Don’t Miss & News

Lovely vintage vehicles on the grass of the Croft, Hungerford, from Devizes car club rally

Don’t Miss

Our regular monthly Hunger4antiques, Flea market, NHS Blood Donation, Camera Club, Historical Association and Rock Choir, just a few of the wide variety of events held in and around the Town Hall – click here to see our calendar of events


Water Voles caught on camera

See our latest visitor, the water vole, filmed by our Assistant River Keeper, Jimmy Hill.

Hungerford Rock Choir

Filling the Corn Exchange with music, as part of this year’s Hungerford Summer Festival.

Trustee Elections enjoy biggest ever turnout

Discover who has been elected as Trustee for the Town & Manor of Hungerford at the elections on 20th June. Click here to find out more.


Dawn Chorus Walk & Bird Ringing Demonstration

led by ARK

River Keeper and ARK Committee Member Rob Starr led an early morning walk along the riverbanks to enjoy the birds and other wildlife. on Saturday 15th June. 

long-tailed tit being carefully held for ringingA great opportunity to see some of our local wild birds up close and learn about bird ringing.
The group met at 5.45am, in the Fisherman’s car park at Denford, for a prompt 6am start.

This event is run regularly, and if you’re not an ARK member, you can join now or on the day, it’s £20 for an individual or £30 for a family.

The morning’s walk ends with a breakfast/bacon sandwich at a local premises. To book your place on future ARK walks email


The winners of the inaugural Hungerford Community Award are announced

The question was – how would you bring people together and make Hungerford an even better place to live? The best answer to this would win £750 in the adult competition and £250 in the junior competition.

An extremely high standard of entries was received and judging the winners was particularly difficult, with the final vote going to the wire. The winners were:

Jane Goldstein (on behalf of Chamber of Commerce) – Tutti-Pole Maze. Jane’s idea is to create a landmark and centrepiece for the town, which also recognises the unique history and traditions of Hungerford.

The winners of the first adult Hungerford Community Award is presented with a cheque by Town and Manor of Hungerford Constable Ellie Dickins

Ellie Dickins, Constable, presenting the winning prize to Jane Goldstein, Penny Locke and Lis Allen.

The Constable of the Town & Manor, Ellie Dickins said, “I think this is a fantastic idea for Hungerford and could be a real focal point for visitors and locals alike. We’ll be working with Jane to help implement the idea, so expect to hear more about this in the future.”

The junior prize was won by a team effort from Ava Norman, Sophie Roques and Daisy Pearce. Their idea is the ‘Try Something New Festival’ which would showcase local sports and activities and allow people to come and have a go, with the idea of taking up new hobbies or sports.

The winners of the first junior Hungerford Community Award is presented with a cheque by Town and Manor of Hungerford Constable Ellie Dickins

Ellie Dickins, Constable, presenting the Junior prize to Ava Norman, Sophie Roques and Daisy Pearce.

The Mayor of Hungerford, Helen Simpson said, “I’m really excited by the idea of the Try Something New Festival, Hopefully Hungerford Town Council can work alongside Town & Manor to ensure this project is achieved. I offer my congratulations to Ava, Sophie and Daisy, what a wonderful idea. Well done!”

The other strong ideas that were shortlisted for the prize include:
Adrian Chapman – organised cycle routes around the town.
Alex McCloy – encouraging and arranging for bee keeping locations in the town.
Charlie Barr – arranging trips for young people as part of the work of the Youth & Community Centre.
Nigel Pasby – building a bandstand on the Croft.

The runner-up in the junior competition was:
Fred Doherty – improving the appearance of Hungerford and promoting it as an antiques centre.

Click here to download the Press Release


Poster announcing Town and Manor of Hungerford first open forum with picture of the clock tower above the Town HallWhat does the Town & Manor do?

A talk was held on Thursday 29th November in the Corn Exchange, in Hungerford Town Hall, to share just some of the work the Town & Manor, one of the country’s oldest charities, actually does to preserve the local countryside, open spaces, historic buildings and beautiful waterways that make up the Town & Manor of Hungerford.

We shared what we’ve been working on recently and our future plans. What Hocktide really is all about.

Many of the Trustees were present to answer questions at this first open forum event.

Remembrance Sunday and the Beacons of Light

Hungerford paid tribute to the fallen and injured on a very poignant Remembrance Sunday, 100 years to the day that the armistice was signed bringing the First World War to an end.

See some of the photos from the day, in our Archive. 


The striking Victorian Town Hall, at the heart of Hungerford Town and Manor

Hungerford Town Hall hire charges remain unchanged for 2019, but some discounts will be reduced

For 2019, for the 4th year running, we won’t be increasing the standard rates for hiring the Town Hall.

However, the building and its rooms are surprisingly costly to run and maintain, and the charity is making a loss. This has forced us to review the levels of discounts now being offered. From November 2018, while we’re not increasing the standard hire rates (which reflect the running costs), we are reluctantly having to reduce the amount of discount currently enjoyed by some non-charitable and commercial users of the Town Hall. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Bringing back wild flowers to Hungerford Common Port Down

The Town & Manor of Hungerford is sowing wild flowers to encourage biodiversity on the Common.

Over the next few weeks 14 acres of the Common will be cultivated and seeded to re-introduce a host of traditional wild flowers including harebell, knapweed, field scabious and cowslip.

This will be a great news for pollinators especially birds, bees and butterflies who have suffered from the drastic reduction in these species lately and for the cattle who will enjoy a more varied diet as result. It will also be a real treat for visitors to the Common who don’t get to see these lovely flowers here very often.

The wild flower project is being carried out by the owners of the Common, The Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford, with advice from their consultant ecologist. It is also supported by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural England. Access to the Common for everyone including people, dogs and grazing cattle will be unaffected by this scheme.

Ellie Dickins, Constable of The Town & Manor, said, “This is an exciting project that will make the Common an even better place to visit, as well as benefitting wildlife. We work hard to keep the land we own in the best possible condition and I’ll be thrilled to see the results of the cultivation.”

The majority of the wild flowers are perennial and will take up to two years to produce flowering plants, but here is no need to keep off the land during this time as walking on the soil will help to tread in the seeds.


Notes for Editors:

  1. The Town & Manor of Hungerford is an ancient charity that own 400 acres of land and buildings in and around Hungerford. It exists to preserve the land and traditions of Hungerford for the benefit of local residents.
  2. Hungerford Common (full name of Hungerford Common Port Down) covers an area of Open Access Land to the east of Hungerford owned by the Town & Manor of Hungerford.