Testimonials & Reviews

Feedback from Penny Post subscribers, advertisers and voluntary groups

Whether you’re a voluntary group, a commercial organisation or an individual, whether you want to publicise an event, sell your products or services or recruit staff, or if you simply want regular ‘news you can use’, Penny Post can help.

Here is a selection of reviews posted by Penny Post readers and clients:

“By placing a recruitment ad with Penny Post, we were able to get the vacancy publicised in the area within hours through their e-newsletter and social media. We had some excellent CVs from the ad and we’ll definitely be using Penny Post again.”
Michelle, Ticketer, Hungerford

Penny Post works! We had several enquiries for the 45 chairs we needed to find new homes for and they’ve all gone. Thanks for your help.”
Dani Winslett, Hungerford Town Hall

Penny Post was most useful to us when we launched Brearley & Rich Estate Agents in early 2016. As well as helping to establish the brand with residents of the Hungerford/Marlborough/Newbury area, they were able to promote specific properties, drive traffic to our website and give us a forum for providing advice about buying and selling property. We would recommend businesses to use Penny Post’s website, weekly e-newsletter and active social-media presence to help promote themselves in an effective and imaginative way to the local area.”
Jon Rich, Brearley & Rich, Marlborough

“An excellent, informative and impartial report of the proceeding at the Full Council meeting on Monday 9 January 2017. Some other reporters could learn a lesson from this.”
Rob, Hungerford

“Huge thank you Penny as I’ve got my first behaviour visit booking as a result of the article in Penny Post – Hooray.  A couple from Hungerford saw it and they’ve asked me to do a home visit to help out with a couple of Collies.”
Jill Thorpe, Develop Your Dog

“We recently tried the ‘Penny Post Special‘ solus email marketing service with great success. February is historically our quietest month but with the help of Penny a professional targeted campaign was launched in the last week of January 2015: by the 30th I was booked out! I would highly recommend this service to any business wishing to create awareness of their offers and services.”
Jon, Eclipse Cleaning

“I have benefited from your Penny Post immensely. I’ve found a designer for my website, thanks to you. My new computer was sorted out for me by Ros, thanks to you. I have enquiries from people wanting to rent my spare room the rent of my room and my friend Libby got her job as a result of my seeing an advert, both thanks to you!”
C.S., East Garston

“Thanks so much for everything you have done to help promote Andresa Skin Clinic for me over the years – you have been amazing.”
Janet Carruzzo

” I am pleased to tell you I have a family of three starting in September who spotted the classes through your website. Thanks for all your work and help – more than half of my students have come through Penny Post!”
Angela Quiroga Spanish Club, Wickham

“We found our ad in Penny Post really helpful. We have had good interest and will certainly be looking to advertise again in the future.”
Jacqui Letsome, Newbury Almshouse Trust

“Thanks to Penny Post I have started blogging –  something I never thought I’d do! I send my copy to Penny: she tweaks it, posts my blogs on her website, Facebook page and Twitter account and tags me. Suddenly my business is out there on all the social media platforms and I retweet.  I’ve only recently started this but the profile of my company and myself as the author have increased massively. It’s an incredibly reasonable charge for the small business package and definitely more than worth it.”
Jessamy Walker, Brown Dog Financial Planning, Hungerford

“Even though Penny Post is free to subscribe to, I like to make occasional donations as the newsletter and website are interesting and informative about local events and it’s clear that a lot of work goes into promoting charitable and voluntary groups.”
Penelope Lake, subscriber & secretary of Newbury National Trust

Penny Post is a great hub for community spirit and a great place to advertise news, jobs and opportunities. Excellent customer service and they live up to their promises. It was great working with them to help us recruit staff and we look forward to doing so again in the future.”
Triteq, Hungerford

“I just wanted to say that I always enjoy reading Penny Post, and I think that you have a good mixture of news, events, opportunities and advertisements. Keep it up!”
B.F., Newbury

“Thank you for doing our recruitment advertisement. It has really helped and we have now filled all of our vacancies.”
Leanne Wilson, Hungerford Tesco

“Thanks to the amazing Penny Post network, I received a great response to my advert for a house sitter and found a lovely local lady in less than a week. It is a really effective way of reaching a very large number of local people.”
J.F., Lambourn

“We recently placed a job advert in Penny Post. It was good value, we received good service and – most importantly – it generated the application of the successful candidate.”
Will Blackwell, Tomorrow’s Guides, Hungerford

