Goring Gap News – Monthly Diary – March 2018

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.

Saturday 24 March
    10am-12noon–Streatley Parish LItterpick, starting at the Morrell Room.
    2-4pm GVH–Goring Village Greenfingers Show. Entry free to all.
    7pm Benson Village Hall–Spring concert by Goring and Streatley Concert Band. Tickets £12 (adult), £6 (children) available from Inspiration or from W: www.goringandstreatleyconcertband.co.uk

Sunday 25 March
    3pm St Mary’s Church Ubi Carita - songs from northern countries by Goring Chamber Choir. Tickets £12 and £10 from Inspiration, a choir member, or on the door.
    4pm Goring Free Church–Goring Free Church Drop-In 10th Anniversary Cream Tea and Thanksgiving Service. See P41.
    7.30pm GSC–Quiz Night.

Thursday 29 March
10.30am GVH–Goring Gap U3A meeting. Coffee, followed by a talk by Angela Buckley on Reading Murders.

Friday 30 March
7.30pm for 8pm GVH–Goring Unplugged. Tickets £5. For details see W: goringunplugged.weebly.com

Saturday 31 March
10.30am-12noon CR–Coffee and Cake.

Tuesday 3 April
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club, talk, Namibia, Presenter: Nigel Glover-Wright.

Wednesday 4 April
    9.30am–Streatley CareBus to Toad Hall Garden Centre and Henley Centre.
For bookings T: 0118 930 4837 (selecting option 2) on the day before.
    7.45pm SL–Goring Village Greenfingers. AGM plus talk by speaker Kit Strange (Kew Gardens) on Alpines.

Thursday 5 April
Tickets go on sale for the Gap Festival.

Friday 6 April
    11am-2pm The Goring Grocer–Free tasting of Berkshire Blend, a non-alcoholic spirit alternative, with Rex Carter, the founder and creator.
    GVH–Goring and Streatley Wine Society. Argentina beyond Malbec. 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

Sunday 7 April
11am-4pm Withymead Nature Reserve–Loddon Lilies Open Day.

Monday 9 April
7pm BR–Goring-on-Thames Parish Council, Annual Parish Meeting.

Wednesday 11 April
    7.30pm SL–Cleeve by Goring WI talk, Withymead Nature Reserve.
    7-30pm GSC–Crib Night

Thursday 12 April
11am GCC–Calling all Carers Meeting. Contact Ann Hart: T: 01491 873857

Saturday 14 April
    11am-12.30pm Woodcote Village Hall–Goring and Woodcote Medical Practice Open Meeting. Looking after your Eyesight. See P11.
    11am-3pm–Goring Thames Sailing Club Open Day. Free. See P35.
    11am-4pm Withymead Nature Reserve–Loddon Lilies Open Day.

Monday 16 April
8pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society, A talk by Julie Ann Godson on Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire. For further information contact Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022

Tuesday 17 April
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club, Practical: Digital Maps and AVs and Photo Books plus Getting Started on PTE. Tutor: Steve Rock.

Wednesday 18 April
9.30am–Streatley CareBus to Hilliers Garden Centre, Hermitage, and Sainsbury’s, Newbury.
For bookings T: 0118 930 4837 (selecting option 2) on the day before

Thursday 19 April
    6-8pm Village Café–Pottery Silkscreen Evening. Learn how to Silkscreen on to pottery. £20 includes buffet and prosecco. T: 01491 874264
    10.30am CR–Pick a Flick, Victoria and Abdul. The cost is £3 per event including a light lunch. It is not necessary to book in advance but if you would like a lift to the church please contact Jenny Boyd T: 01491 872109 or Billie Richards T: 01491 873540

Friday 20 April
    10am-12noon Goring Library–Family History help session. To book a session, contact Janet Hurst on T: 01491 871022.
    7.30pm for 8pm GVH–Goring Hall Live, Shooting From The Hip, live DJs. A superfly night of disco, funk, soul and rare grooves. Supporting Help for Heroes. Tickets £10, T: 01491 875758 or M: 07885 251803 W: www.goring.hall.live or at Inspiration.

Sunday 21 April
11am-4pm Withymead Nature Reserve–Loddon Lilies Open Day.

Wednesday 25 April
7.30pm The Care Hub, The Arcade–Goring Gap Business Network. Presentations by the owner, Melanie Meads, and Goring Fire Service, about community involvement. Open to members and guests.

Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 April
7.30pm GVH–The Goring Gap Players present Shakespeare in Hollywood by Ken Ludwig. Tickets £12 from Inspiration or from W: www.goringapplayers.co.uk See P9.

Thursday 26 April
    10.30am GVH–Goring Gap U3A meeting. Coffee, followed by a talk by Tony Lawton on Life Changing experiences as a guide dog owner.Friday 27 April
    3pm CR–Come on Board Scrabble. Players of all abilities welcome. Cost £2.50.

Saturday 28 April
10am-3pm Rectory Garden/GVH–Goring Gap in Bloom Plant Sale and refreshments. See P13.

