Extras – March 2018

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

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – March 2018

Sun 4 Mar, 12pm & 3.30pm
The Anvil
Milkshake! Live
Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, and Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey plus two presenters take you on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales in an all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza.
TICKETS: £17.50; under 16s £15.50

Thu 8 Mar, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
The Blues Band
The five virtuoso’s offer a stunning menu of original compositions and blues classics, all delivered with passion, knowledge, love of the genre and entertaining showmanship  If you want to know what 38 years of skill and devotion sound like, here’s your chance.

Fri 9 Mar, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Paul Carrack
The great Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics returns to The Anvil.  Dubbed by the BBC as ‘The man with the golden voice’, Paul is a key figure in British pop history with a back catalogue that includes How Long, Tempted and The Living Years.
TICKETS: £41.50, £34.50

Fri 9 Mar, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Leveret & Spiro
The Eccentric Orbits Tour
Featuring seven of the UK’s top instrumentalists, the two incredible ensembles fly the flag for new English instrumental music.
TICKETS: £22; under 25s £12 (limited availability)


Sat 10 Mar, 8pm
The Anvil
Ed Byrne
Recognised as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed Byrne’s television includes Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You?, Live at the Apollo, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads as well as his and Dara O Briain’s Big Adventure, and Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay.
TICKETS:  £26 (suitable for ages 12 and over)

Thu 15 Mar, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Stuttgart SWR Symphony Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington conducts the Stuttgart SWR Symphony Orchestra as they perform three works by Beethoven, joined by soloist Francesco Piemontesi for the Piano Concerto no 3.
TICKETS:  £40, £36, £29, £22, £14; Under 16s and f/t students £10

Fri 16 Mar, 8pm
The Anvil
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
40 Years of Rumours
The world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac returns with a brand new show celebrating 40 years of the Rumours album.
TICKETS: £35.50, £25.50

Tue 20 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Teechers – by John Godber
Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good.
TICKETS: 7.30pm perf £22, 2.30pm perf £19; over 65s £29; f/t students £13

Tue 20 Mar, Doors 7pm
The Anvil
The Levellers (acoustic) + Ginger Wildheart (acoustic)
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Brighton folk-punk band The Levellers are touring following the release of their acoustic album.
TICKETS:  £29.50, £27

Sat 24 Mar, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, Aly and Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music and on-stage charisma. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that get the feet tapping.
TICKETS:  £19; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £17

Tue 27 Mar, 2pm & 4pm
Wed 28 Mar, 11am & 2pm
The Haymarket
Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday
Join Sarah and Duck, and a host of your favourite friends from the BAFTA Award-winning CBeebies show including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden.  Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, you and your children will be taken on a magical adventure.
TICKETS:  £14.50 (suitable for ages 3 and up)

Tue 27 Mar, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio
Enjoy a night of political parody that soon descends into comic chaos as the frustrated news reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever.
TICKETS:  £24.50; f/t students £19.50 (suitable for ages 16 and over)

Sat 31 Mar, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The OAE perform one of the masterpieces of Western music, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, directed by Mark Padmore. Please note earlier start time.
TICKETS:  £40, £36, £29, £22, £14

March Events at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Fiction For all Tastes: a writing workshop
Saturday 3 March/11am – 3pm/£15
A workshop led by two award winning authors, Abi Oliver/Anne Murray and Helen Matthews. Come along and share tips on the writing process and how to get published. The workshop is led through a mixture of talk, discussion and writing exercises.

Science Night

Wednesday 14 March/From 6pm
Please note that all talks are intended for an adult audience

Discover the World’s Largest Telescope Under Construction – Europe’s ELT 6pm – 7pm / £3.50
Come along and find out about the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) and the engineering science behind its construction.  This talk is presented by Dave Shave-Wall, former Chairman of Basingstoke Astronomical Society, part time Astrophotographer and full time Chief Technologist at IBM.

Get Creative with Cosplay 6pm – 7pm / £3.50
Members of the Basingstoke Cosplay Collective explore a range of different techniques and materials to inspire you to make your own costumes in this very visual demonstration!

