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2019
7:30 pm Call Me By Your Name – Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
Call Me By Your Name – Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Call Me By Your Name - Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
A Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, and Written by James IvoryWINNER BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY ACADEMY AWARD. Nominated for Four Oscars. Call Me by Your Name is the[...]
Feb
16
Sat
2019
9:30 am Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall | England | United Kingdom
Aldworth’s community-run Saturday Market is now in Aldworth’s beautiful, newly-built village hall (RG8 9SE).  The hall is off Bell Lane adjoining the recreation/cricket field with a children’s playground next to the hall. The Market runs[...]
10:00 am Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage
Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom
This one-day workshop will cover: taps (changing washers and re-seating), fitting speed-fit and compression connections and pressure testing, cutting pipes and soldering, household isolation valves and an overview of various fittings.
10:15 am Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 16 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for children under 5 years Every Saturday, 10.15-10.45am at Theale Library. For more information, please contact the library: Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35195
10:30 am ‘Love Hue’ Art Club @ Hungerford... @ Hungerford Library
‘Love Hue’ Art Club @ Hungerford... @ Hungerford Library
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
'Love Hue' Art Club @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Love Hue Art Club For 7 years + (children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult) 3rd Saturday of the month. 10.30am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library £2 per person – For more information, please contact[...]
2:30 pm Newbury Library Book Group – Sat... @ Newbury Library
Newbury Library Book Group – Sat... @ Newbury Library
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Newbury Library Book Group – Saturday @ Newbury Library
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: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups Third  or fourth[...]
7:30 pm Simon Watterton Piano Concert @ Challow Park
Simon Watterton Piano Concert @ Challow Park
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Simon Watterton Piano Concert @ Challow Park | East Challow | England | United Kingdom
Upcoming Concerts at the Hall at Challow Park This Saturday, February 16th, 7.30pm Simon Watterton (piano) Here is his full programme: J.S.Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A flat Major from Book 1 of the[...]
7:45 pm Woodlanders Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall
Woodlanders Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall
Feb 16 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Woodlanders Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall | Woodlands Saint Mary | England | United Kingdom
Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Woodlands St Mary Village Hall to enjoy some of the finest live country music artists on the scene.  The events are open to all and[...]
8:00 pm Jacob & Drinkwater @ ACE Space
Jacob & Drinkwater @ ACE Space
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jacob & Drinkwater @ ACE Space | England | United Kingdom
  Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Their 2015 indie release ‘The Burning Low EP’ has garnered airplay[...]
8:00 pm Open Mic in Aldbourne @ Crown Inn
Open Mic in Aldbourne @ Crown Inn
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Mic in Aldbourne @ Crown Inn | Aldbourne | England | United Kingdom
I’m super excited to announce that Open Mic is back at THE CROWN in Aldbourne! We used to have fantastic nights with immense talent when the wonderful Anna Page was hosting them. Come and show[...]

Happy Easter!

More than 80 million chocolate eggs are sold every year in the UK – mostly of course, around Easter.

But why is it now traditional to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by eating chocolate eggs?

There are a couple of theories and, much like Christmas, it looks like various traditions (such as the Easter bunny, hot cross buns Simnel cake, Easter bonnets and watching a James Bond film on ITV) have been incorporated into the main event.

Lent used to be a time when Christians would abstain from eating all animal products and the eggs that were laid at this time but not eaten would be hard-boiled, decorated and saved for Easter.

The eggs are thought to be hollow to represent Jesus’ empty tomb and of course, like the Easter bunny himself, is also an obvious symbol of fertility. Fortunately, at some point in the 19th century, someone in northern Europe came up with the idea of making the eggs out of chocolate.

This popular idea naturally caught on quickly with Cadbury’s making their first eggs in 1842 although their first ones where a far cry from their ubiquitous Crème eggs. They had to be painstakingly pasted into the moulds one at a time.

All of the first Easter eggs were made by hand and it wasn’t until the 1960s that the processes were refined to give the smooth and even flavours we enjoy today, although artisanal eggs seem to be enjoying a renaissance.

Our favourite Easter eggs

Here are some more unusual Easter eggs available this year:

Locally handmade Easter Eggs from Tilly’s Treats Handcrafted Chocolates Large or small, they look AND taste amazing! Each size is in 3 flavours, Scrummy Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Orange or Scrumptious Strawberry.

The yummy small eggs are filled to bursting with gooey salted caramel or flavoured truffle – and the divine large eggs with deliciously hand poured thick shells of your chosen flavoured chocolate have three flavoured truffles hidden inside.

Perfect as a gift, but even better as a treat for yourself! Available at Cook & Butcher in Thatcham or online here.

 

Prestat Gin Truffle Egg  Capturing the zeitgeist of today’s shopper, this Milk Chocolate Egg by Prestat has a lemon milk chocolate shell and is filled with their finest London Gin Truffles.

Also available at Cobbs Farm Shop

 

Buttermilk Another cocktail inspired offering, this is Buttermilk’s Strawberry Bellini Easter Egg – a fruity, fizzy treat with freeze-dried strawberry pieces and a little popping surprise. Inside, you’ll find Buttermilk’s new Strawberry Bellini Fudge – the perfect buttery, crumbly accompaniment to strawberries and a glass of Prosecco.

Available online and at Waitrose stores

 

Chocolarder is one of a handful of bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the country, and their egg is small but perfectly formed.

Made of foraged sea buckthorn from the Cornish coast, combined with honey and enrobed in premium chocolate, it’s packaged without using any plastic whatsoever.

 

Waitrose chocolate Avocado egg We may have hit peak hipster with the launch of this Belgian dark chocolate avocado shaped egg.

This is exclusive to Waitrose and apparently contains absolutely no avocado at all as the shell and stone are made of Belgian chocolate (made with 70% cocoa), with a white chocolate middle.

 

 

 

 

healthy cream eggIf you need to avoid dairy and refined sugar, however do try this Healthy Creme Egg recipe with dark chocolate, cashew and coconut oil from Kay van Beersum Nutrition & Lifestyle

 

Easter Arts & Crafts

Of course, you may not want to indulge in chocolate and would rather sit down to do some Easter crafts with the children.  You could hand-paint some hardboiled eggs (or be brave and try to ‘blow’ some raw eggs), create an Easter egg ‘tree’ or decorate an Easter bonnet.

Or take inspiration from these creative cartoon drawing and painting workshops with Simon Jardine at Armadillo Images in Kingsclere, Hungerford, Compton, Thatcham and Cold Ash priced at £4 per child (recommended for children aged five and over).

 

 

 

Another low calorie option is to enter the Easter Egg Hunt on Newbury Building Society’s website!

Unearth all 5 colourful eggs and complete an entry form to be in for the chance to win a 12 month Merlin attraction family pass suitable for four people.

 

Click here for more activities in the local area this Easter holiday!

 

However you’re celebrating, and whatever you’re doing, have a very Happy Easter!

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