January 11th – 20th

11th Northcroft Leisure Centre Family Fun Open Day.  5 FREE classes, squash courts, Children aged 8 – 15 can take part in Activ8 at 10am and family swimming. 9am – 3pm Membership offers will be available on the day, otherwise use code FITNESS20 on-line.

11th West Berkshire Indoor Bowls Club. FREE Taster session for all ages and ability. Minimum age 9yrs. Equipment provided. Please wear flat soled shoes. Wheelchair friendly access. 10am – 2pm Pyle Hill, Newbury RG14 7SW

Fair Close Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury RG14 7BH  Complimentary events for over 55’s  Tel. 01635 40488

11th For playing his part in the “Swing Riots”A minutes Silence will be held to remember William Winterbourne, hanged on this day in 1831 at 12 noon in Reading Jail. St. Mary’s churchyard, Kintbury. RG17 9TR  11.40am

11th Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD Volunteering Recruitment. 10am – 3pm FREE event.

12th Wassail: Annual celebration of the orchard and New Year. Bless the trees, drink their health and frighten away evil spirits with song and lots of noise. 1.30pm Make tin can drums and shakers or bring your own. 1.50pm Crown the King and Queen ofthe Wassail. 2pm Noisy procession to the community orchard led by the Morris Men to enjoy mulled cider/apple juice and cakes. Event finishes at 3pm  The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU FREE event, donations welcome.

12th Meet twin brothers Chris and Steve Rocks who create their works on a single canvas. 12pm – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm  Whitewall Galleries, 43 Parkway, Newbury RG14 1AY Please register your interest

13th Train to Teach Career Information Evening with The Downland Alliance. 6pm – 8pm St Bartholomew’s School, Andover Road, Newbury. Other dates and local venues available.

13th Newbury National Trust is hosting an illustrated talk covering the role of Greenham Common in WW2 and the Cold War with Andy Kempe. 7.30pm St George’s Church, Andover Road. RG14 6NU Non members welcome. £3

14th Corn Exchange Book Club. Monthly discussion group. 6pm – 7pm Please email getinvolved@cornexchangenew.co.uk to confirm your attendance.

14th/18th/23rd  Fostering Information Sessions. Drop in to speak to the fostering team and some local foster carers to find out what fostering is all about. For more information Email fostering@westberks.gov.uk or phone 01635 503155

15th For a coffee and some chat whilst crafting, pop along to Numee at 10.30 am every first and third Wednesday of the month. There will be patterns, wool and needles available, or take your own craft work. Pensioner’s Morning: Every Tuesday 9am – 11.30am Coffee and cakes 20% off. For more details phone Elizabeth on 01635 479235 Monument Close, Essex Street Newbury RG14 6QW

15th Monthly story telling and craft sessions aimed at children up to 4 years at the Family Hub, Thatcham every third Wednesday of the month. FREE event for those already receiving the scheme or eligible for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. (post code eligibility). £2 payable for refreshments, in cash, on the day.

15th Newbury Jazz Platform at The Lamb. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month an evening of collaboration, creativity and music. Information here on this month’s jam numbers. 5 Enborne Road, RG14 6AG 7.30pm – 10.30pm

15th SEN Exclusive Relaxed Soft Play. No age restriction no diagnosis required, Siblings welcome. Parents/carers remain responsible for their children. Tickets £2 per participant, parents/carers free. Wonderland Soft Play, York Road, Newbury RG14 7NF 5pm – 6.30pm  Book via email: families@asdfamilyhelp.org

15th The new Exhibition at West Berkshire Museum, Newbury: Place to Place shares the stories of journeys taken to, from and around West Berkshire. Runs until 22nd November. FREE entry

16th Broad Street Mall are offering a FREE, all ability yoga session at 11am – 12pm in the unit next to Boswells. No Booking required. All equipment will be provided. Reading RG1 7QE

16th If you are over 55 there is a FREE taster session with Newbury Volleyball Club. Adapted Fun Volleyball. Trinity School, Love Lane, Newbury RG14 2DU  7pm – 8pm Email suesayers1@sky.com or phone 07881 677634

16th Zero waste pop-up shop Lonely Lentil will be at the Corn Exchange, Newbury 10am – 4.30pm

16th Clothes Swap. Take a minimum of 3 items incl. shoes and accessories, in good, clean condition and on hangers if possible. (donate 3, take 3 home) For ages 14+ Under 18’s must be accompanied. 7.30pm – 9pm £5 incl. a glass of wine or juice.The Base, Communications Rd, Thatcham. RG19 6HN   Next event 26th March.