Gravitational Waves: A new window to the universe 6pm – 7pm / £3.50
Learn about what gravitational waves are, how they are made, and how scientists detect them. Discover the monster gravitational wave machines that live in space, and how they can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, as we embark on the era of multi-messenger astronomy.

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who 7.30pm / £5
Writer Simon Guerrier and astronomer Dr Marek Kukula team up to explore the scientific secrets of Doctor Who. When Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963 the show was intended to educate as well as entertain. Although teaching science may have slipped from its agenda, a show featuring black holes, time travel and alien worlds still presents a great opportunity to engage audiences with the real science behind the fiction.

Learning in Libraries

Free courses for adults, led by a qualified tutor.

Kickstart your Creative Writing
Wednesday 14 March/10am – 1pm/FREE
For people who write/who wish to write in any genre or for any age, this course aims to help generate new ideas and get your creativity flowing.

Get to Know Your iPad
Saturday 17 March/10am – 4.30pm/FREE
An introduction to iPads for new owners, those thinking of buying one and for those who already own an iPad but would like to get more out of it.

Digital Photography Introduction
Friday 23 March/10am – 12.30pm/FREE
This course aims to explore the various parts and features of a Digital Camera and take photographs using different settings plus portrait, flash and macro photos. You will need a digital camera and a compatible memory card and charged batteries and the camera manual if you have it.

Children’s Events

Children’s Craft- World Book Day Celebration
Saturday 3rd March/from 10am/FREE/Ages 3+
Book character fun with crafts and colouring.

Miniprofessors Children’s Science Days
Saturday 10 & 17 March: 10 am – 12 noon / FREE / Ages 2+
Drop-in science with the Miniprofessors, plus crafts and treasure trails.

Children’s Craft – Easter craft and trail
Saturday 31 March / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+
Egg-tastic craft and colouring.

Spring Fair

Basingstoke & District Cats Protection Branch are holding their Spring Fair at the Ambrose Allen Centre, Franklin Avenue, Tadley on Saturday 10 March 2018. Running from 1.00pm to 3.30pm, it promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for all the family.

The Spring Fair will host the Branch Annual Photographic Competition, kindly organised by David and Marion Canning. In addition photographs will be selected for Mr and Mrs Canning’s 2019 calendar which they sell to raise more funds for the branch. To enter the 2018 Photographic Competition or if you would like your cat’s photograph in the 2019 calendar please email basingstoke-cats@hotmail.co.uk

As well as a variety of stalls to appeal to all ages, visitors can treat themselves to some of the delicious homemade cakes available and sit down for a cuppa. Entry is 50p or a donation of cat food, so please come along and give the cats your support. 

Homing and Welfare Officer, Ann Walsh said “Last year, the branch rehomed 156 cats and kittens and either neutered or assisted with the costs of neutering for 307 cats and kittens. So our bills are considerable and we rely on our wonderful supporters that enable us to carry on our work”.

Latest News from Basingstoke Voluntary Action

This is available here.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The latest article from the wildlife trust is available here.


Probus Hears about Radio Times

The Probus Club of Basingstoke, the social group for retired professional and business managers, listened with interest about radio broadcasting memories in the era of 1930s – 60s. It was presented by John Pitman, who grew up during WW2 on a farm near Winchester, where the “wireless” was the main form of information and entertainment.

Like many places in those days his home had no electrical supply and the radio was powered by an accumulator, an early form of battery consisting of glass phials filled with acid and it had to be taken away weekly for recharging. Some readers may remember “crystal sets” which were usually homemade and did not require an electrical supply. However radio broadcasting goes back to the turn of the twentieth century after the invention of valves made it possible to receive electrical signals. The first broadcast took place on Christmas Eve 1906 from the New York Metropolitan Opera House but the only listeners were ships moored in New York harbour.

