What's on in and around Alton

Thursday 16th November 2017 2:00 pm
Gilbert White's House and The Oates Museum in Selborne ()

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TO NOVEMBER 30: Alton Lions house-to-house collection in aid of the Lion’s annual Christmas appeal: gifts to support families and individuals in need and elderly folk living on their own in Alton and the wider community at Christmas.

TO DECEMBER 2: Exhibition of ‘Season’s Greeting Cards’ at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Collection of artwork created by Kate Davis over the years which were used as Christmas cards. Styles include landscape, graphic design and cartoon. Gallery open 10.30am-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, free entry.

NOVEMBER 16-24: Ceramicus Exhibition 2017 at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Ceramicus, a group of ceramic artists based in Hampshire and Surrey, offering a range of work which will appear alongside items from the Hampshire Cultural Trust collections. Free entry. Gallery open 10.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

NOVEMBER 16-29: ‘Wild’ exhibition of artwork by Lisa Bartlett, Karen Burling, Penny Fleet and Fiona Pearce: weekdays at Treloar College, Holybourne, weekdays 9am-5pm.

NOVEMBER 16-18: Alton Operatic and Dramatic Society presents ‘A Murder is Announced’ by Agatha Christie, adapted for stage by Leslie Darbon, at Alton Assembly Rooms. Evening performances 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Tickets at £12/£10 available online at aods.org or from Wildly Upbeat Printers, John Trimmer Walk, Alton.

NOVEMBER 17: Alton U3A meet 2pm at Alton Community Centre for talk on ‘The Question of Shale Gas’ by Edward Dawson, Hampshire trustee for the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Admission £1, non-members welcome.

NOVEMBER 17: Alton Natural History Society meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Alton, for an illustrated talk by Keith Lugg on Ladybirds of the UK, 7.30pm. Call Raynor on 01256 862541.

NOVEMBER 18: Alton Natural History Society fungas foray at Binns Wood, for mosses and lichens. Meet 10am in lay-by near church and/or East Worldham Churchyard. Followed at 2pm by lunch, if required, at The Three Horseshoes. Call Raynor 01256 862541.

NOVEMBER 18: Christmas table-top sale at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Medstead, 10am-12.30pm. Christmas crafts and seasonal products, refreshments. Hire a table and sell new or nearly-new items. Sellers are welcome to set up at 9.15am. To reserve a table for £10, call Diane on 01420 562978.

NOVEMBER 18: Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia in concert at Alton Maltings Centre, 7pm. In aid of Home-Start WeyWater. Musical treat for the whole family. Tickets £10 adults, accompanied children free from Waterstone’s Bookshop on Alton High Street.

NOVEMBER 19: Alton Bottle Club antique bottle, advertising and collector’s fayre at Alton Community Centre, 10.30am-1.30pm. Admission £1. Call 01420 88773.

NOVEMBER 19: Alton Ramblers meet at 8.50am at Alton Health Centre for a 10-mile walk led by Lynn, starting 9.30am at Heatherley Wood burial site (SU 849360). Special invitation to park at woodland burial site at Grayshott, with tea and biscuits to follow the walk which will follow the top of Whitmoor Vale to Barford, then to Frensham Great Pond, the Flashes Nature Reserve and back over Hindhead golf course to Whitmoor Bottom. Some hills. No pub. Bring lunch. Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

NOVEMBER 22: Alton Ramblers meet 9.10am at Alton Sports Centre car park for nine-mile walk led by Roy & Clare, starting 10am from car park on Stubbington Hill (SU 516565). Circular walk across The Gallops to Watership Down, then onto Ladle Hill, Eccinswell, Nuthanger Farm, and Sydmonton. Back up Watership Down and The Gallops. Bring lunch. Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

NOVEMBER 22: Alton Ramblers meet 9.10am at Alton Sports Centre car park for six-mile walk led by Anne, starting 10am from Beaconhill Beeches CP (SU 598227). Walk to Lomer Farm, Southdowns Way, Monarchs Way, Betty Munday’s Bottom, to Wayfarers. Possible pub lunch in Exton at the end. Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

NOVEMBER 22: Four Marks Parish Council meet 7.30pm at Four Marks Village Hall for an extra-ordinary full council meeting to discuss planning application number 56082/001, Mount Royal, 46 Lymington Bottom, residential development of up to 65 dwellings.

NOVEMBER 25: Luminosa (formerly known as Holybourne Singers) performing Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with children from Amery Hill and Eggar’s schools and the Luminosa Young Voices in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Farnham, 7.30pm. The evening also includes Edward Elgar’s Songs from the Bavarian Highlands and Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town. Tickets £15 (under-12s £5) from Waterstone’s Alton or Farnham. Visit luminosamusic.com.

NOVEMBER 25: Christmas fair at Alton Methodist Church, 10am-noon. Browse stalls selling home baking, fancy goods, jewellery, toys and sweets or take a break with coffee and cake. Free admission.

NOVEMBER 25: Christmas fair at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Normandy Street, Alton (next to the Alton House Hotel), 3pm-8pm. Gifts, toys, cakes, jams, bottle stall, children’s games, raffle, light refreshments to include mince pies and mulled wine. Free entry, free parking.

NOVEMBER 25-26: Wreath-making workshops at Gilbert White’s House, Selborne, 11am. Cost £40, to include lunch and admission to the museum. To book, call 01420 511275 or visit gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

NOVEMBER 26: Home-Start WeyWater’s Santa Sunday from noon in Alton’s Market Square. Santa’s grotto, refreshments, stalls, mulled wine, entertainment.

NOVEMBER 26: Christmas craft fair at Beech village hall. Twenty stalls plus refreshments including homemade cakes, mince pies, bacon rolls, teas and coffee, mulled wine. Carols sung by Bentworth schoolchildren.

NOVEMBER 27: Alton Flower Club meet at All Saints’ Church Hall, Queen’s Road, Alton, for a demonstration by Carol Staples entitled Christmas with a Difference, 7.15pm. Visitors welcome. Call 01420 85604.

NOVEMBER 28: Alton library talk by Phillip Geddes, a trustee of Gilbert White’s House and Oates Museum, on Three Explorers of the Natural World - Reverend Gilbert White, Captain Lawrence Oates and Frank Oates, 7.30pm. Tickets £4. To book, call 01420 85734 or visit hants.gov.uk/shop.

NOVEMBER 28: Free drop-in clinic to check for mouth cancer at King Street Dental Practice, Odiham, 2pm-4pm.

NOVEMBER 29: Free IT course for those receiving unemployment benefit, to improve IT skills (last of four sessions) at Alton College. Run by Community First and supported by Hampshire County Council. Getting Started with IT runs from 10am-12.30pm while Improving your Computer Skills runs from 3.30pm-6.30pm. To book a place, call Community First on 0300 500 8085 or e-mail [email protected]. Or book online at cfirst.org.uk/training/booking.

NOVEMBER 30: Lord Mayor Treloar: The Man and his Hospital. Luath Grant-Ferguson tells the story of Lord Mayor Treloar and the hospital that bore his name, at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton, 7.30pm. Tickets £5, to include light refreshments, available from the Allen Gallery or on 01420 82802.

(*Please note: this talk has been postponed from November 23).

* If you have anything you wish to be included in the What’s On column, send details to the Alton Herald, 13 Market Square, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HD or e-mail Moira Howells at [email protected]. The service is free to clubs and charitable organisations.

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