Hungerford Town Council

75th Anniversary of VJ Day - Saturday 15th August 2020


In order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of victory over Japan and the end of the second world war, a short memorial service was held at 11.00am at the War Memorial in Bridge Street.  Sadly, due to lockdown restrictions, it was not possible for the event to be attended by members of the public, but wreaths were laid during a short service conducted by Rev Mike Saunders.   Following a two minute silence, John Parry (Chair of Hungerford RBL), Cllr Helen Simpson (Mayor of Hungerford), and Nicholas Lumley (Constable of the Town & Manor of Hungerford), laid the wreaths followed by the “Cry for Peace” read by Bellman, Julian Tubb.

Wreaths were also laid at the War Memorial Avenue in Bulpit Lane.

Thank you to Derek & Di Loft, Tim & Sandie Crouter, Graham Saunders and the Smarten-Up Hungerford Team.

Photographs courtesy of Tony Bartlett.


To those who gave so much, we thank you

Hungerford in Bloom 2020 Results

Hungerford in Bloom 2020 Winners

See below for photos



Garden Bed    1st Marion Ford
                          2nd Mary Caldwell
                         3rd Jan Huckins    

Container(s)   1st Brian Talmage

                         2nd Jane Buckle

                         3rd Nicola Wood             

Garden Feature   1st Mary Caldwell

                               2nd Jenny Alford             

                               3rd  Janet Summersby

Children’s Miniature Garden Competition:      Winner – Meredith Binns  


Public House   Winner -  John O’Gaunt

Any Other Commercial  1st Hungerford Nursery 
                                           2nd Hungerford Arcade

Margaret Wilson Memorial Trophy:  Awarded to Brian Talmage 

Winning Entries


A tribute to Roger Thompson

Hungerford Town Council wishes to pay its respects to Roger Thompson who sadly passed away on the 7th July.

Roger moved to Hungerford in 1984 and originally joined the Council in 2005, later returning to serve as Deputy Mayor in 2014 and to Chair the Highways & Transport Committee.  He was passionate about local theatre and was instrumental in obtaining premises for Community of Hungerford Theatre Company to store all their equipment. He regularly spoke about his love of sailing and trips in the Solent. More recently Roger was involved in the U3A writing group and had written a book called 'Never give up’ about his father’s life. He also enjoyed writing poetry.

Roger had a fantastic sense of humour. He was great fun but also a very kind and thoughtful man. He was a character larger than life and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

A tribute to John Hollister

Hungerford Town Council wishes to pay its respects to John Hollister who sadly passed away on the 15th May.

John grew up in Hungerford and was a very active member of the community.  He was a founder member of the Tuesday Club in 1996 and became Secretary and then Chairman/Secretary and worked tirelessly for the members.  He was instrumental in retaining charity status for the Club and produced a weekly newsletter and the Members Handbook.  He also worked with Hungerford Town Council and others setting up the ‘Friends of the Day Centre’.  As a keen sportsman, he coached the JOG Youth Team for a while.  

He was awarded the Mayor’s Award in 2001 by Chris Jennings and in 2007 was nominated for the Queen’s Award for Service to the Community.  In 2013 Hungerford Town Council was delighted to present John with a ‘Freedom of the Town Award’.

John has been described by those who knew him as:

‘a true gentleman’, ‘a legend’, ‘a brilliant, quiet, unassuming man’, ‘really community minded and very generous’.

John will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

VE Day 75th Anniversary, 8th May 2020


To commemorate this important anniversary, wreaths were laid on both the Bridge Street and The Avenue war memorials on behalf of Hungerford Town Council, by the Mayor, Cllr Helen Simpson


To those who gave so much, we thank you.

A tribute to Christine Buck


A tribute to Mansil Morgan

Hungerford Town Council wishes to pay its respects to Mansil Morgan who sadly died recently. He served as Mayor for 3 years and dedicated much of his time to voluntary work. He was chairman of the Town Band and arranged joint concerts with the Town Band and the Dowlais male voice choir to raise significant funding for the town. As a result he was instrumental in placing defibrillators around the town. He also taught at the John O Gaunt School and played football for Hungerford. We know he will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

The Mayor's Christmas Carol Concert - 15th December 2019

ImageThe Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert was held at St Lawrence's Church on Sunday, 15th December with a congregation that filled the Church.  Readers were Alfie Penny and Ceara Faulkes, Head Boy and Girl of John O’Gaunt School; Lt Col Paul Cummings of REME; Derek Loft, Royal British Legion and Nicholas Lumley, Constable.  The congregation and St Lawrence’s Church Choir sang traditional, well-loved carols superbly accompanied by the Town Band.

