Extras – March 2017

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – April 2017

Sun 2 Apr, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Champions of Magic

With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their recent tours, the international award-winning cast present incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions.
Witness the impossible, including disappearances, teleportation and a heart-stopping finale as this family show astounds, astonishes and amazes.

TICKETS: £23; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £18

Wed 5-Sat 8 Apr, 7.30pm
Thu & Sat 2pm
The Haymarket
The Sound of Murder
by William Fairchild

Charles Norbury is a successful writer of children’s books but he doesn’t like children. An unlovable man, he has no friends, is arrogant, controlling, and cruel. His wife, starved of love and denied children of her own, has met another man. In their cottage in Surrey, a tape recorder has been left on during a conversation between his wife and her lover in which the latter plans the author’s murder. Charles’ secretary listens to the tape and hears the murder plot….

TICKETS: Wed-Thu £22, Fri-Sat £24, 2pm performances £19. Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and
f/t students £13

Fri 7 Apr, 6.15pm
The Anvil
Music of Today
Philharmonia Orchestra

Music of Today is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s flagship new music series. In a free performance before the full orchestra’s main evening concert, members of the Philharmonia perform contemporary music in a relaxed, informal setting.  Tonight’s concert showcases the music of Danish composer Bent Sørensen.

Fri 7 Apr, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Philharmonia Orchestra

Jakub Hrůša conducts the orchestra in a programme of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. The orchestra is joined by violinist Sergey Khachatryan.

TICKETS: £40, £36, £29, £22, £14.  Under 16s and f/t students £10

There will be a relaxed live screening of this concert for those on the autistic spectrum and with other disabilities.  The entire concert will be screened as it happens in the welcoming atmosphere of The Forge.
TICKETS: £2 (includes £2 booking fee)

Tue 11 Apr, 2.30pm
The Haymarket
Don’t Dribble on the Dragon

Based on the new book by Steven Lee, and with magic designed by the late Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big-hearted adults and loving little ones alike. Running time: 60 minutes
TICKETS: £12 (Suitable for ages 2 and over)
Tue 18 Apr, 2pm
The Haymarket
The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night.  Featuring stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing.

Running time: 50 minutes
TICKETS: £12 (Suitable for ages 3 and over)

Thu 20 Apr, 2pm
The Anvil
Naomi’s Wild & Scary

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson in a show packed full of fun and surprises as she is joined on stage by Animal Mark, and some of his scariest creatures.
Join Naomi as she recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and introduces the audience to some of the fiercest and most frightening animals she met along the way!

TICKETS: £19.50.  Over 65s , under 16s and f/t students £17.50 (Suitable for ages 5 and over)

Fri 21 Apr, 8pm
The Anvil
Russell Kane
Right Man, Wrong Age

Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age – it’s the beauty and the curse of being a real person.
In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly funny stand-up performance about growing up and growing down.

TICKETS: £19 (Suitable for ages 14 and over)

Sat 22 Apr, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
The Kast of Kinks

Former members of rock and roll band The Kinks are back together to relieve the good times. This great line-up features original drummer Mick Avory, John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60s and 70s), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80s and 90s), and Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of The Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).
Expect all the hits including You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Waterloo Sunset, and Come Dancing.


Wed 26 Apr, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Sara Pascoe

After publishing a book exploring the evolution of the female body, Sara now considers further issues – will pornography lead to our extinction? Are humans naturally bad? How do we become better? Do we really have to die? And, gulp, should she have a baby?
If that sounds a bit weighty, there will also be stuff about selfies, glow worms and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

TICKETS: £14 (Suitable for ages 15 and over)

March at The Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Writing Workshop: How to write your memoir and autobiography
Wednesday 1 March / 11am – 3pm / £20
Ever wanted to write a memoir but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop will inspire you.  We will look at compiling information, layout and structure and ways to make your memoir accessible and readable.  We will also look at cost effective ways of self publishing your memoir.
The workshop is run on an informal lecture and discussion group basis. Suitable for beginners and experienced writers.
Della Galton has a memoir published by Accent Press.  She is a novelist, short story writer and journalist and has been getting published for over twenty-five years. She’s had over 1500 short stories published in the UK alone.  Della is  a qualified tutor and a popular speaker.  She returns to Basingstoke Discovery Centre by popular demand.

