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Thursday, October 6:

Roy Chubby Brown, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 8pm. Tickets £21. Ticket office (01793) 524481 or www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

to 8, Over the Rainbow, The Haymarket, Basingstoke, times vary. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Ouch!, Science Oxford Live, St Clements, Oxford, 7.30pm. (01865) 810000 www.scienceoxfordlive.com

Sarah Gillespie Quartet, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore Common, 8pm. Tickets £9. (01635) 244246 www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

to Sunday, Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet, New Theatre, Oxford. 0844 871 3020 www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk

Frisky and Mannish, New Greenham Arts, 8pm. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

Eliza Carthy Band, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

NSPCC West Berkshire Luncheon Club, Goring and Streatley Golf Club, noon. Going For Gold, speaker Debbie Flood who represents Great Britain in rowing and holds two silver medals from the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games. Contact membership secretary Sara Richards on (01491) 872296 sararichards@btinternet.com

to Saturday, Brunomart Continental Market, Market Place, Newbury, 9am to 4pm. In addition to the Charter Market, there will be a variety of goods including Italian biscuits, olives and saucissons, Japanese crafts, Chinese delight, French handbags and travel bags, Thai crafts and canvas, paella, South American crafts, dryfruits, nuts and baklava.

Friday, October 7:

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Anvil Theatre Basingstoke, 7.45pm. Tel: 01256 844244; www.anvilarts.org.uk

to Sunday, Waterperry Apple Weekend, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, Oxford. Up to 50 varieties of apples on display, with many of them also available to taste. Tel: (01844) 339226, events@waterperrygardens.co.uk www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Chris Cox, New Greenham Arts, 8pm. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

Newbury Astronomical Society, United Reformed Church Hall, Cromwell Place, 7.30pm. It's ONLY Rocket Science. Details Steve Harris (01635) 860047

and Saturday, Le Festival aux Quat'Saisons, Le Manoir de Quait'Saisons, Great Milton. Nigel Kennedy (Fri) and Gaelle Arquez (Sat) perform at St Mary's Church, next to the Manoir. Each evening commences with a sparkling Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception followed by a torchlit promenade to the neighbouring St Mary's Church for the performance. Afterwards, guests can indulge in a five-course feast at the Manoir. To book or for more information 01844 277 484 or reservations@blanc.co.uk

Saturday, October 8:

to 16, Festival of Arts & Leisure 2011, Thatcham. Official opening on The Broadway at 10am by mayor Lee Dillon. Stalls, live music and games, 10am to 3pm. Art and craft stalls and refreshments. Festival food fair, St Mary's Church parish hall, art exhibition, Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham classic car show, Dunstan Green, junior schools' tag rugby, Henwick Worthy Field. Open day at Henleys Allotments, stamp fair, Memorial Hall, Read Dance & Theatre Schools, open house, Frank Hutchings Community Hall, disco roller skating, Kennet Leisure Centre, Thatcham 1972: Not just a Miners Strike, Thatcham Town Council Chamber. Free tickets are required for some events, visit www.thatchamfestival.info or telephone (01635) 863592 for full details

A Taste of Dahl, The Watermill, Bagnor. Anthony Pedley reads extracts from Dahl's much-loved children's books, bringing the magical tales to life, 11am. Tickets £5, box office (01635) 46044. www.watermill.org.uk

Quorum presents a Concert for Autumn, St Michael & All Angels church, Shalbourne, 7.30pm. Unaccompanied choral music by Victoria, Byrd, Gibbons, Schubert, Brahms, Britten and others. £8 (children free) pay at the door. Proceeds in aid of church funds. More information

Andrew Blake (01672) 871209

A Night at the West End, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Ticket office 01793 524481 or www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

Mayor's charity coffee morning and soup and roll lunch, Town Hall, Newbury, 10am to 2.30pm. Tea/coffee and homemade cakes, tombola, homemade soup and roll; an opportunity to enjoy morning and lunchtime refreshments in historic surroundings. All proceeds to mayor's charities

Sleeping Beauty, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 7.30pm. Moscow Ballet La Classique. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Tadley Bead Fair, Tadley Community Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley, 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Now Playing...The Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, Arlington Arts, Snelsmore, 8pm. Tickets £9 (01635) 244246 www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Call Mr Robeson, The Forge, Basingstoke, 7.45pm. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

and Sunday, Hungerford Camera Club Annual Exhibition, Hungerford Town Hall, 10am to 6pm on Saturday, 11am to 5pm on Sunday. Contact Jenny Booth 07876782738

Cake and Lemonade Sale, 2 Ball Hill Cottages, Ball Hill, noon to 2pm. Olivia and her school pals are raising funds to help build and improve their link school in Bukuya, Uganda. Sarah Isherwood 07711 037144

