September – and, in the words of the Don Henley song, ‘summer has gone’. It’s actually ‘the boys of summer have gone’, whatever that means?! But, it sums up how this month feels – ‘the sun’s out of reach’ and ‘the sun goes down alone’. All very melancholy, but that’s how September can get you – back to the old routine, with the loss of summer – doesn’t always feel that great. However, on the plus side (as far as my job goes) there’s lots more to do in September so here goes....
Marlow’s annual carnival takes place on Saturday 19th this year, 10am to 5pm. This event has become a Marlow tradition and supports the Marlow Community Association charity; which has been part of the community for 40 years. Marlow FM will be supporting the event and keeping everyone up to date. There will be a licensed bar, a barbecue, The Flying Tea Room, food stalls, fairground rides, classic cars and local society stalls – to name a few.
Ooops – it has been brought to our attention that we mistakenly alerted you to an appearance from the wondrous Mary Berry at Beaconsfield Fayre last month. Many apologies for this mix-up, dear readers and Mrs Berry! This must have been wishful thinking among the Ramblings gang, resulting in confusion and we hope you weren’t disappointed. Sorry!
Cookham Regatta takes place this year on Saturday 5th and is a fun event for families, friends and organisations alike. The event is jointly organised by the Rotary Clubs of Cookham Bridge and Marlow Thames to help raise funds and awareness for many local charities. Throughout the day there are a variety of boat races and challenges that anyone can enter. There are also plenty of land activities including bungee trampoline, classic car display, sumo wrestling, charity stalls, a silent auction and much, much more. This is a popular event so if you’re keen to to watch the boat races, it’s advisable to get there early to claim your riverside spot. Event times 10am to 5pm.
It’s that time again for those in Cookham to take their life in their hands (and those of the spectators) and get involved in the Gravity Grand Prix. Organised by The Kaffirs of Cookham Dean to raise money for charity, traditionally The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance, the event takes place on Sunday 13th, starting at 1.30pm in the centre of the village. It is now in its ninth year and could be the biggest yet. Carts are pushed down the hill and then rely on momentum to keep them going – no engines, pedals or other form of mechanical propulsion allowed. Creativity is key and there are many themed carts entering the race. Visit www.scottishcarties.org.uk/events/2015/cookham+dean+gravity+grand+prix+berkshir
Moving on to music; now. Marlow Choral Society is welcoming new members. They meet on Monday evenings, 8pm, Marlow Methodist Church Hall (SL7 3HJ) and the first rehearsal of the term is on Monday 7th. All voices are welcome, especially sopranos and tenors, no audition required. Rehearsals are for a performance of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast on 21st November at All Saints Church, Marlow (SL7 2AA). Call 07973 285244 or 01628 478345 or visit www.marlowchoralsociety.org.uk
Two local professional musicians, husband-and-wife duo, Dan and Marisa Cornford will present a romantic classics concert for viola and piano featuring music by Brahms and Marchenbilder on Saturday 5th at 7.30pm, St Luke’s chucrh, Maidenhead (SL6 7AX).
The West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival is now in its 5th year. Established by the internationally renowned violist and violinist, Lawrence Power, the festival gives local people the opportunity to hear world class musicians on their own doorsteps. The festival runs from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th and comprises 4 concerts given by Lawrence Power along with voilists Stephanie Gonley and Anthony Marwood; the pianist Simon Crawford-Philips and the tenor Mark Padmore. There is also an instrumental masterclass. Concerts will be held at the Church of St Lawrence, West Wycombe (HP14 3AP). A new scheme has been introduced with attractive benefits for supporters. More than 40 people have already joined this year and become a ‘friend’ to the Festival. Visit www.westwycombechambermusic.org.uk
Hedsor Jazz goes to shool in the shape of a one-day jazz festival at St Piran’s School, Maidenhead (SL6 7LZ), on Saturday 26th from 11am to 11pm. The concert will feature some of the great jazz musicians who have played at the Thursday sessions at Hedsor Jazz Club. Visit www.stpirans.co.uk All profits will go to Cancer Research UK.
Music in Marlow starts its autumn season with a cabaret night on Saturday 26th at Christ Church URC, Marlow (SL7 2NL), featuring James Church and Maria Kesselman. Maria took over from Sarah Brightman in the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera and has sung leading roles in musicals. They will perform a new programme of ‘cabaret songs for all’, including some piano solos. Visit www.musicinmarlow.org.uk or call 01628 486227.
There’s a Charity Classics Concert in aid of Bourne End Community Association on Sunday 4th October, 7.45pm, at the Community Centre (SL8 5SX). This is their 30th anniversary but sadly their farewell concert, too. This promises to be a wonderful evening of music from great composers and an American soprano featuring the music of Strauss, Debussy, Elgar, Lehar and Puccini all delivered with a hint of nostalgia. Call 01628 522854 or Bourne End Community Associationon 01628 522604. Tickets also from the Community Centre.
