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Avon Works Exhibition

Fri 15 - Thu 21 December 2017
Bradford on Avon has a rich industrial past. A team of dedicated volunteers have worked hard to raise awareness and research this important heritage, resulting in a temporary exhibition at Grounded Cafe (off Lamb Yard). So why not pop down via the Iron Duke, and learn more about Avon Rubber through the artwork of Serena Pugh and poems of Hannah Teasdale?

Film - Burn Burn Burn

Fri 15 December 2017
BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk. Chanya Button, 2015, UK English, 105min, 15. After the death of a friend, two girls in their twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes at locations of emotional significance. Dan is in the glove box, in Tupperware, with less of him as the trip progresses. Sponsored by: Travel Options 4U.

Gin Tasting at Widbrook Grange

Fri 15 December 2017
It's going to be GIN-tastic! Join us for our festive Gin Tasting experience and enjoy a wide selection of the best craft and award winning gins, while learning all things GIN! Please call 01225 864750 or email us at stay@widbrookgrange.co.uk or send us a message on Facebook to get your ticket / book a room.

Live Music at the Swan

Fri 15 - Sat 16 December 2017
Gig/live music every Friday and Saturday at the Cellar Bar of the Swan Hotel. Free entry. www.theswanbradford.co.uk, Livemusic@theswanbradford.co.uk.

Songways Community Choir

Fri 15 December 2017
9:45 am - 11:45 am Holy Trinity Church. Join our Songways choir on Friday mornings, led by Jane Harris. All welcome. Uplifting songs from a wide range of harmony singing. http://www.songways.co.uk.

Write to Santa

Fri 15 - Thu 21 December 2017
Another year has rolled around. The time to write letters to Santa Claus has arrived. When we were growing up, we remembered having to write a letter to Santa to place under our pillows 11 days before Christmas, or maybe it was 21 days. After all, Santa needs time to make wishes come true. So to save the Christmas Fairies from all this extra work we would like you to post your Santa Claus letters through the Grotto door in the Shambles. GROWNUPS - afterwards if you go to 'Strawberry Blue' you will find a letter for your children from the big man himself to give to them, please just add your children's names to the envelop. Love, all the Big People at Westview Day Nursery.

BOA Lions Santa Float / Father Christmas Schedule

Sat 16 - Mon 18 December 2017
Saturday 16th December - Winsley. Monday 18th December - St Laurence Road, Avonfield Avenue & Southville Road area.

Canal Boat Santa Trips

Sat 16 - Sun 17 December 2017
11.30-12.30 and 14.00-15.00. A great trip for adults and children alike. This hour long cruise will take you to meet Santa who comes aboard with an individually chosen and wrapped gift for each child. The price includes mulled wine and mince pies for adults, with fruit juice and treats for the children. Tickets £9. Please note: In severe weather the boat might not be able to leave the Wharf. Book by phoning the Office on 01380 721279. See https://bmac.katrust.org.uk

Ceroc Live Freestyles

Sat 16 December 2017
8pm - midnight St Margaret's Hall. Top DJs Kevin and Richard. Admission includes tea, coffee and cakes. £9 before 8.30pm, £10 after.

Great Chalfield Manor Christmas Fayre

Sat 16 December 2017
Artisan food, drinks, craft stalls and carols in the Great Hall. 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. Requested donations £5, children free. Call 01225 782239 for details. http://www.gratchalfield.co.uk

Made in Bradford on Avon Christmas Gift Fair

Sat 16 December 2017
St Margaret's Hall, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm What are we? Made in BOA is a community project that promotes local artists and makers. Who are we? There are over 80 of us who display and sell our work at the gallery. We are all local, we all volunteer at the centre and are happy to share ideas, resources and local knowledge. Contact: madeinbradfordonavon@gmail.com Telephone: 01225 282801

Mighty CV Writing Workshop

Sat 16 December 2017
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm Bradford on Avon Library. For 14-18 year old girls. A practical and motivating session exploring your passions, skills and talents to help you answer that difficult question WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? The session will take you on a journey to explore and learn: * What you want to do * Draft your CV/Personal Statement * Writing Support * Provide CV development resources

Perfume making, Pampering and Prosecco

Sat 16 December 2017
15.00 - 18.00 - The Swan Hotel. Please come and join us for the opportunity to make and take some unique Christmas gifts, indulge in some prosecco or enjoy a hand or shoulder massage. Entry to the event is free , pampering and prosecco is pay as you go. For more information visit www.facebook.com/greenlifeorganics/events

