Extras – October 2017

Another Sherfield Beer Festival Approaches!

Following the outstanding success of the last eight years, the village of Sherfield-on-Loddon is getting ready to host another Beer Festival on Saturday 30th September.

Serving from 11:30am until 11pm, the Beer Festival attracts beers and ciders from many parts of the country.

Ale-lovers and families will be treated to a range of delicious food and snacks, plus live music throughout the afternoon and evening from local bands including the very popular Basingstoke Concert Band. All these will be enjoyed in the lovely Village Hall garden, weather permitting, and to top it all there is a free – yes, free! – minibus shuttle service to and from the Beer Festival and Bramley train station from 6pm, courtesy of Jar’s Cars and sponsored by the White Hart.

Not a beer or cider fan?  We will serve wine, lagers and soft drinks from the Village Hall bar too.

Ticket prices are the same as last year – only £4 if purchased in advance from The Shop, the White Hart and the Four Horseshoes.  They are £5 on the day and children under 18 years old are free of charge when accompanied by an adult.   No dogs except guide and assistance dogs.

Commemorative pint beer glasses are being sponsored by the Four Horseshoes and will be given to each adult ticket holder, subject to availability.  The Beer Festival is raising funds for three charities once again this year – Sherfield Village Hall, St. Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke, and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

We know it’s going to be busy and full of thirsty people so bring a chair and come along to enjoy another wonderful Sherfield Beer Festival.

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra Classical Treasures Concert

Saturday 11th November 7:45pm The Anvil, Basingstoke

This concert is a true treasure chest of some of the most cherished classical music ever written. Beethoven’s powerful Egmont Overture, written as part of his incidental music for a revival of Goethe’s tragedy, gets the evening off to a stirring start. Dynamic, award-winning Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina returns to the Anvil stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s ever popular first Piano Concerto. Stephen Schotchmer’s beautiful and poignant Valse Tragique, a movement from his Second Symphony, is a tribute to the victims of the Bataclan attack in Nov 2015, in particular to Antoine Leirio who lost his wife Helene in the atrocity but whose words, humanity and incredible mental strength following the tragedy were truly inspirational – a moving and fitting piece to mark Remembrance Day. An especially genial warmth pervades the whole of Brahms’ Third Symphony, rising in the first and fourth movements to some climaxes of real passion.

Ticket prices range from £2 for U16’s to £24. Group and early booking discounts available, please see Anvil website for details www.anvilarts.org.uk or visit the Orchestra’s website www.bso.org.uk

Basingstoke’s Got Talent

Every year the Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival takes place over 3 consecutive weekends in March. Hundreds of performers from beginners to highly experienced, young and adult come along to share their enthusiasm for their instrument, speech, drama and creative writing. Bands, Choirs and Ensembles , Strings, Piano, Singing, Woodwind, Brass and Recorders, Creative Writing and Speech and Drama all bring variety and entertainment for fellow participants, parents, friends and others who have joined the audiences. I helped with the piano section in 2017 and it was great to see the confidence of beginners and the mastery of some very talented individuals which reflected a tremendous amount of practice and dedication by them and their teachers. Very helpful encouragement was provided by guest adjudicators who themselves are very accomplished performers often involved in assessing performance skills internationally. The festival season concludes with a Gala concert at which the top performers are invited to perform. This is attended by the mayor amongst others.

So if you are a performer who would like to participate in the next festival, a music teacher seeking a good opportunity to provide a student with an opening for performance or if you are interested in helping in some way, please visit the web site http://www.basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk. (The next festival may seem a way off yet but the closing date for entries is around the end of 2017 so it will soon be time to think about what pieces you may wish to enter).  Basingstoke most definitely has Got Talent!

OCTOBER events at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Get Online Week: 2 – 8 October
Join us this week for the annual Get Online campaign. Let us offer help and support as we show you how we can bring digital skills and know-how to everyone.
If it’s carrying out transactions, looking at comparison sites or just getting started with getting online, we will have sessions throughout the week to help you develop your digital skills.
Check our website and in the Discovery Centre for further details nearer the time.

Disability Signpost Service
Tuesday 3 October / 10am – 12noon
Drop-in for information on topics including transport, benefits, housing and more.

Basingstoke Disability Connections
Tuesday 3 October / 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Informal get-together for people affected by disability.

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

Board in the Library
Wednesday 4 October/ 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!

Painting for Fun
Thursday 5 October / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area.

