Hungerford residents and charities are eligible for a 25% reduction of the room hire rates of the Hungerford Town Hall complex. Applicants must have an RG17 postcode or be a registered charity. Contact us to apply for a discoutn or for more information.
We’re keeping our hire charges unchanged for 2019, but have relunctantly had to review the disount we are able to offer some organisations.
Hungerford’s beautiful Victorian Grade II listed Town Hall and Corn Exchange complex is the perfect space for a variety of events, from private wedding receptions and public meetings to yoga classes and flea markets.
The Town Hall is owned and run by the registered charity, the Town & Manor of Hungerford, or the Town & Manor as it’s more commonly known.
For 2019, for the 4thyear 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.
We appreciate for those businesses affected, this will effectively increase the cost of hiring the Town Hall compared to the nominal rates they’ve previously been charged. This decision has not been taken lightly.
Increasing cost of running the Town Hall
For the last few years, the cost of running and maintaining the Town Hall has been greater than the income it has generated. In 2018 alone, the Town Hall will make a loss of more than £30,000. Not surprisingly, the charity cannot keep going like this.
The Town Hall is a costly place to run and needs substantial ongoing maintenance. For example, the recent repairs to the roof, bell, internal walls, windows, drainage and flooring cost more than £40,000 (additional to the £30,000 loss mentioned above). And there’s still more work needed in 2019 to preserve the exterior of this lovely old building.
Making savings where we can
We’ve tried to find savings wherever possible. We’ve found cheaper suppliers. We’ve made the heating more efficient and reduced running costs. We’ve even reduced staffing costs. But it’s still not enough. Hence our reluctant decision to reduce some of the generous discounts we’ve previously offered local businesses and organisations.
Charitable Support and Financial Assistance
As an active local charity with a long history, we intend to continue supporting local charitable organisations, good causes and community groups wherever possible. For the Town Hall, this will mean offering financial support for qualifying groups and organisations, which can be used to reduce the cost of hiring the Town Hall if desired. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01488 686555 to find out more.
Hungerford Common, Lower Common and Freeman’s Marsh are subject to the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000. This means the following conditions apply:
Rights and responsibilities
We care for and protect 5 miles of beautiful stretches of water in and around Hungerford, and to help preserve this precious natural habitat for future generations, we ask that you read and follow these guidelines:
1. The Hungerford Fishery is administered by, and is under the control of, the Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford.
2. Fishing permissions are given to Rods on payment of Fees, Commoners based on rights of access granted, and Guests at the discretion of the Water Keeper.
3. Water Bailiffs, who are Commoner members of the Fishery Committee, have the authority to examine licences, baskets and flies to ensure conformance with the rules.
4. Rod subscriptions and Guest tickets are issued subject to the Commoners’ right of fishing on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the season.
5. Day tickets for guests of Rods and Commoners are available by application to the Hungerford Fishery Office. The annual number of guest tickets per Rod and the number of tickets issued per day are limited at the discretion of the Water Keeper. As the number of available tickets is restricted, Rods are recommended to apply well in advance, and are asked to give notice of cancellation as early as possible, at the latest on the eve of the nominated day, otherwise they will be charged.
6. Car parking space is available through the five-bar gate opposite the Shell Garage on the A4 and also at Denford, between the River Kennet Bridge and the River Dun. Rods wishing to fish Harvey’s Meadow may park in the lay-by on the A4. For access to the River Dun on Freeman’s Marsh there is space for a few cars on the roadside at the western access to Freeman’s Marsh opposite Cobbs Farm Shop.
7. Wild Brown Trout (WBT) are key in the development of the Fishery. We are encouraged by the rise in our protected WBT population, and we wish Rods and Commoners to join in our efforts by returning WBT to the water where possible throughout the Fishery. Freeman’s Marsh is an SSSI, (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where the objective is to man,age the River Dun specifically as a WBT River, thereby protecting and increasing the biodiversity of the River Dun corridor, thus increasing the populations of Brown Trout and Grayling.
8. Fishing for Grayling should be selective; shoals of Grayling should be targeted, please note that general fishing is not permitted. Grayling fishing is only allowed in clear water conditions.
9. Dogs may accompany their owners on sufferance but it is preferred that fishermen do not bring them to the riverbank. If they are brought along, they must be kept under strict control and not allowed to dig, hunt or enter the water. Dogs must not be taken into Dun Mill or Eddington Mill.
10. Safety considerations for fishermen and their guests. The Hungerford Fishery takes the safety of fishermen and their guests very seriously, and your attention is drawn to our safety statement. Please can you supply the Safety Statement so that I can attach it to this link
11. Public Liability; All Rods, Commoners and their guests acknowledge that the Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford accept no responsibility for personal injuries received whilst on the Fishery or elsewhere on the Town & Manor’s proper, nor for any loss or damage to private or personal property. By exercising their fishing rights, Rods, Commoners and Guests acknowledge that they have read and accept the Rules and the Safety Statement (which contains useful co-ordinates for the emergency services, should you need their help).
