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September 2017

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We're Going on an Adventure The weather in August has not been kind. In fact I would go as far as to say it has been very unkind. The sun has forgotten that when children take a break from education in the summer they need fresh air and sunshine to boost their vitamin D, their fitness and their mental health. They do not want to be cooped up inside where the immediate pleasures of duvets, Playstations and treat cupboards are all too tempting. I am very disappointed with the weather and I shall be making a formal complaint. After a few days of indoor activities where baking brownies and playing Top Trumps were the highlights, we needed out. It was still raining but feeling like Mrs Noah, I bravely planned a trip to Bracknell, tempting them with that classic combo, Sports Direct and McDonalds. One taker. Boy, they have got discerning lately! So the youngest, most compliant child and I hopped in the car, traipsed round the Peel Centre's finest and left an hour later with a single pair of shorts. He was in a sombre mood as we headed for junk food. "It's not like the old days", I said. He seemed to understand. When they were little, I could say, "Jump in the car, we're going on an adventure!". And they wouldn't ask surly questions or stare at their phones, they would just come along for the ride. Sometimes, we would pick blackberries and get caught in a downpour and have to hide in bushes, sometimes we would take a picnic and a new ball to a park and play for hours, sometimes we would just do some jobs or shopping, and take their birthday vouchers to spend to make it worthwhile. It was easy. If I had to counsel myself (and believe me, I do) I would tell myself that this last week has been an adventure. It all started on Sunday when we were discussing the planned California road-trip with a friend. "It's a shame about the coastal road being shut, isn't it?", he said. Yup. It is a shame. Now we know. So late Sunday night, we googled California's Route 1 to confirm that a large section is buried

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under a landslide. Mercifully, our RV site is still open, and we can fairly easily re-route, but this got me thinking about this ever so relaxing holiday of ours and the need to check a few details. Another night. On Monday, it rained some more - I worked, the kids "played" and the boiler man failed to turn up. In the evening, we conducted a review of the road-trip route and I discovered that we are going on holiday a day earlier than I thought. Somewhat panicked, we started to go through the entire itinerary with a fine tooth-comb. By Day 3, a complete power failure plunged us into darkness and an early night. On Tuesday, we had power again, yay! I rang the bank to check that their recent erroneous letter telling me that they're closing my account was in fact all resolved after last week's lengthy telephone account review, and they confirmed they had no record of that review and that my account is still closing. If I complete an online review, they will do their own internal review and will then let me know (after the stated closure date) if my account can stay open. Bankers. On Wednesday, the oven broke. The boiler man came, it rained a LOT and I ran out of wine. Today is Thursday and I was overjoyed to start the day with a cold shower. After a phonecall to the boiler man who foolishly changed the settings, it seemed to be resolved. However, by the time the teenagers arose, both showers were on strike and excessive deodorant was required. On the plus side, it stopped raining. Tomorrow is Friday and we have 17 people coming for personalised home-made pizzas. Fear not, we don't need the conventional oven - my birthday present this year was an outdoor pizza oven! That's right folks, outdoor. Life is an adventure and I guess one's perspective on it makes all the difference. So here's to road-trips, cold showers and soggy pizzas!



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Share our Heritage Come and do something different and explore some of Wokingham's beautiful and historical venues as part of Heritage Open Days! There are plenty of places to visit throughout the week with particular focus on the weekend of 9th and 10th September. This year, we are looking to display and share historical stories about Wokingham: some we already know but we are also searching for more! So don’t miss this once-a-year chance to be a tourist in your own town and discover some of the hidden gems on your doorstep. Do come and join us at Wokingham Town Hall on Sunday 10th September, 11am-4pm, in the heart of our historic Wokingham to discover ... what happened in the Town Hall in times gone by, stories from Wokingham’s history, beautiful civic treasures, the prison cells, balloon modellers, competitions, crafts and lots more! Other participating venues include: Wokingham Library with a reminiscence morning (7th September 10.30am-12.00noon), for you to come along and share memories of the library and its history, historical displays (4th-16th September) and a history surgery (8th September 9.30am-11.30am). St. Paul’s Church (9th September 10.00am-4.00pm) will be offering guided tours or you can browse the displays in your own time and learn about its history. The Methodist Church (9th September 10.00am to 4.00pm and 10th September 12.00pm to 4.00pm (after morning worship) will showcase an exhibition of their history in the town as they celebrate 200 years of Methodism in 2017. For more information and opening times, see www.wokingham-tc.

