Hungerford Town Council

Events for week beginning 1st June 2020

All meetings are currently taking place via Zoom.  See agenda for link to the meeting.
Full Council meeting on Monday, 1st June at 7pm.
Agenda
Scroll down for Hungerford in Bloom entry forms

UPDATE FOLLOWING RECENT CHANGES TO GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE REGARDING PLAYGROUNDS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES

13th May 2020

 Following the recent changes to Government Guidance, please note the following: -

Community Centres should remain closed     

Exceptions - Community centres can open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary activities and urgent public services, such as food banks, homeless services. A community centre can open temporarily to host a blood donation session for these services only. The government strongly advises that Public Health England guidelines are followed.                   

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools should remain closed                                            

Exceptions - Outdoor sports courts, including public and private outdoor enclosed areas such as tennis courts, golf courses, basketball courts, bowling greens and football pitches, can open. The government strongly advises that social distancing guidance is followed when using these facilities. Bars and clubhouses at outdoor sports facilities must remain closed other than for takeaway to be consumed off site. Parks, open countryside, beaches and waterways can remain open. See further government guidance on access to green spaces and outdoor recreation.

 

Hungerford Matters - Help During Coronavirus by Hungerford Town Council

The attached document is a copy of an article published in The Adviser on 10 April 2020, which contains information gathered by HTC on sources of help for local residents during the Covid19 lockdown.

NEED HELP DURING SELF ISOLATION?

One central point of contact for all residents of Hungerford who have to endure periods of self-isolation is as follows:-

Please get in touch with local co-ordinator Geordie Taylor if;

  • You are in isolation and need help
  • You are volunteering to help those in isolation
  • You could offer a product or service to those in isolation

What can a volunteer do for someone in isolation?

  • Collect some shopping
  • Walk the dog
  • Post a letter
  • Collect prescriptions
  • Deliver a take-away
  • Or just give them a call and say hello!

He will need the following basic details from you;

  • Your name
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Home address

HELP DURING COVID19 - Please see useful links below from West Berks Council

For their new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CommunitySupportHubGroup/Contacts for help or for those that wish to volunteer is: 01635 503579 westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk

Updates for residents including services and financial supportwww.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-residents:

Link to poster that you can display in your shops https://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/36919For businesses https://www.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-business Waste collections will continue, although WBC are now asking residents to ensure their bins are placed outside their property by 6am instead of 7am

A refund will be given to those who have bought a farepayer seat on home to school transport for the two weeks from 23 March 2020 to 3April 2020. To qualify for this refund parents and carers will need to complete the dedicated refund form available online:

https://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/36932

Keyworkers who require assistance with essential travel can contact us for help on 01635 551111.

Health issues https://info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-residents-health

WBC’s Emotional Health Academy has launched a helpline for young people 01635 503587. 

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Hungerford in Bloom

Owing to Covid19 restrictions, we have had to make some changes to the competition this year.  Judges will not be able to visit gardens so we are inviting entrants to submit photographs of their gardens which will be judged by members of Hungerford Town Council.  

We are narrowing the categories to include smaller areas that can be more easily photographed.  

We have regrettably had to remove the Schools category but the Residential and Commercial categories remain.  We have added a children's category inviting them to make a miniature garden.  The theme is "My Summer Garden".  The entry form for this, with all the details and some ideas to get started, can be found below.  Children can also enter the main competition.  The Container(s) category might be particularly suitable for young entrants.

At this time, we do not know if it will be possible for the Allotments part of the competition to proceed.  HAHA will make a decision later,

We would love to see lots of baskets/window boxes outside of  your homes, especially in the High Street, as our usual displays will not be able to go ahead.
Please support the competition, our town and community.  Make Hungerford look more beautiful than ever.

Full details of the new categories and how to enter the competition can be found on the entry form below.
Hungerford in Bloom Entry Form
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Welcome to Hungerford Town Council's Website

Our website aims to inform you about the activities of the Council and to invite your comments.