1. The Trout and Grayling Fishing Season on the Hungerford Fishery opens 1st May, Trout fishing closes on the 30th September, whilst Grayling fishing closes on 31st December. No fishing is permitted before 9 o’clock in the morning or later than one hour after sunset.
2. A valid Environment Agency Fishing Licence must be held and on the person of all Rods, Commoners and their guests.
3. Guest tickets may only be obtained from the Hungerford Fishery Office. They are not transferable and are valid only on the specified day.
4. The Rules must be adhered to by all Rods and Commoners whose responsibility it is to ensure that their respective Guests are also familiar with the rules prior to fishing the Hungerford Fishery. Infringement of any of the Rules may lead to the withdrawal of fishing rights without compensation. The Honorary Secretary and the Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford reserve the right to cancel any Rod Subscription or ticket without explanation.
5. An accompanied Guest may be allowed by Rods (but not Commoners) to fish in their stead not more than once a month, and subject to prior notification to the Water Keeper at the Fishery Office. Non-fishing Guests may accompany Fishermen, but may not enter Dun Mill or Eddington Mill.
6. Fishing is upstream only with a dry-fly. Nymph fishing is only permitted from 1st July.
7. Wet flies, Lures or Goldheads may not be used, and no hook is permitted larger than size 12 with a maximum shank length of 20mm (3/4”).
8. Barbless hooks shall be used at all times when fishing Freeman’s Marsh and when fishing for Grayling after the close of Trout fishing season. Any Rod, Commoner or Guest who does not intend to keep fish, should use barbless hooks.
9. Wading is not permitted, except on Freeman’s Marsh.
10. The maximum catch in any one day is four Brown or Rainbow Trout of Catchable size, i.e. 13” in length or 14oz in weight, whether returned or kept. Only two Trout can be taken from any one beat, except for the beat known as ‘Lower Meadow’. Any undersized Trout should be returned to the water as quickly as possible if undamaged and likely to survive. Undersized Trout and Grayling do not count towards the daily limit of four fish. Fishermen should leave the river after catching their daily limit.
11. Catch returns: To assist in effective restocking of the river, all Fishermen must complete, before leaving the fishery, an entry in the fishing log (nil returns included) on the river bank adjoining the A4 car park. It is the responsibility of Rods and Commoners to ensure that Guests’ returns are listed. In the event that a Fisherman forgets to complete the log, they are asked to contact the Water Keeper and provide a record of their day. For clarity it is requested that the entries are PRINTED clearly.
12. Fishing Restrictions
13. Access Restrictions
14. Public Liability All Rods, Commoners and their guests acknowledge that the Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford accept no responsibility for personal injuries received whilst on the Fishery or elsewhere on the Town & Manor’s property, nor for any loss or damage to private or personal property. By exercising their fishing rights, Rods, Commoners and Guests acknowledge that they have read and accept the Rules and the Safety Statement (which contains useful co-ordinates for the emergency services, should you need their help).
By the late Donald Macey – Honorary Fishery Manager 1974, 1988-1993
The basic rules and practices for chalk stream fishing are essential and should be understood and accepted by all, but agreement on the positive practices applicable to this fishing should be considered to be of more importance than rules forbidding certain practices. It is suggested that these positive practices are contained in the following sequence:
All these apply equally to dry fly and to nymph fishing.
Enjoyment of fishing by us all can well be spoilt by thoughtless and selfish behaviour. The main causes are:
The rules and the remarks written above are intended solely for the benefit of all of those who fish on the Hungerford Fishery. Please therefore respect and obey them without reservation.
It’s always worthwhile pausing to remember that the length of chalk stream fishing in Britain, and indeed the World, is very limited, and it must be considered a unique privilege to fish any chalk stream. In Fact, 90% of the world’s chalk streams are within 50 miles of Hungerford, as reported by the WWF. The Hungerford Fishery is perhaps one of the greatest, and is dedicated to the traditional recognised practices of chalk stream fishing, and to the belief that there’s a great deal more to the enjoyment of fishing than the catching of fish.
The Town & Manor of Hungerford takes the safety of all fishermen (including Rods, Commoners and Guests) and Workers very seriously, and carries out regular risk assessments.
Town & Manor Office
Hungerford Doctors Surgery
Tel 01488 682036
|Eddington Bridge||51 25’25.5 N
1 30’34.80 W
|Draughts||51 25’25.5 N
1 30’56.19 W
|Bracket Hatch||51 24’51.46 N
1 30’01.24 W
|Wine Cellar||51 24’58.01 N
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|Lower Meadow||51 24’42.38 N
The risk assessment policy is held by the Clerk at the Town Hall, with a copy held by the Water Keeper, should you wish to read it in full.
The Town & Manor of Hungerford & Liberty of Sanden Fee is regulated by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners – No. 238, 379 A/4
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