Goring Gap News – Monthly Diary – November 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.

Saturday 18-Sunday 19 November
10am-4pm GVH–Craft Fair in aid of Goring Primary School. Entry £1, under 16s free. W: www.goringcraftfair.co.uk

Sunday 19 November
3pm St Thomas‘ Church–Piano recital by Janet Pound in aid of the church expenses. See below

Tuesday 21 November
7-9pm CR–GNP2 local residents‘ Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in. See P17.

Wednesday 22 November
    7-9pm CR–GNP10 local residents‘ Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in. See P17.
    8pm MR–GGP present Can‘t Pay Won‘t Pay Comedy play by Dario Fo. Doorsopen 7.30. Tickets from Inspiration or Jean Betteridge T: 01491 873530.

Friday 24 November
    8pm South Stoke Village Hall–South Stoke History Society meeting. Mike Hurst talk on Goring‘s Wonderful Railway. Members £3, non-members £5 All welcome. You may join on the night.
    8pm GVH–Goring Unplugged £4 on the door. No bar BYO.

Saturday 25 November
    9am-3pm GCC–Whole Community Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in. See P17.
    10-10.30am Westholme Store–Have Your Say with PCSO Mark Bell.
    11am-2pm St Thomas‘ Church and CR–Christmas Fair 2017. If you have toys to donate either bring them along on the 25 November to St Thomas‘ before 11am or call Chris Tassell on T: 01491 873280 to arrange collection.
    3-5pm GCC–GNP6 local residents‘ Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in. See P17.

Tuesday 28 November
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club.Competition 2 - Barry Michael Trophy. Set subjects: ‘Festival‘ and ‘After Dark‘. Judge: Peter Greenway LRPS CPAGB.

Thursday 30 November
10.30am-12noon GVH–Goring Gap U3A meeting. Coffee, followed by a talk on Weird and Wonderful World of Law.

Friday 1 December
    6-10pm BR–Whole Community Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in. See P17.
    5pm onwards–Goring Christmas evening. See below.
    GVH–Goring and Streatley Wine Society Winter Warmers.
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

Saturday 2 December
    10am-12noon CR–GNP3 local residents‘ Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in. See P17.
    10am-3pm GVH–Goring Village Festive Food and Local Produce Fair. Entrance 50p for adults and with accompanied children free. Full details on W: www.goringvillagehall.co.uk See P43.

Sunday 3 December
4pm St Thomas‘ Church–Advent Carol Service. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday 6 December
9.30am–Streatley HandyBus to Dunelm and Sainsbury‘s Calcot.
For bookings T: 01189 304837 (selecting option 2 on the day before each trip.

Friday 8 December
8pm GVH–Goring Jazz Society  Chris Barber‘s Big Band.Tickets £19.50 from Inspiration or Bill T: 01491 875758, M: 07885 251803.

Saturday 9 December
7.30pm MR–A Musical Banquet. A feast of music for viols played by Chelys Consort of Viols. Tickets £12, £10 concession, £6 under 18, available on the door or M: 07949 511619 or E: chelysconsortofviols@gmail.com

Sunday 10 December
    3pm St Thomas‘ Church–Goring Chamber Choir presents A Shining Star. An advent concert of traditional carols and songs from Sweden and Spain. Tickets £12 & £10 from Inspiration, from a choir member or on the door. W: www.goringchamberchoir.org.uk
    7.30pm The Catherine Wheel$#8211; Quiz Night, teams of up to 6 people. £2 per person and the winning team takes all.

Monday 11 December
2.30pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society. A talk by Mike Hurst on Old Time Christmas. Further information Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022. E: goringgaphistory@gmail.com

Tuesday 12 December
7.30pm CR–Goring Gap Photo Club. Christmas Celebrations.

Thursday 14 December
Calling all Carers Meeting. Contact Ann Hart T: 01491 873857.

Friday 15 December
    2.30-3.15pm Library–Christmas stories and rhymes. Tickets available from the Library. See P33.
    8pm GVH–Goring Unplugged. £4 on the door, no bar BYO.

Sunday 17 December
    4pm St Thomas‘ Church–Traditional Christmas Carol Service.
    6.30pm Goring Free Church–Carols by candlelight.

