What’s On 2023

Check in the main section of the Cliffhanger, their website / facebook or contact details for dates and times.


The Angel Café with Rooms

Café open for hot and cold drinks, breakfast, brunch, lunch and freshly made cakes daily * 8am – 5pm summer (8am to 4pm winter). All menu items available whether sitting inside or enjoying the lovely courtyard, takeaways also available. Bicyle parking in courtyard. For menus, please visit https://www.angel-sherston.co.uk/menu and for rooms (always availability midweek), please visit https://www.angel-sherston.co.uk/your-booking. Call 841627 for more details.

The Bridge Restaurant

Indian cuisine to eat in or take away daily from 5pm-10pm on the site of The Carps. Call 840665 or email info@thebridge.restaurant for more details or for the menus, visit http://www.thebridge.restaurant/sherston/

The Rattlebone Inn

Indoor & outdoor dining with delicious country cuisine restaurant menu and pizzas from the wood fired oven on certain nights.

Quiz & Burger Night Quiz starts at 8pm Mondays

Check boards for more details, call 840871, follow on Twitter  or visit https://www.therattlebone.co.uk

The Courtyard Café @ Lucy Tom’s

Now serving coffees, tea and herbal infusions and homemade cakes in Tucks Yard with covered seating – takeaways available. Bicyle parking. For further details call Lucy on 841433 or visit https://lucytom.com

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

In Sherston Every fortnight on Saturdays  10.30am – 12.45pm

Sherston High Street For further details call clerk@sherston.org.uk or mobilelibraries@wiltshire.gov.uk or visit https://services.wiltshire.gov.uk/MobileLibrary/Library/Stop/65

Events at the Church of the Holy Cross

Church of the Holy Cross Coffee Shop

Revival of Pat & John Smith’s original fundraiser morning coffee starting Thurs 11 May

fortnightly, If you feel you would like to be involved in this fresh initiative, sign your name on a list in church, look out for further news next month, or just turn up on May 11

Christian Aid Week: 14-20 May

Once again the churches of the Gauzebrook Group will be holding their annual door-to-door collection during Christian Aid Week in May. Please contact Sue Robinson, Gauzebrook CAW organiser if you can help: Tel. 841263. Email: jimandsue4@btinternet.com

Sherston Congregational Church – Activities in The British Schoolroom

Brick Club: 3.30-5pm every Thursday during term time. Free entry. All are welcome

Toddlers Club 10– 11.30am every Mon including holidays and half terms except Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Admin/Bookings – Alicja Clark – alicjaclark076@Qmail.com Brick Club – Please register your interest with Alicja by email or find us on Facebook.


The Congregational Church, Methodist Church and Holy Cross Church are offering the chance for people to join together during the winter on the first Monday of each month. It is a joint initiative, and everyone is welcome.

There is no charge and you do not have to book. Soup bread, pudding, cake and coffee will be served as well as companionship and the chance to catch up with friends in a warm place. 12 till 2pm in the British School Room and each month will support a different charity. Lifts are available on request.

For further information regarding this initiative please contact: Candi Williams Tarling, Revd Janet Evans, Revd Susan Harvey 840 696

Sherston Village Hall Drop in Tea-Time

All are welcome to ‘drop-in’ and have a cup of tea Thursdays from 3.30 to 5 pm.  Thurs 4 and Thurs 18 May 3.30pm to 5pm. National Lottery Community Fund helped with the new Butterfly Hall and they wanted us to offer our new facility to anyone who wanted to use it, rather than just those people who are members of clubs, or who had booked the Hall for a private party. 

Sherston Community Choir. (SHoCC)

Following our Easter break we will be back in the Old British School Room on Cliff Road on Wed evenings at 7.30pm. See our Facebook page.

Sherston Magna Cricket Club

We currently run an All Stars programme, have a thriving Junior Section with U9s, U11s and U13s teams, a Saturday League side, a Sunday friendly side and a new women’s and girls’ section

The Coronation

You are invited to come to the British School Room in Cliff Road, on Coronation Day, Sat 6 May, to watch the broadcast of the Coronation service and parade on the big screen. Local Churches Together (the Congregational Church, the Methodist Church and the Church of the Holy Cross) will be delighted to welcome you to share the pageantry and ceremony of this special occasion. At the time of writing, the timing for the service has not been announced, but as we expect the service to begin in the mid-morning we will have some light refreshments available.

There is no need to book.   Please watch out for further publicity nearer the date. 

Bell Ringers

Listen out for the Sherston team of bell-ringers who will ‘Ring for the King’ after the Coronation on Saturday. Our bell-ringers have been practising for this celebratory ring, a very joyous and traditional part of the local celebrations for a new monarch.

