The June issue of the Hamstead Hornet can be seen here, carrying news of Hamstead's local heroes of lockdown, and planning applications which include no fewer than six new houses proposed for the village.

And that doesn't include the White Hart, which may yet re-open as a pub when regulations permit.

Local suppliers

Five Bells, Wickhammeat, fish, fruit & veg, takeaways. Choose from box selection on website, order by email, collect on Fridays. See also their facebook page.

Rural Supply Co (Hungerford Park Farm): meat, groceries, fruit & veg; choose from 15 boxes, click and collect.

Cobbs Farm Shop (Hungerford): groceries and fresh produce. email or call in your order 01488 686770. Pay over the phone and collect from outside shop.

Fisher of Newbury (Hambridge Lane): fruit & veg. Choose from box selection and top up with individual items. Delivery slots hard to catch, so call 01635 524822 to arrange collection. Facebook page.

Crown & Garter (Inkpen): bread, dairy, groceries. Order online or call 01488 668325. Delivery or collection.

Wellocks  (via Donnington Valley Hotel) bread, dairy, groceries, fruit & veg. In boxes, order & pay online to collect from DVH. Some home delivery possible.

Saddleback Farm Shop meat. Choose from box selection and order by email.

Christian Alba (Hungerford butcher): meat. Call 01488 680970 to order for delivery Friday afternoon. Facebook page.

Griffins Butchers (Newbury) meat. Delivery on orders over £40. Call 01635 40279.

Paula (Hungerford Market) fish. Order by Mondays on 07580 039098 or

Yew Tree Garden Centre & Cafe (Ball Hill): garden stuff, takeaways. Free delivery for orders over £30. Call 01635 255250.

The Merry Kitchen (Chieveley) takeaways. Free delivery for orders of £20, or collect. Contact Jo by email or call 07979 696094.

Ireland’s News newspapers, bread, dairy, juices, fruit & veg. Delivery. Call 01635 40833 or 07871 28652.

The John O’Gaunt Pub (Hungerford) takeaways. Collect. Call 01488 683535 or 07729 855187.

The Blue Ball (Kintbury) takeaways. Collect. Call 01488 608126.

For more services over a wider area see


Nature is making the most of the lockdown

Lapwings have returned to the field between Morewood and Craven House after a long absence.

Hares too have been seen on this hill lately.

Larks can be heard from the Elm Farm bridlepath.