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Egyptology Lecture (TVAES January) @ Oakwood Centre
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Egyptology Lecture (TVAES January) @ Oakwood Centre | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

Kushite Kings on the Upper Nile: reconstructing the ancient landscape of an Amun temple at Dangeil, Sudan.

Dr Julie Anderson will talk on the archaeological excavations at Dangeil, a Kushite site roughly 350km north of Khartoum Sudan, which have focused on a temple of the 1st century AD dedicated to the god Amun.  Altars, ram statues and colourful architectural fragments, along with the discovery of a contemporary pyramid field are helping to establish an image of the ancient sacred landscape.

Junk Monkeys @ The Mix, Wantage
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Junk Monkeys @ The Mix, Wantage

For crafty kids aged 8 and over

Rethinking rubbish on the second Saturday of each month!

Starting Sat 9th Sept, 2 – 4pm

This month we’ll be making T-shirt cushions -bring along an old t-shirt to cut up (or use one of ours) no sewing required!

£2 per person

For more info contact Jo: 07768 767787 /

in The Mix

15 Mill Street, Wantage, OX12 9AB

Ninebarrow @ ACE Space
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm


Ninebarrow are a duo getting themselves noticed and making a big name, and following, in the folk world.  We first came across them at the Oxford Folk Weekend in 2015 and were recommended to us by Paul Hutchinson (of Belshazzar’s Feast).  Other celebrity endorsements include “absolutely amazing” from Kate Rusby; “a fantastic duo” from Seth Lakeman and “a rather lovely thing…like two halves of one voice” from Mark Radcliffe.  Just after we booked them they were nominated in the Horizon category of the BBC Folk Awards.

Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs – combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.

Ninebarrow’s website

Start: 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:30)

Tickets: £12 (Earlybird £10 until 30 Dec)

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music.

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Due to nearby construction work, there is no car parking and very restricted turning capacity at the venue so please use the nearby car parks (£2 for the evening) or look for on-street parking other than in St Nicholas Road, so as not to inconvenience local residents. Most parking spaces in Bartholomew Street are free after 6pm.

The ACE Space bar usually stocks draught ale eg Good Old Boy (£3.50 pint), bottled / canned beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. Note bar is cash only.

Seating is normally informally grouped around tables in the main hall. Come early for the best choice of seats. (Doors Open: 7.30pm for 8pm start)

Linking the Landscape: Nature Tots @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Jan 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Come along to our parent and toddler group. A great opportunity each month for you and your pre-school little ones to have fun in natural surroundings. Each session will include activities such as bug-hunting, mud-painting and mask-making. Tea, biscuits and mud provided! Booking essential.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and please dress for the weather.

To buy tickets, please click on the tickets link then search for ‘Nature Tots Thatcham’.

Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lambourn Art Group @ Lambourn Library
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Great Shefford Youth Club @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Great Shefford Youth Club is now run by Gill Hall and Dave Crook and helped by local volunteers, for children aged 9 – 16 years from Great Shefford and the surrounding area (from Hungerford, Wantage, Newbury, etc).

The club meets every other Wednesday from 7pm – 8.30pm in Great Shefford Village Hall, or on some of those evenings we transport the children to an activity out of the village, such as to Rock Climbing, Lazerquest, and much more.

We have a large range of activities in the hall on club nights – such as Playstation, table tennis, music, arts and crafts, tuck shop, games, or if preferred just a chill out with mates on bean bags.

We have membership with Berkshire Youth, and have regular sessions provided by SPLAT (Berkshire Youth’s Sports, Leisure and Activities Team), which is a mobile unit that travels across Berkshire delivering sports and activities to young people.

Here is the upcoming schedule:

31st Jan – SPLAT, Indoor Archery
14th Feb  – Valentine Disco and party games
28th Feb – SPLAT, Parachute Games
14th Mar – Freedog Trampoline, Swindon

For more details please visit:

Newbury Astronomical Society Beginners Meeting @ St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


This is an informal and friendly monthly event for beginners to the hobby of astronomy.

The meetings are open to everyone of all ages (children must be accompanied by and adult).

No advanced knowledge is required all talks are pitched at the introduction to astronomy level.

Observing with telescopes outside if the sky is clear.

Refreshments are provided at no extra costs.

Craft and Chat @ Newbury Library
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Craft and Chat @ Newbury Library | Newbury | United Kingdom

Craft and Chat at Newbury Library

Bring along your knitting, sewing or any craft to our free Craft and Chat group. The group meets every week on Thursday, between 11am – 1pm.




Craft and Chat at Theale Library @ Theale Library
Jan 18 @ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Craft and Chat at Theale Library @ Theale Library

Craft and Chat – Theale Library

Bring along your craft – or admire what other people are making.