Coronation Celebration Service in the Church of the Holy Cross on Sun 7 May at 9.30am. All will be very welcome

Sherston Community Coronation Lunch

Sun 7 May The Village Hall and Village Hall Field will be available for anyone to use for a community picnic to celebrate the Coronation. Tables and chairs will be available, although it might be best to bring your own if you have them. Bring your own food and drink, plates, etc, make up a party with friends if you wish. If the weather is inclement, we can use the indoor space.

The Platinum Jubilee Party last year was so successful so this will be an opportunity to repeat the fun! More details of timing next month but put the date in your diary.

The ‘Big Help Out’ on Mon 8 May, is a community -wide project to volunteer. There is not a specific activity organised for Sherston for Monday, but we suggest that as many people as possible help to give our village a good spring clean. Perhaps you would tidy up and clean near to your home. It would be great if you would also help a little further afield, giving the litter and debris on the roads, pavements and open areas of Sherston a farewell.

Sherston’s Gardening Club


2 May  ‘Where the Wild Flowers Grow: My botanical journey through Britain & Ireland” by published author, Leif Bersweden

Tues 6 June: ‘The Art of Plant and Seed Hunting’ by Penny Jones, Chief propagator at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Fri 7 July: Summer Social at the Garden House, Westonbirt (with thanks to our hosts, Clare and James Turner).

All talks in the British School Rooms 2nd Fri each month apart from Aug, 7pm for 7.30pm start, bring and buy stall, quiz, refreshments, ** From May onwards, club meetings will be on the first Tuesday of each month, British School Room, doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.£15pa £25 joint, under 18s free Connections to: Our Church garden, Sustainable Sherston and Sherston Allotments.

Dates for your diary:

Malvern Spring Show 2023: Fri 12 May – coach to depart from the High Street. Fully booked

 sherstongardeningclub@gmail.com for more details.

Calling all Musicians

Recently formed Sherston Band “Old School Blues” are looking for new members. We need a Bass player (and Keyboards and Sax are possible additions too).  We enjoy Blues, Rock, Country and more, playing mainly for fun and improvement. If you are interested and would like to come along to one of our regular rehearsals in Sherston, or find out more, then please contact:

Dave Cooper – dave32cooper@gmail.com Warwick Jones – warwickjones99@gmail.com

Sherston Open Gardens Weekend: 10-11 June

A selection of gardens will be open in Sherston over the weekend, so please get in touch if you would like to join the list. Large or small, even courtyard gardens would be very welcome. We will also need plants for the plant stall and cakes for teas in church (bring on the day). Make sure you keep this date free in your diary and invite friends, it’s a great way to discover our lovely village. heather@geoffmartin.plus.com

Sherston Boules Day news! Sat 15 July

The countdown is well and truly on! All the cogs are turning at Boules HQ but it is not too late to join the committee and give us a helping hand! Just send us an email at sherstonboules@gmail.com. 

We are keen to hear from parents in the village to help organise the fabulous Kids’ Zone on Boules Day, to be held this year on Sat 15 July. We come up with an imaginative theme, and then add crafts, face-painting, games and activities of all kinds to keep the children happy all day on the village hall field. If you’d like to help plan this year’s day, please email Tea Smart tea.smart@me.com. The plan is to meet once or twice and then just crack on with it!  

But Sherston Boules is not just about Boules Day itself. As usual, there’s also a full programme of events taking place in the week leading up to the tournament – more details to be confirmed next month!  

The Boules committee are always open to new ideas/suggestions and particularly help on the day. News update: Have you seen the new website? Lots of information up there, including a form for stalls entry enquiries and last year’s pictures! Have a look at www.sherstonboules.org

Sherston Apple Day date!

Sat 7 Oct, 10am-2pm, Sherston Village Hall and Field. Free entry!  A proper village day out with apple-pressing demos on our small and larger presses. Plus local producers – and apple-themed games and refreshments from the Friends of Sherston School in the main hall. Bring your bottles and fill up with fresh apple juice straight from the press! Pasteurised, bottled Sherston apple juice will also be on sale on the day. Pasteurised juice lasts at least a whole year and can make a great mulled drink for the winter.

Sherston Arts Festival 2023

Planning events for the festival underway, this year the dates are: Fri 3 – Sun 12 Nov. Ten days of exhibitions, music and children’s events, which is always great fun.

However, we need a new Secretary on the committee. If you would like to help with planning next year’s Festival, and have your say in what happens etc, please get in touch. 