Antiques, vintage & collectors market, The Congregational Hall, Cromwell Place, Northbrook St, 9.45am to 3.45pm. 20 plus stalls selling jewellery, furniture, ceramics, militaria, stamps, postcards, silver, art, objet d'art, vinyl records and curios. Hot and cold food, tea and coffee. 50p entry. This event is raising money for Save the Children/The up-keep of the listed building. More information Leo Ryan 07890 368185

West Berkshire Ramblers, park in layby on B4192 at the western end of Chilton Foliat, grid ref SU317705, 10.30am. A walk to Littlecote House and Ramsbury; leisurely pace, one hill. Bring a drink. six miles Leader Ann G (01249) 765881

Voices for Hospices Concert with Hurst Singers and Tadley Concert Brass, Pamber Heath Memorial Hall, Pamber Heath, 7.30pm. In aid of St Michael's Hospice. Tickets: £6 (available on the door)

Thatcham & District Philatelic Society, Annual Stamp Fair, Memorial Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, 10am to 4pm. 11 dealers booked to attend, refreshments available, free admission and parking. Young collectors welcome. Valuations undertaken. Part of the Thatcham Festival of Arts and Leisure. Contact (01635) 866942

From fumigation to flagellation: Remedies for plague and the medieval world view, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, 2pm to 4pm. Meet outside Chapel main doors. Join herbal historian Julie Wakefield for this fascinating talk and demonstration of medieval plague remedies in a village that itself had to relocate three miles down the road from its original site, to escape the Black Deaths ravages. The talk will take place in the chapel almshouses, then across the road to the rustic cosiness of the Carpenters Arms public house, for cream teas and the chance to pick Julie's brains on the both fascinating and befuddling subject of the medieval medical mind. Price £25 (cream tea included).

Sunday, October 9:

Hants & Berks Motor Club, Autumn Classic Car Tour, starting at California Country Park, near

Wokingham, 9am. Follows an interesting 76-mile route to the Oxford Bus Museum. More information and entry form Mike Pearman (01344) 775955

The Watermill Scratch Choir, Gilbert & Sullivan. Rehearsals 10am- 6.30pm, performance 7.30pm. To book email: heidi@watermill.org.uk or call (01635) 570934

West Berkshire Ramblers, park in the Ecchinswell Village Hall car park, grid ref SU500598, 10.30am. A short walk to Nuthanger Farm, Watership Farm and Cowhouse Farm. There will

be a gentle pace and lovely views, with three stiles and some short ups and downs, but nothing steep. Bring a drink. 3.8 miles Leader Richard M (01635) 867407

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet at Newbury Wharf at 9am for car share to Breamore, grid ref SU158178. Park in the layby by the Pine Shop on the west side of the A338, or use minor roads in the village. The walk starts at 9.45am, circling west and south before turning east to cross the Avon into the edge of the New Forest. Return to the start is via Downton and the grounds of Breamore House. The walk goes through a variety of countryside, including farmland, water meadow, wood, heath, riverside and parkland, though with very little height gain. Bring food and drink for the day.14 miles. Leader Richard N 07720 898929.

Breeze Bike Ride from Greenham Common control tower, 11am.

One hour bike ride, ladies only. Register at www.goskyride.com/breeze

Monday, October 10:

Newbury National Trust, St Bartholomew's School. British Theatrical Personalities of the 20th Century, an illustrated talk by Frances Hughes. £3 for visitors. Keith Spires (01635) 551034

to 16, Cobb's Chilli Week, Cobb's Farm, Hungerford. Celebrating the British love of chillies all week with unusual chilli products and tastings. (01488) 686 770 www.cobbsfarmshop.co.uk

Tuesday, October 11:

Newbury Floral Society demonstration, David Martin, ‘Losing the Plot', 2pm at The Royal British Legion Hall, Newbury. Details (01635) 48852)

to 1, An Inspector Calls, Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford. The National Theatre production. (01865) 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Berkshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society talk by David Shipp, a horticulturalist and propagator in the Hardy Display Decorative Nursery at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens on Bringing Namaqualand to Kew, St Peter's Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Plant swap. Details: (0118) 970 0522 www.berkshirehps.org.uk or www.hardy-plant.org.uk

to 15, See How They Run, The Haymarket, Basingstoke, times vary. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

to November 24, exhibition, Sarah Jane Hender: Thought Has No Natural Boundaries, Corn Exchange. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

West Berkshire Ramblers, meet in the centre of the village of St Mary Bourne, grid ref SU422503, 10am. A walk on local paths, about 6 miles. Leader: Julia W (01488) 657133

Wednesday, October 12:

Reginald D Hunter, The Anvil, Basingstoke, 8pm. (01256) 844244 www.anvilarts.org.uk

The Vagina Monologues, Corn Exchange, Newbury, 7.45pm. Tiana Benjamin, Louisa Lytton and Wendi Peters in Eva Ensler's smash hit comedy. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

to November 24, exhibition: Luke Skiffington, New Greenham Arts. (01635) 522733 www.cornexchangenew.com

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