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September in your garden by Gardeneer


eptember can be lovely although a little cooler and windier than August and, of course, the days are noticeably shorter. There may be less to do in the ornamental garden but if you have a fruit or vegetable patch you’ll be loving the harvest (perhaps your friends and neighbours will too!). Some plants that are at their peak this month. Among these are the Japanese anemones – Anenome x hybrida “Honorine Jobertâ€? has pure white single owers with a rich, lime green stigma in its centre, and there’s Anenome x hybrida “September Charmâ€? with its dark pink owers which can be nine centimetres across. Anemones thrive in full sun as well as partial shade and eventually form very large clumps which can be divided in autumn to be relocated – or given away to friends! A shrub with golden foliage which contrasts amazingly with its deep purple/claret pendulous bracts is Lycesteria Formosa “Golden Lanternsâ€?; these leaves start to form in August and mature in September and the shrub goes on to produce purple-black berries. Lycesteria are best pruned hard: from late April to early May cut back to 20 to 30 cms. This stops them becoming old and woody. This is deďŹ nitely the time to start thinking about planting bulbs as September is the best month to visit your local garden centre or nursery and purchase your spring owering bulbs such as Alliums, Daodils, Crocus, Tulips, Snowdrops etc., although it may be best to delay planting Tulips until the cooler weather at the end of October as they can develop a fungal disease. Talking of bulbs, there are some autumn owering

bulbs: Nerine bowdenii with bright pale pink trumpets is great for containers or sunny hot borders: Schizostylis coccinea, also known as KaďŹƒr lillies, grows showy little bulbs which really stand out with their bright red star-like owers: and Colchicums, commonly known as Autumn Crocus or naked ladies as they ower with no leaves. They are lovely for borders or planting in lawns. Back to the vegetable patch, winter salads can be planted now and grown in a sheltered place, either in a large pot or a greenhouse. Rocket, which doesn’t bolt in low temperatures, gives months of leaf and winter lettuces, endives/chicory, mizuna, spinach and salad mixes also develop slowly in lower temperatures. JOBS FOR SEPTEMBER

m Keep deadheading roses, perennials and annuals to produce more owers, because autumn is warmer than it used to be. m Tidy up herbaceous perennials m Take cuttings of any tender plants such as hardy Fuchsias m Lift tender Dahlia tubers and Canna lily rhizomes or, if in pots, move to a sheltered part of the garden m Give hedges their ďŹ nal trim before winter. m Pick any remaining tomatoes and ripen them indoors. m Harvest your main crop potatoes m Give evergreen hedges their ďŹ nal trim. m Keep your Rhododendrons and Camellias well watered to help them with good ower bud formation


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Film Reviews Dunkirk (2017)

as the film beautifully pays homage to those who lost their lives defending our country. Dunkirk is epic in its visuals, its audio, its scale and most importantly in the way it values and respects the individual, selfless acts of humanity carried out by the men on that beach in 1940. 10/10 In cinemas now.

Dunkirk gave me a strange feeling when I watched it; the enormity of terror and loss that is depicted creates a mournful tone, and yet the film excited me more than any other in recent months due to the new bar it sets for cinematography, sound design and visual storytelling. For me the most impressive aspect of Dunkirk is its mesmerising original score and sound. Hans Zimmer’s music for this film is a masterpiece - it incorporates his signature techniques and samples such as ticking and pitch incline with psychological trickery, to create the illusion that his music is always increasing in volume and intensity. The score is utterly cohesive and feels like one continuous song rather than a work consisting of various smaller pieces of music. Zimmer’s unique sound is regularly punctuated by the piercing and harrowing sounds of war; bullets crack and whip unexpectedly and German bombs scream and howl as they fall, creating a palpable sense of what waiting on that beach in France would have been like. Christopher Nolan has cleverly avoided making Dunkirk a grey and bleak looking film, which would have been so easy to do. Instead, he opts for more passionate and hopeful colours such as washed out blues and hazy oranges, that create an ironic contrast between the horror of the subject and the beauty of the setting. Dunkirk is also a master class in modern visual storytelling, very little is said or explained explicitly; instead the audience is trusted to understand what is going on. Nolan correctly assumes and understands his audience’s intelligence, creating an overwhelmingly respectful tone,

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RSPB ‘Date with Nature Walk', Dinton Pastures Country Park.

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California Gardeners’ Club, ‘Birds of Jubilee River (Part 2)’ California Ratepayers Hall, with Brian Clews. Finchampstead Road


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Wokingham Theatre, ‘The Things We Do For Love’ by Alan Ayckbourn. See p17 for full details.

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Wokingham Heritage Open Days, explore Wokingham's beautiful and historial sites, full details p5





8th Fri

Crowthorne and Sandhurst Art Society, Demonstration Rob Wareing – Portrait in Pastels.