Packhorse Ceilidh Band

Save the date! Sat 11 Nov. Sherston Arts Festival is delighted to have the Packhorse Ceilidh Band back in the village hall for a brilliant evening of barn dancing to live music. More details www.thepackhorseband.co.uk


The Holford Arms

Pub restaurant open again Check boards for more details of events or call 01454 238669 or info@theholfordarms.co.uk


The Old Royal Ship

The Ship is open for food all-day long, starting with breakfast and morning coffee.Take away specials 12 noon – 7pm Daily Please order as early as possible 840222. https://www.oldroyalship.co.uk


The Arboretum

Summer Concerts – tickets on sale now for: Paul Weller Thurs 8 Jun; Tom Grennan Fri 9 Jun; Jack Savoretti Sat 10 Jun

General admission by booked entry slot unless a member

For further details call 880220 or visit https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt


Athelstan Museum

Talks and Exhibitions

Please check the Athelstan Museum website for updates. https://www.athelstanmuseum.org.uk

Malmesbury Concert Band – celebration of King Charles’ Coronation

The Malmesbury Concert Band will be playing in the Cloister Gardens, Malmesbury, on Sunday 7 May as part of the town’s coronation celebrations.


Movies@Malmesbury is run entirely by volunteers.  If you would like to help out with the running of Movies@Malmesbury please see a member of the staff at the end of a screening or email us ghcooke@hotmail.com See main section for upcoming films showing in the Town Hall or visit our Facebook page at: MoviesatMalmesbury or http://www.malmesbury.gov.uk/cinema.html

for schedules, synopses, trailers etc.

Malmesbury Artisan and Farmers’ Market

held at the historic Market Cross every Fri from 9am to 3pm with an enticing array of local, fresh and organic produce

Malmesbury Live Arts

Will Lawton and the Alchemists (Alchemy launch) Fri 5 May Malmesbury Town Hall  Doors open: 8pm £12

Jazz Jazz Jazz … Blue Tone Sessions presents Kevin Figes’ Wallpaper Music II, Sat 20 May, Kings Arms, Doors open: 8pm £6

Season Finale! Tankus the henge Fri 16 June Malmesbury Town Hall £15

See website for details and tickets https://www.malmesbury-live-arts.org.uk/whatson

The Big Malmesbury Craft Fair

Last Sat every month 11am-3pm – meet unique creatives, creators, makers, designers, producers and bakers. The Hub

Malmesbury Library

Rhyme times for babies and toddlers every Tues and Fri

Tuesday’s Public Living Room is an opportunity to pop in and share a cup of tea and a chat

Reading group meets 3rd Wed each month

Repair Café Malmesbury are here to fix your household items on 3rd Sat each month

The Summer Reading Challenge for 4-11 year-olds takes place in all libraries from 16 July – 10 September.  The Library offers free wifi, computer and scanner access, daily newspapers to read in the library, plus printing for a small charge, as well as latest bestselling fiction and a wide range of books to borrow.

The Solus app is available to help you search for, renew, and reserve books from across the county. Children’s titles can be reserved for free and adult stock for a small charge. For more information please visit our website at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries or follow Malmesbury Library on Facebook.

Malmesbury & District u3a

Retired? Semi-retired? Looking for new interests? Why not join us? Many of our interest groups are now meeting once again. We have over 450 members and 40 different interest groups including history, gardening, dancing, languages, walking, book groups etc. Monthly meetings take place on the 4th Thursday of the month (10.00- 12.00) at Malmesbury Town Hall and/or Zoom.

Thurs 25 May: A Ride Round England: one man, one horse, 2,700 miles and 30 cathedrals. William Reddaway.

Thurs 22 June: Experiences of a Puppy Raiser with Guide Dogs  Iain Lonsdale

Non -members welcome. 50p donation. Up–to-date list of groups and other information at www.malmesburyu3a.org.uk For more information about membership e-mail membership@malmesburyu3a.org.uk


Open Gardens

Gardens of all shapes and sizes a well stocked plant and produce stall. Tea & cake in the village hall. You will be helping us raise money for a family garden at the Swindon Women’s Refuge and Sopworth Village Hall & Church. Sun 11 June 2023, 2pm – 5pm. Satnav: SN14 6PS Entry: £5 Under 10’s Free


Flicks in the Sticks

Living (2022) – Drama – Starring: Bill Nighy, Alex Sharp, Aimee Wood, Director: Oliver Hermanus. 

‘Living’ is the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful – into one he can say has been lived to the full.

Wed 10 May £5 on the door – cash or card. Hall opens at 6.30pm with a cash bar, film at 7.30pm. Didmarton Village Hall  For further details or to book a seat  call Jenny Body 01454 238358 or jenny.body@btconnect.com

Shipton Moyne

REGENTS OPERA: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti

2 & 3 June – Shipton Moyne’s last opera. The format for the evening is that you arrive at Street Farm, Shipton Moyne any time after 6pm and you will be directed to your table (with chairs, tablecloth, and flowers-all under cover). There is an 80-minute dinner break and a lovely garden to wander around before the opera begins at 7.30pm. More information can be found at  www.smopera.org or check with the Box Office at shiptonmoyneopera@gmail.com In aid of the Miranda Filmer fund.


