Hungerford Hub calls out for votes in Tesco’s bag fund

DBC641DE-BEEE-46FA-A0D4-57EF159A2465The Hungerford Hub team is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. 

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The newly formed Hungerford Hub is one of the groups on the shortlist. As many of you will know, the library building is now a community asset – Hungerford Hub – that not only houses our valuable library but will also offer activities involving everyone in the community and in turn raise funds to support the building. Because it is a new venture, there is a lot of equipment that the team needs to buy, from crockery and cutlery to chairs and tables. There will be an official launch party on Saturday 8th September when everyone will be invited into the Hub to meet the team and see what’s planned for the future. 

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in September/October and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. 

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £56 million to more than 16,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.” 

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit 

August 2018

Thank you!

Do you remember at the beginning of the year we asked anyone shopping in Waitrose to drop a green token in our box? Well we are delighted to say that thanks to you, we have received £290 from the their green token scheme which is fabulous. Thank you everyone who remembered us!

We also have to say a huge thank you to the Town and Manor who have promised a donation of £500 – this will ultimately be match funded via the Good Exchange and will make a massive difference.

How will it help?  In order to run the many events that we are planning in the Hub – like workshops and talks – we have a list of things we need in order to make the Hub operational. This ranges from glassware, crockery and cutlery to a whiteboard and chairs – in fact the list is endless and growing as we come up with new ideas to raise funds for the building!

Thank you again everyone – and let us know if there is an event you would like to see in the Hub, or even if you would like to arrange one. You can reach us via the contact sheet here (link) or call the hub team on 07512 076 150.

Thanks again everyone for your support.

July 2018

Library building handover

We have come a long way since the threat of library closure first appeared in February 2016 but we are delighted to announce that the future of the library in Hungerford is looking brighter.

West Berkshire Council has undertaken to continue operating a library service in the town with restored library staffing levels. This has been achieved by Hungerford Town Council agreeing to take on the running of the building; they have leased it for a peppercorn rent and will in turn lease it to a charitable trust, Hungerford Library & Community Trust, who will manage it for the community. It means that the library building is now a community asset and it is our intention to create a centre in Hungerford – a hub – for activities that will involve everyone, whether a library user or not.

The Friends of Hungerford Library, who have strived so hard to make this happen, will now become a fundraising team, focusing on the development of an income through events and sponsorship to support the hub.

We are planning a launch of what will be badged “Hungerford Hub” in September and regular updates on the progress of the hub will be posted on here.

In the meanwhile if you would like to be involved in any way, we would love to hear from you! Click here to reach us.

June 2018