Goring Gap News – Monthly Diary – August 2017

This monthly diary reproduced from the Goring Gap News lists the activities of many local clubs and societies, and other events. The Information Office (T: 01491 873565) can always provide more details.

At the end of the pages you will find emergency medical information

The following abbreviations are used:
Bellême Room BR   Canterbury Room CR   Free Church Hall FCH  Goring Community Centre GCC
Goring Social Club GSC   Goring Village Hall GVH  Morrell Room MR   Storton Lodge SL

You will find some events in the diary have links to further details under Forthcoming Events further down the page.

Friday 25 August
3-5pm CR–Scrabble Group. Players of all ages and ability are welcome.

Saturday 26 August
10.30am CR–Coffee and cake and conversation.

Sunday 27 August
    2-5pm Withymead Nature Reserve–Open Day and cream teas.
    2.30-5pm Cleeve by Goring WI will be serving tea and cake at the lock.
    7.30pmGSC–Quiz Night.

Monday 28 August
1-6pm South Stoke– Open Gardens and Church Flower Festival, Bank Holiday Monday. Admission £5 adults, children free, no dogs please.

Friday 1 September
8pm GVH–Goring and Streatley Wine Society Umbria and Southern Tuscany. Entry by advance ticket only. Further information visit our website: W: www.goringandstreatleywinesociety.co.uk or contact Philippa Seymour T: 01491 873805. E: philippa@philippaseymour.com

Tuesday 5 September
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club. A talk by John Douglass on Pictures that tell a story. Visitors welcome. For further information W: goringgapphoto.co.uk

Wednesday 6 September
    9.30am•Streatley HandyBus to Newbury and Savages (Blewbury)
For bookings phone T: 0118 930 4837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip.
    3pm GVH–MIGGS AGM.See P5.
    8pm SL–Village Greenfingers Talk by Nurserywoman, Jaqueline Aviolet on History and Propagation of Asters. Visitors welcome. Refreshments provided.

Friday 8 September
2-3.30pm BR–Macular Society.

Saturday 9 September
Goring Food Festival. See below. 2pm onwards Centre 70 near the Kinecroft–Wallingford Allotment and Garden Society Annual Show. Entry free. Roke and Benson Brass Band playing.

Sunday10 September
    3pm St ThomasChurch–Organ Recital by Andrew Patterson, Director of Music at St Giles, Oxford and Organist at Blenheim Palace. Followed by tea and cakes.
    7.30pm The Catherine Wheel–Quiz Night. Teams of up to 6 people. £2 per person and the winner takes all. See P7.

Wednesday 13 September
    9.30-11.30am and 1.30-3pmGoring and Cleeve Pre-school Open Day. All parents wishing to enrol children in 2017/2018 are welcome. Ages 2 years onwards.
    7.30pm SL–Cleeve by Goring WI. A talk by Paolo Scremin: Egypt: A Colourful Treasure from the Age of the Pyramids.

Thursday 14 September
11am GCCCalling All Carers Meeting. Contact Ann Hart T: 01491 873857.

Friday 15 September
7.30 for 8pm GVH–Goring Cricket Club Quiz.

Saturday 16 September
8.30pm GSC–Live music the Generators.

Monday 18 September
8pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society. Talk by Mark Stevens Broadmoor Revealed. The Victorian Asylum-an introduction to Britains oldest secure asylum. Further information contact Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022.

Tuesday 19 September
10.30am SL–Start of WEA class History of the English Language. See below.

Wednesday 20 September
9.30am–Streatley Handybus to Toad Hall Garden Centre and Henley Centre.
For bookings phone T: 0118 930 4837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip.

Thursday 21 September
10.30 to 2.00 CR–Pick a Flick–A United Kingdom. Cost £3 including a light lunch. If you would like a lift to the church, please contact Jenny Boyd T: 01491 872109 or Billie Richards T: 01491 873540.

Friday 22 September
7.30-11.30pm GVH– Goring Hall Jazz Live Fleetwood Macs Rumours Tickets £15 from Inspirations and from Music Box, Wallingford. See P43.

Monday 25 September
10.30am SL–Strength and balance classes start. See below.

Friday 29 September
8pm GVH– Goring Unplugged. £4 on the door, no bar BYO.

Friday 8 September
    2-4pm BR–Macular Society meeting.
    7.30 GVH–The Gap Gig. Omar Puente, Cuban violinist, plays Afro Cuban jazz. Tickets £15.

