Newburytoday.co.uk’s events for the week to come
Thursday, December 5:
Newbury District Ornithological Club annual meeting followed by talk ‘Keeping Time’ by gamekeeper James Sadler and nature writer Nicola Chesteron returning a commercial shooting estate back to profit in harmony with nature. All welcome, meeting starts at 7.30pm, Greenham Church hall. More details on (01488) 668482.
To Newbury with Love, Newbury Library, 6pm. Readings from the book. Tickets free must be booked in advance.
To Sunday, York Nativity Play, St Mary the Virgin, Aldermaston. Tickets are free, with a collection for the restoration of the church and The Children’s Society.
Wilton Windmill Christmas Fair, Coronation Hall, East Garston, 1pm to 6.30pm. Organised by Nick and Jane from Gastronicks. Stalls include food and wine from Gastronicks, Ducis Puddings, Love-Knot (scarves and bags), Doozle (pampering creams and other gorgeous things), AJ Photography (cards and gift boxes), Oakwood Studio (handmade and decorated pottery) and lots more. To raise money for Wilton Windmill
Friday, December 6:
Thatcham Christmas Lights switch-on by the mayor.
Christmas Crafts, Nature Discovery Centre, 2pm to 4pm. Drop-in event £1 per child.
Festive songs with Sing for Fun, The Newbury pub, Bartholomew Street, Newbury, 8pm to 9.30pm.
To January 4 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Creation Theatre, The North Wall, South Parade, Summertown, Oxford.
Wantage Dickensian evening in and around the market place, 6pm to 9pm. Victorian funfair, visit from Santa with his reindeer, late-night shopping, pig roast, market stalls, and entertainment. wantage.com
Saturday, December 7:
And Sunday Father Christmas arrives at Kennet Shopping, Newbury. Father Christmas will parade through the town at 10.30am, along with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Fairy Godmother and the Ugly Sisters. Come and watch his arrival that goes through Northbrook Street, around the Market Place and back up Bartholomew Street, where he will disembark the carriage at 11am.
Parsons Down School’s Christmas Fayre, 2pm to 4pm at Parsons Down Infant School, Thatcham. Refreshments, stalls and activities.
Newbury District Ornithological Club – day visit to Poole Harbour for winter grebes and divers. Meet outside West Berkshire Museum. The Wharf, Newbury, at 9am for car sharing. All welcome. Please call (01488) 668482 in advance.
Regency festive dance to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, Gilbert White’s House, Selborne. Permit the Hampshire Regency Dancers to whisk you back to a bygone era of elegance and refinement, and lead you through easy-to-follow country dances that the Bennett sisters themselves might have enjoyed. Tickets, £40-£50, include a warm glass of negus on arrival and a cold-fork supper. Call (01420) 511 275 to book.
Pangbourne Quality Market, Pangbourne village hall, 10am to 4pm. Refreshments available. There are about 30 stalls including fine foods, clothing, hand-crafted jewellery, ceramics, fine art and luxury gifts – the stallholders are all local cottage industries and craftsmen. The market’s chosen charity is Cancer Research UK. There is no admission fee, but customers can choose to donate to the charity at the door. There is also a donation from market proceeds to the Duchess of Kent hospice.
Made in the Hood Exhibition, Woolton Hill Village Hall, 10am-4pm. Café run by the Living Stones Appeal, raising funds for refurbishment of the hall. Local art, crafts, handcrafted gifts and cards, and plenty of free parking.
Fubar, The Railway Tavern, Hungerford, 9pm. Rock/pop covers.
Emma Lawrence, The Gun Pub, Wash Common, 9pm to 11pm.
Christmas Concert for Cancer Charities, St Nicolas Church, Newbury, 7pm. Tickets are available from Sue Wood (01635) 32167, or from Carter Jonas in Market Place, Newbury and Camp Hopson Customer Services.
Christmas Fair, Fir Tree School, Fir Tree Lane, Newbury, 11am to 2pm.
Cromwell Singers Christmas Concert, St Mary’s, Shaw, 3pm. In aid of Christian Aid. Tickets £6, available on the door, in advance from Hogan’s music or telephone David Oats (01635) 43380.
Sunday, December 8:
Moss Walk, Snelsmore Common, 10.30am to 12.30pm. First in a series of short walks to discover the beauty of mosses. Join Peter Creed and Tom Haynes for a non-expert’s look at the incredible variety of mosses to be found at Snelsmore Common. Can be muddy in places. Minimum age: eight years-plus. Donations invited.
Winter bird walk, Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, 2pm to 4pm. Join local natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart on regular walks at the Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham. Learn all about the birds that visit the lakes and grounds around the centre during the winter months. No dogs please.
Christmas Fair, Herons Farm, Pangbourne, 10am to 4pm. Christmas stalls, gifts, jewellery, toys, pottery, raffle, games, facepainting. Hot food and refreshments including a bar. Free entry. For the kids: Santa’s Grotto: meet Santa and bring along your Christmas list. Receive a gift, £5 a child. Santa reindeeer rides: 3/4 hour ride followed by meeting Santa; 10am,12pm and 3pm Must be booked in advance, £35 per child. Mini-reindeer rides: can be booked on the day, £10 per child. Chocolate Hunt: 11am and 2pm. Search our ground with the elves to collect chocolate. Best to book in advance.
Monday, December 9:
Newbury Poets’ Workshop – the theme for this week is Ogden Nash. The group meets every Monday (including bank holidays) at the Friends Meeting House, Newbury, 8pm to 10pm. All welcome
Tuesday, December 10:
Newbury Floral Society, Royal British Legion Hall, Newbury,2pm. The December demonstration by Jackie Page is entitled Christmas is Coming. Details (01635) 48852.
Christmas gift workshop, Cakey Pigg Originals, Stratfield Saye, 6.30pm to 8pm. Baking gingerbread cookies and decorating tree decorations, £45.
Wednesday, December 10:
Caversham late-night shopping evening, with entertainment, including the Sing for Fun choir
To January 5 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Theatre Royal Winchester. www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
Bird walk, Greenham & Crookham Common, 2pm to 4pm. Join local natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart on regular walks at Greenham Common Learn all about the birds that visit the common throughout the year.