What On – 2020

Sherston

The Carpenter’s Arms

Coffee, pastries and cakes  open from 8.30am whilst Angel closed – cyclists, dogs and children welcome.  For further details call 840665 or visit https://www.facebook.com/carpenters.armssherston

The Rattlebone Inn

Monday Quiz Nights Every Monday at 7:30pm  Free entry and prizes for the winning team

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

The Courtyard Café @ Lucy Tom’s

Workshops:

Make a piped and zipped cushion Sun 1 Mar 2-5pm  Learn to make a piped and zipped cushion and go home with your finished product and the skills and pattern to make more. 

Make a Wash / Make-up Bag Sat 14 Mar 2-5pm  Learn to make a wash bag and go home with your own handmade bag and the skills to keep making.   

Learn basic upholstery Bring along a footstool or drop in seat for a dining chair and learn to recover. All other materials and tools can be provided or you are welcome to bring your own tools and fabrics along with you. Sat 28 Mar 

Indian Block Printing  Sat 4 Apr Create your own designs with our wide selection of block prints and paints. So much fun. Make a napkin, tea towel or table runner. 

Drum Lampshade Making Workshop  Sat 25 Apr Learn to make a drum lampshade and go home with your own handmade lampshade and the skills to keep making.

Recently launched café  serving coffees, tea and herbal infusions and homemade cakes in Tucks Yard.  Coffee from RAVE roasters in Cirencester, Pukka teas, sandwiches, soup, breakfast bacon butties and lots of homemade cake! Open weekdays 8.30am – 5pm with  Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-3pm. Free WiFi.  

For further details call Lucy on 841433 or visit https://lucytom.com

Café at Hortico

Newly opened in the garden at Hortico for tea coffee and cakes 10am – 4pm daily – wood burner, fully sustainable off grid, log cabin style café  amongst the Christmas trees growing for next year – dog friendly  For further details follow on Facebook or visit http://www.horti.co.uk

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

In Sherston  Every fortnight on Saturdays  10.30am – 12.45pm

Sat 7 & 21 Mar , Sat 4 & 18 Apr, Sat 2, 16 & 30 May, Sat 13 & 27 Jun, Sat 11 & 25 Jul    

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

Sustainable Sherston

Next meeting  Mon 2 Mar at 7:30pm in the British School Rooms. All welcome – small donation to cover room hire. Refreshments available AIMS: To work towards a zero carbon Sherston; To work towards a single use plastic free Sherston; To improve biodiversity in the village

Including a Talk by Dave Knight a locally based sustainability consultant After the talk we will split into the project groups, led by the facilitators, where we will come up with some ideas for action and can start to plan. PROJECT GROUPS:

·        Community/ Renewable Energy (Martin Smith and Ben Smee)

·        Tree Planting and Biodiversity (Richard Skeffington)

·        Transport (Hannah Griffin)

·        Energy Saving (Emma Whatley)

·        Reducing Waste (Joy Smith)

·        Sustainable Food (TBC) 

UPCOMING TALKS: Chris Goodall:  ‘What We Need to Do Now: For a Zero Carbon Future’ A businessman author and expert on new technologies. His talk will be themed around his latest book, which offers a clear plan for getting the UK economy to Net Zero within a few decades and looks in turn at each of the main challenges. Please note it’s earlier than our usual time as Chris has a train to catch. Fri 3 Apr at 7pm 

For further details on Facebook email Hannah on admin@sustainablesherston.org.uk or  Joy Smith on 840865

Beaufort team chase

Team chasing in Sherston in aid of WAA Entry is free! Come and join us at Manor Farm for a great family day out, and watch teams of horses jump around a course of natural obstacles, against the clock.  There will be a great selection of trade stands, food, and a bar along with fun fair rides for the children. Sun 15 Mar Various trade stands, a licensed bar and food available throughout the day – Parking is accessed via the B4040 between Luckington and Sherston. Starting at 9am we will have 4 classes running throughout the day with a Hunter trial/pairs class over the novice course, a Novice team chase and an Intermediate speed and bogey class. For those wishing to ride, entries via horse-events

