halloran.

Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival

ImageCllr Keith Knight, Mayor of Hungerford and Constable, Town & Manor Ellie Dickins joined Chairman of HADCAF Brian Davis to launch this years Festival.  For information on all the events go to: http://www.hungerfordartsfestival.com/

Hungerford In Bloom 2017

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Garden Category Winners

Allotment Category Winners

Armed Forces Day 2017

ImageArmed Forces Day on 24th June 2017 was marked by 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers parading through the Town with the support of their Military Band.  Mayor of Hungerford Cllr Knight was joined by Deputy Mayor Cllr Simpson, Jack Williams, Constable of Town & Manor Ellie Dickins and The High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire Sarah Scrope assembled on a dias to take the salute.

New Mayor

ImageHungerford Town Council have a new Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight who was elected in at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.   Keith is replacing Cllr Martin Crane who has held the position as Mayor over 5 years since 2011.  Keith has been leading Friends of Hungerford Library to successfully negotiate  terms to keep the Library running with the valuable assistance of Cllr Helen Simpson who was voted as Deputy Mayor.

Hungerford Trade Showcase - Friday 13th October 2017

Businesses attended included:
Benchmark (designers and manufacturers of furniture) 
Berkshire Labels (who create a range of product labeling)
BK Grain Handling (who are specialists in grain handling and milling) 
CDK Global Ltd (who provide IT systems to have vehicles of all types are marketed, sold and serviced)
David Wilson Homes (builders of homes)
Kerridge Commercial Systems (Provide specialist software, services and support to deliver fully integrated trading and business management)
Richard Paget (Apple juicer)
Sulzer UK Ltd (which is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of products and services for liquid application and mixing technology)
Thermatek ( which designs and manufactures systems which protect cold stores against frost heave, condensation and ice around doors and thresholds)
Hungerford Care Home (care home for the elderly) 
Triteq Ltd (provide support for innovators in getting their product to market)
Compressor Products International (who provide operators with quality, precision engineered compressor components and lubrication systems)
Elysium Healthcare (who provide care for those affected by mental health issues)

Freedom of the Town 2017

ImageMargaret Wilson was awarded Freedom of The Town by Berkshire's High Sheriff,  Sarah Scrope on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at in the Corn Exchange.  The ceremony was attended by Margaret's family, friends and colleagues she has worked with in her various charitable roles in the town and during her 20 years plus as Town Councillor.

Constables Parade 2017

ImageThe Mayor and his wife Virginia and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight attended the Annual Constables's Parade to St Lawrence Church on Sunday 30th April for the Constable's Service, which is held at the end of the Hocktide festivities.  

Mayor's Reception 2017

ImageCllr Martin Crane hosted his last Mayor's Reception at The British Legion on Friday 21st April 2017.  He was joined fellow Town Councillors and colleagues he has worked with over his five year term as Mayor.  Cllr Dennis Benneyworth spoke about Martin's achievements and the appreciation of all the work and commitment he has given to the Town and acknowledging that Martin's wife Virginia has been a great support.  Clerk, Claire Barnes presented Martin and Virginia with a voucher for a show and meal at the Watermill Theatre and his and hers shiny new spades to use in their new found time at their allotment.

Commonwealth Day 2017

ImageHungerford flew the Flag for the Commonwealth on Monday 13th March 2017.

Margaret Wilson

ImageMargaret Wilson stood down as a Councillor after 20 plus years of service to the Town at the meeting of the Full Council on Monday 6th March 2017.  During her time as Councillor she has been Chair of the Environment and Planning Committee and has run Hungerford In Bloom with great success over the years.  

Christmas Lights

ImageWe would like to thank all those businesses and members of the public for their generous donations which enabled the Christmas Lights to go ahead.  The wonderful residents and visitors packed the streets to witness the hugely anticipated Switch On, the honors of which went to legendary racing jockey and local resident, Sir AP McCoy on Sunday 27th November.  Festive music entertainment was provided by Hungerford Town Band, JOG School students Ceara Fowkes and Aoife Wall and the Hungerford Primary School Choir.  

Hungerford In Bloom 2016

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Hungerford In Bloom Winners List

The Hungerford In Bloom judges had a tough task again the year deciding what awards should be given to the lovely gardens and allotments in the Town.

Certificates and prizes will be awarded on Wednesday 7th September 2016 in the Town Hall.

Any winners who were unable to make it, please come to the Town Council office to pick up your certificate and prize.

A list of the winners can be found by clicking on the PDF document below.

Armed Forces Day 2016

ImageOn 25th June 2016, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion marched through the town accompanied by Hungerford Town Band.  Salute was taken by General Sir Michael Jackson.

Freedom of The Town Awards 2016

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HUNGERFORD saluted its civic heroes this week in the annual Freedom of the Town awards on Tuesday 14th June 2016 at The Corn Exchange, Hungerford.

