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October 18, 2017
  • Art Studies Exhibition

    October 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am-October 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    An exhibition of work from the students attending the art classes at the Museum with artist Vicky Vergou.
    Drop in between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Friday 6th October for an opportunity to meet the exhibitors.
    Free admission but donations welcome.

  • Drop in Computer help

    October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Tots, Toys & Tales

    October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Drop in with your pre schooler & watch them play while you catch up with your friends.

  • Family History 1 to 1

    October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Research your family history using our free online resources with the help of our volunteer expert. Pre book by email to wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01235 762291

  • Rhymetime

    October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Wantage Library

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Introduction to Upholstery

    October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Learn upholstery techniques while working on your own project with visiting tutor Kate Powell.
    6 sessions: 18th Oct, 15th Nov, 31st Jan, 21st Feb, 21st Mar, Apr session TBC
    £150 per person, this course is supported by Abingdon and Witney College, the Skills Funding Agency and ESF.
    For info and to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787
    (session 1 of 6)

  • Rhymetime

    October 18, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and song!

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Beacon

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

October 19, 2017
  • Art Studies Exhibition

    October 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am-October 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    An exhibition of work from the students attending the art classes at the Museum with artist Vicky Vergou.
    Drop in between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Friday 6th October for an opportunity to meet the exhibitors.
    Free admission but donations welcome.

  • Drop in Computer Help

    October 19, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Reading Group

    October 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Thursday Reading Group, meets monthly in Wantage library. New members are welcome. Contact the library on 01235 762291 or email wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk to join the group

  • Talks & Teas - The Local Landscape

    October 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join geologist Val Clure in the Museum Auditorium as she explains how the local landscape influenced the development of Wantage.
    This 40 minute talk will be followed by a home made cream tea in the Museum Cafe.
    £6 per person.
    Space is limited so please book in advance.
    Call 01235 771447 email vdmtourism@gmail.com or pop into the Museum

  • Pickleball

    October 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Better Wantage Leisure Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY, UK

    Play this fun racket sport that is a cross between Tennis and Badminton. Ideal for playing a racket sport without as much movement.

    £2 per session, try your first session for free

    Contact Alan 01235 766201 or just turn up

October 20, 2017
  • Art Studies Exhibition

    October 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am-October 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    An exhibition of work from the students attending the art classes at the Museum with artist Vicky Vergou.
    Drop in between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Friday 6th October for an opportunity to meet the exhibitors.
    Free admission but donations welcome.

  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Wantage Country Market

    October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    The Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, United Kingdom

  • Knit Knot & Natter at the Museum

    October 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join the Museums Knit Knot |& Natter Group in the Museum cafe every 3rd Friday of the Month.
    Bring along your own project or take tuition from one of the talented members in various crafts, including knitting, crochet & weaving.
    Free to attend but we ask you support the Cafe.
    New faces are always welcome.

  • Succeeding with a Learning Difficulty

    October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Come and listen to Lynn Deegle give a talk about her experience of recognising and being diagnosed with a learning difficulty, and how she overcame her learning difficulty by learning and implementing strategies, to manage her challenges and harness her strengths. To book your free ticket, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291.

October 21, 2017
  • Art Studies Exhibition

    October 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am-October 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    An exhibition of work from the students attending the art classes at the Museum with artist Vicky Vergou.
    Drop in between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Friday 6th October for an opportunity to meet the exhibitors.
    Free admission but donations welcome.

  • Computer help

    October 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • More Apple Pressing!

    October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Bring along your surplus apples and windfalls and turn them into juice.
    £1 a bottle.
    We will also have a pasteuriser available so your juice keeps for longer.
    To guarantee your apples get pressed book a slot (contact Jo: 07768 767787 / joharvey100@gmail.com) or pop in with smaller quantities.
    Please bring apples washed and ready to go and bring bottles if you have them.

  • Saturday Storytime at Wantage Library!

    October 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Come and join in with our fun storytime every Saturday morning! Suitable for children aged between 3 to 8 years old! No need to book, just drop in! For more details, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291!

  • Betjeman Town Walk

    October 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Vale and Downland Museum, Church Street, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Local author, artist and historian, Bill has been researching the history of Wantage for over thirty years, attempting to link existing buildings (and some lost ones) with the characters who have lived, worked, and died in the town. This stewarded walk involves gentle climbs and descents, is about 1 mile in length, and embraces a ‘Betjeman’ theme.
    Starting from the Vale & Downland Museum
    Age 12+
    £4
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/408705

  • Before the Rains - Dinah Jefferies

    October 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England when she was nearly nine. Her Eastern childhood held a special place in her imagination and was something she was able to revisit once she began writing novels in her sixties. Her first novel was set in Malaysia, the second “The Tea Planter’s Wife” in Sri Lanka, and it went on to be a Sunday Times number one bestseller, and her third, “The Silk Merchant’s Daughter”, was also in the Sunday Times top 10. “Before the Rains” is her fourth novel, set in Rajasthan. Dinah returns to South Asia annually to research each new novel.
    Age 18+
    £8.00
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410763
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Sea Power in the Falklands and Today - Chris Parry

    October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a 28 year old helicopter observer during the Falklands war, rose to become Commander, Amphibious Task Group before pursuing a career as a writer and broadcaster. He specialises in strategic forecasting in the maritime and marine environment. This talk, based on his books Down South and Super Highway, contrasts Sea Power then and now and provides a fascinating insight into modern naval warfare.

    ‘Down South is a vivid and insightful account of the Falklands War, reminding us what a close-run thing it was, as well as an immense achievement of arms. Parry’s diary takes us closer to what it was like to experience it first-hand.’

    Age 10+
    £8.00
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410764
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Winnie the Witch - Korky Paul

    October 21, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Korky Paul, the energetic, interactive illustrator welcomes you to the wonderful world of Winnie the Witch. In this fast-paced, fun-filled reading aloud workshop Korky demonstrates how to draw for the children that is colourful, witty, energetic, and animated. Korky manages to bring home the point that writing, reading and drawing are things that are inherently meant to be fun. The thing that truly brings the spark of life to Korky’s illustrations is his spontaneity and unaffected manner of drawing. Korky is the epitome of fresh and innovative drawing showing the fledging artists that every smudge, every line can be transformed into something weird and wonderful. Magical things always happen when Korky puts his pens and paints to paper.

    Known only to himself as The World’s Greatest Portrait Artist and Dinosaur Drawer Korky MAY just have time to draw Perfect Dinosaur Portraits for you to take home.

    With the aid of digital slides Korky and Winnie the Witch will read and act out the story with the help of Wilbur and the audience too! Through out the workshop he will be drawing either from his imagination, Portraits of Winnie or Wilbur and Dinosaur portraits too.

    Prior to the workshop, children will be able to participate in The Drawing Competition:

    1. BIG ‘O’ in The kOrky

    2.DRAW A NEW HAT FOR WINNIE

    It is a drawing exercise to stretch the creativity and imagination of the fledging illustrators.
    Korky will judge the entries and present prizes.

    Family Friendly Age 4+
    £3 or Family Ticket £10 (admits 4 – must include at least 1 adult)
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410767
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Lucy Ayrton Poetry

    October 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    “Can you remember where you were on the 11th of September 2001? How about the day your childhood pet died? Do you talk about the jobs you didn’t get more than the ones you did? And why did everyone like the film Titanic so much? High On The Storm Torn Coast is an investigation of tragedy through poetry, storytelling and song. Performance poet Lucy Ayrton takes a look at tragedies she’s encountered – big and small, past and present – and tries to make sense of why we are so drawn to stories with an unhappy ending.“
    Sometimes [the stories] are little and personal, sometimes they’re big and wide- reaching, but when they happen, they’re real, no matter the scale. But the show is far from depressing; it’s warm and funny, and makes everything feel just a little bit better.”
    Stage Talk Magazine, reviewing the preview of High On The Storm Torn Coast

    Lucy has performed poetry around the country, from the Chipping Norton Literary Festival to Glastonbury. Her first full length poetry show, Lullabies to Make Your Children Cry, received a PBH Best Newcomer Award, was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and was adapted into a pamphlet with Stewed Rhubarb Press. The second, The Splitting of the Mermaid, was a winner of the Ideastap Members Presents: Preview Season. Lucy was born and raised in Beverley.