There are 15 volunteer Councillors who are supported by the Town Clerk, Deputy Clerk and RFO. Full Council meets every month and there are five main committees and the timetable for these is listed in the calendar. Town issues are actively debated and actions taken to try and make life better for the people of Hungerford.

If you have any concerns or issues please contact a Councillor, or contact the Town Council Office.

The Town Council office is situated in the new Library building with automatic doors and is next to Church Street Car Park which has disabled parking.  

Office opening hours are:

Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm

  • Town Council Office, Hungerford Town Council, The Library, Church Street, Hungerford RG17 0JG
  • Tel: 01488 686195
  • Email: admin@hungerford-tc.gov.uk 

Hungerford Foodbank

The Hungerford Foodbank Centre is located at Hungerford Methodist Church in Bridge Street and is open on Wednesdays from 13.00-15.00.  Contact number is 07955 626621.

For details about the West Berks Foodbank visit https://westberks.foodbank.org.uk/

The Crisis Foodbank telephone number is 01635 760560.

If you would like to donate to the Foodbank, there are donation points in Hungerford at the churches, Tesco and Co-op.

The Foodbank website includes information about how you can volunteer. 

Smarten up Hungerford

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Neigbourhood Watch Hungerford

Following a meeting led by Angela Money, Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Committee Member representing West Berkshire with Thames Valley Police, Mayor of Hungerford and Richard Benyon MP, local residents were encouraged to create a Neighbourhood Watch team in Hungerford.

The first priority is to find a Co-ordinator.  If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and send it to The Head of Coporate Communications, Thames Valley Police Headquarter - address on the bottom of the attached form

Application Form

Police & Crime Summary

 

A summary version of the Police and Crime Plan of the Thames Valley 2017-2021 has now been published detailing the five strategic priorities for policing and crime for the next five years.  Please see attached document.Summary

Age UK Berkshire - Easy Shop

Easy Shop is a service provided by Age UK Berkshire in association with the leading supermarkets to give you regular and reliable supermarket shopping delivered to your home.  If you find it difficult to get to the shops, can't or don't want to shop on-line: whether you're older or a person with disabilities, Easy Shop is designed for you.  Please follow the attached link to Penny Post for more details about this helpful scheme:   
http://pennypost.org.uk/2017/12/easy-shop-shopping-made-simpler-berkshire-age-uk/
or contact Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242 or 01635 522255, easyshop@ageukberkshire.org.uk, www.ageukberkshire.org.uk.

Responsibilities

Hungerford Town Council works alongside West Berkshire District Council to provide a variety of local services.  Listed below is a summary of the responsibilities and services provided by HTC and WBC.

Hungerford Town Council is responsible for:

The Mayor of Hungerford

Planning (HTC is a statutory consultee on Planning Applications in Hungerford and although the Town Council’s comments will be considered, the final decision lies with West Berkshire Council)

Highways & Transport (HTC's Highways and Transport Committee lobby WBC for changes they see as required through their local knowledge of the town, but ultimately WBC are responsible.  In particular potholes, slips and trips on the footway should be reported directly to them through customerservices@westberks.gov.uk)

Allotments

St Saviour's Cemetery

The Croft Field Centre

Play Areas

Hungerford Youth & Community Centre

Triangle Field

CCTV

Defibrillators

Hungerford Library

Community Events

Bridge Street War Memorial

Public Toilets


West Berkshire District Council is responsible for:
Leisure, Parks and Countryside
Transport and Parking including car parks
For help relating to any of the above, please contact the WBC website on www.westberks.gov.uk


In addition to the above, the Town and Manor of Hungerford is a charity responsible for protecting the Commoners' rights and the lands and rivers of the Town and Manor.  Their areas of responsibility include:
The Town Hall
Local markets and other events
Hungerford Common, The Croft, Freeman's March, the John O'Gaunt Inn
For help relating to any of the above, please contact the Town and Manor website on www.hungerfordtownandmanor.co.uk

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return - Date of Announcement: 30th May 2019