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Thursday, June 9:

Newbury Sub Aqua Club Open Night, open evening at Mary Hare School, Snelsmore, 7pm. Discover all you have ever wanted to know about scuba diving, or about joining an active club if you already dive. If you want to try diving on the night, bring your swimming kit. www.newburysac.com

SIA Charity Day at Newbury Racecourse, first race 1.30pm. Details: (01635) 40015 or www.newburyracecourse.co.uk

Until 7 Aug: Slice: Hengest to Alnwick, New Greenham Arts, exhibition. (01635) 522733 or


to June 11, Dinnerladies, comedy at the Corn Exchange, times vary. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Newbury and District Organists' Association, St Nicolas Church, Newbury at 1.10pm. Organ recital by Alistair Davis, organist at St John's Stockcross. Admission free – retiring collection. http://newburyorganists.newbury.net

Friday, June 10:

The Blues Band, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore, 8pm. Tickets: (01635) 244246; www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Watermill Book Club, 1.30pm, an opportunity to meet Stella Tillyard author of Tides of War. Tickets £5. Box office: (01635) 46044. www.watermill.org.uk

Folk for MS Ceilidh with Asha and callers Dave Jolly and Jackie Allen, Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove. Doors open 7.30pm, £8 adults, £4 under-16s, for a stomping barn dance including half time display from Armaleggan Border Morris. No experience necessary, fun for all and part of Wantage Summer Festival with proceeds helping MS sufferers. 07855 548512 or


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Winchester Cathedral, 7.30pm. Box office: (01962) 857275 www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Saturday, June 11:

And Sunday, Flower Festival, St Mary's Church, Aldworth, 11am-5pm. See the Aldworth Giants among beautiful flower arrangements on a theme of stories from The Bible. Refreshments, plants and cakes for sale. Donations appreciated in aid of St Mary's Church Restoration Fund.

Details: (01635) 578791

Newbury Chamber Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Edward Lambert, perform an evening of music by Handel at Church of the Ascension, Burghclere at 7.30pm. Works include Oboe Concerto in G minor, soloist Rebecca Millard, The ways of Zion do mourn and Te Deum in A. Admission £10 (children free). www.newburychamberchoir.co.uk

and Sunday, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway – Catch the train to the Wallingford Blues and

Beer Festival. Festival performers on some trains, Saturday only. No booking needed just come along. Trains depart from Wallingford starting at 11.05am and hourly until 16.05pm, trains depart Cholsey starting at 11.35am and then hourly until 16.35pm. Find out more at

www.cholsey-wallingfordrailway.com or contact cwrail@yahoo.co.uk or 01491 835 067

Beech Hill Concert Band, St Mary's Church, Thatcham, 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 at The Family Bookshop in the Broadway, Thatcham or telephone Iris Matthews on (01635) 863143

Folk for MS concert, Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove, featuring Cockersdale, Isambarde, Nick Dow, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer to raise money for MS sufferers. Tickets £10 adults, £5 U16s, 8pm, Tel (01235) 765445. www.folkforms.org

Regency Glamour Day, The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, 11am-5pm. Normal admission charge. Enjoy hunting party demonstrations, sword play, and learn about the use of

plants and herbs from an early 19th century gardener. Tel: (01256) 883858. For further information www.nationaltrust.co.uk

La Bohème, performed by Opera Brava, 7pm. Opera for All organised by Greenham Common Trust at Newbury Racecourse. Bring a picnic. Details: (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Highclere Church Fete, 1.30pm. Official opening by Keith Chegwin 2pm.

Cromwell Singers, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Baydon Road, Lambourn at 7.30pm. Proceeds for church funds Tickets: £7 including refreshments. Contact: cromwell.singers@googlemail.com

Culture Fest, Newbury Racecourse, noon-4pm. An exciting and inclusive community event showcasing culture, heritage and diversity in West Berkshire. For more information Waheeda

Soomro on 07900 218618 or email waheeda@all2gether.org.uk

Save the Children, Market Place, is holding a fun day in the shop on Saturday, from 10am. Includes a tombola, name the teddy, lucky dip, cakes for sale, and children's fun and games. The event is to raise money for the charity's No Child Born to Die campaign

Speen Village Fete, Speen Recreation Ground 2pm. Homemade teas , barbecue, circus skills, kids races, tombola etc. All proceeds to local good causes.

