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Thatcham Festival

Date(s): Saturday, 10th Oct 2020 - Sunday, 18th Oct 2020

Time(s): All Day

Welcome to the 20th Thatcham Festival.

The full brochure can be read here: Thatcham Festival 2020 Brochure

Or view the individual events below:

         Kennet School Art Exhibition

Saturday 10th October at 9:00am – Sunday 18th October at 5:00pm

Kennet School Art department welcomes you to view their online Art gallery,  created during the long and difficult lockdown period.

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Singing Workshop and Virtual Choir

Saturday 10th October at 9:00am – Sunday 18th October at 5:00pm

After our successful summer virtual singing workshops, Kat Penn of Vox Fresh will be returning to run free workshops. You will get lyric sheets, a video tutorial for each voice part, guide tracks to sing along and the result will be a mass choral group at the end which we will release in time for Thatcham’s Warming up for Christmas. Free to Thatcham residents, £5 charge for non-residents. Please register your interest by October 18th here: enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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              Photography Exhibition

Saturday 10th October at 9:00am – Sunday 18th October at 5:00pm

Thatcham Photography Club will run a special virtual photography exhibition this year. See Photography Club website for latest exhibitions and online gallery https://www.thatchamphotoclub.com/

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         Festival Leisure and Craft Fair

Saturday 10th October at 10:00am – 3:00 pm

It’s the perfect chance to start your Christmas shopping! All of the organisations taking  part in the Fair are based in and around Thatcham. In the Church: Handmade products, such as cards, candles, jewellery, paper crafts, handbags, woodwork, and paintings. On the Broadway: Local clubs and organisation with fun competitions and displays or simply showcasing what their organisation does for Thatcham’s community. Please follow the social distancing guidelines that will be clearly displayed around the Church and the Broadway Green.

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                 Allotment Open Day

Saturday 10th October at 11:00am – 2:00pm

See what the growers have been up to this year, with their produce. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. The location of the Allotment Open Day is Henley’s Allotment, London Road, Thatcham which is located next to the cemetery.

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   From Inspiration to Words online workshops

Saturday 10th October at 2:00pm – 3:00pm & Tuesday 13th October 7:00pm – 7:45pm

From Inspiration to Words on the page- No perspiration required! How do we approach inspiration? Do you start with an idea? With a word? With an image? The course will be online and will involve the simplicity of you sending us a photo that has meaning to you which we will help you develop into a poem, story or even songs! Friendly session run by a novelist (also journalist and musician). Appropriate for beginners and committed writers, ages 11 and above, where new or used to writing fiction, drama, poetry, short story, or non-fiction. Lead by William Sutton see: www.william-sutton.co.uk/workshops . Free to Thatcham residents, £5 fee for non-residents. Please register your interest here by October 8th: enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Churchyard Walk with Dr. Nick Young

Saturday 10th October at 2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Dr. Nick Young will lead you on a short walk of St. Mary’s Churchyard taking in the history of the Church as well as some of the people buried there. The link for booking will be published in due time.

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          A Walk though the Willows

Sunday 11th October at 10:00am – 11:00am & 10:15am – 11:15am & 10:30am-11:30am & 10:45am – 11:45am & 11:00am- 12:00pm & 11:15am – 12:15pm & 11:30am-12:30pm & 11:45am – 12:45pm

Discover more about the wonderful willow trees at the Nature Discovery Centre with an informative and winding walk with stops around the lake where you can get creative using willow and natural items from the local environment. Perfect for families.

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      Dance Showcase and Workshops

Sunday 11th October at 10:00am – 12:00pm

“Thatcham- Keep Dancing!!”

This year is the first Thatcham Keep Dancing Showcase and we will be celebrating all that Thatcham and our local community has to offer in the way of Dance!

A fantastic opportunity to try something new or just to have a bit of fun. With so many styles of dance to offer, and something for all ages, pre-school to over 55 years, you are sure to find a class that appeals to you and gets you moving to the beat.

