Goring Gap News – Monthly Diary – December 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.

Saturday 16 December
8.30pm GSCMeat and bottle draw with singalong Christmas carols.

Sunday 17 December
    10.30am Goring Free Church–Family Nativity Service (followed by mince pies and refreshments).
    4pm St Thomas–Traditional Christmas Carol service.
    6.30pm Goring Free Church–Carols by Candlelight, followed by mince pies and refreshments.

Monday 18 December
2.30pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society. A talk by Mike Hurst on Old Time Christmas. Further information from Janet Hurst T: 01491 871022. E: goringgaphistory@gmail.com

Wednesday 20 December
    9.30am Streatley Carebus to Newbury and Savages.
For bookings T: 01189 304837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip.
    3pm-4.30pm GCC–The Friends of Goring Library invite all their members to an afternoon Christmas tea party. Join us for festive nibbles and a raffle. New members are welcome.

Thursday 21 December
10.30am CR–Pick-a-flick Jungle Book (2016). Cost £3 including light lunch. If you would like a lift to the church, please contact Jenny Boyd T: 01491 872109.

Friday 22 December
8pm Miller of Mansfield–The Mysteries a three piece acoustic pop and soul band. See P9.

Sunday 24 December
    10.30am Goring Free Church–Morning Service.
    5pm Rectory Gardens–Community Carols with Goring and Streatley Concert Band.
    6.30pm Goring Free Church–Evening Communion Service.
    7pm GSC–Christmas Eve Santa Membership draws at 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Monday 25 December
10am Goring Free Church–Family celebration.

Tuesday 26 December
4pm GSC–Boxing Day charity raffle.

Thursday 28 December
7.30pm GSC–Quiz night.

Sunday 31 December
GSC–New Years Eve Disco night.


Wednesday 3 January
9.30amStreatley CareBus to Newbury and Savages (Blewbury).
For bookings T: 01189 304837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip.

Friday 5 January
GVH–Goring and Streatley Wine Society
Winter Warmers. 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 9 January
8pm FCH–Goring Gap Photo Club talk on The Changing Face of Reading, Presenter Alan Copeland LRPS CPAGB.

Wednesday 10 January
7.30pm SL–Cleeve by Goring WI. The Princes Trust, Speaker: Alison Mihail.

Thursday 11 January
11am GCC–Calling All Carers meeting. Contact Ann Hart T: 01491 873857.

Friday 12 January
7.30pm Corn Exchange Wallingford– Panto (Cinderella) Gala Night Ticket price (£15/£10) includes a glass of sparkling wine and canaps and a complimentary programme.

Saturday 13 January
    8pm GSC–Live tribute band Who Stoned Who.
    7.30pm St Marys Church Wallingford– Great Russian Piano Trios, See P43.

Monday 15 January
2.30pm GVH–Goring Gap Local History Society. A talk by Alan Turton on Castles of Wessex.

Wednesday 17 January
9.30amStreatley CareBus to Wantage.
For bookings T: 01189 304837 (selecting option 2) on the day before each trip.

Thursday 25 January
    10.30am-12noon GVH–Goring Gap U3A meeting. Coffee, followed by a talk by Dr Tony Maisey on Madness.
    7.30pm CR–Start of Alpha course. See P21.

Saturday 27 January
7pm for 7.30 GVH–Murder In The Village Hall. An evening of fun, food, murder and mayhem with a two-course meal all for £20 per person. See P43 for details.

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This takes place on Saturday 27 January 2018; the bar opens at 7pm for 7.30pm. An evening of fun, food, murder and mayhem with a twocourse meal all for 20 per person.
Eleven people are marooned in a storm on an island in the Thames. Soon the first body is found, and then another. How many will live to tell the tale? Can you spot the murderer before its too late? Based loosely on historical events and personalities, it is an evening designed for mystery solving and a few laughs as well. Prizes will be awarded to the team who best solves the mystery, or gets closest to solving the case.
Book your team early (5-8 people) to avoid disappointment. If unable to book a full team, no worries, we will combine smaller parties together to create a team for the evening. We hope you are able to support this fund-raising event for Goring Village Hall, and trust you will have an enjoyable evening. Tickets available from Inspiration and reservations from E: b.urbick@consumer-knowledge.com or T: 01491 871055.

The colleges of Oxford and Cambridge have, in the course of over eight centuries, developed their own way of life, distinct in many respects from that of other universities. Now, you can learn more about many of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, some of which house beautiful sheltered gardens and spectacular libraries. After monastic beginnings, the magnificent architecture by Wren, Hawksmoor and Gibbs was employed in several of the best known colleges and university buildings. Also highlighted in this fascinating course will be the role of church, royalty and women who had influential roles as founders, together with famous alumni who contributed so generously to their alma mater. The history of the colleges‘ beautiful stained glass and gardens will be featured, as will the development of early empirical science and the founding of the world renowned libraries.
This latest WEA course, to be taken by Glenis Kerr Elliott, starts on Tuesday 16 January 2018 and will run for ten weeks (nine lectures plus a walking visit to the Bodleian Library in Oxford but at an extra cost.) The fees are £86 and the classes will begin at 10am for two hours each week at Storton Lodge.
For further details, please contact Alan Winchcomb: T: 01491 872773
E: alan.winchcomb@btinternet.com

