More than a Pub Programme at The Abingdon Arms, Beckley

PROGRAMME

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Food & Drink

Cafe: Fridays, 9.00 to 12.00

Community coffee mornings: Second Friday of month, 10.00 to 11:30. Coffee and biscuits £2, but expresso coffees and cake available too. An opportunity to meet old and new friends and neighbours from all our villages.

NEW EVENT FOR 2019: Community afternoon teas: Last Wednesday of month, 4.00 to 5:30 pm. Tea, homemade cake and biscuits £3.50. An opportunity to meet old and new friends and neighbours from all our villages.

Community lunches: Date/times to be confirmed. Set menu booked in advance.

Women of Beckley lunches: 1st Tuesday of month, 12:30 pm

Men of Beckley lunches: 1st Wednesday of month, 12.30 pm

Upcoming events

Thursday 14th February. Steak night. Menu available here.

Tuesday 19th February. Wine tasting. Tickets £25 available from the pub.

Wednesday 27th February, 4:00  to 5:30 pm. Community Afternoon Tea. All are welcome.

Tuesday 5th March, 12.30pm. Women of Beckley Lunch. Contact Sarah Smith for more information.

Wednesday 6th March, 12.30pm. Men of Beckley Lunch. Contact Steve Smith for more information.

Friday 8th March 10:00  to 11:30 am. Community Coffee Morning. All are welcome.

Wednesday 27th March, 4:00  to 5:30 pm. Community Afternoon Tea. All are welcome. Table games now available!

See the Calendar of Events  below for details

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Literature

Literary Group: 1st or 4th Sunday of month, 7.00 to 8.30 pm. Drinks and delicious hand-made bar snacks available for sale at Sunday evening sessions.

Writers’ Group: Thursday, 2.30 to 3.30, start date & frequency to be confirmed

Upcoming events

‘The archaeology of Oxford in 20 digs’
Sunday 24th February, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
David Radford, Oxford City Council Archaeologist

‘With Great Pleasure’
Sunday 24th March, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
Mary Stuck, Robert Booth. Readings from poetry, prose, plays, biography,. Organised by Joanna Matthews.

‘Place’
Sunday 28th April, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
The Next Step Poetry Group

‘Lost Local Voices’
Sunday 12th May, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
Mary Stuck. History and readings from R D Blackmore, A E Coppard and other overlooked local authors.

‘The social history of Littlemore County Asylum (title tbc)’
Sunday 2nd June, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
Prof John Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Health History, Glasgow Caledonian University

‘The Pre-Raphaelites’
Sunday 30th June, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
Prof Jon Whiteley, (Oxford University & The Ashmolean Museum)

‘The Otmoor Riots in Social Context’
Sunday 29th September, 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
Dr Mavis Bayton (formerly Tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford)

See the Calendar of Events  below for details

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Music

There is no entry charge, but there will be a raffle. Drinks and delicious hand-made bar snacks available for sale at Sunday evening sessions.

Jazz: The Sunday sessions: 3rd Sunday of month, 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Upcoming events

Sunday 17th February, 6.30  to  8.30 pm. Jazz: The Sunday Sessions. Adam Waldmann (soprano sax) tbc, Frank Harrison (keyboards), Mark Hodgson (bass). Free entry, but please buy drinks, raffle tickets. Bar snacks available. Cool sounds, and a warm welcome promised!

Sunday 17th March, 6.30  to  8.30 pm. Jazz: The Sunday Sessions. Brigitte Beraha (vocals), Frank Harrison (keyboards), Mark Hodgson (bass). Our first jazz vocalist, Brigitte is well known on the national circuit! Hear her here. Free entry, raffle, bar snacks. Very cool sounds and a very warm welcome…..

See the Calendar of Events  below for details

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Activities

After-school children’s activity café: Thursday, 3.30 to 4.30 pm, Primarily intended for Beckley Primary School pupils, who must be accompanied by parent or carer.

Games ‘clubs’: Scrabble, Jenga, Bridge, chess, dominoes etc.

Organised walking group / route maps: Saturday mornings, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Upcoming events

Saturday 16th February, 10:30 to 12:30 pm. Community Walk. Helen Stradling will lead a walk to beautiful Sydlings Copse. Meet in front of the pub for a 10.30 departure, returning afterwards for drinks and / or lunch at the pub. 3-4 miles, approx 2 hours. There are a couple of steepish slopes; the ground will be muddy and slippery in places. Dogs must be on leads please. Walkers take part at their own risk but don't be put off!

Thursday 28th February, 3:30  to 4:30 pm.  Children’s after-school children’s activity café. Primarily for pupils of Beckley Primary School. Sign up with Aimee Butterfield   or text 07834 533177.

Sunday 17th March, 2:30 pm. Community Walk. Meet in front of The Abingdon Arms.  3-4 miles / 2 hour walk, followed by drinks. Leader and route tbc.

Thursday 21st March, 3:30  to 4:30 pm.  Children’s after-school children’s activity café. Primarily for pupils of Beckley Primary School. Sign up with Aimee Butterfield   or text 07834 533177.

Tuesday 11th June, 6:00 pm. Walk. In conjunction with the Wheatley Ramblers. Leader Ruth Cornish.

See the Calendar of Events  below for details

VOLUNTEER HELP IS NEEDED WITH SOME ACTIVITIES:  IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE CONTACT  MIKE HOBBS (mike.jd.hobbs@gmail.com)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Click on the entry in the listing or the calendar to see the details of the event