Wiltshire Music Centre

Sat 16 - Tue 19 December 2017

Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1DZ. For events listing see: http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

ANIMATE A FESTIVE FILM

Sun 17 December 2017
Make a stop-motion festive film to email to your friends and family - less paper, less postage & more fun than sending paper cards (and we've got fake snow)! Or make your film with any theme you like. We'll start by showing you top hints and tips for inventing and modelling your character, then bring it to life using stop motion animation. One of our most popular workshops, but with a festive twist! Girl Guide Head Quarters (not just for girls!), Bradford on Avon 3pm til 6pm - £15, workshop for 9 years or over. These Christmas workshops are perfectly timed for parents who need some secret shopping time in Bradford on Avon (and for kids of course)! To book your workshop place just email claire@makeitworkshops.com, call 07940 497848 or go to www.makeitworkshops.com.

BoA Preservation Trust's Sing Around the Christmas Tree

Sun 17 December 2017
4pm at the Tithe Barn. This is a free family event with the Courage Youth Choir leading the singing. Everyone welcome. www.bradfordheritage.co.uk

Christmas Late Night Shopping at the Tithe Barn Workshops and the Granary

Sun 17 December 2017
Open from 5pm to 9pm give you the opportunity to choose that special gift or pick up some stocking fillers. Enjoy a mince pie and glass of mulled wine while you browse and soak up the festive atmosphere. www.tithebarneatcrafts.co.uk www.thegranaryboa.com

Village Pub Carols

Sun 17 December 2017
The final sing is at the Bear on Sun. 17th at 4.00pm. http://www.bradfordonavoncarols.info/

Badminton Group

Mon 18 December 2017
At the Youth & Community Centre, Frome Road. Every Monday between 1.30-3.pm. Call Carol for further information on 01225 868420.

Ceroc Live

Mon 18 December 2017
St Margaret's Hall. Ceroc is a partner dance that is best described as Salsa without the footwork and can be danced every week from 7:30pm for beginners. No need to book or bring a partner. All adults welcome. Normal entry fee only £8 per night. dance@ceroclive.com, 07540 751400.

Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon Meeting

Mon 18 December 2017
7.30 pm, Friends Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane BA15 1JU. See website for further details: www.climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk

Events at the Swan Hotel

Mon 18 - Thu 21 December 2017
Every Tuesday:The Bradford on Avon Folk Club at 8.30pm. Every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30pm: Bradford on Avon Bridge Club. 1st and 3rd Thursday 10.00am to 12 noon: Country Market. 1st Thursday: Blues Night in the Cellar Bar at 8.30pm. 2nd Wednesday: Irish Session at 8.30pm. 2nd Thursday: Contemporary Jazz Jam at 8.30pm. 3rd Wednesday: Gypsy Jazz Session with Ukelele Nipper and Peter Barnes. 4th Thursday: Swansongs in the main bar, Jazz, swing, R&B and covers, Free entry. Usually on the last Thursday of each month Words &Ears the Bradford on Avon Poetry group meet. For details see http://www.theswanbradford.co.uk/Events.

Get Wiltshire Walking Walks

Wed 20 December 2017
Every Wednesday morning starting at 9.30am outside the Weaving Shed restaurant. Walks last approximately one hour and often end with a cup of tea and a chat in a local cafe. Everyone is welcome, providing you are independently mobile and able to meet the physical demands of the walk. It's free and fun. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the walks. For more details contact Louise Gale on 07342 066608 email Louise.gale@wiltshire.gov.uk or Rosie Golding on 079717 599964 email Rosie.golding@wiltshire.gov.uk.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Wed 20 December 2017
Join two local choirs and three local performing arts groups who will be showcasing their seasonal songs, dances and acting pieces. 7.30pm St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £8, £6 under 18s online www.courageperformers.com.

Music- Belshazzar's Feast

Wed 20 December 2017
Quirky, highly entertaining folk duo BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST, comprising Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog, Pagoda Project) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Faustus)on their Christmas tour of seasonal songs and tunes. Start with traditional English music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top off with wry humour for a unique live experience from one of the most popular duos in folk music. Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £15 from the box office: tel 01225 860100 or see www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Badminton Club

Thu 21 December 2017
Every Thursday evening (8-10pm) at Bath University Sports Village until Easter. Small and very friendly group of both able and less experienced players from Bradford, Bath and in-between. For more information contact: Allison (acollard@hotmail.co.uk) or Howard (howard.gibson@icloud.com).

