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01/10/2018 to 24/11/2018 TREASURES WITH TALES

Wallingford Museum's latest exhibition is creating great interest with its 'Treasures with Tales' exhibition. Residents from Wallingford and the surrounding villages have loaned the museum a wide variety of fascinating objects, each with its own special significance - from exotic to fun to poignant! Visitors are able to follow the 'Treasures Trail' and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each has its own 'tale' displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford's Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town's links with Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.

Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB
MORE INFO: Judy Dewey 01491 651127
  judy@piepowder.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
07/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 NOEL COWARD'S EASY VIRTUE
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

The Whittaker family live in an idyllic bubble of socialising and propriety but that’s all about to implode when they’re introduced to their son’s new American bride. A razor-sharp commentary on the morals and conventions of English society, Easy Virtue displays Noël Coward’s satire and wit in a rare revival of one of his earliest plays. The Young Company recreate the glamour and scandal of the Roaring Twenties in this comic melodrama, full of rumours, misapprehensions and dazzling jewels.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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07/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION - CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY is a touring photographic exhibition, created and supported by The Photographic Angle.Historically we were always trying to capture the fleeting image, one that reflected reality as we saw it. By contrast, in a world of iPhones and Instagram we now often see images that present an altered sense of reality. Although photography is a creative art form in itself, the concept of this theme showcases the results achieved when camera settings, editing techniques and creative angles are used to the photographers advantage. All art is subjective and we fully expect visitors to be challenged by the work on display. Some images may be considered beautiful, while others are thought-provoking; some may even challenge your perception on what constitutes a photographic image. Free Public Admission.
3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 3JH
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  lou@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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08/11/2018 to 12/11/2018 PATTERNS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

PATTERNS. They surround us. We come across them every day and yet we very rarely take that much notice of them. Exploring the hidden geometry that surrounds us, enables us to truly appreciate the way that pattern can help us to tell a story. Focusing on different forms, structures, textures and colours is a great starting point for exploring pattern and discovering the narrative that begins to unravel. The photographers who have work featured in this exhibition have taken nature, architecture, art, design and more as their inspiration. They have experimented with repetition, tessellation, symmetry, perspective, angles and magnification to create powerful images using visual patterns. PATTERNS is a touring photographic exhibition, created and supported by ThePhotographic Angle. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. 10am to 3pm - free entry.
100 Brook Drive, Green Park, Reading RG2 6UJ
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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09/11/2018 BIG BISCOTTI MEGA EVENT

Immerse yourself in a morning of strategic learning, practical application and inspiration that you can take away and use immediately in your business or workplace. Creative, informative, & interactive, this half day event is packed full of fresh ideas to help you supercharge your sales and marketing!
Verizon, Reading International Business Park, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 6DA
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries
  graham@businessbiscotti.apn1.co.uk
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Leisure : Arts
09/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR AT WINDSOR RACECOURSE

Windsor brings over 160 curated artists and galleries together in one place over one weekend to give you the best choices, so you can find exactly the artwork you are looking for and have a great time doing it. From established favourites, galleries, emerging stars and selected new talent, both national and European our artists work in a range of media from fine art to high-end photography, from glass sculpture to lino prints, textural abstract to traditional oil landscapes, meaning that art lovers can find that special piece that they want to take home! With a Private View evening there is a chance to appreciate fine art and fine wine with room to engage with other art enthusiasts a real social event in the calendar. Or drop in any time over the weekend to a fair full of great contemporary art , by living artists in an accessible venue outside London. There are live demonstrations by exhibiting artists where visitors can get an insight into how they create their individual style. There is an interactive art area with artist-led workshops to try your hand and discover your talent plus young visitors can show us just how much they know about art by taking part in the Art Quest.
Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5EZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 THE BERKSHIRE CHRISTMAS SHOW

The Newbury Festive Market is a show with something for everybody and running alongside the British Pet Show it includes fantastic main rings, Celebrity Chef’s with amazing food and drink Producers, Rural Crafters, The British Pet Show, Festivals of Dogs, Eight bands playing daily, a festive living history area.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage Thatcham RG189NU
MORE INFO: Annabel 01728 685302
  annabel@classicfestivals.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
10/11/2018 PAUL FOOT - IMAGE CONSCIOUS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Greetings. I am one of the world’s comedians and I’m here to tell ye about my show. Have you ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? Well I have. That animal is absolutely ridiculous. What about the many, MANY problems that occur when organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, which incidentally is a terrible type of lettuce.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 BEALE PARK BERKSHIRE CHISTMAS FAIR

You can enjoy browsing, sampling and buying in time for the upcoming Festive Season throughout this long weekend – with everything from Food & Drink, Arts, Crafts and Gifts together with Home and Lifestyle marquees as well as outside trade stands.
Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Nr Pangbourne, Berks RG8 9NH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01206 263088
 
