Events 2017


Lili La Scala

Friday 30 June  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

With her vintage pin-up looks, sky high heels and razor-sharp wit, Lili la Scala can regularly be found delighting audiences the world over with her captivating cabaret repertoire. It’s easy to see why the little Diva with the big voice, nicknamed the Songbird of Trafalgar Square, has become a sell-out favourite worldwide.

Lili’s latest show, the award-winning ‘Songs To Make You Smile’, is an enthralling, upbeat medley of wartime classics, show tunes and decidedly bright-and-breezy numbers from yesteryear bound to put a spring in your step. From American composers Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to British legends Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn, and with a splash of George Formby thrown in for good measure, Lili offers traditional tunes delivered with cabaret sass. Her huge voice and equally big personality won’t fail to leave you cheered.

“Ravishing retro glamour” – **** The Telegraph

“Lili is as delightful, delicious and de-lovely as the songs she sings” – Australian Stage

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Secrets of the River Early morning walk

Saturday 1 July  6:30am      St Lawrence’s Church

Rob Starr, River Keeper for the Town & Manor of Hungerford leads an exploration of the Dun, a chalk stream which is a globally rare habitat abundant with wildlife. See wild brown trout and grayling and go river dipping for bullhead and a fascinating variety of invertebrates including caddis and freshwater shrimp.

Meet at St Lawrence’s Church, 6.30am. Wellies advisable

Free – no ticket required
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Early Birds Breakfast

Saturday 1 July  7:30am      The Croft Hall
Bacon butties prepared by Hungerford WI.

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Exhibition and Open Studio: 22 Local Artists

Saturday 1 July  10:00am – 4:30pm      Chilton Foliat

Curated by David H Jones

An exciting show comprising paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, millinery, pottery, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibitors: Jonathan Hall, Robyn Carter, Hilary Reem, Rosalind Hewitt, Micky Thompson, Claire Acworth, Amy Malikov, Diana Barraclough, Diccon Dadey, Arran Miles, David H Jones, Patty Medlin, , Susan Kirkman, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Sue Acworth, Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Cook, Rosemary Trigwell, Helen Colling, Shirley Cartey, Andi Mulholland, Diana Pattenden

Open: Saturday and Sunday 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 July
10am-4.30pm Free entry
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Free entry – no ticket required
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Come and Sing! Singing workshop

Saturday 1 July  1:45 – 5:30pm      Our Lady of Lourdes

Join Becca Flintham and Tessa Hall for an afternoon of harmony singing, acapella style.

We will sing a selection of uplifting songs, guaranteed to brighten your day. All welcome; you don’t need to read music as the songs will be taught by ear. There will be a chance to share a couple of the songs with friends and family at the end of the afternoon.

Becca and Tessa are co-leaders of Sing The World Community Choir in Newbury and also members of the Natural Voice Network whose belief is that singing is everyone”s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability.

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Wessex Male Choir with MJ-UK

Saturday 1 July  7:00pm      John O’Gaunt School

Wessex Male Choir Concert
with students of MJ-UK Music & Arts

Musical Director: Rhiannon Williams-Hale
Principal Accompanist: Jon Driver
Accompanist: Christine Williams

A superb evening of songs from West End shows – from Evita to Cats, Les Miserables to Miss Saigon, Chess to Matilda, plus some old favourites.

Based in Swindon, the Wessex Male Choir was formed in 2001 and is known for their heartfelt and entertaining performances. They have won numerous prestigious competitions, including best male choir at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2011 and the coveted Gold Cup for best choir at the Cheltenham Festival in 2008, 2013 and 2016. They have toured in Jersey, Valencia, Ireland and most recently to the Italian Tyrol. In November 2016 they sung at Wembley Stadium in front of 84,000 people as part of the RBL Poppy Appeal, and performed on local and regional radio and TV.

