Celebrate bonfire night in style at Dunsden Village Hall!
The newly refurbished hall will be at its best on Friday October 26 when we celebrate bonfire night.
This ever-popular family event has much to offer compared to the overwhelming commercial displays seen elsewhere. There will be a blazing bonfire, professional fireworks from local company Sonning Fireworks and a full range of refreshments on sale in the hall (including hot dogs and Loddon ales), to help raise funds for further improvements. Entries are also being accepted for the best carved pumpkin. Come along and enjoy a great evening. Reasonably priced family and individual tickets are now available from the village hall box office. Parking is at Dunsden Farm, with some tickets at a higher price sold on the door. Book now to avoid disappointment later!
Why has the phonebox on the green gone pink?
The parish council has bought the redundant K6 telephone kiosk from British Telecom for £1 and has set about restoring it as an information point. Our dedicated decorator Słavek has been busy fitting new window glasses and renovating the inside. Currently sporting its undercoat, sparkling new BT approved pillar box red paint will follow shortly. Similar projects in Binfield Heath, Emmer Green and Sonning have seen kiosks installed with a lending library and defibrillator. For more information about the history of the phone box, see this page. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
October 20: quiz night is back!
Popular quiz night returns, thanks to Beth & John
Bring a team or join one on the night and take part in a fun and brain-teasing evening. Tickets are selling fast at just £12 including fish & chip supper from buytickets.at/dunsden or in Binfield Heath Stores. Doors open at 7pm.
Remembrance Sunday 1918–2018
A Remembrance Day commemoration takes place every year at the war memorial on Dunsden Green at 10.30am. This year the wreath laying ceremony will take place 100 years after the end of World War I. Please be there if you can for this important anniversary. You will also be welcome at the church service at All Saints, Dunsden, which begins at 9.15am.
Murder Mystery Evening, January 17, 2019, Bottle & Glass, Binfield Heath
An excellent evening promised as the cast from 'Actors Bold' perform 'Murder on the Parish Council'
Dunsden village hall will be taking over the delightful Bottle & Glass pub for a splendid evening that 'promises to put the fun back into fundraising' [ouch!]. Watch as a gruesome murder is enacted before your very eyes (complete with local references). Each table must then work out 'whodunnit' to be in with a chance of winning the star prize. A booby prize will also be awarded for the daftest solution to the mystery. Tickets including a delicious two-course dinner are now available from the village hall box office and from 31 October at Binfield Heath Stores.
Ninebarrow to return on March 23, 2019
Exquisite harmonies: apt, appealing and pitch-perfect.' – R2 Magazine
Superlative performers Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardière of Ninebarrow make a triumphant return to Dunsden Village Hall, 15 months after their last sell-out performance.
Tickets £13 from buytickets.at/dunsden or in Binfield Heath Stores.
Dunsden Owen Association centenary talks series concludes
A total of three fascinating talks have now been given by the Dunsden Owen Association. The most recent, about tunnelling in WW1, had an appreciative audience of around 80 people.
The Society of Friends and pacifism in WW1 – Ruth Tod, Henley Quakers – Tuesday 26 November
‘War…involves the surrender of the Christian ideal and the denial of human brotherhood.’ Quakers in the First World War, and their response to conflict today. This inspiring final talk will bring the Dunsden Owen Association's centenary series to a fitting conclusion. For more including reviews of past talks, see the DOA website.
A Wilfred Owen Day at All Saints: 10 November, 2018
A prestigious event at Dunsden church has just been announced by the Dunsden Owen Association. It will mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and the centenary of Wilfred Owen's death. The focus will be the launch of a beautiful new collection of Owen's poems illustrated by artists from the Two Rivers Press. Expect a short talk by Owen expert Dr Jane Potter, music, poetry readings by Prof. Peter Pearson, and short talks by the illustrators as they show their work. Refreshments will be available.
So much going on at Dunsden village hall
The magnificently extended hall is available to hire for your events of all kinds, with bookings now being taking for weddings in 2020. A substantial discount is available to local residents. A full range of exercise classes is also on offer including mindfulness, yoga, Pilates and more. More details from Bookings Manager, Jo Summerland and on the hall website.
Gladman inquiry decision delayed
The final decision on the Gladman inquiry is now expected later in the year following an important ministerial statement. See www.cagedunsden.org for more.