Register interests by October 8th at enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil@gov.uk

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A Walk-through Greenham Common’s History

Sunday 11th October at 11:00am – 1:00pm & Sunday 18th October at 11:00am – 1:00pm

An amazing walk through history and rejuvenated landscape. Each walk is just over 2 miles. Starting at the Cold War Control Tower, visitors will take in the memorial ,the remains of one of Europe’s longest runways, once a taxiway for nuclear bombers, the ‘fire plane’, the infamous bunkers which housed 96 cruise missiles and much more! £5.00 fee payable to Greenham Control Tower (registered charity no. 1185951).

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      Bird watching walk with Graeme Stewart

Sunday 11th October at 2:00pm – 4:00pm & Saturday 17th October 2:00pm – 4:00pm

A gentle stroll around the Discovery Centre Lake to see what birds are about and a brief talk about the birds that can/have been seen.

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             Film: Utopia vs Dystopia

Sunday 11th October at 7:00pm – 8:00pm

“We live in a  changing climate. Can we bring about a better future by finding the positive- and solutions- in the tales we tell? What are the opportunities and challenges in Dystopian and Utopian writings?” Suitable for readers  writers as well as the curious.  Exclusive film for the Festival by Deborah Tomkins, founder of the Bristol Climate Writers network and long-time campaigner for environmental protection. Deborah writes novels and short stories. Her prize-winning stories have been published online and in print. This is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvvzGzsc4i0 . Subscribe to Thatcham Town Council YouTube page and turn on the notification bell so you don’t miss the premier! The premier will be on Sunday 11th October at 7:00pm.

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          Talk: History of Thatcham

Monday 12th October at 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Join Dr. Nick Young for a talk via Zoom on a fascinating history of our very own town. Interested, registered by October 7th at : enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk .

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                          Mini Fest

Tuesday 13th October at 9:00am – 2:00pm

Free fun for our pre-schoolers. Festival provides annually a mix of fun activities from a variety of pre-school providers. Please register your interest from October 1st for details of what, where and booking details.

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    Mark T plus support- Music through the ages

Tuesday 13th October at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Mark T will be taking us through a journey of the history of music playing instruments along the way. Note the event may be instrumental depending on latest guidelines. Support will be provided.

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    Autumn Song Time with Central Family Hub

Wednesday 14th October at 10:00am – 10:30am

Come and join Central Family Hub Autumn song-time. Designed for little ones! Session on Zoom. Please message the Hub for log in details from October 12th Sharon.Pearce2@westberks.gov.uk or see www.facebook.com/familyhubcentral

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    Talk: What can I do about Climate Change?

Wednesday 14th October at 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Miriam Lee, founding member of West Berks Climate Action Network will cover why climate change matters to us in West Berkshire showing us the science behind. Her film will be a short but succinct film. See the link for more information or register interest at enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk . This is the link for the talk https://youtu.be/tzMW1j0SvZI . Subscribe to Thatcham Town Council YouTube page and turn on the notification bell so you don’t miss the premier! The premier will be on Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 7:00pm.

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           Talk: Is it about forgiving?

Thursday 15th October at 7:30pm – 9:00pm

By Zoom: Meet Jo Berry, whose father Sir Anthony Berry was killed in the IRA, Brighton, Grand Hotel bomb in 1984. She has since been on a profound with Pat Magee, The IRA man who planted the bomb. On Zoom register interest by October 12th at : enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk . See: https://vimeo.com/85634529 for a stunning film trailer.

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       Cancelled- U3A- Open Afternoon

Thatcham U3A have sadly decided that due to the current Government Guidelines that they will not be able to go ahead with the Open Afternoon. Currently, a few groups are running on Zoom:

Book Clubs 1 and 2, Adagio Singers, Cheers (wine appreciation) and Discussion Group 1.

Quills (creative writing) is continuing via email.