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10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 MAPLEDURHAM FESTIVE GIFT FAIR
 MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE AND WATERMILL

All you need for Gift Shopping in one place. A Festive atmosphere offering a wide range of unique and exciting Gifts and Crafts. Father Christmas will be attending!
Mapledurham House, Off Woodcote Road, Reading RG4 7TR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01487 814800
  enquiries@mapledurham.co.uk
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10/11/2018 ARMISTICE DAY CONCERT

The first featured concert of Reading Phoenix Choir's 50th anniversary season. This concert commemorates 100 years since the end of World War 1 and promises to be a very memorable and moving occasion. In aid of ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. Time: 7.30pm.
St Laurence’s Church, 30-31 Friar St, Reading RG1 1DA
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11/11/2018 READING REMEMBERS - AND OTHER LOCAL REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

THERE are a huge number of Armistice Centenary events planned for the Reading area tomorrow, Sunday November 11th. This is a guide to what is happening where and at what time… READING’S main Remembrance service will take place at Reading Minster starting at 9.25am. The service will be followed by a parade through the town centre, led by the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the 7 Rifles, to Forbury Gardens. The Remembrance Ceremony at the Forbury War Memorial will include the laying of wreaths and a two minute silence at 11am. TILEHURST: There will be a parade and service at the Triangle war memorial in the village from 10.15am. WOODLEY: Commemoration service from 10.30am at the Memorial Ground. A function afterwards at the Oakwood Centre will have poetry readings, music from the era and film documentaries. WOKINGHAM: A two minute silence will be held in Market Place at 11am. Also a parade will leave Wokingham Town Hall at 2.30pm to arrive at All Saints Church for a service at 3pm. BRACKNELL: The Royal British Legion parade will take place at 11.15am from The Lexicon. MAIDENHEAD: A civic service will take place from 11am at the war memorial outside the town hall and a service will be held in St Mary’s Borough Church afterwards. There will then be a march past in St Ives Road. WINDSOR: The High Street war memorial will host an act of remembrance and wreath laying from 11am, followed by a service at the parish church. The Windsor Boys’ School band will provide musical entertainment from 6.30pm and the Last Post will be played at 6.55pm. The Mayor, Cllr Paul Lion, will light a beacon outside Cambridge Gate, on the Long Walk, at 7pm. NEWBURY: 10.25am: Remembrance Parade starting at Pelican Lane, marching the length of Northbrook Street, turning to Mansion House Street and to the Market Place. There will be a Remembrance Service, then the parade will march to the war memorial before heading into St Nicolas’ Church. 6.15pm to 7.45pm: Battle’s Over event, Market Place, Newbury. THATCHAM: 10.30am: Members of the armed forces, the Royal British Legion, local dignitaries and youth groups will parade from The Kingsland Centre car park, round the Broadway and up the High Street, where they will gather in the war memorial car park. 6.45pm: St Mary’s churchyard for the lighting of the beacon at 7pm followed by the ringing of the church bells. This will be followed by a concert in the church. COLD ASH: Noon to 5pm: Men of Cold Ash Memorials Exhibition at St Mark’s Church, Cold Ash. 3pm to 6pm: Men of Cold Ash Memorials – Commemorative Concern at St Mark’s. 7.15pm to 11pm: Hampstead Norreys Players presents Armistice Day – a play by Andy Green. PANGBOURNE: 6am National tribute – Lone Piper outside St James the Less Church. Battle’s O’er. 11.21am: Flyover from RAF Benson. 2.30pm: Remembrance Parade starting outside Pangbourne Police Station reaching St James the Less Church for a Service of Remembrance at approximately 3pm, then walking back to finish at The George at approximately 4pm. THEALE: 10.10am: Holy Trinity church, Theale Remembrance Service followed by laying of wreaths at the war memorial at 11am. MORTIMER: 9.30am: Requiem for parishioners who gave their lives in the wars. The bells ring half-muffled in Honoured Remembrance at St John’s Church. 11am: Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial and service to the memory of the fallen (Continues at St John’s Church). 6pm: Remembrance Service at St John’s Church. 6.35-7.05pm: Remembrance Day at the Fairground. 7pm: Lighting of WW1 Beacon of Light. BURGHFIELD: 10.30am: Remembrance Service and Parade at St Mary’s Church. BRADFIELD/BUCKLEBURY: 10.30am: Service of Remembrance St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend. 10.55am: Service of Remembrance St Mary’s, Bucklebury. 10.55am: Service of Remembrance St Denys’, Stanford Dingley. 3pm: Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial, Bradfield Southend. TADLEY: 9.30am: Remembrance Service  for children and families at St Paul’s Church, The Green, Tadley. 10.30am: Remembrance Service at Tadley Old Meeting URC (United Reformed Church). 10.50am: Remembrance Service at St Luke’s Church, Pamber Heath. 3pm: Royal British Legion Remembrance Service will be at St Paul’s Church, Tadley. LITTLEWICK GREEN: A service will start at St John’s from 10.45am, and at 11am the priest, two British Legion flags and wreaths will be taken out of the church. Rev Tina Molyneux will read out the names of those local people who died. KNOWL HILL: A service will take place at St Peter’s from 10.45am and a beacon will be lit on top of Knowl Hill common at 7pm. TWYFORD: A united remembrance service will take place at St Mary’s Church in Station Road at 10.30am. WHITE WALTHAM: A service will take place at White Waltham Church at 10.45am. After the service the group will walk to the war memorial for a short act of remembrance. WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE: Waltham St Lawrence Parish Church is starting its service at 9.45am in the church yard where there are some war graves. A church service will follow and there will be a two minutes’ silence at the war memorial at 11am.
Reading Town Centre, Butts and Forbury
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13/11/2018 TOUR OF THE LONDON ROAD READING CEMETERY WAR GRAVES