 For further details call lottiebostock@gmail.com Facebook page: Beaufort Team Chase, Selina Hopkins – Secretary – 01454 218282 or visit https://www.beaufortteamchase.co.uk

Church events

Illustrated talk for Church Roof Fund ‘Queen Elizabeth I as seen by historians, artists and film makers’ by Roger Ashley  on Sat 25 Apr at 7.30pm in The British School Room. Admission £10 to include a glass of wine. Contact 840993 for tickets – proceeds in aid of the South Aisle Roof Fund, Holy Cross Church, 

Eco Church is a scheme to help grass-roots church communities improve their environmental impact.  The scheme is run by the charity A Rocha UK with the support of the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, Christian Aid and Tearfund. Bronze, silver and gold awards are available to those church communities who show that they are working to lessen their environmental impact.    

Church of the Holy Cross  For further details call  Rev Susan Harvey 840696 or susan.harvey055@gmail.com

Art Exhibition at Shear Class Salon

Exhibition by local artists   Drop in and see the local art exhibited in the Salon next to the Post Office. All art is for sale! Anyone can call in to see them – you don’t have to be attending the salon. There will be details about each artist but all are local and have exhibited in the Sherston Arts Festival

Sherston Senior Club

The Senior Club meets British School-room Cliff Rd  every other Tuesday. membership fee is £15 pa – Visitors are always welcome to any of our meetings for £2 which includes tea and biscuits.

Bob’s Music presents Country and Western 3-Mar  

Spring Sale 17-Mar  

British School Rooms For further details call Helen Quirk 840516 

Sherston Theatre Club

Visits to theatres, flower shows, museums, exhibitions and houses and gardens of interest with Sherston  High St –to- venue-and return Coach service.   Membership £20pa, which gives the member and one guest the opportunity to buy tickets and coach fares for the advertised events, £1 extra for additional guests. Often the tickets are at the group booking discount price.

Carla Acosts Danza Sat 7 Mar 3.30- 11.30pm Cardiff Millennium Centre    

Coughton Court and gardens 1 Apr Ticket and coach £32.00, National Trust members £20.00t.  

RHS Flower Show Cardiff Fri 17 Apr 9am-4pm Ticket and coach £32  

 For further details call Helen Quirk 840516 helenandjim@thequirks.plus.com or visit http://www.sherstontheatreclub.co.uk

Sherston WI Talks

“Recreating the Georgians” – Jon & Francesca Caton 5-Mar 

COTSWOLD & CORNISH CREAM – Martin Fry – An audio visual presentation 2-Apr  

British School Rooms For further details call Secretary 07388 606785 or visit

Fundraiser for Sherston Village Hall

Sherston Village Hall Information Day 4 Apr – featuring the fascinating history of the main hall and historian Roger Ashley will give a short talk at 11am come and support the Village Hall – owned by the village  

 Please come along to see the new plans for the front extension for the Village Hall. This will provide a spacious entrance area, updated toilet facilities, larger storage area for chairs and staging, and a small servery for Drama Group interval drinks.

Grants are being applied for but we would like the community to be able  to contribute to the cost of the building.   In the proposed entrance hall there will be space for a large wallhanging which will feature masses of butterflies. Each donation of £25 or more will be represented by a butterfly, which can be given the name of the donor or someone the donor wishes to remember. Consequently, this part of our fundraising will be called the Butterfly Fund, and there will be an opportunity to pay on the day.  Please send any comments to heather@geoffmartin.plus.com or bensmee@zoho.com

Simon and Garfunkel through the Years (previously ‘Bookends’) Thurs 21 May 7.30pm Tickets (available Apr)  £15, £14 (concessions)  

