Extras – November 2017

Anvil Arts – December 2017

The Ghost’s Touch
Wed 29 November to Sat 2 December, 7.30pm
Thu & Sat 2pm
The Haymarket
Tickets: Wed-Thu £22, Fri-Sat £24, 2pm performance £19; Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee). 
Starring Mark Homer (EastEnders) and Terri Dwyer (Law and Order UK), this haunting play is based on the chilling tale by Wilkie Collins, the author of The Woman in White.

Christmas with The Rat Pack
Sat 2 December, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Tickets: £31.50, £29.50 (includes £2 booking fee)
Christmas with the Rat Pack is the coolest party in town, so beat the winter blues with Frank, Sammy and Dean.
Hit follows hit including The Lady is a Tramp, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and seasonal classics including Baby it’s Cold Outside, Let it Snow, White Christmas, and Winter Wonderland.

Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band
Red E 2 Rock Christmas
Tue 5 December, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Tickets: £32 (includes £2 booking fee)
Featuring Roy Wood and his Big Rock & Roll Band, performing hits like California Man, Flowers in the Rain, See My Baby Jive, and I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day.

The Night Before Christmas
Fri 8 – Sun 10 December
Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat 11am & 2pm; Sun 11am, 2pm & 4pm
The Haymarket
Tickets: £13 (includes £2 booking fee)
Suitable for: Ages 2 and over
On the night before Christmas, Emily stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself.
Along the way he dodges the family cat, gets directions from a cowardly robot and is given some unexpected advice from the magical fairy on top of the tree. Will Eddie get an answer? Will Emily get her wish? And what is that funny-shaped present sitting under the tree?

The Dickens Theatre Company presents
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Ryan Philpott
Tue 12 – Wed 13 December, 7.30pm
Wed 1.30pm
The Haymarket
Tickets: £18; Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 (includes £2 booking fee)
The old miser Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas or those that celebrate it.  One night he is visited by the ghostly apparition of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley is condemned, for eternity, to wander the earth shackled by the chain of wrong doing he forged in life. He tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits and therefore afforded the chance to escape the same fate. But, will Scrooge choose to amend his ways?

Peter Pan
Thu 14 December 2017 – Sun 7 January 2018
The Anvil
Tickets and performance times: various
Suitable for: the whole family
featuring Andrew Agnew (CBeebies’ Balamory) as Smee, Gary Turner(Emmerdale, Peter Pan 2011) as Captain Hook, Jessica Punch as Peter Pan, Sarah Louise Day (Cinderella 2014) as Mrs Darling and comedy acrobats The Nitwits as the Pirate Crew.
Fly far away to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael. Cheer the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell, and boo the wicked Captain Hook and his motley crew. But beware of the ticking crocodile!
One of the most famous and best-loved children’s stories, Peter Pan has been enjoyed by generations for over one hundred years.

Cara Dillon
Wed 20 December, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Tickets: £22 (includes £2 booking fee)
Join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of heartwarming Christmas songs, traditional carols, and Celtic hymns to celebrate and share in the festive spirit. 

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers
Holly at Christmas
Thu 21 – Fri 22 December, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Tickets: £19 (includes £2 booking fee)
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!
Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment. 

Bluebird Care Career Opportunities

Hart, Basingstoke & Deane homecare provider tackles shift in demand from ‘care home’ to ‘care at home’ with new career opportunities
With an increasing population of older people across the UK, 61% of individuals with low care needs now arrange for someone to come into their own home to help look after them (Health Business UK, 2017).
It’s because of this that Bluebird Care Hook have launched their new recruitment campaign to employ more local people as the winter months set in.
With a network of over 200 offices, Bluebird Care continue to invest in excellent training opportunities and support available to every single one of their care teams across the UK. Over the last few years there has been a real shift in people choosing care at home rather than residential care, with statistics from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) showing domically care agency registrations leaping from 8,219 to 8,517 in just 16 months (CQC, 2016).
The number of registered domiciliary care agencies has increased by 47% since 2010, with a 12% reduction in the number of registered residential care homes (Adult Social Care, 2017). Between 2015-2016 in England alone, the number of home care providers increased by 3.3% (UKHCA, 2016).
Over the last year experts at Bluebird Care have developed and launched a new application called the Staff Guide App. This supports care assistants out in the community, giving them instant access to the information they need about the people they look after.
On top of this, Bluebird Care Hook have implemented both the PASSsystem and openPASS. The PASSsystem allows care teams instant access to customer care plans, keeping office staff informed of any developments. OpenPASS, is an app providing verified customers & family members access to real-time care plans recorded in the PASSsystem.
These innovative developments are essential as they support care teams in their training, as well as enhancing their skills to continue delivering excellence in care. This helps Bluebird Care stand out from other employers in the care industry.
Commenting, Phil Miles, Director of Bluebird Care Hook said:
“At Bluebird Care Hook we support our customers in their own home, with their own surroundings to live the life they choose. I believe in offering every member of my team the best training and career progression opportunities, supporting them in delivering the very best home care.”
He added:
“With an obvious shift in people living longer and more individuals wanting to remain in their own home, it is important we are well equipped to continue to deliver the high-quality care that is expected. Developments like the Staff Guide App and the PASSsystem really support my care team in delivering excellence in care across the areas in which we serve.”
As part of the campaign, Bluebird Care Hook will be promoting their range of job opportunities on social media, and at recruitment fairs and community events throughout the winter months.
For more information about joining the Bluebird Care Hook team please visit their website: http://www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/hook/home


