Hungerford Town Council

Hungerford Town Council

Contact

  • 01488 686195
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The Library
Church Street
Hungerford
RG17 0JG

Regular meetings and events

Town Council meetings are held in public – usually on the first Monday evening of each month. We are led by our Mayor and supported by the Town Clerk, whose role is to administer the Council's business and to ensure that our business is conducted within the law. The Clerk is often the first point of contact for the Council.

About Us

About us

The Town Council is just one part of local government in Berkshire, but is the part closest to the people and represents residents at a local community level.

We try to work in partnership with West Berkshire Council and our District Councillors, although we always maintain our independence from them and ‘fight our corner’ if there are differences in our views and decisions. West Berkshire Council is responsible mainly for strategic services such as highways, education, planning, environmental health and refuse collection.

In Hungerford, our powers and duties cover many of the things that people might take for granted – things such as the care and maintenance of many of our public areas, sport and recreation sites, rights of way and cemeteries, and in putting up the official Christmas decorations in the town. Importantly, Hungerford Town Council can set the precept, which is the Council’s demand for an amount to be included in your council tax each year to manage facilities and services for local people.

One of our most important roles though is to try to represent the views and concerns of all local residents on issues that might impact on the community, such as planning applications.

Councillors

Councillors are elected for four years and in this time should be taking action on many things that affect the town and the community such as:

  • advising on land which is suitable for industrial or residential development; campaigning for better road safety and reducing the fear of crime;
  • providing representation at local planning enquiries;
  • raising concerns about rural transport services;
  • providing a liaison between other local authorities or official bodies.

What should also be expected of us as your Council are constructive agendas, encouragement of open debate, and constant efforts to find new ways of getting people involved.

Your councillors are a group of volunteers who work together to make decisions and produce plans for the greater community benefit. We are keen to listen to the views of others, getting broad agreement on the best way forward and being jointly responsible. We also wish to channel our enthusiasm, skills and knowledge for the benefit of the whole community of Hungerford.

Croft Field Activity Centre

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The facilities at the Croft Field Activity Centre include:

  • A main room with Kitchenette
  • A second room for hire
  • A large field which is used for outside activities and overnight camping
  • Toilets and Showers

If you would like to book the centre for an event, please find the appropriate letting form below and email the completed form to townclerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk.

For further information please call Hungerford Town Council on 01488 686195, or email townclerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk to check availability.

Hire Charges

Booking form

Croft Field Activity Centre may be one of the best kept secrets of the town. This smart facility is set within a beautifully tranquil part of Hungerford, overlooking the canal. It encompasses 2 main rooms, one with a well-stocked kitchenette, ample toilets and showers and a large field with permission for outside activities and wait for it, overnight camping!

It is the perfect location for family celebrations from weddings, to parties and christenings as it so conveniently located close to St Lawrence’s church. It is also a great space for a work function or sports gathering.

Contact Hungerford Town Council in order to enquire about availability. You can make a booking for an event by completing the forms below and emailing to townclerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk

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croft field hungerford

croft field hungerford

Triangle Field

triangle field

Ever dreamt about organising your own football team, boot camp or any other grass orientated sport?

The Triangle sports field is the perfect location and is available for hire for an array of sports activities including football, rugby and keep-fit clubs!

This fantastic community field encompasses 3 rugby pitches, 2 football pitches and 4 changing rooms with showers to freshen up after the game.

Make 2018 the year you get involved in a team sport, enquire about hiring today by contacting Hungerford Town Council.

triangle field

triangle field

triangle field

triangle field

Hungerford Matters

Litter Pick

Once again it is the time for the Hungerford Town Litter Pick and this year we are pleased that the Town & Manor will be litter picking on The Common on the same day. This event takes place on Sunday 8th April starting at the Town Hall at 10 am. The council will provide high-vis waistcoats, gloves, litter pickers and bags. After your hard work there are light refreshments available in the Corn Exchange. No prizes for the strangest item found, but in previous years people have found radiators, and even ski boots! Please come and help us spring clean our beautiful Town!