Rhiannon Williams-Hale Rhiannon Williams-Hale has been principal accompanist to the Treorchy Male Choir, full–time accompanist at Bridgend, Pontarddulais and Llanelli Male Voice Choirs, and Musical Director of Ynysybwl Ladies Choir before taking up her present position with the Wessex Male Choir in 2016.

MJ-UK MJ-UK Music & Arts specialises in coaching talented young singers, many of whom go on to have professional careers. Their artistic director Maria Jagusz has worked as a soloist for most of the leading opera companies in the UK and Europe, and has sung with artists including Carreras, Domingo and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Future work includes directing Orfeo ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera this summer.
(MJ-UK.com)

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Digital Photography Workshop : Part 1

SOLD OUT
Sunday 2 July  10:00am – 1:00pm      Town Hall

Part 1

PLEASE NOTE the date change to Sunday 2 July for part 1

Brian Price, from Hungerford Camera Club, presents a two-part workshop on how to get the most from your digital camera. (The second part of the workshop is on Saturday 8 July.)

Both sessions are practical, taking place mostly outdoors in Hungerford (weather permitting). There will be some classroom time to review photos and answer any questions that arise. Please bring your camera (and manual).

Limited tickets £5 (includes both workshops)


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Exhibition and Open Studio: 22 Local Artists

Sunday 2 July  10:00am – 4:30pm      Chilton Foliat

Curated by David H Jones

An exciting show comprising paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, millinery, pottery, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibitors: Jonathan Hall, Robyn Carter, Hilary Reem, Rosalind Hewitt, Micky Thompson, Claire Acworth, Amy Malikov, Diana Barraclough, Diccon Dadey, Arran Miles, David H Jones, Patty Medlin, , Susan Kirkman, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Sue Acworth, Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Cook, Rosemary Trigwell, Helen Colling, Shirley Cartey, Andi Mulholland, Diana Pattenden

Open: Saturday and Sunday 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 July
10am-4.30pm Free entry
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Free entry – no ticket required
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HEAT walk

Sunday 2 July  10:00am – 1:00pm      The Town Hall

Led by Jill Butler

Join Hungerford Environmental Action Team for a 5-6 mile walk via Chilton Park, stopping at The Birches, Chilton Foliat for refreshments and a look at the lovely garden, wildflower meadow and the HADCAF Local Artists Exhibition. We then cross over the Kennet and climb the hill back to Hungerford, returning by 1pm.

Meet at the Town Hall steps at 10am

Free – no ticket required
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Garden Open in aid of Cancer Research

Sunday 2 July  10:00am – 4:00pm      25 The Croft
Full of interest, Diana Barraclough’s garden has a new pond and is a lovely backdrop for her ceramics and Diccon Dadey’s metal sculptures. Plants for sale.

25 The Croft, Hungerford RG17 0HY 10am-4pm Entry £4 (includes tea/coffee & cake)
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Festival Service

Sunday 2 July  6:30pm      United Reformed Church (URC)
A service of thanksgiving for all that we enjoy in life.
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… and this is my friend Mr Laurel

Sunday 2 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

by Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland
presented by KPS Productions & The Finishing Touch Company

Visiting Oliver Hardy on his deathbed, Stan Laurel – one of Hollywood’s best loved film comedians – reminisces about their remarkable lives, their great friendship, and their timeless success as the legendary double act Laurel and Hardy.

Fulfilling a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero, Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord) stars as Stan Laurel in this funny and touching account of one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.

“Spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny” ****The Stage

“Simple, smart and sublimely performed” **** Broadway Baby

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Alexander Karpeyev – Piano recital

Monday 3 July  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

‘1917: The Final Flowering’

Alexander Karpeyev is rapidly gaining a reputation as a notable interpreter of the piano music of the Russian Silver Age. In this centenary year of the Russian Revolution, his recital gathers together pieces by the emigre composers Grechaninov, Medtner, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Having fled Russia before or immediately following the Revolution, they were later divided in their opinions of the new regime, with varying consequences for their subsequent careers.

