Extras – September 2017

All Saints’ Church 100 Years Ago

If you leave the Top of Town from Market Place, go up the side of McDonalds and across the car parks, you will walk past a large rather special building – All Saints’ Church.   Special, because this church was built, during World War 1.  By September 1917, the large stones, hauled up from the station, would be in place.  The last tiles might have been going onto the roof.  Much of the work would now be inside the new, imposing building as the stone church built to replace the iron church, came close to being finished. Many people have some family memories of this church, dedicated on September 27th  1917. People have been baptised, married and been to a funeral there over the last century.  Two years ago, we held an open day of memories of those years and to welcome visitors who told their own stories of coming to the church. Some remembered Sunday Schools and children being bussed in from Black Dam; others told of coming with St John’s school for Christmas and Easter services; still others talked about the lunch club or being part of a Carnival float.

This September we shall be celebrating the centenary of the dedication of the church, and focusing particularly on the journey of faith of the church, those who have been part of it and those who have come to the church for special occasions, both sad and happy. As we give thanks for what has been, we shall also look to the next hundred years.  

The church was dedicated at a time of huge anxiety and uncertainty in our country’s history, and so  was always a sign of hope and faith in the future, particularly God’s future. We hope to be able to keep the church open for much of the weeks before and after the 24th September, but on Saturday 23rd there will be an exhibition of flowers, memories and inspiration based on the faith journey of the church and what has inspired us. Do you remember your child’s christening? Or your wedding? Is music what helps you to feel you are in God’s presence, or is it art, or the stillness of a quiet church? Bells will be ringing most of that day so you will be reminded! Check details of our centenary open times and events on our website: www.allsaintsbasingstoke.org.uk



The Probus Club of Deane celebrated their 25 years of existence at the Annual President’s Dinner in May this year.  Formed under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane the inaugural meeting was held at the White Hart in Overton where both evening and lunchtime meetings were held. For 1998 the venue was changed to the Red Lion and the following year lunchtime meetings were held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at the Basingstoke Golf Club where they continue to this day.  Along with the monthly meetings, some of which are attended by wives and partners, there is the Presidents Dinner, Christmas Dinner and Quiz which take place in the evening and one or two day visits to places of interest.

Past Presidents

President’s Dinner 2017

Originally starting with 26 members the number has fluctuated throughout the years to again be 26 this year. At the 2017 President’s Dinner the current President, Brian Slater, congratulated the club on this milestone and paid tribute to previous Presidents and those members who were no longer with us. He then cut a cake specially made to commemorate the occasion which was then enjoyed by everyone present.

The first Probus Clubs were started over 50 years ago and now exist both nationally and internationally to provide fellowship for professional and businessmen who have reached or are approaching retirement.  The name “Probus” was adopted after being suggested by a member who took the first three letters from ‘PROfessional and BUSiness’ and was thought particularly apt as itwas a Latin word from which ‘probity’ is derived. If you would be interested in joining please contact the Secretary, Peter Searle, on 0118 9815354 or email him at peter.searle15@btopenworld.com.

Probus Enjoys Annual Summer Pub Lunch

The Probus Club of Basingstoke has partaken in their summer pub lunch which has been a fixture on their social calendar for many years. This is one of several occasions in the year when the wives and partners of the members enjoy a range of experiences with their men who had been in the professions or business managers before they retired.

The venue this year was the Phoenix Inn at Phoenix Green on the A30 near Hartley Wintney. Originally a coaching inn of yesteryear it has morphed into a high quality dining establishment that proudly displays a Les Routiers sign at the door. The extensive and sophisticated menu, which changes daily, had their main courses extending from simple roast Mediterranean vegetables across the spectrum to Chateaubriand although being pensioners none was tempted with this latter offering.

Retired GP, Dr Nick Waring, made this hostelry his choice in the months prior to ascending to high office of being President of the club.  He commented, “On a very grey day a total of thirty four members and partners gathered for our annual summer ladies’ pub lunch at the Phoenix. The conviviality of the event was an excellent antidote to the weather and the volume of the conversation a sure sign of an enjoyable gathering.”

The Probus Club of Basingstoke is now in its 39th year of continuous operation and as well as their social programme it meets on the second Tuesday of most months for lunch at the Test Valley Golf Club near Overton. Prior to the lunch and any business matters there is always a guest speaker.

See their web site for more information www.probusbasingstoke.wordpress.com or phone their secretary Paul Flint on 07770 886521 for an informal chat.

September events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Monday 11 September – Monday 4 December
(not Monday 23 October)
9.40am (Ages 2-3)
10.40am (Ages 3-4)
11.40am (Ages 3-4)
A 12-week course / £78

Thursday 14 September – Thursday 7 December
(not Thursdays 28 September, 19 & 26 October)
9.40am (Ages 3 – 4)
10.40am (Ages 2 – 3)
A 10 week course / £65

These 40-minute classes are especially tailored for young scientists aged 2-4 years old.
Experiments – Singing – Stories – Interactive – Come along and nurture a lifelong passion for science!

Hearing Impaired Reading Group
Friday 1 September / 2pm – 4pm / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest

Saturday 2 September/ 2pm – 3pm / 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.