    “Brilliantly subversive”
    The Scotsman

    “Storytelling how it’s meant to be”
    Three Weeks

    Age 12+
    £6
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410768
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Festival Ball with Felix Francis

    October 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Join us at The Beacon for a grand Ball to celebrate the seventh year of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Festival. In addition to fine food and dancing we will be enlightened and entertained by Felix Francis, son of legendary jockey and author Dick Francis, who took over writing his father’s horse racing thrillers 17 years ago. Growing up locally, he trained as a physicist, teaching the subject at A level for many years. Now a bestselling British crime writer, he will be talking about his latest novel Pulse, and reminisces on his father’s life and, in particular, riding Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National.
    Discuss; digest; dance!
    FESTIVAL BALL MENU

    STARTERS
    Homemade vegetable soup served with crusty bread and butter
    Farmhouse Pate & chutney served with crusty bread and butter
    Prawn cocktail with a Marie rose sauce served with crusty bread and butter
    MAIN
    Traditional English Carvery (Beef, Gammon & Turkey)
    Served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, roast parsnips and seasonal vegetables
    VEGETARIAN OPTION’s
    Mediterranean Risotto
    Nut Roast
    DESSERTS
    Tropical fruit salad
    Triple chocolate fudge cake
    Apple crumble
    (Served with a choice of cream or ice-cream)
    COFFEE & MINTS
    Bar open from 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm
    Age 18+
    £35 (includes a 3 course meal, coffee and disco)
    Tickets for this event are only available from the Madhatter Bookshop.

October 22, 2017
  • Dare to Do - Sarah Outen

    October 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Sarah Outen revels in arduous expeditions by land and sea and recently completed a 41/2 year loop of the planet using muscle power alone: “London2London: Via the World”. Her book Dare To Do relates the adventures behind this feat and the many triumphs and trials encountered. Her talk will evoke the spirit of travel, the raw power of nature, and the discovery of mankind’s inner strength.

    Age 10+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410769
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • The Night Visitor - Lucy Atkins

    October 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Interviewed by Vivien McCoubrey
    Lucy Atkins is the award winning author of the psychological thrillers The Night Visitor (2017), The Other Child (2015) and The Missing One (2014), all of which have been published internationally, as well as seven non-fiction books. She writes regular book reviews for The Sunday Times and has been a feature writer for publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, TheTelegraph, The Sunday Express, Psychologies, Red, Woman & Home and Grazia, and appears frequently on BBC Radio Oxford to talk about books. Lucy lives in Oxford with her husband and three teenagers. For more information please go to www.lucyatkins.com

    How far would you go to save your reputation? The stunning new noir thriller from the author of the bestselling The Missing One and The Other Child Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a highflying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything. Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own. As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. A compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception.

    Advance praise for The Night Visitor.

    “Horribly, horribly compulsive. Brilliant”
    Fiona Barton, author of The Widow

    “Such sophisticated, layered read, I absolutely revelled in it. The plotting is superb but the real triumph is the characterisation. The moment I finished, I wanted to read it all over again.”
    Clare Macintosh, author of I Let You Go

    “It’s wonderfully creepy, in that clever way that is tied in with character as much
    as plot and setting.”
    Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me

    “Crackles with undercurrents of mistrust and menace. Tense, atmospheric and beautifully written, this unnerving tale of ambition and revenge held me captive until the last page. Brilliant.”
    Amanda Jennings

    “Lucy Atkins has created, in Vivian Tester, one of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters I’ve ever read. She’s brilliant – deluded, obsessed and scarily believable. Dark, tense and menacing, I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down. Readers who enjoyed Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Hellerwill adore it.”
    CL Taylor, author The Missing

    “Thrillingly creepy and darkly funny, The Night Visitor set me racing through the chapters with its brilliant plotting and characters that crackle off the page. A cannot tear yourself away novel.”
    Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

    “The tension is immediate and unrelenting; the sense of unease palpable … a gripping, Rendellesque read.”
    Mick Herron, author of Spook Street

    Age 12+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410773
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • The Doll Funeral - Kate Hamer

    October 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Interviewed by Vivien McCoubrey
    Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. She studied art and worked for a number of years in television. In 2011 she won the Rhys Davies short story prize and her short stories have appeared in various collections. Her novel The Girl in the Red Coat was published in 2015. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 17 different languages. Kate now lives with her husband in Cardiff.
    The dark and glittering new novel from The Sunday Times Bestselling author Kate Hamer is as gripping as it is gorgeously written – the perfect second book from the author of The Girl in the Red Coat.
    Praise for The Doll Funeral.
    “There is a magical dream-like quality to Kate Hamer’s second novel, which reminded me of Kate Atkinson’s early novels…The Doll Funeral is the story of a separated mother and daughter, and the last line is heart-stoppingly beautiful.”
    Alice O’Keeffe, The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice *****
    “A haunting story of love, loss, family and friendships as told by the ethereal Ruby, a teenager who inhabits the past and the present. Hamer’s novel of ghosts bound with the living tells a tale which captivates and draws you into her lyrical world.”
    Lisa Ballantyne
    “The Doll Funeral is a compelling follow up to The Girl in the Red Coat, a dark and at times heartbreaking story of loss and belonging, in a haunting setting; Hamer is a superb stylist.”
    Lucy Atkins
    Age 12+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410776
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • The Hunt for the 60s Ripper - Robin Jarossi

    October 22, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Robin Jarossi is a London based freelance journalist and writer with a penchant for crime stories. The Hunt for the 60s Ripper is an evocative and thought-provoking re-investigation of a meticulous serial killer stalking London prostitutes. Some 8 victims were involved and, despite sparking the biggest police manhunt in history, it remains an unsolved crime to this day.
    Age 18+
    £8
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410771
    Tickets also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Greatest Hits - Laura Barnett

    October 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Interviewed by Anita Patel
    Laura is a freelance writer, arts journalist and art critic. Her debut novel was Number 1 in The Sunday Times bestseller list. Her latest book Greatest Hits concerns a singer coming out of retirement to produce a greatest hits album. This novel is a collaboration with Mercury singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams, who produced an album to accompany the novel.
    Age 12+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410777
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Telegram from Guernica - Nicholas Rankin

    October 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Nicholas Rankin, author and a BBC World Service journalist for 20 years, talks about George Steer, one of our greatest pre-WWII war correspondents. A legend in his lifetime, Steer covered the Spanish Civil War and alerted the world to the atrocities of Nazi Germany’s bombing of Guernica 80 years ago. Steer’s dispatches to The Times inspired Picasso’s great anti-war masterpiece Guernica.
    Nicholas Rankin grew up in Kenya, was educated in England, and spent most of his twenties in South America and Spain. He has written five books published by Faber and Faber. He has regularly visited the Basque country since he first went to Gernica to make a radio programme for the 60th anniversary of the bombing. He was there for the 80th anniversary this year.
    Age 16+
    £10
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410772
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

October 23, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    October 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Computer help

    October 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • A Secret Sisterhood - Emily Midorikawa & Emma Clare Sweeney

    October 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Writer friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney co-run Something Rhymed, a website that celebrates female literary friendship. They have written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Times. Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, Emma is author of the prize-winning novel Owl Song at Dawn, and they both teach at New York University London.

