Extras – August 2017


Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – September 2017

Sat 16 Sep, 8pm
The Haymarket
Andy Parsons
Known for his distinctive rhythm and political putdowns, this promises to be a riotous evening of top-drawer stand-up.
TICKETS: £17
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE
Suitable for ages 14 and over

Thu 21 Sep, 7.45pm
The Anvil
The BIG Chris Barber Band
Celebrating the Centenary of Jazz
Hear songs from the Jazz Age along with Chris’ favourites like Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, Ice Cream, When the Saints Go Marching In and many more.
TICKETS:  £23
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE

Thu 21 Sep, 8pm
The Forge
Jack Lukeman
A multi-platinum selling, award-winning singer and songwriter in his native Ireland, Jack is gaining recognition internationally after a spellbinding performance at New York’s Lincoln Centre.
TICKETS: £14
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE

Fri 22 Sep, 7.45pm
The Anvil
An Audience with Martin Kemp
Bass guitarist with Spandau Ballet, and award-winning actor in EastEnders, Martin Kemp shares his star-studded tales about his career with a guest host, followed by a Q&A session.
TICKETS: £24 (Post-show meet and greet £50, includes ticket price)
TICKET PRICES INCLUDE£2 BOOKING FEE

Fri 22 Sep, 8pm
The Forge
Maz O’Connor
BBC Folk Award-winner Maz O’Connor is a precise and considered lyricist. She will perform songs from her new album The Longing Kind exploring the tensions and conflicts of a young woman living in London.
TICKETS: £15; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13
TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE

Sat 23 Sep, 7pm
The Forge
Exit 6 Film Festival
Celebrating exciting and original films, and featuring the Top 6 short films of the festival.
TICKETS: £14
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE

Sun 24 Sep, 5pm
The Anvil
An Evening with Pam Ayres
Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years with her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein.
TICKETS: £23.50
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE

Wed 27 to Sat 30 Sep 7.30pm
Thu & Sat 2pm
The Haymarket
Body Double
by Mark Carey
Join Talking Scarlet for another edge-of-your-seat thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.
TICKETS: Wed-Thu £22, Fri-Sat £24, 2pm performance £19; Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13
TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE

Thu 28 Sep, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Killer Queen
With expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band, Killer Queen has rightfully earned the status of Queen tribute royalty. 
TICKETS: £23
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE

Thu 28 Sep, 8pm
The Forge
Michael McDermott and Heather Horton
Also known as The Westies, this husband and wife team have been stirring up a storm in their native Canada.
TICKETS: £14; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £12
TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE


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Bluebird Care wins award for being innovative

A care provider in Hart, Basingstoke & Deane has won an award for being innovative.

Bluebird Care, based in Hook, scooped the Franchise Award for Innovation in the workingmums.co.uk Top Franchise Awards recently.

The award acknowledges those who have continued to evolve and develop.

Bluebird Care Hook Managing Director, Phil Miles, said: “We are continually investing in innovation and technology to support our customers, staff and the development of the Bluebird Care businesses.

The PASSsystem was developed to improve the care planning and notes system and offers real time information to the local care team providing care, and to authorised family members, carers and friends.

This improves the quality of care our business can provide, by fully addressing and reacting to the needs of our customers as they happen.”

Bluebird Care was up against Diddi Dance dance group, Creation Station arts and crafts class, Tatty Bumpkin yoga and Bright & Beautiful housekeeping.

Bluebird Care is a provider of care in the home. They specialise in working with customers who suffer from dementia, physical and learning disabilities, and work alongside their families, social services and clinical commissioning groups to ensure each person receives the care they need.

Bluebird Care offers a unique service of tailored care visits which range from anything from short care visits to full live-in support. As well as personal care they also help with meal preparation, welfare checks, shopping, social trips, visits to the hospital and provide extra support for post-discharge customers.


Bluebird Care wins top industry accolade

Bluebird Care Hook, part of the UK’s leading home and live in care network that provides personal homecare across Hart, Basingstoke & Deane, have won the country’s top accolade in franchising.

Following a rigorous judging process Bluebird Care were awarded Gold at this year’s bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards.

The awards, held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham, played host to 32 finalists across 11 categories.

To win the Franchisor of the Year award, Fiona Williams, director of operations for Bluebird Care, demonstrated to a panel of judges the company’s excellent support to employees, strong company culture, leadership in innovation and commitment to franchising ethics.

In the last year Bluebird Care have developed new technologies within the care sector and created a number of new initiatives, raised awareness of industry related issues and ensure that franchisees and their care teams are recognised for their dedication, hard work and commitment through their Franchise of the Year Awards and Bluebird Care Awards respectively.

