There's always something going on in Chineham.
Whether you're looking for ideas for the weekend or want to know the date for the next Basingstoke bird watchers meeting, have a look at all our fabulous events below
March 2020 Events
For the full list of events, check out the latest Chineham Chat magazine!
Bowling Club open day
Marnell Bowling Club, based in Carpenters Down, Popley are holding an open day on Saturday April 18th from 11am to 4pm.
We are looking for new members and bowlers of all ages and abilities from 12 years upwards.
Coaching is available for new players and you will be able to make new friends. Have a go (no obligation) and equipment can be provided to give it a try. Just a pair of flat shoes needed for the green. We have a clubhouse, so a visit would give you a chance to see if it appeals to you.
Visit our website at: , or visit our Facebook page to see our open day advert.
Regular activities follow their usual pattern this month, with children’s rhymetimes for under ones at 10am and over ones at 11am on Tuesday mornings. From 10.30am there is also now a volunteer-led coffee morning which those attending are welcome to visit. This offers a chance to meet others with young children in the Acorn Room.
On the 7th March and the 4th April, we are holding the monthly drop-in craft
session, commencing at 10am, and at 11am on all other Saturdays a storytime will take place. Our Cuppa and Chat group continue to meet weekly on a
Wednesday morning at 10.30 and would very much welcome some new faces.
Our reading group continue to meet monthly at 10.30am on the last Saturdays of the month. The writing group next meets on the 5th March and the 2nd April at 5:30pm. We now have two sources of IT tuition/guidance available, the
Wednesday morning Age Concern sessions which focus on working with your own device are bookable through their office on 01256 423874. A donation is requested.
In addition, Tuesday mornings we have a volunteer available to assist with using the library terminals. Sessions with her are bookable through the library.
The trio of crime talks finished last month and has been a great success. We have two more crime- related talks coming up. There is a ‘Scenes of Crime’ talk with former police officer Ken Wells on 26th March, and a ‘Great Train Robbery’ talk with Tony Keep on 23rd April. Both take place at 6pm and tickets can be booked through the library or the online shop.
Our recent Harry Potter night was a great success with the youngsters who
2 attended. Other events will be offered in the near future so watch for these as tickets often sell out quickly.
Don’t forget that the library is now able to offer room hire, including times outside library opening hours. Charges and further information are available from the library. We hope to see you in the library soon
Basingstoke Choral Society
Basingstoke Choral Society’s next concert:
The music: Orff Carmina Burana - Lively and ever popular, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue - Classic orchestral jazz, Lambert The Rio Grande - Symphonic jazz cantata.
The performance: Basingstoke Choral Society, Croydon Philharmonic Choir, Choir of St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Oxted – 250 voices, Docklands Sinfonia, David Gibson conducts.
The venue: The Phoenix Concert Hall, Fairfield Halls, Croydon – newly reopened. Saturday 28th March, 7.30pm.
Tickets: 020 3292 0002 or from £15. We put the sing in Basingstoke! •Join us at rehearsals on Wednesday nights – 7.30 at The Vyne School
•Our June concert is in Winchester Cathedral
Basingstoke Blues Club
Basingstoke Blues Club (in association with the Basingstoke Railway Social Club, RG21 5NB) presents The Cadillac Kings on Saturday 21st March.
Red hot Rhythm ‘n’ Blues delivered by five of the UK's top roots musicians. Big on the blues, R&B, rock & roll & swing dance scenes and picking up awards worldwide since their formation in 2000, in the words of Lionel Ross, British Blues Magazine – “Do not miss these guys!” and Ian Ross, director of Darlington Music Festival, “This band with a wellearned reputation for their unfailing ability to put on a great performance, with warmth and humour exuding from every pore. In short, they are an absolute delight”. All welcome - 8pm till late. £8 on the door. Licensed bar and low prices. Profits to Brain Tumour Research.
Wed 4, 7.30pm
The Haymarket Round the Horne: From 1965 to 1968 the ground-breaking Round the Horne entertained listeners for half-an-hour every Sunday afternoon as people gathered around the wireless to listen to Kenneth Horne and his merry crew get up to all sorts of mischief. Fifty years on, experience this comedy show live on stage, with original scripts by Barry Took and Marty Feldman. Tickets: £23.
Thu 12, 7.30pm
The Anvil Francis Rossi - I Talk Too Much: Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi shares the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock ’n’ roll when he takes to the stage for an evening of chat and music. He will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of hit tunes, and a great night out. Tickets: £30; VIP: £40; Super VIP: £75.
Thu 12. 7:45pm
The Forge Alex Edelman - Just For Us: The stand-up comedian makes his debut in Basingstoke. His show has cemented his reputation as a writer-performer of impressive ambition and technical skill. In its premiere run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, it was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Show. In Edinburgh, it earned a Herald Angel Award, a nomination for Best Show, and superlative praise that made it the best reviewed comedy show of the Festival. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets: £18. under 25s and f/t students £16.
Sat 14, 11:00am
The Anvil Beethoven Day: Enjoy a programme of chamber music, talks and screenings, curated and presented by Professor John Deathridge (King’s College London), taking place around The Anvil building from 11.00am. Tickets: £10.
Sat 14. 3:00pm
The Anvil Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven 250: The Philharmonia Orchestra marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a special recreation of a mammoth concert that the composer gave in Vienna in December 1808, at which all the pieces in this afternoon’s programme were first performed, plus parts of his Mass in C. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts, with pianist Andreas Haefliger, and the Rodolfus Choir. Tickets: £42, £38, £31, £24, £16, under 25s £11.
Sun 15, 7:00pm
The Anvil - Fire Dance with Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez: The Strictly favourites ignite the dance floor with their Argentine tango, flamenco, paso doble, samba, salsa, and contemporary dance moves, all accompanied by Latin musicians and a dynamic dance ensemble. Tickets: £44.50, £37.50.
Fri 20, 7:45pm, The Forge Mike Farris: Tennessee's Mike Farris mixes gospel, rock, soul, blues and more; a true powerhouse performer. A reformed addict (sober now for several years), he has faced down his demons and embraced his personal angels in equal measure. These experiences inform and underpin his sincere and heartfelt voice and musical message to inimitable effect. Tickets: £16, under 25s and f/t students £14.
Thu 26, 8:00pm
The Haymarket Andy Parsons - Healing the Nation: The award-winning comedian began his career writing for Weekending and went on to become one of the main writers on the ground-breaking Spitting Image satirical puppet show. He has gone on to perform on numerous radio and television shows including Mock the Week and QI, and performed his standup shows all over the world. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets: £18.
Fri 27, 7:45pm
The Forge Jackie Oates and John Spears: Multi award-winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and John Spiers met through the vibrant folk scene of Oxford and its surrounding villages. Already admiring of each other’s work, they began playing music together and are looking forward to introducing their new music to audiences. Tickets: £17, under 25's and f/t students £15.
We are delighted to welcome new members to Chineham WI in 2020. Why not come along to our next monthly meeting on Monday 23 March in the Shaftesbury Room at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT (next to Chineham Doctors Surgery) at 7.30pm.
We'd love to meet you! Your first visit is free and the annual subscription is £43 which includes 11 monthly meetings and six WI Life magazines, reduced rates on courses at Denman College plus the opportunity to join in with all our other social events and clubs. You're sure of a warm welcome and a fun evening!
Four Lanes Community Centre
Good Companions over 55s group: Four Lanes Community Centre, 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Happy Hands and Dancing Feet: for mums, dads, babies and pre-school children. Wednesdays: 9.30—11.00am on-going. £12.00 for 6 weeks or £2.50 per week on a drop-in basis. Please contact us to register your interest.
Sama Karate: In the Junior Hall, Wednesdays 5.15-6.15pm. For more information contact the Regional Administrator on 07759 615876.
Pegasus Karate Club: Traditional Wado Ryu Karate for beginners and advanced students. Wednesdays 7—9.00pm at Four Lanes Junior School. Contact: 07733 410370.
Zumba: Mondays: 7.30—8.30pm, Tuesdays: 7.00—8.00pm. £5.25 Mondays and £6.00 Tuesdays, pay as you go. Contact: Lisa 07884 267722.
Clubbercise: Tues 8.00—8.45pm. Classes to be booked in advance on or
Summit Judo: Fridays 3.40-4.40pm. Contact Paul Hamilton, email or call 07917 005862.
Linguitastic: Languages include: French and Spanish before school clubs, Italian, Spanish and French for adults, French for secondary school pupils. For further information please email or phone 471474.
Holiday Play Schemes: Session A: 8.30am—4.00pm, priced at £16.75 Session B: 8.30am—5.30pm priced at £20.00. These clubs are available to infant and junior children who attend the school full time.
Chineham Village Hall
Main Hall:Main Hall
Mon: Gym Minis, 9.30–11.30 am, Shelley 07769 916299; Pilates, 12-1pm, Pam ; David Smith Dance, , David 07791 749163; 3rd Chineham Brownies, 5.30–6.55pm; 1st Chineham Guides, 7–9pm
Tue: Caterpillar Music, 9.40–11.40am, Jasmin 07952 935021; Lyndon School of Dance, 3.30–6.45pm, Lyndendance @aol.com; Yoga, 7-8pm, Chris 07712 427428; Clubbercise, 8.15–9.15pm
Wed: Tots Play, 10.15am–12.45pm; Lynden School of Dance, 3.45–6pm, ; Weight Watchers, 6.30-8.00pm, 07884 240215
Thu: Slimming World, sessions 9am, 11am, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, Faith 07966 933994
Fri: Caterpillar Music, 9.30–1.15pm, Jasmin 07952 935021; Lynden School of Dance, 3.45-6pm, ; David Smith Dance, smithdance.com, 07791 749163
Sun: Karate, 6.30-8pm, Sam 07919 338556, David Smith Dance, smithdance.com, David 07791 749163
Mon: 1st Chineham Rainbow Guides, 5.30-6.30pm; Craft Circle, 1st and 3rd Mon of each month, 7.30-10pm
Wed: Art Venturers, 9.30–10.30am, 07775 911990, ; Nightingale Ballet Class 2–3pm; Yoga, 7.15–8.30pm, Maria 07771 921185
Thu: Little Pumas, 4-6pm, Kate 07887 993207
Fri: Russian Children’s Community Group 4.30–5.30pm
If you are looking for a venue to hold a regular class or meeting, or wish to enquire about booking a party, contact our booking line on 07935 328172, email or see . Unfortunately, we do not accept bookings for teenage or 21st birthday parties. Please note: our booking clerk is not available during the day but will return your call if you leave a message. Missed calls with no message are not followed up.
Christ Church Activities
Sunday services: We welcome all at our 9 and 10.30am services. The 9am service is smaller and more reflective, using traditional hymns. At 10.30am we have a music band and groups for children and young people from 0-16.
Prayer: If you would like to come and pray at the Church you would be most welcome. Our Prayer Room is open whenever the building is open you are welcome to drop in to sit and pray in silence, or if you would like someone to pray with or for you we can arrange that.
We meet weekly to pray on alternate Sunday and Monday evenings; you would be most welcome to join us (please contact the office for details). We also have a regular Prayer Morning each Wednesday from 9.30-10am.
Further information: if you would like to know more about the life and activities of Christ Church please drop in to see Gill in the office: Mon: 8-4, Tue: 9-12, Wed: 9-12, Thu: 8-2.30, Fri: 8-4. See: www.christchurchchineham.org.uk, email: hello@christchurchchineham. org.uk, phone: 01256 474280, facebook/instagram: christchurchchineham, twitter: @ccChineham.
Sparklers: Tues and Thurs, 10am to 11.30am, in term-time, for pre-school children and parents/grandparents/carers for free play, refreshments, games, stories from the Bible and songs. Each week there is a craft for the children to take home. We ask for £1.50 per child as a contribution towards the cost of refreshments. All enquiries to Katy Lowe at the church office. We encourage adults attending to help with setting up and clearing away if they are able to. First session is Tues 7th January.
Newborn to Parenting Course: Running at
the same time as Sparklers from Thursday 9th, for 5 weeks we have a FREE Newborn to Parenting course starting. “Life with a newborn and a growing baby can be very challenging but extremely rewarding.
This course is aimed at helping parents find their feet during the early weeks and months. We provide a relaxed meeting place where parents can share information, experiences and get support and also build confidence”. To reserve your place contact Katy Lowe at .
Coffee & Co: Mon 9.30-11.30am, term time. Enjoy mouth-watering home-made cakes, fresh coffee from our friendly team, plus lots of toys for babies and tots. First one in January is Mon 6th.
Swap Shop: No Swap Shop in Dec or Jan. The next one will be on Mon 3 Feb 9.30-11.30am.