October – full on autumnalness (if there’s such a word) with a hint of winter approaching. And the clocks change – boo! And, mostly, the world is taking on a murky grey tinge. Enough of that depressing outlook; there’s lots to do in the month of October including celebrating Halloween – that famous handover from the States. So, pushing the advancing murky greyness aside, let’s get on with what’s happening this month.
Wooburn Festival is now in it’s 49th year and this year sees many performers showcasing their skills from music, including opera and jazz, the spoken word, film and theatre as well as photographic and visual art exhibitions and a children’s’ workshop on Sunday the 4th, 2pm – 5pm. For further details on the festival, visit www.wooburnfestival.com A selection of events listed below.
Music is always good at lightening the mood so I’ll start with that and what could be more uplifting than a Barefoot Opera? This year, Barefoot Opera presents Donezetti’s best known opera L’elisir d’amore (Elixir of love) on Friday the 2nd, starting 7.30pm at the Bourne End Community Centre (SL8 5SX). This follows the hugely successful Carmen presented last year. The Barefoot Opera company never fails to impress, entertain and inform with their flair for visually and musically stunning presentation and the vitality of the professional singers starting out on their operatic careers. For further details visit the Wooburn Festival website at www.wooburnfestival.com
There are 2 concerts being held this month at the Christ Church URC, Marlow (SL7 2NL). Theresa Yu, an Australian born pianist, with a special liking for Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, will be playing a programme of classical music on Saturday the 10th. The concert starts at 7.30pm.
A pianist with a very different style is the wonderful New York jazz player, Lenore Raphael who was tutored by Oscar Petersen and her music is of a similar style. This concert takes place on Saturday the 24th and starts at 8.30pm. Further details, including the full programme for both concerts, visit www.musicinmarlow.org.uk or call 01628 486227.
There’s a classic rock concert taking place at Cookham Dean Cricket Club (SL6 9LF) on Friday the 9th, 8pm until late. Music will be courtesy of The Runaways, as well as hits of the ‘60s and rock and roll. There’ll also be dancing, a bar, quiz and raffle. For further details contact John Mellor on 01628 526369.
One of our old favourites, Maidenhead Electronic Organ Society (MEOS), hold monthly concerts on the last Tuesday of the month; 27th for this month. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and this month’s concert features Michael Wooldridge who is often heard on BBC Radio 2 and is a firm favourite with organ societies. Further details of upcoming concerts, visit www.meos.org.uk or contact the society secretary on 07899 791579.
There’s a quiz night on Saturday the 10th at Pinder Hall, Cookham (SL6 9EH) in aid of the Cookham and Marlow RNLI which includes a fish and chip supper. There’s also a bar and raffle. Quiz starts at 7.30pm. Further details call Mike on 01628 624770 or Dena on 01628 474557.
If quiz nights are your thing, the Prince of Wales pub, Marlow (SL7 1PX) offers quiz nights every Tuesday from 8.30pm, with a range of quiz rounds from music to film and from history to geography and everything in between. There’s also a ‘play your cards right’ game where the jackpot can be up to and above £800.
How about some Bingo, Bangers and Mash on Saturday the 17th at Cookham Dean Village Hall (SL6 9PY) starting at 7.30pm. Needs no more introduction than that! For tickets, call Barbara Dent on 01628 476512.
It seems it’s Apple Time during the weekend of 10th and 11th and by that I mean the fruit, nothing to do with ipods and ipads. Remember the phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’? Research has been done which suggests that this may actually have some truth in it. Apples, it seems contain vitamin C, prevent heart disease and some cancers, protect your brain from neurodegenerative diseases and actually help your teeth as the juice of apples has properties that has been known to kill up to 80% of bacteria – perfect - keeps the dentist away too!
Feeling energetic? It’s time for the Marlow half marathon on Sunday the 1 November, so just enough time to get some final training in. This year there is a new 7 mile race (for those who didn’t quite commit to enough training to run the full 13 miles). The course is scenic and undulating and attracts both experienced and novice runners. It starts in Higginson Park (SL7 2AE) before heading out of town through the Chiltern Hills and finishes at Marlow Sports Club in Pound Lane (SL7 2AE). All profits go to local charities and over £140,000 has been raised since the race started in 1990. Further information and entry details, visit www.marlowhalfmarathon.co.uk
Calming the pace, but still linked to the great outdoors, Marlow and District Horticultural Society are hosting a talk by John Tyler on ‘The World of Funghi’ on Tuesday the 13th. Doors open at 7.30pm and the talk starts at 8pm at Liston Hall, Marlow (SL7 3NZ). Further details, call 01628 486206.
Members of St Mark’s Church, Bourne End are holding a Jumble Sale at St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bourne End (SL8 5AR) on Saturday the 17th, 10am to 12pm to raise funds to go towards the cost of a much needed car park at St Mark’s Church, Station Road (SL8 5QF). There will be many bargains on offer, including nearly new clothes, toys, bric-a-brac, tools, shoes – just about everything you might want. Refreshments are available so feel free to drop in for coffee and cake and have a browse.
Meet the author Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) at a coffee morning in aid of raising funds for Oxfam on Wednesday the 7th, 10.30am at The Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Cookham (SL6 9SP). Fair trade coffee and home made cakes are also on offer. Tickets available from the Stationery Depot, Cookham (SL6 9BR) or call Christine on 01628 628829.
The next indoor market, organised by Transition Town Marlow, will be held on Saturday the 31st. It is a hub for local producers and provides local customers with a good deal when shopping. There’s always a mixture of stall-holders including meat, vegetables, bread and cakes as well as other produce from small local suppliers; along with local artists and craftspeople. The market aims to be plastic bag free, so please bring your own bags. Held at Liston Hall on the last Saturday of every month, 9.30am – 1pm.
Once you’ve bought your local produce from the local market, how about putting it to good use and teach the children how to cook with it? If you need a hand with this, Cats Cookery School has a Junior Cookery School for children aged 8 plus, which takes place on the third Saturday in the month at Old House Farm, Ragmans Lane, Marlow (SL7 3SL). Children learn how to prepare and cook food as well as creating some delicious treats to take home to share with their families. Book online at www.catscookeryschool.com
That’s all for this month. Next month we have bonfire night to look forward to and early Christmas shopping; for the more organised among us!
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