Phil Miles, Managing Director of Bluebird Care Hook, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have received this recognition from the franchise industry. 

Here in Hart, Basingstoke & Deane we work exceptionally hard to ensure we deliver an excellent service that both our customers and staff can be proud of. Making sure everyone feels valued and supported is one of our top priorities.

There is a huge amount of collaborative effort that goes into delivering in excess of 21,000 home care visits each day and we feel very honoured that the Bluebird Care business has been recognised in this way.”

Pip Wilkins QFP, Chief Executive at the bfa, said:

“Bluebird Care’s achievement is truly inspiring and as judges, we couldn’t help but notice the team’s hard work and overall excellence in growing their franchise. We are excited to see how the business shapes itself in the near future.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, added:

“All finalists were exceptional and therefore selecting the winners was a difficult decision. I was genuinely impressed by Bluebird Care and wish the team further success as they grow their business.”

In addition to the Franchisor of the Year category, Bluebird Care were also finalists in the Young Franchisee of the Year category.

For more details about Bluebird Care in Hart, Basingstoke & Deane, call 01256 762324, email hook@bluebirdcare.co.uk, or visit their website at www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/hook


Bluebird Care Kim helps over 100 local people find work

A provider of award-winning quality home and live-in care is celebrating this week after helping more than 100 people from the local area find work.

Kim Teagle, Recruitment Manager at Bluebird Care Hook, has spearheaded the organisation’s efforts to appoint people from a range of backgrounds to the roles of care assistant, care supervisor, care coordinator and care champion.

Kim said: “With a growing positive profile across Hart, Basingstoke & Deane, we find lots of people coming to us looking for work.

It’s been a real privilege to recruit over 100 people, providing them with jobs they enjoy and value.

Working in the care industry is extremely rewarding. Knowing you’re making a huge difference to someone’s life by caring for them in their own home, and helping them retain their independence, is very fulfilling.”

Bluebird Care is a national provider of care in the home, specialising in working with customers who live with dementia, physical disabilities and many other acute and chronic conditions. Bluebird Care work alongside their customers’ families, social services and the NHS to ensure each person receives the care they need.

Bluebird Care offers a unique service of tailored care visits which range from anything from 30 minutes to full live-in support. As well as personal care they also help with meal preparation, welfare checks, shopping, social trips, visits to the hospital and provide extra support for post-discharge customers.

Due to a successful recruitment campaign over the past 12 months, the homecare provider has been able to ensure that staff are employed from many backgrounds.

Kim added: “We’ve helped school mums, retired women, college leavers and those looking for part-time work, all find a job they enjoy with us. Our aim is to ensure that applicants can use their existing skills, develop new talents and broaden their interests in the workplace.

Our staff team are excellent, and thanks to their commitment, we’re able to continue delivering a high quality homecare service for those who need support in their own homes across Hart, Basingstoke & Deane.

We’re always looking for new recruits. If you’re looking for a career change then get in touch.”

For more information about recruitment opportunities at Bluebird Care contact Kim by calling 07792 784354, emailing kimteagle@bluebirdcare.co.uk, or by visiting their website at www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/hook


Pim’s garden party raising money for St Mary’s

The Friends Of St Mary’s summer event was held at “Kingfishers”, 71 The Street, Old Basing by kind permission of Sven and Trixi Godeson – a repeat of the very successful day held three years ago.

 


RCS Summer Playschemes


 

August events at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Disability Signpost Service
Tuesday 1 August / 10am – 12noon
Drop-in for information on topics including transport, benefits, housing and more.

Basingstoke Disability Connections
Tuesday 1 August / 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Informal get-together for people affected by disability.

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 2 August / 4pm – 5pm / FREE
A fun creative writing club for 8-13 olds

Charlie’s Storytelling Parties
Thursday 3 August / 10am & 11.15am / £3.75 (Adults free) / Ages 3+
Join children’s entertainer and actress Charlie Sanderson for 45 minutes of storytelling, singing and other surprises!

Hearing Impaired Reading Group
Friday 4 August / 2pm – 4pm / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest

Memory Box Project
Friday 4 August / 10.30am – 12.30pm
The memory box project is an exciting reminiscence project open to all. Drop in and share some stories around the interesting objects on display.

Summer Reading Challenge Craft
Friday 4 August / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+      

Cycling with Confidence
Saturday 5 August / 10.30am / £3.50
Cycling is healthy, convenient, cheap, easy and fun. This session looks at everything you need to cycle safely, whether for family rides, cycling to school or work, relaxing fun, or whether you dream of being the next Trotty or Wiggo. As well as tips on bike types, cycle care, group riding and safe riding techniques for dealing with today’s road conditions, you may also discover why you should not give a balloon to a hedgehog!

