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Basic Sewing Techniques Course @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Basic Sewing Techniques Course @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre | Greenham | United Kingdom

This series of 4 classes takes you through a set of machine sewing skills without having to worry about spoiling a project.  You will produce a portfolio of samples for future reference.  Skills covered include: several types of zip insertions, seams, buttonholes, and tips to give your work a professional finish.

Dates: Thursdays from 15th February to 8th March 10am to 12noon

Cost £64 for the full course

Book now

The Gingerbread Man at Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 15 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
The Gingerbread Man at Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom

The Gingerbread Man at Theale Library

For 2-6 years

Adapted and performed by Lizzie Lewis, Thursday 15th February, 11.15-11.50am.

Adults £5, Children £2 – To book, please call 01189 9303207, email or ask in the library.



Creative Writing Workshop at Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Creative Writing Workshop at Newbury Library @ Newbury Library

Creative Writing Workshop at Newbury Library

For 10-16 years

Inspiration for beginners writing fiction from author Anita Loughrey.

Thursday 15th February, 2.30-4.00pm at Newbury Library

£3 Per person– To book, please call 01635 519900, email or ask in the library.



Alice in Wonderland The Pantomime @ Kennet School
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Alice in Wonderland The Pantomime @ Kennet School | England | United Kingdom

KATS invite you to their next show, a fun-filled, pantomime version of the classic tale “Alice in Wonderland”. We are so excited to take you on this journey, with a show packed full of fun and laughter with some well-known songs and crazy dances.

Join Alice as she takes a tumble down the rabbit hole to a strange and wonderful land where she meets a talking cat, takes tea with a Mad Hatter and his private secretary the March Hare, she gets lost, and found again and narrowly avoids having her head cut off by the wicked Queen of Hearts! Nothing is quite as it seems in this strange topsy-turvy world, where animals and playing cards all seem to be able to talk.

Will Alice ever be able to make sense of all the strange characters she meets and find her way home again?

Beautiful Birds Nests @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discover all the weird and wonderful nests that birds make and how they attract a mate during this drop-in event. Follow a quiz trail around the lake and make a craft to take home.

This event is suitable for children aged 2 and above. Activities are aimed at primary school aged children.

The trail will be held outside, please come dressed for the weather.

No need to book, just drop in.

£2 per craft item, includes quiz trail sheet (adults free)

Make your own pyjama bottoms @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Make your own pyjama bottoms @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Bring along your sewing machine and spend the day making a pair of pyjama bottoms, including:

taking measurements,

reading and adapting a commercial sewing pattern, how to cut fabric,

finishing seams & hems, making a drawstring waistband and buttonholes

Nature Explorers Club @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Feb 17 @ 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’.

Spring Blooms – Wire Flower Workshop @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore working with fabulous enameled copper wire , copper mesh and beads. Artist Flora Gare will help you learn with step by step instructions how to create a Spring Bloom wire sculpture.

All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the workshop, but please bring a small pair of pliers if you have them.

Refreshments throughout the day including lunch and lovely homemade cake are also included. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs when you book.

This is an informal and fun day suitable for complete beginners or those who want to build on existing skills.

Newbury Library Book Group – Saturday @ Newbury Library
Feb 17 @ 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 17th February, 2.30-3.30pm, reading ‘H is for Hawk’ by Helen McDonald)