Sunday 10 September
3pm St Thomas Church–Organ recital by Andrew Patterson, Director of Music at St Giles Oxford.

Thursday 14 September
11am GCC–Calling all Carers Meeting Contact Ann Hart T: 01491 873857.

Friday 15 September
7.30 GVH–Goring Cricket Club Quiz Night. Teams 4 to 6 people. £6 each. See article P33.

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The second Goring and Streatley Food and Drink Festival takes place on Saturday 9 September celebrating the chefs, venues and producers at the heart of the vibrant culinary scene in the area. It promises to be a fun day for all the family with food and drink stalls, tastings, competitions, street food village, drink zone, kids kitchen and a chef demonstration. The festival takes place across both the villages of Goring and Streatley with pubs, restaurants, shops and businesses getting involved. Entry is free though there is a small charge for some of the activities. Just £5 will gain you entry to all the chef demonstrations throughout the day. Tickets are available on the festival website. Bookings are also open online for Kids Kitchen, hands on fun cooking classes with Mrs Bun the Baker for toddlers and older children. There will be plenty of entertainment on offer with competitions for adults and children. The Catherine Wheel, in Station Road and The Swan at Streatley will have live music and The Miller of Mansfield will host beer, wine and spirit drink masterclasses.
Full information about the Goring and Streatley Food and Drink Festival can be found at W: www.goringstreatleyfoodfest.co.uk For more information, please contact Sally Albin M: 07808 772504, E: sallyalbin@gmail.com

The new season of monthly talks starts on Monday 18 September at 8.00pm in Goring Village Hall. Mark Stevens of the Berkshire Record Office will reveal what life was like in Victorian times in Broadmoor, an asylum for the criminally insane. From October to December the talks take place in the afternoons, starting at 2.30pm. Other topics covered in the programme are The Oxfordshire Home Front 1914-18 on 16 October, Drovers roads in Oxfordshire and beyond on 20 November and a light-hearted look at Old time Christmas on 18 December when mince pies will also be available. Visitors to meetings are welcome for a small charge to include tea or coffee. Do join us.
The Transport History Group monthly outings continue until November before taking a winter break. In September there will be a sea voyage on the Shieldhall from Southampton and in October a visit to the newly refurbished Postal Museum in London. In November we will be venturing to Coventry by train to look around the fascinating collection of vehicles at the Transport Museum there.
For further information see W: www.goringgaphistory.org.uk or contact Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022 or E: goringgaphistory@gmail.com

Two thousand years ago, a language was spoken by a handful of savage and now largely forgotten tribes on the shores of north-west Europe. Today that language has become English, spoken by perhaps a billion people around the world. The latest WEA course, run by Simon Jones, will deal with how this extraordinary language has evolved and how the unrecorded early stages can be traced and reconstructed. Join us this autumn when we will look at the processes of change in language, how they relate to history and how they can be used in historical study. The fees for this ten week course are £86 and it will run from Tuesday 19 September 2017 starting at 10.30am for two hours at Storton Lodge. For further details, please contact Alan Winchcomb: T: 01491 872773. E: alan.winchcomb@btinternet.com

If you like Fleetwood Mac then Friday 22 September is the night for you. A superb live production of their great album Rumours is being presented by The Album Project at Goring Village Hall. This is a group of enormously talented musicians not a tribute band just great musicians playing as precisely as possible, the great groups music. Tickets £15 from Inspirations or Music Box, Market Place, Wallingford or contact Bill Jackson T: 01491 875758 or M: 07885 251803 or contact us through W: goringhall.live

These take place at Storton Lodge from 10.30-11.30am starting Monday 25 September. Simple strength, balance, flexibility and mobility is the focus of this class. Some time will be spent going down and up from the floor (or kneeling) £4 per session. First class is free. Call to book your place on T: 01235 849403.

Our organ may sound good at recitals or our weekly services, but it is actually in a very poor condition. Much of the organs electrical mechanism, dating from the 1930s, is failing and some of the parts needed are now obsolete. A small committee has been formed with the remit of commissioning an initial report from a professional organ advisor and then deciding the best way forward renovating our current organ; buying and adapting an organ from another church; or building a new organ (pipe, hybrid or digital). Whatever option we decide to take, the priority will be to provide an instrument capable of supporting our large congregations which sing so well, together with sufficient variety for the sensitive accompaniment of our choirs extensive choral repertoire, and we will need to raise money to pay for it. Over the next few months we are holding various events to help with our fundraising including a series of Sunday afternoon recitals on 10 September and 8 October all at 3pm and all followed by refreshments.
Entry is free, but donations to our organ fund would be welcomed. The recital will be followed by tea and cake in the Canterbury Room.