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting took place on Wednesday 21st March, where reports were presented by the Chairs of the Committees to see what has been achieved and how our budgets have been spent. The hard work by Colin Bumbieris, who was Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee for many years, was acknowledged by Cllr Dennis Benneyworth during his presentation of expenditure by the council. Cllr Brookman took the opportunity to say that HTC owns 105 lamp-posts which we are looking to up-grade.

At the end of the meeting the awardees of the Freedom of the Town was presented. Congratulations to this year’s three winners Norman Barr, Catherine Wooliston and Chris Scorey. The award ceremony will take place later in May

Neighbourhood Plan

In February at the Full Town Council it was agreed by Councillors in principle to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan. This plan would allow us to shape the development and growth of our town, and would allow choice on where homes, shops and offices can be built. The Neighbourhood Plan is viewed as a powerful set of tools to allow local people to get the right development for their community. The first meeting of the Steering Group took place recently and the next one will be held on Thursday 5th April in The Library at 7 pm. Please come and listen to the discussion. Your input would be appreciated.

Croft Field Centre

Work is underway on extending the Croft Field Centre near Hungerford Nursery. The extra space forms a garden room which can be used for BBQs and a shelter when it rains (or even snows!). Many groups use the Croft Field Centre and the room could be used as an outside classroom. The facility also has toilets and showers, a main room with kitchenette, a smaller room and a field. It is ideal for birthday parties, clubs, events and sports activities. If you would like to book part or all of the Centre please contact HTC office on 01488 686195.

Hungerford Library

We hope that the lease of the library will soon be transferred to the Council. Deputy Mayor, Helen and I with our Clerk, are working hard with West Berkshire Council to transfer ownership of the building. We realise it is a large commitment to take on the building and HTC are looking carefully at the terms of the lease. So watch this space and our web pages to see the date for our Celebration Day.

Defibrillators in Hungerford

The Council operates a scheme which provides a number of Defibrillators in the town and there are also a couple which are not owned by HTC. We thought we would take the opportunity to list their location:

Herongate Leisure Centre, Peter Stirland Garage, Hungerford Library, Tri-service Station, CPI Ltd, Royal British Legion, One Stop Shop and John O’Gaunt School.

If you are faced with an emergency where someone has suffered a suspected heart attack, please follow these instructions:

1. In the first instance, dial 999.

2. The trained operator on the other end of the phone will assess the situation from the details you give them.

3. If needed, the operator will say where the nearest Defibrillator is to your location.

4. The operator will give you the correct code to gain access to the Defibrillator.

5. Clear and concise instructions are provided in the box and the operator will stay on the phone to talk you through the process.

Finally,

The town council was sad to receive the resignation of two valued members of the council – Colin Bumbiers and David Small. Their contributions over the years to our Council and Town have been amazing and we would like to wish them well. However, this leaves two spaces on our council. If you think you have what it takes to help shape our town please contact the Town Clerk in the first instance for a chat (01488 686195) or email town.clerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk , or come and see one of our meetings to see the work that we carry out at first hand.

 

 

Cllr Keith Knight Cllr Helen Simpson

Cllr Dennis Benneyworth Cllr Martin Crane OBE

Cllr Carolann Farrell Cllr Richard Hudson

Cllr Rob Brookman Cllr David Small
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Freedom of the town awards
Last month, three upstanding citizens from our local community: Norman Barr, Chris Scorey and Catherine Wooliston were presented with the prestigious Freedom of the Town award for 2018, recognising their unique contributions to Hungerford.

Open garden for good cause
On Saturday 7th of July, 76 High Street Hungerford will be opening its secret garden for a day of fundraising fun!

Aldbourne’s fun run is back
Dust off your running shoes and get ready for the annual Aldbourne 5k run

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.