LOCAL EVENTS FOR 2022
29 November to 11 December: Heath Robinson Museum: Scene through Wood offers a visual feast of the finest wood engravings of the past 100 years, and celebrates the extraordinary artists, past and present, who made them. Curated by engraver and artist Anne Desmet RA RE, this exhibition from the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum — home to one of the most extensive collections of wood engravings in the world — celebrates the founding centenary of the British Society of Wood Engravers (SWE). Wood engraving is a historic printing technique, notable for producing images of enduring artistic relevance with extremely fine detail and outstanding tonal range. Possibly the only art form to have originated in England, it was developed, honed and refined to extraordinary finesse by the naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753–1828). The exhibition begins by tracing the origins and early development of wood engraving including an early woodcut by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), who influenced the wood engraving of Bewick and William Blake (1757–1827). The majority of wood engravings produced in the nineteenth-century were reproductive, and it was only in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth- centuries that more artistic concerns were addressed. Founded in 1920 by leading artists including Lucien Pissarro (1863–1944) and John Nash (1893–1977), the SWE’s purpose was to promote wood engraving as a medium for modern artists. The greater part of the exhibition celebrates this founding centenary with a fantastic selection of fine art wood engraved prints from Britain, while also highlighting other artist-engravers whose work has influenced British engravers past and present. Wood engraving is now both an independent, richly creative art form and a versatile means by which commercial images can be crafted. Its enduringly popular commercial appeal is clear from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust, illustrated by Andrew Davidson (1958–) and Chris Wormell (1955–) respectively. Scene Through Wood also explores the medium’s continued and varied uses in commercial applications, from book illustration to advertising and fine lettering design. 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
29 November to 14 December: Bentley Priory: Memoirs of the Blitz, temporary exhibition. Discover stories of the Blitz from those who experienced it in 1940-41 in Britain as children, through a new multi-sensory exhibition. Free with entry ticket – £8.80 (adult); £7.70 (over 60/Student/On benefits); £5.50 (HM Forces); £4.40 (children 6-16); children 5 and under are free. The museum is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10-5 (March to September) and 10-4 (October to February). The museum will be closed from 15 December until 17 January 2023. For more information visit www.bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk
3 December and 10 December: Bentley Priory Museum: Meet Father Christmas. Santa flies in by Spitfire with a special gift for all the children. Tickets include full access to the museum and special festive family craft activities. £5 (adult); £9 (child – includes gift). For more info visit www.bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk or call 020 8950 5526.
10-27 December: Harrow Arts Centre: PANTO – Jack and the Beanstalk. Immersion Theatre is thrilled to return to Harrow Arts Centre with a GIANT amount of Fe-fi-fo-FUN as they proudly present Jack and the Beanstalk, a magical pantomime of epic proportions! Packed with comedy, music, audience participation, and all the trademark ingredients audiences have come to love and expect from the HAC annual pantomime, this hilarious and action-packed adventure promises to be a joyous festive experience. Duration 2 hours including a short interval. Price£18 / £15 concessions / £60 family/group ticket. Children ages 2+ need their own seat tickets. Under 2s are permitted on parent/guardian laps free of charge. For performance times and to book call the Box Office on 020 3773 7161 or visit www.harrowarts.com.
10 December: South Oxhey Choirs: Christmas concert at 7pm at St Mary’s Church in Watford (Next to Church car park on the ring road.) Tickets will be available at the door. Choir rehearsals are every Tuesday evening 7-8.30pm at Oxhey Wood School, Oxhey Drive, WD19. Contact by the choir by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website, southoxheychoirs.wordpress.com if you would like to join.
11 December: Harrow Apollo Male Choir: Festive concert at 3pm-5pm at Bentley Priory Museum, Mansion Drive, Stanmore. Doors open at 2pm with access to the Museum. Tickets include a mince pie and mulled wine/juice at the interval. Tickets: £15 (adult); £12 (concessions); £6 (children 6-16); £3 (children under 5). Booking is required. Book online at www.bentleypriortymuseum.org.uk/whats-on or call 020 8950 5526.
17 December: Harrow Choral Society: Christmas Celebration – A Festival of Music for Choir and Audience. The Society is returning to Harrow School’s prestigious Speech Room (Harrow-on-the-Hill, HA1 3HP) for its festive concert of carols, readings, brass ensemble performances and audience participation carols. Actress and cake designer Jane Asher will be the Guest Reader and all music will be conducted by new Music Director, Sam Evans, and accompanied by composer Paul Ayres. Tickets: £18, free to under 18s (ticket required). For more information and to book, visit www.harrowchoral.org.uk or email email@example.com
25 December: Pinner Christmas Lunch, provided by Pinner Association of Churches. Each year, a Christmas lunch is provided for people who would otherwise be on their own. Transport is provided, if required, for all guests to and from the venue in Pinner, a professionally cooked Christmas lunch is followed by the King’s Speech and Christmas carols. If you know of anyone who might be alone or you know you’ll be on your own, contact Catherine N’Dungu on 8866 4048. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Joan O’Connor on 01442 834167.
LOCAL EVENTS FOR 2023
2 February: Hatch End Horticultural Society: an afternoon talk at 2.30pm at Pinner Rugby Club in Shaftesbury Playing Fields by Ian Christie on Meconopsis and Woodland Plants. Please contact Alan Graham on 8428 2430 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2 March: Hatch End Horticultural Society: AGM at 7.45pm, followed by a talk at the Baptist Church Hall with Gerry Edwards on Growing Apples and Pears in the garden or allotment. Membership of the society only costs £5 per family so, if you’d like to join, please visit our website at www.hehs.co.uk where you’ll find full details, including membership forms. Please contact Alan Graham on 8428 2430 or by email to email@example.com for more information.
18 March: Harrow Choral Society: Haydn: The Creation at Harrow Arts Centre. More details in due course.
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