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Program Notes:

Programme
Key: = gardens open = artists' studios open
Fri 29 Open Studio Artists Exhibition
A ‘taster’ exhibition of work by professional artists taking part in the HADCAF Open Studios scheme. Come and see examples of their work and take the opportunity to meet them in their studios during the Festival. They look forward to welcoming you! Three Swans Hotel, High Street
Open daily throughout the Festival
Fri 29 Home Service
A Wartime Revue
performed by Susan Flannery & Michael Lunts
The music and humour of the Second World War inspired and uplifted a whole generation during Britain ’s darkest and finest hour. Drawing on broadcasts, songs and sketches, along with first-hand accounts, Home Service evokes the hardships, humour and heroism of those fighting the war on the Home Front, and brings to life the Forties in all their grit and grandeur.
This brand new show from Susan and Michael is as sure to delight as their previous collaborations: A Wilde Affair, More Tea, Vicar?, Pass the Port, and Wit’s End. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Kerridge Insurance

Fri 29 Hungerford Jazz Forum: 5th Anniversary
In addition to the usual mix of local musicians and opportunities for beginners and intermediate players to perform or join in, HJF will be showcasing some of the hundreds of performers who have supported the Forum and local music over the past 5 years. There will be a club atmosphere – with bar, of course. Come along and join the party! Royal British Legion Hall 8pm till late
£2 cover charge
Sat 30 21 st Anniversary of Save the Children in Hungerford
Plants, cakes, stalls, raffle, refreshments, hot potatoes served 12noon-2pm. 5 Fairview Road (access from High St thro’ Neate’s Yard by kind permission of Dreweatt Neate) 10.30am-4.30pm
Entrance £1 (children free)
Sat 30 Belly Dance
with Sue Ealding
Discover your inner goddess – and movement you didn’t know you had - at this fun 'taster' session – with Sue, who teaches a weekly belly dance class in Hungerford. The Croft Hall 11am-12.30pm
No tickets required - just turn up and join in!
Sponsored by Thermatek, Christine Ealding and Charles Lucas & Marshall (Newbury)
Sat 30 Music Matinee
Martyna Jatkauskaite: piano recital
featuring works by Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel and Rachmaninov
The talented young Lithuanian pianist returns following her sensational HADCAF debut last year. In addition to her many international awards, Martyna received first prize at the Marlow Music Festival (2006), and the Professional Piano Recital prize at the Oxford Music Festival (2007). The Croft Hall 3pm-4pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Patricia Pamflet
Sat 30 The Cotswold Children’s Choir
Jacki Pattenden Musical Director
Stuart Hancock Accompanist
The Burford-based choir was formed in 1997 to offer children the opportunity to sing a variety of music to the highest possible standard. It aims to provide not only pleasure from singing and opportunities for performance, but also an all-round grounding in musical skills leading to a love and appreciation of music. The choir has performed at the Albert Hall as well as many local venues.
Chairman: Ruth Reavley (tel. 01993 823957)
www.cotswold-childrens-choir.org
‘….what always shines through is that heady combination of discipline, the natural,unspoilt quality of the sound, and the sheer joy of their music-making. The choir has become one of the jewels in the crown of musical life in the Cotswolds.’ Brian Kay , BBC Radio The Corn Exchange 7pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Charles Lucas & Marshall (Hungerford)
Sat 30 Little Black Buffalo Country & Western Club
featuring Fool’s Gold The Croft Hall 7.30pm-11.15pm
Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society.
Bring your own drinks
Sun 1 Hungerford Big Wheel Sponsored Bike Ride for Children in Distress
Prize for best sponsorship – a Mountain Bike!
Further details, sponsorship forms, maps etc. from Dr Robin Dunn on 01488 668310. Inkpen Gate, Hungerford Common 10am
Entry fee £7.50 single/£15 family (includes refreshments)
Sun 1 Elm Farm Walk led by Bob Winfield
Elm Farm is a 237-acre organic working beef, dairy and cereal farm which provides a huge range of habitats for wildlife as well as producing nutritious food. This walk shows how organic farming can work with nature, rather than against it.
