Goring Gap News – Monthly Diary – March 2017

This monthly diary reproduced from the Goring Gap News lists the activities of many local clubs and societies, and other events. The Information Office (T: 01491 873565) can always provide more details.

At the end of the pages you will find emergency medical information

The following abbreviations are used:
Bellême Room BR   Canterbury Room CR   Free Church Hall FCH  Goring Community Centre GCC
Goring Social Club GSC   Goring Village Hall GVH  Morrell Room MR   Storton Lodge SL

You will find some events in the diary have links to further details under Forthcoming Events further down the page.

Monday 20 March
2.30pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society. A talk by Julie Ann Godson, The Water Gypsy – how a Thames fisher girl became a viscountess..
For further information contact Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022 E: goringgaphistory@gmail.com

Wednesday 22 March
10.45am & 2.30pm GVH–GADFAS. The Lure of the Midi: Modern Artists of Southern France. A talk by Monica BohmDuchen.

Thursday 23 March
8pm GSC–Roy Bailey Big Band.

Friday 24 March
    3pm-5pm CR–Scrabble Group. Players of all ages and ability are welcome.
    7.30pm GVH–Changing Futures Quiz Night. Tickets £12.50 from Steve Smith on T: 07799 522233 or E: originsteve@hotmail.com

Saturday 25 March
10am CR–Coffee, cake, company and conversation.

Sunday 26 March
8pm GSC–Quiz Night.

Tuesday 28 March
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club. Members Prints, Portfolios & Photo Books. Comments by Chairman, John Wilby.

Wednesday 29 March–Saturday 1 April
7.30pm doors open MR–GGP production at 8pm, Murdered to Death. Tickets T: 01491 873530 or from Inspirations.

Thursday 30 March
7.30pm GSC–AGM. All welcome.

Saturday 1 April
     11am-4pm Goring Thames Sailing Club–Open Day. See P1 and P26.
     6.30pm GSC—Skittles evening.

Wednesday 5 April
     9.30am–Streatley HandyBus to Wantage. For bookings phone T: 0118 930 4837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip
    11am 18 Holmlea Road–Parkinson's Support Network Meeting. See P33.

Thursday 6 April

    10.15am St Thomas'–Palmer Ensemble Baby and Toddler Concert. £7 for adults and free entry for children. Tickets available at the door. More information at W:www.palmerensemble.co.uk
    7pm onwards The Swan at Streatley— The Wandering Kitchen. Street Food and live acoustic music.

Friday 7 April
8pm GVH–Goring & Streatley Wine Society, The Balkans – New Wave wines from Old Vineyards. Entry by advance ticket only. Further information visit our website: W: www.goringandstreatleywinesociety.co.uk or contact Philippa Seymour T: 01491 873805
E: philippa@philippaseymour.com See below.

Sunday 9 April
7.30pm The Catherine Wheel–Quiz night, teams of up to 6 people. £2 per person and the winning team takes all.

Tuesday 11 April
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club. Talk 4: The Grand Circle – National Parks of S/W USA. Presenter: Derek Lello.

Wednesday 12 April
7.30pm SL–Cleeve by Goring W.I. Denman College, Its History and Courses, Speaker: Virginia Lawrence.

Thursday 13 April
11am GCC–Calling all Carers Meeting. Contact Ann Hart T: 01491 873857.

Friday 14 April
9.30pm GSC–Mega Meat Draw.

Sunday 16 April
2-5pm Withymead Nature Reserve— Loddon Lilies Open Day. See P48.

Wednesday 19 April
9.30am–Streatley HandyBus to Hilliers Garden Centre, Hermitage, and Sainsburys, Newbury. For bookings phone T: 0118 930 4837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip.

Thursday 20 April
10.30am CR–Pick-a-Flick, Local Hero. For information ring Jenny Boyd T: 01491 872109 £3 including light lunch.

Friday 21 April
8pm GVH–Goring Jazz Society, T.J. Johnson Rhythm & Blues Band. Tickets £15 from Inspirations or Bill T: 01491 875758. See P11.