The competition to design the illustration for the cover of the concert programe was won by Guy Le Poole

Hungerford Christmas Lights Switch On - Sunday 1st December 2019


Thousands of people turned out to see singer/songwriter, actor and local lad, Will Young join Mayor, Helen Simpson, on the Town Hall steps for the countdown to the switch-on of our beautiful Christmas lights at 5pm.  Prior to that, entertainment was provided by Hungerford Town Band, The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company, Hungerford Primary School Choir and Nicholas Lumley.  Father Christmas made an appearance and gave out sweets to children in the audience.  


We would like to thank the many local residents and businesses who have made donations towards the cost of the installation of the lights. Thank you for your generosity. 

Our appeal for funding on The Good Exchange website is still open and any donations made to this will be matchfunded.  If you would like to make a donation, please follow this link

Sound and Lighting by Kennet Radio.  

Photographs courtesy of Stuart March Photography


Hungerford in Bloom 2019

ImageWe were delighted to present the winners of the Hungerford in Bloom 2019 competition with their certificates and prizes at a ceremony held at the Croft Field Activity Centre on Saturday, 3rd August.  Congratulation to all the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.  

In addition to the usual commercial, residential, school and allotment categories (the latter organised by HAHA), a new award was introduced, a special memorial trophy created in memory of Margaret Wilson, who sadly passed away earlier this year.  Margaret, a former HTC councillor, instigated Hungerford in Bloom over 10 years ago and was tireless in her efforts to promote the competition and secure its place an an annual event in the town.

We would also like to thank the local businesses who donated lovely prizes.

A list of winners of the commercial, residential and school categories can be found below.  
Hungerford in Bloom 2019 Awards in each category    

HTC Grants Award Ceremony 2019

ImageOn Saturday, 28th July 2019 a ceremony was held in The Croft Field Centre to which representatives of all the organisations  awarded grants this year were invited.  Further information on the grants awarded can be found on the Finance page, under Grants, together with a video of the event.

Armed Forces Day Parade


Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 29th June 2019 was celebrated in Hungerford with a parade by 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME, with the Mayor, Cllr Helen Simpson; High Sheriff of Berkshire, Lucy Zeal and her St John's Ambulance cadet, Maisy Pink-Costello; Constable, Nick Lumley and Bellman,  Julian Tubb taking the salute.


Following the parade, a barbecue was held at the Royal British Legion for REME and their families, to which all were welcome.  Live music was provide by the band, Pope.


Our thanks go to Christian Alba Butcher who provided the meat for the barbecue and to Tesco for also providing refreshments and to all who worked hard to make the day a success.


Annual Town Meeting 2019

The Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday 20th March was extremely well attended with over 100 people.  The format was changed this year with the aim of a more informal meeting, getting local residents to support the event and share their views and ideas.  There were displays by each of the council committees along with representatives from the following organisations: Hungerford Youth Council, HAHA, Thames Valley Police, Town and Manor, North Wessex Downs, Chamber of Commerce, West Berkshire Council, Smarten up Hungerford, Hungerford Twinning Association, H2036 Neighbourhood Plan and local press.  The public were given the opportunity to target specific areas of interest and interact with the organisations on a one to one basis.  Cllr Helen Simpson was very pleased with the new format and how the meeting went as she felt it gave people the chance to find out more about what interested or concerned them, not just listen to speeches about what the council felt was important.
Refreshments were kindly provided by donations from Hungerford Together and Tesco's.
This years Hungerford in Bloom competition was launched at the meeting - details and an application form can be found on the website home page.
The annual Freedom of the Town Award winners were announced and this year, the award goes to Ted Angell, Chris Buck and Peter Harries - the annual awards ceremony will take place shortly and more details will follow.
Draft minutes of the meeting will be available on the website in due course. 
ImageCouncillors and staff gathered in the Three Swans on Friday 8th February to say a fond farewell to Philippa Adams who has worked for HTC as Deputy Town Clerk for three years.  The Mayor thanked Philippa for her hard work, commitment and vast knowledge on all matters Health & Safety!  She was presented with vouchers from Belle Chic, the Kitchen Monger and a spring bouquet from Martin & The Magpie.  We wish Philippa all the best with her future plans.

