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Thursday, June 30:

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge, Corn Exchange, 7.45pm. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Evening Racing at Newbury Racecourse, first race 6pm. Details (01635) 40015 or www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Brit Floyd, The Pink Floyd Tribute Show, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 8pm. Tickets £27.50. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Barry & Stuart LIVE!, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore, 8pm. Tickets (01635) 244246; www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Craft and Chat in the Carnegie Lounge, Newbury Library, 11am to 1pm. Bring your knitting, sewing or any craft along to this free new group. Please just drop in. (01635) 519900

Berkshire Geoconservation Group: AGM and Town Walk, West Berkshire Council Offices, Newbury, AGM 6.30pm (light refreshments) and Town Building Stones and Archaeology Walk

at 7pm. Walk will take approx 1½ hours. For the walk, meet outside the Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury. Enquiries Lesley Dunlop 07790 896118

Tea Dance, Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Road, 2pm to 4.15pm. Ballroom, Latin American and sequence dancing. £2.50, to include a raffle and refreshments, raising money for local charities. More information call Ronnie Parkin (01635) 821505

Friday, July 1:

Jongleurs – Comedy on the Road, Corn Exchange, 7.45pm. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

to 12 August, Isobel Elliott – A Retrospective. National Needlework Archive at The Old Chapel, Main Street, New Greenham Park. A must see exhibition of a lifetime's exquisite embroidery of amazing variety. Contact (01635) 38740 www.nationalneedlworkarchive.org.uk

to 3, Winchester Hat Fair – a funfilled weekend jam-packed with the very best in street theatre

to 24, HADCAF 2011, Hungerford, various venues. The 20th anniversary of the Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival celebrates with an eclectic mix of poetry, song, music, crafts and much more. Fully list of events available on www.hadcaf.co.uk. Programme and tickets available from Newbury Building Society. Contact info@hadcaf.co.uk; tel: (01488) 684901/ 683719/ 684038

Gardening for the Brain, Burghfield Common, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Free gardening activity open to those with memory problems and carers. Sow and hoe, pick and prick in a peaceful, private garden. A job for all. No gardening experience required. Contact Margaret

Gould on (01635) 500870

Saturday, July 2:

World Party in the Park, Eastrop Park, Basingstoke. For further information about the event, contact Chetna Kapacee at The Making on (01256) 845786 or event@themaking.org.uk

Arts Stamps Exhibition at Newbury Racecourse. Details www.artstampsexhibitions.org.uk

The UK Wolf Conservation Trust – Predator to Pet Workshop £50 per person places limited booking essential. Contact (0118) 971 3330.

Flyaway Katie, Corn Exchange, 11am. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Cantemus, Silchester Parish Church, 7.30pm. The popular Newbury choir will give a summer

concert of choral music, to include works by Elgar, Fauré, Parry, Purcell and Rutter. Directed by Clive Grant, and featuring Jack Turner (piano). Tickets £8 at the door, or contact Ralph Atton, (0118) 9700825. Proceeds to organ restoration.

Thatcham Community Art Group first Summer Exhibition, The Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham.

Telephone Angela Bates (07914) 321 681

Petite School of Dancing, The Haymarket, Basingstoke, 2pm and 7pm. A collection of dances performed by pupils aged two to 20. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Speenhamland School Circus Fair, Speenhamland Primary School, 1 to 3pm. Roll up, Roll up to the fair – stalls, circus acts, fancy dress competitions and refreshments for everyone

Bird Walk, Greenham Common Control Tower Car Park, Bury's Bank Road, 10am to noon. Join the local Wildlife Trust to learn about this fabulous heathland, the ground-nesting birds and other amazing wildlife. Dogs on lead welcome. No booking needed. This event is raising money for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. More information Nature Discovery Centre Thatcham (01635) 874381

Sunday, July 3:

Cold Ash Brass, Victoria Park Bandstand, Newbury from 3pm to 5pm.

Aldbourne Band Pond Concert in Aldbourne Village Square. In St Michael's church if it is wet, 7.15pm in www.aldbourne-band.co.uk

The Hiss and Boo Show, Britain's Brightest and best Music Hall and Variety Show at The Mill at Sonning, 8.15pm. www.millatsonning.com

Love Your Chocolates! An evening with Tim Bentinck (David Archer in The Archers), The Watermill Theatre, 7pm. Box office (01635) 46044 www.watermill.org.uk

Find Your Freedom in the Music, Corn Exchange, 7pm. Youth charity concert raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

Summer Fete, Mary Hare School, 10am-4pm.

