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What's on

2020

January

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.

Thursday 23

Community café with cake & chat, Shaw-cum-Donnington Village Hall, Love Lane, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Pop in for coffee and a chat with friends and neighbours. All welcome

Friday 24

Yuli – Star Dancer, Croft Hall, Hungerford, 7.30pm. This film traces the story of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta (who plays himself), from his beginnings in a poor area of Havana and his rise to stardom at one of the biggest ballet companies in the world. Yuli (Carlos’s nickname) is a gifted boy who doesn’t want to be a dancer, but when forced to by his father Pedro, and tutored by Cherry, the director of the Cuban National School of Ballet, becomes one of the best dancers of his generation. Organised by Arts for Hungerford. Tickets £5. Email Contact@artsforhungerford.com 

Saturday 25

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And tomorrow, 22nd Hampshire Potato Day Testbourne, Community School, Micheldever Rd, Whitchurch, 10am-3pm. The country's largest and longest running Potato Day with more than 100 varieties of potato seed plus peas & beans, onion, garlic and shallot sets and flower bulbs. Stalls include Beans and Herbs, Edulis, Grow Your Own card and, Hampshire branch of the National Vegetable Society. A seed swap, run by Hampshire Organic Gardening Group. Author of The People's Potatoes Alan Wilson will be there with his new book and there is a talk by Chris Bird of Sparsholt College. Refreshments from H's Cafe and children's activities provided by the Friends of Whitchurch Primary School. Free coloured seed potato for under 12s. Entry £2 for adults, children free. www.potatoday.uk 

Sunday 26

Sustainable Living Market, Catholic Church Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, 2pm to 4.30pm. Friendly community market with a range of eco-conscious products for the kitchen, the home and the body, including handmade clothing, preloved jewellery, fabric items for the home, beeswax wraps, toothcare products, body and wellbeing products, natural makeup and much more. Don't forget to bring your empty containers. Keep up with market news on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1396124390554230/ 

Tuesday 28

Newbury Geological Study Group are running a series of 6 weekly evening classes, St Bartholomews School, Newbury, 7pm-9pm. A variety of topics will be covered including structural geology and tectonics, geology of Mid and North Wales and The Lleyn Peninsula, recent volcanic activity, fluvial geomorphology, The Weald and Scotland, with particular reference to the landscape of Assynt. For more information and to book contact helen@ngsg.org.uk 

Wednesday 29

Stockcross Two O’clock Crowd, Sutton Hall, Church Road, Stockcross, 2pm. Be Scam and Fraud Aware, a talk by Angela Money. Free entrance. All welcome. 

The friends of Newtown Road Cemetery are holding a welcome evening.

Existing friends and others who may be interested are invited to come along and hear about this fascinating project involving local history and nature.

The meeting takes place at 7pm, at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church Hall. Admission is free.

Contact committee@fnrcnewbury.org.uk for more information.

February

Monday 3

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, 7.30pm. Talk by a representative of Victims First on the help they give to victims of crime, family members and witnesses. Representatives from the police and fire service will also be attending to give crime updates and both will be available to answer any questions. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

Tuesday 4

Kintbury Wildlife Group, Coronation Hall, Inkpen Road, Kintbury, 7.30pm. Badgers - Myths and Facts, a talk by Jill Hoblin. All welcome, more information from (01488) 682301.

Friday 7

Apollo Big Band with vocalist Michaela Fedeczko, Sutton Hall, Church Road, Stockcross, 8pm. Selection of Big Band tunes, featuring songs made famous by legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Natalie Cole and Billie Holiday. The hall will be set up in a jazz club style with tables and chairs. Tea and coffee will be available, feel free to bring your own wine, beer and nibbles.Tickets: £10 (£5 for under 16s) available from www.apollobigband.co.uk or call 01793766129. 

Saturday 8

Newbury Chamber Choir perform Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes K339 and Haydn’s Nelson Mass, St George’s Church, Wash Common, 7.30pm. Four soloists and a period instrument band join the choir in this concert of classical masterworks. Tickets £20 on the door or £18 in advance via the choir website or from The Corn Exchange, 0845 5218 218, www.cornexchangenew.com. Under 18s free. More details www.newburychamberchoir.org 

Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (Oxon, Berks, Bucks), Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, 2pm. The Reception of Ancient Egypt in Victorian Britain: Museums, Exhibitions, Art and Design by Professor Stephanie Moser. How representations of ancient Egypt in Victorian paintings responded to the Egyptian domestic antiquities on display in the British Museum; and how these paintings perceived Egyptian culture.