Hydration and the Digestive System
Thursday 5 October / 1.30pm / £3.75
With Jane Wilkinson, The Body Mentor
Water, as you already know is one of the most important elements your body needs, apart from the billion or so cellular reactions that are reliant on water. We need water for the four main pathways of getting toxins out of out body.    How do we know if we are dehydrated and how do we go about changing it? Drinking plain water causes bloating, suppresses thirst and thus further drinking; a poor choice where high fluid intake is required.  Join Jane to discover more about your internal health and digestion.

Hearing Impaired Reading Group
Friday 6 October / 2pm – 4pm / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest.

Discover Board Games
Saturday 7 October / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Libraries Week
9 – 14 October
Look out for details nearer the time!

Gemma Cairney at Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Tuesday 10 October / 7.15pm / £2.50
BBC Radio presenter, TV personality, journalist and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney OPENs up to talk about how magic and messed up life can be: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.
Gemma Cairney is an important advocate for young people and between her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as BBC Radio 1’s resident agony aunt on The Surgery, she is perfectly placed to offer hope to young people questioning what life’s all about or dealing with hard times.
Hear what she has to say, pose your own questions and join in the discussion.

Memory Box Project
Friday 13 October / 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.

Young Embroiders Club
Saturday 14 October / 10am – 12noon / £5 / Ages 5-16
Learn new skills and meet new friends.

Saturday 14 October / 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.

Experience a new level of social gaming with your Nintendo and other gaming consoles.
Saturdays 14 October / 11am – 4pm / FREE

Children’s Crafts
Saturday 14 October / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+

Poetry Group 
Wednesday 18 October / 10.30am – 12.00 noon / £1
Read and share poetry with other like-minded people.

Wonderful Wordsmiths
Wednesday 18 October / 4pm – 5pm / FREE
A fun creative writing club for 8-13 olds.

Board in the Library
Wednesday 18 October / From 6.30pm / FREE
All welcome. Other Board Games are available to play.

Creative Writing
Wednesday 18 October / 2pm – 4pm / £1
New members are welcome at this supportive group for writers of all genres and ability.

Let’s Get Making!
Wednesday 18 October / 7pm / FREE
Basingstoke Makerspace Evening
Think of something YOU want to make…and make it at a Makerspace – the Basingstoke Makerspace!
Makerspaces are communities for people who want to build, modify and learn about things……….a robot or a drone, a 3D printer or scanner, using a laser cutter, learning to solder and build electronics, programme a Raspberry Pi, make cosplay costumes, weld metal, communicate on the Internet of things, make an electric bike or wheelbarrow…. or a pair of shoes!
Come and discuss with members of Basingstoke and other local Makerspaces what you want to build and at the same time see some of the equipment and projects they are working on.

Painting for Fun
Thursday 19 October / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE
Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee shop area.

Discover Board Games
Saturday 21 October / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Family Chess Coaching
Saturday 21 October / 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.

Crime Fiction Reading Group
Saturday 21 October / 2pm / FREE
Meet others who share your enjoyment of this genre.

Take a Line for a Walk
Thursday 26 October / 10.30am – 12noon / £3.75 (Accompanying adults free) / Ages 5 – 12
Artist and Educator PJ Preston will be on hand to lead a fun morning of mark making and drawing. Just bring your imagination!

Memory Box Project
Friday 27 October / 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.

Make Your Own Halloween Costumes
Friday 27 October / 1.30pm – 3pm / £5 (Accompanying adults free) / Ages 8 – 11
Get ready for Halloween in style with this super sewing and textiles workshop. Design and create your very own costume based on a simple tabard style tunic. Materials provided – although you are welcome to bring any embellishments of your own!

Visually Impaired Reading Group
Monday 30 October / 10.30am – 12.30pm / FREE
An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest.

Basingstoke Variety Show 2017

Basingstoke Variety Show is an annual one night only spectacular and is the Mayor’s annual charity show, a firm favourite in the mayoral calendar. The show includes contributions from various talented performers and performing arts groups from around Basingstoke and Deane. The aim is to showcase the borough’s talent in the largest local performance venue we can use – The Anvil!

The show is a mixture of modern and traditional pieces designed to bring together young and old performers into ‘one cast’ providing something for everyone.

The idea for this highly successful concert came out of a discussion with the former Mayoral Coordinator, Margaret Payne, and members of the ladies and male voice choirs who were anxious to help the annual mayoral charity appeal and to give talented people from the borough an opportunity to perform hence its original title ‘Talent of the Town’.