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet at the Wharf, Newbury grid ref SU 473671, 10am, for a walk to Speen Church, Donnington Castle and Shaw House. This is a variation of Walk 9 in Walks in the Kennet Valley and Beyond (2010), 6 miles. Leader: Greg M Tel: (01635) 45802

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet at Walbury Hill west (gibbet) car park, grid ref SU 370621, 10am, for a walk to Buttermere, Linkenholt and Faccombe. Bring sufficient food and drink to last the day, 12 miles. Leader: Graham S Tel: (01635) 580356

Kingsclere Primary School Summer Fair and Twist Kingsclere 5-mile run at The Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere 11am to 2pm. Free entry. Twist Kingsclere 5 provides a unique opportunity to run along private gallops around Kingsclere and overlooking Watership Down. A memento for all and prizes to be won. Children's races starting at 11.05am. More information available at

www.twistkingsclere5.org.uk All proceeds will go to Kingsclere Primary School

St Cassian's Centre, Wallington's Road, Kintbury. Cream tea afternoon from 2pm until 5pm and open day. The day will include tours of the house and a film presentation of the work done at the centre. All proceeds will go to the De La Salle Brothers Rwanda School Project.

Monday, July 4:

Harvey's Meadow Walk, 11am to 1pm. Robin Tubb will lead a fascinating tour around Harvey's

Meadow, looking at the history of the water meadows, the work being done to restore the chalk river, and rural crafts. Meet on the A4 in the lay-by opposite the Garden Centre. Booking

required: tickets £3 from Newbury Building Society, Hungerford. All proceeds to HADCAF.

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 go online www.cococrafts.co.uk

Singing for the Brain, St Joseph's Church Hall, Newbury, 10.30am to 12noon. Free sociable singing session to exercise the brain. Mix of old songs and new. For people with memory

problems and their carers. All welcome. Contact: Margaret Gould on (01635) 500870

Tea Dance, Catholic Club, Bath Road, Thatcham, 2pm to 4.30pm. Ballroom, Latin American and sequence tea dance. Lovely friendly group. £2 fee including free raffle, door prizes and refreshments. Not for profit, just great fun. More information call: Ronnie Parkin (01635) 821505

Tuesday, July 5:

Burnham Copse Trefoil Guild at Heath End Village Hall, Baughurst, from 2pm to 4pm. Everyone welcome. Contact Monica Curry (0118) 981 2539 or Jean Wetenhall (0118) 970 0760

to 29, Jane Lewis Embroidery Display, National Needlework Archive at The Old Chapel, Main Street, New Greenham Park. Contact (01635) 38740 www.nationalneedlworkarchive.org.uk

to 23, Newbury Comedy Festival. (01635) 522733 or www.cornexchangenew.com

Wildflowers, 6pm to 7.30pm. Lois Pihlens will guide us around and help us identify wildflowers such as marsh orchids, bog bean and ragged robin. Meet at the swing bridge by St Lawrence's Church.

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet in the Ashdown Park NT free car park, which is 3.5 miles north of Lambourn on the western side of the B4000, grid ref SU 283822, 10am, for an easy circular walk visiting Ashdown Park, Alfred's Castle, The Ridgeway, Wayland's Smithy and Weathercock Hill, 6 miles. Leader: Joan L C Tel: (01672) 861359 or 07709 582477

Outdoor Fitness Sessions, Pound Lane, Thatcham, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Free fitness sessions, initial period of six weeks, led by local fitness professional Nick Mash. Space limited, booking essential. Contact Nick Mash on 07717 532320

Wednesday, July 6:

to 10, Henley Festival. Henley on Thames throws off its genteel air and goes into full throttle glamour. Located on one of the most scenic stretches of The River Thames, the festival is now in its 29th year and is the hottest ticket of the British Summer Social Season.

www.henley-festival.co.uk or call (01491) 843404

Great Expectations – outdoor theatre, Waterperry Gardens, Nr Wheatley, Oxford, 7pm. Quantum Theatre performs the Charles Dickens classic. Gates open an hour before the

performance for picnics. No seating is provided so please bring your own picnic chairs or blankets. Tickets are non-refundable and the performance will go ahead except in severe weather conditions. Ticket prices: Adults £17.50. Students and children aged 16 and under £13.50. www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Teas at St Mary's Church, Aldworth 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Relax and enjoy afternoon tea and see the amazing 14th century Aldworth Giants. Details: (01635) 578177

Parent and Toddler Group, St Nicolas Church Hall, Newbury, 10am to 11.15am. Contact Tessa Roots on (01635) 600618

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