Adult Guitar Workshops for Beginners

Have you ever fancied playing the guitar but never got round to it? James Littleworth is planning a series of workshops, bringing people together in a relaxed, fun and social environment, where you can learn the basics of guitar (and even take it to the next level of ROCKISM!) with friends, without any pressure, and most importantly having a good time! These will be exclusively adult workshops – and you are most welcome to bring along a little alcohol!

The location for these workshops will most likely be the Monxton village hall, although this is to be confirmed. Possible days and times for these workshops include Tuesdays 5:20 – 6:20pm, Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, Fridays 4 – 5pm and Saturdays 4 – 5pm, or 5 – 6pm.

The cost will be £10 the hour’s session. If this is something you’re interested in, please send James an email with your preferred availability to:

Event: No Finer Life by Graham Harvey – 21 February

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Home Farm Barn, Farleigh House, Farleigh Wallop, Basingstoke, RG25 2HT

Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance.

No Finer Life is set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble.

This is Elizabeth’s story…

What inspires a young Somerset land girl to set off in search of a best-selling author in the darkest days of war? The story moves between the 1940s and the current day, reflecting that the love of the countryside, the need to protect it and issues of national identity, are timeless.

“When peace is won, we fight for the land we love”…

To book your tickets, please click here.

Graham Harvey will be taking part in an after-show conversation – included in the ticket price of £20 – where he will discuss the issues in the play…and all things Ambridge!

The show features new live music composed and performed by Alastair Collingwood, who has written scores for numerous theatre shows, including Betty in London’s West End, directed by Kathy Burke, and Cora with Dana Gillespie, which also toured the USA. His TV credits include the title music for French and Saunders (BBC1), Mad About Alice (BBC 1), Rhona (BBC 2), Vanessa’s Real Lives (ITV 1) and How Clean Is Your House? (Channel 4), amongst many others.

By kind permission of The Viscount Lymington, and with all profits going to CPRE Hampshire, working to protect the countryside. No Finer Life is a Dogwood Productions event.

Drinks from 7.00pm. Performance 7.30pm – 8.45pm. Talk and Q&A 8.45pm – 9.30pm.

How to book

To buy tickets, please visit the Eventbrite booking page, or call CPRE Hampshire on 01962 841897 or email the Administrator, Denise Messenger.

No New Year’s Eve plans?

Why not come together for a communal meal where everyone contributes a course or a dish – and drinks.
The village hall is beautifully decorated from last week’s Ugly Duckling pub night so it’s a great venue.

Please let us know before 8pm on Friday 29th December if you would like to join. Contact Mel Bacon –

Ugly Duckling Pop-Up Pub 22 December

The inaugural pop-up pub night last Friday was a huge success with well over 70 people attending. Everyone agreed it was very enjoyable and very sociable, with a lovely mix of people from across both Monxton and Amport. We raised just over £200 for the village hall from the profits.

As everyone who attended said they would like the Ugly Duckling to become a regular fixture, the next pub night is planned for Friday 22 December. Since this will be the last day before the Christmas break for many people, we hope that you will come and join for a Festive drink or three.

The evening will start earlier, at 6pm, so children can also attend. Put the date (Friday 22 December)  in your diary and there will be more details to follow soon…