Henley Life October 2018 - page 6

| OCTOBER 2018
Saturday 6th October
Purdy’s Pop Up Jazz
Club, HAODS Studio,
New Street
Returning after a brief summer
break, jazz chanteuse Purdy’s
monthly club night returns to the
rehearsal studio venue next door
to the Kenton Theatre. Purdy,
aka Nettlebed singer Rebecca
Poole, said: “We are incredibly
excited to welcome swing legend Ray Gelato [pictured]
to the club. Ray Gelato and the Giants continue to work
packed rooms, concerts and festivals and enjoy repeat
sold-out bookings at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s
Jazz Club in London and the Blue Note in Milan. Ray
has played with Sir Paul McCartney, twice appeared
before Her Majesty the Queen and supported Robbie
Williams at the Royal Albert Hall.” Jools Holland once
said of Gelato that “he plays what he means and he
means what he plays”. Tickets are £30 and the show
starts at 8.30pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm. To
book, visit
where full details of Purdy’s November 3 pop-up jazz
club night featuring Liane Carroll are available.
Sunday 7th October
Henley Ploughing
Match, Bishopsland,
Organised by the Henley
and District Agricultural
Association, this year’s ploughing match will feature
four working pairs of heavy horses and more than 40
tractors ploughing. Other attractions include a
companion dog show with five classes, including
lurchers, for which entries will be taken at 11.30am with
judging at 12.30pm. A poultry auction starts at noon
and there will be ferret racing, terrier racing, children’s
and trailer rides to enjoy, together with outside trade
stands and craft stands in the marquee. The day opens
with the blessing of the plough at 9am and usually ends
before dusk. Entry on the gate is priced £5 for adults
with concessions £3. Children under five go free. For
more information, call (01491) 413619 or visit
Saturday 13th October
Double Reed Delights, St
Andrew’s Church, Albert
Road, Caversham
Featuring the talents of Ben
Hudson (pictured), a former BBC
Young Musician of the Year
finalist, the latest in the Concerts
in Caversham series offers a
celebration of the bassoon and the oboe. Hudson will
play bassoon as a soloist while oboist Joseph Sanders,
who has worked with all the top London orchestras, will
be joined by Adrienne Black on piano and harpsichord.
The programme for the 7.30pm concert includes works
by Poulenc, Piazolla, Telemann and Dring. There will
be a five-minute interval and refreshments will be
served at the end. Tickets are £15 or £17 in advance or
£17 or £19 on the door and are available from Waltons
the Jewellers in Caversham (closed Mondays) or 0118
948 4112 or 0118 9463 202. For more information, visit
Wednesday 17th to
Saturday 20th October
The Henley Players
present Brassed Off,
Kenton Theatre
Adapted by Paul Allen from the
popular 1996 film starring
Ewan McGregor and Tara
Fitzgerald and directed by Ian
Head, the production will
feature the musical talents of
the Marlow Brass Band on stage. A spokesman for the
Henley Players said: “Still relevant today, Brassed Off is
a heart-warming show, with humour, drama, pathos and
music, a compete celebration of human endeavour.
This poignant comedy-drama will strike a note for those
of us who lived through the Thatcher years and saw the
gradual shut-down of the British coal-mining industry,
and the devastating effect it had on mining communities
across the country. It’s 1994 and the miners are striking
as the local colliery faces closure. Grimley Colliery
Band, with players from the pit and the local town, is
directed by Danny, an ex-miner, who believes that only
music matters. His dreams of leading the band to vic-
tory at a national competition at the Royal Albert Hall
seem remote as the men choose between picket lines
and redundancy packages, but when Gloria (who plays
the flugelhorn) returns to her home town and rekindles
her romance with her childhood sweetheart, the band
gets its oompah back and all seems possible.” Tickets
are £13 for adults with concessions £12. To book, call
(01491) 575698 or visit
Saturday 20th to Wednesday 31st
Halloween Half Term, Stonor Park
There’s fun for all the family in store — in the form of a
spooktacular Halloween event. Bring your family to
search the garden for riddles and secret messages,
work together to solve the mystery and receive a sweet
treat. There is also pumpkin carving and no-carve
pumpkin decorating for the little ones. Please note that
Stonor House is not open to the public at this time. For
more information and to book, visit
Sunday 21st October
Henley Half Marathon and 10km Run
Following a beautiful scenic route through Henley, over
the town’s famous bridge and along the Thames Valley
before crossing the river and taking the runners up the
hill at Fawley, the half-marathon starts and finishes in
Borlase Field next to Henley Rugby Club in Marlow
Road — as does the Henley 10km Run. Entry is £30 for
the half-marathon and £25 for the 10km, and both
races are chip-timed. A limited number of late entries
can be obtained on the day between 8am and 9am at
the rugby club. Both races are organised by the Rotary
Club of Henley Bridge, with sponsorship from Invesco
Perpetual and the Henley Standard respectively. For
more information, visit
Saturday 27th October
Jeremy Hardy, Goring
Village Hall
Jeremy Hardy is in his fourth
decade as a stand-up this year.
That’s a more dramatic way of
saying he started 33 years ago
and, without a lottery win,
probably has at least another 33
years to go. The Guardian once wrote of him: “In an
ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous,
but an ideal world would leave him without most of his
best material.” Jeremy’s television credits include QI,
Mock The Week and Grumpy Old Men. He is on the
road all year round and has never stopped doing live
shows since 1984. Following his visit to Goring, he
plays the
Old Town Hall, High Wycombe
, on
Thursday 1st November. Tickets for the Goring show,
which starts at 7.15pm, are £14 and can be booked
online via
The High Wycombe
show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £18 with
concessions £9. For more information and to book, call
01494 512000 or visit
Until Sunday 7th October
Henley Literary Festival, various venues
Big name authors lined up for 2018 — the festival’s
12th year — include Anthony Horowitz, Kate Mosse,
Sebastian Faulks, Irvine Welsh and Louis de Bernieres.
For more information and to book tickets, call (01491)
575948 or visit
Until Tuesday 9th
Gallantry Art Autumn
Exhibition, Old Fire
Station Gallery
Gallantry Art is a specialist
online gallery that sells
artworks created by
members of the armed forces past and present. This
exhibition will see 10 per cent of the profits donated to
the charity Combat Stress. For more information, visit
Until Saturday 17th
A Night in Provence,
Mill at Sonning
Ah, Provence! Ah, the
French Riviera! Where
optimistic holidaymakers
rent luxury villas for
exorbitant sums in order to get their annual fix of sun,
sea and haute cuisine. However, imagine the crisis if
one such sumptuous place was double-booked. Worse,
imagine it triple-booked! By a French couple (Maurice
and Yvette), an English couple (Fred and Judy) and an
Irish couple (Shaun and Moira). Marriages have
floundered on less. Add in the ingredients of copious
amounts of sparkling champagne, heightened sexual
attractions, to say nothing of the deep-seated cultural
difference, and all of this makes the current Brexit
negotiations seem a snip! The Mill at Sonning has
recently seen a number of hit comedies by Robin
Hawdon — including last year’s hugely successful
Don’t Dress for Dinner and Perfect Wedding — but
none threaten international relations on this scale. For
tickets and times, visit
or call
the box office on 0118 969 8000.
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