16th Join the Renewal Project to help with their river survey and build a plan for the year. Riverside Community Centre 10am. Dress for the weather. Rosemoor Gardens, Clay Hill Cresent, Newbury RG14 2FG

16th Book Group. Held at Sainsbury’s Cafe, Newbury RG14 5AB www.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups

17th – 26th Winter Lights Special. The gardens will be lit up for an illuminated trail. There will be a series of events celebrating the lights, including a Wellbeing Day. Whitchurch Silk Mill Winchester Street, RG28 7AL

If you are willing and able to knit, crochet or sew pouches, nests and wraps for the injured and homeless animals of Australia, Gillian Hicks has arranged to send anything you can make. The deadline is the 23rd for items to be dropped off at Pandora’s Box Emporium, Faraday Road, Newbury RG14 2AD For information or patterns or email nbjasmineweyr@gmail.com

18th Growing Newbury Green Community Apple Tree Pruning. Learn how to prune the trees and help with this annual chore. Digby Road, Newbury. (and maybe a trip to Orchardene) RG14 1TT 10am – 1pm FREE event

18th Join soloists and the Trumpet Ensembles from Newbury Music Centre for the first Platform Concert of the year. FREE entry, tickets not required. donations welcome. St Bartholomew’s School, Andover Road, Newbury. RG14 6JP 1pm – 2pm

18th Wedding Showcase at Double Tree by Hilton Newbury North. M4 Junction, 13 Oxford Road, Newbury RG20 8XY 1pm – 4pm

18th Men’s Cancer Support Event designed to support men affected by cancer, including men who have a loved one with cancer. Women welcome. No booking required, drop in event. West Berkshire Brewery. The Old Dairy, Yattendon RG18 0XT

18th Saturday Book Group, Newbury Library. The Wharf RG14 5AU www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries

Collect the £1 entry form at Crown Needlework and join in with the Community of  Hungerford Theatre Company’s hunt to find 12 knitted Peter Pan Characters in shop windows around the town. Completed forms need to be returned to Crown Needlework or Fare Wise Travel be entered in the draw to win one of these lovely knitted gems. Tickets for the 2020 Panto are now on sale.

18th Play your favourite Nintendo Sports games, for all ages and abilities with prizes for competition winners. Mario Tennis Aces 10.30am, Parents Cup prize for a Wii Sports Tournament at 12.30pm and Strikers Charged Football 2.30pm. All depending on numbers and experience. 8am – 4pm Newbury and Thatcham Nintendo Club at Caffe Nero, Northbrook Street, Newbury.

18th Newbury Speakers Club. FREE Public Speaking Open House.  All abilities welcome. Overcome your fear of speaking in public and improve your communication skills. There will be an opportunity to give a brief speech and receive constructive feedback if you want to. 1.30pm – 3.30pm West Berkshire Museum, Newbury.  Book your place here.

18th Cold Ash Parish Greening Group are holding a Swap Shop 10am – 11.30am Acland Hall, Cold Ash. Good quality, clean, small, light enough to be carried by one person, items in good repair. Items not accepted: clothes/linen, food/drink, baby/child seats, knives, paint/chemicals, toiletries, flower pots, obsolete electrical items, chipped crockery, magazines, videos or carpet/lino. For larger items place an advert on the display board. Items may be dropped off between 9.30am – 10am

19th Hungerford Wassail at The Cider Barn, Hungerford Park Estate. Dress for the weather, take instruments to make a lot of noise. Walkers meet at The Downgate RG17 0ED. Drivers, from Cold Harbour RG17 0RT follow My Apple Juice signs to The Cider Barn 3.30pm

19th If you are a lone parent and would like some adult conversation, pop along to Wonderland Soft Play for the Lone Parents Support Group.  10.30am – 12.30pm Chd. under 1m £1.50 over 1m £2.50 York Road, Newbury RG14 7NF

19th The Royal British Legion  hosts a regular Tea Dance (Ballroom, Sequence and Latin) and all are welcome. £3 1.30pm – 4pm Pelican Lane, Newbury. RG14 1NP For more information call 01635 47415

20th Newbury Gardeners Gardening for all Lectures: Fortnightly event starting with Unusual Edibles with Paul Barney from Edulis. Doors open 7.10pm for a 7.30pm start. St Nicolas School, Link Road, Newbury RG14 7LU £6 payable on the door.

20th Every third Monday of the month Mothers Who Make, a growing national initiative, for mothers who hold the dual role of professional and/ or passionate in any discipline and at any stage on their creative paths. Children are welcome too. 10am – 12 noon. South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG14  4QU  FREE to book. Donations welcome on the day.

20th Reading Central Library is holding a coffee morning/film screening on Railways of the Golden Age (1898 – 1968)  Abbey Sq. RG1 3BQ 11am FREE event. Tel 0118 901 5950

Email emma.wilcox@dogstrust.org.uk  Website  www.dogstrust.org.uk

Sponsors and teams are invited to sign up for the Newbury Pancake races on SHROVE TUESDAY, February 25th. Fancy dress encouraged. To get involved email Joyce Lewis at joycelws@aol.com or call 07483 119404

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