Extras – February 2018

Extras that didn’t make it into the printed magazine for Feb 2018.

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – February 2018

Thu 1 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
The Snow Maiden
Based on a traditional folk tale and set in the snow covered landscape of rural Russia, this seasonal sparkler follows the Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world.
TICKETS: £41.50, £36.50, £34; over 65s and f/t students £3 off (excludes top ticket price); under 16s £19

Fri 2 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
The Nutcracker
On Christmas Eve, as snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes, enter a fairy tale world where nothing is quite as it seems.
TICKETS: £41.50, £36.50, £34; over 65s and f/t students £3 off (excludes top ticket price); under 16s £19

Sat 3 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
The Anvil
Swan Lake
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score.
TICKETS: £41.50, £36.50, £34; 2pm performance £36.50, £34, £29;
over 65s and f/t students £3 off (excludes top ticket price); under 16s £19

Wed 7 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Suggs: What a King Cnut*
Due to popular demand after his first one man show, Suggs is treading the boards again. If the first show was about how on earth he got there, this show is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.
TICKETS: £30.50

Thu 8 Feb, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Violinist Nicola Benedetti joins the orchestra for a programme featuring Beethoven’s Symphony no 4 and Violin Concerto.  Marin Alsop conducts.
TICKETS:  £40, £36, £29, £22, £14; Under 16s and f/t students £10

Sat 10 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Icons of the 80s
Featuring Go West (We Close Our Eyes, Call Me and King of Wishful Thinking), Nik Kershaw (Wouldn’t It Be Good? and Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me) and Cutting Crew (I Just Died In Your Arms).

Sun 11 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
La Traviata
Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.
TICKETS:  £38, £34, £30; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £20, £18, £16

Wed 14 Feb, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Philharmonia at the Movies
Love Stories from the Silver Screen
Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s evening with Carl Davis and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a concert of movie music that overflows with some of the most unforgettable love songs of all time from Love Story, Gone with the Wind, La La Land, West Side Story, Dr Zhivago, Mamma Mia, Romeo and Juliet, among many more.
TICKETS:  £35, £25, £15; under 16s and f/t students £10

Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
A Brace Face
Vamos Theatre explore Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families.
TICKETS:  £12 (suitable for aged 12 and over)

Thu 22 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Jimmy Osmond
Full of award-winning music, nostalgic footage and special memories of Andy Williams, who gave The Osmonds their big break with into show business.
TICKETS:  £32, £29.50; VIP tickets £77 (not available online)

Sun 25 Feb, 7.30pm
The Anvil
An Evening with Levison Wood
The best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter shares his experiences as a modern day explorer, delighting with tales of his epic adventures.
TICKETS:  £24.50

Wed 28 Feb – 3 Mar, 7.30pm
Thu & Sat 2pm
The Haymarket
Caught in the Net
By Ray Cooney
starring John Lyons (A Touch of Frost), this glorious comic romp, a sequel to Run For Your Wife, is a brilliant farce with an hysterical climax.
TICKETS: Wed-Thu £22, Fri-Sat £24, 2pm performance £19; Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and
f/t students £13

February Events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

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

Basingstoke Disability Connections
Tuesday 6 February / 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Informal get-together for people affected by disability.

Disability Signpost Service
Tuesday 6 February/ 10am – 12noon
Drop-in for information on topics including transport, benefits, housing and more.

Northanger Abbey and the Gothic Novel
Wednesday 7 February / 6pm / £7
Cyphers Theatre Company provide an insight into the process of adapting Jane Austen’s gothic satire, Northanger Abbey, for the stage. Including readings from the Gothic novels that inspired Austen, as well as extracts from Cyphers’ own stage adaptation, the evening will chart the journey from Gothic literature through Austen and to the modern stage.

Board in the Library
Wednesday 7 & 21 February / 2pm – 6pm / FREE
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Scrabble and Carcassonne, work co-operatively in Pandemic or use you little grey cells with Cluedo!

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 7 & 21 February / 4pm – 5pm / FREE
A fun creative writing club for 8-13 olds

Memory Box Project
Friday 9 & 23 February / 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 10 & 24 February / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Young Embroiders Club
Saturday 10 February / 9.30am – 12.30pm / £5 / Ages 6 – 17
Learn new skills and meet new friends

Charlie’s Storytelling Parties
Monday 12 February / 10am & 11.15am / £3.75 / Ages 3+
Join children’s entertainer and actress Charlie Sanderson for 45 minutes of storytelling, singing and other surprises!

We Love Harry Potter
Wednesday 14 February / 11am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+
Craft, colouring, Library trails – all to celebrate our love of JK Rowling’s wizard books!

