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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

Hilary’s Book Review: Poetry Books by Suzi Cairns

Hilary reviews

Pplease take care of this book – the parable of topsy

please take care of this book too – twelve steps home

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Lambourn and looking out onto a field of lush farmland, lives poet and artist, Suzanne Cairns together with her bouncy, hairy companion, Wellie and a Buddhist cat called Garlic.  On a damp autumnal day I had the pleasure of meeting her to discuss her two creations ‘please take of this book – the parable of topsy’ and ‘please take care of this book too – twelve steps home’.

The story behind them is, in itself an interesting one but I will save that for later.  The first is a jewel of a book, and chronicles, in photographs and poems the beginning, middle and end of a relationship – in the author’s words ‘the rise and demise of a love affair’ .   Now poetry isn’t for everyone and certainly, over the years, I have struggled with some of the more well-known ‘highbrow’ ones.  However Suzi has managed to write poems that are both simple to understand yet intelligent , carefully choosing her words to carry the message easily yet succinctly.  As a person Suzi, in her own words has been called verbose but in her writing she has controlled this, paring down her verse so that each line reaches its target brilliantly.

Don’t be fooled into thinking however that they are dry – humour floats through the ‘beginning’ of the relationship, gently mocking yet understanding the effects of early love.  The reality of the middle stage is playful, honest and SO truthful and, sadly, with the end, we have the poignant, painful  reality of a dying relationship.  They are clever yet unpretentious and their appeal would cross the generations.  Anyone who has loved and lost would relate to each and every poem.

Enter stage right, an old copy of a book, published in 1914, selected from numerous offerings by family and friends in the quest for the perfect tool.    The book, ‘Higher Wharfdale – the Dale of Romance by Edmund Bogg’.   This survivor became the link used within the photos, a reminder that books, amongst many other things can last the test of time if treated with care and kindness.

Please take care of this book crop 500pxSo – what next?  The poems written and the book printed , Suzi wanted her words to be shared.  In her aim to spread the word, she arranged for two rather ‘interesting’ characters to escort this book to Malham Cove in Yorkshire as a mark of respect for Edmund Bogg, where it was gently placed on a granite rock awaiting discovery by a passing walker.  Inside, a message requesting care be taken with the book, to enjoy the contents within and to pass it on and to register their find on social media.

And so begins book two ‘please take care of this book too – twelve steps home’, the stories of how the first little gem of a book moves from hand to hand, from place to place and finally back home again.  Whilst these little stories are fictitious they chronicle how this sensitive little tome is read, rejected, lost and found and ultimately survives.  The stories are written by Suzi’s sister Elizabeth with guidance and criteria issued by Suzi!  They are, like the poems, delightful, sparse and with a lovely use of language.

I hope that I have done these little treasures justice.  They are unique, meaningful, accessible, loveable and funny as well as moving and touching.  Whilst I haven’t touched on the basic underlying theme that, in this ever changing and fast moving world we should take the time to demonstrate kindness and care, it is, in Suzi’s words ‘a moment in history to draw a parallel between the  way we read our fiction these days and the way we treat our relationships’.   The instant soup, instant answers, instant partners, zap it in the microwave type of approach to life is not as deeply satisfying as the take time, care and be kind way.

These little books are a joy to read, a joy to own and a joy to share.  They would make a lovely Christmas gift for all ages.

To get a taster of the contents of the books and to find out more about Suzi, visit her website www.pleasetakecareofthisbook.com

Copies are available from the Lambourn Dentist (by the church) and the Lambourn café and Amazon.

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