Heading into the full-on, more-darkness-than-light time of the year now, with the shortest day approaching next month. The festive season, which now starts with mince pies in a certain supermarket on the shelves from as early as September (eh?!) is properly in full swing.Everyone is looking forward to winding down for the proper festive season – all seven days of it, in reality!
Starting with the lead up to festivities, if you haven’t signed up for the Santa Fun Run, and want to, you need to get in quick as entries get snapped up. This year the Fun Run takes place on Sunday the 6th, starting at 9.30am in Higginson Park (SL7 2AE). For further details and to sign up, visit www.santasfunrun.org
“Remember, remember the 5th of November; gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”. Yes, it’s the firework season and if you’re after somewhere to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at them, how about heading to the annual fireworks display organised by Friends Of Burford, a Local Buckinghamshire school PTA and The Playing Fields Committee, a charity dedicated to maintaining the local open space. All of the proceeds go to these two local Marlow Bottom organisations, the funds being split equally. This is a rather spectacular event which also includes fairground rids, barbecue, music, a bar serving Rebellion beer, hot drinks, hot donuts, candyfloss and glow items for the children – something for everyone on Saturday 7th, gates open at 5.30pm and fireworks start around 7pm at Burford School, Marlow Bottom (SL7 3PQ). Tickets available from Marlow Tourist Information, in Marlow Library (SL7 1BL) Rebellion Brewery (SL7 3LT) and Westmount Music (SL7 3PE).
If you fancy another night of fireworks, how about heading to Holtspur School, Holtspur, Beaconsfield (HP9 1BH). Gates open at 5pm for a hog roast and hot drinks, including mulled wine. Fireworks start at 6pm, Sunday 8th. Tickets available at the gate.
The Cookham Scouts Group annual fireworks event is on Saturday 7th, now at Grove Island, Odney Lane (SL6 9SR) – next to the Heritage Centre. Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire is lit at 6pm and fireworks start at 7pm. There’s mulled wine and hot dogs on sale. Tickets are available at the gate on the night.
There’s a medley of music on offer this month, so I’ll put them in date order for planning purposes. Starting with a fun-filled Victorian Music Hall event to raise funds for St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church, Maidenhead (SL6 5DG) for their much-needed 2020 Vision refurbishment project. The concert takes place at the church on Friday 7th and starts at 7.30pm until 8.30pm approximately. Tickets are available at the door on the night.
The next concert was unfortunately deferred from October to November (a good thing if you couldn’t go in October!) and features Theresa Yu from the Royal College of Music, who damaged her finger, which put paid to her piano recital last month. The concert takes place on Saturday the 7th at Christ Church, Marlow (SL7 2NL). Start time is 7.30pm. The programme includes two Beethoven sonatas along with music by Chopin, Schubert and Granados. Visit www.musicinmarlow.org.uk or call 01628 486227 to purchase tickets.
The Chiltern Camerata will be performing the first concert of their 20th season on Saturday 14th at the Amersham Free Church (HP6 6AJ). The theme is Concertos and the programme includes works by Tippett, Mozart and Vivaldi. For further details and tickets, visit www.chiltern-camerata.org or call 01494 883112.
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir will be singing on Saturday 14th, start time 7.30pm, at Eton Hall, Eton College (SL4 6DW), organised by Cookham Bridge Rotary Club to raise funds for Elizabeth House. Tickets are available from Elizabeth House (SL6 9BS) or from The Stationery Depot, Cookham (SL6 9BR). Elizabeth House is organising coaches to and from Cookham for the concert. Call 01628 527621 or 819224 or visit www.elizabethhousecookham.org . Elizabeth House is a charity and is situated at the centre of the three Cookham villages. It provides a day centre for the over-60s as well as space for an art gallery for local artists to display. It also has rooms that are available for rent during the evenings.
Johnny Wheeler will be making his fifth appearance at the Crooked Billet, Bourne End (SL7 3SG) on Saturday 14th. He’ll be offering a mixture of music including Swing, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Ballads and Popular Music, all for your listening pleasure, 8pm–11pm. For further details, call 01628 521216.
The Marlow Recital Sociey presents classical piano recitals in Marlow every two months which are given by brilliant graduates of music from many countries. The next recital is on Friday 20th, 730pm at Vine House, Glade Road, Marlow (SL7 1DZ). Korean pianist Han-Sae Jang’s programme includes two Beethoven sonatas, including the Moonlight and works by Haydn, Janacek, Pritchard and Liszt. Visit www.pianorecital.co.uk or call 01628 482299 to check availability.
The Marlow Choral Society’s Autumn Concert is Handel’s Alexander’s Feast and takes place on 21st, start time 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Marlow (SL7 2AA), conducted by Chris Grant and with the Cygnus Orchestra of London. Tickets are available from choir members, Runners Retreat, West Street (SL7 2LS), Marlow Library (SL7 1BL) from www.marlowchoralsociety.org.uk/contactus or at the door on the night.
One of our regulars now and Maidenhead Electronic Organ Society (MEOS) is holding its next concert on Tuesday 24th, starting at 7.30pm (doors 7pm). The concert features Tony Stace, twice voted British organ/keyboard player of the year and takes place at the usual venue, Knowl Hill Village Hall (RG10 9XB).