Saturday 22 April
    7pm GVH–The Occasional Orchestra. See P11.
    8pm GSC–Roy Bailey Big Band.

Sunday 23 April
2-5pm Withymead Nature Reserve– Loddon Lilies Open Day. See P48.

Monday 24 April
8pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society. A talk by Brian Stovold, The Wilts & Berks Canal - relic and asset. For further information contact Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022 E: goringgaphistory@gmail.com

Thursday 27 April
7.30-9.30pm The Chocolate Café–Goring Gap Business Network Spring Meeting. See below.

Saturday 29 April
10am-4pm Rectory Gardens and GVH–Goring Gap in Bloom Plant Sale and refreshments. See below.

Thursday 4 May
12noon for 12.30pm–Goring & Streatley Golf Club–West Berks NSPCC Luncheon Club Presenter, James Lakeland, Fashion and you. See below.

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On Saturday 25 March, Village Greenfingers' Spring Show will be held in Goring Village Hall from 2-4pm for visitors. There will be daffodils, hellebores and many other plants and produce. The cookery display is always impressive. You will also find home-made cakes, teas, tombola and a well stocked plant stall. Schedules for the show will be available from Inspirations in the Arcade in Goring and at Westholme Store ('Jack's'). Everyone is welcome.

Goring’s Village Greenfingers are running a coach trip to Wisley on Wednesday 26 April and have some spare seats available. The cost is £12 for non-members and includes entry to Wisley. The coach will be leaving Storton Lodge at 9.15am and picking up shortly after at the Village Hall. If you’re interested in going please ring the organisers Derek and Christie Leary on T: 01491 873990.

The GGBN-s next Business Networking meeting is very excitingly taking place in the new Goring Chocolate Café, 9 The Arcade and will be generously hosted by Vivienne Lee on 27 April, 7.30-9.30pm: Delicious light refreshments will kindly be provided.
This meeting is open to members and their guests on application. Please RSVP to Dawn and Richard Roberts by 21 April: E: bonnie@positiveconsultancy.net or T: 01491 872184; M: 07957 571620. Membership details available from: Geoff Brown: T: 01491 872007 or E: oxford@dor2dor.com

Plant sale on Saturday 29 April from 10am-4pm on the Rectory Gardens/Village Hall forecourt, in aid of Goring Gap in Bloom plus refreshments in the Bellême and Garden Rooms in aid of GVH Improvement Fund.

We are pleased to announce our programme of concerts in our 2017 season. The first concert will be on Wednesday 3 May at 1pm in St Thomas' Church, a harp recital by Oliver Wass, featuring music by Britten, JS Bach, Mussorgsky, Ravel and de Falla.
Tickets are £10 in advance (available from the Secretary on T: 01491 873341 or by email at E: nigelfountain@tiscali.co.uk or from Inspirations or £12 at the door.

Our sixth lunch of the season is on Thursday 4 May at Goring & Streatley Golf Club, 12noon for 12.30pm. We are delighted that British designer, James Lakeland, will be presenting our Summer Fashion Event, Fashion and You. We hold seven meetings a year with a guest speaker.
New members always welcome. For more information call Sara Richard T: 01491 872296 E: sararichard5@btinternet.com

Further afield

This will start at the Tickers Folly Field Park, Blewbury, and end at our Tea Room, across the road at Savages Garden Centre. The walk should be a lovely social event, a chance to meet other dog walkers and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Additionally the walk ends with a bacon bap (vegetarian option available) and hot drink at our Tea Room which is included in the price of the event, £10. For more information contact T: 01491 838760 E: infor@styleacre.org

Wednesday 12 April. Doors open 7pm for 7.45pm at Crowmarsh Village Hall, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh. A Floral Demonstration Natures Spring Palette by Coral Gardiner (NAFAS National Demonstrator). Tickets available £5 each. For tickets and information T: 01491 834303. All welcome.

Please support Berkshire’s new Alexander Devine Children's Hospice by buying handmade children’s and adults' clothes and gifts from the Hospice stalls on Saturday 8 April, 9.30am12noon, at Aldworth’s weekly, family friendly, Saturday Market in Aldworth Village Hall– foods, flowers, refreshments and more! Details: T: 01635 578090.