Hampshire Pride: LGBT History Month 2018
Straight Young British Men: Kissing, Cuddling and Loving each other
Wednesday 14 February / 6pm / £3.50
With Professor Eric Anderson, Professor of Masculinities, Sexualities and Sport at the University of Winchester
This talk, led by Basingstoke resident, Professor Anderson, will examine how declining homophobia has lead to a total redevelopment of what it means to be masculine for college and university students today. Using research data he highlights that, in addition to homophobia being socially unacceptable, young straight men are kissing, cuddling and loving each other. He shows that old binaries of ‘straight and gay’ no longer work for males of this generation and that once taboo sexual practices are no longer stigmatized.
Dr Eric Anderson degrees in health, psychology and sociology. His often controversial research is regularly featured in international television, print and digital media. 

Hampshire Pride: LGBT History Month 2018
Britain on Film on Tour – LGBT Britain
Saturday 17 February / 2pm / FREE
With films spanning 1909 to 1994, LGBT Britain documents a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride, via decades of profoundly courageous activism, and the shifting attitudes to LGBT people and their rights across the board.
Members of local support groups – and refreshments – will be available after the screening for anyone who wishes to discuss any of the issues raised.
Places available on a first-come, first-served basis. This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Family History Drop-in
Tuesday 20 February / 10am – 12noon / FREE

Creative Writing
Wednesday 21 February / 2pm – 4pm / £1
New members are welcome at this supportive group for writers of all genres and ability

Family Chess Coaching
Saturday 24 February / 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.

Nintendo Basingstoke
Saturday 24 February / 10am – 4pm / FREE
Experience a new level of social gaming with your Nintendo and other gaming consoles

At Chineham Library

Charlie’s Storytelling Parties
Monday 12 February / 1.45pm / £3.75 / Ages 3+
Join children’s entertainer and actress Charlie Sanderson for 45 minutes of storytelling, singing and other surprises!

At Tadley Library

Circus Skills
Tuesday 13 February / 1.30pm / £4 / Ages 6+
A 75minute workshop of juggling, plate spinning, dancing sticks, and Chinese spinning cloths with Circus Scene. There will be lots of colourful props, traditional circus music and good fun! 

At Overton library

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Thursday 15 February / 2pm / £3.75 / Ages 2-6
Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling leads an interactive session based on this well-loved story

Have Fun on Mad Hair Day!

St. Michael’s Hospice is delighted to announce their fun campaign Mad Hair Day which will take place once again and this year it is on Friday 9th February to raise much needed funds for the Hospice.  The local community are encouraged to wear crazy wigs and style their hair in weird and wacky ways all in the name of generating vital money for North Hampshire’s only adult hospice.

‘Mad Hair Day’ is the perfect excuse to go wild and have fun with your hair’, says Lynne Grimshaw, Community Campaigns Co-ordinator at the Hospice.  ‘Maybe you have always wondered what your hair would look like pink, permed or in a beehive, or perhaps ladies, you have always wanted to be brave enough to have your head shaved, or gentlemen your legs or chest waxed. Well Friday 9th February is the day to give it a try. You can have great fun and really help your local Hospice at the same time by getting sponsored too.’ In the past, the Hospice has had wonderful support from schools and hairdressers but individuals and businesses are always welcome to join in too.

St. Michael’s is the local Hospice for North Hampshire, providing care and support through the In-Patient Unit, Day Service and Hospice at Home services.  All services are completely free of charge to people with life-limiting illnesses. The running costs of the Hospice last year were £3.7 million of which only around 20% is funded by the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. The support of the local community in campaigns such as Mad Hair Day really does make a huge difference to our fundraising.

For more information about supporting Mad Hair Day or holding an event, please call Lynne in the Fundraising Department on 01256 848845 or email lynne.grimshaw@stmichaelshospice.org.uk for a fundraising pack.


Not long now until the summer season starts! We are all looking forward to playing tennis outside in the evenings again. Our first club night will be on Tuesday, 27th March at 6.00pm, so please do get in touch or come along, we’d love to see you – new members are very welcome. For more information about the club, including junior coaching, please contact Lynne Thomas on 01256 477004 or email: lynne.thomas8@btinternet.com


The Basingstoke Lions Club (BLC) is proud to present “Murder in the Main” on Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm for 8pm, at St. Leonard’s Centre, Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke RG23 7ED.  

Guaranteed to set the brows a-furrowing, the brains a-ticking and probably the throats a-chortling, the Club is delighted to be working with The Oakley Pantomime Society (TOPS), to offer an evening of mystery, murder and mayhem. 

Formed seventeen years ago by Ann Davis and a few local folk who had decided that Oakley should have its own pantomime, TOPS staged its first production, “Cindy’s Fella”.   To their surprise, people liked it, so they went on to produce more pantos (who can forget last year’s ‘Jack in a Beanie’ – just when you thought you knew all you could about ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’!), cabaret nights and murder mysteries, as well as a children’s theatre workshop. The result? Their productions are a regular sell-out, attended by a loyal audience of followers, both local and from outside the immediate area.

Add this factor to the large number of people who consistently attend the Lions’ Club’s events whatever the act,  tickets are likely to go quickly and space is limited, so potential ‘detectives’ are strongly advised to book their seats to be at the ‘scene of the crime’ as soon as possible.  Bring picnics to help feed the brain – a bar will be provided to offer drinks at very reasonable prices. 