Wednesday 20 December
3-4.30pm–GCC FOGL invite all their members to an afternoon Christmas tea party. See P33.

Thursday 21 December
CR–Pick-a-Flick The Jungle Book (2016)
    For information ring Jenny Boyd T: 01491 10am-4pm GVH– Goring Primary School Craft Fair. See P43.

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Janet Pound piano recital Sunday, 19 November
If you are wondering what you could do on a cold and dreary autumnal Sunday afternoon, then look no further. From 3-4pm on Sunday 19 November, Janet Pound will be giving a piano recital at St Thomas‘ followed by refreshments in the Canterbury Room. Janet has devised a delightful romantic autumnal programme with works by Clementi, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy. There will be no charge for the recital, but donations are welcomed to go towards St Thomas‘ Church expenses.
Elizabeth Parkinson

This comic play by the Nobel prize winning playwright Dario Fo will be performed from Wednesday 22 November to Saturday 25 November in The Morrell Room. Doors open 7.30pm and curtain up at 8pm. Tickets cost £10, and are available from Inspiration or Jean Betteridge T: 01491 873530.

Julie Dandridge, Head of Primary Care, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), says ‘We would like to invite local residents to come and join us at some workshops to discuss in detail with doctors and NHS managers how GP and primary care services in their local area could be organised. We want to know from people, what works well at their GP practice at the moment, as GP services are facing increased demand, recruitment difficulties and budget pressures. So we would like to understand from the public, how services could work better in the future‘. A meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 November at The George Hotel, High Street, Wallingford, OX10 0BS at 6.30pm-8pm.This event will include a short presentation followed by round table discussions. Further information about these events are available online and if you are unable to attend but would like to have your say there is a short online survey available here: W: consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/ consult.ti/LocalityPlansOxon/consultationHome To book your place and get more information E: cscsu.talkinghealth@nhs.net or T: 01865 334638.

Hollywood and Shakespearian magic combine in this fun play. Jennamarie (director) is inviting people to a getting-to-know-the- play presentation on 29 November at 8pm in the Morrell Room and 30 November in the Garden Room. Auditions are on 6 December in the Morrell Room T: 07794 640790 or E: jennamariesmith4@gmail.com See P9.

This takes place on 1 December from 5pm-8pm. The official lights switch on is at 6pm in the Rectory Gardens. Local businesses will be wishing the residents of Goring and Streatley a Merry Christmas in their usual hospitable friendly way. There will be children‘s fair ground rides and lots of lovely food to eat. Bonnie Roberts will sing some Christmas numbers and she will be joined by other local singers. Monies raised will be donated to the Sue Ryder Charity Fund. See P3 and P23.

Goring Village Hall Festive Food and Local Produce Fair takes place on Saturday 2 December 10am-3pm. This annual event provides a perfect opportunity to prepare for the festive season. Three weekends before Christmas is the ideal time to stock up with delicious treats for yourself, family and friends. We have a varied selection of fine food and drink stalls to suit both savoury and sweet tastes. These include tastings from Walters‘ turkeys, Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies, chocolates and fudge, cheeses from Neal‘s Yard, artisan bread, pickles, hampers, gluten free foods and puddings plus fine wines, local gins, beer and cider. Babies and toddlers will also be catered for with a stall offering healthy, artisanal dried blended baby meals and fruit. Refreshments including home-made soup and cakes, will be available in the Bellême Room all day. Entrance is 50p for adults, with accompanied children free. Full details of stallholders are on W: www.goringvillagehall.co.uk


Our annual homage to Europe‘s greatest big band and most famous jazz musician, Mr Chris Barber. At 87 years old and over 60 years a band leader, Chris is truly a legend. He has always been famous for employing the very best musicians and his present band is no exception. It is Goring‘s jazz event of the year.
A few tickets left, all with reserved seating. £19.50 each. Telephone Bill on T: 01491 875758 or M: 07885 251803 or through W: goringhall.live See P7.