Tetbury Goods Shed

Thursday cinema

Weekly films 2pm and 7.30pm £7 in advance online See website for details  of exhibitions, talks, concerts and films

The Whistle Stop café open for takeaway coffees and takeaway food on Wednesdays 12-4pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm We are thoroughly Covid secure and have been certified as such by Visit England : www.shed-arts.co.uk


Save the date for Hullavington Church Fete and Dog Show – with BBQ; dog show classes and agility; children’s games and races; pony rides; Pimms Tent and Cream Teas. 10 Jun 1pm – 4pm Court House, Hullavington (SN14 6DU)

Weekly Zoom French clubs for children contact Anna-Kate on admin@clubs4kids.com for more details. 


North Wilts Villages Flower Club

Fri 12 May is a special coach trip to visit the NAFAS Show at Gloucester Cathedral

Flower Club meetings usually take place at Crudwell Village Hall, SN16 9HB on the third Wednesday of the month, 7pm for 7.30pm Visitors and new members are guaranteed a warm welcome, with free coffee/ tea/ cake and chat at the end of the evening.  

Crudwell Village Hall SN16 9HB For further details email nwvflowerclub@gmail.com  or visit https://northwiltshirevillagesflowerclub.co.uk  Facebook page – North Wiltshire Villages Flower Club.


Neeld Community and Arts Centre

Take The Stage The annual Battle of the Bands, with 12 young music acts across four heats, playing for great prizes. Various Friday evenings | 8:00pm | £5

For further details call 01249 446699 or visit http://www.neeld.co.uk


Forest Green Rovers F.C.

Professional League 2 football only 25 minutes drive from Sherston. See website for details of matches at The New Lawn Forest Green Nailsworth For further details call 01453 834860 or visit http://www.forestgreenroversfc.com


The Electric Picture House

A refurbished local cinema run by volunteers from the local community See website for this month’s films. Allocated seating, prebooking essential. For further details call 01453 844601 or visit www.wottoncinema.com


The Barn Theatre

WAITING FOR ANYA (27 Mar – 6 May)

PRIVATE LIVES (15 May – 24 Jun)

I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember25 Sep – 4 Nov

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is delighted to announce that the world premiere of I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember will take place this autumn with the production previewing from 25 Sep – 4 Nov. Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, the cast for this production will be announced at a later date.

For further details call Box office: 01285 648255 or boxoffice@barntheatre.org.uk or visit https://barntheatre.org.uk

Sutton Benger

Scottish Country Dancing

Classes in Sutton Benger village hall Sundays 7pm – 8pm. Everybody welcome whether you have danced before or not. Contact :irenew@live.co.uk  Tel. 07973 480173

Bath, Stroud, Bristol, Wotton-Under-Edge

Covent Garden Royal Opera House and Ballet

Live and pre recorded screenings of opera and ballet from the ROH Covent Garden  

Encore screenings available of may past live screenings – see website for details

Movies @ Malmesbury, Wotton Picture House Stroud Apollo, Odeon Bath and many other Cinemas For further details call 0871 220 6000 or visit https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

National Theatre Live

Live and pre recorded screenings from The National Theatre @ the cinema Movies @ Malmesbury, Wotton Picture House Stroud Apollo, Odeon Bath and many other Cinemas

For further details visit https://www.ntlive.com


Theatre Royal Bath

Summer holiday treats Horrible Histories and Hey Duggee go on sale today, alongside classic dramas Twelve Angry Men, And Then There Were None and The Woman in Black, award-winning comedies Abigail’s Party and Noises Off, much-loved musical Oliver! and a Halloween spooktacular Buffy Revamped, plus David Morrissey comes to the Ustinov Studio in Spring 2024.  ‘The Score’ will have its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath starring Brian Cox (HBO’s multi award-winning Succession) as Johann Sebastian Bach. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, this astonishing new play by Oliver Cotton will be directed byTrevor Nunn Thurs 12– Sat 28 Oct 2023.

See website for details or call 01225 448844 http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk


The Big Bristol Charity Boogie 2023

For The Love  have organised a fundraiser that will support some of our fave Bristol charities headline acts: The Mighty Soul Destroyers Sat 10 June JamJar, Bristol. Details on social media.


Arts & Science Festivals

2023 dates for your diary:

Cheltenham Science Festival 6 to 11 June https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science-

Cheltenham Music Festival 8 to 15 July https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 6 to 15 Oct https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature