Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival

HADCAF 2006   PROGRAMME     30 JUNE - 23 July

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Friday 30 T’ai Chi with Jackie Penny. Start your day with the ancient Chinese art of t’ai chi - gentle and controlled movements which increase flexibility, coordination and balance, aid relaxation, and help to keep the mind calm and focused.

Daily (except Sundays) throughout the Festival, 8.30am-9am in The Courtyard (next to the Corn Exchange)


Friday 30

Festival Exhibition:
Open Studio Artists

A ‘taster’ exhibition of work by professional artists taking part in the Open Studios scheme. Come and see examples of their work and then take the opportunity to meet them in their studios during the Festival. They look forward to welcoming you!

Three Swans Hotel, High Street Open daily throughout the Festival

Friday 30

All for Your Delight

Entertainment by local amateur dramatic societies: The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company with an original play by a budding young Hungerford playwright; Newbury Dramatic Society and Ravensbury Players (presenting comedies), and Deadly Quiche Productions (young performing arts graduates with a devised piece).

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Gerald Ward and Great Grooms Antiques

Friday 30

Hungerford Jazz Forum

featuring Smooth Dinner Jazz from special guests Sue Smith and her Quartet

Join in the first and last sets or just listen - the Forum is open to all instrumentalists and singers, and new talent is always welcome.

Royal British Legion Hall 

8pm till late   £2 cover charge


Saturday 1

Decorated Door Knocker Competition
Theme: Nursery Rhymes

This year Hungerford in Bloom concentrates on enhancing the town centre, i.e. the High Street from the roundabout at Atherton Road down through Bridge and Charnham Streets.  1 st prize £50, 2 nd prize £25 for the best decorated door knockers.  Judging takes place today from 10am. No entry forms – if you wish to be judged please contact Margaret Wilson on 683758. Let’s make Hungerford beautiful!



 Saturday 1

Scarecrow  Workshop
Theme: Heroes and Villains      Ages 8+     

Make your very own scarecrow hero or villain to display in the Art Exhibition (Corn Exchange, 15 th and 16 th July), to parade in the Carnival, or to put in your garden! 

Croft Field Project   10am -12noon

Tickets £3 from Newbury Building Society

 Saturday 1

Coffee Morning in aid of local charities    

With competitions including a Scarecrow Quiz, a raffle and a hand-made card stall.  

The Croft Hall   10am-12 noon

Saturday 1

Family Fund-Raising Day     

Attractions include Hungerford Town Band, fire engines, stalls, bouncy castle, tombola, etc. All welcome!

Hungerford Care Centre, Wantage Road, Hungerford Newtown   2pm   

Saturday 1

Pop Goes the Century - from Victoria to Viagra, from Empire to E-mail, from Dolly Grey to the Dome - a hundred songs from a hundred years in a hundred minutes!  This is ‘Beat the Clock’ with a difference, as The BakeliteBoys launch themselves on azany, whistle-stop tour of the most popular songs of the last century.

‘There is a magic on stage which draws the audience in to become part of the “creation”’ Lonnie Donegan

For many years Dave Sealey could be heard on TV and radio, in clubs, festivals and theatresas one half of Cosmotheka, the duo he formed with his late brother, Alan, to present music hall material in a contemporary way. He brings that legacy with him to The Bakelite Boys and also finds an outlet for the rock and blues style of his early singing career (Elton John was once his backing singer!). Dave has diversified into acting, and recently performed his acclaimed one-man show about Stanley Holloway, With a Little Bit o’Luck, at The Croft Hall in Hungerford.

Andrew Frank is ‘a refugee from high-brow choirs and West End musicals’.  Over many years his voice and comic presence have been employed in children’s theatre, BBC’s Playschool, anything from 16 th century polyphony to 20 th century dissonance with the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, in Godspell and other Cameron Mackintosh productions, in community theatre and various collaborations with Cosmotheka.