Sherston Drama Group

Spring Play:Cider with Rosie Wed 15 – Sat 18 April,  7.30pm, Doors open 7pm  The play is a vivid memoir of Laurie Lee’s childhood in the Slad Valley near Stroud where time is measured by the seasons and the pace of a horse. It is a timeless place where life has barely changed in a thousand years but is now on the verge of huge change. Laurie and his five siblings lived in poverty but surrounded by their mother’s love. Theirs was a childhood full of adventures, both real and imagined, in a village full of characters, including warring grannies, a fearsome teacher, a school bully and a girl named Rosie  Tickets £8 Concessions £6.50

Village Hall  For further details call Robin Turner (Director) Box Office: 07791 544243

1016 Book Sale

Sat  Mar 10am – 12 noon village hall – free entry Donations of books, videos, DVDs and CDs gratefully received. Please deliver to Mike Tarrant at Grays of Sherston.  Our books are very reasonably priced with 99% being only 25p each or 5 for £1.We always have a massive selection including a children’s section. DVDs and CDs are £1 each. All proceeds to the senior citizens Christmas voucher fund.

 For further details call 840611

Open Gardens Trail  in aid of  Church of the Holycross

Open gardens trail  in aid of Church of the Holy Cross Sat 6 -Sun 7 Jun  Put the date in your diary and if you would like to open your garden please get in touch nearer the time. We would really appreciate offers of gardens which have not been opened before.

All proceeds go towards the maintenance of Holy Cross Church.  

If you would like to open your garden, please contact Pat Whitehouse 840640, or Heather Martin 840375.

Knockdown

The Holford Arms

Live Music every weekend   Check boards for more details of events   

 For further details call 01454 238669 or info@theholfordarms.co.uk

Luckington

Luckington Quiz Night

Fundraiser for Luckington Pre-school Save the date: Sat 16 May 7pm. Teams of 6. Come as a team or join on the night.  Tickets £15 include a bowl of curry/ chilli and a drink – all proceeds to the pre-school. Tickets available at Luckington Shop

Luckington Village Hall  For further details call chair@luckingtonpreschool.org.uk or visit chair@luckingtonpreschool.org.uk

Easton Grey

Whatley Manor

Sunday Cinema  £39.50 includes your cinema ticket for the screening and popcorn and a 3 course lunch or dinner in Grey’s Brasserie. Lunch first from 12 noon with the film starting promptly at 3pm. For the dinner screening, enjoy the film first, starting promptly at 5pm, followed by dinner from 7.15pm.  Judy – Sun 15 Mar Downton Abbey – Sun 19 Apr

Easter Centrepieces with Persephone Violet Wed 8 Apr  Make your own natural living wreath with Emily Hepworth, RHS Chelsea Silver Medallist. Following a demonstration and lunch, it’s time for you to get creative as Emily takes you through the process of making your own wreath using foliage, wood and spring bulbs to flower in time for Easter. Hang your wreath on your door, or display as a table centerpiece. All materials are included.   £85.00

Sustainable Tote Bag Making with Lucy Tom Interiors Lucy Tom Interiors are passionate about all things sustainable, and dedicated to being more environmentally friendly. Lucy has an experienced eye and a gift for interior design, and she will guide you through the process of making your own sustainable & beautiful tote bag that you will take home with you at the end of the day. You will have all kinds of sustainable fabrics to choose from to make your bag. All materials are included, and the workshop is suitable for beginners. £75 includes all materials and 2 course lunch with a glass of wine in Grey’s Brasserie  Wed 6 May

Whatley Manor For further details call 834026 or visit www.whatleymanor.com

Westonbirt

The Arboretum

STIHL Treetop Walkway The main walkway is step-free, making it accessible to visitors on foot, using mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs and to those with dogs on leads. It is 300m long and gradually rises on gentle inclines to a height of 13m. Scramble up to the crow’s nest viewing platform; cross the rope bridge; Peer through the mesh-floored section