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 1, 15 & 29 March / 4pm – 5pm / FREE / Ages 8 – 13
Gain confidence in your writing and meet like-minded people in this friendly group

Painting for Fun
Thursday 2, 16 & 30 March / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area

Hearing Impaired Reading Group
Friday 3 March / 2pm – 4pm / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest

Drop-In Surgery with Local Councillor
Saturday 4 March / 2pm – 3pm
Meet your Hampshire County Councillor for Basingstoke Central, Criss Connnor to discuss local issues.

Ferrets for Fun
Saturday 4 March / 2pm / £3.50 (no concessions)
With real ferrets!
With their aggressive reputation and extremely sharp teeth, Ferrets For Fun seeks to dispel the myths surrounding this fascinating animal while looking at the history and use of ferrets across more than 2000 years. A fascinating talk suitable for ages 8 – adult.
(Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)

Children’s Crafts
Saturday 4 March  / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+

Board in the Library
Saturday 4 March / 11am – 4pm / FREE
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Splendour and Carcassonne. Or working cooperatively – try a game of Pandemic to help save humanity!

Disability Signpost Service
Tuesday 7 March / 10am – 12noon
Drop-in for information on topics including transport, benefits, housing and more.

Basingstoke Disability Connections
Tuesday 7 March / 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Informal get-together for people affected by disability.

Board in the Library
Wednesday 8 & 22 March / 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!

Memory Box Project
Friday 10 & 24 March / 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.

Discover Board Games
Saturday 11& 25 March / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Young Embroiders Club
Saturday 11 March / 10am – 12noon / £5 / Ages 5-16
Learn new skills and meet new friends

Mondays 13 March/ 4pm – 5pm / 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 aimed for 8-11 year olds.
Books, activities, quizzes and lots more.
Sign up at the Information Desk in the library.

Creative Writing
Wednesday 15 March / 2pm – 4pm / £1
New members are welcome at this supportive group for writers of all genres and ability

Poetry Group
Wednesday 15 March / 10.30am – 12.00 noon / £1
Read and share poetry with other like-minded people

An Evening of Science
Danger! High voltage
Wednesday 15 March / 7.15pm / £3
with Dr Mark Dallas, Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Reading
Here we will explore the wonders of neuroscience and the power of our own bodies electricity. The presentation will delve into how we can record this electricity, what it means and how we can harness it for amazing things. There will be a live demonstration of recording electrical activity and some mind boggling experiments highlighting the potential of one human to control another. Warning: The power to control another person can be addictive’

An Evening of Science
Introduction to Exoplanets
Wednesday 15 March / 7.15pm / £3
Astronomy Talk by Basingstoke Astronomical Society
There are 8 planets in our solar system that orbit the star we know as our Sun. In the past 15 years we have discovered 1,000’s of planets that orbit not our star but the stars on the nights sky. How many are there? What are they like? How did we find them? These are some of the questions that will be answered during this presentation.

An Evening of Science
Cosmetics Workshop
Wednesday 15 March / 6pm – 8.45pm / £22.50
Learn how to make your own healthy and natural cosmetics, free from chemical ingredients. It´s easy, ecological and a lot of fun! Beginning with a brief explanation about the ingredients and essential oils used, you will participate in a hands-on workshop and create three products – hand cream, lip balm and stick with essential oils- all of which will be yours to keep.

An Evening of Science
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Frances Glessner Lee
Wednesday 15 March / 7.15pm / £5
A Forensics Workshop
Work as a team of detectives to solve a triple homicide. Led by Anna Chaussee, Senior Lecturer in Forensics at the University of Winchester, you will be using methods still used to train current detectives and forensic students.

An Evening of Science
Forensics Linguistics
Wednesday 15 March / 7.15pm / £5
An interactive session
Dr Carolin Esser-Miles welcomes you to the wonderful world of Forensic Linguistics. Watch this space…

An Evening of Science
Cake Science
Wednesday 15 March / 7.30pm / £7.50
With Mama Brown cakes
Teri Brown invites you to taste the difference in this talk about the science involved in baking. Discover how the change in the basic ingredients has led to differing results when making cakes.

An Evening of Science
Evening reading Group
Wednesday 15 March / 7pm / FREE
If you would like to join a reading group – but are unable to meet with one of our afternoon groups, join us this evening for a chat about your favourite reading material.

