“Four Eyes” live music duo

Dear all,

My name is Anthony Harris. I am part of a duo with my Father called “Four Eyes” Over the last 15 years we have played music at various pubs & clubs in Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. Currently, we charge £100 for 2 & 1/2 hrs entertainment. Typically, this consists of 1hr acoustic guitar/harmonica & 1 & 1/2 hrs of electric guitar songs played over a drum/bass backing. We can do an all acoustic/harmonica evening If required. All songs played are well known. Nothing obscure.

Should you need a reference please contact Steve & Louise at The Hope & Anchor, Hill Street, Leamington Spa. We have done New Years Eve there for the past three years. Alternatively, I can send you a home recorded disc If you let me know.

Thank you for your time.

Anthony James Harris “Four Eyes”
Tel Anthony MOB 07734526999
Tel John (01926)745064

Remaining 2014 DATES

FRIDAY JULY 25TH – THE YEW TREE, CONDERTON.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28TH – THE TOM O THE WOOD, ROWINGTON.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31ST – THE HOPE & ANCHOR, LEAMINGTON SPA.

Offchurch Open Gardens 2014

OFFCHURCH OPEN GARDENS

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 28 / 29 JUNE, 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm

We cordially invite you to visit us during our Open Gardens weekend – come and enjoy a stroll round 9 beautiful country gardens in our lovely village. See below for a sample of just one of the lovely gardens which will be open …..

There are many other attractions, including: tea and home-made cakes, musical entertainments, plant stall, book stall, storytelling, children’s treasure hunt / games, croquet on the village field, festival of vintage cars and much more!  The local craft exhibition in the Village Hall will feature our first attempt at Yarn Bombing –  see below:

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The attractive ladies surrounding the bike are some of the members of the Offchurch Arts & Crafts Group.

The entrance fee is £5.00 for adults, children under 16, FREE. On-site car park.

Offchurch Open Gardens will coincide with the start of Warwickshire Open Studios fortnight, with a group of local artists displaying their work in the 900 year old St Gregory’s Church.

Something for everyone – do hope you can make it. We look forward to seeing you!

Thinking of keeping honeybees?

Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers are running a six week course to help you get started. This course suits those who are planning to keep their own bees, giving you all the information you need to keep them safely and enjoy them with confidence. Places are limited, so please book your place as early as possible.

  • Start date: Tuesday January 7th 2014
  • Time: 7.00pm to 9.30 pm
  • Venue: National Beekeeping Centre Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth
  • Cost of course: £55

For further details and a booking form:

  • www.warleambees.com
  • or contact: Val Dillon T: 02476 417374; Email: val.dillon@outlook.com

Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers are a Branch of Warwickshire Beekeepers Association (a registered charity)

Majikal Theatre perform “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” on Tuesday 30th April

On Tuesday 30th April, a new touring theatre group, Majikal Theatre, will be arriving at Offchurch Village Hall to perform “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play”. Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is an evening of adaptations of three early films directed by Alfred Hitchcock: “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps.”. Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films, with five actors playing dozens of characters, live sound effects and musical underscoring.

Comprising The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.

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Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the best known and most influential filmmaker in the world, but most people know his later work as the director of North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, and the genially macabre host of television’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents. But there is also a formidable Hitchcock of a far older vintage: Hitchcock before he came to America; before he met Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly; and working at full power even before the days of talking pictures. Grabbing on to early Hitchcock, as the playwright Joe Landry does, opens up new realms of suspense, mysterious attractions, the dark roots of everyday behaviour, and the everyday roots of dark behaviour.

Majikal Theatre was formed, like many things, over a cheeky glass of wine or two with some good friends. Artistic director, Mike Connell, had built up some strong contacts within the performing arts industry over the years in Coventry, Warwick, Kenilworth, Leamington and beyond, and he dreamed of bringing outstanding productions into intimate venues. Majikal Theatre is looking to bring less well known productions of the highest quality to the villages and theatres of Warwickshire and surrounding counties.

Artistic director Mike Connell said “Imagine stepping back in time to the WBFR Radio studios and experiencing the thrill of watching actors perform a radio broadcast live in the studio. Not only do I get to bring such an incredible production to my home county, but we have been contacted directly by the playwright Joe Landry, who confirmed that we would be the European debut.”

“I’m thrilled to be involved with the European premiere of the published version of ‘Vintage Hitchcock!” playwright Joe Landry said, “It’s been a pleasure serving as a consultant to Mike and everyone at Majikal Theatre, and their production sounds amazing!”

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play arrives at Offchurch Village Hall on Tuesday 30th April. Doors open at 6:30pm and curtain is up at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10/£8.50 concessions, and are available to buy online along with more details at www.majikaltheatre.co.uk.

58th annual Napton Horse Pony and Dog Show

Including qualifier classes for Equifest, The Side Saddle Association and The Veteran Horse Society.

May is nearly here, the days are getting longer and the weather warming up. There will soon be village fairs and fetes, gala days and markets and again, for the 58th year, the Napton Horse, Pony and Novelty Dog Show, will be held on Saturday May 25 2013. Holt Farm Southam will host the show by kind permission of P Davies.

Of course, you shouldn’t be fooled by the name. As well as the horses, ponies and dogs that descend on the showground, there are plenty of other attractions and entertainments for all to enjoy. Displays in and out of the main ring in the past have included carriage driving, vintage tractors, the Warwickshire Foxhounds, the Guide Dogs display team, terrier racing, duck herding and this year promises even more to amuse the crowds.

Aside from the entertainments there are some fabulous foods on offer including Napton’s own wonderful water buffalo burgers, and some interesting stalls and stands in the shopping village should you wish to purchase anything from a home made cake to a ride on lawn mower!

As well as being a fun day out, the show donates the money raised to local charities and causes. In previous years the show has money to the Napton War Memorial Fund, Myton Hospice, Galanos House, St Lawrence Primary School, Napton, the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire air Ambulance and 1368 (Warwick & Royal Leamington Spa) Squadron Air Training to name a few. We would like to say a big thank to all those who have come along and made this possible.

Back to the horses and dogs, there are classes for everyone to enjoy, from children to adults and from beginner to experienced. With horse classes including working hunter, mountain and moorland, family pony, championship classes and show jumping as well as qualifier classes for the Equifest, The Veteran Horse Society and The Side Saddle Association, and the dog show, the event really does cater for everyone. With rosettes, trophies and money prizes for some classes, there is even more incentive to join in. Coming early on in the season the show is a great opportunity to dust off those cobwebs and get the ponies out after winter, and also to give your young horses chance to gain valuable experience whether your chosen discipline is show jumping or showing.

The show is a great family day out that won’t stretch the budget in these troubled financial times. Competitors can contact 07899 916332 or naptonshow@live.co.uk if you would like a schedule and class bookings can be made in advance or on the day. The post code for the showground is CV47 1NB.

 Novelty Dog Show

In association with Southam Country Stores

  1. Best Terrier type Dog or Bitch
  2. Best Gundog type Dog or Bitch
  3. Best Working type Dog or Bitch
  4. Best Utility or Hound type Dog or Bitch
  5. Best Long Coated Dog or Bitch
  6. Best Short Coated Dog or Bitch
  7. Best Young Handler (under 14 years)
  8. Best Veteran Handler
  9. Best Veteran Dog
  10. Best 6 Legs
  11. Best Condition
  12. Dog in Fancy Dress

Parade of Dog Show Rosette winners later in the afternoon

All Classes £1.00, Rosettes 1st – 4th, Judging to Commence at 2.00pm

Come along and join the fun and don’t miss out on what promises to be another great day out. We look forward to seeing you on 25 May 2013!