Monday, 29 June 2015

Rubbing shoulders with the stars

I wonder if any of our readers have heard of a TV program called Downton Abbey?  I have heard of it, but I have to admit, I've never see a single episode. 

James Hill (Unit 11a) on the other hand, is a big fan.  James was enjoying a day out at the Highclere Fete when who should he meet but one of Britain's most recognisable faces -Lesley Nicol who plays Mrs. Patmore, the cook! 

Stallholder James Hill with Lesley Nicol

Lesley was in attendance to officially open the Fete which was in the grounds of Highclere Castle, the setting for the hit ITV show.  James managed to have a little chat and a snatch a quick photo.  He tells me she was utterly charming!


Friday, 26 June 2015

Hungerford Arcade Steam Engines

Hungerford Arcade events are always very popular and the Model Steam Traction Engines were no exception. The sun was shining brightly and the town was buzzing with activity.   

 A crowd soon started to  gather to watch the action as all the engines were being set up.

You could feel the anticipation in the air as the boilers were filled with water and the fire set to build up a good head of steam, then waiting for that wonderful noise only a traction engine can make.  

Daniel Cordory, Will Higgs, Roy Williams & Roger Best

Hungerford Arcade Armed Forces Day


The owners, managers, staff and stallholders here at Hungerford Arcade, are very proud to give our full support to the service men and women of our Armed Forces on this special day, in recognition of their sacrifice and commitment to our country.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Hungerford Arcade Sci-Fi & Toy Fair

SUNDAY, 5th JULY 2015
10am - 4pm


Come as your favourite Sci-Fi Character

Prizes For: Best Costume for Adults and Children

26 High Street
RG17 0NF

For further information or to book a stall, call Steve on
Tel: 07875 584475

Organised by 'Toy Planet' Promotions

Friday, 19 June 2015

A Proper Devonian at Hungerford Arcade!

Every whips ‘n while uz’l meet a desperd intr’estin gatfer in thikky shop, out on a wazegoose an’ fawzy t’ ‘ave a look around at some flibberty skriddicks.  Did anybody understand that?  I said:  Every now and then we get a really interesting old boy in the shop, who’s having a day out to hunt for trinkets and other bits and pieces. 

For the uninitiated, most of what I said there is traditional Devonian dialect.  Having said that I bet I got it terribly wrong.  I’m sure someone will let me know.

Anyway, back to the chap I mentioned before – Tich Scott is a Devonian born and bred.  He can trace his ancestors back in the county 400 years and is an award winning local dialect speaker.  He is the operator of Proper Dartmoor Tours, offering full day tours of Dartmoor in his luxury 6 seater Land Rover.
Three mugs!

While he was browsing through the Arcade for flibberty skriddicks and the like, Tich found a musical cup depicting Widecombe Fair, an event Tich attends every year.  The cup was made probably around the 1930s or 40s by Crown Devon pottery and plays a tune when you pick it up to have a drink.

The mug on Tich's spare tyre back in Devon


Next time you’re down in Devon, make sure you look up Proper Dartmoor Tours to explore Devon with a proper local!  


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hungerford Arcade: 200 Years Since Waterloo

On days of national importance, the Union Jacks fly in Hungerford and today is no different.

Today marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, which is considered to be one of the most important battles in British history.  

Most of the fighting took place near to but not actually in the small Belgian town of Waterloo - The Duke of Wellington named the battle after the town in which he stayed that night.

To mark the 200th anniversary, more than 5000 enthusiasts in period costumes will re-enact the battle this weekend.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Hungerford Arcade Steam Engine Show

Hungerford Arcade is holding a Working Model Steam Engine Show on Saturday, 21st June.  Stallholders, Daniel and Sarah Cordory (Unit 132) are holding this very popular annual event. Do come along it will be a great day out and as it is also Father's Day, bring all the dad's along to see these fabulous "boys' toys!:

Model Steam Engine Show
Sunday, 21st June
10.00 - 3.00

Come rain or shine, they will be here!

SATURDAY 13th June
10.00am till 3.00pm

Poole Pottery of all styles and eras.

Come and meet David (Unit 9 - Nelly's Collectables) and find out about your Poole and what it is worth.  David also buys Poole Pottery, should you wish to sell.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Hungerford Arcade More Classic Cars

As promised, we have more of the Hungerford Arcade Classic Car Show photos and stories for you.  I hope you enjoy them.

Clive Warner arrived in his gleaming XJS Celebration Edition with its diamond polished wheels.  A real head turner.  

XJS owner, Clive sitting in his chair on the left

Roger Pigden and his wife, Karina brought along their treasured 1968 Renault 4.  Roger, who is on the committee of the West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club, restored the car himself and it is pristine.  Roger and Karina have been all over Europe camping with the Renault 4 and have lots of tales to tell.

This beautiful 1972 Triumph 2000 is owned by Edwin Bootyman

Edwin and Angie Bootyman

Watch this space for more classic cars

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Hungerford Arcade: Bird boxes going cheep!

When we reserve an item for a customer we usually ask them "When will you be collecting it?", not "When will you be moving in?".  

Mr and Mrs B. Tit have been living in The Vintage Garden (Unit 12) for a few months now.  They have two children who are incredibly noisy and from what I can see, they are always hungry. 

The kids will be old enough to leave home soon and the parents will be glad of a well earned rest.  All in all they are nice neighbours and we'll be sad to see them leave.

The kids waiting for their dinner


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hungerford Arcade Classic Vehicle Show

Mike & Collen......

Hungerford Arcade was very proud to once again welcome the Members of the West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club and their wonderful vehicles.  The show was a huge success and had Hungerford buzzing!  A big thank you to Colleen & Mike for all their hard work in organising this fabulous event.
and their lovely Morris Marina

There is always a warm welcome for the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum in Calne, Wiltshire who, every year, bring along a classic car as a raffle prize. This year, the very lucky ticket holder will win this fabulous 1997 Mini Cooper!
Mini Cooper - Raffel Prize

A lovely couple came shopping at Hungerford Arcade, Jackie and Frank Gove from Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia.  Arcade co-owner, Adrian Gilmour, brought them outside to see the cars, which they loved. I asked if I could take a picture of them in the stunning 1930's Rolls Royce. As you can see, they kindly agreed.


I will leave you this evening with an iconic car which needs no introduction at all.  I will be back tomorrow, posting more stories and pictures from the show.  Hope you enjoy them.


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