    ‘In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literary history.’
    – Margaret Atwood

    ‘A Secret Sisterhood offers a clever new perspective on established literary figures. While we may inherit family and circumstances, we get to choose our friends; and those these famous women writers have chosen reveal much that is fresh and fascinating about their lives and their work.’
    – Tracy Chevalier

    ‘Such an important, neglected topic: friendships between women writers and their in influence on one another. It has long been downplayed – at last Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are challenging this, with many fascinating revelations.’
    – Jill Dawson

    ‘A Secret Sisterhood shines a light into an important area of British literary history which has largely been brushed aside and ignored, and helps to redress the marginalisation of serious non-fiction by and about women.’
    – Karen Maitland

    ‘A Secret Sisterhood will help make women’s literary friendships of the past relevant to the present. It is important that today’s young writers and readers do not feel cut off from great writers of the past, disinherited from a rich literary tradition, but can learn from them, be inspired by them.’
    – Michèle Roberts

    Age 12+
    £8
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410778
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Go Bananas! - Digital Making

    October 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Make your own banana piano with mix and match circuits! Suitable for children aged between 9 and 12 yrs old. To book your free ticket, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291.

  • Edward VIII - the Uncrowned King - Piers Brendon

    October 23, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Dr. Piers Brendon was born in Cornwall in 1940. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read History. He took a Ph.D. for his thesis on the Oxford Movement, published in 1974. Since then he has worked mainly as a freelance writer, producing over a dozen books, among them The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s and The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. His latest work is a biography of Edward VIII, written for the Penguin Monarchs series and he will be discussing this highly engaging book on the abdication 80 years ago, an event which continues to cast a long shadow over the monarchy to this day.

    Piers contributes widely to the national press. He has done a lot of work for television on both sides of the camera, appearing most recently in two TV series, “The Royal House of Windsor” and “Inside Windsor Castle”. He was consultant and script editor for ITV’s four-part film “The Windsors”, nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, and for a three-part television series called “The Churchills”. He also scripted a two-part Channel 4 documentary based on his book The Dark Valley. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

    A past Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, a repository of the papers of many famous figures, he is currently completing a book about Winston Churchill and the Animal Kingdom, entitled “A Churchill Bestiary”, to be illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
    Age 12+
    £9
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410779
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Moonshots: 50 Years of NASA Space Exploration - Piers Bizony

    October 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Piers Bizony is a science author, journalist and space historian specialising in outer space and technology. His new book Moonshots, using NASA archives of Hasselblad images, centres on the Apollo voyages of nearly 60 years ago, but also features fabulous images from Gemini missions to the Space Shuttle Programme. Here Piers discusses the important influence these events still cast over today’s generation.

    Age 8+
    £8
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410781
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

October 24, 2017
  • Let's Go Eco

    October 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join us in the Museum this half term for a fun filled day of upcycling events & activities suitable for all the family.
    Some activities will be outside so please come dressed appropriately.
    Free admission but donations welcome.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Medical Detection Dogs - Claire Guest

    October 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Some animals are just amazing: Bio-detection dogs are trained to detect the odour of diseases such as cancer, while Medical Alert Assistance Dogs detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour to alert them to an impending medical event such as a blood-sugar crash. Dr Claire Guest, the Director and co-founder of the charity ‘Medical Detection Dogs’, describes how it all started, the personal debt she owes ‘Daisy’, and the future for this amazing medical advance. Hopefully, one of her canine friends will come too.

    £5
    Age 10+
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410784
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • The Wild Other - Clover Stroud including Afternoon Tea

    October 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Following her mother’s traumatic riding accident Clover sought solace in wild horses and wild living. She travelled the world before returning to settle in the Vale. Clover is a freelance writer with the national papers. Join us for afternoon tea as Clover tells her absorbing and thought-provoking story.

    Age 16+
    £12.50 (includes a variety of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee)
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410785
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    October 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Grove Village Hall, Main St, Grove, Wantage OX12 7JY, UK

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

  • Mindfulness

    October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    This course includes the central elements of the internationally recognised Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn combined with compassion meditation, readings and group discussions. It includes:
    Deep relaxation
    Gentle movement
    Sitting meditation
    Walking meditation
    Some useful practices to embed in day to day living
    Mindfulness and the brain explained
    Mindfulness in society
    Mindful eating
    Compassion and dialogue

    All welcome - no experience necessary, just a commitment to some manageable regular home practice.

    Yoga mats available on request. Please bring a cushion and wear warm, loose clothing. Chairs available for those who prefer.

    6 evening sessions (17th, 24th and 31st Oct, 14th, 21st and 28th Nov) and a practice day Sat 18th Nov 10am -4pm
    £90 per person, part funded places £50 available thanks to support from: Abingdon and Witney College, ESF and SFA.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787

    (Session 2 of 7)

  • Wantage Camera Club Evening

    October 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA

    Come and join us to see the images which were entered into this year's 'GB Cup'. This prestigious competition is run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, and members of camera clubs all over the country take part in it. It is therefore an opportunity to see some of the best, and for us all the standard to aspire to!

    For more information about the club's programme see http://www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk/

    All visitors welcome. The visitor fee is £2 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

    Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU, with entrance to the church hall via Church Street.

October 25, 2017
  • Drop in Computer help

    October 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Family History 1 to 1

    October 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Research your family history using our free online resources with the help of our volunteer expert. Pre book by email to wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01235 762291

  • Star Wars Storytime and Craft!

    October 25, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    A long time ago in a library far far away, there was…..Star Wars Storytime and Craft! All Ewoks, Stormtroopers and Rebels aged between 3 to 10 yrs old are welcome! To book your free ticket, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291.

  • Lonely Courage: The True Story of the SOE Heroines - Rick Stroud

    October 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Interview by Gary Sheffield
    Rick Stroud is a writer and television director, who has worked on a variety of programmes ranging from Coronation Street to Brideshead Revisited. His latest book presents the moving account of the female Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents who were secretly sent to Nazi-held France to help the Resistance. He focuses on the work of six of these women, and he cleverly interweaves their individual stories of great bravery and audacious action with a detailed study of the part played by the SOE in the liberation of France.

    Age 16+
    £9
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410786
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • How Have I Cheated Death? - Tim Wotton

    October 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Born with the killer illness cystic fibrosis, Tim Wotton truly appreciates that life is fragile and precious. He spends every day overcoming adversity against all odds and typifies the resilience required to endure what cannot be cured, while managing a normal family life and making every day feel extraordinary. Tim’s story How Have I Cheated Death? is a candid, funny and thought-provoking tale of the unexpected.
    Age 13+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410788
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Night Trains: The Rise & Fall of the Sleeper - Andrew Martin

    October 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Historian, barrister and crime writer Andrew Martin has written a compelling social history on a way of travel that now belongs to a bygone age. A prolific and enthusiastic travel writer, Andrew paints a vivid picture of famous trains of yesteryear such as the Orient Express, combining genuine nostalgia with wit and a deep knowledge of his subject.
    Age 12+
    £8
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410787
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    October 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Beacon

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

  • Blackweir Brass - Music & Betjeman Readings

    October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, 28 Market Pl, Wantage OX12 8AE

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Established in 2016, Blackweir Brass comprises 5 talented musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music. Their backgrounds are diverse, ranging from traditional brass and wind bands, orchestras and jazz, and they inevitably draw inspiration from these varied backgrounds. The resulting mixture of styles covers a repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary, and anything in between! This evening of music and Betjeman Poetry should delight young and old alike.

