February 11th – 29th Events List

11th Hungerford Bookshop presents Gill Hornby in conversation with Helena Kelly about her new novel Miss Austen. Tickets £8 includes a glass of wine and money off the book on the night. 7.30pm Hungerford Town Hall.

12th Berkshire Family History Society are holding a talk on Heraldry. Shaw Church Hall. 7.30pm – 9.30pm Refreshments available. Non-members welcome (£3 suggested donation).

14th Monthly Eco Pop-Up Shop at St. Mary’s Church, Thatcham. RG19 3PN  10am – 12.30pm

14th The Darling Buds of May Cafe: Under 5’s FREE Story Time. 10.30am – 11.15am Darling Buds of May Plant Nursery, A339, Newbury Road , RG19 8LA

15th For more information www.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups

15th A celebration of favourite hymns, poetry and other musical  performances: Songs of Praise at St. John’s Church, Newbury. 3pm

15th If you have small electrical items or pieces of furniture that you’d like fixed but don’t have the know how, take them along to the Repair Cafe to see if they can be repaired by the volunteers. Last items can be taken in 30 minutes before the end of the session. 11am – 2pm NADHack  The Workshop, The Moors, Thatcham. RG19 3AZ  Refreshments available.

15th February Growing Newbury Green are inviting volunteers to an orchard planting, pruning and tidying event. Meet in the City Recreation Ground 10am – 2pm

16th Indoor Table Top Sale. Sellers £7 a table. 9.30am. Buyers 10.30am – 1.30pm Thatcham Town Football Club, Crookham Hill RG19 4PA

Numee    5 Monument Close, Essex Street, Newbury RG14 6QW

17th A talk by Chris Bird on The White Garden through the seasons with Newbury Gardeners. Doors open 7.10pm for a 7.30pm start. £6 non-members, payable at the door.

18th Enjoy 60’s music, crafts, toys and games at the Vale and Downland Museum. Meet fun characters from Wantage and Harwell during the 60’s. FREE admission, donations welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

18th  For more information: www.wbbrew.com/event/toy-story-4

18th Drama Workshop for 4 – 7 years old. 10am – 10.45am Games, songs and dance on the theme Around the World. Parents/carers need  to stay and watch.  Drama workshop for 8 – 12 years 11am – 11.45am A fun session of drama, songs and dance on the theme Outlaws (based on the tales of Robin Hood) Newbury Library, The Wharf, RG14 5AU FREE. Booking required for both.

18th Lego Fun for children over 5 years. Thatcham Library 2pm – 4pm FREE event all materials provided but Lego is not to take away. There is a regular Lego Club on the first Saturday of every month 10.30am – 12pm

19th Create your own cartoons under the guidance of illustrator Clive Goddard at this Cartoon Workshop activity for over 8’s. Please take your own pens or pencilsCartoons Workshop 2pm – 3pm Newbury Library. Booking essential.

19th Penwood Pop-Up Outdoor Arts Day. Activities include arts, crafts and giant puppetshow. FREE event 10am – 3pm on land adjacent to Woodland Stores. RG20 9EU

19th & 20th Half term events at the Ashmolean Museum: Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Story telling, Chinese calligraphy, colouring and dressing up. Discover the objects in the Chinese gallery and write a new year blessing and your Chinese name on a red envelope. 2pm – 4pm Beaumont St. Oxford

19th Monthly story telling and craft for children under 4 years eligible  for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Central Family Hub, Thatcham.

19th Family Activity Day with a Signs of Spring theme. Using porcelain pens, children can decorate a tealight holder in the shape of a leaf. Take wander round the garden in the search for signs of spring. £2 per child. Drop in, no booking required 10am – 3.30pm. Shaw House, Newbury. 

19th Carnival of the Animals 10.30am – 12pm Musical fun for children over 4 years based on the book Animali Sonanti (Sounding animals) by Arianna Sedioli. Make your own instrument and play along. FREE.  There will also be a special Half Term Rhymetime 3.15pm 3.45pm for under 4 years.  Hungerford Library. 2 Church St. RG17 0JG

19th POP UP Play Village suitable for children under 5 years. Includes a construction site, vet’s surgery and a supermarket. 10am – 12pm Burghfield Common Library. FREE. Booking essential.

20th Children 5+ are invited to join West Berkshire Council Assistant Archaeologist Beth Asbury in Theale Library.  Make your own mini Roman Villa. FREE activity, no need to book. 2.15pm – 3.15pm Church St. Theale RG7 5BZ

20th The Watermill Theatre presents this classic tale for children 2 – 6 years at Hungerford Library 11.15am and Pangbourne 2.15pm .  Also at Newbury on the 23rd, same time. Advance booking essential. Adults £5 , children £2, special rates for childminders and nurseries. www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries

20th Open Mic Night every Thursday on the roof terrace of The Newbury. Just turn up on the night. 137 Bartholomew St. Newbury RG14 5HB

20th/21st Meet the author, Rachel Jane and hear stories of Milo and Lil the Campervans and take part in crafts. Thatcham  21st at 10.30am, Mortimer 2pm on the 21st and Burghfield Common Library 20th at 11am. FREE drop in events.  www.westberks.gov.uk

21st Messy Museum Days. Design your own woodland forest using printing tiles, ink and cartridge paper then have fun with the special trail looking at museum objects made of wood. West Berkshire Museum 10am – 3pm £2 per child, no booking required, just drop in dressed for mess.

21st Talk to local dyslexia specialist Jacqui Flisher. Subjects covered: Dyslexia in the workplace. How to claim Disabled Student’s Allowance. Obtaining a formal assessment. The 37 characteristics of dyslexia. Dyslexia thinking and learning styles and what schools should be doing to help. Attending children can read, play or colour in the library while you are talking.  Theale Library. 1.30pm – 4.30pm

24th Games provided. £1 entrance. Drinks and snacks available to purchase. 7pm – 10pm The Well, Green Lane. Thatcham RG19 3RG  www.glendale-church.com

25th Berkshire Maestros are inviting children to try playing the violin, viola, cello and double bass and find out how to enrol for lessons.  4pm – 6.30pm at The Music Centre, St. Barts School. Newbury RG14 6JP

25th Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Races. Starting at 12 noon in the Market Place, Newbury. Pancake Lunch, sweet or savoury (with salad) and tea or coffee will be served in St. Nicolas Hall, West Mills from 12.15pm. Lunch £6.

As part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day there will be an evening of recollections and music reflecting the mood of May 8th 1945. I you have a personal memory, or know what your parents, grandparents were doing on that day, The Control Tower at Greenham Common would love to hear from you. All that’s needed is a few sentences that capture what that day mean’t to individuals. Please send your story to AndyK@greenhamtower.org.uk

27th until March 17th Are you visiting McDonalds for a £2.99 Happy Meal? The £1 Book Token will get you a FREE book from a selection of 12 at Tesco, Sainsbury, or Waterstones. These books normally cost £5 – £10

29th On the last Saturday of every month a Dog walk in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind is held starting at the Rowbarge Woolhampton.  Optional refreshments before heading out for the 1 hour walk around the surrounding lakes at 11am. Due to the recent wet weather, check before leaving that the walk is still happening. FREE event, donations welcomed.

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