CHAIN MAIL

Issue 147    Sept 1st   to December 1st 2020

Hungerford Town Council (HTC) News  September, how can it be the end of summer already! I hope you are (and remain) safe and well! It has certainly been the strangest few months for us all. I’ve been shielding (ok, I admit to cheating a couple of times) for the duration and I know many of you have also been shielding.  I’ve really enjoyed keeping in touch with some of you by phone whilst in lockdown. Hungerford is an incredible place to live, I’ve been so humbled by the outstanding efforts to care and help those less able amongst us. The ‘Self Isolation’ volunteers should be super proud of their efforts throughout the lockdown period. I am finally allowed to be amongst you again (albeit by a 2 metre distance).  I’ve enjoyed catching up with many of you already and hope to be able to fulfil more of my civic role as the year progresses. Please enjoy reading some of our news below.

Hungerford in Bloom despite initial worries that our annual competition would not take place due to the pandemic, we are absolutely delighted that it did go ahead and we would like to say thank you to all those who entered by submitting photos of their beautiful gardens.  Qualifying photos were scored by each of the 4 judges for colour, variety of planting, maintenance and originality and the winning photos were determined by their total score.  The Margaret Wilson Memorial Trophy was awarded to the entrant who gained the highest score across all residential categories entered.  Winners were awarded a certificate and garden centre vouchers. The judges certainly had an extremely difficult task due to the high standard of the entries.  For winner details , please visit www.hungerford-tc.gov.uk/

The Smarten Up Hungerford team of volunteers have been busy planting and maintaining floral displays in and around the town including the beautiful boxes on the canal footbridge.  Hungerford Town Council purchased 7 large planters for additional locations in the High Street and these will be managed by the SUH team.  By the time this edition of Chain is published, we are sure these planters will be in situ and providing a lovely splash of colour to the High Street for everyone to enjoy.

If any of our green-fingered Hungerford in Bloom entrants (or anyone else) would like to join the team please contact John Willmott on   smartenuphungerford@gmail.com

War Memorial Gardens We’re delighted to have won a member’s bid from West Berkshire Council which will enable us to give a much-needed makeover to this well-loved community area.  Thank you to District Councillor, James Cole, for submitting this bid on our behalf.

Hungerford Self-Isolation Group On Friday 31st July this local support network wound down, having been in existence since the week before lockdown.  This amazing group was brought together by Geordie and Kala Taylor, with over 200 volunteers who have been shopping and helping out more than 300 households in the town.  HTC would like to send a very big thank you to all the team for their hard work for the local community and congratulations to Geordie for being awarded Community Champion by local MP, Laura Farris.

Christmas Lights Switch On, at a recent extra Full Council meeting, HTC took the difficult decision not to hold the annual event this year.  Planning for this usually starts in August and because of uncertainties about the Covid-19 pandemic, councillors felt it would not be appropriate to hold such a popular event.  However, we are hopeful that, subject to government guidance and legislation, we can still have the usual dazzling display of trees and lights.  We will keep you updated via our social media platforms.

Cllr Helen Simpson   Hungerford Town Mayor