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Sep
20
Fri
Sewing Bees @ Workaid
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sewing Bees @ Workaid

Jane Farmery has designed these workshops to provide enjoyable and relaxing opportunities to work with other ‘sewing bees’, whilst benefitting from her guidance and advice on garment making and craft sewing projects. Her useful tips will improve your sewing skills and your confidence so that you feel inspired to tackle further sewing projects. As well as covering general techniques, Jane will also help you to resolve any specific problems that you may have with your project.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SEWING PROJECT OR CRAFT PROJECT AND YOUR SEWING MACHINE WITH ACCESSORIES AND MANUAL IF AVAILABLE

Beginners’ Acrylics – short course @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Beginners' Acrylics - short course @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Taking place over three consecutive Fridays, these courses are ideal for anyone with a passion for drawing and painting; they cover everything you need to know to get started. Please bring your own materials. Suitable for adults and students aged 14+

Places must be booked in advance; more information on our website (www.qpc.org)

Debbie Bond @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Debbie Bond @ Queens Park Arts Centre

US singer, songwriter and guitarist Debbie Bond is the real deal. Her immersion in Alabama blues for over 30 years has deeply flavoured her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing.

Sep
21
Sat
Art Journaling @ Workaid
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Art Journaling @ Workaid

Learn to create fun, colourful journal pages using mixed media and text with Alison Roots. Suitable for adults, teenagers and older children. All levels of ability welcome

Beginners’ Drawing – short course @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Beginners' Drawing - short course @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Taking place over three consecutive Saturdays, these courses are ideal for anyone with a passion for drawing and painting; they cover everything you need to know to get started. Please bring your own materials. Suitable for adults and students age 14+.

Places must be booked in advance; for more information visit the Queens Park Arts Centre website (www.qpc.org)

Make a Mug – 2-day Pottery Throwing Course @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 21 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Make a Mug - 2-day Pottery Throwing Course @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Course times: 21.9.19: 1.30-4.30pm; 22.9.19: 10am-1pm

Learn how to throw basic cylinders at the potter’s wheel and then develop them into handy household items. (Fee includes bisque firing)
Info: info@fichceramics.co.uk

Places must be booked in advance; classes are suitable for adults and students aged 16+. For more information visit the Queens Park Arts Centre website (www.qpc.org).

Gin & Cheese Tasting + Steam @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Sep 21 @ 6:45 pm – 10:30 pm
Gin & Cheese Tasting + Steam @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

In partnership with Hannah and Joe, who are the enterprising young proprietors of The Deli at No.5 in Thame which is close by Chinnor, we invite you to join us on our Gin & Cheese Tasting + Steam evening for a truly unique adventure – travel along the foothills of the Bucks/Oxon border sipping a gin taster on board a nostalgic steam train. To be on our Gin Train you must be 18+ years. Please arrive at CHINNOR station (free car parking) 18.45 for 19.00 – after 3 round trips of the line we will arrive back at approximately 22.25. Please arrive at PRINCES RISBOROUGH station Platform 4 at 19.15 for 19.30 – after 2 round trips of the line we will arrive back at approximately 21.55. There is a large free car park, cafe and souvenir shop available at Chinnor station. For more information about the railway and other activities please see our website. We very much look forward to seeing you on our Gin & Cheese Tasting + Steam and thank you for your support.

Real Ale & Steam @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Sep 21 @ 6:45 pm – 10:30 pm
Real Ale & Steam @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Enjoy Ale on the Rails as the steam loco does several return trips (3 from Chinnor or 2 from Princes Risborough) along the line. Your train ticket + reserved seat + THREE pints of REAL ALE cask beers. We also offer additional pints of the 3 guest ales at £3.50 each (subject to supplies not running out!) and we stock our own Vale Brewery supplied Wychert and Red Kite, plus a selection of wines and soft drinks etc. We will be serving an optional Fish & Chips, Steak Pie & Chips or Veggie Burger & Chips – all at £7.50 each and sent to our train freshly cooked from our local Chinnor Chippie (served around 20.00 – 20.15). You must pre-order your meal when booking your ticket. you can book your seats online now (all seats are reserved through our online booking system on our website). There is a large free car park, cafe and souvenir shop available at Chinnor station. For more information about the railway and other activities please see our website. We very much look forward to seeing you on our Real Ale & Steam and thank you for your support.

Spencer James plus support from Zarak @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Spencer James plus support from Zarak @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Spencer James – frontman of The Searchers – performs a special concert in loving memory of much-missed QPAC volunteer (and music lover!) Matthew Doherty, alongside Aylesbury-based band Zarak.