ORC is a charitable trust based at Elm Farm. The Centre develops and promotes organic agriculture through research, education, training and advisory services. The Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall 2pm
Free
Boots or wellies advisable
Sun 1 Theatre Matinee Shining Lights presents
Grimm Tales
Grimm Tales are a selection of popular fairy tales that were adapted and dramatised by Carol Ann Duffy, Tim Supple and the Young Vic Theatre Company. In their trademark ensemble style, Shining Lights bring to life the familiar and unfamiliar in these occasionally macabre tales.
‘This was not only youth theatre at its best but quality ensemble playing rarely seen on the professional stage’ Newbury Weekly News
Resident at The Corn Exchange in Newbury, Shining Lights is a voluntary organisation working with young people from 14-21 years who are dedicated to a career in the arts. Members are helped to improve their dramatic skills and decide on a suitable career direction according to the particular area of the arts they are interested in. Visit the website: www.myspace.com/shininglightsyouththeatre for more information.
The Croft Hall 3pm-4pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sun 1 Skiing Solo to the South Pole
Illustrated talk by explorer and adventurer Hannah McKeand
Hannah dragged a sledge weighing up to 100kg across one of the world’s harshest terrains and in some of the lowest temperatures on earth, in an effort that put her in the history books as the fastest person to trek alone and unsupported to the geographic South Pole. The 33-year-old former marketing manager at The Watermill Theatre skied into the record books by completing the 690-mile marathon from the edge of Antarctica in 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes, beating by nearly two days the previous record.
Hannah has trekked the deserts of north Africa, visited isolated villages in Afghanistan ’s Hindu Kush mountain range, competed in the 2005 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and recently sailed from Tasmania to the South Magnetic Pole, off Antarctica , in her 20-metre yacht Blizzard. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection for Breakthrough Breast Cancer)
Sponsored by Nye & Co.
Mon 2 T’ai Chi with Jackie Penny
Start your day with the ancient Chinese art of t’ai chi - gentle and controlled movements which increase flexibility, coordination and balance, aid relaxation, and help to keep the mind calm and focused. The Wharf Daily (Mon-Fri), 8.30am-9am throughout the Festival Free
Sponsored by Herongate Leisur
Mon 2 A Summer Serenade with Otto Voci
Kevin Jacot Conductor Graham Ross Accompanist Rachel Burbidge Oboe
Vocal delights from polyphony to popular classics and close harmony. Otto Voci (literally, ‘eight voices’) was formed in 2005 with the dual aim of sharing members’ enthusiasm for making music with an audience, and raising money for charity. If you would like Otto Voci to sing for your celebration or charity event, please contact Alison Willis on 01635 255410. St Lawrence’s Church 7.30pm
Free entry (retiring collection)
Sponsored byJean Hutchings
Tues 3 The Beat that My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s’est arrête, 2005)
East Garston Village Hall 7.30pm (doors open 7pm ) Bar and French buffet available.
Contact: 01488 648534 Tickets from East Garston Village Stores & Newbury Building Society (Hungerford) East Garston Village Hall 7.30pm (doors open 7pm ) Bar available.
VFS members free (buffet £3) Non-members £6 (includes buffet)
Tues 3 Kew Students Home and Away Two illustrated talks
A Light-hearted Look at a Year at Kew by Dan Leighton
St Helena: The Flora of a Forgotten Outpost by Falkland vans Little
Fascinating insights into the diversity of work done by students at Kew , showing a side of the gardens not seen on TV! The Croft Hall 7.30pm Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Framemakers
Wed 4 Senior Citizens’ Concert Party with Bill Collins
Hungerford Day Centre 1.30pm-2.30pm
Free - tickets from the Day Centre (01488 682601)
Wed 4 Appeal of Bells with Mark Robins, Tower Captain
A fascinating talk on the bells and their history, with a demonstration in the ringing chamber. St Lawrence’s Church 6.30pm
Free
Wed 4 Dam’ Yankees! performed by Phyllida Nash and Nick Lumley
To celebrate the Fourth of July, Phyllida Nash (Emmerdale, Poetry Please) and Nick Lumley (recently in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at The Watermill) take a tongue-in-cheek look at our chums across the pond. United Reformed Church 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Pearl and Mike Hancock and Alan Pollitt
Thurs 5
Stewart Hofgartner: On and Off the Box
An enjoyable and informative evening is in prospect as antiques ‘Real Dealer’ Stewart returns with his fun antiques quiz and entertaining chat, and invites you to test your knowledge and expertise on a range of mystery objects.
In addition to his appearances on ITV's Dickinson's Real Deal, and being a regular expert for many years on West Berkshire Radio's antiques phone-in, Stewart has appeared on Going for a Song on BBC1, and is a regular vetter at both the 'Antiques for Everyone' and the LAPADA antiques fairs at the NEC, Birmingham. Corn Exchange 7.30pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by
Raven Audley Inglewood Ltd
www.audleylife.co.uk

Fri 6 Cabaret Direct presents
Diary of a Nobody
An ingenious, witty and imaginative adaptation of the classic comic novel by
George & Weedon Grossmith
Charles Pooter, a respectable clerk in 1890s London, records the aspirations, trials and tribulations of his life both at the office and at home in suburban Holloway: a life involving insolent junior employees, his long-suffering wife Carrie, and the escapades and scrapes of his son Lupin.
Accompanied on piano by Wendy Norman, Kirsty Bennett and Clive Ward present a hilarious and touching evening in this witty chronicle of Victorian suburban life that strikes many chords with life today.
Clive Ward trained at New College of Speech & Drama (now part of Middlesex University ). Kirsty Bennett studied singing at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, and has since made her living as an actress. (When she was 12 her father told her she would learn all she needed to know about English comedy from three books: Cold Comfort Farm, Diary of a Nobody, and Three Men in aBoat. She has already played Flora Poste in a musical version of Cold Comfort Farm, and following this year’s challenge of playing everybody but the nobody, will soon be auditioning for the part of Montmorency the dog). Wendy Norman studied piano and flute at the Royal College of Music. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Gerald Ward and Tanya Werrell,
Edward Jones Ltd (Financial Advisers & Stockbrokers)

Sat 7 Hungerford in Bloom organised by Hungerford Town Council
The Residents’ Garden Competition, the Hanging Basket Competition (for local shops/hostelries), and the Decorated Door Knocker Competition (for High St , Bridge St and Charnham St, theme: ‘Countries of the World’) are judged today. . Please contact Margaret Wilson on 683758 if you wish to enter the competitions
Sat 7 How to be a Disc Jockey
Workshop led by local DJ Patrick Mallison
Whether you want to be a DJ or simply have fun playing and mixing music, this light-hearted session covers equipment, basic mixing and microphone techniques, a practical session on the decks and beat mixing. The Croft Hall 10am-12 noon Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society
Sat 7 Coffee Morning in aid of the United Reformed Church Building Fund
Bring & buy, plants, cakes, books, etc. 15 High Street 10am-12 noon
Sat 7 A Walk around Historic Hungerford led by Hugh and Lois Pihlens
A guided walk (lasting 60-90 minutes) exploring some of this historic town’s hidden gems and features of special interest.
The walk finishes in Bridge Street , where the Hungerford Historical Association archives are open to visitors.
Hungerford Historical Association Archive Room Open Meet outside the Corn Exchange at 2.15pm . Free
Methodist Church Hall, Bridge Street 2pm-4.30pm
Sat 7 Party Puppets present
Mr Punch and the King’s Dressing-gown
A puppet show for 3-7 year olds The Croft Hall 3pm-4pm Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Sarah & John Martin
Sat 7 The best of blues, r&b, boogie and swing!
Foot-tapping, hand-clapping, elastic-snapping music!
You want searing blues? You want stomping r&b? You want romping boogie-woogie? You want jumping swing? Then you want Smokestack!
From Jimmy Reed, through BB King, T-Bone Walker and Ray Charles, right up to Van Morrison and Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton…with a little bit of Chuck Berry, some Ben Webster, a touch of Joe Turner and Louis Jordan thrown in - plus some original songs of their own - Smokestack offer a whole range of good rocking music. You can tap your feet, snap your fingers, clap your hands, or get up and strut your stuff - you might even be able to just sit and listen. However you enjoy your music, you’ll enjoy Smokestack.
Piano, guitar, tenor sax and harmonica, plus vocals and a rocking rhythm section provide a wealth of variety to the way Smokestack can sound. Whether it’s soulful and smooth, emotive and stormy, joyful, anguished, happy or sad - it’s all Smokestack. The Croft Hall 8pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Pearl & Mike Hancock and www.britainsfinest.co.uk

Sun 8 FARM-Africa Day A great day out for the family!
The theme is ‘All from this land’, with materials, food and inspiration coming as much as possible from the surrounding farm land.
10.30am Farm walk with Bill Acworth through wild flower meadows, agroforestry strips and woodland
12.30pm Lunch £5 (crayfish, pizza, salad, bread, elderflower cordial)
2pm-4pm Workshopsin farm buildings (small materials charge): natural dyeing; watercolours; chalk sculpture; recycled weaving; Adinkra cloth printing; bodging; clay beads; basket making; clay oven making; drumming; Ghanaian/John O’Gaunt Schools link exhibition. Little Hidden Farm, Wantage Road , Hungerford Newtown 10am– 4pm
Entry: £5 per car; pedestrians/cyclists free.
Proceeds to FARM-Africa
Sponsored by The Gentleman’s Shop and Dreweatt Neate
Sun 8 Charity Antiques Valuation Day
Valuers will be present to value and date objects in all categories presented. Items for valuation will be charged, with all proceeds going without deduction to the Parkinson’s Disease Society. Riverside House, Charnham Street 11am-4pm
Sun 8 Phoenix Brass Open Air Concert
Happily promoting the enjoyment of brass band music for 14 years, Phoenix Brass welcomes all to the annual HADCAF concert and barbecue. To contact the band phone 07767398179 or visit the website: www.phoenixbrass.com
Grounds of Froxfield Memorial Hall 3pm
Refreshments available
Sun 8 The Irby Newland Ensemble
Carol Irbyviolin David Newland viola Christopher Irby'cello Mary Newland piano
The Ensemble grew from the acquaintance of Christopher and David as colleagues in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and from their playing together in the Forellen Ensemble. Through their respective husbands, Carol and Mary also worked together giving recitals and it was a natural progress from there that the ensemble was formed. The programme includes Haydn: Piano Trio in G major ‘Gypsy Rondo’; Schubert: String Trio No2 in B flat major; and Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Caroline Lumley Training
Mon 9 Let’s Dance! with Rita Long
Ballroom, Latin and fun dances. All ages welcome - with or without a partner. Corn Exchange 8pm
No tickets required - just turn up and join in!
Mon 9 The Cromwell Singers
David Wilcox Musical Director
Comprising some 50 voices, the choir sings mainly songs from the shows, English and North American folk and traditional tunes, and well-known classical pieces. There are two annual concert periods: May to July; and during November and December. Additional concerts are performed when requested. St Lawrence’s Church 7.30pm
Free entry(retiring collection)
Tues 10 The Hungerford Bookshop welcomes Douglas Hurd at Azuza (next door to the bookshop), 7pm
Lord Hurd will talk about his latest book, Sir Robert Peel, a biography of one of Britain ’s greatest prime ministers, followed by a question & answer session and signing. Azuza (next door to the bookshop), 7pm
Admission by ticket only (£3, redeemable against the book), available from the Bookshop: tel. 01488 683480 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tues 10 Graffiti Classics
Sixteen strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 harmonious voices, performing a wide variety of music from Hungarian folk to hornpipes and polkas, with a little Mozart, Bach and Strauss added for good measure, together with a whole lot of fun!
After wowing HADCAF last year, Graffiti Classics return with a further dazzling display of their virtuosic musical talent and brilliant comedy routines. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by The Plume and Roger King Antiques
Wed 11 Make a Cocktail Hat
Workshop with couture milliner Jane Corbett Methodist Church Hall 10am-3pm
Tickets £10 from Newbury Building Society. Bring a packed lunch
Wed 11 The Edible Garden with Ned Trier
The Brightwalton bon viveur talks on exotic edibles from the English garden. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Joan Smith
Wed 11 Notes on a Scandal (2007) at Shalbourne Moviola Shalbourne Village Hall, Kingston Road
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets £4.50 from Village Stores, £5 on door To book: 01672 870456
Thurs 12 Senior Citizens’ Concert Party with Bill Collins Hungerford Day Centre 1.30pm-2.30pm
Free - tickets from the Day Centre (01488 682601)
Thurs 12 Flower Arranging Demonstration by ‘Hello Flower’ florist Sarah Matthews United Reformed Church Hall 7.30pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society
Thurs 12 Spirit of Hungerford
A new work by audio-visual artist Matt Groom
Sourced from field recordings and video footage taken within a 5-mile radius of the town centre - from the bustle of the High Street to the solitude of the marshes – and projected onto 3 independent screens, the work presents an abstract tribute to the town of Hungerford , its landscape, nature, and people. St Lawrence’s Church 7.30pm
Free entry(retiring collection)
Sponsored by Peter Stirland Limited
Fri 13 Vivaldi: Gloria in D
Newbury Symphony Orchestra together with the Enborne Consort
Members of NSO join forces with singers from the Enborne Consort for a programme featuring the famous setting of the Gloria by Vivaldi. The strings play the Introduction and Allegro for strings by Elgar, and they accompany Jeremy Wood and Andrew Willis in Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto in C major. The Enborne singers will include some unaccompanied items, and the concert is directed by Roger Bates. St Lawrence’s Church 8pm
Free entry (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Dickins Hopgood Chidley
Fri 13 Jazz at The Plume
Mark Smith with his piano (blues, boogie-woogie & New Orleans jazz in the ‘Dr John’ style) plus guest singer Rebecca Dale withclassic songs & ballads. The Plume, High Street from 8pm
Sat 14 Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition
The work of local amateur and professional artists.
To exhibit, please contact Rosemary Trigwell on 01488 683170.
Children’s Art Exhibition A display of work by local schools.
NB Open Studio Artists Exhibition in Three Swans Hotel daily throughout HADCAF Corn Exchange & Magistrates Room 10am-6pm Refreshments available
Free entry
Sponsored by Mike Meddings
Sat 14 Flower Festival Theme: An English Country Garden Our Lady of Lourdes Church 10am-5pm
Retiring collection for Catholic Children’s Society
Sat 14 Jazz at Azuza
Andy Richardson and the Hungerford Jazz Forum All-Stars – the best of entertainment and fun with the best of Hungerford’s regular jazz musicians from the monthly HJF sessions. The Courtyard (next to the Corn Exchange) from 1pm
Sat 14 Board Games with Thomas Croft and James Ballantyne
Come and learn a new game – Go, Baduk, Wei Qi, Chess, Backgammon, Mankala – or find other players. Corn Exchange steps 2-4pm
Sat 14 Theatre Matinee Newbury Dramatic Society presents
A Fishy Business by Margaret Wood
All is set for Mary’s dinner party…. Unfortunately, all that can possibly go wrong does so, in this hilarious comedy with a twist. The Croft Hall 3pm-4pm
Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Ann Skeats in memory of Bernie Skeats
Sat 14 CARNIVAL
Entry forms for Parade available from Newbury Building Society or telephone Glenn McDermott on 07770 956283 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Categories: Schools & Clubs; Pubs; Walking - group; Walking - individual; Open; Trade; Best-dressed Wheelbarrow
Look out for events and entertainment taking place around the town. Parade reaches the Corn Exchange in the High Street at approx 6.45pm
Sat 14 Songs of Praise on The Croft
Churches Together in Hungerford invite you to bring your chairs and a picnic, relax and enjoy some favourite hymns. Contact: Rev. Irena Byron on 01488 682412. The Croft Approx 7.15pm (after the Carnival)
Sat 14 Jazz at The Bear Charnham Street
Modern jazz & township jive from Alan Yates and his band - featuring Peter Kingslake on guitar and other top local musicians from West Berkshire and beyond. The Bear, Charnham St., from 7.30pm
Sun 15 Dawn Patrol with Rob Starr, Town & Manor of Hungerford River Keeper Meet at the Ash Pool on Freeman’s Marsh, 6.30am . Free
Sponsored by The Veterinary Hospital
Sun 15 Early Birds Full English Breakfast
The Croft Hall, 8am
Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society Proceeds to local charities
Sun 15 Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition * Children’s Art Exhibition
Corn Exchange & Magistrates Room 10am-4.30pm Refreshments
Free entry
Sun 15 Flower Festival Theme: An English Country Garden Our Lady of Lourdes Church 11am-4.30pm
Retiring collection for Catholic Children’s Society
Sun 15 Rock Academy
with Tim Walters, Jo Meacham and John Marter

 

 

An intensive workshop in guitar, bass and drums with top professional musicians.
Gain valuable insight into playing in a band from these highly skilled performers and teachers who have a wealth of experience of session recording with famous artists, and a keen interest in sharing their skills with aspiring players. Amplifiers and a drum kit will be provided; guitarists and bass players should bring their own instruments. The Croft Hall & Croft Field Project 10am-1pm
Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Hungerford Round Table
Sun 15 Jazz at the Three Swans Hotel from 1pm
Jazz and contemporary songs from Sue Smith and David Small on piano. The Three Swans, High St. from 1pm
Sun 15 Pippa Longworth and Karl Daymond in
Songs from the Potting Shed
A delightful, fun and theatrical presentation of songs, arias, readings & poems
Our love of all things horticultural - even the slug, the snail and the frog – has spawned some of the greatest poetry, music and frustrations known to man. So - hedge your bets, put down your spade, reap what you sow and come into the potting shed, Maud! It ain't over 'til the Variegated Fatsia sings!
Pippa’s and Karl's international careers have taken them to such opera houses as The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Netherlands Opera, Minnesota Opera, Maggio Musicale Firenze, in addition to festivals and concert halls throughout the world. Operaplayhouse, their creation, is a small-scale opera theatre company specialising in intimate, unusual and highly theatrical performances. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Furr & Co.
Sun 15 Jazz at the John O’Gaunt from 7.30pm
Blues Night with Jim Priest of Smokestack fame and friends – good rockin’ stuff to bring the first Hungerford Jazz Festival to a fitting finale. John O'Gaunt Pub, High St., from 7.30pm
Mon 16 Jazz Dance with Tara Burden Corn Exchange 7.30pm
No tickets required – just turn up!
Mon 16 Trio Sospiroso
Clare Mellor flute Sue Black viola Jenny Broome harp
As Trio Sospiroso, Clare, Sue and Jenny have been presenting the delightful repertoire for flute, viola and harp in concerts over the last 11 years. Individually they have wide experience performing both locally and over the south of England , as well as being established teachers in Berkshire . The romantic and exotic programme includes Bax's Celtic-inspired ‘Elegiac Trio’, the G minor Flute Sonata of Bach, a richly-coloured arrangement of Debussy's ‘Children's Corner’, and Salzedo's exhilarating orchestration of Ravel. St Lawrence’s Church 7.30pm
Free – no tickets required (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Mansil Morgan
Tues 17 The Irrepressible Saxophone
From Baroque to Broadway, Latin to Aborigine
Frances Jones alto saxophone Martin Jones piano
Frances Jones specialises in recitals on wind instruments and has made a particular study of works for the classical saxophone. She is soloist and principal player with many orchestras, and is well known to HADCAF audiences for her performances of The Joy of the Saxophone, The Romantic Oboe and The Amazing Alphorn.
Martin Jones has given many recitals and piano concertos to critical acclaim. Together this versatile couple has been delighting audiences for over 25 years with their entertaining and eclectic recitals of works ranging from Bach to Benny Hill. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Kennet Roofing
Wed 18 The Sixth Wife
Written & performedby Alison Neil
Katherine Parr witnessed it all: the glittering court of King Henry VIII, the games of power, the double-dealings and deaths, the religious ferment - and the coming and going of all those wives…. This witty and fast-moving play tells her story.
Former West End actress Alison Neil has written and performed several highly-acclaimed one-woman shows. She is also an historical researcher and writer for such events as VE Day in Hyde Park , and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Pageant. The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Below Stairs
Wed 18 Millinery Demonstration by couture milliner Jane Corbett
An entertaining talk together with advice on styles to suit every face and hairstyle. United Reformed Church Hall 7.30pm
Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society
Thurs 19 Round the Town Quiz and Chicken & Chips Supper
in aid of United Reformed Church funds The Tutti Pole, 3 High Street 7pm
Tickets £5 / £2.50 children (drinks extra) from The Tutti Pole
Thurs 19 A Celebration of Tibetan Culture
Dawa and Shelok Tsering
Dawa and Shelok share with us the culture of their home country through music, dancing, food and film. Come early for Tibetan snacks. The Croft Hall 7.00pm
Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Furr & Co.
Fri 20 Ben Waters
Boogie, Blues & Rock’n’Roll
One of the most exciting piano players in Europe today, Ben’s raunchy vocals and exuberant style have earned him a well-deserved reputation as one of the genre’s most brilliant performers.
‘One of the best pianists in the UK ’ The Times The Croft Hall 8pm
Tickets £10 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Playground Services Ltd and Fare Wise Travel
Fri 20 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) at Ramsbury Roxy (Ramsbury Memorial Hall) Ramsbury Memorial Hall 8pm (doors open 7.30pm for pre-film drinks)
Tickets £3.50 from Ramsbury Post Office, £4 on the door
Sat 21 Bric-a-brac Sale with cake stall and refreshments
in aid of Methodist Church funds. Methodist Church Hall, Bridge Street 10am-3pm
Sat 21 The Medlam Family String Quartet
The quartet consists of multi-talented Lukas (21, Newbury Young Musician of the Year 2002) and Hannah (19, Newbury Young Musician of the Year 2006), who both play the violin and take it in turns to lead; their mother Ingrid (first violist with London Baroque), who was required to learn the viola since at the time the quartet was formed she had the biggest hands, and cellist father Charles (baroque ‘cello and viola da gamba in London Baroque). They first ventured onto the concert platform at local events in 2000 and have since performed frequently in various guises including a live broadcast of one of Lukas’ pieces for Oxford Radio.
The programme includes works by Mozart, Bach, Borodin, Franck, Massenet, Paganini, Faure and Debussy, as well as a composition by Lukas. St Lawrence’s Church 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Russell Marshall and Framemakers

Sun 22 The HADCAF Walk led by David Long and Rod Desmeules Meet at Station Road car park, 10.30am . Circular walk lasting 2 hours, refreshments available at halfway point.
Sun 22 Theatre Matinee Putting the Kettle On
An environmental comedystarring Felicity Goodson
Written especially for her and directed by Simon Brett ,
author of the hit TV & radio series, After Henry
The action takes place in Miggy’s kitchen. She is not an expert on anything, and certainly not the environment - like most people, she is in a muddle, her mind full of half-digested facts about holes in the ozone layer, recycling and what sustainable development might actually be…
West End actress Felicity Goodson’s credits range from Shakespeare in Regent’s Park to musicals such as Cats, Stepping Out and Les Miserables. Her television appearances include Men Behaving Badly, Rumpole of the Bailey, Trainer and Prince Among Men. Theatre appearances have included An Evening with Gary Lineker and Run for Your Wife. Putting the Kettle On is the second play Simon Brett has specially written for her, and has been turned into an Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4. The Birches, Chilton Foliat 3pm-4pm
Tickets £6 (to include cream tea) from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Marc Allen
Sun 22 Hungerford Town Band Festival Concert
For the second year in succession the band has qualified for the Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, to be held in Harrogate in September. The concert includes a wide range of music, and features the young B Band, which is developing as a unit in its own right. To contact the band, phone Musical Director Tim Crouter on 01488 680674, or visit the website: www.hungerfordtownband.co.uk Corn Exchange 7pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)
Sponsored by Mansil Morgan
Sun 22 Tinkers Bag
Singthe Year Round
Life as a farm labourer was hard at the turn of the century but it was not without its pleasures and celebrations. Starting in August, at the beginning of harvest - probably one of the most intensive working periods in the rural calendar – the show traverses the year, telling of celebrations, love, drink, hard work, dancing, customs, preparations for the new year, spring and summer, through to the harvest again.
Tinkers Bag have sung and performed traditional music together for the past ten years at clubs and festivals as well as on radio and TV. They play an amazing array of instruments, including guitar, bazouki, mandola, mandolin, concertina, melodeon, whistle, flute, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer, drums and cymbals, kazoo and triangle. A foot-tapping, fun evening is guaranteed! The Croft Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by Great Grooms Antiques