This year’s recipients, who were presented with their medal and certificate by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, James Puxley, are Janette Kersey, David Clayton and Neale Marney.

Janette has been the town mayor twice and she has worked for the CHAIN charity for many years, currently as chairwoman.  In addition she has been head of the Hungerford Primary School board of governors.

David Clayton has chaired and directed the Community of Hungerford Theatre Club since 1991 and his dedication to the dramatic arts in Hungerford has enabled many young people to excel, gain self-confidence and set them on the road to a successful future”.  David is the driving force behind the Young Performers, Youth Theatre and children’s theatre from which many have gone on to study dramatic art and some to earn a living in the profession.

Neale Marney has been dedicated to Hungerford and to civic duties, from his work installing defibrillators to being a “mainstay” of the annual Victorian Extravaganza.  Mr Marney was chairman of Hungerford Primary School governors for many years and is a former president of the town’s Tuesday Club.  He is also a chorister and churchwarden at St Lawrence Church.

Queen's 90th Birthday Beacon Lighting

ImageCllr Martin Crane, Mayor and Virginia, were joined by newly appointed Town and Manor Constable, Ellie Dickins and Bellman, Julian Tubb to light the beacon in celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday.  The Beacon was located at The Triangle Field so could be seen from Combe Gibert (unfortunately that one failed to light).  A great crowd turned out including members of Hungerford's Brownies, Cubs and Wessex Rangers.

Clean for the Queen 2016

ImageHungerford Councillors, Guides and members of the public joined the litter pick on Sunday 20th March 2016 to get Hungerford ready to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday next month.

Commonwealth Day 2016

ImageHungerford recognised British Commonwealth Day on Monday 14h March with brief addresses and a flag raising ceremony.  Making the addresses, The Mayor, Cllr Martin Crane was joined by Town & Manor Constable Susan Hofgartner, Colonel Lizzie Faithful-Davies of 6th Battalion, REME and General Sir Mike Jackson.  Also in attendance were John O'Gaunt Headteacher Alan Hendersen with students from the school, members of the Town Band and Bellman, Julian Tubb.

Annual Town Carol Service

ImageThe Mayor hosted the Town's Annual Carol Service on Sunday 20th December 2016.  It marked the start of the Christmas celebrations for many and the congregation enjoyed the music from the Town Band and sang heartily to all the familiar carols.

Lights Switch On

ImageResidents and visitors of Hungerford braved the wet and windy weather on 29th November 2015 to watch Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, flicked the switch to light up Hungerford with the 'Best in the West' Christmas illuminations.  Charlie used to live in Hungerford and attended John O'Gaunt School, where he ran a football holiday camp over the October half term.  He stayed around after the switch on to sign autographs.  Father Christmas made his annual appearance on the balcony of the Town Hall and came down amongst the crowd to give the children sweets.  This all followed festive musical entertainment from local choirs and the John O'Gaunt School 2015 X-Factor winner Amelie Edwards and Hungerford Town Band.

Remembrance Parade 2015

ImageOn Sunday 8th November 2015, Hungerford turned out in their hundreds to pay their respects for the contribution made by British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.  


Hungerford In Bloom

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2015 Winners

Residential
1st     Brian Talmage
2nd    Ron Hoyes
3rd    Gill Newcombe

Commercial
1st   Three Swans
2nd  Bearwater
3rd  Tally Ho Inn

Fairfield Allotments
1st   Darren Prestoe
2nd  Hungerford Primary School Club
3rd  Christine Beasley

Marsh Lane Allotments
1st   Nikki & Chris Tout
Joint 2nd  Neal Pike, Ken & Liz Hall with Lee and Helen Moyle
3rd  Tui Mackenzie


Hungerford in Bloom 2015 Full Results

Armed Forces Day 2015

ImageThe Mayor, Cllr Martin Crane OBE and his wife Virginia represented Hungerford Town Council at  the Armed Forces Day ceremony which took place at the Royal British Legion on Saturday 27th June 2015.  It was well attended by members of the RBL and also present was is Lt Col Lizzie Faithful-Davis from 6 (Close Support) Batallion REME.

Annual Litter Pick

Thank you to the volunteers who attended the Annual Litter Pick on Sunday 26th April 2015.  Two very productive hours were spent clearing the station area,  alleyways and back streets not covered by the West Berks street cleaners.  Many bags were filled and hopefully the residents of Hungerford will appreciate the time spent by the volunteers and help to keep the town tidy!

Town Carol Service 2016

ImageThere was standing room only at the Town's Carol Service hosted by the Mayor at St Lawrence's Church on Sunday 18th December 2016.  With the Town Band 's uplifting music, the congregation enjoyed several favorite carols.  Readings were read by Ellie Dickins, Constable of the Town & Manor, Neale Marney MBE, Freedom of the Town and Diane Loft, Royal British Legion Women's Section.