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Open Studio Artists Exhibition at The Beacon Gallery, Inkpen 2pm-6pm

A ‘sampler’ exhibition of work by professional artists taking part in the HADCAF Open Studios scheme.

The Beacon Gallery, Bell Lane, Upper Green, Inkpen RG17 9QJ

27 Jun 2008: Peter Pan by J M Barrie Performances also on Wed 25 & Thurs 26 June at 7.30pm

This year’s John O’Gaunt Community Technical College production involves pupils of all ages, and a few staff. Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) from the school (price includes a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children). 7.30pm

27 Jun 2008: Lines of Inquiry - An evening with Simon Brett. The best-selling author of popular detective fiction, playwright, frequent broadcaster and writer of After Henry, the hit BBC TV and radio comedy series, talks about his life as a writer and performs his hilarious spoof ‘crime in rhyme’ drama, Lines of Inquiry. Simon studied English at Oxford University and worked as a producer in radio and TV before becoming a full-time writer in 1979. He is the editor of the Faber Books of Useful Verse, Parodies, and Diaries, and his humorous non-fiction titles include the series, How to be a Little Sod, and The Wastepaper Basket Archive. A former chairman of the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors, he lives in West Sussex.

28 Jun 2008: Hungerford Jazz Forum 6th Anniversary - Royal British Legion Hall. 

28 Jun 2008: Hungerford in Bloom.

28 Jun 2008: Belly Dance with Sue Ealding. The Croft Hall .

28 Jun 200: Rotary Family Fun Day organised by Rotary Club of Hungerford. Summer fun and entertainment: Grand Draw, bottle hoopla, plate smashing, catch the egg, display by Tara Burden and her dance group, tombola, bric-a-brac, trade stalls, coconut shy, pot of gold, concert by the 30-piece Beenham Wind & Brass Band, Indian food by the Palm Restaurant, splat the rat, children’s rides and entertainment, tea tent with delicious home-made cakes, Skoda cars and much more. Croft Field.

29 Jun 2008: Cross-country Walk to Kintbury with HEAT (Hungerford Environmental Action Team).

29 Jun 2008: The Singing Sous-Chefs - Alive Again! Comical musical interactive historical future adventure.

29 Jun 2008: Dr Who without the intrusive glamour! Directed by John Nicholson, Peepolykus Theatre Company. Three Italian chefs helter-skelter down the continuum of Time through the congestion zone of Space across the wide-open bison plains of History and back again before last orders. Meet Michelangelo, Merlin, Newton’s Apple and The Future. Travel the globe. Feel its bigness! With songs by Joe Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Ry Cooder, The Everly Brothers, Iggy Pop, Coope Boyes & Simpson, Lou Reed, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and other iconic grooves of our Time. 'So bizarrely brilliant and effortlessly charming, we wanted to take them home' Tolmen Centre. ‘A cross between Monty Python and a Barber Shop Quartet’ Clee St Margaret. The Croft Hall.

29 Jun 2008: Jazz at The Bear with Sue Smith and friends.

30 Jun 2008: Marsh Walk with Rob Starr, Town & Manor of Hungerford River Keeper.

30 Jun 2008: The Hungerford Bookshop welcomes Richard Holmes to The Bear Hotel (Riverside Suite) 7pm

The celebrated military historian - author of the widely-acclaimed Redcoat and Tommy, general editor of the definitive Oxford Companion to Military History and presenter of the BBC series Rebels and Redcoats and Wellington - will talk about his new book, Marlborough: England's Fragile Genius, followed by a question & answer session & signing. Tickets £3 from the Bookshop (01488 683480, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Please contact if you are unable to make it on the night and would like to reserve a signed copy.