AFC Aldermaston Youth FC Open Day, AWE Recreation Society, to introduce the club to new players. Session 1, 10am-noon and Session 2, 1pm-3pm

Sunday, June 12:

Flower Festival, St Mary's Church, Aldworth, 11am-5pm. See The Aldworth Giants among beautiful flower arrangements on a theme of stories from The Bible. Refreshments, plants

and cakes for sale. Donations appreciated in aid of St Mary's Church Restoration Fund. Details: (01635) 578791

Crux Easton Wind Engine – Open Sunday, 4pm. Entrance Adult £4, Senior Student £3. Family £10. Contact Mrs O'Shaughnessy (01635) 254314

Curridge WI, Lunch Party at Laronde, Sandy Lane, organised by Rob and Toby Crispin, 12.30pm-1pm.

Newbury District Ornithological Club, meet by West Berkshire Museum at 9am. A morning trying to find summer breeding birds for the new Berkshire Bird Atlas, in areas to north

and south of Newbury. All welcome. More details from (01488) 668482.

Kennet Flyball Tournament, Padworth Village Hall, 8.30am-5pm. For more information call Andrea Shepherd on 07766 545277

Monday, June 13:

Regular back-to-work advice sessions with information on latest vacancies and training options, 2pm- 4pm at Greenham Community Centre, The Nightingales, Newbury. To meet a local Jobcentre Plus adviser, please call (01635) 550222 quoting Jobcentre Greenham.

Bo Burnham, US comic, The Hexagon, Reading, 8pm. Tickets: £15. Tel: (0118) 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com

West Berks Classic Vehicle Club meets at The Bowler's Arms, Wash Common, on the second Monday of every month, 8pm. Details: Richard Huntley (01635) 34541 or Les Taylor

(01635) 33121

Chuckles Baby and Toddler Group meet every Monday in Hampsted Norreys Village Hall, 9.45am to 11.30am, £1 per child. Term-time only

Greenham WI , speaker Sandy Mathieson talking about dogs for the disabled. Refreshments afterwards. Conservative Club, 2.15pm. Details from Judith Walton (01635) 524238

Tuesday, June 14:

Michael Ball Heroes Tour, New Theatre Oxford, 8pm. www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk

Newbury Floral Society demonstration, Janine Hall, ‘Where Rabbits Dream', 2pm, at The Royal

British Legion Hall, Newbury. Details: (01635) 48852

Berkshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society, talk by Jacqueline Aviolet of Rosie's Garden Plants Nursery in Aylesford, Kent on Hardy Geraniums – their history and propagation, St

Peter's Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Details (0118) 9700522,

www.berkshirehps.org.uk or www.hardy-plant.org.uk

RENEWAL Community Project – Meadow Monitoring Day, meet at Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Turnpike, 10am. Find out which plants are growing in Turnpike Meadow and help us to set up a long-term monitoring programme for the meadow. Paul Evans, a wildflower expert from the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre, will be on hand to help with identification. Bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Wednesday, June 15:

Until June 18, The Green of The Spring, The Watermill, Bagnor, times vary. The West Berkshire Federation of Village Schools, in collaboration with the Watermill Theatre, presents an evocative tale of Newbury families during the First World War. Box office: (01635) 46044, www.watermill.org.uk

Bereavement/Friendship Group, 10-noon, Newbury United Reformed Church. Contact (0163)


NGS: Stockcross House, Stockcross, open garden, 11am-4pm. Admission £3.50, children free

NGS: Pyt House, Ashampstead, open garden, 2pm-5pm. Combined admission with Willow Tree Cottage £5, children free.

St Mary's Church, Aldworth, afternoon teas from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in aid of St Mary's Building

Fund. Details: (01635) 578177

James Evans' Rocket Five, Zelda's Jazz Room, the Comrade Club, Newbury Street, Wantage, 8pm. Tickets £9 in advance or on the door. (01993) 811678

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