Heading outdoors now to make the most of the remaining sunlight and enjoy the changing season, before the clocks go back next month and as always our trusty friends the National Trust have plenty to offer at Cliveden, near Maidenhead (SL6 0AJ). To round off the outdoor theatre season and appreciate the last vestiges of summer, audiences are invited to Twelfth Night performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men on Saturday 5th, 7pm start. A joyous tale of longing, laughter mischief and mayhem, the story follows identical twins separated by shipwreck, a case of mistaken identity and a cross-dressing heroine. Audiences are invited to bring along a picnic to enjoy in the Water Garden before the show, entry from 6pm. No seating will be provided, so take picnic rugs and chairs. To book, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden or call 0844 249 1895. If theatre’s not your thing, enjoy a stomp through Cliveden’s extensive woodland with its dog friendly tracks and family friendly trails and enjoy one of the many walks ranging from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours in length. Splash through some muddy puddles and kick away at piles of leaves to work up an appetite for the refreshments in the Dovecote Cafe.
A river cruise is a relaxing way to spend a day and there are two opportunities to do this on Thursday 3rd and Tuesday 8th. The River Thames Historical Cruises depart at 10am and return around 3pm. They cruise gently upstream past Cliveden, Cookham and Marlow until they reach Temple Lock. Going downstream they go past Maidenhead and down to Bray before returning to Riverside Gardens. En-route there is a live commentary describing the river, its wildlife, boats and bank-side buildings. Not to mention stories about the inhabitants of those riverside buildings. Bring your own picnic and enjoy a fabulous day out. Further details and booking information visit www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk or call 01628 780555.
How about the Marlow Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 1 November. This year there’s a new seven-mile alternative to the standard 13-mile course. The race starts in Higginson Park (SL7 2AE) and takes runners out of town, through the Chiltern hills and back to Marlow Sports Club (SL7 2AE). The route is both scenic and undulating and attracts both experienced and novice runners. All profits go to local charities and the event has raised over £140,000 since its inception in 1990. Further details and entry, visit www.marlowhalfmarathon.co.uk
Dr Who is paying a visit to Stokenchurch Dog Rescue on Sunday 20th to enjoy some Doggie Doings in the form of a dog show in the kennel’s grounds (HP14 3TD). Former Dr Who actor Colin Baker will attend as patron of the charity. The show will run from 11am to 4pm and there will be various classes including puppies up to 12 months, older dogs over seven years, waggiest tails, most handsome, prettiest, gentle giants and other classes. There will also be stalls and side shows as well as kennel tours. On Saturday 26th, there will be a jumble sale in the grounds of the kennels selling tons of nearly new donated items including clothes, books, household goods, toys, garden items, DVDs, CDs greetings cards (hopefully they’re new) and much more. If the weather doesn’t play the game, the sale will be postponed until the following Saturday. Further sales are due to be held on the last Satruday of the month until November. The charity was founded 52 years ago and has rehomed thousands of dogs. Call 01494 482695 or visit www.stokenchurchdogrescue.org.uk
Some talks now from a couple of our regulars. Jackie Watson will demonstrate to the Marlow Horticultural Society on how to make a ‘Seasonal Floral Demonstration’ using materials from gardens or country walks. Jackie is popular with the Horticultural Society. The demonstration takes place on Tuesday 8th at Liston Hall (SL7 1DD). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Call 01628 486206.
Buckinghamshire Family History Society is hosting a talk on Tuesday 8th at the Community Centre, Bourne End (SL8 5SX) at 7.45pm. Eric Probert will discuss the potential information on our ancestors that can be found in the records of companies and businesses and where any surviving records can be located.
An art exhibition aptly entitled ‘Fleeting Moments’ will be held at Bourne End Library Community Rooms (SL8 5SX) with work by Janet Fois, Debby Perry and Ruby Pitch. The subject matter is butterflies as ‘Beings of Light’, moments from everyday life and watercolour abstracts. The exhibition runs Tuesday 1st to Thursday 24th during library opening times – from 9.30am Tuesday to Saturday.
Bourne End Junior Craft Show takes place at Bourne End Library (SL8 5SX) for the third year running. The show is open to people aged four to 15 and includes classes for photography, needlework, painting, drawing, collage and any kind of model. Full entry information is available in the library. The show takes place on Saturday 3rd October.
The annual Rotary Club Santa Fun run takes place on 6th December. It sounds like an early mention but places sell out quickly and entries go on sale from 1st September. Visit www.santasfunrun.org or call 01628 476610.
Windrush Innovation Centre, Howbery Park, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BA