Inspirations is holding summer holiday craft classes for children aged six upwards at 10am and 3pm, at a cost of £5 per class. A different craft is taught each week, including Lego building, clay modelling, jewellery making and stained glass painting. Places must be booked. Contact T: 01491 873019.

Oxfordshire conservation society, Wild Oxfordshire, is organising a Waterblitz on Monday 2 October. Volunteers will be needed for one day only to check the water quality of the river at Goring and Streatley. A free sampling pack can be obtained by emailing Hilary@wildoxfordshire.org.uk

There will be an amazing music event to raise money for the Epilepsy Society in Goring Village Hall on Saturday 7 October. Musicians Derek Nash and Louise Marshall will be performing. Derek plays saxophone in Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and Louise is one of its top vocalists. Sue Condie would like to hear from anyone who would like to donate an auction or raffle prize which could help to raise funds for the Epilepsy Society all offers will be very much appreciated. Tickets are £19.95. For tickets and information contact Sue Condie on M: 07826 846616 or E: sue@clivecondie.com

Further afield

Wallingford BunkFest will take place from Friday 1 September 12noon to Sunday 3 September. This is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone. Most events are free you only need to purchase tickets for the boat trips, train trips, workshops and also for camping. Please note that Town Centre roads will be closed to all traffic from 7am-7pm on Saturday and 7am-6pm on Sunday so that everyone can enjoy the Community Street Fair safely.

As part of the Agatha Christie weekend (Friday 8-Sunday 10 September) organised by Wallingford Museum, John Curran and Lucy Worsley will be giving talks. John Curran will be speaking on The Life and Times of Agatha Christie at 8pm on Friday 8 September at Wallingford Masonic Hall. John Curran is a popular speaker with a vast knowledge of Agatha Christies life and work. He will include plenty of references to her local connections. Tickets cost £12.
Lucy Worsley is giving a talk on A Very British Murder at St Marys, Church, Cholsey on Saturday 9 September. Lucy Worsley is an extremely entertaining public speaker English historian, author, curator and well known television presenter on historical topics. She is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Tickets cost £15 and include a drink. Doors open at 7.15pm, the talk starts at 8pm. Parking is availlable nearby. W: www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk

Henley Hosts operate weekly guided walking tours of Henley and its Midsomer Murders locations. The tour takes visitors around the streets of Henley and down to the River Thames, The tours operate every Saturday at 11am, from 18 March through till 28 October. The tour starts from inside The Argyll Pub, Market Place, Henley. RG9 2AA. The tour costs with advanced booking adult £10 and £5 per child. Costs on the day adult £12 and £6 per child. Tours last one hour. Contact E: info@theargyllhenley.co.uk for details.

St. Bartholomews Church, Lower Basildon is celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 1 October, at 4.00pm There will be a service of Choral Evensong, followed by a barbecue. Everyone is welcome. Donations of non-perishable food would be welcome.

South Stoke Open Gardens and Church Flower Festival
South Stoke Open Gardens and Church Flower Festivalwill take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August 1-6pm.
Delicious WI tea and cakes served in village hall or tasty lunches at the Perch and Pike pub.
Free parking in recreation ground with children's play area and community shop selling plants, ice cream etc Tickets £5 adults, children free-available from recreation ground or church lych gate. As an added bonus this year, there will be tours of the church clock tower and bell ringing chamber. All funds raised towards electric winder for village clock.
No dogs please.

On Saturday 22 July there will be plenty of entertainment at this exciting family archaeology day at the museum. Entry is by Museum ticket at the door-£5 per adult which gives unlimited entry until 30 November and accompanied children free.

The four days of the summer school will offer a series of gentle, innovative workshops including visual art, storytelling, poetry, music, drama and writing all designed to encourage exploration of creativity.
Braziers has been exploring connections for more than 60 years and provides an inspirational ambience for the course. There will also be time to relax in the grounds and walk in the surrounding countryside. For more information contact T: 01491 680221. Cost: Full residential, Non-residential and single day prices available on request Braziers 3-tier pricing scheme applies.

