What’s On – 2022

Check in the main section of the Cliffhanger, their website / facebook/ contact details for dates and times and check to see if events are still  happening due to COVID19


Boules Festival

After 2 years of cancellations due to Covid the Sherston Boules Festival is back for 2022! This year’s Festival Competition will take place on Sat 16 July, with live music from Jerri Hart (The Crooked Crooner) and Charli Sheppard and kids zone will be back from 11am – 3pm. There’ll be a huge variety of stalls from jams and cakes, to jewellery, art and wood work.

Sustainable Sherston will also be setting up water points through out the village, so everyone can access free water, just remember to bring your reusable cup or flask!

A number of other events are planned for Festival week including:

Tues 12 Jul 2.30pm Senior Tea Party – live music in the Bristish School Rooms £5 / £3

Wed 13 Jul: “une Soirée Français” at the Rattlebone – 3 course French inspired dinner

Thurs 14 Jul – Family Cricket Festival and BBQ

Sat 16 Jul – Boules Day 128 teams play boules in the High St with first matches at 8.30am following the peal of bells. Live entertainment, music, and bar all in aid of local charities. Plenty of local stall holders. Kid-zone, this year featuring the always popular bouncy castle alongside an exciting assault course and a Tug-of-War starting at noon. Photoshoots will also be happening between 12-2, and many more exciting activities for all ages.

Free water stations will also be dotted around the village during Saturday to keep everyone hydrated. Look out for these outside The Angel, at the Sustainable Sherston Stall, and at the Village Hall. Please bring your own cup, water bottle or flask to help use reduce single use plastic or better still buy a limited edition sustainable boules day ‘glass’ and take it home with you to remember the occasion! Ask at the bar as you buy your drink! £2 for a pint cup and £1 for a half pint cup.

Sun 17 Jul: Duck Race starting at Stretchline at 2.30pm followed by Duck race teas in Mill House & Cottage gardens – bring your own rug

More details will be posted as they become available – please check on www.sherstonboules.org , our Facebook page or of course in future editions of the Cliffhanger.

The Angel Café with Rooms

Café open for hot and cold drinks, breakfast, brunch, lunch and freshly made cakes daily 8am to 4pm during winter (summer 8am-5pm). All menu items available whether sitting inside or enjoying our lovely courtyard, takeaways also available. Bicyle parking in courtyard. For our menus, please visit https://www.angel-sherston.co.uk/menu and for our rooms (we always have 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 BBQ & pizzas from the wood fired oven on certain nights. Check boards for more details, call 840871, follow on Twitter  or visit 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

Church of the Holy Cross  – Church events

Summer Garden Party in aid of the church upkeep

Enjoy the beautiful garden at 1, Thompsons Hill, (by kind invitation of Zoe and Cliff Metcalfe) on Sun 7 Aug starting at 5pm including cream tea and cake. Extensive colourful borders, lawns and a wonderful view of the valley. Sit and chat with friends, with the opportunity to stay and watch the sun go down with a glass of something (extra). Proceeds towards upkeep of the Church of the Holy Cross. Tickets, limited number  – advance only – £10 on sale from July 18th from the Co-op.

Sherston Drama Group

Garden Party and information evening

Sat 23 Jul 7.30pm Willow Trees, Hunters Field Refreshments and a play reading session for those who want to take part. If you’d like to find out more information about the group or if you aren’t sure what role you could do,whether on stage or behind the scenes, come along and have a chat to us. If you’re interested but can’t make the date, email the Chair (katie.skeffington@bristol.ac.uk)

Sherston’s Gardening Club

Optional visit to Seend House & Seend Manor, SN12 6NR.    Stunning gardens open for NGS from 1-6pm. Combined admission £10. Teas Available.  Contact: tricia.lawrence@outlook.com for timing and lifts if required.

Talk: Sue Hirst, ’Tetbury in Bloom’ at British School Room, 7.30pm

Members, Family and Friends Visit to Charlton Down House. GL8 8TZ. 18 Aug.Entrance £6 to NGS. Bring a picnic or enjoy teas in the Stableyard in aid of Ukraine Refugee Appeal.Extensive garden and rescue animals, bee hotel trail and family picnic area just

National Garden Scheme.  We also encourage members to visit open local gardens.

