What's on in and around Alton

Thursday 17th May 2018 10:29 am
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TO MAY 25: Rabbit trail at the Curtis Museum, Alton. Explore the museum while you try to find the rabbits. Free entry, donations welcome. Call 01420 82802.

TO MAY 30: ‘Scratching the Surface’ exhibition by local art group Borderlands at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Open 10.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry.

TO MAY 30: ‘Of Land and Flower’ exhibition of contemporary watermedia paintings by Hampshire artist Libby May at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Open 10.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry.

TO JUNE 24: ‘Woman’s Hour Craft Prize’ exhibition of work by the 12 finalists in the competition Run by BBC Radio 4 and the Crafts Council at Mottisfont Art Gallery (National Trust), near Romsey. Featuring some of the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK.

MAY 17-20: Cakes4Cancer. Find the star baker in your office and support families affected by cancer. Play ‘Faked or Baked’. Sign up and order your free fundraising kit at wessexcancer.org.uk/cakes4cancer or e-mail [email protected].

MAY 17-19: Alton Operatic and Dramatic Society presents Guys and Dolls at Alton Assembly Rooms. A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyan, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Tickets from £11, opening night discounts and concessions available, from Wildly Upbeat Printers in Alton or online at aods.org.

MAY 17: Alton Ramblers meet 9.45am in The Bank car park (SU716393) for a seven-mile walk, starting 10am and led by Anne N. Alton Book Walk 7 via Monkwood and East and West Worldham. Part of Alton’s Walking Festival. Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.

MAY 18: Alton U3A meet 2pm at Alton Community Centre for a talk by Ann Chance entitled ‘Across America with a Wheelchair’. Although the title is serious, the content has many hilarious moments as Ann relates how she took a physically disabled lady in a wheelchair across America and then in a light aircraft into the Grand Canyon. The talk will give an insight into the difficulties encountered and how Ann dealt with them. Admission £1, all welcome.

MAY 19: Oakhanger Players present ‘Raising Martha’ - a dark comedy by David Spicer at Binsted Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 on 01420 489089 or e-mail [email protected].

MAY 19: Grand plant sale at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton, 11am-3pm. All sorts of plants, produce and garden-related objects at bargain prices. Contributions of surplus plants and produce also welcome in advance. Free entry.

MAY 19: Selborne Primary School ‘Royal May Fair’ in the school grounds, noon-3pm. Maypole, bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting, tombola, coconut shy, wheelbarrow of wine, cakes, barbecue, and screening the Royal Wedding. Free admission.

MAY 20: Alresford Watercress Festival in the town centre, 10am-4pm. Live music followed at 10.30am by the procession, led by horse and cart carrying the Watercress King and Queens, accompanied by Morris dancers, musicians and schoolchildren dispersing bags of watercress. Cookery demonstrations, food, watercress treats, gifts, jewellery, arts and crafts. Afternoon to feature annual World Watercress-eating Championships. Free travel on board the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line between Ropley and Alresford stations, or travel by coach. Parking at Ropley £5 per car. Visit watercress.co.uk.

MAY 20: Newton Valence village open gardens, 1pm-5pm. Six gardens open varying in size and style, to include a trellis garden, a pergola garden, an English courtyard garden, a walled garden, a garden with a view and a cottage garden. Tea and cake available in the village hall, home produce stall by village pond, plant stall. Picnic areas in parking area, around pond. Assistance dogs only. Entry £5 for adults (under-16s free). Tickets available from parking area. All proceeds to St Mary’s Church. Easy access from A3, Selborne exit, or off A32.

MAY 20: Alton Royal British Legion annual poppy walk, start 9am from the RBL clubhouse in Anstey Park, Alton, for five or 10-mile route. Ploughman’s lunch on completion. Call 01420 257177 or 07771 790228.

MAY 21: Alton NHS Retirement Fellowship meeting at All Saints’ Church Hall, Queens Road, Alton, for a talk by David Way from Wey Valley Radio, 2.30pm. All welcome. Call 01420 88807.

MAY 22: ‘Walking into the Picture’ poetry workshop inspired by the watercolours of WH Allen, Alton library, 1pm-4pm. Led by Hampshire Poet Robyn Bolam. Beginners and more experienced writers all welcome. Cost £8. Pre-booking essential at Alton library or call 01420 85734.

MAY 24: Talk on ‘Jane Austen the Banker’s Sister’ by Professor Emma Clery, of Southampton University, on Jane Austen and her brother Henry who at one time ran a bank at 10 High Street, Alton. Professor Clery will also be signing copies of her book of the same title. Tickets £5 to include light refreshments available from the Allen Gallery or by calling 01420 82802.

MAY 24: Employment/apprentice information evening at the Future Skills Centre in Bordon, 4pm-7pm. Exhibitors with apprenticeship opportunities and advice, guest speakers. Refreshment and parking available, open to everyone.

MAY 26: Jigsaw drop-in at St Lawrence Parish Centre, Vicarage Hill, Alton, 2pm-4pm. Deliver completed puzzles, choose another to take home and complete, or join in completing a puzzle on the day over a cup of tea and chat. Call 01420 86063.

MAY 26-27: Privett Church Flower Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Privett, 10am-5pm. Displays on theme of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, with special children’s corner. In aid of the Privett Church Restoration Fund. Entry £5 adults, children free. Tea and refreshments at the Privett Centre. Free parking.

MAY 27: Alton Town Park Festival in Alton Public Gardens, 10am-6pm. Live music, bouncy castles, craft, food and charity stalls. In aid of the Rhiannon Trust. Free entry.

MAY 27-28: Nature Festival at Gilbert White’s House Museum, Garden and Field Studies Centre, Selborne. Visit gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

MAY 30-JUNE 2: Half-term nursery rhyme and story trail in the garden of the Allen Gallery, Church Street Alton, 10.30am-4.30pm. Drop in and find objects hidden in the garden that come from some well-known nursery rhymes and stories. £1 per child.

n 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 [email protected]. The service is free to clubs and charitable organisations.

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