Hungerford Food Festival – Sunday 6th October

The annual Hungerford Food Festival is back for 2019 and the date to put in your diaries is Sunday, 6th October.

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The event is gaining a reputation across the south east as a must-visit day of foodie fun which takes place from 10.30am to 4pm at the Hungerford Town Hall where there will be live music, exhibitors, stalls, talks and live cooking demonstrations – entry is just £1.

The High Street too will be filled with the aroma of more than 50 stalls providing everything from pizza to curry to gourmet burgers to vegetarian specialities.

The festival is a real family event and there is a lemon eating competition for kids, plus a chilli eating competition for adults, and children are invited to make their own healthy food creation with staff from Hungerford Nursery. Plus, there’s also a kids’ cook off event where children will be invited to cook with Wiltshire chef and author Lucinda Miller.

Sustainability is also very much a theme of this year’s event and visitors will be able to buy food in bulk in their own containers from the Lonely Lentil zero waste stall and a new company inspired by last year’s Hungerford Food Festival, called Beer, there and everywhere will be selling refillable three-pint beer bottles.

There will be information on how to use less plastic and how to make your own compost to the benefits to health, the countryside and the climate from eating venison. Attendees can learn how to avoid cling film and other plastic disposables by making beeswax eco wraps with Little B, a local maker of beeswax food wraps, an eco-friendly, plastic-free way to keep food fresh.

As well as having a range of her wax wraps for sale, Little B Founder Claire Black will be offering hands-on demonstrations where participants can choose from a selection of fabric prints and sizes and make a wax wrap to take home.

Visitors can bring along their own apples to make into juice, and also watch rapeseeds get pressed into oil.

Hungerford Food Festival is a family-friendly community event that has been celebrating local food producers and artisans since 2009. The event supports  Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and is sponsored by Doves Farm, Blandy’s at Inglewood and the Media Marketing Co.

Committee chairwoman Penny Locke said: “This is the ninth year of the Hungerford Food Festival and we’re still finalising all of the entertainment to ensure that it is the biggest event so far, so please keep checking the festival website to see what’s been added.

“We’ll have something for everyone from serious foodies to people who just want to get a flavour of the local produce that’s available from smaller producers. Add in some entertainment, demonstrations and live music, and you have the ingredients for an exciting day out.”

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Hungerford Food Festival is a family friendly community event that has been celebrating local food producers and artisans since 2009. The event supports Hungerford Environmental Action Team.

 

Get Christmas wrapped up with a new eco alternative to paper waste

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Christmas can be a time of huge wastefulness with wrapping paper alone causing an environmental nightmare.

A OnePoll survey from 2017 found that the equivalent of 108m rolls of wrapping paper are sent to landfill in the UK every Christmas. More than 75m trees are cut down to be made into wrapping paper every year and most cannot be recycled due to the use of dyes and plastic laminations.

Determined to do something about this, designer Hema Kumar has recently set up FabRap, a sustainable and stylish fabric alternative. Inspired by the Japanese art of gift wrapping called Furoshiki, FabRap makes even the simplest of gifts something distinctive. There is a range of beautiful designs including two Christmas motifs that come in either single or double-sided.

The reusable 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton gift wraps make any gift complete whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary or Christmas and both the giver and recipient can enjoy the knowledge that each wrap is produced in sustainable and fair methods.

As a young child, owner and designer Hema Kumar wrapped her gift in fabric before even understanding that this was an ancient Japanese tradition called Furoshiki. The mother-of-two has always nurtured a love for natural fabrics and reusable gift wrapping and is passionate about reducing waste.

She set up FabRap in November 2018 and drew on her Indian heritage for inspiration with the gorgeous designs and vibrant colours. She also works with a company in India that manufacturers the wraps to her specifications.

Hema said: “I was always fascinated by wrapping gifts and took immense pride in the task. So much so, that I became the designated family ‘wrapper’. Being of Indian origin, I was surrounded by luscious textiles of silk and embroidered cotton with beautifully illustrated patterns. This filled me with a passion to design and create anything and everything using this wonderful medium.”

She adds: “FabRapping is easy and does not even require sticky tape or scissors. You do not need to know anything about gift wrapping to make your gifts stand out from the crowd. Our deluxe double-sided and our elegant single-sided fabrics are timeless and reusable. You don’t need to get it right the first time, as with paper and sticky tape. You can wrap anything in these amazing FabRaps and be certain that the result will always bring a smile to the recipient’s face.”

How to wrap a gift using FabRap:

  • Lay a FabRap cloth on a table or flat work surface. Place your gift in the centre.
  • Fold over diagonally one corner of the FabRap to the opposite side of the gift
  • Bring the opposite corner of the FabRap to fold over the other side of the gift
  • Fold in the sides of one of the loose corners to create a point
  • Do the same with the other loose corner
  • Bring both points of the FabRap and tie them across the top of the gift at the centre
  • The corners remain loose for a beautiful bow effect

Or check out this video for inspiration! https://www.instagram.com/p/By23LgfAQSP/?igshid=ld2gd11puofp

FabRap is available online at https://fabrap.co and prices range from €7 – €25 including UK delivery.

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And that’s a wrap – Hungerford Summer Festival concludes for 2019

This year’s Hungerford Summer Festival has come to an end after a truly eclectic range of events packed into its two-week programme.

The Hungerford Summer Festival (formerly HADCAF) concluded on Sunday night with the Hungerford Town Band performing Movie Magic at the Corn Exchange.

The town has enjoyed a wide range of performances over the past two weeks, including singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine, Ada Campe, Vanessa Kisuule, The Red Stripe Band, Opus2 Choir, Guy Masterson, Uncovered, The Derek Paravicini Quartet, Adam Winslet and the Magnificent Seven, Phoenix Brass, the Kennet Accordion Orchestra and the Hungerford Town Band.

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There have been much-acclaimed theatrical performances from the Community of Hungerford Theatre Company plus their Children’s Theatre and Youth Theatres, as well as free events, workshops, walks and the opportunity to view a showcase of local art at the Hungerford Summer Festival exhibition at the Hungerford Hub and Library.

Hungerford Summer Festival chairman Fiona Poole said: “What a busy couple of weeks it’s been! We’ve had a fantastic festival this year which is due to everyone who supports us from all of our sponsors, to performers to our wonderful volunteers, the superb venues around the town and of course the audiences who come out and participate.

“We’d love to hear your feedback on the events of 2019 as we’re already planning next year’s festival!”

www.hungerfordsummerfestival.com

PR for beginners – Hungerford workshop 12th Sep

back to school pr workshop 12th sepI’m so excited to hold a “Back to School” workshop in September for any small business who’d like to know more about how to get started with PR.

It’s being held at the Hungerford Hub and Library and attendees will be able to ask questions on how to make the most of the story-telling opportunities in their business, know which publications to approach and how to speak to a busy journalist.

Just £22 on Thursday, 12th September:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-to-school-pr-for-beginners-workshop-tickets-64656754092

Boo! Boo Hewerdine coming to the Hungerford Summer Festival Wed 3 July

Boo Hewerdine – Hungerford Summer Festival on Wednesday 3rd July

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Tickets £10

Pre-show supper option £9

Boo Hewerdine’s forthcoming album, set for release in September, does not contain a single guitar.

The Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter has been collecting unusual instruments ranging from a Dulcitone to an Indian harmonium and a Vibraphone, and combined them with an old piano to create a sound that his record company considers to be the best thing he’s done in years.

Hewerdine is widely considered to be one of the best songwriters in the business and has written songs for kd lang, Mel C, Marti Pellow and perhaps most famously – Eddi Reader from Fairground Attraction.