Guided walks and craft skills courses throughout the month  see website for details    

Workshops – Willow Sculptures, Needle felt, Spoon carving, Tree climbing, Spring Posy making     

Summer Concerts Thurs 11 June: Rag’n’Bone Man; Fri 12 Jun: James Morrison and Will Young; Sat 13 Jun: Madness; Sun 14 Jun: Keane Tickets on sale now   

Mar – Sep 2020 admission prices Adults £11, those arriving by bike or public transport £7, Children (5-18) £4, under 5s free, 1 carer allowed free per paying disabled visitor

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

Westonbirt Community Choir

Westonbirt Schools’ Director of Music, Nicola Atwell will be starting a community choir at Westonbirt School. Rehearsals will take place on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm and will cost £4 per session.  There is NO audition and NO experience in singing is necessary. Open to local residents, the aim of the choir is to sing, laugh, and enjoy making music! There is no audition and we will cover a variety of styles from Popular Music, Musical Theatre, Film, Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Soul, World and Classical.  For further details call natwell@westonbirt.org

Didmarton

Flicks in the Sticks

Judy Fri 6 Mar Doors open at 6.30pm with cash bar – Film show starts at 7.30pm  Tickets £4 on the door Contact jennybody@btconnect.com (01454 238358) to confirm seat

 Thirty years after starring in “The Wizard of Oz,” beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.  

Didmarton Village Hall  For further details call Jenny Body 01454 238358 or jenny.body@btconnect.com

Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt Point to Point at Didmarton

First Sat in March – 7 Mar First race starts at 12.30. Countrywear tradestands, refreshments. Wrap up warm against the wind as the course is very exposed.  Parking on site (chargeable).  

For further details call  or visit http://www.pointingwm.co.uk/course-details/didmarton/

Malmesbury, Chippenham

Malmesbury and District U3A

 U3A is a unique organisation which provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities for retired and semi-retired people. There are over 400 members and around 40 different interest groups including arts and crafts, book group, history, gardening, dancing, theatre trips , languages, walking etc.   U3A meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at Malmesbury town hall from 10- 11.45 for tea/coffee, a chat and to listen to our monthly speaker. Charge 50p 

Wiltshire Citizens Advice Wiltshire  80 years of free confidential advice available to everyone. Thurs 26 Mar              

AGM and ‘Baby Song – and Why Singing is Good for All of Us’-  Vanessa Young

Thurs 23 Apr  

Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall For further details call membership secretary Elaine Sharp tel 823568 or visit www.malmesburyu3a.org.uk

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 together with artisan products and gifts at great prices  

Malmesbury Singers

Spring Concert Malmesbury Singers with the Bristol Ensemble celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary as well as bringing together two masters of music writing from the beginning and the end of the 19th Century. Sat 28 Mar 7.30pm

Malmesbury Abbey For further details call  or visit http://www.malmesburysingers.co.uk

Movies@Malmesbury

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

Mon, 2 Mar       2pm     “Chopin” Documentary

Mon, 2 Mar       8pm     “The Gentlemen”

Fri, 6 Mar          2pm     “Bombshell”

Fri, 6 Mar          8pm     “The Personal History of David Copperfield”

Mon, 9 Mar       2pm     “The Personal History of David Copperfield”

Mon, 9 Mar       7.30pm “Chopin” Documentary

Mon, 16 Mar     8pm     “Bombshell”

Tues, 17 Mar     7.15pm “Fidelio” Live from the Royal Opera House **

Fri, 20 Mar        2pm     “The Gentlemen”

Fri, 20 Mar        5.30pm “Dolittle”

Fri, 20 Mar        8pm     “Dolittle”