30 Jun 2008: Let’s Dance! with Rita Long. Corn Exchange.

1 Jul 2008: La Vie en Rose (2007, 12A) Biopic of Edith Piaf in French with English subtitles.

East Garston Village Hall

1 Jul 2008: Australian Plants and Botanic Gardens - Illustrated talk by Paul Sadler. 

1 Jul 2008: Jazz at The Bear with Andy Richardson's Dodgy Jammers.

2 Jul 2008: Senior Citizens’ Concert with Cameo Puppets. 

2 Jul 2008: Newbury Symphony Orchestra together with the Enborne Consort. 

3 Jul 2008: Fishing for Beginners with Steve Carvell.

3 Jul 2008: American Pie - A Festival of Music for Independence Day. Watership Cantabile and Kick, Ball, Change.

4 Jul 2008: Singing for the Brain.

5 Jul 2008: The Dorothy Squires Story - Play & cabaret performed by Gerri Smith. Pianist: Ian Thomas. Play written by Mark Ryan Directed by Gareth Gibbs.

6 Jul 2008: Marsh Walk with Rob Starr, Town & Manor of Hungerford River Keeper.

6 Jul 2008: Hungerford Big Wheel Sponsored Bike Ride for Children in Distress.

6 Jul 2008: Phoenix Brass Open Air Concert.

6 Jul 2008: Playing Burton - Performed by Josh Richards with post-show talkback.

7 Jul 2008: Round the Town Quiz and Chicken & Chips Supper in aid of United Reformed Church.

7 Jul 2008: The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company presents Down at the Old Bull & Bush - A Victorian Music Hall

8 Jul 2008: Harvey’s Meadow Walk with Robin Tubb (courtesy of The Town and Manor of Hungerford). A guided tour of this ancient meadowland (a European special area of conservation), sited E. of Hungerford between the River Kennet and the A4.

8 Jul 2008: The Other Boleyn Girl (film) with Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson & Eric Bana.

8 Jul 2008: Jazz at The Bear with Dave Newton.

9 Jul 2008: Hannah Medlam and Lukas Medlam - Former Newbury Young Musicians of the Year (2006 and 2002 respectively), the multi-talented Hannah and Lukas present a programme of songs and music for violin accompanied on piano by Dannie Evans, including works by Franck, Chopin, Kreisler, Manuel de Falla and Amy Beach. Hannah, 20, is studying singing at the Paris Conservatoire. Lukas, 22, is reading Physics at Imperial College, while a music scholarship enables him to continue studying at the Royal College of Music.

10 Jul 2008: Harvey’s Meadow Walk with Robin Tubb.

10 Jul 2008: The Dream Tree presented by Tam Tam Theatre. 

10 Jul 2008: La Vie en Rose (2007) at Great Bedwyn Moviola. Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf.

Fancy Feathers Talk on millinery by couture milliner Jane Corbett

Methodist Church Hall 7.30pm Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Music for a 21st Century Summer’s Evening with Jelena Jancic and Leverton Fox

Hungerford-based composer Jelena Jancic premières her Easy Pieces for Piano, while the Leverton Fox trio (comprising Alex Bonney on trumpet, Tim Giles on drums and Matt Groom on guitar and electronics) explores the margins of improvised music, classical composition and electronic post-rock soundscapes.

St Lawrence’s Church 8pm Free entry (retiring collection)

Saturday 12 July (continued)

Inkpen Fete Inkpen Memorial Playing Field 2pm


Traditional fete with BBQ, stalls, games, bar, music, car boot, etc plus The Gibbet Challenge - a mainly off-road charity run to The Gibbet and back in aid of the local Rapid Response Car.

HEAT (Hungerford Environmental Action Team) Display and stall on Town Hall steps 2pm-4pm

Family Fun Run organised by Hungerford Hares Running Club Starting at the Triangle Field 5pm

Route goes past John O’Gaunt School, down Priory Road into High Street, ends outside the Plume (under 1 mile). Road will be closed to traffic and marshalled by the Round Table. Open to all ages & abilities - lots of prizes & medals for children! Contact: Mandy Rouse on 07780 688912 or visit


Carnival organised by Hungerford Round Table


Parade reaches the Corn Exchange in the High Street at approx 6.45pm


Entry forms for the Parade are available from Newbury Building Society or email
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Carnival Concert with Hungerford Town Band followed by Songs of Praise

Hungerford Churches Together invite you to bring a picnic, relax and enjoy some favourite hymns.

