Hungerford Arcade Newsletter November 2017

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A word from the Editor,

 

Welcome to the November newsletter.  This will be the last proper newsletter of the year as the December one will be a round up of the year’s events here at The Arcade.

 

December is the busiest month of the year for many shops and we are no exception.  We are already bustling with Christmas shoppers and that won’t change until we close the doors at the end of the day of Christmas Eve.

 

We are using a new newsletter tool this month so please get in touch with your feedback, good or bad.

 

 

 


Remembrance Day Parade

 

 

In aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal we had nearly 20 vintage and classic military vehicles arrive at The Arcade earlier this month.  Along with them the vehicle owners were all in period uniform.  The Wessex Rangers and Home Guard Platoon came along to help with the fund raising.  The public were pleased to see such an amazing turnout for an equally amazing cause.  Everybody got involved and it was a joy to see and be a part of.  Other local businesses got involved too, joining us with fantastic window displays.

 

 

 


Santa’s Helping Hand

 

Hungerford’s famous Christmas lights have been strung up all around town for a few weeks now.  It’s a massive job so the chaps who are doing the work need all the help they can get.  This year, help has been provided by a local businessman Matt Brookfield.  Matt is the managing director of a facilities management company called Lollypop FM and has kindly lent two cherry pickers and two of his employees to assist with the main tree and the difficult to reach trees on the higher buildings.

 

Pictured here is our very own Rita Kibble with one of the Lollypop workers, Matt King. Matt was dressed as Santa and spread joy around Hungerford as he tirelessly hung Christmas lights using the cherry picker.
Pictured here is our very own Rita Kibble with one of the Lollypop workers, Matt King. Matt was dressed as Santa and spread joy around Hungerford as he tirelessly hung Christmas lights using the cherry picker.

 

 


Item of the Month

 

This month’s featured item is a real eye catcher and not something we see very often.  This pull-along French Bulldog toy was the top of the range at the time it was produced.  I can’t imagine many children had one of these unless they had particularly wealthy parents.

 

The toy features a flocked body and a bobbing head.  If you pull his lead, his mouth opens and he lets out a mechanical growl! Grrr!It was produced in the late 19th century by French toy manufacturer Roullet & Decamps.
The company specialised in mechanical walking and moving dolls and toys. Founded in 1865 by Jean Roullet, the firm took the name Roullet-Decamps in 1889, 10 years after the marriage of the daughter of Jean Roullet to Ernest Decamps, a mechanical engineer by trade.

 

 

 

 

 

 


This month’s fascinating article by Stuart Miller-Osborne is about a Great Train Robbery in 1855.  Click here to read it.


Upcoming events

 

 

 

 

We are holding a Jewellery Valuation Day on Saturday, 9th December.  Bring all your jewellery, even broken pieces and have them valued!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure December will be full of last minute Christmas shopping for most of you but if you do find yourself at a loose end, why not come to the Hungerford Christmas Extravaganza? Fairground rides, food stalls and lots of shops opening late – including us of course!

 

 

 

See our Upcoming Events page for events at the Arcade and in and around Hungerford

Alex Rogers
Editor – Hungerford Arcade Newsletter

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