Former teacher Liz Tait began researching Reading's World War One casualties in 1996 when she discovered war graves in the old Reading Cemetery. Find out why these graves are there and the stories of those commemorated in what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking tour.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Berkshire Family History Society 0118 950 9553
  events@berksfhs.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
14/11/2018 to 17/11/2018 FARNDALE AVENUE...MACBETH
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

The Farndale Avenue Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society mounts yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth. What can go wrong does go wrong and results in a series of hilarious mistakes from beginning to end. A play within a play with only a passing nod to Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Maggie Smith 0118 975 8880
  maggie@shinfieldplayers.co.uk
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Leisure : Bars
16/11/2018 to 24/12/2018 APRÈS - READING'S MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS BAR AT STATION HILL

For the fourth year the outdoor ski lodge bar will be back in Reading over the festive period. Gunter, head ski instructor/chief cocktail tester, and his team will be serving Mulled Wine, Frosty pints of Beer and their signature Winter Cocktails. Two years ago the bar moved to Station Hill, a move that WePop, the company behind the Après Bar, were extremely excited about. Their excitement was well-founded! A huge attraction to the Après Bar is their cosy mini chalets. Each one seats up to 10 people and is decorated with festive décor and blankets - and this year there’s a larger chalet as well, along with a marquee area with heaters. It’s a great spot to stop by for a swift drink during the festive period and it is also perfect for Christmas Parties. From reserving a small seated area or a chalet for a group, to hiring a section of the venue for your entire company.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1NF
MORE INFO: WePop 0203 793 5533
  Gunter@ApresReading.com
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16/11/2018 to 18/11/2018 HENLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET

This established event will feature a wide range of stalls selling a host of handcrafted, artisan-made, unusual and exotic arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery alongside a great choice of food and drink. Market Square Group is delighted to be returning to Henley with this popular Christmas Market, offering shoppers, from both the local community and further afield, a wide choice of original Christmas gift ideas. As usual, we will be setting a high standard both in presentation and in the quality of products on offer for a discerning shopper.
Market Place, Henley on Thames RG9 2AA
MORE INFO: Christmas Market Enquiries 01832 281274
  info@marketsquaregroup.com
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Leisure : Christmas
17/11/2018 READING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

The 8 metre-high Christmas tree in Broad Street and the 400,000 lights in the town centre will gradually come alight during the afternoon, accompanied by festival music from RASPO Steel Band (12.30–3.30pm) and Jive Aces (4–6pm). Get a taste of seasonal fayre with doughnuts, chestnuts, sweets and festive meat dishes from festive stalls on Broad Street.
Broad Street, Reading Town Centre
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Leisure : Days Out
17/11/2018 NATURE DISCOVERY CENTRE - EXPLORERS CLUB

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a hands on wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. Each month follows a different theme with hands on wildlife activities, craft, stories and child-led play. Book for one session or a series of six. The clubs are designed to allow child-led outdoor play. Come prepared to get muddy and be outside whatever the weather. We will also be cooking snacks on a fire. We recommend long trousers and closed toed shoes whatever the weather as you will be kneeling down and walking through long grass. We want all children to be able to enjoy the club. If your child has any additional needs you would like to discuss please contact us. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01635 874381
  ndc@bbowt.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
17/11/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE REAL THING, FEEL THE FORCE TOUR
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

The multi-million selling soul band celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new show. The Real Thing gives its much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life for its latest tour. Featuring the group’s two original vocalists, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with a 5-piece band, the trio delivers a funky show with a strong retro flavour, mixing the band’s classic songs with contemporary grooves. Hear all the hits, including You to me are Everything, Can’t get by Without You, and Feel the Force, plus some fantastic covers such as Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times and Ain’t No Stopping us Now.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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17/11/2018 THE WHISKEY AFFAIR
 UNIVERSITY OF READING

Do you enjoy whiskey? Would you like to discover more about it, but don't know where to start? Do you like music? Do you like fun? The Whiskey Affair is for you if you answered 'Yes!' to any of these questions. We are returning to Reading, where we fell in love with the Great Hall so are delighted to be coming back.We are packing the room with three types of whiskey for you to try out to your heart's content: SCOTCH: The best from Scottish whisky distilleries - from the well known to the smaller independents that you are going to fall in love with. BOURBON: America's finest bourbons are here to show you what they can offer. Flavoured and packed with variety!WORLDWIDE WHISKEY: Here is where you may discover a whiskey from the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan that you never knew existed! Cocktails: Is everyone you know coming but you're not sure about whiskey? Don't worry: kick back with a cocktail and join in without a serious commitment. You can join in the fun, but don't need to be a connoisseur! AFTERNOON SESSION: 1pm-5pm - EVENING SESSION: 7pm-11pm. For more details see website, below.
The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Catherine Jackson 07815 478999
  thewhiskeyaffairteam@gmail.com
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18/11/2018 BROAD STREET MALL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON

Jake Quickenden, who was crowned the 2018 winner of Dancing on Ice, will be the guiding light at the Broad Street Mall illuminations switch on. The fun starts at 2pm with Santa and his elves will also be set up in his grotto, giving your little ones the chance to get their Christmas wishes in early. After Jake has switched on the lights at 4.15pm, the Dancing on Ice Winner will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos with eager fans.
Broad Street Mall Shopping centre
MORE INFO: Candice Chambers 0118 957 6633
  marketing@broadstreetmall.com
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Leisure : Theatre
21/11/2018 to 24/11/2018 GORING GAP PLAYERS - TWELFTH NIGHT

Goring Gap players present that most accessible of Shakespeare’s comedies Twelfth Night in the Morrell Rooms on 21st to the 24th of November. There’s something for everyone: knockabout comedy with the drunken duo of the aptly named Sir Toby Belch and his gangling side-kick Sir Andrew Aguecheek: mistaken identity; girls dressed as boys; the sober Malvolio gulled into wearing bright yellow stockings; true love finally finding its way… all accompanied by authentic music from the minstrels gallery. Come and brighten those dark November nights with an evening of jollity.
The Morrell Room, Church Lane, Streatley RG8 9HT
MORE INFO: Jean Betteridge 01491 873530
  goringgapplayers@gmail.com
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Leisure : Days Out
22/11/2018 to 25/11/2018 COUNTRY HOMES AND INTERIORS CHRISTMAS SHOW AT STONOR PARK
 STONOR PARK

At this gorgeous curated boutique-style shopping event, you’ll find creative and crafted festive gifts plus home, decorating and lifestyle products from our favourite makers and brands. Located on the front lawns of Stonor Park Manor House in beautifully styled marquees, browse more than 100 stands, and watch demonstrations from new and exciting country businesses and meet their inspirational owners.
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF
MORE INFO: Admin Office 01425 277988
  info@ichf.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
23/11/2018 DESI CENTRAL COMEDY SHOW
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Desi Central Comedy Tour comes to Reading with an amazing line-up. Join Sukh Ojla, Eshaan Akbar, Hyde Panaser and Nabil Abdul Rashid for an evening of laughter.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Leisure : Days Out
24/11/2018 ST MARY MAGDALEN NATIVITY EXHIBITION AND CHRISTMAS MARKET

In the mad rush of Christmas - why not come to St Mary Magdalen on Saturday 24 Nov and reflect as you look through a exhibition of Nativity scenes around the church. Once you've finished then take the path over to the Hall, where refreshments will be served and you will have a chance to purchase those early Christmas presents, either for loved-ones or yourself. A wide range of home-made produce, craft stalls, toys, plants, and other stalls to take your pick from, Tombola and raffle tickets are also available.
St Mary Magdalen Church Hall Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 6DR
MORE INFO: May Fair Enquiries 07974 150172
 
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Leisure : Music
24/11/2018 READING HAYDN CHOIR AUTUMN CONCERT - HAYDN AND HANDEL

The Reading Haydn Choir, a small professional orchestra and soprano soloist will be singing: Nelson Mass - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) - Haydn's own title for this mass, Missa in Angustiis ('Mass for times of distress'), might lead us to expect a dark piece, with an undercurrent of fear. While the opening Kyrie features dark and dramatic fanfares, there are also contemplative and joyful movements and a jubilant finale. Coronation Anthems - George F Handel (1685 - 1759) - Handel's first commission as a naturalised British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year. The four anthems Handel composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727, Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand be Strengthened, My Heart is Inditing and The King Shall Rejoice still retain their universal appeal.
Caversham Heights Methodist Church, 74 Highmoor Rd, Reading RG4 7BG
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900210
  lock.chris1@gmail.com
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24/11/2018 GORING CRAFT FAIR

This is a friendly and atmospheric craft fair with emphasis on genuine handmade crafts rather than bought in goods. The Craft Fair is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. We have a huge variety of stalls with something to suit everyone’s taste. What better way to plan and buy those Christmas presents while also supporting local talented crafters.
Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
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24/11/2018 WOODLEY TOWN CENTRE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

Come and Sing some Carols and enjoy some free Minced Pies, Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts at the Switch on of the WOODLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS with the TREE of LIGHT from the Woodley and Earley Lions, Carols with Woodley Churches, The Reading Operatic Society and the Woodley Concert Band from 4.30 to 5.30 pm.
Crockhamwell Road Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Christmas Lights Enquiries 07506 741591   Event Web Site
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24/11/2018 THE BABY AND CHILDREN'S MARKET - WOKINGHAM

Join us at the original and best Baby and Children’s Market for a great afternoon of bargains galore. 30+ stalls selling lots of toys, books, clothes, walkers, high chairs, buggies, push chairs, car seats, bumbos, stair gates, nursery furniture, maternity wear and so much more at bargain prices.
FBC Centre, Gorse Ride North, Wokingham RG40 4ES
MORE INFO: Nicki Mitchell 07809 628701
  enquiries@babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk
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24/11/2018 MAIDENHEAD TOWN CENTRE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

The annual switch-on and firework display is set to take place on Saturday at Maidenhead Town Hall in St Ives Road. High Street, Queen Street and St Ives Road will be closed to traffic to accommodate food and craft stalls. A Christmas funfair with a selection of children’s rides will also be operating. The festivities will kick off at 11am, with Santa and his helpers setting up inside the Nicholsons Centre until 3pm. The entertainment will move to St Ives Road at 4pm with performances by Stagecoach, The Tuneless Choir, Bottlekids and the Eagle Claw Kung Fu Lion Dance team. The switch-on, organised by Enjoy Maidenhead, will be at 6pm, which will be done by the winner of a Norden Farm competition. Fireworks will then be launched from the roof of the Town Hall.
Maidenhead High Street SL6 1PT
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24/11/2018 READING SCHOOL CHRISTMAS MARKET

Reading School Parents Association invite you to join us for an amazing afternoon of Christmas shopping with over 50 local stallholders, selling a wide variety of Christmas gifts, decorations, food and services.
Reading School, Erleigh Road RG1 5LW
MORE INFO: Clare Shandling 07802 881622   contactus@readingschoolpa.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
25/11/2018 WOKINGHAM WINTER CARNIVAL

A FREE fun day out for all the family, in Wokingham Town centre from 11.00 am until 5.30 pm, and a great way to start the Christmas period. For the event all the town centre roads are closed to traffic, and we have over 100 Crafts, food, gift and charity stalls lining the streets. This major event is also supported by street entertainers, a music stage and fun fair attractions (including a Ferris Wheel). The day ends with the switching on of the Christmas lights, and carols around the Christmas tree.
Wokingham Town Centre RG40 1AT
MORE INFO: Chris Monk 0709 289 5497   wokingham.carnival@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
25/11/2018 READING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT - DVORAK, MANDELSSOHN AND PROKOFIEV

We are delighted to welcome back Harvey Lin, former winner of the RSO / Hickies Young Musicians’ Competition 2015 and keyboard category finalist of the BBC Young Musicians’ Competition 2016, for Mendelssohn’s sparkling Piano Concerto No.1. Harvey wowed us in our spring concert two years ago and he is sure to impress again with the stunning virtuosity and musicality of his playing. The second half of the concert will feature excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet. Written in 1935, hear both the joy and tragedy of this timeless tale. Fans of the BBC’s Apprentice will instantly recognise the Montagues and Capulets theme. The concert will begin with Dvorak’s Carnival Overture – a joyous celebration of life! Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the University Great Hall for this special autumn concert.
Great Hall, Reading University, London Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 986 0707 or 0118 973 5517
  tickets@rso.org.uk
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25/11/2018 PURLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET
 PURLEY BARN

Both barns will be packed with stands and festive cheer, so it’s ideal for finding those quality and one-off Christmas gifts. You’ll be spoilt for choice with stalls selling amongst other things: presents, handmade crafts, ceramics, books, accessories, Christmas Eve boxes, jewellery, glassware, textiles, art, cards, confectionery, vintage, home baking and children’s toys. Father Christmas will be there and you can also enjoy refreshments, mulled wine and a grand raffle. The event is organised by the Friends of Purley Barn with proceeds going to raise funds for this historic venue. Entry and parking is free. Good access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Purley Barn, Goosecroft Lane, Purley-on-Thames RG8 8DR
MORE INFO: Market Enquiries 0118 942 2255
  info@fopb.org.uk
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25/11/2018 MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN READING - ARTLINE STREET MARKET

