Local Events

(All events at the Coronation Hall unless stated differently.)

Village Coffee Mornings.
The coffee mornings are usually on the first Saturday morning of every month, in the Coronation Hall, starting at about 10.00 am to midday. However on some occasions this has to be changed because of another event. 

Coffee Mornings for 2017 are:- 

Next Coffee Morning 7 October

28 October
(No coffee morning in November because of Early Bird fair) 
Then 2 December 

  Do come along, bring your family and friends,  and meet your neighbours, make  friends with new neighbours and generally hear the village gossip. There are always delicious cakes and things to eat.  Open to everyone in the parish. Visitors are especially welcome.

The  Alton Talks 2017

THE ALTON TALKS 2017: continued in the Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes by popular demand!

12 October 7.30pm: Jim Leary on The Vale of Pewsey Project: 2017 archaeological investigations 

Dr Jim Leary, Director, University of Reading Archaeology Field School, will give an overview of the final season of archaeological investigations at Marden and Hilcott as part of the Vale of Pewsey Project, a collaborative research programme linking the Stonehenge landscape to the south with Avebury to the north. In addition to an account of the excavations at Marden and the results of environmental sampling for the project, Jim will describe the exciting investigation of a Neolithic long barrow. 

2 November 7.30pm: Steve Marshall on Avebury's Sarsen Stones - Where did they come from? 

Were the sarsen stones of Avebury really transported from the Marlborough Downs? The answers to this and other questions may be found in the stones themselves. Steve Marshall has already shown us, in a previous riveting talk at Alton, the importance of springs and rivers in the design of Avebury and its surroundings. He now explores another key factor - the availability of sarsen stone. His equally engrossing talk on this subject will extend to the Vale of Pewsey

7 December 7.30pm: Robert Dunton on The Restoration of St Mary’s Church, Alton Barnes

Prior to the project to restore St Mary’s, little was known about its history. Following fund-raising and Heritage Lottery Fund grant approval, restoration work began just after Easter 2016 and the history of the church gradually began to unfold in more detail. In his talk, Rob Dunton, the architect who oversaw the work, will explain the complexities of the restoration, the grant conditions and their impact, and the new knowledge gained – through the dismantling of the interior, the tree-ring dating of the roof structure and the archaeological monitoring of the excavations.  His talk will be illustrated with photographs showing the process of restoration and the fascinating discoveries made. 

The Talks, in aid of village projects, will be held at Alton Barnes, Coronation Hall, on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 each talk; £21 for all three. Please send sae with cheque made out to ‘Alton Barnes Coronation Hall’ to: 1 The Old Smithy, Alton Priors, SN8 4JX. Tel. 01672 851859.