All funds raised by NGS go to nursing and health charities.

   July 7, 14 & 28 – Charlton Down House. GL8 8TZ

   July 10 – Westonbirt School, GL8 8QG

   July 16 – Scotts Farm, SN16 0NZ

   July 17 – Cherry Orchard Barn, SN14 6NZ

Gardening club meets in the British School Rooms 2nd Fri each month apart from Aug, 7pm for 7.30pm start, bring and buy stall, quiz, refreshments, £15pa £25 joint, under 18s free Connections to: Our Church garden, Sustainable Sherston and Sherston Allotments. sherstongardeningclub@gmail.com for more details.

Sherston Senior Club

Jubilee cupcakes and tea or coffee – in the British School Room on Saturday, 4th June, in connection with the photographic Exhibition ’70 years of Sherston’.

Talk: ‘What did the WI ever do for us?’ Catherine Wright Thirs 9 Jun 7.30pm

An informal friendly club who meet every two weeks. For further information please contact Helen Quirk 840516

Sherston Magna Cricket Club

Ladies Softball Cricket

Is maximum fun, minimum fuss. No pads, no hard ball, no heavy bat, no head-scratching rules. It’s a game for absolutely everybody, no matter your skill level, fitness, or age. Everyone gets the chance to bat, bowl, and field. Sherston Magna Cricket Club are pleased to be running a 6 week Ladies Softball Cricket Course at the cricket ground in Sherston. The course starts on Thurs 2June – 7 July. 6.15pm – 7.15pm.

Its open to all ladies and girls aged 16 and over, no previous cricketing experience is needed and kit will be provided. £25 for the whole course, please contact Caroline Dickenson on 07876 163997 or register at https://sherstonmagnacc.co.uk/softball

Sherston Tennis Club

Proposed kids’ coaching lessons on a Sat morning through July, with two groups based upon age/ability. To register your interest and secure a place for your child(ren) or offer to be the coach, please contact David Palgrave on davidpalgrave@hotmail.com.

Sherston WI

Talk: My travels and quilting with Army wife Sara Bottomley 7th July 7.30pm

Thurs 4 Aug – Quiz 7.30pm

in British School Room Competitions & Refreshments. Visitors always welcome. For more information: sherstonwi@gmail.com  841421 or Facebook sherstonwi

Sustainable Sherston Garage Sale

Sustainable Sherston invites everyone in Sherston to join our village-wide garage sale on Sat 24 Sept 10am – 3pm.  The most effective way to reduce waste is not to create it in the first place so let’s all get together to reuse what already exists in the world! Anyone in Sherston can join in and this is a great opportunity to de-clutter your home over the summer holidays and get your unwanted items ready for the sale.

Sustainable Sherston’s Apple Day

Sustainable Sherston will celebrating our own Apple Day in the Village Hall and the Village Hall field on Sun 9 Oct.  Together with Sherston School (FSS) we will be hosting lots of fun Apple-themed games in the hall and there will be a chance for you to try or watch Apple pressing, to celebrate different Apple varieties and taste them too!  Local food and other produce will also be on sale. We’d love your surplus apples too and we promise to juice them, bottle the juice and then sell it back to you! Please get in touch if you have apples to spare.

Village Hall Extension Plans

Work well underway. Details on the website www.sherston.net/villagehall


The Holford Arms

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


Family Fun Day

After a two-year break the Fete finally returns this year with a fresh new look. The Luckington Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday 2nd July from 1pm on Luckington Playing Fields. We welcome back amazing Children’s Entertainer SuperPirates. There will also be old favourites dog show, tombola, raffle, bar,BBQ and live music in the evening. Profits will be donated to Luckington Charities — School, Church and Playground. luckingtonfete@gmail.com

The Old Royal Ship

The Pub is now fully open 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


Plant stall in aid of village causes

Open now till Sept for the sixth year. Plants are donated for sale, all proceeds split between Sopworth church and Sopworth village hall.  It is open 24/7 during the summer months, and cash payment is made into the money box on a pro-bono trust basis. Located on the main street of Sopworth at the Didmarton end of the village between Bull Park Barn and Hollybush Barn.


The Arboretum

Admission by booked entry slot only.