A special Christmas Edition of ArtLine is coming to town. ArtLine is a visual arts street market showcasing Reading’s local artists. Join them to view beautiful works include paintings, photography, drawings, limited edition prints and hanging textiles. All the works will be for sale, so you can find the perfect gift while supporting independent artists. Free - 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Broad Street, Reading RG1 2BH
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Leisure : Theatre
28/11/2018 DYLAN MORAN - DOCTOR COSMOS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

BAFTA and Perrier award winning comedian Dylan Moran embarks on his brand new tour - Dr Cosmos. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style - deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism - promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
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29/11/2018 LIVE NATION PRESENTS - BOWLING FOR SOUP
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

In February 2018, Texan pop punk royalty Bowling For Soup embarked on the biggest and most successful UK tour of their twenty four years together. The Get Happy Tour 2018 was a wild success, culminating in the bands' biggest ever UK headline show crowd at London's Brixton Academy. Fast forward to the start of the Autumn and Bowling For Soup are delighted to announce their return to UK shores. The Almost Christmas Tour will play eight shows across England and Scotland, hitting some locations the band hasn't played for many years (or in the case or one or two places, for the first time ever)!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
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Leisure : Museums
30/11/2018 to 01/08/2019 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Emma Turner 01491 672927
  emma.turner@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Music
01/12/2018 YULTIDE BONANZA - WITH THE BARFIELD HANDBELL RINGERS

Join us for an afternoon of music to brighten a winter's day. Light refreshments will be available in the interval. Concert commences 3pm.
St Mary’s Church, Church Gate, Thatcham RG19 3PN
MORE INFO: Dianne Rogers 01635 867421
  dianne@barfield.org.uk
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01/12/2018 GORING VILLAGE HALL FESTIVE FOOD, DRINK AND LOCAL PRODUCE FAIR

Goring Village Hall Festive Food, Drink and Local Produce Fair is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the festive season. stocking up with delicious treats. We have a varied selection of local fine food and drink stalls. These include tastings from Walters’ turkeys, Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, gingerbread and chocolates. Cheeses from the Pangbourne Cheese Shop, pickles, preserves, gluten free foods will be on offer as well as vegan foods. We have tastings of fine wine, beer, cider and alcohol free spirits.. Babies and toddlers will also be catered for with a stall offering healthy, artisanal dried blended baby meals and fruits. Beautiful hand crafted Christmas wreaths will be made to order.
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Food Fair Enquiries 01491 872707
 
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Leisure : Nights Out
01/12/2018 to 22/12/2018 WOODLEY AND EARLEY LIONS CHARITY SANTA SLEIGH STREET TOUR

Each December we parade Father Christmas through the streets of Woodley after dusk doing a door-to-door collection (see our Fundraising page). We can also be found outside various supermarkets during this period. Click link bekow for the full daily schedule. One of the big events is The Woodley Extravaganza, held on 2nd December and organised by the Woodley Shopping Preceinct, kicks off at 10.00am. Woodley and Earley Lions will be in attendance with Santa's sleigh. The public will be permitted to sit on the sleigh and use it as a background for festive photographs if they wish.
The streets of Woodley and Earley each evening
MORE INFO: Santa Sleigh Enquiries 0845 833 9863
  Paulc@we-lions.org.uk
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01/12/2018 to 24/12/2018 MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN READING - THE LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

A whole host of FREE magical events will take place every day from 1st December as Reading premieres its first Living Advent Calendar. From singalongs to craft workshops, wicked and naughty shows to traditional family entertainment, there will be something for everyone. So countdown to 25 December with a festive feast and sparkling array of fun and every day will feel like Christmas! And if you're coming to any of the Living Advent events, why not bring a spot of change with you and take part in the Living Advent raffle - your chance to win a prize from the host venue and other goodies, including vouchers, beauty treatments, games, cakes and more! All monies raised will be split between these local charities: Homestart, Readifood and the Reading Samaritans. See website below for list of all events.
Various around Reading Town Centre
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02/12/2018 WOODLEY TOWN CENTRE WINTER EXTRAVAGANZA

Great Woodley CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA for the 22nd year running on Sunday the 2nd of December from 10am to 3pm, lots of stalls and entertainments, Live Reindeers next to SANTA 's Magical Grotto, lots of Rides, Climbing Wall etc.
Woodley Town Centre RG5 3JZ
MORE INFO: Town Centre Manager 07506 741591
  towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk
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05/12/2018 ARLINGTON PARK CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Get into the Christmas spirit with friends, family and colleagues on Wednesday 5th December at the Arlington Business Park Christmas Fayre. The Christmas Fayre will be kicking off from 11:30am until 2:30pm open to all members of the public. This year there will be loads of new and exciting stallholders from Christmas decorations, personalised gifts and jams and accessorises to name but a few. Visit Father Christmas and his elf in their grotto as well as meeting the real life reindeer.
Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4SA
MORE INFO: Amy Coles 0118 324 0253
  amy.coles@workmanfm.co.uk
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Leisure : Entertainment
06/12/2018 to 09/12/2018 THE ALDERMASTON YORK NATIVITY PLAY