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AFTERNOON OF TENNIS FUN In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Goring Tennis Club is holding an afternoon of tennis fun from 1-4pm on Sunday 20 May at the club on Sheepcot Recreation Field, Gatehampton Road. There will be a bouncy castle and games on the field, lots of different tennis activities on the courts and afternoon tea in the gazebos. Coach Jon Howey and assistants will be providing some mini tennis for children throughout the afternoon. Adults can pit themselves against the speed gun (your serve is how fast?!), try out new rackets and hit some balls. All ages and abilities are welcome. Entrance to the event is free, no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the afternoon. Further details from Jane Cartledge: M: 07718 267878 E: club.sec@goring-tennis.co.uk

Around 100 musicians from the combined Starter Band and Main Band will perform their annual Spring Concert in Benson Parish Hall on Saturday 24 March. Benson is chosen as it accommodates the combined Bands and there’s still space for an audience of 250, so why not give it a try and support your local band. The programme of music will cater for all tastes and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £12 adults £6 children and available from Inspiration or online at W: www.goringandstreatleyconcertband.co.uk

Advanced notice is given for a visit to Bellême from 5-7 October 2018 when there is a Mushroom Festival. Travel cost is the only expense as you will be placed with a French family. The cost of travel will depend on the number of people travelling, but will be in the region of £100. For more information E: goring.twinning@btinternet.com

Further afield

BERKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY WORKSHOPS, READING The following workshops will be held at The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading. You can pay at the door (subject to availability) or pre-book and find further information at W: www.berksfhs.org.uk and follow the ‘EVENTS’ link. Enquiries to E: events@berksfhs.org.uk
    Wednesday 11 April 2-4pm – Southcote Manor, its history, and its significance during the English Civil War, talk by Mike Cooper. Tickets: £5 (£4 for members) includes tea and cake after the talk.
    Saturday 14 April 2-4pm – Getting started with DNA, a talk by Debbie Kennett. Tickets: £5 (£4 for members) includes tea and cake after the talk.

    Saturday 21 April 11am-1pm – Census Records for Family Historians, a workshop with tutor Tony Roberts, Tickets: £10 (£9 for members) includes tea or coffee. Limited places so prebooking is required.

    Wednesday 25 April 2-4pm – Living through the Civil War,a talk by Catherine Sampson.
Tickets: £5 (£4 for members) includes tea and cake after the talk.

WALLINGFORD FLOWER CLUB On Wednesday 11 April Wallingford Flower Club will host a floral demonstration by Anna Steven at Crowmarsh Village Hall, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh, OX10 8ED. Doors open 7pm for 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome at £5 per person. For further information T: 01491 834303

ASTONS ONLINE COMPUTER DROP-IN Astons Online invites everyone from Goring and Streatley to a free-of-charge drop-in workshop on Tuesday 17 April in Astons Village Hall from 10.00am-12:00noon. Astons Café is open throughout serving coffee, tea and cake. You’ll find a warm welcome at our event where the atmosphere is friendly.
Astons Online aims to encourage everyone to be confident and safe users of the internet and online services. Our volunteer tutors welcome all kinds of computer and user problems which are assessed, analysed and, mostly, solved on the spot. We can also help with formal training courses, many of which are free. At 10.30am there will a 10 minute talk on On-line shopping and banking with ample time for questions.
Please go to W: www.astonsonline.uk for full information about us; contact us on E: theastonsonline@gmail.com or M: 07780 958249

THE WATERMILL THEATRE AT ALDWORTH The Watermill show is returning to Aldworth Village Hall, this time presenting Burke & Hare on Thursday 19 April. In 1828 Edinburgh, Two Williams, William Burke and William Hare, discover a money making scheme far more lucrative than hosting lodgers. The first rule of business? Supply and demand. In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and an inconveniently low number of deaths. The profitable solution? Murder, of course.
As the infamous pair flourish in their new found careers, the more they murder, the less they care but for how long will they get away with it? In a new black comedy that is as hysterical as it is historical, three actors tell the true story of the prolific duo.
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20, to include a light supper during the interval.

GARDENING BOOK LAUNCH On Thursday 26 April at Aldworth Village Hall from 7-8.30pm Clare Hastings will launching her book Gardening notes from a late bloomer. Clare, daughter of the gardening writer Anne Scott-James, has written a book about her garden on the Berkshire Downs. Not just a ‘how to’ book but it is filled with reflections and life notes based on a plot she has been tinkering with for the past 40 years. Clare will be celebrating her book with a short informal reading and a glass of wine. RSVP to E: clare@indytute.com

NEWBURY SPRING FESTIVAL Tickets are now available for the 40th Newbury Spring Festival. From 12 to 26 May concerts by international artists from the worlds of classical music, musical theatre, folk, jazz and cabaret as well as community events will take place at venues in and around Newbury. There is something for everybody to enjoy. For more information go to W: www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk or T: 08455 218218

HENLEY AND DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY April for Henley stamp collectors will be an interesting month as two diverse guest speakers will be visiting us to give their displays.
    11 April A Philatelic Autobiography by Bill Jackson from Oxford Society.
    25 April 1890 Penny Post Jubilee by John Davies from Banbury
Hope to see you at Bix Village Hall at 7.45pm. Visitors and new members are welcome. Further details can be obtained by phoning T: 01491 681739 or on our website: W: www.henleyphilatelic.org.uk

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Cinema at 7.30pm (except where stated)

Adults £8, Under 15s £5 CORN EXCHANGE, WALLINGFORD

Cinema at 7.30pm (except where stated)

Adults £8, Under 15s £

The cinema listings, and an article about the Corn Exchange, Wallingford, are on P37.

See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office or Library or phone the Box Office (T: 01491 825000) for more details. Also on W: www.cornexchange.org.uk
The Box Office is open Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am-12.30pm.
You can now book online. Go to W: www.cornexchange.org.uk for a link. There is a booking fee of 50p per ticket up to a maximum of £2. Online booking now available. 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 T: 01491 872372

To contact a doctor when the surgery is not open, at night and at weekends (i.e. 6.30-8am

Monday to

Friday and throughout the weekend and Bank Holidays) telephone NHS Direct T: 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 T: 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 6.30-10pm.  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-12 noon. T: 01491 873565.
Emergency  T: 01491 872736.

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