However, Hewerdine’s gig at the Croft Hall, Hungerford, as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival, will see him perform solo with his guitar.

“I was going to struggle to get the harmonium on the train,” he jokes. “So it’s just me and my guitar on my own which is my favourite type of gig. The Hungerford audience can expect lots of chat and stories.

“I’ve got a new album out in September so there will be some songs from that and favourites from the past 30 years, but I can’t tell you what I’ll play as I like to react to the space and the people and let that influence what songs I play. Sometimes you look down at the set list and think that the next song isn’t quite right for the atmosphere so it’s good to respond to the room. While it can add a little bit of extra pressure, it feels really good when you pull it off.”

When Hewerdine arrives in Hungerford, it will be part of his fifth consecutive tour of 2019. His busy schedule has seen him in this week alone in Cornwall, Scotland, Yorkshire and London, combining a tour with Darden Smith with teaching the art of song-writing through his unique workshops.

The pair’s album Evidence was released 30 years ago and they’ve marked the occasion with an anniversary tour.

He said: “We didn’t know if anyone would remember this old album from 30 years ago, but we put on a couple of gigs and they kept selling out. It’s been mindblowing.”

Boo Hewerdine plays Hungerford Summer Festival on Wednesday, 3rd July at 8pm.

www.hungerfordsummerfestival.com

 

Mr Shaha’s recipes of wonder: adventures in science around the kitchen table

We all know that we should read to our young children to help them with their literacy. But what about science? How can you help your child to gain an understanding of the world around them?

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We went to a terrific talk thanks to Newbury Talks at the weekend – one of their regular free talks on interesting topics – by Alom Shaha who has written this Mr Shaha’s Recipes of Wonder to help parents get their children asking the right questions.

He is a physics teacher with a background in TV production, which was evident from his entertaining demonstrations. Small son and I have emulated his demo and worked out way through even more teabags than usual!

What was great about this talk (and this book), is that science isn’t all about white coats, beakers and chemical formulae.  And that is is OK not to know the answers; but to prompt your child to work out how they could do an experiment or know how to find the answer to their questions.

His great advice includes encouraging children to take an interest in the world and see things around you. Be positive, don’t say how much you hated science at school. Ask questions – what would happen if you changed things? What might happen if I make this shorter/add liquid/move it? 

Play around with the parameters and take activities and make them into science experiments.  If you’re doing something, related to something else, reinforce those ideas. 

Right, off to grab some wine glasses as a science experiment 😀

 

Le Navet Bete’s – Three Musketeers

“It’s like a giant Rubik’s Cube that we have to solve live in front of an audience.”

This is how Nick Bunt from Le Navet Bete describes The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure which the madcap group (whose name translates to The Stupid Turnip) will be bringing to the Corn Exchange, Newbury, from 12th to 14th June.

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Fans of the hilarious West Country troupe will agree that a Rubik’s Cube is a fitting analogy for the colourful and multi-faceted performances that Le Navet Bete are well-known for. Combine all that with clever set design that the actors carry out themselves, along with physical comedy, deliberate errors plus multiple costume changes, and you’ll be excited to see what they’ll do with the Alexandré Dumas classic.

Le Navet Bete comprises four actors – Nick Bunt, Matt Freeman, Al Dunn and Dan Bianchi – plus Alex ‘Wheaty’ Best who is the production manager. The fivesome met at the University of Plymouth on a theatre and performance course ten years ago where they realised they had the same comedic taste and love of physical theatre and clowning. They started working together, took a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have toured extensively, building up a loyal fanbase along the way.

Since then, they’ve tackled everything from The Jungle Book to Aladdin to Dick Tracy. Two years ago, they set their sights on Alexandre Dumas’ historical adventure story and their intensive writing process has culminated in this show which recently premiered at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.

Nick Bunt, who plays Cardinal Richelieu, Aramis, and at least seven other parts is excited to be returning to West Berkshire.

