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ART AND THE COSMOS – BARBARA CURRY

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This fast-paced, fully illustrated talk takes you on an exhilarating journey through space and time. From the earliest times when humans made art, we have visual records of people looking up, wondering what’s going on above them: aboriginal lightning gods, stone age structures, Islamic astronomy, the Aztec sun god and Hubble ‘photographs’ all help to tell the fascinating story. Tickets £5

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WINCHCOMBE POETS EN FÊTE!

May 20 @ 7:30 pm

Following their highly successful event last year, Winchcombe Poets invite you to another evening of poetry and piano music – with a French flavour. Come, listen and enjoy, with refreshments and a glass of wine.    This soirée is not to be missed! Doors open at 7.00.  The entertainment starts at 7.30. Tickets £5

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GLORIOUS COLOURED GEMSTONES

May 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Helen Plumb of Just Gems will talk about her adventures sourcing gemstones around the world. She will describe the pitfalls and perils in the murky world of international gem trading and how to distinguish excellence from adequacy and rarity from abundance, using knowledge rather than guesswork. There will be mineral specimens, loose cut gemstones and examples of Helen’s finished jewels. Event supported by Just Gems Tickets £5

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MATT BLACK, NON-DRIP POET

May 21 @ 8:00 pm

Matt returns with a full evening show of his trademark silly, serious, sharp, reflective, funny and joyous poetry.  Entertaining, thought-provoking, mischievous and previewing some of his forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe show, Disco Dog.  Matt is a prize-winning published poet and playwright, and was Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011–13). He also invented the world’s first Poetry Jukebox.  See www.matt-black.co.uk for more about Matt.  Doors open at 7.30.  The show starts at 8.00. Tickets £8

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AT HOME WITH JANE AUSTEN

May 22 @ 3:00 pm

 A one-woman show, consisting entirely of Jane Austen’s words and celebrating the variety and wit of her writings, with extracts from her letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels. We enter into the attitudes, imagination and sensations of those who lived in country houses and rectories in the early 19th century, through Jane Austen’s perceptive (often satirical) observation. Tickets £15 – to include full afternoon tea. * For dietary requirements: email enquiries.wfma@gmail.com

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JACK OF WINCHCOMBE – A TALK BY JEAN BRAY

May 23 @ 12:30 pm

Truth or legend? In Tudor times John Smallwood, a working lad from Winchcombe, made his way to Newbury and gained apprenticeship to a worthy of that town where he was named John or Jack of Winchcombe. But was it Jack or his son John of Winchcombe who was later described as the most considerable clothier (without fancy or favour) England ever beheld? Event supported by The Oldham Foundation Tickets £8 (to include a glass of wine and entry to Sudeley…

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UNEARTH SUDELEY CASTLE – ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG AND TUDOR TAPAS

May 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Visit Sudeley for an introduction to the Castle and its award winning gardens. Find out about the exciting archaeological dig taking place to reveal a long lost Tudor garden. Following the tour, enjoy a glass of wine and a selection of Tudor tapas expertly prepared by Sudeley’s head chef, all accompanied by period music performed by Waytes and Measures. Tickets £15 (including food and wine)

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THE ART OF GIN MAKING: A GIN TUTORIAL WITH TASTINGS

May 23 @ 8:00 pm

Edward Kain is the Master Distiller at 6 O’Clock Gin. He has spent the last 32 years in the craft spirits business. The talk will cover what makes London Dry Gin, with examples of the botanicals that can be used and tastings to illustrate different gin styles. The presentation will be informal and audience interaction will be encouraged. Event supported by Bramley and Gage Tickets £8 (Over 18s only)

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BEA’S STORYTIME

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bea is an actor who has also worked as a story builder at a children’s centre. Parents can sit back and relax with cake and a hot drink, while children (3+) listen and join in with an interactive story, followed by a story-building workshop where we will all write a brand new story together. Don’t forget your imagination! Event supported by Honey Bea’s Café. Arrive 1.45 for a 2.00 start. Tickets £7 to include tea and cake (accompanied children free)

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KIFTSGATE COURT GARDENS: THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN GARDENERS

May 24 @ 3:00 pm

Kiftsgate Court Gardens, home of the legendary ‘Kiftsgate’ rose, was created by inspired plantswoman Heather Muir and later enhanced by her daughter, and by her grand-daughter, Anne Chambers. To mark the gardens’ centenary in 2019, Anne has commissioned a history of Kiftsgate from local author Vanessa Berridge. Together, they will talk about the history of the garden and the writing of the book. Signed copies available to purchase. Event supported by The Oldham Foundation Tickets £5

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COTSWOLD ARTS AND CRAFTS OF THE 1930S

May 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this illustrated slide talk local writer and curator John Edgeler provides an overview of the inter-war Arts & Crafts scene, ranging from textiles through graphic design and print art to pottery. The Winchcombe artist-maker Michael Cardew and his creative friends are the subject of a mixed media show at Long Room Gallery of Winchcombe opening 18 May 2019. Visit www.winchcombearchivecollection.wordpress.com for more about arts, craft and design. Tickets £5

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