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Tractor trailer ride to find out more about Hungerford Common

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Poster announcing Town and Manor of Hungerford first open forum with picture of the clock tower above the Town Hall29th November – Find out just What does the Town & Manor do?

7-9pm on Thursday 29th November in the Corn Exchange, in Hungerford Town Hall. No need to book, just come along and join in, we’d love to see you. 

Come and discover exactly what one of the country’s oldest charities actually does. Learn what we’ve been working on recently, and our future plans. Find out what Hocktide really is all about. The Trustees will be happy to answer your questions at this first of its kind Open Forum.

Click on the poster to enlarge the image and find out more.


Remembrance Sunday and the Beacons of Light

Hungerford paid tribute to the fallen and injured on a very poignant Remembrance Sunday, 100 years to the day that the armistice was signed bringing the First World War to an end.

See some of the photos from the day, in our Archive. 

 


Hungerford Town Hall hire charges remain unchanged for 2019, but some discounts will be reducedThe striking Victorian Town Hall, at the heart of Hungerford Town and Manor

For 2019, for the 4thyear running, we won’t be increasing the standard rates for hiring the Town Hall.

However, the building and its rooms are surprisingly costly to run and maintain, and the charity is making a loss. This has forced us to review the levels of discounts now being offered. From November 2018, while we’re not increasing the standard hire rates (which reflect the running costs), we are reluctantly having to reduce the amount of discount currently enjoyed by some non-charitable and commercial users of the Town Hall. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.



Bringing back wild flowers to Hungerford Common Port Down

The Town & Manor of Hungerford is sowing wild flowers to encourage biodiversity on the Common.

Over the next few weeks 14 acres of the Common will be cultivated and seeded to re-introduce a host of traditional wild flowers including harebell, knapweed, field scabious and cowslip.

This will be a great news for pollinators especially birds, bees and butterflies who have suffered from the drastic reduction in these species lately and for the cattle who will enjoy a more varied diet as result. It will also be a real treat for visitors to the Common who don’t get to see these lovely flowers here very often.

The wild flower project is being carried out by the owners of the Common, The Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford, with advice from their consultant ecologist. It is also supported by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural England. Access to the Common for everyone including people, dogs and grazing cattle will be unaffected by this scheme.

Ellie Dickins, Constable of The Town & Manor, said, “This is an exciting project that will make the Common an even better place to visit, as well as benefitting wildlife. We work hard to keep the land we own in the best possible condition and I’ll be thrilled to see the results of the cultivation.”

The majority of the wild flowers are perennial and will take up to two years to produce flowering plants, but here is no need to keep off the land during this time as walking on the soil will help to tread in the seeds.

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Notes for Editors:

  1. The Town & Manor of Hungerford is an ancient charity that own 400 acres of land and buildings in and around Hungerford. It exists to preserve the land and traditions of Hungerford for the benefit of local residents.
  2. Hungerford Common (full name of Hungerford Common Port Down) covers an area of Open Access Land to the east of Hungerford owned by the Town & Manor of Hungerford.