He said: “We make shows for literally anyone to come and enjoy from ages 4 to 104. It’s pure escapism, it’s fun, it’s joyous, always a twinkle in our eyes and a strong connection with the audience. Audiences are why we do this job and we want to make them feel comfortable right from the start. It’s two hours of sheer madness and engaging storytelling.

“We have been coming to Newbury for about five years now with various shows, firstly at New Greenham Arts Centre and now at the Corn Exchange. Over this time, we’ve steadily built up a brilliant loyal fan base who keep coming back for more. The audiences in Newbury are always so up for a laugh and this is why we keep coming back!”

“We’ve taken Alexandre Dumas’ classic story – that’s 700 pages of epic adventure – and condensed it into just two hours of high energy, fun and hugely entertaining theatre for absolutely anyone and everyone to enjoy.”

True to form, swords seem to have been replaced with baguettes, horses with bikes and the four actors play a grand total of 41 characters between them. Not only are there 50 outfits and 112 costume changes, but the group has decided for the first time that it might be fun to carry out the costume changes on stage, in front of the audience.

“It’s a story that’s been told a thousand times but we’ve put a fun twist on it, remembering childhood days of playing dress-up in dens and treehouses. It’s a great way to let the story play out and audiences have been loving it,” he adds. “It’s absolutely the most ambitious piece of work we’ve ever made, and we cannot wait to share it!”

Interview first appeared in the Newbury Weekly News..

https://cornexchangenew.com/event/the-three-musketeers-a-comedy-adventure

Double Celebrations as National Fudge Day Takes Place on Father’s Day (Sunday, 16th June)

Dads have double cause to celebrate this year as National Fudge Day this year lands on the same dayas Father’s Day (Sunday, 16th June).

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It makes sense then to reward the special father figure in your life with a lovely gift of Buttermilk’s Cornish Fudge.

For anyone looking for a delicious gift on a pocket money budget, supermarkets across the UK stock Buttermilk sharing boxes in the confectionery aisle in a range of flavours and all under a fiver:

·         Caramel Sea Salt £3.99 (Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Amazon)

Infused with tiny flakes of sea salt, our buttery Caramel Sea Salt fudge crumbles and melts in the mouth, for delicious little bursts of salt and intense caramel sweetness. This award-winning fudge is Buttermilk’s bestseller.

·         Vanilla Fudge £3.99 (Sainsbury’s, Amazon)

Wonderfully moreish and generously flavoured with natural vanilla, our award-winning, all-butter Vanillafudge is the ultimate sweet treat.

·         Pink Gin £3.99 (Waitrose)

Buttermilk has partnered with Pinkster to create a sumptuous crumbly fudge infused with British grown, gin-soaked raspberries.  The founder of Pinkster, Stephen Marsh has fond memories of choosing his favourite fudge at Buttermilk’s Padstow shop as a child in the seventies!

Tracy of Buttermilk, said: “We all want to show our appreciation for our dads but they can be so hard to buy for!  Forget the ties and socks this time around though as it makes even more sense this year to buy fudge for the man in your life as by a happy coincidence, National Fudge Day lands on Father’sDay.

“Not only does everyone love a little sweet treat now again, but we often hear that people love receiving Buttermilk sharing boxes as it reminds them of visiting one of our shops on holiday in Cornwall from the 1960s onwards.

“We’ll also be celebrating with a social media competition celebrating special dads and the adventures we share with them. Tweet your best dad-themed photos using the hashtag #Buttermilkadventures and you could be in with a chance of winning a lovely prize”.

As an artisan producer based in Cornwall, Buttermilk celebrates fudge every day, but as the company uses locally-sourced ingredients where possible and makes fudge by hand using a traditional recipe and methods – it is proud to mark National Fudge Day on 16th June every year.

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Talks at Athena June/July – finance, first aid and more!

 

The Athena Network prepares for the summer season with a series of speakers who will give expert advice on finances, time management and first aid.