Board in the Library
Wednesday 9 August / 2pm – 6pm / FREE
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Splendour and Carcassonne. Or working cooperatively – try a game of Pandemic to help save humanity!

Summer Reading Challenge Craft
Thursday 10 August / from 2pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Painting for Fun
Thursday 10 August / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area

Discover Board Games
Saturday 12 August / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Summer Reading Challenge Craft
Monday 14 August / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+

Poetry Group 
Wednesday 16 August / 10.30am – 12.00 noon / £1
Read and share poetry with other like-minded people

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 16 August / 4pm – 5pm / FREE
A fun creative writing club for 8-13 olds

Creative Writing
Wednesday 16 August / 2pm – 4pm / £1
New members are welcome at this supportive group for writers of all genres and ability

Memory Box Project
Friday 18 August / 10.30am – 12.30pm
The memory box project is an exciting reminiscence project open to all. Drop in and share some stories around the interesting objects on display.

Film Group for Stroke Survivors
Friday 18 August / 2pm – 4pm / FREE
Our film group for stroke survivors meets each month to review films in a warm and friendly environment. If you’re interested in joining or would like further info please contact: basingstoke.discovery.centre@hants.gov.uk

Children’s Crafts
Saturday 19 Aug / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+

Crime Fiction Reading Group
Saturday 19 August / 2pm / FREE
Meet others who share your enjoyment of this genre

StreetPass
Saturdays 19 August / 11am – 4pm / FREE
Experience a new level of social gaming with your Nintendo and other gaming consoles.

Chatterbooks
Saturdays 19 August/ 10.30am – 11.30am / FREE / Ages 8-11
Are you a Bookaholic?
Do you enjoy sharing ideas, making new friends and exploring new subjects?
Join Chatterbooks a book group with books, activities, quizzes and lots more.
Sign up at the Information Desk in the library.

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 20 August / 4pm – 5pm / FREE
A fun creative writing club for 8-13 olds

Visually Impaired Reading Group
Monday 21 August / 10am – 12 noon / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared intere st

Family Chess Coaching
Tuesday 22nd August / 10am – 1pm (drop-in) / Free
David Graham and members of the Basingstoke Junior Chess Club will be visiting to offer hints, tips and guidance for complete beginners as well as to those with some knowledge and experience.

Board in the Library
Wednesday 23 August / 2pm – 6pm / FREE
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Splendour and Carcassonne. Or working cooperatively – try a game of Pandemic to help save humanity!

Painting for Fun
Thursday 24 August / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area

Summer Reading Challenge Craft
Thursday 24 August / from 2pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Discover Board Games
Saturday 26 August / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Summer Reading Challenge Craft
Tuesday 29 August / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+


Sherfield Village Short Mat Bowls Club

Sherfield Village Short Mat Bowls Club is a very friendly club and we play in the Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Hall every Friday afternoon between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. all through the year. 

We play in the Thursday League throughout the winter.  We also play friendly matches with other local clubs on Saturdays and  we organise two open competitions a year with participating clubs from all over Hampshire.

We are always looking for new members and if you would like to know more about the club and its  members please phone the Club Secretary – Kathy Ling on 01256 882584 or email kling290143@icloud.com.  If you are new to the game and would like to join we give tuition and you will be made very welcome by the friendly members of the club.


The Base Youth Centre

      


Rotary Club News Letter


ROTARY CREATES FUN “SITTING WITH JANE” 

For a bit of fun for all the family, Basingstoke Deane Rotary has created three simple “challenges”. They are based around the “Sitting with Jane” event celebrating the life of Jane Austen, are simple to take part in, cost nothing to enter, but there are prizes to be won! One – “Calling All Janes”  –  has taken place , but the two other competitions are still open throughout August.

Basingstoke Deane Rotary is running these challenges to support the local Ark Cancer Centre Charity. To find out more details about the remaining two competitions, and how to take part in each, simply go to our Basingstoke Deane Rotary website www.rcbd.org.uk. We think you’ll find them fun for all the family.

  • SPOT THE BENCH

There are 10 beautifully painted “Sitting with Jane” bookbenches sited around the centre of Basingstoke.  Rotary has captured photos of a small section of each bench. The challenge is to identify the benches from the photos. Entries back by August 31st , and all fully correct ones will be entered into a prize draw.  For the more adventurous, try the bigger challenge to spot 10 other benches sited around our local villages.