The music chosen to illustrate the ‘Final Flowering’, composed between 1911 and 1917, reflects this and includes rarely performed miniatures by Grechaninov, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka transcription and the Sonate-Ballade by Medtner, in whose music Karpeyev specialises.

Karpeyev last performed in Hungerford nearly 10 years ago when he was a prize-winning student at the Guildhall School of Music. He has given recitals in many prestigious venues, including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Royal Festival, Wigmore, Fairfield and Queen Elizabeth Halls. He has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Canada, Greece, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. His performances have been featured on Sky Television and BBC Radio. Last year he organized the first International Medtner Festival in 2016.

‘A new Russian master arrives in London … in a world class concert the young Russian pianist Alexander Karpeyev held his audience spellbound … think Pletnev, Kissin, Trifonov … he merits the comparison’ Catholic Herald

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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The Clive Collective

Tuesday 4 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Local band The Clive Collective are rapidly gaining a reputation for the quality and eclectic range of their music which bounces from Soul to Frank Zappa, with a nod to Gospel, Blues, Jazz and anything else that takes their fancy.

The six-piece line-up includes drummer Johnny Marter – who continues to play with some of the greatest rock artists of our time, among them Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel and Aretha Franklin – and well-known Hungerford musician Jimmy Johnson who has been entertaining audiences both locally and further afield for years.

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Go Batty Walk

Tuesday 4 July  8:45pm      Eddington Marsh

Dave Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group will introduce some live bats before leading a stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species of bats with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

This is a very popular event run by the Town & Manor of Hungerford and numbers are limited. Wear suitable footwear and bring a torch.

Meet in the fisherman’s car park opposite the Shell garage on the A4, Hungerford at 8.45pm

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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From the Horse’s Mouth: Illustrated talk by Ruth Rogers

SOLD OUT
Wednesday 5 July  7:30pm      The Town Hall

Ruth Rogers talks about her four years as a puppeteer in the National Theatre’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. She was War Horse Assistant Puppetry Director from 2011-13, and for two years previously the only female full-time puppeteer operating horse Joey’s head. Her fascinating talk includes an account of the auditions and rehearsals, a detailed look at how the War Horse puppets work, tips on how to perform as a horse – and possibly even lessons in whinnying!

Ruth has also operated a Beach Byrd in BBC CBeebies’ ‘Zing Zillas’, and presented CBeebies Radio.


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Appeal of Bells: Bell Ringing Workshop

Wednesday 5 July  8:00pm      St Lawrence’s Church

The ringers of St. Lawrence invite you to see bell ringing in action and try your hand at ‘learning the ropes’. Children welcome with adult supervision. Please note that there are 20 steps up to the ringing chamber.

Limited tickets.

This event is free but you will require a ticket.Tickets are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038). .
Tickets are available online.
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Eddington Marsh Walk

Thursday 6 July  7:30pm      Eddington Marsh

Landscape, History and Wildlife Walk

Join the wildlife team and the Town & Manor of Hungerford for a one-off opportunity this year to walk around the marsh, a fascinating and ancient area managed for farming and wildlife.

Meet in the fisherman’s car park opposite the Shell garage on the A4. Wellies are advisable.

Free – no ticket required
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Stanley : a play by Pam Gems

Thursday 6 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Newbury Dramatic Society presents a dramatised reading based on the play, which explores the complicated life and loves of the twentieth-century British painter Stanley Spencer, with special reference to the iconic murals in Sandham Memorial Chapel depicting the artist’s experiences as a medical orderly during World War One.

Spencer’s unconventional but profound religious beliefs inspired visionary paintings of biblical scenes taking place in contemporary settings, notably those of his beloved Cookham. He left his first wife Hilda for a disastrous second marriage, though Hilda remained the love of his life.

