So, how’s your summer been faring? I must say, September confuses me, because some of the lovely people who send in Ramblings refer to it as autumn now, when, in my mind, it’s definitely still summer – mostly because I’m clinging to the thoughts of long days and sunshine.
Technically, autumn starts on the 23rd, so it’s fair to say, then, that some of what you will read below is in summer and some autumn. Mind-blowing! Anyway… I’m digressing… My summer’s been great, thanks. Even though I haven’t been abroad we’ve still enjoyed lots of garden parties, outdoor theatre, country shows and concerts. I’m definitely beginning to think winter sun is the holiday direction I’m taking from now on – otherwise I’d miss out on marvellous events such as these...
First off, I need to tell you about an organ recital taking place soon, on the 6th. Eleni Keventsidou will be playing at Newbury Methodist Church at 4pm. Tickets cost £5 and if you are a student you can go free. Tickets can be bought from Shoemakers Coffee Shop, The Arcade (off Market Place), Newbury.
Newbury Camera Club is ‘Celebrating 70 years of Photography’ with a n exhibition at West Berkshire Museum until the 13th. The exhibit shows the range of work from members, who were asked to submit three favourite prints. It also includes a look at the history of the Newbury Camera Club using material from West Berkshire Museum’s photographic and camera collections.
Go along to Woolton Village Market at St Thomas’ Church Hall each month to pick up some local food and crafts, plus there are demos and activities for the children. Oh, and let’s not forget the bacon roll. I might as well give you the next few dates,: Saturday, 26th September, Saturday 31st October and Saturday, 28th November, 10am to 1pm.
If you’re into bowling, then you can go along to a free taster session at West Berks Indoors Bowls Club, Pyle Hill, Newbury, on the 26th, from 10am to 3pm. All equipment is provided, the coaches are friendly and there’s a minimum age of nine years. Call Angela on 01635 32053 or 07729 183373.
For a limited time only, a pop-up festival is coming to the Corn Exchange in Newbury from the 9th to 13th. Five days, four plays, one state-of-the-art 168 seat amphitheatre. With a bear pit atmosphere, Roundabout is the most dynamic, most innovative, most essential new theatre in the country and is brought to Newbury by acclaimed touring theatre company Paines Plough. Chas and Dave (remember them?) will also be at the Corn Exchange this month, on the 24th. They will be celebrating their hit album That’s What Happens and performing all the hits that made these cockney’s famous: Gertcha, Sideboard Song, Rabbit, Ain’t No Pleasing You, and Margate. Tickets are £28.50. Find out about both these and other events online at www.cornexchangenew.com
Reflect: An Exhibition of Innovative Textiles and Mixed Media by TextileArt07 at will be at The Gallery, Headley Community Shop, Thornford Road, Headley, from 26th September to 4th October. TextileArt07 exhibit their individual interpretations of ‘Reflect’ using a wide variety of textile techniques. It’s open from 10am to 4pm daily and admission is free. Call 01635 268922 or 07882 600092.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the National Trust properties this month, there’s loads on. At Basildon Park for instance, there are Nature Walks every Friday at 11am until January next year. From autumn colour to views only available in winter, enjoy guided walks and nature talks throughout the seasons. A little further afield, at Cliveden, near Maidenhead, there will be guided ranger walks on Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th September as well as the 4th and 18th October, starting at 2pm. There are also garden tours every Tuesday in October from 2pm, where you will be able to witness the changing colours from summer to autumn. There will also be plenty of apple themed events to try as they celebrate Apple Days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, from 11am to 3pm. To find out more about these and upcoming events visit the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk
On the 14th, at 7.30pm, at New Greenham Arts, New Greenham Business Park, Newbury & District Association of National Trust will be hosting an illustrated talk by Roger Rosewell on ‘Painting in Light: a History of Stained Glass’. Mr Rosewell is an Oxford graduate, an art historian specialising in medieval wall paintings and stained glass. His talk will range over more than 1,000 years of the history of painted stained glass in English cathedrals and churches. Visitors will have to pay £3. For more details call either Keith Spires 01635 30457 or June Hearsey on 01635 551034. Just as a teaser, on the 12th October, there will be an illustrated talk by Professor Sandy Primrose on ‘Indiana Jones meets Horticulture’. Aptly named Professor Primrose is a biologist by training and, after research in Australia, he was appointed to lecturing posts in the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick. His passion is gardening – showing groups around his garden which has unusual trees and shrubs, and giving cruise lectures on types of gardening and the use of plants, plant history and plant conservation.
Go along to St George’s Church on 3rd October, to buy your gifts from their 22 specially selected stalls selling a wide variety of quality products at very reasonable prices to suit all pockets. There will be refreshments and light lunches available and a raffle too. First prize in the raffle is a seven-course tasting menu dinner at Esseborne Manor, with other prizes including tickets for Highclere Castle, Hawk Conservancy Trust, Vue cinema, Northcroft Leisure Centre, and many more. The fair opens at 10am until 3.30pm and admission is 50p for adults. The fair is in aid of St George’s Renewable Energy Project.
The Wash Common Garden & Crafts Show takes place at 2pm on Saturday 12th at the Wash Common Community Centre in Glendale Avenue, Newbury. This is the 30th anniversary year, which reflects the popularity, and interest that the show generates in the local community. The show includes displays of home grown fruit and vegetables, home made preserves and baking, various crafts including needlework and crochet, flower arranging and photography and art. There are separate classes just for children for which no entry fee is required. Refreshments will be available and there will be the traditional auction of produce at the end of the show.
New Era Players, based at their theatre next to St George’s Church on the Andover Road, will be presenting Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice adapted by Paula K Parker, this month. The dates of production are 9th to 12th and 15th to 19th. If you haven’t read the book, now is your chance to see it performed on the stage. If you know and love the story, you will certainly enjoy seeing it again. This sparkling adaptation pits the opinionated Lizzy Bennet in a fencing match of words against the wealthy, taciturn Mr Darcy. Reputations, family fortunes and (of course) hearts are at stake. For tickets, ring Katherine on 07919 916009.
Reading and District Fuchsia Society resume their Monday meetings again on the 28th with a guest fuchsia speaker. Then, on Monday, 12th October they have an instructional talk given by a fuchsia expert. Guests are welcome to go along too, for just £1. The Society meets at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Lower Early, from 7.30pm.
On the 5th, is Michael Howell will be giving an Organ Recital at St Thomas Church in Goring. Go along for 7pm when Michael will be playing works including Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B minor, Mendelssohn’s 4th Sonata and Franck’s Chorale no. 3 in A minor and some popular transcriptions. The recital will be followed by refreshments in the Canterbury Room. There’s no charge for the recital, but there will be a retiring collection for church expenses.
Purley Horticultural Society, together with Purley WI will be holding their Late Summer Show on Saturday the 5th, from 2.30-4pm in Purley Memorial Hall, Glebe Road. Refreshments will be available.
Whitchurch Hill Camera Club, which will be presenting an exhibition of members’ works – both print and digital – at Pangbourne Library from the 3rd to the 12th. Pay a visit to see all the local talented photographers and perhaps even purchase a print!