On the first day of Advent, Sunday 3rd December at 4pm there will be a special Carol Service at St Thomas‘ Church with readings, hymns and choral pieces to mark the start of this season. The music will include works by Mendelssohn, Stanford and Handel. Everyone is welcome. There is more information on W: www.thomandmary.org.uk

The colleges of Oxford and Cambridge have, in the course of over eight centuries, developed their own way of life, distinct in many respects from that of other universities. Now, you can learn more about many of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, some of which house beautiful sheltered gardens and spectacular libraries. After monastic beginnings, the magnificent architecture by Wren, Hawksmoor and Gibbs was employed in several of the best known colleges and university buildings. Also highlighted in this fascinating course will be the role of church, royalty and women who had influential roles as founders, together with famous alumni who contributed so generously to their alma mater. The history of the colleges‘ beautiful stained glass and gardens will be featured, as will the development of early empirical science and the founding of the world renowned libraries.
This latest WEA course, to be taken by Glenis Kerr Elliott, starts on Tuesday 16 January 2018 and will run for ten weeks (nine lectures plus a walking visit to the Bodleian Library in Oxford but at an extra cost.) The fees are £86 and the classes will begin at 10am for two hours each week at Storton Lodge.
For further details, please contact Alan Winchcomb: T: 01491 872773
E: alan.winchcomb@btinternet.com

Goring Primary School PTA is delighted to host this year‘s Craft Fair taking place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November in Goring Village Hall. The emphasis is on genuine handmade crafts rather than bought-in goods. There will be a wide range of handmade crafts, including: ceramics, stained glass, turned wood, cushions, teddies, paintings, greetings cards, jewellery and other hand-crafted items. There will be also a selection of hot food, cakes and refreshments served each day, plus treats and activities for the children.
Entrance is £1 per person with free entry for accompanied children under 16. Please visit W: www.goringcraftfair.co.uk for details of stall holders.

Further afield

See the woodland walk lit up, and enjoy the changing colours of the trees through the season from 1 December to 6 January starting 11.30am. Enjoy French pastries and coffee in the tea room. Mon-Fri only.

Wallingford Museum would like to ask you to share some of your ‘Treasures with Tales‘ to create a very special exhibition for 2018. They are asking people to offer the loan of an object of any kind that they own that has a special significance, with a tale worth sharing. Objects can include anything, and certainly don‘t need to be intrinsically valuable! It might be a very simple thing,– just so long as it has an interesting story behind it! The Museum volunteers will select some for the exhibition, but will also display a file of details of everything which is sent in. Please email your details to E: admin@wallingfordmuseum.co.uk or post your photo and tale to ‘Treasures‘, Judy Dewey, Wallingford Museum, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB.

Good news for film goers. Wallingford‘s Corn Exchange closed in June for major building works, but the show will still go on – at another venue, in Cholsey.
The Corn Exchange is collaborating with the Cholsey Community Development Trust and throughout the summer will be showing films at The Great Hall in Cholsey Meadows. Equipment currently used for the Corn Exchange‘s smaller ‘second screen‘ showings is being transferred to the ‘outof- town cinema‘ to be known as theCornExchange@TheGreatHall. Screenings at the venue, which is located in the Grade II listed building of the former Fairmile Hospital, will also include weekend matinees and NT Live shows. There is an on-site bar and seat tickets will remain the same as those at the Corn Exchange.
Corn Exchange cinema manager John Warburton said: ‘The Great Hall is a superb location and we appreciate the support of the Cholsey Community Development Trust for offering us this venue. It means that the Corn Exchange can still generate some revenue during our closure and the public don‘t miss out on seeing films altogether. We are also exploring the possibility of showing recorded NT Live shows as Encores just a couple of weeks after the initial broadcasts.‘
Programme details (unavailable at the time of going to press) can be found on the Corn Exchange website, W: www.cornexchange.org.uk where tickets can also be booked. They will also be available on the door before each performance.

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The Corn Exchange in Wallingford was closed on Sunday 11 June so that work on the roof can be carried out. It is hoped that the cinema will be re-opened in late October or early November. In the meantime films will be shown at The Great Hall in Cholsey.

Friday 24 November 7.30pm
THE GRADUATE (12A) All tickets £5.

Tickets can be booked via W: www.cornexchange.org.uk See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office

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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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