Sep
22
Sun
The Great St. Trinians Treasure Hunt @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Great St. Trinians Treasure Hunt @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

In association with Chiltern Heritage Festival, It’s 1966 and London’s arch criminal mastermind, Alphonse Askett has sent his gang to rob the train of its two and a half million quid. Alas for them their van broke down during the getaway. They were forced to stash the loot in a secret hideaway until the heat dies down and then they made their way to Chinnor hoping to jump a train back to London.
As Detectives you’ve been called in to solve the case. Using the twelve clues you’ll be given can you unscramble the name of where the cash is hidden ? But look out, those pesky St. Trinians Girls are on the case and may try to mislead you. Do you trust them ? Oh, and did we mention two of the gang, Bertie “Brains” Bishop and Gelignite Jeffries have been spotted in the area – they may be on the station or even on the train. If you see them challenge them for the secret password. When you’ve answered all the questions on your Crime Sheet hand it in at the shop. Three lucky winners will be drawn at random a couple of days later and each will receive a pair of tickets to join us on board for a superb Ploughmans Lunch in our Dining Car. Good hunting. CHINNOR departures are 09.30, 11.00, 12.15, 13.35, 15.00 & 16.30, PRINCES RISBOROUGH departures are 10.15, 11.35, 12.50, 14.10, 15.30, 17.05. There is a large free car park, cafe and souvenir shop available at Chinnor station. For more information about the railway and other activities please see our website. We very much look forward to seeing you on our The Great St. Trinians Treasure Hunt and thank you for your support.

Make a Mug – 2-day Pottery Throwing Course @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 22 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Make a Mug - 2-day Pottery Throwing Course @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Course times: 21.9.19: 1.30-4.30pm; 22.9.19: 10am-1pm

Learn how to throw basic cylinders at the potter’s wheel and then develop them into handy household items. (Fee includes bisque firing)
Info: info@fichceramics.co.uk

Places must be booked in advance; classes are suitable for adults and students aged 16+. For more information visit the Queens Park Arts Centre website (www.qpc.org).

Sep
26
Thu
Meet The Author: Adele Parks @ Long Crendon Library
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Meet The Author: Adele Parks @ Long Crendon Library

SHE has written 18 best-selling novels in as many years. Now Adele Parks will launch her 19th at a Meet the Author talk at Long Crendon Library on Thursday, September 26.
Called Lies Lies Lies, Adele explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.
After years together, Daisy and Simon become a happy family of three with the arrival of daughter Millie. Daisy is used to Simon’s drinking, but one night, at a party, things spiral horribly out of control and that happy family with never be the same again.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel was published in 2000,” said Adele, who was then described by the Evening Standard as one of London’s 20 faces to watch.
“I am pretty flattered when I’m described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK,” she said. “I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity with (I hope), honesty and humour.”
Graduating from Leicester University, Adele worked in advertising and as a management consultant.
As well as contemporary novels, she has written historical books set during and after World War One. She also writes short stories and articles for national magazines and newspapers and often appears on radio and TV talking about her work.
Adele said: “I think it’s true to say once I get going, it’s quite hard to shut me up.”
Tickets for her talk at Long Crendon Library are £5, now available from the library desk or just come along on the night.
Doors open at 7pm and Adele’s talk begins at 7.30pm. Copies of her books will be on sale by Thame’s Book House.

Sep
27
Fri
The Unbound Sketchbook @ The Players Theatre,
Sep 27 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what might happen if a self-service checkout developed a conscience? Or fancied finding out who’d win a ‘Battle of the Accents’ between a farmer and a pirate? Well. Here’s your chance…

The Unbound Sketchbook have amassed a formidable catalogue of comedy sketches over the last three years, and now they’re on tour across the country with the very best rib-tickling skits from their repertoire in a fast-paced all-original show fronted by a top-notch team.

A fantastically funny night out with a wide variety of comedy ranging from superbly silly visuals to witty wordplay and even a dash of mirthful music, The Unbound Sketchbook is a must-see for fans of smart comedy that isn’t afraid to be silly when it wants to be.

“Truly my sides hurt from laughing so much!”
“A fabulous show – highly recommended!”

Tickets £10 with £8 concessions available online from www.thameplayers.co.uk or from Spear Travels on 01844 217228

Miranda Sykes @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Miranda Sykes @ Queens Park Arts Centre

After more than 20 years playing with top folk musicians and singers – including Show of Hands – Miranda is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.

Sep
28
Sat
Printing a Tea Towel @ Workaid
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Printing a Tea Towel @ Workaid

Working with Julia Phillips, you’ll use traditional or contemporary Indian wooden printing blocks to decorate a large cotton tea towel. You will learn how to apply the water-based fabric paint to achieve reliable results every time as well as understanding how to care for your wooden blocks.
You will start by practising the technique and design before printing the tea towel, then you will heat-set the paint using a hot iron, or pop it in the tumble dryer. Five minutes later, you will have a beautiful, unique and functional item that is washable at 40 deg C – and, if you are speedy Gonzalez, you may even print more than one tea towel.
Julia will supply all materials at £2.00 per towel, payable directly to her on the day. Please bring an apron to protect your clothing.