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Thursday, June 23:

To Jul 30, The Marriage of Figaro, The Watermill, Bagnor. Times and prices vary. Box office: (01635) 46044, www.watermill.org.uk

River Dipping in Hungerford. Meet at the swing bridge by St Lawrence's Church, 7pm to 9pm. Join Town and Manor river keeper Rob Starr, for a wander along the river bank looking at

wildlife on and in the river. There will be an opportunity to go river dipping, so please bring wellies. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Elkie Brooks, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 7.30pm. Tickets £22. Ticket office (01793) 524481 or

www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

Dennis Locorriere, Alone Again 2011, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. Tickets £20. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Paul Chowdhry, comedy at The Forge, Basingstoke, 8pm. Tickets £14. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

To 25, Out of Sight...Out of Murder at the Old Mill Hall, Grove, 7.30pm. Performed by local amateur dramatic group Stagelights. Details (01235) 766612

Friday, June 24:

The Midwich Cuckoos, New Greenham Arts, 7.30pm. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Jonathan Ansell and Friends sing the music of G4, New Theatre Oxford, 7.30pm. www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk

To 26, Flower Festival, St Peter's Church, Stockbridge, 10am-7pm. On the theme of literary likes.

To 25, Centre Stage Dance Academy, The Haymarket, Basingstoke, 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Box office (01256) 819797 or www.anvilarts.org.uk

Muzsikas with Maria Petras, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. Tickets £17. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Make a Clutch Purse Workshop, Calico Dress Fabrics, Inch's Yard, 7pm to 9.30pm. £30 per person with all materials included as well as tea, coffee and homemade cake. For more details please call 07748 594644, email amy@cococrafts.co.uk or visit www.cococrafts.co.uk

Saturday, June 25:

PP Arnold, Arlington Arts Centre, 8pm. Tickets: (01635) 244246; www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Whole Lotta Led, Central Studio, Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, 8pm. A tribute to Led Zeppelin. Tickets: £13 (£11 concessions). Box office: (01256) 418318

And Sunday, Making of the Newbury Coat, Corn Exchange, Newbury. Come and watch 150

spinners, carders and tailors race against time to re-create the Newbury Coat. 10am-6pm Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday. See local history brought to life.

And Sunday, Boxford Open Gardens, 2pm to 5pm. Visit some of the beautiful waterside and cottage gardens of Boxford. Floral displays in St Andrew's Church. Teas served

at the Mill. Enquiries (01488) 608422

Reading Bach Choir, Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road, Reading, 7.30pm. Ticket prices vary – tickets@readingbachchoir.org.uk or (0118) 9470104

Woolton Hill Village Market, Church Hall, 10am to 1pm. Fresh local produce, plants, cards and

crafts, coffee and cake, activities for children. www.wooltonhillvillagemarket.co.uk

One Night of Elvis, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. Elvis tribute concert with Lee ‘Memphis' King. Tickets £20. Box office (01256) 819797 or www.anvilarts.org.uk

And Sunday. Cholsey & Wallingford Railway Senior Citizen Weekend (one OAP goes free with full fare paying adult). Steam hauled by Birkenhead. 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-wallingford-railway.com or contact us on cwrail@yahoo.co.uk or (01491) 835 067

Sunday, June 26:

Chieveley Village Fete, a traditional village fete held in the beautiful grounds of Chieveley Manor, 2pm to 5pm. Entertainment includes Punch and Judy show, fire engine visit, homemade cakes and local produce. Bar and barbecue. Entry: adults £1.50, children free.

The Beads Fair at Newbury Racecourse. Practical bead and jewellery making festival. www.westofenglandevents.co.uk

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra Strictly Big Band, at The Mill at Sonning, 8.15pm. www.millatsonning.com

RENEWAL Community Project – Free Fishing School, Newbury Angling Association's Willows and Alders Lakes, Muddy Lane, Thatcham, 10am-4pm. (Continue on past the entrance to the Discovery Centre and follow signs for the Fishing School). Drop in for a half hour, one-to-one tuition session with a qualified coarse fishing instructor. A free event for all ages.

Ramsbury Silver Band, Victoria Park Bandstand, Newbury from 3pm to 5pm.

Pangbourne Silver Band, The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley at 1pm. Come and relax in our beautiful spacious garden and enjoy the music. Contact (01189) 745213 for more details

Summer Serenade, St George's Church, Wash Common,3.30pm. Music by Helen Page (violin) Clive Grant (organ) and Harmony. A relaxing afternoon concert with Pimms and strawberries. Tickets £8. Details (01635) 45978

Kingsclere Gardens Open 2pm to 6pm from St Mary's Churchyard. Tickets £5, children free.

Monday: June 27:

International Antiques & Collector's Fair at Newbury Racecourse, early buyers 8am to 10am £10, buyers 10am to 4pm £5. Details: www.iacf.co.uk

Thatcham Historical Society, Kennet School, Thatcham 7.30-9.00 pm (Visitors £1.50). Talk by Nick Hewitt on Coastal Convoys. Details (01635) 865574

Newbury Poets' Workshop meets every Monday, 7.45pm, at the Friends' Meeting House, Highfield Avenue (behind the bus station). Details Barrie Singleton (01635) 569097

Thatcham Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu Club meets on Mondays, 7.45pm to 9.30pm, at the Burdwood Centre. Details Richard Down (01635) 869016 or www.thatchamjitsu.co.uk

West Berkshire Ramblers, park and meet on a very wide verge, where a bridleway heads off SE from the road just south of Egbury, grid ref SU 440523; a remote spot, but only 2 miles from the A34 exit for Litchfield, 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Two different walks from the same starting point. Leader: Roy Bu, tel: (01235) 816763

Tuesday, June 28:

Newbury District Field Club. Talk by Sarah Orr on West Berkshire Historic Environmental Record. St John's Church Room, 7.30pm Sly Theatre, New Greenham Arts, 7.45pm. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

New Zumba dance classes, Liberty Ballroom, New Greenham Park, starting Tuesday, June 28, 6.15pm to 7pm and 7.15pm to 8pm and Thursdays 6.15pm to 7pm. Cost £5 per session. No booking required. Bar and large free car park.

Ten Pin Bowling Club – Tuesdays, noon, at Lakeside Bowl Thatcham. Mixed ages and abilities, reduced bowling rates. For info please contact either Bob on (01635)38308 or Lynn on (01488) 657789

Buddhist Meditation Group (Chinese Chan) runs every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Newbury. All welcome, no charge. Please contact Susan Millington for more details: millington.susan@gmail.com or 07958 574524.

West Berkshire Ramblers, park at Bradley Moore Square, Thatcham, grid ref SU 524681, as far away from the shops as possible, 10am. The walk climbs out of the valley to go to Bucklebury Common, Upper Bucklebury and Wimble's Wood. 5.5 miles. Leader: Fiona W, tel: (01635) 40720

Wednesday, June 29:

Quantum Leap VIII, Corn Exchange, 7.45pm. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Jimmy Carr, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 8pm. Tickets £25. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

St Mary's Church, Aldworth, afternoon teas from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Visit this historic church set in beautiful countryside on the edge of the Ridgeway Path. Details: (01635) 578177

West Berkshire Ramblers, walk from the Lord Lyon pub, Stockcross, 6pm. Grid ref SU 436686, taking in Bagnor, Boxford Common and part of the Lambourn Valley Way. The walk will be at a reasonable pace to get back in time to eat. Dogs must be on a lead at the request of the landowner. Six miles. Leader: Sue G, tel: 07881 501626



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