Your library is about so much more than books

on 30 January 2017.

hungerford library

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.   Traditionally places to read and borrow books, libraries up and down the country have evolved into meeting places where the whole community comes together around shared interests.  Below is a list of absorbing activities which one small-town library has managed to create.

If you've ever wondered if you might enjoy discussing books, there are two Hungerford Library Book Clubs for you to chose from.  The First Division Book Group meets on the first Friday of each month from 5-6pm and the Bookworms Book Group 2 meets on the 3rd Friday of the month from 5.30-6.30pm.  For further details call 01488 682660 or go to www.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups.

If you like painting or drawing, the Hungerford Library Art Group invites you to bring along your paints, pastels and pencils and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals every Tuesday from 2-4pm.  This is a free drop-in session and people of all abilities are welcome to share and learn.  For more details call 01488 681119 or email.

Bring your knitting, sewing or any other craft along to Craft and Chat, every Friday from 10am-12pm. 

The library has its own Gardening Club which meets on the 2nd Friday of the month from 5.30-6.30pm where you can get inspiration and share ideas with other green-fingered enthusiasts.

Designed primarily for the visually impaired but open to anyone with a love of art, history and nature, the Touch to see Book Club has its next meeting on Tuesday 7th February at 11am.  For further details call Maria on 01635 299771 or email her .

The Reminiscence Group offers all comers the opportunity to talk about past times and share their memories every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the months from 11-am-12pm.  Call 01488 682660 for details.

The youngest members of our community come together at Rhymetimes every Wednesday during term time at 11am for a fun session of rhymes, stories and songs for children up to the age of four.  Other activities are held during the school holidays.

Young and old alike are welcome to come along and enjoy the Word-Play Club every Friday at 2pm where they can explore and have fun playing with words.  Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Truly, something for everyone.  It's no good complaining once your library has gone - use it or lose it. 

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A frightful week of Half term fun at Cobbs
This half term Cobbs Farm Shop and Play Barn are offering a little bit extra with non-stop entertainment for all the family.

Viva las Donnington Grove
Set your soul on fire next month with an evening of entertainment from the King himself featuring authentic tribute band Elvis in Trouble who offer the ultimate Las Vegas experience.

The Fairy Godmother of travel
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Free collection for your bike service
Keeping your bike roadworthy has to be a priority throughout the year, so after a fantastic summer season, Banjo Cycles of Newbury are offering a free pickup service for bike maintenance in Hungerford area this September.

A warm welcome this winter
This winter transform your home with the natural warmth and comfort of a real log burner.

A cruise for me, free for you!
Fancy experiencing a cruise and bringing your loved one for free?

A brand new local jobs board
Hungerford TOWNSITE™ is well established as a conduit for local people featuring news, events, attractions and special offers and NOW we've added a LOCAL JOBS BOARD to our already successful mix. This comprehensive section aims to connect with local job hunters in a friendly and more engaging way

Getting to know you… Cobbs, much more than a farm shop
As you walk into Cobbs newly refurbished and extended café, it’s easy to see why this business is thriving.

#2 laid back honeymoon ideas 2018
Pick an idyllic spot in the Mediterranean, combine it with panoramic coastal walks, snorkeling and beautiful turquoise waters to make it a perfect honeymoon!

Luxury honeymoon on a budget
Are you getting married over the Christmas period in 2018? Fare Wise Travel are offering an exclusive 7-night winter beach-chillout honeymoon with an all-inclusive luxury package.

18 idyllic championship holes
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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.

Compared to many towns, Hungerford High Street is in good shape. It is better now than it has been for years...

Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience.

Next time you visit Littlecote House keep a wary eye out for ghosts. That black dog you see on the stairs may not be all it seems!

Enjoy your visit and don't foget to let us know how it went