Tues, 24 Mar     7.30pm Jonas Kaufman in Concert from Vienna *

Tues, 31 Mar     2pm     Jonas Kaufman in Concert from Vienna *

Tues, 31 Mar     7.30pm “Haydn” Documentary

A limited range of drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the bar adjacent to the cinema. A few cushions are available for use during M@M programmes. Please ask for one, remember availability is limited so arrive early if you want one! There is no charge for the cushion. Tickets: 2pm Matinee & 5.30pm screenings: Adults £5. Under 16’s £4.   8pm screenings: All tickets £6. Alternative Content (theatre, ballet, opera & art exhibitions) all tickets *£10/**£12. Tickets are available at the Town Hall, on the door or online (a booking fee is payable)

Malmesbury Town Hall For further details call For all of the latest information, schedules, synopses, trailers etc. check out our Facebook page at: MoviesatMalmesbury or visit http://www.malmesbury.gov.uk/cinema.html

Malmesbury, Chippenham

Programmes and Activities at The RISE Trust

FREE Children’s Centre activities The RISE Trust supports many projects in North Wiltshire with 6 Children’s Centres in Chippenham, Cricklade, Royal Wootton Bassett and Calne. We provide Children’s Centre services for the Corsham and Malmesbury areas. We also run Youth services, such as mentoring and youth groups, and provide services to the elderly. The RISE Trust started as an initiative from a local church in Chippenham in 2004.  

Seniors’ lunches The Rise Trust Volunteers regularly serve a Community Lunch for Seniors at  St Paul’s Church Hall, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham at 12pm. This is a great way to make new friends and socialise.  For more details please contact Vicky Watt on 01249 445288 or email vickyw@therisetrust.org 

Youth Club and Youth Café  We run lots of activities for young people in Chippenham including a Youth Club and Youth Cafe Gemma Matthews 01249 464008 or gemmam@therisetrust.org 

 For further details call 01249 463 040 or visit http://www.therisetrust.org/programmesevents/

Singing for the Brain

Singing sessions are led by a trained Singing for the Brain leader Every other Monday 1.30-3pm a free service (funded by Wiltshire council) is designed to be a fun, stimulating and social activity for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their family/friends or carers.  For session dates and to book your place please call Pam Ollis at our Chippenham office on

Malmesbury Activity Zone, Bremilham Road  For further details call 01249 443469 or e-mail nwilts@alzheimers.org.uk or visit http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

The Big Malmesbury Craft Fair

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

Malmesbury Singers Concert

Beethoven Mass in C and Brahms Schicksalslied with the Bristol Ensemble

Malmesbury Abbey  Sat 28 Mar 7.30pm Adults £15 Students/under18s £5.Tickets available from Abbey Bookshop or email: tickets@malmesburysingers.co.uk

For further details call Abbey book shop or tickets@malmesburysingers.co.uk or visit www.malmesburysingers.co.uk

Charlton Park

WOMAD – World Music Festival

Thurs 23 – Sun 26 Jul Featuring many world musicians and bands and exciting new artists – check website for the line-up  Early bird and SN16 3 or 4 day tickets with/without staying onsite More information at womad.co.uk/tickets.

 For further details visit www.womad.org/festivals/charlton-park

Tetbury

Tetbury Goods Shed

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. Although not certified as Organic they are committed to using organic methods ~ and to working with nature and respecting wildlife.  They are also totally committed to producing the finest produce possible. Every Sat 10.30/11am-2pm Adeline Farm Community Project offers facilities to the disabled, people with learning difficulties, and other groups in the Wilts. /Glos. area.

Afternoon Piano Recital Every Wed 2.30-4pm Afternoon tea concerts are back by popular demand. Tickets £2.50

Film Night (details on the website Every Thursday  7.30-10.30pm £7  

5 Mar   Film Night: Bait  (15) Mark Jenkin’s Bait is a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a community facing unwelcome change.           