Now in its sixteenth year, the event has not only entertained thousands of people but has also raised many thousands of pounds for different Mayors’ charities. This is all produced by a team of volunteers, giving their time and expertise to put on the event.

This years’ show will be held at The Anvil, Basingstoke on Saturday 7th October at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available at www.anvilarts.org.uk or from the Box Office on 01256 844244

Adults: £15. Concessions £11.

For more information visit us on Facebook – search Basingstoke Variety Show.

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – November 2017

Wed 1 Nov, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.
The Queen of Dance reveals all from 40 years in showbusiness. Arlene Phillips has been an inimitable choreographer and director for over four decades. Since creating the provocative dance group Hot Gossip in the 1970s, Arlene has been a household name. Whether you know her from Hot Gossip or as the toughest judge on Strictly Come Dancing, prepare to be surprised and entertained by her stories.
TICKETS: £27; under 18s £14

Wed 1 Nov, 8pm
The Forge
Trio Dhoore
A young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders, this folk trio is a force to be reckoned with. Championed by fRoots magazine, their music breathes life and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes and their own original material. 
TICKETS: £15.50; Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13.50

Thu 2 Nov, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Tamed with Professor Alice Roberts
Alice Roberts delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of species that became our allies. From dogs, cattle and horses to wheat, potatoes and apples, find out how taming all these species has left its mark on them – and us.
TICKETS: £19.50; over 65s and f/t students £17.50

Sat 4 Nov, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Philharmonia Orchestra
Edward Gardner conducts the Philharmonia as they perform Elgar’s In The South and Symphony no 1, as well as a new Clarinet Concerto by young British composer Joseph Phibbs.
TICKETS:  £40, £36, £29, £22, £14; Under 16s and f/t students £10

Tue 14 Nov, 7pm doors
The Anvil
Imelda May
Superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists. Support for the evening is Andreya Triana.

TICKETS: £37, £27; VIP package £101

Wed 15 Nov, 8pm
The Anvil
Soul II Soul
Soul II Soul revolutionised R’n’B and they are the height of cool.  Featuring Jazzie B, Caron Wheeler and their very special live orchestral band and DJs, the hits just keep on coming including Back to Life, Keep on Moving, Get A Life, and Jazzie’s Groove.
TICKETS: £36.50

Thu 16 Nov, 8pm
The Anvil
Russell Brand
Re: Birth
Award-winning comedian, writer, actor and presenter brings his show to Basingstoke.
TICKETS: £29.50 maximum 6 per person
Suitable for ages 16 and over

Fri 17 Nov, 7.45pm
The Anvil
John Mayall
The Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall’s band The Bluesbreakers launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. 64 albums later and John’s captivating and authentic sound is still as vital today is it ever was.
TICKETS: £34, £31.50

Sat 18 Nov, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Heinz Holliger conducts a concert of Mendelssohn and Schubert.  The orchestra is joined by pianist Stephen Hough.
TICKETS:  £40, £36, £29, £22, £14; Under 16s and f/t students £10

Thu 23 Nov, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Milton Jones
is Out There
The award-winning stand up comedian with the scruffy hair and loud shirts comes to Basingstoke.

Fri 24 Nov, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Join Lulu for a show packed full of her hits, new songs and songs that have influenced and guided her throughout her incredible career.


Sat 25 Nov, 7.30pm
The Anvil
The Nutcracker
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House
Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic and love are just some of the elements that are brought together by this renowned Russian company. A much loved ballet, full of familiar music such as the Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It tells the story of a little girl whose godfather gives her a Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and the magic begins…
TICKETS: £33, £31; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £31, £29

Sat 25 Nov, 7.45pm
The Forge
Guy Davis and Frabrizio Poggi
Rediscover the genius of blues masters Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, as Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi bring you an evening inspired by these two musical greats. 
TICKETS: £15; Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13

Wed 29 Nov – 2 Dec, 7.30pm
Thu & Sat 2pm
The Haymarket
The Ghost’s Touch!
starring Mark Homer (EastEnders) and Terri Dwyer (Law and Order UK)
A haunting play based on the chilling Victorian tale by the author of The Woman in White.
TICKETS: Wed-Thu £22, Fri-Sat £24, 2pm performance £19; Over 65s £2 off, under 16s and
f/t students £13

Become a Bluebird Care Assistant and get £500!

One member of staff at a Hampshire care-provider is £500 better off this week, thanks to her friend.

Bluebird Care Hook, who provide home and live-in care across Hart, Basingstoke & Deane introduced a new recruitment scheme earlier in the year to attract more people into a career in care.