1920 saw the first radio news broadcast by the Marconi Experimental Station at Writtle near Chelmsford in Essex followed two years later with regular entertainment programmes. The British Broadcasting Company, whose main station was 2LO, morphed into the Corporation in 1926 becoming the BBC.

Many memories were stirred as old radio programmes were recalled, ITMA (It’s that man again – Hitler during the war) with Tommy Handley and Mrs Mop asking “Can I do you now sir” and Worker’s Playtime was broadcast from factory canteens. Have a Go starred Wilfred Pickles with Mabel at the Table and in later series Violet Carson, of Ena Sharples fame, playing the piano.  Ray’s a Laugh with Ted Ray was the fastest joke teller on radio, Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh, with Kenneth Horne and Richard Murdoch was broadcast from a fictitious RAF station. Hi Gang in the war became in peacetime Life with the Lyons with American Ben Lyon with his English wife Bebe Daniels and Vic Oliver. Take it from Here starred “Professor” Jimmy Edwards, Alma Cogan with Dick Bentley and June Whitfield playing the dim witted engaged couple whose famous phrase was “Oooh Ron; yes Eth?”. 

Dick Barton Special Agent was on every weekday evening while Journey in to Space with Jet Morgan was on Monday evenings. In Town Tonight was a Saturday teatime current affairs and personality show “We stop the roar of London’s traffic to see who is in town tonight”.  Sunday lunchtimes had Two Way Family Favourites with Cliff Michelmoore in London and Jean Metcalfe in Germany followed by the Billy Cotton Band Show which opened with the phrase “Wakey wakey”.

The Goon Show had Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine and Harry Secombe while Round the Horne had Kenneth Horne, Marty Feldman with Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick as Julian and his friend Sandy. Mrs Dale’s Diary was always worried about Jim and The Archers the everyday story of country folk is still on air today.

 Who would believe that a ventriloquist’s dummy would have a successful radio show called Educating Archie! It couldn’t happen today but stars of the day appeared like Beryl Reid as Monica but introduced herself  in a Brummie accent “Good evening each, my name’s Marlene” and Max Bygraves  had two catch phrases “I’ve arrived and to prove it I’m here” and “Good idea, son”.

The New York Opera still broadcasts on Christmas Eve but today over 300 radio stations around the world carry the programme.

For more information about the Probus Club see their web site www.probusbasingstoke.wordpress.com or phone Paul Flint on 07770 886521.

Probus visit TAG Aviation Farnborough

Members of the Probus Club of Basingstoke had an informative look behind the scenes of this airfield, perhaps best known for the Farnborough International Air Show.

Samuel Cody made the first sustained powered flight in England here in 1908 and from WW1 Farnborough has been closely concerned with testing and evaluating aircraft.  The Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), was established here and resident until 1985.

Increase in housing and lack of airspace hampered military flying and closure loomed. Part of the airfield was released for general and business aviation use, but with poor uptake, closure was inevitable.  The company TAG, (Techniques d’Avant Garde), secured the airfield for a multi-million pound purchase. TAG Heuer watches was an earlier investment although is now owned by LVMH luxury brands group. Today they own 25% of the McLaren car group. TAG has similar airfield operations in Switzerland and Spain.

Significant capital expenditure in landscaping and modernising the airfield was needed for bespoke VIP business jet operations and current Civilian Aviation Authority regulations.  These included a new control tower, radar unit, spacious aircraft maintenance hangars and an extensive aircraft apron for multi jet parking, servicing and operations. The 2440 metres runway was resurfaced. To attract business users TAG commissioned a luxurious terminal building that provides the very best hospitality for both VIP passengers and Aircraft Crews.

Besides customs, immigration and security facilities passengers may drive directly to their waiting aircraft.  No lengthy and tedious waits here inbound or outbound! Their customers demand and receive high quality and discrete service standards.

All are part of a comprehensive bespoke solution encompassing complete aircraft and passenger handling services for business clients on London’s doorstep. TAG Farnborough employs over 1000 people with 28,000 aircraft movements which will be increased to 50,000 over the forthcoming years.         

See www.probusbasingstoke.wordpress.com