Canal Boat Santa Trips

Thu 21 - Sun 24 December 2017
11.30-12.30 and 14.00-15.00. A great trip for adults and children alike. This hour long cruise will take you to meet Santa who comes aboard with an individually chosen and wrapped gift for each child. The price includes mulled wine and mince pies for adults, with fruit juice and treats for the children. Tickets £9. Please note: In severe weather the boat might not be able to leave the Wharf. Book by phoning the Office on 01380 721279. See https://bmac.katrust.org.uk

Christmas Rhyme Time

Thu 21 December 2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am Bradford on Avon Library. Calling all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers - come along and join us for our Christmas rhyme time! We'll be singing lots of fun festive songs as well as our usual favourites. Dress up your little ones in their best Christmas jumpers or costumes! Free event, all children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. For more information ring 01225 863280.

Country Market Christmas Special

Thu 21 December 2017
As well as our usual freshly made baked goods and home-made crafts there will be mince pies, Christmas puddings, preserves and party nibbles for you to buy for Christmas. Please note the first market in 2018 will be on the 18th January. Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

FITNESS CLASS - Kettlebells & Indian Clubs

Thu 21 December 2017
When: Every Thursday 6.15-7.15pm Where: The Dance Studio, St Laurence School, Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1DZ What: Workout session with small, friendly class men and women of all fitness levels. Email: pete@spaced.biz Phone: 0771 2051837

Morris Men Mumming Play

Thu 21 December 2017
The Bathampton Morris men will repeat their annual 'Pilgrimage' around the pubs and restaurants of Bradford on Avon performing their traditional Christmas 'Mumming' play. This year all proceeds go to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at the RUH. Mumming performance and a drink or snack in the venues hosting the event: 1. - 19:30 The Foresters Arms, 58 Goose Street, Beckington, BA11 6SS 2. - 20:00 The Cross Keys, 20 High Street, Rode, BA11 6NZ 3. - 20:20 Three Horseshoes, 55 Frome Rd, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LA 4. - 20:30 Timbrell's Yard, 49 St. Margaret Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DE 5. - 20:40 The Weaving Shed, Kingston Rd, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1EJ 6. - 20:50 The Fat Fowl, Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JX 7. - 21:00 Swan Hotel, 1 Church St, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN 8. - 21:20 Dandy Lion, 35 Market St, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LL 9. - 21:30 The Stumble Inn, 29 Market Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LL 10. - 21:40 The Bear Inn, 26 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY 11. - 21:50 The Bunch of Grapes, 14 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY 12. - 22:00 Pizzeria Amici, 22 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JZ 13. - 22:20 The Castle Inn, 10 Mount Pleasant, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1SJ 14. - 22:30 Mount Pleasant Social Club, 1 Mount Pleasant, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1SJ For further information please contact: Idris of the Bathampton Morrismen at bagman@bathampton-morris-men.org.uk Or James at The Swan at james@theswanbradford.co.uk http://www.bathampton-morris-men.org.uk/ www.theswanbradford.co.uk

Thursday is Market Day in Bradford on Avon

Thu 21 December 2017
Library Car Park 8.00am - 01.00pm.

Trinity Café

Thu 21 December 2017
11am - 1pm at Holy Trinity Church, BA15 1LW. A monthly fun event for people with memory problems, their families and carers - and anyone who would enjoy some good company. This month Xmas party and carols. Please phone LINK on 07957 367124 if you'd like a lift. In conjunction with the Health Centre, Alzheimer's Support and the Area Board.

Zumba Gold

Thu 21 December 2017
St Margaret's Hall. Thursdays 12noon til 1pm. Zumba gold classes are great fun friendly and motivating designed for 50+. Each session £6. https://www.facebook.com/DebsZumbaAndDanceFitness/

Christmas Stories and Crafts

Fri 22 December 2017
10.30am-11.30am Bradford on Avon Library. Come along and listen to some festive stories and make some lovely Christmas decorations to take home. Suitable for children 3+. Free event, all children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. For more information ring 01225 863280.

GRAFFITI SANTA SACKS

Fri 22 December 2017
NEW WORKSOP! Your Xmas mission: cover a festive sack with a graffiti style message to Santa, using spray paint (non aerosol), masking techniques & markers. We'll show you how to turn your drawings and doodles into cool designs. Don't forget to add your name, so he knows where to deliver! Although aprons will be available, we will be using permanent fabric paints and pens - we recommend that you don't wear anything too precious to the workshop, just in case! Girl Guide Head Quarters (not just for girls!), Bradford on Avon 4pm til 6pm - £12, workshop for any age (under 9s with an adult). These Christmas workshops are perfectly timed for parents who need some secret shopping time in Bradford on Avon (and for kids of course)! To book your workshop place just email claire@makeitworkshops.com, call 07940 497848 or go to www.makeitworkshops.com.

