East Woodhay Local History Society, East Woodhay Hall, 8pm. Roger Day will talk to the society about Motoring in the Kennet Valley - the early days of the Automobile Association in our area. Non members welcome
The Newbury and West Berks Macular Support Group fashion show by Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Newbury Friends Meeting House, 2.15pm. Free event. All welcome. Contact Wilma on (01635) 552128.
Papercraft & Decoupage workshops, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere. Papercraft in the morning, 10.45am-12.45pm, cost £17; decoupage, 2pm-4pm, cost £27.50. Working with local artist Helen Mortimer - papercraft: create your own unique festive projects using techniques including stamping, die cutting and embossing. Decoupage: explore the delicate art of découpage. Learn how to decorate an object using napkins to create beautiful decorations on a range of items. Once mastered, the technique can be used to decorate anything from glassware to furniture. Contact number: 0344 249 1895 : www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sandham-memorial-chapel
And Sunday 24, Goring Christmas Craft Fair, village hall, 10am-4pm. Handmade crafts, raffle and refreshments. Fundraiser for Goring Primary School. Admission £1.50, accompanied under 16s free. www.goringcraftfair.co.uk
Xmas Bazaar, St Mary’s Church, Speen, 1pm-4pm. Tombola, decorations, Xmas bulbs, nearly new stall, bric-a-brac, produce, hand crafted bags, refreshments, Santa’s Grotto and much more. Admission free, ample parking.
Turkey & Tinsel Charity Bazaar, Aldworth village hall, 9.30am-noon. Free entry, mulled wine and turkey tasting. Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, RNLI, RDA stalls, raffle in aid of Berkshire Women’s Refuge. Fresh produce, festive plants and wreaths, foods, crafts and gifts. Refreshments. Father Christmas visits at 11am. Details: (01635) 578090
And November 24 and 29, Free entry to Sandham Memorial Chapel for anyone with a National Lottery ticket or scratch card, 11am-3pm. A way of saying thank you to players for their generous support, which Sandham Memorial Chapel receives via grants from the National Lottery. #ThanksToYou 2019
Artisan Market, Northbrook Street, Newbury, all day
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, 7.30 pm.There will be a talk by Thames Valley Police cyber protect officer Mark Godsland on fraud and cyber crime. Also crime updates from the police and fire service. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting. There is a £2 parking charge for evenings in local car parks.
Informal coffee morning for people with Parkinson's, The Base, Greenham Business Park, from 10.30am. Chance for people with Parkinson's to meet members of the local branch to find out what it can offer them. Please note, this event is by invitation only, so if you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07778809261
Christmas gift and craft fair in aid of Guide Dogs, Chequers Hotel, Oxford Street, Newbury, 6pm-8pm. Festive shopping with 25 plus stalls, shocasing local crafters. £2 entrance to include a free glass of mulled wine.
Smart Talks: Wellness, The Swan at Streatley, separate afternoon (1pm) and evening (5.30pm) sessions. Join Smart Works Reading for panel talks, workshops and shopping, all on the themes of physical and mental wellness. All profits from this event go to Smart Works Reading, an award-winning charity providing high-quality interview clothing and interview coaching to unemployed women in need, all completely free of charge. The charity covers the Thames Valley and helps more than 350 women every year. Book workshops in advance when you buy your entrance ticket. Alternatively you can pay for entry to workshops on the day. To book, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/smart-talks-wellness-tickets-77123108293 or contact Reading@smartworks.org.uk
Brimpton School Christmas Fair, 1pm-3pm
Richard Ingrams, Aldworth Village Hall, 7pm. Illustrated talk by former editor of Private Eye and The Oldie. Tickets include wine and nibbles – £15 each. All proceeds will be split between Aldworth Church and Aldworth Village Hall. email@example.com or 07796 855 315
Falkland Primary School Christmas Fair, Falkland School, Andover Road, Newbury, 1pm-3pm. Festive fun for all the family
Stories of Christmas, St John's Church, 5pm. Music spanning 800 years of history. Hear Newbury Chamber Choir perform The Christmas Story by Heinrich Schütz and Brighter than the Sun by Edward Lambert. Tickets: £15 on the door, £13.50 in advance from www.newburychamberchoir.org School pupils free.
