Looking lovely!

Yesterday was the start of the latest exhibition in TheCurve at Hungerford Hub & Library and it’s looking amazing!

The show features the drawings and sketches of seven local artists – some of them framed or mounted for sale, others in sketchbooks for you to browse and enjoy. For many artists, drawing is where the creative journey starts – for some it is the whole purpose of the exercise; to produce a finished piece relying entirely on the process.

The range of work is impressive and the sketchbooks are particularly absorbing – from Arty Pumpkin’s graphic exploration of metaphor and image to Diana Barraclough’s collages from broken crockery and more. Shirley Cartey and Arran Miles capture landscapes and figures in sweeping strokes of glorious colour while Mandi Brainbridge produces sketchbooks and image through stitch and fibre. Shona Wheeler’s creative energies are poured into meticulous, photo-realistic drawings with biro while Andi Mulholland is compelled to draw everything she sees in a variety of media.

This exhibition is open over the next two weekends plus Wednesday 25th (market day in Hungerford), from 10am-4pm, so there is plenty of opportunity to see this very eclectic collection of work. Don’t miss it!

SustainHUBle pop up shop, better than ever! 19th September 12-6

Here is a quick guide on who sells what!!
Little B – Bees Wax wraps
Posy – Hand made deodorants shampoo and body bars.
Thoran – Hand made bags, silk scarfs etc by women rescued from human trafficking in Mumbai India
Lovely Happy Things – Hand made fabric items, aprons, pegs bags, lunch bags etc
Waney Edge Woodcraft – Beautiful hand made chopping boards, bowels etc from locally sourced sustainable wood.
Beer There & EveryWhere – Refillable toast beer which is made from left over bread. Bring along your growlers to fill up. There will be some to purchase.
Thatcham Refillable – Eco sustainable household products.
Tropic – Natural, Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare freshly made in Surrey
The Coffee House – Sustainably sourced coffee beans, roasted and ready to purchase, ground coffee available too.
Flamingo Cards – Greeting cards made in the Uk on FSC paper using plant based ink and environmentally friendly glitter.
The Cheese Agent – Artisan cheese sourced from small producers.
Emporio Green Army – Eco sustainable consumer products, free from plastic and unnecessary packaging.
Honey for sale from Crookham Common.

Happy Birthday!

It is one year already since we opened the doors on Hungerford Hub and look what a year it has been!

We have more visitors!

Not only has the Hub seen a growing programme of events and activities, the latest figures from WBC Library Service* show an encouraging 19% increase in library visitors and an 8% rise in book loans, reversing trends in previous years that had seen usage falling.

Improvements to our space

We are very pleased with our progress in making the Hub a space for the whole community, whether a library user or not. This year we have installed a new kitchen – thanks to Tesco’s Groundwork Community Fund. We have also purchased additional seating, giving a capacity of up to 100 people, plus new mobile book-shelves for the library service, enabling a more flexible use of the space.

Successful fundraising and increased revenue

Fundraising for the Hub goes from strength to strength via a variety of sources – from the generosity of the community through Sponsor a Brick to the support of Hungerford Town Council and The Good Exchange. We also receive revenue from the West Berks lottery fund and most recently, the Amazon Smile initiative.

This means that although running costs continue to grow, we are cautiously confident for the Hub’s future.  Bookings are growing, with events such as author signings, music and language lessons, art workshops and more regularly filling the calendar.  

TheCurve blossoms as a multi-use space

And now, with the development of TheCurve exhibition and retail space at the front of the building, we can offer local artists a platform for showing their work. Launched last December with an exhibition followed by a pop-up shop, TheCurve immediately proved successful both in terms of raising funds for the Hub and visitors it attracted. In between exhibitions the space can still be hired for workshops or as a private working/meeting space, and continues to be used as an outreach office by Citizens Advice, The Registrar, etc.

Join our team of volunteers!

None of this would have been achieved without our amazing volunteers who have given so much time and energy to making the Hub an asset to the town. If you would like to be involved – perhaps just a few hours helping at events or as one of the team that makes it all happen – please contact our Hub Manager (details below).  

And of course, we must also acknowledge the support of the people of Hungerford who have visited our pop-up shops, attended workshops and generally cheered us on. Thank you!

Useful stuff to know –

Need a venue? The main space within the Hub can be outside of library operating hours; charges start at £30 for a three-hour block. TheCurve is available to hire every day of the week; charges start at £15 for a three-hour block; weekend hire (Friday – Sunday) is £80. Click here to find out more.

Want to know what’s on in the Hub? Click here to find out or pick up a leaflet in the Hub or speak to a member of the WBC library team.

For bookings or for more information about Hungerford Hub, please contact Andrea, Hub Manager, on 07512 076150 or at hungerfordhub@gmail.com.

* figures for the second quarter (April-June) of 2019 compared with same period in 2018.