The Thatcham meeting takes place at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday, 18th June where Fiona Jones of Numberwork Services will be answering on the new requirements for online reporting to HMRC. 

The Newbury Central meeting takes place at Arigato in Northbrook Street on Wednesday, 19th June where Rosie Darbyshire of ISN will be offering advice on time management.

The Newbury West meeting takes place at The Red House, Marsh Benham on Thursday, 11th July where Louise Worsley of Worsley Training who will be teaching basic skills for first aid in the workplace. 

The Hungerford group meeting takes place at Audley Inglewood in Kintbury on Friday, 12th July where the speaker is Virginia Parkes of Hungerford Accounts who will be talking about helping the group make sense of money and tax to ensure maximum profitability.    

Debbie Miles, regional director of the West Berkshire Athena Network said: “Joining an established network of businesses in diverse industries, offers you the opportunity not only to source skills and expertise from a community of familiar, trusted and recommended  professionals, it also enables you to garner support from people who have had similar challenges and experiences.”

All meetings take place from 12pm to 2pm and must be booked in advance.

For more information, click onto www.theathenanetwork.com/debbiemiles/

 

 

 

Hungerford Summer Festival (28th June to 14th July!)

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Back for its 28th year, this year’s programme includes a wide range of live music, rip-roaring comedies, exciting drama, music, art, film and a wide variety of walks, talks and workshops for all ages.

Music includes The Red Stripe Band, The Appel Trio, The Adam Winslet Band, Kennet Opera, Opus2 Choir, Guy Masterson, Uncovered, The Derek Paravicini Quartet, Phoenix Brass, the Kennet Accordion Orchestra and the Hungerford Town Band.

Audiences are invited to make a whole night of it with delicious meals served before performances at The Croft Hall.

There is a fascinating and unique talk by specialist Nigel West about security and intelligence, not to be missed.

There is a variety of workshops which are already booking quickly; art, Qi Gong, tea light making, eco craft, cookery and drumming. There’s a farm visit to Farncombe Farm and a practical guide to honeybees; throughout all the festivities our traditional Summer Festival Art Exhibition will be at Hungerford Hub.

There is lots for children too, especially “Lego, Lego, Lego” for an afternoon of fun. Children aged 8-12 are invited to a ‘kids bake off’ event with Gert Pienaar, head chef at Blandy’s at Inglewood on Saturday, 13th July from 2-4pm at Hungerford Youth and Community Centre while teenagers are invited to a ‘teen cook-off’ with Ollie Hunter, from the Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat on Wednesday, 10th July from 5-8pm, also at the Hungerford Youth and Community Centre. Both cost £5 per head including ingredients and utensils and each will see a winning young chef invited to demonstrate at the Hungerford Food Festival on Sunday, 6th October.

Hungerford Summer Festival chairman Fiona Poole said: “In these uncertain times, we need to able to escape to a happy place. The Hungerford Summer Festival will enable you to do just that – whether a walk on the wild side with our very own Hugh and Lois Pihlens, or perusing the pop-up galleries to feast on amazing artworks or learning a new skill at one of our interactive workshops. We think there’s something for everyone – please come and join us!”

This year all our local organisations are involved; The Football Club, The Rugby Club, The Cricket Club, Hungerford Allotment Association, The Rose of Hungerford, The Brownies, The Bowls Club, The Tennis Club, The Camera Club, The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers(REME), The British Legion, St Lawrence’s Church, John O’Gaunt School, Rock Choir and many  more.

Many thanks for the support of our fabulous venues at The Hub, The Herongate Club, The Croft Hall, John O’Gaunt School, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hungerford Youth and Community Centre, The Croft Field and Hungerford Corn Exchange.

Book on-line or get your tickets from Newbury Building Society in Hungerford High Street and programmes are available from most Hungerford shops and businesses.

www.hungerfordsummerfestival.com