A master of the jazz piano, Dave Brown provided the musical grounding for the legendary cabaret group, The Bouncing Czechs, and was musical director for many of the national tours of The Rocky Horror Show.

The Croft Hall   7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Framemakersand
The Plume of Feathers


Sunday 2
Rock Academy

Master-classes in Guitar, Bass and Drums with three top musicians

This is a rare opportunity to pick up tips from the very top! The tutors are all professional musicians with an amazing track record, a wealth of experience, and an infectious enthusiasm for their instruments and for making music. The day is open to all ages and levels, and will culminate in the students forming bands and performing on stage together at 3pm before an audience (this is optional!). Amplifiers and a drum kit will be provided; guitarists and bass players should bring their own instruments.

Tim Walters has played guitar in all kinds of bands and has performed everything from jazz to musical theatre and rock. He has worked both live and in the studio across the UK and Europe and is an experienced and much-in-demand guitar teacher.

A freelance session bass player for over 20 years, Jo Meacham has worked with many artists and bands, among them Ray Charles, Robbie Williams, Gloria Estefan, Dionne Warwick, Take That, etc. He has played 35 stage musicals and countless film, album & TV sessions. He now runs a teaching and recording business in Hampshire.

John Marter is a professional drummer who has toured the world, working with such musicians and bands as Annie Lennox, Voyager, Marillion, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Brian May, among many others. He has countless recording credits, and is an excellent drum tutor in addition to being an experienced recording engineer and producer.

The Croft Hall 10.30am-4pm. Bring a packed lunch (drinks provided)

Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society

Free public performance 3pm (no tickets required for this - just turn up!)

 Sunday 2

In Short A showcase of original and inventive short films

For the first time the HADCAF programme includes an evening devoted to screening short films (all are fewer than 10 minutes long). Many were shown at the recent Bath Film Festival: some have won or been short-listed for prestigious awards. Through animation, live action and video art, they reflect the wit, ingenuity and sheer diversity of contemporary filmmakers.

Films include: Astronauts (Best Student Film, British Animation Awards 2006), Oedipus (BBC New Filmmakers Award 2005) and The Making of ‘Gladiator’ (short-listed for British Animation Award: Best Short Category, 2005). Note: the latter two films will be shown after the 9pm watershed.

Screen and projection courtesy of Wiltshire Moviola

The Croft Hall 7.30pm Tickets £3 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Kerridge Insurance


Monday 3

Cantemus Chamber Choir

with award-winning young musician Christopher Terepin on violoncello

Music for A Summer’s Evening

A programme selected from the Choir’s extensive repertoire of sacred and secular music, including works by Rutter, Howells, Faure and Seiber. Based in Newbury, Cantemus was formed in 1999 and consists of about sixteen singers, some of whom are professional musicians, others able amateurs. 

St Lawrence’s Church 7.45pm

Free entry (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Pat Pamphlett and Caroline Lumley Training



Tuesday 4

The Valley Film Societypresents

Jarhead (Dir. Sam Mendes, 2005)

A thought-provoking drama based on Anthony Swofford’s 2003 book about his experiences as a marine in the First Gulf War.

For further information about the Valley Film Society, contact 01488 648534 or visit


East Garston Village Hall 7.30pm (doors open 7pm )

Bar and Middle Eastern buffet available. Film Society members free (buffet £3) Non-members £6 (includes buffet)

Tickets from East Garston Village Stores and Newbury Building Society (Hungerford branch)

Tuesday 4

Jill Crossland

Piano Recital

Jill pursues an active concert and recording career, including regular appearances at London 's South Bank and Wigmore Hall. She made a sensational first appearance at last year’s HADCAF and returns by popular demand. Her programme this evening includes Glenn Gould, Mozart, Schumann and Debussy.

Jill trained at Chethams and the Royal Northern College of Music, and in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda. Her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations featured in the Classical Charts on its release in 2003.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Alan Pollitt and Charles Lucas & Marshall

Wednesday 5

Appeal of Bells with Mark Robins

A short talk about the bells, followed by a tour of the church tower and roof, and a demonstration in the ringing chamber when anyone wishing to ‘have a go’ may do so.