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Reformation poetry

Friday 7 July  2:30pm      United Reformed Church (URC)

Reading by David Bunney

The Reformation of 1517 brought huge changes. Its poetry came mainly in hymns, some expressing greater freedom, others carefully controlled. Certainly there was new vision.

Refreshments and retiring collection for the Church

This event is free but you will require a ticket.Tickets are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038). .
Tickets are available online.

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BBC Any Questions

Friday 7 July  6:45pm      Corn Exchange

Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby

Any Questions? is broadcast live on Radio 4 every Friday after the 8pm News, and is repeated on Saturdays after the 1pm News. It is followed at 2pm by the Any Answers? phone-in which gives listeners a chance to join in the debate.

The programme has a current audience of around 1.5 million, and travels throughout the UK at the invitation of local organisations. The audience submits questions on the day of the broadcast, ten of which are selected by the producer. The panellists only hear them at the same moment the audience in the hall and at home does.

One of Britain’s best-known journalists and broadcasters, Jonathan Dimbleby has chaired Any Questions? since 1987. He is also a writer, his most recent book being The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War (2015).

PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at aprox 6.30pm. Audience to be seated by 7.15pm (no late entries). Live broadcast at 8pm.

Tickets are currently ‘SOLD OUT’ but more may be released neaer to the event. Please check back if you still wish to attend. Please let us know if you have tickets and are no longer able to come.
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Exhibition and Open Studio: 22 Local Artists

Saturday 8 July  10:00am – 4:30pm      Chilton Foliat

Curated by David H Jones

An exciting show comprising paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, millinery, pottery, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibitors: Jonathan Hall, Robyn Carter, Hilary Reem, Rosalind Hewitt, Micky Thompson, Claire Acworth, Amy Malikov, Diana Barraclough, Diccon Dadey, Arran Miles, David H Jones, Patty Medlin, , Susan Kirkman, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Sue Acworth, Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Cook, Rosemary Trigwell, Helen Colling, Shirley Cartey, Andi Mulholland, Diana Pattenden

Open: Saturday and Sunday 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 July
10am-4.30pm Free entry
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Free entry – no ticket required
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Garden Open in aid of Noreen’s Kids

Saturday 8 July  10:00am – 5:00pm      87 High St
Relax in the lovely secret garden (two medieval burgage plots). Small art exhibition, music, plants for sale, refreshments available.

Entry £2
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Flower Festival

Saturday 8 July  10:00am – 6:00pm      St Lawrence’s Church

Theme:

‘My Favourite Poem’

Free entry – no ticket required
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Digital Photography Workshop : Part 2

SOLD OUT
Saturday 8 July  10:00am – 1:00pm      The Town Hall

Part 2

Please see Part 1 on 1st July for details and tickets.


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Beginners’ Knitting workshop

Saturday 8 July  2:00 – 5:00pm      The Library

The BizuBebe knitters and members of Hungerford Library’s Craft & Chat group will teach you the basics of knitting – casting on and off, the common stitches, and trouble-shooting. Ticket price includes a set of needles and yarn to make a child’s hat which can be finished at home.

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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HadFest

Saturday 8 July  7:00pm      The Croft Hall

Returning for a third year, Hadfest is a concert organised by young people, for young people. We aim to support local, up-and-coming bands and put together a night bringing those rising names to Hungerford.

Our headline acts of both previous and upcoming years have performed with the likes of Sundara Karma, The Amazons and The Libertines. We are honoured to host these bands as they grow to undoubtedly become big names in years to come.

2017’s line up includes Dolly and the Dinosaur, Tyrant and headlining act Misfires.

Doors open 7pm. Pre-purchased tickets £5. On the door £7.

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Trio Sospiroso

Saturday 8 July  7:30pm      Our Lady of Lourdes

Clare Mellor – flute
Lucinda Wright – cello
Jenny Broome – harp

Trio Sospiroso’s programme includes familiar music from the Baroque, French favourites, a celebration of Greek folk music and two stunning pieces by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.

The Trio have been playing together in a flute-harp-viola configuration since 1995, since when they have performed at the inaugural Grimsby St Hugh’s Festival, at the Endellion North Cornwall Literary Festival, for Greyladyes Arts Foundation, and at Westridge Drawing Room, the Bath Festival, and venues from Penzance to Bury St Edmunds. They have recently expanded their repertoire to include a cello rather than viola, and are now exploring new music-making opportunities.

Clare Mellor studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and in Paris. She teaches and plays chamber music, and is director of the newly-formed Breckland Wind Ensemble. Lucinda Wright gained an MA with distinction at Birmingham Conservatoire and currently teaches for Hampshire Music Service and performs chamber music regularly with the Gregynog Ensemble and the Boxbury Piano Trio. Jenny Broome studied the harp while reading Architecture at Cambridge University. She has a busy freelance career as a harpist and delights in playing chamber music, working not only with Trio Sospiroso but also with Arpatagora (strings and harp) and Arcangeli (harp duet).

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Exhibition and Open Studio: 22 Local Artists

Sunday 9 July  10:00am – 4:30pm      Chilton Foliat

Curated by David H Jones

An exciting show comprising paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, millinery, pottery, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibitors: Jonathan Hall, Robyn Carter, Hilary Reem, Rosalind Hewitt, Micky Thompson, Claire Acworth, Amy Malikov, Diana Barraclough, Diccon Dadey, Arran Miles, David H Jones, Patty Medlin, , Susan Kirkman, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Sue Acworth, Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Cook, Rosemary Trigwell, Helen Colling, Shirley Cartey, Andi Mulholland, Diana Pattenden

Open: Saturday and Sunday 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 July
10am-4.30pm Free entry
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Free entry – no ticket required
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HADCAF Fish Trail

Sunday 9 July  10:00am      Hungerford High Street

Find 24 hidden fish on Hungerford High Street …. from 30 June until 9 July

Forms from St Lawrence.s Church … rewards for completed forms
Further fish trail activities from 10am on 9 July at St Lawrence’s Church
For more information 07548 678234
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Flower Festival

Sunday 9 July  12:00noon – 5:00pm      St Lawrence’s Church

Theme:

‘My Favourite Poem’

Free entry – no ticket required
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Town Band Concert

Sunday 9 July  7:00pm      Corn Exchange

Musical Director: Tim Crouter

The Band enjoys being at the heart of the community and performing at local civic events. The evening’s programme features soloists from within the Band, the Training Band, and modern as well as traditional arrangements.

Free entry – no ticket required
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Francis Pugh & the Whisky Singers

Sunday 9 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six-piece band from Oxford, playing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana and roots music. They blend acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, drums and cornet with five-part vocal harmonies to produce their raw, energetic sound.

Over the last three years they have built up a strong fan base through the festival circuit (including the BBC Countryfile Live Festival), and supporting Ameripolitan hero Ags Connolly, and Cerys Matthews’s favourite, the CC Smugglers.

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Watermill Theatre: Nesting

SOLD OUT
Monday 10 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

A new play by Ellen Robertson

Linda is a self-confessed ‘collector’. She has all the necessities: broken umbrellas to match any outfit, unopened Amazon parcels delivered in 2012, shoes that don’t fit but were a bargain at 75 per cent off, and trainers because, one day, she will definitely take up running. Adding to her collection there is Tony, an affectionately named rat who has taken up residence in her home.

The arrival of Jonathan – a man who can’t sleep if the sponge is in the wrong place by the kitchen sink – brings about a more life-changing situation than Linda could ever have imagined. The journey that follows is one of love, loss – and an obsession with Stevie Wonder memorabilia.

Nesting is a funny and moving look at compulsive behaviour and finding love in the most unlikely of places.


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Organ recital: Gavin Roberts

Tuesday 11 July  7:30pm      Our Lady of Lourdes

Gavin is Organist and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church. He studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Professor of Academic Studies and a Staff Pianist. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before gaining a Master’s degree from King’s College London. He enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist, and has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall. He is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City, for whom he has devised more than 100 recital programmes. He has appeared at many festivals, and works regularly with soprano Lucy Hall, with whom he was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and actor Rosamund Shelley, with whom he performs her one-woman shows Novello & Son and War Songs.

Gavin has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, Constanza Chorus, The Hanover Band, Tiffin Boys’ Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox. He has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works, and he has played on numerous recordings for the BBC, ASV, Guild and Priory Records.

Retiring collection.

This event is free but you will require a ticket.Tickets are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038). .
Tickets are available online.
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Fizz & Fiction in the Bookshop: Rachel Malik

Tuesday 11 July  7:30pm      Hungerford Bookshop

Rachel Malik talks about her novel ‘Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves’

A story of the land, friendship and of secret lives.

When Rene Hargreaves is billeted to Starlight Farm as a Land Girl, far from the city where she grew up, she finds farmer Elsie Boston and her country ways strange at first. Yet over the days and months Rene and Elsie come to understand and depend on each other. But a visitor from Rene’s past threatens the life they have built together. Soon they are involved in a war of their own that endangers everything and will finally expose them to the nation’s press and the full force of the law.

Based on a true story and set at the start in Lambourn and Sheepdrove, the book was partially written by the author in Hungerford.

Tickets (£6.00) are available ONLY from the Hungerford Bookshop.
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Beautiful English Gardens: Illustrated talk by Andy McIndoe

Wednesday 12 July  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

Andy McIndoe explores some classic English gardens, from the formal and grand to the modest and naturalistic, looking at the inspiration behind them and the way plants are used in these settings.

Andy has over 40 years’ experience in horticulture, and has been responsible for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Author and regular contributor to magazines, blogs and BBC Radio, he lectures to gardening societies at home and abroad, leads garden tours and is consultant to well-known suppliers in the industry.

Retiring collection.

This event is free but you will require a ticket.Tickets are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038). .
Tickets are available online.
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Summer Wildflowers Walk

Thursday 13 July  6:00pm      St Lawrence’s Church
Hungerford and Freeman’s Marshes are home to some of the best and rarest wildflowers in the Kennet Valley.

Lois Pihlens will help identify species such as southern marsh orchids, bog bean and ragged robin. Hear also how the Town & Manor of Hungerford is conserving these areas with help from Natural England.

Meet at St Lawrence’s Church

Free entry – no ticket required
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Town Quiz and Supper

Thursday 13 July  7:00pm      The Tutti Pole

Chicken and chips supper.

Tickets from the Tutti Pole or online: £8 adult, £4 child under 8 years

Tickets (£8.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£8.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Art in the House of Commons: Illustrated talk by Richard Kelly

Thursday 13 July  8:00pm      Methodist Church

The Palace of Westminster on Fire, 1834 by unknown artist, oil on canvas, c.1834 @ Parlimentary Art Collection 1978

Richard Kelly is a researcher in the House of Commons Library. In this illustrated talk he explores the Parliamentary Art Collection and shows how paintings have depicted events and commemorated politicians and campaigners.

PLEASE NOTE that supper ordered for this event will be served at the Croft Hall – a short walk back to the Church.

Retiring collection.

This event is free but you will require a ticket.Tickets are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038). .
Tickets are available online.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Classic Silent Film Double Bill

Thursday 13 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Safety Last!

Dir. Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923 (80 mins)

The silent film era’s ‘third genius’ along with Chaplin and Keaton was Harold Lloyd, who stars in Safety Last! as a country boy trying to make good in the Big City. In one of the most iconic sequences in silent cinema, Lloyd scales a 12-storey building and dangles precariously from a clock above the busy street below.

