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Thursday, September 15:

Thatcham & District Philatelic Society AGM and mini auction and social, Memorial Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, 7pm

Buble Fever, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 7.30pm – a tribute show from Ricky Arthur. Tickets £18.50. Ticket office (01793) 524481 or www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

In the Dust, Corn Exchange, Newbury, 7.45pm. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

Newbury and Thatcham Hard of Hearing Club, Fair Close Day Centre, Newtown Road, 7pm to 9pm. Monthly meeting. Tonight's guest speaker, Paul Thomas from Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. Philip Davies (01635) 36830

Storysacks, Main Hall, Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading, 5pm to 6.30pm. The creator of Storysacks, Neil Griffiths, will be introducing his innovative literacy concept that has already received international recognition and will be of interest to teachers, librarians and parents. Booking required, download form from www.leightonpark.com

Friday, September 16:

to 18. Marlborough Artists 62nd Annual Exhibition, The Town Hall, Marlborough, times vary. Free entry. Original paintings, prints, ceramics and glassware on sale. Wiltshire Air Ambulance will be supported.

and 17. Macbeth, Corn Exchange, Newbury, 7.45pm. Presented by Icarus Theatre. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury Racecourse, first race 2pm. Details (01635) 40015 or www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Turn Back the Clock, The Haymarket, Basingstoke, 7.30pm. A celebration of the wit and wisdom of Joyce Grenfell, adapted and performed by Cheryl Knight. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan, New Greenham Arts, 8pm. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

Chantel McGregor, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore Common, 8pm. Acclaimed guitarist and singer. Tickets £9. (01635) 244246 www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Newbury and District Transport Group, Bayer UK, Strawberry Hill, 7.30pm. The Dick Sainsbury Collection: Steam 1950 – 1960 with John Barrowdale

Saturday, September 17:

Dubai Duty Free International Weekend and Sports Saturday at Newbury Racecourse, first race 1.35pm. Details: (01635) 40015 or www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

John Dipper and Luke Daniels, The Forge, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Happy Feet Dance Academy, The Anvil, 3pm and 7.30pm. (01256) 844244 ww.anvilarts.org.uk

Harry the Piano, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore Common, 8pm. Musical comedy of staggering virtuosity, Paul Harry Harris takes live requests to play any song in any style. Tickets £14.50, (01635) 244246 www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Twilight Tours at The Vyne, Basingstoke, 7pm to 11.30pm. Spend an evening exploring the spiritual and spooky world of this once Tudor powerhouse. A light seasonal supper is included. More Information, Cathy Baker, (01256) 883858, thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk

to January 15, 2012. Worn to be Wild, a touring collection of animal inspired, period costumes comes to the River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames. Exhibition provides an interactive, visual feast for all the family. Exciting workshops for schools, with Kate Plumtree, in October. More details (01491) 415600 www.rrm.co.uk

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet at the water tower in Finches Lane, Baydon (where parking is possible), grid ref SU 288777, 10am. For a walk to Membury Hill Fort, six miles. Leader Lyn G (01672) 513294

and 18. The Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury Showground, Chieveley, 8am to 6pm. Come along and enjoy one of the best two day agricultural shows in the south of England. Box office (01635) 247155, www.berkshireshow.co.uk

Charity designer fabric sale, Great Bedwyn Village Hall, 10 am to noon. Colefax and Fowler/Jane Churchill fabric from £10 metre. More than 80 designs. Cash or cheques. All proceeds to Brendoncare Froxfield. Enquiries Hugh Thompson (01962) 852133

Sunday, September 18:

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

Jethro, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.30pm. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Justin Moorhouse, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 8pm. Manchester stand-up comes to Swindon. Tickets £16. Ticket office (01793) 524481 or www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

Sam Baker, the Forge, Basingstoke. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Electronic organ and keyboard concert with David Thomas. Aldermaston Concert Centre, The William Penney Theatre entrance through AWE West Gate, 3pm. Ample free car parking, bar, restaurant open from noon. Interval tea and biscuits plus raffle, £6.50 at the door, no membership required. Phone Sylvia Bowsher (0118) 971 2220