    Family Friendly Age 10+
    £3 or Family Ticket £10 (admits 4 – must include at least 1 adult)
    Individual ticket http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410790
    Family ticket http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410791
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • WANTAGE FLOWER CLUB Happy Halloween! A Seasonal Flower Arranging Workshop by Wantage Flower Club

    October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Challow Village Hall, East Challow, Nr Wantage, Oxon, East Challow, Wantage OX12 9SG, UK

    Happy Halloween! An all level Flower Arranging Workshop run by Wantage Flower Club.
    If you love flowers, you will love Wantage Flower Club! Please come & join us...
    £5 members, £7 visitors. Tea/Coffee & Cake included.

    Beginners and those new to Wantage & the surrounding area welcome. If you are interested in joining us please email wantageflowerclub@gmail.com, contact us on facebook or simply join us on the night.

    We would love to see you! First of all, the workshop leader will go through the stages of the arrangement before we have a go. There will be help available, so don't worry if you love flowers and are new to flower arranging. At the end of the evening there will be a variety of arrangements because the selections of flowers and foliage will not be the same. We are a friendly club, so if you are coming on your own you will soon feel very welcome.

    You will need: A pumpkin (Centre scooped out), Plastic to line it with, Oasis, A selection of Autumnal Flowers & Foliage & any accessories.
    Autumnal Flowers can include: Roses, Mini Anthuriums, Chinese Lanterns, Leucadendron, Orange Lillies, Sunflowers, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, Berries.
    Foliage can include: Dyed Oak Leaves, Eucalyptus, Cotinus (Smoke Tree).
    Seasonal Accessories: Examples are, sticks to make a witches broom, lights, spiders, bats, or any halloween prop.

    If you would like to find out more about Wantage Flower Club, read our monthly colour newsletter. It is available in Wantage at the Beacon coffee shop, the Vale & Downland cafe and Wantage Library. It is also available at Grove & Faringdon libraries.

    For those of you online, our newsletter is availbale from wantageflowerclub@gmail.com, wantageflowerclub facebook Page, bbandoflowers.org.uk and the Beacon website under their activites page. If you are on facebook, have a look through our photo albums, showing Wantage Flower Club this year.

  • 'Green Drinks' Sustainable Wantage Social

    October 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Informal get together for those interested in the environment, energy, local food, nature or just meeting some nice local people! All welcome, bring your own tipple.
    This month we'll be chatting with Bérengère about how to clean your house without chemicals.

  • Wellington & Haig - Gary Sheffield

    October 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Gary Sheffield is a leading military historian and has published widely, particularly on WWI. Professor of War Studies at Wolverhampton University, Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, who often appears on radio and television and writes for ‘BBC History Magazine’ and ‘History Today’. Today’s talk on two of the big beasts of British military history compares the two men as military commanders and as personalities.
    Age 12+
    £5
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410789
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

October 26, 2017
  • Drop in Computer Help

    October 26, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Betjeman Town Walk

    October 26, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Vale and Downland Museum, Church Street, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Local author, artist and historian, Bill has been researching the history of Wantage for over thirty years, attempting to link existing buildings (and some lost ones), with the characters whom have lived, worked, and died in the town. This is a stewarded level walk, about 1/2 mile in length, and continues the ‘Betjeman’ theme.

    Age 12+
    £4
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410794
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Mary Plain - Clara Vulliamy

    October 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Clara Vulliamy was born in London in 1962. The daughter of author and illustrator, Shirley Hughes and her architect husband.
    As a little girl her favourite hobby was drawing – she used paper until it ran out and then moved on to the walls of their home! Fortunately, her mother always encouraged her artistic talents, buying her beautiful paint palettes and pens.
    Clara studied Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art, The Ruskin (Oxford) and The Royal Academy. The course taught her that the two most important skills in her profession are how to really look at the world around you and how to draw people. She says, For me, faces, expressions and gestures tell the story in a way that words can’t on their own.[Text Wrapping Break]After graduating, Clara began working life as a portrait painter and an illustrator for magazines and newspapers – including doing a weekly cartoon for The Guardian Women’s Page.
    She started concentrating on writing and illustrating children’s books only when she had children of her own. I’m interested in the real lives of real children, trying to shed some light on the kind of things (starting school, a new baby, a lost toy…) that seem ordinary from the outside but feel huge on the inside. I do think that children are very fascinating, and much braver than us grown-ups.
    Clara has written and illustrated numerous stories for children and babies. She also enjoys illustrating books by other authors. For her painting pictures is pure pleasure and comes very naturally but she says learning how to use words took a bit longer.
    She lives in Twickenham with her husband Mark who is an artist and designer, their children Leah and Martha.

    Family Friendly Age 6+
    £3 or Family Ticket £10 (admits 4 – must include at least 1 adult)
    Individual ticket http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410792
    Family ticket http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410793
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Pickleball

    October 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Better Wantage Leisure Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY, UK

    Play this fun racket sport that is a cross between Tennis and Badminton. Ideal for playing a racket sport without as much movement.

    £2 per session, try your first session for free

    Contact Alan 01235 766201 or just turn up

  • Poetry Film - Alastair Cook

    October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Wildwood Cinema Room, 43 Market Street, Wantage, OX12 8AW

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Poetry-film is a single entwined entity, a cleaving together of words, sound and vision. Poems presented through a different medium can create new artworks, separate from the original poem and, as a separate work from the text, films can open up poetry to people unreceptive to the written word. Poetry-film can be the perfect marriage between the abstract world of thought and feeling, and the literal world.
    Age 10+
    £8
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/411954
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.(Wildwood are offering a 3 course meal for an additional £19.95 per person to have before or after this event. Reserve a table directly with them on 01235 424327)

  • Crochet for Beginners

    October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    From how to hold a hook and different sizes of hooks and wools to the basic stitches. By the end of this course you will be crocheting in rows and in rounds, creating granny squares and reading basic patterns.

    £40 per person, part funded places £20, and fully funded places also available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787
    Session 3 of 5
    Following sessions: 2nd and 9th Nov.

  • Aurora - Melanie Windridge

    October 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, lecturer and writer with a taste for adventure. Do we really understand the Aurora? Her talk brings together space, place and science in style, and her new book Aurora describes a journey through the Arctic Circle, culminating in a spectacular solar eclipse, whilst exploring the mysteries of the Northern Lights.
    Age 11+
    £8
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410795
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

October 27, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    October 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Wantage Country Market

    October 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    The Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, United Kingdom

  • Felting Workshop for Families

    October 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Use the Museums collections to inspire your felted picture, guided by local textile artist Anne Griffiths.
    Children & Adults are welcome to participate.
    £6 per person.
    Space is limited so booking & payment in advance is recommended to secure your place.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Comedy Writing Workshop - Paul Kerensa

    October 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Comrades Club, 69 Newbury St, Wantage OX12 8DJ

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Do you have a burning (or secret) desire to join the band of would-be comedy writers? Paul Kerensa, British
    Comedy Award-winning Co-writer for the BBC (Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear) offers aspiring writers a mini-workshop covering writing tips, story structure, character development, and joke-writing, but with an emphasis on story telling. An interactive session with lots of Q&A opportunities.

    Age 15+
    £25 (includes coffee and cake)
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/411211
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin - AA Milne and the Making of Winnie the Pooh - Ann Thwaite

    October 27, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    AA Milne may be best known as a children’s author but, as Whitbread Prize-winning biographer Ann Thwaite reveals, he was considerably more than just that: a playwright, a writer and editor for Punch magazine, a political commentator and a lifelong friend of both H G Wells and J M Barrie. In a talk perfectly timed to follow the September release of the film Goodbye Christopher Robin, Ann will be discussing the many aspects of Milne and his life. As Winnie the Pooh once said: “…you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”

    Age 9+
    £6
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410798
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Hark! The Biography of Christmas - Paul Kerensa

    October 27, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    BBC Comedy award-winning stand-up comedian Paul Kerensa opens the door on twelve dates that make our present Christmas, from Christ to Bing Crosby via Santa, Slade and Scrooge. Its history, as told by Paul, covers ancient traditions and industrial advancements – Scandinavian midwinter food storage, Germanic legends and the Victorian Christmas revival.