An Evening of Science
3-D Colouring
From 6.30pm / FREE
Keep calm and let your creativity flow.
Bring your own colouring to life using the 3D Quiver App. All materials and support provided.

An Evening of Science
Evening Creative Writing Group
Wednesday 15 March / 7pm / FREE
Introductory meeting led by author Kristen Bailey
If you would like to join a creative writing group – but are unable to meet with one of our afternoon groups, join us this evening for a chat and advice about writing techniques from others.

An Evening of Science
Board in the Library
from 6.30pm / FREE
Come along and play this co-operative board game. Work with your fellow scientists to cure the world’s viruses and save humanity.
All welcome. Other Board Games are available to play.

Crime Fiction Reading Group
Saturday 18 March / 2pm / FREE
Meet others who share your enjoyment of this genre

The Hither Side of the Hedge
Saturday 18 March / 2pm / £3.50
Folk Active give an illustrated and interactive presentation about the folk song collector, author and artist Alice Gillington (1863-1934) and the traditional Hampshire songs and dances she collected from Gypsy families in Southampton and the New Forest. Expect readings, poems, songs, step dancing and a simple social dance that the audience can join in with.

Experience a new level of social gaming with your Nintendo and other gaming consoles.
Saturdays 25 March / 11am – 4pm / FREE

Family Chess Coaching
Saturday 25 March  / 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.

Visually Impaired Reading Group
Monday 27 March / 10am – 12 noon / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest

How do you take yours?
Tuesday 28 March / 2pm / £4
With Terri from Pedlars and Petticoats historical presentation company
Meet a 1950s housewife celebrating the end of rationing with her own special tea party. Find out about the history of tea and how to make the perfect cuppa, discover tea etiquette and superstitions and hear stories of smugglers and gruesome deaths! Refreshments included.
Twitter: @pedlarsandpetti


Website www.basingstokelions.org.uk

It is difficult to describe the nail biting tension that precedes each of our fundraising endeavours. Will we get an audience? Will we break even? Will we make sufficient to enable us to help those who have no other source of assistance? Even with a brilliant group like ABBA Sensation there is always that niggling uncertainty. Fortunately the eternal attraction of that wonderful music won out and 180 people braved the bad weather to come out and enjoy themselves at QMC on the 21st. This is the fourth time that the Group has appeared for us and they certainly live up to their name. Their performance was electrifying and  the audience of took full advantage it by dancing with  great enthusiasm and almost as much skill. It was obviously thirsty work because they also made a very good attempt at drinking the bar dry and  bought raffle tickets like they were going out of fashion. The whole evening put everyone in great good humour  and gave a marvellous boost to our  Charity Account of £1215.


04/03/2017 CHARITY SWIMATHON: By the time you read this it’ll be over. I’ll report next month.

EASTER EGGS: If you visit your local over the next couple of months the odds are that you’ll see a very large chocolate Easter Egg being raffled. We provide the Eggs and, if the pub supports a specific charity, half of the proceeds can be donated to that charity. The other half goes into our Charity Account. So please do support.

08/04/2017 QUIZ NIGHT: Come along and pit your wits against our notorious question master. Contact Philip Wilson Tel: 01256 352393 or philipjhwilson@btinternet.com to book your table. Remember we can take only 22 tables.

WELFARE: In the current climate the failure of a domestic appliance can represent an insurmountable problem for many families and a high proportion of our income is spent meeting such needs brought to our attention by Social Services.

Cheer up! Spring is just around the corner.

Basingstoke Festival

A Festival to celebrate Jane Austen and other home-grown talent.

‘Born in the borough’ has been announced as the theme of the sixth Basingstoke Festival, which is set to be the best yet.

Attracting international artists and big name acts to perform in the borough is part of the planning work now underway for the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council-run festival from Friday 16 June to Sunday 9 July.

But there will be a special reason for the festival to focus on local talent too, as July marks the 200th  anniversary of the death of Jane Austen who was born in the borough at Steventon.  Events and performances will be held through the festival to celebrate the world-renowned 19th century author, who drafted some of her best known works while living in this area.

Keeping this ‘home-grown’ focus, festival organisers are keen to ensure that as many areas as possible host a ‘Festival in the Community’ local event, especially helping to bring arts and performances to underused places around the borough.