St. Sebastian’s Memorial Hall, Nine Mile Ride RG40 3BA

7.30 – 9.30pm

Visitors £4 01276 600 007

9th Sat

Summer Show, Wokingham Horticultural Association.

St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Rd, Wok. RG41 1EH

2 – 4pm

Adults £1

0118 978 6131

12th Tue

Yateley & Crowthorne Big Band Society (YCBBS) present two record recitals from the golden age of swing.

Sandhurst Community Hall, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst



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13th Wed

Wokingham Flower Club, Julia Russett, ‘My Life in Flowers’

Methodist Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham



0118 973 2265

13th Wed

Forest Singers, open rehearsal, see p17 for full details.

Emmbrook Village Hall



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14th Thu

Choir Taster Evening, Wokingham Choral Academy, see p17 for full details.

Emmbrook Junior School, Wokingham

7.30 – 9.15pm


14th Thu

Open Rehearsal, Wokingham Choral Society, see opposite and p17 for details

Emmbrook Senior School, Wokingham

7.30 9.45pm


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14th Thu

RSPB Indoor Talk, Brian Clews ‘Berkshire Wildlife’, the diversity of Berkshire’s birds, insects and mammals.

Village Memorial Hall, Finchampstead RG40 4JU

7.45 for 8pm

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16th Sat

Community Surgery, informal open discussion for local residents, Town & Borough Councillors and Police.

Town Hall, Wokingham

10am – 12noon


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16th Sat

WADE Festival, see p17 for full details.

40 Reading Rd, Wokingham RG41 1EH

11am – 10.30pm



16 – 30th

Art Exhibition, ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’, see p17 for full details.

Riverside Museum, Reading



16th Sat

Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Open Day, all materials provided, see p17 for full details

Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, RG10 9TR

11am 4pm


16th Sat

Come and ‘Dance through the Decades’, in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s hospice, see p17 for details.

Hurst Village Hall



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18th Mon

Epilepsy Action, are you, or someone close to you, living with epilepsy? Come along to this local group.

Bradbury Centre, Rose St, Wokingham, RG40 1XS

2 – 4pm


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19th Tue

Wokingham Art Society, demonstration by Paul Simmons Methodist Church, Rose who will be painting a Café Scene in Watercolour. Street, Wokingham

7.30 – 9.30pm

Visitors £4 www.wokingham

20th Wed

Crowthorne WI, talk, ‘City of London Gardens’ by Sally Botwright.

Morgan Centre, Wellington Rd, Crowthorne RG45 7LD



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Hurst Morris People’s taster sessions, enormous fun and great exercise. Also 28th.

Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst RG10 0BP



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23rd Sat

Crowthorne and Sandhurst Art Society, Demonstration – St. Sebastian’s Memorial Hall, Sonia Bacchus Acrylic and Oils – Portrait / Self Portrait. Nine Mile Ride RG40 3BA

7.30 – 9.30pm

Visitors £4 01276 600 007

23rd Sat

Concert, The Tadley Band with Belle Canto, in aid of the Duchesse of Kent (Sue Ryder) Hospice.

Pamber Heath Memorial Hall


£7 U16 free

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23 – 24th

Wokingham Arts Trail, please see p19 for full details.

11 venues in the Wokingham Area

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26th Tue

Wokingham & District Philatelic Society, AustroHungarian Navy Mail in World War 1.

Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham




27th Wed

Lunchtime Concert, The Blackwater Valley Quintet, buffet lunch included. Please book.

St Eligius Church, Arborfield Green



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28th Thu

Wokingham Film Society, Moonlight (15), winner of 3 Oscars. With talk by Dr Stefan Solomon, University of Reading.

Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School RG40 3EU




28th Thu

The Arts Society Lecture, Tom Duncan, ‘Partnership of Gertrude Jekyll with Edwin Lutyens’.

Salisbury Hall, Newbold College, Binfield




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Barn Dance, Barkham Village Residents Association, with live band and caller, supper included.

Barkham Village Hall

7 – 10pm

£10 U17 £5

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Community News Open Rehearsal Wokingham Choral Society warmly invites you to join our friendly choir for an Open Rehearsal on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 7.30pm at Emmbrook Senior School, RG41 1JP. We will be singing from Karl Jenkins' "Armed Man" choral suite, Allegri's "Miserere" and Faure's Requiem "in Paradisum". Our rehearsals are led by our talented musical diector, Patrick Allies, and are great way to learn classic choral music. They are also a wonderful way to unwind, make friends and develop your singing voice. Our choir has a well-earned reputation as one of the best choral societies in the area, and our regular concerts are enjoyed by audiences and choristers alike! For more details see or contact Angela on 07810 574765,

audience. The landlady, the fastidious, elegant Barbara, occupies the male-free ground floor, visible in its entirety. A boorish postman and handyman named Gilbert lives in the basement flat, where he indulges his artistic hobbies. Barbara’s school friend Nikki uses the upstairs flat with her fiancé, to whom Barbara takes an instant dislike. Written in 1997, this award-winning play will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. Tickets on sale now at www. Also at Wokingham Theatre is a 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' on Friday 29th September from 10 am to 1pm on behalf of the Macmillan Nurses, and we are hoping to raise some money to support the vital work that they do. We will be serving lots of scrumptious cakes and serving coffees and teas, and there will be a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local firms. If you are interested in the life of the theatre we are hoping to have back stage tours in the morning, set construction permitting, so that you can see what goes on behind the scenes. Please come and join us for a slice of cake and coffee and perhaps join the theatre if you want to get more involved in a very active amateur theatre company, there will be plenty of volunteers to talk to, about all aspects of the theatre. We look forward to seeing you there.

Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Free Open Day and Exhibition on Saturday 16th September from 11am to 4pm at Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, RG10 9TR The Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be holding an Open Day with free “drop-in” taster sessions (all materials provided) where you can try your hand at Spinning and Weaving with the help of our friendly and knowledgable members. There will also be an Exhibition of members work, a “Sheep to Shawl” display and information on natural and synthetic dyeing in the “Dyers Corner “. No need to book, light refreshments will be provided and plenty of free parking spaces are available. For more information about the Guild please see our website :

Always wanted to sing? Ever thought of being in a choir? Well come and give it a try with the Wokingham Choral Academy at our free Taster evening on Thursday 14th September. We are a sizeable, local, non-auditioned choir for those who wish to start singing from scratch, or refine existing skills. We sing a mix of all music from the classical to the modern, traditional to pop. But above all we sing to have fun! Keep Thursday evenings free - we rehearse, during school term time, on Thursday evenings at Emmbrook Junior School, Wokingham. We do not do auditions but aim to steadily build our vocal skills, musical technique and enjoyment of singing during our rehearsals, whilst making sure we always enjoy ourselves. Our Christmas and summer concerts are very well supported by audiences of family and friends, and raise money for local charities. So, join us on Thursday 14th September 2017, 7.30-9.15pm, at Emmbrook Junior School, Wokingham. To make sure you reserve your place for the free taster session, email or visit our website:

The Forest Singers Just moved into the area? Looking for a choir? Then come and join the Forest Singers. We are a mixed voice choir of about 30 members and sing a wide range of music - much of it on the lighter side. Auditions are not required, so come and see for yourself at Embrook Village Hall on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm starting on Sept 13th. Subscriptions are set very low and enjoyment expectations very high! Singing is very good for you. More details from our musical director on 0118 973 6554. Dance through the Decades in Aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Come and join for one night only at the ‘Hurst Hippodrome’ to Dance through the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. This event will take place at Hurst Village Hall on Saturday 16thSeptember from 7.30pm to midnight. We're raising money for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service which was set up in 2007 when its founders - John and Fiona Devine - realised there was a pressing need for a children's hospice in Berkshire. The Charity is working to build and run a children’s hospice which will provide specialised palliative care, much needed respite care, support for families and an essential community outreach team. There will be music all night and a fully licensed bar with ‘Happy Hour’ from 7.30-8.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and are available to buy online from: Contact Vicky 07957 150543 or Becky 07809 148922 with any questions.

WADE Festival Put 16 September in your diary to be sure you don’t miss this fantastic day out. Wokingham Lions have teamed up with the WADE Day Care Centre to organise the WADE Festival. There will be 10 real ales on offer, plus cider, wine, soft drinks and food. There will be music throughout the day, featuring numerous performers including Pauly Zarb, the Gas Trick Band and The FiLF. More acts are being added by the day. Saturday 16 September, 11:00am until 10:30pm, Adults £8.00 (includes a free drink), Children (under 14) Free. WADE Day Centre, 40 Reading Road, Wokingham, RG41 1EH - parking: WADE car park or Masonic Centre car park opposite. All proceeds to WADE. Around the World in 80 Washing Lines Conceptual abstract artist Mahlia Amatina invites you to discover Around the World in 80 Washing Lines, an interactive autism-friendly art exhibition depicting unique washing lines across the globe. The exhibition will tour both galleries and launderettes in the South of England, inviting visitors to discover the story behind each garment and washing line. The exhibition will also feature free, educational workshops for primary school children. The exhibition visits the The Riverside Museum, Reading: 16th – 30th September. For further information please get in touch with Lucy Field or Jessica Alley at Little Red Rooster on or or on 07506756914.

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