St Lawrence’s Church 6.30pm


Wednesday 5

Flower Arranging Demonstration by Sarah Matthews

Proprietor of ‘Hello Flower’ in Hungerford’s High Street, Sarah enjoys arranging in both classic and contemporary styles, which she will demonstrate before answering all your questions about the art of flower arranging.

Methodist Church Hall 7.30pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society

Thurday 6

Wild Flowers of the Marsh
Walk led by Lois Pihlens

An enjoyable stroll (lasting about an hour and a half) on Freeman’s Marsh to discover the floral delights of this special habitat. Bring a hand lens and a wild-flower book if you wish.

Meet at the swing-bridge by St Lawrence’s Church, 6pm . Wellies advisable.

 Thurday 6

Digging up Your Family Tree

A beginners’ talk on family history by Jean Debney

A freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, Jean is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Berkshire Family History Society. A former chairman of Reading Society, she has taught family history since the early 1980s, lectures on several history-based topics, and has a regular phone-in on BBC Radio 4 discussing the meaning of listeners’ surnames.

Hungerford Library 7.30pm

Free – tickets (in advance only) from the Library, 01488 682660

Sponsored by The Gentleman’s Shop

 Friday 7

Coffee Morning with Chilton Chicks (Parent & Baby/Toddler Group) & Chilton Foliat WI

Chilton Foliat Village Hall 10am -12 noon

 Friday 7

Prepare to be scared!

The Turn of the Screw

A ghost story by Henry James

Adapted and performed by Philippa Urquhart

This famous and controversial ghost story, first published in 1892, tells of a young governess who battles the forces of evil to save two children from destruction. At the time Oscar Wilde described it as ‘a most wonderful, lurid and poisonous little tale’. Tension mounts as the story builds to an unexpected and shocking climax.

Philippa Urquhart in the role of the governess brings this spine-chilling tale to life in a thrilling evening of mystery and suspense.

‘Terrific – both gripping and chilling. Philippa Urquhart has exactly the right qualities of raw emotion and febrile anxiety that the story needs…’

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Philippa Urquhart has worked for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, and has wide experience of regional and West End theatre. She has toured The Turn of the Screw internationally. Her TV credits include Tenko, EastEnders, Vanity Fair, Casualty and Soldier Soldier.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society  

Sponsored by Dickins Hopgood Chidley

and in memory of Bernie Skeats

Saturday 8

Carnival Workshops led by Vanessa Kenneth

Let your imagination run wild and create a costume, head-dress or something to carry in the Carnival! Wear old clothes or an apron. Ages 8+ (younger children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult).

Corn Exchange
First fun session: 10am-1pm
Second fun session
: 1.30pm-4.30pm

Tickets £3 per session from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Hungerford Round Table

 Saturday 8

Coffee Morning in aid of the United Reformed Church Building Fund. Bring & buy, plants, cakes, books, etc.

15 High Street 10am -12 noon

 Saturday 8

Belly Dance with Sue Ealding

Come along to this fun ‘taster’ session and discover your inner goddess – and movement you didn’t know you had! – with Sue, who teaches a weekly belly dance class in Hungerford.

The Croft Hall 11am -12.30pm

Tickets £3 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Thermatekand Christine Ealding
 Saturday 8

Phoenix Brass Open Air Concert

This entertaining band ( performs a varied programme outside its band room at Froxfield, with a BBQ served throughout the concert.  For bookings or lessons contact MD David Watson (01672 515176) or Hon Sec Richard Fradgley (01488 685004).

Grounds of Froxfield Village Hall 5 -7pm Refreshments available


Saturday 8

Porcupine Productions present

Dido and Aeneas

Directed by Philip Haste

Musical director David Hoyland

A special arrangement of Purcell’s short masterpiece, written in 1689, which even today stands as one of the finest examples of the English stage musical: a timeless love story packed full of beautiful melodies, drama, romance and excitement.