Speedy

Dir. Ted Wilde, 1928 (70 mins)

Lloyd’s final silent feature, in which he plays a young man whose obsession with baseball causes him to continually lose jobs, is a fascinating visual record of New York in the late 1920s, from its skyline to Coney Island’s Luna Park, from Columbus Circle to Wall Street. Baseball legend Babe Ruth makes an extended cameo appearance as himself.

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Life’s Merry Go Round

Friday 14 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Two Blokes and a Lady

An hilarious light-musical entertainment reflecting life’s ups and downs, including popular songs from the Thirties to the Sixties.

Roxy Boulter has enjoyed exploring a wide variety of musical styles In her singing career, from the classical repertoire to folk song. She has a particular love of musical theatre and has appeared in many productions locally both as a singer and an actress.

Grahame O’Connor has accompanied and conducted all kinds of music from choral and orchestral to musicals and opera.

Together with James Mitchell he performs a Flanders and Swann tribute in the duo Two Blokes and a Piano. James is a former member of the BBC West of England Singers and has taken leading roles in many musicals and operas. He is currently chairman of Kennet Opera.

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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Exhibition and Open Studio: 22 Local Artists

Saturday 15 July  10:00am – 4:30pm      Chilton Foliat

Curated by David H Jones

An exciting show comprising paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, millinery, pottery, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibitors: Jonathan Hall, Robyn Carter, Hilary Reem, Rosalind Hewitt, Micky Thompson, Claire Acworth, Amy Malikov, Diana Barraclough, Diccon Dadey, Arran Miles, David H Jones, Patty Medlin, , Susan Kirkman, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Sue Acworth, Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Cook, Rosemary Trigwell, Helen Colling, Shirley Cartey, Andi Mulholland, Diana Pattenden

Open: Saturday and Sunday 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 July
10am-4.30pm Free entry
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Free entry – no ticket required
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Hungerford Park visit

Saturday 15 July  11:00am      Hungerford Park

Toby and Emma welcome you to Hungerford Park, which they took on as an unkempt piece of land and over 12 years have nurtured into an area of true beauty. They raise free range pigs, sheep, and horses, and grow most of their organic vegetables and herbs in the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden.

They view the farm holistically and rather than over-farming a single product they focus on growing the whole environment, which is harder work but reaps the benefits in quality.

Free entry – no ticket required
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Beginners’ Quilting workshop

Saturday 15 July  2:00 – 5:00pm      The Library

Sue, Elena and Jan from Kintbury Quilters will give a demonstration of quilting techniques including rotary cutting, and show examples of their work for inspiration and discussion.

A practical session follows, in which each participant will make a small quilted item such as a coaster or pin cushion. Kits of pre-cut fabric and wadding are provided, but please bring small scissors, needles and sewing thread if possible.

Age 16+

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Marsh Lane Allotments Open Day

Saturday 15 July  2:00 – 4:00pm      Marsh Lane

Meet our allotment community: What we grow and why we love it.

Free entry – no ticket required
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Tea and Mozart: Kennet Opera

Saturday 15 July  4:30pm      United Reformed Church (URC)

Kennet Opera explore the last music Mozart wrote in 1791.

Tickets include refreshments

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Ben Waters Big Band

Saturday 15 July  8:00pm      John O’Gaunt School

Ben Waters is recognised as one of Europe’s supreme boogie piano players. A career spanning 25 years working with such legends as The Rolling Stones, Jools Holland, Shakin’ Stevens, PJ Harvey, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart – to name but a few – has enabled him to hand-pick a group of fine musicians to join him in entertaining audiences around the globe.

The influences of the early rock ‘n’ roll greats are apparent in the band’s music, as Ben has also played with Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, as well as recording with one of the world’s finest musicians, Ray Davies, who selected Ben’s band as one of his favourites for the Meltdown Festival he curated.