We hope that you will look at our website to see what we normally do, where you can also contact us: www.thatchamu3a.org.uk

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History Days- Guest Talks with Ian Bailey and John Dickson

Friday 16th October at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A unique opportunity to meet John Dickson, who as a child lived in London and experienced WW2 on the Home Front Line. John was injured in a flying bomb attack in 1945. His personal anecdotes are inspiring. poignant, reflective and above all, fascinating. Ian Bailey, the founder of ‘ The 1940’s Society’ publishes books about and reproduction items from the Home Front years. Ian explains how the history of the era continues to captivate and educate audiences of all ages. Moreover, the guest talk with include a question and answer at the end. On Zoom, please register your interest by October 12th at: enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Cancelled-Primary Schools Football Tournament

Thatcham Tornadoes FC have with regret postponed this year’s Infants Schools Football Festival due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country. We take the welfare of our members, many of them elderly, and supporters very seriously. We remain committed to supporting the local community and will look to re-arrange the Football Festival when it is safe to do so again, as well as supporting Thatcham Family Fun Day, school fetes and other charitable events at the earliest opportunity.

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                  Fun on the Field

Saturday 17th October at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Alongside a showcase of Thatcham based clubs and organisations that regularly meet at Memorial Hall there will be much to see and do. Give-it-a-go sporting sessions, a display of classic and sports cars, a fun fair and a fun Dog Show, local artisan traders and a chance to relax with friends over a drink. Donations on the gate in aid of Thatcham War Memorial Renovation Fund. Just turn up, social distancing guidelines in place.

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Cancelled- Sustainable Living Market

Unfortunately, the organisers of the Sustainability Living Market after much thought have decided to cancel the market planned for Thatcham Festival due to the existing Covid -19 restrictions, The stalls who would have participated can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=SLMThatchamNewbury&set=a.3142725955834241

For further information about us , see:

www.facebook.com/SLMThatchamNewbury/

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              Tanya’s Arts Exhibition

Saturday 17th October 10:00am – 4:00pm & Sunday 18th October 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sadly replacing , the traditional arts exhibition, Tanya will create an online exhibition showing tasks that artists have produced, ‘warts and all’. You may admire them or be inspired to have a go yourself. There will be a restricted review in the Old Bluecoat School on the weekend 17th/18th October. Latest information see the following link: http://www.tanyasartncraftstudio.co.uk/ .

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               Blue Plaque Unveiling

Saturday 17th October from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

The site currently occupied by Wiltshire Tyres has a long affinity with the automotive industry. Thatcham Town Council’s Heritage Working Party will celebrate engineer and wartime innovator Harry Lester who designed the Lester MG. The plaque which features a graphic of the Lester MG will be unveiled on this date. Please stop by and take a look in the afternoon, whilst adhering to social distancing.

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  The 8 on the 8th- Half Light Theatre

Saturday 17th October at 7:00pm – 7:30pm

This short film was originally a trailer planned to accompany a play which follows a fictional family of 8 people from West Berkshire and how they would have commemorated  8th May in 1945 and VE Day. The play was due to be staged firstly on VE Day 75 at Greenham Common Control Tower and then as part of Thatcham Festival.  The film is directed by Andy Kempe and a short film will accompany this. The link for the film is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfJhPxU1XlM . Subscribe to Thatcham Town Council YouTube page and turn on the notification bell so you don’t miss the premier! The premier will be on Saturday 17th October at 7:00pm.

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            Vegan Cooking Made Easy

Sunday 18th October at 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Colline of Colline’s Kitchen based in Newbury will share with us a couple of simple and tasty vegan recipes we can all try at home, ingredients sourced from Thatcham’s very own Friday market as well as our local supermarkets . Tune in to our Facebook events page from October 1st to find out her recipes so you can try at home live on 18th . Colline’s Kitchen won the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best New Business in 2019. With thanks to GreenFest. Talk will be shown on YouTube.

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                  Matthew Shribman

Sunday 18th October at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

We’ll be screening Scientist Matthew Shribman’s fascinating talk for GreenFest’s online event last month. He shares his thoughts on what it will take to ensure a green recovery, covering areas such as soil/farming, fossil fuels and new technologies. Matthew has appeared on TV and radio and is now pouring his passion for education into online school AimHi. This is the link for the talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvfY4u2uUl0 . Subscribe to Thatcham Town Council YouTube page and turn on the notification bell so you don’t miss the premier! The premier will be on Sunday 18th October at 7:00pm.

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