Basingstoke Festival has grown in popularity and size since it started in 2012.  Last year the festival featured more than 140 community events, such as plays and food festivals, complementing the main programme of world class events and experiences.

The borough council’s Deputy Leader, who is responsible for art and culture, Cllr Terri Reid said: “On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, it is only right that the 2017 Basingstoke Festival, held in the borough where she was born, should highlight how her work still entertains and inspires people today.  Special new pieces are being commissioned specially for the festival showing the continuing relevance of the themes in Jane’s writing.
“And the ‘born in the borough’ theme gives us the opportunity to focus on the wealth of other talent we have here today, from local bands in Basingstoke Live to our young people being given the chance to perform on the Haymarket stage.
“Basingstoke Festival is becoming known as an diverse showcase of arts and performances, attracting world-renowned acts to perform and mixing this with celebrating work created on our doorstep by local people. We really hope groups across the borough will get involved again too, bringing music, arts and culture to their areas by hosting a Festival in the Community event.”

The 2016 Festival featured everything from a sacred masked dance by Tibetan monks, a celebration of female authors and a NASA-film backing Holst’s Planet Suite performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to an audio journey in a boat in Eastrop Park created by local artist Ben Mills and the Hanover Band performing a Handel masterpiece alongside Basingstoke Choral Society.

To find out more about holding a Festival in the Community event, contact Ross Harvie on festival@basingstoke.gov.uk or call Ross on 01256 845676 before April 21.
To keep up to date with the latest news from Basingstoke Festival 2017 follow @BstokeFestival on Twitter and Instagram or like ‘Basingstoke Festival’ on Facebook (http://facebook.com/basingstokefestival)

St. Michael’s Hospice Farleigh Wallop Woodland Walk

Sunday 9th April
Lord Portsmouth Estate, Farleigh Wallop, Hampshire
Registration has opened!

Here’s a great opportunity to give yourself something to look forward to; register for a wonderful spring day out as St. Michael’s Hospice have again organised walks around the beautiful Lord Portsmouth Estate in Hampshire on Sunday 9th April.

With beautiful views across the rolling Hampshire countryside, blooming bluebells and the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, two legged or four legged, what better way to enjoy the new season.

Starting from 09.30, there are two routes, 5 or 10 miles and both guaranteed to give you a superb day out. At the end, you will be welcomed to help celebrate the Hospice’s 25th Anniversary by enjoying a delicious cream tea in the stunning setting of Home Barn.

Chris Griffiths, Marketing and Events Manager at St. Michael’s Hospice said “This event is always one of our most enjoyable, coming at a time of the year when people are really beginning to enjoy being outdoors again. The funds raised are vital to our work at the Hospice where this year we will need to raise £3.1 million”.

To sign up and for more information please visit the Hospice website: stmichaelshospice.org.uk/events or call fundraising on 01256 848 848 or follow us on Twitter @smhbasingstoke #WoodlandWalk

Basingstoke Neighbourhood Watch NewsLetter

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The Sherbornes Art Exhibition Sherborne

St John Village Hall, Kiln Lane, RG24 9HP
Saturday 22 April 2017: 10 – 5
Sunday 23 April 2017: 10 – 4

The Sherbornes Art Exhibition is a biennial event formed over 8 years ago by artists Pat Burt and Lindsay Berry, not only to exhibit their own work but to invite different artists each year to join them in raising funds for charities close to their hearts.

Lindsay Berry is an individual Watercolour artist and one of the principal driving forces of the exhibition. Works from the original group of painters led by Mike Hall, a professional artist, comprising Pat Burt, Richard Turner, Tom Anderson, Jenny Finch, Nicky Bunker, Judith Hinsley, and Linda Bliss are included along with invited local guest artists, sculptors and ceramicists.

The aim is to keep the exhibition as “local” as possible, whilst providing a quality show with a variety of artistic styles.  The charities benefiting this year are Sherborne St John Village Hall and Sebastian’s Action Trust.

The Pink Place

We are a Basingstoke Charity that aims to assist in the well being of those that are experiencing, or have experienced Cancer in our area.

We provide our services free of charge to Men and Women with any type of cancer and offer relaxation therapies, counselling, hair services and much more, we rely on fundraising events to fund our charity.

We are hoping you would be able to help with attending one of our events as follows:

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