The village of Aldermaston has put on a Nativity Play in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin every year since 1957. The play is an adaptation of 8 or 9 plays from the 400 year old York Mystery Cycle plays that tell the story of the first Christmas. The Aldermaston staging of the York Nativity Play was the brainchild of Revd Canon Stanley Young, the vicar of Aldermaston, and Pat Eastop, a local mother and teacher who had studied Medieval Art. Pat went on to direct the play for 57 consecutive years before her death in 2014. She was awarded an MBE.
Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Aldermaston RG7 4HR
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Leisure : Nights Out
07/12/2018 PANGBOURNE CHRISTMAS EVENING

Pangbourne shops and businesses will be staying open until 8pm and will be offering visitors refreshments, tastings plus the chance to win in the Lucky Dick and Raffle. At 6pm there’s The Big Switch-On with Pangbourne resident, and Reading FC legend, Sir John Madejski. At 6.30pm it will be Carol Singing to Pangbourne Silver Band outside Garlands Organic shop.
Pangbourne Village Centre RG8 7LY
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07/12/2018 WALLINGFORD COMEDY NIGHT - ROBIN MORGAN
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

Welsh stand-up Robin Morgan is about to go on his first UK tour. One small issue: he’s only just got married, and is spending his actual honeymoon performing to the nation. Surely there’s a good reason why he’s doing it? There is. You’ll just have to come and find out. Fresh from two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the writer for BBC’s Have I Got News For You and The Now Show will perform both critically acclaimed shows, back-to-back. In addition to his solo shows and work as a writer, Robin is the support artist for Ellie Taylor’s national tours and BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show, with television credits from BBC Three and Comedy Central to his name.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 825000
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Leisure : Music
08/12/2018 TRINITY CONCERT BAND - JINGLE ALL THE WAY

Trinity Concert Band invite you to take a step back from your busy Christmas preparations to join us for a double dose of festive music! Our 3pm matinée is the perfect opportunity for your kids to be able to listen (and singalong!) to a live performance of their favourites Christmas tunes, while our 7pm concert of festive music and carols is sure to leave you full of the Christmas spirit.
Trinity Church, 9 Chalfont Close, Earley RG6 5HZ
MORE INFO: Trinity Concert Band 0845 226 3047
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08/12/2018 to 09/12/2018 SOUTH CHILTERN CHORAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

One of the joys of Christmas is to listen to (and sing along with) Christmas songs and carols. So, with that in mind, the South Chiltern Choral Society (SCCS) are delighted to invite you to a musical celebration of the Christmas story, when they will be performing Shawn Kirchner’s Behold New Joy and Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night. The former weaves together a modern medley of well-known carols from medieval times; the latter follows the sequence of the Christmas story using several familiar carol melodies within Chilcott’s own settings.
Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common RG4 9LN
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Leisure : Nights Out
08/12/2018 MUSIC BEAR RECORDS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Independent record label Musical Bear will be putting on their yearly show at the legendary After Dark Club in Reading. After last year’s successful Christmas show we are doing it all over again! DJ Set by Scott Cairo, The Ady Baker Sound, H.A.T.Y.M and Uncle Peanut, Shoals, and The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show. 10percent of the ticket price will be donated to Launchpad, preventing homelessness in Reading. Take a look at the acts on Musical Bear Records on the website below.
After Dark Club, 112 London Street, Reading, RG1 4SJ
MORE INFO: Mark Robinson 07815 732551
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Leisure : Theatre
08/12/2018 to 09/12/2018 THE LADY'S MAD
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

A new play by Rebekah King performed by Oxford-based theatre company Thistledown Theatre. Performances are in the Club Room – upstairs venue, not suitable for people with mobility problems. It’s 1642. Parliament has declared war on the King. Hester Cavill and her husband have sided with opposing armies: she a royalist, he a parliamentarian. When Sir Arthur is away, Hester refuses aid to a regiment of Cromwell’s troops who have turned up at her estate expecting Sir Arthur’s support. What Hester has not predicted, is that these troops have a strong-willed female leader of their own.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 825000
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08/12/2018 MAIDENHEAD'S COMMUNITY LANTERN PARADE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade returns to Maidenhead for the 10th time! Celebrations including live music and entertainment, street food, licenced bar and hot drinks. Get involved at one of our Lantern-making workshops, running throughout November and December. Create an animal inspired lantern by weaving and decorating willow. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process and you will have a lantern ready to illuminate atthe parade. A retrospective exhibition, marking this milestone event, will open at Norden Farm in January2019.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Lucy Hobbs 01628 788997
  lucy.hobbs@nordenfarm.org
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Leisure : Charity
09/12/2018 READING BIKERS CHARITY TOY RUN 2018

