Happy New Year to all our readers

on 11 January 2017.

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Happy New Year to all our readers and thanks to your support, 2017 looks set to be our best yet. Since our launch in Hungerford in 2013 we have continually strived to improve the site with more content and features and the figures suggest we are on the right track. The number of hits the site received last year were around 70,000 but crucially, page views increased by 60% - the surest sign there is that people are lingering on the site and reading the articles.

We’re thrilled but not complacent. Our aim today is the same as it was when we started out: to make Townsite the go-to destination for everything local. To improve further, we are looking for ideas and suggestions from you, our readers, of the kind of articles you would like to see more of. It’s all about bigging-up Hungerford. Please contact us and in the meantime we wish you a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Come together
Townsite has spent the six weeks since the start of 2017 canvassing members of the business community in Hungerford for their views on the state of our town. I

Post Office to close
It is a tale of our times and last week it was announced that the latest Post Office to close will be in Martin's newsagents on the High Street when the store's current lease expires on 21st April.

Benyon helps to banish the blues
Always a staunch and vocal advocate for mental health provision, West Berkshire's MP Richard Benyon recently attended the launch of Brighter Berkshire, a community-led initiative to make 2017 the Year of Mental Health in Berkshire.

Your Library is about so much more than books
Judging from the amount of community activity going in Hungerford Library, the council are going to have a hard time justifying its closure in their next round of swingeing cuts.

Why live in Hungerford?
Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

Is now a good time to sell my house?
It's the 64 million dollar question and one which solicits a variety of answers depending on the source, but there is broad consensus around a few key facts

Amazing travel deals - Hot or Cold
If you're prepared to get out of the blocks quick, there are some extraordinary travels deals to be had in 2017.

The Resolutions Revolution
Many of us make doomed resolutions for the New Year; we are going to get fit, join a gym or give up smoking and swearing.

Get married for free
With the cost of weddings spiralling and the inevitable battles about who to invite, couples are opting to marry abroad in greater numbers than ever before

A life lived in full colour
Call it time of year or time of life, but we have been feeling a little jaded of late in the Townsite offices.

Beavers on the endangered list
Berkshire Scouts are desperately trying to recruit new leaders for their 1st Hungerford Beaver Colony.

Weekday Rental Property, North End near Newbury
Significantly more affordable, and indeed comfortable, than a hotel or boarding house, this extremely well presented two-bedroom cottage is an ideal opportunity for those who make a weekly commute to the Newbury are

Food glorious day
In photos, Hungerford's 2016 food festival packs out in glorious October sunshine

Townsite Goes to Marlborough
After a year in the planning, Townsite Marlborough has just gone live! The success of the Hungerford Townsite prompted Marlborough residents and businesses to ask us when we could do the same for their gorgeous and quintessentially English market town.

Footfall in freefall but Townsite rocketing
A recent report in the Newbury Weekly News has confirmed what Hungerford traders have long been saying - the number of people on the high street is plummeting. Figures released by West Berkshire Council have revealed that footfall

Walks in around Hungerford
Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience. Throughout the summer, we will be publishing details of some of the best and favourite walks in the town and its surrounding villages and countryside