OK, people, let’s start with the obvious: it’s September! Now that’s out the way, shall we address the elephant in the room?
That’s right, September is the gateway to autumn.. booo! Hang on, is that ‘booo’ deserved? My wife’s just told me she likes September. It’s a surprising month, she
says. She’s pretty mental but, surely, not alone? And thinking about it, she’s right; September is usually still warm, the school term is fresh and new (with tidy looking children walking in their shiny new shoes and their heads held high) and… blackberries, of course! Who doesn’t like free fruit? Just wash the low-hanging ones before eating, right kids!?
Damn, I’ve got two ins for this Ramble, a very rare situation… decisions, decisions. The first is to tab on to the back of the above and talk about plants (this has the benefit of being simple and effective). The second is slightly more contrived, aiming to crowbar in the theory of nominative determinism (by virtue of the fact the name of the organiser happens to be Potts) which has the advantage of making me look clever. Hmm, I’m thinking this public pondering should stop and I should just get on and tell you...You can catch the California Gardeners’ Club Flower and Produce Show at the Ratepayers Hall on Sunday 6th for 50p. The event begins at 2.30pm and runs to 4pm. As if that weren’t enough to keep Gardeners of California busy they’ve got a meeting the next night featuring Patricia Liechti-Clarke; ‘Unusually Hardy Plants’, I’m exhausted just writing it all down! The meeting is in the same place and starts at 8pm on the Monday night, enjoy!
Clubs tend to be run by enthusiasts, who by their very nature will be enthusiastic people, and thus most clubs are enthusiastic places. However one seems to be just a little more enthusiastic than others, holding their meetings weekly! That’s finding a subject, getting the website updated, making sure the talent you’ve persuaded in to talk to your members are good at managing their diaries, getting the good biscuits in and many more things besides. So who is the club who puts themselves through this rigmarole once every 168 hours? Why none other than the Wokingham and East Berkshire Camera Club, that’s who! First up on 4th they are hosting a special meeting for Wokingham District Cancer Care Trust which is followed up 10,080 minutes later by the Chairman’s Welcome and Award Presentation and then ‘A little bit of this, that and the other!’ by Alan Fretten. There’s something the week after, but I’m out of time measures so visit www.webcc.org.uk ! Meetings start at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm), and run through to 10pm and take place at The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham.
Do questions work? Let’s find out. Are you a guy? Like singing? Free on Tuesday evenings? Have you answered yes to all of the preceding questions? Then you my friend need to get along to Waingels College on Tuesday 15th to catch the first of their four week ‘Learn to Sing in Harmony’ course. Each of the four evenings will start at 7pm and you’ll learn all the tricks of the close harmony trade through to 9.45pm to fully prepare you for the show you’ll put on for friends and family on 6th October. To take part, complete the registration form online at www.tvchorus.co.uk or call Peter on 01491 641 021 and then turn up on the first night with a crisp tenner. Have fun!
If you were going to craft a still life painting with acrylic paints what subject would you choose? Rotting fruit perhaps? Empty wine bottles? An un-emptied dishwasher? The detritus left under the table after you’ve fed your kids? I’m guessing whatever you’d choose might just give a little something away about you as the artist, but whatever the subject was you’d want to do it well, you’d want to nail it, to own it, to give it your best shot and now you have that chance. How? By getting along to the next demo from the Wokingham Art Society, that’s how. As that is where you will find Gary Miller painting a still life using acrylic paint, great good news. The demonstration takes place 15th and as usual the action is all happening at the Methodist Church on Rose St in Wokingham. The evening kicks off at 7.30pm and if you’re a non-member you’ll need to part with £4 of your hard earned money! For more information call 0118 9731556.
Okay this one is gonna be brass tacks and no messing. It has to be because babies are serious business in every sense; they are seriously distracting, seriously smelly, seriously cute, seriously noisy, seriously life-affirming and, unfortunately, seriously expensive (though this last one really isn’t their fault!) It is, however, the only one of that list which this Ramble can help with as it regards details of the upcoming NCT Wokingham Nearly New Sale. Get along to St Crispin’s School in Wokingham on Sunday 27th you can peruse and hopefully grab a bargain from the many there available. There will be clothes, toys and all of the other baby associated paraphernalia you’d expect and the great thing is it’s all at bargain prices set by mums and dads who are no longer in need of such things. If you’re currently babied up or preparing yourselves for such a thing then you really cannot afford (literally) to miss these things. It all starts at 11am for NCT members and 11.15am for everyone else. Get there early, honest… early! For more information got to www.nct.org.uk/nns Oh and there are selling opportunities, too.