The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury to offer families the ultimate weekend with their ever-popular Easter Egg Hunts. This year, the Cadbury Egg Hunt takes place on 14-17 April There are fourteen Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts to choose from across the region. To discover a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at a National Trust property near you, visit: W: www.cadbury.co.uk/easter

Wallingford Castle – the Inside Story presents a closer look at different parts of the Castle as revealed in the new documentary research. It explores how Wallingford and its local area were linked to the castle through provision of many essential goods, services, animals and food. Details include what has been suggested about the layout and uses of the castle buildings and their architectural details - as interpreted in the striking new ‘artist’s impression’ by June Strong. It also considers where the building materials came from, how they were carried and who was employed.
Pettits: past to present exhibition gives a history of Wallingford-s department store, and the family who have run it from its beginning in 1856 to the present day.
Ways to Wallingford describes how Wallingford has been an important crossing point on the Thames since Saxon times. This exhibition looks at the development of transport to and from the town over the ages, considering the impact of roads, the river Thames, r ailways and aviation.
In addition to looking at how the routes evolved and improved it covers the many uses of transport, including the importance of RAF Benson which was established just before the Second World War.
Further details at W: www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk

The Newbury Spring Festival returns for its 39th year from 6-20 May this year with world-class concerts featuring artists from classical music, folk, jazz and cabaret. The opening night is a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with conductor David Parry. The Festival also looks forward to welcoming trumpeter Alison Balson, Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Voces8, Stephen Hough, Dutch Swing College Band and Black Dyke Band.
With over 45 concerts and performances in a dozen venues, this fortnight in May brings something for everyone. For more information go to W: www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk T: 0845 5218 218

Do come and join us on the Annual Charity Walk for Changing Futures which raises money to support education for children in Swaziland. We aim to walk 10km through interesting local countryside, and finish with a simple lunch. The cost is £15 per person. This year's walk will be on Sunday 30 April starting at 10am. Look out for more details in the next edition of GGN, or contact Vicki Hamilton on T: 01491 680621 or email E: vhamilton@doctors.org.uk

March to April, Soak in the sights of spring, from daffodils to bluebells to buttercups, enjoy seeing the parkland bursting with life, especially across the mansion lawn. Friday 14 April – Monday 17 April 10am-5pm, Cadbury Egg Hunt. Hunt for clues around the estate to win a Cadbury's chocolate prize. £3 per trail. Daily Den-building in the parkland. For information: W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park

Volunteers are busy preparing three new exhibitions for Wallingford Museum's seasonal opening from 1 March. Pettits: past to present exhibition will give a history of Wallingford's department store, and a little about the family who ran it from its beginning in 1856 to the present day. The newly renovated department store will be re-opening during 2017. Wallingford Castle - the Inside Story presents a closer look at different parts of the castle based on recent research - featuring details of June Strong's new artist's impression of the castle and exploring how the town and castle were linked by many essential services. Ways to Wallingford describes how Wallingford has been an important crossing point on the Thames since the Saxon times and the exhibition will look at transport and trade to and from Wallingford over the ages and consider roads, the river Thames, railways and aviation. In addition to looking at how the routes have developed with fords, ferries and bridges the Museum displays will cover the many uses of the river and also the importance of RAF Benson from its establishment just before WW II up to the present day. Your £5 entry ticket is valid for a year. The Museum is open from 1 March. Accompanied children under 16 are free. Look out for special events this year including Town and Castle history walks (8 April), A Night at the Museum (19 May and 28 Oct), Family Archaeology Day (22 July), BunkFest offers, and the Agatha Christie Weekend (8 -10 Sept). You can also join an increasingly popular Guided Historic Town Walk on any Saturday morning from Easter until the end of September, starting from the Town Hall at 11am. Walks last 1-2 hours and cost £5 per head, money which will be donated to support Wallingford Museum. These are general walks covering the rich history of our town, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders. If you'd like to organise a Town Walk like this for your group / society / school at a different time, then please contact Philip Burton on T: 01491 836200 or E: pburton6@talktalk.net Full details at W: www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk


Alpha is coming here!
You may have heard about the Alpha course in the national press and this winter the churches of Goring and Streatley with South Stoke are joining in with running a course, starting in late January. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith and what it says about the meaning of life, running over 11 weeks. Each session includes a talk and videos, looking at different questions around faith, followed by group small discussions at which no questions are off limits and much lively discussion takes place. Previous participants have said:
    ‘Each week I would arrive with a million questions, but gradually more than that, I arrived with a sense of hope.'
    ‘Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, and can say what you think, and challenge everything.'
    ‘This is the first opportunity I'd had to talk about faith without being judged.'
Alpha is run all around the globe and is free, and everyone is welcome, whether of some faith or none at all. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, prisons, homes and bars. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. The course will begin on Thursday 26 January 2017 in the Canterbury Room at St Thomas' Church at 7.30pm. It will start with a meal, so you don't need to eat first and could come straight from work. After this there will be the talk/video, followed by discussions, finishing at about 9.30pm.
This year there is an advertising campaign, featuring the world-renowned TV adventurer, Bear Grylls and his greatest adventure - finding a simple faith in God through Alpha. Our aim is for people to be impacted by Bear's story and be persuaded to try Alpha themselves. He says that the first step is the hardest. His challenge is to #TryAlpha.
For further information, E: stevejohn18@hotmail.com or visit W:alpha.org
Judith Hogg, Licensed Lay Minister


Update on Changing Futures
Changing Futures is a Goring-based charity that supports children in Swaziland. We started in September 2008 with a focus on education as a way of helping children out of poverty. Whilst the government now does pay the school fees of primary school children, there is no financial support for secondary education and 50% of children leave school at 11.
During the last 8 years we have managed to raise £170,000. We have used this money to support a variety of educational projects, including paying for children to go through school, building pre-schools and classrooms and providing school furniture and school equipment. The children in Swaziland remain in desperate need of support. HIV rates remain the highest in the world with approximately 25% of the population infected. 70,000 children are orphaned and life expectancy is only 53 years.

New projects
Changing Futures has a number of new projects being planned, including vocational training for 20 orphaned teenagers, refresher courses for over 200 pre-school teachers and the building of new classrooms and a library at a primary school in a very poor area where 60% of the children are defined as orphaned or vulnerable.

Raising money
We have three fundraising events next year:
    Friday 24 March - Changing Futures Quiz Night in Goring Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 and will include a light supper. There will be a licensed bar. This is our 7th quiz and it always sells out so if you do want to enter a team (6-8 people per team) please let us know as soon as possible.
    Sunday 30 April - Charity 10K walk. More details will be available in due course but in the meantime please hold the date.
For tickets for any of the events event please contact Steve Smith on M: 07799 522233
E: originsteve@hotmail.com
Steve Smith on behalf of the Trustees of Changing Futures

The Times
Libraries have traditionally offered users a daily paper to read, but due to cuts, Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have withdrawn the service. The Times you now read in our library is funded by FOGL, with free delivery thanks to Jack at Westholme Stores.
We support our Library Manager and volunteers in a variety of important ways, particularly in being responsible, under the ‘partnership agreement’ with OCC, for ensuring sufficient volunteers are in place. For you the users, we provide our Library Manager with funds to purchase a large number of new books each year, and this is now invaluable as OCC are providing less money for new titles.
Our support is going to be increasingly important as local authorities face ever more financial problems. We are, of course, grateful that OCC, with the help of volunteers, has currently been able to keep all its libraries open, unlike many other authorities.
If you value the Library and all the services it provides, please get a form next time you visit and for a small subscription (minimum £5) join us. If you have been a member, but have not renewed for the current year 1 April 2016 to 21 April 2017 please do!
Michael Anderson, Chair FOGL

