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In the summer of 2014, Tina Fontaine was found weighted down in the Red River in the prairie city of Winnipeg. Her death shocked the nation and sparked one of the most elaborate and unusual detective investigations ever undertaken by the Canadian police.
Locally-based, award-winning journalist Joanna Jolly has worked closely with detectives, the alleged perpetrator and the indigenous community in Canada to unravel this compelling and gripping mystery.
Tickets are £4 only available from the library 01373 822294 – Joanna’s book is published by Virago at £20 rrp which will include a discount of £4.
Westbury Festival opens its festival fortnight with an exciting evening of music from Bristol-based Renewal Gospel Choir.
With its usual high energy gospel music, the choir delivers a dynamic repertoire of songs and this promises to be an exhilarating and unforgettable night.
Don’t delay, tickets will go fast!
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Bach to the Beatles
The Cantacordi Trio features Mike Bardsley on piano, Sue Collins on violin and Lyndsay Winpenny on cello. Their name – a variation of “The Singing Strings” reflects their origins as a trio: they met up and started playing together largely through their membership of the Wychwood Chorale, a West Oxfordshire based choir.
Mike is a pianist and harpsichordist who studied at Dartington College of Arts and has played in many ensembles over the years as well as giving solo harpsichord recitals, most recently at the Bate Collection and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, as well as in Westbury in 2017 and 2018.
Sue started playing the violin aged eleven and played in the Essex Youth orchestra. She now enjoys playing in a variety of ensembles and also plays in Cirencester Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra and Cambiata Strings.
Lyndsay has also been playing the cello since she was eleven and has been a member of several orchestras, including the LuxPhil, an amateur orchestra based in Luxembourg. She is a long-standing member of the Burford Orchestra, as well as several local ensembles in Oxfordshire. Both Sue and Lyndsay have immensely enjoyed returning to playing as career and family commitments have permitted.
The Trio plays an eclectic mix of styles, ranging from baroque trio sonatas, which call on Mike’s skills as a harpsichordist, through the classical repertoire of piano trios, to palm court-style arrangements of modern pieces, including show songs, 20th-century classics, jazz and pop. This recital, coined “Bach to the Beatles” reflects the Trio’s enjoyment of many different musical genres.
|Arrival of the Queen of Sheba||Handel arr. P. Martin|
|Air on the G String||Bach arr. Peter Wilson|
|Chanson De Matin||Elgar arr. Tom Bayliss|
|Melody in F||Rubinstein arr. Peter Wilson|
|Black Eyes||Trad/Ferraris arr. Peter Wilson|
|Pennies from Heaven||Johnston arr. Bill Thorp|
|Here, There and Everywhere||Lennon/McCartney arr. Bill Thorp|
|Jealousy||Jacob Gade arr. Peter Wilson|
|Hernando’s Hideaway||Adler/Ross arr. Peter Wilson|
|Somewhere Over the Rainbow||Harburg/Arlen arr. N. Iles|
|Autumn Leaves||Prevert/Kosma arr. N.Iles|
This taster session with Emma will teach you the basics of Tunisian crochet. You will learn how to cast on, basic stitches, decrease and increase and how to cast off. You will also have the opportunity to book on a full course to learn more.
Places are limited so please book. All materials are provided.
Covering war memorials, millennium commemorations and other local themes touching on local scenes and figures and the use of abstract and symbolic designs.
Book your advance tickets here or pay on the door (WHS members pay on the door please)
Neil Moore quickly developed a passion for music and went on to study at the City of Belfast School of Music where he was soon playing clarinet in the orchestra. As a clarinettist, Neil is always very busy regularly playing for concerts and recitals. When not playing clarinet, Neil is usually directing choirs.
Alan Burgess grew up in a musical family in the ‘land of song’ before heading north to read music at Edinburgh University. He teaches piano in Somerset and Wiltshire schools and directs and accompanies several choirs, invariably following the baton of Neil Moore.
From the moment you start the walk, you will be led by two of Westbury Heritage Society’s expert guides on a fascinating journey around the historic parts of Westbury. It covers the town’s conservation area and town centre and will include the cemetery and the former workhouse and will tell the story of the town’s built heritage.
The walk is in association with West Wilts Ramblers and Westbury Heritage Society.
Participants should meet at the Heritage Centre in the High Street at 2 pm and the walk is approximately 3.5 miles long. At the end of the walk, participants are invited to join the leaders for tea and cake in the Heritage Centre. No charge for the walk but donations for refreshments are welcomed.
Please wear practical footwear and clothing – the walk will go ahead during wet weather.
At this workshop with Emma you will learn how to cast on, how to do simple stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) and how to cast off.
Come along and be part of this world record attempt.
All materials are provided.
Please book as there are limited spaces.
Tickets available from E J Crafts in Maristow Street.
First a short talk on the principles, high and lows of flower farming before a demonstration of a large urn arrangement in her natural free-flowing way with a seasonal style and a wild vibe and then a chance to make up your own posy to take home. You are encouraged to indulge your artistic side and surprise yourself!
Justine gives talks and demonstrations all over the country and is a regular at RHS shows from Cardiff and Malvern to Tatton Park. She uses ‘no dig’ techniques, makes her own plant and soil food and can talk about compost until the cows come home!
Trained in horticulture at Sparsholt College, Justine worked as a garden designer before establishing her flower farm at Far Hill in 2014. She now combines growing and artisan floristry and produces masses of flowers and foliage for lots of weddings, event florists and direct to the public. She also teaches courses in flower farming and growing cut flowers and holds workshops throughout the year. Justine is co-chair of Flowers from the Farm, a nationwide network of flower farmers promoting the use of British flowers. Find out more at www.farhillflowers.co.uk
Justine will bring buckets of flowers grown on her farm and foliage foraged from her woods and fields so all you need to bring is yourself!
Spaces are limited for this event so please book early.
Note: this is a subsidised event.
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