The Croft 7pm-8pm

Hungerford Football Club presents

‘X Factor’ & ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ Finalists With live music from Fubar, disco, hog-roast & raffle

Football Club 7.30pm till late Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society Profits to The Morley Lunches


Sunday 13 July


Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition * Children’s Art Exhibition

Corn Exchange & Magistrates Room 10am-4.30pm
Refreshments available Free entry Sponsored by Charles Lucas & Marshall (Hungerford)

Rock Academy for 10-18 year olds with Tim Walters, Jo Meacham and John Marter
and special guests xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx and Paul Geary

An intensive workshop for guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists in which participants will perform together as a large ensemble, preparing two pieces to be performed at the end of the session. Paul Geary (Simply Red, George Michael) joins Tim and Jo on bass, and world class vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (lead singer with bands and artists as diverse as Journey and Yngwie Malmsteen) will give invaluable insight into making a career in music. He will also perform with the students, providing a fantastic opportunity to back one of the premier voices in Rock and Metal.

Guitarists and bass players will need to bring amplifiers. Drums and percussion will be provided as well as a PA. Parents are welcome at 1pm to hear the performance. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! (Guest artist may be subject to change)

The Croft Hall & Croft Field Project 10am-1pm Limited tickets £10 from Newbury Building Society
Sponsored by


Sunday 13 July (continued)


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



The Irby Newland Ensemble with Nick Lumley


Hook, Line and Sinker


An evening's entertainment with local actor Nick Lumley in piscatorial
mood and Schubert's Trout Quintet played by the Irby Newland Ensemble and Alison Lowdon, double bass.

The Ensemble comprises former members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of English National Opera, and the Royal Opera House.

The Croft Hall 7.45pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society


Monday 14 July


Modern Jazz Dance Class with Tara Burden

Corn Exchange Two sessions: 5.30pm-6.30pm (11-16 year olds)
6.45pm-8pm (adults)

Free No tickets required – just turn up and join in!


Tuesday 15 July



As Time Goes By

A Sparkling Cavalcade of Fashion, Wit and Words, 1900-1950


Patricia Godwin


Artistic Director of the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, Patricia is an acknowledged expert on the Social Whirl in England during the 20th century and enjoys sharing her delight in the period. Her talk comes complete with original costumes complemented with a fascinating array of magnificent hats and fashionable accessories.


The Croft Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society


Jazz at The Bear

with David Small and friends. 8pm

Wednesday 16 July

Concert performed by students of The Purcell School of Music

The Purcell School is Britain’s oldest specialist school for talented young musicians. In 2003 it was awarded the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its unique contribution to music, education and international culture. Prepare to be amazed and delighted by the outstanding talent of its pupils!

The Croft Hall 7.30pm Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)


Thursday 17 July

Senior Citizens’ Concert

Hungerford Day Centre 1.30pm-2.30pm Tickets from the Day Centre (01488 682601)

Four Ferries and a Flood Crossing Lake Volta by Bicycle

Illustrated talk by John Haigh

The Volta in Ghana is the world’s largest man-made lake, 400 miles long and up to 100 miles wide. For fourteen days John and a friend took tents and bikes across the almost unpopulated Afram Plains and up the eastern lakeside, through swamps, plains, forest and farmland, taking time out to climb Ghana's highest mountain and visit the highest waterfall en route.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)


Friday 18 July

Singing for the Brain United Reformed Church Hall 10.30am-12.30pm Details as for Fri 4 July

Little Kintbury Goes Abroad presented by St Mary’s Drama Group, Kintbury

Performance also on Saturday 19 July Coronation Hall, Kintbury 7pm Ticket information: 01488 658324

New Era Players present

Duet for One by Tom Kempinski

At the height of her musical career, celebrated violinist Stephanie Abrahams has been tragically struck down by Multiple Sclerosis. In a series of six sessions with the psychiatrist Dr Feldmann, she reveals much about her relationship with her husband, her late father and, of course, her passion for music.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)


Saturday 19 July

Tap Dance Class with Iris Lloyd AISTD

The Croft Hall 10am-12 noon Free No tickets required - just turn up and join in!

A Summer Party in aid of Save the Children Stalls, cakes, plants, music. Food served 12-12.30pm.

