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.

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