    Age 10+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410797
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Halloween Storytime and Craft!

    October 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Come and join in with our spooky Storytime and Craft…if you dare! Ghosts, vampires and witches aged between 3 to 10 yrs old are welcome! To book your free ticket, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291.

October 28, 2017
  • Computer help

    October 28, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • Introduction to Household Plumbing

    October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    This one-day workshop will cover:
    taps - changing washers and re-seating,
    fitting speed-fit and compression connections and pressure testing,
    cutting pipes and soldering, household isolation valves
    and an overview of various fittings.

    £50 per person, all materials provided
    Part funded places £20, and fully funded places also available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.

    Places limited, to book contact Jo:
    07768 767787 or joharvey100@gmail.com

  • Hendred Ukulele Group Live

    October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Hendred Ukulele Group will be performing in the Museum Cafe, free admission but donations welcome

  • Saturday Storytime at Wantage Library!

    October 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Come and join in with our fun storytime every Saturday morning! Suitable for children aged between 3 to 8 years old! No need to book, just drop in! For more details, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291!

  • Modern Tribes - Susie Dent

    October 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Interview by Ed Vaisey.
    Susie Dent’s new book explores the secret languages of Britain. It looks at how groups such as sports fans, members of professional organisations and hobbyists have all developed their own private linguistic codes, and how this has created new tribal identities. A well-known lexicographer and regular contributor on Channel 4’s Countdown, Susie Dent is a highly-entertaining writer, and her talk is bound to fascinate all wordsmiths.
    Susie Dent is a writer and broadcaster on language. She has made over 2,000 appearances as the resident word expert on C4’s Countdown and its comedy sister 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown, and comments regularly on TV and radio on words in the news. She has contributed to discussions on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, More or Less, Today, and on Radio 5
    Live’s Breakfast and Drive programmes, and has been a regular panellist on R4’s Wordaholics. She has made guest appearances on many TV programmes including BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, This Morning, Blue Peter, Test the Nation, and The One Show.
    Susie also answers notes and queries about words and phrases in a weekly column, Dictionary Corner, for the Radio Times, and is a columnist for the website Mental Floss. She has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph, and the Daily Mail, and is the author of several books, including Susie Dent’s Word of the Year, What Made the Crocodile Cry?, and How to Talk Like a Local; her latest book publishes in the Autumn of 2016. She is a spokesperson for Oxford University Press, and has been a judge on the Costa Book Awards and on the Academy Excellence Awards. Susie regularly delivers key-note speeches to both small companies and major corporations on language and communication.
    Susie lives in Oxford where she has developed a passion for cycling – Lycra or no, she is never without her little black book for jotting down any new words picked up in the wild.
    Age 14+
    £10
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410799
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller

    October 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Interview by Dorothy Burrows
    Claire Fuller started writing when she was 40. Swimming Lessons tells the thought provoking story of Ingrid Coleman who writes letters to her husband Gil about the truth of their marriage, but decides not to send them. Instead, she decides to hide them within the thousands of books her husband collects. Will they ever be found?
    Age 16+
    £7
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410800
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Where the World Ends - Geraldine McCaughrean

    October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Summer 1727; a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stack to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain their abandonment. How can they survive?

    GERALDINE McCAUGHREAN has written about 170 books and had far too much fun ever to call writing a job.  She has been published in 41 languages and writes for every age level, from picture books to adult novels.  Her awards include the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Prize (three times), Guardian Fiction Award, Smarties, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year and “Best Book to Keep Forever”. Her last novel, The Middle of Nowhere was shortlisted for the Carnegie. Her latest is a survival story set in St Kilda.
    As well as 20 children’s novels and five for adults, she has retold myths and legends, and adaptated classics such as Moby Dick, El Cid, The Canterbury Tales, Gilgamesh and A Pilgrim’s Progress.  She has also written plays for schools, theatre and radio, as well as the ‘Boxford Masque’ community play performed in alternate years in the Lambourn Valley.
    She lives down the road in Great Shefford with husband John.  Her daughter Ailsa is an actress.

    Family Friendly Age 10+
    £3 or Family Ticket £10 (admits 4 – must include at least 1 adult)
    Individual ticket http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410801
    Family ticket http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410802
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women - Jenni Murray

    October 28, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    Jenni Murray is a journalist, broadcaster and household name who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for nearly thirty years.
    Jenni will be in conversation about her most recent book – the history of Britain presented as you’ve never seen it before, through twenty-one women whose lives enthrall and beguile, intrigue and inspire. Women such as Boadicea who battled the Romans, Nancy Astor who fought in Parliament, Emmeline Pankhurst who campaigned for female suffrage and Mary Quant who revolutionised the fashion industry, all women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society and whose lives embodied hope and change.
    Age 12+
    £12
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410804
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

  • Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes - Ghostwriters

    October 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

    Hosted as part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

    No script Sherlock! The stars of UK comedy improvisation take us on a thrilling new adventure, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s great detective. A completely spontaneous and exceedingly engrossing mystery tale unfolds before you, with rollicking plot twists and hilarious characters based on audience suggestions! A very funny show, fresh from smash runs at the Edinburgh and the Perth Fringes (Australia).

    ‘Excellent… very funny and beautifully devious’ **** (FringeGuru.com). ‘Copious amounts of talent and boundless potential’ **** (PlaysToSee.com). ‘Sizzling energy, unpredictable and exciting… Performers of the highest calibre’ (ArtsReview.com.au)

    ABOUT THE GROUP
    After smash runs at the Perth Fringe (Australia) in 2016 and 2017, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and 2016, Ghostwriters are back to tackle the hardest challenge in improv: to imitate the greatest mind in literary history.
    “This is real high-wire stuff,” says cast member Daniel Nils Roberts. “How do you push some of the best improvisers in the country? Get them to tell a great story, to make funny and loveable characters – and on top of that, solve a bizarre mystery, in an hour, all from a single suggestion.”
    The versatile troupe are drawn from the cream of UK improvisation, with the cast being involved in such hit groups as Austentatious; Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised (Racing Minds); Impromptu Shakespeare; The Oxford Imps and The Maydays Present: Happily Never After.

    Tom Wilkinson, director of the troupe, says: “The show is completely new every day, prompted by a suggestion slip we pick out of a silk top hat. Everyone in the queue gets to suggest what the ‘case’ Sherlock will solve that day will be.”
    The majority of the members of the troupe originally met in the Oxford Imps, the improvisation group in Oxford comprising students of both of the town’s universities and local performers. In the Imps the group learned the craft of creating spontaneous, enthralling stories in weekly shows at Oxford’s Wheatsheaf pub, tours of Europe and the USA, and multiple sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
    Cast member Tom Skelton says “with the Imps we tackled improvised Agatha Christie, Radio Plays, Arabian Nights – Shakespeare even – before, but Sherlock has to be one of the most interesting genres for an improviser”.
    Director Tom Wilkinson, a huge Sherlock fan since a boy (who owns a personal Sherlock library), adds “with the recent revival of Sherlock thanks to Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s been great to be part of a movement which brings these thrilling stories to new audiences and the younger generation especially.”
    Dylan Townley, show producer, said: “We wanted to create show that had mystery, intrigue, Victorian drama and a cracking case for Holmes to solve. Of course because it is improvised, no matter how Holmes ‘solves’ the case, he will always be right as the cast on stage will support and build upon whatever crazy theory Sherlock comes up with. It is great fun and a bit tongue in cheek – we get ourselves into a complicated situation with the improvised plot, then Holmes always finds his way out. As he should”.