Curious Sounds in full swing 10 September saw a rather unusual event in our Village Hall. Goring Unplugged, which has always taken place on Friday evenings since April 2003, held its celebration of all things acoustic on a Saturday, and instead of the usual ten acts each doing three numbers, three acts were encouraged to stretch out and perform for over half an hour. The experiment was rolled out with some trepidation, but was actually a great success. People did come out on aSaturday.
They were rewarded by a sparkling night of music. The show was compered by Howard Timberlake, one of the founders of Unplugged who came up from ‘The Smoke' for this special occasion.
Wallingford's Band Of Hope kicked off the proceedings with fiddle, bass, guitar and cool harmonies in a set which included a wry tribute to the workers buried during the demolition of Didcot Power Station.
They were followed by JD, Séb, Fritz and Marc of Curious Sounds, a steampunk Weimar cabaret mashup with souzaphone, accordion, fiddle and cajón topped by passionately declaimed vocals. The audience went weak at the knees but fortunately had the half time interval to recover their composure.
The second half saw a diverse and lively set from Heather Jayne And The Red Shoes. Chord Maestro Tim Coulson and ‘Doctor Bass' Leigh Williams wove a dazzling accompaniment for the multi-faceted and ultra-talented chanteuse, saxophonist, clarinetist and kazoo-wizard Heather Jayne in a set that ranged from Led Zeppelin to Walt Disney.
Whilst audience numbers at Unplugged remain bouyant and the wellspring of upcoming and returning performers remains bountiful, the support staff for the event need some replenishment. Many of the original team have moved on after over a decade ‘before the mast' and the core Unplugged team are looking for people who might help with venue setup and technical stuff like lighting and website maintenance. If you think you might be able to help with this and keep this fabulous show on the road, have a word with Chris Hawes at the next Unplugged on Friday 25 November. Beware This Boy, Tom Morton Taylor, Finistere, Nicola Witten and Tandara Mandara are already confirmed to perform!
And be sure not to miss the Christmas extravaganza on Friday 16 December where there will be mulled wine, mince pies, twinkling lights and Bearwood, Rushkeeper, The BBC 3, Not Souled Out, and Alan Pettifer to delight the cognoscenti.
Mark Baker

The residents will have the opportunity to view the Neighbourhood Plan findings at an exhibition in the Village Hall on 10 December between 10am-4pm.
The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) has now moved into the critical phases of site selection and plan production. We have devised an equitable selection process, and by the time you read this article, we will have made a provisional selection of sites, had meetings with the developers and land owners, and be well underway in producing the raft of documents that together will form the Neighbourhood Plan submission. We would therefore like to give everyone a more comprehensive update on what has taken place and what will be happening over the coming months. Over the summer it may have appeared that not very much was happening on the Neighbourhood Plan. In fact, there has been a huge amount of work and commitment by the volunteers who make up the Neighbourhood Plan task group, all focused on producing an evidence based plan which reflects the views of the village while complying with international, national and local policies and legal requirements.