Pagoda Project @ ACE Space
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Pagoda ProjectCaptivating and original, Folk Jazz fusion that will delight, surprise and entertain. The combination of Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast, Hoover the Dog) on accordion with a folk background and Karen Wimhurst (Cauld Blast Orchestra) on clarinets with a classical and jazz background. is not an obvious one but works oh so brilliantly. What they do have in common is they are both supremely talented musicians who bring something new and fresh to every performance.
David Kidman (Fatea) summed what to expect really well when he wrote “expect ebullient yet sensitive playing, with infectious, well-pointed rhythms, and a talent for taking tunes off into creative tangents, a real gift for affectionate pastiche, and a keen understanding of all manner of folk and world musics, classical and jazz disciplines. Oh, and a delicious sense of wordplay”.
Since Pagoda’s last appearance at ACE Space (in the days they were a “duo” rather than a “project”) they have recorded and released their first CD “Clarion” to great acclaim. Songlines gave them a 5 star review (the only 5 star review in an edition that reviewed over 60 CDs). Their last gig is still the only one where two encores were demanded by the audience. Pagoda Project gigs tend to be few and far between so don’t miss this opportunity.

Pagoda Project website

James Foley

The son of Anglo-Irish parents, Foley has always had an inherent talent for mixing influences and styles seamlessly and in a very personal way. Living in Wantage he first came to our attention playing support for the Australian trio Bush Gothic at a gig in Oxford.
As a guitar player Foley has an individual style, based on traditional finger picking whilst incorporating elements of the delta blues and slide legends. His voice is simultaneously raspy and lush and characterised by his use of beautiful deep harmony on record.

James Foley website

Tickets: £10

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music with no booking fee or click here to buy tickets from wegottickets

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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.

8pm start  (Doors open: 7.30pm)


Fruit Tree Grafting Class @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Organised by Edible Thatcham, this course will teach you  the ancient craft of grafting, its benefits and how to create your own fruit tree for very little cost – you also get to take your own tree home with you (included in cost). Email to book your place.

Pancake Sunday @ St Lawrence's Church
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pancake Sunday @ St Lawrence's Church | England | United Kingdom

Make Pancakes and learn about Lent.

FREE HR Advice Clinic @ Newbury College
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

1-1 Human Resources clinic. Bookable 1 hour appointments. Click here to book.

  • Free HR health check
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Develop your team to support high growth
  • Any people-related questions answered


Is your business ready to grow? Do you have the right team in place? The ‘right’ team has great attendance and timekeeping as well as making a positive contribution to your company. Do you know how to select and recruit that team and ensure they are your business’s greatest asset?

Also, following the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, employees no longer have to pay a fee to bring a tribunal claim against their employers, so it is time to ensure you have the right policies and processes in place to avoid being one of those companies that experiences a rise in claims.


1-1 sessions designed to give you an opportunity to explore your current people strategy and compliance with employment legislation. Whether you need advice on developing your team to improve performance and productivity, need to discuss your recruitment strategy or process to help you attract the best talent, or assistance with restructuring your organisation to support your growth ambitions, we can help you explore the issues that you need to consider. You can also take advantage of a complimentary HR health check on your current contracts of employment and employee handbook to ensure that you are not only compliant with employee legislation but are implementing HR best practice.


Monday 19th February 2018

14:00 – 17:00

HR Clinic Expert – Katie Aldridge

Employing people can be the most rewarding, or the most frustrating part of running a business and, for The HR Dept Newbury it’s our approach that really sets us apart. Instead of telling small businesses what they can’t do, we tell them what they can do to achieve the results that they want.

With 20 years of experience in various HR roles, Katie’s supported both small companies and global corporates in a career spanning a range of industries from not-for-profit, education, through to financial and pharmaceutical. Now working to support small business she can support you with:

  • Employment law
  • People management
  • Contracts of employment
  • Disciplinary and grievance
  • Performance management
  • Absence management
  • Redundancy management
  • TUPE transfers
  • Employee surveys
  • Training and development

In fact, any people-related activities that help a company to achieve its business objectives. With this in mind, we can work with you on anything from a one-off employee issue through to a business restructure. From providing an updated contract template through to designing and implementing a full suite of employment policies and documents. From ad-hoc support to a regular on-site presence. The HR Dept also has a range of value added services which give smaller businesses access to HR tools that used to belong only to larger businesses. If you’re located in or around the Newbury area and are looking for proactive, pragmatic and friendly HR support then get in touch with The HR Dept Newbury – we look forward to working with you!