Carols Around the Tree

Sun 24 December 2017
Traditional carols and a visit from Father Christmas. 6pm Westbury Gardens. This is a free event organised by the BoA Lions Club.

Farmers & Artisan Market Christmas Special

Sun 24 December 2017
Lamb Yard & Riverside
Last Sunday Monthly
10.30--2.30pm 

Join us to experience the very best of:
- locally grown, reared and made food and drink
- Artisan goods from the best local talent
- Competitions, Seasonal hamper draws
- Last Sunday Monthly Market
For more details call 07541 762497 or admin@wiltshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk 

Walkers are Welcome Tuesday Walk

Tue 26 December 2017
Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial in Westbury House Gardens BA15 1DE. Our final walk of 2017 is the annual 6 mile walk around the Inner Circuit of the Walking Wheel. Richard Craft will lead us, going clockwise around the edge of the town. We will mainly be on well surfaced footpaths but with a couple of short muddy sections and no stiles. There will be no refreshment stop, although we may well finish off in a local hostelry back in town to enjoy a Boxing Day tipple. Details can be found here: www.walkbradfordonavon

Antiques and Vintage Market

Sat 30 December 2017
St Margaret's Hall 9am to 4pm. Admission £1, children free. Visitors are guaranteed a variety of about 25 stands each offering an eclectic and affordable range of items.

80s Theme New Years Eve Party

Sun 31 December 2017
Remember when shoulder pads and leg warmers were the height of fashion? Well, what better way to welcome in 2018 than with an 80s party full of bright colours, wacky hair dos and a fantastic fun atmosphere! Dig out, or borrow, the best gear you can - and get glammed up for a New Year's Eve that includes fabulous prizes to be won in different categories. Fuel yourself up for dancing with our 80s inspired buffet and candy table, then be entertained and dance the night away to all the one hit wonders and disco classics. Tickets cost £20 per person. Spaces are limited so call our team on 01225 309318 today. Boathouse Pub and Restaurant, Bradford on Avon Marina BA15 1UD.

Gothic Revival in Art and Architecture

Sun 07 January 2018
Arts Association talk by Dr Amy Frost of Bath Preservation Trust. 7.30 pm at Wallington Hall. Cost £3 members/£4 non-members.

Beginners Digital Photography Course

Wed 10 January 2018
I'm running a 6 week evening course from Wednesday 10th January 2018 from 7.30 -9.15pm at the Quakers Meeting House. This is for people to learn how to become really confident using the manual settings on their SLR or bridge camera and really improve their photography. Cost £99.00. Contact Emily 07980 311751 emilyartandphotography@gmail.com

Community Ballet Classes

Thu 11 January 2018
Thursday 11th January-Thursday 5th April. Exam Free Ballet classes for toddlers, pre-school, Reception-Year 2 and Seniors 50 +. All are welcome to try the graceful style of Ballet in a fun, relaxed environment. Classes are held all day on Thursdays in the Wallington Hall (formerly Masonic Hall) on Church Street Bradford on Avon. No previous experience is necessary and trial sessions are available. For more information and to book a space, please visit www.bopaboutdance.com.

Walkers are Welcome Sunday Walk

Sun 14 January 2018
Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial in Westbury House Gardens BA15 1DE. Details can be found here: www.walkbradfordonavon

Country Market

Thu 18 January 2018
Selling home-made baked goods (sweet and savoury), preserves, crafts, plants and fresh-picked vegetables and flowers. 10am-12 noon in the front room of the Swan Hotel.

BOA Preservation Trust Coffee Morning

Wed 24 January 2018
Talk by Rod Johnston: The World War II Pillbox Project. Priory Barn, Newtown. 10.30am for coffee and biscuits, talk at 11am. Cost £2.