    Age 10+
    £12
    http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410806
    Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.

October 30, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    October 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Computer help

    October 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

October 31, 2017
  • Water Colour Classes with Vicky Vergou

    October 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Local artist Vicky Vergou will be running her popular water colour classes at the Museum on Tuesdays 10am - 11.30am

    Course 1 - Urban Scenery, methodology, tone & colour. 10th, 17th Oct (break for half term) 31st Oct, 7th & 14th Nov.

    Course 2 - Rural Scenery, observation, palette & composition. 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec.

    5 week course fee £60.00. If you register for both courses £110.00.
    Please contact the Artist directly for more details & to register v.vergou@gmail.com or 07811450567

  • Drawing Classes with Vicky Vergou

    October 31, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Local artist Vicky Vergou will be running her popular drawing classes at the Museum on Tuesdays 11.45am - 1.15pm.

    Course 1 - Still Life Drawing Inspired by the Museum Collections, methodology, observation & free sketching. 10th, 17th Oct (break for half term) 31st Oct, 7th & 14th Nov.

    Course 2 - Drawing Inspired by our Surroundings, Discovering your own style. 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec.

    5 week course fee £55.00. If you register for both courses £100.00.
    Please contact the Artist directly for more details & to register v.vergou@gmail.com or 07811450567

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    October 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Grove Village Hall, Main St, Grove, Wantage OX12 7JY, UK

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

  • Mindfulness

    October 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    This course includes the central elements of the internationally recognised Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn combined with compassion meditation, readings and group discussions. It includes:
    Deep relaxation
    Gentle movement
    Sitting meditation
    Walking meditation
    Some useful practices to embed in day to day living
    Mindfulness and the brain explained
    Mindfulness in society
    Mindful eating
    Compassion and dialogue

    All welcome - no experience necessary, just a commitment to some manageable regular home practice.

    Yoga mats available on request. Please bring a cushion and wear warm, loose clothing. Chairs available for those who prefer.

    6 evening sessions (17th, 24th and 31st Oct, 14th, 21st and 28th Nov) and a practice day Sat 18th Nov 10am -4pm
    £90 per person, part funded places £50 available thanks to support from: Abingdon and Witney College, ESF and SFA.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787

    (Session 3 of 7)

  • Wantage Camera Club - Annual Audio Visual Competition

    October 31, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA

    Come and join us to see the sequences members have submitted for the annual Audio Visual competition; at stake is the Hazel Trophy. Each member is allowed to enter one or more photo sequences, but their combined running time is restricted to 15 minutes.

    Unlike in previous years, this time the winner will be decided by the audience. For those of us who were present at the AV Training evening on 10th October, it will be clear how much work and effort is required to put together a pleasing sequence of images and combine it with fitting music, spoken text, animations, or a mixture of some or all of the above.

    We hope to get a reminder of some criteria for a good audio visual sequence before applying us to the task of judging all entries, and above all look forward to a large and appreciative audience for this evening to view the work of all contestants.

    For more information about the club's programme for this year see http://www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk/

    All visitors welcome. The visitor fee is £2 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

    Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU, with entrance to the church hall via Church Street.

November 1, 2017
  • Drop in Computer help

    November 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Tots, Toys & Tales

    November 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Drop in with your pre schooler & watch them play while you catch up with your friends.

  • Family History 1 to 1

    November 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Research your family history using our free online resources with the help of our volunteer expert. Pre book by email to wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01235 762291

  • Upholstery

    November 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    For those with some experience of upholstery, this course develops your upholstery techniques while working on your own projects. With visiting tutor Kate Powell.
    8 sessions: 13th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st Nov, 6th Dec, 17th Jan, 7th Feb, 7th Mar, 18th Apr
    £200 per person, this course is supported by Abingdon and Witney College, the Skills Funding Agency and ESF.
    For info and to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787
    (session 3 of 8)

  • Rhymetime

    November 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Wantage Library

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Rhymetime

    November 1, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and song!

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Beacon

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

November 2, 2017
  • Drop in Computer Help

    November 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Knit & Natter

    November 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Come to the library and share your interest in knitting, crochet, needlework, tatting or any other textile work. Enjoy a chat over coffee and biscuits, then maybe borrow a book and get lots of ideas for your next project! No need to book, just drop in!

  • Talks & Teas - Lifting the Lid on the Museum Collections

    November 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join the Museums Learning & Access Officer Mel Rowntree as she lifts the Lid on the Museums collections.
    This talk will last 40 minutes & is followed by a homemade afternoon tea in the Museum Cafe.
    £6 per person.
    Space is limited so please book in advance, call 01235 771447, email vdmtourism@gmail.com or pop into the Museum.

  • Pickleball

    November 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Better Wantage Leisure Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY, UK

    Play this fun racket sport that is a cross between Tennis and Badminton. Ideal for playing a racket sport without as much movement.

    £2 per session, try your first session for free

    Contact Alan 01235 766201 or just turn up

  • Crochet for Beginners

    November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    From how to hold a hook and different sizes of hooks and wools to the basic stitches. By the end of this course you will be crocheting in rows and in rounds, creating granny squares and reading basic patterns.

    £40 per person, part funded places £20, and fully funded places also available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787
    Session 4 of 5
    Following session: 9th Nov.

  • WANTAGE FLOWER CLUB hosts TRACEY GRIFFEN National Demonstrator with a title "FOREVER FESTIVE"

    November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX, UK

    A fun & festive evening at Wantage Flower Club's November meeting. An evening to get you into the festive spirit! We are very fortunate to welcome National Demonstrator Tracey Griffen, who will be creating beautiful flower arrangements with the title, "Forever Festive". The price is £10 for visitors.
    We welcome those new to Wantage and the surrounding area, if you love flowers, you will love Wantage Flower Club. If you are on your own, don't worry as we are a very friendly club and you will soon feel very welcome. Our motto is "Fun with friends and flowers."
    At the beginning of the evening we will be selling tickets for the raffle and you could be one of the lucky winners bringing home one of the many beautiful flower arrangements. Tracey's talk will be entertaining and she will be sharing some of her techniques with us during the evening. Refreshments are included in the price. We hope you will come & join us!
    Wantage Flower Club has a monthly colour newsletter. If you would like to find out more about Wantage Flower Club, our colour newsletters are available to read in Wantage at the Beacon coffee shop, the Vale & Downland cafe and Wantage library. Our newsletters are also available at Faringdon & Grove Libraries.
    For those of you online, our newsletters are available from wantageflowerclub@gmail.com, the bbandoflowers.org.uk website, the Beacon website from their activities page. If you are on facebook, you can also visit our facebook page.

November 3, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    November 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Wantage Country Market

    November 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    The Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, United Kingdom

November 4, 2017
  • Computer help

    November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • Wantage LEGO® Club

    November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Free monthly meet ups in the Museum Cafe. On Saturday mornings 9.30 - 10.30.
    To register your child please find us at www.eventbrite.co.uk
    Booking is essential as space is limited.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    Free admission but donations welcome.

  • Preserving and Storing Food

    November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Drying, Storing, Preserving, Pickling Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
    with Incredible Edible Oxford

    Including:
    Drying Herbs
    Storing Vegetables over Winter (inc Freezing)
    Preserving Fruit and Vegetables using Chutney and Jam
    Pickling Vegetables
    Fermenting processes inc. Sauerkraut
    The health benefits of eating seasonally and fermented produce

    Theory, practical activities (such as making chutney and/or jam, pickling onions, and preparing sauerkraut) and tastings!

    £20 per person, part funded places £10 and fully funded places available
    thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.

    For more information or to book your place contact Jo:
    07768 767787 / joharvey100@gmail.com

  • Saturday Storytime at Wantage Library!

    November 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Come and join in with our fun storytime every Saturday morning! Suitable for children aged between 3 to 8 years old! No need to book, just drop in! For more details, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291!

  • Viva Ela fiesta

    November 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Shush, Newbury Street, Wantage

    An Evening of live music at shush in wantage celebrating the life of Ela Ozbayraktar who sadly died aged 16 on the 28th of november 2016 - all profits from this event will go to the charlie waller trust - Bands confirmed to play are the Marsicans , Flatlands and Subatomaton tickets for the event are available to buy online at shush for £ 8 for more information contact me on on 01235 767379 or email at Deanthacker@hotmail.co.uk

November 5, 2017
  • Forest Garden Design

    November 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Learn the basics of food forests with Incredible Edible Oxford:

    • What are food forests and why are they useful?
    • Assess examples of forest garden design
    • Learn key species for each growth layer

    By the end of this course you will have the basic knowledge and understanding to begin creating your own forest garden.

    £40 per person, part funded places £20 and fully funded places available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: 07768 767787 / joharvey100@gmail.com

November 6, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    November 6, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Computer help

    November 6, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • Code Club at Wantage Library!

    November 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Do you have a favourite computer game, and would you like to learn how to make your own computer games? At our Code Club, you can learn how to make cool games, animations and websites too! If you are aged 8 to 13 years old, and would like to come along to Code Club, please book your free place now by phoning Wantage Library on 01235 762291!

  • How to make money from Upcycling

    November 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    A two part course explaining the principles and techniques involved in turning trash to treasure and tips on how to turn this into a business.
    £40 per person, part funded places £20 and fully funded places available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.
    Pre-booking essential, for more information or to book your place contact Jo on 07768 767787 or joharvey100@gmail.com

    (Session 1 of 2, next session 13th Nov)

November 7, 2017
  • Water Colour Classes with Vicky Vergou

    November 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Local artist Vicky Vergou will be running her popular water colour classes at the Museum on Tuesdays 10am - 11.30am

    Course 1 - Urban Scenery, methodology, tone & colour. 10th, 17th Oct (break for half term) 31st Oct, 7th & 14th Nov.

    Course 2 - Rural Scenery, observation, palette & composition. 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec.

    5 week course fee £60.00. If you register for both courses £110.00.
    Please contact the Artist directly for more details & to register v.vergou@gmail.com or 07811450567

  • Drawing Classes with Vicky Vergou

    November 7, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Local artist Vicky Vergou will be running her popular drawing classes at the Museum on Tuesdays 11.45am - 1.15pm.

    Course 1 - Still Life Drawing Inspired by the Museum Collections, methodology, observation & free sketching. 10th, 17th Oct (break for half term) 31st Oct, 7th & 14th Nov.

    Course 2 - Drawing Inspired by our Surroundings, Discovering your own style. 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec.

    5 week course fee £55.00. If you register for both courses £100.00.
    Please contact the Artist directly for more details & to register v.vergou@gmail.com or 07811450567

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    November 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Grove Village Hall, Main St, Grove, Wantage OX12 7JY, UK

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

  • Wantage Camera Club Evening

    November 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA

    Join us for the first round of the Rosebowl inter-club competition which is held in various stages between September and May of each year; the top twelve clubs go forward to the Finals Day in May, when the winning club will take the Rose Bowl trophy. Tonight we will compete against Abingdon, and Maidenhead & Northfields camera clubs.

    There will be an external judge for the competition, and the standard of entries will be higher than usual, as each club will send in its best images, so you can expect to see some stunning pictures.

    For more information about the club's programme for this year see http://www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk/

    All visitors welcome. The visitor fee is £2 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

    Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU, with entrance to the church hall via Church Street.

November 8, 2017
  • Drop in Computer help

    November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Family History 1 to 1

    November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Research your family history using our free online resources with the help of our volunteer expert. Pre book by email to wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01235 762291

  • Rhymetime

    November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Wantage Library

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Rhymetime

    November 8, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and song!

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    November 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Beacon

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

  • TocH Wessex - An evening of Entertainment and Remembrance

    November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    East Challow Hall, East Challow, OX12 9SR

    A play about Talbot House, Birthplace of Toc H , Musical entertainment and lighting of Toc H Lamp . Refreshments available .

November 9, 2017
  • Drop in Computer Help

    November 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Talks & Teas - 10,000 Years of Textiles

    November 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join professional weaver Angela Pawlyn as she takes you through a whistle stop tour of textile history.
    This talk will be 40 minutes long and will be followed by a homemade afternoon tea in the Museum Cafe.
    £6 per person.
    Space is limited so please book in advance
    Call 01235 771447, email vdmtourism@gmail.com or pop into the Museum.

  • Pickleball

    November 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Better Wantage Leisure Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY, UK

    Play this fun racket sport that is a cross between Tennis and Badminton. Ideal for playing a racket sport without as much movement.

    £2 per session, try your first session for free

    Contact Alan 01235 766201 or just turn up

  • Crochet for Beginners

    November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    From how to hold a hook and different sizes of hooks and wools to the basic stitches. By the end of this course you will be crocheting in rows and in rounds, creating granny squares and reading basic patterns.

    £40 per person, part funded places £20, and fully funded places also available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787
    Session 5 of 5

November 10, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    November 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Wantage Country Market

    November 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    The Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, United Kingdom

  • Museum Book Group

    November 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    The Museum book group meet in the Museum Cafe every 2nd Friday of the Month.
    If you would like to join please leave your contact details at the Museum & the leader of the book group will contact you.
    Call 01235 771447 email vdmtourism@gmail.com or pop into the Museum

  • Imogen Matthews - Author Talk!

    November 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Join us for an evening with Imogen Matthews, local Headington author, who will introduce her latest novel, ‘The Hidden Village’ set in World War II Holland. The session will end with an audience Q & A, and book signing by Imogen. Please book your free ticket now, by phoning Wantage Library on 01235 762291.

November 11, 2017
  • Computer help

    November 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • Saturday Storytime at Wantage Library!

    November 11, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage OX12 7BB, UK

    Come and join in with our fun storytime every Saturday morning! Suitable for children aged between 3 to 8 years old! No need to book, just drop in! For more details, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291!

  • Junk Monkeys -Upcycling crafts for ages 8+

    November 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Monthly meet for Crafty kids aged 8 and over
    This month we'll be doing decoupage, bring along something you would like to cover or choose a box or pot from the Resource Bank.
    £2 per person
    (We are happy for over 14s to stay without their parents.)

November 12, 2017
  • Free Ballroom Basics Workshop

    November 12, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Grove Village Hall, Main St, Grove, Wantage OX12 7JY, UK

    These are designed for Ballroom & Latin American beginners. We aim to give you some principles and moves that will get you dancing socially and started on your dance journey.

    Doors open at 3.15pm for a warm up dance, which is strongly recommended to help prevent injury. We start teaching at 3.30: in two stages, we teach until 5.30 when there is a chance to practice the dance until 5.45pm.

    Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake are provided.

    Single dancers as well as couples are very welcome as we have very experienced helpers who will partner you.

    For sessions dates and style list visit: https://danceclublimited.com/portfolio/free-workshops/

  • Tea and Memories

    November 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Wantage Parish Church The Market Place OX12 8AE

    Wantage Parish Choir will again present this special event, dedicated to remembering the heroism and sacrifice of those who have died in war.
    This Sunday tea-time concert will combine beautiful music, war time singalongs, readings and companionship over tea and homemade cake.
    All are welcome, with tickets available on the door: £6; £4 concessions (including all serving and former military).

