Jane Austen Weekend in Kintbury 24th-25th June

on 30 May 2017.

Jane Austen coloured version It is a little known fact that famous regency author Jane Austen had strong ties to Kintbury dating from her sister Cassandra's engagement to Tom Fowle, son of Kintbury vicar, the Reverend Thomas Fowle II. Sadly Cassandra and Tom never made it to the altar; Tom was struck down with Yellow Fever when he accompanied Lord Craven on a campaign to the West Indies as his domestic Chaplin and died in San Domingo in 1797.

To celebrate Jane Austen's connection to the area, Gill Hornby, novelist, journalist, Austen biographer and Kintbury resident, joined forces with other authors, dramatists and historians to create a weekend of events which illustrate both Austen's work and Kintbury as a Regency village. The Jane Austen weekend was first staged in 2015 and its success prompted the organisers to recreate the event on 24th-25th June.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice arranged by Gill Hornby and performed by Hayley Mills who will be accompanied on piano with selections of the Carl Davies score from the celebrated 1995 BBC television adaptation.

The weekend is packed full of indoor and outdoor events. Tea parties at Audley Inglewood with the Devizes Regency dancers, Jane Austen walks, and talks by Austen experts. Austen devotees come from around the globe so this little know connection between a sleepy Berkshire village and the revered Regency author may draw more than just a local crowd.

Full details of events and ticket prices are available at http://janeaustenatkintbury.co.uk/Tickets/tickets.html

 

Blooming botany
Martin and the Magpie has never been one to rest on its laurels. Hungerford’s most contemporary florist is always looking for ways to push the trend and as the saying goes “a rolling stone gathers no moss”.

VIP access at Donnington Country Club
Donnington Grove have something extraordinary up their sleeves this month; an exclusive outdoor sculpture exhibition taking place in their tranquil walled gardens.

Aldbourne’s fun run is back
Dust off your running shoes and get ready for the annual Aldbourne 5k run

Honeymoon? You need a honeypot!
Over the last century newlyweds have been evolving, much rarer is the trepidation of a blushing bride about to leave her family home for the first time.

Afternoon tea, Pimm’s for me!
Blandy’s bistro are renowned for their extraordinary afternoon tea. It is a banquet affair with a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones with tiptree preserve and clotted cream along with a variety of homemade cakes.

Getting fruity with the Tutti Men
The Tutti men went above and beyond duty this year to collect their kisses; symbolic of the tradition of collecting rent from the commoner’s houses owned by the John O' Gaunt estate, as one was seen claiming a ladder to fashion one!

Championing children’s charities for 2018
Berkshire is home to some truly fantastic causes. We have some “outstanding” local schools and nurseries that are doing vital work to raise the next generation...

18 idyllic championship holes
Once considered the preserve of retired bank managers, the game of golf has been re-branded for a new generation and not only now has mass appeal, but in certain quarters is even considered quite groovy

Your library is about so much more than books
Judging from the amount of community activity going in Hungerford Library, the council are going to have a hard time justifying its closure in their next round of swingeing cuts.

Walks in around Hungerford
Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience. Throughout the summer, we will be publishing details of some of the best and favourite walks in the town and its surrounding villages and countryside