12Mar  Film Night: Tolkien (12A) The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school

14 Mar Ivana Gavric Solo 7.30pm £18 The third concert in the Goods Shed Piano Series – British pianist Ivana Gavric plays Beethoven, Grieg and Cheryl Frances Hoad

19 Mar Film Night: Joker(15) “Joker” centres around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. 

21 Mar Comedy at The Shed 8-10pm £10 Welcome to the first Comedy Club at the Goods Shed for 2020

25 Mar Talk: Unravelling the Double Helix  7.30            pm £8 In our March ‘Shed Talk’, drawing on material from his new book, Professor Gareth Williams tells the story of unravelling the double helix and the discovery of DNA

26 Mar Film Night: Le Mans 1966 (12A) American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford.

29 Mar Ninebarrow Band 8pm £16 Ninebarrow will be joined by cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion.

How to reach the Shed – use the sat nav postcode GL8 8EY  For further details call  info@shed-arts.co.uk or visit http://www.shed-arts.co.uk

The Friends of Tetbury Hospital Fundraising Events

Annual film night: The Runaways at Dolphin’s Hall, Tetbury, 4 Mar at 7pm Tickets:  502336 or 504039 – £9.00 includes a glass of wine.

The Great Tetbury Hospital Boules Competition 2020 Sun 17 May 9.30am-3.30pm at The Royal Oak, Tetbury   £80 per team, spectators £15 – French lunch and wine included Get your tickets now by calling  502262, visit Vinotopia Wine Merchants or email andy@vinotopiawine.co.uk

Tetbury Hospital Trust is a charity established in 1991 which receives payment from the NHS for patient treatments though not for new or replacement equipment. The Hospital’s survival depends on local fund-raising and the generosity of local people. Since the recent NHS re-organisation, the Hospital serves both Gloucestershire and Wiltshire with more than 20 consultants from both counties holding regular clinics there.

For further details call  or visit www.tetburyhospital.co.uk/friends

Cherrington

Spell your Life workshop

Live the Life You Want’ Are you compromising your life for work?

Are you constantly busy without achieving anything?  Join us to gain clarity of your goals over a glass of wine and discover what dreams to pursue, how to manifest your goals and why some things still haven’t materialised in your life.  5 Mar 7pm – 9pm £10 (£5 to be donated to the mental health charity Mind.org)  Cherington Village Hall For further details call  or visit https://www.spellyourlife.com/event-details/live-the-life-you-want

Grittleton

Moviola – the Touring Rural Cinema Scheme

JUDY [12A] – Rescheduled from Jan Wed 25 Mar  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start  £6 from Lesley or on the door

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland [Renee Zellweger] arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Also features Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon and Rufus Sewell  

Future dates for your diary  Wed 29 Apr: The Good Liar 

Grittleton Village Hall  For further details call Lesley 01249 783157 or email l_palmer@btinternet.com or visit http://www.moviola.org/

Crudwell

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.  

Workshop with Sally Taylor: Mastering the art of ‘Buttonholes’ 18-Mar  

Demonstration by Yvonne Berry, ‘Any Old Iron’ 15-Apr During this evening we will also hold our regular ‘Best Bloom’ competition. 

Members’ Dinner, La Flambe, Sutton Benger Wed 20 May    

‘Save the Date’: Salisbury Cathedral Flower Festival coach trip Tues 15 Sept  

Crudwell Village Hall SN16 9HB For further details call Margaret on 01285 770 639 or Facebook page – North Wiltshire Villages Flower Club

Stroud

The Cotswold Playhouse

The Cotswold Players present Nell Gwynn Set in 1660s London, Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn is a wonderfully entertaining homage to an extraordinary woman and her remarkable life.

After more than a decade of rigid Puritanical rule, the Monarchy has been restored and the theatre doors are thrown open once again. King Charles II, an avid theatre-goer and notorious seducer, then revolutionises the theatrical world by permitting women on the stage.