Essential Oils for a Happy & Healthy Holiday

Thu 25 January 2018
19.00-21.00 - Travel Options 4U, The Georgian Lodge, Bradford on Avon. Come and discover some powerful natural solutions that you can use at home to help with sleep, jet lag, energy, stress, digestive issues, insect repellent, first aid and more! Event is free. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/greenlifeorganics/events

Film: I, Daniel Blake

Fri 26 January 2018
Director Ken Loach, 2016, UK English, 100min, 15. A 59 year old carpenter who is recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they cope with an impersonal benefits system. Equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Sponsored by Climate Friendly Bradford. BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk

Sacred Masterpieces

Mon 29 January 2018
Holy Trinity Church at 7.30pm. The boys and men of Salisbury Cathedral Choir, with Dan Mathieson (organ) and directed by David Halls, present a varied programme including works by Berlioz, Bach, Ives and Sumsion. Tickets £10 from Ex Libris or on the door. Please stay for refreshments when bar opens after the concert.

Arts Assoc Outing to Swindon Art Gallery/Steam Railway Museum/Designer Outlet

Tue 30 January 2018
Cost (coach only) £10.50 + £1 for non-members. The Swindon Collection of Modern British Art comprises some 600 paintings, drawings and prints. Admission is free. The trip then moves on to the Designer Outlet or the Steam Railway Museum. See www.boaarts.org for further details.

The History of Travel Photography

Sun 04 February 2018
Arts Association talk by Debbie Ireland. 7.30 pm at Wallington Hall. Cost £3 members/£4 non-members.

Time to be Still

Sun 04 February 2018
5 - 5.45pm (approx) at United Church Hall, St Margaret's St. (Take left fork at railway station mini roundabout). Come and step aside briefly from the busyness of life. We welcome people from any church background - and from none - for a short time of stillness, in an informal setting. We will be using simple repetitive chants from the ecumenical Christian communities of Taize and Iona and other Celtic traditions, along with short meditative readings, prayers & some silence. Please drop in to enjoy the stillness, to listen or to join in the short songs. This is a regular quarterly event in the town so please feel free to come whenever you can.

Film: Neruda

Fri 09 February 2018
Director Pablo Larrain, 2016, Spanish, 107min, 15, s/t. A detective is hunting for poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Il Postino), who has become a thorn in the side of the fascists, a fugitive in his own country. An imaginative portrait melded with a cat and mouse caper. Sponsored by Ravello Italian Restaurant. BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk

BOA Preservation Trust Coffee Morning

Wed 21 February 2018
Talk by John Potter and Peter Mann: The Railway Station Footbridge Canopy Project. Priory Barn, Newtown. 10.30am for coffee and biscuits, talk at 11am. Cost £2.

Film: Lion

Fri 23 February 2018
Director Garth Davis, 2016, English, 118min, PG. 5 year old Saroo gets lost on a train that takes him across India to Kalkata where he must survive alone. 25 years later, with the help of Google Earth and a handful of memories, he sets out to find his lost family. Sponsored by Wharf Café. BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk

Save your Seeds for Seedy Sunday

Sun 25 February 2018
This is a great opportunity for keen growers or people getting started on the growing habit. Seedy Sunday takes place on the last Sunday of February in a hall in the centre of town, normally from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00. You can save your seeds, veg. or flowers, at the end of the growing season, pop them into a marked envelope and bring them along to swap for some others. Or, you may have seeds left over in a packet that you can bring along. There's usually a stall where you can buy small packets of seeds and local producers or growers selling their products. Refreshments are available.

Film: The Assassin

Fri 09 March 2018
Director Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2015, Mandarin, 105min, 12A, s/t. In 8th Cent. China, a general's daughter is handed over to a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin. Then she is sent to kill the man to whom she was betrothed. Sponsored by Mr Salvat. BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk

BOA Preservation Trust Meeting

Wed 14 March 2018
Talk by Tony Hack: Historical Graffiti Within Wiltshire. Priory Barn, Newtown. 7.30pm for coffee and biscuits, talk at 8pm. Cost £2.

Film: Queen of Katwe

Fri 23 March 2018
Director Mira Nair, 2016, US English, 124min, PG. A young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda is introduced to the game of chess. She gains the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Sponsored by Orton Jewellery. BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk

Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Fri 06 April 2018
Director Taika Waititi, 2016, NZ English, 101min, PG. A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Charmingly offbeat with a poignant, funny and deeply affecting message. Sponsored by Piha. BOA Film Society screening at 7.45 in St Margaret's Hall. Tickets £5 on the door or online from www.boafs.org.uk

BOA Preservation Trust Meeting

Wed 18 April 2018
Talk by Simon Kay: The History of the Oil Industry in Southern England. Priory Barn, Newtown. 7.30pm for coffee and biscuits, talk at 8pm. Cost £2.

Bradford on Avon Day of Dance and Music

Sat 19 May 2018
For details see http://www.boamorrisday.org/
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