Christmas Carol Concert 2018

ImageCllr Helen Simpson hosted the Mayor's annual carol service at St Lawrence's Church on Sunday 16th December.  The Church was full and the congregation sang along to the usual carols with enthusiasm, with the music expertly provided by Hungerford Town Band.  The lessons were read by the head boy and head girl of John O'Gaunt School, the Mayor, Nicholas Lumley and Catherine Wooliston.  
ImageThis year's competition to draw a design for the order of service leaflet was won by Emilia Moore, age 8.  She was presented with a prize during the service.
17th December 2018.

Christmas Lights 2018

ImageA large crowd of residents and visitors braved the wet and windy weather on Sunday 2nd December to attend the annual Christmas Lights switch on.  BBC South Today presenter, Sally Taylor, MBE, together with the Mayor counted down the seconds until the lights came on at 5.00pm.
Thank you to Kennet Radio, the Town Band, Theatre Company, Rock Choir, Primary School and Nicholas Lumley for providing the festive entertainment and music.  We were lucky that Father Christmas had time to make a special appearance.  Thank  you also to the Town and Manor of Hungerford for their generous donation towards the main Christmas tree.
We are very grateful to the many local residents and businesses who made donations towards the cost of the installation of the lights.
Thank you for your generosity. 
4th December 2018.

Annual Grants Award Ceremony

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.

Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need

ImageThe team came through Hungerford very quickly at lunchtime on Monday 12th November.  The Mayor just managed to pass over a certificate from HTC saying we have made a donation to their worthy cause.
12th November 2018.

Remembrance Sunday 2018

ImageOn the morning of Sunday 11th November hundreds of people joined the parade through the town to the War Memorial for the annual Remembrance Sunday service.
ImageWreaths were also laid at the War Memorial Avenue at Bulpit Lane.
ImageIn the evening HTC and the Royal British Legion took part in a Beacon Lighting event which was a national event organised to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.  Again, hundreds of people gathered at the Triangle Field to participate in this event.  
ImageThe crowd were invited to plant their wooden poppy crosses in the poppy field.
12th November 2018.

Hungerford War Memorial


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.  

10th October 2018.

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

Press Release from the Canal & River Trust - Feeding the Ducks!


PRESS RELEASE - 30 July 2018


The Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the Kennet & Avon Canal, is urging visitors to Hungerford Wharf to ditch the bread and feed healthy snacks to the ducks.

Working with Hungerford Town Council the Canal & River Trust is asking local people to help improve the diets of ducks and swans by feeding them natural treats such as leafy greens, sweetcorn, oats and vegetables.

Hungerford Wharf is a great spot for families to enjoy but feeding bread to ducks is bad for their diets. Any leftover bread attracts vermin and having too many birds in one place creates an excess of bird droppings. Bread is often left floating in the water encouraging algae which can be harmful to birds and fish.

Caroline Robson, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Getting up close to the wildlife on our waterways is one of the simple joys of being on the canal and feeding the ducks is a great family activity. We would like visitors to think about what they are feeding the ducks and to ask them to make a small change to improve their diets. Ducks need a varied diet and feeding them bread is a bit like giving them a pizza everyday which isn’t good for their health.”

Helen Simpson, Mayor of Hungerford Town Council, said: “Hungerford Wharf is a really popular spot to feed the ducks.  However, we have noticed that left over bread has been attracting vermin, such as rats and feral pigeons, which isn’t nice for the visitors. By changing what we feed the ducks our wildlife gets to enjoy a healthier diet, and we also reduce the problem of having left over bits of bread and food at the wharf area.”

For more information on the Canal & River Trust, including finding out how you can support our work by donating money or volunteering with us visit





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.

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


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

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 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.

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.


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:

Hungerford In Bloom 2017


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


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


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


2015 Winners

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

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.