From inauspicious roots in a back-street brothel, Nell’s life moves from an orange-seller to becoming one of the first women on stage; to becoming the favourite mistress of King Charles II. 19-21 & 26-28 Mar at 7.30 pm £12 Cotswold Playhouse For further details call Tickets are available online at http://www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/tickets or 0333 666 3366 (Telephone bookings incur a £1.50 postal booking fee).  or visit www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk

Cirencester

The Barn Theatre

Ben Hur Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style popularized by The 39 Steps into one of the largest stories ever told. 4 Mar  – 18 Apr

Téatro Bar & Restaurant Cirencester’s best-kept secret. Tucked away in the grounds of Ingleside House, right next door to the theatre; this contemporary restaurant serves top quality food and refreshing drinks. Using the finest ingredients, dishes are packed with flavour and inspired by world cuisine. The bar offers a huge selection, especially of gins. Wed – Sat : 5.30pm till late (last table for food at 9.30pm) Call 01285 648238 or email  info@teatro-ciren.co.uk to book your table

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

Wotton-Under-Edge

The Electric Picture House

The Electric Picture House A refurbished local cinema run by volunteers from the local community This month’s films: Parasite; Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show; Emma; Spies in Disguise; The Lighthouse; Military Wives; Frozen 2; Portrait of a Lady on Fire; Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: Back Together; 16 April Premiere: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet – The screening will be followed by a Q&A with David Attenborough, broadcast live from the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. The Electric Picture House For further details call 01453 844601 or visit http://www.wottoncinema.com

Broughton Gifford

Broughton Gifford Piecemakers

Quilt Exhibition Fri 27 4-8pm Sat 28 Mar 10am-4.30pm  An exhibition of work plus trader stand,sales table and refreshments. Raffle in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance (draw 4pm Saturday) Entrance £3  The Broughton Gifford Piecemakers are a thriving group of quilters and we meet every 3rd Mon of the month. We always welcome new members whether you are a beginner or have been quilting for years. A variety of speakers come and tell us about their craft. Occasional mini workshops or sewing evenings related to quilting where you can learn a new skill or technique and workdays where you bring the project you are working on and spend the day sewing.   An exhibition of work plus trader stand,sales table and refreshments. Raffle in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance (draw 4pm Saturday) Entrance £3

The Village Hall  For further details call Sue Sunderland 07734 320548 or visit

Bath, Stroud, Bristol

Covent Garden Royal Opera House and Ballet @ the cinema

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

Opera: Fidelio  17-Mar  

Ballet: Swan Lake 1-Apr  

Opera: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci 21-Apr  

Stroud Apollo, Odeon Bath and many other Cinemas For further details call 0871 220 6000 or visit www.roh.org.uk/cinema

Malmesbury, Chippenham, Bath, Stroud, Bristol, Wotton

National Theatre Live

The Welkin 21-May    For further details call  or visit http://www.ntlive.com

Bath

Theatre Royal Bath plays host to west end productions

Once 2-7 Mar 

Legally Blonde The Musical 10-14 Mar  

Band of Gold 16 – 21 Mar  

What’s In A Name? 23-28 Mar  

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

Bath Comedy Festival

Fri 30 Mar – Sun 19 Apr Hundreds of comic events throughout Bath city centre  Tickets vary from £1-£17 Bath Festivals Box Office, For further details call 01225 463362 or http://www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

or visit https://www.bathcomedy.com

Cheltenham

The Festival

Tues 10-13 Mar with The Gold Cup Fri  Check website for more details  from £22 (except Gold Cup Friday from £40) Cheltenham Racecourse For further details call 0844 579 3003 or visit http://www.cheltenham.co.uk/racing/fixtures/the_festival.html

Bristol

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival

 Each year we bring our diverging tastes together in the form of a festival line-up which celebrates all things jazz and blues – from swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll. and ‘Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes’ – a musical spectacular featuring Adrian Utley (Portishead), Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), The Army Of Generals string orchestra and an 18-piece Big Band  Thu 26 – Sun 29 Mar  Various locations in Bristol   For further details call or visit http://www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com/