Monday 10

Newbury Embroiderers’ Guild, St Francis de Sales Church Hall, off Warren Road, Newbury, 7.30pm. This will be a practical evening with a focus on ideas to create stitched pieces of work relating to Greenham Common. Visitors are welcome £6.50. newburyembroiderers@btinternet.com  www.newbury-embroiderers.co.uk Facebook @ Newbury Embroiderers’ Guild

Wednesday 12

Berkshire Family History Society, Newbury branch, Shaw Church Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Heraldry: more than just logos for nobles: the elements of a coat of arms provide the means for identification of family relationships and Christopher Singleton, who has a post-graduate certificate in genealogy, will give us an insight into this, and how to search for armigers in our own ancestry. All welcome. Free parking. Refreshments. Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs. Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk or see www.berksfhs.org.uk  

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Saturday 15

Winter pruning, City Rec site, start time tbc. Also be helping Newbury Town Council to plan a new pear orchard on the site to join the apple orchard and  plums trees to create a larger edible food space. www.growingnewburygreen.org.uk 

Sunday 16

An afternoon of Traditional Jazz, Deanwood Golf Club, Stockcross, 3pm. Featuring the Pete Allen Jazz Band.  Tickets at the door £13.50 (cash only)

Matthew Nisbet, 17th-Century Music for Theorbo and Baroque Guitar, Old Blue Coat School, Chapel Street, Thatcham, 3.30pm. Tea and cake served from 3.30pm, recital starts at 4pm and lasts for around and hour. Tickets: adults £10, children £5, available on door. Free parking at the venue. www.matthewnisbetlute.com 

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March

Sunday 8

Pruning, Barn Crescent and Sayers Close, start time tbc. More information visit www.growingnewburygreen.org.uk 

Wednesday 11

Berkshire Family History Society, Newbury branch, Shaw Church Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Newbury in old photographs: Dr Nick Young's talk looks at how Newbury used to be, with some photographs dating back to the second half of the 1800s, and others from within living memory. He will show how little has changed in some cases, whereas in others, things have changed beyond recognition. Both the views shown and the histories contained will be discussed. Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs. Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk or see www.berksfhs.org.uk   

Saturday 14

Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (Oxon, Berks, Bucks), Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, 2pm. Latest Research in the EES Archive by Dr Stephanie Boonstra. The latest work and research into the archives of the Egyptian Exploration Society, including 5000 glass plate negatives of early excavations; and how the society is making the collections more accessible to the public.

Book Sale, St Peter's Church, Brimpton, 11 am-1pm. Bread and soup from noon

Friday 20

The Bird Show, St Mary’s Church , Great Bedwyn, 4pm. Families can join Henry the Heron and Sally the House Sparrow on a zany journey to become friends in a fast-paced and hilarious puppet show that gently explores the impact of humans on nature and asks the question - what can we do differently? Suitable for fans of very silly bird jokes, live music and slapstick physical comedy, the show is performed by international touring company The Last Baguette. The show is approximately an hour long and is suitable for ages from 3+. A pre-show cafe is available from 3.30pm and tickets can be booked by emailing ruralartsbedwyn@gmail.com or online at www.poundarts.org.uk Ticket prices - £10 adults, £8 concessions, £5 children

Sunday 29

Sustainable Living Market, Catholic Church Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, 2pm to 4.30pm.  friendly community market with a range of eco-conscious products for the kitchen, the home and the body, including handmade clothing, preloved jewellery, fabric items for the home, beeswax wraps, toothcare products, body and wellbeing products, natural makeup and much more.Stock up with cleaning products from Thatcham Refillable, and all your dry goods; pasta, rice, fruit, teas, herbs, spices and much more from Lonely Lentil. Don't forget to bring your empty containers. Keep up with market news on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1396124390554230/ 

April

Saturday 4

Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (Oxon, Berks, Bucks), Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, 2pm. Dr Hana Navratilova talks about how graffiti left by 15th to the 11th century BC visitors give fascinating insights into their individual lives, interests and identities, their knowledge of (even to them) ancient  history, and their holiday experiences.

May

Sunday 17

Sustainable Living Market, Catholic Church Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, 2pm to 4.30pm.  friendly community market with a range of eco-conscious products for the kitchen, the home and the body, including handmade clothing, preloved jewellery, fabric items for the home, beeswax wraps, toothcare products, body and wellbeing products, natural makeup and much more.Stock up with cleaning products from Thatcham Refillable, and all your dry goods; pasta, rice, fruit, teas, herbs, spices and much more from Lonely Lentil. Don't forget to bring your empty containers. Keep up with market news on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1396124390554230/   

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