November 13, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    November 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Computer help

    November 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Need help surfing the net? Not sure how to create an email account? Online shopping or job application support? Our volunteer can help! For all your computer needs call 01235 762291 to book your FREE session

  • Music Mondays

    November 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    A fun & friendly session for under 5's.
    Join in with traditional songs & rhymes accompanied by live music.
    Suggested donation of £2 per family.
    Space is limited so please book in advance, call 01235 771447 or email vdmtourism@gmail.com.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Make Lace Monday

    November 13, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Have you ever wondered how lace is made?
    A small group of Wantage Lace Makers meet in the Museum Cafe every 2nd Monday of the Month, to show you how lace is made and to give you a chance to have a go yourself with one of their taster kits.
    Free admission but donations welcome.

  • Knit and Natter at Wantage Library!

    November 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Wantage Library!

    Come to the library and share your interest in knitting, crochet, needlework, tatting or any other textile work. Enjoy a chat over coffee and biscuits, then maybe borrow a book and get lots of ideas for your next project! No need to book, just drop in!

  • How to make money from Upcycling

    November 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    A two part course explaining the principles and techniques involved in turning trash to treasure and tips on how to turn this into a business.
    £40 per person, part funded places £20 and fully funded places available thanks to support from Abingdon and Witney College, SFA and ESF.
    Pre-booking essential, for more information or to book your place contact Jo on 07768 767787 or joharvey100@gmail.com

    (Session 2 of 2)

November 14, 2017
  • Water Colour Classes with Vicky Vergou

    November 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Local artist Vicky Vergou will be running her popular water colour classes at the Museum on Tuesdays 10am - 11.30am

    Course 1 - Urban Scenery, methodology, tone & colour. 10th, 17th Oct (break for half term) 31st Oct, 7th & 14th Nov.

    Course 2 - Rural Scenery, observation, palette & composition. 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec.

    5 week course fee £60.00. If you register for both courses £110.00.
    Please contact the Artist directly for more details & to register v.vergou@gmail.com or 07811450567

  • Reading Group

    November 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Join our Tuesday book group to chat about the books you love and those you love to hate!

  • Drawing Classes with Vicky Vergou

    November 14, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Local artist Vicky Vergou will be running her popular drawing classes at the Museum on Tuesdays 11.45am - 1.15pm.

    Course 1 - Still Life Drawing Inspired by the Museum Collections, methodology, observation & free sketching. 10th, 17th Oct (break for half term) 31st Oct, 7th & 14th Nov.

    Course 2 - Drawing Inspired by our Surroundings, Discovering your own style. 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec.

    5 week course fee £55.00. If you register for both courses £100.00.
    Please contact the Artist directly for more details & to register v.vergou@gmail.com or 07811450567

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Grove Village Hall, Main St, Grove, Wantage OX12 7JY, UK

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

  • Mindfulness

    November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    This course includes the central elements of the internationally recognised Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn combined with compassion meditation, readings and group discussions. It includes:
    Deep relaxation
    Gentle movement
    Sitting meditation
    Walking meditation
    Some useful practices to embed in day to day living
    Mindfulness and the brain explained
    Mindfulness in society
    Mindful eating
    Compassion and dialogue

    All welcome - no experience necessary, just a commitment to some manageable regular home practice.

    Yoga mats available on request. Please bring a cushion and wear warm, loose clothing. Chairs available for those who prefer.

    6 evening sessions (17th, 24th and 31st Oct, 14th, 21st and 28th Nov) and a practice day Sat 18th Nov 10am -4pm
    £90 per person, part funded places £50 available thanks to support from: Abingdon and Witney College, ESF and SFA.

    For more info or to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787

    (Session 4 of 7)

  • Wantage Camera Club Evening

    November 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA

    Come and join us to see the images members have submitted for the Phototrek Visual competition. There are 20 widely varying subjects and only photos taken during August or September, in any location within 10 minutes drive from the A4, are allowed.

    The images will be judged by a panel of three club members, chosen on the night; ideally none of the three have a stake in the outcome! The person with the highest combined score for their images wins the Phototrek goblet. This is a fun competition, and interpretation of the subjects may be rather imaginative.

    For more information about the club's programme see http://www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk/

    All welcome. The visitor fee is £2 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

    Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU, with entrance to the church hall via Church Street.

November 15, 2017
  • Drop in Computer help

    November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Tots, Toys & Tales

    November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Drop in with your pre schooler & watch them play while you catch up with your friends.

  • Family History 1 to 1

    November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Research your family history using our free online resources with the help of our volunteer expert. Pre book by email to wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01235 762291

  • Rhymetime

    November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Wantage Library

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Intro to Upholstery

    November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
    The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

    Learn upholstery techniques while working on your own project with visiting tutor Kate Powell.
    6 sessions: 18th Oct, 15th Nov, 31st Jan, 21st Feb, 21st Mar, Apr session TBC
    £150 per person, this course is supported by Abingdon and Witney College, the Skills Funding Agency and ESF.
    For info and to book contact Jo: joharvey100@gmail.com / 07768 767787
    (session 2 of 6)

  • Rhymetime

    November 15, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Bring your little one along for nursery rhymes and song!

  • Legs, Bums and Tums

    November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Beacon

    Fun and friendly sessions that work on those all important areas. Suitable for all abilities, these classes attract great feedback from those who enjoy improving and maintaining shape and fitness.

    Contact Luke to register 07896118696

    £5 per session

November 16, 2017
  • Drop in Computer Help

    November 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    A volunteer will be available to help with your computer queries. No need to pre book.

  • Reading Group

    November 16, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Wantage Library, Stirlings Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7BB, United Kingdom

    Thursday Reading Group, meets monthly in Wantage library. New members are welcome. Contact the library on 01235 762291 or email wantage.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk to join the group

  • Talks & Teas - The History of Grove Airfield

    November 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join aviation historian Don Summers in the Museum Auditorium as he shares the history of our local air field.
    This 40 minute talk is followed by a home made afternoon tea in the Museum Cafe
    £6 per person
    Space is limited so please book in advance, call 01235 771447, email vdmtourism@gmail.com or pop into the Museum

  • Pickleball

    November 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Better Wantage Leisure Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY, UK

    Play this fun racket sport that is a cross between Tennis and Badminton. Ideal for playing a racket sport without as much movement.

    £2 per session, try your first session for free

    Contact Alan 01235 766201 or just turn up

November 17, 2017
  • Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon

    November 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX

    Bring your little monkeys for a morning of fun and frolics diving in the ball pit, leaping on the bouncy castle and playing with the toys every Monday morning from 09.30am - 11.30am.

    £3.70 per child, £5.70 for two.

    http://beaconwantage.co.uk/activities

  • Wantage Country Market

    November 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    The Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, United Kingdom

  • Knit Knot & Natter at the Museum

    November 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Vale & Downland Museum & Visitor Centre, 19 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK

    Join the Museums Knit Knot |& Natter Group in the Museum cafe every 3rd Friday of the Month.
    Bring along your own project or take tuition from one of the talented members in various crafts, including knitting, crochet & weaving.
    Free to attend but we ask you support the Cafe.
    New faces are always welcome.

  • 60 Years of Number One Songs

    November 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Old Mill Hall, Grove

    If you loved the charts as a child and remember listening to the countdown then no matter what age you are now you’ll love our concert, which celebrates #1s through the ages. Whether you grew up as a mod, a glam rocker, a punk, a disco bunny or a rapper, there’ll be something for you, with chart toppers from the 1950s to the current day. Come and listen to hits from the likes of Bill Haley, The Monkeys, ABBA, Queen, Lady Gaga and Katie Perry - all given the WSMC twist.

    Tickets (£9; £7 concessions) available from Bretts Chemist, Grove)

    Also on at:
    Drayton Village Hall (18 Nov)
    Hagbourne Village Hall (24 Nov)
    Plus second night in Old Mill Hall on 25 Nov