Viewing the plan
The village will have the opportunity to view the Plan findings at an exhibition in the Village Hall on 10 December between 10am-4pm. This has been organised by the NP Steering Group as a precursor to the formal village consultation, which will start when the draft Plan is complete and approved by the Parish Council. We would encourage all villagers to attend.
There have been two key threads to the hectic summer, both of which are explained more fully below:
   First: Planning issues:
    Understanding and challenging the demands from SODC for more dwellings
    Responding to concerns from the village arising from proposals being promoted by a number of developers
    Understanding the implications for the NP of a number of planning and appeal decisions in both Goring and the wider SODC..
    Second: Defining an appropriate methodology for undertaking the site selection
    A Site Selection Management Group (SSMG) has been formed to manage and undertake the site selection process
    A Site Selection Overview Group has been appointed by the Parish Council to ensure that site selection is managed independently of any personal preference and in the best interests of Goring as a whole.
We have been working hard to determine the appropriate Plan structure and content, and to get responses from numerous statutory authorities to ensure that their requirements and recommendations are fully taken into account.
   Over the past few months: SODC has issued its Local Plan 2032 - Preferred Options Consultation, asking for significantly larger numbers of dwellings to be built in large villages such as Goring. We have liaised at the highest level within SODC to express our views and concerns, highlighting the position of Goring in the AONB and the consequential limitation on its development capacity.
   A number of developers have publicised their proposals to the village, promoting their vision for the sites they have put forward. Please note, as described below, the Neighbourhood Plan has not discussed site specific proposals with the developers and they do not currently form part of the site selection process. There have been a number of planning applications and planning application appeal decisions which may have had an impact on the outcomes for the Neighbourhood Plan. We have carefully reviewed these and liaised with SODC and our own Parish Council to determine the applicability and impact on the Goring Neighbourhood Plan.
   We have commissioned a major independent Landscape Capacity and Visual Impact Study by Bramhill consultancy of all 15 sites and the recommendations of this form the measure of compliance with the objective to minimise the impact on the AONB. This important report can be viewed in the Library and via the green link labelled Landscape Capacity Study at W:www.goringplan.co.uk/implementation At the same time, we have been working hard to put together the framework within which provisional site selection has been made. This framework contains three types of objectives and policies, taking into account the regulatory requirements and the views of the village. The Plan will have three types of Objectives and Policies:
   Site Selection Objectives, Criteria and Measures - which reflect both regulatory requirements and village priorities for site selection (eg protection of the AONB).
   Plan Objectives and Policies - objectives which reflect both regulatory requirements and those village priorities that go beyond site selection and are important to Goring as a whole (eg recreation facilities).
   Site Specific Objectives and Policies - objectives which reflect both regulatory requirements and those village priorities that are appropriate at a site specific level (eg car parking).
   Goring Design Guide - a Goring Neighbourhood Plan design guide has been written which identifies the design priorities for development sites, aligning these where possible with village priorities (eg green policies).

It is important to note that:

   Great care has been taken to ensure that the views of the village have been taken into account to the maximum possible extent. As the Site Selection Objectives, Criteria and Measures were developed they were continually cross referenced with and checked against the outcomes from the village consultations and surveys that have taken place. This process will continue as the Plan objectives, the Site Specific objectives and the Design guide are developed and refined.
   The first step towards site selection has been, using the Site Selection Objectives, to provisionally assess all of the available sites to determine if they are, or can be, suitable and acceptable for development.
   At this stage, the site assessment process has not, and will not, take into account any site specific development proposals.
   This approach has been adopted for pragmatic reasons; there is little point discussing what could be built on a site and how it might look if the site itself is inherently unsuitable for development. Development proposals will thus only be considered for sites which are suitable for development, in either the proposed form, or if suitable, in a mitigated form (eg screening, different site boundaries, flood evaluation and protection, tree preservation, etc).
All of the documents mentioned above can be found via the ‘Implementation' page W:www.goringplan.co.uk/implementation which has undergone some fairly extensive changes since our last Goring Gap News report, to reflect the fact that the major consultation phase of the Plan has now been largely completed, and we have moved into Implementation.
Your interest and ongoing support for the Plan has been vital in ensuring that all of the volunteers have maintained their focus and commitment to produce a democratically driven, first rate and professional Neighbourhood Plan for Goring. Development of the Plan will culminate in a referendum where the people of Goring will have an opportunity to vote on whether to accept the Neighbourhood Plan. We anticipate this will take place in early summer 2017. We are working hard to comply with SODC's request that our Plan becomes part of the South Oxfordshire's evolving Local Plan 2032 for the District as quickly as possible.
Please remember and come to the exhibition on 10 December.