The award-winning organisation encourages its existing care staff to refer a friend. Those that do receive a refer-a-friend payment of £500, if the individual they’ve referred successfully completes their three-month probation period with the company.

Nikki Champion was the first to receive the award after referring her friend, Abbie Slingo – who has just completed her first three months as a care assistant.

Phil Miles, Managing Director of Bluebird Care, said:

“Employing committed and passionate care assistants has been a huge part of our success in recent years.

We will only ever be as good as the staff we employ and our staff are outstanding! They are always professional and have real empathy for the people they look after.

It’s because of this that we launched our £500 Refer-a-Friend scheme. Investing in excellent quality, hardworking staff is absolutely essential to everything that we do.”

With offices in Hook, Bluebird Care provides care and support to older people and adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties across Hart, and Basingstoke & Deane.

Bluebird Care is continually looking at new and innovative ways to encourage people to think of a career in care, and are out in the community on a regular basis at village fetes, summer fairs and recruitment events.

Kim Teagle is Bluebird Care’s Recruitment Manager. She added: “This year we’ll continue to take our recruitment opportunities out into the community. As well as promoting our services at local events, people can also find out about what it’s like to work for us.

If you see us, feel free to join us for a coffee and a friendly chat about the employment opportunities we have for you.”

Bluebird Care is a national provider of home and live in care, specialising in working with customers who live with dementia, physical disabilities and many other acute and chronic conditions. Bluebird Care work alongside their customers’ families, social services and the NHS to ensure each person receives the care they need.

Bluebird Care offers a unique service of tailored care visits which range from anything from 30 minutes to full live-in support. As well as personal care they also help with meal preparation, welfare checks, shopping, social trips, visits to the hospital and provide extra support for post-discharge customers.

For more details about working for Bluebird Care contact Kim at Bluebird Care by calling 07792 784354, emailing kimteagle@bluebirdcare.co.uk, or by visiting their website at www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/Hook

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

This months article can be found here.

St. Michael’s Hospice 25th Anniversary

Please see here for more details.

CRAFT & GIFT FAIR at the Old Chapel Textile Centre.

Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG19 6HW.   
01635 38740
Saturday 7th October 2017
10.00am – 3.00pm
Free entry, free parking, Tea Room
Crafts on sale incude: wood turning, jewellery, patchwork, knitting, crochet, candles, mixed media art work, fairy houses, ceramics, embroidery, handmade paper, hand dyed fabric and thread, tote bags, bunting, memo boards, and more!

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES – We have an exciting new programme of workshops and classes for the autumn at the Old Chapel Textile Centre, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG19 6HW.   The programme covers a wide range of topics including sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, smocking, patchwork, quilting, spinning, braiding and more.  Take a look at our website for more details or contact us at: 
01635 38740

Free parking, Tea Room.


Website www.basingstokelions.org.uk

You’ll no doubt recall that in March we raised funds to help the Basingstoke Bluefins (Disability) swimming team represent the South Region at the 2017 Special Olympics in Sheffield. The team performed superbly. Their overall medal haul was 5 golds,  4 silvers and 2 bronze with 19 personal bests out of 23 swims.  That is a truly fantastic achievement. Well done the Bluefins!

Not to be outdone, our immediate past President abseiled off the Spinnaker Tower in aid of the ABS Charity and raised £1470. The Club optimistically nicknamed the event “The Spinnaker Splat”, and when she asked how she might cushion her fall, cynically offered her a whoopee cushion. We’re all heart!

The Basingstoke Breast Cancer Self Help Group ran a super fundraising skittles evening at the Conservative Club which a group of us attended. We weren’t much cop at the bowling, but we did win a bar of chocolate in the raffle.

MacMillan’s Coffee morning is coming up soon. We’ll be supporting – will you?

World Sight Day is on Thursday 12th October: We will have our usual stall in Festival Place. So please remember to bring your redundant spectacles to us and we will ensure that they have a second life helping some of the poorest people on earth to achieve a better life. There will also be people on hand to advise on sight related matters.

Quiz Night at Cliddesden Millenium Hall on 18 November: Contact Philip Wilson philipjhwilson@btinternet.com  to reserve your table for 4 at this mental masochists’ marathon. Remember we can only accommodate 22 teams and several teams have already booked.

Disport Games: I’m sorry to report that they had to be cancelled. It is hoped to re-instate them next year. We’ll keep you posted.

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


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