What’s on in the Village & Local Events 

(All events at the Coronation Hall SN8 4LB unless stated.)
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Monthly Coffee Mornings and Village Market. 

Next is Saturday 5 October.

The coffee mornings and village market are usually held on the first Saturday morning of every month, in the Coronation Hall, starting at about 10.00 am to midday. The coffee morning with a village market is new idea for us - do support it and come along.  If you wish to sell or swap some home made jams, cakes, honey, marmalade, plants, flowers or even some Bric-à-brac do come to the Coffee Morning & Village Market. For those selling at the market a volantry contribution to the hall funds would be appreciated.  Bring your family and friends, meet your neighbours if you’ve yet to meet them and generally hear all the village gossip. There are always delicious cakes to go with the tea or coffee.  Open to everyone and visitors.
Please Volunteer to help with coffee mornings

Music for Awhile 

September 27th  Friday  Mozart in Alton Barnes Coronation Hall
September 28th Saturday Bach in Stert church
Enquiries to lucybarker23@hotmail.com

Alton Talks

Alton Talks is a series of talks in aid of the Coronation Hall, the roof of All Saints Church and village arts promotions under Alton Arts. Any financial benefit from the talks will be shared between these three.  Tickets can be booked in advance and cost £8.50 per talk.  Children half price. Early booking is recommended. Licensed bar at all talksClick here for Alton Talks ticket order form and information. 


Alton Talks (Talk No2)  Thursday October 3rd  
Josh Pollard on “The Avebury Living with Monuments Project”
Living with Monuments: life and cultural landscape around Avebury, c.4000–1000BC
Josh Pollard is a Professor in Archaeology at Southampton University, specialising in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods in the UK and NW Europe. His particular interest is monuments and their siting in the landscape, notably at Stonehenge and Avebury. He worked on the Stonehenge Riverside Project which helped to show that the Stones, like the henge at Avebury, are connected to a wider landscape of monuments and sites. Josh’s collaborative work at Avebury in recent years continues on the Living with Monuments Project. Archaeological students and specialists are gaining new insights about the prehistoric people who lived in the Avebury region. This year Josh is joint leader of excavations at the extensive West Kennet Neolithic palisaded enclosures, identified via aerial photography and investigated earlier in the 1990s.  Josh’s talk will focus on the monuments and sites of Avebury and what they can tell us about those who built them. 
Click here for Alton Talks ticket order form and information. 

Alton Talks

Alton Talks is a series of talks in aid of the Coronation Hall, the roof of All Saints Church and village arts promotions under Alton Arts. Any financial bebefit from the talks will be shared between these three.  Tickets can be booked in advance and cost £8.50 per talk.  Children half price. Early booking is recommended. Licensed bar at all talksClick here for Alton Talks ticket order form and information. 

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Alton Talks (Talk No3)  Thursday November 7th
Michael Balston on “The Garden beyond the plant.  
Gardens are not created as isolated events. There are many factors that bear upon their design and maintenance. They are not just places in which to sit on a sunny day, or to kick a ball. They are not just places for a display of flowers or the growth of beans. They respond to soil, sun, wind and water. They are playgrounds for children and grown-ups in their separate ways. They are baldly functional or curiously mystical. My talk will explore some of these aspects that help determine what a garden is.

Michael Balston completed a 10 year term as a member of the Council of the RHS, and during this time he was Chairman of the Show Gardens Panel, a member of the Shows Committee and the Gardens Committee.  While on Council, he was involved in Shows development and the Master Planning of the Society’s four gardens. He was appointed a Vice President of the RHS and for many years Michael served on the Europa Nostra Awards Panel and was a member of the Landscape Working Group.
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Saturday 9 November. Coronation Hall 7.30 pm

Hot Potato Syncopators The Funniest Jazziest Act In The Empire

The Hot Potato Syncopators

Alton Arts are proud to present The Hot Potato Syncopators who are a comedy swing whoopee band featuring a brace of ukuleles, musical saw and tea-chest bass played by three eccentric gentlemen. Taking the world by storm since the end of the Second World War, playing your favourite tunes of the 1920s, 30s & 40s. Expect stage theatricals, acts of ear and eye defying balancing and pop guns. Tip top jazz.


Licensed bar. Tickets £10.00.   Booking details to follow.


Friday 24 April. Coronation Hall 7.30 pm


Alton Arts is pleased to present Ninebarrow who are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who have been impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding ‘like two halves of one voice’ and by Mercury Music Prize nominee Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. 


In 2017, the duo were nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ’Horizon’ category for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. One of the highest accolades in their genre, it was made even more exceptional because it was only a few months prior to this that Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere relinquished their jobs as a teacher and GP in favour of a full-time music career. Since then, the duo have continued their upwards trajectory, graduating to more senior award categories, most recently picking up ‘Best Duo’ in the 2019 Folking.com awards. 

Named after Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills, their first release While the Blackthorn Burns was voted FATEA Magazine’s Best Debut Album of 2014, while their last album Releasing the Leaves (2016) saw a volley of critical acclaim including five-star reviews in Maverick and EDS Magazine as well as Best Duo nominations in the FATEA and Folking.com Awards. 

Licensed bar. Tickets £10.00.   Booking details to follow.

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again! Past and present intertwine as a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is busy re-launching her mother’s taverna while husband Sky is away in New York.  Flashbacks transport us back in time to learn how the Dynamos came into being and how Donna (Lily James) met Sophie’s three putative fathers.
“It’s down to cannily cast diva Cher, playing Sophie’s maternal grandmother Ruby Sheridan, to really raise the roof as she does singing Fernando in duet with her lost love (played by Andy Garcia). The moment white-wigged Cher steps out of her helicopter on the jetty in that sparkling, sun-drenched bay, she owns the movie hook, line and sinker and virtually nothing else exists. Or at least until Meryl Streep appears singing My Love, My Life in that famous cliff-top church and instantly reduces the audience to floods of tears. In a replica of The Winner Takes It All showstopper in Mamma Mia!, it’s a stunningly bravura moment that will live long in the memory.”  Radio Times
“To sum it up in one easy sentence: if you loved the first film, you’ll certainly adore this one.”  The Upcoming