West Berkshire Ramblers. Meet at Bury Down car park, West Ilsley, grid ref SU 479840, 10am, for an undulating walk via Hodcott and Windmill Down, leisurely pace, 4.75 miles. Bring a drink and a snack. Leader Fred C (01635) 281621

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet at Lamp Acres, opposite Shaw Cemetery on the B4009, grid ref SU 480685, 9.30am, for an undulating walk to Cold Ash, Marlston House, Hermitage,

Oare and Curridge, 12.5 miles. Bring sufficient food and drink to last the day. Leader Graham S (01635) 580356

The Mike Miller Jazz Trio, The Lock Stock & Barrel, Newbury, 2.30pm. Featuring the wonderful playing of jazz guitarist Mike Miller. For more information (01635) 580550. Admission is free

Monday, September 19:

Free singing workshop Everest Community School, Oxford Road, Basingstoke, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. If you have always wanted to sing but don't know if you can, or lack confidence, a Sing for Fun workshop is for you. Designed to help you find your voice singing in a group and

within a relaxed, fun atmosphere, you will learn breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups and enjoy a singsong. No experience necessary. To book a free taster session, log on to www.singforfun.co.uk, or telephone 08455 191391

Blood donation session, Royal British Legion, Haig House, Pelican Lane, Newbury, 1.30pm to 3.30pm and 4.15pm to 7pm. New donors welcome. To book an appointment, visit www.blood.co.uk or telephone 0300 123 23 23

Tuesday, September 20:

The Mysterious and Fantastical Wartime Tale of the Salty Socks of Dunkirk, New Greenham Arts, 8pm. Shanty Theatre presents a story about a boy, a boat and some socks. (01635)522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

to 22. Macbeth, The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Main House, 7.30pm. Winchester-based company Platform 4, known for creating stunningly imaginative visual theatre, bring a stylish and accessible retelling of The Scottish Play to the Main House. Tickets £10 to £16

(concessions available). www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet at Back Lane, Ramsbury, grid ref SU273716, 10am, for a rolling downs and woodland walk, five miles. Leader Joan L C (01672) 861359 or 07709

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to 24. All Shook Up, Hexagon Theatre, Reading, 7.30pm. Loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, but uses the music of Elvis to tell the story of life and love in the American Mid-West in the 1950s. Tickets £16, concessions £14. www.readingops.co.uk or (0118) 9606060

Free singing workshop at St Bart's School, Andover Road, Newbury, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. If you have always wanted to sing but don't know if you can, or lack confidence, a Sing for Fun workshop is for you. Designed to help you find your voice singing in a group and within a relaxed, fun atmosphere, you will learn breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups and enjoy a singsong. No experience necessary. To book a free taster session, log on to ww.singforfun.co.uk, or telephone 08455 191391

Wednesday, September 21:

Astronomy for beginners with the Newbury Astronomical Society, St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham, 7pm. Short entry-level talks suitable for all ages, and observing with society telescopes if clear. Details Steve Harris (01635) 860047.

Greek, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. Music Theatre Wales presents the opera based on the Steven Berkoff play. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Zelda's Jazz Room, Comrades Club, Newbury Street, Wantage, 8pm. Laurie Chescoe's Reunion Band – many stalwarts of the popular Goodtime Jazz Band plus young Australian clarinet and sax man Duncan Hemstock and long-time member of the famous Alex Welsh Band, guitarist/banjoist Jim Douglas. Tickets £9 on the door, or telephone (01993) 811678 to book in advance, fish and chips £3.50, raffle, parking, licensed bar

Free singing workshop at St John the Baptist church hall, Alexandra Road, Andover. 7.30pm to 9.30pm. If you have always wanted to sing but don't know if you can, or lack confidence, a Sing for Fun workshop is for you. Designed to help you find your voice singing in a group and within a relaxed, fun atmosphere, you will learn breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups and enjoy a singsong. No experience necessary. To book a free taster session, log on to www.singforfun.co.uk, or telephone 08455 191391



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