So, by now you’re probably wondering exactly what the next lecture of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society will be about. Fair enough, we’re nearly halfway through these Rambles and there’s not even been a whisper so far. Well, well done you for sticking it out, your patience is about to be rewarded. This month the society will be welcoming Dr Aidan Dodson to the Oakwood Centre in Woodley on 19th to give a lecture entitled ‘Houses of Eternity: Egyptian Royal Tombs over Three Millennia’. The lecture will trace the history of the King’s tomb along the range of the Nile presenting monuments from the stupendous to the insignificant tracing the King’s journey from this world to the next. So there you go, you need wonder no longer. The talk starts at 2pm and if you’re visiting as opposed to being a fully-fledged member then a £3 donation is invited.
Wokingham; if it had a brochure, would be billed as a market town, mainly because it is. It’s a nice term; it gives a certain alluring charm to this little enclave of England. So live the market town resurgence as the Wokingham Town Team introduce a Super Sunday Market. That’s right, the weekly and Saturday offerings are being added to in the shape of a Sunday market which is advertising itself with the clever use of alliteration. Other than the date, 27th, that’s all I can tell you about things, you’ll just have to go and find out the rest for yourself!
If you’re a fuchsia lover then you’ll have been doing quite a bit of head-scratching of late as to the wellbeing of the Reading and District Fuchsia Society. We’ve heard nought from them for months. Well you’ll sleep a little better tonight; their self-imposed exile from meetings about all things fuchsia has come to a close and thus they’re back in the game from Monday 28th. And they’re opening their season in a bit of mystery; all they’ve told us is that in the first meeting they will welcome a guest speaker. The meeting will take place at the Maiden Place Community Centre in Lower Early from 7.30pm and guests are welcome for a £1 donation.
Okay so it’s Sunday evening, what are you up to? It’s certainly not something you’re going to go into work tomorrow and tell people about; the conversation would be too tedious, you’d come across like a poorly heeled teenager with a debilitating hangover – not a good start to the working week. So why not do something else? You can waltz into work and regale your colleagues with tales of awesomeness which will have them rapt and just a little bit jealous of just how cool you are. Go to Readifolk; it has numerous selling points. It’s one town over, which shows you’re a bit racy, it’s musical and (Take That and the music from musicals aside) all music is cool and it is on Sunday night, which is kind of where this all started. This month catch The Askew Sisters (www.askewsisters.co.uk) on 13th, Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn ( www.hicksandgoulbourn.com ) on 20th and Said the Maiden ( www.saidthemaiden.co.uk ) on 27th. You can catch Readifolk from 8pm-10pm of a Sunday evening at the RISC Centre on Reading, for information go to www.readifolk.org.uk
If only I was a golfist my wife would have the perfect gift for our anniversary (sorry darling)! You might be wondering what that would be (which is kind of the point), so let’s use the next few words to enlighten you? A ticket to the Reading Lions charity golf day at Hennerton Golf Club in Wargrave in aid of Prostate Cancer Awareness. It’d be a great gift; it’s for charity, so I’d feel great about myself; it’s competitive (and so am I and there are prizes up for grabs). Oh and it’s on 17th, and guess what this coincides with! But, alas, I am not a golfist. Tickets for individuals are £55 (about right for an anniversary present one feels) or £200 for a team of four. Visit www.readinglions.org.uk .
When’s a good time for an autumn concert? We don’t have to step too far into October for it to make sense. That takes us to Saturday 3rd October, which is exactly when the Trinity Concert Band host their autumn concert, uncanny! The concert theme is ‘Music of Our Time’ and features music by livin g composers. The concert takes place at the Great Hall at Reading University and starts at 7.30pm and if you want to get your tickets sorted before the night, which is recommended, then you can call 0845 2263047 or go to www.trinityband.co.uk , they’re £10 a throw for adults (in advance; £12 on the night) or free for any under 16s who accompany them.
A famous jungle artist once said “I’ve learnt so much from the mistakes I’ve made, I’m thinking of making a few more,” which is interesting, but perhaps flawed. Well Goldie, you can instead sign up for one of the many courses offered by the Workers Educational Association of Reading. The courses begin on 28th and cover a huge range of subject matters, there’s just as likely to be something that appeals to an ageing junglelist careering towards a mid-life crisis as there is you, dear readers. So best thing you could do is click onto www.weareading.org.uk and see if there is anything to tickle your fancy.
Wowser! If there’s nothing there that grabs you by the proverbials then you need to get to the doctors and ask for a personality transplant, lemme know how it goes, thinking of lining one up myself! Peace out.
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