Website www.basingstokelions.org.uk

The Sussex Jazz Kings gave us another memorable night’s trad jazz  at QMC. In a break with tradition they sat down to perform. This was in recognition of the fact that some members of the group were recovering from illnesses. They played for an hour before taking a break to allow everyone to refresh their glasses. To me it appeared that their performance was better than ever.  And several of the audience confirmed this in remarks overheard during the interval. After the interval they went on to entertain us for a further hour and a half and we got the impression they would happily have gone on a lot longer. They are a truly remarkable group.

Alençon Lions Club Twinning: Ten of us went over to help them celebrate their Club’s 60th Anniversary. We were royally entertained as usual, but we rained on their parade by winning the Jean Le Noac’h Boules Trophy at the traditional annual match and Barbecue. Dire oaths of revenge were sworn and we expect an invasion next year!

MacMillan’s Coffee morning: Definitely the most unhealthy, but enormously enjoyable date in the calendar. Also a good excuse for a prolonged afternoon z-z-z-z-z-z! Our host was definitely missing a trick. He should get himself either a cider press or a pig – the windfall product from either would be equally acceptable.

Our next Quiz Night at Cliddesden Millenium Hall is on 18 November: Contact Philip Wilson philipjhwilson@btinternet.com  to reserve your table for 4 at this mental masochists’ marathon. There are still a few tables available. But please remember we can only accommodate 22 teams.

Welfare: We spent £2185 supporting national, international and family disaster appeals. So we really need you to support our upcoming endeavours.

December will see us out and about collecting at various retail outlets as usual.

2018: Our resident impresario (his words not mine), Maurice Hockley, has been out and about talent spotting. As a result our programme for next year already contains The Moscow Drug Club, a superbly talented group of musicians, who will perform for us at QMC on 10 February, to be followed by a stage hypnotist, dancers, choirs and all sorts of other goodies during the year. More anon!

LIONS CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Put your contact details on the “Contact Us” page of our website and someone will get in touch.

St Michael’s Hospice – November Nights

Hold a fun evening and at the same time raise money for St Michael’s Hospice. Our ‘November Nights ‘campaign is a great way to get involved.  Have a cheese & Wine evening, a games evening, Bonfire Night Party, or a girl’s night in being pampered.  The list is endless of the different things you could do to be involved.

If you have an idea please let us know, or if you need supporting material to help promote your event, please give Lynne Grimshaw a call on 01256 848845 or email: Lynne.grimshaw@stmichaelshospice.org.uk

Basingstoke Town Ladies FC are looking for sponsors!

Would your business like to sponsor their local, successful and growing ladies football team? 
Basingstoke Town Ladies FC have two thriving teams, our first team play in the Women’s Premier League South West Division 1 and our reserve team play in the Hampshire Division 2 League.

Playing in the Premier League means the first team are in the fourth tier of the women’s football pyramid, however playing at this high level can prove to be very costly.

Therefore, the club is currently looking for help in terms of sponsors. We have a variety of sponsor opportunities available:

  • Main sponsor: Be our main sponsor that covers a large array of things involved within the club
  • Match Day Sponsor: Sponsor a home game
  • Individual player sponsor: If you’re interested in sponsoring a particular player to further their development

As a sponsor you would have a large say on what the money is spent on and would know exactly where it is going, such as for kit, facilities, officials and equipment.

What would you and your business get out of this?

Along with the knowledge of helping out a local team to further their development and allow participation levels into women’s football increase, the sponsor would get a wide range of coverage on our social media and website. These are also linked with the Basingstoke men’s team. This would in return raise the profile of your business and spread the word of the work that you do!

If you feel you can help the club in any way can please contact Anna Watson on basingstokeladiesfc@hotmail.co.uk or contact us through our website www.basingstoketownladies.co.uk

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