6 North View 10.30am-4pm Entry £1 (includes tea and biscuits)

Party Puppets present a puppet show for 3-7 year-olds

Mr Punch and the Tea-Drinking Dragon

The Croft Hall 2.30pm-3.30pm
Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society

Saturday 19 July (continued)


Malarchy Trans-European Travelling Roots

One of the South West's top European roots acts, Malarchy bring Klezmer, Romani, Balkan and Jazz style to a never-ending celebration. This passionate, intricate, fast and extremely danceable world quintet tear through the musical traditions of Europe as if it were the last night on Earth. Recent live performances include Glastonbury Festival, BBC Music Live, Bath International Festival, the Royal Festival Hall, etc.

The Croft Hall 8pm
Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society


Sunday 20 July

The HADCAF Walk led by David Long and Neil Pike (approx 2 hours)
Meet at the swing-bridge by St Lawrence’s, 10.30am. Soft drinks available midway.
Sponsored by Herongate Leisure

Make a Cocktail Hat Workshop with couture milliner Jane Corbett

All materials (and tea and coffee) supplied. Bring a packed lunch if required.

Croft Hall 10am-3pm
Tickets £10 from Newbury Building Society

Children’s Disco for 5-8 year olds with DJ Chris Ricketts

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Royal British Legion Club 11.30am-2pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection for Mencap)

Great Shefford Country Fayre Great Shefford School grounds, Wantage Road 11.30am-4.30pm

Festival Concert Hungerford Town Band

This evening’s programme includes a range of music to suit all tastes. For further information on booking the band or learning to play an instrument, please contact Musical Director Tim Crouter on 01488 680674, or visit the website: The band is currently looking for an Eb tuba player.

Corn Exchange 7pm Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

A Long Way North

Illustrated talk by Hannah Mckeand

In 2005 Hannah set a world record for the fastest solo unsupported trek to the geographic South Pole. In February this year she set out to become the first woman to ski alone and unsupported to the geographic North Pole, but had to abandon the attempt due to injury when she fell through the ice. Her story is nonetheless inspiring and her bravery remarkable.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection for Breakthrough Breast Cancer) Sponsored by The Gentleman’s Shop

Open Gardens


St Cassian’s Centre, Wallingtons Road, Kintbury (courtesy of the De La Salle Brothers)
Sat 28 June, Sat 5 & 12 July 2pm-5pm
Extensive grounds, lake. Picnics welcome.

St Cassian’s Residential Retreat Centre for Young People (Day Conference Facilities available)
Open afternoon: Sun 13 July 2pm-5.30pm
Cream teas served from 3pm (donations to St Cassian’s). Tours of the house and grounds. Presentations on the work of the Centre and the history of the house..

77 Priory Road, Hungerford
(courtesy of Stacy and Henry Tuttle)
Sat 5 & 19 July, 9pm-10pm Music & lights, complimentary wine & nibbles
Sun 6 & 20 July 2pm-6pm Plant stall, complimentary drinks
Family garden with different ‘rooms’. New this year: paved garden, living willow tunnel.

Witcha Cottage, Ramsbury SN8 2HQ
(courtesy of Susan and John Kirkman)
Sat/Sun 5/6, 12/13, 19/20 July 11am-6pm
2.6 acre artist’s garden - studio open also.
Signposted at Whittonditch crossroads on B4192.

‘Chamilis’, 62 Priory Road, Hungerford
(courtesy of Chris and Mick Jennings)
Sat/Sun 12/13 July 2pm-6pm
Small town garden divided into ‘rooms, small wildlife pond. Cream teas & cakes available. Proceeds to Cancerbackup

8 Homefield Way, Hungerford
(courtesy of Stephen Yeardley)
Sat/Sun 19/20 July 2pm-6pm
Japanese theme - a place to sit and relax and listen to the sound of flowing water.

Sanham Green Cottage, Sanham Green
(courtesy of Hazel Browne)
Sun 20 July 2.30pm-5pm
Narrow paths and steps, not suitable for wheelchairs. Organic garden encouraging wildlife, informal planting with pond, kitchen garden and wildflower meadow. Donations in aid of Berkshire Rapid Response Scheme.