Meeting weekly on Thursday at Theale Library, 14:15am – 15:30pm




Lambourn Friendship Club @ British Legion, Lambourn
Jan 18 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Newbury Library Book Group – Thursday @ Sainsburys Cafe
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Newbury Library Book Group - Thursday @ Sainsburys Cafe | England | United Kingdom

Newbury Library Book Group – THURSDAY

New members are always welcome and it’s free to join. Please drop in to any book group meeting or contact the library for further details:

Third Thursday in each month, 6.30 to 7.30pm


CHANGE OF VENUE: Sainsbury’s Cafe – Thursday group (Next Meeting 18th January 2018, 6.30-7.30pm – Reading ‘Semi-Detached’ by Griff Rhys Jones)



Fitsteps Dance & Exercise Class @ Coronation Hall,
Jan 18 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Fitsteps Dance & Exercise Class @ Coronation Hall, | England | United Kingdom

Upbeat dance class inspired by Strictly Come Dancing. Plenty of Latin and Ballroom rhythms to keep you moving!

Friendly group.

For more details see

Writers Group at Theale Library @ Theale Library
Jan 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Writers Group at Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom

Writers Group – Theale Library

If you are writing – or even just thinking about it – we hope this group will provide encouragement and support.

Meeting weekly on Friday at Theale Library, 10:45am – 12:00pm




Storytime at Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Storytime at Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | Newbury | United Kingdom

Storytime at Newbury library – Free stories for under fives and their parents or carers.


11.00-11.30am & 2.00-2.30pm




Lambourn English Conversation Group @ Lambourn Library
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Story Time at Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Story Time at Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library

Storytime at Thatcham Library

Storytime for under 5’s at Thatcham Library, every Friday from 2pm (Term Time Only)




Word Play Club at Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Word Play Club at Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | Hungerford | England | United Kingdom

Word Play Club !

Every Friday at Hungerford Library

Explore and have fun playing with words – Adults and children (children under 8 accompanied by an adult)

Contact 01488 682660 for more information.


Lambourn Bingo @ British Legion, Lambourn
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Pericles All at Sea @ east garston village hall
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Pericles All at Sea @ east garston village hall

A free performance followed by a ‘pay-what- you-will’ collection.

A fascinating re-telling of Shakespeare’s Pericles. Marina is a young woman determined to make her way in the world on her own terms, facing the perils of the Mediterranean Sea.  Her father, Pericles, abandoned her having been forced to flee the country; her mother died on board ship giving birth to her.  Will she ever be reunited with her family?

This pair of  talented story-tellers skilfully and convincingly flit between a multitude of characters to conjure a world where conflict and famine are devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; where a fisher woman finds bodies tangled in her nets; a young girl is sold to a brothel; and where the kindness of strangers saves those in danger at sea.

“A lovely bit of storytelling. Who would have thought a 400-year- old story could be so relevant to today.”

“Full of wit and charm but also with the pathos and power so important in conveying the moral undercurrent that runs through the story.”

It’s a bold and simple piece, fast-moving where the flick of a scarf transforms one character to another, where sea shanties are sung and props are ‘tumbled’ around the stage by ‘waves’. 

“The duo create a wonderful sense of atmosphere – we hear sea shanties, we watch props get tumbled around the stage by waves, and we see Pericles pulled in to shore by a fisher-woman in a small but perfectly formed piece of physical theatre.”

Hacksaw Ridge at the Ramsbury Roxy @ Ramsbury Memorial Hall
Jan 19 @ 7:45 pm – 11:00 pm

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war drama film directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector.

The film focuses on the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa.

Andrew Garfield stars as Doss, with Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn in supporting roles.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 86% based on 244 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist’s legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valor, and the courage of remaining true to one’s convictions.”[67] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale.

(The above summary taken from the wonderful Wikipedia at

Hungerford Comedy Club @ Hungerford Town Hall
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Another night of great stand-up comedy featuring six acts and regular compere Graeme Coulam.

Our opener, Jacob Hawley, is a rising star of the UK comedy scene. Having reached the final of the BBC New Comedy Awards, he has also been on radio 4 and enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Then we have shorter sets from Eliza Fraser, Don Biswas, Stasia Buckle and Geoff Alderman. Having started out as part of a sketch duo with Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners C4) Stasia is now forging a successful career as a stand-up. Original, honest and a little bit rude, Stasia is a force to be reckoned with. Don blends acute political awareness with personal vulnerability, to beguile and charm an audience. Expect to be surprised by personal reflections on dyspraxia and race, and expect to laugh out loud too. Eliza is another young comedian on the rise. Her deeply personal material will keep you laughing deep in to January. Old comedian of the year semi-finalist, Geoff, is as funny as he is bald. Don’t let that cheeky smile fool you, he’s clever, original, and a little bit naughty.

Our headliner, Debra-Jane Appelby, is one of the best comics on the circuit, taking her no-nonsense northern wit the length and breadth of the UK. She has regularly featured on BBC radio, and won stacks of awards. Expect a riotous end to the evening as Debra gives her take on youth, the middle classes, family and her (current) home town of Hungerford.

Mosaic course @ The Mix, Wantage
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mosaic course @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Bring along some chipped, patterned dinner plates and turn them into a beautiful mosaic wall hanging or tea pot stand.  

Nature Explorers Club @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a hands on wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. Each month follows a different theme with hands on wildlife activities, craft, stories and child-led play. Book for one session or a series of six.

Who is this event suitable for?
Children aged 5-8 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

What to bring?
The clubs are designed to allow child-led outdoor play. Come prepared to get muddy and be outside whatever the weather. We will also be cooking snacks on a fire. We recommend long trousers and closed toed shoes whatever the weather as you will be kneeling down and walking through long grass.


We want all children to be able to enjoy the club. If your child has any additional needs you would like to discuss please contact us.

To book, please click on the tickets link then search for ‘Nature Explorers’.

Newbury Library Book Group – Saturday @ Newbury Library
Jan 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Newbury Library Book Group - Saturday @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom

Newbury Library Book Group – SATURDAY

New members are always welcome and it’s free to join. Please drop in to any book group meeting or contact the library for further details:

Third  or fourth Saturday in each month (Please check with the library to confirm the next date), 2.30 to 3.30pm


Newbury Library – Saturday group (Next Meeting 20th January, 2.30-3.30pm, reading ‘Sweet Caress’ by William Boyd)



Movement Meditation: “5 Rhythms” @ Liddington Village Hall
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Does life feel like a constant struggle?   Do you want to exercise but can’t follow a class or have 2 left feet? Like to dance, have fun and not be judged? Would you like to be more at peace with yourself?

If you have answered yes to any of these, then 5 Rhythms might be for you – come along to find out if it is.


No previous experience of dance needed, and all are welcome young, old, fit or unfit. No steps to learn and nothing to get right or wrong and no judgement from the teacher. You dance at your level.

Shall We Dance? Science Says ‘Go on, It’s Good for You’

Studies have started to emerge on the positive impacts community dance activity can have on different populations, across a range of issues. – see and dancing out of depression

The music is varied: electronica, jazz, classical, pop, rock and roll, alternative, some fast some slow.

We will go through the rhythms so that you can begin to feel them in your own way; you will be encouraged to “FLOW”  for yourself then to allow the beat to take you into “STACCATO”,  to then move into “CHAOS” with curiosity; to drop into “LYRICAL” and find that part of yourself that wishes to sing and embrace everything and then lastly to find peace and quiet in “STILLNESS”.

We will go through the 5 Rhythms with focus on being conscious of what is present for us in the moment and how our movement is affected by our thoughts and our feelings.   At the same time I will explore with you how each rhythm has its’ own flavour and each session is an exploration into being mindful and in the present.
We will look for the “sweet spot”, the place where we feel wholly together in body, feelings and mind; together with another, the group and the setting.  Searching for this combination of the whole self, and repeating the dance as we feel it, can lead into that energetic space where there is only the beat, your breath, your heartbeat and the space to be you

21st Jan 2018 and 18th March 2018

Time : 
2pm to 5pm

Investment: £20 Early bird by 13th Jan for Penny post readers Jan and 3rd March £18, Book 2 places get £2 off

Teacher Gay Murphy

Booking: Essential to avoid disappointment as places are limited to 16.

Cheque or transfer; for details email or call Julie on 01793 495551

Join our group:

Gay Murphy 5 Rhythms teacher
Gay Murphy 5 Rhythms teacher

Really look forward to meeting you on the dance floor

Contemporary Service @ St Lawrence's Church
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marlborough Ladies Who Latte @ St Peter's Church Cafe
Jan 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Marlborough Ladies Who Latte @ St Peter's Church Cafe | Marlborough | England | United Kingdom

A networking group for ladies in business in and around Marlborough – because there’s no point being fabulous all on your own! Join the facebook group to post events; share things about your business; post a testimonial or recommendation of a product or service used and offer advice, tips, support and inspiration.

The group meets every 4th Wednesday every month at the cafe at St Peter’s Church, SN8 1HQ

Stay for the whole session or just drop in for a quick coffee. This is a no membership, no fee informal networking group. No competition, just plenty of Support, Collaboration, Friendship, Inspiration and Motivation!

Lambourn Art Group @ Lambourn Library
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am