Christmas Prize Bingo, Kingsclere Bowls Club, Holding Field, Kingsclere, doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7pm. Main books £5 for six, two flyers £1 each. Raffle and refreshments available. Contact Elaine Stephens for further details (01635) 622651
Artisan Christmas Market, Northbrook Street, Newbury, all day
Celebrate the Christmas season with Wantage Band, St Nicolas' Church, Newbury, 3pm. Join Wantage Band and musical director Paul Holland with special guests Newbury Music Centre Concert Band and their musical directors Andy Smets and Helen Rawstron for an afternoon of festive enjoyment. Adults £10;seniors/students £8; under 16s £1; family ticket £20. www.wantageband.org/events or (01235) 770378
Newbury District Field Club, West Berkshire Museum, 2pm. Christmas Quiz & Party. Members Free, visitors £3 on the door.
Berkshire Family History Newbury Branch, Shaw Church Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Christmas party. Guests are welcome to join members in their annual festive meeting, with Secret Santa, seasonal refreshments and Nick’s famously fiendish quiz. All welcome. Free parking. Refreshments. Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.berksfhs.org.uk
To December 24, Community Christmas tree festival, St John's Church, Newbury. All are welcome to come and enjoy this fourth colourful festival with more than 20 trees, which will have been decorated by schools, uniformed and other organisations and businesses. Entrance is free but donations for The West Berkshire Homeless Charity will be gratefully received
Newbury Christmas Sing-Along with Re-Take That, Market Place, 6pm-8pm. Opportunity for everyone to sing-along to their Christmas favourites. Featuring school choirs, the Cromwell Singers and Cold Ash Brass band and the UK’s leading Take That tribute act. Local businesses will also provide festive treats and refreshments to ensure that those singing along are kept warm throughout the evening. Gathering at St Nicolas’s church hall, massed choirs from local primary schools will sing Christmas songs as they parade to the Market Place. Free event, tickets are not required, but register your interest in attending at www.greenhamtrust.com/newbury-christmas-sing-along/?join-in=1
Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, 2pm. Cleopatra: How much Egyptian? by Professor Alan Lloyd. In cinema portrayals heavily Egyptianised, the extent to which this famous Ptolemaic queen left her Greek family roots and culture is open to question. Her Roman enemies certainly used this against her.
Carol Service, Marlborough College Chapel, Bath Road, Marlborough, 4pm. Local choirs together with professional soloists and a combined school choir, will be performing a programme of Christmas music including familiar carols and readings associated with this time of the year. Tickets are £10 for adults, children under 14 free and may be purchased from Kim Vine (Ladies Fashions) and the White Horse Bookshop both in Marlborough High Street, or on the door if still available. Ample parking is available. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Hope and Homes for Children, a Wiltshire based charity working for a world where children no longer suffer institutional care.
An afternoon of Traditional Jazz, Deanwood Golf Club, Stockcross, Newbury, 3pm. Featuring the Pete Allen Jazz Band. Tickets at the door £15.50 (cash only). You can book a pre-show lunch, or round of golf by calling (01635) 48772
InCantata Ladies Choir are holding Open Mornings in January. A friendly group, rehearsing Wednesday mornings at St Mary’s Church Hall, Greenham from 9.15am-11.15am. The choir sings for fun and performance experience, its aim is to encourage the enjoyment and well being making music and singing can bring, in a safe and nurturing environment. Go along and give them a try. See www.incantata.co.uk for further information.
Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, 2pm. Bolton's Egypt: The Making of a Museum : Ian Trumble. Bolton Museum’s new Egyptian display is one of the UK’s largest and best Ancient Egyptian collections, grown from its original foundation by a mill owner’s daughter in 1884.
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