Basingstoke Disability Connections
Tuesday 5 September / 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Informal get-together for people affected by disability.

Disability Signpost Service
Tuesday 5 September / 10am – 12noon
Drop-in for information on topics including transport, benefits, housing and more.

Board in the Library
Wednesday 6 September / 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!

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 6 September / 4pm – 5pm / FREE
A fun creative writing club for 8-13 olds

Painting for Fun
Thursday 7 September / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area

Memory Box Project
Friday 8 September / 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 9 September  / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Young Embroiders Club
Saturday 9 September / 10am – 12noon / £5 / Ages 5-16
Learn new skills and meet new friends

Children’s Crafts
Saturday 16 September/ from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+

Crime Fiction Reading Group
Saturday 16 September / 2pm / FREE
Meet others who share your enjoyment of this genre

The Rider Route: helping the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling.
Saturday 16 September / 2pm / £3.50
With Mark Adams, South Regional Development Manager at British Cycling
Follow the journey of a top-class cyclist from a young rider aged 12-15 at the Foundation stage through to the Academy and hopefully onto the pinnacle of the performance pathway – the Olympic Podium Programme.

Board in the Library
Wednesday 20 September / 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!

Poetry Group 
Wednesday 20 September / 10.30am – 12noon / £1
Read and share poetry with other like-minded people / £1

Creative Writing
Wednesday 20 September / 2pm – 4pm / £1
New members are welcome at this supportive group for writers of all genres and ability

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

Wednesday 20 September: 6pm – 9pm / £5
On this not-to-be-missed highlight of Green Week, attend a talk or workshop of your choice based on the science behind being more ‘green’ followed by a family friendly TV gameshow style interactive talk: ‘The Burger Apocalypse’.

There will also be a chance to chat to others and meet volunteers from a wide range of community groups with a ‘green’ theme. Sandwiches and a drink included in the ticket price.

The choice of presentations is:
1 – Capturing Carbon in Your Garden (& The Burger Apocalypse)

Wednesday 20 September / 6.30 – 7.30pm
Carbon is essential for life.  It is used to build plants and animals and provides the energy they need.  It is mostly stored in the soil. This talk will discover how soil creatures recycle carbon and how biodiversity, composting, mulching and good gardening help them to do this work.

2 – Thermal Imaging (&The Burger Apocalypse)
Wednesday 20 September / 6.30 – 7.30pm
After a short introduction giving simple tips on how to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home, Adam Trickett will explain how thermal imaging can provide further information on heat loss. Using examples of previous surveys, Adam will demonstrate how and where heat escapes from your home and give guidance on how this can be prevented.

3 – Renewable energy – Is it all it is cracked up to be ? (&The Burger Apocalypse)
Wednesday 20 September / 6.30 – 7.30pm
with Martin Heath from Basingstoke Transition
We’ve all heard about climate change and renewable energy; but what is it all really about? Is climate change real? Does renewable energy really work?
Here is a chance to find out a bit more and ask all the questions you want to about some of the biggest issues facing us and the next generation.
Martin has been involved in renewable energy projects for many years. He studied it for his first degree in 1980, and later to research the UK’s energy production and how it can transition to a low carbon system.

4 – Upcycling Your Old Clothing (& The Burger Apocalypse)
Wednesday 20 September / 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Don’t throw away your old clothing – upcycle it into something more stylish, more fashionable, more wearable. Join Sarah as she takes you through a variety of techniques and ideas to get your creativity flowing!

5 – Veg in the city: Discover some new ways urban areas are producing food  (& The Burger Apocalypse)
Wednesday 20 September / 6.30pm – 7.30pm
with Incredible Edible North Hampshire
In an ever more challenging world there are options we have locally to improve our food security. This talk will give an overview of some of the actions others are already taking to secure food supplies whilst providing local employment and a healthier environment.

The Burger Apocalypse
Wednesday 20 September / 8pm – 9pm
The Burger Apocalypse is an entertaining and highly participative show explaining how you can cut your food carbon footprint and reduce food waste. You simply learn your A-B-C…

Evening Reading and Creative Writing Groups
Wednesday 20 September
If you would like to join a reading or creative writing group, but are unable to meet with one of our afternoon groups, please leave your name and contact details at the Information Desk.

We would like to be able to offer the opportunity for these groups to run on Wednesday Evenings when we have other events. We will contact you if they are able to run.

Before the Flood 
Thursday 21 September / 2pm / FREE
Educational Film Screening
Before the Flood features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, travelling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change first-hand. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
The film presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.

Painting for Fun
Thursday 21 September / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area

Memory Box Project
Friday 22 September / 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 23 September / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Family Chess Coaching
Saturday 23 September / 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

Saturday 23 September / 11am – 4pm / FREE
Experience a new level of social gaming with your Nintendo and other gaming consoles.

Visually Impaired Reading Group
Monday 25 September / 10.30am – 12.30pm / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest

Parasol Duelling
Saturday 30 September / 2pm / £3
The ancient and honourable sport of Parasol Duelling must surely have had its origins in the Georgian era – Elizabeth Bennett would no doubt have been a skilled exponent – and now attracts people from various historical re-creation groups as well as the Steampunk World. Rediscover the rules and begin your journey into this most elegant of Ladies’ Sports.


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