On Wednesdays from 2.30-4.40pm until 30 August there will be afternoon tea served in St Mary's Church Aldworth. Explore the 14th century effigies of 'The Aldworth Giants' and the Millennium tapestry annd enjoy homemade cake. For further information contact T: 01635 578936.

On Saturday 9 September come to Aldworth Village Hall between 9.30am-12noon and help celebrate our community-run market's 15th birthday. There is free cake for all, and flowers, plants, food, crafts etc for sale. Childrens hospice will be selling handmade baby and childrens clothes and toys. For details, contact T: 01635 578090.

Laura Boffin of Rosa Productions is helping to produce an event called Greenham: War & Peace. This is a large scale outdoor community event on the Common on 8 and 9 September. Its being held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Greenham Trust and will cover the incredible history of the common over the last hundred years. The event is run by Greenham Trust, organised by a professional production company working with The Watermill Theatre and The Corn Exchange, Newbury. It will be filmed by the BBC and featured on South Today and BBC Radio Berkshire, and we anticipate an audience of several thousand each night.

Good news for film goers. Wallingfords Corn Exchange closed in June for major building works, but the show will still go on at another venue, in Cholsey.
The Corn Exchange is collaborating with the Cholsey Community Development Trust and throughout the summer will be showing films at The Great Hall in Cholsey Meadows. Equipment currently used for the Corn Exchanges smaller second screen showings is being transferred to the outof- town cinema to be known as theCornExchange@ TheGreatHall. Screenings at the venue, which is located in the Grade II listed building of the former Fairmile Hospital, will also include weekend matinees and NT Live shows. There is an on-site bar and seat tickets will remain the same as those at the Corn Exchange.
Corn Exchange cinema manager John Warburton said: The Great Hall is a superb location and we appreciate the support of the Cholsey Community Development Trust for offering us this venue. It means that the Corn Exchange can still generate some revenue during our closure and the public dont miss out on seeing films altogether. We are also exploring the possibility of showing recorded NT Live shows as Encores just a couple of weeks after the initial broadcasts.
Programme details (unavailable at the time of going to press) can be found on the Corn Exchange website, W: www.cornexchange.org.uk where tickets can also be booked. They will also be available on the door before each performance.

This is held each Friday in the Regal Centre between 8.30am-12noon.

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The Corn Exchange in Wallingford was closed on Sunday 11 June so that work on the roof can be carried out. It is hoped that the cinema will be re-opened in late October or early November. In the meantime films will be shown at The Great Hall in Cholsey.

Sat 19 Aug 5pm

Sat 19 Aug 7.30pm

Wed 23 Aug 2pm
THE BOSS BABY (U) (All tickets £2.50)

Sat 27 Aug 4pm
THE JUNGLE BOOK (PG) (All tickets £2.50)

Sun 27 Aug 7.30pm
GREASE SING-A-LONG (PG) (All tickets £5)

Sat 23 Sep 7.30pm
SULLY (12A) See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office

See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office or Library or phone the Box Office (T: 01491 825000) for more details. Also on www.cornexchange.org.uk
You can now book online. Go to www.cornexchange.org.uk for a link. There is a booking fee of 50p per ticket up to a maximum of £2.

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Doctor–to contact a doctor between 8am and 6.30pm ring T: 01491 872372

To contact a doctor when the surgery is not open, at night and at weekends (i.e. 6.30-8am

Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend and Bank Holidays) telephone NHS Direct T: 111. This number will also be available on the surgery answerphone. If necessary you may be asked to attend Abingdon Hospital or Townlands Hospital in Henley.

Nearest Casualty Department -RBH, Reading T: 0118 322 7020.

NHS Direct is available for advice (e.g. on minor ailments, coughs, etc) 24 hours a day, on 111 .

First Aid Unit Wallingford Hospital.

Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.30pm. T: 01491 208513

Your local pharmacy can also offer you a range of services, including advice and medicines to relieve symptoms of minor ailments.

Emergency Dentist - Weekdays 6.30-10pm.  Weekends & Bank Holidays 9am-9pm. Contact T: 0845 345 8995

British Red Cross Medical Loan - for short term loan of Wheelchairs etc. - Mon-Sat 10am-12 noon. T: 01491 873565.
Emergency  T: 01491 872736.

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