The programme also includes some of Mozart's best-loved heroes and heroines, both tragic and comic, and features scenes from Carlyon Viles' new opera, Cinderella, which was specially written for the company and recently premiered at the Guildhall in Grantham.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by All Well and Good

Sunday 9

Farm-Africa Day Helping Africa ’s farmers to help themselves

A great day out for the family, with craft workshops to suit all interests and locally-produced food available.

10am Farm Walk led by Bill Acworth. A fascinating tour of this organic 150-acre farm with its colourful wild-flower meadows and agro-forestry system, plus an opportunity to collect plants for the dyeing workshop, or to select a vantage point for the painting workshop.

11.30am Workshops begin: Natural Dyeing (Linda and Albert Moss of Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers), Clay and Glass Beads (Diana Barraclough), Basket making (Christine Brewer), Sculpture (John Haigh), Painting (Frankie Cummins), Make Your Own Clay Oven.

Little Hidden Farm, Wantage Road, Hungerford Newtown 10am– 4pm

Entry: £5 per car, £2 per pedestrian/cyclist Proceeds to Farm-Africa

Sponsored by Dreweatt Neate

Sunday 9

A rare opportunity to see and hear the Swiss alpine horn!

The Amazing Alphorn

An entertaining illustrated talk and recital by

Frances Jones

accompanied on the piano by Martin Jones 

The alpine horn has been used since Roman times to call the cows and to communicate in mountain areas. It boasts a large collection of ancient traditional music, and its uniquely rich sound has appealed to many major composers, including Beethoven, Berlioz, Liszt and Wagner.

Frances has been delighting audiences with her eclectic and entertaining performances for over 25 years, appearing all over the UK and Europe in concertos and recitals, and giving illustrated talks on the various wind instruments she plays. Recently heard with her alphorn on Radio 4’s Home Truths, she has previously appeared at HADCAF with her acclaimed recitals, The Joy of the Saxophone and The Romantic Oboe.

‘What a wonderful evening we shared with Frances and Martin Jones and The Romantic Oboe…what an experience. If you missed the recital, make a date for next year’ Newbury Weekly News

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Peter Stirland Ltd

 Monday 10

Bella Voce Choir

The Bella Voce Choir was established in Ramsbury in 2001 and has become a very active group under musical director, Sian Haynes and accompanist, Kevin Bates, regularly singing at local weddings, major church festivals, concerts and private functions. The choir’s repertoire ranges from classical to songs from the shows, and this evening’s programme promises to have ‘something for everyone’.

St Lawrence’s Church 7.45pm

Free entry (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Jennifer & Sacha

Tuesday 11

Plant Hunting in Vietnam

Illustrated talk by Dan Leighton The flora of northern Vietnam is attracting more and more plant collectors, and rare and unusual species from the area are increasingly seen in the UK horticultural industry. In April this year Dan Leighton, a diploma student at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, won a travel scholarship to the area around Sapa and Mt Phan Si Pan to study the endemic flora, with particular regard to Pleione (orchids) and Primula, species of which have not been properly recorded since the 1900s and are scarcely known in the West.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sponsored by

Wednesday 12

Senior Citizens’ Concert Party with Two’s Company

Hungerford Day Centre 1.30pm-2.30pm Limited tickets from the Day Centre (01488 682601)
Wednesday 12

Wild Food
Talk by Mike Robinson

Well-known TV chef Mike Robinson has presented five series for the UK Food channel, three of them based around the renovation of his pub, The Pot Kiln, situated in glorious countryside in his home county of Berkshire . A passionate outdoors man, Mike’s greatest love is cooking game and wild food generally: hi s book, Wild Flavours, was published last year. Aware of the depredations of the signal crayfish on the riverine environment, he decided to harvest them and now supplies them to top London restaurants and hotels.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Furr & Co. and The Veterinary Hospital

Wednesday 12

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

at Shalbourne Moviola

Shalbourne Kingston Room (opposite The Plough) 7.30pm

Tickets £4.50 from Shalbourne Village Shop

Thursday 13

What Lies Beneath...the River Dun with Rob Starr

A look at the ecology of a downland river with The Town & Manor of Hungerford River Keeper.

