Hungerford Townsite, review and preview

on 11 January 2017.

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TOWNSITE has become the go-to destination for everything local. Its unique mix of local and visitor information, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting local businesses, has proved to be a winning formula. 2017 looks set to be our best year yet, as we continue to build the TOWNSITE brand by working in collaboration with our commercial partners to extend its reach and engagement on our flagship Hungerford website.

Since our launch in 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 site received 70,000 hits last year but crucially, page views increased by

This year we aim to build and extend our content offering based on the excellent response we saw in 2016

60% - the surest sign that users are lingering on the site and reading more of the topics and features we have been delivering. This year we aim to build and extend our content offering based on the excellent response we saw in 2016.

In October alone, Townsite’s series of Local Food features generated unprecedented numbers, with upwards of 8,000 people reading the content we published. It signalled to us not just that this was a topic people were passionate

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about, but that buying trends were changing. Consumers are increasingly moving their food pounds away from the giant supermarkets in favour of quality, local produce from family-run and independent businesses.

TOWNSITE' mission from the very beginning was to champion everything local. so this trend toward smaller, independent businesses was encouraging. To capitalise on this momentum we will be keeping our readers up to the

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date with all the latest information about the abundance and diversity of local producers who deliver food of outstanding quality. This will include what's available locally in shops and restaurants, tips and handy information from local chefs and food aficionados and the latest schemes from supporting organisations.

2016 also proved what a romantic lot we are. With Hungerford and the surrounding area being such an idyllic location to tie the knot, we were delighted, but not surprised, to find that over 1500 couples perused our wedding content within weeks of its first publication. With such demand for all things wedding-related we're extending our theme to include local venues, wedding fairs and suppliers within 25 miles of Hungerford. So whether readers are looking for a place to wed, or where to go for photographers, gifts, flowers or hair and make-up, they'll find it on Townsite.

Of course we’ll continue to cover the perennial favourites and special days of the year, including Valentine's Day, Mothering Sunday, Easter and of course Hungerford’s grand finale tolive in hungerford property 01 the year with the Christmas Lights and Victorian Extravaganza

We love to celebrate local events, so HADCAF, the Hungerford Literary Festival, Food Festival, Christmas lights and the Extravaganza will all be covered in glorious detail with our coverage extending to video and

In this spirit of growth, Townsite will also be launching two major new sections, Property and Jobs.
photographs on the day, published image galleries and all the usual previews and reviews of events which draw tens of thousands of readers to the site.

In this spirit of growth, Townsite will also be launching two major new sections, Property and Jobs. The big online property sites will continue to dominate the market but increasingly both buyers and vendors are looking for specialised local knowledge that the national sites simply cannot deliver. Feedback from local businesses also alerted us to the need for help with recruitment. Rather than simply run job ads we will be writing profiles on local companies and recording people's experiences of working in Hungerford to give a fuller, more inviting picture to those jobseekers.

Not forgetting that Townsite is for the whole community, we will continue to honour our pledge to always support local good causes and charitable organisations with free content and promotion of events. We also welcome

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comment from our readers if you can't find what you're looking for or have ideas for content. Please contact us with any ideas you may have - it's what keeps the site looking fresh.

And finally, just for fun, we will soon be launching an exclusive serialisation of the hilarious Diary of a Newshound, the thoughts of a mongrel from Northern Ireland as he ponders global issues and current affairs.

Hungerford loses it orangeman in sudden death
Hungerford is in shock after the sudden death on 28th February, of Paul Lewington.

Claim your business rates relief
Newly invigorated by their recent re-invention to better serve members of the business community, the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce will be holding a series of useful talks at their monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month

All Change at the Chamber
On Thursday, 2nd March the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce held its AGM at the Three Swans to discuss findings from the recent Business Survey and what role the Chamber needs to play to best serve local businesses and retailers

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

Hungerford Townsite, review and preview
TOWNSITE has become the go-to destination for everything local.

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