Tickets (£15.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£15.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Tennis Club Open Day

Sunday 16 July  10:00am – 4:00pm      Tennis Club

Find out about the Club and play a few games – all ages and standards welcome. For more information contact @hungerford-tennis.co.uk

BBQ (£4) available at the Hungerford Club from 12.30pm.

Free entry – no ticket required
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Exhibition and Open Studio: 22 Local Artists

Sunday 16 July  10:00am – 4:30pm      Chilton Foliat

Curated by David H Jones

An exciting show comprising paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, millinery, pottery, drawing and sculpture.

Exhibitors: Jonathan Hall, Robyn Carter, Hilary Reem, Rosalind Hewitt, Micky Thompson, Claire Acworth, Amy Malikov, Diana Barraclough, Diccon Dadey, Arran Miles, David H Jones, Patty Medlin, , Susan Kirkman, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Sue Acworth, Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Cook, Rosemary Trigwell, Helen Colling, Shirley Cartey, Andi Mulholland, Diana Pattenden

Open: Saturday and Sunday 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 July
10am-4.30pm Free entry
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Free entry – no ticket required
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U3A organised walk around Hungerford

Sunday 16 July  10:00am      Town Hall

Leader: Carol Shanahan Contact: carol@cottages-beer-devon.co.uk

Meet Hungerford Town Hall.

Canal towpath, Freemans Marsh and onto the best view of Hungerford (spot the Town Hall clock) returning via Eddington and the Pepperpot Cottages. Look out for the Stocks! Take a drink and a snack and binoculars if you have them!

For more walks and other activities, see the Hungerford U3A website.

Free entry – no ticket required
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Children’s Day: Messy Play

Sunday 16 July  11:00am – 1:00pm      Croft Field Centre

A children’s creative play workshop led by Rachel Barker and Claire Acworth. Come and have fun with clay and junk modelling, painting, messy play and sand tray. Dress for mess!

Rachel Barker (DBS checked) is known to many Hungerford children as a teacher at the Primary School.

Limited numbers. Ages 5-10 (younger children by arrangement, with a carer to stay and play.) n.b. Parents / guardians of older children being left at the workshop will be required to fill in a permission slip (download here to save time on the day!).

Followed by picnic (see separate item)

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Children’s day: Picnic and Games

Sunday 16 July  1:00 – 2:45pm      Croft Field
Bring your own picnic to the Croft Field and join in some ‘Rainbow Games’.

Everyone welcome for some playful fun.

NB Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free – no ticket required
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Children’s Day: Rapunzel & the Tower of Doom

Sunday 16 July  3:00 – 4:00pm      The Croft Hall

Theatre of Widdershins

Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s hard enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with a wicked old witch using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair?

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this Grimm tale right back to its dark roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to see the show today – because you’re worth it!!!

Suitable ages 4 up

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£5.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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Phoenix Brass Open Air Concert

Sunday 16 July  3:00 – 5:00pm      Froxfield
with Grand Summer Draw and refreshments.

Musical Director: David Watson

The Band offers training facilities for people of all ages to learn to play a brass instrument as members of a group, and provides entertainment for charitable and community organisations. Phoenix Brass rehearses at the Memorial Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 pm. A training band for beginners meets on Saturday mornings.

Grounds of the Memorial Hall, Froxfield (inside if wet)

Free entry – no ticket required
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La La Piano Bar

Sunday 16 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Everyone loves a party … especially this one! Come on down to the La La Piano Bar, where New York cool bar meets Berlin cabaret club in a fabulous evening hosted by David Roper from 4 Poofs and a Piano (the famous house band on BBC TV’s ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’) and the voluptuous Lady La La.

Expect a unique blend of humour, amazing singers and inclusive singalongs in a show which has been wowing audiences in the West End and at venues and festivals around the country.

Tickets (£10.00) are available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488 684038).
Tickets (£10.00) are available online with no additional booking fee.
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You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50 – no online booking fee).
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