The Basingstoke Lions Club has a packed programme for the next year featuring several new acts which promise the usual high quality for which the Club has become known. (See www.basingstokelions.org.uk)

Tickets for ‘Murder in the Main’  : £10  –  available from:

Website :          http://basingstokelions.org.uk/fundraising.html
John Hibberd:   jhibberd440@btinternet.com     – 01256 461086/07736 736687
Ann Vicars:       av@mypostoffice.co.uk             – 01256 781927/07808 574809


VDG Ken Staniforth attended our last business meeting. He’s always a welcome guest as he’s not one of the platitude peddling corporate clones that we often entertain. The purpose of his visit (apart from enjoying our delightful company) was to present some long service awards. So, congratulations Brian (45 years) and Denise (15 years). Between those two stalwarts would have been Philip (30 years) had I not been off sunning myself in New Zealand. Instead, when my name was announced some wag muttered “who’s Philip?” which apparently caused mass hysteria. So, what follows is a bit of pay back! The Club celebrated the festive season with a Christmas Dinner. I’ve seen the pictures. It was more like something out of “The Rue Morgue”. And apparently there was some dirty dancing – the mind boggles! It’s much more likely to have been reminiscent of “The Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett. Enough already!

Members of the Club have been out at various locations tin shaking in aid of our Christmas Giving. Thank you all for your marvellous response. The guy who said “you’d have to bring back public hanging to enthuse the people of Basingstoke” clearly got it all wrong. All it takes is Lennie our dancing Lion, a bit of lively music, and everyone gets right into the spirit of the season – at least we hope that was the spirit that got into the man who donated the entire contents of his pockets. Those whom we have helped in the past are always particularly generous, and you warmed the cockles of our collective hearts by supporting our first Bunnings Sausage Sizzle when the temperature was a lip – blistering 3 degrees. Once again, many thanks. It was also great to be congratulated several times on the quality of our shows, particularly the Sussex Jazz Kings and the Heritage Light Orchestra. We also had a request to bring back ABBA Sensation, but that will have to wait until 2019.

Our Christmas community support commitments currently stand at £2400. But we’ve had a couple of other requests, special blankets for refugee children in Syria, and an entertainer for children having to spend Christmas in Basingstoke Hospital. We will support both.

10/02/2018 Moscow Drug Club at QMC – tickets are selling like hotcakes. Call Maurice, you might get lucky.
Contact Maurice Hockley: Email mauricehockley@hotmail.com or Tel: 01256 421867

03/03/2018 Swimathon at the Town Centre Pool – This is an early opportunity to get a team together and get “summer” fit. It’s a tough event, but the enthusiasm on the night is hard to beat!
Contact Tony Bamberger: Email tony.bamberger@hotmail.co.uk  or Tel: 01256 850254.

17/03/2018 Murder Mystery at St Leonards Oakley – Well-known and popular Oakley resident Ann Davis is organising the murder and mayhem for us. Latest scuttlebutt is that a member of the audience will be the “victim” Fancy your chances? You can bring your own picnic and we will be running our usual competitively priced bar.
Contact: John Hibberd: Email jhibberd440@btinternet.com  or Tel: 01256 461086

Details of all events can be found on our website www.basingstokelions.org.uk

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra Spring Classics Concert

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:45pm The Anvil, Basingstoke

Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel Overture, Reinecke – Ballade for flute and orchestra, Dvorak – Slavonic Dances and Saint-Saens – Organ Symphony

Our Spring concert brims over with popular Romantic classics. Humperdinck’s delightful Hansel and Gretel Overture from his fairy-tale opera is based on a number of folk-inspired themes including the charming Abendsegenor Evening Hymn. Although not so well-known today, Reinecke was a very influential musical figure in his day.  Sandra Ball, one of the orchestra’s flautists, plays his beautiful Ballade which is full of late-Romantic harmony, skilful counterpoint and ever-pleasant melodies. Inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances were originally written for piano duet but were soon orchestrated at the request of his publisher and have become very popular and often-played staples of the orchestral repertoire. Hampshire-based organist Graham Bint joins the orchestra to perform Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, one of the 19th century’s most significant and technically sophisticated orchestral works.

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:45pm The Anvil, Basingstoke. Tickets from £2 to £24 www.anvilarts.org.uk

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

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Basingstoke Round Table Santa Sleigh

Basingstoke Round Table would like to thank the people of Old Basing for their generous donations totalling £611 when their Santa Sleigh toured the area on Friday 22nd December.

The total collected round Basingstoke during the festive season was over £5,000, and will be used to support local community charities.

Round Table is an international organisation www.roundtable.co.uk and if you would like to find out more about joining the local club, or if you know a local charity or cause that might benefit from a little funding you should contact the Basingstoke Round Table via email at Basingstoke@roundtable.org.uk

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