Penny Post has proved to be a very reliable source of advertising that we turn to time and time again when recruiting. We have successfully employed several members of staff through advertising on your website and are keen to continue with this good working relationship.”
Redcrest Events, Chieveley

“Placing our ad with Penny Post couldn’t have been easier. Brian is impeccably professional, answered my enquiry promptly, clearly explained the process, and suggested some very helpful edits to our wording. We had far more replies than we were expecting and filled our vacancy easily. We’ve had another vacancy come up and didn’t hesitate to use Penny Post to advertise it. The readership seems to be wide and over a broad enough area to attract a lot of interest and yet is local so we have replies from people who live nearby. We are opening a small business later in the year and will definitely use Penny Post to promote it.”
L.B., Lambourn

“Many thanks for your Penny Post and all that it does to help the community, both near and far geographically. It reaches and impacts so many people from different walks of life and I wanted to express my gratitude. One of your readers passed last year’s featured article, detailing my doctoral research with children, to a mother with a child affected by neuromuscular dysfunction (dyspraxia). This permitted her to locate me and to ask for advice. She will travel quite a distance to bring her child for treatment but also for some guidance regarding future therapeutic management”.
Dr Melanie Morgan-Jones (D Health), East Garston

“I have had a really good response from the solus email. I got enough new students to start my Tuesday Spanish classes, so I am very happy with that. And it’s great to be able to put my blogs on your website as well.”
Angela Quiroga Spanish Club, Wickham

“I’ve been reading the Penny Post emails every Friday since moving to the area about 18 months ago. There’s a lot of work that goes into each week’s snippet of news, what’s on, job opportunities and other useful sections. We’ve benefited from finding out about fun social activities and generally what’s happening in our little corner of the world. I entered the Christmas Quiz as a bit of fun. It was not easy but extremely compelling. We worked on it night and day and were finally able to answer all the questions – I was so excited to find out that I’d actually won! I can’t wait to enjoy our lovely Sunday lunch at the Halfway Inn. Thanks, Penny, for running the competition and thanks, Brian, for setting the questions and making us really think!”
J.P., Froxfield

Penny Post is stunning – detailed, informative, entertaining and comprehensive. The considerable amount of information it conveys could be reproduced as a straightforward, factual and rather boring newsletter but you’ve given everything a wonderful twist that makes it a pleasure to read and to use. Very well done indeed.”
N.D., Hungerford

“Thanks to Penny Post for helping us fill our vacancy at Inkspots. We will certainly use your service again. It is very reasonable and effective.”
Helen Hanna, Inkspots Pre-School

“Thanks for mentioning the items we had for sale at Marlborough Dogs Trust. A Penny Post reader came in and bought the roof box for skis – so thank you very much for helping us with this!!”
Jen, Marlborough Dogs Trust

“As is my weekly ritual I have looked through Penny Post – thank you very much for including the recommendation from your friend Frank regarding Bluebird Care – very much appreciated. We have just had a call into the office from one of your subscribers in Marlborough who clicked on link and the testimonial resonated with the circumstances his 85-year-old mother is going through.”
John, Bluebird Care

“Very many thanks. This is so wonderfully informative. Something for everyone!”
B.R., Newbury

“If you are looking for a local person, then an advert in Penny Post can work miracles. We have always tried to recruit locally as we believe that reducing the traveling time to work creates a better work life balance and results in happier staff. We also encourage recommendations from existing staff. Who better to say what it is really like working for our company? We placed an advert for a PR Graduate recently and we had a great candidate come forward who also knew two of our existing staff and had sounded them out.  Great result!  Within  seven days, we have put the ad on Penny Post, interviewed, offered the position and agreed a start date. Thank you Penny Post!
Karen Sperry, UPS Systems, Hungerford

“On several occasions this has been a very helpful message board; I found and used the carpet cleaning service; saw when events were on; and recently made contact with three people in my search for English and French flags…so you see, a wide range!”
A.D., Newbury

“We’ve recently appointed a well qualified, experienced and local book-keeper for our business in Hungerford via Penny Post. We were really impressed by the quality of responses as well as the quantity. This is the third appointment we’ve made for admin staff via a single advert in Penny Post. At a fraction of the price of many print publications it’s exceptional value for money and a great service for a small business like ours. I can highly recommend Penny Post for recruiting staff. A job well done indeed.”
Dana Mellor, Philip Brown Violins Ltd.