Further afield

Nearly there. Only a few more weeks to go and the Corn Exchange will be echoing to the sounds of the annual Sinodun Players pantomime again. This year its the 70th anniversary and its going to be Cinderella (Oh no its not!). Well actually it is. Booking for the pantomine has already opened and half the seats have gone already so book yours without delay.
The Box Office will be open at the weekend, telephone bookings can be accepted or online bookings will be available. Gala Night performance on Friday 12 January at 7.30pm. Ticket price (15/10) includes a glass of sparkling wine and canaps and a complimentary programme. Tickets for all other performances 12/8.
Performances :
    Saturday 13 2pm and 6.30pm,
    Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 7.30pm
    Saturday 20 2pm and 6.30pm,
    Tuesday 23 - Friday 28th 7.30pm
    Saturday 27 2pm and 6.30pm.
On Monday 29 January the cinema opens again. And February will have a re-run of all the films that you have missed at the Corn Exchange including Paddington Bear 2 at the February half term. Bookings: W: www.cornexchange.org.uk

The first concert of the Winter Recitals in St Marys Church, Wallingford in early 2018 in aid of St Marys Church Tower Fund takes place on Saturday 13 January at 7.30pm Great Russian Piano Trios comprises Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50, and Arensky: Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 32.
The musicians are Hannah Roper, violin, Jacqueline Johnson, cello and Anita DAttellis, piano. Tickets: 10 in advance or 12 on the door. They can be bought from Wallingford Town Information Centre or online at W: www.ticketsource.co.uk/wallingford-winter-recitals
More details about all the recitals can be found on W: www.anitapiano.com/winter-recitals

WADS is performing The Emperors New Clothes, written by the famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen in Woodcote Village Hall in the New Year. The play is produced by Marcia Spiers and Sandy Worsfold.
The Emperor is so exceedingly fond of new clothes that he spends all his money on being well dressed. However, the Emperor is running out of cash and demands his son marry into money to keep him in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. Alas the options are not all they seem ... Come along and see what happens when the Emperor engages two new costume designers who promise him the most magnificent suit of clothes ever ...
    Saturday 27 January 2.15pm and 7.30pm,
    Sunday 28 January 2.15pm,
    Friday 2 February 7.30pm
    Saturday 3 February 2.15pm and 7.30pm.
go to W: www.woodcotedrama.co.uk

Christmas travel by train Saturday 23 December:
Some platforms at London Paddington will not be available for GWR which will affect the arrival and departure times of a small number of trains.
    Sunday 24 and Wednesday 27 December: The railway between London Paddington and Slough will be closed. Replacement buses will be available, but these will take longer and be busy.
    Christmas Day and Boxing Day: No service.
    Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 December: A reduced weekend service will be in operation to and from London Paddington.
    Monday 1 January: Normal Bank Holiday service. For further information see W: GWR.com/Christmas2017

Caf Scientifique, Didcot
First organises talks on a scientific theme on the third Tuesday of every month at Cornerstone in Didcot. These are free, though a contribution towards costs is requested. There is no need to book, but be warned, should visitor numbers exceed capacity, some people may be denied entry.
The next talk is on The European Space Agency;s Gaia Mission on 19 December; in January the talk will be about the History of Satellite Meteorology.
Didcot First has been organising the Didcot Caf Scientifique since 2010. It is important to us because we have some really ground breaking and earth shattering science happening all around us: at Harwell, Rutherford, Culham, Milton Park, etc and we want to help connect local people (scientists and complete novices) with what is happening in these places

Henley and District Philatelic Society
We hope to see you at the following meetings in 2018:
    10 January. The Chairmans Evening, a popular evening with tales and displays of unusual material.
    24 January. Displays Red and/or Green up to 9 pages per member.
Hope to see you at at Bix Village Hall at 7.45pm Visitors and new members are welcome. Further details can be obtained by phoning T: 01491 681739 or on our website: W: www.henleyphilatelic.org.uk

See the woodland walk lit up, and enjoy the changing colours of the trees through the season from 1 December to 6 January starting 11.30am. Enjoy French pastries and coffee in the tea room. Mon-Fri only.

Wallingford Museum would like to ask you to share some of your ‘Treasures with Tales‘ to create a very special exhibition for 2018. They are asking people to offer the loan of an object of any kind that they own that has a special significance, with a tale worth sharing. Objects can include anything, and certainly don‘t need to be intrinsically valuable! It might be a very simple thing,– just so long as it has an interesting story behind it! The Museum volunteers will select some for the exhibition, but will also display a file of details of everything which is sent in. Please email your details to E: admin@wallingfordmuseum.co.uk or post your photo and tale to ‘Treasures‘, Judy Dewey, Wallingford Museum, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB.

Good news for film goers. Wallingford‘s 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 Exchange‘s 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 don‘t 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.

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The folliwng is the final film to be shown at the Great Hall Cholsey during the refurbishment of the Corn Exchange. The Corn Exchange cinema is due to re-open on 29 January 2018.

Friday 15 December 7pm
NT LIVE: FOLLIES (12A) All tickets £10.

Tickets can be booked via W: www.cornexchange.org.uk See the Arcade Noticeboard, Info Office

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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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