When the event was launched 33 years ago, only 18 riders took part. This year around 1,500 bikers from all over the country are expected to take part in what is officially the world’s biggest motorcycle charity toy run. Every rider will carry a toy which is donated to Barnardo’s and other children’s charities over Christmas. Last year’s event was cancelled due to wintry conditions – an unexpected snowfall – so the bikers are looking forward to getting back in the saddle. Some roads will be closed briefly, with diversions in place. Roads most affected are Whitley Wood Lane, Lower Earley Way between The Black Boy Roundabout and The Showcase cinema. On from there it will be the A329 Reading Road between the Showcase and Shute End and Rectory Road and Wiltshire Road to Barnardo's High Close School in Wokingham.
1pm meet at John Wood PLC, RG2 9FW, (Formerly AMEC Foster Wheeler, formerly Shire Hall), near to J 11 M4.
MORE INFO: Ben Spiller 0118 978 7095
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09/12/2018 READING SANTA RUN

Reading Santa Run time is here again, raising thousands of pounds for local charities. Our race attracts hundreds of runners to the Reading Town Centre every December. Entrants come from all walks of life and abilities. All are very welcome to join us in this great family festive fun event. This year’s chosen charities are Macmillan Cancer Support, The Footsteps Foundation and Rotary Charities. On the day, there are two races - the 1km mini-Santa run and the full 5km Town Centre run, both start and finish in Forbury Gardens.
Starts Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3HS
MORE INFO: Graham Broadhurst 0774 094 3050
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Leisure : Exhibitions
09/12/2018 to 13/12/2018 A SPLASH OF COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

We are not alone in our ability to view the world in colour. Many species of birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have superior colour vision. Yet our ability to be enchanted by colours which illuminate complex patterns, lines and shapes is probably a uniquely human quality. Of all our senses, perhaps our sight is the most precious. Through our colour vision we understand our world. It warns us of danger, makes objects quickly recognisable, and helps us to store and retrieve precious memories. From the earliest cave paintings we have learned to express our feelings and share our thoughts with each other through colour. Open 10am to 3pm.
3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 3JH
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
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Leisure : Music
09/12/2018 GLASS ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Join us for our annual Christmas concert which we are holding this year at St Andrew's in Caversham. The concert will be an eclectic mixture of seasonal favourites, from Eva Cassidy to Tomas Luis de Victoria, alongside some traditional audience carols. Please note the concert time of 4pm.
St Andrew’s Church, Albert Road, Caversham RG4 7PL
MORE INFO: Susie - Ticket Enquiries 07930 690873
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09/12/2018 SOUTH BERKSHIRE SINGERS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT CORPUS CHRISTI WOKINGHAM

South Berkshire Singers will be hosting a Christmas Celebration of seasonal music and readings at Corpus Christi Church in Sturges Road, Wokingham. All proceeds will go towards The Africa Fund supporting a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya and an orphanage near Entebbe in Uganda.
Corpus Christi Church, Sturges Road, Wokingham RG40 2HE
MORE INFO: May Withers 0118 978 5635
 
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09/12/2018 THATCHAM CIVIC CAROL SERVICE

The Mayor of Thatcham, Cllr Jan Cover, warmly invites you to join her at the annual Civic Carol Service at St Mary’s Church. The Service will include performances from Barfield Handbell Ringers and St Mary’s Church Choir. No tickets are required and children are welcome. Seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards and a collection will be held for the Mayor’s charities – Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Hedgehog Bottom. 4pm.
St Mary’s Church, Church Gate, Thatcham RG19 3PN
MORE INFO: Carol Service Enquiries 01635 863 592
  enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk
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09/12/2018 CANDLELIT DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Friends of St. Andrew’s Church stall will have some wonderful Christmas goodies for sale including Homemade Jams, Chutneys, Cakes and freshly cut mistletoe. Many other stall holders will be displaying helpful Christmas present ideas too. Enjoy a great afternoon out at a traditional Christmas event in a beautiful ancient church. 2 - 4pm.
St. Andrew’s Church, Sonning Village RG4 6UR
MORE INFO: 0118 969 8653

Sport : Rugby Union
09/12/2018 LONDON IRISH v HARTPURY COLLEGE - RFU CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

The Irish are in buoyant mood as they bid to regain their cherished place in the Premiership. They have won every home league game so far, and have replicated that form at the Mad Stad in the new RFU Championship Cup. This has the look of another home success, but the students are sure to be lifted by the big stadium day-out, so could be more competitive than expected.
Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 968 1016
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