“You will be pleased to learn that the request for volunteers has born fruit.”
Lambourn Riding for the Disabled

“Thanks for your help with recruiting – we had plenty of high-quality applicants.”
RSK Entertainment

“Thank you so much for including the Fair in Penny Post and helping us to promote the event.”
Hungerford Christmas Fair

“Just to let you know that I had an instant taker for most of what I was selling – thanks for putting out the word!”
E.D., Hungerford

“I really appreciate the help Penny Post give me in publicising my Neighbourhood Watch meetings and including links to my handouts… Penny Post newsletters go out to a large circulation and is an asset to the local community.”
Newbury & Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch

“There have been at least four occasions when I have attended networking events and total strangers have said that they’d read about my event in the Penny Post. Saves such a lot of time and explanation!”
Lis Allen, creator of the Vagina Dialogues

Penny Post has helped me raise awareness for the charity I collect everyday rubbish for. Penny spent time understanding the objectives of the charity and making sure the information was completely accurate.”
Count the Kicks

“Our office manager ad was very successful with plenty of immediate responses through Penny Post. So many local people seem to know about you and it’s been useful to keep these contacts on file.”
Douglas Instruments

“Thanks for placing the advert – I’ve had two enquiries already.”
J.W., Lambourn

“Advertising for teaching assistants and teachers in Penny Post has assured us of reaching a wide local audience and has resulted in an increased number of applications. We now use Penny Post every time we need to advertise as it is good value for money and has a large and growing readership. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking to make appointments.”
Head Teacher, Hungerford Primary School

“Penny Post is such a great idea.”
A.C., Newbury

Penny Post is the best village notice board for miles around! It constantly delights us with unexpected events in the local area, and quirky facts! Within a couple of days of a recommendation appearing about my childcare skills, I had several enquiries, and people continue to ask me to help out with both regular and occasional childcare. Thank you, Penny Post!”
S.B, Hungerford

“Thank you Penny for your wonderful support, our page looks great and you’ve been so efficient and great to work with. Thank you for helping to raise awareness for our local charity and promoting our event, it is so very much appreciated!”
Julia Philipson, Community Fundraiser, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service

“Always love your newsletters – as a newcomer they have helped me quickly feel like a local! Wishing you much luck with future plans.”
M.B., Hungerford

“I just want to say a big thank you to the Penny Post for alerting me to the launch meeting of the Hungerford Young Performers last night. I took my eldest son along and he loved it. I would have overlooked this opportunity if it hadn’t been for Penny Post.”
D.M., Hungerford

Penny Post is a hive of info – it is brilliant. It helps us feels connected to the local community as we’re newcomers.”
E.S., Hungerford Newtown

“This is just to register our appreciation of the Penny Post. It has played an important part in helping us to integrate to our new environment and to feel in touch with events. Without it I would not have not known about the RDA needing volunteers nor would we have been able to offer some hospitality to the Ukrainian choir. Many thanks.”
L.T., East Garston

“Just to say thanks for continuing to send your wonderful Penny Post – it’ s been very useful to spread news about events and drum up interest in all things local (about time!) and raise much needed funds for many local societies and events. Keep it up and I look forward to the next one!”
V.C., Welford

“Firstly, congratulations and thank you for a useful, interesting and intelligent read each week. It feels like a privilege to be on the list! We have found out about lots of events we would never have gone to but for Penny Post. You are very good at telling us great things local people have been getting up to, especially local children’s groups. I can’t say too strongly how vital this is as an antidote to the negative news stories one reads all to frequently elsewhere. It therefore makes living here a richer, more fulfilling experience for us all!”
R.B., Hungerford

“I have really benefitted from Penny Post, both posting things myself and using information posted by others. It is a great local asset. We have moved back into the area after a few years away and have a disabled son, whom we needed support for. It was through you that we found a local person to help.”
U.P., East Garston

“Thank you for sending this to me each week. Even though I live in Shalbourne I do most of my shopping in Hungerford and find Penny Post so useful. Thank you once again.”
J.T., Shalbourne

“I met you at the Lambourn Carnival and subscribed to your informative email. That and the website are really good to help find out what’s going on in the local community.”
M.K., Lambourn

“Not only does Penny Post include an immediate, easy to read, accurate summary of what’ s on in the area but it’s so useful when I’m desperate to find some suitable activity for the family. It’s also great for finding contacts through your advertisers for reliable services or buyers for second-hand goods that are just too good to throw away. It’s ideal for the businesses who can’t justify the expense of a more formal advert or mail shot yet want to reach out to the immediate local community.”
D.M., Wickham

If you would like to provide your own testimonial about Penny Post please contact penny@pennypost.org.uk