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Thursday, June 7:

Newbury and District Caving Club, The Royal Oak, Ecchinswell, 8pm. Contact Russell Gardner (01635) 821440.

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

Hampstead Norreys Summer Ladies Evening, Manor Courtyard, 7pm to 10pm. Champagne and Pimms bar, fashion show, lots of stalls – handbags, jewellery and more. Tickets £5 on the

night, including a free glass of Pimms or in advance from the Community Shop.

Stay Sharp!, Northcroft Centre, 11.30am to 12.30pm. Free weekly yoga-based seated gentle aerobic exercise class for people with memory problems & carers. Followed by an optional drink or lunch. Very sociable and welcoming group. For more information call Margaret Gould on (01635) 500870

Free Outdoor Fitness Sessions, Siegecross Public Open Space, Agricola Way, Thatcham, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, at Thatcham's outdoor gym at Siegecross. Sessions led by local fitness professional Nick Mash. Space limited, booking essential. Initial period of 6 weeks. For more information, call Nick Mash on 0771 753232

Friday, July 8:

Evening Racing at Newbury Racecourse, first race 5.50pm. Details: (01635) 40015 or www.newburyracecourse.co.uk

to September 3, Creation Theatre Anthony & Cleopatra, Said Business School open air amphitheatre, Oxford (if raining inside at the Nelson Mandela Theatre). Details: (01865) 766266; www.creationtheatre.co.uk

An Evening of Burlesque, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 7.30pm. Box office: (01793) 524481


Dylan Moran, Yeah Yeah, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 8pm. Tickets £23. Box office (01256) 819797 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Make a Simple Tote Bag 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


SPEARGRASS Community Play 1986, New Era Theatre, Andover Road, Wash Common (in St Georges Centre car park), 7.30pm for 8pm start. 25th anniversary video screening of this spectacular production. Tickets £5

Coffee morning and goods sale with Lambourn Alzheimer's Society, Memorial Hall, High Street, Lambourn, 9am to 1pm. Tea, coffee & homemade cakes, bric-a-brac, tombola, fashion jewellery, handbags and clothes (new, pre-loved and vintage), books and lots more. Donation of quality goods welcome. Raising money for Alzheimer's Society West Berkshire. For more information Margaret Gould (01635) 500870

Saturday, July 9:

RENEWAL Community Project – Meadow Management Day, Meet in the car park of Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Turnpike, 10am. Help us to look after Turnpike

Meadow and increase the diversity of wildflowers by raking grass cuttings ready for removal. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch. All tools, safety equipment, tea and coffee provided.

St Bart's Food Festival and Fete, St Bartholomew's School, noon to 3pm. This year's fete will be opened by local chef Chris Horridge from the Fine Dining Academy.

St Martin's School Fete, East Woodhay, 2.30pm to 6pm. Bouncy castle, stalls, BBQ and bar. Local jazz duo Idle Words, 3.15pm to 5.15pm. Adults £1, children free.

Craft and Collectors Fair, St Georges Hall, Andover Rd, 11am to 3.30pm. Entrance £1. Tables £15. Tel (01264) 360255. Supporting New Era Players

Saturday Morning Cookery Classes, The Lambourn Centre, Close End, 10am to noon. Come and make healthy seasonal food to take home and cook. Five sessions for only £12. Supported by West Berks family learning. Telephone Tessa on 07894 099 385 or (01635) 523379

Baby and Children's goods market, main sports hall, Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, Newbury Racecourse, 2pm to 4pm. 35 stallholders selling quality pre-loved and new boys and girls items by great brands at bargain prices from birth to six years! Visit www.babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk More information Leanne Taylor 07881 641614

Cold Ash Summer Fete, St Finian's Catholic School, Cold Ash, 2pm to 6pm. Admission £1, raising money for School PTFA. Carol Malehan (01635) 860065

Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Market, The Congregational Hall, Cromwell Place, Newbury, 9.30am to 3.45pm. Jewellery, furniture, ceramics, militaria, stamps, postcards, silver, art,

objets d'art, vinyl records and lots more. Raising money for Save The Children / the up-keep of the listed building. For more information call Leo Ryan on 07890 368185

Hamstead Marshall Food Fair and Village Fete, Elm Farm, 11am to 10pm. A day out for all the family and a chance to sample organic and locally produced foods as well as lots of activities for children and live music throughout the day. In the evening, join in with the Parish Party in the Paddock from 6.30pm to 10pm. For more information call Gillian Woodward on (01488)


Bird Walk, Greenham Common Control Tower Car Park, Bury's Bank Road, 10am to 12noon. 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. Raising money for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Nature Discovery Centre

Thatcham (01635) 874381

Whitelands Park Primary School Summer Fete, Thatcham 11am - 2pm. Featuring the exciting finale of the W Factor. Many stalls , barbecue, zumba, music and martial arts demonstrations.