The BBO Big Band was formed in 1986 to raise funds for local charities and good causes. They are now entering their 29th year and have so far raised just over £345,000 with their classic big band swing music. They play at the Royal British Legion, Marlow (SL7 1NT) on the last Thursday of the month (26th this month). Call 01628 536033 or visit www.bbobigband.co.uk
The Tuesday Singers next concert is on Saturday 28th at Newlands School, Maidenhead (SL6 5JB). The title is With your help, we will Float a Boat in aid of River Boat Trust. The concert starts at 7.30pm and guests are James Church and Sylvia Wimpenny. Tickets from the box office – call 01628 522854.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts (SL6 4PF) is hosting an evening of songs on Sunday 29th at 7pm, performed by three choirs; Jewel Tones, Singing Together and the Holme Grange School Chamber Choir. The range will be classical, popular, folk and music theatre.
Moving on to theatre now and The Marlow Players will be presenting Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett on Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th, start time 8pm, at the Shelley Theatre, Marlow (SL7 2AE). The storyline goes as follows: football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork and now the wizards of the Unseen University must win a football match without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else – this isn’t a game played by gentlemen! For further details and tickets, visit www.marlowplayers.org.uk . Tickets also available from the Marlow Tourist Information Centre in Marlow Library (SL7 1BL).
That one leads us nicely into the talks on offer this month and kicking off with one of our regulars, the Buckinghamshire Family History Society is hosting a talk entitled Computer Programmes for Family History and it’s focus, as the name would suggest, is demonstrating which family history programmes people use to record their research. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how the society can help with research. The talk takes place on Tuesday the 10th at the Community Centre, Bourne End (SL8 5SX).
A War Memorials Workshop takes place on 28th, 9.45am – 3pm at the Booker Memorial Hall, Booker Common (HP12 4QS). The project covers war memorials of all ages and types and volunteers are needed to record the condition that they’re in. To reserve your place, visit www.civicvoice.org.uk/get-involved/events
The Marlow Museum in Court Gardens (SL7 2AE) shifts to its winter programme starting this month, so they will be open on Sundays 2pm – 4pm, showing the results of their summer ‘river’ competition with photography, painting, drawing and poetry winners. They will continue their quarterly exhibition on the Great War (WW1) with news from the war and home fronts at the time. Volunteers are always being sought, so if you think you may be interested, visit www.marlowmuseum.org
Serenity Hampers was set up by a cancer patient who understands the needs of people experiencing cancer. Serenity Hampers also donates to Cancer Research. Visit www.serenityhampers.com or call Alice Dent on 07985 755550 if you know someone who you think might benefit. It’s the annual Cookham Ball on Saturday 21st, in the St Bernard Miller Centre at the Odney Club, Cookham (SL6 9SR). The start time is 7pm for 7.30pm including a champagne reception, three-course dinner, auction and disco (dress ‘black tie’). Tickets available from Seconds Out or Devine Rose Boutique, both in Cookham High Street (SL6 9SQ).
Moving on now to the inevitable seasonal festivities and Holy Trinity church, Cookham (SL6 9SP) is holding a service, Advent Carols by Candlelight to start the countdown to Christmas. The music is led by the boys and mens choir and the service takes place at 6.30pm on Sunday 29th.
Cards for Good Causes is setting up at the Christ Church, Marlow (SL7 2NL) from Monday 2nd to December 15th, selling cards for more than 25 charities as well as a range of gift ideas.
How about getting the children involved in a Norwegian Christmas Tree Trail at the Roald Dhal Museum (HP16 0AL)? Hunt out the Christmas trees in the museum and find out about Roald Dhal’s Norwegian heritage along the way. An acitivty for all age groups that takes place on Saturday 21st, 11am – 5pm. There’s also the opportunity to create an Awesome Advent Calendar for ages 5+ on Sunday 22nd using fabulous fabrics to hide special Advent treats, 12.30pm and 2pm. Book in advance by calling 01494 892192 (the booking line is open Tuesday to Sunday) to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before.
If you’re organised enough to start thinking about Christmas shopping, there are several fayres to attend this month. Starting with St John the Baptist, Autumn Fayre in Cookham Dean (SL6 9PD) which takes place on Saturday 21st, 10am start and the raffle is drawn at 12pm. It caters for all the family including the raffle for fantastic hampers, tombola, cakes, home produce, cards, sweets and lots more for all the family to enjoy themselves. All proceeds go to charity.
St Mark’s Church, Bourne End, and St Nicholas’s Church, Hedsor, are again combining to hold a Pre-Christmas Bazaar in St Mark’s Church and Hall, Station Road, Bourne End (SL8 5QE), on Saturday 21st. There will be the always popular home made Cakes and Preserves, Good as New clothes, books, Toys, bric-a-brac, “nice things”, Christmas table decorations, etc. as well as refreshments in the morning and delicious lunches from 12noon.
That’s all for November; we can look forward to a full-on festivities month soon!
Marlow Inner Wheel is holding a Charity Christmas Fair in Liston Hall, Marlow on Saturday, 21st November 10.30am -3.30pm. Lots of stalls with festive items, preserves, scarves, jewellery, books, CDs, toys, bric a brac etc. Tombola. Bonanza raffle for £100 and lots of superb other prizes. Light refreshments available. Come and see what is on offer and support Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.
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