NEW FACES AT WITHYMEAD NATURE RESERVE Many readers will be aware that Dot Reich and Keith Tomey, wardens at Withymead until May of this year, have moved to Cumbria and we wish them well in their new venture.
New wardens In August, following a recruitment process which attracted a lot of interest from some very talented applicants, the Trustees had a tough decision to make. From a final shortlist of three, Sue Morris and Roger Wyatt were selected as the new wardens. Sue and Roger live locally and have had a close connection with Withymead for many years.
Roger has a lifelong interest in wildlife, and particularly in ornithology. He is an accomplished wildlife photographer and is involved with the RSPB in the protection of rare breeding birds. Sue also has a keen interest in wildlife and a wealth of experience in wetland and reed fen ecology and enjoys photographing insects.
Both have had careers in the environmental sector and have travelled widely pursuing their interest. They were delighted to be offered the post and told the GGN, 'We are very excited to be appointed as Wardens at Withymead Nature Reserve. We are looking forward to working with the Trustees, Green Gym and the many volunteers, to maintain the Reserve as a very special and unique wildlife site.'
Future events
Events and courses are being scheduled for the winter months, and with Roger's experience in wildlife photography and Bernard Novell's technical expertise, Withymead is running a photography day on Saturday 8 October from 10am-3pm. The cost is just £20 with places limited.
For more information E: info@withymead.org or take a look at the website W:www.withymead.org

The dust has now just about settled on the 2016 Gap Festival which on all counts can be judged a huge success, even achieving a small surplus with which to kick-start the next Gap Festival planned for 2018. Each Festival offers new lessons and much has been added to the pool of experience. With this in mind, the Trustees would value feedback and suggestions that help build on this year's event.
Trustees are considering in broad outline that the next Gap Festival should also be based on a marquee on the Gardiner Recreation Ground with events over a long weekend, three or four days, in June or possibly September, 2018. They would aim again for a varied programme of both professional and amateur performances, workshops and lectures covering music, literature and the performing arts to involve local schools, clubs and societies and bring together the communities of Goring and Streatley and surrounding areas. Fringe events would also be encouraged and could overlap the main Festival.
The Gap Festival benefits from a wealth of voluntary effort - about 200 people played some part in the running of the 2016 event. To best harness this resource and to further improve on the high standard that the past two Festivals have achieved, Trustees would particularly welcome the help and advice of people who have experience of festivals or who would be interested in a coordination/production role or the role of Artistic Director.
Open meeting in the Bellême Room at 7.30pm on Monday 3 October
An open meeting is planned to review the 2016 Festival and to look ahead to 2018. All are welcome. The following Trustees are also happy to be contacted directly by someone who might be interested in the coordination or the Artistic Director roles:- Paul Bradstock T: 01491 873201, Colin Reeves T: 01491 872166, Ron Bridle T: 01491 875283, Simon Carter T: 01491 874397.

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Cinema at 7.30pm (except where stated)

Adults £7, Under 15s £5 CORN EXCHANGE, WALLINGFORD Cinema 7.30pm (except where stated) Adults £7 – Under 15s £5

Fri 24 Mar

Sun 2 Apr-Mon 3 Apr

Wed 5 Apr

Sun 9 Apr-Mon 10 Apr

Tue 11 Apr 20th

Wed 12 Apr FENCES

Sat 15 Apr 10.30am and 2.30pm
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (U) See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office

See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office or Library or phone the Box Office (T: 01491 825000) for more details. Also on www.cornexchange.org.uk
The Box Office is open Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am-12.30pm.
You can now book online. Go to www.cornexchange.org.uk for a link. There is a booking fee of 50p per ticket up to a maximum of £2.

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Doctor–to contact a doctor between 8am and 6.30pm ring To contact a doctor when the surgery is not open, at night and at weekends (i.e. 6.308am

Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend and Bank Holidays)
telephone NHS Direct 111. This number will also be available on the surgery answerphone. If necessary you may be asked to attend Abingdon Hospital or Townlands Hospital in Henley.

Nearest Casualty Department - RBH, Reading 0118 322 7020.

NHS Direct is available for advice (e.g. on minor ailments, coughs, etc) 24 hours a day, on 111.

First Aid Unit Wallingford Hospital.

Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.30pm. T: 01491 208513

Your local pharmacy can also offer you a range of services, including advice and medicines to relieve symptoms of minor ailments.

Emergency Dentist - Weekdays 6.3010pm. Weekends & Bank Holidays 9am-9pm. Contact T: 0845 345 8995

British Red Cross Medical Loan - for short term loan of Wheelchairs etc. - Mon-Sat 10am to 12 noon.& T: 01491 873565.
Emergency&  T: 01491 872736.

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