Outdoor cinema

The Luna Cinema at Westonbirt Arboretum this summer. What better way to catch a recent blockbuster or re-visit your favourite film than on a giant screen in a beautiful forest setting?  The Greatest Showman (PG) 12 July; Dirty Dancing (PG) 13 July

Summer 2022 concerts Thurs 9 Jun: Rag’n’Bone Man; Fri 10 Jun: Keane; Sat 11 Jun: Madness; Sun 12 Jun: Texas

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


Athelstan Museum

Teatime Talk: Bill Reed, Malmesbury Voices 20 Jul 2.30pm

Bill presents a selection of stories from the Museum’s award-winning collection of spoken memories. 20 Jul – Tea will be served from 2:30 and the talk will start at 3pm £5

Talk: Tythe Barns 21 Sep 7pm

Joseph Rogers will talk about the important role of the tithe barn in medieval England. As well the ecclesiastical history of these amazing buildings, Joe also looks at how they have become relevant today, through conversion to private homes, community centres, restaurants and, of course, high profile wedding venues. £10

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


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 Concert Band

The Malmesbury Concert Band (MCB), back in action with a busy schedule for 2022, is keen to welcome new playing members to take part in this year’s programme.

Sun 17 July – Queen’s Park, Swindon

Rehearsing every Friday evening in preparation for this year’s programme after the disappointment of Covid. More members welcome, especially trombone, horn, clarinet and bassoon players. Details: www.malmesburyconcertband.org.uk See Recruitment page

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. No meetings July and Aug. 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

WOMAD 2022

Join us at Charlton Park from 28 – 31 July 2022 and celebrate 40 years of WOMAD Festival! Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 8 December at midday – limited number of tickets remaining due to rolled over tickets from the past two years. https://womad.co.uk


Tetbury Goods Shed

Shed Talk: Prof David Waltham talks about climate change solutions in conjunction with Greening Tetbury. 20 July 7.30-9.30 Tickets £8 £5 for under 18.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 29 July A Summer treat for the whole family! Festival Players International is an all-male company of professional actors and they will perform outside, depending on the weather. 7 – 9.30. Tickets £16, £10 under 25s.

Thursday cinema is back

Weekly films 2pm and 7.30pm £7 in advance online

See website for details  of exhibitions, talks, concerts and films

Vegetables from Aunt Addie’s Visit the amazing Ros for all your delicious locally grown vegetables. Adeline Farm is a farming venture with the emphasis on quality, fresh, local and seasonal produce. Every Sat 11am-2pm

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


Flicks in the Sticks

House Of Gucci (2021) – Drama – Fri 8 Jul

Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control.£5 Hall open 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


Neeld Community and Arts Centre

Wimbledon Afternoon for the Over 60s Wed 6 Jul Come along and watch Wimbledon live on our big screen whilst enjoying some delicious food! You will be welcomed with a glass of elderflower followed by cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream, and a hot drink. There will even be an opportunity to play table tennis should you feel inspired!

This event is for the over 60s and brought to you thanks to funding from Wiltshire Council’s Chippenham Area Board.

Chippenham Kids’ Comic Club Tues 26 JulCome along and create your own comic! We’ll supply the paper and pens, you bring your imagination. Bring along an old comic and swap it at the comic ‘swap shop’. Meet some real-life artists who can give you tips and advice for your creations. Fancy dress as your favourite comic character is optional. Drop in session (last entry 1.30pm). £1.50 per child.

For further details call 01249 446699 or visit http://www.neeld.co.uk for the full programme of this month’s events.


North Wilts Villages Flower Club

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.


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

Million Dollar Quartet till 16 Jul

Driving Miss Daisy 19 Aug 0 17 Sep

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 @ yours

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

Ballet: Romeo and Juliet Sat 16 Jul

Opera: Tosca Sun 17 Jul

Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun 31 July

Opera: La Traviata Sun 7 Aug

Opera: Rigoletto Sat 20 Aug

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

Prima Facie 21 Jul

Much Ado About Nothing 8 Sep

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


Theatre Royal Bath

Live performances – see website for details

For further details call 01225 448844 or visit http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk


Arts & Science Festivals

2022 dates for your diary:

Cheltenham Music Festival 8 to 16 July https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 7 to 16 Oct https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature