What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - May 31-June 1

What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - May 31-June 1


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What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - May 31-June 1

Students from the Creative Academy rehearse for the Night of Festivals
Every week, the Advertiser and Express brings you a round-up of community events taking place across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire over the weekend.


There's family-friendly events and activities taking place across our areas with Slough's Night of Fesivals and the conclusion of the first ever Twyfest in Twyford among the highlights.

See what's going on in your area below.



Three village homes will open up their gardens for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Admission is £5 to the Cookhams garden group, which includes Hunters Lodge and 2 Belle Vue Cottages, both in the Pound, and 2 Vicarage Close.

The open day takes place tomorrow between 2-5pm at all three sites.

All the money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices and a number of other charities chosen by the NGS.

Homemade teas will also be on offer at Hunter Lodge.

Visit ngs.org.uk for details.




A French play will mark the anniversary of a 40 year cultural exchange between two drama groups.

The Marlow Player's sister group Les Baladins, based in Marlow's twin town Marly-le-Roi, will be paying a visit to Marlow tomorrow.

The group will perform dark comedy Le Bonnet du Fou by Pirandello at The Shelley Theatre in Pound Lane at 8pm.

A full synopsis of the play will be in the programme in English.

Visit www.marlowplayers.org.uk for details.


Spaces are still available for Marlow FM's 10km Radio Run.

The station's biggest fundraiser is being held on Sunday and sets off from Higginson Park at 9.30am.

The route takes participants along the Thames path to Hurley and in a loop back to where it started.

All funds raised will go to the station, based at Longridge Activity Centre in Quarry Wood Road, which suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage during the winter floods.

Event organiser Tina Ashburner said: "Our fundraising is critical to staying on air."

Visit marlowfm.co.uk for details.



A fundraising walk will help Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The charity is appealing for families, dog owners and those without dogs to walk six miles tomorrow starting at 9am.

The route will start in Kidwells Park at No.1 Park Cafe next to the tennis courts, before taking participants to Cookham and Pinkneys Green.

It will finish back in the park.

Participants are invited to make donations or gather sponsorship.

Call Suzie Stratton on 07881269571 for information.


Tomorrow, The Teapot Cafe in New Market is giving all money taken from tea and coffee sales to Matt's Fund to raise money for 24-year-old cancer sufferer Matt Rackley, while brother Chris and his gang of fundraisers will also be in the town centre collecting money.

The cast of Stepping Out will take to the stage tomorrow to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

The show at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts will be held in memory of local dancer Mary Coleman, who passed away last year from pancreatic cancer.

The show In Altwood Road starts at 7pm and tickets are £15 per person.

Contact the box office on 01628 788997.




A multi-cultural extravaganza is coming to Slough next week as the Night of Festivals finally arrives.

Free carnival performances, live music and story-telling will take over the town centre today and tomorrow.

Highlights include dance group Paraiso Samba which will be performing throughout Saturday.

Children from local schools have also been invited to take part in the celebrations which will take place in the High Street and Town Square between 11am and 5pm on Friday and then between 11am and 10pm on Saturday.

Entry is free but booking is required for some events.

See www.nightoffestivals.com for a detailed programme.


A factory's contribution to the war effort is to be highlighted in a community exhibition at Slough Museum.

Horlicks: Slough's Supply to Soldiers is set to be launched tomorrow and has been put together by a group of specially-trained project volunteers who have been working with the museum.

Horlicks has been a landmark in the town since 1906, and the volunteers were given a unique opportunity to research the company's previously unseen archives.

The exhibition will include photographs, documentation and audio dramatisations, and will be open during Slough Library opening hours from Monday to Saturday, until Friday, July 25.

It is part of the Frank Went to the Front project, and the museum would like to thank GlaxoSmithKline for allowing the volunteers to access the archives.

The launch will take place at 2pm.

A healing service will take place at Slough Spiritual Church tomorrow led by medium Daniel Wright.

It runs from 10am until noon at the Farm Lane site. Donations will be accepted.


A charity car wash will take place at Slough Fire Station tomorrow to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Slough firefighters and the team at Radio Wexham will be joining forces and getting their hands wet at the event, which runs from 10am until 4pm at the Tuns Lane station.

Radio Wexham will also be staging a live broadcast from the car wash with music playing throughout.

Organiser Mel Ive said: "We would love to raise a minimum of £2,000 on the day."

Community spirit will be in full swing when the people of Slough tuck into a 'Big Lunch'.

The annual national event sees communities across the UK join together to enjoy a day out with friends and neighbours, and Slough Borough Council is holding its first lunches on Sunday.

The Big Lunch event will be taking place at four Slough community centres from noon until 3pm.

These are the Britwell Centre, Chalvey Community Centre, Upton Lea Community Centre, and Manor Park Community Centre.

Each of the centres will also have a variety of activities taking place for people to enjoy and there will be a number of stalls to browse too.


A charity football tournament will get underway on Sunday.

It has been organised by three colleagues from the Halifax bank in Slough, who are taking part in the company's scheme which sees it match any funds raised for charity by its employees.

The tournament will take place at the Falcon Sports Centre in Stoke Poges Lane, from noon until 4pm, with 18 five-a-side teams set to take part.



The Big Lunch at Broomhall Recreation Ground in Broomhall Road is taking place on Sunday from noon.

All are welcome. Just bring food and drink and mingle with the community as everyone enjoys a picnic.




Drama, music and comedy are just the tip of the iceberg for events taking place at Twyford's first ever village festival.

Football lovers can enjoy a five-a-side tournament tomorrow and live blues and rock will be playing throughout the afternoon.

Twyford's Donkey Derby and Summer Fair will mark the last day of the festival on Sunday with a classical concert in the evening closing the marathon event.

For full details, venues and tickets, visit www.twyfest.co.uk.




A former Windsor Girls' School pupil is hoping to 'give something back' by organising a fundraising event for a cancer charity.

Jessica Bower-Breen, of St George's Close in Dedworth, is staging the event at the New Windsor Community Association, in Hanover Way, tomorrow in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

There are a number of activities planned for the fun day including face painting, a bouncy castle, a bake sale and a raffle.

Donations of raffle prizes have been made by businesses, including a photoshoot from Venture Photography in Eton, vouchers for Love To Shop and TK Maxx, and vouchers for activities such as ice skating and bowling.

The event runs from 11am until 5pm.

Entry costs £1 for adults and children go free.


Shoppers in Windsor are being encouraged to buy local for a week in June in order to support homegrown businesses.

The National Buy Local campaigning will be running from Sunday, June 1, to Saturday, June 7, and there will be many events to mark the occasion in Windsor.

These include a Traders Windsor Display competition, three Bug Local discovery trails and a social media campaign will be promoting the event.

At the launch of the event on Sunday, there will be a gazebo in Peascod Street outside the Post Office where there will be entertainment such as face painting and live music.

The three discovery trails will be held in central Windsor, lower Windsor and Eton with those taking part writing down as many traders they can find with the Buy Local sticker in their window.

Winners of the window display competition and the discovery trails will be announced on Sunday, June 8.



The first community award for services to Wraysbury will be presented tomorrow.

The Arthur Walters Community Award has been introduced in memory of the former chairman of Wraysbury Parish Council, on what would have been his birthday.

His children Simon Walters and Claudia Cunningham will be there - while newly-elected chairman of Wraysbury Parish Council Cllr Margaret Lenton will make her first official public appearance in her new role.

The presentation will take place in the Village Hall at 3pm.


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