Meet at the Ash Pool on Freeman’s Marsh, 7.30pm


Thursday 13


A spicy selection of short movies. Doors open 7pm , bar available. Fish and chips supper may be ordered for the interval. Contact: 01488 648534 or visit

East Garston Village Hall 7.30pm Film Society members free Non-members £4

Tickets from East Garston Village Stores and Newbury Building Society (Hungerford branch)

Thursday 13

Family Fun Evening in aid of the United Reformed Church

Quiz around Hungerford and chicken & chips supper.

The Tutti Pole, 3 High St 7pm

Tickets £5 / £2.50 children (drinks extra) from The Tutti Pole

Friday 14

Mrs Henderson Presents... (2005)

at Ramsbury Roxy

Ramsbury Memorial Hall

8pm (doors open 7.30pm for pre-film drinks)

Tickets £3.50 from Ramsbury Post Office, £4 on the door

 Friday 14

The Playerpiano Ensemble presents an innovative programme focusing on an extended piece by local composer Matt Groom, inspired by a sojourn in the Hebrides during 2003. Exploring notions of remoteness, long-distance communication and self-imposed isolation, the work includes musicians, electronics, and live and pre-recorded short-wave radio transmissions, and is accompanied by video projections of the islands' rugged coastline.

St Lawrence’s Church 8pm

Free entry (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Mansil Morgan

Friday 14

Wine Tasting with Hungerford Twinning Association

The Croft Hall 8pm

Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society or any Twinning Assoc. committee member

Saturday 15

East Garston Summer Fun Day

Organised by East Garston Amenities, the Village Hall/Bar and All Saints Church.

Starts 10.30am with a car boot sale and sports events, including a cricket tournament and the traditional round-the-village race, followed by a street fayre in the afternoon. Country-and-western dance with a luxury buffet supper in the evening. For further information contact Penny Locke on 01488 648534.

Saturday 15

Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition

The work of local amateur and professional artists.

To exhibit, please contact Rosemary Trigwell on 01488 683170.

Children’s Art Exhibition

A display of work by local schools.

NB Open Studio Artists Exhibition in Three Swans Hotel daily throughout HADCAF

Corn Exchange & Magistrates Room 10am-6pm Refreshments available

Free entry

Saturday 15

Flower Festival

Theme: Childhood Memories

Stall and refreshments available 10am-12 noon ; 2pm-5pm (proceeds to The Motor Neurone Association)

United Reformed Church 10am-5pm

Free entry (retiring collection in aid of the URC)

Saturday 15

Ploughman’s Lunches


Hungerford Historical Association Archive Room Open

Lunches 12 noon-2pm

£2.50 Proceeds to Send a Cow

Archive Room 2pm-4.30pm

Methodist Church Hall, Bridge Street

Saturday 15

Hungerford Tennis & Bowls Clubs Open Afternoon

Come on down to The Croft and see what these two great clubs have to offer you – all welcome.

Bowls Club President’s Day: triples competition for members only – come and watch, be tempted to join us!

The Croft 2.30pm-5.30pm
Saturday 15
Carnival organised by

Hungerford Round Table

Entry forms for Parade available from Newbury Building Society or email or telephone 07788 583538.

Categories: Schools & Clubs; Pubs; Walking - group; Walking - individual; Open; Trade; Best-dressed Wheelbarrow

Look out for events and entertainment presented on the lawn at the back of the Three Swans Hotel!

Parade reaches the Corn Exchange in the High Street at approx 6.45pm .
Saturday 15

Songs of Praise on The Croft

Churches Together in Hungerford invite you to bring your chairs and a picnic, relax and enjoy some favourite hymns. Contact: Rev. Irena Byron on 01488 682412.

