The weekend starts here...

The weekend starts here...

The weekend starts here...
Here is a list of events taking place across the area this weekend...


BOURNE END: The village's Charity Fun Night and late Night Shopping takes place tonight. The evening, which has been organised by the Bourne End Community Association, businesses and the Rotary Club of Cookham Bridge, kicks off at 5pm when the 2011 Children's Christmas Light will be switched on. Elsewhere there will be street entertainment, bouncy castle, funfair, Santa's grotto and animal display. There will be free parking in Wakeman Road car park.


HOLYPORT: The annual Cats Protection pre-Christmas fair is back again on Saturday at the Holyport War Memorial Hall. Grab some bargain presents from stalls selling jewellery and handmade crafts or win a prize by entering the festive raffle. There will also be a wide range of cat themed goods, diaries and calendars plus plenty of bargains on the bric-a-brac and book stalls. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Cats Protection Maidenhead and Slough District Branch. Doors will open between 10am-4pm.

COOKHAM RISE: The Cookham Arts Club 70th anniversary year will conclude with an exhibition at Elizabeth House. The Christmas show will open at the Station Hill gallery on Saturday and features a variety of work from the club's artists. The Gallery is open 9.30-11.30am weekdays and 10am to 4pm Saturdays (but not Saturdays from Christmas Eve to the end of January). The show will close at the end of February.

SLOUGH: Wander lonely into Slough Library and get together with other Wordsworth and Keats enthusiasts. A poetry group is starting up at the High Street venue from 10.30am-noon. Contact Tracy Biggs on or 01753 530483 for details.

UPTON: Make some Christmas floral decorations at Herschel Park. Join Veronica Turner for a two hour workshop from 11am-1pm. It will include demonstrations on how to make a Christmas wreath and table centre pieces. Booking is essential. Also at the park the same day from 10am-noon is a winter bird walk with naturalist Brian Clews. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the car park off Datchet Road. Details on 01753 875209.

FARNHAM COMMON: Carols on the Green take place at Kingsway Green in Farnham Common  at 5pm. Come along with family an friends to enjoy carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

IVER: St Peter's Church in Thorney Lane North has its Christmas Tree Festival until Sunday. Groups from all over Iver will decorate and display their trees in the beautiful ancient church. Stars of Wonder, a concert featuring local talent, is on Saturday night from 7.30pm, entry by donation, and then on Sunday, there will be carols amongst the trees from 6pm.

IVER: The Friends of Iver Schools Association (FISA) Christmas Fayre from 1-4pm. The event will take place at Iver Village Infant School, where there will be refreshments and Santa's Grotto, turkey rolls and mulled wine. Entry is 50p and 20p for children over 12. Children under 12 go free. Proceeds go to Iver Village Infant and Junior Schools.

BURNHAM: Sixth formers are staging a festive fun afternoon at Burnham Grammar School on Saturday. A group of six students, led by Joanna Tindall, 16, have organised the Winter Wonderland family event which will include games, entertainment, fancy dress and a visit from Santa Claus. They are raising money for Wings of Hope, the charity which provides free education to children in India and Malawi. It runs from 1-4pm at the Hogfair Lane school. Email for free tickets.

BURNHAM: Santa will be out and about on his sleigh this weekend in Burnham. The Lions Club of Burnham sleigh will visit Wymers Wood Road, Oxford Avenue, Redwood, Pink Lane, Clonmel Way, Tockley Road and Bredward Close on Saturday. On Sunday it will go to Chiltern Road, Wendover Road, Aldbourne Road, Milner Road and Bingham Road. All visits will take place between 4-6pm.

TAPLOW & WINDSOR: A former Youth Choir of the Year will perform a special concert for a Taplow charity. Taplow Youth Choir, handed the award in 2008 by BBC Radio 3, will perform in aid of Thames Valley Adventure Playground on Saturday. The concert to raise funds for the Bath Road playground for children and adults with special needs will take place at Windsor Methodist Church, Alma Road, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 or £8 for students under the age of 16. Contact or 01628 628051.


BRAY: An afternoon of festive entertainment will be held at St Michael's Church on Sunday to raise money for the emergency appeal organ fund. All are invited to enjoy the seasonal musical play, Amahl and the Night Visitors, which follows the tale of a crippled boy and his widowed mother who encounter the three wise men on the way to Bethlehem. The performance will start from 5.30pm and tickets are £5 on the door.

CHALVEY: A Christingle service is taking place at St Peter's Church in Church Street, Chalvey at 4pm.

COOKHAM DEAN: The village's spectacular Cantorum Choir will present its Christmas Carol Concert on Sunday, December 11. Voices will fill St John the Baptist Church at 3pm and 8pm in aid of Amnesty International and Elizabeth House. Tickets £8, students £5, from 01628 525371 or Stationery Depot.

DATCHET: Festive fun will on offer when a Christmas fair takes place in aid of elderly charity Age Concern. Attractions at Datchet Village Hall, in Allen Way, will include a children's lucky dip stall, family games, face painting, crafts and gifts, a bric-a-brac, tombolas and more. All cash raised will go to the charity's Slough and Berkshire East Resource Centre. It will take place from 12-4pm. Call volunteer fundraiser Susie Knowles on 07542 920222 for more information.

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