It’s been an interesting month. By the time you read this, I’ll know whether or not my husband passed his driving test.It’s not often (if at all) you find a wife teaching her husband to drive. I think he will pass, but the road to this point has been a tad bumpy... for me, anyway.
It’s been a good marriage test and one I’ll be happy not to repeat. I have everything crossed that from here on in, I won’t have to be a car with him for a while. But enough about me, and my brushes with imminent RTAs, now autumn is here we can look forward to changing colours, changing weather and changing moods, from feel good to festive. I notice the Christmas cards are in the shops already But enough about me and my brushes with imminent RTAs, now autumn is here we can look forward to changing colours, changing weather and changing moods, from feelgood to festive.
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.
Reflect: An Exhibition of Innovative Textiles and Mixed Media by TextileArt07 will only be at The Gallery, Headley Community Shop, Thornford Road, Headley, for a few more days, until the 4th. 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. For further details call 01635 268922 or 07882 600092.
Greenham WI meet in the Baptist Church Hall on Cheap Street on the second Monday of each month at 2.15pm. There are usually lots of interesting speakers through the year, outings, a raffle and competition each month, plus refreshments afterwards. For more details call Judith Walton on 01635 524238.
Newbury & District Association of National Trust will be hosting a talk on the 12th. Professor Sandy Primrose will discuss ‘Indiana Jones meets Horticulture’, and he is the perfect person to pass on such knowledge as he is a biologist by training and, after research in Australia, was appointed to lecturing at 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 to New Greenham Arts at New Greenham Business Park.
Another talk, and the Reading branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society will be welcoming Dr John Hughes for an illustrated talk entitled ‘Echeveria’. These popular succulents from Central America are widely grown and much loved for their varying leaf colours. The date is Saturday the 17th. The time 7.15pm. It takes place at Chapel Hall, Loddon Bridge Road, Woodley, Reading. Non-members welcome and a token entry fee of £2 includes tea/coffee and biscuits together with a ticket for the raffle. See the website www.reading.bcss.org.uk If you have any questions, call Alice Vanden Bon on 0118 9775273.
Falkland Surgery patients are invited to the Patient Participation Group’s (PPG) short AGM followed by a talk on Diabetes by D. Walter on the 29th at 7pm. Go along to the surgery on Monks Lane where the PPG hope that some of the audience will volunteer to become members of the committee.
Autumn brings with it spectacular landscapes full of colour and conkers, orchards full of apples, hedgerow fruits just right for picking and, with the National Trust, a host of autumnal events this half term. Kids can enjoy pumpkin activities, Halloween trails or simply playing in the crunchy autumn leaves. As well as keeping the kids entertained in the great outdoors there are some ghoulish goings on with the National Trust. From eerie trails and spooky storytelling to face painting and fancy dress in historic houses, there’s something to get the whole family going and experience some spine-chilling thrills at unforgettable places. At Basildon Park, from the 15th to 2nd November, 10am to 4pm, it’s Pumpkins and Potions. Kids can have a go at the spooky garden Hallowe’en trail and enjoy warming food in the mansion’s tearoom for £2. Further up the road, at Cliveden, they are celebrating Apple Days on the 10th and 11th, from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy apple tastings, themed crafts and activities and talks about the restoration of the Round Garden.
Blowers and Backers are back and at The Corn Exchange on the 27th. This show is called Rogues on the Road – a brand new show crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) reminiscences and anecdotes from two extensive careers spent broadcasting around the globe in search of sporting excellence. Bastions of the beloved Test Match Special with more than 80 years in the commentary box and touring the world between them, Henry and Peter certainly have some tales to tell. The fun, the games and outlandish characters – from Ian Fleming to Noel Coward – spread well beyond the confines of any cricket ground or studio.
The Corn Exchange is also celebrating Apple Day on the 3rd, in the Market Place. There will be two apple presses on the day and they are inviting all gardeners to bring along their surplus fruit to be pressed into delicious fresh juice. There will be activities for children, information on Newbury’s community orchards and on the huge variety of English apple varieties as well as apple based cakes and goodies for sale. To find out more about these two events and everything else happening this month at The Corn Exchange visit www.cornexchangenew.co.uk
The Nature Discovery Centre is celebrating Apple Day in the 18th, from 11am to 3pm. Part of Thatcham Festival of Art & Leisure, this popular free event is at the Community Orchard and is guaranteed fun for all the family. Expect stalls, activities and entertainment. For more information see www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on
Newbury Chamber Choir begin their season with a concert by two masters of the Italian Baroque at St John’s Church, Newbury on Saturday the 17th October at 7.30pm. Giacomo Carissimi was an important composer of oratorios, portraying dramatic stories on biblical themes without staged action. No story could be more dramatic than that of the prophet Jonah, dumped overboard to appease a storm and swallowed by a whale, in whose belly he spends three days and three nights as punishment for his disobedience. Antonio Caldara was a more cosmopolitan figure, famous for his operas, who finally settled in Vienna where he wrote the Missa Dolorosa, one of his last works. The Newbury Chamber Choir is joined by a team of fine soloists and a band playing period instruments. Tickets cost £15 (under 19s free) and are available online through www.newburychamberchoir.co.uk , in person at Newbury Visitor Information Centre or call 01635 30267. Earlybird tickets are available online only until the 11th priced £12.50.
Happy Days club runs on the second Monday of each month during term time and during some holidays for special events. The club is for children aged five to 10 years on the Autistic Spectrum, along with their siblings and parents. Each session costs £2.50 per child and parents are free. On Monday the 12th the theme of the day is birds, from 4.30 pm to 6.30pm. Taking place in the youth club, you can make bird houses to take home. The usual games and play items will be out for you to enjoy plus there will be a short movie in the chill, fish fingers, veg and chips for tea along with biscuits, fruit and cake. The next meet-up will be on Monday, 9th November at the same time and is entitled ‘Star Crafts’. Stars will be in the youth club, planets too. In the chill there will be a space theme where you can relax and see the stars and take a trip around the moon. Happy Days Autistic Club, Coles Diner, Mary Hare School, Arlington Manor, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ. Call 07740100654 or visit www.colesdiner.co.uk
Go to Woolton Village Market at St Thomas’ Church Hall each month to pick up local food and crafts, plus there are demos and activities for the children. I might as well give you the next few dates, so you can make a date on your calendar: Saturday 31st October and Saturday, 28th November. It’s open 10am to 1pm.
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