  • ROTOPIX17

This is a simple photo PLUS caption competition in which all the family can get involved. Take a photo, add a caption to make it amusing, and together photo + caption need to fit the theme “Anything related to Jane Austen”. Have fun being creative. Entries back by August 31st,  and there are awards for winners.

TERRIFIC RESPONSE TO “CALLING ALL JANES”    

Dozens of  “Janes”  visited the Rotary-sponsored bookbench in Festival Place on Saturday 8th  July . The “Janes” were greeted by Rotarians in costume and there was reading aloud from Jane Austen’s famous books. Club President Lindy Richardson said “ There was an amazing turnout of Janes, and a  great deal of public interest in the Sitting with Jane project”. And we had a lot of fun throughout the whole day.  Thank you for your support, Basingstoke !”


Probus First Lunch of the 2017 Season

Dr Nick Waring, the new President of the Probus Club of Basingstoke, had an interesting first lunch of the new season at the Test Valley Golf Club. The Club had twin guests of honour, the Worshipful the Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane BC, Cllr Paul Frankum, and also his mother Cllr Jane Frankum who is the Lady Mayoress. On behalf of the Probus Club Dr Waring presented a cheque to the Mayor in aid of his charity appeal. The speaker was retired RAF Wing Commander, Bryan Jenkins, from Sherfield on Loddon, who gave an audio visual presentation about his experiences as an engineering officer in the Cold War at a RAF Vulcan station.

Bryan, himself a member of the Probus Club of Basingstoke and president of the Basingstoke branch of the RAFA, told about his years at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire which along with nine other RAF stations in eastern England was home to the V bomber nuclear strike force in the early/mid 1960s. The Avro Vulcan, with its famous delta wing design was joined by the Handley Page Victor and the Vickers Valiant.

Probus members were alarmed to hear about the change of UK government defence policy in the swinging sixties. Pre 1960 they had the land based Blue Streak intercontinental ballistic missile. This was cancelled in February 1960 going instead for an air craft based system using the Blue Steel air to ground missile. The Blue Steel was easily fitted to the Vulcan. However this was cancelled after two months when the UK decided to buy the US built Skybolt missile. But this was cancelled by the US in December 1962 in preference to a submarine task force that would be able to fire the Polaris intercontinental ballistic missile. The UK had to follow suit and the Royal Navy took on the role of nuclear deterrence in June 1969 with nuclear powered submarines that could launch this sea to land missile. The V bomber nuclear defence programme was abandoned, the planes re-rolling with tactical nuclear weapons and conventional ordnance.

However before this final change of direction there were interesting and occasionally alarming times at RAF Waddington. Of 27 Vulcans based at this station three were on constant standby fully fuelled and loaded with nuclear weapons ready to be in the air within the famous four minute warning. The Vulcan flight crew of five officers were not allowed off base during their period of duty. All three crews lived, ate and slept adjacent to their aircraft.

On one practice scramble the pilot could not unlock the door to enter the Vulcan. This was because the lock had frozen so he had to do what many motorists had to do in the winter back then, he warmed the lock and key with his cigarette lighter. It beggars belief what would have happened if he was a non-smoker and this was a real emergency.

And yet RAF Waddington was selected to be an airfield that could accept civilian aircraft that had developed in flight faults. This meant having to spread foam on the runway to help planes land when their undercarriage would not go down securely.  It could then take up to eight hours to have the runway clear and ready for the Vulcans to take off. Fortunately they never experienced a four minute warning during these episodes.

Even though they did not always carry nuclear bombs, the Vulcan could carry twenty one 1000 lbs iron bombs and it was necessary to undertake regular bombing practice. This was usually without ordnance and the Vulcan would be airborne for five hours at a time. To ensure the highest skills and keep up morale there were regular bombing competitions against the USAF. The famous attack on Stanley airfield in the Falklands was made by a Vulcan using conventional 1000 lb iron bombs and the plane was refuelled mid flight by converted V bombers, the Handley Page Victor.

All Vulcans had the capability to refuel in flight and they even went nonstop to Australia which meant in flight refuelling operations, some at night. There was a problem in that although the refuelling probe was illuminated by a spot light for the pilot of the Vulcan to guide it on to the trailing drogue, it really was not bright enough. Bryan had to find a solution, but had to use existing kit and was not permitted to go outside to obtain the ideal solution. No doubt the MoD was conscious that they must not over spend their budget.

The last Vulcan squadron was disbanded in March 1984 leaving only the display team to fly on for many years.

See www.probusbasingstoke.wordpress.com for more information about the Probus Club of Basingstoke.


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