The Croft
Approx 7.15pm (after the Carnival)
Sunday 16

Early Birds Walk with wildlife artist/ornithologist Jonathan Pomroy

Catch the early birds on Freeman’s Marsh. Wellies advisable, binoculars useful.

Early Birds (full English) Breakfast

Walk Meet at the swing-bridge by St Lawrence’s Church, 6.30am . Free

Sponsored by Playground Services

Breakfast The Croft Hall, approx 7.30am Tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society Proceeds to local charities

Sunday 16

Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition

Children’s Art Exhibition

Corn Exchange & Magistrates Room 10am-4.30pm Refreshments available

Free entry

Sunday 16

  Flower Festival

Theme: Childhood Memories

United Reformed Church 1pm-5pm

Free entry (retiring collection in aid of the URC)

Sunday 16

Martyna Jatkauskaite

Afternoon Recital

featuring works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev

Talented young Lithuanian concert pianist Martyna Jatkauskaite began learning the piano when she was 5 years old. Last year she won the Baltic States Scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is studying under Professor Joan Havill.

The Croft Hall 3pm-4pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Furr & Co.

 Sunday 16

The Full Mounty

Nick Lumley and Trevor Alan Davies

Local actor Nick Lumley and Canadian actor/musician extraordinaire Trevor Alan Davies team up in an evening of music and lunacy. Bring along your unusual musical instruments and see if they can play them!

Trevor has worked extensively in the theatre in Canada and the UK , and has just been appearing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Women Beware Women with Tim Pigott-Smith and Penelope Wilton.

Nick has worked in theatres throughout the country, and frequently at Salisbury Playhouse, The Watermill and The Haymarket, Basingstoke . He has just returned from a tour of Germany in the Old Vic production of Richard II with Kevin Spacey, directed by Trevor Nunn.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Nye Haines Ltd,Below Stairs and Fairwise Travel

Monday 17

Newbury Symphony Orchestra

together with The Enborne Consort

Mozart: The Sparrow Mass

Members of the NSO join forces with the voices of the Enborne Consort in a varied instrumental and vocal programme which, in honour of Mozart’s 250th anniversary year, includes a performance of a short setting of his Missa Brevis in C, K220, known as the ‘Sparrow’ mass, scored for choir, two trumpets and strings.

St Lawrence’s Church 7.45pm

Freeentry (retiring collection)

Sponsored by Mike Meddings

Tuesday 18

Three Swans Hotel Literary Lunch

with guest speaker Geraldine McCaughrean

Multi-award winning author Geraldine McCaughrean has written over 130 books and been published in 30 countries.  October sees the publication of her Peter Pan in Scarlet, the first authorised sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy - a major event in the world of children's literature.

Three Swans Hotel, High Street

Tickets £15 from Three Swans Hotel

(includes Salmon & Strawberries lunch and a drink) 12.30pm for 1pm

Tuesday 18

Senior Citizens’ Concert Party with ‘George’

Hungerford Day Centre 1.45pm-2.30pm Limited tickets from the Day Centre (01488 682601)
 Tuesday 18

Private Passions

Rob Strange and MikeTrussell

At the risk of appearing eccentric, two artists reveal their idiosyncratic passions….

Head of Art atJohn O’Gaunt School, Rob Strange has the largest collection of sweet wrappers in the country. He has given a talk on it for the Temporary Type Convention at The St Bride Institute in Fleet Street, and it has been exhibited at Reading University , London Typography Museum and, in May this year, at Reading Museum .

Mike Trussell is a retired art teacher and former proud owner of thirteen jukeboxes.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Wednesday 19

Oliver Williams


Romance is the theme of Oliver’s recital, which features Beethoven’s charming ‘Sonata in E’ (whose two movements the composer nicknamed ‘Interrupted Courtship’ and ‘Conversation with a Loved One’), some gems by Grieg and York Bowen, and Schumann’s great ‘Fantasie in C’, the work which more than any other expressed the composer’s deep love for his wife Clara.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Marc Allen

 Thursday 20 Millinery Demonstration by Jane Corbett

Trained by the Queen Mother’s milliner, couture milliner Jane designs and hand-makes hats and head- dresses in her shop at 9 Bridge Street . Her talk includes advice on styles to suit every face and hairstyle.

Methodist Church, Bridge Street 7.30pm

Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Furr & Co.

Thursday 20

The Graffiti Classics

The Graffiti Classics have moved the classical string quartet into the 21 st century. Not gypsy, not jazz, not trad, not classical, but 16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices - scintillatingly slap-stick with brilliant arrangements and mischievous humour, guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face!

Founded in 1997 by four hugely talented young professional musicians who met whilst busking in Covent Garden , the group offers a refreshing insight into the world of classical music.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Herongate Leisure

Friday 21

Meet Mr Plumley, a fine example of middle England , middle class, middle mindedness - a creature of habit and routine. Rocking the boat is most certainly not on his agenda. But when change comes, suddenly, frothily, out of the blue, will he be up to the challenge?

Essential viewing for anyone who has ever felt stuck and had the desire to jump up, open the door and run off up the road shouting. Loudly.

Presented by Network of Stuff

‘One of the most inspired pieces of theatre I have seen …Cancel all other plans - don’t even sleep until you see this fantastic play’ BBCi

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Russell Marshall

Saturday 22

An Introduction to Film Acting with Ben Myers

Wannabe a film star? Then try this ‘taster’ session of an extended course led by Ben Myers, formerly of the Watermill Theatre, published playwright, and writer/director of the film Walking with Shadows, starring Leslie Phillips (Ghost Pictures). Ages 10-adult

The Croft Hall 10am-12 noon

Tickets £3 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored byValley Film Society

Saturday 22

Harmony in the Garden in aid of Save the Children

Music, stalls, teas in the garden of 87 High Street 10.30am-4pm
Saturday 22

The Genie and the Rabbit

A Punch and Judy show
for children.

The Croft Hall 3.30pm-4.30pm

Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society

Saturday 22

The Steve Wilson Band

With various members past and present working with the likes of Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, Billy Bragg and Steely Dan, this is a group with a genuine musical pedigree. Led by singer/ songwriter Steve Wilson, they perform a captivating brand of ’60s-influenced pop music, blending American West Coast harmonies, blues and soul.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Roger King Antiques

Sunday 23

The HADCAF Walk led by Neil Pike and David Long

Meet at the swing-bridge by St Lawrence’s Church, 10.30am . Walk lasts 2 hours.
Sunday 23

Flower Making Workshop

with milliner Jane Corbett

Methodist Church Hall 2.30pm-4.30pm Limited tickets £5 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Jean Hutchings

Sunday 23

Perfect Perennials Illustrated talk by Brian Davis

Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist, author, horticultural consultant and principal tutor at The Brian Davis Gardening School, our own perfectly perennial expert suggests a wealth of plants for colour and all-year-round interest in your garden.

The Croft Hall 3pm

Free – tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sponsored byJoan Smith

Sunday 23

Hungerford Town Band Festival Concert

The band – which for the second time in four years has qualified for the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain ( Harrogate , Sept ’06) - presents a wide-ranging programme with something for all musical tastes. Contact: Musical Director Tim Crouter on 01488 680674 or Hon Sec Chris Sketchley on 01635 529822.

Corn Exchange 7pm

Free - tickets from Newbury Building Society (retiring collection)

Sunday 23

Jazz Gitanes

With a repertoire that includes many of the great jazz standards from the '30s, '40s and '50s, bossanovas, ragtime, as well as compositions by the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, Jazz Gitanes - two swing guitars accompanied by a hot violin – provide a great evening’s entertainment.

The Croft Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £6 from Newbury Building Society

Sponsored by Kennet Roofing and All Well and Good

HADCAF is supported by


Hungerford Town Council
The Town and Manor of Hungerford

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