Linking the Landscape: Nature Tots @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Feb 20 @ 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’.

Alpha Course in Hungerford @ St Lawrence's Vicarage
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Want to put the Vicar on the spot? Then come and join us at our next Alpha course starting in January 2018. All questions are allowed with no question too threatening or too trivial.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.

Run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question around faith, and the talks are designed to create conversation in small groups afterwards.

It’s totally free, it’s run all over the globe, and everyone’s welcome.

Learn more about Alpha

What happens at Alpha?

  • Food – Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to connect and get to know everyone there.
  • Talks – The talks explore the basics of the Christian faith and are designed to inspire conversation, they are usually around thirty minutes long.
  • Conversation – There is a discussion after the talk where you can share your thoughts and ideas on the session’s topic. You can say anything!


Starts Tuesday 30 Jan, 1.00pm The Vicarage, Parsonage Ln, Hungerford RG17 0JB
Parsonage Lane, Hungerford, RG17 0JB
Administrator: 07548 678234

Afternoon Alpha Poster

Mindfulness @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Mindfulness @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

This course includes the central elements of the internationally recognised Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme developed by

Jon Kabat-Zinn, combined with compassion meditation, readings and group discussions. All welcome – no experience necessary, just a

commitment to some manageable regular home practice.


6 evening sessions (13th, 20th, and 27th Feb, 13th, 20th and 27th March) and practice day Sat 17th March 10am -4pm



Gastro Nick’s Pop Up Deli @ Hungerford Town Hall
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Gastro Nick's  Pop Up Deli @ Hungerford Town Hall

Seasonal deli pop-up in the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of the month. Produce includes a standard selection of cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses, salami, olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars, olives, pasta and sauces, some sweet things such as nougat and panforte as well as a small selection of wine.  There will always be an offer of the day.

Customers can use the Click & Collect facility to pre-order from the website and can collect it from the Town Hall.  ORDERS NEED TO BE IN BY 2pm ON THE TUESDAY.

Claire Fuller in conversation at Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Claire Fuller in conversation at Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom

Claire Fuller in Conversation

Author Claire Fuller talks to Nicola Cornick about her second novel Swimming Lessons.

Wednesday 21st February, 7.30pm at Hungerford Library.

£6 per person including a glass of wine. To book please call 01488 682660, go online or ask in the library or Hungerford Bookshop.



Essential GDPR – What you need to know @ Calcot Centre
Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Data Protection can seem like a complex area and you may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force on the 25th May 2018, which will affect all organisations, this includes parish/town councils, voluntary and community groups. Which is why CCB is facilitating this session in partnership with Databasix.

GDPR strengthens a number of existing principles and introduces more rights for individuals in the use of their personal data.  This half day training session will introduce the GDPR to delegates, describe the differences between the Data Protection Act 1998 and provide practical steps that need to be taken in order to start implementing GDPR.

What will I learn?

  • Understand the basic principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Know what the key differences are between GDPR and the Data Protection Act
  • Understand how it applies to the personal and sensitive data you collect, use and process.
  • Understand how Data Protection fits with Freedom of Information, Information Sharing and Information Security,
  • Be confident in the steps your organisation needs to take to get ready for GDPR

You will leave the session with some practical tips and tools for managing your GDPR implementation plan.


The course will be delivered by Kelli Peters of Databasix. Kellie spent 14 years working in the NHS and Civil service managing teams processing personal data. During her time with the NHS she has been involved in delivering Information Governance and Data Protection training courses to members of staff, both clinical and non-clinical.  Since setting up Databasix UK in 2013, Kellie has used her experience to develop data protection workshops for SMEs and Charities across the Thames Valley, with the view of providing practical advice and guidance.

Date, Time and Venue

Thursday 22nd February at the Calcot Centre, Highview, Calcot, RG31 4XD. Arrive at 2.15pm for refreshments & networking. The session will commence at 2.30pm and will finish by 5pm.