Sunday, July 10:

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

An Evening with Ann Widdecombe at The Mill at Sonning, 8.15pm. www.millatsonning.com

City of Oxford Silver Band, Victoria Park Bandstand, Newbury, from 3pm to 5pm.

Curridge WI, Car Boot Sale, Newbury Racecourse, 9am.

Dom Joly, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 8pm. Tickets £20.50. Box office: (01793) 524 481 or


Newbury Carnival, the theme is Going for Gold and the parade starts at 2pm. www.newburycarnival.co.uk

40th Anniversary Open Day National Animal Welfare Trust, Trindledown Farm, Wantage Road,

Great Shefford, 11am to 3pm. Join the celebrations. Dog show, craft stalls, raffle, dog agility display and lots more. All money raised will go to the animals in our care. More information Jackie Thorp (01488) 638584

Free turn up and play volleyball in Newbury, Victoria Park or Northcroft Park, 1pm to 4pm. Newbury Volleyball Club is having various turn up and play sessions throughout July. No experience required to have fun. More information www.newburyvolleyballclub.co.uk or

Troy Tilley 07585 394928

Race for Life, Newbury Showground, 11am. www.raceforlife.org or call 08716411111

Monday, July 11:

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

Recruitment for 211 Sqn Newbury Air Cadets, St Michaels Road, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Aged 13-17? Join this exciting organisation. Go flying or gliding, take part in Duke of Edinburgh

Award, adventure training, target shooting,7 sports, overseas trips, camps. More information Jan Pye on (01635) 552635

Tea Dance Catholic Club, Bath Road, Thatcham, 2pm to 4.30pm. Ballroom Latin American and sequence. Lovely friendly group. £2 fee including free raffle, door prizes and refreshments.

Not for profit, just great fun. More information Ronnie Parkin (01635) 821505

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

problems & their carers. All welcome.

More information Margaret Gould (01635) 500870

Tuesday, July 12:

Newbury Floral Society demonstration, The Royal British Legion Hall, Newbury 2pm. Dodie Stevens, ‘More than a Feeling'. Details (01635) 48852 (see ongoing events)

Mark Thomas – The Wall, Swindon Arts Centre. Tel: (01793) 614837

Citizens Advice Bureau AGM, Broadway House, Northbrook Street, Newbury, 4.30pm. Guest Speakers: Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera – Equality of Access, Brian – Client Perspective

West Berkshire Ramblers, park along the lay-by in Holly Lane, Ashampstead, grid ref SU 565769 for a walk to Southridge Farm and Westridge Green, some undulations. 6.5 miles.

Leader: Joan C Tel: (01235) 835618

to 17, Gallery 1753, Craftsman Newbury, Bartholomew Street, exhibition by local artists. An

opportunity to buy pictures by local artists. Tel (01635) 43532

Wednesday, July 13:

to 4 August, Intuition, New Greenham Arts gallery, 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Exhibition of work created at New Greenham Arts.

Mark Thomas – The Wall 2011 Tour, Newbury Corn Exchange, 7.45pm. (01635) 522733 or


Riffs Acoustic Night, Compton Swan, High Street, 8pm-11pm. Every Wednesday. Come and enjoy the best singer/songwriters playing their own material. Folk to rock, blues to pop.

Entry is free. Jean-Marc Bidegain (01635) 579400

Free Activity Taster Sessions, Methodist Church Hall, Reading Road, Burghfield Common, 1.30pm-4.15pm. Singing, dance and yoga (gentle seated exercise) taster sessions. All welcome, most especially those with memory problems and their families. A small, friendly group. More information Margaret Gould (01635) 500870

Charity Garden Opening, Chieveley Manor Garden, 2.30pm - 4pm. Large garden surrounding listed house; walled garden with roses, shrubs and border. Admission £5 per person, raising money for Royal Berks Charity

Reading (Robbie the Robot). More information Jan Jewson (0118) 322 6969

Enjoy tea and cake for just £2 at St Mary's Church, Aldworth. 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Drink from unique Aldworth Giants' mugs and see the amazing effigies of the de la Beche family. Details: (01635) 578177

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