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. 

Free books hidden around Hungerford
As part of Independent Bookshop Week – 24th June to 1st July – the ever-inventive Hungerford Bookshop are busy wrapping books in plain brown paper then hiding them around town to highlight the event

An audience with Stewart Hofgartner
Hungerford’s most colourful and arguably, most knowledgeable antique dealer will be sharing experiences from his extraordinary life and taking questions from the audience at the Hungerford Historical Society AGM on Wednesday 28th June at 7pm in the Corn Exchange.

Ben Waters, Saturday 15 July HADCAF
In a twenty five year career in which he has established himself as one of Europe’s supreme boogie piano players, Ben Waters creates a rollicking sound influenced by the rock and roll greats.

Wessex Male Choir, Saturday July 1st HADCAF
There are few things more stirring than a choir going at full pelt and Hungerford gets the chance to listen to one of the finest when the Wessex Male Choir comes to town on 1st July

HADCAF 2017
The reliably wonderful Hungerford and District Arts Festival has now published its 2017 programme which runs from Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, and what a line-up.

 Go Batty Walk - HADCAF
We’re all mad for a bat and on 4th July the people of Hungerford get the opportunity to have an expert-led stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers
A huge hit on the festival circuit, Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six-piece band from Oxford, playing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana and roots music.

Fabulous literary line-up
The month of June sees a trio of riveting author events come to town courtesy of the ever-reliable Hungerford Bookshop and Arts for Hungerford.

Tasting in Tuscany
Since the 11th Century the Borgo di Castelvecchio or ‘village of the old castle’ has been dominated by the structure that bears its name.

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.

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.

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