Booking & Price

CCB and CBAS Members – £35 per person. Non member – £40 per person

To book a place please click on this link:

This training event is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Team.

Newbury Library Book Group – Thursday @ Sainsburys Cafe
Feb 22 @ 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 22nd February 2018, 6.30-7.30pm – Reading ‘I’m not Scared’ by Niccolo Ammaniti)



Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 23 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library

Family History Sessions at Theale Library

Learn to use for your personal research.

No need to book, just drop in. Fridays, 10:45am-12:15pm.




Concert by Dodecantus uk in aid of Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA @ St James' Church
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Concert by Dodecantus uk in aid of Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA @ St James' Church | Avebury | England | United Kingdom

Featuring the music of Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Claude-Michael Schonberg (Les Mis).

The Slimline Shufflers at The Wheatsheaf @ The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm
The Slimline Shufflers at The Wheatsheaf @ The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat

The Slimline Shufflers is a three-piece band playing a New Orleans style of rhythm ‘n’ blues. Eric Arthur, Bristol’s finest exponent of this piano style, provides a virtuosic base and is joined by Henry Slim bringing horn-like amplified harmonica and baritone vocals to the mix. They are accompanied by drummer Jai Widdowson-Jones, whose mastery of the sticks makes dancing hard to resist!

Be there early to get a table – otherwise plenty of standing room.

Pizzas served all night.

Help Prune Marlborough Community Orchard @ Marlborough Common
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

It’s that time of year again when orchard trees need some care to encourage a healthy and fruitful summer season, and the Marlborough Community Orchard (MCO) team is looking for volunteers to help on Saturday mornings soon.

  • Can you help us on SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY?
  • Or, better still, on BOTH those mornings!
  • Please join us if you can, even if only for an hour or so …

Great gardening skills aren’t necessary. All we require are interested and willing pairs of hands. So please come along. We’d love you to bring your family – and invite your friends (young and old) to join us too. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome on Saturday 3rd February when we will be up on The Common.

As always, our party will be led by horticulturist Patricia Rowell, who will teach us and answer questions as we go along. We will prune apple, pear, quince, medlar and mulberry trees; and we will check the health and wellbeing of all MCO fruit trees. We will adjust stakes and tree ties where necessary, weed carefully round the feet of all the trees, and feed and mulch them to give them a good headstart for the year ahead.

If you have them, please bring some gardening tools, such as secateurs, gardening gloves, kneeler, small hand-held fork for weeding and trowel for spreading mulch. A grass rake, long-handled pruners and/or pruning saw could also be useful. MCO will provide fertiliser, mulch and sacks for collecting prunings and weeds.

SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY: Meet and start work at 9.30 on the Diamond Jubilee Plantation, on The Common, just south of the Rugby Club (where there are one each of the 10 rare native Wiltshire varieties of apple that MCO is helping to save from extinction, plus a number of pears, quinces, medlars, plums, damsons and a mulberry). Next we will cross The Common to Roger’s Meadow to tend more mature apple trees, then on to Wye House Gardens to care for a dozen orchard trees planted there.

SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY: Meet at 9.30 to tend the group of 11 espalier apple trees planted along the eastern wall of Waitrose car park. Next, go further west along to High St to care for espaliers and free-standing apple trees in Priory Gardens. Then on to several smaller plantations: St Peter’s Churchyard, where a trio of fruit trees require our attention, St Mary’s Churchyard, Plume of Feathers Gardens and, finally, Reed’s Ground.

Philippa Davenport and the MCO team

Note: We expect to finish about 12.30 on both Saturdays but exact timings will depend on the numbers of helping hands, the state of the trees and the weather, of course. Philippa’s mobile (07963 313822 – not a smartphone) will be switched on all morning so – if you do not join us at 9.30 – you can ring at any time for an update on our progress to help work out where and when to meet up with us.

