LOCAL EVENTS FOR 2022
12 May: Hatch End Horticultural Society: Spring coach trip to two gardens. 1) Kathy Brown’s Manor House Garden at Stevington, Beds (www.kathybrownsgarden.com.) 2) Jordan’s Mill, Riverside Cafe and Garden, near Biggleswade (www.jordansmill.com.)The coach will leave at 9am from outside Morrisons. There will be tours of the gardens and mill and plenty of time for refreshments and lunch. The basic cost, including coach travel, entrance to both Kathy Brown’s and Jordan’s Mill, tea or coffee and cake at Kathy’s, a Souvenir Guide Book and self-guided tour of Jordan’s Mill, costs £37.50 per person for HEHS members (£39.50 for non-members). For more detailed information on the two garden visits and to book, please contact John Barton on 8428 5756, 07980 970663 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dick Wootten on 8421 0391, email email@example.com.
15 May: Harrow Apollo Male Choir – at St Anselm’s Parish Church, Westfield Park, Pinner HA5 4JL at 4pm. Concert is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the church.
15 May: Community picnic for residents of Hatch End. Organised by the Friends of Shaftesbury Playing Fields, the picnic is free and will take place at Shaftesbury Playing Fields, Hatch End, off Colburn Avenue. There will be the following: family picnic – bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blanket; live music; ice cream; raffle; open air cinema at dusk. Any funds raised will go to Young Minds charity. For more information, to buy raffle tickets or to volunteer to help, contact Shilpi on 07557 752745.
21 May to 4 September: Heath Robinson Museum – The Humour of William Heath Robinson – 31 May 2022 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Heath Robinson. He was trained as an artist at the Royal Academy Schools, and as past exhibitions at the Museum have shown, he was a great illustrator and a highly accomplished painter in watercolours, but it is as a humorous artist that he is best known. To mark this important anniversary, the Museum will be exhibiting a selection of his cartoons representing the wide range of his subjects and spanning his humorous output from 1905 to 1943. During two World Wars he deployed irony and satire to counter German propaganda and to bring a little mirth into the otherwise painful lives of servicemen and civilians. Both greatly appreciated his efforts. A similar dry humour was used to satirise the pomposity and fussiness of those who took themselves too seriously. He was modest and gentle, qualities that shine through in his humour. As a review of his memorial exhibition in The Times in 1945 commented, “What may be unexpected in this exhibition is the fineness of Heath Robinson’s craftsmanship – the clean and firm fluency of his pen line and the quality of his watercolour washes. Those who have known his work only in reproduction will be surprised at its technical excellence.”
Tickets: prices range from free for students under 25 to £6 for adult. Entry to the special exhibition includes entry to the permanent exhibition. For more information visit www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org
28 May: Harrow Arts Centre, Rayners Room: Terrarium Workshop: at 10am, 1pm & 3pm. Tickets: £20 (for a group of up to 4 participants per ticket). For families with children ages 5+. A terrarium is a closed glass container containing slow-growing plants – it’s a great way to bring nature indoors in an urban environment. You will be able to choose from an assortment of plants and decorative elements to create your desired mini-landscape. Your terrarium can be as simple or as complex as desired. For more info and to book, call 020 3773 7161.
28 May: Harrow Arts Centre: Family Theatre inside an giant inflatable Whale. Squeeze into the belly of an enormous inflatable Sperm Whale and enter the depths of the bubbling, kelp-swirling ocean. Once inside, with the use of puppets, comedy and music, Circo Rum Ba Ba explores the plight of sea creatures in an ocean full of rubbish. Ages 3+. Tickets: £5. Times: 11am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm. For more info and to book, call 020 3773 7161.
4 June: Harrow Arts Centre: Platinum Jubilee Celebration Day, 11am-4pm for all ages. The event is free but if you book in advance you will receive a free Jubilee gift. Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend with a family day of FREE activities and entertainment. There will be family theatre, a royal puppetry performance, craft and food stalls, music, Jubilee history exhibition, art exhibition and over 20 free workshops including dance, musical theatre, drama, Pilates, singing and Karate, presented by the arts community based at Harrow Arts Centre. There is no parking at this event so please use public transport. For more info and to book, call 020 3773 7161.
13-18 June: Pinner Music Festival: Pinner Parish Church, Church Lane, Pinner HA5 3AA. At 1.15pm on 13 June; at 7.30pm on 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 June and 1pm on 16 June. The week is varied: from electronic Bach by the Art of Moog to pianistic Beethoven; from sunny Mendelssohn to pictorial Mussorgsky; operatic delights from Mozart to Puccini by Opera Anywhere with Sorelle; and even presenting an Elgar premiere – Six Fragments for String Quartet arranged by Iain Farrington. Tickets can be booked from early May. For more information and how to book visit www.pinnermusicfestival.co.uk.