For further information/ queries, please email:
call us on 01672 512949 or 07963 313822
or find us on Facebook: Marlborough Community Orchard

Free Advice on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia @ Hungerford Library
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free Advice on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia @ Hungerford Library | Hungerford | United Kingdom

Is someone in your family struggling at school or work?

Don’t know how to help or where to get advice?

With 1 in 10 individuals in the UK exhibiting signs of dyslexia, then this might be the reason why they are struggling.

Local Dyslexia Specialist, Jacqui Flisher, runs a free advice session on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Hungerford Library in West Berkshire for anyone will concerns about dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

There will be practical help and advice for:

  • The new changes to SEN
  • Dyslexia in the workplace
  • How to claim Disabled Students’ Allowance whilst studying at university for Dyslexic Students
  • Getting a formal assessment of Dyslexia
  • The 37 Characteristics of Dyslexia
  • Is Dyslexia Inherited?
  • The Dyslexic Thinking/Learning Style
  • What your child’s school should be doing to help
  • Screening for Dyscalculia
  • Visual Stress

No appointment needed, just turn up. If you can’t make the session, then Jacqui can be contacted on 07787 127771 or visit for more information.

Jewellery workshops @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jewellery workshops @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

24 Feb, 24 Mar & 28 April 2018

Trev’s silver jewellery workshops

Create beautiful jewellery in this fun workshop with a professional goldsmith. All materials, tools and guidance will be provided to help you design and make a unique piece of jewellery which you will take away at the end of the session. Booking essential!

Rose bed planting in Victoria Park @ Victoria Park, Newbury
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rose bed planting in Victoria Park @ Victoria Park, Newbury

Newbury Town Council is further enhancing Victoria Park’s floral displays, with the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr David Fenn, leading efforts to plant over 200 new rose plants and over 200 new lavender shrubs. The existing rose beds were first planted around 15 years ago and needed replacing.

On Saturday 24 February, the Mayor will plant the first rose at 10am, after which the Victoria Park Working Group, together with the team behind Newbury in Bloom and the Friends of Victoria Park will begin planting, with members of the public invited to come along, bring a spade and be part of the day.

Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “We are inviting volunteers to the Park from 10am to help with the planting. The design will be marked out, ready for the roses to be planted so we are encouraging anyone to please bring a spade and come and take part in this community event”.

He continued, “We would like to thank our sponsors, Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’, Rivar Sand and Gravel, Volker Highways and Sundog Hire, without whom we would not have been able to complete this project for the Community to enjoy.”

Crochet – the next stitch! @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Crochet - the next stitch! @ The Mix, Wantage

Crochet workshop for improvers, covering:

Using basic stitches to create texture and pattern

Following a written pattern confidently- understanding

abbreviations and terminology

Increasing and decreasing stitch counts

How to Grow your Own Fruit @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
How to Grow your Own Fruit @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Sun 25th Feb, 9.30am – 12.30pm

An overview of fruits that grow well locally, how to care for your fruit plants,

different varieties, propagation, and designing spaces for fruit

– how to grow more fruit than you thought possible in a small space!

£20 per person


Part funded places £10, and fully funded places also available thanks to support from:


Want to come to both fruit workshops today?

£35 for How to grow your own fruit and Fruit tree grafting booked together


For more info or to book contact Jo: / 07768 767787


Edible Thatcham Monthly Gardening Sessions @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Edible Thatcham is looking for volunteers to join our monthly garden sessions (last Sunday of the month) and to grow edibles in a site near you in Thatcham. We currently have an edible garden outside the Town Council office on Brownfields Road and will be creating at least three more sites over the summer.

Tools and gloves are provided but bring your own if you’d prefer.

If you’d like to learn new skills, meet new people and help make Thatcham more clolourful, join us!

Everyone welcome, no experience required.

Edible Thatcham also runs occasional courses on specific topics – email or visit for more information.